What I’m Reading: Hawkeye Vol 3 LA Woman

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I was a huge fan of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye when it premiered. It was a title that actually got me buying single titles again. I loved what most people did, the snark, David Aja’s art, the fact that it was a truly stand alone title. It was really hard not to love.  But somewhere around the time Kate Bishop packed off for LA, I stopped reading. I blamed it mostly on my unemployment and thus inability to keep buying weeklies but after reading LA Woman, I’m not surprised I let my weekly buying habits wane.

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Squirrel Girl kicks ass at Wondercon

My favorite thing about this (aside from the adorableness of it all) is that as all good Marvel fans know Squirrel Girl is actually a total badass. She took down THANOS, by herself.

The inclusion of a Spider Gwen cosplayer also reminded me that between her, Squirrel Girl,  Ms. Marvel and Silk, there’s actually a good number of superhero characters that girls who don’t want to be all tits mcgee can cosplay as. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to dress up in revealing costumes but some of us A:just don’t have the chest to back those outfits up with and B: it’s freaking cold in the North like for most of the year covering more than eight inches of skin really helps keep they hypothermia away and C: some people just don’t like showing that much skin and that’s AOK too.

Steve Love Internet Comic is Your Life

If you’re looking for a good way to eat up your day Steve Love Internet is the place to be.

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When I first found this web comic I found myself both wishing there were more and glad there weren’t because I could spend hours reading it’s commentary about our daily interactions with the web. It sums up my love hate relationship with the media so perfectly I had to share it.

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I’ve already added Steve to my RSS feed and I’m looking forward to more of those guilty yeah I feel that way giggles as the series continues.  I hope you didn’t have plans for the next 20 minutes.

Ryan Reynolds is officially playing Deadpool!

B4CTg3EIEAAq6nSUsing the above image on Twitter Ryan Reynolds announced that yes he would be returning to the role in 2016 and we’re all going to pretend that other movie was a horrible horrible fever dream. Now it does sadden me that Wade has epic unending skin cancer so his face looks like hamburger meat because Mr. Reynolds is a pretty pretty man but I’ll deal. He’s honestly the only actor that I can currently think of as being sarcastic enough to pull off the role. I’m going to really hope that Marvel’s movie luck holds at least through February 2016.

IDW made my 80’s Fangirl Day

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Do you remember Jem? You probably don’t remember Jem but that’s ok because IDW is here to remind you of the totally outragious and batshit crazy cartoon. IDW the publisher of titles like My Little Pony, G.I. Joe and Edward Scissor hands comics is adding to their 80’s cartoon list with the announcement of a comic about Jem and I couldn’t be happier.

Let me break down the plot of Jem for those of you who don’t remember anything beyond the fact that it happened.

Jerrica Benton’s father dies leaving her a music company with a talking holograph machine and a house full of orphans but apparently not a fortune. In order to make money to care for the orphans Jerrica uses the holograph machine to create the band called Jem and the Holograms with her multi-ethnic friends. The machine named Synergy projects the hologram of an 80’s glam band on Molly over the girls and something something music…look don’t think to hard about it. Mind you Jerrica is also like a teenager so why she has control over any of this is beyond me. What follows is basically battles of the band with their musical enemies The Misfits (shhh lets pretend they’re not a real band). Who are also decked out in 80’s crazy town fashion but you know more evil looking.

My absolute favorite part of this series of events that makes no sense is Rio Pacheco Jerrica’s boyfriend who is cheating on her with Jem. The amazingly named Rio doesn’t know that Jerrica and Jem are the same person so we’re all just supposed to be cool with him cheating on his girlfriend…with his girlfriend. If Jerrica has a problem with him cheating on her she sure doesn’t mention it to the audiance. He also has unexplained anger issues because why not.

I can not wait to see how IDW does with this pile of crazy they’ve purchased.

That’s one Exquisite Corpse you got there

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Exquisite Corpse by French author artist Penelope Bagieu originally published in France was both more and less than I wanted it to be. It’s the story of a struggling girl in her twenties who has a shitty boyfriend, a shitty job being a booth babe and no real direction. Zoe strikes up a so unlikely it’s almost unbelievable friendship with an older writer whose hiding a pretty big secret… the faked his death kind of secret.

I don’t normally read books about vapid women and I found it hard to like Zoe but god did I identify with her. Zoe is not a manic pixie dream girl but that’s what Thomas wants her to be. When his writers block seems to be cured after spending time with Zoe he builds her up as his artistic muse. Only as she painfully learns pedestals are lonely places. Artistic selfishness is an important theme in the novel. Thomas loves Zoe but he loves himself more. He thinks that by deeming her his Muse he’s paying tribute to her by ignoring her for his art. And at first Zoe does feel special because in one light what Thomas is doing is a beautiful thing. However he takes it to far, what he deems tribute is really a cover for narcissism. Zoe inspires him but what he want’s people to marvel at isn’t what she brings out in him artistically but his great genius. He can’t understand why Zoe isn’t content to just marvel at him, her want for a real life doesn’t concern him.

I liked the power dynamics at play in this novel. Thomas thinks he can control Zoe because she is younger and he feels less intelligent because she’s clearly not the book reading type. Zoe, with a little help from Agatha, Thomas’s “widow”, is able to flip the script and gain control of her situation and her life. She able to pull the wool over Thomas’s eyes because he never did see her clearly. He underestimates her and he pays for it.

Unfortunately I wasn’t a fan of the ending or the overall pacing. I thought the beginning kind of plodded along which is odd considering how rushed the ending felt. I was reading this on my iPad and when I got to the ending I literally thought my app had broken because I kept trying to scroll to the next page. The story has an overly neat ending, kind of a haha well clearly he’s learned his lesson ride off into the sunset deal. I guess it was wrong of me to hope for some nuance from a character as shallow as Zoe. I can’t really tell you what would have been a satisfying ending but I know the kind of Lesbian overtones were a really false note. Those particular characters hooking up doesn’t make sense given everything that comes between them earlier in the story. It seemed like an unnecessary twist or I don’t know maybe it’s just a french thing. It’s possible some things got lost in translation but I was really looking for more depth from pretty much every part of this tale. The story was good but it could have been so much better.

Mental Health With Comics

Depression is hard to explain. Not the concept but what it’s actually like when you just cant. I seek out comics about depression partially because when I’m down in the pit they’re about all I can read but also because comics are uniquely able to capture what enui feel like.

Jane Mai’s Sorry I Can’t Come in on Monday I’m Really Really Sick, is a mini comic that captures fully every mental health day I’ve ever taken. It’s a handful of pages that touches on everything from suicide, abuse, self harm and the banality of having only the internet to keep you company on those days when you’re not sick but you still need help.

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The art and the words are spares but this is truly a case of less is more. It allows readers to fill in the blanks with their own experiance. It shows how universal but also deeply personal mental illness is.

Mai’s mini comic is avaliable at Bergen Comics for all my local reader but also online at Jane Mai’s Garbage site. If you have a spare three dollars this book is a Band aide for your soul.

Why is There No Marvel Character Buy Back Kickstarter?

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Remember this chart by The Geek Twins? For those of you that missed it, here’s the chart that breaks down which movie studio owns which beloved character. So as you can see the reason we aren’t getting any of Spidey’s witty Queens banter in the epic snark fest that is Joss Wedon’s Avengers is because Sony owns Spiderman while Marvel owns the Avengers. Apply the same for the majority of the marvel mutants that matter. With recent news that Benedict Cumberbatch is up for the role of Doctor Strange a companion of mine pointed out that Cumberbuttons would make a better Mr. Fantastic.

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And you know after looking at the lanky bastard for a moment I have to agree. Cumberbuttons would make a mean Reid Richards. But that brings us back to the problem of Fox owning the Fantastic Four so they’re also in the Avenger Time Out Movie Sandbox.

 

Now I assume it would cost Marvel a lot of money to buy the rights back from all these companies. After all Avengers and X-Men both sold tickets like gangbusters. Marvel, while having a lot of money probably doesn’t have quite that much money. Sounds improbable I know but remember even Paul McCartney couldn’t afford the rights to his own music. Shit happens and corporations care about making money not movies jam packed with characters we love. So here’s my question, why haven’t we as the nerd community made a Kickstarter to buy back the rights for all those characters?

Do you want to see Marvel Civil War? Because this is how you get Civil War. Or Onslaught or Avengers Vs. X-Men…but fuck House of M, I’m still mad about that. I digress….

Kickstarter? Anyone? Hey it got me more Veronica Mar’s I figure it’s worth the attempt. I got a spare 20 on me.