Archive | March, 2013

“Jupiter’s Legacy” Finally Coming Out Next Month

29 Mar

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Mark Millar, whose stuff is frankly a little light for my taste, is writing a new comic for Image with Frank Quitely, who, if he decided to self-publish a book of portraits of IRS examiners, would find my name among the first ten pre-orders. It’s called “Jupiter’s Legacy” (instead of “Jupiter’s Children,” which probably sounded too much like “Saturn’s Children“) and it looks good, I’m going to say, tentatively, because when Millar is on he does really solid work (see all of his Superman stuff), although when he’s not on you read his comics in half an hour and are still brain-hungry (see “Nemesis”). Anyway, tentatively calling this good, just because it’ll be worth looking at under nearly any imaginable circumstances.

The Hollywood Reporter has renderings in mildly annoying slideshow format here; CBR has the first several dialogue-free pages here.

The book is due out at the end of April.

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Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s Mountains of Madness

29 Mar

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This beautiful image is one of two or three really amazing moments of virtuosity on the part of artist Kevin O’Neill in what has become the best ongoing serial adventure comic book being published. O’Neill just gets better and better and better, even when Moore sort of wanders off, and this is actually one of the tighter stories. Anyway, it’s from “Nemo: Heart of Ice,” a standalone about Janni Nemo, daughter of the notorious captain, and currently taking his place as captain herself.

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Here is Michael Chabon’s Introduction to Moorcock’s “Duke Elric”

29 Mar

Here is Michael Chabon’s Introduction to Moorcock’s “Duke Elric”

It was Moorcock’s insight, and it has been his remarkable artistic accomplishment, not just to complicate all this apparatus and insight and storytelling prowess, packing into one shornovel such diverting fare asspeculation on ontology and determinism, gory subterranean duels with giant killer baboons, literary criticism (the murmuring soul-vampiric sword Stormbringer offers what is essentially a running commentary on the equivocal nature of heroic swordsmen in fiction), buildings that are really alien beings, and ruminations on the self-similar or endlessly reflective interrelationship of hero, writer, and reader; but to do so with an almost offhanded ease, with a strong, plain and unaffected English prose style that was nearing its peak in the mid-seventies.

Chris Cunningham Has Been Making Laser Robots Fight Each Other

29 Mar

In case you thought he was molesting disabled mutants or something. Which is a distinct possibility if his body of work is anything to go by. (he’s probably very nice and loves kittens, I’m just saying his video for “Come to Daddy” is upsetting)

DARPA Can Launch Satellites Into Space From a Moving Airplane

29 Mar

My attitude toward the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency veers from horrified fascination to fascinated horror to just horror and then just fascination. And this is an example of the last emotional state: the agency has figured out a way—several ways, in fact—to send objects into low-earth orbit from an F-15.

The video presentation is here and it is epic, if you’re at all interested.

This plays into my theory that really important stuff is couched in the most boring terms possible. Sure, it’s a video of a corporate presentation, but it’s a corporate presentation about LAUNCHING ROCKETS OFF OF FIGHTER JETS.

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CAT BREAK: Drag race

29 Mar

Claws + polished hardwood floors + high speeds = a much better movie than any of the “Fast & Furious” films

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From ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’

29 Mar

“Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”

—The late, lamented Douglas Adams