- Marvel Comics and Fox have hired Mark Millar to oversee the next batch of comic properties to the big screen. I think “creative consultant” is the official term. Fox owns the rights to things like X-Men (and therefor Deadpool, which may or may not get off the ground), Fantastic Four, Daredevil. Any of you who have read Mark Millar probably know how big of a risk this is. The guy is
a terrible not a very good writer. His characters and plots and tropes kind-of reek of adolescent worldviews that do nothing but downgrade the iconic characters who’s mouths he shoves the words of a 15 year old boy. Which is of course fine when it’s his creator-owned stuff. But Kick-Ass the film only succeeded because it was funny and didn’t take itself that seriously. Kick-Ass the comic is far more serious. And it’s kind-of a pile of shit to be honest about it. Of course, that link up there goes to an Examiner article where they think this is a good idea, so maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about. I wonder if they’ve read any Mark Millar.
- Topless Robot: The Seven Greatest Drunks In Nerddom.
- Really excellent, academic write up on Alan Moore’s From Hell, and why it stands apart from the rest of his work.
In subject matter, history, and art style, From Hell stands apart from other works written by Alan Moore, but that hasn’t made it obscure, rather notorious. If its Jack the Ripper subject matter was less well-known in the popular imagination, perhaps it would have been viewed as a more “indie” work like Snakes and Ladders or The Birth Caul as adapted by Campbell. The work itself deserves to be notorious for a host of reasons, but within the context of both Moore’s life, and Eddie Campbell’s, who illustrated it, it stands as a megalith that changed the direction of their future output.
- Interview with Pulitzer Prize winning author David Shipler, who is concerned with things like centralized power, liberty, and imperialism. Or… he’s what you would call a real conservative.
We’re still in this period of deviation from our fundamental constitutional protections. It’s going to be a very difficult period to end and I think there are several reasons. One is that there will be no obvious or dramatic signing ceremony that will end terrorism. The violations are done mostly in secret, therefore we will need a thorough exposure, a truth and reconciliation commission, a Church Committee, which did an excellent job of documenting the abuses by government agencies led by the FBI, including military intelligence, the IRS, the NSA, and others from the ’50s to the ’70s. Violations are not currently seen as a systemic failure, although they are in fact the product of systemic failures.
- Go and play around with this “Society of 12″ website. It’s intriguing.
- Hey, here’s this(!):