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    March 31, 2021 3:30 pm As a former film projectionist at both a commercial multiplex and educational IMAX theaters long long ago, I could reminisce for weeks about the good ol analog days of yore, but I will practice restraint and only mention this: The loop that a projectionist makes above and below the gate plate / lens housing is called a Latham Loop and the purpose is also to steady the image on the screen (so the film clicks through one frame at a time) as well as provide slack when stopping and starting the projector. Sprocket holes wear out over time (get warped and larger) allowing slack in the strip which can result in a film hopping off its sprocket roller and scratching, snapping and tearing the film to bits. The main reason for burning a film though is from the motor stopping while the bulb is on (without shutting the damper). Less than a second and poof. The bulbs are xenon under such a crazy pressure/vacuum that you used to have to don like a padded lead bomb-disposal unit type vest and face shield to change them. I could go on but you could just Google and learn more than I can remember...people are pretty obsolete nowadays. And it’s time to head back to comic shop and pick this issue up...
    February 22, 2021 8:23 pm Conor’s comments about story points changing characters pre-supposes a belief in the “one continuity” —all one story that all counts— which is a modern Bronze-era invention resulting from aging readers with regular direct market access. Prior to that if Superman had a child or a lion’s head one issue it had no result on the next year’s story or even the next issue. Which makes it odd that Conor then said characters need to be unchanging, a Golden & Silver age conceit when children read briefly then grew out of the stories. Batman had to always be Batman for any new reader to understand quickly to enjoy the adventure. Perhaps the real debate is why market comics to the continuing reoccurring readership of adults if you demand unchanging characters for IP exploitation, especially since the past decade was spent grooming your adult readers to believe in the “one continuity”. Just abandon your “one continuity” beliefs and none of this debate will matter.
    February 10, 2021 7:44 pm Man once you post something and walk away you realize it would’ve been funnier to just keep listing comic book of the decade suggestions like: 1950’s should be EC Crime Suspense Stories #22 (put into evidence in US Senate hearing on juvenile delinquency ushering in new era) 1970s should be tie between Green Lantern Green Arrow #85 & Amazing Spider-Man #96 for defying/ breaking the comics code authority and ending the era allowing more adult comics to come into being 1990s should def be Jim Lee X-Men #1 top selling comic of all time ehhhh sorta five covers 2010s should be NYT best seller “Smile” by Raina Telgemeier shifting focus to the book trade of comics the big growing market influencing mainstream comics thereafter. and so on... this is how the world ends, not with wars but with pointless lists...
    February 10, 2021 5:23 pm I'm so confused by the Dallas T one-two punch questions... Question One asks you to ignore context, complexity and historical reality and reduce each decade to a single narrative/comic (and when has this human desire to reduce groups & history to simple biased narratives ever gone wrong for us? Those people bad, this war was about this, 80's comics are that...But everyone can feel like an expert because we know the one term definition. Also Decades are so arbitrary for comic book ages/importance) Then Question Two asks you to forget everything about Question One and jump back into reality and describe all the complexity and subtlety of the 90's comics decade and unpack it for all the "other" events/narratives that occurred. This kinda discounts that everything is a complex system with many simultaneous influences all fueling the possibilities of any given moment and that things exist in a complex causal chain. Also a lot this hinges on what you believe counts as "comics" or the "comics industry" and is susceptible to a large bias. ...but the 1940's should have totally been Captain America #1! (Detective 27 was 1939 and Batman was already popular and influential before Batman 1) ahk...reductionism feels so good...can't stop...Coke good, Pepsi we're all doomed, aren't we...?
    January 25, 2021 1:58 pm re: Rorschach #4 The elevator scene in this issue is in reference to the Captain Carnage conversation between Dan & Laurie (Nite Owl & Silk Spectre 2) during their dinner on the last page of Watchmen #1. (Captain Carnage used to pretend to be a super villain to be beaten up) “Whatever happened to him? He pulled it on Rorschach and Rorschach dropped him down an elevator shaft.” PHAAA HA HA HA It’s unclear in its storytelling, but most likely in Rorschach #4 that this scene was meant as flashback re-contextualization of the original Watchmen story, rather than an exploit of the new Strong-guy Rorschach (one assumes due to the presence of a costumed villain, probably placing it pre-Keene act in 1977) My guess it’s to add modern day unknowable-truth-paranoia to the original, tying both versions together. Are there bombs? Is their a plot? What is truth in a world of lies and insincere motivations? only Tom King can save us with all his answers. Wait...are we in a cult too?
    January 18, 2021 4:59 pm Yes Conor now I have “Cerritos. Auto. Square.” radio spot jingle lodged in my brain on a Rain Man repeat. Thanks to my aged addled brain it’s slowly morphing into an O’Reilly Auto Parts- Cerritos Auto Square mash up. At least you didn’t start me on a Keeys on Van Nuys loop because those have broken lesser men. HaHa story seems in the “Cotton Candy Autopsy” arena from “Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children” of the DC/Piranha Press comics from my youth. An Ur dark clown story for interested parties. Issues #1 & #13. c.1989. will it ever rain?
    January 14, 2021 8:33 pm Josh- Could stories about needless violence being ended by more violence ever be escapist entertainment from the events currently at hand? Perhaps. But probably other types of stories certainly seem like they would make for an easier escape. Conor- Plus one to your Star Wars curmudgeonliness. They keep over saturating us with content but somehow seem to keep making the world seem smaller. Although, I do say in concept Lucas’ idea of more prosperous times under the Jedi / Old Republic rule leading to cleaner life and aesthetics is interesting, just not well executed...Wait did I just complement something about the prequels? Maybe, There is good in me...
    December 31, 2020 4:16 pm dollars to donuts, a phrase reference to comedian/author John Hodgman the “nostalgia is a toxic impulse”’ originator as heard weekly on his Judge John Hodgman podcast.
    December 15, 2020 7:12 pm Just an uninformed FYI based on childhood reading memories: Freya is the Norse goddess with the chariot pulled by cats.(And Thor’s was pulled by battle goats) Frigga was Odin’s wife. Both were maybe once the same goddess but diverged into two separate ones but definitely Friday was named after them...or one of them...or...anyway they’re all just take offs of Venus the Roman goddess and original Friday namesake. I’m sure someone will “uhm actually “ correct the mis-info. And to that person, you’re welcome. Also I’m too lazy to Google read it up.
    November 25, 2020 3:58 pm if 1 is awful...