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O Brother, Where art Thou?
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Rather fitting, that headline, seeing as my plan for tonight is to head over to the Ferg and see The Man Who Wasn't There. I was going to do it last night, but I got busied cleaning my room and doing some laundry. I just hope I can find somebody to go with me. I hate going to movies by myself.

Been kinda busy at work this week. But, like most weeks where I just get kinda busy, I don't have anything to do now.

At least the good movies are starting to come out. Blade 2 comes out next weekend, and I can hardly wait. I'm more jazzed for this than I am for Spider-Man or Star Wars, but that could be because I only have to wait another week to get to see it.

You know, I think the reason the first Blade movie was so good was because they didn't really try to stay totally faithful to the character, mainly because, I think, no one had ever really done a definitive version of Blade for them to be faithful to. When he was created in the 70's, he was just another one of Marvel's handful of jive-talking Blaxploitation characters, albeit one with a supernatural bent. Part of me is certain that the only reason they never had Blade go up against Blacula is because somebody at Marvel figured that a book where both the protagonist and antagonist were black would never sell. But I digress. Anyway, Marvel being Marvel, Blade pretty much stayed a jive-talking Blaxploitation character through the 70's, the 80's, and the early 90's, where somebody finally decided he needed to be updated. Most of Marvel's major black characters were updated sometime in the early 90's, and Blade was pulled out of mothballs to go with them. His grammar was made not quite so atrocious, he didn't call anybody turkey anymore, and they gave him an "angry black man" chip on his shoulder and a flat-top fade to go with it. That was pretty much their standard "Revamp the Black Character" package. As a complete aside, I think Rhodey managed to avoid the "angry black man" (hereinafter referred to as ABM) thing, but other than that he got the full treatment. He also got upgraded from Tony Stark's "yassa-boss" to his "trusted friend" and got a girlfriend beside (a snowflake, at that) and his own book, so I think he made out pretty well.

Anyway, Blade. The ABM thing didn't work all that well for him, seeing as the only friends he had were two white guys. One good thing that did happen for Blade was that someone finally realized that his name was "Blade" and maybe somebody should give him an actual knife, or something. Up until that point he had wooden stakes that were shaped like knives and that was it. He vanished into limbo after about a year, and then fast forward to 1997 when Wizard notices that someone's making a Blade movie, and it not only has an actual star in it, but it's an old-school, R-rated violent action-adventure flick. It's like someone at New Line went "hey, here's this old Marvel character that nobody's touched in half a decade. What if we give him a sword, make him a mostly-human-part-vampire kung fu badass, and get Wesley Snipes to play him? GOLD!" Actually, now that I think about it, for the most part that is what happened. I think the reason Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan were so pissed about the movie is because it did the character they created much better than they ever did.

Okay. Certainly didn't mean for this to turn into a treatise on Blade, but there you go.

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I'm excited about the Blade sequel too. I just hope they don't do anymore burnings of fat, jabba-rip-off vampires. That was probably the grosest thing I've ever witnessed.

I just want to be able to afford to go see a movie. In spite of the disappointments in Episode One, I'm looking forward to Episode Two. Can't help it. I don't think I should see the Blade sequel, though. As you well know, I have the ABM in me, and when I see other BM getting and receiving ass whoopings, I want to join in. Some movies are just meant to be viewed in the privacy of one's home.

Movies at the Ferg are only two dollars and I am a sad and lonely man (hint hint). Call me sometime between five and six thirty if you're not doing anything tonight and you want to go.

Hmmmm. Seeing as how your boyfriend is one of the few people I've met that I know for a fact can kick my ass, maybe I shouldn't be making offers like that.

You flatter me, Will.

Assorted notes on Blade:

In my Marvel Book of the Dead, there is a picture of Blade about to stab Dracula. The fun part is that he is wearing an afro.

Other fun blaxploitation comic characters: Luke Cage(Power Man), Black Panther, Rage.

Also, I still need to go over to your place and pick up that blade you said I could have. I might call tomorow, before I go to work.

- Luke

Re: Assorted Blade shit.

Yeah, I think that story is from sometime in the late 80's, maybe 87 or 88. Yet more useless info about Blade, by the way, did you know that originally in the comics, he really didn't have any powers? His mother being bitten by a vampire right before he was born made him "immune to vampires", so that if he got bitten by one he wouldn't turn into a vampire. That was it.

And ah, yes. Rage. The Blaxploitation character who was created in 1985. God bless you, Marvel Comics. God bless you every one.

Anyway, I doubt I'll be at home past 12:30 tomorrow (today for me, Saturday). And I'll be in and out tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon. Sorry. My schedule's usually pretty stable on the weekends, but not this one, out of all of them.

what about spawn? does he count as a blaxploitation character? (not sure if he's a comic character.. I just remember seeing the cartoon)

Not really. The fact that he's black rarely ever becomes one of the driving motivations behind the character and his actions, which, interestingly enough, makes him one of the better-written black characters of the past decade. Because, contrary to what is apparently popular opinion in the realm of pop-culture entertainment, black people's lives don't actually revolve around the fact that they're black.

yeah. now that I think about it, I should've known the answer to that question before I asked it. I remember the only episode I saw I caught it halfway through. It was him sort of stalking this black lady. I thought that was odd until someone mentioned something about her late husband, then: DRAMATIC CUT TO SPAWN, and I figured, "oh, she must be his wife." w00t

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