Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The fashion industry and Daria

Instructions to young runway models:
"Your worst enemy is at the end of the runway, the one who stole your boyfriend. She has broken her leg. Your job is to tell her without words that you are there to watch them cut it off." 
- from Daria, one of the best animated satires ever.


Anonymous said...

one of the best animated satires ever.

Was that a typo? You meant to say worst I think.

Pascal [P-04referent] said...

Yeah, that's about the spirit of posing on the catwalk.

I've seen precious little of Daria, but no doubt about it, it's brilliantly written in its disdainful teenage icy nihilism.

Although Resident Anonymous Flamer is not too bad either. Some rather nice acrid sarcasm there. On good days.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yeah. Though I think Josie has sorta fallen a little into a groove in recent years. Not exactly jumped the shark, you know, but kind of like East Enders, episode 1598, not as compelling anymore.

Get Daria if you can, it's pretty amazing. (I paid for it twice gladly. It's on iTunes now. So you don't have to worry about import. If you can get iTunes there?)

Pascal [P-04referent] said...

Not sure. I'm even having a hard time finding a national bookstore that sells this book, can you imagine that?
(But I think I can fiddle enough to grab its pages on the GoogleBooks samples page. I've got 25% of it so far. Not bad for a legal freebie.)

Why, you may ask, do I bother all the hassle to view a book that's virtually a "go straight to jail" Community Chest card in this country? Just for the heck of it! (And also because I'm curious about Yiddish, so there.)

My plans for the future:
1- win the lottery
2- emigrate
3- catch up on all the great stuff that's out on DVD and insanely overpriced in Lebanon (WHEN available at all!)

Currently reading Batman: Arkham Asylum. Real weird stuff. Feeling... sanity... slipping...

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Try getting Elektra Assasin or Stray Toasters by Bill Sienkiewicz. Great art, wonderfully weird stuff, particularly the latter, written by Bill himself, is over the top.

... Damn it's out in paperback now too! And after I used a fortune to track down the original series years ago.

Pascal [P-04referent] said...

Thanks for the tips. Noted.

It seems also that ANYTHING Deadpool is sure value. You seen the episode where they make a movie about his life?

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Deadpool has been animated? I only knew him from a peek into his first comics in the nineties. Jim Lee did an interesting thing by out-frankmillering Frank Miller, imitating the Sin City style, but making it more energetic and detailed. Not all that bad.

... Hmm,, can't even find a sample now.
Wait, maybe I'm confusing Deadpool with Lee's character... KillHard or something like that...? dang.
Aha, here we go, DeathBlow (gawd the silly names):


Pascal [P-04referent] said...

Heavens no, I never claimed they were animating Deadpool. (Though it WOULD be a most wickedestest idea). However, I did read that he was about to have his own movie.

Hunh. I've just recently seen an ad for Deathblow in one of my comics.
One that really seems worth the read (I hope it gets translated to english) is Zep & Tebo's ace parodic series, Captain Biceps ("now in his own animated series as well"). There's a casual mention of him fighting the villain Lethal Dooming Fatality Death Man and "wiping the floor with that loser".
Other crazy and/or parodic foes of his include Mister Paper (an origami guy whose folded paper stars actually explode), Atomic Granny ("Biceps, you'll pay for jailing my grandson Atomic Baby!"), TurboMan (the Flash meets the Roadrunner), Barbarian Man, ConcreteMan, Lawn Gnome Man, Santa's Evil Elf, HandsomeDudeMan, the Yawner, FatAssMan (who was raised in the jungle by hippos)... and the well-meaning but insufferable lecturer, Pacific Man ("His only superpower is being practically indestructible, which come is real handy to someone like him").

Captain Biceps ("even his brain is a muscle") still lives in his Mom's basement, incidentally. :-)