Kibbles ‘n Bits 5/26
God, it’s been a while!
§ Speaking of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, here’s a Fearnet promo image for the film by Ben Templesmith.
§ Will GREEN LANTERN be to DC what IRON MAN was to Marvel at the movies? Comics Book Bin sure hopes so:
Whether or not a Green Lantern film would feature the same kind of character development remains to be seen, but certainly the potential is there. Hal Jordan was chosen to become a Green Lantern due to his fearlessness, and that could be the linchpin to his character in so many different ways. Such a lack of fear could border on reckless behavior, or the journey could be all about overcoming fear and not allowing it to hold us back.
Such depth of character would come from, initially, the hands of the screen writers. They would have to craft a likable Jordan who in the course of the film becomes a better man, but not so much so that he is by any means perfect – merely worthy of being Green Lantern. Comics and film scribe Kevin Smith is a favored candidate, and fans are eager to see his take on the super-hero film genre.
BONUS: Hervé St-Louis tells you everything you need to know about Green Lantern.
§ The Wanted official site has gone live.
§ The Times profiles immensely popular webcomic xkcd:
Mr. Munroe, a physics major and a programmer by trade, is good for jokes like this three times a week, informed by computing and the Internet. By speaking the language of geeks — many a strip hinges on crucial differences between the C and Python programming languages — while dealing with relationships and the meaning of a computer-centric life, xkcd has become required reading for techies across the world.
The site, which began publishing regularly in January 2006, has 500,000 unique visitors a day, he said, and 80 million page views a month. (Why “xkcd”? “It’s just a word with no phonetic pronunciation,” his Web site, xkcd.com, answers.)
Munroe is one of less than two dozen webcomickers who makes a living at it, says the article.
§ Randy Myers unearths six graphic novels that aren’t about men in tights.
All of this has made for a contented family in the Old North End — Kochalka and his wife Amy King, a teacher at Lawrence Barnes Elementary School, live in a small house on Manhattan Avenue. It has also earned the artist awards and an avid international following. During a recent visit, Kochalka is jiggling the smiling, saucer-eyed Oliver in his left arm. He puts down a bottle and disappears through the kitchen to retrieve a hefty French compendium of the first five years of American Elf. The daily graphic diary, carried in Seven Days for the past five years, turns 10 in October. It has also spawned a two-volume Italian edition of the first two years and a Spanish edition of the first year. The whole decade’s worth is now available online at Kochalka’s website. And this is just a fraction of his prodigious output.
§ David Brooks on Alpha nerds:
In 1950, Dr. Seuss published a book called “If I Ran the Zoo,” which contained the sentence, “I’ll sail to Ka-Troo, and bring back an IT-KUTCH, a PREEP, and a PROO, a NERKLE, a NERD, and a SEERSUCKER, too!” According to the psychologist David Anderegg, that’s believed to be the first printed use of the word “nerd” in modern English.
The next year, Newsweek noticed that nerd was being used in Detroit as a substitute for “square.” But, as Anderegg writes in his book, “Nerds,” the term didn’t really blossom onto mass consciousness until The Fonz used it in “Happy Days,” in the mid- to late-’70s . And thus began what you might call the ascent of nerdism in modern America.