Armagideon Time

Go ahead and shoot

June 6th, 2016

Things have been rather hectic around here lately, which is why this site’s update schedule has become even more erratic than usual.

Planned projects such as the wrap-up to my Terrible ’90s feature and the return of Nobody’s Favorites have been placed on the back-burner because I don’t have the time or presence of mind at the moment to give them their proper due.

That said, I don’t want to place the site on hiatus. Especially since inertia is the only thing keeping Armagideon Time going these days.

What I’ve decided to do is take a page from Old Man Sterling’s playbook and field some reader questions.

Have a topic you’d like to see me discuss? Wondering about my take on a certain subject? Oddly curious about some aspect of the Andrew Otis Weiss experience?

Ask away in the comments, and I’ll do my best to provide the knowledge you seek…as long as I can do so within the space of a five hundred word blog post.

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22 Responses to “Go ahead and shoot”

  1. k to the p

    I’ve got (qualified) Morrison fever at the moment, and I think I remember you saying on twitter that you didn’t get much out of All Star Superman. So: in as much depth as you feel like going, what’s your stance on Grant Morrison, his work, and his future on Scotland’s Olympic swim team?

  2. Greg Araujo

    I have a few:

    1) Superman fans were unhappy with the direction of the character in the pre-Crisis; during the Byrne reboot; post-Crisis; New 52 and today. Can Superman fans ever be happy?

    2) Which ’90s comic creator do you feel should be reevaluated?

    3) Is there a beloved story or story line you dislike? A hated story or story line you like?

  3. Ben

    What is the most overlooked part of the 60s/70s culture wars?

  4. Norman Rafferty

    First I wanna say what a fan I am of your blog. Now, the questions. I apologize if any of these were already covered.

    1) The wonderful world of color. The shift from the cheap newsprint (and its blue crowds and green walls), to the direct-market “prestige format” color process (wow, real skintones!) and then on to digital coloring and its early days of stair-step jaggies and marble textures. What insights do you have about comics going from disposablel, pulp-able newsprint and into glossy magazines? What of the would-be contenders, like NOW, Comico, and First, whose new gloss didn’t give them the staying power?

    2) Any insights on Bill Willingham? From a start as a D&D illustrator, then an early writer of “grim & gritty superheroes” like Elementals, he had a thriving career as “not Neil Gaiman” before hitting comix paydirt with “Fables”. A vanguard of new directions in comic? An artist in the right place at the right time? The ugly side of fandom where jars of silt are held up to the light?

    3) The Creators Rights Movement. What happened? From the seeds of dissent with Neal Adams and Dave Sim, to the rise and fall of Eastman & Laird, onward the brief detours such as Dark Horse’s Legend, DC’s Vertigo, and Image… to the present anarchy of today. What were the victories? The defeats? The lessons to be learned?

  5. Mikester

    What is your favorite Swamp Thing story?

  6. David H

    What’s the best time you ever had dancing (punk vs nonpunk)?

    Has Firestorm ever teamed up with Fire (Beatriz de Costa) and Storm (Ororo Munroe)? If not, why not? (Probably because not even Peter David would laugh at that pun.)

    What is your favorite depiction of food/eating in a comic book? Chew kind of left me cold, and I’m looking for something more substantial than a Twinkie or Hostess Fruit Pie.

  7. EAG46

    How are your pets doing? It’s been a while since we’ve seen pictures of the Queen of Animals’ subjects.

  8. John V

    Why do you never mention Kamandi, the last boy on earth? I was always fascinated with him (by him?)

  9. Chris K

    I know that you’re a big WKRP fan… Have you watched “Frank’s Place” (with Tim Reid and created by Hugh Wilson)? And if so, what do you think about it? It was my favorite show when it was on, but I haven’t seen it since it aired.

    (Sorry for the randomness of the question… I was just thinking of the show again recently and it’s been forever since I’ve heard anyone mention it, so I thought I’d run it by you…)

  10. Mike Loughlin

    1) I’m a little bit younger than you so I didn’t get into the Boston area punk/hardcore/ska/indie scene(s) until the mid-’90s. Were you into the bands that emerged in that era, and if so which ones caught your attention?

    2) Were you ever a fan of the Hulk, in any incarnation? If so, which version of the character/run on the title is your favorite?

    3) Who would be your ideal creative team for a Jack of Hearts comic?

    Thank you!

  11. Zeno

    One of the things I enjoy most about AT is your ability to explain various pop cultural trends from post-WWII onward through the context of historical social and economic states. Have you ever thought about expanding this interpretative approach into a larger project such as a book or maybe a graphic novel?

  12. Chris Gumprich

    One part of pop-culture that I don’t remember seeing you write about is the pro wrestling boom of the 1980s. As part of the prime demographic at that time, did you have a “WWF Phase”?

    (Well, I figured everyone else would be asking you about comics, punk rock, and STEELTOWN ROCKERS…)

  13. Jack Feerick

    For your pleasure, to use as you will, be it any, all, or none:

    If you could live anywhere in the world besides the Boston Metro region, where would it be and why?

    If you could live during any period of US history besides your own, when would it be and why? Of world history?

    Whose career would you most like to have?

    What four people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?

    What celebrity or artistic figure has disappointed you the most in the long run? What celebrity or artistic figure has most pleasantly surprised you? (I suppose either of these questions could just as easily apply to individual works rather than an entire corpus.)

    If you could master any skill through thirty days of dedicated practice, what skill would you choose?

    Who is your favorite of the various Three Stooges?

    Name and shame: Identify one public figure who is, in your opinion, actively hurting the state of the arts in America.

    What is one thing you would do if there were no possibility of failure?

  14. Crowded House

    1. What were the bands you really wish you’d gotten into earlier than you did? Conversely, what are the ones you used to like and can’t stand to listen to now?

    2. What was your first experience with event fatigue in comics? Or did you pass that altogether and go straight to event apathy?

    3. 1990′s nostalgia…why? I mean, I get it in the abstract, it’s just…why?

  15. Bill Snowden

    @David H

    “What is your favorite depiction of food/eating in a comic book?”

    Tenzil Kem, naturally.

  16. Tales to Enrage

    Do you have any connection to Star Trek outside of the Original Series?

  17. TG

    Since they’re set in your neck of the woods, have you ever read any of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels? If so, what’s your take?

    On a related note, do you know if the unnamed college at the center of the first book, “The Godwulf Manuscript,” is based on the school you went to? (Sorry, the name escapes me.) As I read the book, I kept thinking, “This sounds just like the description Andrew W. gives of his school, even if it’s 20 years prior.”

  18. Alpaca Queen

    How are Ollie and Addie? Can you post some pics?

  19. stavner

    Who are the biggest jerks in comics?

  20. Costa K

    Something I’ve been thinking about a lot today for some reason (semi-related to something I’m working on).

    What exactly does “pulp” mean today considering the apparent resurgence of the genre/form/topic/style?

  21. Arik

    As a Bostonian. What are some of Boston’s stereotypes toward the following Americans?
    Minnesotans, New York City, The south, Califrornians.?

  22. Jordan Levells

    What comics character/series/concept has your opinion risen on over the years? Conversely, what comics character/series/concept has your opinion gone down on?

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