by Jeremy DeFatta
Happy new book day, everyone! Last week marked the 60th anniversary of the Senate hearings that eventually led to the stifling of comics as a medium, so I’d like to ask for a little help in finding a lost comic book. In its own weird way, I hope this stands as a tribute to all of our losses in terms of what comics could have been for the past few decades. If we find the book I’m seeking, I hope that can stand as a symbol that what is lost in comics can be regained.
Back in the early 90s, my dad bought me my very first issue of a comic featuring Batman. Due to time and typical childhood stupidity, that book is now lost to me, when it should have an honored place in my collection today. I don’t remember a lot about the comic aside from a few art details. Batman had very long ears, as he tended to in early 90s stories.
In the comic, Batman and the Joker are both exposed to something that was likely Bane’s venom chemical or something like it. They both Hulked out and started punching each other around the city. One striking image from the comic is Batman hitting the Joker so hard he actually embeds him in the metal wall of a rooftop water tower. The only other detail I recall is the cover; it showed the Joker’s maniacally grinning face with his hands on either side of it as he tries to press his face through a rough opening in a wall.
I’ve been talking about Twitter lists since mid-February at least. And I wish I’d set them up then, but I did not. Other things to do. I set up 20 lists a couple of weeks ago, culled them down to 15 or 16, and thought really hard about what I want to do with them. Today is the day I started actually building the Twitter lists.
I made them all private before I started adding people to them. I did that because it’s weird to be the first person added to a public list, or to be on a list with fewer than 10 people. I’m going through my entire Twitter following right now. Looking at every account, and categorizing. As lists grow beyond 25, I’ll make them public again and you can all follow one another 😉
This will take days. I have a good app that displays 100 accounts at a time and makes it easy to add them to lists, but even so, it’s time-consuming. 1240 followers at 100 per page is 13 pages. I just spent three hours going through two pages.
But hey. Once it’s done, it’s done. And if I am lucky enough to keep attracting followers once I decide to start growing my account again, I’ll add most of my followers to lists as soon as I follow them back.
Once they are totally finished, I’ll explain my Twitter lists in a post so you can attempt the same trick. I believe in sharing.
I was just browsing youtube for a quick music post and found this. Leonard Cohen from the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2008.
- Overall, he’s my favorite musical artist, and his taste in suits is impeccable.
- Lots of people sing this song, but none of them sing it as well as he does.
- The organ is spectacular here.
- It’s rare to find a recorded performance that includes this many verses. This is one of the best versions I’ve seen.
Assuming the WordPress scheduler doesn’t have a hiccup, we’ll have a Batman post tomorrow morning, a Wordless Wednesday tomorrow afternoon, and my final A to Z post at The Writing Catalog tomorrow, as well.
Stay thirsty, my friends!