Big Pink

Cover to The Pink Panther #30 © 1975 United Artists.

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Get Carta

The Geronimo Jackson single “Dharma Lady” is currently available as a free iTunes download in the US.

Cover to Geronimo Jackson's 'Magna Carta' with stylized psychedelic lettering over photo of four members in hippie-style attire

I don’t know how long the promotion will last. The info was shared this morning over
at Nik at Nite
, in our third day of conversation about the latest episode of Lost (5.09, “Namaste”), by frequent commenter Benny.

Foyer, Guns, and Honeys

It Rhymes with Lust was the first in a short-lived line of Picture Novels from St. John Publications, crossbreeding the comic book with the somewhat more respectable, certainly more adult entertainment of the prose paperback potboiler. The digest-sized volume, with black-&-white interiors under a color cover, hit newsstands in 1950; Dark Horse Comics released a replica edition in 2007 [ISBN 978-1-59307-728-0].

A woman with determined look on her face rushing down a mansion staircase past a man who turns to look at her

How Green Are My Graphics

Peppermint Patty TM Peanuts Worldwide.

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Force Clicks

Palpak’s Darth Vader à la manière de Gustav Klimt via Something Awful

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Screen Savor

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It’s Bananas

Cover to Magilla Gorilla #1 © 1964 Hanna-Barbera Productions. 

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Money vs. Funny

Jon Stewart gesturing to Jim Cramer to have a seat as they shake hands

The Daily Show on Monday night was a great example of Jon Stewart and his
writers at the top of their game. Stewart’s rant at CNBC and Jim Cramer in particular is the best excerpt. You could also just watch the whole megillah. [see below]

Comics of March

Cover to Superman #273 © 1974 DC Comics. Pencils, Inks: Nick Cardy.
Letters: Gaspar Saladino. Colors: Unknown. Editing: Julius Schwartz.

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The Dr. Manhattan Transfer

'Watchmen' movie poster with group shot of six main characters — Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, and Comedian — on a rainy city street, dark with neon signs, the Owlship high above

It’s a given that Watchmen the movie won’t be Watchmen the book. The content
of Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel is utterly bound to its form — via the reader’s ability to linger, to focus on a panel within the context of a page, to flip back and forth between pages when images recall other images or time periods collide. And its original release as 12 issues over 14 months had the added effect of demanding that each chapter be considered as a distinct unit within the larger framework.

Minutes to Midnight

I’ve had some friends and family asking what Watchmen is all about so I thought
I’d offer a primer. The post looks long, but you can pick and choose from among the chunks of information.

Yellow clock face without numbers, hands set to about 11:55, against black background with no text
Cover to the slipcase of Watchmen: The Absolute Edition

Here’s a story overview from my review of the film:

Watchmen is set in a world where costumed crimefighters have been around since
the 1940s, but true superheroes — or any beings with actual superhuman powers — were just the province of comic books until a lab accident created Dr. Manhattan in 1959. It opens with the murder of The Comedian, source of that iconic bloodstained smiley-face pin, and plays out in late 1985 with glimpses of the earlier days of such characters as the gadget-laden Nite Owl, sexy Silk Spectre, and disturbed, trenchcoat-wearing Rorschach. Masked adventurers were outlawed in America in 1977 unless sanctioned by the government, which The Comedian was and Dr. Manhattan still is;
his nearly godlike abilities are the main deterrent to nuclear war between the Soviet Union and a United States led by Richard Nixon in his fifth term as President.

Coffee and Synchronicity

Label for Nite Owl coffee

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Night Moods

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Dark Delight

If you have young Batman fans in your family, or are one yourself of any age, the Viking/Penguin Young Readers Group release Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight [ISBN 978-0-67006-255-3] is a perfect gift.

cover to 'Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight', with Batman swinging above rooftops on rope that trails off top right corner of image

At $15.99 it’s rather a slight read for the price — the length of a single issue at the cost
of a graphic novel in comics terms — but that’s par for the course in the wider market of children’s books. I think you’ll find it worth the splurge whether you want to display it as a handsome collectible or read it over and over to your kids.

Cool Beans

Cartoonish drawing of a kidney bean, green at top and black at bottom, with black stick-figure arms, hands, legs, and feet, in a happy dancing pose, no face except for half-circle lines drawn as smiling eyes

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I Watched Watchmen

iconic round yellow smiley face, as depicted with red splotch in 'Watchmen', the smile replaced by a frown

And I’ll have a full review up later [Voilà!], but the short version is this: If you’re on
the fence about it? Don’t bother... I didn’t find it a very good movie whether or not you’ve read the book; especially frustrating, though, if you have.

Related: Minutes to Midnight The Dr. Manhattan Transfer Clocking In

March with Archie

Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Reggie sitting on playground swings and jungle gym wondering what high school will be like
Pg. 1 of “Freshman Year” from Archie #587 © 2008 Archie Comics.

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Seuss’ CV

Cover of The Cat in the Hat © 1957 Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

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1st Issues

Cover to Limited Collectors’ Edition #C-38: Superman © 1975 DC Comics.

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