This blog is closing up shop for the time being. It was created when its big brother Rip Jagger's Dojo was for a time out of commission, but things have changed and the original Dojo is up and running. So there's no immediate need for this "Other Dojo". I will close it from comments in a few days (to scare off the scavengers) , but it will still be up to serve as a potential life boat if there is trouble in the future. I want to thank everyone who has supported this site with their comments and their patience in plowing through the daily posts. To keep enjoying that same dash of bewildering enlightenment please feel free to join the discussions at Rip Jagger's Dojo.
Die Farbe (The Color) is the finest film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space which has been made. Despite the shift of the setting to Germany in recent times, the story is mostly a flashback told by a man with (as we learn) somewhat unreliable memories. We meet a young American who learns that his father, a WWII veteran has gone missing in the countryside of Germany. He goes to find him and discovers that the area is being sunk beneath water by virtue of a new dam project and that most of the area will soon disappear. While looking for his Dad he finds a man who knew him during the war and who tells a bizarre and frightening story of a meteor which landed on a farm and slowly over time destroyed the family that lived there.
The movie is in black and white (with one exception), done on a relative shoestring so it's necessary to forgive some dodgy special effects (especially the ones which are supposed to be invisible). It was originally proposed as a final sc…
Wally Wood was one of the great artists in the history of the comic book form, and one of the most troubled. He was a mercurial figure, starting out on the sci-fi and horror comics of his day in the 50's and elevating to the best of them at EC Comics before broadening out to humor and superheroes and more. He was always it seemed a maverick of sorts, spending a few months at Marvel revising Daredevil, stopping at Tower to develop the THUNDER Agents, beginning Doctor Doom's series, visiting DC to spruce up the Justice Society of America, and all the while working at the edges of the establishment in the Undergrounds with work that the Big Two would never publish, most of it with a distinctive slant on explicit sex.
Much of Wally Wood's notorious sexy stuff was collected some years ago in a French collection titled "Con de Fee" and that title was lifted by Fantagraphics for their relatively modern collection of Wood's "dirty comics".
And then there were two. Welcome one and all to my "Other Dojo". This new Dojo was made necessary when the old place started showing signs of wear and tear after just shy of five thousand posts and a decade of steady use. It will take me more than a bit of time to settle in and to get things arranged the way I like. Be patient please. I loved the classic look of the old Dojo, but my heart says simpler is better and so look for a less cluttered more streamlined Dojo. Part of me is sad to leave the old place behind (though you can still access it in the links section) bu if you learn nothing else in a dojo, it's to roll with the punches, otherwise things can hurt a long, long time.