Walker Young on the set of Alienses
with Suri Cruise as Ripley:
sporting the Brave New World
onesie sent over by Atom! and Portlyn. You guys rock.
Ain't it Cool News
loves Monster Attack Network:
"This book is a bit of a change from the other books I have read from AiT/Planet Lar, but it shares the same attention to fine storytelling. This drama set in a world where giant monsters attack on a frequent basis was a fun yarn. The blasť way the main characters do battle with these big beasts was thoroughly entertaing to witness. The art is loose and I have to admit, at times, I was a bit at a loss as to what was happening in some of the tighter panels, but when artist Nima Sorat pulls back in the large panels, they are quite a sight to behold. There is a real VENTURE BROTHERS feel to this comic with overly-muscular men and sultry babes battling giant things science and nature shouldnít have spawned. Thereís a lot of fun in between the covers of this book and itís a welcome change from some of the more serious or fact-based books from AiT/Planet Lar."
Longtime readers of The Black Diamond
will of course remember the repetition of the phrase, "Such a nice
way to start the day" from the teaser/zero issue The Black Diamond: On Ramp
from back in the summer of '05. Ya gotta admit that H from The Comic Treadmill
's "'The Bottle and the Throttle' is the latest installment in the 21st-Century thinking manís version of a rollicking adventure" is certainly a nice way to start the day. I particularly liked his shout-outs for "The atmospheric art of Jon Proctor; the stylized cadence of writer Larry Youngís dialog-heavy tale; and bonus for the elderly: Thereís a cameo appearance by an 8-track (of Supertrampís Breakfast in America), a format that - and others may correct me-was so unpopular, I recall knowing only one person who had an 8-track player. And that was around 1974. Wikipedia may tell me the format lasted into the eighties, but it was long dead by then in my neck of the world."
Not to mention "Finally, thereís a four-page back-up story that reminds me why the world needs more back-up stories. Written by Jared Guenther with art by Daniel Warner, itís a brilliant black comedy that jibes perfectly with the world of The Black Diamond.
Jared Guenther: it's Miller time.
...and friend-of-the-site Jochen Garcke
(click the link for some excellent, excellent interviews with my pals Darick Robertson and Warren Ellis about their Transmetropolitan
volumes) sends along this latest: "When I was taking a different route to a comic shop here in Berlin I came over this house painting. Which somehow got me thinking about Astronauts in Trouble;
thought you might like it."
I do indeed, Jochen; I do, indeed.
Confidential to Mel: HBO re-upped Flight of the Conchords
for another season, so there goes your theory that every TV show I love more than you gets cancelled immediately. What kind of rapping name is "Steve," anyway?