There are two holidays that really get to me. The first is Halloween, because we can dress up without fear of community lash back, the seasons change and the environment explodes in a deluge of colors, and we get to scare the crap out of one another for a good laugh. The other is Thanksgiving (bet you didn’t see that one coming). This is a time that we get to give thanks for what we have, what we can look forward to in the coming months, and years, and a chance to eat more food in a single sitting than we ever would normally.
Plus there is Black Friday, but more on that on Friday.
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The Major Spoilers Nerd Room of Doom is packed with toys, statues, comic books, and toys, that we’ve collected over the years. (Word has it we had to move just to accommodate the growing collection of “stuff”.) Recent MSQotD have pondered wonders lost and found, and things you wish you could afford to buy, but today, it’s all about the here and now.
This week, we learned about a rare Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle illustration that sold at auction for over $70,000, which brings us to the MS-QotD: What is the most expensive/rare/cherished bit of ephemera you have in your pop culture collection?
In my latest review, I found myself remembering why I prefer to read certain series in the collected format. While I remain an avid believer that the monthly individual issue can still be a viable vehicle for comic book art, a case can be made some stories simply work better in larger portions.
So, Faithful Spoilerites, regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of “Issues Vs. TPBs”, the question of the day is this: Are there books that simply read better in the trade?
I’m working my way though the complete Rockford Files for the seventh or eighth time, and loving every minute of it. A well told detective tale can capture the audience (reader or viewer) and lead them through the clues or events to the big reveal. But the tales of Rockford, Holmes, Marlowe, The Shadow, and others, are certainly products of their time, and don’t seem to be conducive to having modern technology inserted into their tales.
Major Spoilerite Question of the Day: When a detective can do a search on the Internet instead of putting leather to the pavement, and high-tech gadgetry replaces the craft of observation and deduction, does it (modern technology) ruin or aid in tales told in the modern detective genre?
FYI: The Major Spoilers Podcast Crew address this issue this weekend, on episode #383 of the Major Spoilers Podcast.
The Found Footage genre goes way back to 1980 with the release of Cannibal Holocaust, but didn’t catch on until The Blair Witch Project scared the bejeezus out of audiences. There has been a bumper crop of found footage movies released in the last couple of years including Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity, and this past weekend’s box office champion, Chronicle.
And this brings us to the question of the day: Does the Found Footage Genre help in telling a story, or is it a gimmick to hide an otherwise problematic plot?