Great piece from Steve Sailer, if you like architecture (really, who doesn’t like architecture?). The piece concerns the architecture of John Lautner, and much of his work is accidentally reminiscent of how Howard Roark’s early work is described in The Fountainhead, down to the detail of he rarely/never got contracts from committees:
The heart of Googie America might have been the stretch of the eastern San Fernando Valley between Lockheed Airport (now called the Bob Hope Burbank Airport) and the movie studios near the Hollywood Hills. Burbank would have been a fitting home for Disneyland (where the Googie Tomorrowland was the culmination of SoCal futurism). But Walt Disney, whose contributions to the 1964 World’s Fair inspired Iron Man 2, couldn’t find enough contiguous land near his studio.
Today we are constantly informed that the American Dream is about immigrants coming to America, but back then, it was about Americans, after years of sacrifice during the Depression and WWII, finally being able to afford to drive a new car to a new restaurant. When average people such as my mother and father (who, after a spell at a flying car company, worked at Lockheed for four decades) had some cash, they liked to go to the sweeping metal-and-glass Bob’s Big Boy drive-in on Riverside Drive in Burbank. Bob’s was just down the street from the hot-rod studio of George Barris, the King of the Kustomizers, who helped inspire Tom Wolfe’s literary breakthrough The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby.
When I first started z’GOC, I posted AltArt and Infographics constantly. Then I got lazy and just started writing. For those who remember those days, enjoy a few of my favorites.
I prefer a more traditional approach, but this is clever as funk. Loved it.
Buffy got an abortion?
But sex in comics can come bearing consequences—as an issue of Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer series proved in February. Buffy, after discovering she’s pregnant, decides to get an abortion. “We wanted to court controversy,” admits Scott Allie, the editor in chief at Dark Horse Comics. “We were fed up with America’s glamorization of teenage pregnancy and wanted to do a story that explored the reasonable choice of terminating a pregnancy.” He says they anticipated the media headlines and even worked with their marketing department to encourage them, but “I don’t know that they really impact sales. Since it is a genuinely controversial issue, it probably costs us as many sales as it gets us.”
BtVS was a great TV show, but Buffy comics never did it for me. I read the first few issues of the so-called “Season 8″ books, but they continued with the irritating Slayerette storyline, so I stopped. I stopped in a comic shop recently (yep, they still exist) and noted that Dark Horse has a Spike spin-off going strong.
As for Buffy getting an abortion, it makes zero sense – she is imbued with mystical and physical powers, and although it’s not genetic, a superheroine having an abortion is like a god killing his offspring.
I confess: I’m not a Superman guy – I’m a Batman guy. I’ve been a Batman guy for as long as I’ve adhered/subscribed to any superheroish kind of fella who is canonized in comics, not just since Batman got all dark and brooding. I like the campy TV show. I like the comics. I like Jack Nicholson as z’Joker. It’s a compelling story for me and Batman is the kind of fella I admire – working the edges, placing pressure where it’s needed, not above or below the law, just at its outer ring where gray areas exist. The metaphor is more appropriate now than ever, hence the success of Christopher Nolan’s films. Bruce Wayne is a millionaire/billionaire who fights crime as a vigilante, and this appeals to whatever base instincts I have.
Superman is what he is, and in this film – judging by the trailer – he’s going to be all Dark-Knighty. It can no doubt be effective – my quick take is the trouble being that while Batman is intrinsically of America, Superman is an immigrant to America and brings a different view – yes, I’m aware this isn’t remotely original. However, dark and broody Superman? It’s pretty much not Superman. Doesn’t mean it won’t be good – I like the trailer so much I’ll probably go see it. I like Kevin Costner as his adopted dad – that will be worth the price of admission. The team that’s doing it could make Aquaman interesting, and he’s not that interesting.
A buddy of mine is a huge fan of Superman, and he’s fired off some pretty impassioned emails over the years about the relevance and importance of Superman in America’s image abroad. The utility of Superman, from what I’ve gleaned from the movies I’ve seen, the episodes of various Superman TV incarnations I’ve watched, and his emails, is that he is a personification of America. Without being depressing, I don’t think the country is worth the hero, at least if we’re talking, um, semiotically (which, since I’m the only person talking, I guess “we” are).
Most people don’t pay attention to comic books and the heroes that fill them beyond whatever hits the multiplex, and I’m among them – I haven’t bought a comic in a decade. Were one to ask the Average American what was special about Superman, they would probably observe that, well, he can fly.
When I see story after story about how comic book heroes from an bygone era are taking over the multiplex, I go back to a picture you probably haven’t seen posted regularly at dork boards I inhabit. It”s a piece of cardboard help up by a dork, dorkier than me, and it reads quite simply: “Twilight ruined ComiCon.”
Drank milk earlier was his reasoning. That sucks – like the guy or not, that’s embarrassing and rather odd.
[As a GOC insider, do note the category /brex]
I haven’t done one of these in awhile, so here are some Wallpapers I have rotating at the moment – enjoy!