“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon
Greetings and welcome to another installment of The Ten Percent! Every two weeks (well, roughly), Ensley F. Guffey and I use this space to take a look at the inverse of Sturgeon’s Law; in other words, the small portion of everything which is not crud. Viewed as a whole, Sturgeon was, sadly, right – the vast majority of movies, television, writing, art, and so on really is crud – but there has always been that slim slice of sublime. The Ten Percent isn’t limited by genre – I think our previous columns have proven that point – and that’s because these rare gems are high quality productions which demand more of their viewer than simple passive reception.
I have, on occasion, discussed an entry that makes the cut on The Ten Percent in more than one category, such as a book and the movie made from the book. It’s hard enough to create ONE fantastic thing; to create a Ten-Percent-worthy work in more than a single medium is truly catching lightning in a bottle.
Two years next month, in fact.
That’s when the first issue of Providence, the first of twelve bi-monthly issues, dropped into the pulpy hands of eagerly anticipating readers who love horror-themed graphic fiction. May of 2015.
But Providence is much more than just horror. It’s a fascinating take on American outsider culture during the early part of the twentieth century, on the eve of the war to end all wars, written and illustrated by two of the comic book industry’s greatest.
Finally, the series comes to a head: Providence #12.
And it is both the end of days and the beginning of a new, stranger, world!
The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re joined by Pronto Comics writer, editor, and creator of the independent comic Cross, friend of the show, Dennis Knight, and we’re talking about the biggest news in comics of the moment – Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 and DC Universe Rebirth, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.
The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re recorded live at the 2016 Camden Comic Con, with Justin Piatt and Zach Dolan of Unlikely Heroes Studios, Suliman Onque of On-Q Comics, Mark Poulton of A Cat Named Haiku, and Ed Evans of All Things Fun!, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.
You made it through the holidays intact and your back is no worse for wear, what with carrying all of those heavy Absolute and Omnibus editions of various comic book compilations and graphic novels. Congratulations!
That brings us to the first Wednesday of the New Year – and our first Wednesday run to the local comic book to pick up something new and interesting.
It may be a new year, but today’s pick is a decades old throwback – from an entirely new perspective naturally. Follow me after the jump for the muck-encrusted low down on the new Swamp Thing #1!
When we last left our heroes, the Guardians of the Galaxy had come into possession of a puzzle box, called the Cosmic Seed, with clues to Star-Lord’s true heritage. While investigating its meaning on Knowhere, the dead Celestial’s head began to return to life, shaking things up quite a bit. Meet me after the quantum jump for my thoughts on “Knowhere to Run.”
“Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat certainly knows how to launch a series with a cliffhanger. When last we saw The Doctor and his unconventional entourage, things were looking very bad indeed. Missy AKA The Master and Clara Oswald had been exterminated by Daleks, The TARDIS has been destroyed, and The Doctor has been confronted by his old archenemy, the dying Davros, at the dawn of the Daleks, with a chance to end the Dalek threat forever… but what are the real consequences? Meet me after the time and space jump for my thoughts on “The Witch’s Familiar!”
As DC Comics’ mainstream anchor superhero team, the Justice League has traveled all over the DC Multiverse and encountered many facets and characters of the DC mythos and beyond. From the Golden Age of comics to the year One Million, the JLA has seen it all, and in Classics on Infinite Earths: The Justice League and DC Crossover Canon from Sequart, author Julian Darius takes a look at many of these excursions. Meet me after the jump for more on this exploration of the shared universe.
A number of years ago, Avatar Press, ardent comic book publisher of the gross and distasteful, released a four issue mini series by acclaimed writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and fine-tuned illustrator, Jacen Burrows called Neonomicon.
That horror genre title, based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, has since gone down in infamy (or, to some, just in flames) due to its use of the comic book medium and the gratuitous depiction of its story. Some are enthusiastic fans of it, others would raise their pitchforks and torches.
And now, nearly five years later, comes its sequel, Providence.
Follow me after the jump for the horrific scoop!
Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week, we return with our first new episode of 2015 and we’re talking about just about everything, but mostly comics. There was a lot to catch up on after two weeks of literal silence. See and hear more after the jump.