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  1. Josh

    RIP Spain Rodriguez

    Oh wow. I grew up as a teenager to U.S. underground comics, which started to be published in a big way in the 1970s, so I saw these as they came out. I hadn't heard of either of the titles Christian mentioned in his original post, but Spain also did many multiple page one-offs. One I read was about Josef Stalin, one about what happened with a motorcyclist club called the Road Vultures at a biker event, and there were a bunch more. It's funny. You read some things as a young person, especially something that's part of a cultural movement, and they were good enough that you remember them decades later. And that time period cements itself into a part of your mind as current, though of course it isn't. You get to be a lot older. And then you find out the amazing artist or writer who created whatever it was that stuck in your mind so strongly has died. You know that they must have been older than you if you read their work when you were a kid, and then you also consider that creators within that particular cultural movement had a great likelihood of being hard partiers and drug users. So their deaths coming at this later point in your life can't really be a surprise. But still, they can hit you hard anyway. Though I haven't seen everything he's drawn or read everything he's written, I feel safe in recommending any of his work. And I've just reserved for myself a copy of Trashman lives! : the collected stories from 1968 to 1985 / by Spain at the library.
  2. This makes the most sense to me. I'd only disagree with the last clause; the London overlay would be habit by now, though a little time in Liverpool might bring out a bit of the original accent to anyone who is paying attention, especially if that's Constantine's intention. As to which cultural figure's voice would be best, I don't have enough handle on British cultural figures or British accents. I often can't tell British accents from those of other Commonwealth countries. But some time spent in London would probably be fascinating for all the distinctly different accents in one place.
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    The webcomics thread

    Great find, Husamuddin! And while I don't know what will happen, I'm very much looking forward to Sombath kicking the river goddess's ass. http://girlamatic.com/godseeker/2010/03/22/80/
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    The webcomics thread

    I am, but I can let it slip for weeks at a time. They've been in that castle fussing with the same stuff for far too long now. Btw, good superhero strip, Red, and great one, Husamuddin! (I don't think Red will feel slighted by this, since he might agree with it.)
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    The webcomics thread

    The trouble at Keenspot: http://www.fleen.com/archives/2009/12/22/some-days-i-feel-like-a-real-goddamn-journalist/
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    The webcomics thread

    Ah, the holiday season: http://devilspanties.keenspot.com/d/20100106.html
  7. In that regard, Garth "the biggest closet case since Norman Mailer" Ennis is in a class by himself.
  8. I'd hope that they'd have more sense than to try that. I don't get the impression that the reason they bought out Marvel is because they want Mark Millar and Brian Michael Bendis scripting funny animal comics, at least. Sonic the Hedgehog isn't Disney, is it? No. (It's Archie Comics the last time I checked.)
  9. I should add, though, that the comic-writing world still has a little trouble writing gay characters that feel real (at least to me). That's certainly not true of every single gay character, but it isn't too uncommon either.
  10. Good article, Greg! And good sequel to your article about black characters in comics. I have to echo the "depressing" remark. Are so many comic fans really that backward? Great. It's funny how some people in favored groups get to feel entitled to seeing portrayals of only people like themselves, or at least get used to it and comfortable with it, especially after the media have fed them on a diet of straights only or almost exclusively white shows and movies, never mind comics. Addition - Though I do think that people of color have often been introduced to entertainment fare for younger people because they, more so than older generations, grew up around a mix of ethnicities and would think it strange that something they watched/read didn't have any people of color in it. Comics, though, are now read mostly by adults, not children, so maybe that's why they, and especially a traditional genre like superhero books, lag behind television and the movies in ethnic diversity. Or so it seems to me anyway.
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    Right. Ah. I definitely liked that titled and have a bunch of them (perhaps including the issue from which that panel came). I don't remember what happened to it ultimately.
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    From Small Favors, right?
  13. To be humbly honest, it was pretty much what I remembered of some panels from a reprint of the original Jonah Hex title. But I think its effectiveness is yet another example of the rightness of keeping to the substance and spirit of the original material when making a comic book movie. (Which I yet again wish fervently that the makers of Constantine had done.) Comic book panels make such good story boards! I can see in my minds eye, now more clearly than ever, what a faithful Hellblazer movie might have looked. It would have appeared low-key much of the time, with asshole bartenders and non-glitzily attractive toughmouthed women in downscale pubs a man in a rumpled trenchcoat at the end of the bar drinking alone and looking like he wants to be disturbed by no one. It could be established early that he's a drinker, that he knows a few people, that maybe not all of them like him, that he's a smartass, and that he seems not to be gainfully employed. He'd be played by a man with an attractive Anglo-Saxon face with looks a little worse for wear, perhaps due to dissipation. Next he can either be approached by someone, thereby starting a typical Constantine adventure started by someone asking for his help. Or he can leave the pub and go walk out on the street for a bit. Maybe he can summon Chaz and they can talk for a bit, establishing their relationship. Chaz would be played by a middle-aged man in good shape who is as tall as Constantine but a bit stockier with a full head of black hair. If they just talk on the sidewalk or Chaz drives John for a short distance, John can go back to his apartment, which would be the typical apartment that he always seems to have, unpretentious to say the least, and he can settle in. But maybe there could be some weird artifacts in the background when he ignores as routine. Perhaps he could have a difficult phone conversation with Kit, briefly looking more stressed or annoyed after the call than before, but then grumblingly letting that go. During the call Kit could make a cryptic, disapproving remark about "that stuff you're into" or however she would really phrase it. John's basic character and core relationships could be established without getting into the magic at first other than hinting at it. He would mostly be an ordinary man, but one who somehow captures and keeps the viewers interest. Then things could slowly get weirder, and John's relationship with the occult can firm up and gain clarity in the eyes of the audience. Special effects would be used sparingly and in a way that would contrast strongly with the ordinariness of John's life but still somehow belong to it. The movie would be character- rather than action-driven. It would be cheaper to make than Constantine was, with some of the money saved spent on better writers, and at least some kind of consulting with Ennis, Ellis, Carey, other longterm writers and even Delano if he was willing. I don't know if what I've written in the last three paragraphs is any good, but it's one hell of a lot better than what we got from Time-Warner and that music video director.
  14. I really would like to see a good treatment of Jonah Hex on the silver screen. Hopefully this will fit the bill. I guess it's not surprising they have some piece of ass on the movie poster with him: video entertainment has gotten to be very T&A over the past number of years. I think it would have been better to see Hex walking down the main street of some western small town with the "solid citizens" of the town (mayor, richest man and such) looking on him with disapproval and worry, perhaps with the poster art implying heroism and/or other possible redeeming qualities in Hex in defiance of "respectable" opinion.
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