Wednesday, February 22, 2017
anyone into the works of Shinya Tsukamoto, Takashi Miike, Sion Sono, and the numerous enfant terribles that populate the underground and outre-mainstream of Japanese cinema should be well acquainted with Suzuki's brutally transcendent offerings.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Also like adolescent boys, 4chan users were deeply sensitive and guarded. They disguised their own sensitivity (namely, their fear that they would be, “forever alone”) by extreme insensitivity. The rules, like everything else, were always half in jest. Everything had to be a done with at least a twinkle of winking irony. This was an escape route, a way of never having to admit to your peers that you were in fact expressing something from your heart, in other words — that you were indeed vulnerable. No matter what a user did or said, he could always say it was “for the lulz” (lols). Like (by comparison the tame and sophisticated precursor) “Something Awful” board that spawned it, 4chan defined itself by being insensitive to suffering in that way only people who have never really suffered can — that is to say, young people, mostly young men, protected by a cloak of anonymity. The accepted standard was a sort of libertarian “free speech” banner, in which isolated man-boys asserted their right to do or say anything no matter someone else’s feelings. This meant generally posting pornography, swastikas, racial slurs, and content that reveled in harm to other people.
Trump’s younger supporters know he’s an incompetent joke; in fact, that’s why they support him.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
In 11 pages, the cautionary tale about arrogant scientists tampering with divine design covers Eden, Hitler, mutants, immortality, and the ‘most radical ideology in history.’
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Because as much as what has been explored here is vexed and rightly resistant to simplification, the notion that sexuality is in anyway antithetical to intellect is one that can only serve to enrich morons in love with a power they wish they could actually have.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Image Comics was crucial to me in the 90s. at last, i could get in on the ground floor with new mythologies, new characters that weren't leaded with decades-upon-decades of creative shifts and continuity-bloat. as much as loved Wolverine, Daredevil, Batman, The Flash etc... they had existed long before me, in multiple iterations, across multiple mediums, and though i could read annotations and summations of previous eras, something was always out of reach. that wasn't the case with characters like Spawn, Savage Dragon, the Maxx, and others. it was the closest to what baby boomer kids in the 60s must have felt when Marvel Comics burst on to the scene. That was for them... Image was for us.
and Image still is for us... having evolved beyond the steroidial anti-heroes of the 90s and focusing on works that are among the most adventurous and subversive in the mainstream comics industry. Walking Dead, Kill or Be Killed, Revenge, The Black Monday Murders, Nameless, Officer Downe... i could go on.
25 years and counting.