CCW Weekend Open Thread

Posted: August 20, 2010 in CCW Nation, CCW Open Thread

  1. So, Rockband Band 3 is going to have songs from Tegan and Sara, Metric, The Smiths, The Cure, The Sounds, Roxette, Rilo Kiley, The Ranvenettes, John Lennon, Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, The Doors and The B-52’s (almost all of these bands are a first for the series)? AND they are introducing keyboards into the game play? Sign me the fuck up right now! This is my NEW must have game of the year.

    Did I mention Tegan and Sara music is in the game? So cool.


  2. Insideman says:

    Peter Parker has HERPES!

    And Deemar gets a shout out! Are the 2 related?

    • Deemar says:



      Thanks Sider for associating meet with Herpes.


      • Insideman says:

        Hey, I give credit where credit is due.

        If it happens to be in a post primarily dealing with Herpes– that I cannot help.

        I can’t help slam Joey Q for virtually killing my favorite comic character of ALL TIME.

  3. Insideman says:

    Good gosh Oogly Moogly! Where the hell is everyone?

  4. Edward2962 says:

    Ultraviolet!YEAH! Kurt Wimmer wrote the story for Salt starring Angelina Jolie. It is by no means original or daring, but it’s an ok summer flick if you catch it at a discount/matinee. He also directed a better movie called Equilibrium starring Christian Bale and Taye Diggs. Taye is meh, but the film on a whole is enjoyable. Very 1984/Brave New World with maybe a slight dash of matrix.

    What Smiths song in the new rock band? I hope it’s not How Soon is Now. I like that song but it’s the most over used Smiths song out there.

    Power of Love…I’m not hating but when folks make fun of the 80’s for being bland, it’s stuff like that they’re talking about. And Michael J Fox… (but I’m not hatin’)

    • First, this one:

      Second, I am a fan of Kurt Wimmer. Saw both of his movies opening night in the theater. Talk about a guy who got fucked over by Hollywood.

      Third, Power of Love is part of my childhood. The Smiths and The Cure are 80’s too. You calling them “bland”? I could probably name 50 more bands from the 80’s that weren’t bland. 😛


      • Insideman says:

        Bet I could double it– or at least match it.

        Every modern decade has great bands. Every one.

        • Locusmortis says:

          Yeah, the 80’s was a genius period for music (except for fucking Stock Aitken Waterman shit), music started getting crap around 1995 except for underground stuff.

      • Edward2962 says:

        I just checked out the list (which is what I probably should’ve done before I commented). Strangeways is my favorite Smiths album. No, I was not calling Smiths or Cure bland cuz they are part of my youth as well. Hell,my favorite music, comics etc mostly came out in the 80’s-90’s. I wasn’t calling the 80’s bland ( I’ll see yer 50 and raise ya 30 more bands) I was calling “power of love” bland. The best Huey Lewis song is “working for a living”! (smiley face)

        And since nobody asked me THIS is the Queen song they SHOULD’VE picked…

        Now, on to important things like what was up with Bob Layton deciding that the Beast shouldn’t have fur in X-Factor? And Tigra growing a tail in West coast Avengers? And don’t tell me you missed that bit with the CIA guy and the coke at the end of LongBow Hunters… Hey remember when MTV showed music videos? Me neither… (smiley face again)

      • mbell028 says:

        Just watched 500 days of summer last night this songs stuck in my head which isnt a bad thing. This and Fuck me Ray Bradbury are two songs I can’t stop thinking about lol

        • Was the the first time you saw 500 Days?


          • mbell028 says:

            to be honest it was my 3rd time they had it at blockbuster last week for $5 had to buy it

            • I love that movie and I also love The Smiths. Two great tastes that taste great together.


              • mbell028 says:

                Yeah definately hate to be a bit of a sheep but as soon as I saw this movie I downloaded the smiths greatest hits I had never heard of them before this movie I’m glad I did they’re awesome

              • SteveMcQ says:

                As fans of The Smiths, what do you make of these guys? They are blatant imitators, but they do write good songs. I’ve had this discussion about music that is completely derivative with friends over the years. If the songs are good, should it really matter who wrote them. In this case, does the fact that Morrisey/Marr didn’t write this affect your opinion of the song?

                • SteveMcQ says:

                  Oops. This might help.

                  Along the same lines. It’s fake Neutral Milk Hotel, but it’s REALLY good fake Neutral Milk Hotel and an amazing song.

                  • Wow, that’s interesting. That’s the first I have heard of Northern Portait. Ya, they sound very heavily influenced by The Smiths but I liked it. I may even buy that album now. It was a good song. As long as they admit to being influenced by The Smith’s I really don’t have a problem with it. Good music is good music. The only problem (if I had to have one) I would have with it is people, who really like their music, may not know who The Smith’s are and think this band is doing something “original”. Another newish band that sounds like an older band is “Black Kids”. They sound a hell of a lot like The Cure.

                    I really liked that second song you posted too. Thatnks for letting know about these bands. Any day I can find out about good new music is a good day.


                    • SteveMcQ says:

                      We’re on the same page. Most of the people I’ve had this conversation with are of the “they sound like someone else…they suck” mindset. Most of those people are frustrated musicians, so that may explain it somewhat. I understand where they’re coming from, it’s just never bothered me. If it’s good and they’re honest about their influences, more power to ’em.

                      I’ll have to check out “Black Kids”. The name seems familiar but I haven’t heard the music.

                    • I should have said the Black Kids lead singer sounds a hell of a lot like Robert Smith. Their music sounds like the later Cure suff. Like the album “The 13th”.


                  • phil says:

                    folksy with a touch of bluegrass….very easy to listen to.

                • I am a little confued by your question. Are you asking what do I think of The Smiths? Or another band who sounds like The Smiths?


      • metafur says:

        I love The Smiths, being a Salford Lad it’s in my blood! The ‘Stop Me If…’ video was shot just down the road from me. Urban decay for the win…:p

    • Deemar says:

      Equalibrium was basically a spin on Farenheight 451 or whatever

      K. Dick


  5. Insideman says:

    Just watched the Chicago Comic Con video. I know it was Friday but it looked sparse.

    I loved the guy in the middle who said Trade Paperbacks $7, 10 for $50:

  6. mbell028 says:

    Hey what’s up everybody? My local comic shop let me know that they sell customers item’s on ebay and they only take 10 percent of the money it makes. I’m interested in doing this, but I know that most comics don’t really sell for a lot I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions on the kind of books I should look through my collection to sell.

    I was thinking on selling them in bundles in order to raise the prices. I have the first five issues of Dark Avengers (can’t wait to sell these shittty books) I have all the issues of Secret Invasion (issue 1 and 2 I have variant and regular covers), I also have all the issues of Blackest Night. I was also interested in selling all the issues of Secret Warriors (1-15).

    I know this is kinda of a weird post but I’d really appreciate any help I can get I need to make some money because I’ve been spending so much on comic books lately and schools about to start up so i need to buy textbooks,
    THanks guys,

    • Deemar says:

      Honestly, the newer books your not gonna get much for them. Breaking even is unlikely.

      But the more complete a series or mini the better

      • mbell028 says:

        that’s what I figured It just bothers me that I have all these books and I know I’m never going to read them again. I may just give them a few of my books see how it goes and if it doesn’t work out I’ll just hang onto them and let them collect dust.

    • All that stuff sounds good to sell. I think you’re right in selling them in bundles. I think people are tempted to pick up whole runs rather than sporadic issues.


      • mbell028 says:

        that’s what I figured I was looking through my collection and saw Greg Rucka’s Batwoman and the complete run of Captain Britain MI: 13. I got mad at myself for actually thinking for a second on getting rid of these.

  7. Deemar says:

    I am

    Shitfaced drunk

    morn’ all!

  8. mbell028 says:

    I think this review basically describes this movie and all movies made by these guys.

  9. mbell028 says:

    Anybody on here see that Batgirl’s finally coming back in November Dc is coming out with a one-shot and an all new ongoing series starts in February. Although it sucks Rucka isn’t writing it JH Williams is writing it and the cover of the one shot looks awesome.

    I for one can’t wait.

  10. Bello says:

    mbell028 switching to Bello like that better thx Deemar

  11. Edward2962 says:

    The cartoons the most people liked in the 80’s were syndicated. GI Joe, Strawberry Shortcake, Voltron, etc This is proof that 80’s broadcast network execs hated children…

    • Bello says:

      did they really make a show about a rubix cube god damn the 80’s were weird…the sad part is that this show was probobly better than half the kids shows on right now particularly shows that are on Nickelodeon that network has turned into an embarressment. I miss 90’s Nick

    • Deemar says:

      Oh shit man that is messing with my mind!

      I’m not in the right frame of mind for this lol

  12. Bello says:

    God I miss this show

  13. megamanx4ever says:

    I just finished wtchin the anime Gunbuster and I have to say it is probably one of my faveorite mech animes along with Gundam, Evangelion, and Code Geass, and I almost cried at the ending of gunbuster.

  14. Edward2962 says:

    On a positive note this song is amazing. I’m not sure when it’s from I’d guess mid-late 90’s?

    What? Wadda mean ya mean I’m drunk and need to stop talking about the old days? It’s not like I brought up Tim Sales Deathblow that looked like Frank Miller art! Or Eightball, Or the how awesome the Animaniacs were..Hey, forgit you pal, Animaniacs RULED!

  15. Heck says:

    AHH, I still can’t sleep. I’ve been building 2 new bookcases all night and I got work in the morninn’. I need a drink.

  16. Insideman says:

    Bookcases… Build me a couple. 🙂

  17. Heck says:

    Great episode.

  18. MicahSkin says:

    Well, i just got home from workin at the bar. And got 3 hours to rest up for 3 rugby matches on Saturday. Whoever schedules 9am rugby obviously has never spent time around rugby players.

    On the plus side, I get to debate with our starting Flanker/8Man DS9 vs Next Gen.

  19. MyComicLife says:

    Hey all..
    i was at my local book store and i came across this graphic novel called SILVERFIN.
    its about a young James bond, written by Charlie Higson and illustrated by Kev Walker (thunderbolts).
    I am really interested in to getting it but im not sure, read some review on the net and all were positive. i still havent made up my mind, so i was wondering if anyone here has read it.
    If so, is it worth my money?

  20. metafur says:

    Hi guys, thought I’d leave a post here as I’ve been following CCW for a good while now. More of a lurker than a poster but given the amount of my money Jose and Elliot have spent with their recommendation I think it’s time to pop my head around the door. As an example, my birthday money this week went on: Blankets ~ been after this one for ages, Girls: Conception ~ The Sword was indeed awesome, and I need me some more Luna Brothers!, and Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead ~ an impulse buy, but you guys haven’t let me down yet. Damn you! I had planned to get hammered with that money…:(

  21. kurumais says:

    i am sorry shuri just isnt doing it for me. i picked up heroic age 4 and the bp stories deals with the fall out of doomwar to wakanda. maberry does a good job detailing wakanda’s woe’s and starts dealing with it by having shuri beat people up. i didnt get it. oh by the way it looks like ALL of wakanda’s vibranium is gone they make a point of saying how shuri is much more vulnerable now without the vibranium weave for black panther costume. she is forcedback to the old “spandex.”
    also maberry says shuri was worse then linsay lohan and paris hilton as a party girl. thats where you want to go with this character? most people despise those two or at the very least are annoyed by them and you just lumped your heroine in that basket? and compare that to t’challa, brilliant, inscrutable,and noble… why are we reading about shuri??????????????? or at least just shuri? i could take t’challa nuking all the vibranium and sending his homeland into the toilet if he was still around but according to this story he is mia. i cant see his people accepting him as ruler again if he doesnt help steer wakanda through this rough patch. klaws of the panther is a lot less interesting now.

    • phil says:

      I too have not been a big fan of the Panther switch. While my BP comic viewing has been sparse compared To my DW viewing, I have faith enough in Maberry’s skills as a writer (as long as Hudlin’s not an obstacle) to get T’calla back into his rightful role.

      And who knows…..Shuri might be the next Ronin

      • Deemar says:

        Shuri grew on me, I’d rather T’challa remain Black Panther.

        I don’t hate the character though.

        • kurumais says:

          i dont hate her either but this is t’challa’s mess he should be cleaning it up
          mayberry seemes pretty wedded to shuri though she seems to be his black panther.
          ive been down this substitute panther road before with casper and killmonger and i liked them too but t’challa is the black panther and if he isnt selling comics for marvel i highly doubt the other 3 will.
          i saw something from tom brevoot this week were he said marvel has big plans for the panther ( which ive heard before) plans to bring himback to the center of the marvel universe. the center of the marvel universe? new york?
          kings/royalty in comics dont do so well they are constantly abdicated or getting booted from their throne
          i for one am not interested in the king of wakanda being the next man without fear

          • phil says:

            If I recall correctly from someone’s post yesterday; along with T’challk being in the mix for “the man without fear” is Moon Knight Gambit, Nova, and Kraven. If there has to be a change… I’d prefer Kraven (hopefully that’s the son and not yet another that’s been ressurected)

            As for T’challa, he’s kinda in a catch 22 situation. Even when/if he becomes BP again, T’ is so tied to Wakanda… his leaving for any significant period of time wouldn’t fly as far as I could see. And since I don’t have the final 2 issues of DoomWar yet, I can only assume from what I’ve ‘heard’ hear that T’ didn’t reclaim his throne at the end of the series

            My 2nd pick for DD was the guy I forget to put up earlier, The Falcon.

  22. vegedge says:

    good band:)

  23. cballsack says:

    Some of you might enjoy this. I was listening to this three part video from the early 90s on the concept of a shared universe in fiction. I thought it was going to focus mainly on Star Trek novels, but then the second video turned to comic books. So Neil Gaiman, John Byrne, Fabian Nicieza, and Walt Simonson all make appearances. If you go to the next video, you’ll see Peter David as well.

    • Locusmortis says:

      Despite the annoying host it was good. Theres a series of great videos with Jack Kirby about a year or so before he passed away

  24. phil says:

    I use to luck out and catch this show on achannel that would not come in all that well in the motor city. Thx 4 posting, CBS.

  25. Venom829 says:

    What Up Everybody?!

  26. megamanx4ever says:

    I just finished reading the Superman/Batman Supergirl graphic novel and I have to say… What the hell happend to Jeph Loeb? This was a great story and the fact that the same person who wrote this also wrote Ultimatum boggles my mind. I also liked the artwork by Michael Turner and I thought it was a good story and I cant wait for the animated movie coming out next month.

  27. megamanx4ever says:

  28. kurumais says:

    anyone pick up the new powerman?
    it was ok kind of book i would have liked in high school
    i thought the art was fun. nice to see luke cage and iron fist away from the avengers.

  29. megamanx4ever says:

    This looks like one of the coolest mech games ever. Too bad its not coming to the U.S. 😦

  30. Pobra says:

    I finally got around to watching The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and it was damn good! God they are gonna fuck it up with the American remake.

    • kurumais says:

      why do say that? america is pretty good at making thrillers

      • Pobra says:

        i just can’t see the remake being AS good. Some of the content would be a bit edgy for an American audience, so they’ll probably end up dulling it down to the level of an average American thriller.

        • kurumais says:

          i saw it too it wasnt a spectacular movie masterpiece i give it 3 out 5 stars
          it was a good story well told but nothing truly amazing
          i think the best thing it did was capture blomkvist personality of the mild mannere reporter dedicated to the truth and i that might be the one thing you have worry about in the american version them making daniel craig’s version more of a crusader or avenger
          with lisbeth i dont think you can go too big

          • Pobra says:

            maybe i’m just nervous because right after that i watched ‘Law Abiding Citizen’. *shudder*

            • kurumais says:

              oh and david fincher is directing he just happens to make really good movies

              • Fincher hasn’t made a decent movie since Panic Room and that was in 2002. Didn’t see Benjamin Button so I can’t comment on that. Plus he shouldn’t be making remakes. Do something original. Just seems lazy to me. The original Dragon Tattoo was perfect. He can not make it better so why even try.


                • Pobra says:

                  that’s what i mean, i can’t think of a single aspect of that film that would NEED to be improved. They just want to attach a couple of big name stars to it and get rid of the subtitles, so they can cash in on American audiences who don’t have the attention span to read subtitles, or who think that all foreign films feature sad clowns and gay cowboys eating pudding.
                  No offense to the gay cowboys of the world, or the pudding they may or may not eat.

          • So you only give the original 3 out of 5 stars, huh? And you think an American can make it better? I am not having a go at you Kuru but that seems laughable to me.


            • kurumais says:

              you thought it was better then that? why? it certainly wasnt a nail biter thriller. and the investigation part of the movie was well done as most brit detective shows good but hardly spectacular. acting i was very impressed with micheal nyqvist he brought the quite strength to the character that it needed . but noomi rapace lisbeth was good but not spectacular though i thought the walk home from her first meeting with her gaurdian was her best scene ( that takes place in book 2 btw) maybe thats it i wasnt blown away by her lisbeth

              which part of that movie did you think was exceptional? im trying very hard to remember a part where i said myself wow that was really amazing either storytelling wise or acting wise?
              the directing

              • I thought the whole film was exceptional. Is it so hard to believe that people may actually have a different opinion than you? I have no idea why you are dissing this film in favor of the American remake which hasn’t even fucking starting filming yet. You are really statting to come off as hating for the sake of hating.

                Like I said before, Fincher hasn’t made a decent flick in 8 years. Why the fuck do you think he can do better? What could he possibly bring to the American production? Have you seen the actress they picked to play Lisbeth? Of course the American remake NEEDED to pick a cute girl to play the part. What a fucking joke.


                • Heck says:

                  I really liked Benjamin Button (though it makes me sad as hell). I don’t think the guys a bad director, I’m not even TOTALLY opposed to the idea of remakes. What I am opposed to, is the goddamn illiterate nation we live in that has to remake a 2 year old film because some people don’t want to read. That just makes me angry.

                  They act as if foriegn cinema is of lower value than American. Even BBC flicks are being remade and their in English! ‘Death at a Funeral’ wasn’t itching for a remake. I fear it’s only just begining too.

                  It just speaks of the void in mainstream American films nowadays. Everything is money galloping, Micheal Bay shit or nothing at all. We can’t make Casablanca in 2010 because their isn’t the audience for smarts. People just want to see stuff get blown up and Megan Fox’s can in 3 fuckin’ D.

                  • kurumais says:

                    america isnt remaking this movie because the swedish movie was blockbuster hit hollywood wants to steal but because the books have been selling here like hotcakes hollywood is doing what does very often turning bestselling books into movies

                    • Heck says:

                      My point is, it’s a WASTE of time to remake a film that came out 2 years prior. It’s not like it’s been locked away in a vault and no one has seen it. It’s a pretty well received flick, and a really good one at that.

                      Do something new.

                • kurumais says:

                  i dont think i dissed this film at all i just didnt think it was truly exceptional in any way. i dont think we are talking the godfather or raging bull here.

                  i asked your opinion because i was interested on what about the movie you thought was exceptional. if there was something truly amazing about this film that made it a 5 star untouchable classic i certainly missed it. i could be wrong you could be right. i didnt think your or pobras opinions was laughable i just didnt share it.
                  i wasn’t prefering the unmade american version over this one i was just open to the possibility that david fincher will probably make a good movie, and not “FUCK IT UP” as pobra. said its not like hollyood has micheal bay helming this thing with nicholas cage headling.
                  zodiac was good movie probably as good as this one and benjamin bunton was very good movie i think he is a very good director.
                  i never read any review for the film before last night so i took the time to red a few and the critics that raved about it all thought noomi rapace ‘s performance was captivating or exception. i didnt . i thought she was good but lisbeth is a
                  sensational role i thought it needed a sensational performance.
                  will rooney mara be better? beats me never saw her in anything

                  i was thinking about the movie some more, it felt very hollywood eseque from a directing stand point. watching i felt in very familiar territory despite it being in a language i dont speak as opposed to our other recent discussion, Let the Right One In , which very much felt like a foreign made film. now that could work either way against the idea hollywood can make a good version of this. on the positive side since it seemed very hollywood-esque it will be an easy translation to the american version or a negative side since director niels oplev has made a similar style movie why make another?
                  i just dont think you should dismiss something out of hand

                  • cballsack says:

                    Raging Bull and The Godfather are two of the most overrated movies of all time, in my opinion. The Godfather is alright, a good solid movie, but it hardly strikes me as a classic of modern cinema. There were so many scenes of Pacino wandering around Sicily doing absolutely nothing, plus you could barely understand anything Brando was saying. The film could have benefited from better editing.

                    Raging Bull is just awful. I have no idea how this is on any top critics’ list. I don’t get it. It was about a short-tempered character who led a life of bitterness. I found nothing enjoyable in watching this film.

  31. Venom829 says:

    Hey guys, just wondering if any of you know a good website where I can downloaad videos for free? I’m gonna be moving out on Aug. 30th. So from then til Sept 2nd, I’ll have no internet, so I want to download as much stuf as I can. Thank-You! 🙂

  32. megamanx4ever says:

  33. Oh shit, Insideman is seriously going to fuck someone up when he sees all of these new youtube video posts. 🙂


  34. Edward2962 says:

    I don’t understand the logic of former Gov. Blagojevich selling autographs at a comic book convention. He might get 5 years for lying to investigators. Shouldn’t he be I dunno…maybe working on an appeal? Does he think if he gets sci-fi, comic book and wrestling fans on his side that’s going to sway the judge?

    • Venom829 says:

      That’s a @#$%ing JOKE!

    • kurumais says:

      more and more of these “celeb” guests make no sense
      especially the wizard world cons last year at the big apple wizard world con they had a ton of wrestlers and quite a few baseball guys and reality tv folks

      now there is definitely crossover with sports and comic fans and big crossover with comic and wrestling fans but reality tv?
      its sad to see these folks sitting at their table with nobody there talking to them and i dont go near celebs for fear they will try to charge me 20 bucks for something

      • Edward2962 says:

        Blago was charging something like $80 to take a picture with him. He was asked about it and replied something like, “I gotta make money for my family somehow”. I’m just like “Dude…”

  35. TheMSpot says:

    I want to go to the Baltimore Comic-Con, but I don’t think I can get off work in order to go.

    • kurumais says:

      a lot of folks from the nyc area go to the baltimore con they all say its the best
      a con dedicated to comics and all the pros that do that show love it
      i have to get down there

  36. TheMSpot says:

    Favorite comment so far.

    “We need more of the Brabury chick with the cans”

    Thanks D.

  37. kurumais says:

    america has a lisbeth steeler and giant fans pre order your tickets now

  38. Pobra says:

    i am currently watching ‘Casino Royale’ while trying to drink myself to sleep. just realized how ridiculous the parkour chase scene is. thought i’d share that.
    hm, this must be what it’s like to have a facebook or twitter account.

    • cballsack says:

      The parkour scene is the only thing worth watching in the movie. Well, that and Eva Green’s breasts.

      • Pobra says:

        it is a cool scene, but it’s slightly over the top… which was probably the intention, but ya, the breasts are good.

        • cballsack says:

          Dude, it’s a James Bond movie. Everything’s over the top. It’s no more ridiculous than an invisible car that can skirting upside down on the ice and then righting itself by hitting the ejector seat.

          • Pobra says:

            Dude, don’t get me started on the Pierce Brosnan Bond flicks. They were fun in their own campy sort of way, but overall pretty awful stuff. And you’re right about Bond movies being over the top, it’s just that casino royale played it pretty straight up to that point, sort of. It seems rather impractical to be running in such a stylized manner when you’re life is apparently at stake. Oh, and the breasts are not good, they’re grrreeeaat!

            • cballsack says:

              I’m not quite sure how you can say Casino Royale played it pretty straight up to that point when the parkour sequence was the opening scene in the movie.

              • Pobra says:

                jesus… can i not just have a fucking opinion without having to defend it to the bitter end? guess not.
                What i SHOULD HAVE SAID was, casino royale was billed as being a more realistic bond movie, and the MAJORITY of the film is played as such, including the OPENING FIGHT scene that came before the chase, that was done quite believably.

          • Insideman says:

            My favorite part of that… After all the high tech toys and explosions… It is a simple “bump & run” that bests the villain.

            Classic Nascar racing move.

      • kurumais says:

        dame judi dench is absolutely terrific as m and her chemistry with craig is excellent

  39. TheMSpot says:

    I was watching Inglorious Bastards today, and I was reminded why Bendis is such a hack writer. In the movie, a majority of it is dialogue between characters that builds this great tension that is usually followed by some gory action. Even though the majority of the dialogue is in German or French it kept my attention, and I don’t think Bendis has that ability at least in his mainstream work.

    • Dude, you have to check out New Avengers #3. If you can, read the first half of it next time you go to the comic shop. Holy shit is that comic a joke. There was a SPLASH PAGE where all the characters did was talk about Ghostbusters. ON A SPLASH PAGE! Christ all mighty.


      • cballsack says:


      • Mike F says:

        Man, I just reread a few archs of ULT SPIDER MAN from like 60’s and 120’s. Mainly the Gwen Stacy parts. And man, that writing was great. Honestly, ULT SM did everything for me that the ULT comics were supposed to. They got me into the mainstream heroes again. But now? Bendis is a joke really. I can’t stand it.

      • MyComicLife says:

        yup i saw that splash page……and the fact that they continued to talk about it for the next 2 pages or so. Apart from the last page Nothing really happened in that book.

      • vegedge says:

        doyou think bendis is trying to pull something honestly?

        alan moore said . he has said he is trying to find ways to make people have diffrent psychological reactions and not even know it. through odd paneling, angles and claustrophobic settings.
        i think bendis is doing the same in a way.
        is bendis trying to fuck with us so much that we just snap . am i gonnna wake up clutching new avengers , in some asian families living room covered in blood?

        i think so.

        there is no way he thinks this is talented writing.

        maybe he is trying to see how muchhe can get away with . like the guy who drew power girls boobs bigger ever issue untill someone would tell him to stop.

        • cballsack says:

          Occam’s razor, dude. I’ll always stick with the simplest explanation: Bendis is an idiot.

        • Except NOBODY at Marvel is going to tell him to stop. All the shit he has gotten away with over the years proves that.


        • Edward2962 says:

          I think you might be referring to Wally Wood (the guy who drew power girls boobs) but that was a different time. Sure they drew women sexy and attractive but not to the extremes they do now. Depending on the artist the women are HYPER-SEXUALIZED. Everyone’s got a D-cup, so now guys sometimes draw Power Girl with breast larger than her head.

          As far as telling Bendis to stop, why would they? The comics are still selling. My biggest fear tho is with all the stunts and gimmicks (the re-numbering, lame spinoffs, events, other obvious cash grabs) are going to turn off even their most devoted fans. That same $12 you spend on 3 comics that take 5 mins each to read, could be spent on a case of beer for you and your friends to drink while watching the game.An that’s a couple hours of fun.

          What happens when those guys realize this and decide to drop not just the spin-offs but also the regular comics they used to buy.And since “comics aren’t just for kids” anymore, how’re they going to replace that audience?

  40. Heck says:

    Watching this tonight.

    Looks interesting. I like Casey Affleck, I just don’t know if Jessica Alba can act. She is fine to look at though…

  41. phil says:

    Somber Sunday:

  42. kurumais says:

    i love comic hype
    Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Captain America: Patriot #1 (of 4) from the acclaimed creative team of Karl Kesel and Mitch Breitweiser.

    i am really looking forward to this book but acclaimed by who exactly? i love reading about a new up coming title the pr depart tries to make it look like fans have been clamoring for these creators to get this project always gives me a giggle

    • DidioForever says:

      Kesel did some cool stuff in the 90’s. His DD relaunch with Nord after all the grey suit crapola was actually really fun, nice, ‘bright n’ shiny’ DD, considering what people are used to.

      • kurumais says:

        i am enjoying his cap 1940s strip and i liked hawk and dove stuff he did with his ex wife and robbie boy and mitch’s art looks good but hype always feels silly like our small community is going to get tricked by them talking up the talent we would never do that we are too busy getting sucked into the next big event for that lol

    • Edward2962 says:

      It just like when the movie companies claim the film they just released is “the feel good hit of the summer!”

      • DidioForever says:

        Yeah, like it’s pre-determined, because they said so… I hate it when songs have a soundbyte in the title/lyric and then people cite it when referring to/describing the same song or artist. I mean talk about eating out of someone’s palm…

        Example; when Robbie Williams (from Take That) was massive in the UK in the early 00’s, I’d always argue with people that he was just a shit cabaret singer but they’d always come back with “yeah, but you’ve got to agree he’s a great ‘entertainer'”


    • Insideman says:

      IMO, Karl has always been a better inker.

  43. DidioForever says:

    Hey guyz,

    Myspace is dead, Soundcloud rules, any of you guys on there with stuff to whore out? Here’s my shameless offering;

    Gudd In Leeves by Greg Bird

    • phil says:

      interesting…….I’m gonna have to look this up
      I’m not crazy about that sound where it is like a 33 being slowed down though

      • DidioForever says:

        Hah hah, yeah it’s an acquired taste I guess…Chorus effect with side-chaining…I’ve been overdosing on Toro y Moi and Washed Out lately so I couldn’t resist

  44. cballsack says:

    Speaking of Nic Cage, I’ve been scrolling this bizarrely random website for the past half hour. Some of the pics are quite amusing.

  45. phil says:

    To any tech-ies out there;
    Has anyone encountered a problem with their modem in which you fixed it by running a program on line to kinda kickstart it back to the way it was before it got all glitchy?

  46. kurumais says:

    ok i found this comic review show on youtube called Comic Dou its a couple of high schoolers reviewing books and while i would never say they are great reviewers or give thoughtful analysis but they are cracking me up. to me they are rare fans in that they are so young and not steeped in decades of marvel and dc continuity i find thier point of views interesting and they are exactly the demographics that comic industry is trying to capture but seems to do so less and less every year. but the reason im mentioning them here is that they are doing a bit of a bendis rant in their new avengers 3 review that i think many of many folks around will enjoy. and no they are ripping off E and J they seem to be finding faults with bendis all on their own which i as a fan of bendis’s ultimate spidey, powers and most of dark avengers find very interesting. plus these kinds could use some views so if you have some time and feeling charitable check them out,


  47. Deemar says:

    Good too see kids still reading comics, there is hope.

    Just gotta learn from the past (No 90s repeat)

    • Insideman says:

      2 kids Deemar. 2 kids.

      • Deemar says:

        2 more than 0

        • kurumais says:

          yeah im trying to think of how many kids i see come into my LCS 3 probably i mean highschoolers or jr hsers not little kids with their folks 1 guy reads a lot but doesnt seem to buy and his cute asian gal pal just hang around and chats and the other kid comes in and tells everyone about all his elsewhere world batman stories but doesnt seem to buy either

          • SmokeyClocks says:

            Depending when I go there are always a few. But my lcs has gaming tables set up and most of the time they are just hanging out playing magic or other card cames so i dont know if they ever by comics or not.

  48. phil says:

    o.k. I’m up for maybe another half thin I gotta go into sleep mode
    in the meantime I think I’ve posted 12 vids, 13 counting this one ….. later y’all

  49. megamanx4ever says:

    Is JMS’s Superman pretty good? Because I was considering checking it out.

      • megamanx4ever says:

        yeah I heard very mixed things about it.

        • Heck says:

          So far it’s awful.

        • phil says:

          The preview that I checked out for Superman 702 I thought was kinda condescending
          701 I thought was pretty good though; there were no beheadings, no brutality, no foul language, no overt sexualization etc, etc. Now JMS put out a story…in my opinion Superman brought me back to my childhood where everything was hopeful and
          filled with wonder, but that’s just me 🙂

          • Heck says:

            I think JMS’s idea is a mighty interesting one, and a GOOD one. It’s just poorly planned. It happened right after a major event, and it has Superman on the road to failure once again.

            Superman is fictional, he can’t save us all from our downturned economy and poor future. Therefore, he shouldn’t be lead to try. It’s not like he’ll be able to save the day and that’s what he does. He saves the day. Give something that he can defeat with similar attributes to current problems and we’re golden.

            • Heck says:

              Oh, and just having him walk across America in his tights is LAME. I’d rather see Clark wandering about ala Bill Bixby or something akin.

              • phil says:

                Well Heck, I agree with you that this fictional character can’t solve the real worlds’ ills, but I do believe he can address them. JMS has shown with B & B that he can tackle things that are not the norm in comics these days and make them interesting. Of course I saw the preview of 702 and found it quite condescending, but I’m hoping that’s the exception that proves the rule.

                I find your BillBixby/DavidBanner comparison a bit vexing. Wasn’t Banner essentially touring America himself?

                On an unrelated note..didn’t I use to be able to scroll over your name and see Heck, I’m Listening show up?

  50. Insideman says:

    Got my first piece of hate mail!

    Over the Barbra Streisand post.

    And I was complimenting her!

  51. Heck says:

    Shit, I’m drunk.

  52. Insideman says:

    I slammed up my Pull List of GNs and HCs for this week.

    Some cool stuff!

  53. Mike F says:

    I wanted to start a debate. I want people to be as honest and brutal as possible. Since I found this type of problem to occur in comics mostly, not with movies or books as often, but I ask you people of the CCW nation?

    Where and how did Frank Miller go wrong?

    I pick frank since I recently read his incredible work and feel so confused to think he also wrote that garbage all star batman…

    what do you guys think? How did an incredible writer go bad sooooo bad?

    • TheMSpot says:

      Which works have you read?

    • Mike F says:

      A lot of DD. Some of Sin City, some of the Elektra issues.

      • TheMSpot says:

        Have you ever read Ronin? I find my self reading that more than Dark Knight Returns, 300, or Sin City. Yes, the art is definitely rough but you see him developing as a writer/artist. But anyway, yeah I have a tough time with this, I guess there is so many times you can push it until you push it right over the cliff.

        • Mike F says:

          I always see RONIN at Amazon and in book stores and I’m so eager to read it. Looks so good and awesome and reminds me of a time when Miller brought the far east to USA comics. Before Manga even kicked off crazy good.

      • TheMSpot says:

        I was never really a fan of Sin City, the art is good, but the writing is so uneven, and as a history buff I have problems with certain aspects of 300. Apparently so did Alan Moore. With The Dark Knight Strikes Again 9/11 happened while that was in production so personal politics got in the way and with All-Star Loeb was originally slated to write that, but he left for Marvel so there wasn’t much hope for that to begin with. I think the reason why he gets away with it as many creators like him do is because the editors aren’t willing to say no to him because he’s Frank Miller.

    • tomstewdevine says:

      IMO I feel he fell off with DK2, up until that point I liked mostly everything he did. but somewhere around when DK2 came out Miller became his own biggest fan. He felt anything he wrote was gold, so now it’s to the point he likes to make characters that we recognize do unrecognizable shit. He thinks it’s fun, people still buy it. No one wins.

    • Insideman says:

      Mike, I’ll answer it in the simplest terms possible:


      That’s it. Brilliant writers have 4 of 5 brilliant stories (maybe 10– tops)… The rest of their shit is just treading water.

      People tend to forget (because they were written so long ago and Sin City was much more recent) that Miller also wrote the scripts for Robocop 2 and 3– which are 2 of the SHITTIEST MOVIES EVER MADE. DK2 is brilliant in the face of those 2 flicks.

      To lend instant credibility to my point: Note Miller’s latest Gucci (I think) commercial. He only has ONE DIRECTING STYLE too. As I said under that preview– he’s a one note wonder.

      I may be the only one but Miller’s 300 read like a grade school primer. The story was EXCEPTIONAL but the story was HISTORY. You could have written just as well as Frank Miller… And that’s not a put down.

      I simply mean HISTORY WRITES ITSELF.

      • Mike F says:

        I honestly, respectfully disagree man. Although I created this debate not for debating but for suggesting, when you say all writers have a limit, I say where’s Ray Bradbury’s? I’ve NEVER seen him write a bad story. What about Naoki Urasawa? 25 years and still no fuck ups to me.

        It just seems common with USA comic writers. Bendis, Millar, Loeb, Johns, the list goes on, but it all started with Frank for me. Because he was the first real game changer. Idk, its a sad thing to think about…

        • Insideman says:

          I was going to put in line in my original post that said that there are EXCEPTIONS TO EVERY RULE… But I figured I did NOT have to write that because I always figured that point was UNDERSTOOD.

          Apparently not.

          I mean, I seriously didn’t think anyone would believe I didn’t know there were writers with HIGHER LIMITS. Stephen King has a limit higher than 10.

          The paragraph or 2 that I was going to write would’ve read something almost exactly like this:

          “There are a few exceptions to this rule. Some writers can come up with story after story… Rarely repeating themselves or making their new works interesting enough that you can’t tell they borrow from the old– or you just don’t care. This seems to be a phenomenon of many SF writers…. Bradbury and Heinlein to name 2.

          Comic book writers– due to the monthly nature of their work– ave their “box” of usable ideas sifted through much more quickly… and used up much more quickly.”

          This goes back to my saying somewhere else on another thread on this blog that if they work long enough– almost EVERY comic book writer becomes a hack. Almost every artist becomes a hack.

          Do I need to list the EXCEPTIONS to that statement as well?:-)

      • cballsack says:

        Robocop 2 is not one of the shittiest movies ever made, not by a long shot. It doesn’t even come close to being as good as the first one, but it’s not awful. I never saw the third one, so I can’t comment.

        • Mike F says:

          I also felt that the 2nd was decent. but the 3rd really is awful. really bad.

        • Well, one of the shittiest movies you have ever seen is Magnolia so I think I’ll take that comment with a grain of salt. 😛


        • Insideman says:

          I’m just going to disagree. Compared to #1– #2 was a tub of shit. #3 was a larger tub of shit. Both were major letdowns and 2 of the worst films every made imo.

          If Miller couldn’t come close to Part One with either attempt– he should have respectfully bowed out of the job.

          Bet he wished he had too– because it fucked his Hollywood career for almost two decades until RR came along and resuscitated it… Before Miller then immediately got full of himself again and fucked it all to hell (again) with The Spirit.

          • Edward2962 says:

            I think Frank probably feels vindicated after the Sin City, 300, and to a lesser extent the DD movie. For a long time he was really down on Hollywood, but now it’s like “You like me! You really like! Sure I’ll direct commercials for you!” I think he feels finally I’m being recognized by the outside world again and not just these Batman freaks.

    • Mike F says:

      HARD BOILED! Another miller work I constantly see at stores and wanna read so eagerly.

    • Edward2962 says:

      As much as I goof on the guy, I grew up on Frank Miller. He’ll always be one of my early comic book heroes. Hell, I’ve even defended DK2.

      Having said that, I kinda agree with InsideMan. Frank’s just run out of ideas. The Spirit film is a good example. It’s not the worst movie ever, but it has nothing to do w/Eisner’s work. It IS full of Frank Miller hack-isms that Frank’s been doing for the last 10-15 years.
      Frank’s done bad work in the past, but he was able to bounce back. Remember Batman vs Spawn?
      How about A Dame to Kill For ( it’s supposed to be an homage but read like an un-intended spoof)?
      As far as ALL STAR,look at it this way…Frank shot his Batman load 25yrs ago. It took him 15 yrs to come up with a sequel. He didn’t have a really good idea but he couldn’t turn down DC’s offer so we got his All Star. It’s everything Frank’s done in the past only really really bad.

      I think Frank wants to still be seen as the dangerous artist we thought he was in the late 80’s. The artist that pushed envelopes and ruffled feathers in the industry, but the world’s changed and when he makes “important statements” he sounds someone’s crazy uncle. Remember when he ripped up a copy of Wizard at some comic convention? How about when he was on Public Radio and claimed that Iraq attacked America? It’s like you wanna say, “Yes,Unca Frank…the world has gone to hell.Now have another beer and calm down.We’re missing the game.”

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