Tuesday, October 15, 2019

I Made a Meme to Get a Song Out of My Head

Everyone at this point knows the song, "Truth Hurts," by Lizzo. It came out over 2 years ago and slowly seeped into our World's consciousnesses to the point we all can't help but sing along when it comes on the radio. There also are countless memes for the song that tweak the lyrics and a version occurred to me the other day. It rooted itself into my thoughts to the point anytime I hear, "Truth Hurts," the lyrics are switched-out in my head.

To help cure myself of being unable to hear the song any other way I took the unique lyrics I thought of and made a meme, as can be seen above. The lyric generally goes, "I just took a DNA test, turns out I'm 100% that bitch!" yet I could not stop hearing the words, "Catfish," at the end. It makes almost no sense and is not even especially funny, but it is the only thing I can hear. Hopefully by creating this meme and putting my thoughts into the ether that'll fix my old noggin.

Monday, October 14, 2019

The First Collection of, "Nancy," as Done by Olivia Jaimes is a Treat to Read

Back in April of 2018 the comic, "Nancy," had a new creator take over the long-running strip. Her name was Olivia Jaimes (although nobody knows her real name or much of anything about her besides she apparently has experience in comics before this). Jaimes take on, "Nancy," introduced more technology (Nancy got a smart-phone) and worked-in a number of clever 4th-wall-breaking meta-jokes, but despite being newer and edgier honestly still had the heart of, "Nancy," AKA that she is a little girl who is smart, enjoys sweets, and loves to make trouble. The collection of Jaimes initial, "Nancy," strips through her start in 2018 to Christmas of that year is full of hilarity, taking a decades-old comic and injecting it with new life while still being authentically, "Nancy," in all her precocious glee.
When Jaimes first took-over, "Nancy," there was some outcry from people who saw the comic in their newspapers or read it online at GoComics. There were folk who did not like, "Nancy," changing at all, but considering how Jaimes coming-on the strip reinvigorated the comic to the point it did please a number of longtime fans and brought-in a smorgasbord of new readers I'd say Jaimes was a stellar choice. I myself have loved reading, "Nancy," when it comes-out daily and this book is like a concentrated dose of all that, "Nancy," goodness just pumped straight into the pleasure-center of your brain.

"Nancy," as done by Olivia Jaimes is a stellar comic--not merely an amazing comic-strip, a fantastic comic, period. I loved reading this collection which besides the strips includes an introduction by the strip's editor, Shena Wolf, as well as some back-matter ranging from a reprinted interview with Jaimes to fan-art of Nancy herself. Should you not yet have had the pleasure of reading, "Nancy," under the pen of Olivia Jaimes I would advise you to get yourself a copy of this book post-haste from your local bookstore/library/comic-shop. It is a simply fantastic way to immerse yourself in the genius of Jaimes and her version of, "Nancy."
5 out of 5 stars.

Apparently, "Fortnite," Got Sucked Into a Black Hole?

Ya'll know that game, "Fortnite," right? It is quite popular with folk. I've played it at times but it's been a good year since I've logged-in. I still follow news about the latest, "Season," and changes to the map, however. Apparently, right now if you wanted to play the Battle Royal version of, "Fortnite," which is the most popular mode, you would be unable to do so (the other mode about saving the world full of leveling-up and stuff that nobody plays is down too, but whatever). This is because after some in-game event full of missiles flying-about and blowing-up stuff a black hole formed that sucked the map and everyone running around upon it into nothingness. Now, everyone is just staring at a black hole. It is a wild and gutsy thing to basically just shut your massively popular game off temporarily (we all know this ain't permanent) and have everyone asking, "What now and what's next?"

There are some rumors of a, "Fortnite Chapter 2," being imminent, but right now the game is just a black hole and people are alternatively freaking-out, impressed, and a little upset about their inability to do anything besides play a version of, "Space Invaders," if they enter a version of the Konami code whilst staring at the black hole. Whatever the final result is, the game's developer, Epic, sure has succeeded at getting people's attention with this zany stunt.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Rant Reviews: All Marvel and DC

The Two Big-Shots
When it comes to comic-books there are companies making quite a place for themselves in the market with the, "Big Two," arguably being the, "Big Three," with Image around (plus other sizable publishers making a solid dent in the market). That said, Marvel and DC generally have the most books coming out and are generally the best known companies. I often discuss a wide-range of books from mainstream to more independent when I do my capsule-style reviews, but today I thought I'd change things up and go all commercial for ya'll, making all my reviews about books from the two big-shots.

And Now, Reviews!
Powers of X #6
Jonathan Hickman's big lead-up combo mini-series to the relaunch of the X-Men officially concludes by...starting the relaunch. I loved, "House of X," and, "Powers of X," and all the ideas introduced that will surely be explored in the new X-books, but I know some people online read all this and said, "That's it?" Well, yes, the whole point of these books was to kick-off all the new X-men titles, so expecting a mega last-minuted twist of everything taking place in an alternate universe or something would have undermined what Marvel told you was the plan all along. As it is, the books were great and this final issue of the two series did its job of telling some cool stories and generating excitement for new X-books (some written by Hickman and all of them curated/overseen by him to some degree) so I'm pleased, even if some folk online seemed underwhelmed.
4 out of 5 stars.

DCeased #5
You would think DC having their own take on, "Marvel Zombies," would seem derivative, but, "DCeased," has been very good, with a lot of thanks probably due to writer Tom Taylor who previously took the relatively barren, "Injustice," game's plot and fleshed it out heavily in the initial mini-series some years ago. Taylor gives us mutated version of Darkseid's anti-life equation that turns anyone who sees it or is attacked by someone infected with it into a zombie yet injects a good deal of heart and humor into the proceedings as well, amplifying just how, "Human," our superhuman heroes are in the face of such an unstoppable threat. This issue has things looking a little bit more hopeful as the remaining living folk work together to make a plan to escape Earth, but by the issue's end things have gone from bad to worse. I'm thinking we will not be getting a very happy ending to this series when it does conclude, but I'm cool with that as long as Taylor is working his magic.
4 out of 5 stars.

Contagion #2
This is kind of like Marvel Zombies except its a weird fungus and this story is a 5-issue mini that takes place in the regular Marvel Universe so you know everything will be alright in the end. Writer Ed Brisson said in the back-matter of the first issue the idea here is to do a horror-style story with street-level heroes (the heavy-hitters have been advised to stay away as this fungus seems to steal powers and have a hive-mind of sorts). It's perfectly fine, but there is nothing that remarkable to it beyond, "The heroes have to stop this fungal virus with punching and their smarts!" It is not especially horrifying so much as its a little gross at times, although a big mutation-monster that appears at this issue's end is a bit scary-looking. My feeling is once this mini-series concludes it will be considered decent but forgettable.
3 out of 5 stars.

Batman's Grave #1
Warren Ellis is not writing as many comics lately due to being so busy with big-deal multi-media projects like his delightful, "Castlevania," show, and artist Bryan Hitch seems to only do comics sometimes as he is really talented but not exactly able to turn-in projects at great speed. Hence, the long-rumored and apparently long-in-development (so as to avoid delays) comic, "The Batman's Grave," by Ellis and Hitch is a very welcome sight indeed. A 12-issue maxi-series I will tell you it is beautifully illustrated, with busy-and-full cities drawn by Hitch looking gorgeous and a decomposing dead body being suitably gross. Also, Ellis has Batman/Bruce Wayne actually do some solid detective work--something we seem to not see that often considering how Batman is the World's greatest detective. I'm not sure where things are going beyond Batman solving a weird serial-killer's latest murder, but with Ellis and Hitch at the writing-and-drawing helm (respectively) I know it is gonna be entertaining!
5 out of 5 stars.

Runaways #25
While there are big-deal Marvel titles coming out (such as the above-discussed X-Men book revitalization) it is also worth being aware of some lesser-known books that keep being stellar month-in-month-out as well. "Runaways," has frankly not been this good since the original stuff by Brian K. Vaughn and I say a lot of that is down to writer Rainbow Rowell (she's been one of my writers of the year for this title before) and some damn good artists too. With this issue not a lot actually happens, with it being more transitional as the Runaways realize they need to relocate out of their latest hiding-spot and may be heading-towards an attempt to be more traditional heroes. I'm eager to see where it goes! Yes, simply focusing-in on some former teen heroes as they come to terms with now being young-adult heroes has resulted in some stupendous storytelling and, "Ruanways," is a treat I hope does not end anytime soon. 
4 out of 5 stars.

Deathstroke #48
Speaking of amazing books that are ending soon, here we are as, "Deathstroke," approaches its 50th and final issue. The entire series has been written by Christopher Priest and has taken a character I used to never care about and given us one amazing run. It is not surprising considering just how much experience and skill Priest has, but I sincerely hope he has something else awesome lined-up with DC in the near future. As it is, Priest is still introducing weird twists as he nears the end of his time with Slade Wilson (the real name of Deathstroke) as a strange doppelganger emerges, DC's big, "Year of the Villain," event plays a bit of a role without feeling too intrusive to what Priest is up to, and basically everything keeps going deliciously wrong in shocking ways as soon as us reader think we've figured everything out. I'm gonna miss this book.
5 out of 5 stars.

Closing Thoughts
While Marvel and DC put-out some books that are not too great, they also thankfully release some really solid titles too and I quite liked the majority of these titles I reviewed. Just as some indie books are amazing and some are mediocre, the same can apply with these big-dogs as well, I suppose.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Flashback Friday/Film Friday: "13 Going on 30," and Its Clever Twist

Here is one of those occasional combo posts--a Flashback Friday looking at the past and a Film Friday all smashed together like a delicious sandwich...or something. Anyways, I was reading an article on, "The A.V. Club," where they've been examining romantic comedies and talked about, "13 Going on 30." I agree it a solid flick with a lot of the praise for its quality being due to the casting of Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo as the main characters and other stellar supporting folk such as Judy Greer and Andy Serkis (as a human, not a green-screen creature).

The overall idea is how Garner's teenager character wishes to be an adult then wakes-up in 2004 suddenly 30 years old with no memory of the years between in her life. She seeks out her old Junior High friend (Ruffalo) whom she lost touch with and it is sweet and touching, but one thing that stuck with me with but which people seem to not discuss that much (and the A.V. Club only touches on briefly in their post) is how the real bad-guy turns out to be Garner herself. Judy Greer is portrayed as a friend who is conniving but Greer herself reveals that Garner (before her young-self awoke in a grown body) has been leaking secrets from her magazine to a competitor, has been a mean terrible person, and otherwise is an awful human being.

Greer seems like the bad-guy, but Garner has actually set herself up for failure pre-waking-up-in-the-future.
It is an impressively dark twist for Garner to learn the person who arguably thwarted her attempt to be a happy and successful adult was her own damn self. It is harsh already and then Garner even gets shut down by Ruffalo when she tries to win his heart as a last-ditch effort to be happy in this bleak future for herself she's awoken in. Now, of course she is able to go back in time and do stuff right (the movie avoids commenting on if she uses her knowledge of the future to get rich or anything, that'd be interesting) for a happy ending, but that little twist there is pretty killer. It is one reason, "13 Going on 30," is one of those movies for me that elevates itself beyond, "Good but Forgettable," into, "Quite Clever,"," kind of like that one scene I wrote about previously in, "The Wedding Ringer," an otherwise unremarkable movie with one shockingly smart moment.

"13 Going on 30," is not the best romantic comedy ever (that is eternally up for debate, but I vote, "Bridesmaids," myself) but it is a solid one with that awesome little miserable twist at the end before it undoes everything bad for a happy ending (which is understandable as this is a rom-com). Between the stellar cast and solid plotting it elevates itself beyond other romantic comedies that are just kind of, "There," and completely unmemorable--I'm looking at you, "27 Dresses."

Thursday, October 10, 2019

This, "Toy Story 4," Cereal is Shockingly Delicious

One thing that big media properties like to do is have random tie-in products. Some things make sense, like having action figures for the latest, "Avengers," movie of everyone's favorite heroes. Also, when a movie is called, "Toy Story 4," you obviously are going to have toys that tie-in with it seeing as you're on the fourth entry of a very successful franchise, but then you get the aforementioned random stuff, like cereal. My wife and I were at the Schnucks grocery store and say this, "Toy Story 4," cereal was on sale and had a coupon that made it a dollar a box to buy two. We figured we would try it out and if we hated it give the other box to a friend. Imagine my surprise upon discovering this cereal was incredibly tasty.

Seriously, a lazy tie-in cereal for a movie has logical reason to taste this good. It is advertised as, "Carnival berry," and is shaped a bit like a Fruit Loop, but unlike Fruit Loops tastes good (yeah, I said it, come at me Toucan Sam fans). The berry taste is not at all overpowering or artificial, as you'd expect. It is mild but clearly present enough to feel welcoming yet not insistent. The cereal itself also stays pretty firm even upon sitting in milk/almond milk/your preferred cereal liquid for a decent number of minutes (some cereals get absurdly soggy really fast). I don't know why, "Toy Story 4," cereal tastes so good, but it does and now I'm tempted to stock-up on a bunch before it vanishes from shelves to make space for the next tie-in cereal that is bound to be released in the near future. Should you have a chance to try this out do not hesitate, you will be amazed at how delicious it is.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Video Game Company Blizzard Burned Decades of Goodwill This Past Week Due to the Hong Kong Protests

Excuse the lengthy headline/post-title, but it is hard to sum all this up with just a few words. Essentially, long-time beloved video-game company Blizzard (officially known as Activision Blizzard, but most just say Blizzard for short) which has created such fan-favorite titles as, "World of Warcraft," "Hearthstone," "Overwatch," and the, "Diablo," series has become the object of scorn from video-gamers due to their reaction to the Hong Kong protests--namely, their treatment of a pro-gamer who spoke-out in favor of Hong Kong being free from China's rule. Yes, video-gamers are actually unified and mad about something good right now like Democracy instead of the usual bullshit we see from things like, "Gamergate." I know, its weird.

Essentially, Chung Ng Wai, a Hong Kong-based player of Hearthstone who goes by the name “Blitzchung,” was speaking online during an official interview on Sunday held after he won a match in the Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament. He stated, "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time," while wearing a face-mask as many protesters in Hong Kong have done where for months now there have been demonstrations protesting mainland China's efforts to exert more control over the semi-autonomous region (China was given control of Hong Kong from its former, "Ruler," the United Kingdom in 1997 and it stated it would let the island-city essentially rule itself for at least 50 years). After this he was stripped of his title by Blizzard, told he would not get his prize money, and was banned for a year from Tournaments for his, "Controversial," comments. The interviewers who supposedly goaded him into making his statement were fired as well. Why such a reaction from Blizzard? Money, obviously.
Mei has been turned into a meme.
Blizzard makes big bucks in China, and if the Nation were to become angry with its actions that would cost a lot of dollars. It isn't just Blizzard who has felt the sting of Chinese censors wanting the company to toe the line, the NBA has seen some turmoil, and a recent episode of South Park lampooned how much Disney is careful to edit its movies to appeal to the strict Chinese rule (Winnie the Pooh is seriously banned there due to his use as a political symbol). Blizzard acted the way it did to appease Mainland China and as a result gamers Worldwide and in America especially who up to this point maybe did not even care about the protests in Hong Kong are incensed as a community. More pro gamers are speaking-out, Blizzard's company philosophy is being mocked, there is a proposal to take a popular character from, "Overwatch," named Mei (who is from China in the game) and make her a symbol of gamers being oppressed for speaking out with pro-Hong Kong views.

Blizzard has gone from being a fan-favorite company to being reviled by basically everyone in the span of a week and the company is honestly between a rock and a hard place. Do they apologize to the pro-gamer for expressing his views and lose billions in Chinese revenue or hold the line and risk tons of bad press and boycotts that could also cost them billions in revenue from other gamers around the World? I myself have not played a game by Blizzard for some time but in the past enjoyed, "World of Warcraft," "Hearthstone," and, "Overwatch," before eventually growing tired of them.
The controversies the company used to face seem quaint now.
Remember the uproar over the, "Butt Pose," and its removal?

I also do not know nearly enough about the complex political situation between Hong Kong and China to offer a solid opinion beyond hoping something can be worked out so that everyone is at least somewhat happy in the Governments of both places. I have no idea what Blizzard should do, but they really need to come-up with a plan or at least put out a statement to all the press entities requesting answers about what the company's official position is on all this because the big convention they hold, "Blizzcon," is mere weeks away and that could become an unholy mess. Right now I'm just pleased that video-gamers are actually showing solidarity, unity, and expressing outrage over something that actually is a big deal. I'm proud of gamers, and that is a weird feeling I have not had in some time.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

"Magnus the Brave," #2 is Extremely Over-the-Top, and Incredibly Fun!

Readers of my blog may recall back in February I talked about how I had the opportunity to read an advance digital copy of the first issue of, "Magnus the Brave," which was doing a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the book. Created by Chris Rau and Ace Nuckolls the first issue followed a Barbarian engaging in all kinds of fighting in a manner that was both brutal (like, "Conan the Barbarian," yet very frantic and fast-paced with a dose of special magic kind of like you'd see in an anime program along the lines of, "Dragonball Z." Well, they recently had a successful Kickstarter campaign for the second issue and are in the process of getting it sent-out to backers. Chris asked if I'd like to review the second issue and I was happy to oblige!

If the first issue of, "Magnus the Brave," could be considered bloody, then this issue takes things to a wild extreme. Magnus finds himself fighting an evil religion dedicated to a violent God named, "Tauron," which has taken over a city he is simply trying to pass-through and between the decapitations and explosions of viscera things get pretty nasty! However, thanks to Rau's more cartoonish-style of drawing the violence is not so much obscene as the kind you would expect to see in an over-the-top anime or video-game. Yes, it is excessive, but that is the point!

Also, the fact that Magnus is so nonchalant about all the brutality he has to engage in gives everything a bit of a humorous edge as well, with Magnus not taking things so seriously so that readers know its okay to crack a smile at the absurdity too. That is not to say this is comedy comic, there are serious elements, such as how one of the head priests of the, "Religion," dedicated to Tauron is admittedly quite creepy (he can be seen covered in blood on the cover and above in his white outfit).

There also is some introspection as well, with Magnus admitting to himself a part of him loves the chaos of battle and if anything scares him it is arguably a quite life without violence and bloodshed. Yes, I would say this second issue of, "Magnus the Brave," does a fantastic job balancing hilarity with insight, as well as gore with humor.

The second issue of, "Magnus the Brave," is fantastic stuff and if you were too late to back the Kickstarter you do not need to panic, as you can buy physical copies of this latest issue from the online store for the comic on Etsy! I rate this issue 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to issue #3 in the hopefully-near future!

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Hearing This Comment About the Rating for The, "Bloodshot," Movie Irritated Me...

The upcoming, "Bloodshot," movie starring Vin Diesel will most likely be rated PG-13, which does not irritate me. Go ahead and make whatever kind of movie you want and if your goal is to fall within a certain standard of the MPAA then fine. Yes, the MPAA is not an actual government organization and movies do not have to be rated thanks to having the 1st amendment to back them up, but most theaters refuse to screen movies not graded by the agency that is by all reasonable accounts corrupt, pointless, and a mess (everyone seriously needs to watch, "This Film is Not Yet Rated," to learn how terrible the MPAA is). I have no problem with the people behind, "Bloodshot," wanting a PG-13 rating, but I was irritated to hear them say how right now, "It is R-rated," but they plan to make some cuts so that it is PG-13 and maybe later a home release will include an R-rated version. Okay then, so if I want the, "Real," version of the movie I should just wait for it to come out on Blu-Ray/DVD, then, is what that sounds like to me.

Seriously, if the authentic version of your movie is not the one you are putting in theaters why should I see it? There are Directors who have fought against companies that take their movies (another movie everyone should see is, "Cleanflix," as it is an amazing documentary) and edit them because they feel it violates their artistic vision, and you've just outright told me the original conception of the movie is sitting there, rated R, but you're going to tweak it so that you can get get more butts in the seats? I am someone who greatly enjoys director cuts of movies because we can see the what the creators fully intended, and I have even been a little sympathetic to Zack Snyder and how often he rambles on about all the great ideas he had for his, "Justice League," movies he never got to make even though at this point its just annoying to hear him go every few months, "Oh, and if they had let me I would've done this too!" I also know movies are sometimes edited in order to be able to be made and make it to theaters/the home video market/streaming. If you're going to tell me before your movie is even out however, "Just wait until we release the real version," you have irritated me.

Wait, We Aren't Supposed to Use Any Bathroom on a Flight That's Available?

I hate flying. I despise it. Airports are cramped, loud, busy, and smell bad. Planes also are cramped, loud, busy, and smell bad (this time with the weird recycled air). You sometimes spend more time getting to the airport early to get through security and wait for your flight than you actually do, you know, flying. I am not opposed to flying out of fear of the plane crashing, or such, I know the odds of that are quite minimal. I hate flying because the whole process is just miserable and may God take mercy on your soul if you have to use a terrible airplane bathroom. Also, apparently we aren't supposed to just use any bathroom that's available, which sounds like another wonderful thing to add to my extremely lengthy list of why I hate flying.

To clarify what I'm talking about, someone on an Alaska Airlines flight was apparently mad and uttered threats when on their plane there was a long line for the bathroom in the back of the plane but the one near the front by first-class was occupied but had no line. They were told to wait in the back, and got mad. Now, the bathroom at the front of the plane is not nicer just because it is by first class and apparently the reason they were told not to stand in the front was the safety issue of it blocking the cabin to the captain in case the flight crew needed to go up there (the bathroom was occupied after all). Also, threatening your flight servers is stupid. All of that said however, I do understand how annoying it would be if there were a seven-person line at the back of the plane for the restroom and zero people up front waiting for a toilet that was going to only be occupied a little while longer. Yeah, I'd be pissed if they told me it was a safety issue to lounge-around in the front waiting. I would follow the directions and wobble to the back-toilet (I'd wobble as I get really drugged-up on stress medication and nausea pills before flights), but I'd be angry.
Changing a baby with a poopy diaper in the middle of a flight sounds like a recipe for trouble.
I've just always been under the impression if there are toilets available (or soon to be available) we just got get in line for them. Now, next time I fly I have to worry about too. My wife has told me I'm terrible to fly with due to the fact I get stressed, grumpy, and then barely-conscious when my meds for the flight kick-in. I'm sure I'll be even worse to fly with now panicking about if I'll get to the correct toilet in time should I get sick to my stomach after turbulence. Yeah, just say no to flying and take the train instead if it is an option, they are a lot more fun in my opinion.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Al Ewing Writing, "Guardians of the Galaxy," Perked My Ears Up


New York Comic-Con/NYCC 2019 officially kicked-off yesterday and has been proceeding along swimmingly (I assume, I am not there). There has not been anything announced or revealed that has really made me go, "Wow!" yet, but one thing that did kind of perk my ears up with interest was hearing Al Ewing would be writing a, "Guardians of the Galaxy," comic. First of all, if you're thinking, "Didn't that just relaunch in January of this year?" then you are correct, it did with Donny Cates writing and Geoff Shaw illustrating. It has been good but is ending after 12 issues making it honestly more of a maxi-series in retrospect. Secondly, you may be thinking, "Al Ewing is that really good writer who's finally getting more fame thanks to his great, 'Immortal Hulk,' run, yes?" and you would be right on target again with your questions. 

Al Ewing is a stellar writer and he has a stellar artist on the book with him too, Juann Cabal. The latest relaunch is January 2020 (a year since the last relaunch) and hopefully this version will run for more than just twelve months as I love Ewing's writing and Cabal draws some darn pretty images too. Even if nothing else especially fascinating happens at NYCC this year at least this was cool to hear.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Kickstarter Campaign for the LGBTQ Comic Anthology, "Strange Waters," Looks Great!

I am a big fan of comics and love anthologies that take multiple creators and have them let-loose over a shared theme or concept. I also am a proud ally of my LGBTQ chums so when Zach Sherwood of Arledge Comics (a small indie-publisher, "committed to elevating queer voices, creators, and stories in addition to providing fair paying opportunities to comic creators," reached-out to me about a Kickstarter titled, "Strange Waters," he was doing with, "...eighteen queer creators, collecting fifteen fantastical stories throughout 150 black and white pages with one common theme: water," I was intrigued. Plus the amazing cover art for the anthology shown above by Michi Ermolenko caught my eye as well. Sherwood told me how, "The stories emphasize both the freedom water can bring as well as the mysteries that lurk beneath the surface," and encouraged me to check the Kickstarter campaign out.

Having examined the campaign for, "Strange Waters," I am really excited to hopefully see it funded before its conclusion at the end of November 17th. Arledge Comics has had 13 successful Kickstarters already and has fulfilled the orders for all of them except one in the process of being completed so they have a reliable track-record (something folk worry about with the occasional Kickstarter campaigns raising money and then running for the hills to never be heard from again). The assortment of creators who are listed on the Kickstarter's page are all very talented and sure to provide some stellar comics with fun little bonus rewards like a pin and/or pirate flag being neat too! I encourage you to check out the Kickstarter page for, "Strange Waters," and to back it if you think it is the kind of comic you'd enjoy. I anticipate it being pretty awesome!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Latest IDW Company Shake-Up Has Me Wondering If Things Are Going to Be Okay

I like the comics of IDW Media Holdings. The thing is they expanded in all kinds of ways like with television (Wyonna Earp), board games, and so forth. This seemed to put them on shaky financial ground and then a board member  just recently was indicted for fraud. The company has hired/promoted a bunch of people and I hope these are positive changes that can help turn some of the troubles around for the company and that this will not end-up just being a case of, "Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic," as the old saying goes (I think). We shall see where this all goes.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

It Is Finally October, Hooray!


October is my favorite month and has been for a long time. I love October because it often is warm enough for a nice walk and getting ice cream, but cool enough to go to an indoor ice-skating rink. October is often when the leaves begin to change color and of course I am a fan of anything pumpkin-flavored. Also, October ends majestically with the fun holiday of Halloween which can be scary, sweet, (thanks to candy), or both! October was already my favorite month years ago, but it is even more cemented in place as the all-time best month out of the 12 thanks to how it also happens to be the month I met my wife as well as the month I married her (in different years, of course).

It is finally October after a September that it felt like would never end, and I am overjoyed. Even if in Saint Louis the weather currently is a bizarrely sweltering 94 degrees Fahrenheit we do have a cool front coming soon to make things much more reasonable. Regardless of if the thermometer shows how it feels like Summer however, all the lovely Fall and Halloween decor make it apparent we have entered Fall and the best month of October! Now, if you'll excuse me I'm going to have my daily Pumpkin Spice Latte.