Saturday, April 18, 2009

Strange Feelings, with Barry Allen

If you're new to Barry Allen, you may not know that he was famous for finding himself in strange situations... strange even for a DC superhero in the Silver Age.

But even in the strangest of situations, Barry seldom lost his composure, and faced his role as a lightning rod for Silver Age lunacy with remarkable acceptance and equanimity. A perfect example is one of his most famous quotes:

"I've got the strangest feeling I'm being turned into a puppet."
Yes, Barry; that is certainly one of the strangest feelings. But there are others...

"I've got the strangest feeling...I'm being characterized as an enormous geek."

He works in a lab. He talks to himself. About comics books. While drinking milk. With a straw. All this you know before you even see him. What more could they do, put him in a bow-tie?

"I've got the strangest feeling...
I'm under attack from surrealism in comics."

The second you let down your guard, BANG! You're the center of a paranoid delusion about inanimate objects, specifically, the traveling staircases from many a surrealist joke book ("A traveling staircase goes into a bar, and when the watch melted, the chicken died.")

"I've got the strangest feeling...Zahi Hawass is going to kick my ass."

I sure hope Barry has Josh Bernstein's number; now, that's a Brave & the Bold issue I want to see!

"I've got the strangest feeling...
I'm in a Katsushika Hokusai painting."

Now, that is one classy swipe.

"I've got the strangest feeling...
I should be wearing a red handkerchief in my back pocket."

Who knew that Barry had given the FFA (um... that's...Flash Fans of America, for you kiddies) its slogan, "If you can't fit a keyhole, make it fit you"?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Things That Made Me Happy...

in my comics this week.

  • Wait... David Seville is Armenia's UN ambassador? That actually makes sense.
  • Well, there's the line where Kryptonian tough love turns to just plain bad parenting.
  • Acorns? How very... thematic.
  • Arkillo's necklace.
  • Aquaman brings his trident to UN meetings? Probably in case the Australia rep gets out of line.
  • *Giggle*! You can't "decimate each and every"; do DC writers no longer own dictionaries?
  • Ah, the elegant simplicity of the Gamma Gong.
  • Ah... Sinestro's daughter! Interesting.
  • Hey, is Oracle's friend the guy who posed for the Big Belly Burger logo?
  • Flash, the World's Fastest Statue.
  • Fear keeps the Daxamites in check ... just as it always has.
  • Step by step we get closer to her walking again.
  • Kangaroos that say "HOLA!"
  • Giant ants. Always a winner.
  • Blue Man Group. Heh.
  • An autographed picture of Starro...?!
  • 7734. Clever.
  • That's a big snake. A really BIG snake.
  • Nice to see Kanjar Ro get some sweet, sweet octopus love.
  • Attempt raped of paraplegics. Always a winner.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Benefit Party for Kids and Soldiers in Hospital

Next Wednesday, April 22, Big Monkey is having a benefit party to raise money for donating comic books to the ailing children and soldiers in two local D.C. hospitals.

For every dollar raised (either through purchases or direct donations), Big Monkey will match with an equivalent amount of merchandise sent to Children's Hospital and Walter Reed Army Hospital. Help give hundreds of comics and toys -- and hours of needed enjoyment -- to those in need.

Meet new characters, both real and fictional! And the Big Monkey staff will be on hand to find you comics and graphic novels you'll love. Catering by Harryfeatures, music by Big Monkey Radio. The party is from 7PM to 10PM at Big Monkey (1722 14th St. NW Washington DC; that's on 14th between R & S, near the U St. metro station).

IF YOU CAN'T ATTEND BUT STILL WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CAUSE, you can PayPal a donation to with a message saying that it's for the benefit... we'll add it to the tally!

The Evite to the Party.
The Facebook Page for the Party.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Vibe: The Musical


Break-dancing sensation,
every little step he takes
thrilling combination,
every move that he makes

One smile and suddenly nobody else will do

You know you'll never be lonely with you-know-who

moment in his presence
and you can forget the rest

For the boy is second best to none, son

Oooh! Sigh! Give him your attention

Do I really have to mention
he's the one

He walks into a room and you know he's
uncommonly rare, very unique

peripatetic, poetic and chic

He walks into a room and you know from his
maddening poise, easy elan

thrilling combination,
every move that he makes
he's a special man)


Can't help all of his qualities extolling

Loaded with charisma is my
jauntily, sauntering, ambling, shambler

Vibe, and you know you must

Shuffle along, join the parade
he's the quintessence of making the grade
This is whatcha call trav'ling!

Oh strut your stuff!

Can't get enough!

Ooh! Sigh! Give him your attention

Do I really have to mention

Vibe's the one!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Pep 14: I think the blind guy nodded off

Okay, let's go down the Pep Cover checklist, shall we?

  • Yellow background?
  • Pulp-style posing and grimacing?
  • Thematic setting?
  • Dusty flying through the air?
  • Odd muddle of male villains, masked or hooded?
  • Threatening phallic weapons, suggestively poised?
  • The Shield grape-vining in from Stage Right with his Ready To Hit You pose?
  • Random lady strapped down and in danger?
  • Promo for strangely irrelevant co-feature?


But, wow... helpless blind guy in wheelchair? Now that's over the top!