Over at comiXology, Tucker took a look at Sundays 4 and Root Rot, both of which were found to be pleasing.
The last few weeks was a quiet one at the Factual, with Comics of the Weak showing up a couple of times but honestly only being funny one of those times, while Nina showed everybody up and turned in a sterling set of cocktails on the death of Spider-Man and the genital junk of Butcher Baker. Joe McCulloch railed against Green Lantern, and the next day there was some stuff and stuff on books. Same old, same old, with the most notable note being that fellatio jokes seem to be on the brain lately. Does anybody else ever call their mouth a "warm dick cave"? Or "sheath for shafts"?
Sean Witzke's interview with Brandon Graham is one of those "of course that should happen" things that actually only happened recently. It's better than I expected, and I expected it to be perfect.
Back in the day, Alan David Doane's had the original hit squad of comics critics firing until the chambers went dry. Case in point: Joe McCulloch on Kevin Huizenga's second issue of Or Else. While there's new great stuff coming from all corners on a daily basis, sometimes I have to wonder if you couldn't just trawl the archives of these bastard devices to find satisfaction.
In keeping with the awesome historical oddities of the last few years, here's Neal Pollock's response to James Frey's dismissal of, amongst others, David Foster Wallace. This is a definite contender for Captain Banana in the contest to determine who, in the annals of human history, has delivered the best version of the "fuck you, you piece of shit" chestnut.
I've never gotten around to reading Stanislaw Lew's Solaris, but now I've got a great excuse as to why: it wasn't available in a respectable translation until a few weeks ago. Hell, now the people who have read it look like the assholes! After all, they read a despised-by-the-author version, which we now know doesn't count in the slightest. Of course, this new fancy translation is only available as an audiobook, so the point is sort of moot for now, unless you're an audiobook listener. Which you of course are not.
Sam Uncle, which is totally his real name, wrote about some of the missed opportunities in X-Men First Class over at 3rd Smartest Man. On the face of it, I'd lean towards agreeing with his take, but I haven't seen the film.
This is a short film that looks way more expensive than most short films, and since that's a shitty way to compliment it, try this: it was pretty entertaining. It's probably an advertisement for about a million things related to digital film-making, so watch out for that if that sort of thing bothers you.
This apparently irritated some people, but I'm not sure why. The writer in question has exploited absolutely every other aspect of her life for the sake of internet celebrity, so why should she leave the fact that she's addicted to twittering about shitty DC comics hanging on the vine? That melon is as ripe as the rest.
While those with a knowledge of "hauntology" might question some of this article's claims on the recently concluded Shadow Line, it's still the best thing written about the series--which was superb, by the way--so far. (Fair warning, if you're actually clicking on these links: The Quietus is one of those kinds of websites that slows down computers and crashes browsers.)
If I could find the time (or if I'm being really honest, the desire) to be a consistent podcast listener, I think Marc Maron's WTF would probably be at the top of that list. I hope you enjoyed that boring personal segue, which leads to me saying that this AV Club interview with him is fascinating.
Here's a list of cheat codes if you ever need to win a Gil Scott-Heron trivia contest, from a 1993 issue of the Wire.
For whatever reason, I've been trying to find some interesting writing on video games lately, and so far this hit closest to the mark, even though I've got little to no idea what the hell is being talked about at certain points. For whatever reason, CANABALT was the originator of this recent obsession.
Best comics tumblr? That's unfair as hell, I find tumblr to generally be a time vampire. But so far, yeah, this beats the rest.
Dude can eat some fucking hot dogs. Monkey can eat some bunny.