Why aren’t you reading the #1 Graphic Novel of 2007?

January 28, 2008 at 4:15 pm (comics, strange, Webcomics)

Reminiscent of when the magazine lauded Watchmen as one of the top 100 novels of all time, Time has claimed Achewood as the #1 Graphic Novel of 2007. Granted, this scintillating work of art is a webcomic, it is still more than deserving of this recent prize and I can’t help but wonder what took so long for it to receive this kind of recognition.

I’d recommend starting at the beginning, but if you want to make certain as to whether or not this is a webcomic worthy of your attention, read the Great Outdoor Fight story arc. If this doesn’t clinch your adoration nothing will.

Man. This comic is worth reading for the alt-text alone sometimes. Makes me want to get my slant on.

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Buckaroo Banzai

January 22, 2008 at 10:47 am (film, music video, quiz)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension must be one of the most sublime movies I’ve ever seen. Why? It’s an eighties sci-fi movie that takes itself so seriously that it’s difficult to know whether one should laugh at the absurdity of it all or adopt it’s ingenous attitude. I may have guffawed once or twice at John Lithgow and Christopher Lloyd but on the whole I took the film for what it was; a surprising vindication of the human spirit. Sure, that type of film is rather common but this particular film is special not because the heroes saved the day but because the Banzai team took salvation as an everyday occurrence.

Remember that closing scene of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou that made you smile? It’s an homage to this:

If you haven’t seen this film yet, I highly recommend it. If you have seen this film, why didn’t you tell me about it?

Your Score: Buckaroo Banzai

151 Heart, 169 Genius, 153 Cool, 135 Excitability

Buckaroo Banzai – (Peter Weller)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

You are Buckaroo Banzai! Hard-rockin’ neurosurgeon, brilliant scientist, and all-around cool guy. Maybe you didn’t have the cinematic success of some of the other guys here, but it’s okay – you’re a cult classic!

“Hey, hey, hey. Don’t be mean. We don’t have to be mean because, remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”

Other scientific possibilities:

Gary Wallace


Wyatt Donnelly


Peter Venkman


Jordan Cochran


Egon Spengler


Doc Brown


Newton Crosby


Paul Stephens


Ben Crandall


Wayne Szalinkski


Winston Zeddemore


Ben Jabituya


Lazlo Hollyfeld


Ray Stantz


Buckaroo Banzai


Chris Knight

Link: The Which 80s Movie Scientist Test written by xxyl on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

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Excuses, excuses…

January 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm (agony, weather)

Ahem.

I make no excuses for the months of November and December. They were horrible months for this blog. Horrible. But early January was treacherous and I take no blame for my PC giving up the ghost the day after Boxing Day. I had planned for one of my New Years’ resolutions to be posting more frequently on this blog and with more substance. Not a good start, huh?

Fortunately, a WesP on the Wind has blown me this nice Lappy for which I’m very thankful (duck-tape and all) though I look forward to the day in which the wind may take it back and I have a working comp of my own.

It has been some time since I’ve lost contact with the civilized world and it may take me twenty four hours or so to grow accustomed to the ways of the internet once more. Not to mention the Lappy’s keyboard. In any case, expect another post in the interim.

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