This week in Flotsam & Jetsam, our weekly overview of pop-cultural driftwood and sea-glass we trawled up from the Internet, its a giant heaping net full of comics, TV and sci-fi, from Dune to Star Trek, from Magneto to Miyazaki, from Swamp Thing to the execrable Alex Jones paying his dues for misusing Matt Furie’s Pepe the Frog. Plus the original Mothra theme song, and some fully automated luxury communism to keep it real and brainy like we know you need it.
You’ll have to be in Los Angeles to check out Hayao Miyazaki’s first U.S. museum exhibit at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which will feature “more than 200 concept sketches, character designs, storyboards, layouts, cels, backgrounds, film clips, and immersive environments.”
It’s just a geological coincidence, but this image taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of a “dune footprint” — formed by a lava flow that once surrounded a Martian sand dune, according to the University of Arizona’s MRO HiRise team — sure as heck looks like the Starfleet logo from Star Trek.
Thanks, Public Domain Review, for posting Jé Wilson’s cultural history of Lustucru’s really weird world of French misogyny, female vengeance and pasta mascots.
“Usborne’s World of the Unknown: Ghosts” has been reissued after 20 years out of print, reports the Guardian. It’s a classic that has creeped-out kids for generations, according to reporter Alison Flood.
“The images of Captain Kidd, Tom Colley’s skeleton in a gibbet, and the painting of the hideous one-eyed Black Shuck are bad enough, but it is the quiet matter-of-fact tone to the writing that still chills,” she writes.
Yep, Quentin Tarantino still aims to make a Star Trek movie, and it will, of course, be rated R.
Relax, says book blogger Will Crain. You don’t actually have to try and figure out the surreal, dreamlike works of David Lynch or Haruki Murakami. Just let them be what they are, and go along for the ride, just for the experience of it.
Alex Jones, the execrable conspiracy theorist from InfoWars, has already copped to psychosis as an explanation for why he has propagated so much hateful bullshit and disinformation about the Sandy Hook gun massacre. Now he’s been hit with a $15,000 copyright violation for misusing and recasting Matt Furie’s “Pepe the Frog” character as a neo-Nazi icon.
Magneto was once a generic supervillain, but then he became Jewish, and with that came a whole lotta conscience. Vulture’s Abraham Riesman unearths this semi-secret history, which includes the reveal that X-Men writer Chris Claremont is Jewish, too.
D.C. popped the cork on a full season of their new Swamp Thing TV show, and fully invokes Swampie’s origins as a horror comic, featuring such faves of the Len Wein/Bernie Wrightston and Alan Moore runs as Jason Woodrue, AKA the Floronic Man, plus classic characters Abby Arcane and Matthew Cable.
Then they freakin’ canceled the series after one episode. Fie! You can still catch season one streaming on the DC Universe. Wade in while you can.
Writer Nick Tangborn offers this great history of Swamp Thing as a game-changing icon of horror and comics.
Apparently there’s gonna be a “Dune” TV series about the sisterhood Bene Gesserit nuns, piloted by think-heavy director Dennis Villeneuve.
Science fiction is full of techno-Utopianism — from Iain M. Bank’s Culture novels, where there are no rules and huge human populations societies are beloved and nurtured by massively powerful AI partners, to Star Trek’s United Federation of Planets, where matter replicators make everything and war and poverty are for the most part just bad memories.
That’s why we at The Fab love this New York Times op-ed, “The World is a Mess. What we need is fully automated luxury communism.”
“For the crises that confront our world today — technological unemployment, global poverty, societal aging, climate change, resource scarcity — we can already glimpse the remedy.
“But there’s a catch. It’s called capitalism. It has created the newly emerging abundance, but it is unable to share round the fruits of technological development. A system where things are produced only for profit, capitalism seeks to ration resources to ensure returns. Just like today’s, companies of the future will form monopolies and seek rents. The result will be imposed scarcity — where there’s not enough food, health care or energy to go around.”
We saw “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” and it was awesome, and Mothra in particular was so damn gorgeously wonderful. So here’s the original Mothra theme song, as rendered by the classic Japanese pop duo, Peanuts.