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Jesus's General provides this clip of a Sam Sedar call in show on Air America about the feminization of America:

I think my brain just orgasmed

Having read Carol J Adams' The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory a few years back, I have to say this might be the most amazing commercial I've ever seen. I hope someone is getting their Womens Studies doctorate right now by deconstructing this incredible nugget of cultural information. Even I could write a 200 page thesis deconstructing this thing:

Just, wow. Burger King: You totally just blew my mind.

As I wrote to Carol Adams earlier today:

It's all there: the cheerleaders, the gendered food: equating meat
eating with manliness and tofu and quiche with femininity, the
co-opting of the "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar" and bra-burning, a
somewhat sexual "EAT THIS MEAT" banner, men leaving their girlfriends
at the tables, "chick food", equating meat eating with strength
(flexing muscles and smashing bricks), guys even punching each other
with hamburgers(!)...


Woman #1: So, he takes me to see Eragon, and then he walks me to my door and he's like, 'Can I come up?' And I'm all like, 'No way,' and he's like, 'Why not?' And I'm like, ' 'Cause you had sex with my sister, you asshole!' Can you believe that?!

Woman #2: Why did you even go out with him?

Woman #1: I like dragons.

via Overheard in New York


Archie Andrews stars in Subtext? What Subtext?


Mom, Stop Reading My Blog

This is not my way of communicating with you. < /most hilarious post ever >

You probably heard about Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, and his swearing in on Thomas Jefferson's Koran, and I hope you've read this letter from Rep. Virgil Goode (R - Germany 1936), who sorta overlooks the fact that Ellison's family has been in America since 1742 to talk about his fear of muslim immigrants.

But what you may not have heard about are the first two Buddhists elected to Congress, one a Japanese immigrant representing Hawai'i, the other an African American convert from Georgia(!). Niether candidate brought up their affiliation during the campaign.

Quotes Du Jour

"It's bad policy to speculate on what you'll do if a plan fails." - Condi Rice

"I'd hate to die twice. It's so boring." - Richard Feynman's last words.

"Geeks unite!" - Kurt Cobain


Let's go camping!

This week's death of Scooby Doo creator Iwao Takamoto, who learned to draw while imprisoned as a child at the Manzanar Internment Camp, comes just 3 days before the fifth aniversery of the opening of the Guantanamo Camp X-Ray where people including a 10 year old boy and a British man arrested for having a battery charger in his luggage are held with out trials, or charges, indefinitely, and tortured for good measure just in case they actually know anything useful. At what point does "Never Again" actually mean we stop, you know, doing these things?


Highlights of 3 years of Piracy

I've put my scanner to good use since starting this blog in 2003. I'm working on a gallery of all my images, but until then, here are a couple of my more substantive or favorite scans:

Archie's girls, Betty and Veronica, learn about women's lib in Pep #282

Click the image to read the entire 5 page story

Space Ghost creator Alex Toth drew this 6 page story for children's magazine Jack & Jill in 1963 to promote his new cartoon Space Angel.

Again, click the image and treat yourself to the full long lost 6 page story by Silver Age master artist Toth

Also from an old issue of Jack & Jill is this great papercraft Totem Poll. I picked up a stack of these magazine from the free box at a local thrift store, and they are filled with this stuff!

(click to view in full)

Speaking of papercraft, how about this 1996 Chris "Acme Novelty Library" Ware piece for a build it yourself Batman? A scarce promotional item, yours to download and build!

Click to view, Perhaps I should have scanned this one a little larger? Ah, regrets.

I picked up this 1960's German language Batman with hippie protest cover at WonderCon this year from a $1 bin! I would have paid several times that!

Here is an especially good page of Chuck Norris Karate Kommandoes #1, although I strongly recommend tracking down the whole issue. You should try finding it in the $1 bins, or alternately, my bedroom.

(click to read)

I got off on a Spire Christian Comics tanget a while back and so I rebring you this clip from Chuck Colson's issue:

Plus, The Dangers of Pot, Hansi, the girl who loved the Swastica, Johnny Cash is on pills, and the ultimate scan, "Is This America???" which served as my desktop image for more than a year straight, and which I still want as a gigantic mural:

(All Spire art is by the fantastic Al Hartly)

And last but not least is this one page editorial cartoon drawn by Frank Miller around 1996 for the defunct Hero Magazine, wherein Miller warns against the dangers of comics being turned into movies. It was topical when I posted this before the opening of Miller's Sin City, and it's still topical with the upcoming Miller comic adaptations "300" and Sin City 2. (although, in fairness to Miller, and as I pointed out in my original post, few people got as screwed as Miller did by having his creations sold out from under him to Hollywood in the 80's and 90's. Miller's work on Daredevil and Batman are the driving force behind the making of those movies, nor did he see a penny from his own creation Elektra being turned into a craptacular movie. I don't begrudge Miller for making money in Hollywood. His work had made other people millions of dollars and it's about time he got a slice of the pie he baked.)

So that's it for now. My new year's resolution, (in addition to becoming a charming and considerate person), is to find the time and energy to scan more of my growing amassment of ephemera to preserve and share the transient treasures of our culture. Enjoy!

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John Cole, the internet's only honest Republican, reviews Superman Returns:
If this movie were a war, it would be Iraq... This movie was clearly made to make the Hulk remake look good by comparison. Don’t buy it. Don’t rent it. Don’t watch it. And if anyone tells you it was good, remember their names and ignore their movie advice in the future.

I haven't actually seen Superman Returns; I just think bad reviews are funny.