I'm holding onto these issues. Phantom Lady appears, in a very sensible 1990s bicycle shorts style outfit. Hooray for sensible costumes. Given that Phantom Lady was often half naked and tied up in the 1940s, this is a real advance.
DC Comics' Damage brings teen superhero angst together wih explosive powers... Powers so explosive the caused the big bang at Zero Hour. Maybe it's me, but I find the characterization flat. I am also biased against zero-hour comics, I think.
The dying days of Crossgen were not fertile. I will never find #1 of this series, and #2-4 feel like 1970s military sci fi with a chick headliner. I'm sure I would enjoy it more had I issue #1. But i do not.
The public library is the perfect source for a TV show like this -- one I would not pay for via cable or DVD. Anna Paquin's character is empty and purposeless. Bill is empty and motiveless.
But the real wonder of the show is not the vampires, werewolves, or sex. It is the very deep suffusion of southern culture into the fabric of the show. Frankly, I can't believe a show this Southern is on TV.
Were these movies made for TV? They look and feel like it. And like all TV art in the 1970s and 1980s, everything awesome about Cap in these movies is about his ability to ride a vehicle. His shield is redone as clear and red concentric circles so it can serve as a windshield for his motorbike. And he spends more time in dramatic chases on that motorbike than he spends pounding baddies.
But mostly, this Obie shows that a baby boomer is not a likely fit as a Cap. This Cap wants to discover himself with all the language that my mother used to talk about finding herself. It isn't Cap, for me. But this DVD stays in the collection -- as a cautionary tale.
Steve Gerber sometimes offers hamfisted social critique. The issues I have of this series promise something more -- an exploration if gender, race, Columbine... This is a keeper, at least until I can read the whole series...
The climactic Obie, the Avengers, was awesome in every way a fanboy would dream. Characters who were flat and cipher-like in earlier movies (Tnor, Captain America) or frankly overdetermined by aspirations beyond their reach (the Hulk should smash, damn it) were brought into dynamic, lively, energetic interplay. This is Joss Whedom's gift, to be sure.
The Iron Man movies were richest in their characterization. How much of that is the genius of casting an actor who feels palpably like character he plays.
These DVDs will not be watched every month, probably one once a year, as a new movie in the franchise comes out, but they are core collection.
This comic has real potential -- it touches all my sentimental chords in terms of a worldwide super-powered team. I enjoyed the possibilities it holds. I'll keep issues #1 and hope to find #2 and up in quarter bins.
This Dark Horse comic is rich with occultism, and Kelley Jones has an organic, fleshy style that makes demons seem real and tangible and absolutely gross. There is a certain "1970s Creepy Magazine" feel to the art, even, that resonates badly with me.
It's by sheer accident that I watch this show on Mondays on broadcast TV. It stars at least three geek-tv Asians (Asian actors from Lost and Heroes; Asian Actress from Battlestar Galactica), but this is not geek-tv. It's all about hypermasculinities in an exotic locale. So I watch with a book open on my lap. When the lead actors are on the screen, I read. When the supporting cast is up, so are my eyes.
I love the acorn obsessed Scrat, but Sid stole my heart in this movie. He's a fun loving sloth who knows how to encourage others but yet also seeks the approval of others. The Fire King scenes were a delight even though the little ones try and sacrifice Sid. But, there can't be a movie without some sort of suspense. The "food, wonderful food" singing vultures were also a favorite as they stalk the animals traveling towards higher ground. Overall, I give Ice Age: Meltdown a B+. --kvtb
I wish I liked this. I enjoy the indy, real-life vibe. But I can't get the complete story, and I can't enjoy the anthropomorphism in the black & white art. I want it to be a funny comic. I know, I know, similar arguments are made about comics I love (Maus), but in this comic, I can't look past it.
As I purge my collection of stuff I'll never want to read again, let me start here. I have mostly ceased collecting Marvel comics after Civil War (the special event of several years back), but occasionally take a chance on mini-series.
This series fails because:
1. It depends on nostalgia recollection of comics from the 1980s and 1990s to generate motivation or conflict.
2. It reintroduces a family member entirely for the purpose of dramatically threatening their life.
3. All told, then, characterization is minimal, and plot is simplistic.
“A Broader Understanding of the Ethics of Listening: Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Media Studies and the Ethical Listening Subject.” International Journal of Listening 23.1 (2009): 7-20.
William Keith and David Beard. “What’s the Warrant for Warrants: Toulmin’s Rhetorical Logic.” Philosophy & Rhetoric 41.1 (2008): 22-50.
“On the Apocalyptic Columbine” (with Joshua Gunn). Southern Communication Journal 68:3 (Spring 2003) 198-216.
“On the Apocalyptic Sublime” (with Joshua Gunn). Southern Communication Journal 65:4 (Summer 2000) 269-286.
"Paul Virilio and the Mediation of Perception and Technology" (with Joshua Gunn). Enculturation 4.2 (Fall 2002).
Refereed Book Chapters
“Communicating with Audiences.” Contract signed for chapter in anthology with NCTE Press (edited by Brian Fehler et al).
“Rhetoric: A Multidisciplinary Major.” Chapter in anthology with USUP Press (edited by Greg Giberson, et al).
“Historiography and the Study of Rhetoric” (with Dr. Arthur Walzer). The Sage Handbook of Rhetorical Studies. Eds. Andrea A. Lunsford, Kirt H. Wilson, and Rosa A. Eberly. Los Angeles, Sage, 2009. 13-34.
“Rhetorical Theory: Major Figures in the Aristotelian Tradition” (with Dr. Arthur Walzer). Coming of Age: The Advanced Writing Curriculum. Eds. Linda K. Shamoon, Rebecca Moore Howard, Sandra Jamieson, and Robert A. Schwegler. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook 2000.
“More than 100 Years of Rhetoric at the University of Minnesota.” Composition Forum 18 (Summer 2008).
David Beard and Katelyn Vo Thi-Beard. “Rethinking the Book: New Theories for Readers’ Advisory.” Reference and User Services Quarterly 47.4 (Summer 2008): 331-335.
“Silver Age in Hidden Places: The Other Origin of Brainiac” (with Katelyn Hoa Vo Thi-Beard). International Journal of Comic Art 9.2 (Fall 2007).
“Out of the Aerie Realm of the Intellectual Firmament.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 93.3 (2008): 349-351.
“Diamond Data as Public Relations Tool.” The Comics Journal 283.
“Rhetorical Criticism, Holocaust Studies, and the Problem of Ethos” (A reply to “Ethos, Witness, and Holocaust ‘Testimony’” by Michael Bernard-Donals). JAC 20 (Fall 2000): 949-956 (see http://jac.gsu.edu/toc204.htm).
"Interchange (More Thoughts about Developing Quality Scholarship in Technical Communication)" ATTW Bulletin 8:2 (Spring 1998): 7.
Review of Making Sense of Political Ideology by Bernard Brock, et al., for Review of Communication. In press.
Review of Composition and the Rhetoric of Science by Michael Zerbe for Review of Communication. In press.
Review Essay on Daniel Gross’s Secret History of Emotion and Heidegger and Rhetoric. In Rhetoric Society Quarterly 2008): 109-112.
Review of Poetic Healing by Mark Huglen and Basil B. Clark, with an afterward by Bernard Brock. In Quarterly Journal of Speech 92:2 (2006): 232-235.
Review of Internal Rhetorics by Jean Nienkamp. In Rhetoric and Public Affairs 6:1 (Spring 2003): 206-208.
Review of Reading the Vampire Slayer: An Unofficial Critical Companion to Buffy and Angel edited by Roz Kaveney In Popular Communication 1:3 (2003): 189 – 191.
Review of Fearless Speech by Michel Foucault. In Rhetoric Society Quarterly (Summer 2002): 99-103.
Review of the anthologies Living Rhetoric and Composition and Twentieth-Century Rhetorics and Rhetoricians for Technical Communication Quarterly 11:1 (Spring 2002): 102-104.
Review of Double Fold by Nicholson Baker. In Journal of Technical Writing and Communication (Spring 2002): 85-90.
Review of Philosophy in the Flesh by George Lakoff. In Argumentation & Advocacy 38:1 (Summer 2001): 59-61.
Review of Selling the Holocaust by Tim Cole. In Critical Studies in Mass Communication 18:1 (March 2001): 120-122.
Review of Pandora’s Hope by Bruno Latour. In Rhetoric Society Quarterly 30:2 (2000): 104-107.
Review of Scientific Discourse in Sociohistorical Context by Dwight Atkinson. In Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 30:3 (2000): 281-285.
Review of A Short Rhetoric for Leaving the Family by Peter Dimock. In Rhetoric Review 18:1 (Fall 1999): 215-218.
Review of Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings Volume 1 (1913-1926). In Quarterly Journal of Speech 84:2 (May 1998): 256-258.
Review of A Teacher's Introduction to Composition in the Rhetorical Tradition and A Teacher's Introduction to Postmodernism (NCTE Teacher’s Introduction Series). In Rhetoric Society Quarterly 27:2 (1997): 88-90 (with Matt Segaard).