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by markabaddon
Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:06 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Whatcha reading?
Replies: 2033
Views: 314240

The first Xanth book is the first adult book I ever read and I loved it. I would say that the first 4 books were all well done and stories that were interesting. After that, I think he was just in it for the money, as he uses the same shtick over and over and the characters devolve into caricatures....
by markabaddon
Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:56 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Comics. What are they good for?
Replies: 151
Views: 21409

Eric, if I gave Bea Arthur 20 minutes and a bottle of tequila, I would probably have a good time.....until the next morning Rob, thank you for that link to the history of the High Evolutionary. I have an old Avengers comic where the Scarlet Witch is possessed by the demon Chthon, and it provided som...
by markabaddon
Fri Jun 16, 2006 2:32 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Whatcha reading?
Replies: 2033
Views: 314240

I just finished Physics for Super Heroes, which was good, but a little long winded. Fun to see how much force it would take for Superman to jump over a building, or how big Krypton might have been. Just started Joe Haldeman's The Coming which deals with a message stating "we're coming" fro...
by markabaddon
Fri Jun 16, 2006 1:31 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Comics. What are they good for?
Replies: 151
Views: 21409

Denise Richards has never done it for me. Now fixing her up with Rachel Summers would be a pairing that would cause massive amounts of comic book geeks to pass out from dehydration. Is it me, or does it often seem like comic book creators have a fascination for redheads: Phoenix, Mary Jane, Starfire...
by markabaddon
Fri Jun 16, 2006 1:01 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Comics. What are they good for?
Replies: 151
Views: 21409

Having only wore speedos only when I trained for my first triathlon, I never felt comfortable in them. Felt a little too exposed in that outfit. Personally, rather than reminiscing about Batman's codpiece or Cosmic Boy's ambiguous outfits (thanks for bringing back that memory, Barber), I would prefe...
by markabaddon
Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cheesesteak and English Only
Replies: 21
Views: 4747

Frank, Geno's has never suffered for customers. I do not think their English only statements would really cause an increase in their business, I am more concerned about other businesses using this as a rallying point. Populism can lead towards one of two paths, but as a society we started walking do...
by markabaddon
Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:23 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Comics. What are they good for?
Replies: 151
Views: 21409

Rob, if you like Namor, you should pick up the recent Defenders mini series. They had Namor, Hulk and Dr. Strange team up and during the entire series, the team is fighting amongst themselves, with Banner and Namor getting some very good insults on each other. I need to include one hero type that I ...
by markabaddon
Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:18 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Comics. What are they good for?
Replies: 151
Views: 21409

I would probably break super heroes down slightly differently: Normal humans who have no powers but rely on their intelligence and their physical gifts to allow them to fight crime (Batman, Green Arrow) Normal humans who received super powers through an external means (Flash, Fantastic Four) Normal ...
by markabaddon
Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cheesesteak and English Only
Replies: 21
Views: 4747

Steve Barber (or as he will be referred to henceforth, Lord High Moderator), not a stupid question at all. Geno's is very much a tourist location, and I am sure both tourists and locals who cannot speak English stop by to order a cheesesteak. If menus were provided, perhaps this would not be an issu...
by markabaddon
Thu Jun 15, 2006 8:50 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Comics. What are they good for?
Replies: 151
Views: 21409

Superman is not one of my favorite characters, either, but I do think that he is unquestionably a cultural icon. Supes has been pretty stagnant lately, and I think everyone realizes it. During the Infinite Crisis mini-series, Batman (who is, and always has been my favorite), says to Superman that th...
by markabaddon
Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cheesesteak and English Only
Replies: 21
Views: 4747

Steve, your point about the tourist trade is a good one. Geno's is a tourist location and I wonder how they will react if a tour bus full of French or German tourists stops by and they hassle them about ordering in English. The owner of Geno's is seriously backtracking, as a poster mentioned, now sa...
by markabaddon
Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:50 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: #27 - On the Slab
Replies: 11
Views: 20421

There certainly are Lovecraftian elements within the story, as Kristin pointed out, but it definitely reads much differently than a Lovecraft story. My take on this is that Lovecraft provided an inspiration (a powerful being found in Providence) and then Harlan ran with it and made it uniquely his o...
by markabaddon
Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:47 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Comics. What are they good for?
Replies: 151
Views: 21409

I think Eric touches on a very valid point, namely that these super heroes represent archetypal images. Looked at from that perspective, I think that there are very valid comparisons to be made between a character like Superman and Hercules. No one, even a comic book geek like me, can honestly say w...
by markabaddon
Tue Jun 13, 2006 1:49 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: #27 - On the Slab
Replies: 11
Views: 20421

Jan, you are welcome, glad you enjoyed it. I have a feeling that I am probably the only person to have read anything hopeful in the final scene of the story. I think it comes from this tiny kernel of optimism left in my otherwise cynical body that shrieks, "If people realize they have the power...
by markabaddon
Tue Jun 13, 2006 1:39 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Comics. What are they good for?
Replies: 151
Views: 21409

Rob,

What did you think of Grant Morrison's interpretation of the X Uniforms? I personally did not really care for them, as they just looked boring. Give me the old skimpy outfits of Storm and Scarlet Witch any day.

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