Tuesday, February 24, 2009

i could've stopped typing but i haven't talked in days.

in the beginning of every february i get vague, soul-crushing depression, usually followed by the flu. seeing as this has happened for at least the past 20 years in the same exact way, you would think that i would have discovered a way to avoid at least one of these things. but, last week as i sat in my isolation room, wearing my chem hazard suit and eating spoonfuls of prozac, i began sniffling and realized; the february depression/flu is my destiny and there is nothing i can do to break the cycle.

while i was concentrating on attempting to breath, i also realized i should probably put up some of the half written blog posts i have sitting on my hard drive. i will most likely die unloved, but i won't die unblogged. at least that's what my tattoo says. this file was called 'recently found books' though now it's not so recent. unless you're sort of old, i guess. i mean, my mom says things like 'they just opened that dunkin donuts in...uh, 1996.'

in an old box of comics i found this 'return of the jedi production sketchbook'. i had a bunch of books like this as a kid, mostly star wars and indiana jones, but this one has like 20 pages of ewoks.

i really like p. craig russell's art, especially during the early 80s and i am finally willing to admit my absolute love for michael moorcock's elric, so i had been looking for this book for a while. it's called 'elric: the dreaming city' it was published as a marvel graphic novel in 1981-ish and has a script by roy thomas. i found it in back of the frightening hell that is my local comic store. the art in it is fucking unbelievable. it's this mixture of 70s fantasy/heavy metal/psychedelic/comic art, with possibly the best coloring ever.

every few months aleks and i go to the amazing store 'time machine' in the city. last time i was there i got a few issues of 'marvel fanfare'. one of them contained a bill sienkiewicz 'portfolio' as well as a comic apologizing for the $1.25 price (glossy paper) and a message from ralph macchio explaining he doesn't have any resolutions for the new year because he has made marvel so awesome in his time as editor, it really has no where else to go.

besides the portfolio, the best part about this comic is there's an 'out of continuity' dr. strange story that the editor decided to make 'in continuity' by negating everything that happens with editorial boxes that say things like 'not really, see dr. strange #251'. including the conclusion and entire theme of the thing. strange realizes at the end that you can't make snap judgments of people because all humans have the ability to be heroes. and underneath this realization is a box that says 'but the doctor was actually right in his original judgment see dr. strange...'

aleks, as usual, got a bunch of old sci fi movie magazines which have stills from movies that are probably horrible but look like the best things ever made (dr. phibes is awesome though).


S.J. Chambers said...

I wish the comic book stores here had time machines--they're all steaming hot hell presses.

Even so, I picked up a new hardcover edition of Moore's Swamp Thing, which made me think of you, and made me think to blog at UATW.

What was the plot of the Moorcock comic?

pete. said...

next time you come here we should totally take you to time machine. it's run by a crazy old uncle/doc brown type dude who's so obviously 'secretly' building a real time machine in the back of the place.

when and if you're done/get tired of swamp thang you should check out hellblazer if you haven't. especially the early issues (i think they're collected in a book called original sins or something). it's along the same awesome 80s comic lines.

evil wizard/crying/magic, all the usual elric stuff.

S.J. Chambers said...

I will check it out. I'm a late bloomer when it comes to comics, and this statement has been made probably a thousand times, but the 80s seemed to be the best decade for comics. The latest things I've idly picked up were like X-men Zombies and it's like the writers went back to caveman narrative for that.

Joe Hill's Locke and Key is pretty good, but it doesn't have mutants or superhumans or insane vigilants.

They just don't make them like they use too.

What I am trying to say is, hell yes I will check out Hellblazer.