Yes, that’s right! FlatJacks - They’re like chicken nuggets flat slab-like things (chicken monoliths, perhaps?) you can heat in your toaster. In other words, Latchkey Chow. Available in Original, Buffalo Style, or Grilled Cheese. That’s not a grilled cheese sandwich - it’s a grilled cheese flavoured chicken-thing. In the States they also come in Bar-B-Q. Yep, hard to believe, but this is a Canadian product that we’re exporting to the States. Down there, it may qualify as health food, depending on whether it has high fructose corn syrup in it.
Check out that hip teen’s sideways baseball cap and sunglasses. He’s almost as cool as Poochie. He just needs a skateboard! With all the appropriate safety padding, of course.
Has anyone done a chart of the number of reboots/reimaginings/restarts in the comic book industry over the last fifty years? Does it just shoot up exponentially?
What got me this morning was this story over at Comic Alliance. A big number 4. In case you didn’t know, the Human Torch died, and the remaining members of the Fantastic Four became the “Future Foundation.” But now, could the Human Torch be coming back?
As a hero? As a villain?
Who cares? Honestly, who the hell cares anymore?
The greatest mistake of the entire comic book industry as a creative whole — a completely understandable one — is the need to cling to impossible continuity. For everything else it brings us, inflexible canon is a myth-destroyer. The things superheroes do are mythic in nature, but their human side (along with the progression of time) tethers them in good ways and bad.
How can anyone keep track of a company-wide, decades-long epic told simultaneously from dozens of different, intertwining perspectives? No wonder new readers are scarce. I mean, at least with War and Peace, you have an obvious starting point, and you know it won’t change creative teams mid-span.
Ever seen the blog Man of the House? It’s a creation of Procter & Gamble, an online magazine for “real men” i.e. married guys with kids. It’s pretty much aiming to be Good Housekeeping for guys.
Except isn’t Lifehacker already basically Good Housekeeping for guys? OK sure, there’s a lot of articles about personal productivity software and such, but they also run articles about stain removal, recipes, and weight loss. The trick being, they don’t let on that that’s what they’re about, ‘cause let’s face it, household chores are just never cool.
I imagine we’re still a long way from eliminating the scourge of terrible cleaning-product ads featuring Moms in khakis happily doing all the menial household labour for the rest of their charmingly derpy nuclear family, but it’s a sign of progress, really.