I have fond, calming memories of Mister Rogers, who died today.
February 2003 Archives
Although I had initially been skeptical about the title, I decided to pick up a copy of the first issue of Marvel's The Rawhide Kid, featuring gay cowboy hero. I expect it was the large warning message reading: Parental Advisory, Explicit Content" in huge letters on the front cover that attracted me.
The comic sets up a faux naif tone for the story, which hinges on the appearance of the Kid in the town of Wells Junction. The old-school style comic drawings contribute to the atmosphere of overt seriousness into which The Rawhide Kid's campy lead character rides. It took me a while to hear the Kid's bantering dialog in my head, but once I did I enjoyed the character's portrayal. I was especially tickled by the scene depicted here, of the gay Kid working out on the prairie.
The book wasn't a stand-out, but it was much better than I thought it would be. I'm interested enough that I will probably pick it up again.
I want these Marvel Gummy Heroes candies. Don't you just want to bite their heads off?
Via East West Magazine, I found this informative reading of the sexual subtext present in Richie Rich comic strips.
As a former avid reader of Harvey comics, I would not be surprised at all if there were many more such observations to be made about their titles. For instance, what were they smoking over there when they came up with the idea for Dot? Dot is a comic book about a girl named Dot who is obsessed with dots and insists on surrounding herself with dots and dot-covered items at all times. Or Hot Stuff, about a cute little devil who wears diapers? Who sometimes strolls through the woods and stumbles into Alice in Wonderland-like alternative worlds.
Grey Bird has turned into a sequential artist! It seems she's been spending a lot of time with her Sims online, bravely pushing the envelope of her characters' romantic AI. She's also composed a short sequential strip showing off some of their new activities. In case you're new to Grey Bird's site, I'll give you a hint: I think those girls in the chocolate heart-shaped jacuzzi just might be lesbians.
I've recently converted In Sequence from a design built with tables to a CSS-only design. I made the change in the hopes that it would make it faster for readers on dial-up to access the site. Let me know if for some reason it makes things worse!
I've tested the new design in all the Mac OS 9 browsers available to me, including IE, Mozilla, Opera, MacLynx, and a WebTV emulator. Unfortunately, I don't have access to other platforms for testing. If you are having problems with the site or if something looks hinky please let me know and I will do my best to correct it.
In Sequence is proud to be listed as one of Neilalien's top referrers, despite his recent churlish comments regarding the DC universe.
A big thank you to reader and fellow blogger Joel for the postcard he and Lynn sent me while vacationing in Mexico. He sent an image of a painting by Frida Kahlo that I'm quite fond of. Joel has documented his trip in a series of posts accompanied by his usual gorgeous photography. If you like Gothic images, you must go look at his pictures of artists' grave sites and mausoleum statuary.
Fitful trembling and nausea. Oscar Wilde's lyric, "Each man kills the thing he loves" running through my brain in a strange loop. Terrifying flashback to paperback novelization of the movie Daredevil, recently seen in a local book store. Certified nerdboy Roger Ebert offers muted but definite praise. Is it possible it won't be that bad?
I recently read the first two installments of the online comic Nowhere Girl by Justine Shaw. Nowhere Girl is a coming-of-age/coming-out story in comic book form. It has the raw, confessional feel of a first-person independent comic, although Shaw claims in a site FAQ that her heroine, Jamie, is not a portrait of herself.
From the very first panel--in which the heroine appears sitting on her bed under a huge Smiths poster (isn't it amazing how the mention of the Smiths can evoke a whole world?)--I felt immersed in Jamie's misery. So immersed, in fact, I seemed to flashback to my own early twenties--not necessarily a pleasurable aesthetic experience, but a genuine one at least.
Jamie is recognizable, yet at the same time, original. Shaw casts an even eye on her lead character, capturing Jamie's annoying qualities while encouraging viewers to identify and empathize with her. There is enough development of the characters across the two installments to make me interested and curious about what could happen to them in the future.
Each installment of Nowhere Girl is generously sized--almost the length of two print comic books! I liked Shaw's artwork and thought it was appropriate to the Internet as a medium, although I could certainly see the comic working in print as well. I can't testify to how the comic will look in your browser, but I found the interface quite usable, and had no problem moving from one page to the next.
Shaw has made great use of the public space of the Internet in publishing this story. In addition to providing an hour of enjoyment to casual readers like myself, I'm sure it will benefit many young gay and lesbian readers dealing with the problems of coming out.
Whew! I don't know about you, but after months of worrying about everything from the war to the economy, that Michael Jackson interview was like a long, cool drink of water!
I recently finished reading the fourth book in the Harry Potter series--in fact, I finished just as the publication date for the fifth book was announced. The timing was perfect, since the fourth book ends on a real cliff-hanger and it's a relief to know when the next installment is due.
Although I have enjoyed the previous three books immensely, I think the fourth book is where the Potter series really delivers in terms of sequential art. It is where an overarching sense of story begins to crystallize. It is the book that stops being simply "the next book" in a series and instead becomes the focal point of a larger, epic story.
This is the same feeling I had for the second book of the Tolkien trilogy when I first read it: it is where a sense of urgency came upon me as a reader. A sense that there were enormous stakes involved, and that I needed to press on to the end. I'm not sure that this same feeling--so exhilarating, so involving--can be elicited from a single work. It's something that evolves over time and, to a lesser extent, space.
As I was surfing around the web for Harry Potter information, I found a few sites I thought I would share with my readers. The official movie site is overly sponsored and not very useful. For desktops and other goodies, I like The Pensieve and Muggle.net. I also found a Severus Snape fan site that is quite extensive--I imagine Snape is going to play a big role in the next book installment.