sci-fi writers often have a good deal of time on their hands

Another classic of the intarweb, the essay “Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex” by Larry Niven:

What arouses Kal-El’s mating urge? Did kryptonian women carry some subtle mating cue at appropriate times of the year? Whatever it is, Lois Lane probably didn’t have it. We may speculate that she smells wrong, less like a kryptonian woman than like a terrestrial monkey. A mating between Superman and Lois Lane would feel like sodomy-and would be, of course, by church and common law.

…geez, way to overthink it, Larry.


spiderman 3 trailer


Spiderman 3 Trailer here!

Nah, just kidding. It’s actually here. And, it looks pretty darn good, even if for whatever reason it completely ignores the real story behind how Spidey got his black suit*.


*The last part of that sentence should of course be read in your interior “Comic Book Guy” voice, which honestly is the way I hope you read the entire site. Worst. Footnote. Ever!

adventures of action item

I’ve met people that talk like this. Seriously, it’s awful. On a side note, Neil McAllister, the creator of this strip, is a really great guy. A while back, I asked him what comic lettering font he used for this and it turns out it was a font he made himself — then he sent it to me and I’ve been using it ever since. Thanks, Neil, you rock.


i love the kate bush cameo the most

This is simply glorious.

You know, to some extent, I miss the days of passionate but incompetent fan publication. If you look at early role-playing games, they were total labors of love, created by people without the skills to create them. The passion came through, though. Likewise, the fanzines of days past. A shitty web page just doesn’t have the “labored for hours at my kitchen table” feel.