Comic-Con Infographic, sort of

We haven’t done of these before so we decided to give it a go. We’ve seen sites that use infographics — images that pack a lot of text and graphical information into a single picture. Since we’re part of the comic book crowd,  pretty pictures accompanying our reading literature is always welcome. Anyway, our thought was to create a big ol’ stream of pictures with commentary showing what we’d seen at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. After more than an hour of flipping through images and trying to pack them into the picture, we decided to drop the commentary and let the mess speak for itself.

Here is an example of a good infographic.

Jim Lee, comic book artist

This is an example of an infographic from Haley Barbour’s website. It lacks punch.


If you been on this blog before you know how we like to kvetch about the fact that we only got Thursday and Sunday badges to the Con. Damn your eyes, comic book gods! So, anyway, these pictures are from those days. Please do not point out what we missed the other days. It will make us sullen. Maybe worse.

San Diego Comic-ConOh, yeah. Speaking about badges — wanna know what happens when you lose a badge? First, you feel sick. Then, you feel angry. Then, you feel all panicky-like. Once reason has been restored, you go to the convention center and tell Security that you need to replace a lost badge. They will smirk and direct you up the escalator and along a cordoned off path against the wall to the registration area. Once you are there, you will stand in line with a handful of other poor sods. Your turn will eventually come up and you will quickly surge to the counter where your pleading and desperate eyes will be met by cold and WGAF eyes. Only the DMV will suck more juice out of your soul (OK, the staff is actually direct but not unkind; we just need to deflect our pain to someone else. And we all know that pop culture pain is the worst kind there is. Oh, the humanity and stuff).


Hey, how are you? Say, is that your badge? ‘Cuz that’s my name too. Kind of weird, huh? Same name and … oh, will you look at that … same city! Wow, what are the odds. Well, anyway, I was wondering if you would mind very much if I pull the bottom end of your intestine out your back door and stuff it back down to connect at the top end . You know, for a poop loop-dee-loop. Give back the damn badge!

You will fill out a lost badge document explaining in as much detail as possible what happened to your badge. Then, if everything is in order, you will be issued a new badge and pay a minimum of $12 (that’s just to get a new Sunday badge; if you lose a four day badge – get out your wallet and sit down). You will be told that the first time you lose a badge, this is the process you will go through. Your information will be entered into a database. If you lose your badge again, you will be blacklisted. Meaning, no soup for you, dear boy/girl.


How should I know where it is? I can’t even remember where I put Mommy’s keys and boy is she sure sore about that. Go away! I gotta  concentrate on finding them before she sells me to the gypsies like she’s always threatening.

Why all this brouhaha? Apparently, there is a propensity among attendees to “lose” their badges into the hands of another person and then go get a new one. The Comic-Con staff is becoming much more active in its enforcement of attendee registration violations. We can only hope that wherever our badge ended up that it was not in nefarious hands. We don’t want to be black-listed because some degenerate took advantage of our good standing and used the badge for some untoward activity. Dunno, maybe like trying to get into a panel and getting pulled aside for a random check. These things are happening now, so be forewarned.  One of us didn’t know how to use a lanyard very well. He has learned.

San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con

See? This attendees on top of things. Notice the careful placement of the badge in a tightly secure and clearly visible location. No worries about a fan boy diving in after that! They’ll think about it all day, but they won’t do it.

On to the infographic thingy!


Most popular post thus far? Jimi Hendrix photographs on Pawn Stars

Photographer for Jimi HendrixThis one is surprising to us. After a Pawn Stars episode, we posted a write-up right  about an incredible collection of Jimi Hendrix photographs that came up for sale by Jimi’s personal photographer. It’s by far the most popular post. No idea why. But there you go.

Ron Raffaelli worked with Hendrix during Jimi’s heyday shooting some fantastic and oftentimes very intimate pictures of him. Ron’s accumulated a wealth of images of various rock personalities over the years and his photographs are phenomenally creative. Now that he’s in his 60’s it appears he’s ready to start making his collection available for sale. Rick Harrison from the pawn shop bought a bunch for $15,000. What we wouldn’t give to own some of those gorgeous pieces. Well, we suppose we wouldn’t give a lot since we don’t have a lot to give. Bueno. Que pena.

By the way, if you are looking for Ron’s work in general be aware that a lot of it is erotic in nature. If that sort of thing is a no-no for you, you may want to stick to our humble little post that includes a video of the “Looney Dunes” episode of Pawn Stars which shows Rick purchasing part of Ron’s Jimi Hendrix portfolio. Or you can look at an earlier post with video music links to some of Hendrix’s greatest songs.

Jimi Hendrix and the Experience

As for the popularity of other posts (or pages), here are the top 5. Just in case you wondered.

1. Pawn Stars: Jimi Hendrix photographs (according to the stats, this one shows no signs of letting up)

2. Uderzo A-Go-Go-Gone (an early post that keeps going)

3. The Adventures of Tintin Extended Trailer (dropping off as interest in the movie wanes)

4. The Girls of Asterix (real surprise; a post about good-looking women)

5. Destroyer (from Thor) (this may be dated, but we had a bit of fun at Michelle Bachmann‘s expense; see the last picture)

And we’ll include this one because it’s also one of our earliest posts and still gets small but steady traffic: Trollhunter Movie Review.

This just in! Tintin Sequel

Tintin Movie Sequel

Steven Spielberg announced that he has selected Peter Jackson to direct a Tintin sequel. We’re rather excited about this. After re-watching the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers tonight (we didn’t remember that it was three hours long!) we are reminded just how good he is.

Steven also indicated that he would like to follow it up with two sequels. As we stated in a previous post, we know which ones we’d like to see developed.

Tintin was released to rave reviews in Europe in October and has been at the tops of the box office in several countries. It landed an estimated $55.8 million (£34.9 million) in its opening weekend.

It is slated to open in North America December 21st.

In a statement, Spielberg says, “The Thompson Twins (Tintin characters) have a much bigger role in the next Tintin movie that Peter Jackson is going to direct. It’s being written right now and he’s directing it after he does The Hobbit and I’ll produce it with him as he’s produced this with me.

“We have the story and we have the book we’re adapting from Hergé and we can’t wait to get started.”

Jackson is currently shooting The Hobbit, in New Zealand. The prequel to The Lord of the Rings will be split into two parts and the first will be released about a year from now.

For all of us North Americans, we still have to wait several days before the Tintin movie hits our theaters. So, in the meantime we’ll just have to be content with the content of this fantastic blog.  Here are a bunch of newer screen shots.  Feel free to browse through the blog for other entries on Tintin.

Rating the Tintin Comics

Rating the Tintin Stories

Not all things are created equal, and the same is true for Tintin comics. Overall, our favorite albums ran through the mid-1940’s to the late 1950’s. The art, characters, and stories were more sophisticated and full of action. During this period, Hergé hit his stride with Tintin as an investigative reporter and several complex story elements. The introduction of villains like Colonel Sponz (a sinister Nazi-looking baddie), Doctor Müller, and Colonel Jorgen made the stories richer and therefore lent the comics opportunities for bigger thrills. During this period, we also see more of Skut, the enemy pilot turned repentant friend. We also see more of Bianca Castafiore and get to meet Joylon Wagg, both for comic relief. We especially like Joylen Wagg.

Here are the comics listed from our most favorite to the least.

  1. Explorers on the Moon (it blows us away that Hergé researched this story so intensely and that he got so much right even though it was 15 years before the first moon landing).
  2. Destination Moon (a thrilling story leading up to the moon landing).
  3. Red Rackham’s Treasure (the hunt is on and a surprising and rewarding conclusion awaits! The first appearance of Calculus!)
  4. The Secret of the Unicorn (like Destination Moon; a fantastic set-up for the story)
  5. The Calculus Affair (mature story-telling in the vein of 1950’s espionage films)
  6. The Crab with the Golden Claws (our first Tintin! The first appearance of Captain Haddock!)
  7. Land of the Black Gold (even in the 1950’s, oil in the Middle East was causing trouble; the Thompsons are big players in this story and are hilarious)
  8. The Red Sea Sharks (return of Rastapopulous and Allan; intro of Abdullah (how badly we want to beat that boy!), an improvement on Tintin in the Congo in subject matter – still, though)
  9. Cigars of the Pharoah (secret societies are fun! The Thompsons first appearance!)
  10. The Seven Crystal Balls (we really like Calculus; again another set-up story for a two-parter, but this one’s better than the second for a change)
  11. Prisoners of the Sun (not really much into Inca culture, so we’re biased on this one but The Seven Crystal Balls is better anyway)
  12. King Ottakar’s Scepter (travelling to Eastern Europe? Love the scenary! Bianca’s first appearance)
  13. Tintin and the Picaros (complex story – sort of a political statement on corruption in South American politics)
  14. The Shooting Star (a sea adventure, has its good moments)
  15. The Black Island (starts of well, but the ending is a let down)
  16. Flight 714 (secret tunnels, remote island, the return of Rastapopulous! The ending is as out-of-place as Asterix and the Falling Sky)
  17. Tintin in Tibet (again, like The Black Island; starts off well, but ends up poorly for the same reasons as Black Island)
  18. The Castafiore Diamond (a classic who-done-it? good: takes place in Marlinspike Hall (which we really like), Bianca and Haddock get lots of time together, so there’s plenty of humor; bad: dull at times and the ending is a let-down)
  19. The Blue Lotus (imperialism and racism affect the ability to enjoy the story)
  20. The Broken Ear (boring)
  21. Tintin in American (it makes sense that the story feels like mini-vignettes since the book was originally published in strips; still, probably wouldn’t have helped; boring too)
  22. Tintin in the Congo (terrible all around; Si quieres ver que tan horíble es, lea Tintin En El Congo en español)

We haven’t read Tintin in the Land of the Soviets or Tintin and Alph-Art, so we can’t rank them. Tintin and the Lake of Sharks isn’t part of the mainstream canon, but we would put it somewhere into the middle of the pack. If it hadn’t been a cartoon first, it probably would have been better.

Take a look at the Tintin Cover Gallery!