Month: August 2014

Marvel is Already Winning the Box Office War Against DC

Here is a very interesting article from HitFix: http://m.hitfix.com/motion-captured/why-dcs-serious-superman-may-give-marvel-the-big-screen-edge

I have always been a Batman fan. I saw the 1989 version in the theater when I was 9.  I watched Christopher Reeves as Superman (and I adored watching him with Richard Pryor in Superman III)

My brother in law is a die-hard Marvel fan, to the extent that he has Captain America tattooed to his calf.  Recently, he and my sister initiated me into the world of Marvel. 

I’m hooked.

I spent most of my time at the Marvel booth at SDCC. It was fun. The people working there were nice.  The fans were great.

So reading this article about the Warner Bros “no jokes” policy is saddening.  As much as I enjoy Batman and Superman, their movies don’t hold a candle to Marvel.  I am not looming forward to Batman vs Superman nearly as much as I am Avengers: Age of Ultron. I loved Guardians of the Galaxy.  I want to love the DC movies. Truly, I do.  But they just can’t be the same if they remain as dark as they have been in recent years. (Even the Tim Burton movies were funny at times…and nipples on the Batsuit is the longest running joke of all…) No one is suggesting a return to the 1960s campy Batman, but even that Batman is making a comeback.

Warner Bros and DC: Please wake up! Jokes are needed in your franchises. Lighten up.  As Joker said, “Why so sad?”

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If Only…Wishing 2014 Technoloy Existed in 1994

I was born in the 80s and I was 14 in 1994. You can do the math on my age now.  (If you can even do math…we Gen X/Y people didn’t get Common Core math…thank goodness…math was already bad enough….) 

I grew up writing.  I used steno notebooks to draft a 50 page story set in the magical world created by Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.  For birthdays and Christmas I asked for pens and notebooks.  No one thought I was serious about that until the realized I was indeed serious about it.  I have boxes full of writing I’ve done over the years.

To this day, while writing my book, I prefer longhand to writing drafts on the computer, though I edit only once I have everything typed up. Fiction is easier for me to write on a computer, but drafting articles and materials for my nonfiction book are better left to pen and paper.  To that end, I carry my netbook, a pink Mead notebook, and pink pens with me at all times so I can be ready to write at the drop of a hat.

That said, I wish I had the tools I have now back in 1994. I could have written so much with a super fast netbook, and done so much research with Google, and been inspired by all of the Book and Writing blogs on WordPress.

I have to wonder what life would be like if I’d had those tools all along.  Would that stifle or enrich my creativity? (Be sure to read an earlier post I wrote about the demise of cursive and civilization…) 

My beloved grandfather bought me a Toshiba Satellite laptop in 1996. I still have it.  In fact, I did a ton of writing on it and now that writing is stick there until I can figure out how to extract it.  I remember that laptop as a turning point for me, and even though it didn’t connect to the internet it still opened up a new world for me.  Until that point, most of my computer experience was from dying over and over again from snake bites and “The Fever” when we were allowed to play Oregon Trail on the school computer lab’s ancient Apple IIEs.

What would I have blogged about in 1994? Today, even 8 year olds text.  For a teen in 1994, I’m not sure what would have been important.  Carson Daly on MTV’s Total Request Live, perhaps? That was back when MTV was on the verge of phasing out the M in its moniker. Yes, MTV used to play these things called “music videos” all the time.

Regardless, I have to think that technology came at the right time.  But it still makes me wonder….What if?

True Blood Finale: Thank You, A Reflection

It was oddly fitting to have both a wedding and a Thanksgiving dinner in the final episode of True Blood. The citizens of Bon Temps have always celebrated family and friendships, and this episode encapsulated all of this.

The wedding reunited best friends Hoyt and Jason, past lovers Sookie and Bill, family members Bill and Andy, and it brought everyone involved closer together. Jessica is Bill’s vampire daughter, Andy is a descendant of the Bellefleur-Compton bloodline, Arlene married into the Bellefleur family; now they are all together under one roof…and Andy is marrying Jessica even though she killed his other faery daughters. This scene packed an emotional, and symbolic, wallop.

At the end of the episode, pregnant Sookie is helping to prepare a huge feast for Thanksgiving. It’s an outdoor meal with Sam and Arlene’s kids at the kid table and a larger table for the adults. Looking around the table you see how much this group cares about each other. Here you have people from all walks of life, human and vampire, current and former lovers, gay and straight…and the only thing that matters is that they love each other.

Does it matter who the mystery man is who got Sookie pregnant? My take-no, it doesn’t. There was no point in revealing his identity in the brief final moments of the show. We can safely assume he was human, and the main point is that she was happy. Everyone was happy.

I am going to miss the hell out of True Blood. Thank you for the memories….

Why Cosplay?

Crazy 4 Comic Con

Each year brings a growing amount of post Comic-Con videos to review. My favorites are the ones that give fans a chance to share their passion for their craft. Cosplay was once held for the fandom elite, it is now something that everyone can enjoy at some level. Check out this great interview video by GT News about why cosplay is important and some tips for your first time out. Hope this inspires you to take a risk and give it a try at your next con!

Cover photo by Joits Photography

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