Saved by Spider Jerusalem

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Apr. 9th, 2007 | 12:10 am

About 30 minutes ago I came across some information that made me bitter and angry. I was just starting to talk myself down, knowing I'd fail and end up going to bed pissed off.

Then I realized that I've got some unread Transmetropolitan left, and I knew instantly that I'd be okay. Angry as I might be, Spider is always angrier, and it's great catharsis cheering him on.

Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing sings Transmet's praises well.

Here, you can download issue #1 for free. Then go buy or borrow the rest. Your library system might actually have it—the one I have now is an interlibrary loan through the Multnomah County system via my upstairs neighbor.

Snap, did I mention that Transmet 5 ("Lonely City") has an introduction by Patrick Stewart? Yes, that Patrick Stewart. Here, revel:
Warren Ellis asked me to write this and I am O.K. with that up to a point. My unease is that the point is unnervingly sharp and very likely to turn in my direction. Here is the problem. Warren knows that I am a TRANSMETROPOLITAN fan, but how can he expect me to write about that? Does he think I just came down the Clyde on a tea biscuit? No sirree, this is not my first barbecue. If I write that Spider Jerusalem is my hero, does he think Spider will let me get away with that? I would be lucky to only suffer a blast from a bowel disrupter and it is much more likely my eyeballs will be popped as easily as squeezing a pustule and fed to the cat. If I write that TRANSMET is a beacon of brilliant irony and sardonic satire, could I survive the torrent of saliva-drenched invective and scorn S.J. would heap on me? If I wrote that TRANSMET made me laugh like a drain, are there enough lavatory bowls to contain Jerusalem's vomit?

If I confessed that I lusted after the filthy assistants, what foul perversions would I be accused of? If I praised the artwork as the wittiest, most disturbing since George Grosz, I would soon find myself depicted as a fucked-up, mechanics-addicted, feces-smeared background character. If I hailed this version of the future as persuasive and properly terrifying, I might never live to see it. You get my problem?

I think, however, that I can safely say this: I know this city. I have read The Word, I have listened to these politicians, I have smelt the stink of greed, I have thrown stuff at the TV, I have wondered what future there is for Truth and Beauty. I have wanted to go and live on the top of a Yorkshire moor.

Warren, tell Spider to stay healthy and keep writing the column.

—Patrick Stewart

No shit.

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God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll

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from: archmage
date: Apr. 9th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
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Transmet kicks ass. Period.

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xjuggernaughtx

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from: xjuggernaughtx
date: Apr. 9th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
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Chrys's friend drew that comic.

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Baracus Natural

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from: madeofmeat
date: Apr. 22nd, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
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OMFG celebrity brush!

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happyruckyrandy

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from: happyruckyrandy
date: Apr. 9th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
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I think this was recomended to me once or twice. Maybe I should check it out. Is it a graphic novel series type dealy? I read the Preacher series. I enjoyed that.

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Baracus Natural

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from: madeofmeat
date: Apr. 22nd, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
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Well, sort of. It originally came out in individual comics, of course. But the maker, though he had a larger plot arc in mind and followed that, engineered things so that successive sets of three comics had their own little story arcs--1-3, 4-6, etc. They're packaged like that now. Graphic novelettes, I guess. You should definitely check it out.

I've read me some Preacher, but not much. A very similar sense of humor is involved, just more balls-to-the-wall-and-screaming-with-clenched-fists and with more societal commentary.

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The Fourth Battletoad

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from: the_terrible
date: Apr. 10th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
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Patrick Stewart is all manners of awesome. XD

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