This is the comic that Steve Carell was supposed to star in had the SONY hack not occurred as it did. It's a shame that it's not being filmed - it's aThis is the comic that Steve Carell was supposed to star in had the SONY hack not occurred as it did. It's a shame that it's not being filmed - it's a good comic. The story of a French animators two months in North Korea and the history and aggressive propaganda he encounters at every stop. ...more
1) It is a worthy history of comic books from their inception to the mid 1950s, where it looks like the mediumThis book serves two important purposes:
1) It is a worthy history of comic books from their inception to the mid 1950s, where it looks like the medium may have very well ceased after being legislated (both internally and externally) to near death. It also doesn't focus on eternally holy troika of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman with what was then EC, which is refreshing as nearly all comic book history I have read, both in terms of real articles and fictional accounts like the always fantastic "Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay", tend to hone in on the development of everyones favorite tights wearers. Instead, this focused on the crime, horror, and romance genres, as well as the road that lead to the birth of Mad Magazine.
Hajdu dedicates the book to three specific individuals, but spends 13 pages listing the names of writers, illustrators, and producers who would never again work in comics after the Congressional hearings that nearly killed the entire industry. One of the last images of the book is Stan Lee being forced to fire his entire company, a good decade prior to creating much beloved (and as of late, financial powerhouses) characters like Captain America, Thor, The Fantastic Four, and my personal favorite Marvel supe, Spider-Man.
All of these characters were, of course, code compliant. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson suddenly dealt with Kathy Kane (One wonders what good ol' Dr. Wertham would say to the woman brought in to counter his criticism of anything improper going on in Wayne Manor becoming the DCU's highest ranking lesbian, Superman and Lois Lane never did anything improper, Wonder Woman just became boring, and Spidey's senses never tingled in ways you'd expect out of a high school student. As we know from the benefit of being able to look backwards, eventually people's wards became junkies, demons were unleashed from bottles, folks with green rings helped every color of person, and thank the publishing gods almighty, imprints like Vertigo were created to do whatever the hell they wanted.
We now live instead in a world where the IP of the Comic Code is owned by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, an organization I'm proud to donate money to every year at NYCC (just bought my three day badge). Instead of censoring comics for indecency, we've moved onto a climate where we fight for the ability of authors and artists to do as they please. For every tale of the good and proper in the world of Supes, Bats, and Spidey, The Boys will blow the bloody doors off, Hit Girl is here to kick your ass, and Robert Oppenheimer's evil twin brother will eat him to acquire his knowledge (if you're not reading the Manhattan Projects, what is wrong with you?).
But it's not just delicious ultraviolence that the death of the code has brought about. We're also free to imagine what the world would be like without men, how a human would react to gaining the voice of God, vivaciously visage visions of virtue and violence, mess with perspectives of temporal flow to make for excellent story telling, and most importantly, to Dream (and Destiny and Death and Destruction and Desire and Despair and Delirium).
I have in this Goodreads library a tag that I recently added called "Not-Exactly-Comics," on which I've categorized things like Feynman, Logicomix, Asterios Polyp, and Zahra's Paradise. I read the likes of Preacher, Sandman, Y, and others before I started heavily using Goodreads, but if I had while I was reading them, they'd be here too. I do not, however, include every single issue I pull weekly. That would add an additional eight to ten books a week for me. As someone who takes part in the yearly chalenges, this would falsely inflate my score. I am not, however, saying that comic books are not tantamount to good literature. A well penned Grant Morrison Batman arc is sometimes all I need for a good time. And Checkov's gun works great in banana peel format.
In short, comic books are fun. Some of them are amazing means of escapism, some of them are great literature, and sometimes, you just like to see a guy in tights run around and fight baddies. They're not about to go and have kids beat people up.
Now video games, on the other hand. Why just yesterday, I nearly killed someone by replacing their heart with a mechanized baboon heart so I could try to overheal them......more
I first came across Zahra's Paradise, as many did, as a webcomic. I thought it was solely a webcomic until a discussion I had with a woman at the :01I first came across Zahra's Paradise, as many did, as a webcomic. I thought it was solely a webcomic until a discussion I had with a woman at the :01 Second booth at New York Comic-Con. It seems that it was always intended to be a book, and that it was the decision of the publishers to put the entire title online, for free, as a webcomic.
They made the right call.
Millions saw it. It was translated into 13 languages, with Farsi, Arabic, and Hebrew among those. The art, which is static on the website, leaps off the page in print. Even if you've read Zahra's Paradise online, you haven't truly read it until you hold it in your hands. ...more
Updating this to reflect today. I just purchased it at MoCCA with author signature. Despite the fact that I probably read anywhere from 100 to 200 pagUpdating this to reflect today. I just purchased it at MoCCA with author signature. Despite the fact that I probably read anywhere from 100 to 200 pages of comics a week, I do not plan on reflecting this on the GoodReads, as not all comics are books. Asterios is a book that happens to also be a comic....more