Sunday, August 31, 2008

Nice Filler

This has pretty much nothing to do with any storyline. It's pure filler. Furthermore, it's fairly decent filler. I like that panel of the two people watching Spider-Man swinging by. You hardly ever get to see that, I think.

TIL: The whole thing is nice, but that NEXT box? It fills me with (false) hope.

Panel of the Week 08/24/2008

I fear there will be many weeks like this, but perhaps worse. I didn't narrow the panels down to two choices, but rather really stretched for both of these. Oddly, they both deal with people getting the flu from Spider-Man.

#2 - 08/30/2008I actually don't like this one much. It frightens me, really. I just wanted two panels to put here. So sorry you had to see it again.

#1 - 08/27/2008Heh, look at Jameson! He is wrapped in blankets with a thermometer and icepack! My goodness.

I hope we have a better choice next week.

Saturday, August 30, 2008



Of course, it's only a matter of time until Mary Jane also gets the flu, and Maria Lopez...

Oh my god. Peter has started a spider-flu pandemic. Good going, Peter. That face Peter is making? That is just about the scariest thing I've ever seen.

TIL: That potted plant in panel one.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Peter Parker, Polygamist?

Hold on a second, your favorite wife? Your FAVORITE wife? When did you become a polygamist, Mister Parker? Furthermore, who are your other wives? I mean, we had Dara Dorset claiming to be your wife a while ago, but she admitted she was lying. Unless you've got Gwen Stacy in a closet somewhere, I'd suggest using a different term of endearment.

Ah, and you're a fool: beware the ellipses of Lopez!

TIL: That odd painting behind the television.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Okay, so he's admitting to not taking the photos. That's good. I wonder when something will happen. Soon, I hope.

TIL: The little byline box... I like how it's casting a shadow.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Flu-Ridden Jonah

So this is a supposedly comical epilogue and not the beginning of a new story arc. That is wonderful. Simply wonderful. I would also think that even Jonah would rather be home in bed with the flu that having the flu at the office.

TIL: Jonah looks silly.

Also, check out Choose Your Own Blogventure, if you please! It has Land Captain in it! You remember Land Captain, don't you?

...don't you?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

YOUR Photos?

What do you mean, YOUR Spider-Man/Vulture photos? I realize you have to keep up the ruse to fool Robbie Robertson and Jonah Jameson, but you could have the decency to put "my" in quotes or something. Your photos, INDEED.

TIL: Robbie's blue hair.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Irish Peter

I'm guessing the reason is not sinister, but rather having to do with Jameson's Maria Lopez fixation. In which case it could be very sinister, but considering that this strip is pretty tame even for a family newspaper, I doubt we have to worry about seeing anything overly disgusting. Like last time... *shudders*

TIL: The fact that Peter seems to be channeling his inner leprechaun.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Secret Identity, Schmecret Identity.

I had forgotten all about the direct-to-DVD and off-Broadway thing. Weren't those from the Krandis storyline? Back in January through March? I think it is. Also, the pair discussing Peter's secret identity in crowded places is starting to become a real sore point with this strip.

The Next box is somewhat promising. By Wednesday, I predict that any promise it has will be broken and we'll be exposed to three months of shoddiness.

TIL: The art is decent. I also think that restaurant is called Ojimbo's. That's sort of neat.

Panel of the Week 08/17/2008

Once again, we have five panels, and it was a little bit harder than last week. Then again, last week involved Spider-Man, Jonah Jameson, and the Vulture falling through the air and back-handing each other. That would be like anything else popping up when we got that panel where Spider-Man told the Persuader he's not an elephant. Well, here we go:

#5 - 08/17/2008Spider-Man's dialogue is a nice bit, and the Vulture splayed on the ground like that is sort of funny, I guess. Still, it doesn't pack that certain oomph I'm looking for.

#4 - 08/22/2008In context, this panel is pretty shoddy. Out of context, however, it manages to shine because you have no idea what Mary Jane took, and why she's whispering to Spider-Man about it. Spider-Man also looks mildly confused, as confused as a masked man can look.

#3 - 08/20/2008I just like the Vulture being shoved into a police car in full costume and hand-cuffed. There is no way that should really work in any way.

#2 - 08/21/2008

I also just noticed that it doesn't exactly look like Jameson's seemingly mobile head is looking at the camera. I realize that the perspective is out of whack, but still... eyes up, Jonah.

#1 - 08/18/2008A good out of context panel should be a little funny, and it should lend itself nicely to wild speculation on what's actually happening: "Spider-Man and Jameson walked through the ethereal city, both confused as anything when the helicopter came." The only reason this beat out this week's #4 is because I found this one funny the first day I read it.

Which is not to say humor is the only quality that's looked for in a Panel of the Week. Perhaps next week we'll get one that's just nice for different reasons.

Saturday, August 23, 2008


They're going to figure out that you're Mrs. Spider-Man if you and him keep on getting all chummy on a public street in broad daylight mere moments after a super-villain was arrested, meaning lots of people probably still standing around (off-panel, of course) and watching you.

TIL: Jameson running towards the taxi with Peter's camera. Hopefully, he'll give it back.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Mish-Mash of Things

It wasn't so much a battle, as a mid-air game of chicken. Perhaps, at best, some bizarre sort of joust. I also wonder what all the spectators think of Mary Jane whispering things to Spider-Man. Not like those two have caused enough trouble for themselves with the whole secret identity thing already.

TIL: The fact that Mary Jane is basically committing fraud.

...ah, also, there's now a donate button. I don't expect anyone to use it, but it's there, just in case.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Jazz Spider

I totally called this. Odd how the background sort of turns on and off, though, and Spider-Man loses his lower half in the third panel.

TIL: Spider-Man's pose in panel three. It looks like he's doing jazz hands, or maybe that thing with the mime trapped in a box.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Spider-Man and Jonah Jameson: Best Friends Forever?

Why exactly are Jameson and Spider-Man hanging out together? The two are never on the best of terms to begin with, and while I know that Spider-Man just saved Jonah's life, it doesn't seem like the two could get along well enough to stand around spouting exposition or talking about hugs from the Hulk. How much do you want to bet that Mary Jane managed to snap some pictures of the... well, of the Vulture trying to ram Spider-Man off a helicopter, followed by Spider-Man, Jonah, and the Vulture falling slowly towards their doom.

TIL: The Vulture being led away to a police car. It just strikes me as rather absurd, for some reason.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Romulan Love

Maria Lopez looks like a Romulan, doesn't she?

Also, it looks like the next storyline will have a healthy amount of Jameson trying to win Maria Lopez, and being his typical arrogant self while doing so. This pretty much ensures we're getting a guy in a suit next time. Will it be the Kingpin, or Hammerhead?

Probably not, which is a pity.

TIL: Jameson acting like a lovesick teenager.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Confusion Ensues

The third panel here fills me with mirth because of so many ways you can interpret it. Well, two ways that I see, at least. The first way is that there's no Hulk... wait. Spider-Man has fought the Hulk before, in this strip. Never mind, then, this whole post is now ruined because of my on-again/off-again memory. I guess it just means that no one, anywhere, has any idea where Spider-Man was going with the Hulk comment.

TIL: Panel three, of course, and Spider-Man's frank admission that even he had no idea what he was talking about.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Panel of the Week 08/10/2008

As mentioned a few days ago, I'm starting a new thing: the panel of the week. What this is, as you can no doubt already guess, is my favorite panel from each week. I am following some rules for this one:
1) I can only pick one panel from each strip, but not every strip.
2) The panel, therefore, has to work out of context.

What this means, of course, is that up to seven panels each week will be up for this, though we may have less than that, or even just one panel. On with the inaugural edition of Panel of the Week in order from lowest rated to highest rated, using an ultra-secret rating system so secret I'm not even sure what it is:

#5- 08/11/2008As you can see, it's Spider-Man. Except he's upside down with speed-lines and questionable perspective. Mainly the upside down, thing, though. That's what got me.

#4- 08/12/2008Spider-Man is being flippant, which is always good, and I love the sight of Jameson clinging to the top of that building.

#3- 08/10/2008Once again, flippant Spider-Man. The Vulture's pose is really silly, and we see Jameson falling in the foreground with his mouth agape with terror. This is also a sight I treasure.

#2- 08/16/2008This one would have been the winner, it would have, as it features Jameson falling and being a drama queen, speed lines, Jameson upside down (or at least nearly upside down), and questionable perspective. Also, those lines coming out of Jameson's head are really silly. However, this one was not the winner...

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring to you the first Panel of the Week:

#1- 08/15/2008Spider-Man back-handing the Vulture and talking smack. No one is upside down, and it does not feature Jameson falling, but this panel was such a pleasant surprise that it filled me with a warm fuzzy feeling when I first saw it, and continues to brighten my day.

The panel of the week will take up residence in the top corner, passing that honor from the panel which previously held it for several months to this week's winner. Good show, panels. Good show.

Previous winners will be kept here.


Spider-Man has now saved Jonah Jameson and subdued the Vulture, who decided to take a nap on the pavement. Soon, we'll be "entertained" by some criminals in suits. I am just so excited about that.

TIL: Spider-Man telling Jameson that saving lives is his job. I think that's a nice bit.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

No Snappage

Why is it that, whenever anyone else falls, Spider-Man catches them flawlessly and no harm is done to them at all, yet when Gwen Stacy fell, her neck got snapped? Yes, I know that it was due to the impact or something like that, but honestly, catching Jameson like that would at least give the poor guy whiplash, if not a broken spine and shattered ribs, yet they'll land and Jameson will walk away as fine as can be. I guess the rules of the universe changed for that one crucial moment to allow Gwen Stacy to die, just to mess with Spider-Man. Which actually fits the character, more or less.

TIL: Jameson falling off the building.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Spider-Man Stops Taking the Vulture's Nonsense

And so it would seem Spider-Man just turned around and did not punch the Vulture in the face, but back-handed him. Back-handed him because, if he had punched him, the force would have splattered him upon a wall.

I am at a loss for words, because that is pretty magnificent.

TIL: Today's whole strip was pretty spiffy.

Metapost: News!

I had an idea earlier today, which will be implemented on Sunday. Just a heads-up.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Unsportsmanlike Behavior

The Vulture really is just a costumed thug, isn't he? Any other villain would probably decide, "Hey, Spider-Man saved me. I'll still escape while he goes off to rescue Jameson, but I won't try to beat him up." If I was Spider-Man, I would just turn around and punch the Vulture in the face. Also, where's the Spider-Sense?

TIL: The random bit of people and scenery in panel three. Weird.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

All the Strips Fall into Line

I've made my apologies, now let's do some comicky stuff. Ten days worth of it! With the return of Thing I Liked!

08/04:You know, wouldn't Jameson's arm be yanked out of its socket? He's an old newspaper guy, after all, his joints aren't what they used to be.

TIL: Jameson's pleading in panel two.

08/05:I'm not a man who knows a lot about helicopters, but I do know a bit about Spider-Man, and the man probably weighs under two hundred pounds. Would an extra person of that size have any visible effect on a helicopter?

TIL: Speed lines in panel two. You can't go wrong with speed-lines.

08/06:Flying man with hostage versus helicopter: I think we all know who the winner in that confrontation would be.

It would be us.

TIL: Once again, Jameson's pleading in panel two.

Huh... my local paper started carrying the strip a bit ago, so I've read each of these the day they came out. I must say, though, that when you read them all together like this it does a pretty nifty job with suspense. Perhaps this week is just a fluke, though, as I doubt anything could make the Pestilent Parker bit be interesting.

Still have to wonder why the Vulture is using chemicals instead of his supposedly razor-sharp wings.

TIL: The alternating point of view is pretty keen.

08/08:The Vulture does something many villains never do: learn.

TIL: Tiny Jameson in panel one. I know it's perspective, but it's still rather silly to see.

That is one cruddy anti-gravity device if you can clog it just with webbing. At the high altitude the Vulture operates at, you would think that frost would sort of build up a bit, and he'd compensate for this somehow. This would also take care of the thin veneer of webbing Spider-Man is putting on there.

TIL: Panel two is funny, I think.

08/10:I like how this makes Spider-Man out to be the world's biggest jerk. "Oh, so I can only save one of you? Nah, not choosing. See you later!"

TIL: Jameson in the final panel.

08/11:Now, Spider-Man is being a bit less of a jerk by only letting the super-criminal die. While I could argue that we both know he won't, I remember when the Scorpion was in the strip and Spider-Man sort of let him drown. Will we have a repeat of passive homicide?

TIL: Jameson continues to be a highlight of this falling adventure.

Jameson shouldn't be so surprised: Spider-Man has saved him hundreds of times before.

TIL: Jameson clinging to the top of that building. Magnificent.

Huh. Sort of underwhelming, really.

TIL: Speed lines, and the fact that the Vulture looks like he's clawing at the air.


So, what happened was that the phone line got connected all right. It got connected pretty much right away, actually, and considering how the Internet and phone line are part of a package deal, I assumed, "Thank god! Now I can update everything and whatnot!"


I spent the Monday after I moved on the phone with tech support, and the final verdict was that my old modem was busted, and I had to get a new one. No big deal, kind of, so I went out and bought a brand new modem, with wireless and everything, and I brought it home and hooked it up and looked down at its blinking red light, perplexed and rather angry.

"What devilry is this?" I exclaimed, and I spent the better portion of a night trying to figure it out.

Tuesday, I was on the phone again, and someone was sent. By Thursday, I had another message telling me that the problem was fixed and everything was a-ok. Yet the red light still blinked. On the phone again, and it turns out that they sent the person to the old house. Apologies were profuse, and I was assured that the problem would be remedied in a few days...


So I waited. Plans were made to go to a library and at least let everyone know what was going on and putting the blog in the hands of a retainer for a few days, something I remembered several days into this whole fiasco, but every single plan was shot down like one of those "Duck Hunt" ducks: with a light gun held up to the television screen. Actually, just by people being really inconsiderate to my friends and myself. Stymied at every turn, and all that. I did try to put up a post from my cell phone, but it refused to send.

What's important now is that my bit of the Internet is up and running, and now it would seem I've got me some wireless connection. What does this mean for you? I have no idea. I'm just pleased with the wireless.

Anyway, I'll get the backlog of strips up as soon as I can. Right now, I've got twelve minutes, so we'll see what I can get done.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Spider-Man Makes How Many?

Spider-Man makes three? Who are they counting? You have the Vulture, Jonah, Maria Lopez, and her pilot, and then Spider-Man which makes five. Also, I think the NEXT box is lying and no one is going to die in the sky.

On a side note, I'm moving today, but I've been assured that I'll be able to Internet again pretty promptly, so I shouldn't miss an update.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Metapost: Thing I Liked

For a while, I was doing a little thing called Thing I Liked, or TIL, in which I would choose something I liked from each strip each day. A sort of silver lining to the cloud, if you will. I stopped doing it a while ago (late January, actually) and I forgot to start doing it again. I'd like to do it again, but I'll leave my fate up to you folks. So there's a poll up now, just in in Choose Your Own Blogventure, except instead of choosing what exciting antics happen next, you'll choosing whether or not I do TIL. I'm sort of ashamed that I turned this into a plug for Choose Your Own Blogventure, but seriously, you should be reading that. Please. At least I didn't plug my other two things (PC/MS and Third Attempt!, if you were wondering) so... wait.


Well, vote on whether or not I should do TIL, and then perhaps go look at my other stuff which is all TIL. See what I did there? I've passed some sort of shame threshold. I'm also ranting because it's nearly 5AM and I am tired. So I shall sleep now. Remember to vote and read stuff!


Oh jeez. We all know what happens when Spider-Man web-lines a helicopter. (See here if you don't.) He's going to smash the helicopter into the Vulture, isn't he? This may be something to see.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Deus Ex Machina Sense

Spider-Man's spider-sense is slowly becoming a deus ex machina sense, rather than something to warn him of impending danger. In any case, it's Friday, putting my Spider-prediction of him going off as Spider-Man on Tuesday off by a few days. Whether or not Spider-Man is early or late is a mystery, as I neglected to put down which Tuesday. Next time I'll remember.