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Weekend Reading: The Damned, Apes, Simpsons and Tex Avery

The Sixth GunHurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, power outages. It's been a wild couple of climate change-enhanced weeks. Let's play catch-up across the internets:

Cullen Bunn is having a career year and let’s hope it’s the first of many. The creator of The Sixth Gun got his Oni Press series, The Damned, picked up by Showtime for a series. He’s already gotten The Sixth Gun optioned to SyFy for a series. If they both make it to air, Bunn will have two more shows on the air than DC Comics.

Apes: Rich Handley reviews the fourth issue of Darryl Gregory and Carlos Magno’s Planet Of The Apes, from Boom! “BOOM!’s Apes run stands on a pinnacle, one sure to end badly for humanity.” But all good for readers and fans.

Republicans: My pal Doug Molitor from Funny Or Die looks at 12 Republican super-heroes. My favorite? The Human Torturer!

Jack: Man, that’s a lot of nice Jack Davis work that Michael Sporn posted. I really love those western covers, too.

Tex: Jerry Beck at Cartoon Brew remembers the great animation director Tex Avery.

Galaxis: Over at Weimar World Service, writer-editor John Zipperer is teasing about the second issue of his new sci-fi mag.

Punisher: Evan Lewis at Davy Crockett’s Almanack remembers The Punisher: Welcome Back Frank by Garth Ennis: “Only a comic book, but still (and this is the straight skinny from me to you,)…it kicks ass.”

Buddy: My pal Buddy Scalera gets himself interviewed at The Morton Report to talk about his new book: Colossal Collection of Action Poses.

Griff: Dennis Hartley at Digby’s Hullabaloo has seen a low-budget “super-hero” movie I’d never heard of: Griff the Invisible. It’s the story of a socially awkward office clerk who dresses up as a super-hero at night.

Simpsons: Maybe this is also elsewhere, but I love this Rob Tornoe cartoon that reimagines the Republican Presidential front runners as Simpsons characters.

Australia: Ricky Sprague at Project Child Murdering Robot has a take on Robert Crumb’s recently cancelled trip to the land down under.

Byrne: You know who likes the revived John Byrne’s Next Men? Todd Klein, that’s who.

MAD: Yow! That’s a lot of MAD paperbacks!

Slave Leia: Writer Lance Mannion takes the opposing view: “Princess Leia as slave girl never did it for me.” At least he posted a picture.

And finally, the gang at Red Dwarf are getting new costumes for their upcoming new series.

That’s it for now! Use your internets responsibly!

[Artwork: The Sixth Gun, © Cullen Bunn]

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