The first thing:
David over at The Mertiverse has a nostalgic item up today about comics and the lasting impression they've made on his life, and how he's getting to re-experience them now with his son.
The post reminded me of my own love for comics as a young boy. I was a moderate fan of the major DC and Marvel superheroes, but I mostly enjoyed those characters via the television shows, be it cartoons or live action adaptations. David did turn me on to the much more mature Punisher and I have ever been a fan of the character (come to think of it, I need to see the newest film), even going so far as to say that I enjoyed the terribly inconsistent The Punisher starring Dolph Lundgren as the title character. David is scoffing right about now, being the purist that he is, but that's okay. He can scoff all he wants. At that time it was all I had in the way of a film version of the comic vigilante, not to mention the fact that there is a really cool samurai sword fight at the end of the film! I also enjoyed the odd Cable, Green Arrow and just about any other comic I could get at our little podunk store.
But one comic that was available in great quantities at the aforementioned podunk store was Archie comics. I know, gay, huh? Well, gay or not, Archie and his innocently charming and simplistic 1950's lifestyle was quite appealing to me. Not to mention the fact that he constantly had two hot girls fighting over him. How does it get better than that?
Well, my pirate's booty of comics vanished somewhere in between moves at some point in the last few years, and I haven't really come to terms with that. There were a lot of Archie's in there, yes. But there were some pretty awesome Star Wars comics, a few Cable, Punisher War Journals, and a Spiderman mini series still sealed in the plastic (maybe David can remember which series that was). That last one was a tough hit to take.
I still read an occasional comic or graphic novel (mostly Dark Horse's Conan books), but not like I used to. Which reminds me, maybe it's time for a trip up to Dragon's Lair Comics.
Thanks for bringing back some memories, David. To check David's post on comics click here. Tell him I sent you and get a free pair of Batman Underoos. They might be tight, and a little worn. But hey, beggars can't be choosers.
The second thing:
David also brought to my attention, a few days ago, a little film that I hadn't heard of called 9. I keep my ear to the ground for stuff like this, so I was impressed that he had some info that I didn't, and I was delighted that I had a new film to add to my Netflix queue.
9 is an animated film made in 2009 by director Shane Acker and producer Tim Burton, and based on the Academy Award nominated 2005 short film of the same name by Acker. The movie features the voices of Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelley, Martin Landau, and Crispin Glover. No slouch of a cast, eh?
9 tells a story of a dystopic, post apocalyptic Earth and the relic band of mechanized rag dolls left behind by (presumably) the world's last scientist. I can't speak for the film, having not seen it yet, but you can catch the trailer below and decide for yourself if you want to see it or not.