Hey hey hey! It’s been a while. I’ve been busy trying to secure a “sponsorship” for my upcoming mixtape, Cassette Trippin’, so that it reaches an audience wider than…well, than you, frankly. And, thanks to Kevin Beacham and the squad over at The Fifth Element, I appear to have gotten the help I need (more details coming soon). Which leaves me with exactly one free moment spend as I choose. Sadly, I’ve decided to use it writing about this week’s comics. Excelsior!

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Basil Wolverton’s art kicks your art’s ass.

Such a bust, another week where Ye Olde Pull List is only one comic long. What’s a nerd to do? I guess I’ll go back to figuring out why Dungeons & Dragons Online keeps crashing my computer. Um, that is, I’ll go back to stacking chips in the trap and laying bi**hes down flat. Farilla.

Let’s get it over with. This week’s lucky lady is…

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Hello. I’ve posted this picture of Batman crying to demonstrate my mind-state upon finding out that this week’s pull list is only one book long. I’m sure it says more about my recent buying habits than it does about the quality of today’s comics…but I’m not that sure. At any rate, it doesn’t make for a very stimulating column. Nonetheless, here we are.

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If you’re a Walking Dead fan (and if you aren’t, you just haven’t read it yet), then you know they screened a trailer for AMC’s upcoming TV adaptation at this year’s Comic-Con. I wasn’t there, and folks who were told me it looks promising.

So I watched the bootlegged version (it’s all over YouTube). Obviously, that isn’t the way this footage was meant to be seen, but it still concerns me. It all feels a little too…I dunno, “made for TV,” I guess. Plus, the book is in black and white (and gray), the impact of which can’t be underestimated. In a title that’s all about human frailty and moral ambiguity, the grayscale itself is a sort of subtle signifier. Technicolor doesn’t seem to make the same statement.

That’s why I was so pleased to find the above motion-comic footage, which is, to my mind, a much more satisfying way to make this story move (if they must). Yet I still contend that not every good book should be made into film of some sort. I think that’s ultimately missing the point of reading.

But enough of my yappin’. What’s new in the comic world? Tons of stuff, very little of which concerns me. Still, I have a whopping three books on my pull list this week, so let’s take a look at what awaits me behind the counter of Comics Unlimited today.

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Anyone who wonders why San Diego’s Comic-Con is the largest convention in the Western hemisphere, look up. That’s why. From the footage that local news outlets were running of the convention floor, you would think this year’s theme was T & A. God bless the nerds and their weirdo libidos.

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Looks like casting has finally begun for the next Superman film. I, for one, am glad that they decided to go a different way with it. It’s about goddamn time. In other news, it’s also time for this week’s batch of comic books! Wednesday brings another flood of colored paper our way, so let’s see what I’ll be rescuing from the deluge.

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Another national holiday, another delayed New Comic Day. That means Thursday is the day to get up at the crack of noon, brush the SweetTarts out of your beard, and head on down to Ye Olde Comick Shoppe. Unless you’re like me—my “list” is so short this week, I may just leave it until the following Wednesday. That said…

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June is almost over. Which, for many of you, means a day you’ve been anticipating since the mid-80’s: June 30th, 2010, the official debut of the Spider-Ham 25th Anniversary Special #1!! In truth, no one I’ve spoken to is looking forward to this book, but its existence is just further proof of last week’s assertion (by me) that the Marvel bullpen is huffing back issues of Micronauts (or possibly ROM: Spaceknight) in their free time. As is, by the way, the title…25th Anniversary Special #1? As far as I can tell, this is a one-shot. Will the book somehow celebrate a second 25th anniversary?

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Ooooh, trippy. What got into the Kool-Aid over at Marvel HQ? We may never know. Sometimes I think that they sit in the warehouse huffing ink off the pages of never-opened Micronauts back-issues. I see no other way to explain their repeated attempts to breathe new life into characters like the Purple Man or the continued existence of terrible titles like Wolverine: Origins. That said, let’s see if I can’t give them my money for some funny books this week. But they know I have my eye on them. You, too, DC, I’m watching you. Read the rest of this entry »

Shazbat. I’m back. Another week, another couple funny books (if that). My list sure used to be longer, but the current economic crisis requires that I indulge my reprehensible habits slightly less these days. Plus, most comics kind of suck. Maybe that’s true of everything. But let’s take a look at what, hopefully, won’t suck this week.

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