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March 05, 2008

The Order of the Stick eulogizes Gygax

Giant In the Playground Games

I'm not sure it's possible to overstate how much Gary Gygax improved the lives of nerds in this world.

I'm working on a post about it. Stay tuned.

March 04, 2008

Big Brother with a Bleeding Heart: Berlatsky looks at the politics of Alan Moore

The Hooded Utilitarian: Big Brother With a Bleeding Heart

As I said, on the surface Watchmen seems to start with many of the same preconceptions and come to many of the same conclusions. But it s much more ambivalent about the future it imagines, and as a result it s a whole lot more convincing. For maybe the only time in his oeuvre, Moore s villain here isn t the fascists or the right. Instead it s the liberal one-worlder Adrien Veidt.

Turning the tables on his own political sympathies like this seems to have freed Moore up in a way he rarely managed before or since. In V, for example, all of Moore s fascists are pretty much stock villains -- they re vicious thugs, mostly sexually perverted in extremely unpleasant ways. Finch is sympathetic, of course -- but he doesn t really believe in the ideology. In Watchmen, on the other hand, the fascist nut-jobs are some of the most sympathetic characters. Rorschach is probably the character who gets the most screen time, and he s...well, lovable. He s got tons of touching moments, from the grandiose when he tries to rescue the kidnapped girl to the small when he tells Dan he s been a good friend. The Comedian s hard to hate, too; he s an amoral, violent jerk, but also vulnerable and insightful and, yeah, it s just not hard to see why Sally fell for him.

Veidt s sympathetic too, of course, but the point is that there are genuinely different perspectives in Watchmen, and as a result the sense of inevitability and moral certainty that can pervade and deaden Moore s writing from V all the way to Lost Girls OPENs up. I mean, the idea of time and narrative as immutable is certainly in the book, but it s tied specifically to Jon, and while he s obviously cosmically powered diagetically, in the overall composition of the story he s got much less motive force than V did. Jon can insist that people s choices don t really matter and everything is already determined, but the narrative ends on a question mark; Veidt, for all his smarts and planning, isn t sure if things will work out, and neither are we.

February 28, 2008

I love me some Ellen Forney and some sex comix

Reverse Cowgirl, always recommended. via bookslutblog | The Reverse Cowgirl...

February 26, 2008

Garfield without Garfield

garfield minus garfield

Just what the title says. And it magically turns an unfunny comic about a cat into a story about a lonely man's descent into madness.

Warren Ellis to quit writing

Twitter / Warren Ellis: I have just finished readin...

I have just finished reading The Baroque Cycle of Neal Stephenson, and feel like giving up writing entirely.

Just kidding.

February 25, 2008

What if today's comics had been made in the Golden Age?

Mightygodking.com � Blog Archive � Rampant Plagiarism

These are brilliant.

The continuum of fruit

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

February 24, 2008

Freakangels Episode 0002

FREAKANGELS is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren...

February 23, 2008

Abhay FTW: The Savage Critic(s) on Fantastic Comics #24

The Savage Critc(s) | Abhay Slops Out Some Reviews; Just...

The Adventures of Jesus-Man!

hyperdeathbabies.com | The Adventures of Jesus-Man!...

February 21, 2008

Get Your War On!

www.mnftiu.cc | get your war on | page 72

February 20, 2008

Penny Arcade: The areas of our expertise

Penny Arcade! - The Areas Of Our Expertise

This is pretty much my lifestyle

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

Seriously, I should get this tattooed on me somewhere prominent.

February 19, 2008

Bring It On in 30 seconds

Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog � Blog Archive � Bring It On Week: The Rundown

February 15, 2008

Freakangels has arrived

Free Web comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by...

February 13, 2008

Elliswatch: Freakangels countdown