This & That

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies out there, but most especially to my own mom (who doesn't read this, but still...) and Erin (who does read this when she gets bored at work). Enjoy your day!



I've discovered my new Stupid Mutant Power: I can make comic book companies decide to collect stuff in trade paperback form. For example, a few months back, I decided to finally get around to trying to complete my run of DC's Shazam series from the 70s, so I went about it and assembled a good chunk of the issues I needed (including the usually-pricey 100 pagers). Then, this morning, I see this (via Dorian, who got it from Newsarama):

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SHAZAM VOL. 1 TP Writers: Dennis O'Neil, E. Nelson Bridwell and Elliot S. Maggin. Artists: C.C. Beck, Kurt Schaffenberger, Bob Oksner, Dave Cockrum, Alan Weiss, Dick Giordano, Don Newton, Tenny Henson, Bob Wiacek, Vince Colletta, Tex Blaisdell, Bob Smith and Joe Rubinstein. Collects stories from SHAZAM #1-24, 26-35$16.99, 560 pages
So, you know, great news and all, but also mildly infuriating. I've got too many of the original issues to stop getting those now, but I'll probably end up getting the book, anyway - it'll be nice to have a nice huge chunk of these stories in a format I'll be able to share with Liam more easily when he's older, you know? Also, this appears to collect the DC created stories only, so all the great Fawcett reprints are reason enough to keep buying the singles.

(Also, the list says we're getting Showcases for Phantom Stranger and 60s Batman - the "new look era," not "Time Travel Crimes on Venus" stuff - as well as a Marvel Family Archive and an Earth-2 Huntress collection, among other awesome things. Where do I get my "Paul Levitz is My Master Now" t-shirt?)

So where was I? Oh yeah, my stupid mutant power. This isn't the first time this has happened to me in the past few years. I decide to check out Nova, and then bam, Essential Nova is announced by Marvel. I give the Moench/Sienkiewicz Moon Knight a shot, and again, bam, Essential Moon Knight. I even checked out Jack Kirby's Black Panther series, figuring there's no way in hell that'd ever see the light of day again, but nope, it gets collected, too. And though it took a few years, I suspect my picking up Little Lulu back issues had something to do with Dark Horse's decision to collect that series, too.

So is there anything out there you wanna see collected? ACG's Herbie? Lee Elias's Black Cat? The complete run of Crockett Johnson's Barnaby? More of the Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire Justice League? Ambush Bug? Maybe I can work my mojo and make it happen.



An open letter to the people who are causing gas prices to be so high, whoever you are:

Dear people who are causing gas prices to be so high, whoever you are.

I sincerely hope that all of you are forcibly, viciously sodomized by grizzly bears.

Sincerely,
Bill



When the original Battlestar Galactica mini-series ran on the Sci-Fi Channel a couple of years ago, I got bored and turned it off after about a half-hour. But I've heard so many great things about it and the subsequent series since then I figured I'd give it another shot, and I got the DVD of the mini-series from Netflix the other day.

And dammit, they got me. I don't know what changed between then and now, but I'm hooked. I'm not even finished with the first half of the mini-series yet, and I'm hooked. Like I have time to watch another show right now! This is the reason I still haven't rented Firefly.

My only complaint is that so many characters are introduced early on that it's hard to pick up on everybody's name. For instance, who is the black-haired woman who works on the flight deck crew? She's really cute.

UPDATED: Okay, I found she's Crewman Specialist Cally, as played by Nicki Clyne. Thanks for aiding and abetting my crushes on fictional characters and the actresses who play them, Google & IMDB!



Ideally, we have a "no food or beverages" rule at the library, but we don't enforce it too often anymore. Partially because it's frustrating to get people to follow a rule that most of 'em ignore anyway, but mostly because it's sort of hypocritical when you consider that someone had the genius idea of putting a coffee shop in the same building, not 50 feet from the circulation desk. So we've learned to turn a blind eye to most of the food that makes its way into building. It doesn't mean we don't notice some of the more unusual examples though.

Like this morning: a kid brings in water and bananas. But we're not talking about a little water bottle and a couple of small bananas. He had a full gallon jug and an entire bunch of large bananas. That's just bizarre. Finals Week usually brings the weirdos out to play, but potassium freaks testing their bladder volume? That's a new one.



Over on his blog, Evan Dorkin was asking folks what 3 to 5 pieces of comic art (of everything published ever - cover, page, strip, panel, whatever) they would like to own if they could indeed own any piece of comic art ever. I came up with 8 (I never was good with limits):

  • One of three daily Peanuts strips. Either the one where Chuck tells Franklin "Where I come from, I'm not known for doing things right;" the one where he's lying in bed and says sometimes he asks "why me" and then a voice says "Nothing personal, your name just happened to come up;" or the one where Rerun talks about becoming an underground cartoonist.
  • The cover to Love & Rockets vol. 2 #1, the police line-up with the various versions of Maggie
  • The famous Steranko page with Nick Fury and Val enjoying a little alone time, the one Marvel changed the last panel on, replacing the image of Nick and Val embracing with an an allegedly less suggestive (but actually incredibly phallic) shot of Fury's gun in his holster.
  • The Calvin & Hobbes "Tyrannosaurs in F-14s!" Sunday page.
  • Any Barks Uncle Scrooge page, though preferably one of Scrooge discovering some famous treasure, or at least swimming in the money bin.
  • An Eisner Spirit splash page - clever use of the lettering of "The Spirit" as buildings or something a must.
  • The Kirby splash of Reed entering the Negative Zone in FF #51 (even if most of it is collage-type stuff).
  • I forget the issue number, but the George Perez LSH cover showing Superboy and the entire Legion.

And that was just off the top of my head. Given time and space, I'm sure I could come up with dozens more.

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