Mad Science

Super-fun and smart rants from Matt Rossi are making me a happy camper this afternoon. My particular favorite is the May 4 installment about Doctor Doom and the Mad science department at Empire state University.

I also stumbled across some great comics done by Russ Turk yesterday. His pages have a few full issues from his comics online, and make a great read, especially Vanilla Bitch.

Little Bits

In her own inimitable style, Dori writes in her journal about running into Ethan Hawke on an elevator, and noticing that he’s nothing special in real life. Well, DUH! He’s not one of those guys I would expect much from in real life. Thankfully, it’s a moot point. But I wonder if he still stinks.

I found out about Grant Morrison’s incredible comic The Invisibles about two seconds before the epic saga ended once and for all. Luckily, I got my hands on the first three volumes of the collected stories. Absolutely mind-fucking fantastic. Read them. You owe it to yourself. If you just want to get a tastes, Barbelith has THE definitive reference materials, apparently.

The Mego Years

Made-Over Megos

None of these guys are in my collection anymore. This is a historical photo from the Rhatigan family archives.

It’s all about Mego, baby. As I’ve been putting more stuff up for my big auction on eBay, I realized that I should do a little research about some of the more obscure Mego items I had floating around.

Please tell me you know about the Mego superhero dolls. They were the cornerstone of my childhood, my favorite toys throughout elementary school. Being cursed with an overactive imagination, I refused to play with any of my toys as they characers they were sold as, so I made up all new characters for every onbe of them. What was great about the Mego dolls, aside from their excellent flexibility, was the fact that you could swap around all their costumes and accessories to form exciting new combinations.

Well, when I went hunting around for some background on the Mego dolls, I stumbled onto the motherlode of all Mego sites. I spent hours and hours poking around there, not just looking at the almost complete picture archive of all the dolls, but also checking out the incredible galleries of customized Mego dolls made to look like almost every other comic and sci-fi character around.

Another exciting, one much closer to my own Mego experience was SmallNet, a group of people who’ve transformed their Mego figures onto whole universes of their own characters. “You are big, but we are small!” The photo-documentary of the Rocket to the Roof mission was particularly fun. It produced many smiles here in the Rumpus Room.