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Tuesday, February 24th, 2004
1:25 am
so yeah, I just handed over the reigns of Watchmen to someone I know absolutely nothing about on a whim just because they e-mailed me with Rorschach's real name. Well, hey, he couldn't possible be a worse administrator that I was, right? That's looking on the bright side. Anyways, apologies are in order to the many many people who have written me asking to join and I never wrote you back... I still have all your e-mails somewhere, taking up space on my hard drive. And a special thanks goes out to all the smart-asses who pointed out that Rorschach's real name is technically Rorschach.
1:18 am
my letter of resignation, so to speak.... good news for you guys though!
Dear Matt,

Thank you for submitting your partition and trivia question answer to the LiveJournal community Watchmen. Unfortunately, I haven't made any updates to this community since.... 2002 sometime. The sad thing is I still periodically get e-mails from people requesting I let them join, to which I always respond by thinking "man, I need to make an update, or at the very least write this person back", and then I never do. I should, somewhere, still have a list of people who have written me who I never responded to, just in case that I someday decide to add new members and put them all on. However, that's not the point. The point is, I've abandoned LiveJournal in general some time ago, and since Watchmen obviously needs a new administrator, I've chosen you, based solely on the facts that 1) I glanced at your LiveJournal and you have pictures of Rorschach all over it, which means your probably insane, which makes you perfect, and 2) you have the same first name as I do so you can't be all bad.

The password is ********. I have no idea what I was thinking at the time, I didn't even remember what it was, I had to do that thingy where they e-mail you your password. Anyways, good luck.... take over, change the rules, delete the whole thing, I don't care. You'll probably want to change the password and then change over the administrator from my LJ name to yours but I'm sure you've already figured that out. Good luck and all that, I suppose... oh, and if you take this whole thing seriously and start bugging me for the names of those people who should have been members, I can probably find it.

and a can of bananas,
Thursday, April 11th, 2002
12:42 am
Eisner Awards nominees and my picks
Thought I'd interject a little conversation here... Here are the 2002 Eisner Awards nominations. My picks, where I have one, are in bold, with any comments in italics. I'm not making guesses on any category where I haven't read at least a couple of the entries.

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Current Mood: nerdy
Thursday, January 24th, 2002
6:05 pm
From the comments to a new entry
The point came up in the comments section of another entry that standards of Quality and standards of Personal Taste are often times quite different.

Are there any groundbreaking comics that you just can't stand reading? Anything you LOVE to read that by standards of Quality is really just trash?

I know Robert Crumb did tons for the genre but I can't stand his stuff. I know very well that (so far at least) Hunter, The Age of Magic can't hold a candle to The Books of Magic, but I love reading it anyway, if only for the art.
Saturday, January 19th, 2002
3:37 am
Sexist Stereotyping in Superhero Comics
I was just at Amazon.com reading the reader's reviews for The Essential Avengers, a black and white TP that collects Stan Lee's first 24 issues of The Avengers. I found it sort of funny that every single one of the reviewers, weather they loved the book or were nonplussed, complained about Stan Lee's sexist stereotyping, because the heroine of the group, the Wasp, basically spends all her time gushing over Thor and wondering what Iron Man looks like inside his armor. Now, I'm not condoning sexist stereotyping of women, however, I'd like to point out that, regardless of what decade these stories came out in, Stan Lee's stereotyping made perfect sense. You can tell from the words and concepts that he presented that Stan was convinced that people other then little kids were reading his comics, and yet, no one in that time period honestly believed that adults read comic books. So who was Stan Lee writing these stories for? Adolescents. Kids in junior high and middle school. Now, what do boys this age spend all their time doing? Beating each other up, and fanaticizing about hot chicks. What do girls this age spend all their time doing? Wishing their boobs were bigger, and gushing about dreamy guys. So with that target audience in mind, the way Stan Lee portrayed his characters was logical: the males are dreamy guys who spend all their time beating each other up (Stan Lee practically invented the Hero vrs Hero fight), and the females are hot chicks with big boobs who spend all their time gushing about dreamy guys. Now, one can buy these books of comics that came out in the sixties and be offended by the sexist stereotyping of women, but do you know what I find more offensive? The fact that today, the majority of comic book fans are over thirty years old, and yet the mainstream comics coming out today still portray men beating each other up surrounded by chicks with big boobs. Only now the women are intelligent and sassy and the men are allowed to be hideously scared, mutilated, or half robotic. *sighs* I could say, "When will men stop being treated like their brainless primates?", but as long as wrestling rules the airwaves, we all know the answer: Not until they stop acting like it.

Current Mood: Yes, Im a guy. No, Im not gay
Monday, December 17th, 2001
9:01 pm
Joker's Last Laugh
Hello, folks. Sorry if this community seems a little lackluster... I had planned to be writing lots of entries to get the ball rolling and instagate discusion, but as fate would have it, right about the time I actually started to get this community up and running (so to speak), circumstances more or less beyond my control have prevented me from making my regular trip to my local comic book shop, AND my favorite web site for comic book reviews and news (IGN SCI-FI) decided they could better benifit the able-bodied web user if they stopped writing NEW articles and instead just offer archives of their OLD articles. In other words, I haven't excactly been "on the ball" as of late.

For instance, I was planning on offering my thoughs about the Last Laugh storyline, but as it is, I only managed to read issues one thru four (out of six), and the occasional cross-over issue, so I feel a bit unqualified to really make an opinion on it. But sinse no one is saying much around here, I'll give it a shot anyways:

When I first heard about this storyline (the Joker is dying of a brain tumor, and so decides if he's gonna die, he's gonna take the Earth out with him), I had mixed feelings. I mean, I love the Joker (when he's written well), but.... well, firstly, do you really need a back-story like his inpending death to make the Joker seem more dangerous? It's not like he's got the keenest sense of self preservation anyways. He IS insane, after all. And secondly, obviously, the Joker can't really die, can he? He's too iconic, too essintial to the D.C. universe. Now, if they find some way to cure him, then that makes the whole story seem lesser, somehow, like they've cheated the reader. On the other hand, Batman IS the only super-hero I'm aware of with a monthly book that concentrates on showing stories from his past (Legends of the Dark Knight), so it's not like we won't ever be seeing him agian. My main concern was that they'd pull a Marvel and introduce Joker Gal to replace him or something.

So the actual story: First of all, my hat's off to how they handled the problem I mentioned above. Mabey I should have seen this one coming, but I thought it was pretty clever. The Joker doesn't REALLY have cancer; one of the doctors drew it onto his x-ray in hopes that the idea of inpending death would help snap him into recovery.... or, prehaps, because he wanted to get revenge and finially be the one to play a trick on the Joker. Not only does this give us a back door out so the Joker doesn't have to die, but it gives a whole new sense to this tradgey, knowing that the whole thing didn't even have to happen if it wern't for one loan sap trying to be funny.

But as far as the actual story itself... in issue one, the Joker has gotten pretty much all of the other inmates to follow his instructions, not hard to believe given the Joker's reputation, and seeing as how most of the Slab's residents are, shall we say, second stringers amoung super villians. But here's where things get foggy.... the security gaurds dose the inmates first with vomit gas, and later with sleeping gas, except something the Joker did (I think he spiked the chemicals earlier, as later revealed in Joker: Secret Files, but I'm not sure) made it so the two chemicals combined into Joker gas, and turns everyone into Jokers. Um...... okaaaaaaay. Why is this nessasary? What does this achieve, except to drive home the point that the Joker himself is essentially a normal man with permenate clown makeup and a warped sense of humor? He already had the other inmates at his beck and call. I guess mabey the storyline is, he wants to turn the whole world into Jokers? Except we all know his girlfriend is going to eventually give the super heros the anticdote anyways so it's not like this involves any real drama. And, as with most crossovers, most of the storylines woven into other people's comic books seemed contrived and not really in keeping with the general plot. Ergh. Too bad the point of mainstream comics is to sell comics, instead of to tell a good story.
Friday, December 14th, 2001
10:35 am
so, who has been read Dark Knight Returns?
what are your views on it?
Wednesday, December 12th, 2001
7:22 pm
hi, just a quick hello from me, my name is Kate, i am an aspiring writer, and comics are my passion. i am a member of a few comic community right now and im glad to be part of this one too.
well, that is really all i have to say right now, tata for now
Tuesday, December 4th, 2001
10:48 pm
1) Bone: Out of Boneville -
Printed in glorious black and white and drawn in a simple cartoony style, this book reads like a really long comic strip. This book has a childlike sense of humor and fun without being condesending to adults, and with enough genuinley interesting plot developments that you'll want to keep buying the series until their aren't any left to be bought, and then write angry letters demanding more.

2) The Watchmen -
Considered by many critics to be the best comic ever written, I listed it second because, unlike Bone, it's not the easiest comic book to read, and really, I wouldn't recomend it to anyone who didn't already enjoy reading in general a great deal. But to those who gunuinley enjoy challenging literature, you owe it to yourself to take a look at this novel which examines the gonera of comics, the goverment, and the human psyche.

3) Starman: Sins of the Father -
An interesting take on comics, a comic book hero who came out in the fourties has retired, and his middle aged goatee wearing son reluctintly accepts the mantel, mocking his father's mask and tights fetish, and generally putting to voice many of the questions super hero detractors have been asking for decades. This isn't just a satire, though, as it chronicals his meetings with many interesting, unqiue, and facinatingly powered people.

4) Kingdom Come -
Iconic, instantly reconizable superheroes - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman - a couple decades into the future, making realistic desicions that drasticly affect the well being of the average American. A mistake by an inexperinced superhero virtualy eliminates the whole of the state of Kansan, and the goverment has to question weather superheroes should even exsist in America - as if they could remove them if they wanted to.

5) Ultimate Spiderman: Power and Responsibility -
More light hearted then most of the books on this list (and actually apropriate for almost any age), this book chroniciles a teenaged Spiderman in modern day times, from how he recived his powers, to the way he gets along with his peers in high school, to the tragic events that altered his life, perceptions, and destiny. This book has practicly no super hero battles in it whatsoever, instead consintrating soley on the feelings and interactions of the characters.

6) The Dark Knight Returns -
Considered by many to be the best comic ever, after Watchmen, this book is likewise somewhat difficult to read, espicially for those who aren't very well aquinted with the Batman mythos (helpful hint: The woman named "Selinia"? That's Catwoman). However, I still recomend it for newcomers because it, more then anything else written, explains why Batman really is a super hero as opposed to just a disillusioned guy who works out and runs around in a bat costume. Nothing has changed the way I look at comics more then the scene near the end featuring Batman and Superman, both in their fifties, fighting to the death in an alley in Gotham city.

7) Understanding Comics -
Excactly what the title says, this book delves so deeply into it's subject that it could almost qualify as a textbook, and yet it always manages to remain easy to read. This is achived in great part by the fact that the author chooses to explain everything to you via a comic book character of himself. Read this book all the way thru, and more likely then not, you'll find yourself in a pasionate debate with some random person trying to convince them excactly why comics really ARE a serious art form.

8) A Contract With God -
This is an excelent example of excactly what a comic can be. In it the author chronicles true tales that center around the tentement building he grew up in during the thirties. Although the stories inside are decididly adult orianted, sometimes disturbing, and certinly not for everyone, their very artfully told, and a perfect illistration of the fact that comics don't have to be fiction about muscular men in tights, or for that matter, fiction at all.
Thursday, November 29th, 2001
11:51 pm
The First Episode of Justice Leauge (on Cartoon Network)
For Those of You Who Didn't See It:
The Martian Manhunter comes to Earth to warn us that an unknown race of aliens, the same ones who wiped out all life on Mars (except him) are now coming to invade Earth. The Manhunter is intercepted by our government and imprisoned in a government facility, but is rescued by Superman and Batman, who then set out to battle the aliens. Other heroes (Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkgirl) show up to assist, while Princess Diana decides to leave her home island of Themyscria to help save the Earth. The united heroes save the day, and then Bruce Wayne uses his fortune to have a giant watchtower satellite built in space that will spot any further incoming cosmic threats to the Earth. The other heroes decide to band together and use this tower as their base of operations, while Batman elects to wait on call duty.

My Thoughts:
Most of these characters have already been introduced (I assume) in either the Superman Adventures or Batman Adventures cartoon series, so the only two origins presented here are Martian Manhunter's, and Wonder Woman's. Martian Manhunter's origin was simplified from his comic book equivalent, but for the purposes of this cartoon series, it's probably for the better. Wonder Woman's origin seemed rushed; her motivations murky and the legacy of her equipment unexplained. Also, it was really odd having her portrayed as the unproven rookie of the team, especially next to the much less iconic Hawkgirl. For that matter, I found it odd that Hawkgirl is on the team at all, since she's basically just a female counterpart to Hawkman. I mean, if they want to make her a character on her own, shouldn't they at least change her name to Hawk Woman?

Using aliens, especially shape changing aliens with a vendetta against Martian Manhunter, to bring the Justice League together is a good idea. I have to confess, though, that I was really disappointed when I realized that they wern't the White Martians from the Grant Morrsion comics. It would have been a logical way to start off the series, and the Watchtower could have been built using White Martian technology, the way it was in the comics. Isn't it kind of odd that Batman funded the tower if he doesn't want to be part of the team? I sincerely hope this was done on purpose, like Batman is suspicious of Wonder Woman and the Manhunter and wants to keep an eye on them, as opposed to just being an oversight by the creators. Also, even though I've heard him say it a thousand times, it always kills me whenever Batman somberly informs the League that he's just not a team player. Despite the fact he's one half of the most famous duo in comics, or that he has a larger "hero family" then any other member in the Leauge.

Despite my harsh judgements, though, the first episode was actually pretty good and I'd have to say that the series bares watching. Or, in other words: YAY!! THEY FINIALLY MADE A CARTOON ABOUT THE JLA!!! AND IT'S NOT "SUPERFRIENDS"!!!
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