Browsing posts by Chris Eckert

Chris has been reading funnybooks since he was very young. You know the Flaming Carrot origin story where he reads 10,000 comics in one sitting and goes insane and becomes a superhero? He did that, only over several sittings, so he only gets to sell superhero supplies. Chris loves comics, even superhero comics, very much, which is why he is so mean to them.

Aug 12

Marvel’s Mutant Metaphor Massacre

Posted August 12, 2015

So here’s something that comes up in Team Comics conversations every few months and I never get around to putting in writing: Mutantkind as a demographic group is a terrible analogue for any real world demographic group and people should probably stop doing it. I have no idea if Stan Lee or Jack Kirby had […]

Jun 24

Because I Was Kind of A Jerk to Mark Waid on Twitter

Posted June 24, 2015

Earlier tonight I responded to the announced creative team for Marvel’s All-New, All-Different Avengers book with the following tweet: The three white dude creators announced for the young + diverse All New All Different Avengers have an average age of 51 — Chris Eckert (@kennybloggins) June 25, 2015 Was this snarky? Probably. Was it justifiable? […]

May 12

RIP, Lawrence Business That Did a Commercial That Had Batman Torturing Osama bin Laden!

Posted May 12, 2015

I don’t know about anyone else, but as a former resident of Lawrence, Kansas my social media was BLOWING UP today with news of the demise of Payless Furniture, a fixture of the edge of the town where the Target and the movie theater were. I don’t know anyone who ever actually purchased furniture from […]

Apr 24

The Punisher: A Conservative Fantasia Part One

Posted April 24, 2015

I realize all of this is slightly premature since there is one more issue of The Punisher coming before Secret Wars kicks in, one that promises to address “what will happen to those Frank has left in his wake” so it’s possible that this issue will feature a repudiation of everything that has come so […]

Apr 23

Oh, So THAT’S Why the Current Punisher Series Reads That Way

Posted April 23, 2015

I picked up a couple of trades from the library of the current Punisher series by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads a couple of months back. I thought the art was nice, but felt the storytelling made me uneasy. I’m not upset about the alternative take on the Punisher himself: long-running iconic IP has to […]

Apr 1

The Buyers Guide to DC’s Convergence’s Battleworlds

Posted April 1, 2015

So Convergence came out today, and it sets up a story that everyone is calling a rip-off of Marvel’s impending Secret Wars event. Obviously, both stories are callow rip-offs of Countdown: Arena, which itself was a crude homage to when I was a kid and had my Transformers fight my Star Wars toys and invade […]

Jan 13

Let Us Look Back at Wizard’s Twelve Sexiest Moments in Comics

Posted January 13, 2015

It’s 2015, and Wizard: The Guide to Comics hasn’t been published in almost four years. But it’s been at least a decade since Wizard actually mattered. There are many comics readers out there who don’t remember when Wizard was an important industry organ, and may not even know what Wizard’s deal was. In short: it […]

Oct 11

Why Don’t We Know More About Superhero Eating Habits?

Posted October 11, 2013

I’ve been reading a lot of Incredible Hulk comics by Len Wein (with Herb Trimpe and Sal Buscema). I’ve been reading a lot of everything really; sitting by a sporadically ringing telephone has literally been my job description for the past nine months . At first I read books that glared at me from my mountainous […]

May 5

Funnybook Babylon: The Crossword Puzzle!

Posted May 5, 2013

Forget podcasts: all the cool kids are doing crossword puzzles now! And unlike Wally, you don’t even have to have a near-death experience and find one in a gutter to be a cool kid!

Apr 4

Reading on the Job: I Have a Lot of Problems with Chuck Klosterman

Posted April 4, 2013

If you follow my “personal” blog (and let’s be honest, you don’t) you may have noticed that my current work situation involves a grotesque amount of time to Read. This has been a pleasure, as the past few years have shown a marked decrease in actual, sit-down-and-read-something-cover-to-cover Reading. I still read a ton of comics, […]

Sep 30

5-10-15-20: Comic Book History for August 2012

Posted September 30, 2012

Yes, this is terribly late. I spent the end of the summer consumed with two tasks: Packing, moving, and unpacking the truly excessive volume of books, comics, and ephemera I have accumulated (Mission Accomplished!) Thanks to all members of the FBB Army for helping me move, and even the people who have never appeared on […]

Jul 31

5-10-15-20: Comic Book History for July 2012

Posted July 31, 2012

It’s the end of the month, so that means another installment of 5-10-15-20. Not a lot of blockbuster debuts to discuss this month, although Vertigo has a couple of big scores that I probably don’t spend nearly enough time discussing. Do you have strong feelings about either book? Let me know in the comments! FIVE […]

Jul 16

Doubleshipping Gone Good: Jeff Parker on Hulk

Posted July 16, 2012
Jul 12

What’s Going On With Marvel NOW!? Nine Thoughts About October 2012’s solicitations

Posted July 12, 2012

Marvel released their October 2012 solicitations earlier this week, with numerous mysterious gaps that will presumably be filled in this weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con. In the meanwhile, here are nine things about the information they did release that I apparently found interesting enough to blog about! These mostly boil down to complaints, but […]

Jul 1

5-10-15-20: Comic Book History for June 2012

Posted July 1, 2012

Like sands through an hourglass, this is the latest installment of 5-10-15-20. I know this is a little late, but how am I supposed to remember that June only has 30 days? It’s not like there’s a children’s rhyme about it. Or calendars. As always feedback, particularly about how you’d like to see more ____________ […]