“I’m wondering if you have a favorite geek-ref song… or if you would suggest any? Siouxsie and the Banshees and U2 did Batman soundtrack contributions… did they work, or should the bands have known better?”
Geek-ref songs used to be my lifeblood and I used to think MC Chris was the coolest. Nowadays I don’t really care about the burgeoning nrrd core genre, but there’s still some decent stuff out there. Check out Nacho Picasso’s “Marvel” and Weezer’s “In the Garage.”
As far as soundtrack contributions, I AM quite partial to “Flash’s Theme” by Queen. It’s pretty much the gold standard of soundtrack music for me, along with the undeniable “Kiss From A Rose.” Seriously. I typed that and then immediately had to put on that song. I am listening to it right now. Thanks, Batman!
I’d also like to point out that the music videos for all of these soundtrack songs (circa 1992, at least) are hilariously awful (see here). They’re just mash-ups of footage of the band and scenes from the movies. U2 should definitely have known better. They should have known better before they even formed a band. Because they’re awful.
“What books should I give my girlfriend to get her into comics?”
Well, assuming your girlfriend has good taste, I have some suggestions for you that will melt her icy heart into a hot puddle of comic love.
If your girlfriend is an indie darling, try:
*Blankets by Craig Thompson
*Jamilti by Rutu Modan
*Demo 1 & 2 by Brian Wood
*Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley
*Daytripper by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá
*Hark, A Vagrant! by Kate Beaton
If she’d be into for something more mainstream, I’d suggest:
*Nextwave Agents of H.A.T.E. by Warren Ellis
*Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka
*Conan the Barbarian by Brian Wood
*Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire
*Batman: The Black Mirror by Scott Snyder
If she’s a Twi-Hard, go for:
*American Vampire by Scott Snyder
*Fables by Bill Willingham
*Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi
*Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse by Ben Templesmith
*I-Zombie by Chris Roberson
And if she’s into the thought-provoking shiz:
*Sandman by Neil Gaiman
*V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
*Kill Your Boyfriend by Grant Morrison
*Y the Last Man by Brian K Vaughn
*Preacher by Garth Ennis
Hope this helps! If your girl doesn’t like the look of any of these comics, she is clearly a lost cause and you should maybe consider dumping her.
“If you had the power to turn 1 comic book into a movie, why would your choice be Lobster Johnson?”
Because Lobster Johnson is my husband and we’d get mad rich on the royalties, yo.
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