YABS Month is catching on all over the world! Panhandlers in Peking and trollops in Tennessee just can't wait for more YABS. The cry is overwhelming, at least in my head, but it's noisy in there all the time, really.
To keep from sounding like I actually have a clue what's going on in the industry, or indeed, in the world, here are my bottom five most-hated Yabs--by me, that is.
1) HUGH JACKMAN CONVERSATION (May 8th)
I loathe this. If it didn't have Nutbag King, it wouldn't have a decent gag in it. And even the letters of people who thought it was a real conversation didn't cheer me up.
2) INTERVENTION (Gary Groth tries to stop a kid from buying Marvel Comics) (Feb. 7th)
This is just a mess. I do like some of the gags and the outrage, but it doesn't go anywhere or do anything. I got roasted for it at the Comics Journal message board. I did enjoy that, really. Fun. I'll do it again sometime just for that, no kidding.
3) X-MEN VS. DR. LAURA (July 17th)
She's so repulsive that I thought it'd be funny to have her be anti-mutant as well. Boy, was I wrong.
4) The JSA. (April 3rd)
My brilliant gag? They're old. Man, I don't care WHOSE toes I step on!
5) Miss Manners (May 22nd)
This was a lot funnier when I was drunk. Which I never am, dammit, although I wish I had that excuse for this one. Gag!
My suggestion is that no one read these. EVER.
However, the GOOD news is I have several yabs I still like a lot! This one is one of my favorites, and I love how it builds slowly. I'm certain a lot of people quit before getting to the payoff. But the stuff at the end always makes me laugh.
Two interesting facts: First, Joey Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti, who were responsible for getting Garth Ennis to write Punisher, both liked this one, and Joey printed out a copy for Garth to read. Evidently Garth is net-shy or something. Anyway, being a huge fan of Garth's work, it was great to get a personal note back from him saying how much he enjoyed it. He also hinted that SOMETHING in this YABS actually is very similar to something that's going to happen in his series. I'm not making that up. I have no idea what he meant, but I'm waiting to see.
Second, this piece begins with a quote from a fairly obscure Eno song, called BLANK FRANK. I mean, I love that album, but I don't think it made many top ten lists of sales anywhere. Steven Grant, the writer who gave the Punisher his real name, wrote and told me that that EXACT song was the inspiration for naming the character "Frank."
I think that's weird.
October is YABS month here at CBR! Each week we'll be giving away a copy of Simpsons #50 which features the first published work of YABS author Gail Simone, signed by Gail herself! On the final week of YABS month we'll give away a copy of Simpsons #50 signed by many of the contributors to this issue (names to be announced later).
To enter all you have to do is register with CBR. If you already have an account with CBR, then you're already entered. Just make sure that your e-mail address on file is correct. We'll announce our first winner shortly.
The Punisher Returns February 28th, 2000
February 14th, 2000
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