Friday, December 29, 2006

Stephen Colbert's Big Break

John Layman and I are writing Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen of Alpha Squad 7, an Oni Press comic based on the visionary space epic created by America's ballsiest pundit. The first issue hits sequential art boutiques in March, which means that now is the time to ask your comicier to order your copy. Make that copies.

Click on the Official Poster to experience the exciting big-enough-to-read version.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

City Outlives Ford

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Nation mourns talent scout who discovered Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and George H. W. Bush.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Friday, December 22, 2006

Who Is The Mystery Man?

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One possible answer here.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Taft, Hartley, God, Archie

They Hate Us Because We Love Freedom:

The US Army is considering measures to force striking workers back to their jobs at a Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Kansas in the face of a looming shortage of tyres for Humvee trucks and other military equipment used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
• The Seattle Times decided to publish today, which is good because Mark Rahner reviewed four video games including Marvel Ultimate Alliance and--joy of joys--Left Behind:
In the real-time strategy action — and by "action," I mean "tedium and frustration" — you control puny humans from high above. (You're not God, or the controls would be less awkward and you'd be able to see everything better.) Your goal: convert as many people in New York City as possible to the side of God, and keep them through prayer. Things that weaken the converts include guitar music and swearing. Just think what HBO would do.
Archie Comics get shocking new look [via Metafilter]:

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Monday, December 18, 2006

"Help Me Find A Shovel, Doc."

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Rev. Ted Haggard's escort sells a book.

Great Dave Zirin column about the Knicks-Nuggets brawl:

Young black men scuffling, even scuffling in a way that would make foxy boxing seem threatening, has become cause for an astounding amount of public hand-wringing.
Very bad day for 52 species of animals and plants.

Joe Barbera takes "limited animation" to new extreme.

Laura Bush to fake her death.

John Carpenter's The Thing remake planned.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Dan Daredevil

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When artiste Chris "The Filth" Weston ( know he has other credits, I just like calling him "The Filth") saw the poster for Frank Miller's upcoming movie of Will Eisner's The Spirit, it inspired him to go Miller on another classic comics hero:

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Dan Dare at Wikipedia

Chris' blog (Currently very active)

Chris at Amazon

Miller's Spirit movie

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

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Let's try an experiment. I have a mailing list where you can receive occasional (one to three times a month) updates on my work; you can subscribe by sending an email to stuartcomics at mindspring.com . (Except don't use the "at," dumbass!) Here's a slightly abridged version of the latest mailer, minus the backlist listings. If you like it...you know what to do!

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Welcome to Stuart Moore Mailer #56. Some miscellaneous December madness:

• My final issue of FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MAN, issue #32, is in stores this Wednesday, December 13th. It's an epilogue to the storyline "In My Father's House," bringing this run of FIRESTORM to a thematic conclusion. Jamal Igle returned to fully pencil this one, before moving on to his new gig on NIGHTWING (coming soon!). It's our little holiday gift to you, as Jason (Firestorm) Rusch contemplates his past, present, and future on New Year's Eve. Plus killer cyborgs in space, the snowstorm that might destroy Manhattan, and some surprising supporting-character hookups.

FIRESTORM's been a blast these last two years -- I'd like to thank everybody who bought the book. And I can't wait to work with Jamal again, hopefully sometime soon. Hope you like our final outing together (for now).

• Just soliciting now: DETECTIVE COMICS #829 and 830, both out in March, feature "The Siege," a two-part story written by me featuring the siege of Wayne Tower by a mad bomber called Vox. Trapped in a conference room with civilians, Bruce Wayne must direct Robin remotely to stop the terrorist. Featuring a halfway-point cliffhanger I'm particularly proud of, and the absolutely stunning art of Andy Clarke, recently of the "Face the Face" storyline in the Batman books. This guy'll be drawing ULTIMATE CIVIL CRISIS in a year, mark my words. I'll try to get some promo art out soon.

• And finally: Last week, while I wasn't looking, STARGATE ATLANTIS: WRAITHFALL #2 slipped out to comic shops. I've determined from a scientific study of internet message boards that absolutely nobody is reading this book...which is a shame, as I think it's a good story, Mauricio Melo draws great tech and likenesses, we had no licensor problems at all, and I've designed the book to be accessible whether you've seen the show or not. Yes, it's late. Yes, it has eight hundred variant covers. Don't worry about that -- just pick one. And buy it!

Avatar's solicitation is here. (Scroll down past several books with "Dead" or "Death" in the title.)

Thanks and happy holidays. This time I mean it!

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Edited because I typed in my own email address wrong. Who's the dumbass now?

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Augusto Pinochet, 1915-2006

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The tide recedes but leaves behind
bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle warmth
still lingers on the land.
The music stops, and yet it echoes on
in sweet refrains...
For every joy that passes,
something beautiful remains.


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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Whatever You Do, Don't Let Randy Johnson See Today's Daily News

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Poor guy feels useless enough as it is.

PS - I want one of those $55 plates of macaroni and cheese.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

If you tried to leave a comment at A.H.O.Y. and it wouldn't let you without registering, try again. It's fixed. Asshole Of The Year regrets the inconvenience.

Why We Love James Wolcott

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Because in a post about right-wing extremists' pathological statements about Iraq, he cites The Haunted Tank.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Monday, December 04, 2006

Yankees finish first someplace

Yes, according to Yahoo (via the New York Daily News), the New York Yankees were the most-searched sports team of 2006. (Maybe fans were just wondering where the heck they were.)
Most-searched person or subject was Britney Spears.
And the top two most-searched news stories? Steve Irwin's fatal encounter with a stingray, and reality-TV sidekick son Daniel Smith's death three days after his half-sister was born in the Bahamas.
The war in Iraq came in third.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

'Tis The Season...

...To vote for the Asshole Of The Year.

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People In The News

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Susan Hallowell, director of the Transportation Security Administration's security laboratory, allows her body to be X-rayed by the 'backscatter' machine at the Transportation Security Administration in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. The technology has not been widely used in the U.S. as an anti-terrorism tool because of privacy concerns.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Get to Know the Hopefuls: Mitt Romney

romney Can a man named "Willard" win the White House?

Although he has yet to formally announce his bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, the outgoing Massachusetts governor, whose previous claim to fame was taking over the scandal-plagued 2002 Olympics, is checking out real estate for campaign headquarters, courting his fellow GOP governors, and discovering, on the Commonwealth's dime, that Asia is "an important region of the world."

Meanwhile, he's already in hot water for pleading plausible deniability on (subcontracted) illegal alien employees and a certain, ahem, opportunism with respect to gay rights. He's also just slashed $425 million from state social programs, mostly those that help the elderly and disabled, to build cred among less-than-compassionate conservatives. And, he's mum on whether he wears the traditional Mormon "temple garments", made popular by their appearance in Tony Kushner's Angels in America .


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Girls in the Tree House

I tried really hard to find stuff to post that wouldn't make it look like Tom had added a Ladies' Auxiliary to the Monster Force. But here it is: food, kids, and shopping. Sorry. I'll try to be more butch in the future.

Menu for 2006 White House Holiday Receptions
But what are they serving in the Undisclosed Location?

Four-year-old Power Ranger Saves Family
CBS asks: Will his powers be used only for good?

Happy Holidays, Mr. President
This Christmas, give the gift of clue.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Tony Robbins And The Power To Change

realrobbins Clearly, we're now Beer and Meat; inspiration Stuart's. Plus, Superfrankenstein and the Monster Force takes too long to type. Plus, this isn't the 80s, and we're not on TBS.

We have a new member, Lauren from Boston, one of my longest-running and most patient friends. She's never written comics, but she knows her Kitty Pryde from her Ororo. Plus, she's as unreasonable an extremist as anyone who's ever blogged here. Sadly for Lauren, she'll fit right in. Please welcome her.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Belated Recognition Of Genius

Just Imagine... Stan Lee Created Jack Chick Comics at Your Mom's Basement!

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My Life, and Frank Castle's

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My barber, Damien, never talks to me. Today he said, in his thick Italian accent:

"How old you?"

"Forty-four," I said.

"How long you been coming here?"

"Since it was Sal's. More than twenty years."

Then he pointed out my first strands of gray hair. "Can you fix that?" I asked.

He laughed. "Impossibile."

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Buy THE PUNISHER X-MAS SPECIAL, by me and CP Smith, on sale today.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Comic Book Characters With Porn Names

Peter Cannon
Steve Rogers
Oliver Queen

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

A Thanksgiving Prayer
By William S. Burroughs

Text. Audio (mp3). Video (via Wonkette):

Highbrow Mag Faces Front!

stanleeSmilin' Stan Lee tied Bill Cosby for #26 0n the Atlantic magazine's list of the Most Influential Living Americans. Most of the list is behind a paid firewall, so I wasn't able to see where I ranked.

GLOBAL INSURGENCY!

BUENOS AIRES
Bush daughter robbed
Secret Service agent beaten, robbed

HONOLULU
White House official beaten, robbed
Police hurt in Bush motorcade

ABU DHABI
Crowd jeers elder Bush

More news as it comes in...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

How to Lose All Faith in Your Fellow Man

In two easy steps:

Watch the video of Michael Richards losing it.

Then watch the video of the guy being tasered in the UCLA library.

You'll never go outside again.

Monday, November 20, 2006

It's A Wonderful Presidency

By Frank Cammuso and Hart Seely, at Slate.

GEORGE: If it wasn't for me, everybody would be better off! Laura, Don Rumsfeld, Tony Blair—they'd all be happier. I'm a failure. I wish I was never born!

CLARENCE: But that's abortion! Well. OK, tell you what. [He snaps his fingers.] You've got your wish. From now on, George W. Bush was never born!
Read the rest

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Signing Tomorrow

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Posting has been sparse since I got my new computer -- the scanner still isn't hooked up yet. But I wanted to mention that I'll be signing EARTHLIGHT, my Tokyopop original graphic novel, this Wednesday, November 15th, at Jim Hanley's Universe in New York City, 33 4 West 33rd Street (around the corner from the Empire State Building), from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Also signing: J. Torres, Matt Manning, and Chuck Satterlee. More info at the link in the title.

Come on out and let me hear a good Monster Force howl.

I'll be back soon with a stupid Bizarro joke. Promise.

Update

My earlier entry Tell Me Again About Your Fascinating New Blog sounds sarcastic and I didn't mean it that way. I probably shouldn't have used the word fascinating. Come forward and plug your mystery blog without fear, mystery blogger! (Wait, that sounded a little bitchy too. Oh my God, I can't turn it off!)

Monday, November 13, 2006

Links Of Fury

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COMIC COMES TO LIFE, HASSLES THE MAN: V "visited security check points at the White House, the main Treasury, IRS and Justice Department Buildings and the Capitol... to deliver the People’s Petitions for Redress of Grievances relating to the Government’s violations of the war powers, tax, privacy and money clauses of the Constitution." [Thanks losthawk!]

SOUNDS OF SANTORUM: Valued commenter Bubba G. Russo sent in loser Rick Santorum's iPod playlist:
It's Over- Boz Scaggs
Blue Christmas- Elvis Presley
Everything I Have is Blue- Smithereens
Blue Hotel- Chris Isaak
Minority/ Good Riddance(Time Of Your Life)/American Idiot- Green Day
Left For Dead- Crazy Horse
He's Gone- Grateful Dead
I Got The News- Steely Dan
So Lonely- The Police
Gone For Good- The Shins
Serves You Right To Suffer- John Lee Hooker
Since You've Been Gone- Rainbow
There's Never Been Any Reason- Head East
This has to be a depressing time for Santorum, so he should probably confine his listening to...

POZ, OR POSITIVE MUSIC, i.e. "music of any style that conveys positive or constructive messages," an upsetting new non-trend I found on...

THE ODIOUS "GOOD NEWS" SITE by former CNN teleprompter reader and presumed Limbaugh fellater Daryn Kagan, which launched, fittingly, on...

John Layman's birthday!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Tell Me Again About Your Fascinating New Blog

A couple of weeks ago, one of you fine frequent commenters sent me an e-mail hinting that I might want to use this space to plug your fascinating new blog. And I do. But in the meantime your email vanished from my inbox and I forgot which one of you wrote to me and what your new blog is about. All I have left is this nagging feeling that once again I've disappointed somebody somewhere. So please send me another email and I'll plug away.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Don & Out

rumsfeld-annoyedHart Seely mourns the loss of his meal ticke-- uh, great subject, Donald Rumsfeld, in today's Los Angeles Times.

Link

Seely's Rummy book

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Dennis The Menace Meets Fight Club

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More here, via Monkeyfilter.

Gates Of Hell

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Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern writes about Rummy's replacement, Robert Gates:

Unless Gates’ years outside the Beltway have wrought major behavioral change, Gates will bend to the wishes of Cheney and Bush and avoid taking stands on principle... Those of us who had a front-row seat to watch Gates’ handling of substantive intelligence can hardly forget the manner in which he cooked it to the recipe of whomever he reported to.
The Cheney-Gates Cabal
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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Not Pictured: Uncle Fester Santorum

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Via Slog

Happy Retirement, Rummy

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There are few things that bring satisfaction,
Like joy for a job that's complete.
When you look up and see that it's finished
And you get up and stand on your feet.

You look over the task that you've worked on,
And reflect on the struggles it held
You feel like an axe-wielding woodsman,
Staring at the great tree he just felled.

It must be that way on completion
Of a grand and substantial career.
You can look back at so many victories,
Spanning over so many long years.

Think of all of the times you succeeded,
In making a sale you thought lost.
And how much it made your pride soar,
When you gave the good news to your boss.

It was from your good example
That I took leave of some of my fear
And entered the wide world of selling
Which has proved to be a great career!

I'm inspired to know of your endurance
Keeping at this for thirty three years
Your persona must be quite magnetic
To get through to so many ears!

In some ways this event is prophetic
A harbinger of things to come
Though if I managed to reach that point too
I might get there feeling very numb!

Our company loses a weapon
Against which there is no sure defense
For when you work your magic upon them
They give up all their dollars and cents!

Companies can create the best products
And at everything else be quite grand
But without a great sales force behind them
They might just as well sit on their hands!

So we're firm in our hearty acceptance
Of all those things you've seen, been and done
And now that your work days are past you
It's time to get out and have some fun!

We expect to hear from Ben and Jerry
And those folks at the Haagen Daz works
For they've heard that you will be retiring
And think ice cream sales will see a big spurt!

No doubt Las Vegas people are happy
That your time for gaming will increase
And the golf course is likewise excited
Thinking that your duffing will not cease!

But unlike them we're all feeling sorry
That we'll see you much less than before
But you'll be in our thoughts very often
You're a person that's hard to ignore!

Wishing you all the best!

Happy Retirement!

© www.poemstogo.tv

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

News From Home

And in Syracuse, New York Democrats denounced a Republican member of the Common Council for trying to deter people from voting for Dan Maffei, a Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Jim Walsh.

“Ryan McMahon, a Republican on the Common Council, showed up wearing a Maffei sticker in the polling place and started trying to convince people coming into vote that they were at the wrong polling place," said an email from the New York State Democrats.
GOP and Dems Trade Vote Fraud Charges
Chicago Tribune

I Question The Timing

Clearly, another attempt to influence the election.

5 Good Reasons to Vote Today ... a letter from Michael Moore

5 Good Reasons to Vote Today

1. IT'S A NATIONAL REFERENDUM. Although candidates' names will be on the ballot today, this election is NOT about this candidate or that candidate. Make no mistake about it: This election is nothing less than a National Referendum on George W. Bush and his War. Don't waste your time trying to learn about who the schlump is that's running for office. You know they're all pretty much the same, a few are better than others, but... please. They is who they is. THIS election is not about them. It's a simple up or down vote on staying the course.

To vote in favor of the war, vote for the Republican. To vote against the war, vote for the Democrat. As crazy as it sounds, even if the Republican is against the war, or the Democrat is for it, it doesn't matter. All that will matter by midnight tonight is the math on the big tote board. Did America say YES to Bush or NO to Bush? The ONLY way they're going to add it up is by counting the number of votes under the big D and the big R. The only way to take a stand against Bush today is to vote for the Dems on the ballot.

2. IN ORDER TO CATCH THE REPUBLICANS STEALING YOUR VOTE, YOU FIRST HAVE TO VOTE. There are huge and valid concerns about the new electronic voting machines that must be addressed. It is far too easy to use new technology to rig the vote. But if your fear of that leads you to decide that you shouldn't bother voting, well, then, I guess they've succeeded in snuffing out your voice without having to rig the machine. Make them break the law if they want to win. Vote. We'll catch them if they do. I promise.

3. WITH THE DEMOCRATS IN POWER IN THE HOUSE AND/OR SENATE, WE CAN GO AFTER THEM! These spineless Democrats who enabled Bush to start this war and funded it ever since are due for a shellacking from all of us. For nearly 6 years, they've hidden behind the cop-out of, "Hey, we're the minority, we have no power." As of tomorrow, hopefully, they will have no mask to hide behind. And it will be up to us to go after them.

4. I'LL PUT YOU ON MY WEBSITE. That's right. You can appear on my home page and be seen by millions later today. All you need to do is bring a broom when you go to vote. The broom is our mascot today because we're going to sweep the crooks and the warmongers outta office. Take a picture of yourself holding a broom outside your polling place, e-mail it to me, and I'll put as many of you as I can up on the home page of my website. People all around the world will see you! Government files with your name on them will be initiated! What better way to celebrate this historic day?!

And the final reason to vote today...

5. 2,836 + 655,000. Each one of them, American and Iraqi, are no longer with us because of the decision by one man to start a war. Each one of them represented a precious, God-given life that no man had the right to take away. Each one of them had a mother and father, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, friends and loved ones, little boys and little girls. It's mad, my friends, utterly mad, this senseless loss of human life.

So, do it for them. Call up whoever you know and tell them to meet you at the polls. And tell them to bring a broom, real or imaginary, with a big D on it. It's the only true American thing to do.

See ya at the victory party tonight!

Michael Moore
mmflint@aol.com
www.michaelmoore.com

P.S. Forward this to all your friends. Today is the day.

Monday, November 06, 2006

The Rats Desert

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Signs of desperation:

The neocons are turning on Bush and Rumsfeld. Apparently Cheney is still untouchable. Note the complete lack of ideological reconsideration on anyone's part. Invading Iraq still would have been a wonderful idea if only Bush hadn't been incompetent, and surrounded himself with those weak, horrible bitches instead of real men.

Even more than the Abramoff machine, these dangerous, arrogant men must be driven out of power. They persist in their radical ideological approach to American politics despite any evidence that comes to them from the outside world. And they believe it's their right to become rich through whatever means as they do so...because they are the true American elite. The good news: There can't be more than a dozen or so truly committed ones...and some of them are as stupid as Douglas Feith. The bad news: They're still deeply entrenched.

The work starts tomorrow. Vote Democratic.

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For more on the neocons, see the fascinating documentary -- unaired in the US -- THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES. Well worth hunting down and downloading via BitTorrent, etc.

Photo nicked from here. No political affiliation is implied.

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Update: Awww...they're upset that Vanity Fair ran their comments early and "out of context." Minor payback for cynically screwing up the entire world, I'd say. And isn't "Vanity Unfair" a clever title?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Has This Ever Happened Before?

• One of the US's leading evangelical ministers admits to buying methampetamines, repeatedly, for his own use, but says he didn't use them; and went to a gay hooker, for a massage, but never had sex with him. (My wife pointed out that, if you watch the video clip, you can see the "tell" when Haggard has to answer the sex question. His eyes do something kind of horrible to watch, like when Clinton was asked on-camera about Monica and the cigar.)

• As part of a propaganda attempt to retroactively justify the Iraq War, the administration unwittingly posts instructions for building an atomic bomb on a government website. In Arabic.

And now...

A joint editorial in the Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times and Marine Corps Times demands the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld, the sitting secretary of defense.

You know, the political corruption, the Abramoff scandals, the Iraq chaos, I expected all of that. But where's all this crazy GOP sex stuff coming from all of a sudden? It shows a lot about the lies their leaders tell them.

Thanks to Digby.

Naked Man Arrested for Concealed Weapon

Friday, November 03, 2006

Cut & Run? Or Stay The Course?

TRADE: A-Rod’s continued failure to deliver in the clutch is diverting critical resources and dividing our team. He must go. We need to move on, now!

KEEP: Trading A-Rod would lead to a disaster in the American League East. It would embolden other teams and threaten future Yankee clubs. To cut and run is not an option.
New York Times Op-Ed by Seely and me.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

W And Laura: Cut And Run?

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Sources say that among the First Lady's grievances are his waning attention to their marriage, his refusal to spend quality and intimate time with her, the nagging rumors over his relationship with (Secretary of State Condoleezza) Rice - and she's concerned that George is back on the bottle.
Sounds like a bunch of Democrat talking points to me. Coincidence? Or did Globe time this story to drop a week before the midterm elections? Does Globe want America to win?

Monday, October 30, 2006

That's My Bushmiller!

nancyboymedium1Joe Brainard's Nancy art

Seymour Hersh is the shit

And I mean that in the absolute best possible way. Check out this interview where he talks about Iraq and ignorant Americans, and at the same time holds the (liberal) interviewer's feet to the fire for leading his answers too much. Sample quote: "I have the same view you do, the problem is that I do believe in being vaguely empirical."

Sunday, October 29, 2006

MEHLMANIA!

mehlmanIt's sweeping the nation! Everybody's following the antics of that wacky Republican National Committee Chief, Ken Mehlman. Recent fun:

Lying about not knowing Jack Abramoff!

Claiming, falsely, that he didn't have the authority to remove a racist campaign ad!

Taking money from gay porn producers!

What will he do next???

(I actually know someone who went to college with old Ken, but I don't know if he'd want to be "outed." My friend, I mean, not Ken. Well, I don't know if Ken wants to be outed or not either, but that's another matter entirely.)

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Mehlman!

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Mehlman!

dont really care if hes gay actually

MEHLMAN!

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Son Of Zacherley

rahnerRahner's Rotten Rentals [embedded Real video], Seattle Times critic Mark Rahner's Halloween movie roundup, pays tribute to the heroically shlocky TV horror hosts of the 60s and adds a grateful nod to the horror hosts of today. Pay special attention to the press conference scene, and marvel at the layered performance by the white-shirted zombie sitting next to Rahner. He quietly grounds the film with a restrained approach that recalls Bill Murray's emotionally stranded pilgrim from Lost In Translation.

UPDATE: If the first link doesn't work, try Seattle Channel.

Democrat Smackdown

Warning #1: I'm going to ratchet up the political stuff a little over the next week and a half. Warning #2: I've never posted YouTube links before. Fingers crossed.

The Republicans have been running a deliberately racist campaign against Harold Ford Jr. in Tennessee. Here's the attack ad painting him (wholly without grounds) as an uppity whoremonger:



The ad was placed by the Republican National Committee. Bob Corker, Ford's opponent, immediately distanced himself from it -- while running a radio ad where jungle drums came up behind the mentions of Ford's name.

This is exactly what the Republican party is about these days, and it's got to be fought head-on. So Harold Ford did:



The above courtesy the essential Talking Points Memo.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

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"Soon You Will Be Gone"

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The must-read comic of the season: the final issue of DC's SOLO, featuring the inimitable Brendan McCarthy .

I've posted two of the least strange images from the book. Also inside: Duke Hussy, The Flash: A Fragment, Slouch World, the new hero known as Johnny Sorrow, and much more.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Let's Coin Some New Nicknames For Coffee

Here's mine:

Eyelid Grease
Leave yours in Comments.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Two Lousy Pages

I write two whole pages of political content in FIRESTORM #30...and I wind up in the middle of this.

It's my own fault.

Vote Democratic so I don't have to do this anymore.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

More Self-Serving Crap

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I've been running around too much to be clever, so here are a few quick promo links.

I'm writing this year's PUNISHER X-MAS SPECIAL for Marvel Knights. It's probably the darkest comic I've ever written, but...heh heh... I gave him a "naughty" list. Art is by CP Smith, who did such an amazing job on our issue of WOLVERINE earlier this year.

And I've got a story in POSTCARDS, a fascinating anthology of short comics pieces all written around genuine, old-time postcards with weird messages on them. I was fortunate enough to snag Michael Gaydos (ALIAS) as my collaborator, and to all of our delight, he did the whole thing in a really striking greywash style. You can see his first page here .

Click and then tell me what you think!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Let's Coin Some New Nicknames For Marijuana

Here's mine:

Freedom Spinach
Leave yours in Comments.

Sugar Bush Squirrel 2007 Calendars Are Ready!!!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Not To Be Outdone...

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was a passenger in a private plane that overran a runway Friday in Burbank, Calif., just two days after pitcher Cory Lidle was killed in a plane accident in Manhattan.
A-Rod's private jet overruns runway; Rodriguez unharmed
Newsday

Kingdom Come Again

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Kingdom Come, the forthcoming album by Jay-Z, drew inspiration from Kingdom Come, the smash graphic novel written by the Monster Force's own Mark Waid, engineer Young Guru told XXLmag.com.

The best thing that I can tell you that there’s a song called ‘Kingdom Come’ on the album, which is the title of the album. The way that record came about was from a good friend of mine from college, Lance Williams, he’s one of those dudes that can memorize, he knows how many mics every album ever got. We’re both comic book guys and we’re talking about Kingdom Come which is a comic book that came out about Superman. He was just like, ‘Isn’t it weird where hip-hop is at right now, it’s like Kingdom Come and Jay needs to be like Superman.’ I was like, ‘You’re right.’ I hadn’t read Kingdom Come in so long so I went out and bought it and read it. And I’m like ‘Oh shit! It’s parallel, it’s crazy.’ So I’m telling Jay the idea, I gave him the book and he got it. That’s why I love that song because one of the things that Superman doesn’t realize in the comic book is, not only how ill he is as a superhero but his influence on inspiring the rest of his peers that are superheroes. So when Superman jets and says, ‘Y’all shittin’ on me, y’all want the niggas that’s gon’ kill the people and I don’t kill my enemies, I catch ‘em and, cool y’all deal with ‘em. I’m good.” Wonder Woman comes and she’s like “It ain’t just you doing what you do but Green Lantern ain’t doing his thing no more, The Flash ain’t doing his thing, you’re the leader, you inspire them to keep going and doing what they do.” That’s where the parallel comes in. And Jay can take an idea and incorporate it into a song better than anybody that I know and when he finally vocalized it, I felt it was exactly what I was thinking about.
That doesn't sound entirely accurate to me. Let's check it against my copy of the script:
KINGDOM COME
By Mark Waid

PAGE ONE

PANEL ONE
Angle on Superman, flying over Metropolis.

SUPERMAN: Y'all shittin' on me, y'all want the niggas that's gon' kill the people and I don't kill my enemies, I catch 'em and, cool y'all deal with 'em.

SUPERMAN: I'm good.

FROM OFF: It ain't just you doing what you do --

PANEL TWO
Superman turns to see Wonder Woman arrowing toward him.

WONDER WOMAN: -- but Green Lantern ain't doing his thing no more, The Flash ain't doing his thing, you're the leader, you inspire them to keep going and doing what they do!
OK, my mistake.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

US Prisons Using Dogs Against Inmates

A new report from Human Rights Watch reveals that five U.S. state prison systems — Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, South Dakota, and Utah — authorize the use of large unmuzzled dogs to terrify and even attack prisoners to extract them from their cells. According to Human Rights Watch, no other country in the world authorizes the use of dogs to attack prisoners who will not voluntarily leave their cells.
Abu Ghraib at Home
Democracy Now

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Yankee Pitcher Cory Lidle Crashes Plane Into NYC Building

Unbelievable. I know you're all expecting something ghoulish from me, so here goes. If you go to WFAN.com right now, before they take it down, you'll find a Real Player file of a Monday interview with Lidle. Mike and the Mad Dog had been ragging on the pitcher for publicly implying his manager cost them the series, and he called in, upset.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

"It's Always Night, Or We Wouldn't Need Light."

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That's a quote from Thelonious Monk, whose birthday is today. Columbia University's WKCR is playing his music 'til (heh) 'Round Midnight. Don't let their pointy-headed pipe-sucking four-eyed tweed-jacket elbow-patch weird-beard four-eyed ivory-tower blowhard DJs put you off this guy's music. [Via Metafilter]

On second listen, don't go. Professor Poindexter McEgghead won't stop talking. You can sample some Monk mp3s here. Maybe it's stealing, but you can tell the judge that the dateless big-brains at Columbia University drove you to it.

Promote-O-Rama

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This Wednesday: EARTHLIGHT, an original graphic novel by me and Chris Schons, hits comic shops. It tells the tale of 15-year-old Damon Cole, a newcomer to Earth's first moon colony, where his father is chief administrator and his mother is assigned to run the colony's first organized school. The colony is a dangerous place, vulnerable both to deadly accidents and to threats of terrorist attack -- which amplifies the usual teenage pressures until they explode violently.

Depending on my audience, I tend to describe EARTHLIGHT as as "Degrassi on the moon," "an updated Heinlein juvenile" or "a futuristic Afterschool Special with a really nasty twist." I'm very, very proud of it, and Chris's work brings both the characters and the tech vividly to life. You can read the first chapter here; more info here .

Also out this week: FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MAN #30, featuring Part Three of "In My Father's House." Twists and turns leading up to a big revelation, courtesy of me, Jamal Igle, Steve Sadowski, and Keith Champagne.

And finally: Jamal and I will be attending ICAF, the International Comic Arts Festival, this coming Saturday. We're doing a panel at 1:30 PM on the creation and production of a mainstream comic book, right before Phil Jimenez and Denny O'Neil speak about comics and politics. It's at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., it's open to the public, and it's free. Other weekend attractions include an evening with Jules Feiffer and a variety of academic papers on various comics-related subjects. More info at the link.

As always, for longer, wordier versions of these notices, you can sign up for my email newsletter at stuartcomics at mindspring.com . I promise no spam, no passing your address along, and no Mark Foley-style midnight emails. In the Monster Force, pages are treated with respect (before being consumed for nourishment, of course).

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Quitters

They get eliminated every year, but never in exciting contests with lots of crazy reversals back and forth. No, they always spend the whole elimination game slouching at the plate like idiots with droopy bats and tense expressions and you know by the second inning it's over.

Fuck the fucking Yankees fuck.

Friday, October 06, 2006

SUV In A Sinkhole

This happened in Philadelphia yesterday. The best symbol of the Iraq occupation I've seen yet.

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