Happy Day After Father's Day.
I hope everyone enjoyed their paternal celebrations over the weekend. I know I did.
I took my two boys to Comicpalooza Saturday and Sunday. They fed me breakfast in bed in between.
It was a good weekend.
There will lots more Comicpalooza goodies in the coming days. In the meantime, let's take a look at what in the pop culture world I've been up to since last week spoke.
- I spent a great deal of time last week in the mind of Warren Ellis. I read his run on Hellblazer
and then the entire run of Planetary
. Once I picked up Planetary
, I couldn't put it down. It's deconstruction/reimagination of the entire superhero genre is something every comic fan should read. I can't recommend it highly enough.
THE JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW
- this family favorite returned last night for its second season on TV Land and it seems to have embraced the absurd. In the pair of episodes last night, Jim was dogged by his need to find a calling and then put on trial for being a big, dumb, stupid white guy. Both episodes were very clever and highly entertaining. If you're not watching this one you really should be.
TEXAS LITERARY OUTLAWS
- I picked this book up at the local library thinking it would be a collection of stories. It turned out to be a history of a group of Texas writers who rose to prominence in the 60s and 70s and contributed things like Semi-Tough, North Dallas Forty
and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
to our lexicon. They also introduced Willie Nelson to the Austin music ethos, so they are at least partially responsible for the outlaw country movement. One story suggests they even outpartied our patron sinner, Dr. Thompson, during a lost Austin weekend. I was amazed by what an influence a group of guys I didn't know by name had had on my pop culture upbringing.