Glory and gore go hand in hand
Check out this FREE comic prequel to Vikings. Join Ragnar and Rollo as they bravely fight for their father in his final battle. This battle will plant the seeds of their epic rivalry, and introduce a fierce shieldmaiden, destined to change their lives forever.
There is a comic out tomorrow with Lois Lane in the title. Hard to believe that for a character who had her own comic for 16 years, one that outsold Batman, that this would be a big deal. Lois Lane is the longest running female character in DC Comics. She made her first appearance in Action Comics #1 with Superman which means it is also her 75th anniversary this year. Here’s a look back at the comics of Lois Lane through the years.
That’s right Tina!
REMINDER: Lois Lane #1 is out today! Pick it up at your local comic store or buy it digitally!
FOX news speaks for the right
and they say Santa’s white.
They don’t care if children cry;
They just want their ratings high.
But Santa has a thousand faces,
a thousand tongues and a thousand races.
Follow my example if you choose:
Believe in Santa, not FOX news.
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The silly rhyme above - which I dashed off in under five minutes - advances an argument about which I feel strongly.
I refer not to the disgraceful way in which FOX News plays to bigots. That ground has already been adequately covered by others. No, my concern is not dog-whistle politics but doggerel verse.
The other night I was running my mouth on Twitter - as you do - and said:
This was taken as a judgment on the artistic merits of modern verse. In fact, I meant exactly what I said. No aesthetic judgments were implied at all. My opinion is not founded on any notions of literary merit, but is based purely on my sense of the current thinking in cognitive science.
While poetry has always been an art, it was also, in its earliest days, a mnemonic trick. The human memory is a vine: it thrives when it has a structure to climb, something with plenty of places for the plant to attach itself to. And a rhyme is just the thing.
Nursery rhymes may be no great stuff as art goes… but they are easy to remember. Doggerel is, in a sense, the first sticky content. ”Row, Row, Row Your Boat” isn’t exactly Ezra Pound, but no child ever forgets that life is but a dream. I delight in the verse of Jack Gilbert and return to it often. But it would require plenty of repetition and will to memorize one of his better poems, while nursery rhymes operate like earwurms. You won’t find any graduate writing courses in doggerel, but the folks who write jingles will never doubt the insidious power of a glib rhyme (better call Saul!).
The sticky nature of the simplest verse makes it an ideal way to pass along the most important information… such as the alphabet, or the notion that if you fall off a high perch, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men may not be able to reassemble the bits.
When, after World War I, poetry turned away from the sugar coating of rhyme and the adhesive aspects of form, the art truly became unmemorable in the purest sense of the word. This seems to me hardly an argument at all, but a simple statement of fact.
Perhaps it is a healthy evolution, although the species does not seem to be thriving these days, having rejected the very advantages that made it so adaptable to the changing demands of history. It is, in that sense, rather like a bird that has forgotten how to fly.
A friend argued that the time when poetry needed to serve a mnemonic purpose passed long ago, as soon as we learned to write things down. With that in mind, he seemed to suggest, simple rhyme becomes more irrelevant each day, as our machines can increasingly remember things for us.
I respectfully disagree. You are not your devices. Your memory wants to be worked. It wants to be used and the effort of applying it is as much a pleasure as free-climbing a tricky rock. You are a human being, not a human being + electronics. Relying on your apps to remember things for you is, at bottom, as regrettable as wishing you had some machines to have sex for you.
A barnacle is not the boat.
Rhyme with me and stay afloat.
Do it now before your memory’s shot,
Learn some verse and forget-me-not.
(I should add that a lot of my thinking here was informed by Joshua Foer’s delightful Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. David Orr’s Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry undoubtedly also shaped my reasoning. I highly recommend both books to anyone who might have an interest in the subject.)
I’m going to sleep
One last time, please, I place my trust in you one more time:
Venezuela is sinking. Tomorrow, cities will wake up fully militarized, and goodness only knows what will happen to anyone who dares to go out. Please, go through all the material in the #Venezuela tag or blogs such as mine — take a look at what’s been going on!
People are dying. Please stop and help us. Get the word out, make sure that the evidence is where it cannot be destroyed. Talk to people about this. Make it part of your day.
Don’t let us vanish into the night, forgotten. Too many have already died. One was more than enough, too many.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNYhQ936MCg — “How do you sleep when your neighbors are dying outside?” (TW: graphic death, death.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0HF9WxQYCQ — Attack in Altamira
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYO9pE3A1ss — National Guard vandalizes and attacks houses
http://socialredemption.tumblr.com/post/77179818479/urb-el-bosque-en-valencia-algunas-personas — Wounded by collectives. TW Blood
PLEASE STOP AND REBLOG. Please help us!!
Time’s Peña Nieto ‘Saving Mexico’ Cover Sparks Confusion, Outrage
Mexicans respond mockingly to ridiculous Time Magazine cover story
Under the banner of “Saving Mexico,” Time Magazine has put Enrique Peña Nieto on the cover of its February 24 international edition.
Many who first saw the cover this morning responded with, “Is this a joke?” When people realized it wasn’t, it unleashed a backlash in Mexico and from Mexicans throughout the world toward Time and the cover story’s author, Michael Crowley.
“It’s the hot new emerging market. But can President Peña Nieto and his team of reformers really turn their country around?”, asks Time. The answer: not with Peña Nieto. And definitely not by further liberalizing Mexico’s natural resources.
The “Mexico Moment” meme is old and tired. Pushing Mexico as the “hot new emerging market” confirms what many predicted would happen with Peña Nieto’s privatization of PEMEX: The foreign press would shower EPN with accolades, create a bubble, cash in and then wait for the economic crisis to hit in order to buy even more of Mexico at a lower price.
The Mexican people, however, have lived through one too many Mexico Moments are now wise to this game. Here are some of the best “portadas verdaderas” that we’ve seen in response to Time’s cover.
The bottom image of the autodefensa grandmother holding a rifle is, we feel, the most accurate response of them all. Mexico’s people are saving themselves!
Wonder Woman & The Mad Hatter
A wild Falcon appears!
The amazingly talented Dan Mora has signed on as the artist for my upcoming comic, Quixote. Check out this Wonder Woman process piece of his. This guy is incredible
Biker Wonder Woman!
Jon Stewart compares the media’s treatment of Justin Bieber and Rob Ford to the treatment of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
by Kim Nguyen
Os animais humanizados
That time the DCU Went Dancing
It’s old school costume time as much of the DCU goes out dancing in this piece by J. Lonergan. I don’t think I’ve ever like Aquaman more.