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
THE 2ND STRING CHARACTER HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS CONTINUE
We’re close to the end of the month, so it is time to turn our attention to the not-nearly-equitable and only vaguely fair contest I’m calling the 2nd String Character Hall of Fame. I take the nominations that I get in the various comments section or sent to me via e-mail, especially on the page set aside for the contest. Then I take the names, write the names on little slips of paper and throw them into an old bright orange Tampa Bay Buccaneers stocking cap.
FANATIC BLOG OF THE WEEK
Rokk’s Comic Book Revolution
In my fanatic pursuit of new blogs to qualify for Fanatic Blog of the Week, I’ve seen a lot of comic book review blogs. Generally I’m not impressed, but this is the blog exception to the rule. Rokk’s Comic Book Revolution alternates between long, involved detailed reviews and shorter shotgun reviews they call “Bunker Bulletins.” Thoughtfully illustrated and written with entertaining verve, Rokk Krinn and the other folks who post here (Shawn, Jim and Nagacore) provide qualitative evaluations along with historical perspectives and other commentary important to their readers. Books are given separate grades for story and art … both on a ten point Night Girls scale. Continue reading
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
With DC’s sorceress Zatanna winning the first round of this fanatic, unscientific and only reasonably fair competition of 2nd String Comic Book Characters, it is time to move on to the 2nd round for 2nd Stringers. The new updated voting box is in the sidebar. So now it is time to …
Blue Devil #1
MEET THE NOMINEES
BLUE DEVIL (DC hero)
Created by writers Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn and artist Paris Cullins. First appeared in a preview story published in Fury of Firestorm #24 (June 1984). That story led directly into Blue Devil #1, also cover dated June 1984. Daniel Patrick Cassidy is a special effects wizard and stuntman hired to create and play the title character in the movie Blue Devil. To that end Cassidy creates a full-body costume with a hidden powered exoskeleton and built-in special-effects devices. When two of his co-stars accidentally free a demon named Nebiros, Cassidy uses his costume to drive the demon back, but not before being blasted with mystical energy. After the fight, Cassidy finds that the blast had permanently grafted the Blue Devil costume to his body. Continue reading
FANATIC QUIZ QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Name the eight “Gorilla” creators
In November of 2000, at Mid-Ohio Con, seven comics creators gathered to celebrate the launch of Gorilla Comics. At the panel discussion all but one “gorilla” was present. The imprint was announced to be part of Image Comics. During the panel, Image publisher-at-the-time Jim Valentino played host, holding the microphone for fans as they got their questions answered.
The high visibility imprint lasted less than a year, the victim of faulty financing from a dot.com entrepreneur. Who were the eight “gorilla” founders?
DID I MENTION THAT I LOVE ME SOME MAN-BULL
Name your favorite second-string hero / villain.