Week Links


If some of these links seem more appropriate to last week, it's because that's when they were scheduled to appear.



Jennifer Lawrence, who stars in some movie out now, stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman on Mar. 20th for an absolutely delightful appearance. You should play the full episode over at CBS's website even if you only want to watch her sit-down, which begins at the 15-minute mark, because the video snippets also found there don't cover her entire segment.

Malted Media: Quick Hits


Great poster, huh?

Snazzy poster for 'The Walking Dead' of a woman in an evening gown set full-figure against the giant looming head of Boris Karloff

I came across it while looking up AMC's The Walking Dead via my MacBook's Dictionary app, which as I've mentioned before can be set to include Wikipedia in its searches if you're online. The 1936 Warner Bros. film of the same name, starring Boris Karloff, has no relation to the television series or the comics on which it's based.

Lack of a Peel


DC's new logo began appearing on publications released last Wednesday, Mar. 7th. It replaces what officially was called the DC Spin, introduced in 2005 to succeed the long-lived DC Bullet.

new DC Comics logo, with blue D peeling away from black C (or something)

New websites were also unveiled for DC Comics and parent company DC Entertainment. And the DC Nation block of programming that now runs on Cartoon Network from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, which debuted on Mar. 3rd, is likewise branded with — as it came to be known soon after news broke on Jan. 13th of DC's trademark filing — the DC Peel.

I don't love the thing.

Week Links


This week's links are all to video clips, due in part to my breaking some other material out for later posts.



First up is a celebration of the news that Community returns to NBC this coming Thursday, March 15th. I'd call it one of the most intelligent sitcoms ever made even if that bar wasn't so incredibly low.

Its return from hiatus is being celebrated with a 3-part animated Web exclusive titled "Abed's Master Key". Part One, Part Two, and Part Three — each just a couple of minutes long, and the last with a reference to cast member and The Descendants co-screenwriter Jim Rash's 2012 Oscars moment — are online via both NBC's and Hulu's Community pages, but I've linked to Hulu since they're currently ad-free there.

Super Twos Day


I was hoping to make this month a March of Comics like I did back in 2009 and like I tried to do in 2010.

All sorts of stuff has conspired against that. But since nothing cheers me up like reading, looking at, and talking about comic books, and because I've been in need of such cheer lately, here's a Cover Album of second issues in DC Comics' family of Superman titles — with links as usual to records at The Grand Comics Database, also the source of most credits.

Super Tuesday has come and gone. Now it's Super Twos Day!

Superman #2 (Fall 1939)

First issues tend to get all of the attention, even if they're not particular landmarks in terms of character introductions and origins. Second issues are much less embedded in comics fandom's collective memory, so it can be fun to look at the covers that came right after the covers we often know so well. How many times have you seen the above cover to the original Superman #2 from August 1939?

Outside the Box


The word-verification system isn't the only thing that Blogger has changed lately. I've complained to the service — with no acknowledgement so far — about the new stand-alone comments page as well. 

For one thing, it's ugly. 

For another, users can no longer subscribe to comments from it for the particular post that it covers.

For another still, the Preview layout is now crazy (although in Google's Chrome browser, which I now use as often as Safari, it's at least easy enough to bump up the page size to sidestep the wraparound problem).

Last week I switched from the stand-alone comments page to comments embedded on dedicated post pages, but that approach has its own problems. So today I switched again to the pop-up window, something that I've always found awkward but that if Blogger doesn't get its act together soon and fix some obvious bugs might be the lesser of all evils — which is itself an ironic phrase to invoke given the mantra of Blogger's parent company. You're quite welcome to share your own preferences with me, as fellow blogger or reader, either in a comment or privately via E-mail.

Update: All of the above still holds in terms of my frustration, but the blog is back to using the stand-alone comments page for now.


Indie Race




Last Saturday morning the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony was held, airing that night on IFC. Seth Rogen hosted and past host John Waters served as Voice of God.

I started this writeup a week ago, but it petered out because (a) no video was online yet and (2) life distractions were abundant.

Week Links


Do you like your movies French, artsy, black-&-white... and featuring giant sentient robots?

Well, Stephen Colbert has 30 seconds of entertainment for you. (The ad that precedes it, unfortunately, is half that length all by itself.) Mesdames et messieurs, I present Les Transformateurs: Le noir de la lune. You can watch the rest of the Feb. 27th episode after that if you like.



I've corrected Stephen's French a bit there. And the actual name under which Transformers: Dark of the Moon was released in France was Transformers: La face cachée de la lune, but don't blame me. Don't blame Colbert, either, come to think of it, since the French subtitle translates to The Dark Side of the Moon, or literally The Hidden Face of the Moon, rather than the movie's odd subtitle, so he kinda has it right.