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>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

 

>paper cd case

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http://www.papercdcase.com/ has a nice little online form that spits out cd inlays and stuff for when you make a mix cd to hand off to someone.  like a friend. 
 
i heard that sometimes a person within a small group of friends has an idea to have each friend make a mix cd for every other friend.  those ideas, no matter how neat, never come to fruition if only two of the friends in a group know about it.  then another friend has to pick up the torch and tell everyone else.  are you listening, drew?  matty doesn’t seem to know the parameters exactly but i passed it along to dave anyways.  mine’s almost ready to go. talk to us, drew.
 
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Posted by on November 5, 2005 in Uncategorized

 

>last.fm

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this last.fm thing seems pretty neat. go there, download some plugins (really quick and easy) for all of your media players. whenever you play music on your computer, it gets sent to your last.fm profile page where you and others can track your listening AND you can discover similar music, no matter how eclectic (so they claim). If you also would like a custom radio station built around what you already listen to, install the last.fm player.

now the final frontier is integrating all of this musical goodness into your blog. done.


suprglu does just that. i haven’t finished setting all of this up, despite it being a matter of creating and specifying a couple of logins, but i have high hopes. i’ll post more about it if it works and you’ll hopeful be able to see the list of my music on the right bar over there (bottom of page if you’re on Safari or Firefox which don’t adhere to W3C standards for floats).

Update: Ok, so the Suprglu thing isn’t so great since it has to become the destination where people view your blog and all that other stuff. It would be if it was more customizable so one could even use their own image for a banner…anyways.

last.fm isn’t too special either, the radio thing is nice, but I’ve seen it before somewhere…i’m not too convinced i need a list of recently listened to songs if it’s not on my blog to share. oh well, the day where all of this really happens isn’t too far off.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2005 in Uncategorized

 
 
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