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January 19, 2009

Thirty Year Old Linkblogging

Comic Reader #162

Awhile back I came into a big pile of copies of The Comic Reader, a fanzine/comics magazine published through the 1970s into the early 1980s. I picked out an issue released during the month of my birth (#162, November 1978) to kick off the series.

The most striking thing about The Comic Reader is how much of its content strikes a modern reader as filler: out of twenty six pages of editorial content, over half of them are given over to checklists, information on upcoming issues’ creative teams and other basic release information. Each issue has literally dozens of short items like:

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January 15, 2009

How Comics Books Really Fell to the Liberals!

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 3:32 pm

As David posted earlier, Bill Willingham and others have used Spider-Man’s nod to Obamamania as a springboard to discuss how comic books have been taken over by liberals. You’d think that Ted Rall and Noam Chomsky are the current Editors-in-Chief at Marvel and DC the way they talk! Outspoken conservatives like Chuck Dixon and James Hudnall get no Big Two work, Mike S. Miller claims to be “pinklisted” because of his position against homosexuality, the publishers of Liberality for All position themselves as “publishers of the world’s first conservative comic book” (don’t tell the makers of 1990s indie Dittoman that!)… you’d think all of this Culture War enmity would keep noted conservatives from perusing these proselytizing pinko pamphlets!

You’d be wrong!

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January 12, 2009

FBBP #86 – Presidential Power vs. Wingnut Welfare! Fight!

Chris, Jamaal & Joseph discuss the implications of Barack Obama’s appearance in this week’s Amazing Spider-Man. Should you be happy about having a “Nerd-in-Chief” or should you be sick of this sort of discussion? The FBB Crew decides for you! In Obama’s America, We Decide, You Report!

Also, stay tuned after the main event, because there’s an extra Wrestling Babylon segment. The mics were hot when Chris & Jamaal reminisced about wrestling in the late nineties, as they discuss one of the most postmodern storylines in wrestling history.

May 15, 2008

FBBP #58 – Political Crossover

After the blockbuster Iron Man talk of episode 57, we return to the niche market of comics.

First up, we talk the Egyptian Comics Confiscationissue and the general lack of interest on the part of the blogalaxy.

Now, DC Decisions, there’s a story bloggers can sink their teeth into! Who will Superman vote for? Which senators are in the pocket of Big Meta? Judd Winick and Bill Willingham will give you the scoop this fall!

Finally, we try to shake off politics by talking Secret Invasion and its tie-ins. Wait, SI is a political allegory too? Damn you! Damn you, Election Year!

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