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  1. Graham Crackers

    Comic books and Manga Thread

    What Hex have you been reading? I l think Death of the Bounty Hunter is a top ten best DC story of all time. I read a chunk of Sandman Mystery Theatre last week. I'm unsure how I feel about the introduction of other golden age DC characters once the series reached it's third year. The Hourman story was really fun and this interpretation of that character was intriguing. I thought The Mist with it's light science fiction elements were a bit clumsy. Phantom of the Fair was better. I'm a sucker for NY World's Fair stories and Guy Davis is great at the sense of place required to immerse you in a setting. 90s Guy Davis was like an alternate universe Ben Katchor who also drew adventure stories. The cameos in The Phantom (Jim Corrigan, The Crimson Avenger) were messy but that made them more charming than the cute shit in The Mist. The Blackhawk story was good though I missed Davis' art. This reminds me that even though I didn't enjoy the Chaykin reinvention of Blackhawk that I would like to pick up the ongoing by Burchett, Pasko, and Moench, mostly because I'm turning into a Moench completist as I get older. Eternaut 1969 was an intriguing supplement to the original but in no way necessary. Perramus is one of the most attractive looking comics I've ever seen. Every other page made me stop and stare instead of reading. Still, I feel let down by the story and it's satire. Maybe my standards were too high. I'll probably revisit this down the line and attempt to appreciate what it is instead is what I'd like it to be.
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    Comic books and Manga Thread

    When it comes to superheroes, especially Marvel superheroes, I prefer the 80s. Feels like a time period where art, writing, and the editorial end were more consistently on the same page. 70s Marvel is very messy which can lead to some surprising and great stuff but it's bad for staying consistent. I probably prefer DC in the 70s but it's a bad era for their superheroes. The best DC comics of the 70s other than Kirby's series are Niño on Captain Fear, Death of a Bountyhunter from the Jonah Hex Spectacular, some of the pulp hero revival stuff drawn by Kaluta and Robbins, random Toth and Heath appearances in the war titles, and the emergence of the Filipino artists in the horror titles.
  3. Graham Crackers

    Comic books and Manga Thread

    I'mkind of blasé towards Starlin. I don't think his cosmic stuff is bad by any means, just that I prefer my druggy scifi comics with more baroque visual spectacle like Lone Sloane or Dope Rider. I realize that within the realm of monthly comics deadlines and especially at 1970s Marvel that just wasn't going to happen. That said, I really liked the handful of Master of Kung Fu issues that feature his art. Are there any more examples of Starlin drawing this kind of physical street level action? A big reason I haven't been posting much in the last few years is how hard it is to balance watching wrestling vs reading comics when I have some free time. Comics win out most of the time.
  4. Graham Crackers

    Happy Christmas everyone

    I was tired of twitter and really missed being on a message board. It's been nice to stop in here the last few months when I was tired of reading news during my breaks from work. It's helped to get me excited about watching wrestling again. I watched the 1999 yearbook last year and just started 1998. An old friend who I don't think posts here is going to start synching up with me so we can watch the 80s Puerto Rico DVDVR set every week. I'm excited about watching wrestling again and maybe I'll even start posting on message boards again. I'm just trying to say that I'm glad boards like this are still around. Merry Christmas everybody.
  5. Graham Crackers

    Comic books and Manga Thread

    OJ, I'm also a bit of a Steve Gerber agnostic but I really like his Marvel Two-In-One run. It's very brief but I'd probably call them my favorite post Kirby Fantastic Four run. I love Barry Windsor-Smith. The Conan run is a mixed bag as he's really finding himself throughout it. The Red Nails adaptation is the peak though. I have the Treasury edition with that and Rogues in the House. That was my dad's favorite comic. Just got Perramus and Eternaut 1969 for Christmas. I don't know if any of you have been checking them out but I've really been enjoying Fantagraphics' Argentinian comics reprints. The original Eternaut was great but this 1969 reboot with Breccia on art is an intriguing proposition, mostly because it's Breccia. The same team did Mort Cinder which got an English translation not too long ago. I also pulled my Eerie Presents Richard Corben book off the shelf since hearing he'd passed away. I've been reading one story every night before bed. Corben is one of my comic book pillars along with Otomo, Chester Brown, and Basil Wolverton.
  6. The 1/22 title match is on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN3_U4SA9dU
  7. I think what Loss describes is the January 15th trios. According to cubsfan 1/22 has the rudos winning a title match 1/15 has the tecnicos winning a brawl.
  8. Basically, if you donate $25 or more to the Hispanic Foundation's UNIDO Disaster Relief Fund I will draw you a wrestler with a notable run in Puerto Rico. Every drawing will be 9x12, with a color scheme of black, white, and one other color of your choice. Okay, so here’s what to do: 1.) Donate $25 or more to The Hispanic Federation 2.) Email me a copy of the receipt. My email is TheAnthonyStock at gmail dot com 3.) In the email, tell me what wrestler you want and what color you want. Sorry, just one color. I may end up having to make a lot of these. 4.) Remember to tell me your address. Where am I sending this drawing? 5.) Wait for the drawing to arrive. It may take a while (I do have a full time job) but I’ll get to it. I promise. 6.) Display the art with pride. By donating you made a difference, even if it was only $25. We do what we can. Feel free to share this with anybody you think would be interested. Thanks for helping! Here's the link for the Hispanic Foundation: https://hispanicfederation.org/unidos/ Here's the link to my tumblr post about this, including pictures I drew of Abdullah the Butcher and Carlos Colon: https://theanthonystock.tumblr.com/post/166059840641/donate-to-disaster-relief-in-pr-get-drawings-of If you donate, I really appreciate it. Feel free to share my tumblr link with anybody else you think might be interested.
  9. Graham Crackers

    Happy 99th Birthday El Santo (from Google)

    It feels very appropriate that Jack Kirby and El Santo are both celebrating their centennials next year.
  10. Graham Crackers

    Quarterly Feel Good Poll

    I've been slowly drifting away from wrestling for a while now but I'm trying to get myself hyped for the new 80s sets. Current favorite wrestler to watch: Last fun match you saw: Last fun interview/promo you saw: Most fun you've had watching wrestling lately: I'm lumping all four of these together. The only match I've watched recently is The Final Deletion which was delightful. Around the time I watched this a few weeks ago there was some weird drama in my family about my brother so now whenever my best friend and I talk about my family we can't stop calling him BROTHER NERO. It lead to a stream of texts from my buddy fantasy booking my family including Willow being unmasked as my mom and my dad getting caught watching porn on Vanguard 1. I haven't devoted much time to wrestling lately but I've gotta say that it's those damned Hardys that have been on my mind. (My family is fine by the way, my brother is just... an enigma). Wrestler you want to see more of: I'm really excited about the Puerto Rico set (I have to wait just a little bit to order it) and specifically I want to see some Carlos Colon defending his turf in Last live show attended: I actually went to last year's NXT Takeover in Brooklyn. It was fun but I've realized that I prefer to see wrestling in an intimate atmosphere to those big arena shows. My friends have been going to a lot of local indy shows lately so I'll probably join them sooner or later. Match you're most looking forward to watching: I've been holding off on the Colon/Hansen feud for a while. It sounds awesome. Last interesting thing you read about wrestling: Segunda Caida tackling 2002 Zero-One EDIT: I just saw the immortal Abhay Khosla's tumblr post about drama on the set of the Rock's new movie and it also feels appropriate for this spot; http://twiststreet.tumblr.com/post/148702893775 Favorite recent post on this board: I'm digging OJ writing about golden age wrestlers. I watched a bunch of that Chicago Film Archives stuff when it was first uploaded and he's got me wanting to dive in again. Favorite thing about the wrestling landscape in the past three months (if you live in the past, then go with your past three months of time-traveling): My friends always used to see me as the "guy who watches foreign stuff and indy wrestling" but now they're all following various independent promotions.
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  12. Yeah, that was me voting for Los Bucaneros at number 2. I wonder who the other two voters were.
  13. If anybody is planning on treating wrestling as art I think we'd do well to introduce some of these phrases into our vocabulary. It would be easy to be condescending when taking these approaches. That's really not what I'm going for. -Wrestling will never be seen as establishment/highbrow art. That's why people are often so visceral in their dismissal of any argument based around "wrestling as art" because to most people that is what art means. At the same time, most people have no problem seeing middlebrow popular art as an art form. To me, defining what is and isn't art is completely arbitrary and it is not what I'm planning on doing in this thread. -Not to imply that commerce wasn't always a dominant force in wrestling but the shifting focus towards global commerce has stomped out much of wrestling's folk traditions. I think the lens of folk art is helpful for understanding much of wrestling's history as well as the origin of modern customs. I'm employing a broader use of the term folk art so if you're accustomed to thinking of folk art as decorative but utilitarian objects that's not where I'm going with this. Instead I'm talking about wrestling as a regional popular art tradition, albeit performative instead of visual. I'd be lying if I said the exotica of different local customs didn't play a part in my interest in pro wrestling. It Came From Memphis is one of my favorite books and I can't unsee the mythic Memphis in my mind when I see Jerry Lawler and Dutch Mantell play dueling hidden foreign object. The same thing applies to the pageantry of a Mask vs Mask match at Arena Mexico, Nick Bockwinkel getting under the skin of a working class crowd in St. Paul, Brit wrestlers reaching for the Lady in the Lake, Choshu rebelling against the hierarchical valuses that ask him to wait his turn, evil American cowboys wrestling in Japan, evil Japanese wrestlers in Texas, or evil Memphis residents wrestling in Knoxville. -It's hard to talk about kitsch without discussing irony and this is especially difficult because somewhere down the line irony became a bad word. On the internet I constantly see people accusing each other of liking things ironically. This usually means "I think your pretending to like this or that." That's not how irony works. There is an inherent irony when we profess our love of something we know is over the top, melodramatic, corny, tacky, or dare I say it... camp. That does not mean that love or appreciation of camp isn't real. I would consider Russ Meyer one of my all time favorite directors but I'm not sure I'd be able to disagree if someone showed up to say he's just a glorified pornographer. That doesn't necessarily take away from the value I see in his films. At least not for me. The same goes for wrestling. Most of it, maybe all of it, is crass exploitative entertainment. I still think it's worth talking about. Camp, kitsch, and queerness have a fascinating relationship and I'm really hoping someone more qualified than me would take up writing about that in relationship to wrestling. -Is being trained to become a pro wrestler akin to a sculptor going to art school? Is being trained in a dojo or by a trainer with an established pedigree like Diablo Velasco all that different from being trained by a local indy wrestler? That's a hard question to answer when the standards in the New Japan dojo are so different from training in WWE's performance center, or an AWA camp run by Billy Robinson. So are wrestlers naive or outsider artists? Are only some wrestlers outsider artists? I guess you could argue that the greater community of wrestling prevents it from being truly art brut but how is it decided that a wrestler is trained enough to not be considered naive. Maybe those terms only apply when a real critical landscape exists as opposed to the fandom that surrounds wrestling now.
  14. Graham Crackers

    Wrestling T-shirts

    I probably only own three t-shirts but the one wrestling shirt I own says CHOOSE DEATH.
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    Reactions to the List: 10-1

    I actually had Misawa at number four. I first discovered AJPW/NOAH in 2006 and Kobashi was the first guy to stand out. Kawada replaced him as my favorite when I first discovered the ditch and made my way through the 90s footage. I wouldn't really revisit that stuff until after Misawa's death. Going back I found myself newly drawn to the little details of Misawa's character. Everything felt so much more important when he was present. None of the other pillars got as much out of each other as he got out of them. Watching stuff for the 2000s poll made me really appreciate how he continued to be a spectacular big match worker as his body failed him. He probably would have been number just as high or higher if this was a list of my favorites. EDIT: I also think the gap in ability between him and the other four pillars is higher than others seem to believe. I had Kawada in the 20s and Kobashi, Akiyama, and Taue in the 40s.
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