Coming soon: The French!

*I'm in the middle of watching Louis Feuillade's 1917 serial "Judex", which features one of the screen's first superhero-type people. No powers, but gadgets, dead parents in the origin, a secret lair, a detective nemesis, a dedication to justice, and more! Expect a big post when I'm done, but thus far the film holds up pretty well considering it's over 3/4 of a century old.

*Later on today, we'll have the World's Latest "Ex Machina" Review and hopefully some other stuff. I did finish "Amy and Jordan" and my prior comments stand: it's sad, hopeless hilarity.

*Good old Neil Gaiman has cut a deal with Dave Sim, Noted Comics Gadfly, to send out free issues of Cerebus to all the world:

"Dave Sim has made an extremely generous offer to readers of this journal (and indeed, to readers not of this journal, but just people who simply hear about his offer elsewhere on the Internet. Memes propagate, after all), which is the kind of offer that I found as interesting as he did. It's this:

If you'd like to read one of the Sandman parody issues of Cerebus, Dave will send you one. He'll send it to you very happily, free of charge. He will sign it for you, too. And he won't charge you a thing. Not even postage.

And if you're wondering what the catch is, it's this: Dave wants to know (as, I have to admit, do I) how many of the people out there in internet-land will actually go and do things that don't involve passively clicking on a link and going somewhere interesting. So what you have to do is write Dave a letter (not an e-mail. Dave doesn't have e-mail) telling him that you read that he'll send you a signed Cerebus, and telling him why you'd like him to send you a copy. It's as easy as that. And, quite possibly as difficult.

The address to write to is:

Aardvark Vanaheim, Inc
P.O. Box 1674 Station C
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada N2G 4R2

Dave, I suspect, thinks he'll get a handful of requests. In my more pessimistic moments, I think he's right, although I'd love it if he got deluged with letters, like those kids in hospitals who don't exist but are still collecting postcards..."

So please, comics world. Tell Dave you want to read a free installment of "Cerebus". But don't stop there! Include your deepest, most personal thoughts. Your secret insecurities. Your quiet triumphs. Make your letter to Dave Sim a catharsis. We will make the world better, us and Dave Sim. (Found at Ian's)

*Because after all, Dave Sim always wins.