Persepolis

We watched Marjane Satrapi’s film version of Persepolis last night. Wow, what a fantastic film, one of the best adaptions I’ve ever seen. I’d actually put it above Sin City because it was not only a faithful adaption but the style of adaptation carried a lot of the story. My favorite bit was the flashback into the founding of modern Iran, told as if all the Shah’s father and the other characters were paper dolls. That choice carried so much meaning and said “these guys were all puppets” without actually saying it. I recommend this film as highly as I can, as do I recommend the original graphic novels.

As a reminder, here’s the short video interview Marjane was kind enough to do with me a few years back when she was in town.

XMas Haul




XMas Haul

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I never did post about the stuff I received for XMas. I got some shirts and socks and other practical things, which proved to me that I am now old. Getting socks for XMas and being happy about it is a dead giveaway. My wife also gave me that massive all in one Bone collection. It is both fine graphic literature and a good arm workout.

My brother got me the balance of the stuff in that photo. He gave me the third volume in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis series, as well as an Ask a Ninja shirt and a Tiki Bar TV tiki mug. You can’t see that well in the photo, but it has the Tiki Bar logo embossed in gold on the back. This is exactly what I was talking about the other day. Rather than charging a micropayment for your show, sell fans a nice fancy mug!

All in all, quite a good holiday in the material sense. I look forward to filling that mug with some silly drink they make on the show, and also to killing you soon.

EGC Clambake for October 21, 2005

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for October 21, 2005.

I play a clip from the Barack Obama podcast; I play a song by the Siderunners; the Marjane Satrapi video interview is up; I used Virtual Dub and Deshaker to clean up the video; I lay out my term for the DIY lifestyle; I play another Siderunners song; WREK has a new show I love called “Longboards and Longhorns”;

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EGC Clambake for October 14, 2005

Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for October 14, 2005.

I talk about being mentioned on Rocketboom; I discuss the “talk radio voice” and why that just turns me off nowadays; I play a prerelease song by Michelle Malone; I talk about feeling emotional and expressing love and learning to put that dude machismo behind you; I talk about meeting Marjane Satrapi; I play a song by Jonathan Coulton; shirts are in; bye.

This episode is sponsored in part by the fine folks at iPod Observer and Reel Reviews! Don’t forget, you can fly your EGC flag by buying the stuff package.

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Satrapi in Conway

The author of Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi will be in Conway today. I have to say that living in this little college town appeals to me, but when they require all entering freshman to read a graphic novel as part of the entrance ceremonies, that knocks my socks off. I’d like to think Will Eisner is smiling down on us from his exquisitely rendered corner of heaven.