This Week’s Links



Here’s what I wrote this week!

The dubiously named “One Million Moms” are mad about X-Men getting gay married, because of course they are. I don’t usually link to the shorter articles I write to CA, but I know how much everyone loves it when I do some bitter moralizing, so this one’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Also, probably the only response to those idiots that involves references to both the Fresh Prince and Naughty By Nature. You can just mail me the Pulitzer.

Along the same lines, Matt Wilson and I lay odds on who DC’s bringing out of the closet! Keep in mind that these are 100% official, comprehensive odds, and that it will definitely be someone on this list.

Speaking of Matt, have you been listening to War Rocket Ajax? This week we talked to John Rogers about Dungeons & Dragons, Thrillbent, and the two years he spent writing the Catwoman movie. Yes, that Catwoman movie. Also, the show’s in iTunes, so listen, subscribe, write reviews, tell your friends, buy us presents, etc.

In another titanic team-up, David Uzumeri and I finished watching the Supergirl movie, and it somehow got even crazier than it already was.

Also, Superman faces “The Rainbow Doom” in a Bizarro Back Issue from 1955, and it only just now occurs to me that this entire story exists because of the Rainbow Room nightclub.

Finally, back on the mutant marriage tip, this week’s Ask Chris focuses on my favorite super-hero wedding. Long-time ISB readers might remember me talking about this one, but I have a feeling that for most of you, it’s not what you’d expect.

Give ’em a read, enjoy ’em, and enjoy the weekend!

The Last of the Southern Gentlemen World Tour Hits Myrtle Beach!



This weekend, Chad and I are going to be joined by special guest pal Dr. K as we head to Myrtle Beach for XCON V!

Chad and I had the pleasure of being guests at this con back in October of 2010, and it was a blast. This year, though, it has the added bonus of being moved to Bike Week, during which 50,000 bikers descend on Myrtle Beach for fun times, rides, and miscellaneous felonies. So that should be interesting.

There are plenty of events at this show to fill up the three days, including pro wrestling and — and this is the most fun thing to type — a Cassie Hack lookalike contest held at Ripley’s Aquarium, so if you’re in the area, swing by. Also, this is the first con that I’ll have the Drac the Unconquered promo postcards to give out, as well as the sadly-not-for-sale printed copies of Drac #1 to show off the book to people who haven’t bought it. It should be a lot of fun!

I Wrote Some Things For You To Read



I spent all weekend working to get ahead so that I can go to XCon in Myrtle Beach next weekend with a clear conscience, but now that I’ve got a minute, I figured it was time for my usual brand of self-promotion to return. Here’s what I worked on since the last time I plugged myself (non-sexually):

First up, the Superman Movie Review series continues at ComicsAlliance! David and I were joined by Matt Wilson for our review of Superman III, Part One and Part Two, in which we all came to the conclusion that it is unquestionably the best of the franchise. People reacted about as well as you’d expect. This week, David and I launch into Supergirl starring Helen Slater, which is why there’s an image of Kara Zor-El looking at what appears to be a space-vibrator at the top of this post.

I also made some Mother’s Day Cards for your favorite super-heroes, which… uh… probably would’ve been a little more relevant if I’d linked to them last Sunday. Whoops.

As far as actual comics go, here’s another article about why I love Archie’s Mega Man series, which has replaced IDW’s Dungeons & Dragons as the book I’m surprised that I look forward to the most every month.

In last week’s Ask Chris, I restrain myself and only talk about Why Batman Loves Die Hard for only half the column, before mentioning a few other super-heroes’ favorite movies.

And finally, I saw The Avengers and enjoyed it, but didn’t think it was perfect. So I wrote a review that I thought was pretty positive but pointed out some of the things I didn’t care for, and long story short, I ended up installing Comment Blocker so that I can pretend comment threads just flat-out don’t exist. As always, you guys are cool. It’s all those other people I’m improving my life by ignoring. Promise.

Those are the highlights, but there’s more at CA that you can find by clicking on my byline on any article, or by following me on Twitter, where I constantly plug every single thing I do. I know, I make it sound super-appealing!!

Grantland: John Cena Is Being Beaten



Hey, you know how you’ve been moping about lately, depressed because no one has written a 2500-word breakdown and analysis of John Cena’s character arc over the past year, and how it represents the struggles of the WWE against different aspects of the wrestling industry? Well, don’t worry, my friends: I have written just such an analysis, available to read today at Grantland.

This is my first column for Grantland, and people seem to have enjoyed it, so hopefully I’ll get to do more. Once again, a lifetime of picking out storytelling patterns in media dominated by muscley dudes punching each other has paid off.

The Preview of Dracula the Unconquered #2!



It’s been a while since the first issue, but Dracula the Unconquered #2 is on the way later this month! And just to get people ready for it, we’ve got a six-page preview of our second issue, “Captives of the Catacombs!” Follow Dracula as he returns to his English manor alongside his teenage assistant Thalia, only to find a series of deadly traps designed to keep him caged. Will Dracula’s adventure end before it begins? Find out soon in Dracula the Unconquered #2!

The Action Age Comics Last of the Southern Gentlemen World Tour 2012 Hits



This weekend, Chad and I are once again hitting the road as part of our three-state World Tour. This time, we’re heading up to Ultimate Comics in Durham, NC for Free Comic Book Day! We’ll be there as guests along with significantly more famous comics creators like Brian Clevinger, Joe Keatinge, Chris Burnham and more, chatting about our comics and doing (terrible) sketches from 10 AM to 4 PM (and we’ll probably stick around a while after that, too).

There’s plenty of other stuff going on, including a costume contest at noon and, of course, Free Comic Books If you’re in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area or feel like making the drive, come on out and say hi! It’ll be fun!