A New Project

I’ve done a little shilling for the Denver Comic Con in these pages lately (June 15-17, get your tickets now!), but there’s something else comic-related happening this summer.  Cellar Door, a Denver literary anthology, is releasing an all-comic issue timed to come out around the convention.  Titled (and themed) “Ancient,” you’ll see work by some great and committed Denver-area cartoonists.  If you’re able to track down a copy, you’ll also see a 9-page story titled “What REALLY Happened to the Seven Wonders of the World,” drawn by FotB Andrew with words by me.  It’s a humorous (hopefully!) look at what destroyed mankind’s greatest engineering marvels, and if nothing else it will be amazing to look at. 

There’s also a Kickstarter going on to help defray printing costs, which is worth checking out for a little more backstory on the project and the opportunity to snag a copy once it comes out, potentially for less than cover price.

If you’re even remotely curious what happens when we don’t even attempt to come close to honesty keep your eyes peeled, we’d appreciate your support!

And Now For Something Completely Different

Hi folks,

A bit of administrivia today. You may have heard/read/seen/carrier pigeoned about a couple of bills in front of Congress right now, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).  We don’t talk politics here, namely because this is a comic book blog and we prefer to focus on things of importance.  However, these Acts  threaten to drastically change the way the Internet works by allowing content creators an unprecedented amount of authority over what can live online.  Seeing as how what we do (and would like to continue doing) is comment on media, and feel First Amendment rights and Fair Use are still of importance in our society, I feel it’s essential to speak out against anything that would prevent that.

Tomorrow, January 18th, many major Internet sites (such as Wikipedia, Reddit, and WordPress) will be blacking out their sites to protest SOPA and show what the Internet could look like without them.

While we are nowhere near the juggernaut these sites are, I’d like to show support, so tomorrow we’re going to black out our page as well.  We’ll be back Thursday, but please check out sopastrike.com for more details.




A very special birthday message

Although an electronic web log, our office in Opal City gets a surprising amount of fan mail via the U.S. Postal Service. Since it’s my day to open and answer mail, I opened a briny smelling envelope addressed to Jesse. In it were birthday wishes all the way from Atlantis! What follows is a scan of the birthday card/ greeting/ autographed picture. I too would like to take this moment to wish Jesse a happy birthday.

Not Game Tape

I’ll probably have a game tape up tomorrow or Saturday. I’ve got two weeks worth of books waiting for me. In the mean time, reflect on the following thing of beauty that Jesse and I had a chance to watch this weekend. I bring you (thanks to LEMUR friend Hoyt Spivey) EXECUTIVE KOALA!

Seriously, check this movie out if you can find a copy. It manages to out-lynch David Lynch. This is just the opening credits.

Unnecessary Remakes From Outer Space

Yesterday Bleeding Cool shared the trailer for Plan 9, a new remake of the Edward D. Wood, Jr classic Plan 9 From Outer Space.

At least they kept the speech by Criswell!

Now we here at the L.E.M.U.R. Comics Blog are incredibly huge fans of the original, though it seems to me remaking the film is a no-win situation.  If you make a good movie it defeats the point of Plan 9 and you alienate your base, and if you make a bad movie it’s already been done.

Still, if you’re going to make a movie you should do it right.  Here are the 10 things that should absolutely, definitely, 100% be in the remake.

  1. Scenes that cut between night and day
  2. Effeminate aliens
  3. A lead character who keeps his face covered at all times
  4. Elvira, Mistress of the Night as a replacement for Vampira
  5. A space station shaped like a breast
  6. Buffalo (this is from another movie, but still necessary)
  7. Scenes that take place in an airplane
  8. A guy scratching his head with a gun
  9. Macho Man Randy Savage as a replacement for Tor Johnson
  10. Solaranite

What did I miss?  Is there something that no Plan 9 remake should leave out?  Hit us up in the comments section.

The All-New, All-Different, 12 Days of Christmas (DC Edition)

Christmas is here!  Time for friends, family, food, and many other things that start with the letter “F”.  But it’s also a time for song, and we here at the L.E.M.U.R. Comics Blog would like to share a new adaptation of an old classic as we present to you the DCU’s 12 Days of Christmas.

12 – Guardians of the Universe

11 – Super Friends

10 – Chinese Superheroes

9 –  Lantern Corps

8 – Shining Starmen

7 – Soldiers of Victory

6 – Forms of Kryptonite

5 – Red-breasted Robins

4 – Green Lanterns of Earth

3 – Blue Beetles

2 – Batmen

1 – Last Son of Krypton

This Week’s Comics

After a dismal showing last week, I’m happy to see I’m picking up more comics this week.  Still, I was a little disappointed I didn’t get any feedback suggesting new books to try.  Obviously our little community needs to chime in a bit more in the comments section.  Digression aside, here’s what I’m looking at this week.

  • BATMAN #703 – Didn’t #702 just come out 2 weeks ago?  I’m with Matt, in that this Final Chapter stuff was a bit of a mess, but I’m not really looking forward to Tony Daniel’s return to the writing duties.
  • BATMAN AND ROBIN #14 – If I were DC I think I would stagger my Batman books over the whole month rather than releasing two in one week, but that’s their right, I suppose (plus if they’re releasing Batman bi-monthly I guess they already are).  At any rate, this is currently DC’s best bat-book.  Pick ‘er up.
  • GREEN LANTERN #57 – Still on notice, but Green Lantern is still hanging in there.  This issue with Larfleeze with probably tickle my lantern-bone, so I expect this one to be a winner.
  • IMAGE FIRSTS LIBERTY MEADOWS #1 – As happy as I am to see a reprint of Liberty Meadows, this one makes no sense since there’s no ongoing series to promote with it.  Still, for a dollar you’ll get a full issue of one of the greatest strips the funny pages have ever seen. Big words, but absolutely true.  Frank Cho is a master, and once you get hooked here I encourage you to track down the Image reprint collections, beautiful hardbound editions of the stories.  I never, ever buy multiple copies of comics to get them in different formats…except for Liberty Meadows.  It’s just that good.

So, that’s it for me.  What are YOU looking at?

L.E.M.U.R. Exclusive! The Superman: Grounded Pitch

In another L.E.M.U.R. Comics Blog exclusive, we’ve managed to get our hands on J. Michael Straczynski’s pitch for his new Superman arc, Grounded.  It is printed here in it’s entirety*.

The protagonist is freewheeling reporter Clark Kent, nicknamed “Superman.” The character’s name refers to Clark Gable and Kent Taylor.

Exiting a congressional hearing about the “Hundred Minute War,” he is confronted with the notion that he has grown disconnected from everyday Americans he has been committed to watching over, and doesn’t truly know what his adopted people are like anymore. Feeling a responsibility to his adopted homeland, he begins a long journey where he will walk across the United States to reconnect with the everyday people he is committed to protecting.

During his trip he meets and has a meal with a rancher, whom he admires for his simple, traditional farming lifestyle. Later, he meets a hitch-hiker who agrees to take him to his commune, where he stays for a day. Life in the commune appears to be hard, with hippies from the city finding it difficult to grow their own crops in a dry climate with poor soil.  At one point, he witnesses a prayer for blessing of the new crop, as put by a communard: A chance “to make a stand,” and to plant “simple food, for our simple taste.” The commune is also host to a traveling theater group that “sings for its supper” (performs for food). The notion of “free love” appears to be practiced, with two women seemingly sharing the affections of the hitch-hiking communard, and who then turn their attention to Clark. As the reporter leaves, the hitch-hiker gives Clark some LSD for him to share with “the right people.”

While attempting to eat in a small rural Louisiana restaurant, the his appearance attracts the attention of locals. The girls in the restaurant want to meet him and travel with him, but the local men and police officer make mocking, racist, and homophobic remarks. One of the men menacingly states, “I don’t believe he’ll make the parish line.” Clark leaves without eating and makes camp outside of town. The events of the day cause him to comment: “This used to be a hell of a good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.” He observes that Americans talk a lot about the value of freedom, but are actually afraid of anyone who truly exhibits it.

In the middle of the night, the local men return and attempt to brutally beat Clark with baseball bats while he is sleeping. He sleeps through the attack.

Clark continues to New Orleans and finds a brothel. Taking prostitutes Karen and Mary with him, Clark decides to go outside and wander the parade-filled street of the Mardi Gras celebration. They end up in a cemetery, where all three ingest LSD.  He does not experience a psychedelic bad trip.

Making camp afterward, Clark declares: “I blew it.” He realizes that his search for everyday people was a spiritual failure. The next morning, he continues his trip when two hillbillies in a pickup truck spot him and decide to “scare the hell out of him” with their shotgun. As they pull alongside Clark, one of the men lazily aims the shotgun at him and threatens and insults him by saying “Want me to blow your brains out?” and “Why don’t you get a haircut?”  The hillbilly fires at Clark as he speeds by. The story ends with a shot of Clark standing, suit shot and ripped, with his Superman uniform underneath. A single tear rolls down his cheek.  His journey has ended.

*Or, more accurately, ripped off completely from Wikipedia.