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.

Apr 18

Frank Miller and the Fairy Tale History of Comics

Posted April 18, 2012

This past weekend David Brothers brought up Frank Miller’s big 1994 speech from a Diamond Retailers seminar that got reprinted in the back of Sin City: The Big Fat Kill #5. He wrote something about it too. It’s a powerful speech, and dismaying at how much of the speech could easily be cross-applied to the [...]

Apr 15

Before Watchmen: Marketing Tips and a Bold Prediction

Posted April 15, 2012

Looks like Brothers mopped up the whole odious “moral high ground” statement from today’s Before Watchmen panel, so let me offer some free advice to DC Marketing and its attendant promotional arms at various big comic blogs. Look, I’m not a fancy marketing whiz. I’ve never worked at an ad agency or anything. But I [...]

Mar 31

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

Posted March 31, 2012

Welcome back to 5-10-15-20, a monthly column that looks at things that happened in comics using arbitrary five year jumps! I realize this is being published in April. I had finished the post a week or so ago, but got caught up researching something really dumb and forgot I hadn’t posted this until today, when [...]

Feb 21

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

Posted February 21, 2012

In the interest of making everyone feel old, inspired by Scientific American, and because I spend too much time digging through old comic book material anyway, here’s what will hopefully be a new monthly feature: 5-10-15-20, a look back at goings-on in the funnybook field in half-decade increments. Yesterday should’ve been the fiftieth birthday of [...]

Jan 24

FBBP #138 – Daredevil Discourse with David Brothers

Posted January 24, 2012

We’re joined this episode by David Brothers, and he brought with him a classic Marvel run: Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr. on Daredevil! This isn’t the gritty noir Daredevil modern readers have grown to expect: It contains a critique of factory farming! Philosophical (and physical) fights about feminism! (And DD joking!) The Inhumans! (And [...]

Jan 6

FBBP #137 – New Year, Same Old New 52

Posted January 6, 2012

Welcome to 2012! Back in the dying days of 2011, we sat down and looked at some of DC’s “New 52″ titles a few issues in. Titles discussed include: Action Comics by Grant Morrison, Rags Morales and others Batman & Robin by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo Batwoman [...]

Nov 1

More Girl Talk: It Could Be Worse

Posted November 1, 2011

Last time I probably spent too much time rebutting Colin Smith’s review of The Ultimates and extrapolations about its creators and publisher made from a single comic book. I said people needed to look at things in context. I want to make something clear: no one can tell anyone else what to be offended by. [...]

Oct 21

Girl Talk in Context: The Ultimates Problem

Posted October 21, 2011

Looking across the sometimes bleak landscape of Women in Superhero Comics, it’s easy to get dispirited. Whether’s it’s inequity in representation — be it in the stories or on the credits page — there’s still plenty of ground to make up before things are acceptable. And even when female characters are pushed to the fore, [...]

Oct 3

FBBP #136 – Jeff Lemire Revisited

Posted October 3, 2011

As the seasons change, Funnybook Babylon returns to look back on the work of Jeff Lemire! We reviewed Sweet Tooth back in Episode #125 and were divided on its relative quality, but after two additional volumes we are united: it’s pretty great. But don’t take our word for it! The first eleven issues are available [...]

Sep 8

The Weirdest NYCC Event I’ve Seen: “A Date With Marvel”

Posted September 8, 2011

The 2011 New York City Comicon is fast approaching, as the near-daily press releases remind us. Buried underneath today’s announcement of some sort of kick-off concert was a strange event anouncement: We’ve setup a nine course meal with wine pairing at wd~50, owned by Wylie Dufresne, a Michelin star winner and molecular gastronomy chef. If [...]

Aug 26

The Flashpoint Death Toll: Remembering the Fallen

Posted August 26, 2011

Everybody’s talking about THE NEW 52, which must be exciting for everyone working on those books at DC Comics. Unfortunately, they’ve spent the past few months still publishing THE OLD 50-SOMETHING, which seem to have largely been forgotten by all parties. It’s not surprising, given the fact that most of them are last-gasp inventory stories [...]

Aug 20

FBBP #135 – Eisnerwatch: Best Single Issues

Posted August 20, 2011

Hey gang! How’s your summer been? We’ve obviously been busy, but we found time to record a podcast awhile back, and now it’s up! We reviewed the five books up for the Best Single Issue Eisner. Obviously the Eisners have passed, and you all know who won, but that doesn’t stop us from having strong [...]

Jul 19

DC: The New 52

Posted July 19, 2011

2011 will be a crucial year for DC Comics. In September, DC will relaunch its entire line of superhero books in a bid to expand its audience while holding on to the core of loyal readers. Over the coming months, we’ll see if DC has mastered the delicate art of pleasing everyone – the readers [...]

Jun 24

I Am Pretty Sure Marvel Mislabeled Fear Itself: Immortal Weapons #2 as Iron Man 2.0 #6

Posted June 24, 2011

Iron Man 2.0 #6 came out this week, the second part of the book’s tie-in to Fear Itself. And by tying into Fear Itself, I mean that Nick Spencer really wanted to write an Iron Fist/Immortal Weapons series, and I guess all of the editors were so busy coordinating a summer crossover that he snuck [...]

Jun 9

FBB EXCLUSIVE: WATERMARKED IMAGES OF UPCOMING DC RELAUNCH COVERS!

Posted June 9, 2011

It’s Thursday morning and DC is still parceling out its Big Relaunch News, with 48 of 52 books officially announced. I’ve been keeping track of them in a Google Spreadsheet! The only books left unannounced as those in the Superman Family, which is obviously being saved for tomorrow. Given their weird press junket (USA Today, [...]