These are my favourite XKCD comics.
DISNEY TO ACQUIRE MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT
Worldwide leader in family entertainment agrees to acquire Marvel and its portfolio of over 5,000 characters
I think the question on everybodys lips is: what happens to Tarzan? Also, does this mean we finally get to see Iron Man team up with Mulan in the epic battle against Dr. Doom and the 7 dwarves?
Apparently, Barack Obama collects Conan comics. Some danish friends of mine have written an excellent list of five things they hope Barack Obama has learned from Conan. The article in its entirety is in danish, though you can try and have Google translate it for you. Here are the five items, translated for you, dear readers:
- A simple man from simple upbringings can go a long way
- Gods are only painted wood
- Take care of the women
- There are wizards and wizardry everywhere, but they usually give way to a sharp blade
- Even if you would like to take care of yourself, you’ll often be involved in other peoples fights
What a great list.
Behold, the drawing prowess of Edgar Pierre Jacobs, -French- Belgian comic book writer and illustrator in the 1950ies. Besides his own excellent series — Blake & Mortimer — of which (some of) the above covers are examples, Jacobs helped out Hergé with his Tintin series. So successfully in fact, that Hergé immortalized Jacobs on the cover of Cigars of the Pharaoh. Second mummy from the right portraits Jacobs, and says “E.P. Jacobini” on the coffin.
Stream of Consciousness is a process of composing a written equivalent of the thought process. I use this to scribble down inconsistent or incomplete thoughts so as to move on. I’ve done this before.
I’m supposed to be working on my September installment, but I’m either too tired or not quite motivated enough to proceed with it. As long as I have a new header ready for tomorrow, things won’t bork. That’s good.
This last week, or these last two actually, have been rather confusing and busy. Now there’s a drivers license I need to worry about getting. Did you know that most scooters (those that go up to 45 km/h) actually have to drive on the main road and not the part of the sidewalk reserved for bicycles? Most scooters don’t know it either.
I turned on the news tonight. Katrina caused some serious pain and misery. 80% of New Orleans is under water. Hundreds—maybe soon more than a thousand dead. Zap to next news item: panic in a pilgrimage of hundreds of thousands Shia-Muslims causes more than a thousand people trampled to death. Turns out somebody yelled “suicide bomber”. These kinds of news items cause a certain numbness… after all, the pain and misery is far away, and I have a drivers license to worry about.
The day before this I read that the global increase in amount of tropical storms is a direct consequence of global warming. Ironic that I’m now getting a drivers license.
Israel pulled out of their Gaza strip settlements last week. A historic moment for the peace process, although the withdrawal is not quite extensive enough should one read the EU stance on the matter. Let’s hope it brings some peace to both the Palestinians and the Israelis, although I fear it will make only little difference. There’s an inherent problem in the fact that both peoples believe that Jerusalem is their promised land. How do you settle such an argument?
I often find myself wondering if the world would be a better place if the concept of religion did not exist.
I was listening to the Blade Runner soundtrack the other day and was reminded just how great a soundtrack it really is. Then I came to the “End Titles“, and noticed a striking similarity to something I had listened to shortly before. Unusually, I immediately remembered that it was Kraftwerk’s “Metropolis“. Upon quick re-inspection there was indeed an uncanny resemblance. Oh, and Allmusic needs login, so get the BugMeNot Firefox extension and save yourself the registration hassle.
Siouxie and the Banshees is also something I’m listening to (as of today). My good friend Tommy introduced me to them, and it’s nothing less than fantastic. I haven’t been this excited about a band since I discovered The Cure. Check out “Cities in the Dust” from Tinderbox.
On the topic of Firefox Extensions, also go grab a copy of Session Saver. It saves your open tabs and textarea contents. It even saved what you’re now reading from a crash.
Today also marks the completion of my Valerian collection. I purchased, expensively I might add, the two remaining comic albums. The collection now spans 19 beautiful pieces. Damn they were hard to track down in Copenhagen, but now I can finally understand the whole story arc. Perfect timing for the animated TV Series which is rumored to air on French channel 3 in September 2006!
“When I said “fire anyone who exposed a CIA agent”, I meant only if he was convicted, lost all appeals, and then didn’t apologize.”
baton, n, tubular object carried by and passed between members of a relay team
On weblogs, the concept of a baton is used to pass around small text/information games. More often than not it’s an excuse not to provide better content. That said, I simply had to pick up this latest one. Damn you Jonas.
Number of Comics on the Shelf
At home, meaning my current apartment of residence, I have 61 “real” comics. Except for a few Calvin and Hobbes, they’re all in their danish translation. It’s simply impossible to collect foreign language comics in Denmark. Still, I’ve kept their original titles, so as to confuse as little as possible.
Last Comic Purchased
Valerian – Bienvenue sur Alflolol. Not too great condition, but it’s not easy picking up Valerian in Copenhagen, especially when it’s a rarity (which this is).
Comic Reading Right Now
Right now I’m stuck in a book (see Book Baton™), but the last comic was of course “Bienvenue sur Alflolol” since it was also my last purchase.
Last 5 Comics Read
- Mezieres / Christin – Bienvenue sur Alflolol
One of the better Valerian albums. Drawn back when Valerian was more comic and less serious. It’s a nice combination of a simplistic story, fantastic illustrations and a subtle political message.
- Jodorowsky/Moebius’ John Difool, La Cinquieme Essence 2
My colleague Peter was kind enough to lend me the entire series.
- Mezieres / Christin – La Cite des Eaux Mouvantes
This is the comic that got me started on collecting Valerian. Ironically it took me a while to pick this specific comic up, and it was one of the last Valerian albums I purchased. Then again, it is a rarity. This is probably my favourite album. Heck the cover-art alone should is reason enough for this.
- Franqin – Le voyageur du mezozoique
A fun no-brainer. Franqin is always worth reading.
- Franqin – Some Gaston album
Gaston is my idol. Surely a character that knows how to relax.
Comics That Mean a Lot to Me
I grew up with Tintin, so obviously that’s meant a lot to me in terms of picking up comic book reading myself. My brother quickly got into Franqin, so I picked up that as well. Carl Barks’ Donald Duck comics have always been present on shelves in our house in Sweden, so I’ve read them thin. The Far Side and Calvin & Hobbes comics are also close to my heart.
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