Archive for July, 2008

What’s That Header Image?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

In case you were wondering, the header image is a tweaked version of the first comic book panel I read and still remember to this day. It’s from Legion of Super-Heroes v3, #2, the second comic I ever read (I believe - it’s not impossible that I’m getting the order of the first two comics I read mixed up). That’s Keith Giffen’s art, a depiction of the Legion of Super-Villains using Last Supper-style imagery. The whole issue is burned into my brain, but the LSV section was particularly memorable for me, especially the next page, with Sun Emperor killing a servant girl by kissing her and burning her to death.

I’ve now got this issue in digital form, trade paperback, and single issue. I decided to use this image for the header because I wanted *something* wide and Legion-y, and this did the trick. I cropped it down, badly wiped Lightning Lord’s dialogue bubble, and substituted in my own text, using GIMP. I may try to clean it up further at some point in the future - we’ll see.

Random Notes 7/30

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Things I discovered in my domain’s access logs:

  • In the last month, I’ve gotten over 3000 hits via Myspace. No, not for my blog: for a picture of a baby panda in a plastic container. It’s adorable, I’ll give you that, but apparently a bunch of people on Myspace have put it on their…Myspaces? Whatever the hell you call that crap. I’m debating whether to screw with them by changing the image to something utterly random instead.
  • In the last 14 hours and 22 minutes, there’ve been 1,124 attempts to post comments to my old blog, and 635 attempts to post trackbacks. These all get 404s in response, since I shuffled the old blog well out of the way. I’m wondering when, if ever, the comment spammers will realize that the old blog doesn’t exist any more.
  • There were still people subscribed to my RSS feed! Well, that won’t really come as a surprise to most of you: I’m betting the odds are pretty good that most of the people who’ll actually see this post are legacy subscribers from back in the day. I redirected the old MovableType feeds to the new WordPress feeds this morning, so you’re getting the new stuff now. Enjoy.

I Really Like Peter Snejbjerg

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Continuing with something I mentioned yesterday, I really like Peter Snejbjerg’s cartooning. This particular panel, from JSA #32, really jumps out at me:

Most emphatically cartoony work these days is heavily manga influenced - but I don’t really see that in Snejbjerg. Unsurprisingly, given where he’s from, his work feels European to me - maybe a bit of Asterix or Tintin. I’m a big fan of the obvious sense of fun inherent in Star-Spangled Kid’s appearance here - she actually looks like a teenage girl. Jakeem’s dreads don’t quite work, though. Oh well. No one’s perfect.

Random Notes 7/29

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

This’ll probably end up being a semiregular thing - bits that don’t merit a full post by a long shot, but aren’t really Twitter material either.

  • My Windows/email work account has been locked or something along those lines - I think this is related to my password expiring on Sunday, but while I changed my password late Sunday night/early Monday morning, I still can’t login, and while my support case on this has been assigned to someone, they haven’t done bugger all in the 4 hours since they picked it up. Sigh.
  • There were good things to the con besides just seeing friends and the zoo - such as the Giffen panel, the Legion of Three Worlds tidbits Johns leaked, Douglas Wolk’s “Against a Canon of Comics” (congratulations on that well-deserved Eisner, Douglas!), and, of course, the Legion issues I snagged. Got copies of LSH v4 #3 (I love the Roxxas cover), LSH v3 #2 (second comic I ever read!), and LSH v2 #294, the finale to the Great Darkness Saga - and I got it signed by both Levitz and Giffen. Nifty!
  • Oh, and I saw a preview screening of Tropic Thunder, thanks to david, and it was fantastic. One of the most consistently funny movies I’ve seen in ages.
  • Doing research for a post on Geoff Johns now - I’m reading pretty much all of his work that I can find, trying to figure out exactly where he made the leap from “pretty good rehasher of retro characters/concepts/conceits” to “freakin’ brilliant reshaper of comics history into new forms”. I’m about midway through his JSA and Teen Titans now - it’s surprisingly hard to find his Flash run online, which is a pain. I’ll be ordering all the trades eventually anyway, but my desire for instant gratification has been thwarted.
  • On the plus side, though, I’m discovering the awesomeness of Peter Snejbjerg. I’ve seen his work before, but I hadn’t actually looked at his figure work quite so carefully before. I’m not a huge fan of his layouts (at least not as of like JSA #32 - he may well have improved since then), but damn, I love his faces and use of shading, especially his eyes.

Worst Thing About Blogging Again?

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

I *know* I’ll be spending an obscene amount of time fiddling with the look of the pages, and it’ll never come out right. My kingdom for a nice minimal theme… Seriously, design is hard. My old blog had a layout I lifted from a friend with my old classic Viking lander image in the background - but I’m not in the mood for that again. I want to get some header image up there, ‘cos the current wanktastic gradient is, well, wanktastic, but I don’t have any images I like that would fit there. Meh. Maybe I’ll just go ultraminimalist and optimize for Lynx.

I do like this tagging thing quite a bit, though. Categories are a bit too regimental for what I want to do - I’m far more interested in stream of consciousness bullshit than filing things properly, and tags fit that mentality nicely.

This ain’t no party

Friday, July 25th, 2008

…this ain’t no foolin’ around…yeah, so, for whatever reason, I’ve decided to start blogging again, and I’ve decided to go with a new name. I may well change it, but for now, I’m going with This Ain’t No Disco, a line from Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” that I’ve always loved for some reason. At the moment, it’s hitting me because I’m in a kind of rejectionist mood - I’m at San Diego Comic Con, and there’s no there there.

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