KEEPING UP WITH FATHER
-Over at Flavorpill, you'll find your quarterly installment in things you should buy that haven't come out yet. It's probably obvious that the thing our crew is most stoked about is the Josh Simmons piece. All the comics on that list are good, but Simmons was on another planet when he did "Cockbone", and Furry Trap has at least ten other pieces surrounding it.
-The new Comics of the Weak is live at the Comics Journal. Abhay delivers the Hipster Runoff response to Rob Liefeld's completely bizarre attack on nerd culture's biggest bogeyman since "jocks", i.e., Fucking Hipsters, who apparently ruin everything wonderful. Nate Bulmer is there as well, he's in for the duration.
-Regarding Rob Liefeld--I never really cared that much either way about Liefeld, he was just part of something I stopped being interested in. But as time has gone on, I've developed warmer feelings for him simply because he's become the primary whipping boy for the worst kind of super-hero comics fan: the one who thinks he's smart, but isn't. Regular old run-of-the-mill super-hero comics fans who read the things for fun never make comments about Liefeld's weirdness with feet, that's purely the province of guys with blogs. Liefeld's biggest gift over the last decade has been that his failings have provided easy, obvious criticisms of super-hero art comics to that same group of people, despite the fact that these exact complaints evaporate when they appear in non-Liefeld comics. If they didn't like fucked up anatomy, or constant screaming, or etc, hell, if it really was important that feet be depicted, than there'd never be anything nice to say about super-hero comics. Instead, Liefeld bears the weight, and guys who can't read Zatanna until they have all the issues get to call themselves intellectuals, because hey, they just noticed that some super-hero artist usually hides certain appendages.
Of course, it would be a lot more fun to climb up on this cross if anything Liefeld made were readable. Bloodwulf? That was something, I believe.
-Nina is on a tear, and that's by her own design. First up, she took a look at the BPRD and came away liking it just fine. All kidding aside, that would have been mightily uncomfortable if she'd tossed those comics under the bus. Then, she threw in with her first love, which is a comic by 50% of the Luna Brothers called Whispers.
-And I hate to do this two weeks in a row, but yeah, that's it for now. Future installments in these Woodshed posts will not be limited to "here's more of us". See you on Sunday night, with some more Virgin Read. (I still call it that in my head, so you can too, if you'd like.)