My favorite online comic/art piece returns with The Future of Music.
via Parker Higgins
Want to read the book that inspired this?
Interestingly enough, Stuart McMillen took down this comic over copyright concerns.
Supergod is a Warren Ellis blaspheme with a great concept. As the world ends and falls into chaos and darkness, a researcher narrates how we reached this sad state by weaponizing gods that we built ourselves. It’s explicitly about the superhero myths: why would these hyper-intelligent, superpowerful beings love us and care about our happiness?
The art is sweeping, raging battles between the weaponized gods of India, Russia, America, etc., or the blighted scavenged ruins of the apocalyptic end. In the foreground, the researcher – a Warren Ellis mouthpiece – raves about why people want gods, why gods would want us, how our flaws would lead us to misuse them in the first place. He’s got good points – we claimed the power to destroy the world with nuclear weapons and haven’t done so yet, but it often seems more an accident than our inherent goodness. I’ve got a soft spot for Ellis, ever since Transmetropolitan and Scars, and this is a good romp in his best style.
February was evenly split between nonfiction and fiction. I like that, and I think I should keep it that way.
- The Scoreless Thai – Lawrence Block
- The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon – Garrison Keillor
- How Doctors Think – Jerome Groopman
- DMZ: Public Works – Brian Wood
Of these, The Black Swan and How Doctors Think should be read one after another. They are talking about the same thing in different ways and deal with failures in how we (and our doctors and money managers) think. I found them both fascinating.