Week Links

The Baldo strip for Jan. 21st, online at the GoComics site, is such a pure joke that I had to jot down a reminder to share it. While I'm a tireless proponent of the fact that the comics medium is founded on sequential graphics, and the silent panel in this strip demonstrates beautifully how much of the writing in comics is inherent in the artwork, the words here are also as essential as they are spare.

Image © 2012 and characters 
TM Baldo Partnerships.

For those of you seeing this post in truncated form via the blog's main page or a search return, by the way, I direct your attention to the labels in the footer below so that you have an idea of what's yet to come after the break.

The downside to my switch to the "jump" format a year ago is this: I worry that
 whenever I've posted a catch-all "Quick Hits" piece the pre-jump segment having so little relation to subjects in the post-jump remainder may not dawn on readers skimming the blog who don't care a whit about the Muppets but would love Michael T. Gilbert's use of Richie Rich to parody the preciousness of late-'90s highbrow comics — to use an example from a few months ago.

Maybe I'll put a reminder in the sidebar, because I hope to do more survey posts like this one even as I take a break from more in-depth posts later this year. I know, I've been threatening to do that for a while now, and other than some spells when I haven't been able to blog I've not really made good on it, but the time is coming. If — and it's a big if — I can refrain from contextualizing the links too much or going off on tangents, I plan to make "Week Links" a regular feature down the road. The posts won't entirely be made of links relevant to the past or coming week, and they almost certainly won't actually be weekly in a dedicated fashion, but I'm going to aim for a mixture of the zeitgeist, oddball stuff of the moment, and links that have been languishing on my laptop.

To wit:

Image © year of creation Warner Bros. Entertainment.

I came across this pièce de perplexité after clicking on a bad link at the French Warner Bros. site last month for my review of The Artist. Of course the studio probably has an "Error 404 / Page Not Found" message spelled out like the Hollywood sign in English on its domestic site, and that would be a moment's amusement at best; versions of the most mundane things in other languages than one's own, however, even if they're somewhat familiar, are always so much stranger. Non?

Photo: Mary Ellen Matthews for NBC Universal LLC © 2012.

And speaking of French, I've had a brief Slate piece in which Tarran Killam discusses the origins of "Les Jeunes de Paris" sitting around for about a year.

"Les Jeunes" is a recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live that returned in last night's episode hosted by Zooey Deschanel. And — spoiler warning if you haven't seen it — speaking of The Artist, Jean Dujardin popped up in character as George Valentin in that very sketch.

There aren't any clips from the episode up yet at NBC's Saturday Night Live site or the show's Hulu page, but when there are I'll update this post to link directly to the better ones [Done!] — including "Les Jeunes de Paris" (which, as much as I loved its randomness at first, was really only worth reviving this time for the surprise guest appearance), the double shot of Nicolas Cage on Weekend Update, and "Bein' Quirky with Zooey Deschanel". Most of the episode's offerings just sat there, all the more painful thanks to Deschanel's game performance and the choice bits that really did hit the mark: the "decency strap" in Piers Morgan Tonight; Bill Hader as Clint Eastwood saying "Pizza! Pizza!"; Deschanel's part in the old-time newspaper sketch; and the entirety of "Bein' Quirky". The latter featured Abby Elliiot as Deschanel, Killam doing Michael Cera, Kristen Wiig reprising her Bjork, and Deschanel hilariously channeling Mary-Kate Olsen.

Strip © 2011 Kevin Kobasic.

The above is the first three panels of a four-panel strip at Kevie's Metal Shop. You have to click on over for the punchline. And then you have to click around the blog some more to take in the breadth of Kevin Kobasic's art. I met Kevin a couple of years ago at the Nik at Nite dinner in Manhattan that brought together the visiting Nikki Stafford and some of her regional commenters, only to discover that long before blogging was a thing we were just two degrees of separation apart — or maybe one, but I don't think you count yourselves — in the real world, back when Kevin worked at Marvel Comics and I was a fledgling stringer for Comics Buyer's Guide who interviewed his senior editor.

Entertainment Weekly's Inside Movies blog, incidentally, recently posted Lucas's actual take on the gamble that was the making of Star Wars.

Image © 2009 Ron Frenz, unless work-for-hire, and featuring 
characters TM DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and the Estate of Jack Kirby.

Finally, I came across this nifty mock wraparound cover to The Official Handbook of the Jack Kirby Universe drawn by Ron Frenz. The commission is viewable at a larger size over at the ComicArtFans site with comments from its owner.

Enjoy your Sunday and hug your loved ones, folks!


Joan Crawford said...

Aw! Pink and hearts! Happy Valemtimes, Blam!

El Qué said...

Ha ha ha! I love the human heart!

Blam said...

What can I say? I'm a romantic. 8^)

Teebore said...

Most of the episode's offerings just sat there, all the more painful thanks to Deschanel's game performance and the choice bits that really did hit the mark

I won't get into it too much here so as not to step on the toes of my post, but it appears I was much more forgiving of this week's SNL than either you or Dr. Bitz. Though perhaps my enjoyment of the good stuff (like the moments you singled out) just washed out the stuff that didn't work so well...

Arben said...

I'm not the world's biggest Ron Frenz fan, but that Kirby OHOTMU-style cover is pretty awesome.