Dr Strange

 

Oh I am going to bitch. I am going to bitch for so long and loud you would want to slap me if you were in my presence. I just watched the new trailer for DR STRANGE (above, duh), and I am five times past Friday, I’m bent.

So we have The Car Crash (check), The Fucked Up Hands (check), The Trek to Tibet (check)… and then it looks like everything goes to shit. Seriously. Cumberbatch pulls on a semi-passable Dr Strange outfit, but in the action/battle sequences featured in the trailer, he might as well be Superman. And that’s not Dr Strange.

Dr Strange was about dreams and nightmares. It was about traveling to other dimensions. It was about fighting a villain named DORMAMMU. It was weird and strange, man, it was a great comic. And this film doesn’t evoke any of that. It looks like a fucking Superman movie.

One last thing. I don’t understand why the makers of these films don’t utilize and adapt the visual elements of the original comics. I want to see a Fantastic Four movie directed and photographed by Jack Kirby, I want to see a Dr Strange movie that captures and reflects Steve Dikto. Filmmakers can do this shit. And there are lot of talented designers out there. Yes, you CAN make a Fantastic Four movie that looks Kirby drew/designed every frame.

But this Dr Strange shit… again, it’s a matter of appropriation, and laziness. And it sucks.

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The Trailer for the Shitty New Fantastic Four Movie, and Nick Mamatas’ Doctor Druid Teaser Treatment in Ten Tweets

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Really, this was one of the highlights of my day.
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Monday, October the 13th, Brought to you by Darth Vader

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DARTH VADER is the twitter handle of @DepressedDarth, a rabid and sleepless Star Wars superfan who delivers very funny SW shit on a daily basis. So I thought I’d offer an alternative to all the “HAIL CTHULHU! COME, DARKNESS!” posts today on this, Monday the 13th of October wherein, fuck yeah, we have plenty to be PLENTY scared of. If you’re a parent, it’s Enterovirus 68. If you’re paranoid (and who isn’t), it’s Ebola. If you’re a red bloodied Republican who’s quietly (or not so quietly) hated Obama’s black fucking guts for the last six years and now you turn on your TV and LOOK! Why that damn darkie has allowed Iraq to fall to pieces, completely dismantling all of George W.’s good work and those ISIS bastards are using guns and tanks we gave them and on and on but really, if you’re a red bloodied Republican on Monday the 13th of October you might be mad but red bloodied Republicans aren’t scared of shit, are you. You’re especially not afraid of these ISIS bums. ISIS? ISIS? What kinda name is that for an army, wasn’t Isis some Egyptian bitch who fucked Caesar or built the Sphinx or something? For if you are indeed a red bloodied Republican with a framed picture of Schwarzkopf on the mantel there ain’t no way on God’s green Earth that you could ever ever possibly be afraid of a woman, not even on Monday the 13th of October. Nope. Not you. A bitch? Come on. But RBR, look at the time! Time for bed, off we go. It must be strange to live without fear, RBR. I kind of feel sorry for you—I mean, fuck, you’re never going to buy one of my books except perhaps in my wildest dreams when you hold it up on big media and scream BLASPHEMY or something—but Red Bloodied Republican, I genuinely feel sorry for you. So as a one-time Draxian gesture I have arranged a special gift, a nightmare. Tonight. 2:47 am. Not masked gunmen kicking in your door nor the White House blowing up but the spectral and burning visage of Isis, her hand at your throat, a knife at her side, the Nile rising behind her like a tsunami to drown you in the waters you fear the most, the red rivers of woman.

No, really, you don’t have to thank me, RBR. The pleasure? All mine.

Because I finally fell into the proper wavelength of October today. The fear. The weird. It felt good to embrace it, embrace fear. Even as my world explodes around me, I find myself laughing a lot. Because I’m so full fear that when a bomb doesn’t go off for a full five minutes suddenly there’s something hilarious in my world. I’m still afraid. But it feels so good to laugh.

THUS

STAR WARS collected / created by @DepressedDarth

 

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See? A little ha ha never hurt anyone on Monday October 13…

Oh, shit. It was Columbus Day, wasn’t it.

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This is Kirby: Galactus-Centric, My Son’s Graphic Education, and a Few Words from Stan Lee

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All Hail The King. Happy Birthday, Mighty Jack Kirby.

My son is ten years old. He draws comics all the time, and he’s into everything. All the Marvel and DC characters, the ninja turtles, kaiju, all the shit that’s on the kid tv channels (some of which are actually very charming), but fuck me, time and again, when he finds an image online that he likes that is a Marvel character, nine times out of ten, man—

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It’s Jack goddamn Kirby.

(And not just Galactus. I’m just using three images of the Big G to make graphic points. I’m into unity these days.)

When my son brings me an image he likes and it’s Kirby, I’m always delighted. I always take the time to trace and point out the visual elements of the picture, how it works—big, small, contrast, perspective, light, dark, etc—and he gets it. I see it in his work the next day.

In full disclosure, I should say I do NOT offer such detailed analysis to every comic image Damien shares with me. Example: If it’s Superman punching through a planet and it’s awesome and it’s drawn by Jim Lee, I’ll look at it and concur, “Awesome!” But I won’t talk about it the way I talk about Kirby.

This might be my son’s favorite Kirby image:

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My son is ten years old. If he could paint the Mona Lisa, it would look like this. Two of his favorite characters in pitched battle with superb graphic design—look at that hand, man!

Rounding this out with a few words from STAN LEE, cribbed from Neil Gaiman’s Tumbler

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 … And we talk it out. Lately, I’ve had Roy Thomas come in, and he sits and makes notes while we discuss it. Then he types them up which gives us a written synopsis. Originally-I have a little tape recorder-I had tried taping it, but then I found no one on staff has time to listen to the tape again later. But this way he makes notes, types it quickly, I get a carbon, the artist gets a carbon…so we don’t have to worry that we’ll forget what we’ve said. Then the artist goes home…or wherever he goes…and he draws the thing out, brings it back, and I put the copy in after he’s drawn the story based on the plot I’ve given him. Now this varies with the different artists. Some artists, of course, need a more detailed plot than others. Some artists, such as Jack Kirby, need no plot at all. I mean I’ll just say to Jack, ‘Let’s make the next villain be Dr. Doom’… or I may not even say that. He may tell me. And then he goes home and does it. He’s good at plots. I’m sure he’s a thousand times better than I. He just about makes up the plots for these stories. All I do is a little editing… I may tell him he’s gone too far in one direction or another. Of course, occasionally I’ll give him a plot, but we’re practically both the writers on the things. 

All Hail The King.

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“Floaty Witch” by Becky Munich

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Isn’t this lovely? Christ, I wish she’d agree to create a comical book w/ yours truly! But she won’t, because I’m such an absolute bastard. Perfectly understandable. In the meantime, you are invited to enjoy her inestimable work on instagram.

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CYBERSTORM the soundtrack: complete tracklist and links

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Original illustration by Masamuni Shiro

MUCH TO MY SURPRISE, a few warped individuals with a taste for the quaint actually sort of enjoyed Cyberstorm, the ancient comic I made with my friend Bill in the summer of 1987. One enthusiast claimed he could easily imagine the snyth-laden 80’s soundtrack as he scrolled through 14 pages of “heavy metal heart throbbing action.” Well, ask and ye shall receive, young one, for such a soundtrack already exists and has been collecting dust for a heart throbbing 26 years! Heavy on the synths and sounding very sci-fi and action-packed indeed, recorded on very un-glorious and oh-so-easily-damaged magnetic cassette tape.

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Looks clean but she has quite the magnetic wobble.

Tracklist

1. RUSH, Red Sector A

2. Robert Tepper, There’s No Easy Way Out

3. James Horner, ALIENS: “Futile Escape” [at 3:05]

4.  Jean-Michel Jarre, Rendez-Vous [2:54 — 13:50]

5. RUSH, Afterimage

6. Giorgio Moroder, CAT PEOPLE: “Paul’s Theme / To the Bridge”

7. Stuart Adamson, Restless Natives [not same version as on 1987 mix]

8. RUSH, Distant Early Warning

9. RUSH, The Enemy Within

Ah, how can I explain the sins of 22 year-old DJ Drax…

I wanted a certain, unified sound with some “real rock” for the killer battle scenes and such (and the planned delusional music videos, from THE MOVIE, which everyone would love, and Bill and I would be wicked mega rich, etc), so I stuck with RUSH, whose most recent album at the time, Grace Under Pressure, was wall-to-wall “action” and “science fiction” and I wanted the soundtrack to sound “like that.” You know, the George Lucas method. George points and says, “Like this! Copy this!” Oh, that’s not fair.

Anyway. Enjoy.

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The Cats of Ulthar, by Lovecraft and Thompson

The Cats of Ulthar, Page 1.

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Jeffrey Catherine Jones’ Workspace

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An Update on BETTER THINGS

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Maria Cabardo wrote:

NEW UPDATE!!! DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE FROM ARTISTS WILLING TO DONATE ARTWORK, THE PAGE COUNT HAS NOW BEEN RAISED TO 64 PAGES!!!! HOWEVER, IT WILL STILL HAVE A LIMITED PRINT RUN, SO RESERVE A COPY NOW WHILE YOU STILL CAN! HELP THE FILM BE SHOWN AND GET A GREAT ARTBOOK IN RETURN! HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

 

 

Please consider helping — $8,040 Raised of $30,000 Goal

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The TERRIFYING DEPTHS OF EVIL ALCOHOL, Revealed

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It’s so true. Cartoon by Frank Cotham for The New Yorker.

For more: http://nyr.kr/12VSHef

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Sunday Comics: “The Artist’s Model” by Crumb

The Artist’s Model admiring her own beauty as reflected in the mirror—that soulful dark beauty which men since time immemorial have idealized.

— Robert Crumb

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