I rarely fill out a survey online (I think that this is the first that wasn’t required of me), but in the interest of random information generation, science, and entertainment, I have filled in the XKCD Survey. The stakes are low, but the entertainment is high.
After Alliterator’s recent, great post on long comic runs by creators (not owner-creators), I’ve been thinking about the creators who have taken some ownership of characters/teams/stories in long running comics. I’m looking for runs that bring characters to new light. It’s what I’m interested in reading, right now, so…
Here’s one of those head pounding examples of wasted potential. An amateur fossil hunter, Edgar Nernberg in Canada has long been a contributor to creationist museums recently found five fish fossils. He knew that the right thing to do was to get them to a (real) paleontologist.
A complaint that I see about comic book movies, again and again is that every time they start a new character, we have an origin story. It has become a trope and with character reboots, it is growing really tired.
Over at the Washington Post, there is an article on the inevitability of the Superhero-Movie bubble bursting. Oddly enough, it seems to mostly be a condemnation of Warner Brothers trying to get their characters on screen when Marvel has so much charisma.
Twice recently, I've seen a great Wonder Woman page posted, where she demonstrates the difference between her and Superman or Batman. I see it as a beautiful and concise piece of writing that adds depth to her character by not only showing that she is willing to kill, but also that her decision-making process is…
Over at fivethirtyeight, they've written an article on the inclusion of women and LGBT characters in Comic Books. The title of the article is a little misleading, but the content is very interesting.
I enjoyed making the flipbooks so much, I've made another round. The stories:
I decided to make some flip books. These are quick attempts, but I'm just trying to make something shorter than a story. Trying to keep them true to the flip books that I might have made a long time ago.
With Bill Murray wading into whether there should be a reboot/sequel to Ghostbusters with all-female leads, I figured I'd just share my thoughts on why the time for this idea is now.
CAUTION: DON'T SEAL THE CONTAINER TOO WELL! THIS COULD RESULT IN HIGH PRESSURE, BREAKAGE, AND PEOPLE BEING HURT! ALSO DON'T DRINK THE DRY ICE!
Spoilers are a touchy area for a lot of people. Gawker had an article the other day, claiming that they don't diminish viewers' enjoyment. I like to avoid them, because when watching movies and TV series, I engage in wild speculation (while watching and out loud). I like to predict how the story will play out.
I enjoy twists and turns in a story a lot. A big surprise from a character who has been hung out to dry is just a blast. Minor characters being set up for greatness is a thrill. However, the resurrection of dead characters and the requirement that readers/viewer see a character die on page/screen is a pet peeve…
Comics are referenced in songs and other media pretty frequently, which is great. Readers get a little window into the people who are writing songs and other material. I also find songs and other stories subtly referenced in comic books and I love it. It takes me out of the story, but when it's done well, it…