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>Earthboy Jacobus

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Drew and Leia sent Chelsea and I the nicest birthday package. Among the plant that grows out of an egg shell, sweets from Chinatown, and other things was this book.

There’s not a ton to say about it since it’s Doug Tennapel. You’re either familiar or you’re not. He’s the guy who created Earthworm Jim. His comics are good and although Creature Tech remains his best, Earthboy Jacobus is a very close second. Tennapel manages to tell what could be a very epic and outstretched story in a one-sitting book which in this case works. Well, it could work either way. But the signature art style and bug/alien stylization is all here.

Perhaps the most significant part of this book is how the author deals much more directly and openly with his faith in the text whereas with Creature Tech it was a little more subtle. Whether this man is a Christian or not he is at least wrestling with his issues through his characters. For me this adds a lot of depth and Tennapel juggles cartoony aliens and hijinx with more serious ideas about faith, well.

Thanks, Leia and drew.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

>I’ll take this instead

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It sends the soundwaves of music by causing your bones to vibrate. This can’t be safe.

Although I used a picture of an older version, these are still being developed today.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

>This looks awesome

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Control my ipod via a cassette adapter?! Too bad all the reviews say it doesn’t work as advertised.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

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This nice squirrel woke us up this morning. Thanks, squirrel.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

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Giant helmet

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

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Disney sports

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

>Bunny Suicides

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I may have posted these before, but they’re still good for a laugh even so.
 
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Posted by on November 11, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

>Bone

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1,331 pages. Only if it’s paneled will I read a book that big. Obviously
Bone is epic. But it’s also really good. It has occasional moments of funny that made me laugh out loud but that’s not really what it’s about. The characters and world are endearing and I was even crying at the end. For what was happening and because it was over. Of course, that’s not really that significant, I cry pretty easily when something bad happens in a story I’m absorbed in. Bawled my eyes out at The Notebook. Anways, It really is as good as everyone seems to say it is (except for those nitwits hung up on Thorn’s backstory who, after the publishing of the final issue must’ve come around by now).

I originally picked this up since it was made so accessible by having all nine volumes compiled into the One Volume Edition. I managed to find it for only $10 used on Amazon.

It was a long read, however, and makes me wonder how in the world anyone could be expected to make it through even the first 3/4’s of Cerebus (the part before Dave Sim’s ego apparently goes totally nuts)? I can’t imagine reading multiple volumes that are 1000+ pages long. That’s crazy. I might just have to try.

Anyways, for the 2 of you reading this that might actually read it, I promise you’ll like it.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

>Zebraman

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I just watched Zebraman and didn’t even know that it is a Miike film. Like another review I read stated, the first half is good but things lag in the second half. As far as Visitor Q, Audition, and Ichi the Killer (as I hear, haven’t seen it) go, it’s a slight departure into normalcy…well for Miike at least. There are some really great and humorous moments in this film.

I didn’t care for Visitor Q or Audition but I really enjoyed this movie overall. Unfortunately there’s no official U.S. release yet so if you want to check it out, you’ll have to hit up your local Japanese import store.

In short, the film is about a teacher who fantasizes about being a superhero from a cancelled TV series and from there all sorts of things happen, but it’s never certain how much is real and how much is in his head.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

>Transmetropolitan: Back on the Street

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The first Transmet book left me feeling the same way I do about most of Warren Ellis’ more recent work: not all that interesting but well told and easy to read anyways. I probably won’t be continuing the series as I have hardly any interest in knowing what comes next, except for the ever-present curiousity that has me thinking but what if it really takes off next storyline? I have enough familiarity with the man’s material to know that, for me at least, this won’t be the case and I’d just be stringing myself along in what if mode indefinitely.

My biggest question after reading this book is: how in the hell is this considered a seminal comic? How did this come to help characterize a modern era of paneled storytelling? Why is there such a huge fanbase for this?

For me the whole thing can be summed up pretty easily: tough, nihilistic, journalist quips at an unrelenting pace while exposing truths behind semi-bizarre social phenomenon. Like a futuristic Fear and Loathing, except with more purpose and direction.

So what? Are people reading this and going oh! he swore, and so CREATIVELY!? Cuz that’s all that seams to be going on here.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2005 in Uncategorized

 
 
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