• Abhay Khosla wraps up his five-part series on the recent Blue Beetle run over at Savage Critics, and asks questions that perhaps cannot be answered:
Looking back, the list of nerdy crap that I have been a dorky spazz-wad for is very, very long– but why does that stuff work on me? What does all that dopey shit have in common? Is there a grand unified field theory of dorkism that can explain why certain ideas, images, idiocies, why they’re capable of burrowing under the skins of sloppy nerds such as myself? And can that theory explain why that material consumes not just my attention, but more and more attention globally at a time when attention is such a precious commodity?
• Speaking of The Comics Journal, here are a few links of note: Steven Grant derides the Spirit Pop-Up Book; Robert Stanley Martin reviews David B’s Nocturnal Conspiracies; and some idiot blathers on and on about Pluto and 20th Century Boys. Under what rock did they find that moron?
• Johanna Draper Carlson didn’t much care for the first volume of King of RPGs: “It just all seemed loud to me, as though pushing the material further would magically make it more humorous.”
• David Welsh examines the second volume of Nightschool: “What immediately strikes me about the series is how sure-footed it is.”
• New blogger of note (at least to me): Benjamin Bailey examines the ways superhero costumes are designed in movies versus comics, and what that says about the two mediums: ” Film removes the aura from the superhero costume. The nude form is replaced with a human form that we meant to relate to.”
• Brian Heater on Rania Telgemier’s Smile: “a fairly typical coming of age story–but its precisely the book’s familiarity that lends it its power.”
• David Ferraro did not like Swans in Space: “If someone out there is looking for a manga to give their kids, I’d probably gravitate more toward the books put out through Viz’s kids line.”
• Finally, Matthew Brady plays catch-up on a few trade collections and graphic novels that came out earlier in the year.