The Avenging Hour

Jun-08-15

John and I have decided to dedicate our comics discussion time solely to a podcast about Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers.

We’re starting at the beginning and documenting all of the creators, plots, members, villains, and behind the scenes information we can gather from 1963 to present.

Please join us at Avenging Hour to listen to our latest episode and join the conversation.

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Super Comic Disco Party Time!

Apr-06-15

This will, most likely, be the last post on this site. John and I have moved on…

…to the world of podcasts!

 

If the voices in your head are too strong and you’d rather listen to the two of us talk about comics instead, feel free to hop on over to supercomicdiscopartytime.com (or SCDPTshow.com) and grab an episode. You can also find us on iTunes.

 

Thanks for your continued support…


Holy Mjolnir!

Mar-05-15

Are we back?

Could this be real life?

Is something bubbling behind the scenes that could mean an update to this dusty old blog?

 

Maybe. I think so. And definitely YES.

Stay tuned…


A Cliffhanger (Of Sorts)…

Feb-29-12

I was all set to post my NewMU concept for Iron Man. It was going to be really cool too…I promise…or at least vaguely similar to the interesting things that Matt Fraction has managed to accomplish in his tenure on the current Marvel book.

However, reality has once again sidetracked activity on this blog. I have to apologize for starting and stopping this thing so often over the last 4 years. Just when we seem to be revving up again, something derails us. And it’s all my fault…but it’s a good thing this time.

Last year, in my limited spare time, I managed to write my first fiction novel. A few weeks ago, my book was picked up by a literary agent. Now begins the tedious process of trying to sell the book to a publisher. These things move slowly, so I’ve decided to focus my efforts on writing my NEXT novel instead.

Therefore, Meanwhile…Comics! will once again take a backseat to real life.

Stay tuned for further updates.


Say Hello to Robot 6.

Jan-05-09

Welcome to 2009. John and I are hoping for wonderful times here at the ol’ Meanwhile HQ. We’re excited by the endless possibilities. And one of those possibilities has already manifested itself, risen from the ashes of past greatness.

See, we used to be big fans of the crew from Blog@Newsarama. That is, until they ditched all those folks and replaced them with a bunch of…well, I won’t say what I really think of the “bloggers” that now reside over on Blog@. I’m sure if you do a bit of the Googling, you’ll find more than enough epithets used to describe them.

Anyway, I’m happy to announce that the former Blog@ team (along with a few wonderful additions…including my pal Larry Young) has a new home over on Comic Book Resources at Robot 6. Stop over and say hello to JK Parkin, Kevin Melrose, Tim O’Shea, Chris Mautner and all the other cool comics commentators. You’ll be glad you did!

And tell them “Meanwhile…Comics!” sent you. We could use the site traffic.


Merry Christmas to all….and to all a few weeks off!

Dec-23-08

Jason and I have enjoyed bringing the blog to everyone out there on a semi-regular basis for the past eight months, and we have a lot more to say in 2009.  However, the holiday season is a busy time for everyone, and none moreso than the two of us.  So, we’re going to take a break the next few weeks and we’re going to spend time with our families, work and recharge over the holiday season.  This isn’t goodbye; we’ll be back the first full week of January, with plenty of posts, dissecting specific heroes or stories or titles, or discussing industry events, or riffing on costumes and forgotten characters.  Heck, maybe we’ll even start doing reviews, as we keep promising.

We hope you’ll be here too.  In the meantime, we wish all of you the very Merriest of [insert Holiday of Your Choosing Here] and a Happy New Year!

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2009 Superhero Resolutions

Dec-17-08

When we’re not trying to save a forgotten character or rehabilitate one that seems to have fallen off-track, we (or at least I) always seem to end up taking the industry to task for one reason or another. I guess blogs wouldn’t exist if people didn’t have anything to complain about! As the clock winds down on 2008, it’s easy to look back and point fingers. At the same time, this joyous and comforting season provides the perfect opportunity to look ahead and resolve to make changes. While I promise to try to be funnier without being so caustic (except when it comes to Bendis), I figure some of our favorite Marvel and DC heroes and villains are also hoping to make some positive changes in their lives too.

With that in mind, here are our thoughts on what some of those New Year’s resolutions may look like:

Spider-Man: I resolve to find true love. I really think it’s time that I settle down, find a wife, and get into a solid domestic relationship. That’s the one thing in my life that seems to be missing. Seriously. Like, it was there and then it wasn’t. Weird, huh?

Kang: I resolve to go back in time and convince myself to never go back in time. It’s just too confusing. Of course, if I do that, would I cease to exist? Would I get caught in some sort of weird Moebius Strip where I kept meeting myself seconds after I just left myself? And wouldn’t it be cool if I just scrapped this whole idea and created a massive army of different time-stamped versions of myself…all one second apart? Man, that would really screw some stuff up. Totally rad.

Hulk: I resolve to be a better father. Kids learn from example. I can’t be leaping all over creation smashing stuff and speaking in broken English. What kind of precedent does that set for my little Skaar? Less mindless violence and more dedication to the arts, that’s my goal. Maybe I’ll even take up yoga.

Aquaman: I resolve to…hello? Is anyone listening to me? HELLO?!? Stupid fish aren’t even paying attention anymore.

Punisher: I resolve to only kill people who deserve it. And by “deserve it,” I mean “does something that falls within my broad and ever-changing definition of evil…from kiddie porn to jaywalking, on any given day.” Honestly, that guy driving that Miata the other day? He was just asking to be blown up into tiny pieces with a bazooka and about a half-dozen other high-explosive armaments. Should whack his family too. What kind of person drives a Miata?

Luke Cage: I resolve to never join a group called the Dark Avengers. Kinda sends the wrong message, ya know? Sweet Christmas!

Kang: I resolve to go back in time and convince myself to never go back in time. It’s just too confusing. Of course, if I do that, would I cease to exist? Would I get caught in some sort of weird Moebius Strip where I kept meeting myself seconds after I just left myself? And wouldn’t it be cool if I just scrapped this whole idea and created a massive army of different time-stamped versions of myself…all one second apart? Man, that would really screw some stuff up. Totally rad.

Iron Man: I resolve to start drinking again. Can you blame me?

Blue Beetle: I resolve to stay relevant regardless of losing my solo series and becoming a quasi-legacy to a character who was never all that fabulous to begin with. But hey, as long as I keep making appearances on a keen new Batman cartoon, everyone will love me! I mean, look at the headliners I’m appearing with…Plastic Man, Red Tornado, uh…Aquaman? Damn it. I’m screwed.

Madrox: I resolve to stop sending doubles in to deal with the crying baby. It’s not fair to them and it doesn’t really teach me anything. Although, on the bright side, at least I’m not the one who has to put up with all the screaming and crying. Considering half the kid’s genes are from Siryn, that’s probably a safe thing.

All-Star Batman: I resolve to stop talking like a goddamn retard.

Kang: I resolve to go back in time and convince myself to never go back in time. It’s just too…ah, crap.

Dr. Strange: I resolve to be the central character in a Bendis crossover this year, meaning I also resolve to act horribly out of character as long as that advances the plot, no matter how nonsensical that may be.

Cyclops: Now that my current honey, Emma Frost, looks to be going evil again, I resolve to find another skank to bring home to my bedroom. I wonder what Selene, the Black Queen, is up to. Jean would be so proud.

Wolverine: I resolve to only appear in fifteen books a month. Wouldn’t want to become overexposed.

Thor: Verily, I doth resolveth to speaketh in English most plain, so as not to confuseth those who doth find themselves arrayed around me.

Hercules: Verily, I doth resolveth….hey Odinson! Getith thine own resolution. Fine. I doth resolve to ne’er move from the fine publication in which I currently reside. It is mine now Hulk, you poor excuse for a hero! You shall ne’er move me from it!

She-Hulk: I doth resolve…sorry. It’s contagious. I resolve to get my own title again. I wonder who can relaunch me this time? Maybe I’ll give Byrne a call….it’s not like he’s doing anything important right now.

Sub-Mariner: I resolve to enter rehab this year. I mean, have you seen me lately? I look worse than Tony Stark did after a three month bender!

Dr. Light (female): I resolve to turn back the clock on my personality and act like I did in 1986 again. It may not make sense to anyone else, but there’s a reason I’m ignoring the last 20 years of my life and acting in this manner. Honest.

Obsidian: I resolve to go back to the JSA and fade into the woodwork again, since the only title to explore my character is now, <sigh>, cancelled.

Scarlet Witch: I resolve to return to comics to say what I should have said in 2005: “No more Bendis.”