Today, my husband called me “the Joe Madureira of bloggers.”
Way harsh, Tai. I mean … yeah, okay, true. But harsh.
Anyway–happy 2015, all. While I did not partake in the wild celebrating last night, I DID stay up and write this post on CBR. Give it a read and let me know what you think. It includes some stories from this past Boston Comic Con, including meeting Amanda Conner and poking Greg Capullo’s brawny bicep.
A good time for all!
It is really, really difficult to get back into the routine of making posts when you haven’t actually made a post in … forever. That said, I have been asked/harassed/lamented at repeatedly lately to post something—anything—so I’m just going to talk with the hope that something semi-worth reading comes out. So, here’s what’s been going on with me.
I’ve been buying a number of OGNs and trades lately. My most recent purchases:
Of these three, I first finished Level Up, which was completely wonderful and I can’t recommend highly enough. This is the only work of Gene Luen Yang’s that I’ve read so far; I’m told I need to get American Born Chinese. Excited to read the other two books in the photo soon.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet Liz and Randy from How i Made the World. They are, of course, super nice and a pleasure to talk to. As you can see, I also managed to snag a copy of Becky Cloonan’s gorgeous and haunting By Chance or Providence while I was at the shop for the signing. Liz and Randy have been doing a few of them around New England, but if you haven’t had a chance to meet them and/or pick up their great comic book, they’ll be at Boston Comic Con this coming weekend. I will also be there roaming the floor and waiting in lines—send me a message if you’re going and want to say hello.
I just read this good, short interview with Gail Simone (who will be at the con as well) on CBR about the upcoming Sensation Comics, which makes me soooooooooo out-of-my-mind happy.
There’s a ton of other stuff I want to
rant talk about—my excitement over the upcoming new Thor book, Gal Gadot in the Wonder Woman costume, Dan Slott’s hideous decimation of Black Cat in Amazing Spider-Man—but I just wanted to post a quickie for now. Perhaps those things will be topics for later. We’ll see whether or not I can get back into the swing of this.
So, lastly, my battle against my pile of floppy comics continues; I made a post on CBR about it last week. Go read that, too. (Please?)
Some cool female-focused stuff came out of NYCC this weekend. DC announced that Stephanie Brown is finally making her return to the DCU, and while I want to be over the moon about this, I’m keeping my guard up. As the New 52 has taught me over and over again, these aren’t the characters I love, but some horribly mangled iterations of them, so I can’t let myself get too excited about Steph just yet. Not until … I see her.
That said, Marvel took the cake as far as announcements that make me happy. We already heard a couple of weeks ago that Charles Soule is writing a new She-Hulk book. As if that weren’t great enough, we’re also getting new Elektra and Black Widow solo titles, and a relaunched Captain Marvel. That’s on top of the female-centric X-Men and Fearless Defenders books, to boot.
This reader is very happy indeed.
Except … I did notice something kind of weird.
- From Stephen Wacker’s Captain Marvel interview on CBR: “Carol is sort of a blank slate coming out of the recent ‘Enemy Within’ storyline. So she’s back to trying to find a place for herself.”
- From Nathan Edmonson’s Black Widow Interview on CBR: “Without giving too many of our plot turns away, Natasha is a character driven by atonement. She’s a hero now, but she was a villain, and a dirty one.”
- From Zeb Wells’ Elektra Inverview on Newsarama: “Elektra’s in a dark place […] The series will be about her journey to find meaning and maybe start clawing her way towards redemption.”
Is it just me or does that all sound vaguely the same? That all of these characters are essentially lost and/or trying to make up for who they are or once were? Particularly regarding Black Widow and Elektra, haven’t we already read these stories of attempted redemption over and over again? Isn’t it about time those characters get over that trope and move onto something else?
I’m not condemning these titles; in fact I can’t wait to pick them all up. But I am wary of the possibility of reading something that’s rehashed and stale. I have a relatively high level of trust in these writers, though, so I guess we’ll find out next year.
- On the flip side, here’s what Charles Soule had to say about his She-Hulk: “She absolutely has problems, just like most of the heroes of the Marvel U, but she chooses to approach them with optimism and good spirit rather than surrendering to the grim and gritty.”
Kind of leaves you with the exact opposite feeling from the others, doesn’t it? I know which title I’m most looking forward to in 2014.
My post about BoCoCo is up now on CBR’s Comics Should Be Good.
Go check it out!
Big thanks to the fantastic, hard working con staff who coordinated all of this in the face of challenges and tragedy earlier in the year. They turned this one into the best show yet.
We said our vows. We drank our champagne. And we lay on the beach for one glorious, sunny week afterward. Now it’s done, and after a year of nonstop planning, things are finally (more or less) back to normal.
Did you miss me? I think my comics did—the stack continues to grow ever larger, but I made a bit of headway this week. I’ve caught up on “Trinity War” happening in Justice League, Justice League of America, and Justice League Dark—I wish I could say it was good stuff, but I think we all know better than that. Are these books just genuinely bad, or have I somehow outgrown the Justice League? Given that I’m planning on going shopping tonight for a new Wonder Woman shirt to wear to Boston Comic Con this weekend … probably the former.
Speaking of which—BOSTON COMIC CON! They’re expecting a crowd of 15k, and I plan on being among them. There’s another great guest list this year, and in between all the big names, I’m especially excited to meet Yale Stewart. Yale is the creator of the web comic JL8. This wonderful strip has shot up in my list of web comics I enjoy, having easily become my favorite of the last year. If you haven’t been reading it, you owe it to yourself to start. You don’t know the magnitude of the brilliance you’re missing.
I’ll have a wrap-up of BCC and some other stuff next week. And if you’re planning on being at the show, leave me a comment here or send me a tweet. Interaction is everything.
Comics Beat did a summary of a really interesting Wonder Woman panel discussion at Denver Comic Con: http://comicsbeat.com/on-the-scene-denver-comic-con-2013-jimenez-perez-fradon-kelly-find-wonder-woman-problematic/
My favorite piece of this, when talking about adapting Wonder Woman for TV/film: “In [Phil] Jimenez’s reading of Wonder Woman stories, he sees a figure from whom humanity can learn a great deal, but in proposed adaptations, she has always been reconfigured as a character who needs to learn from humanity. It’s a fundamental problem, he felt, that dilutes the character’s strengths.”
Many more great points there, so check out the article.
Hey, gang. As I’m sure you know by now, Boston Comic Con was in fact forced to cancel at the last minute, due to the manhunt that took place in Boston and the neighboring area on Friday. My understanding is that the organizers of the con are hoping to be able to reschedule, and ask for everyone’s patience and understanding as they work toward this. On the bright side, many guests of the con who had already flown in wound up at various other sites on Saturday, such as Comicazi, signing and sketching for free. I wasn’t able to go to any of these, but I hope some of you did—if you were there and feel like writing to me about how it was, drop me a line and I’ll post your thoughts on the blog.
Some quick updates on what’s happening in my world:
Attended: PAX East, where I got to play a bunch of games, attend panels, and score swag.
Played: Injustice: Gods Among Us on the PS3. I’m about 85% of the way through Story Mode. Unfortunately at this point, I would not recommend spending the $60 for this title. While the gameplay itself isn’t bad, the story and overall delivery is some of the poorest I have ever come across in a video game. If you’re really intent on checking it out, give it a bit of time for the price to drop and just play Versus. I kind of wish I had taken those three hours playing this game over the weekend and spent them reading comics instead.
Currently Reading: Hawkguy, catching up on Fables trades, and my usual round of weekly webcomics. If you aren’t reading JL8, you’re missing out something huge. Also just picked up A Song of Ice and Fire paperbacks and hope to start making my way through those, because I’m …
… Watching: Game of Thrones. Obsessively.
Working on: My next post for CSBG; wedding planning; day job.
Speaking of which … back to work I go. ‘Til next time.