Monday, April 30, 2007


I have discovered that apparently I actually enjoy listening to audiobooks. I'm currently going through the Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga. I'm enjoying it quite a lot, although it's a bit hard to listen to at times when it hits awfully close to my own experiences in high school (I can hardly mask my own fanboyness). The story resorts a bit too much to namedropping and fanservice at times, but then that is in keeping with the characters so I'm inclined to forgive it a bit.

I also had the chance to listen to the Golden Man by Philip K. Dick, the short story which the new movie Next claims to be based upon. I might have actually gone to the movie if Nicholas Cage was playing a mute intelligence-less paragon of male beauty, just for the laugh....shame really.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


I finished the audiobook of Martian Time-slip by Philip K. Dick on the way back from a conference today. I was a bit disappointed overall, although it may just be that this story hasn't aged as well as many of Dick's others. The story very much has that golden age s.f. environment where we all have flying cars and are living on Mars back in 1980. Not that there's anything wrong with that vision of a future that never came to be, especially since this was very much a novel about 1964, but Dick has written much better than this.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Gerry Conway

Oh how I love Gerry Conway, the often forgotten writer of one of the best Spider-Man runs in history (which included both the deaths of Gwen Stacy and the Green Goblin and the introduction of the Punisher). However, here I'm going to talk about something at the other end of the quality spectrum, his 10 issue run on Marvel Team-Up.

Comics just aren't made like this anymore, awful on one level, but more fun then anything being written nowadays on another. Take my favorite issue from this run #28 as an example. In this issue Spider-Man and this issue's guest star Hercules are captured while failing to stop the theft of Manhattan. The entire island is ripped off its moorings and is towed into the middle of Atlantic where it is held for ransom. The two heroes escape their captors (scientists in mechas) and Hercules single handedly tows the island back to its original location (what he's standing on while accomplishing this feat is not entirely clear). The issue ends with both Spidey and Hercules ignoring the Mayor's complaints about the damages that must have been done to the bridges and tunnels (complaints that are actually echoed by the editor in the closing caption). This is just escapism at its best.

Monday, April 23, 2007

A long day's journey

New England is always so much fun. I had the pleasure of attending a meeting in Worcester today, which is just under a 2 and a half hour ride from my apartment. Along the way I passed more than a few snowbanks that were still lingering on, despite the temperature gauge on my car showing a temperature of 91 at one point.

It was fortuitous that I had just checked out an audiobook of Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick for the ride. It provided a nice bit of surrealism to go along with the weather.

Sunday, April 22, 2007


So, I finally got started working on a Library Thing account. I'm hoping to tie it in here and to start making some fairly regular postings.

A pretty good week for me. Just finished some very old school Batman comics (circa 1940) thanks to the Batman Chronicles Vol. 2 and finally finished rereading Grant Morrison's X-Men run, which I was very gratified to find was as good as I remembered it being. It's just a shame that none of the editors at Marvel could follow what he was doing.

As for the new stuff, I've finally picked up the 131/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, which so far feels like Baron Munchausen in Wonderland. Which brings me to Alice in Sunderland, which I think is the book that Brian Talbot is going to be remembered for (although I though that about Heart of Empire too). Then for this week's Silver age fun, it's the Essential Marvel Team-Up vol. 2.