Sept. 1, 2000, 1:26 a.m. CST
Speaking of tits... http://www.martybeckerman.com/tits.html
Sept. 1, 2000, 2:17 a.m. CST
Are you guys getting "TITS" from TPM? Heard someone else reference Anakin's use of the phrase "This is tits!" That's NOT what he said. The word was TENSE. As in "This is tense!" TITS???
Sept. 1, 2000, 3:50 a.m. CST
by Buzz Maverik
It would stop you from suggesting 20 years of convoluted, bad plots for possible sequels. "And then Mr. Sinister, who was a next door neighbor of the Summers family when they lived on Darlington Lane, conspires with the Shi'ar to bring the Brood to Earth to impregnate Senator Kelly with sperm from Omega Red. Meanwhile, Jean agrees to go on a mercy date with Wolverine...."
Sept. 1, 2000, 8:19 a.m. CST
I just wanted to say that the above four part interview is without a doubt the best and most interesting thing that has been printed on this site in the last twelve months or so, and huge kudos go out to Mr Ross, Harry and anyone else involved with this piece. Very well done. ******************************************************************** Anyways this is JackBurton signing off saying "is it hot in here or is it just me?"
Sept. 1, 2000, 9:34 a.m. CST
Sept. 1, 2000, 9:37 a.m. CST
'Yeah, I met Stan Lee...', 'Well I had dinner with him, and I'm unbelievable.' Apart from Harry taking over the interview in the second half, I'd say very well done. Informative, insightful, and just plain interesting. Good job.
Sept. 1, 2000, 4:53 p.m. CST
The comic book world needs a "Cecil B. DeMented" - someone who will step in and create acts of terrorism with art - someone who will make these money-grubbing morons quiver in their loafers and regret the day they pissed all over characters and mythologies that people really enjoy and care about. It sucks to have characters you grow up loving, yet you can't enjoy them anymore because the quality has gone down the shatter. What's being done to the X-Men books is inexcuseable - I don't care WHO's writing it, it's rubbish. Perhaps a suitable compromise for this situation could be, since the big companies are so into releasing four or five titles for their "hot" characters, to start an X-Men title, a Spiderman title, etc., which is more experimental and character-driven and art-centered, rather than licensing-centered. I bet sales on such titles would SOAR past the other crap they're selling us.
Sept. 1, 2000, 6:34 p.m. CST
I'd like to hear the audio interview between Harry and Alex Ross in Real Player or mp3 format.
Sept. 2, 2000, 3:06 a.m. CST
Anti-fanboy, just wanted to bring in (in case it's not been pointed out by the time this is posted) that "this is *so tits*" came from our beloved Eric Cartman in the south park episode... with "Timmah! TIMMAAHH!" I think, or maybe from the one with the tooth fairy. Cartman would just go around saying "this is so tits" just like he used to say "hella". So they weren't referring to Anakin, I don't think. But yes, Alex Ross' Spider Man costumes are indeed tits.
Sept. 2, 2000, 9:17 a.m. CST
It seems to me that Alex Ross really wants to work with Alan Moore. Which definitely gets my vote, as I don't think there is a single comics fan who wouldn't be interested in seeing whatever they came up with. Maybe a Youngblood mini-series...
Sept. 2, 2000, 7:45 p.m. CST
In September and October, Marvel's launching two new titles, "Ultimate Spider-Man" and "Ultimate X-Men", respectively. Stupid names, yes, but what's interesting is that these are stand-alone titles. They'll represent modern interpretations of the characters, existing, I believe, outside of all Marvel continuity. In other words, Marvel is finally trying to reinvent some of their core titles so a casual reader can pick them up and actually figure out what's going on without reading a zillion back issues. Now I've often argued that the Marvel Universe backdrop is a key draw to Marvel's superhero stories, but now I'm thinking that those superheroes with the strongest concepts behind can stand alone quite successfully: Spider-Man, Superman, the Fantastic Four, Batman, the X-Men, etc. The first two Superman movies and the X-Men movie are good examples of this. God knows I'm not trying to be a shill for Marvel, but the thing is, I've actually read a preview copy of Ultimate Spider-Man, and as a longtime Spidey fan I was VERY IMPRESSED. It reminded me of the X-Men movie in that it was a true update for the hero, not a meaningless retread of the past (like Byrne's recent "year one" Spidey stories). It's written by Brian Michael Bendis, respected writer of independent crime comics, and his ear for dialogue really shows. The artist is Mark Bagley, who previously collaborated with Kurt Busiek on "Untold Tales of Spider-Man". I'm not Bagley's biggest fan, but he's improved since then and his storytelling skills are impeccable. Also notable are reinterpretations of some of the supporting cast, from Uncle Ben to Aunt May to Mary Jane. Oh, and Peter's fifteen again (cool!). This is probably the first Spider-Man comic since Roger Stern's 80's run that's really got me enthused for the character, and I'd encourage other old school Spidey fans to give it a shot when it hits. I believe Marvel's going to be giving these comics a big push, even buying up space on magazine racks, so you'll see 'em at your local Borders and whatnot. Could be cool. If nothing else, I'm pleased that Marvel's at least attempting to address the idea of bringing new customers to the dwindling audience base for comics.
Sept. 3, 2000, 5:48 p.m. CST
When I lived in California I said "Hella" all the time. When I moved to North Carolina, people didn't know what the fuck I was talking about. They thought I made it up. Then a couple years later Cartman started using it. I have used "tits" for a long time, too, before Cartman started to...I think it was in general use as slang for like a week in the mid seventies. I'm a big fan of old slang. This was a pointless post.