Archive for February 15, 2009

Audi R15

Posted: February 15, 2009 in Le Mans, Motorsport, Sport
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Audi have posted this High Resolution picture of the forthcoming R15 on its website. Looks very aggressive and will probably give the Peugeot’s a good run for their money. Of course we won’t know until Sebring next month.


I am putting a brief hiatus on my posting of Joker stories. Whilst the Joker is undoubtedly my favourite of all comic book characters, I feel that I must move onto other things. I will still try to post at least one Joker story a week, and to do more features on the Clown Prince of Boners, but it won’t be as overwhelming as it has been over the last fortnight. I have been meaning to write something in depth, rather than just post scans of old comic stories, but have been a little too busy to do so. I will still do this, as well as look at the current runs of Grant Morrison and Paul Dini on Batman and Detective Comics respectively, as soon as I get the chance.

Here is the final Joker story for at least a week, The Man Who Wrote The Joker’s Jokes.

Good Timing!

Posted: February 15, 2009 in Melbourne, Misc Thoughts
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I previously mentioned that the bushfires had brought out the best and worst of people. This can be seen by the actions of Fosters this week. They donated $750,000 to the bushfire relief appeal but also sacked 115 people, including three volunteer fire-fighters who were out fighting the fires. The people were sacked just because Fosters wants to outsource the jobs to India. Sigh! Of course one company that should be doing well during this time of financial hardship is Fosters, and they have said that these sackings were just poor timing on their behalf.


Posted: February 15, 2009 in Melbourne, Misc Thoughts
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The arsehole… sorry… arsonist who lit the Gippsland fire was arrested on Friday. This fire killed 21 people and destroyed hundreds of houses and at various times threatened Melbourne’s main power, gas and water services. Of course it was not bad enough that this person caused this fire, as police also found child pornography in his house. What an upstanding member of the community this person must be? Hopefully he ends up rotting in jail.

I have just started reading Batman: Lovers and Madmen by Michael Green and Denys Cowan. In the forward to the book Brad Meltzer states that this is a great book and a great Joker story and that Green understands the Joker character extremely well. I may not be a best selling author like Meltzer, but I beg to differ, as I could not even finish this piece of crap.

This story, which aims to be the definitive version of the Joker’s comic book origin, is just terrible. It does not even bother to build on previous Joker origin stories like The Man Behind The Red Hood or Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke, and instead seems to have much more in common with the Jack Nicholson Joker from the 1989 movie than anything else. In fact, in Green’s story there is no mention of the Red Hood and worse still, this Joker has a real name. I’m not one of those people who expect continuity to be fixed and strictly followed, yet here Green just shits in the face of the writers who created the previous Joker origin tales by not even acknowledging them at all.

This is where I have a big problem with DC’s policy of trying to entice people from outside the comics’ industry to come in and write comic stories. They encourage people like Brad Meltzer, Michael Green and Jodi Picoult to write horrible stories and wonder why long time fans stop buying the books or criticize them on the internet. I don’t care if someone has written a New York Times best seller, or is the head writer for the hottest show on TV, I just want someone who has a least read some comic books to be the ones writing them. Is that too much to ask?

Batfans often cringe about the 60s Batman show, but as a kid I loved it. It was my favourite show and I really wish that it was released onto DVD. Here is one of the more um… interesting episodes which really has to be seen to be believed… Yes, I know it looks stupid now… but hey I thought it was cool when I was 7…