Monday, June 13, 2005

A New Post You Say? Why, That's Brilliant!

Apologies for the lack of content, but my internet provider decided to take a dump on itself and I got s-c-r-e-w-e-d in the process. We've found a new provider that'll also bring Boomerang and the NFL Network to my cable box, a definite plus. The switch will happen Thursday, hopefully. The plan had been to go to Bell South, but they said, and I quote "The earliest we can activate service is the first week of August."

August? Good Lord, that's INSANE.

So, anyway, I'm getting the NFL Network. That's the best news EVER.

Well, except for this: The New Comic Book Galaxy

Here's something to tempt you-

"These guys had read books I'd never heard of, loaned me tapes of movies I'd never seen before and could tell me all about the straight line in art-styles traced back through John Byrne and Neal Adams to the halcyon days of Hal Foster and the photo-realists of the 1930s newspaper strips."

"At the same time, we live in a personality driven world, so it's a real boon to emphasize yourself in order to get your message across. So you do things, well, like this interview. I hope in the end that I'm bringing people to the world of comics through me rather than bringing them to me through the world of comics."

"I've got one copy of everything we've published since we've been a concern for one Galaxy reader. It's nearly a hundred comics and graphic novels. I'll throw in some t-shirts and patches and art and posters and whatever I have lying around. One big honkin' mess of cool stuff for one CBG reader."

"Please remove all the comics that smell like cat pee. Or dog pee. Or ferret pee. Or any kind of pee. I don't believe "pee" is allowed in any of the generally-accepted comic book condition grades. I don't care if it's Action Comics #1, autographed by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, and President Franklin D. cat pee comics!"

"In short, as a Galaxy reader I felt pushed into seeking out books that I enjoyed rather than just washing my hands of the comic book industry. Now, as a reviewer I can only hope that my thoughts and infrequent insights help shape the industry into what it should be: shelves full of diversity, not just one single genre. I can think of no other art form that voluntarily limits itself the way that comics do, and for the life of me I can't figure out why."

"In the most basic form, we can say that Will Eisner's opinions on comics held more weight than, say, Alan Doane's. Alan Doane's opinion holds more weight than Spawnblood69 at Newsarama, who's been reading comics for three years, ever since he realized his awesome toys had comics about them. And even ol' Spawnblood69 (God bless him) knows what he's talking about a bit more than my old Mexican neighbor who's never read a comic in his life."

"When a mini-comic clicks with you, there’s a connection between the reader and the artist that is hard to find in the slick mass-produced comics that crowd the stands of your local shop. In minis, there’s a personal feeling you get from a comic that is produced on someone’s kitchen table or living room floor. When you gaze at a screen-printed cover, you can tell how much love and care the artist put into their comic."

"Mix Ellis’ depraved imagination with one of the medium’s top artists, in this case Promethea artist J.H. Williams III, and let them run wild, free of the editorial meddling that restrains many of the corporate controlled characters, and the results should speak for themselves."

I'm not going to tell you who said what, because you really should be following the links to find out.

Take a deep breath. Smell that? That's the smell of the greatest thing to happen to the internet since Al Gore created it. And since that last part isn't true, well, that would make it the best thing ever, wouldn't it? Yes, yes it would.


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