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Mindless Pleasures


Thursday, February 10, 2011

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As of one week ago today, I finally finished Gravity’s Rainbow. Now that I’ve read the whole thing, I can more responsibly ponder the Frank Miller question. While I’m still not a fan of the actual cover he produced, I also still think his selection makes a lot of sense: there’s a ton of comic-book imagery in the novel, and many of Miller’s themes (militarism, noirish overcomplicated plots, skeezy sex, fascism) are present. The more focused and disciplined Ronin-era Miller would probably have done a better job, but that was clearly not in the cards. In any case, let’s move on from Miller — it is more fun to speculate about other cartoonists who might have worked even better.

Assuming you wanted to stick with a modern-era superhero artist, Howard Chaykin is one obvious (and arguably more apt) choice. The late Jack Cole, who is referenced often in the story itself, would have been pretty much perfect, though obviously he was unavailable for cover duty. While we’re dreaming, Jack Kirby initially seems like a good fit, but there’s a certain nobility in even Kirby’s saddest comics that would be far out of place in the corrupt, fallen world of GR. That thought leads, of course, to perhaps Kirby’s greatest descendant, Gary Panter, who is ultimately the one and only obvious choice for the assignment.

But there’s no reason to restrict this game to just one book. (more…)

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Comics Blather Sells … But Who’s Buying?


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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This isn’t much really, especially split three ways, but it’s a lot better than the $0.00 I’ve actually made on this so far. I want a raise, Dan.

My blog is worth $29,356.08.
How much is your blog worth?

[Via Paul DiFi.]

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I Can’t Resist


Thursday, November 15, 2007

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I’m supposed to be doing some accounting, but comics is more fun. Just kidding, everybody. Those royalty statements will be right on time. Um….yeah. Heh heh. Anyhow, here is a Basil Wolverton Mickey Mouse strip from the 1940s. I don’t know much about it. Found it in the much-discussed Graphic Story Magazine. This time from issue 12. It’s too awesome not to post. I hope I don’t get sued. Then I’d really have to do some accounting.

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You Must Be REALLY Smart


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

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I have a real hate/love/hate relationship with these things, but hey:

cash advance

[Via Notes from the Lounge.]

Which reminds me — Comics Comics is not just for kids any more!

It must be Frank’s influence.

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