Until now I was unaware of this, but Neil Gaiman mentions in his journal that not only is American Gods (below, in the previous post) available to read for free online, but so also is the first Sandman (this, apparently, just because DC Comics is nice. Or for the reason you’d give a teenager a pack of free cigarettes, were you a tobacco company.) Click on the picture…
Seeing as I’m already talking about Neil Gaiman, now is as good a time as any to let you know that there’s a lot of free audio at last.fm, some of it downloadable, including one of my favorite stories from him, Harlequin Valentine. I read it first in comic form, but what it loses by losing the illustrations, it regains in the audio version with witty narration.
And finally, unrelated to Neil Gaiman: you may not know that I’m obsessed with Heroes. However. One of my favorite characters in it is the painter, Isaac Mendez, played by Santiago Cabrera. Cabrera (as IMDB tells me) is in an upcoming film called The Argentine, directed by Steven Soderbergh (that guy who did the Oceans movies) and starring Benicio Del Toro as perhaps one of the most famous Argentines in history — Ernesto “Che” Guevara. It’s in post-production right now, and I’m not sure when exactly it’s going to be coming out, but I’m interested as to how intelligent it’s going to be. Ideally, it’s an examination of the original ideas of the Cuban Revolution, rather than a glorification of the Che mystique. But we’ll see. I’d settle for something that doesn’t portray Fidel as the Antichrist right now, especially after Bush’s condemnation of Barack Obama’s statement, that he would meet to talk with Raoul Castro without preconditions. God forbid we have a political dialogue with our neighbors to the south. We can’t let that happen.
But that’s another post, and I ramble. Have a nice weekend, Internet.