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[Awesome Moments] Is My Business – NSF56K

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  • Oniros25Oniros25 Registered User regular
    edited August 2013
    This awesome moment was actually brought about due to the cover of a trade.

    Several years ago, I was in a Barnes and Noble and I was poking through their woefully disorganized trade paperbacks, trying to at least get all the DC stuff on the DC side and Marvel stuff on the Marvel side if not get things in some kind of alphabetical order.

    Behind me I hear the voice of an old man say, "Do you like superheroes?"

    I turn around there's this guy, he had to have been at least in his mid sixties. He stood a good head shorter than me (I'm about 5'10'') and wore a loose fitting red sweater and jeans with thick glasses sitting on the bridge of his nose. I shrugged, not sure where this was going and said, "Yeah, sure. Who doesn't like superheroes, right?"

    He nodded in an almost reverent way and said, "I've loved 'em since I was a little boy."

    Nearby, there was a display with this trade sitting on it: 3ca6900409275f213e1347d14b88ed58.jpg?v=128250

    He pointed at each hero in turn, saying their names and with each one he spoke a little bolder, like the words were magic, "Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America..."

    He turned back to me, his eyes glittering behind his glasses, "They were my heroes."

    When he said that last word, his voice was full of a complex cocktail of emotions, like when you think of that one idea or ideal that makes your life worth living.

    "When I had a son, I shared them with him. Now he has a son too. You want to know a secret? These heroes, they're the one thing all of us have in common."

    I just stood there kind of slack jawed and just blown away. I think maybe I stammered something about that being really cool and he just kind of laughed at me and walked away.

    So, not an awesome moment in a comic, but one brought about because of comics. I don't think I'll ever forget that as long as I live.

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    Oniros25 wrote: »
    This awesome moment was actually brought about due to the cover of a trade.

    Several years ago, I was in a Barnes and Noble and I was poking through their woefully disorganized trade paperbacks, trying to at least get all the DC stuff on the DC side and Marvel stuff on the Marvel side if not get things in some kind of alphabetical order.

    Behind me I hear the voice of an old man say, "Do you like superheroes?"

    I turn around there's this guy, he had to have been at least in his mid sixties. He stood a good head shorter than me (I'm about 5'10'') and wore a loose fitting red sweater and jeans with thick glasses sitting on the bridge of his nose. I shrugged, not sure where this was going and said, "Yeah, sure. Who doesn't like superheroes, right?"

    He nodded in an almost reverent way and said, "I've loved 'em since I was a little boy."

    Nearby, there was a display with this trade sitting on it: 3ca6900409275f213e1347d14b88ed58.jpg?v=128250

    He pointed at each hero in turn, saying their names and with each one he spoke a little bolder, like the words were magic, "Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America..."

    He turned back to me, his eyes glittering behind his glasses, "They were my heroes."

    When he said that last word, his voice was full of a complex cocktail of emotions, like when you think of that one idea or ideal that makes your life worth living.

    "When I had a son, I shared them with him. Now he has a son too. You want to know a secret? These heroes, they're the one thing all of us have in common."

    I just stood there kind of slack jawed and just blown away. I think maybe I stammered something about that being really cool and he just kind of laughed at me and walked away.

    So, not an awesome moment in a comic, but one brought about because of comics. I don't think I'll ever forget that as long as I live.

    Posts like this make me miss the old way of awesoming posts.
    Back then, an awesome post would be reposted in a forum set aside for the awesome posts, shared with the entire forum letting everyone know it was awesome regardless of which sub-forum it was posted in.
    Now, you can click on the Best Of link, but it's so flooded that it's hard to pick out or read a thread and the truly awesome are drowned in a flood of pretty awesome.

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    Shakey1245 wrote: »
    Sergio Aragones Destroys DC.
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    I LOVE Sergio Aragones. That guy is insane. I remember one panel in some MAD he did of Conan (it might have been Groo, but I'm pretty sure it was a Conan spoof in MAD).

    He had Conan rolling through a feast. In the first panel there was the standard feast fare (roast turkey, peas, lavish deserts, pig with an apple in its mouth, etc.). In the second panel, was the aftermath. Upturned dishes, turkey bones, a big old mess, but what really made me love his art and his attention to detail was the fact that the pig had been reduced to a perfect skeleton and in the skeletal mouth was an apple core.

    holy crap. Did Conan remove the apple eat it and replace the core? No. After all, he didn't right any of the dishes right? He somehow, in a fit of ravenous food lust, ate the apple whilst it was still in the pigs mouth.

    absolutely incredible.

  • WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    That reminds me of the Death of Groo trade. Was so good, like a reverse Life Of Brian, someone mistaken for Groo dies early on, so no one even bothers to question the very Groo-like person that's still around

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  • cshadow42cshadow42 Registered User regular
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  • GuekGuek Registered User regular
    This was pretty boss

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  • cshadow42cshadow42 Registered User regular
    Cosplayer's Avengers vs JLA
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    Many, many more here

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  • iguanacusiguanacus Desert PlanetRegistered User regular
    Who cosplays as Jack of Hearts?

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  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    someone with a deep and abiding love for Bill Mantlo

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  • WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    edited September 2013
    Jack of Hearts, being defeated by a small staircase, seems about right :D

    That is a slick as hell Nova costume too

    edit: oh no, cannot unsee Firestorms bulge

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  • cshadow42cshadow42 Registered User regular
    edited September 2013
    Here's another bulge you can't unsee
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    And sweaty Batman:
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    But overall, a pretty cool coordinated cosplay effort:
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    (Though was Spider-man really part of JLA vs Avengers?)

    EDIT: Nevermind, can't reference those pics

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  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    those images all look broken from here

  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    cshadow42 wrote: »
    Here's another bulge you can't unsee
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    And sweaty Batman:
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    But overall, a pretty cool coordinated cosplay effort:
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    (Though was Spider-man really part of JLA vs Avengers?)

    EDIT: Nevermind, can't reference those pics

    The (IMG) tag only works with URLs for the actual images.

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  • WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    Dang, that Wonderman outfit is snazzy, I'd wear that to non-cosplay events.

    I don't see the spidey you are mentioning? And I feel bad but I can't help but chuckle at the aquaman costume, I don't know why, it's more like just some guy in a flashy speedo happened into the shot carrying a trident. " Uh Oh crazy uncle jimmy is in the sparkly shorts again, better call the home" , it's probably just a resolution thing

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  • FakefauxFakefaux Cóiste Bodhar Driving John McCain to meet some Iraqis who'd very much like to make his acquaintanceRegistered User regular
    Guess Bruce forgot the bat-antiperspirant.

  • cshadow42cshadow42 Registered User regular
    edited September 2013
    The Namor guy is pretty spot on though. Just needs pointy ears.
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    And there's Spidey in the middle fighting Metamorpho. Though man, the Falcon looks like Old Falcon
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    Tsk, I kind of wanted to see the Marvel Captain Marvels double-teaming DC Captain Marvel.

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  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    cshadow42 wrote: »
    Tsk, I kind of wanted to see the Marvel Captain Marvels double-teaming DC Captain Marvel.


    :shock:

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  • GaslightGaslight Registered User regular
    cshadow42 wrote: »
    The Namor guy is pretty spot on though. Just needs pointy ears.
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    The perspective on this makes it look like a bigger head was pasted on Aquaman's body.

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  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    edited September 2013
    cshadow42 wrote: »
    Tsk, I kind of wanted to see the Marvel Captain Marvels double-teaming DC Captain Marvel.

    PHRASING!

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  • Linespider5Linespider5 ALL HAIL KING KILLMONGER Registered User regular
    Frank Quitely always astounds me how with how much he can put in a single frame. It's like marveling at the surface of the ocean. How does something so arguably simple and minimal have such presence?

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  • cshadow42cshadow42 Registered User regular
    cshadow42 wrote: »
    Tsk, I kind of wanted to see the Marvel Captain Marvels double-teaming DC Captain Marvel.

    PHRASING!

    What I meant, was that I wanted to see both of Marvel's Captain Marvels fighting DC's Captain Marvel at the same time.

    I actually searched for the other type. My soul is sad now


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  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    cshadow42 wrote: »
    cshadow42 wrote: »
    Tsk, I kind of wanted to see the Marvel Captain Marvels double-teaming DC Captain Marvel.

    PHRASING!

    What I meant, was that I wanted to see both of Marvel's Captain Marvels fighting DC's Captain Marvel at the same time.

    Of course. But you walked right into that Archer reference.
    I actually searched for the other type. My soul is sad now

    Then you're doing it wrong.

  • Mr PinkMr Pink I got cats for youRegistered User regular
    The greatest thing about those cosplay pictures is that half the people cant maintain a serious fight face because they're having too much goofy fun.

  • KyouguKyougu Registered User regular
    God I love that so All Star Super-Man page so much, and specially for the last panel.

    It seems you rarely see heroes hug or comfort civilians, but Superman is the one character who looks right doing it.

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  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    edited September 2013
    I know this isn't an awesome moment in a comic, but it is an awesome moment related to comics. And it ties back to the original Awesome Moments thread.
    I would also make a personal point to note that All Star Batman and Robin is probably my example of a grindhouse comic filled with joy. Can I tell you a little story? I’m going to tell you a little story.

    Years ago, during the height of this book’s run, Frank Miller was hanging out at bars around various conventions, and would often be the subject of questions from fans yearning for some booze addled “off the record” talk from the man himself. During this time, when people would asking him what the fresh hell he was doing with All Star Batman and Robin, he would respond with the utmost no-bullshit honesty: DC approached him and told him they wanted him to write the Batman book in their new line of superstar heavy, low continuity comic book line, and he told them he didn’t want to do it. Then later, they came back to him and offered him a pile of money too big to turn down. He still didn’t want to write the book, but he decided that if they really, truly wanted to pay a man who didn’t want to write a god damn Batman comic to write a god damn Batman comic, he would at least try to have some fun with the process by making it deliberately horrible.

    In short, Frank Miller decided to troll DC and superhero comic fans, and get paid a shit ton of money for it. And he did, on both counts. My favourite bit is when – after he saw the internet fucking explode over the original “are you retarded comma I’m the God Damn Batman” line, he handed in a script that featured Batman telling Black Canary that he could call his god damn Batmobile whatever he god damn wanted to god dammit because he was the god damn Batman. It was awesome.
    http://comicstheblog.com/2013/09/13/um-actually-100-luftballons/

    Emphasis mine.

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  • emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
    Zombie Aquaman tried to psyche out his wife and get inside her head during Blackest Night. They say there's no such thing as a funny dead baby joke but ...

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  • cshadow42cshadow42 Registered User regular
    Not funny.

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  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    edited September 2013
    emnmnme wrote: »
    They say there's no such thing as a funny dead baby joke but ...

    Whoever said that is wrong.

    Dead wrong.


    Then again, the dead baby is by far the least offensive thing about that.

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  • Caveman PawsCaveman Paws Registered User regular
    Mrs.Aquaman has a body that makes Barbie look average.

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  • cshadow42cshadow42 Registered User regular
    As a parent, to me there is no such thing as a funny dead baby joke.

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  • David_TDavid_T A fashion yes-man is no good to me. Copenhagen, DenmarkRegistered User regular
    cshadow42 wrote: »
    As a parent, to me there is no such thing as a funny dead baby joke.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESFANzZTdYM

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  • Caveman PawsCaveman Paws Registered User regular
    edited September 2013
    cshadow42 wrote: »
    As a parent, to me there is no such thing as a funny dead baby joke.

    Well you are missing out, because damn, there are some really good ones out there.


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  • KetarKetar Come on upstairs we're having a partyRegistered User regular
    cshadow42 wrote: »
    As a parent, to me there is no such thing as a funny dead baby joke.

    Louis CK's last special has a bit that qualifies. And while I would normally agree with you, i couldn't help but laugh while watching.

  • Linespider5Linespider5 ALL HAIL KING KILLMONGER Registered User regular
    I...I kinda gotta give props to Frank Miller for hate-fucking Batman.

    At the same time, it's a bit of a shame he couldn't come up with something, anything else he wanted to actually do with the character, considering what we ended up with kind of proves he had carte blanche to do just about anything with the character...short of fighting Al-Qaeda, that is.

    That's one thing I largely appreciate about Grant Morrison. He takes a sort of Brian Eno attitude, where if he hits a wall, whether it's his own doing or something editorial, he almost always finds a way to land on his feet and go, 'ok, how can I use this to my advantage, instead of see this as a setback?' Sure, he doesn't always stick the landing, but anytime a creative person can think their way around obstacles instead of throwing a hissyfit, well, that's an amazingly admirable quality we all should seek to emulate.

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  • APODionysusAPODionysus Registered User regular
    If its true, I love the idea that ASB&R is just an elaborate troll. That's kind of awesome.

    On the other hand, part of me wonders how true it all is. Maybe it became true after it was so spectacularly reviled at first. You know how Tommy Wiseau now claims The Room was intended to be a comedy all along? Yeah that certainly wasn't the case, and I wonder if ASB&R is the same sort of thing.

  • CrimsondudeCrimsondude Registered User regular
    edited September 2013
    What motive does Frank Miller have to lie? Especially compared to some of the other things he's said publicly.

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