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Let’s see what we have this week!
First, here’s a .gif of Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) watching two women make out on last week’s episode of Happy Endings. Happy Endings is really funny, and you guys should watch an episode before it gets cancelled, which will probably happen in the spring.
Anyway, not a lot of links this week, and not even a lot of comics-related links. I usually have time to trawl yonder Internet, but this week I was trying to put together my Best Comics of 2012 post, and as that is really image-heavy, I spent a lot of time loading images. So I didn’t have as much time to waste as I usually do. Still, I hope this helps you waste some time on a Sunday morning!
Fresh of the wild success of re-reading Alan Moore’s output, Tim Callahan dives into Sandman. There must be something in the water. Tim is a very good writer, and his thoughts are always interesting to check out, even if he doesn’t like Chew.
Robot 6 always has good stories, even though I feel like you guys should already be reading it – they’re part of the Jonah’s Empire, after all!
First, the news out of DC is that they don’t know which creators are working on which books, as detailed here. There’s also a link to the new Mothership feature, B & B, in which Bobbie Chase and Bob Harras obfuscate and prevaricate and equivocate for a few pages. Honestly, Abhay tears this column a new one better than I ever could, and I shouldn’t pick on the Mothership, but I really don’t like features like this. There’s never anything remotely interesting because the person asking the questions never probes too hard (I don’t really blame the reporter, because if she asked tough questions, Harras and Chase would just leave the interview – stop answering the e-mail, or hang up the phone, or leave the room; such is the state of comics journalism, which doesn’t really exist as a viable thing), so we get mushy promotional crap, and if Harras says “creative churn” one more time someone should gag him. But the shuffling of creators, even without any explanation, shows that there are plenty of cracks in the DCnU. I don’t have any problem with Robert Venditti, Jeff Lemire, or Ray Fawkes as writers, but the fact that DC doesn’t even know month-to-month who’s going to be writing their comics means something is rotten over there.
Everyone’s favorite feminist blogger/self-published writer/podcaster/Marvel and DC solicitation reviewer Kelly Thompson has a fascinating piece about her experience with Kickstarter. It’s very instructive if you’re thinking of doing something like it. In the meantime, you could always buy her book!
In Philadelphia, the big news of the week was that the Eagles hired Oregon coach Chip Kelly to be their new head coach. I know most of the people reading this don’t care about that, but it did lead to Ralph Wiggum reacting to the news as only Ralph Wiggum can.
The big sports news of the week – well, if you ignore the confession of Lance Armstrong, which wasn’t much of a bombshell, was it? – was the odd story of Manti Te’o and his fake girlfriend. In case you don’t follow college football, Te’o is a linebacker for Notre Dame who claimed his girlfriend died earlier in the season, but as it turned out, the girl never actually existed – Te’o had only “met” her on-line, and he claims he was duped. There’s been a lot about this on the sports Internet this week, as people aren’t sure if Te’o is the most gullible person in the world or if he was in on the hoax. I’m not calling him stupid, as some people are, because it’s not that crazy to think he’d been fooled – let’s face it, I haven’t met almost everyone I’ve interacted with on-line, so half of the people reading this could be fake, for all I know, and I could be a 78-year-old Thai hooker, for all you know. The reason I’m not completely buying Te’o’s story is because he did, after all, lie about meeting the girl when he hadn’t, and I’m not sure if it was “embarrassment” that he hadn’t actually met her. What bugs me about this story is that Te’o certainly did get more publicity because his grandmother and “girlfriend” died within days of each other, right before a football game in which he played really well, and he ended up finished second in the Heisman trophy voting when plenty of other linebackers in the country had as good or better statistics. There are two reasons he finished second in the voting: He plays for Notre Dame, and the media slobbers all over Notre Dame players if they’re moderately talented, and Te’o is quite good, so they had huge boners for him; and he experienced tragedy during the season, which made for a good story. I will also point out, as I did on Facebook, that this proves that reporters don’t do any investigating of their own and rely on second-hand sources to write their stories and get it spectacularly wrong, yet a lot of people still believe they reported on the Jerry Sandusky scandal accurately. Yeah.
Of course, because it’s the Internet, someone made .gifs about Te’o! I’m sure there are more out there, but here and here are two of them, both – naturally – mashing up the Te’o story with The Usual Suspects.
Movies and other entertainment!
Here’s a compelling story about Paul Schrader casting Lindsay Lohan in The Canyons. A lot of the comments complain about why we care about Lohan, but this is a really interesting article. Lohan is such a cautionary story (not that young starlets will pay attention to it), and this article and movie is a last chance for her, Schrader, and Bret Easton Ellis, who wrote it. Really gripping stuff if you’re at all interested in movies and how they get made. Then, of course, The Canyons was rejected from Sundance.
I don’t know if you heard about the story of a teacher who was fired because she had done some porn years earlier and the school freaked out about it. Well, she lost her appeal to get her job back. I don’t know how I feel about this. She doesn’t do porn anymore, and there’s no reason it would ever come up, but then again, I have two young daughters, and I’m not sure what I would think if I found that out about one of their teachers. I guess the lesson is: Don’t do porn. It will only lead to trouble later in life.
I don’t know about you, but this trailer for Spring Breakers is awesome. If you’ve never heard of Spring Breakers, well … it’s a movie directed by Harmony Korine, starring James Franco and some ex-Disney chicks like Selena Gomez. It sounds extremely wacky. Here’s one poster:
Finally, to wrap things up, I ask you: Is “professional cuddler” the BEST JOB EVER? I think you already know the answer to that one!
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