August 29, 2004







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August 28, 2004

Anybody else want a refund?

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Why do you even have that poll asking "This blog is updated...." with "too often" as an option? You only post something about once a year. OK, that's an exaggeration, but still, I expect at least one post a day.

Posted by Jim Treacher at 12:22 PM

August 25, 2004

Two reasons I don't think "QT's Diary" is really Quentin Tarantino's blog

1) It's not made up of bits and pieces of every single blog Tarantino has ever read.

2) No feet.

("QT's Diary")

Posted by Jim Treacher at 02:25 PM

August 21, 2004

Youre barking up the wrong road people

I just want to say (point out - eculidate) that Im NOT Iraqwarwrong and niether (not either) is Puce. You could not PAY us to read Matthew Yglesias(its not soemthing wewill do (under circimstances).

Posted by Jim Treacher at 01:21 PM

I'm reposting this because it got messed up when my blog had a stroke yesterday


There was some sort of kerfuffle at a comic book convention last weekend, when the guy who writes the Daredevil comic for Marvel (remember the Ben Affleck movie? No?) got into it with some marketing guy at DC Comics (have you heard about the new Batman movie? Yes?). The writer, Brian Bendis, wants to do a comic where Batman and Daredevil team up to fight criminals in tights and so forth, but according to DC Comics VP of Sales & Marketing Bob Wayne, they don't want to participate because they don't like the current management at Marvel.

Which I couldn't really care less about one way or the other, but I did enjoy this exchange:

Though Wayne had some harsh words, the mood was fairly cordial between the two. Then things momentarily got a little nasty.

"Did Micah Wright write this up for you?" Wayne asked, questioning the way Bendis was taking this issue straight to the fans.

"I don't know Micah Wright -- you work with him," Bendis bit back. "There's no good reason for this. You're just mad that [Marvel Comics Editor in Chief Joe Quesada is] kicking your ass."

An outraged Wright replied*:

So now the DC Marketing chief is name-dropping me as a diss.

I still get checks from these people... where does he get off insulting ANY creator, past or present, in public? Does he seriously think I'll never see him again? Or that people wouldn't point it out to me? Or that this type of "Hey, lookit me, I'm the King of the Fanboys" behavior is in any way professional?

Hell, given the turbulent nature of this industry, there's every chance I may work with him again. Look at DC's relationship with Alan Moore over the last 30 years.

If you don't know who Alan Moore is, here's a good place to start.

P.S. A helpful reader reminds me of Wright's previous history with the aforementioned Joe Quesada, as detailed here, here, and here. But hey, given the turbulent nature of the industry...

*If this quote is no longer there, it's only because I linked to it.

P.P.S. Wright follows up, responding to the charge that he's hardly the guy to complain about airing dirty laundry in public:

The difference being that (a) I'm not in charge of Marketing at DC, (b) in the article I read, it said that Bob & Paul had contacted the owners of Marvel and tried to get Joe Quesada & Bill Jemas fired, and (c) Bob Wayne personally crawled up my ass on three separate occasions while I was working for DC for talking out of turn in public. What he did here is about 100x worse than any of the things he criticized me for and I think it shows an astounding double standard. THAT is why I said what he did isn't professional... because he's a boss and one of his jobs is to yell and scream at creators if they do anything which brings DC 5% of the negative attention that this juvenile crap brought about.

Maybe he didn't think mocking a notorious liar would bring negative attention to the company? Maybe he thought that distancing DC even further from Wright, in a humorous way, might actually bring them positive attention? Just a theory.

Also, did you know that one of the telltale signs of Narcissistic Personality Disorder is "a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations"?

Posted by Jim Treacher at 10:42 AM

Several links to things I've been enjoying lately, with a one-sentence description of each

Comedian Jim Norton has a blog, and it's even more disgusting and wrong than the stuff he says on Tough Crowd. Laurie Kilmartin writes for that show, and I like her blog too. I found those two sites via Cringe Humor, which has all kinds of great stuff about standup comedians who don't like you. I found that by way of Defamer when he linked to a short film, done by a failed contestant on Last Comic Standing, called Fahrenheit LCS (third item down on the Cringe Humor main page), although it should have been called Fahrenheit USG (Unfunny Sour Grapes). Speaking of masturbation, here are a bunch of Olympic beach volleyball pictures, updated regularly enough to cause carpal tunnel (there are pictures of the women's teams too -- ptui!).

(NOTE: This is approximately the 500th time I've tried to post this. I think my blog is even more homophobic than I am.)

Posted by Jim Treacher at 10:31 AM

August 20, 2004

Movable Type can eat me

I don't even know if this post will show up at all, if it doesn't get repeated 10 times. I just lost several old posts in addition to the one I spent literally an hour trying to post. Jesus H. Christ.

(Huh... the old posts are still there, starting here and including the one that got posted a bunch of times, but they're not showing up on the main page. I don't know what's going on with that. It's all computers these days. (Oh, and welcome Instapundit readers. The post you're looking for is here. (Did you know I invented the term "Instalanche"? Hooray for me.)))

Posted by Jim Treacher at 05:04 PM

August 11, 2004

"Getcha Hands Off Me!"

I've been reading Lost in the Funhouse, Bill Zehme's biography of Andy Kaufman. One of the tidbits of Kaufman trivia I hadn't heard before is that he and his co-conspirator Bob Zmuda wrote a script for a movie called The Tony Clifton Story. Clifton was one of Kaufman's characters/identities, an astonishingly obnoxious wannabe lounge singer in a peach-colored tuxedo and $1.95 toupee. Kaufman vehemently denied being Clifton, and vice versa. Eventually Zmuda took over the character, just to freak people out when Kaufman and Clifton showed up at the same place at the same time.

Anyway. Type "The Tony Clifton Story" into Google and you're a couple clicks away from reading the script at the Subterranean Cinema site. It's kind of amazing, especially if you know anything about Kaufman's life and work. Full of classic Kaufman mindfucks. And the baby seal scene alone is worth it. (Note to comedy nerds: In this script, Clifton is the hero. Kaufman, playing himself, is the villain. And this was before he became a wrestling heel! (Wait, no, he started wrestling women in the '70s, didn't he? Before the Jerry Lawler stuff, I meant.))

The movie never got made, of course. Kaufman did the disastrous Heartbeeps, The Tony Clifton Story was shelved, and then he/they died(?). Does anybody have one of those alternate-universe machines like on Sliders? I want to go to the video store on Earth-Clifton.

P.S. Subterranean Cinema also has the script for... The Day the Clown Cried!!! I'm almost afraid to read it.

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