How long past the first issue would you recommend that people stick with a comic that didn't work for them at all but that all of their favorite reviewers loved? (I'm thinking about All-New Ultimates here.)
If you don’t like it, drop it. You don’t have to like something because it’s critically acclaimed. Reading something out of a feeling of obligation is just going to make you hate it more.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s okay to have differing opinions and still get along.
Gil is exactly who I had in mind myself! You are spot on about the Hartman characters being far superior. I always thought Gil was based on Jack Lemons character in Glengary Glen Ross. Thoughts?
I’ve heard that, too. I don’t think it’s an out-and-out bad presentation, but the character had the unenviable position of trying to be a replacement character for Hartman’s characters, plus I always got the sense he was being shoved down viewers’ throats instead of just popping up and being funny.
Are there any artists that are doing new things with the comic book medium that you feel need more attention? If so, who, and which books?
Oh, you mean Kevin Warren, artist of Copernicus Jones: Robot Detective. (But really, he’s doing awesome work.)
As for others, I really love everything Colleen Coover (Bandette) does. She gets recognition in the form of awards, but not enough in the popular sphere.
Nick Pitarra is doing consistently amazing, mind-bending stuff on The Manhattan Project. Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts) is great and weird. Derek Charm (Trip Fantastic). Buster Moody (Task Force Rad Squad). Ming Doyle is certainly making a name for herself, but I feel like she should be a superstar. She’s got a style that’s so identifiable.
What ever happened with the loud downstairs neighbors?
The bike shop, you mean?
It’s still there, and they still play tons of loud music, but we complained until the landlord came and did some soundproofing (with an added bonus of shutting the bike shop down for a week).
As far as I know, the guy who runs the place is still a complete asshole, and I also know that on Easter Sunday Mayor Rahm Emanuel was there filling his bike tires with air, so I was standing above a-hole nexus for about 15 minutes.
I'd really recommend giving young justice another shot. I think it does a really good job of consolidating and condensing the DC universe without leaving out anything important. It basically out-new 52'd the new 52.
Have you watched any Young Justice? I just finished the first season on Netflix and it was better than I thought it would be. The plots are sometimes a little too angsty and/or contrived, but it gets better as it goes on. No idea how the second season is, though, since Cartoon Network apparently doesn't like releasing a show's entire run on Netflix at once.
I didn’t catch much of it, because what little I saw really threw me for a loop with the voice acting. I know that’s the wrong response, but hearing their version of The Joker was a turnoff for me. Maybe I should give it another shot.
What is your favorite Metal Gear Solid boss fight?
I’m probably most nostalgic for the fight against Sniper Wolf, but the boss fights in MGS 3 are sort of objectively the best. I love the fight with The End, because it’s so weird and requires so much patience.