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September 14, 2008

Sunday Morning Thoughts and Linkblogging: For Immature Readers Only?

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , — David Uzumeri @ 12:51 pm
All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder #10

All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder #10

It’s been an eventful week here on Team FBB as we (well, at least I) have been glued to the stats watching a bunch of cellphone shots of a funnybook using dirty words become, like, our most popular post ever. Back to that in a second.

In the meantime, I’ve been horribly delinquent in pimping my reviews over at the legitimate money-laundering front for FBB and 4thletter!, Popcultureshock. I’ve recently done reviews for X-Men: Manifest Destiny #1, X-Factor #34 and X-Factor: Layla Miller Special, Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1 and Cable #6, so if you’re at all interested in my views on comics other than the Morrison-centric stuff I’ve been putting up here, check it out. More importantly, check out the rest of the site; 4l’s own Gavin Jasper and David Brothers are putting up great articles as well.

Meanwhile, I believe Pedro, Jamaal, Chris and Joe are soon congregating in New York for the podcast and Rock Band. Pray Jamaal isn’t handed the microphone in the latter activity, for the sake of public health.

Anyway, back to All-Star Batman. As for my personal views on the book’s artistic merit, our own Jon Bernhardt articulated his love for the book far more eloquently than I ever could, and having read the oh so naughty ASBAR #10 myself, it does nothing to change my high opinion of the book. People are complaining about the blatant immaturity of the use of language; I assure you, in context, that’s exactly how it’s portrayed as well. Of course, it’s always far sexier to get outraged over out-of-context panels than try to engage the material with an open mind. And, let’s be frank (no pun intended), these out-of-context panels are indeed practically media bait. (more…)

September 9, 2008

Tough Love Tuesday Breaking News: Insufficient Censorship

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 3:48 pm

We interupt our regularly scheduled nitpicking about proper grammar and usage to bring you this breaking story:

The reason behind All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder‘s recall revealed! The censor bars didn’t print properly a whole bunch of times! Cusswords are visible! Look out! Don’t click through if you don’t want to see Batgirl being super-sassy:

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March 4, 2008

We Started Our Own Gang

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , — Jamaal Thomas @ 8:47 am

Okay, this is a little late. But Jon writes faster than I do, and I was sick yesterday. Que sera, sera.

As the more dedicated readers of the blog know, one of our cohorts in this movement is David Brothers, one of the founders of 4th Letter. We’ve collaborated on some pieces in the past, but now that David’s moved up in the world, we’ve decided to make things a little more official.

For those of you in the know, David’s now the senior comics editor for PopCultureShock, a great website that covers all aspects of pop culture. And he’s bringing some of us along with him. As some of you may have noticed, our own Jon Bernhardt just contributed a killer piece to PCS challenging the conventional wisdom about All-Star Batman. And Dave Uzumeri, the man who reads all the comics so you don’t have to (and is our resident crackpot 5th world visionary) is contributing to Picks and Pans. And that’s just the beginning.

Some of our regulars are going to be contributing to PCS on a regular basis, doing reviews, analysis, and multi-part articles. Jon and Dave will be writing more content for PCS, and will be joined by Chris in the near future. David’s going to turn the comic section of PCS into the envy of the comics blogosphere, with in depth takes and critical analysis of a broad swath of the industry that we all know and love.

Now you may be asking yourself: What about FBB? We’re going to continue to grow the movement, breaking heads, and taking names. We’re going to have some exclusive remixes of the articles that we post on PCS, and more articles and reviews than we know what to do with. We still have the best comics podcast on the Internet. And we have a lot of special things in store for the New York ComicCon. Stay tuned.

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