Not much to say for myself, as what little free time I have left after childcare, family time and work has been sucked up by uploading stuff onto my new iPod (a true thing of beauty; I named it Douglas) so let’s see what’s out there.
Chris at Crisis/Boring Change talks about The Replacements with comics writer Will Pfeifer, and their conversation really makes me wish I had been into the band when they were still a going concern. Stupid being born too late! Anyway, Pfeifer also gives his own personal ‘Mats “Greatest Hits” list, so that’s still more iPod uploading I have to look forward to. This is my blessing, this is my curse. Who am I? I’m an iPod addict. (Honestly, though, Pfeifer's list is dead on... the only addition I'd make would be their cover of the "Cruella De Vil" song from 101 Dalmations.)
Joe Rice at Listen to Us, We're Right fawns over a 2 page Frank Quitely splash spread from the upcoming All-Star Superman. I’ve never been a big Quitely fan (Why does everyone he draws have those weirdly pursed lips? It’s like Planet of the Kissing Bandits or something.), but I have to admit that it’s a pretty impressive sight to behold (and beaucoupkevin posts an image link on the comments page of the thread that looks even cooler still.
Mike Sterling has been cursing the darkness, because he’s out of candles, since 1969 (among a myriad of other actions), but the man does have the occasional good idea. The other day he wondered out loud (well, in electronic print on a screen, actually) about the chances for a Tales of the Beanworld revival. It’s a long shot, to be sure, but I think it could be done if the first four trade paperbacks were brought back into print along with a new volume to finish reprinting the original series and the stories that ran in, um, whatever anthology series they ran in. I could check, but I’m too lazy to do so. Mike names it. Admittedly, I may be trying to delude myself slightly here because I would personally love to see the Beans come back, but I always figured that a collected Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck, affordable reprints of Little Lulu and the return of The Maze Agency were long shots, too, and those all came to pass, so anything is possible.
Ooh, speaking of which, the new Maze Agency series and trade paperback from IDW are both in the current Previews. Go pre-order them right now. It’s the best mystery series in comics, and it makes me happy, and if it goes away again because it wasn’t popular enough, I’ll come to your houses and tear up all your Grant Morrison comics. And then I’ll go after your Kochalka comics. Don’t think I won’t!
Finally, the coolest thing I’ve seen on TV these past few weeks (besides all the sex and violence on Rome): there was an ad on TBS for some Steven Seagal movie or other they were showing (Sucking Chest Wound, maybe, or Really Painful Paper Cut? They all flow together after awhile… anyway, it wasn’t the lone watchable Seagal film, Under Siege), and the movie review quote they used to market it was something to the effect of “Seagal is funnier by accident than most comedians are on purpose.” How great is that? It’s like the programmers at TBS popping up on the screen and saying “Look, this movie sucks, but we paid for it for some reason, so we feel obligated to show it. If nothing else, it’s good for a few laughs. We’ll show some Seinfeld right after. Maybe even some Family Guy. Promise.” And here I thought "honesty in television" was a contradiction in terms.