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Martha Thomases: alt-truth
10 hours ago
The end of the year is a time to contemplate our lives, to count our blessings and enjoy the company of family and friends. It is a time to celebrate peace and goodwill.
It’s also a hell of a time to raise a ruckus.
Most of us here at ComicMix are passionate in our adoration of free speech and the First Amendment. At the same time, we revel in diversity and equal opportunity and think minority groups are worthy of respect.
Some people think these two impulses are mutually exclusive. These people are wrong. And it is more important than ever to say this.
Let’s take a rather frivolous example. There is currently some controversy about the use of the term “alt-right” to describe an assortment of racist and misogynist American nationalist groups. Some people find the label confusing, since it sounds remarkably like “alt-country,” a musical genre that emerged in the 1990s. »
- Martha Thomases
Dennis O’Neil: Crossing Over
1 December 2016 5:00 AM, PST
There you are, somewhen on the far side of one of these bedeviling time gaps, at least four days in the future from when I’m typing this and – I don’t really know – you just might be squirming with anticipation because in a few hours or less – your hours – you’ll be watching the final part of the season’s megaevent, the four-part television crossover featuring Supergirl, The Flash, Green Arrow and the members of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Is your breath taken?
Me, I’m sitting here in Monday afternoon, not knowing what the crossover is even about. (Of course, it’ll be in some way about the heroes mentioned in the previous 81 word! paragraph.)
So, again, tv is following behind comic books. Not a knock on the video guys: comics got there first because high speed printing was invented before video transmission – the first steam driven »
- Dennis O'Neil
Molly Jackson: Sci-Fi Screaming
30 November 2016 10:00 AM, PST
This past week, I went back to my parents for Thanksgiving. One of the big benefits of that is the ability to watch TV. Yes, I said that. I went back to watch TV. I don’t have cable, and I’m lazy about downloading things illegally. So I spend a good chunk of holidays binge watching my parents OnDemand cable package. My parents seem to be fine with this. Seriously.
While I was there, I caught the first episode of SyFy Channel’s latest show, the futuristic Incorporated.
Incorporated follows Ben Larson, a young executive with a secret. He isn’t who he says he is. He is actually from the red zone, an outside district of the Spiga Corporation. He has secretly built a life in Spiga’s green (a.k.a. safe) zone, where he leads the perfect life and hunts for the girl he loves. What »
- Molly Jackson
Mike Gold: Patton Oswalt Really Is Everywhere!
29 November 2016 3:43 PM, PST
Patton Oswalt is ubiquitous.
The comedian / actor / writer / producer has a list of credits longer than Reed Richards’ arm, and if I mention just some of the shows he’s been in (or voiced) that I enjoyed, you’ll understand why I think he’s tapped into my cable feed. But, in the interest of full disclosure, this personal list includes Justified, Agents of Shield, Community, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Futurama, Burn Notice, Veep, Archer, and Static Shock. He’s co-starring in the newly revived Mystery Science Theater 3000 playing the latest newest member of the Forrester family. And he steals the spotlight in Foil, one of Weird Al Yankovic’s best videos.
If somebody semi-knowledgeable told me Oswalt is one of the guys in the Daleks cans, I’d probably believe ‘em.
He’s made no secret of his being a comic book fan – he pitched a “death of Superman” story »
- Mike Gold
Michael Davis: “I don’t grab pussy. It grabs me.”
29 November 2016 10:00 AM, PST
I was so stunned by the election I just couldn’t bring myself to write a damn thing for the last few weeks. Hell, in the case of Bleeding Cool it’s been months that I blame on my depression and trying to figure out how to fix a problem no one sees yet but with depression I couldn’t care less.
Then something magical happened. Call it a Thanksgiving comic book miracle. It was no less than that. So I hope to be reset at Bleeding Cool, ComicMix and my site Michael Davis World. Mdw had an outstanding and loyal following.
I messed that up big time a week after I began talks to partner with a massive site. Shit. That was stupid.
Stupid, stupid, stupid. My depression was/is a motherfucker.
Once I become fixated on something I just kept at it regardless if I’d achieved my goals. »
- Michael Davis
Joe Corallo: The Rule of Threes
29 November 2016 5:00 AM, PST
Last week we saw the passing of Florence Henderson, Ron Glass, and Fidel Castro. This is a collection of three different names I never thought I’d be talking about together, but this has been an odd year to say the very least. What might be more odd? They all have a comic book connection.
Florence Henderson was best known for her role as Mrs. Brady in The Brady Bunch. Though the Bradys were almost exclusively a TV family at the time, the now-defunct Dell Comics put out not one but two comic books about the continuing antics of the Brady family.
She was also the first woman to host The Tonight Show, albeit as a guest host. That has much less to do with comics, but it’s important. And if you haven’t seen The Paul Lynde Halloween Special from back in 1976, I know it’s out of »
- Joe Corallo
Mindy Newell: What Turkey?
28 November 2016 10:00 AM, PST
Mindy isn’t here this week. Well, she’s not here but she is still there. She’s having one of those annoyingly inconvenient gastro-intestinal “issues” that dogs and cats think of as recycling. And, poor child, it wasn’t even the result of Thanksgiving overeating – it hit her right before the Thanksgiving meal. She tried to actually consume some left-overs yesterday, but her gullet promptly informed her that was a very bad idea.
We’ll bet she is not alone in this particular difficulty. Thanksgiving should also be thought of as giving thanks for being able to digest all that food with your family. Or even without.
Then again, Mindy’s reaction could be the result of the election.
We here at ComicMix wish our friend and comrade a swift, complete and non-messy recovery. »
- Mindy Newell
Ed Catto’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
28 November 2016 5:00 AM, PST
I have wonderful Yuletide memories. Like every young boy, I quickly learned that the true meaning of the Holiday Season was… getting more stuff. And being the greedy little monster I was, (and, I guess, I remain) I also learned that I could extend that wonderful feeling of “Christmas Acquisition” through books. More than a toy, or apparel or certainly candy, the enjoyment of a book would linger well past the twelve days of Christmas.
As a comics fan back in the day, actual books about comics were few and far between. One that did make it onto the traditional bookstore shelves was Jules Feiffer’s The Great Comic Book Heroes. Soon after Superman: From the 30’s to the 70’s was a one of those “big wow” books about comics that was gifted to me. It was so massively thick that I couldn’t imagine anyone would be able »
- Ed Catto