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Sunday brunch: Links for the week of 18 – 24 August 2013

Some weeks I get to zip around the Internet a lot, but at the end of this week, I got hung up a bit. So there’s plenty from the beginning of the week!


Here’s a nice interview with Chad Nevett about the new Transmetropolitan book, among other things. Chad tries to start an Internet Feud with me, but I will resist! By the way, if you haven’t bought your copy of Shot in the Face yet (and why not?), you can get it here and here, among other places. I still haven’t gotten my copy, which I think I’m getting in the mail. So I still can’t say whether the other essays are any good, although I’m sure they’re excellent!

This is a pretty cool interview with John Romita Jr. about several topics, but of course, the fact that he dodges the question about the rape scene in Kick-Ass gets the most press. It was a weak answer, I must say.

Yet another interview, this one with Paul Pope, who talks about the DC thing he’s been caught up in recently.

Tom Bondurant breaks down DC’s editorial landscape in a fascinating article. Man, talk about too many cooks.

You’ve all seen the new Lobo, right? Sweet fancy Moses, that’s some awful redesigning. It is nice that DC, which wants to make all its women sex dolls, has decided to make at least one of its men a sex doll, too. PROGRESS!


According to this dude, if the country continues on its track, Boy Scouts will soon be able to get badges for sodomy, incest, and cannibalism. As many people have pointed out, Scouts would be a lot more intriguing if you could!

There’s really nothing to say about this story except that people are horrible. I mean, really horrible.

Via here, I saw that this guy considers Obama the first female president. I can’t decide if this is more insulting to Obama or women. It’s probably about equally insulting, though.

John Kerry says it’s harder to govern people because of the Internet. Poor Kerry!


This is a fun video about what fashion designer in 1939 thought fashion would look like in the year 2000. Some of it is fairly prescient, although the one dude looks ridonkulous even if they knew we’d have man-bags and pockets for phones.

So Prince has a new single called “Breakfast Can Wait,” which sounds like your typical Prince song (and I like Prince, so I like the bit of the song I’ve heard). On the cover of the single, Prince put Dave Chappelle, dressed as Prince. This is a real thing, people. Nice to see Prince having a sense of humor.

HitFix has been doing a series of “What If?” posts (here’s the list), and I thought the one about River Phoenix was particularly interesting. Damn, Phoenix was a great actor.

So Elmore Leonard died, and everyone was sad until someone got cast as Batman. Robot 6 linked to Leonard’s 2001 piece about rules for writing, which isn’t bad reading. Some of them I do instinctively – I’ve never liked using anything but “said,” even when it’s a question – so I guess I’m on my way!

Here are 20 *NSYNC photos that Justin Timberlake probably wishes no one would ever see again.

Can you write a creepy two-sentence story? Some of these are pretty damned good, actually, although none are really all that creepy.

This guy went to Corey Feldman’s birthday party, and man, it sounds really, really sad. Feldman had final edit on the article, too, and it still sounds really, really sad.

Here are some of the best tweets about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman. I mentioned this in Greg Hatcher’s post, but I’ll mention it again: Does anyone really care about the actors in a superhero movie? Jeebus, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans can’t act their way out of paper bags, but people went to see Thor and Captain America because they’re pretty. If you’re planning on going to see the Supes/Bats movie, you’re going to see a guy in a mask posturing with a pretty guy with a spit curl, and then some CGI ‘splosions and, let’s hope, some cool neck-snapping. You’re not going to see Affleck act, for crying out loud. As long as he can stand around and not have a beer gut, he’ll do fine. The nerdrage expended this week could light Bangladesh for a year. It’s insane. Obligatory: Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.

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Oh, too late: Here are five unsolved mysteries of life that make no sense!

And here are six movie remakes whose special effects were worse than the originals.


Football season starts next weekend and the following weekend (depending on whether you’re talking about college or professional), and while I’m not as big a football nut as I used to be, I still like watching my favorite teams. Even if you’re not a Philadelphia fan (shame on you!), this article about the Eagles and their new coach is pretty good, because, as the author points out, even if they suck, they’re probably going to be the most insane team in the league.


This is a time lapse map of climate change for the past 30 years. It’s certainly a good thing that humans have nothing to do with this!

That’s all she wrote for this week. I hope everyone has a nice day!


My favorite Affleck as Batman tweet (it should be on that list, but I ain’t clickin’) is the Richard Dreyfus one about “you read for a part, you feel good like it’s yours, and then this”. I don’t think there’s anything more to be said.

Imagine if all the nerdrage was channeled into fighting real evil in the world, like child sex trafficking. Fighting for justice and all that.

Y’know, like Batman and Superman taught us.

Anyway, creepy 2 sentence story:

Greg Burgas was allowed to post on the internet. He continues to write things.

Brr! I’m creeped out!

Travis: The Dreyfus tweet is among them. Click, damn you!!!!

Good two-sentence story. It gives me the chills!

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Honestly, I don’t think that the Warner Bros. is going to care much about what people think more than the money that they’re going to make off the movie.

As long as it’s well over the 9 digit figures. Who bloody CARES who plays Batman!?!

That’s my creepy 2 sentence story. :-)

I wish just once some Chicken Little would explain to be a) what the correct temperature is supposed to be, and b) why the last ice age ended when cavemen didn’t have SUV’s.

Ohmygosh, they’re real. I would have thought they would have fallen off the edge of the earth by now.

Obama being the first woman president reminds of hearing people say Clinton was the first black president. I was baffled by that, too.

I’m still enjoying Batfleck. I hope they cast a female Robin. People would go INSANE. Especially if she were a minority.

Buttler, yes they’re real. It’s always surprising to find one, though.

“I wish just once some Chicken Little would explain to be a) what the correct temperature is supposed to be, and b) why the last ice age ended when cavemen didn’t have SUV’s.”
You’ll find bona fide, scientific explanations here:
I taught a critical thinking through writing course for freshman at Carnegie Mellon that used global warming as the topic (this was from 2004-2008). I had a lot of students of various political persuasion, and most were science and engineering majors (i.e. sort of a-political and pragmatic). Anyway, their job was to assess the science, the state of the social controversy, and to make an argument about how to deal with global warming (if at all) based on the materials provided and their own research. I didn’t get a single essay arguing that there was reason not to believe humans were causing the earth to heat. I had a lot of students argue that it didn’t matter, because we’d obviously find a scientific solution. None went full marxist, arguing that consumer culture and capitalism was to blame. But the basic point, is not a single person, not even the kid who cited Sean Hannity and Michael Crichton as sources, tried to argue that there was anything like a scientific controversy, or that we didn’t have a legitimate problem on our hands. In fact, the Hannity/Crichton kid made the argument that as bad as climate change was for most people, there was money to be made from it, and thus good for America.

So DC has decided to go back to the “forgetting about the parody aspects” take on Lobo?

I think the old Lobo would want to kick the new Lobo’s ass.

Michael P: Lobo parodied everything that DC is these days, so they’re definitely trying to forget it!

Toozin: Too true!

I’m not defending the new Lobo look–far from it–but it’s actually pretty close to the way he looked when he first appeared. Closer than he’s looked in ages, anyway.

Greg, nice job on your chapter in the Transmet book. The treatment of Channon, Yelena, and minor female characters bugged me, too, and you made a good case as to why. Considering that Ellis had written such powerful female characters as Jenny Sparks and Jaine Cutter, his inability to bring the Transmet characters to their full potential is surprising. Anyway, well done, sir!

Thanks, Mike. I went in thinking I’d write about something completely different, and as I re-read it, I just started noticing things. I like the fact that he writes a lot of women, but I do think he does it better in other books. If only I would get my copy so I could read the other essays!!!! :)

P. Boz said : “I’m still enjoying Batfleck. I hope they cast a female Robin. People would go INSANE. Especially if she were a minority.”

It depends on how many elements in the “Batman : The Dark Knight Returns” comic they draw from. (in interviews Zack Snyder has said he is an immense fan of that story) Since the director Zack Snyder is meeting with Frank Miller as a consultant on the film, it is definitely possible that Carrie Kelly as Robin would be included. But they may not have any Robin, in order to have more time to focus on Batman and Superman interaction.

Honestly, the only cinematic Robin I would have any interest in seeing IS Carrie Kelly. It would take balls for Warner to include her…I bet they would think it’s too risky, though.

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