Regular readers of this site will be aware that I recently completed a six-month study of Grant Morrison’s first four years on the Batman titles. The “Great Morrison Bat Study” was my first attempt at looking at the entirety of a body of pop culture art and critically analyzing it as though it was for a college course which, yes, is fun for me. In fact, I liked it so much that I want to do it again. And again. And again. And again.
That’s why I’d like to announce the beginning of a new column I’m calling “Super Serial,” in which I’ll analyze some massive body of work by looking at its individual parts piece by piece. That might lead to the study of a director’s entire filmography, a recording artist’s career output or all of the comics in a particular series or run. It’s my goal to post a new installment once a week, and I’ll focus on a single topic until I feel I’ve done it justice. As in the GMBS, the posts may be more explicative than evaluative (notice I didn’t give any of Morrison’s stories a grade), while for some subjects I may decide it’s more germane to “review” each installment. I’ll decide that on a case-by-case basis.
I’m writing this introductory post to give you guys a chance to help influence what I look at next. I certainly have some ideas for projects I’d like to do, but I’d like to hear your input first. In the comments, feel free to suggest anything you think would make for an interesting “Super Serial” study. Some topics I’m drawn to are the films of Christopher Nolan, the albums of Elton John or Paul Cornell’s Knight and Squire series issue by issue. You can vote for one of those or suggest something different — I’m all ears! Super Serial will officially start here on Nerdy Nothings next Sunday, so if you’ve got any ideas now’s the time to share them! (note: please limit them to film, music and comic books — television shows and prose aren’t really options at this time)
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My Best of 2012 Playlist by Eric Garneau
After being inspired by some friends, for the past few years I’ve been really into documenting my musical exploration with year-end mixes. I realize this is not a particularly novel thing to do, but hey, who has original ideas any more? Anyway, this has gotten even easier to do thanks to new technology like Spotify. read more