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70 Aspects Of Batman: 15



Eddie Campbell (born 10 August 1955) is a Scottish comics artist and cartoonist who now lives in Australia. Probably best known as the illustrator and publisher of From Hell (written by Alan Moore), Campbell is also the creator of the semi-autobiographical Alec stories, and Bacchus (aka Deadface), a wry adventure series about the few Greek gods who have survived to the present day. His graphic novel The Fate of the Artist, which playfully investigates Campbell’s own sudden disappearance, was published in May 2006 by First Second Books. His latest graphic novel, The Black Diamond Detective Agency, was published in June 2007, also by First Second Books.

His scratchy pen-and-ink style is influenced by the impressionists, illustrators of the age of “liberated penmanship” such as Phil May, Charles Dana Gibson, John Leech and George du Maurier, and cartoonists Milton Caniff and Frank Frazetta (particularly his Johnny Comet strip). His writing has been compared to Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller.


Campbell’s most substantial Batman-related work can be found within the covers of the above one-shot, released in 2003. Batman: Order Of The Beasts is an Elseworlds story that features a 1930s Dark Knight in an England on the brink of war. The Batman becomes embroiled in a conflict with the titular order, and hijinks ensue. Campbell isn’t exactly known for his superhero work, so it’s a rare treat to see his take on a costumed adventurer. Beasts flew under the radar on its release in 2003, but it’s a great little book and well worth seeking out.



More Olympix ranting: water polo and volleyball

In response to Ryan’s previous post – water polo is NOT very foreign to the US. I would think that most sports fans here can identify it immediately. Obviously, a lot of Americans play the sport because our men’s national team is world class. Our men’s volleyball team is world class, too, in spite of a lack of prestige for the sport among American men. Both teams are doing very well at the current Olympics and have medal goals.

With these teams being somewhere between decent to world-class year after year, why do they never, ever get any attention outside of the Olympics? They both play a fair amount of games a year and the players are pros. Would it really kill ESPN to show their non-Olympics matches on ESPN2 or ESPN Classic?

On the other hand, the USA men’s national rugby team currently DOES have their games shown on ESPN Classic, which is confusing. We are NOT a powerful rugby nation and teams like Australia defeat us with great ease. I love rugby, but I’m not sure it’s getting airtime when more established sports that we’re better at are not. TheEnd.


World War III


If you don’t want to read the whole article, it’s conservative wacko predicting that Israel will attack Iran between our autumn elections and the inauguration. This is all based on recent developments that indeed do seem to suggest something might go down soon (Israeli long-range test runs and recent comments by leaders). I have to admit, there is a strange part of me that is separated from it all that finds the whole thing exciting. A real, goshdarned war between 2 modern militaries! This sort of thing is very rare post-World War II. Most wars of the last 50 years have been waged by a modern military on one side and a very clever, determined but but less powerful (on paper) enemy on the other side. Examples are the current Iraq war, Vietnam War, Soviet/Afghani war.

Anyway, back when the 9/11 attacks occurred I wrote in a journal or something about how it could turn into World War III. Not that it will but just how it could happen. Well, I think it could possibly happen if Israel attacks Iran. It could EASILY happen if Iran were to attack Israel. Anyway, here’s a potential scenario.

Israel attacks Iran in a preemptively defensive act of aggression. Iran would definitely not stand for it and a war would commence. We would certainly enter to defend Israel and Britain would likely do so as well. It could stop there (and perhaps probably would). Contrary to public opinion, Iran is NOT an Arab nation (it’s Persian). It has a majority Shiite population and it’s decisions are unpopular. As a result, the Arab nations wouldn’t go nuts to help out but Syria probably would. So it’s Israel, US, UK vs Iran, Syria. If Iran could somehow turn the whole thing into a Muslim rallying point all hell could break loose. Even if the other Muslim nations don’t join in, rioting and civil strife could easily be instigated in most of these countries.

Basically, all that’s required is for Pakistan to get involved. If they could somehow be persuaded to act or join Iran, in spite of the fact that Pakistan is now our “friend”, a real can of worms is opened. Pakistan’s mortal enemy, India, would likely join on our side. Now neighboring Muslim countries like Bangladesh and Indonesia could answer the cry. Is Australia, part-time enemies of Indonesia, then induced to join our side?

China has been a long-time enemy of India’s engaging them in several border battles. Naturally, the Chinese also hate us. Do they sieze the opportunity to take the land that they believe is theirs? Are we then compelled to aid India? And does China take advantage of the chaos to invade Taiwan? Or finally pay back Japan for WWII?

And what does Russia do?! They act like they’re pals with China now but they’re traditionally enemies (even in the communist days). But they hate us much more.

Probably won’t happen.


The Primary Video Game Markets

There are basically 6 primary video game markets: USA/Canada, Western Europe, Australia, Japan, Korea and China. I say ‘primary’ because these are the markets where publishers and manufacturers maintain official presences and marketing. Other markets, such as Mexico, for example, rely on imports of games from nearby markets. In other words, there is no Nintendo of South America of Sony Computer Entertainment South Africa.

CLUMP 1: USA/Canada, Western Europe, Australia
Popular current platforms: Wii, DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox 360, PC
These markets are actually the most diverse and well-rounded with games from both east and west competing as best-sellers. As you can see, many platforms are currently supported in these regions with many genres represented.

CLUMP 2: Japan
Popular current platforms: Wii, DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Mobile Phones
Japan is in a league of its own. For one thing, they basically only care about games made in Japan, which is a shame and they refuse to touch an Xbox. Also unique is that they take mobile phone games seriously, releasing high-profile, big-budget efforts for their high-power phones.

CLUMP 3: Korea, China
Popular current platforms: PC
Yeah, not very diverse markets but very passionate. They really love to play online PC games, especially the kind where you interact with other people. There are tons of internet cafes where nerds gather to play these games for many, many hours on end. Surprisingly, massively multiplayer online games from the USA are very popular in these markets.