Galactic Empire State of Mind

Best thing in the history of EVER.

Great song, clever re-working, concentrates only on the original trilogy, and Leia is HAWT.

(Facebook will screw up the embed when this gets RSS’d over to Notes, so I already posted it on my wall.)

Planet Comicon

Spent the day at Planet Comicon today and scored the following loot:

1) Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic.

2) Captain Britain and MI-13, Issues 8, 12, 13 and Annual 1, continuing to fill in gaps in my collection.

3) Doctor Voodoo – Avenger of the Supernatural, Issues 1 and 3 (and a special reprint of his origin from the 70s).

4) Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #1 — Smith’s unfilmed script, turned into a comic…. so I can properly bitch about what could have been when the Seth Rogan monstrosity comes out.

5) The Essential Dr. Strange, Vol. 3 (collecting the beginning of his Bronze Age run, which I read way back when).

6) Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg, Vol. 1 HC — collecting one of the first adult/independent comic series I ever got into….

and the Biggies:

7) TOMB OF DRACULA Omnibus, Vol 1 (variant cover) — I’ve been looking for this sucker for a LONG time, and it’s damn near impossible to find without spending BOOKOO bucks. I’m very, very pleased. This was my main goal for the Con.

I was completely unprepared to find this, however — and grabbed it as soon as I saw it:

8) Brush WIth Passion: The Art and Life of Dave Stevens (Ltd. Edition Hardcover). This sucker went out of print the DAY it was released. I had resigned myself to never getting one. WOOT!

Not a bad haul at all.

The LJ Kneejerk of the Moment

So, in a Twitter conversation about product placement, post-modern referentialism and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” video, Amanda Palmer said the following:

ironic product placement is only ok if you take no money & beyond that give all the income to something ironic. like the Klan.

…aaaaaand, cue the clueless firestorm. “OMG HOW COULD SHE SAY SUCH A HORRIBLE THING”, etc. etc.

Most of the links I’ve seen discussing this go to this overwrought LiveJournal post, whose kneejerk hand-wringing has generated over 400 responses.


Because, gods & monsters, we know that the Klan has never been used for comedic effect….

(And those just came from the examples I could think of from the top of my head.)

So, get a clue, folks. It wasn’t a serious comment, as the slightest familiarity with Ms. Palmer would tell you.

(I seriously wonder how much of this is yet another iteration of the “How DARE she be engaged to Neil Gaiman” nerdrage….)