Saturday, February 13, 2010

Grant Morrison sure does like Big Bang Comics.

Big Bang Comics is a pastiche universe, created and maintained out of love. It's borderline commercial and firmly indie, having moved from Caliber to Image to... well to Limbo actually, but it will be around forever.

And I tell you, they have some amazingly high profile fans. Chief amongst the noteworthy fans of contemporary times must surely be Grant Morrison.

Flamingo, a "new" "Batman" villain is actually straight out of Big Bang Comics, as is Knight and Squire, an "amazing" "new" "Batman" concept from the *snigger* current time-travelling Batman crap. Jesus. Meanwhile, for decades, Big Bang has featured Knightwatchman and Squire, aka Kid Galahad.

Now sure, Big Bang is a pastiche. Knightwatchman is transparently and deliberately Batman. But nevertheless, it shows utter intellectual bankruptcy for Grant Morrison to rip Big Bang off.

Grant Morrison is no more a genius than the Big Bang guys are. Seriously, he appeals to ageing sophomores who crave a veneer of sophistication without the intellectual rigour or education that would actually confer it. As for Satanists like Morrison, Moore and the rest- sooner or later they'll learn two things.

1. Black Magic can't really be learnt out of books, even obscure ones.

2. The only problem with magic is... IT DOESN'T WORK!

Zombie industry, maniacs in charge of it- and now they're plagiarising pastiches.

Stay classy, "big two".

Bendis enjoys breaking other people's toys


NYC Graphic Novelists does a sugary interview with Brian Bendis, where he continues with his blatant gushing, telling a bit more about why his books would be better avoided. First:
Under Bendis’ tenure, the Marvel Universe has become a more noir-ish place, as heroes question their own missions and clash over beliefs, and – every once in a while – the badguys win.
But that's the problem - under his tenure, the Avengers became so noir-ish, the series became less imaginative. And if they questioned their missions and duties, it wasn't in a good way. Worse, their clash over beliefs, as in Civil War, was contrived and forced. And if a villain like the Hood won, it was in the poorest taste possible. His assault on Tigra certainly was.
Brian Michael Bendis grew up in Cleveland, Ohio; aside from American Splendor writer Harvey Pekar, there isn’t much comics culture there.
Say what? Didn't these guys ever hear of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the creators of Superman, Star Spangled Kid and the Spectre? (Superman was co-created by both, the other 2 heroes were created seperately.)
Marvel’s pride has always been a solid continuity since the 1960s, unlike rival DC Comics, who has constantly restarted their superhero series anew.
Oh god, is this site totally out of touch with reality: since the turn of the century, their continuity has been lost in outer space. And let's not forget Quesada and company's classic groaner "we don't need to explain anything, it's magic."

Now, here's where Bendis comes up with a very sleazy statement:
Bendis’ start on Avengers in 2004 was with the end of the book; in a storyline called “Avengers Disassembled,” several Avengers were killed (including fan favorite Hawkeye), and the team was relaunched with a new line-up in New Avengers

“When I look back at it, I came in and wanted to blow shit up,” Brian admits. “I came in like a bull in a china shop and blew up Avengers Mansion on page six, and everybody died. Then there were my Avengers…

“There was no difference between what I did and a little kid coming up on the playground, coming up to a toy, and stepping on it. I did exactly the same thing: you don’t know who I am, and I came up to you and popped your balloon with a pin. I kept doing it, for five straight months, and then I ended it. I had a great idea that I would direct my Avengers so that every reader is an Avenger. If you were sitting at the table with them, you were the one at the table, and were an Avenger. If I made you an Avenger, then I could sit you down at the table and blow your world up. It wasn’t the nicest first thing to do to you as a reader.”
With that kind of attitude, it's a wonder anyone could be a fan of his. It just simply boggles the mind how he can claim he wants to make the very readers Avengers, and then proceed to ruin everything for them. With the way he handled Hawkeye, who'd want to be Clint Barton if all that's going to come about is misery?

This also brought to mind Steve Ditko's essay (Toyland) about how today's writers are taking apart stuff that doesn't need fixing and rebuilding it into something that suits only their idea of how things should be done. That's what Bendis did. That's also what Quesada's done with Spider-Man. It's what DC is doing too since Identity Crisis. Why, it's what Geoff Johns is doing with Barry Allen and the Flash.

Bendis is not the kind of person I'd want to hang around with if he's willing to take my favorite toys and what I'd built as a labor of love and turn it into junk. The sooner the "success" of his books drops further down the charts and he leaves Marvel, the better.

Love-starved ex-employee of comic shop gets owned in his comments

Scott says:
Y’know, Chris, the only really violent act at any of these Tea Parties was when an African American tea partier in St. Louis was knocked down, struck and kicked repeatedly by anti-tea party protestors who, apparently, also yelled racial epithets at him.
Stick to talking about things you actually know about.

Perfect. And a perfect adieu for me to ISB. It's been going downhill, and it was never that good, and the St. Jerome level of apologetics for comics everyone else knows are crap wore thin in 2007... So what a fantastic epitaph- a truth witnesser kicks ISB in the face. Adieu. And good riddance.

Inside The Cosmic Cube: Unlocking The Cosmic Cube

Inside The Cosmic Cube: Unlocking The Cosmic Cube

Year of the (Inherited?) Tiger

Onward through the fog, as was once written on the University Union House wall...

This Year of the Tiger will be brilliant, if you're a fan of traumatic change and permanent alterations to the status quo. In gaming, the old and extremely pathetic dichotomy between hardcore and casual gaming will vanish completely, in favour of the real dichotomy between mobile phone and desktop gaming. The massive rise of the mobile phone "app" has killed recent game iterations before they have even had a chance to attract their obligatory 18 fans. Cool stuff.

In comics, Marvel is now a subsidiary of one of the most evil and relentless corporations on Earth, Disney, and only the most insane or retarded of folks out there still think that Disney won't covertly make wholesale changes to how Marvel is run, what it produces, and how commercial what it produces can be. Disney killed its own monthly title, and they won't hesitate to do the same to Marvel. And rightly so.

Warner, it would be wrong to call it DC since it is now entirely assimilated, DC is just an imprint now, Warner, will continue to try and occupy the space Marvel vacates on a monthly basis. Remember way back when DC meetings revolved around copying the unbeatable performance of Marvel- by imitating the amount of word balloons on cover or lack thereof, the amount of red on covers or lack thereof, the number of gorillas and so on? Warner has learned nothing.

The incestuous echo chamber of comicbooks will slowly come to and end and it will become noticeable this year. A lot of current creators are film and tv hacks with fanbases that are quite large in terms of internet forums, and pathetic in terms of absolute numbers. This fact is slowly dawning on all the lesser lights of the comicbook world, who are mobilising their own teeny tiny fanbases to good end. Chris Sims has been one of the more proactive in doing this, it's just that so far he hasn't produced anything with the spark to take him to the next level. He keeps writing love letters to DC in his blog posts... He doesn't seem to realise that treat em mean keep em keen, the whore logic, works really well on the fanwankers in charge of Marvel and Warner comics.

And then there's AGS- red-headed overall wearing stepchild of indie gaming. It will continue on. Brilliance will be shown everywhere but on its own website and forums. Well duh.