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Sunday brunch: Links for the week of 5-11 May 2013

Give your mother a big hug, and then ignore her for the rest of the day while you check out some links! Come on, you know you want to!


I don’t read Newsarama too often, but a Facebook friend linked to his two-part Grendel retrospective, and it’s pretty neat. Part One is here and Part Two is here.

This has been resolved, but I should still link to it: Showtime never paid John Layman and Rob Guillory for optioning Chew. I’m just pointing out that even if your comic gets optioned, not only does it have only a slim chance of getting on the air, it might take whoever options it several years to pay you, and then only because the creator goes public (which might not have had anything to do with it getting resolved, but the timing is suspicious).

After Kelly inadvertently broke the Internet with her post about superhero redesigns (seriously, people, this is what gets you going?), Kris Anka responded to it. It’s an interesting perspective.

I still haven’t seen Iron Man 3 (nor will I, probably, until it shows up on television), so I have no dog in the race, but ten reasons to hate Iron Man 3 is really funny, whether the author is “right” or not.

The death knell of comic book single issues was premature, it seems.

Famed reviewer Seth T. Hahne gives us a Nao of Brown study guide. If that doesn’t make you buy this superb comic, I don’t know what will!

This is really mean-spirited, but I can’t stop laughing at it: Has DC done something stupid today? Keep updated on their public relations disasters!

SEXY TIMES COMICS! (I had to use a different category for this, because that’s how I roll!)

Erika Moen has started a new comic called … wait for it … Oh Joy Sex Toy. Because of course it is. And it’s glorious. Only one post so far has actually been about sex toys, but it’s still glorious because Erika Moen is awesome.


For obvious reasons, I don’t often link to political stuff in these posts, but I guess this is political? Yes, it’s slut-shaming dress codes! So much fun! Here’s what’s interesting about these stories: I can’t imagine the schools getting away with this. If you look at the links, it appears that the schools decided rather arbitrarily to ban certain clothing items, and if you’re going to do that in the middle of a school year, you’re going to get in trouble. If the parents complained because they wanted their kids to dress outside a certain dress code that they knew about before the event, I’d be on the school’s side. But it appears the schools simply decreed these things, and that’s just dumb. If you want to institute a dress code, do it before the school year starts and so every parent knows about it. Once the ship has sailed, the ship has sailed. This is just ridiculous, anyway, as Ishtar forbid we tell the boys that they shouldn’t be, you know, ogling girls all the time. And, of course, you could put teenaged girls in giant burlap sacks and boys would still ogle them. It certainly ain’t the clothes, school administrators!


Ray Harryhausen died, in case you didn’t know. It sucks, but the dude was 92 years old and had lived a pretty awesome life. Recently we watched Jason and the Argonauts with our daughter, and she was pretty impressed with the special effects. I hadn’t seen it in a long time. Man, it ends weirdly, doesn’t it?

The CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch doesn’t like fat people. Oh, man, I love that story. I love people being douchebags and just not fucking caring that they’re being douchebags. It’s kind of refreshing.

Kelly Thompson linked to defaced textbooks/school work on Facebook. Some of these are really, really creative, and one actually got a grade changed, so well done!

The sound quality of this video is terrible, but I link to it because it’s Anthrax and Public Enemy in Bethlehem, PA in 1991, and I was at that show. It was quite awesome.

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How you get sucked into a Law & Order: SVU marathon. Oh, the horror! Luckily, I have never actually seen an entire episode of any of the Law & Order shows. I’m just fortunate that way.

Here’s your guide to television shows that have been renewed or canceled. The only cancellation I’m pretty bummed about is Happy Endings. There are rumors USA might pick it up, but who knows. Other than that, cancellations don’t really bother me, because I’m still depressed that they canceled It’s Like, You Know …. That show was the motherfucking bomb!

This is absolute genius: Ryan Gosling won’t eat his cereal. GENIUS!

I guess this is pop culture, although it’s probably more sociology or something. What the hell, though, right? It’s a dialect map of North America. Very cool, but it looks like a ton of work to get it all down. And it’s huge, just to warn you.


In case you haven’t been keeping up, here’s a recap of Ed O’Bannon’s case against the NCAA. Basically, O’Bannon doesn’t think the NCAA should be able to use his image to sell products without paying him royalties, which could lead to paying players. I’m totally rooting for O’Bannon in this one.

Everyone knows that the Southeast Conference is pure evil, even the people who root for teams in the SEC (you know it’s true!), and this is a good article excoriating the conference. It has a picture of Sela Ward as an Alabama cheerleader, so there’s that.

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost a playoff hockey game the other day, which isn’t really news, amirite, Maple Leafs fans? But it did lead to … death eyes! Behold the .gif!


Nothing can top Elisha Cuthbert in a death stare death match with April Reimer (even though it’s not quite what it looks like), so let’s just leave it at that. Have a nice day, everyone!


I dunno, Greg. If it suddenly became fashionable for school aged young men to wear tights that revealed their “packages”, I’m fairly certain those would be banned, too (though probably not in dance class or gym). But boys don’t do that. At the school my kids go to, boys aren’t allowed to wear hats, “wife beaters,” shirts with vulgar words or images on them, shirts with drugs/cigarettes/alcohol on them, or sandals. So there is a dress code for boys, too. It’s not based on the sexiness of clothing, but it is based on the same thing as for the girls: context. They are wearing items that the school has deemed inappropriate for their age and/or the school setting. And teaching kids about context or situational appropriateness seems like a good lesson to me. Have you seen the skimpy and revealing clothing that girls and young women are trying to wear to school these days? I’m no prude and I think banning a dress simply because of a lack of strap is dumb, but I think school dress codes are necessary and should be more strict if anything.

And you’ve been a teenaged male–do you think if someone told you to stop ogling women then you would have/could have stopped? At best, a young man can be sly about it, but to stop? Impossible.

sgt pepper: That’s not what I’m talking about, and it’s not what the article is talking about, either. My daughter’s school has a dress code, and I’m fine with it. My point is that the schools shouldn’t be allowed to simply make decrees after kids have spent money on prom dresses and such. If they want to set up a dress code at the beginning of the school year and tell every student about what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate, that’s fine. But it seems that these schools are banning things on the fly, which they shouldn’t do.

I agree that the problem with boys’ clothing as opposed to girls’ is that girls have far more choices, and that boys should be banned from wearing certain things. But the idea of these bans, according to that article, is that the girls can’t wear stuff like that because the poor boys will get all distracted. So while teaching about context is important, I think it’s also important to teach these boys that it’s not a good thing to treat these girls as sex objects. I also suspect that it’s more that the school administrators don’t want to be caught leering, because obviously men can’t control themselves either!

I do agree that dress codes are perfectly fine. It’s WHEN they’re imposed is what I have a problem with. If these girls and boys knew exactly what wasn’t allowed months in advance, they wouldn’t have a leg to stand on. But sending a girl home when she gets to the prom and not refunding her money just because you think she’s dressed inappropriately? That’s crap.

tom fitzpatrick

May 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Maybe the ladies were in LUST with each other!?! =:)

Hey, it’s how I ROLL! (or drool) ;-)

I liked Iron Man 3, it was a good action movie. Little stunned at how violent it was for PG-13. Not that I was offended, but it’s definitely a hard PG-13.

The thing with the Reimer/Cuthbert thing is that their explanation (that Reimer was looking at an asshole behind Cuthbert who was taunting the Leafs) makes TOTAL sense, doesn’t it? Reimer gives the guy the death look, Cuthbert catches her eye, knows exactly what she is doing (looking at the guy) and rolls her eyes in agreement with Reimer over how much of an asshole the guy was being. Hence them both having pissed off looks on their faces, as they are both pissed off at the same guy.

How dare you apply your logic, Dread Lord and Master!!!!! The “we hate each other” explanation is far more Internetty.

Oz the Malefic

May 12, 2013 at 8:23 pm

“After Kelly inadvertently broke the Internet with her post about superhero redesigns”

Um, link?

Oz the Malefic

May 13, 2013 at 5:24 am

Never mind, somehow missed that story and couldn’t click on the tumblr at work….

Oz: It’s still a good point – I just forgot to link to it. Fixed now!

I think there’s a tough line to walk when we’re talking about discouraging teen boys from treating women as sex objects when there are teen girls who wear the kinds of clothes that deliberately draw attention to their sexuality.

And those kinds of clothes are not just distracting for boys: I work with young adults, and I hear girls commenting on how other girls are dressed far more often than I hear boys comment on how fine a girl is looking or whatever. Girls clothing, use of clothing, and commenting on other girls’ clothing to the girls’ faces or behind their backs is all part of the elaborate maneuvering to establish power relationships and a social ranking. I’m sure that most of the girls aren’t even aware that they’re doing it, but to my ears it is going on practically nonstop and what a girl is wearing or how “slutty” a girl is dressing or acting is part of the everyday conversation.

That said, I get your point about the WHEN and I think it’s a good one.

There’s a lot of horrible things going on with the NCAA that have really turned me off over the last few years. I really prefer the pros in most cases because at least they’re largely honest in their exploitation. I have a very hard time especially with the vast amounts of money sloshing around these athletic programs. There are stories all over the news about how young people are drowning in student debt and yet you see schools building even bigger stadiums or special dorms just for basketball players. It just gives me a special pukey feeling in my mouth.

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