Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Free Form Comments

Say whatever you want to in the comments to this post -- random, off topic thoughts, ideas, suggestions, questions, recommendations, criticisms (which can be anonymous), surveys, introductions if you have never commented before, personal news, self-promotion, requests to be added to the blog roll and so on. If a week goes by and I have failed to add you to the blog roll TELL ME TO DO IT AGAIN, and KEEP TELLING ME UNTIL IT GETS DONE. I can be lazy about updating the non-post parts of this site. Remember these comments can be directed at all the readers, not just me.

ALSO. You can use this space to re-ask me questions you asked me before that I failed to answer because I was too busy (but now might not be). That is often the reason I fail to get back to people, and on a blog, after a few days, the comments thread dies and I just kind of forget about it. Let's use this space to fix that, because it does need to be fixed; I look like a jackass sometimes, leaving people hanging. I will TRY to respond to any questions here.

AND you can use this space to comment on posts that are old enough that no one is reading the comments threads anymore. For example, if you thought of a great quote for the great quote commonplace book, but now no one is reading that, you could put it here.You do not have to have a blogger account or gmail account to post a comment -- you can write a comment, write your name at the bottom of your comment like an e mail, and then post using the "anonymous" option.

WRITING FOR THIS BLOG. If you think your free form comment here might be better as its own post, but you do not want it to be public yet, email it to me. My email address is available on my blogger profile page. If I think it will work on this site, your post will be published here with your name in the title of the post. You can propose what you will, I am always looking for reviews of games, tv, movies, music and books.


Marc Caputo said...

I get Fantagraphics' booksellers catalog - the one where they tell you what's coming out in the next 6 months. There's a lot that would interest most of the posters here, but of special importance is The Comics Journal # 292 (street date: 7/10) - "Grant Morrison catches up with the Journal vis-a-vis his X-Men run, the ambitious "maxiseries" 7 Soldiers of Victory and how that led to becoming one of the architects of the DC Comics universe, until he scaled back to focus on writing the acclaimed All-Star Superman." Expect lots of snarkiness and looking down noses at mainstream comics while falling over themselves to laud A-S S, as is their MO. I love the Journal, but they always forget that most comic book lovers, no matter how highbrow their tastes have become, started out loving mainstream comics. Either way, Morrison's a great interview - $12 is worth it.

Scene said...

hey geoff, not sure if this has been asked before. but i was wondering, given your interest in popular genres such as superhero comics and tv shows such as Lost and Buffy, one might expect you to be reading sci-fi, fantasy, and/or horror novels. but your taste in literature seems to swing heavily towards the canonical/classics and poetry.

no TOR books for you?

Prof Fury said...

Geoff, I'm wondering if you've read Christopher Priest's Black Panther series. I think there's some interesting anxiety-of-influence stuff going on there that might interest you: Priest revises Dark Knight Returns in one short storyline and does some other Panther/Batman stuff, and most notably, he contends with the legacy of the wacky Kirby Panther in the series' later issues -- everything from "Enemy of the State II" on through about issue 48 or so. Plus, it's just a good comic, especially as it settles into a regular art team (Sal Velluto and Bob Almond, doing their best work) somewhere in the second year or so. (My favorite bit is how Velluto/Almond draw Kirby Panther and his supporting cast to look like Kirby creations in the midst of the rest of the cast, rendered in more contemporary style -- I think I've seen this sort of thing done since then, but not before). And there's a joyous kitchen-sink approach that reminds me of Matt Fraction et al. (I wrote a longer appreciation of the run here, if you'll forgive the link.)

Matthew J. Brady said...

I don't know if anybody else is interested in this, but I would love to see what some of the regular commenters here would consider to be their favorite movies of 2007. I just posted mine over at my blog, so does anybody else want to share their picks?

Also, I just saw Cloverfield yesterday, and it was awesome. Best movie of 2008, so far. ;-)

Streebo said...

I cross-posted my video review for Cloverfield to my blog - although why anyone would want to watch or read another review about it at this point is beyond me.

Geoff Klock said...

Marc -- thanks.

Scene -- no TOR books for me. It makes people INSANE, but the thing is there is a lot of stuff out there in the world and you have to triage somehow. I do it by generally NOT READING NOVELS. When I did read novels I read kind of a lot, including major stuff like Don Quixote, Magic Mountain, Moby-Dick, Ulysses, Faulkner's five major books, Gravity's Rainbow, and so on. So it is not like I do not know what I am missing. But it takes A LOT to get me to read a novel now. I do not know what a fantasy book would have to do to get me to read it but WOW it would be a lot. So thats the story there. Basically, with the kind of free time I have now, I prefer stuff short from and/or serial -- so TV, comics, and poetry.

Prof Fury -- I have not read that, but you are making me want to. And there is no reason to apologize for providing a link to your blog.

Matt -- coincidentally, I just answered this question in a blog post five minutes ago.

Streebo -- thanks.