Thursday, August 11, 2005

There's a reason why Braniac is truly terrifying...

...and it's not just because he comes with 10 clicks of pulse-waving evil.

Braniac ate my hard drive. There's no saving it. Dr. Mid-Nite did all he could, but I'm going to have to buy a replacement. I can only hope Babs fares better in next week's Birds of Prey.

This doesn't mean I'm giving up on my Weeklong Thesis of Slash. It's just going to be a hell of a whole lot less illustrated. (It also means no more Homoerotica Fridays, at least for another week or two.)

Posting will be light on my end for the next few days as I shift from our summer apartment to MSU's dorms.

But, as promised, I will post my epic parody of Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams' run on Green Lantern/Green Arrow and the back stories of The Flash, commonly known as the Hard Traveling Heroes era. It's one of my all-time favorite storylines. Neal Adams' pencils are a joy to look at. His Dinah Lance is pretty and feminine in a way that modern "pin-up" pencilers like Terry Dodson and J. Scott Campbell can't even touch. The story telling easily guides you along the page. The anatomy is gorgeous... and I've never seen anyone draw a better angry face.

Denny O'Neil's writing, on the other hand, alternates between the idealistic:

There's a fine country out there someplace! Let's go find it!

to the romantic:

...A modern Robin Hood, a green-clad warrior with a laugh like the roar of a mountain river and arms like steel cables...

to melodramatic crack:

Some hideous moral cancer is rotting our very souls!

to misplaced social awareness:

My ward, Speedy, is a junkie!

to, well... um, he meant well:

THIS BLACK MAN LETS IT ALL HANG OUT!

The story arc also included Hal Jordan accidentally getting high on a bad batch of canned mushrooms, which is hilarious.

It's iconic, it's melodramatic, it totally deserves to be made fun of. Coming soon.
This isn't comics related, but it is very nerdy.

The producers of Parts: The Clonus Horror are suing the producers of The Island for copyright infringement. (Variety broke the news, but I'm having trouble linking to the story.) I'm personally very happy to see Parts in the news, as it is one of my favorite MST3K films. And The Island is a total ripoff.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

My name is Franny Howes, and I am a writer and a warlock.

My mom reads my livejournal. Not the friends-only posts, as she doesn't have a login herself, but the public ones. Lately, that's consisted mostly of surveys. She told me she likes reading the "interviews with myself" that I post. She compared them to a scene in the movie The Committments where one of the guys keeps pretending he's being interviewed on TV. I think that's a fun way to think of memes. I encourage all bloggers to interview themselves regularly. I think it could be a fun format.

On a different note, my 21st birthday is coming up on August 31st. (Amy is supposed to be throwing me a Batman party as I threw her an excellent dry 21st birthday party last year. I promised her I wouldn't drink this year if she gets me a balloon with Nightwing on it. They have them at the Sam's Club in Saginaw, we saw them.) It is the time of year other than Christmas where I can make a list of trade paperbacks and graphic novels and not have to buy them myself. I know I want the Runaways hardcover and my own copy of Archer's Quest but other than that, if anyone has any recommendations that aren't by Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, or Frank Miller (as I have read or purchased all I intend to buy those fellows...damn you Miller for degenerating into suck) I would appreciate them.

Finally, I have a theory regarding Alan Moore. For I-don't-know-how-long he has introduced himself publicly as, "My name is Alan Moore, I am a writer and a warlock." As he is a warlock. And his perpetual feud with DC is bubbling up right now. I believe he attempted to lob a curse upon Dan Didio and it was somehow deflected onto Keith Giffen. I doubt it was a mistake or a miss, as Moore is a serious warlock, and mighty scary. Didio must be practicing countermagick of his own and transferred the curse to the poor fellow. How else could you explain such a prodigious body count among the guy's characters? Other than a sociopathic editor, that is. Or maybe irate Rosicrucians. Those buggers are scary.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

2006 is gonna be a good year.

Being a total fanboy means getting insanely excited about things that don't even exist yet.

Like a Justice League RPG for the PS2 and XBox.

Not an action fighter. A role-playing game, people. As in, leveling up. As in, adding people to your party.

Featured super heroes will include Superman, Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and Zatanna, instead of traditional seventh meber, Aquaman. Each super hero will possess unique super powers that are character-specific, creating a variety of fighting styles for players to utilize while battling the forces of evil. Gamers will have the power to bring classic super heroes of the "Justice League of America" to life, customize their skills and engage in one-to-two player cooperative combat throughout interactive and destructible environments.

Translation: It's going to be Marvel Legends in the DCU.

Oh, happy day.

On the toy front, I've got a 13-inch cloth-costume Hal Jordan action figure to look forward to. From the look of him, he's got about the same level of articulation as the unnervingly-adorable 9-inch figure from Hasbro sold at Target a few years back.

And, God help me, the mask comes off.

I know some people around here do not share my love of Hal Jordan, but they are wrong.

Friday, August 05, 2005

My first blog meme *sniff*

It's a gay Friday... sort of.

It's the Gay Meme, tagged by Scipio, who posts hilarious and lovely scans. (Honeysuckle? So hot.)

1. Are you single or in a monogamous relationship?

Dude. There's a damn reason we do the blog together. We're practically married.

2. How long have you been with your partner/significant other/boy/girlfriend?

About 3 years now. Ish.

3. How did the two of you meet?

We lived on the same Honors College floor here at Michigan State for two years, and just hit it off.

For some wierd reason, I distinctly remember her wearing this shirt that said "Pie for Strength!" on it when she first introduced herself. It was from this restaurant place near a mountain, so it was the only food climbers could snag before they went up. Pie for strength.

Whenever I see her wearing it now, I smile.

4. What do you like to do together?

Franny will tell me every so often that we need to live in the real world more. We talk about comic books a lot. We're total movie junkies (it feels like we've watched at least 60-70% of Paul Newman's filmography by now, even though we're not even close).

She's also been dragging me to a lot of parties lately, which I really don't mind going to as much as I say I do. Kind of like how we go to a HeroClix tournament and I say I don't plan on playing but I'm always pleasantly surprised to find she made me a damned team anyway.

5. If you are single, what would life be like with your ideal
spouse/partner?


Let's see... I'm living in an apartment with my girlie. We play HeroClix, Magic, and roleplaying games, run an entertaining comic blog (it's funny to me, dammit), read a damn lot of comics, goof around with action figures, watch excellent and slashy movies, get drunk every so often and generally get cuddly whenever we damn well please.

Yeah. I think I'm rocking that "ideal life" right now, yo.

Since my known membership list for the Gay Blogger's Union is quite short, I'm going to pass this off to Franny, if she'd like to add anything else. Or any of my lovely commenters...

Um. Derf.

I was never very good at handing off the stick. It's why I never did relay races when I was on the track team. Well, that and the fact that I can't run worth a damn.

But I digress.

Also: I've got an appointment with an Awesome Tech Buddy (tm) Sunday to fix my poor, broken computer. (I'm getting real damn tired of using Jean Paul Valley, y'know?)

If all goes well, next week will be a chock-full-of-scans week devoted to analyzing what makes a character slashy.

If it does not go well, I'll post the text-only IRC/AOL chat parody of Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams' run on Green Lantern, to console myself with The Funny.
Scipio tagged us! Gay relationship meme:
1. The latter. 2. 2 years 10 months, minus a brief hiatus in Winter 2003. 3. We lived across the hall from each other in the dorm freshman year. I was wandering around trying to meet people and I ended up in Amy's room. She fell in love at first sight. It took me a while but eventually I returned it. (Her version of the story is much more interesting as she has a better memory for squishy romantic details than I.) 4. Read comics, talk about comics, argue about comics, watch movies, play Magic, play Heroclix, play RPGs, lurk in the darkness, and be sickeningly cute. 5. N/A.

JS, you're up.

Monday, August 01, 2005

The 'Haven is so lonely

In honor of Amy's computer being as broken as Max Lord's neck, I am declaring it Weird Text Message Monday.

Back in May when I first started at my summer job, I had a very difficult time adjusting to a 9-5 schedule. (Didn't you know lesbians were nocturnal?) So to break up the monotony, I took up the habit of sending Amy text messages from comic book characters, usually Roy Harper. Here are some highlights.

Hi Dick...had an accident with a C4 arrow today so I'm taking the rest of the day off. How's the mafia? J/K Work sucks, miss you. -Roy

Her response:
you do know that its the FEATHERED end that points at you, right? Ill be home as soon as I pick up comics for Tim. <3 D

My reply to that:
You're such a...youthful ward. No wonder we get along.

Next time: Amy will be debuting her deconstruction of what exactly makes a couple of guys "slashy", and also her interpretation of Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams' run on Green Lantern/Green Arrow as portrayed in an IRC chat. OMG I <3 Heroin J/K!!!!111