Monthly Archives: October 2015

My History of The Halloweens of Limited Costumes

So here’s a funny thing about me and Halloween, I’ve never really dressed up for it at all. I’ve done it a couple times and strangely enough, there is no photographic evidence of it. I’ve done one actual costume but it wasn’t for Halloween, it was dressing up as Superman for the release of Superman Returns. Outside of that it was the only time really in my adult life I’d ever done a costume. There was one year I was thinking about going as Doctor Who but could never really find everything I wanted so it didn’t happen. There was another year where I’d actually gotten a solid Joker impression down from the Dark Knight so I was going to do that. I actually did get most of the gear for it but plans fell through and I hadn’t worn the costume yet or anything so I returned it all. Most of my actual costumes were from around childhood and into my early teens. It’s funny to think about that actually, but true, I’ve never been huge on doing that much for Halloween for most of my life.

Yes shocking enough to admit but true, I never really did trick or treat as a child. In the two times I did any kind of costume, I did go out but I lost interest and if I did go outside it was to actually hand out candy. My parents are big on getting candy so I never really had a reason to go out and do the whole trick or treat thing. Seriously I always had candy around. If I wanted candy and it didn’t interfere with dinner or whatever, my parents never minded me having candy at all. It wasn’t treated as a mega event so I never made a big thing about going out to trick or treat. I remember one year when I did hand out candy and I dressed up in all black with a purple mask and in all black sweatshirt and sweatpants. I was around 13 or 14 years old and it was actually fun. Not really a costume but the mask was cool and I kept it around for awhile as it was a sweet mask. I actually do wish I had a picture of that mask still, alas it is somewhere in a box probably in the attic. A shame really but it was a cool costume-ish kind of thing.

I did wear a mask one year but not a full costume when I was in art school years ago. Not really a costume again but I had a cool black long sleeve shirt with Kanji on it and a Psicosis mask. I swear I go for costume-ish more than anything else. I actually did pop in for the class picture with my Psicosis mask and costume-ish look, to the dismay of one annoyed student but hey I had a mask. Psicosis mask was cool by golly. Besides in art school I remember Halloween was kind of an unofficial holiday so I had to do a tiny something, so I had a cool mask and a shirt to match, costume-ish magic. I never did a costume again though, I let everyone else do their thing costume wise from then on. I enjoyed more observing the costumes more than actually wearing the costumes.

I do love seeing costumes though, I love the designs and considering I know quite a few cosplayers I can’t help but enjoy cool costumes. Just in my case I know that me and costumes are just not going to happen. I don’t do makeup well, I don’t do costumes well, at least ones without some kind of pockets in them and so forth and I can move in, so pretty much I just let everyone else do the Halloween fun. I live vicariously through my friends that do costumes and do stuff on Halloween. As for me, I’ve been pretty much spending it inside like I do most years. I do sometimes enjoy going out and handing out candy but even this year was quiet on the Halloween front. Also I’ve never been to a Halloween party, maybe one when I was a kid at a Library but that was it. No Halloween parties for this guy and you know that’s okay. I never was much of a party person anyway.

After awhile I decided to enjoy Halloween from afar and it is fun to see all the cool things people get up to on Halloween. As I said, I love seeing cool costumes but not as much wearing them. Don’t get me wrong if there is a year where I get an invite to a party and I can go, I may be tempted to try out a costume or at least a costume-ish kind of thing. Until then, I’ll observe and enjoy seeing what people are up to for Halloween. Luckily my friends take lots of pictures so I can easily live vicariously through them and see all the cool things people are up to. It’s kind of fun talking about my own oddball way of looking at Halloween and my own little adventures with it over the years.

I thank you all for reading my little Halloween story and my adventure or lack of adventure with the holiday. I really do appreciate you all reading this. It’s been fun actually writing it down for the first time ever outside of talking about my weird history with Halloween. The humble observer of the holiday. I have been enjoying with my own mild bit of candy here and there and some hot apple cider so I’m pretty good on this end. I hope you all enjoyed your Halloween and hey if you want to leave a comment and tell me what you were up to, feel free. I post this on twitter and so forth too so feel free and let me know what your adventure was over Halloween. Take care everyone and bye for now!

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Accepting and Embracing the World of Live Tweeting

Let’s start this off by saying that at one point I was an active live tweeter. I was heavily involved in live tweeting, The Walking Dead, Falling Skies, and South Park and those were my regular shows to live tweet. Mostly because I had other friends that I was watching with and made a couple friends that way too. After awhile though I kind of fell out of live tweeting because I found myself not as into it as I once was. I had nothing against live tweeting but after awhile it just wasn’t for me. Back then though it wasn’t as huge as it is nowadays. I know many people who despise live tweeting because a lot of people don’t do it right. People will spoil shows left and right in the midst of their live tweets and that’s where the hatred of live tweeting comes in for people. I can understand it and why there are certain nights I know if I’m not going to watch a show I just avoid social media for the night because it can be just as nutty on facebook now. For as many though that go spoiler crazy, there are others that are actively engaging and have genuine and fun chats about the shows. So this is why I’m writing this, talking about why sometimes you almost have to accept and embrace that live tweeting is here to stay, love it or hate it.

Now why do I say that live tweeting is here to stay, one is now every TV show uses live tweeting. The Walking Dead fans are notorious for spoilers but they’re also hyper passionate and talk about the show with a fervor like no other. They could be better about not spoiling but I also know live tweeters who are good about not spoiling the big events of the show. The Flash is heavy on live tweeting, Arrow is heavy on it, and heck I’ve even seen the Thursday night ABC shows become huge live tweeting events. Then the WWE with Raw and their live PPV’s especially rely heavily on social media. Social media is part of the ratings as much as the actual Live, DVR, and even streaming views. The landscape for TV is new beast and live tweeting isn’t going away at all. It’s not just about discussion anymore, it’s about part discussion and also that people are paying attention to your show at all.

As I am defending live tweeting I’m also going to give advice on how to do it responsibly. After all there is an art to everything and with live tweeting there are good and bad ways to do it. The bad ways are straight up spoiling major points in a show. The reason why there are so many people who despise live tweeting is because of spoilers. If you’re going to live tweet be careful how you say a plot point that blows your mind. Now with The Flash there was an easter egg of King Shark that appeared and that’s a grey area spoiler. It’s a your mileage will vary on this. For me when I saw King Shark I made a point to tread carefully with it until I saw everyone straight up hollering from the roof tops about King Shark. About a day or so later I decided to let my King Shark nerd out fly because every freaking website had talked about it by that point. Just for live tweeters, even something mild about King Shark be careful. Say #TheFlash #Spoiler so people could mute it or just ignore it and go on to something else. Seriously The Walking Dead could learn a thing or do about being careful about spoilers because once a major event happens on that show, all bets are off. Just #Spoilers people and it could help a lot.

That’s really the biggest one is the spoilers. Everything else about talking about a character you like, that’s fine and awesome, go nuts and talk about that character you love. Talk about the scenes that you’re digging and all that, there’s so many things you can talk about in a live tweet without outright spoiling things for people. Not everyone watches live so be mindful of that and be passionate but don’t be a spoiler junkie, don’t be that person in the theater talking about all the plot points before they can see the movie. The Live Tweeting Genie is out of the bottle but it is now up to us to know how to manage it and control how the conversation goes.

I haven’t done a live tweet in a long time but I do like talking TV shows on twitter frequently so I can see why people enjoy live tweeting. Usually I watch most of my stuff live, at least the stuff that I know will likely be spoiled before I can blink. If I didn’t watch The Walking Dead live, oh lord I would have it spoiled for me in five seconds and same goes for the Flash and Arrow. Others aren’t able or just don’t watch it live and have learned the fine art of avoiding all social media during certain nights of the week. Others forget and then the anger over the spoilers begin and it’s why I’ve gone on twitter actively to tell people to be careful, yet it seems to fall on deaf ears. Hence why I write this.

To sum this up for people, be kind to the DVR and Streamers of the world Live Tweeters. Not everyone can watch a show live and some people even wait for Netflix or even a box set to be released before they get into a show. Be kind is all I ask my Live Tweeting friends, be kind. The Live Tweet is out there, the Facebook blasts are out there, and it is up to all of us to be cool and learn not to spoil the living heck out of everything for the rest of the universe. Thanks for reading and take care.

Adventures in Writing about Comics and Me, Oh the Places I Want To Go

I’ve been writing about comics for what seems like ages now. It’s been a journey and a half and never ceases to amaze me the people who like what I write about. Lately I’ve been trying out new ideas and new things related to comics, usually old ads or even talking about TV shows related to comics. It has opened up my eyes to so many new worlds and really helping me find a focus for my writing direction in the coming year. I’ve been using Habitica too as a way to keep myself on task in all that I’ve been doing as well. I’ve been someone who’s written about a lot but you know I still feel I got a lot left in the tank. It’s why I’ve been enjoying doing the Comics and Coffee feed every Friday, it’s been a great way for me to learn things as well. Considering Phoenix has given me full reign with Comics Trivia, it’s even more fun to cut loose and again, I get to try a new thing and so far it has been fun, a lot of fun. Even more I’m starting to loosen up in my writing again as I’m playing around with new projects while doing casual blogging at the same time. I feel you need that balance for the sake of sanity and to remind yourself that hey this is comics, make it fun by golly.

The Saturday Morning Post I did from 1981 was an experiment for me and I liked it. I got to deep dive into youtube and do some research into some shows that I’d heard of but also never heard of. I’m going to do more of that and even more looks at old and new comics. I think I’m going to spend some time with the All-New All-Different Marvel stuff too, heck I didn’t know people were so curious about New Avengers so I’m going to keep rolling with that. I do understand why people got hooked into the Captain America thought process, I liked writing that one too. In my adventure in tweaking my writing style I’m enjoying where it is taking me. I even want to play catch up with my indie and DC books too, I got plenty of those to write about as well. As I say, I got thrown into comics internet in a big way so everything I’ve written has always been a case of learning on the fly. I really have been working and experimenting and seeing what works for me and what doesn’t.

In turn I’ve been also trying to make a point to read much more than I have been. Between comics and novels, I’m backlogged to heck and back so I’ve been working on that. Put it this way, when my habitica has read three comics a day and 50-100 pages of a novel, you know I’m backlogged. It’s all part of improving my own writing and giving me more cool stuff to write about so inspiration and catching up on reading all at the same time. Backlogged reading and me is not good but I can catch up and I’ve also been working on organizing my collection too which also helps in my writing. It’s how I find stuff and keep things from getting cluttered, trying to work more on that. It’s all part of the process.

In turn with all of these projects I want to do it’ll encourage me to also write more. As that’s a major goal is to keep writing, keep working, and keep improving my craft. That’s always my goal and it is why I am always trying to keep learning more. It’s a good process and always something to keep in mind. Never be content with one level and always strive to be better, that’s the name of the game for me. Heck I remember in my early reviews I barely talked about art and so forth, so I made a point to fix that, then coloring, and more. I read, I observe, and I keep learning to see what I can do to make my stuff better. That’s my continuing goal on top of everything else. On my habitica I actually do have a goal of writing 1,000 words a day. I put it on hard but it’s a daily goal I want to make sure I hit. I’ll make it happen come heck or high water.

Now you all know a little more as to what I’m up to with my own writing. This is kind of the opposite of my Chill Bloggity Things where I just write whatever pops into my head just to get something down. Now I’m trying for a more focused goal to get stuff done and written about. The Chill Bloggity Things will still pop up for sure as sometimes I just want to chill and write about whatever. No goal in mind, just write and see what happens. I have so many places I want to go with my writing and I’m far from finished. I’m only giving a hint as to what I want to do in the future. So many more adventures to go on.

For all of you who read all of this, thank you for reading and thank you for taking the time to get a look as to what I want to do. This is partially for me to keep me on point but to let you all know that I have many things that I want to do and appreciate you all taking an interest in my universe. I really do appreciate you all from those just discovering my writing to those who have been following me over the years in my adventures. You’re all awesome and great people, nothing but love here.

I am going to finish this up now and get some more reading done for the evening. Time to get lost in some worlds. Take care everyone and keep being amazing.

From the Comic Pages: The CBS Saturday Morning Fall 1981 Lineup

1981 CBS Saturday Morning Lineup

In reading an old Flash comic I happened to see an ad for the CBS Saturday Morning Lineup from Fall 1981. If you all wonder why this is so special to me is because I was a born a month later on October 3rd, 1981. I saw the ad and decided to share it and talk about some of the shows on it during that time. I’ve always wanted to do a Saturday Morning Cartoon look from the 1980’s anyway and this is a good beginning for that project. Saturday Morning in the 80’s and 90’s was huge and the 80’s were insane with the lineups. The interesting part for me is realizing how many of these shows are pretty much gone from the airwaves now and the ones that are still around to this day.  Get your cereal of choice and on with the flashback to CBS’s 1981 Saturday Morning Fall Lineup!

Starting in order from 8:00 am it is The Kwicky Koala Show!

Here’s the most interesting fact about The Kwicky Koala Show, it was one of the last things Tex Avery worked on. I had no idea about Avery’s involvement in this series. It also had The Bungle Brothers, Crazy Claws, and Dirty Dawg in short segments on the show too. I remember watching some of these episodes off of Cartoon Network in the early days of the channel. I can somewhat remember watching them on USA Cartoon Express too, but definitely Cartoon Network. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera Australia and only on for one season on CBS.

Now I can somewhat remember these airing faintly but CBS had a show called In the News that aired in commercial breaks between the cartoons. They were two minute or so segments talking about events happening that would appeal to kids. That’s a pretty neat idea and I actually found one of the segments from 1980 and going to post it below so you can see it for yourselves.

At 8:30 am on the CBS Saturday Morning Fall Lineup it was Trollkins.

Another Hanna-Barbera toon, in watching the intro you can see the influence of Dukes of Hazzard on this show. Even if I didn’t read it on the Wikipedia page I’d be able to tell the influence from the start. It doesn’t look too bad though and I may have seen it once but I can’t remember it seeing it on Cartoon Network, though I may have seen it on Boomerang at one point. It was split into two shorts per episode and someone uploaded the first episode on youtube in two parts so if you’re curious here they are, enjoy!

Trolltown Goes Hollywood

Trollchoppers Meet Frogzilla

Bugs Bunny Road Runner Show CBS

Now for 9 am it was the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show!

There isn’t too much to say on this one though this is the same one you may remember being on ABC later on in their Saturday Morning line up as The Bugs Bunny and Tweety show. Yes at one point CBS aired the Bugs Bunny Show and paired it with The Road Runner show. I found the theme song from 1979 that had the two shows paired together so enjoy the theme song!

At 10:30 am it is The Popeye and Olive Oyl Show!

This is the show that had all new Popeye shows with new Olive Oyl shows as well. Originally it was the All-New Popeye Hour but then got trimmed down and became this show. I couldn’t find the theme song but I did find an episode of Private Olive Oyl on youtube so enjoy and see what you think. I wish the uploader could have had the original title card but I’ll take what I can get.

Blackstar CBS Saturday Morning 1981

At 11:00 am it is Blackstar!

Now Blackstar is one show I saw a little of eons ago as it isn’t shown in reruns very often. This is part of the Filmation empire of shows. You know why I link the wiki to a lot of these shows? I’m learning about some of these the same way you are right now. I actually need to watch more of this at some point because despite the animation that intro for the most part makes the series look fun. Sadly it only ran for 13 episodes but some of the animation is kind of rough. It lasted one year on CBS Saturday Morning. If you’re curious about the intro, check it out below and enjoy!

I did find the first episode of Blackstar on youtube so heck I may be watching the entire series sooner or later. Here’s the link if you’re curious about that as well.

Then at 11:30 am it is the Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure hour!

Now originally this was the Tarzan and Lone Ranger hour but then it was expanded in this season to add Zorro to the hour. This is another Filmation show paired well with Blackstar. Though this was the final year of the hour as it ended in 1982 but this looks much better than Blackstar at least from the intro, check it out below.

Now at 12:30 pm it is The Tom & Jerry Comedy Show!

I didn’t realize that this aired on CBS for a couple years as it aired from 1980-1982. It was another Filmation series and I do remember this well actually. This did air in syndication when I watched Tom and Jerry as a kid so this is one I’m much more familiar with. I found the intro so if you’re curious check it out.

Now for 1 pm it is The New Fat Albert Show and I’m mentioning it because of history and it was part of the lineup.

Then at 1:30 pm to finish out the CBS Saturday Morning for 1981 is 30 Minutes!

I loved learning this part of my 1981 Saturday Morning research, it was a kid to teen friendly show with news stories focused on them. I never knew this existed and that’s pretty amazing. I can’t find any video for it sadly but now you know a fun new thing today along with me.

That’s my first ever try at this, let me know what you think of this adventure I took. I’m also going to do more Saturday Morning Cartoon Lineups and even more From the Comic Pages stuff, I found another fun ad in The Flash comic I read that made me smile just as much. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I did.

My oddball collection journey/Chill Bloggity Thing Fun Adventure: Marvel and DC Novels

Over the past couple years or so I’ve been on a collecting spree of Marvel and DC Novels. If I stumble upon them in a used book store or anywhere, I’ll usually grab them. How did this start? Honestly out of pure curiosity of knowing they exist. I didn’t know so many of these were around until I started wandering bookstores and finding them. I have mostly the modern ones from the 90’s on up but I don’t have as much of the late60’s/70’s novels. I really didn’t know Marvel and DC had such a long history of novels. So that’s what I hunt down from time to time is those novels. Most of them you can find for scary cheap too, heck I got two Generation X ones for 2 bucks a piece so that was neat and the rest I’ve gotten for around 3 bucks a pop overall. Only a couple of the 70’s ones have run me about 5 to 7 bucks so I’m not arguing much about that at all. This is my weird collection that I like but it’s also fun because I do plan on reading them at some point as so many of them look like they’ll be a ton of fun to read.

I’ll have to list all the ones I got later as I need to write all the ones I have down and I’m writing this near midnight so, yeah it’ll have to wait for now. Promise I’ll get to it though. Yet I wanted to mention this fun adventure as it has been quite the journey for me. I’ve been to many different used book stores over the years and not even really hunting for those novels officially, they just seem to appear before my eyes. It’s been only recently I’ve seriously started to collect the novels and make a point to look for them. Of course you ask yourself as you read this why haven’t I just gone on ebay or amazon and so forth to get the ones I can’t find, it is because I enjoy the hunt for these. It’s not a big major hunt at this point, it’s my leisurely hunt for these novels. Stumbling upon them at random is still a lot of fun and I want to keep that up.

That’s my fun little story for the night I got an urge to talk about it and I’ll dive more into it later. Thanks for reading, take care and keep being awesome everyone.

The Chill Bloggity Thing for 10/27/15 or My Mind is Idea Filled, Yeah!

I’ve never been this inspired in a long time. It’s really fun to be in my mind right now as I am rapid firing more ideas out into the world than ever before. I haven’t been this filled with ideas in a long time. Right now I’m in the state of mind that I need to get my ideas out there and not wait, just do it and see what happens. Don’t try and think too hard about a game plan, just make it happen and go for it. Insert every single “JUST DO IT!” meme on the planet here as that is my state of mind at the moment. I’m dare I say starting to have a lot more fun lately and really it is thanks to people taking an interest as to what I’m up to. As I started to revive this blog again I thought it would be temporary like my other attempts but this as been the attempt that has stuck. It’s come at the right point where I’m ready to try more and do more than ever before. Sometimes things can only be in planning for so long before you need to unleash them out into the world and see what happens you know?

Right now on Comixology there’s this crazy Supergirl Comic sale, so tempting you all have no idea how tempting it is. There is also that Humble Bundle too with all the Top Cow comics too, I’ll see what they add tomorrow to it before I decide either way. Oh lord too many comics, Comixology is quickly becoming Steam for me yet I know I’ll read all the comics from these sales, someday. That just means more reading which I can’t argue with at all. Always reading, always writing, always creating, like comic book magic my friends, comic book magic! I must satisfy my Habitica too as I catch up with all this, so as I create and get stuff done, I get more awesome gear in Habitica so that’s groovy with me.

Anyway, I’ll have TV to watch in a bit tonight, Flash and Agents of SHIELD for me. I shall be enjoying this amazing Tuesday night more as I have reading to do. Laters!

The Avengers: The Bendis Years: Avengers Disassembled or Revisiting my Comic Past (Spoilers)

Avengers Disassembled Cover

Today I got a weird idea. A really strange and weird idea. As Brian Michael Bendis started to rise through the ranks at Marvel I was a little hit or miss on the guy. Then he took over Avengers and I became way more miss along with many other people in the comic store I used to go to. Oh my goodness was I ever one of those that ranted about along with others of the period. It’s why I trended towards DC Comics for a long time as well and didn’t tread far into Marvel waters for a good period of time. In recent years I’ve started to dig more of what Bendis has done on Avengers and other books. I’ve found myself becoming a fan of his and now I’m looking back on his first story with the team, Avengers #500-503 and Avengers Finale or better knwon as Avengers Disassembled and the Epilogue. This was a story that really left Bendis and I at odds as again, this was a series that had gotten close to me so I barely could give it a chance. Now with a much more mellowed state of mind I looked at it again. It’s not perfect but now I have a different look at it. This story may have broken the Avengers back then but in Disassembling the Avengers, Brian Michael Bendis ended up setting the foundation to make the Avengers better than ever.

(Yes before we start there are going to be spoilers for a story eleven years old. I know these spoilers aren’t huge now but if you haven’t read it yet and curious to experience it for yourself, turn back now. Otherwise, on with the show!)

When Bendis first did Avengers Disassembled the sales on the series weren’t what they are nowadays. Back in June 2004 it was #25 with 57,085 books sold. Which isn’t too bad but probably not the numbers Marvel wanted for The Avengers. Which means Bendis comes in and sometimes you have to break a few eggs to make things better in the long term. Boy did he break a few eggs. Some of the deaths could have been handled better, Scott Lang got annihilated by a revived Jack of Hearts, Hawkeye got a weird death fighting The Kree, and Vision got ripped apart by She-Hulk. Add in Ultron bots, and Tony Stark getting a weird drunken feeling at a U.N. Conference and destroying Avengers Mansion, yeah he broke things pretty handily. Though I did enjoy David Finch’s work on this overall, the Vision getting ripped apart by She-Hulk in full rage mode was a powerful visual. I remember people being so mad about all of this, I remember it well. I remember the reveal of all the chaos with The Avengers being caused by The Scarlet Witch, I’ll say that it was an insane twist. She had been around so long and through so many versions of the team, even on the West Coast Avengers, and no one would ever expect the villain to be her. It’s actually heartbreaking when you learn the reason why so she did a lot of damage but it rips your heart out when you learn why she did it.

Avengers Disassembled She-Hulk Destroys Vision

It’s a lot of shock and awe in the coming leading up the Scarlet Witch reveal. At this point though The Avengers were in rough shape anyway so Bendis got leeway to break things apart. I see every single reason why people loved and hated this story. Bendis didn’t hold anything back and wasn’t afraid to kill some darlings in the process. See the fun part about reading this on Marvel Unlimited is how furious people were in the letter pages, they left the letter pages in there. People were not happy at all and they weren’t shy with their feelings. I remember the comic store chats and it did influence me in not giving the book a fair shake or at least a more even handed look. In reading this with a more I guess you’d call it mellowed mind and new eyes, I did enjoy this story even understanding everything that ticked people off.

I did enjoy Avengers Finale as it summed up all of the Avengers history in one big story. See I never felt in the entire story that Bendis was disrespectful of the Avengers, far from it as Bendis was showing here that he loves The Avengers. By doing Avengers Disassembled the way he did, he got a lot of interest for the team and by breaking it got to build it into something different. Avengers Mansion was gone and now the team could become something else and Bendis was more or less telling people to hang in there and see what happens. To this day the Bendis run on Avengers is a divisive force among fans of the team. Yet in a way he’s downright reverent to the old teams but he knew to get it into new direction, he had to break a whole lot of eggs to get there.

That’s why I’m going to read the entire Bendis run on The Avengers. All of it from cover to cover. I’m going to do it by storyline and by the way, yes there will be spoilers. This is my own personal journey here. Feel free to join me on it, leave a comment, talk to me on twitter, let’s have some fun with this. Avengers Assemble as soon The New Avengers shall rise in my journey through The Bendis Years of the Avengers begins.

Thought Process on What Hooks People Into a Comic

Here’s the thing about comics, there is truly a comic out there for everyone. Depending on who the person is there is a comic out there for everyone. Yet what does hook someone into a book? This is why I call this Thought Process because there’s no real answer, it’s all depending on the person and it’s a straight forward thought blast. In my own case what got me back into comics was seeing The Avengers and seeing a book with all of them together again piqued my curiosity. It can seriously be as simple as that. I remember when the New 52 hit and that sparked someone into buying all of DC Comics for awhile after only buying Conan books and now he buys all sorts of comics. Nowadays for me it’s a mix of things and it all depends on what it is. Sometimes I have no idea who the writer or artist is but I dig the concept so I’m curious. I’ll give a few examples from my own recent readings.

The Shield is one major example, I didn’t know all that much about The Shield but I have loved Archie’s Dark Circle Comics so far. I read the book tonight and loved it to pieces. I mean I really loved it to pieces. To the point where I’m likely putting this on my pull list. Victoria Adams hooked me as a character and I’m intrigued as to how she uses her skills and memories as the series goes on. I knew the barest of bones of a concept and totally fell for the series. I also now need to hunt down Chuck Wendig’s work because I dug the heck out of his writing. So the barest of a concept can pretty much hook someone, no real knowledge of everyone involved, just trust in the quality of the company. So bare bones it was unreal and if you’re curious what cover I got, the movie poster one was amazing.

Agents of ATLAS one-shot out of the Secret Wars was a weird one. Right now I am overall burning out hard on Secret Wars yet I love Agents of ATLAS. Not being written by Jeff Parker and not drawn by Leonard Kirk but I do like Tom Taylor and Steve Pugh so hey let’s do this. Read it tonight and totally kept the feel of Parker and Kirk’s work on the series. Ah it was so freaking cool. See what got me hooked into this was love of the team and liking the creative team initially. Then in reading it I really enjoyed it. It’s part of Secret Wars but it’s just a one shot and a fun one-shot at that. Knowing that a comic is just a one-shot can also be a selling point for someone checking in on a favorite concept.

Now Invincible Iron Man #2, oh wow I cannot believe I wasn’t a big Brian Michael Bendis fan a few years back. How misguided I was once upon a time, now I can’t get enough of his work. Bendis and David Marquez have such a rocking book. Initially what got me into it was simple, Iron Man, Bendis, Marquez, cool armor design and that the armor uses all the abilities from all the other Iron Man armors. Simple as that and the villains and other surprises in this series never ceased to blow me away. I knew what I dug about the comic initially and in reading the first two issues I’m officially hooked on this series.

Really this is but three examples of my own that got me hooked into a comic, there’s many more things out there that can get people hooked. I’m curious as to what gets you all hooked into a comic. Let me know in the comments below, twitter, whatever else. Thanks for reading, take care!

ANAD Marvel Adventures: Karnak #1 and This is Marvel Ellis Unleashed

Warren Ellis on Karnak was what I called the wild card comic. Far and away out of any title this was a big wildcard. It’s also possibly one of my favorite things I’ve seen Ellis do at Marvel up there with Nextwave and his Secret Avengers run. Karnak is brought to life in the best way possible via Warren Ellis. You have a perfect art style with Gerardo Zaffino, amazing colors by Dan Brown suiting the gritty but strangely enjoyable atmosphere this comic has. We’re putting it out there now that I loved this comic. I really loved this comic. The review aspect of this pretty much got incinerated when I was muttering Spider Jerusalem quotes in my head and I knew Karnak was making me really happy. Warren Ellis, Gerardo Zaffino, and Dan Brown really have something here and now I’m going to spend this post having a full blown happy dance about this comic and all the things I love about it. Come join me, seriously, this is the ultimate happy dance post here.

(Note I nearly titled this that it isn’t a review but definitely a comic book happy dance, oh my twitter feed right now got the simple reaction to my comic, this is the fleshed out version of it.)

If you’ve never read a single Inhuman anything in your life, you’re fine reading Karnak. If you’re just a fan of Warren Ellis you can read Karnak and have a blast. This is the book that I feel out of a lot of the recent Warren Ellis Marvel adventures suits him best. I liked his Moon Knight pretty well but Karnak I totally adore from the first issue. I think it is because Karnak is an easy character to get a handle on. He sees the weakness in all things, he can see the flaws and use them to his advantage. He’s got his Tower of Wisdom and he’s the Magister of it or as explained in the book, the Inhuman title for High Priest. It does reference the Terrigen Mists but I think it does a good enough of a job explaining what the mists did. It is the Karnak show and even better you get fun appearances from Coulson and Simmons, which now makes me want an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. book written by Ellis.

Extra bonus points for Gerardo Zaffino’s art on this comic. It’s got such a nice feel to it, it’s got a grit to it yet smooth as silk when it counts. Karnak is someone who can feel the room around him and Ellis got a good partner in Zaffino to bring that out. Karnak is the kind of guy who when he enters a room, he knows his place in it. That’s how Zaffino handled him in his art and it was great to see that he could do great work with showing emotions or lack thereof. A great sense of storytelling is at work here as even with the action, it was spot on gorgeous. Dan Brown is also this phenomenal colorist, in a book mostly shaded in darker tones he’s adept with it. You could feel as though you were in an old broken down headquarters. The final page was also a masterwork in popping your eyes out with action and then begging for more, that’s pure art, writing, and coloring merging together to make beautiful music.

Yes, Karnak is good and even with Warren Ellis involved I get the feeling no one will know what to make of it. I say though for the Marvel reader and a fan of the Inhumans, you’ll dig it and for the Warren Ellis fan, I am restating this again that you’ll probably dig it too. Warren Ellis is on his A-game with this series. Karnak #1 comes highly recommended by me. Enjoy it.

Chill Bloggity Thing for 10/19/15 or Oh Yeah A Star Wars Trailer Appeared Today!

No I do not have tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet. The trailer was amazing but I didn’t know they were selling tickets until all of the websites had a glorious movie ticket meltdown. Never underestimate the excitement of fans and Star Wars Movie Ticket selling sites. On my end if I would have known I would have asked my Dad what day he wanted to see it on. See my plan is to see Star Wars with my Dad as I’ve seen the Star Wars films with my Dad so I’ll be continuing that. My Dad and I see a lot of movies together and this one is a big one for my Dad and I to see together. He also is a volunteer Santa Claus during Christmas so he gets a little hectic during the holidays. That’s why I didn’t go ahead and get tickets once I realized that they were for sale, I need to sort it out with my Dad to figure out when we can go. We’ll see it though, trust me my Dad and I will get to see this movie by golly come heck or high water.

As for today I’ve been prepping and plotting out things so that’s been my day. Tomorrow will be more of the same. I can pretty much say most of this week will be a lot of prepping and plotting and the weeks to come. Going to be a lot of fun and now I’m starting to get my focus for it back in gear. Tomorrow is a writing day and yes alas a cleaning day, yay for cleaning. I also just realized that I have Supernatural still on my DVR, yikes I need to get to that. Though I did get to see Gotham and I really do need to write a fun something for Gotham at some point as it may not be perfect but wow is that show ever getting fun. It would be a spoiler nightmare fuel though for those who haven’t caught up, be forewarned whenever I get to it.

Now it is time for me to get to sleep. Going to be a fun and awesome day tomorrow. Catch up to you all then. Laters Internet Universe! Goodnight.