Tag: Patton Oswalt

Serenity: Float Out

by on Jun.10, 2010, under Comics

I’m not entirely sure what to say about Patton Oswalt’s Serenity one-shot Float Out. It reads like what it is: fairly decent fanfic from a guy famous enough to draw people to signings, but still sincere enough in his appreciation of comics and Firefly to put some effort into the thing. Surely the money he’s getting for this can’t mean that much to Oswalt.

Here’s the comic: three former friends prepare to dedicate a new ship to the memory of Hoban “Wash” Washburne, the pilot who lost his life with shocking abruptness in the Serenity movie. By way of ceremony they trade Wash stories, two illustrating how good a pilot he was, the third giving an example of what a good guy he was. None substantially adds to what we knew about Wash from the TV show, movie, or previous two comics, but then I wouldn’t like it if this Wash had been very different from the one I already felt I knew.

If this had been a more popular character—like River Tam or Jayne—this structure might have been more successful. But no one ever cared too much about Wash. Oswalt would have better off telling us a story about an important moment to Wash, rather than seemingly random, emblematic episodes.

Oh well. I guess we’ll see if the Shepherd Book book due out this fall is any better.

Preview here.

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Big Fan

by on Feb.13, 2010, under Movies, Sports

We live in a Golden Age of sports revisionism movies. 2008 brought Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Sugar, a tender hymn to washouts, and Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, the athlete as sex worker, a body for sale. 2009 brought Wrestler writer Robert Siegel’s Big Fan (which the former Onion writer–who claims responsibility for the ‘Area Man’ trope–wrote and directed), which finds the serious fan on a perpetual seesaw of striving and emasculation. Some spoilers after the jump.

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