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December 23rd, 2005


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01:58 pm - Today is a good day.
You want a nursery rhyme, demon boy, I got one for you.
Ash be nimble,
Ash be quick,
Ash blows off your friggin face with the boomstick!
It is, perhaps, impossible that more than a few of my interests might intersect in a single place. Yet, today, three have managed to come together in perfect synthesis.
  1. Ashley J. Williams (aka: Ash of Army of Darkness fame)
  2. Tentacles and other Cthulhoid things (okay, not exactly an interest, but you've been around my journal long enough to understand)
  3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Strangely, this particular synthesis also included a few other nifty things and homages, including nursery rhymes, Sesame Street games, and the 2-D bad guy from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

I challenge anyone to fit more of my interests together in one place.

The place in question is issue #3 of Army of Darkness Vs. Re-Animator, an excellent blend of two genres that were always closely related, but were never really integrated until now.

The cover alone gives you a good idea of what this thing is all about.

Now, I understand that not everyone can get excited about a comic book. Some of you are probably old enough to believe that a good, solid book without pictures is the way to go. But then, I must echo Alice: "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?"

I have mentioned these comic books before, but never this particular series, I don't think. First, of course, was the Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes series of comic books, which picked up where the movie Army of Darkness left off. This was followed closely by the series Army of Darkness: Shop Till You Drop (Dead), which amused me greatly by having one issue that looked like a department store catalogue, and one which had Ash wielding a lightsabre! You cannot go wrong with such things.

Well, now we have Army of Darkness Vs. Re-Animator, the third comic book series here. In this, we finally start to see the tie-in with the Necornomicon being a part of H. P. Lovecraft's horrific world. Until now, the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis has summoned Kandarian demons and that's about it. Now, it also unlocks the gate for Yog-Sothoth, who has been mentioned by name. And. . . Was that Cthulhu I happened to see in this issue? (psst: he's certainly on the cover of issue #1!)

Gotta love Bruce Campbell, in all his incarnations, you know.

There's so much potential here, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

So, yeah. Maybe I get excited over small things. Maybe I find them just a tad too much fun. But really, would anyone have me any other way?
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Trouble on the Horizon", -JB

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From:perlgirlju
Date:December 23rd, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, that looks like a mighty fine comic book. Is it available here in town?
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 23rd, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
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It is. I picked mine up at Discount Paperback on Chittenden and High, and I believe that the Laughing Ogre has a couple of copies. I'd call ahead to be sure. But Discount had a few copies of issue #2 left, and one copy of issue #3 out, though I imagine that if you ask, they'll be able to dig up issue #1 and a few more copies of #3, if they run out.

At $2.99, they're a small investment for a bit of fun and amusement.
From:ceolnamara
Date:December 23rd, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
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heh, i remember when a comic cost a buck 25 ... i'm horrified by these prices.

my allowance got me a good couple each trip as a kid. If I had the same amount now that I did then - not so much.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 23rd, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
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I could see that, yeah. But fortunately, it's not so much. Still less than half wat a normal trip to a fast food joint will run most people.
From:ceolnamara
Date:December 23rd, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
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Bah.

Anyway, it's a little difficult for me to get used to. But I'm getting used it, because I am collecting the New Excalibur series that started last month.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 23rd, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
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I saw that when I was in the store. Decided against thumbing thruough it, though. As I noted: avoidance of temptation is a good thing in these stores.
From:ceolnamara
Date:December 23rd, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure what I think about it yet. The first book opened some neat options. I'm a big fan of Pete Wisdom, Kitty Pryde, and Nightcrawler.

Actually, I've the whole run of the original Excalibur digitized. If you want a look-see, let me know.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 23rd, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
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So long as you know what you're looking for, and you get in and get out before temptation hits (and you only carry enough cash for the comics you want), you'll be just fine. Trust me :) I'm getting pro at this.
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From:edelweiss68
Date:December 23rd, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
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Well, now we have Army of Darkness Vs. Re-Animator

Wow. I just had a comic book geek orgasm. *siiiiigh...*
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 23rd, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
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It's okay :) Let it all out. . .
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From:edelweiss68
Date:December 23rd, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Oh, yeah, baby, that's goooooooooooooood... ;)
From:ceolnamara
Date:December 23rd, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
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comics are brilliant - they provide a full visual experience.

now, for scratch and sniff.

though, i could do without a scratch and sniff cthulu.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 23rd, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
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I wonder how that'd sniff?

Hmm. . . Some good olfactory visualization goin' on here. . .
From:ceolnamara
Date:December 23rd, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
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That's what I'm here for.
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From:triskele
Date:December 24th, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
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From:qorinda
Date:December 24th, 2005 07:11 am (UTC)
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Now, I understand that not everyone can get excited about a comic book.

There was a great talk show on public radio the other day regarding the value of comics (http://wamu.org/programs/dr/05/12/20.php), and how it will probably be the media of the future. In fact, I ordered a transcript of the show for my son, who is an aspiring comic book artist (see http://psychoandy.spifftacular.us/comic/index.html).

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From:chirael
Date:December 24th, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
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Yeah, Army of Darkness (and Bruce Campbell) definitely rule. For a while it looked like AoD was getting a cult following, though maybe that died out a bit.

I know I love it, and it's good to see younger folks (that's you! ;) seem to like it too :) Every once in a while I'll still spout off lines, such as "I said 'em, I said the words" and people will look at me funny. Though I guess it's not such a funny inside joke if I'm the only one around who gets it. Nice to see others still like the movie though :)

I read comics too, not sure if I mentioned that. Mostly Vertigo type stuff (been a Sandman fan for years, along with pretty much anything Gaiman related, it's very mythological), but I branch out a bit beyond that too. It's pretty much the only purely "fun" (i.e., no overt or covert productive purpose) thing I do, so on the rare occasion when I do it, I make damned sure I enjoy it! We'll have to chat sometime about comics, I could go on and on here :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 27th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
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I've been a fan of AoD since it started appearing on USA and the SciFi channel in the early 90's. . . Honestly, I don't know when it came out, but trust me, there's a good legion of people my age who know the movie by heart and love it.

And I do my part to educate the masses with routine viewings of AoD any time I hear someone hasn't seen it. I see it as my civic duty.

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