Plastic Men and Distant Memes: It’s a Link Post

io9 has the couple-years-old pilot for a Plastic Man cartoon that (somehow) never was (who’s better-suited to an animated show for 8-year-olds?), and it’s a fun mix of Jack Cole’s original comics, Kyle Baker’s mid-2000s series, and Ren & Stimpy. (Nerd trivia factoid: The first episode of the animated Tick series, from 1994, also involves an endangered dam!)

Richard Brody defends the Duplass bros at The New Yorker‘s Front Row blog.

Kevin Huizenga on comics and fonts:

Drawing Nancy and Sluggo almost exactly the same each time, it’s like [Ernie Bushmiller]’s making them into a font, like he’s writing “Nancy” in Helvetica.  All the drawings of Nancy are transparently Nancy the way a commonly used font will make a word “transparent.”  But I think saying that Bushmiller represents the “distilled essence” of comics is like saying Helvetica is the essence of the written alphabet.

At the Awl, Matt Ealer mounts a defense of Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever, and while I’m not sure he’s right to label fan objections to the nippled Batsuit as “deeply homophobic,” Ealer does wisely imply that the film has more in common with Grant Morrison’s current Bat-books than any of the Nolan or Burton movies.

And finally, in the first meme-nostalgia piece that has really hit home with me, Gavok from 4th Letter revisits the Mr. T vs. blank meme, which stole away more than one of my evenings in seventh grade.

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