Wind Power!

Japanese men in body sling swimsuits

Don’t be hypocrites! You have your own ugly men in body slings.

The Japanese do a lot of silly things. Some of them we just don’t understand. We know a lot of our readers like anime and manga (and some not so stable ones like the bizarre fetish-porn that  scares the shit out of us). Many of them like cosplay (OK, we actually think cosplay can be pretty cool – again, without the creepy stuff). The stereotype of crazy camera clicking tourists are true (prove us wrong). Almost everything in Japanese cinema and TV shows involves a lot of yelling and over-the-top antics. Their version of Mr. Rogers involves a train that turns into a massive robot when its horn toots, and Rogers-san screaming “Satsumaimo” indiscriminately and frequently throughout the show. He does wear sweaters but he also wears a schoolgirl skirt. But when it comes to innovation in technology, they’ve got some real stuff going on.

Jim Carrey and Sacha Baron Cohen are weirdos

Ah,but you are wrong (speaking as Americans). Jim Carrey is Canadian and Sacha Baron Cohen is English. We don’t claim them.

We have always been fascinated by wind power and wonder why it has struggled to find a substantial space at the energy production table.  Sure, sure, oil and coal try to crowd everyone out, but they can’t do so indefinitely and there are plenty of places where the investment is sustainable energy is already practical today.

Glenn Beck criticizes alternative energy pundits

Don’t have much wind power in your area? No problem, we’ll send you Glenn Beck. He actually expels a lot of hot air out both ends.

So, anyway, the Japanese are at it again. This idea has been in development for a few years, so we’re hoping it works as well as projected and that it comes to fruition soon. Aren’t they cool?! Imagine one of these off your coastline or in the fields behind your house.

Japanese concept of wind les turbines

Wind lens turbine grid off the coast of Japan

Anime girls love sustainable energy and they think you should too!

There are those that are opposed to wind turbines. Some bitch about birth deaths (which is a legitimate but highly over-rated concern that can be addressed by some basic problem solving) and unsightly views (c’mon, really?). Here are our takes on these issues:

  • Even if the numbers of wind turbines increased ten fold, they would still kill substantially fewer birds than your damn house cat and his buddy in the alley. Reign in your cats and support programs to take care of and reduce feral/homeless felines instead of shaking your fists at the skies. Bats and sea birds are other concerns but studies show that placements and types of wind turbines can significantly reduce the number of deaths. And don’t underestimate the power of species adaptation.
  • Seriously? Get over yourselves. Smog and polluted land or water are supposedly more attractive? It’s subjective we suppose, but there is an incredible elegance and artistically sublime power that we see when we look at wind turbines. Regardless, they certainly aren’t ugly to anyone but the tasteless. There, we said it.

As for another not-so-whacky idea, we’d love to see a program that captures wind power in urban areas. Most cities are net energy consumers by far. Wouldn’t it be nice to initiate full blown (ha!) programs like roof-top gardens, buildings skinned with solar collection panels, and …  wind turbines between buildings. Seriously, have you walked around the corner of a skyscraper and been virtually knocked to the ground? The buildings create incredible wind tunnels that could easily rotate turbine arms.

Spider-man falling from the skyThe only downsides to this plan that we can think of are (a) pigeons would die by truckload (which may not be a bad thing if one considers that there are so many of the birds that they could feed the homeless and office workers that like street vendor food, thereby also reducing reliance on resource consuming transport of foods from outside the cities), and (b) Spider-man would have to be much more careful.

What do you think? Wind power thumbs up? Wind power thumbs down?

Awesome Red Comic Book Covers, because … why not?

The color RedWe like red. There, we’ve said it. Out of the bag, it is.  Here are some of our favorite comic book covers that are soaked in red. What a beautiful color.

Amazing Spider-man #50: Iconic image. Our pick for best Spider-man cover. Yes, ever. What’s inside? 1st appearance of Kingpin and a soul searching that leads Peter Parker to throw away his suit and figure he is done with vigilantism for good.  Of course, he is sucked back in because — “WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY!”

Amazing Spider-man

The Avengers #57: Pretty much as red as you can get. No other colors on this cover other than black and white and they only serve as shadow and light respectively. What’s inside? The 1st appearance of The Vision (who is a very cool character … most of the time).

First appearance of The VIsion

Frank Miller’s Ronin # 1: Frank Miller’s art took a weird turn in Ronin. His personal project was pretty far out there compared to the more mainstream work he had done on Daredevil. We were already fans when we picked up Ronin as back issues because The Dark Knight Returns had just come out and we wanted to find anything by Frank that we could get our hands on. Anyway, besides the billowing eastern get-up, we like the look of this cover with all the thatching and, of course, the wonder color red.

Frank Miller, comic book

Mage: The Hero Discovered #10: Issue number 7 of Mage was the first comic book we ever bought. The maxi-series is still one of our favorites. The technology today is so much more advanced than in 1985, but the vibrancy of the four-color printing on Baxter paper that was the rage in the 1980s blew us away. This issue also has a lot of red in it and for that we are grateful.

Matt Wagner, Comico, and Mage

Punisher War Zone #1: The 1990s was the Dreadful Decade of the Gimmick. We will write a future post on that but suffice it to say that after a fantastic run of experimental, creator-driven stories and art in the 1980s, the early 1990s were all about the collectability side of the comic book hobby. Pure garbage was coming out right and left and in order to hook the consumer, comic book publishers turned to technologies that were already making an impact on the ugly step-sister of the collectibles hobby (sports cards) for flash and pizzazz that they hoped would compensate for the terrible stories inside. Covers often became the only reason to buy a comic book. Chromium and lenticular surfaces were big “wows” as were die cuts like this comic. Of course, the prices jumped like crazy for the increasingly not-so-special “special” books. The $2.25 price tag on this issue was a dollar more than the average cover price in 1992 when this was released. That was a lot back then. Anyway, we have to admit we really liked this cover. Still do.

The Punisher War Zone (1992 series)

Mister X Volume 3 #4: This comic book came to our attention because we had fallen in love with Stig’s Inferno and since Vortex was the publisher of both, there was an ad for Mister X in one of the Inferno issues. It was some of the most stylish stuff we’d seen to date and the covers were fantastic. Later, the rights to the series migrated to Caliber Comics. We bought those issues but still haven’t read them – no idea why, just haven’t. Anyway, this is one of many good covers and it’s also our favorite of the outstanding red ones (Volume 1 #1 and Volume 1 #12 (the later of which is our favorite cover overall by creator Dean Motter) are also fantastic). Take a look at all of the covers in this gallery.

Mister X in Caliber Comics

Rocketeer Adventures #2: This is a reprint of Dave Stevens’ fan-favorite comic book from the 1980s. We love the art, the stories, and we are even proud to admit we love the Rocketeer movie (even though it was Disney-fied). This gorgeous Art Deco cover demonstrates why the Rocketeer is a comic worth admiring.

IDW publisher, Rocketeer

So, there you have it. This was just a small snapshot of some fantastic red-colored covers that we love. Which one do you like best? You’re welcome to comment on other red covers you really like.

Thank you and good night!

Peter Parker is dead. Or is he?

Amazing Spider-manOK, it’s so cliché, we shouldn’t oughta even do this post, but since when has Comics A-Go-Go! shied away from tepid controversy and blatantly lazy journalism?

Peter Parker died recently in issue #700. Up next? Doc Ock takes the reigns as the latest clone-tastic iteration of our favorite webslinger. Apparently he enters Parker’s body in some sort of mind transfer thing or something. Mary Jane Watson gains 80 pounds (which, if rumors are correct, is to prep movie audiences for Christina Hendricks‘ casting as Mary Jane in the Amazing Spider-man movie sequel). Aunt May is resuming her romance with Otto but is secretly plotting his murder. George Bernard Shaw makes a guest appearance. And Ambush Bug crosses over from DC and saves the universe again.

Superior Spider-man #1

Peter meet Otto. Otto meet Peter. OK, discuss.

Sooooo, let’s see what you think about all of this.

Spider-man TV show 1978

After the arrest, Peter spent time as Kingpin’s bitch in prison. How’s that for a storyline?

What about the possibility that Peter Parker truly is a goner? Well, not likely since he is already not dead-dead. His spirit-essence thing is bopping around somewhere vowing to make a return. So it’s really just a matter of when, right? OK, let’s see if y’all are deluded.


Don’t fret, little ones. Spider-man has “died” many times.

And, who’s the mamacita that would best work her magic as the inimitable Mary Jane Watson?

Mary Jane Watson

Well, it would certainly be an interesting twist, now wouldn’t it?

Peter, Peter, Villain Beater,
Had a wife that was a cheater;
He put her in a web cocoon,
and might not let her out ’til June.

Peter Parker, fare thee well, you old soul. See you soon in the funny papers.

Spider-man, Death of Peter Parker

And here’s your bonus: The Amazing Spider-man #700 Variant Cover by Joe Quesada.

Joe Quesada, Spider-man