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Jeffrey Dahmer, Redux – My Friend Dahmer

July 23, 2014


Several years ago this blog looked at a brief, 24-page comic that dealt with aspects of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s teenage years. Entitled My Friend Dahmer, it was told from the perspective of a childhood acquaintance of his, writer/illustrator John Backderf, better known by his pen name, Derf. The comic was thin but searing, a haunting window into a tormented soul, one twisted and warped in an excruciatingly isolated adolescence. One day Dahmer’s name would become synonymous with necrophilia and cannibalism, but there was a time he was simply Jeff. A loner. A kid. Despite the grim subject matter, that slim book was superb, an exemplar of all that unshackled independent comics can be.

Two years ago Derf published a refined and vastly expanded version of this story (which itself built upon brief strips published over the years), once again entitled My Friend Dahmer. And its nigh-unbelievable level of quality demands that we finally take a look at this second tome. Like Derf, we can’t stop grappling with the infinite waste and what ifs of a deranged murderer’s teenage forge. Read more…

Get a window into the rich inner life of Ickey Woods with Pro Set Collect-A-Books

July 21, 2014
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With NFL training camps about to open and the regular season within shouting distance, here’s an odd little remnant from the 1990s to whet your whistle. Read more…

Sunday Stupid: Carl Lewis Sings!

July 20, 2014

For a while I’ve wanted to start a new feature here, something called — as you can see — Sunday Stupid. Just random dumb stuff found on the web, which may or may not be related to comics, but is undeniably moronic. I don’t know if this will be every Sunday, or it will be as irregular as the Trading Card Set of the Week, but we’ll give it a shot.

Up first: Olympic track and field legend Carl Lewis doing his damnedest to disgrace himself in the most embarrassing music video ever committed to tape and/or a blocky 240p YouTube embed. Read more…

Half in the Bag: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

July 19, 2014

Here’s some brief weekend viewing for you, another opinion on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (which I liked quite a bit), from our friends over at Red Letter Media. Skip a few minutes ahead if you’re not interested in the running storyline of the Half in the Bag series, and just want to get to Mike and Jay’s discussion. (And beware of occasional foul language.)

Cessnas! Speedboats! Dune buggies! Motorcycles! Sweaty space suits!

July 18, 2014


There are times when companies are all half-assed with their sweepstakes, making contestants jump through dopey hoops for prizes of dubious value. Then there’s what Revell does in this one: says “Screw the models, let’s give away the real things!” Finally, a sweepstakes we can all rally behind. Read more…

Your soul will never recover after its encounter with the “Tarantula Hawk” – Walt Disney’s Secrets of Life

July 17, 2014


Disney is the standard-bearer for family friendly entertainment. We can quibble that their output is all too often saccharine and sanitized, but for big eyed animorphs and cloying tugs at heartstrings, you don’t have to go far beyond the Magic Kingdom’s catalog. Your Thumpers, your Shaggy Dogs, et cetera, et cetera. And then you have something like today’s comic, which is nature at its ickiest and grodiest. Bugs! Read more…

“IT’S A HONEY,” declares Blondie and Dagwood’s follicularly-challenged progeny

July 16, 2014


The above ad, culled from the back of the Blondie comic examined two weeks ago (the one with stubbly Dagwood in a dress), is the second time in the last few days where we’ve seen a 1940s ad posted in which “honey” is used as slang. Read more…

Sting drops from the rafters to your video game console of choice

July 15, 2014

I don’t play video games, so I can’t get all worked up over pre-order exclusive characters, whatever such things may be. (Being facetious — I think I can muddle through what they are.) But the above promo, announcing Sting as a playable character in the WWE’s next wrestling game, 2K15, is a fine bit of production, a true spine-tingler for men of a certain age. Read more…

Hoist the mainsail and scuttle the jib (and punch people) – Don Winslow of the Navy #52

July 14, 2014


One of the ad infinitum comic strip heroes of old to have faded into oblivion, Don Winslow of the Navy had more than his share of time to ride the high seas of four color stardom. How many characters had movie serials adapted from their adventures? (Okay, a lot, but still.) How many had the Big Red Cheese, the World’s Mightiest Mortal himself, Captain Marvel, introduce him to readers in the first issue of his self-titled series of all new adventures? Not many. But Don Winslow did. Read more…

A magic kit and Lifebuoy soap, all in one incredible offer?

July 13, 2014


The 1940s certainly were a different time. Read more…

All Hail Caesar – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

July 11, 2014


Though I’ve yet to have anyone adequately explain to me how something can rise before it dawns, the new installment in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise has been one of the most anticipated movies of this summer’s crop. Why? Because Rise of the Planet of the Apes was that rarest of multifaceted things: a reboot/remake that outperformed and was *gasp* an enjoyable watch. You know, not a movie that makes you want to hit yourself in the face with a shovel, i.e. any Michael Bay Transformers installment, take your pick. The new chronicle of Caesar, the intelligent ape who leads his simian kin to planet-wide ascendancy, should have collapsed under the weight of seen-it-before and the unspeakable smugness of James Franco — but it didn’t. It was actually damn good. It’s still a little hard to believe. Read more…

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Apes, the old-fashioned way

July 10, 2014


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the follow-up to the surprisingly entertaining, similarly-focus-grouped-to-death-titled Rise of the Planet of the Apes, opens later tonight. Read more…

Buy a Schwinn bicycle, get a folder of 1940s movie stars

July 8, 2014


Let’s be honest: Is “Speedy Wheeler” truly someone you want to trust with advising your 1940s bicycle purchase. I mean, really. Read more…

This miserable old man with acute scoliosis hopes you like your quiz book, you little punks

July 7, 2014


We’ve all heard of backs as crooked as question marks, but it’s rare that you see one that actually fits the bill. Read more…

Supergirl channels her inner Catherine the Great and makes out with her horse – Adventure Comics #390

July 6, 2014


Supergirl’s Silver Age shenanigans are some of the most likely to devolve into profound silliness, and there’s no shortage of fine examples for this tendency in the archival pantheon. Who can forget the time she turned her boyfriends to stone and went to a graveyard in space that was in the form of a huge green dragon, a stupendous tale which was profiled in these very pagesOr when she *gasp* horror of horrors became ugly (in a story which also featured the equine half of today’s subject matter)? Rarely, though, do you come across a comic book that puts bestiality-by-proxy so at the forefront as the one we’re going to look at today. Seriously. And here we go: a giant-size compendium featuring two stories with Supergirl romanced by her horse. Kara and Comet sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Read more…