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Updates for a Monday

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:

PAX2013

Some of the swag I picked up at PAX East 2013.

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.

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It’s the Return of Catwoman the Contortionist

DC released their September solicitations this week, and the cover for Catwoman #0 has born reactions that are nothing short of hysterically funny.  Check out this slideshow of mockery that had me just guffawing, the tears streaming down my face.  I’d considered posting my own reaction to the obscene ridiculousness of the cover, but then there are plenty others who have already summed it up, and so eloquently, too.

I almost feel bad for Guillem March.  I’m not sure the anger is really warranted toward him; if anything, the blame and frustration should be placed on the editor who OK’d this.  That editor was not doing their job … or, perhaps this is exactly what they believe their job to be—to spurn enough fury to get the Internet talking, bringing attention to this book, getting Catwoman “out there.”  For all the unbelievably wrong reasons, of course.

But in a week that has seen some other depressing things and disgusting behavior toward women, there’s still at least one thing to celebrate.

Apologies for the massive linkage, but in lieu of reviews this week, this is some important reading.


Mostly Here…

My, my.  2012 already?  I apologize for leaving you without updates for a couple of weeks, readers.  Hmm … can I call you “Sleepers” from now on?  I kind of like that….

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays.  The end-of-the-year bustle along with some computer issues have kept me away from the blog for a while, but I aim to change that soon.  I just need a working computer and … you know … to actually read some comics.  I had such lofty plans for my Christmas week off—“I’ll do nothing but read!” I said.  “I’ll read all of my backlog and be caught up!”

I’m sure you can guess how well that went.

I have a couple of posts I was working on pre-computer crash, which I’m hoping to recover.  So stick with me.

In the meantime, here’s a quick couple of lists I thought I would do because:  a.) everyone seems to be doing them; b.) I wanted to post something at least somewhat worthwhile; and c.) umm … I guess I don’t really have a point c., but odd numbers always sound better in the flow of a sentence like this.  :)  #grammarnazi

So here we go!  Some 2011 stuff.

 

Favorite Titles of 2011:

1.  Batgirl – The Bryan Q. Miller run, not the current incarnation.  I doubt I have to say much for this one—anyone who has been following my reviews will know my undying love for this title and the heartbreak I felt when it was canceled.  I hear BQM has a new project with DC that will hopefully be announced soon, so I’m keeping my ears to the ground.

Ultimate Spider-Man2.  Ultimate Spider-Man – Miles Morales quickly shot this book to the top of my reading list last year, and I can’t wait to see where the next year’s worth of issues takes him.

3.  Uncanny X-Force – Cannot gush over this book enough.  Cannot do it justice with words alone.

4.  Avengers: The Children’s Crusade – I almost feel guilty putting this on here considering its strange release schedule/lackthereof, but damn it, every time I pick up an issue it’s just GREAT.  It hasn’t let me down, and that consistent quality is sometimes hard to find in comics.  Regardless of lateness, this deserves a “best of” spot.

5.  Princeless – Ooooh … a challenger appears!  I didn’t expect this book to knock me out as quickly as it did, and again, I almost didn’t want to give it a place on this list since only three issues were published last year.  But you know what?  Screw that.  Three issues was all it took to hook me.  Three issues was all it took for me to think of this as an absolute favorite of the entire year.  That’s how much enjoyment I get from Princeless, and I’m happy to give it a nod each time it comes out.  Look for a review of issue three coming soon!

Honorable Mention:  The Walking Dead (read in trade); Fables (read in trade); Rachel Rising

 

Favorite Webcomics of 2011:

1.  Max Overacts – I’ve mentioned Max on the blog before and am completely addicted to this strip.

Lady Sabre2.  Lady Sabre & the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether – Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett’s new venture has taken off in its first year, and I’m loving every moment of it.  It’s nice to get in on the ground floor of something like this; if you haven’t already, you should definitely check it out.

3.  Gronk – A friend turned me onto this and it hooked me from the start.  It’s soft and it’s sweet and it’s funny and wonderful.

4.  The Abominable Charles Christopher – See number three.

5.  The Trenches – From the guys behind Penny Arcade.  Some geeky fun, and it’s accompanied with hilarious and horrifying narratives submitted by readers.

Honorable Mention:  Let’s Be Friends Again; The Adventures of Superhero Girl (I’m just getting into this one); How I Made the World

 

 

Comic-Related Nerdly Firsts of 2011:

1.  Convention Scene:  I attended both Boston Comic Con and PAX East for the first time last year, and they were both awesome.  Can’t wait for this year’s!

Mortal Kombat 92.  Gaming:  2011 was the year I finally gave in and bought a PlayStation.  Though it hasn’t had as much exercise as I’d’ve liked to have given it over the last couple of months, the initial surge of addiction and the endless rounds of whipping my fiancé in Mortal Kombat over and over were worth the purchase price.  I also just picked up Batman: Arkham City—yay!

3.  Marathoning:  Movie marathons, that is!  I’m kind of anti-Potter, but was forced to watch the entire series of Harry Potter movies for the first time over the course of a couple of weekends, and frankly, I’m glad that’s over.  Other marathons included all six episodes of Star Wars, full seasons of The Big Bang Theory, and … sigh … yes, I’m kind of a Gleek now.  Next up in the Netflix queue:  Pirates of Silicon Valley (never seen it; Fiancé’s choice), episodes of Man vs. Wild, and re-watching Futurama in its entirety.

4.  Podcasting:  As in, listening to them.  Never really been into podcasts until last year when I realized they were a great way to kill time during train commutes.  Awesomed by Comics is the best one.  Ever.  Period.  I’m so sorry I was late to the party.  (And shoutout to my friend Bob for the recommendation!)

5.  Oh damn, this needs to be an odd number.  I’m all out of … umm … oh, I know!  Ugh, very, VERY reluctantly, I have finally decided to join the incredible mass of Twitterers and create an account for the blog.  I did this completely on a whim and haven’t made a single tweet yet, but if you’re so inclined to follow me, you can do so at @coverstosleep.  I’m still tip toe-ing into the water here … so be nice.  :)

 

That’s all I have for now, Sleepers.  See you, hopefully, soon!  Here’s to a great 2012.

– Ravenhaired


Some Cool Stuff

Working on a couple of reviews for the AoX stories in X-Men Legacy and New Mutants; hoping to have those up by the end of the week.  Being sick has afforded me some much-needed reading time, so I’ve been able to get caught up on a couple of titles.  I also managed, after some help and much nagging from the boyfriend, to finally bag two short boxes worth of crazy backlog.  Sadly, I’m still no where near finished.  Note to self:  Bag and file your shit right away, before it becomes a “project.”

So, in the down time until my next post, here are a couple of cool things I’ve come across this week:

My new blog addiction:  http://bookshelfporn.com/  It’s not what you might be thinking (hahaa).

My friend Rick has started putting up some gaming demos on his YouTube page.  He’s a cool guy and a hardcore gamer, so if gaming is your calling, you should definitely check out his stuff.  Sample video below!

That’s all I got for now; be sure to tune in later when I desperately throw myself at Mike Carey.


DCU Online / Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Joker from DCU OnlineDCU Online came out last week, and I’d love to hear some opinions of the game.  My desktop computer is horrifically out of date and in need of major upgrade before I can try my hand at another MMO.  I may rectify that at some point in the coming months, but in the meantime, has anyone bought this yet?  Anyone planning to?  Picking up the comic book tie-in maybe?

Also, to follow up on my previous Marvel vs. Capcom 3 post, more new characters have been announced, including Storm and Phoenix on the Marvel side of things, and Haggar for Capcom.  Game’s due out on February 15th.


Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

Box art for the highly-anticipated Marvel vs. Capcom 3 video game was released this week; interesting to note that not a single female Marvel character made the cut for the box:

Meanwhile, Capcom represents three.  Add to that, the only playable female characters on the Marvel side that have been revealed are She-Hulk and X-23.

I’m genuinely kind of perplexed.

X-posted at Nerd Caliber