From the depths of my blog’s comments section, to you. Enjoy another helping of weird, funny, surreal spam:
- “Thanks designed for sharing such a nice idea, paragraph is fastidious, thats why i have read it entirely” – If there’s one thing I appreciate, it’s impeccably erudite spam that’s as meticulously refined as it is au courant.
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- “I all the time used to read post in news papers but now as I am a user of internet thus from now I am using net for articles or reviews, thanks to web.” – Me too! I used to read all my Tweets on clay tablets, but not anymore, thanks to web!
- “Yes! Finally someone writes about doggy.” -I know, right? Fucking Internet is taken over by cat people, it’s about time someone wrote about doggy.
- “The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a thirty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!” – 1) Yes, this is completely off topic, and 2) Your cousin is an ass hat.
- “Today, I went to the beach with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!” -1) Yes, this is still completely off topic. 2) You are also an ass hat. 3) Reminds me to avoid your entire family of ass hats.
- “This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!!” -This spam was…how do I say it? A thing that exists.
Today’s ICS goes way back to 1987, and the 3-issue mini series, Starstone.
Written by Gordon Derry, with art and cover by Adrian Kleinbergen (who I first encountered in the pages of another Aircel book, Darkewood). Published by Aircel comics, November, 1987.
Back from hiatus!
This week’s featured splash page is from Hawkman #5, published in 2002 by DC. Art by Rags Morales, inked by Michael Bair.
And here’s a flashback to my old ferret Press blog, from a post dated March, 2011:
Here’s a look at a splash page from one of my favorite painters in the comics field:
Although not a great page as far as composition goes, it was one of the few splashes I could find from him. Despite the time consuming task of painting an entire comic, he rarely does splash pages, which is quite impressive. Unfortunately, these days the time investment in a project of this type just doesn’t pay off, so Brereton rarely makes any comics appearances. I’m sure he’s somewhere working on video game designs or movie storyboards.
This Dan Brereton page is from his creator-owned series The Nocturnals #5, published by Malibu Comics, June 1995.
It’s been a while, but the ICS feature is back! Today, I’d like to spotlight one of my current indie reads, Descender, by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen.
Smart, heartfelt science fiction, featuring gorgeous watercolor art by Nguyen, who also provides this cover. Image Comics, July 2015.
(General note: sorry for the super long hiatus, life stuff got in the way)
So lately, for some odd reason, there’s been a major increase in the amount of spam comments being posted to my blog by bots. Not sure why, and more so, not sure why they’d even bother with a small personal blog like mine. But these days, I’m getting something in the order of a 1000 spam posts in my comments section per week. Thankfully, I have the Akismet plugin for WordPress, which does a fantastic job of filtering out this garbage.
But I thought it would be fun to share some of the more absurd, funny, or otherwise surreal spams I get on my blog. Comments in italics are mine. Enjoy!
- Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. (Thanks, man. This info would be really helpful…if it was 2006.)
- Maybe i got a different wig because i look unboweaveable!!! Im trying to work with this hair. (unboweaveable!!! OMG, I see what you did there!!!)
- Dear Mr/MadamI am looking for a excelent Suffolk ram and some Lams. Please, send me information about your Stock and the average pricelist. (OK: ram is 300 bitcoins, Lams be 500)
- Watering on the terrace works well. Taking oil bath is very good. Why not eat mangoes, cane juice and jack fruit. (Why not indeed, my oily terrace dwelling spammer, why not indeed.)
- Appreciation for this information is over 9000-thank you! (Help me get to 10,000 appreciation, please)
- See yourself in pastless time.(Pastless time? Pastless…time…WHOAH! Paging Mr. Grant Morrison. Mind. Blown.)
- You can then click on the Internet .. Your profession is considered to be sure you shop around and you spendexpense of fully comprehensive cover provides you with the solicitors recommendations. I use the “B” word – they’re more likely to receive car insurance company is liable to compensate. (Oh, I used the “B” word too when I saw your incomprehensible spam. Then I clicked on the Internet and all was well.)
Steven Myers is a Special Education Teacher in northern Ohio, a comic book fan and creator, and writes about comics and graphic novels on his blog. He has a nice review of my Persia Blues graphic novels here.
I only read a few issues of this series, but they fun little detective stories wit a Moonlighting vibe to them.
Originally published by Comico, this volume was from Innovation. Cover by Adam Hughes. June 1990.
Bustle is a popular news, entertainment, lifestyle, and fashion site for young women.
In an article titled Wonder Woman In ‘BvS’ Is A Huge Step, But Not Enough, KT Hawbaker-Krohn argues that while Wonder Woman’s live-action debut is a great start, “There are so few woman superheroes seen in movies and on TV, and practically none who aren’t white, straight, and cisgender.” So she goes on to give Hollywood “17 amazing women superheroes who deserve their own time on-screen.”
Minoo Shirazi, the protagonist of our own Persia Blues graphic novels, makes the list! And she’s in good company, alongside Batwoman, Martha Washington, Black Orchid, and many other great female characters.
Thanks KT, I couldn’t agree more!
If you’re new to the world of Persia Blues, drop by the official website to check out over 30 pages of previews, behind the scenes stuff, and more.
From 2008, it’s issue #2 of Buckaroo Banzai: The Prequel:
Published by Moonstone. Not sure who the cover artist is.
Historical note: in 1998, Fox tried to develop a Buckaroo Banzai TV series, titled Buckaroo Banzai: Ancient Secrets and New Mysteries. It never made it out of development hell, but here’s a computer animated test reel created for the series.
So The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! was on TV the other night, and since I hadn’t seen the movie in a long time, I decided to give it a look. It’s a hot mess of a film, but I suppose that’s what lends it its charm and cult status. Anyway, it put me in the mood to start up the ICS feature on my blog again, after a long hiatus. So here we go:
Buckaroo Banzai: Return of the Screw #1 was published in 2006 by Moonstone. I believe the cover is by Matt Haley. Earl Mac Rauch, the screenwriter of the movie, returned for scripting duty on the comics as well.
Brent and I gave away 2 copies of Persia Blues vol. 2 via the website Goodreads. Each copy was signed by both of us, and included an original pencil sketch by Brent.
During the two week period of the giveaway, 407 people entered for a chance at the books. Congrats to Rhonda F. and Pamela C. on their win. We hope they enjoy the books, and look forward to possibly seeing their review on Goodreads.
NBM Publishing, the folks putting out my Persia Blues graphic novel trilogy, are turning 40! That’s 40 years of publishing graphic novels in the US, way before anyone had even heard of the term.
NBM Publishing Celebrates 40th Anniversary; Debuts New Logo and Updated Website
“This year, NBM will release work from such talented artists and writers as Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, David Prudhomme, Jirô Taniguchi, Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa, Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe, Stanislas, Nicolas Keramidas, A. Dan, and Maximilien Le Roy, joining other recent creators as Rick Geary, P. Craig Russell, Dara Naraghi, Brent Bowman, Margreet de Heer, Kerascoet, Etienne Davodeau, Patrick Atangan, Jim Benton, Ted Rall, and Julian Voloj.”
I really like the new logo, it’s clean and effective.
Here’s to another 40.