March 3, 2009 · 1:03 am
We have a lot of stuff to get to in today’s post, but before we can start our discussion of our BLOG OF THE WEEK, I need to make mention of the header for this week … and what it means.
When writing this blog, I do not assume that my fanatic readers are “plugged-in” to every nook and cranny of the comic blogosphere. So often I’ll post and/or talk about stuff that I find on the internet. Yep, you might have seen it already, but I’m betting that busy fanatics from here to Hereford, Texas may not have seen it.
Like Will Eisner Week. Did you see this one? Or did it get past you in the blasting noise that passes for information in the 21st Century? Quoting from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund website: “The first week of March will mark the inaugural Will Eisner Week, a celebration of Will Eisner’s legacy in graphic novel literacy and free expression. A collaborative project of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, The Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation, and a variety of comics institutions, Will Eisner Week is chaired by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s Assistant Professor Barbara Schulz. Will Eisner Week will be celebrated this year from March 1 to March 7, commemorating the 92nd anniversary of Eisner’s birth. Continue reading →
Filed under Blog of the Week, Miscellaneous Monday, Quiz Answers, Trivial Fanatics
Tagged as Batman, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Comic Books, DC Comics, Dick Hysinth, Gene Day, Joe Kubert, Joe Orlando, Joe Schuster Award, Neal Adams, Nick Cardy, Will Eisner
February 19, 2009 · 6:21 am
• CHECK OUT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR A DISCUSSION ABOUT CASTING THE IRON MAN II MOVIE
• Don’t forget to click the VOTE FOR ME button just above my smiling face in the sidebar.
• Don’t forget to vote in the 2nd String Character Hall of Fame Balloting, also in the sidebar.
• And if you want to send me a new graphic to replace my header, feel free … the size is exactly 770 pixels by 200 pixels.
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BLOGGIN’ AIN’T A WALK IN THE PARK
How could I forget this ? ? ?
It was bound to happen. I’m surprised that it didn’t happen sooner. I made a whopper of a mistake. Not the kind of mistake that would make anyone mad, just the kind of mistake that makes me look stupid. In my post a few days ago, regarding Peter David, I said something about the fact that he and I had never worked together. This was not the truth, as both Mark and Kara pointed out in the comments section. Continue reading →
Filed under Miscellaneous Monday, Point-of-view
Tagged as Bill Mantlo, Black Widow, Bravura Comics, Comic Books, Dreadstar, Eliza Dushku, Emily Blunt, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Jim Starlin, Maggie, Peter David, Scarlett Johansson
February 9, 2009 · 3:06 am
OMG! IT IS THE 45th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST AIRING OF THE SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH
This three-part Disney’s Wonderful World of Color “mini-series” changed my life. Not only because of it features probably the first historically fictional character to right wrongs in a mask and alter ego, but because I can still sing the theme song 45 years later. Check out the post HERE and HERE for more details.
Cover art by Rick Leonardi
THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF NEW FANATIC HEADERS
I’ve asked several times for fans of this fanatic website to submit new headers to replace the pictures of Clint “Hawkeye” Barton that graced the top of this page yesterday. Well, take a look at this first effort. I think it is terrific. The anonymous fan that submitted it wanted me to know that the particular comics that are featured all had special meaning to him.
These were titles that fired his imagination and drove him not just to read more about these particular characters, but to plunk down more and more money for other comic books as well. I think we all have titles like that. Someday I’ll blog about mine (some more), but for today, I’m just going to bask in the glow of this new Fanatic header and encourage others to send me their fanatic headers for use here (exactly 770 X 200 pixels).
Cover art by George Freeman
Cover art by Mike Mignola
FANATIC QUIZ QUESTION OF THE WEEK
What do these three comic titles have in common: Jack of Hearts #1, Rocket Raccoon #1, Cloak and Dagger #1? I’d like to give a tip of my hat to old friend Steven Grant, but this particular Fanatic “what is the connection” isn’t nearly as hard as the powerful brain-teasers that he provides on his regular posts called Permanent Damage over at Comic Book Resources. I don’t read Steven’s column there as regularly as I should, but I almost always enjoy them. Grant’s one of the most interesting guys in comics, IMHO.
All three are Marvel Comics, all three are first issues in a mini-series, neither of those facts are the answer I’m looking for. What else do they have in common? Yes, they are all printed in color … try harder than that. Continue reading →
Filed under Fanatical History, Miscellaneous Monday, Point-of-view
Tagged as Bravura Comics, Chris Ulm, Cloak and Dagger, Comic Books, Dave Olbrich, Frank Giacoia, Gene Colan, Gil Kane, Jack Abel, Jack of Hearts, Jerry Siegel, Photoshop, Rocket Raccoon, Steve Englehart, Tom Mason, Ultraverse
February 4, 2009 · 12:09 am
First, the important stuff … HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAGGIE! My daughter turns 23 years young today. Click on the picture of Maggie and Roxy below to see a picture of them together in 1994.
Two things I love (10 years later) Maggie & Roxy from 2004
Yep, my obsession with the National Football League got in the way of my fanaticism for comics, causing this modest blog to be delayed by a day or two. The last two years have featured incredibly exciting and competitive Super Bowls. Definitely a cause for celebration given how often the championship has turned into a lopsided affair. But now I’m back and Miscellaneous Monday has morphed into Miscellaneous Wednesday and if you deal with change as well as I do, you’ll probably find this a little disturbing, but I encourage you to soldier on. Continue reading →
Filed under Miscellaneous Monday
Tagged as Bill Jemas, Bob Schreck, Comic Books, Comico, Gene Colan, Gil Kane, Hero Initiative, Jerry Siegel, Kevin Eastman, Maggie Olbrich, Miscellaneous Monday, Steve Englehart, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
January 25, 2009 · 11:20 pm
Wow … is it Miscellaneous Monday already? Time flies when you’re a funny book fanatic. First I’ve got some blatant self-plugging to do. To begin with, you may have noticed a “Vote for me” button just above my lovely picture in the sidebar. Please click it. You can vote for FUNNY BOOK FANATIC once a day. They tell me it increases my “ratings” in the blogosphere … and I’m all about competition. Next, be sure to e-mail your friends and neighbors about how cool this blog is (it is…isn’t it?) and last but not least, I’m up for any proposed link exchanges, just let me know and we’ll see what we can work out.
FANATIC QUIZ QUESTION OF THE WEEK
What comic book stalwart has worked ON-STAFF at all the following companies: Creation Conventions, Marvel Comics, Comico, Dark Horse, Oni Press and DC Comics? Yeah, okay, another easy one … but for those that know the answer, you already understand my ulterior motive. Continue reading →
Filed under Fanatical History, Miscellaneous Monday
Tagged as 100 Things I love about comics, Chris Ulm, Dave Olbrich, DC Comics, Fred Hembeck, Gwen Stacy, Hero Initiative, Iron Fist, Malibu Comics, Marvel Comics, Mike Sterling, Progressive Ruin, Scott Rosenberg, Shang Chi, Superdickery, Tom Mason, Ultraverse, Wes Craven