I woke up covered in cats. Normally I wouldn't mind this, and late autumn is a pretty good time to awaken to extra warmth on your extremities, especially when it vibrates. But not today. Because? That little grey cat, Daenerys Stormborn: Kitten of Dragons (DeNayNay, for short), has maggots slithering out of her puckered little ass hole....more
Ah, summer! When students all over America break free of their desks and high-tail it to the pool.
For about five seconds, until their summer reading lists appear and ruin everything.
Now let’s be real. Even as a kid I loved to read, but summer reading lists were a burden all the same. It wasn’t fun reading. Sure, I liked some of the books I was exposed to, but so many more were dry or hard to focus on when I really just wanted to get back outside.
Orange is the New Black (OITNB), hardened rebels that they are, slipped us a little surprise last night and launched season 3 a few hours early. Hooray!I’m a sucker for a crazy cast of characters like the fine (if somewhat questionable) ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary, so I was thisclose to just making an all-nighter of it. (Kudos to those of you who did, I know you’re out there.)...more
I did it, went to WonderCon this last weekend. Oh how I wish now in hindsight that I had purchased tickets for the entire three days. All I can say is that it was a hell of a good time to see the comic books, the artists, the illustrators, the writers, the cosplayers and the people like me who just geeked out. ...more
Christian Humour? Yup, hilarious, biblical, denominational and personal jibes all served with a smile. Self deprecatory humour with the ability to laugh at ourselves is healthy and great for overblown egos. This week it is biblical humour with snickers at Noah's plight....more
At the comic shop I work at we had a special event last weekend that was met with much success. A “Ladies” night. A night where women and woman-identified could shop, chat and just generally geek out in an open store staffed by all female staff and attended by a local female artist. Even at my store (which is pretty damned inclusive and open) women have felt uncomfortable. It was nice to shop without the judgement or stares from other male customers and our ladies told us so....more
Earlier this spring, my daughter was thrilled to find Wonder Woman and Cyborg on her cereal box. I collected my thoughts on how something that seems simple, two comic book stars as advertisement, was actually a big deal. We don't often see superheroes as anything other than white men. Seeing Wonder Woman, a female superhero, and Cyborg, a black superhero, featured on the cereal box and on the free comic inside is worth talking about, and worth demanding more of. We don't have enough comic book characters, and especially superheroes, who represent all of us.
Like many mothers of small boys, I am often asked to play superheroes. My son Michael has loved to engage me in this activity for a while now, ever since receiving a Batcave a few Christmases ago....more
I love Halloween. The candy, the costumes, the creativity. This year our store celebrated the Halloween ComicFest and I gathered up all our best reads in the horror category and made a giant display at the front of the store. Here is a list of my top ten favorites....more
I mean, according to the movies and high school and anything I ever learned from band camp, these are the punch lines, right? The nerds, the geeks, the people who don’t fit in. Except these people were amazing. They were real and colorful and…themselves.