Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving on the Nautilus

Having renounced all contact with the surface world, Captain Nemo has found alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.  So, do you want white meat or dark meat?

Happy Thanksgiving.


I was told recently that the Holocaust was a myth, a lie, created to inspire a need to lead the world to invent the nation of Israel.  Well, I told the person a vast number of true undoctored facts, told them how wrong the person was, and then explained that according to my DNA tests and biological records, I am very likely to be 1/4 Viennese Jew.  The person unfollowed me on Twitter, and I blocked them, but, I suspect they were not about to talk to me any longer.

The slaughter of the Jews from across Europe did, in fact, happen.  There are a vast number of records showing it, bodies, artifacts, and evidence for the event.  People are welcome to lie to themselves whoever they wish.  But when they think I should agree with their lunacy, well, fuck that, and while they are at it, fuck them.

The Holocaust happened and there are a vast number of works available to inform any reader, no matter their ethnic background, intelligence level, or age.

Aside from war history and text books, there are a vast number of psychological surveys and special accounts considering the role of outside companies and supposedly uninvolved countries in the machine of the Holocaust.  The fact of the Holocaust can be found not just in the numbers of the dead, but in the nuance found in the numbers involved in the machinery used to exterminate the living.   More than simple guns killed the Jews, and people doing the killing themselves were changed forever.

"James O’Barr and artist Jim Terry craft a harrowing story set in a concentration camp in 1945 Europe. The night train is being unloaded. And one of the passengers is making a return visit"  The Crow is a comic about righteous revenge and death.  This episode is found in a concentration camp, and it is extremely dark.

"The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds in “drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust” (The New York Times).

Maus is a haunting tale within a tale. Vladek’s harrowing story of survival is woven into the author’s account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. Against the backdrop of guilt brought by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and unhappy visits. This astonishing retelling of our century’s grisliest news is a story of survival, not only of Vladek but of the children who survive even the survivors. Maus studies the bloody pawprints of history and tracks its meaning for all of us."

"In 1939, Yossel and his family were relocated by the Nazis to a special section of Warsaw “for their protection.” What no one knew, though, is that this was only the first step of a so-called “Final Solution” to try and wipe out the Jewish population. Yossel finds himself a pet artist for the Nazis who are entranced by his drawings of superheroes, but all will change when a face from Yossel’s past tells the inhabitants of the Warsaw Ghetto what is really happening in the outside world."

Sunday, November 22, 2015

With one magic word, SHAZAM!!!!!!

Do not let the travesty of the shit storm happening with modern DC comics that has changed Captain Marvel into "Shazam" stop you from appreciating the wonder and beauty of the character.  He was a character made in a simpler time, that is true, but, his powers were drawn from sources of myth and legend, and the stories were written with a whimsy and joy not found in nearly anything similar.  The story of the character's move from Golden Age giant to Bronze Age outcast, who missed the Silver Age entirely, is well documented elsewhere.  The business entity that was to become DC Comics declared that Captain Marvel was too close in powers to Superman, and sued.  The resulting lawsuit and entanglements led to Fawcett comics closing up their heroes, and DC buying the characters and copyrights.  They then could offer up the character without it damaging their product, since, it was now their own product.

As a youth I was bored with Superman, despite appreciating what he stood for.  But I never grew bored of Captain Marvel.  The reason was found in the difference between adult intelligence and childlike innocence.  Superman had honor, and was moral, but in his stories he bordered on stupid because he almost had to become less intelligent to make the story work.  Whereas Captain Marvel was innocent with the heart of a boy, who trusted and hoped in the best of people. 

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I've heard that DC has changed the character to be edgy and dark, to be different and attract attention.  Well, then he is no longer Captain Marvel.  I understand the name change to Shazam, with the competition being MARVEL comics, having a Captain Marvel seems a bit dangerous, reminding people of the competition. 

In the present, to make the character they thought was too similar to Superman, but who I liked far better than Superman, DC has crushed him, and all of his fans.  What DC has done is deboned, eviscerated, and flensed the corpse of a character that was beautiful.  Now within its body is a ghost, and nothing more.

So I love you Captain Marvel, may you ever fly in my dreams.

And screw you DC.  You suck.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Appreciating the work of Tom Mandrake, Artist

Tom Mandrake is a creative talent who is associated with the horror genre. But he does much more than that.  He has an ability to depict real world people and the world around them so well that the events happening, whatever the genre have far greater impact.  I should say, that personally, Tom Mandrake is easily among the nicest people in comics, and real life I've met.  He is married to artist Jan Duursema who is as nice, and as talented.  For me, the art of Tom is moody, dark, and amazingly able to deliver a blow that is memorable longer than art that, perhaps is more detailed, or more anatomically "perfect".  The reason for that is, if you want photo-real work, watch a movie.  If you want a marriage of words and art, then Tom is the artist you'd like.  I do not offer up his work with anything abut appreciation, so do not assume I am damning with feint praise.  His work is just as good in black and white as it is in color, unless there is a world class colorist on hand.  And that fact, to me, tells you that he is all about story telling more than pin up poses.  There are only a few artists of his caliber, which might explain why Tom seems perennially booked for work.

Want to know why the 3rd World Hates American Culture?

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Not only do Americans think consuming is normal, they think over consuming is something to be proud of.  Gluttony is no longer a sin, apparently.

And when an enormous resource was considered to be expendable because it helped the native people of the land, it was wiped out.  How many stands of virgin forest remain?  How many bison remain?  

When people are dying of starvation and others waste food, I cringe, and am horrified.
When some have no clean water and die for the lack of it, while others waste it, I am horrified.

American culture has many strengths, but we must learn to be much more frugal, sharing, and caring.