Music Meme: 2002

Continuing my list of favorite albums from every year I’ve been alive.


Johnny Cash: American IV: The Man Comes Around

I was still having a miserable time finding good, new music in 2002. Fortunately, there was Johnny Cash.

Runners Up:
Badly Drawn Boy: About a Boy Soundtrack

Coldplay: “Clocks”
Coldplay: “In My Place”
Kylie Minogue: “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”
Pink: “Don’t Let Me Get Me”
Pink: “Get the Party Started”


And Now the News: One Dino-Flick; Hold the Grudge

Michael Crichton pirate movie

I didn’t know that Michael Crichton finished a pirate novel before he died. I guess it takes Steven Spielberg’s making a movie out of it for me to learn these things.

The He-Lion’s Lair

Pappy’s got the story.

The Asylum’s The Land That Time Forgot

I’ve quit paying attention to new Asylum releases, no matter how awesome they sound on paper. That’s because I know that even if there’s a great story to the movie (unlikely), they’ll ruin it with cheap (if any) special effects.

So, Robert Hood’s talking about me (however indirectly) when he says that The Land That Time Forgot “will not be forgiven by many net-critics for being made by the notorious Asylum — but at the risk of sounding like an apologist for the company, I don’t think such an attitude is fair.”

He goes on to point out that the Asylum’s crappy effects are still better than the goofy puppets in the Doug McClure version and similar B-movies. And of course he’s absolutely right. My big beef with the Asylum is that they tend to market themselves as something better than they are, but really once you know what they are you can’t say anymore that they tricked you. The question then is: taken for what you know Asylum films are, is it possible to still enjoy them on their own merits?

Hood obviously thinks so. He recommends the movie for people who “like dino-flicks — and don’t carry grudges.” I certainly like dinosaur movies; I’m curious to see if I can get past my grudge. I think I’ll try The Land That Time Forgot with a more open mind and see how it goes.

Pixar’s Dinosaur movie?

/Film speculates that Pixar is probably working on a dinosaur-themed short film. They have to connect a lot of dots to come up with that, but it’s some really strong dot-connecting. I wouldn’t bet against them.

Diamond Bomb

Sleestak’s having a lot of fun creating his own pulp heroine called Diamond Bomb. I love the world he’s building for her and the art he’s collected to support the illusion is fantastic.

The Anchor interview

My fellow Robot 6 member Tim O’Shea talks to Phil Hester about his new immortal-Viking demon-hunter series.

Sword of Shannara newspaper strip

Like Tom Spurgeon, I had no idea that there’d ever been a Sword of Shannara newspaper strip. Fortunately, Steven Thompson’s got them all and is willing to share.

The Unauthorized but True Story of Adventures of Superman

If you pay constant attention to my sidebar (and why wouldn’t you?) you’ve maybe noticed that I’ve been watching the old Adventures of Superman series off and on for a while. It’s mostly cheesy and formulaic, but there’s such love in it from everyone involved that you can’t help but feel good while watching it. And some of the episodes are actually quite entertaining even from an objective point-of-view.

So it’s cool that Tim O’Shea had another interview this week with Michael J. Hayde, author of a book about not only the George Reeves TV show, but also the radio program that preceded it. I want to know more about the TV show and I know nothing about the radio version, so I’ll be needing this book.

No more Milestone at DC?

This is really, really disappointing.

I’ve been resisting talking about this.

I mean, a) it’s hardly an adventure comic, and b) it’s nothing more than a publicity stunt that – because it’s set in the future – doesn’t actually affect the status quo of Archie’s never-changing world at all.

So, why am I discussing it now? Mainly because Glen Weldon’s article about Imaginary Stories in general has helped me put the “event” in perspective. Since Archie’s world really is never going to change – and he’s never going to pick between Betty and Veronica – why not do a speculative story about what would happen if he did? This one happens to be about what would happen if he picked Veronica. I’d be shocked if they aren’t already planning a second mini-series about what happens if he picks Betty. I’d rather read the Betty one, but since an in-continuity decision is impossible, I’m actually kind of pleased that they’ve come up with an alternative way of telling that story.

Quotes of the Week: A Work of Genius

Julia describes the perfect poached egg as an oval, where the white nicely encapsulates the yolk, and she seems to envision a sort of smooth presentation, without any … well, without any of what is going on with this particular egg, as far as looking like a wadded-up Kleenex.
Linda Holmes, sharing her own experience with Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. With pictures.

You know, if they can publish Galactica 1980 comics, you’d think my Q.E.D. pitch would at least merit a response.
Tom Spurgeon, surprising me with the revelation that I’m not the only person who remembers that show.

People invest a lot of time trying to make a layout for their ships that they think is a work of genius, then express dismay when their tactic of bunching all their ships in the upper-right hand corner leads to total annihilation.
Topless Robot, accurately describing every experience I’ve ever had playing Battleship.

Saturday Night Art Show: Her Toxic Terror


By Warden Wood. [Galactic Central]


By Sam Nielson. [Avalanche Software Art Blog]

Jules Verne

By Ted McKeever. [Hey, Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobberin’ Time!]

Unused Incredibles Villain

By Lou Romano. [Admiral Calvin]

Marooned Under the Sea

By HW Wesso. [Poulpe Pulps]

Yuki 7 in The Pinch of Salt

By Bob MacNeil. [One of many awesome Yuki 7 illustrations at Kevin Dart’s blog]

Black Canary

By Mahmud Asrar.

By Justin Coffee. [Comic Books!]

By George Perez. [All About George Perez]

Poison Ivy

By Jason Lysinger. [DrawerGeeks]

Hulk Geo

By Jamie Roberts [Kirby-Vision]

The Human Bat v. the Robot Gangster

By – as near as I can tell – RS Davies. [American Pulps & Magazines]

I Just Want a Glazed

By Jeremy Vanhoozer.

The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic Magazine!

By Otis Frampton. As I commented on Otis’ blog, I never noticed before how closely the original Star Wars heroes match up with the Fantastic Four. There’s the hero, his girlfriend who becomes his wife, her impetuous brother, and the hero’s monstrous-looking best bud. Pretty cool.

And Now the News: I refuse to be beaten by a villain named after a pastry (or, the 2000th post)

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the 2000th time I’ve updated this blog. I wouldn’t know how to celebrate that if I wanted to, but I figured it needed at least acknowledging.

Hunter’s Fortune preview

CBR’s got a preview of Boom!’s treasure-hunter comic Hunter’s Fortune. There’s not much action in the preview, but Caleb Monroe writes some nice dialogue and the art’s really sweet. I was hoping this would be good and sure enough, it looks like it will be.

Kerry Callen’s Tigra

I’ve said before that Kerry Callen ought to be writing a Tigra comic. Now he’s given us a taste of what that might be like. (Maybe not an accurate taste – he wrote it as a She-Hulk parody for Marvel’s humor comic What the–? – but a fun taste nevertheless.)

Midnight, Mass: The TV Series

I think I’ve also mentioned before that John Rozum is like the king of supernatural adventure comics, right? Part of my evidence for that being his couple of excellent, though poorly-treated-by-Vertigo Midnight, Mass mini-series. So, can you imagine how excited I am about the announcement of a Midnight, Mass TV show? I don’t think you can. I’m still trying to get my head around the concept of that much giddiness myself.

Everything you need to know about Love and Rockets

The Hernandez Bros.’ Love and Rockets is one of those series that everyone says is a fantastic Must Read, but that I’ve never figured out how to get into. For years, the un-numbered, collected volumes prevented me from knowing where to begin.

No excuses anymore. Chris Mautner has started a new Robot 6 column called Comics College that’s intended to “(examine) the body of work of a particular cartoonist or cartoonists of note in the hopes of giving newcomers and the generally uninitiated an entry point.” As Chris continues, “There are a number of notable creators who have had lengthy careers in comics and figuring out where to start when reading their ouevre can be tricky.” That’s so true, and what’s especially cool is that he started with the series that’s been most tricky for me personally. And I didn’t even have to ask.

Thanks, Chris! I can’t wait for future installments.

September Theatrical Releases: What Looks Good

September 4

Gamer: I can’t say that I’m super excited about this, but I do like that Gerard Butler guy and I’m always up for seeing him kick some booty. The being-controlled-by-a-kid bit will either be interesting or corny, but there’s only one way to find out which.

Extract: I didn’t like Office Space as much as most people I know, but I did like it and Jason Bateman’s always funny and JK Simmons is always freaking hilarious and – hey! Mila Kunis!

September 9

9: I know some perfectly sane, otherwise intelligent people who not only aren’t looking forward to this movie, but actually are kind of ticked off that it even exists. They claim that it’s some sort of dislike for Tim Burton. My theory is that they’ve been replaced by aliens who loathe all things awesome.

September 18

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: I don’t remember having ever read the book that this is based on, but the trailer looks cute enough. The real reason I want to see it though is to imagine myself in a world where school-sized pancakes exist.

September 23

Astro Boy: I understand some die-hard fans are upset over changes that the movie’s making. I’ve never seen an episode of the original cartoon, so I don’t know anything about that. All I know is that it’s a good-looking movie about a boy robot fighting a cool-looking, giant robot. Assuming it doesn’t suck on it’s own merits, I can’t imagine not following it up by checking out the original on Netflix.

September 25

Surrogates: I loved the comics mini-series this is based on. Just a smart, thrilling sci-fi story and it looks like they’re doing it justice in the film.

Whiteout: The other movie coming out this week based on a favorite comic of mine. Know what’s better than a murder mystery set in Antarctica? Kate Beckinsale’s solving a murder mystery set in Antarctica.

Pandorum: Nothing about the trailer looks very original, but I like all the stuff they seem to be borrowing from. And Antje Traue looks pretty cool in a Ripley-esque/Alice from Resident Evil sort of way. I’m up for it.

Dishonorable Mention: How can a movie with Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, and Thomas Haden Church – three people whom I lovelook so horrifyingly unfunny? You don’t have to answer that. The answer is that it turns Bullock into a creepy stalker and Cooper into a lying jerk who’s too passive-aggressive to tell her she’s getting on his nerves.