Archive for May, 2009

Valedictory Address

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

I’ve always been kind of proud of my valedictory address, but Jeffrey Rowland has shown me the error of my ways.

Review of Up Till Now

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

My capsule review of William Shatner’s autobiography, Up Till Now, is up on Bell, Book, and Candle.

Into the Longbox

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye #2, Morrison & Stewart. Seaguy continues its reign of oddness, but this issue ends on a hopeful note – unlike any of the others. I continue to like the magical world Morrison & Stewart have created, even with its tone of melancholy and conspiracy. I fully expect to have my spirit crushed along with Seaguy’s next issue, but if so, it will have been intentionally crushed by some good writing and Stewart’s clean beautifully laid out art.

Secret Six #9, Simone, Scott, Hazlewood. Another enjoyable genre tour de force. There’s all the fun of having Blake, Bane, and Ragdoll working a simple mission together, along with more exploration of the series’s subtext of the differences between heroes and villains. Simone’s dialog is funny and also manages to tell us a lot about these characters and expand on the theme all at once. The plot conceit that this is hung on is the idea that Batman’s dead and that someone will be replacing him – perhaps even Catman or Bane. As obvious as it is on the surface that these two aren’t heroes, Simone actually does a few really nice things with the idea. First, at no point does anyone deliver the speech about why these guys aren’t qualified; she shows us conclusively that it’s not the case, but no one preaches at us. She also makes it clear why they want to be Batman without beating us over the head. Finally, she shows us very specifically and very clearly not only why these guys won’t be heroes today, but why they won’t be heroes any time soon despite their earnest desires to play that role. None of this is done in the preachy “Very Special Episode” kind of writing that plagues these sorts of things.

All that and Ragdoll making every phrase sound perverted and some serious Nightwing beefcake. Something for everyone.

New Review: Death by Black Hole

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

My capsule review of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Death by Black Hole is up on Bell, Book, and Candle.

SMO must allow all aircraft (so far)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

A Federal court has upheld the FAA’s injunction against the City of Santa Monica’s attempt to ban some jets from the field.  It doesn’t directly affect me – 32169 needs to be going downhill to hit 121 kts – but it  is my home field.

The Daily Batman back on-air

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

I love The Daily Batman.  It’s a panel or image of Batman each day, and it’s strangely addictive.  There had been a long gap in posts, but recently they’ve been back to a post a day.  Check it out.

Sparks in Love

Friday, May 8th, 2009

It says something about me that I found this exchange in Girl Genius very touching. Sympathy can be sent to Brenda at the usual place…

A Little Perspective

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

A couple days ago, Warren Ellis pointed off to this blog entry from James Cascio and it’s been on my mind since.  Have a read and feel better.  Or worse.

Review of The Ghost Map

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

My review of The Ghost Map is up on Bell, Book, and Candle.