Tonight Rocketship is AWESOME

— Long running podcast Indie Spinner Rack has put out a new anthology of comics and its Awesome.

— What is the name of the Anthology.

— Awesome!

— No! What is it called!

— It’s Awesome!

— No! What is the title on the front of the book!

— Awesome!

and so on as necessary. Actually we read this anthology and it has everyone from Al Columbia and Renee French to Joe Lambert and Liz Prince, and surely qualifies as one of the more engaging anthologies we’ve read this year. Go and be Awesome!

24 Hour Comics Day rages unchecked

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On October 20th, 2007, cartoonists around the world will face the 24 hour comics challenge. To help these cartoonists, some comic book stores, educational institutions, libraries, businesses, and comics clubs will host special 24 Hour Comics Day events. They’ll provide cartoonists with a space to work, access to food and drink, and camaraderie.

Meanwhile the 24 Hour Comic  Day Blog is covering all the action…and there is a lot of it.  Check in frequently to hear the goings on around the world — if comics have a worldwide holiday, this is it.

24 Hour Comics Day this weekend

Actually it already started, Nat Gertler notes:

24 Hour Comics Day is Saturday… but the event actually starts tonight. That’s because official 24 Hour Comics Day events can start at any time on Friday or Saturday, because then at least part of the event will be on Saturday. We have a school starting at 9 AM Friday in Finland… which here in California is 11 PM Thursday. The final event ends at 2 PM Sunday PDT.

As of this writing, we have 93 event sites lines up in 18 countries, including 31 US states plus Puerto Rico.

Perhaps the most interesting moment comes at 9 PM Friday PDT, when two events will be starting… one in Kuala Lumpur, where it’s noon, and one in Florida, where it’s midnight.

The inventor of the 24 hour comic is Scott McCloud, who also edited the first book collecting 24 hour comics (entitled, unsuprisingly, 24 Hour Comics. This is published by About Comics, and is still available.) He will make an appearance at the 24 Hour Comics Day event at Jim Hanley’s Universe in Manhattan. (He’s in NYC to pick up his Quill Award at the big ceremony on Monday.)

There are a mix of pros and amateur cartoonists taking part. The only U.S.-known pro that we have confirmed is Jacen Burrows, who will be taking part at the recently-relocated Twilight Comics in Illinois. However, we generally find out about the pros only after the event has started, sometimes after it is over. Past 24 Hour Comics Day participants include Paul Smith, Frasier irving, Tone Rodriguez, James O’Barr, and Christian Gossett.

There are parallel events inspired by and running alongside 24 Hour Comics Day. This year, we have.
* the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon
* filker Tom Smith is trying to compose and record all the songs for
Herbert West: Reanimator: The Musical during the 24 hours
* the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design is
running the 24-hour Art Challenge – in addition to the Sequential Art
department having 24 Hours Comics Day, other departments are creating
their own 24 hour challenges

Blade Runner — the final future

I went to see BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT at the last night of its Ziegfield run here in NYC. Yes, we lucky bastards in NYC and LA got to see the final restored version on the big screen and the rest of you didn’t. I’m sorry.

I purposely didn’t read about what had been tinkered with for this actual Ridley Scott endorsed version (the previous Director’s Cut was mostly put together by Warners). So I came to it fresh. I could tell a few scenes and dialog had been changed — notably they finally explain that TWO replicants were killed already, accounting for all six — but it was mostly the sound editing that stood out. There just seemed to be a lot more ambient noise and background electro-noodling. It seemed distracting in places.

But otherwise, it was perfect. While the in-depth comparisons will await the home dvd release in December, two other notable fixes were that Zhora’s death scene has been reshot — God bless Joanna Cassidy — and the actual take of the unicorn scene was used. (There’s also much more blood when Roy kills Tyrell.) The final shot of the dove has also been improved. In this version, it’s much clearer that Deckard is a replicant, but I couldn’t say exactly how or why I got that impression. It was very subtle, but it worked.
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Weird! Eerie! Startling!

No real posting today because.

By the way, what could possibly be inside a comic with a cover which needs a 27-word balloon to explain that the giant ghost of an armed man rising over a castle is scary?