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In the past I’ve gone all out with celebrating…and by “all out” I mean doing a drawing (impressive, right?) but I’m so buried in Kickstarter and everything else, I just haven’t had time. So give you the GREATEST. IMAGE. EVER.

Oh, and an updated hit count: 1,326,656  

WOO!!!! Since last year we didn’t quite have 900,000 that means we got nearly 430k in hits over the past 12 months. Which is pretty good, especially since I’ve been so busy with other things. And considering that the hit count for our first year was a paltry 42k.

Thanks to all of you for keeping this blog nice and vibrant. Lots of potentially interesting things in the future…promise! 😉

Remember when it was just 300,000 we were so excited about?

Batdad by Andry Rajoelina

Via DeviantArt

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Adam’s anniversary present.

The good news is, I get to look at it too and it’s AWESOME.


I cannot believe 1979 Semi-Finalist turned four years old this weekend…time, she flies my lambs.

Just wanted to drop a quick post to say thanks to all of you who have made this “whole blogging thing” so successful, both those of you who have been there from the very humble beginnings to those of you who helped to make this blog such a great success over the last year.  I didn’t have time to do an original “thank you” this year, but I thought I’d re-post the thank you from two years ago, since so many of you are new to the blog.  I hope you enjoy!

We fell short of my goal of 1 million hits, but at nearly 900,000 hits, I’m feeling pretty good about the health of the blog overall.  Drunk Cover Solicits have been particularly awesome this last year and thanks to all of you who have been reading, commenting, and promoting those, it’s much appreciated!  I’m also slowly, EVER SO SLOWLY (sometimes it’s like watching paint dry) building a twitter following so if you’re on twitter and not following me…get on it kid!

This week, in honor of the San Diego Comic Con I’ll be doing my now annual “52 Favorite Covers Of The Last 12 Months”, so be on the lookout for that.

So thanks again to all of you, here’s to another great year!

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A year ago I posted a list of 100 of my favorite Comic Book Covers.  But as with any list…as soon as you hit publish you can’t help but think what you’ve missed.  I’ve been thinking a lot about what I missed and regret not including that first time around, so I decided, in honor of San Diego Comic Con 2010 and the three year anniversary of this blog, to give you the “15 Covers I Wish I’d Included”.

Now, some of my second guessing came immediately after locking the list (where was Skottie Young?) others came up later and some even from discussions others were having about my list (to say some discussions were more civil than others would be a massive understatement).

The biggest legitimate complaint I heard about the list beyond certain creators being missing was that there wasn’t enough diversity – and I agree.  I don’t know if these covers will remedy that, but I think at the end of the day I’ll feel better about the list as a whole once it’s been modified.

The most interesting thing that happened while I was revising my list was the order.  I was never that convinced that even if I had the right covers that I had them in the right order, and doing these new 15 really proved that out – because when I looked through the covers I didn’t feel confident just lopping off the last 15, instead I went through and picked out all the ones I was reconsidering, and replaced them.

In keeping with the rules of the original list, I limited this list to US saddle stitched issues – so you won’t find any graphic novel, anthology, or non-US covers here.  And since comics from July 2009 to July 2010 weren’t eligible for the first attempt, I didn’t let them in this time either (but I do have a fun post for those ineligible covers coming up soon).  As was true of the original list, the revised list continues to skew hard toward X-Men, badass chicks, some nostalgia and iconic imagery.  What can I say?  We all like what we like.  :)

You can find the original 100 here, here, here, and here.


Catwoman 19.  Javier Pulido. This Pulido cover looks like Cooke to me…but it’s not (see the update below) Regardless, what sells it for me, and why I think it belongs has more to do with this being a moment I have YEARNED for in comics, and that Pulido managed to turn it into a really iconic lasting image.  The image of Batman and Catwoman, still masked, kissing on a cover is an image that will stay with me forever thanks to the iconic choices made here.

Update: I originally wrongly attributed this cover to Cooke…and honestly, if I tried 1,000 more times I’d still think it was Cooke’s work…but regardless it’s not and apologies to both Cooke and Pulido as well as to commenter Stuart that pointed out the error.

The cover it’s replacing?  #95 – Kick-Ass #1 by John Romita Jr.

This was honestly the easiest cover to remove from list as I was never entirely convinced that it belonged there in the first place and I’m not personally a huge fan of John Romita Jr.’s style.  It’s a solid cover, but does it belong on a 100 Favorites List?  Not mine.

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This is an illustration I did ages ago for Illustration Friday, the word was "primative" seemed fitting somehow for today's post. :)

I cannot believe it has been three years!

Thanks to all of you who have made this venture so successful, both those of you who have been there from the very humble beginnings to those of you who helped to make this blog such a great success over the last year.  I didn’t have time to do a fun thank you cartoon like last year, but I’ve been pretty busy so I hope you’ll understand.

We fell just shy of my goal of 500,000 hits, but we got more than 300,000 hits this past year alone…so if you do the math on that you can see that we are building things in a huge way.  Around this time last year the blog was lucky to get 500 hits in a day, and generally averaged around the 300 mark.  Now we average around 1,000 hits a day and 1,500 is a pretty good day.  So yeah, more than tripling readership in a year is no small thing and I owe that to all of you.

I’ve got a couple really fun posts coming up.  This week, in honor of the anniversary and to head into year four with a bang I’ll be posting a “15 Covers I Wish I’d Included” post which is a follow up to the wildly popular “100 Favorite Comic Covers” of last year.  Next week, in honor of the San Diego Comic Con I’ll be doing my “52 Favorite Covers Of The Last Year” and for those of you sick of comics, in August I’ll launch a series of posts that pit my two favorite cities, LA and NYC, against each other.

So THANK YOU for reading and commenting and stay tuned…there’s much fun to come!

So we just cruised past 300,000 hits here on 1979 Semi-Finalist, and it’s kind of a big deal.  Not that 300,000 is some magical number or anything, but a mere 6 months (ish) ago, in July 2009, we celebrated the two year anniversary of this blog – and the fact that we were closing in on 150,000 hits…that’s right, in a little over six months the traffic to this blog was more than what it was in the first TWO YEARS.  And that is some mother fucking progress!

So I wanted to offer up a huge thanks to all of you that have made that happen – and to encourage you to stick with me here – as we’re only going up it seems!

Someone uncork the champagne, you all know I’ll use any excuse to drink some champagne (more accurately, an entire bottle)!

The girls have offered up their congratulations below…and maybe it’s just me, but their enthusiasm seems a little…uh, well…begrudging…if not full on sarcastic.  I mean…look at that sign!  Pitiful.

Then again, maybe they’re just punishing me for using them to continue testing out my Wacom Tablet…clearly, it’s going to take me some time to get better at using it…I may have to find some other less grouchy guinea pigs…

YAY!  Today is our two year anniversary!  YAY!

Also, we’re just about to cruise past 150,000 hits…which is awesome considering at the first anniversary we only had 42,000 hits.  Which means traffic more than doubled this year.  So the blog is definitely growing…baby step by baby step and I wanted to thank all of you for your support in making that happen.  Thanks!

Here’s a little something I made for all of you to show my appreciation. :)thank you postable

In honor of hitting 100,000 hits over here on 1979 Semi-Finalist I’m going to steal an idea from my friend Holly over at Beyond The Air.  Holly did a great “Best Of Post” a little while ago that inspired me to revisit the comics I have really loved over Rabid Lamb’s brief year long-ish history, in honor of my 100,000 Hit-0-versary.  As usual with lists I do it half in the hope it will re-inspire me to draw more comics and half just because I love me some lists.  So here goes…the Top 15 Rabid Lamb Comics…as picked by yours truly.  Below the jump, I also list the Top 5 Rabid Lamb Comics, based solely on hit numbers…it’s an interesting difference. And at the very bottom…1979 Semi-Finalist’s first ever POLL!

15.  Rabid Lamb Comic #063. I hate the drawing in this one, but LOVE the gag.  You see, it’s funny because it’s true.

Rabid Lamb Comic #063

14.  Rabid Lamb Comic #155. This is the first comic in a short series about Adam with a deer head.  Adam is largely responsible for this bit and it’s great.

Rabid Lamb Comic #155

13.  Rabid Lamb Comic #156.  The conclusion to #155 – great stuff!

Rabid Lamb Comic #156

12.  Rabid Lamb Comics #157.  A little riff on the previous “deer head” strip.

Rabid Lamb Comic #157

11.  Rabid Lamb Comic #158. The end of that little “deer strip” – which was some of the most fun I had with Rabid Lamb – and which I don’t despise the drawing on…except panel two of this strip (just terrible!).

Rabid Lamb Comic #158

10.  Rabid Lamb Comic #085.  There’s something about the simplicity of this one that always loved…that and the fact that it’s an actual conversation…pretty much word for word.  Those tend to be some of my favorites.

Rabid Lamb Comic #085

9.  Rabid Lamb Comic #     – Guest Artist Adam Greene. This probably deserves to be higher than #9 on the list…Adam’s cartooning is so far above mine it’s ridiculous.  I will say that he took forever to draw this and at the time I was doing five strips a week…we can’t all be michaelfreakingangelo when posting five strips a week and working full time…can we Adam?  But I LOVE everything about this.

Rabid Lamb Comic - Guest Artist Adam Greene

8.  Rabid Lamb Comic #124. The only strip to make my list and the “Top 5 Readers List”.  I loved drawing the Adam and Kelly stick figures, if only because it helped the creativity and allowed the strip to become something more than a journal comic….which when you live the boring life I do gets very old very fast.  Panel #4 is one of my favorite panels of all time – the expression and dialogue are just dead on.

Rabid Lamb Comic #124

Click more to see the rest of the list…and to see the Top 5 Comics according to you the reader…there’s also a poll at the end…whee!…

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That’s right folks, today, July 17th, is the one year anniversary for my blog.

I can’t believe a year has passed. It’s kind of sad and shocking to think how little has actually changed in my life…but this has been a pretty rewarding experience I must say, much more than I would have hoped actually.

I hit just over 42,000 hits this year, which is well short of my goal of 50,000, but still more than I ever would have expected when this thing first got started and I was looking at one hit, then two, and eventually felt proud of my measly 50 hits…

Anyway, here’s a little self portrait fun (though almost two years old) to celebrate the “blogoversary”…thanks for all your support…and here’s to HUGE numbers in year two 😉

Thanks again!


Kelly aka The 1979 Semi-Finalist


I was invited by Chronological Snobbery to add a post to his week long coverage of Zero Effect’s ten year anniversary.

It’s a great idea, and I’m honored to be included. I had seen Zero Effect on video some ten years ago as I worked in a video store back in those days and videos were both easy to come by and delightfully free. I remember liking the film and when asked to participate in Chronological Snobbery’s coverage I thought it would be interesting to watch it again some ten years later and see how it held up.

Several things really stand out in watching this film again, some of them having to do directly with the movie and some of them not. The first and least movie related is the fact that I actually had difficulty concentrating on the film because my brain was filling up with so many memories of the time in my life when I had last watched this film. I was young (blissfully young!), and overall much happier, if only because I was in art school and enjoying the freedom and excitement of academia in general. It was before credit card debt, and nine to nine jobs, and all that crap that comes with ‘the real world’. Of course I paint the picture of happiness now, but then of course I could not see the forest for the trees and was often miserable. Miserable I wasn’t dating, miserable that I never seemed to have enough money, miserable because I wanted to move forward with my life. What an idiot. Hindsight is always 20/20 they say. Anyway, I must confess that these thoughts partially overshadowed the movie watching experience, and made it difficult for me to concentrate as much as I should have liked.

As for the movie itself, it held up pretty well, in that the story was still interesting and engaging and the “mystery” aspect was better than many you see these days with all their forced twists and turns. I was struck immediately with the memory of how much I used to like Ben Stiller, and he is good here, good like he was before he totally oversaturated the market with himself and all his neurotic over the top performances. I really like him here as the straight man.

Unfortunately, almost immediately, I also remember how much I dislike Bill Pullman in general, and ten years has made me like him even less. It’s not that he turns in a bad performance as much as the fact that I just don’t like the guy. I can’t help but think how much better the movie could have been with a different Daryl Zero. What about a young Philip Seymour Hoffman?

This issue with Bill Pullman becomes an even larger problem in that I found romantic relationship to be the least interesting aspect of the film, which is too bad. I found Kim Dickens an appealing and unique leading lady (if in looks alone) and the romance is well worked into the film, it’s integral to the plot and to the development of the Zero character, but I was pretty bored with it, there was no chemistry between these two leads, and I found myself much more interested in the idea of such a brilliant detective and how he works, but even that ends up being a let down, both because Pullman is so unlikeable to me, and also because for all his “crazy genius neurosis” he pretty easily assimilates as evidenced in his relationship with Dickens character. It seems like a lot of smoke and no fire in the end.

Zero Effect was made into television show in 2002, which I never saw, actually it’s unclear from IMDB if ANYONE has seen it as it claims NBC never picked it up. A shame, as it starred Alan Cummings, who in my mind would be a far superior Daryl Zero, as well as Krista Allen from HBO’s Unscripted. The Zero Effect is actually a great idea for a series as the mystery element is an interesting hook for a weekly show and the Zero character could be very well developed and explored more throughly in a weekly show than in a brief two hour film.

The Good: The concept, the mystery, the script, and Ben Stiller’s performance.

The Bad: The romance aspect of the film and the chemistry between Pullman and Dickens.

The Ugly: Bill Pullman, I just don’t like anything about the guy.

In the end, I find that I had previously given Zero Effect 3 stars in my netflix ratings, and after re-viewing it I decide to let the rating stand. I know I had a lot of complaints, but the interesting story and well written script keep it above the 2 star mark.

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