My so-called life

I find myself once again forced to apologize to you, my Gentle Readers, for the lack of any substantial content over the last week or so.

Sometimes, real life just gets in the way. As I mentioned in a previous post, I had a birthday, followed by two (2) weddings, work, the start of a new production cycle at the college paper of which I am now Editor, and lots of general business, which culimated about an hour ago with my girlfriend leaving for school in Chicago.

Things have settled down a bit, so hopefully I'll be able to whip up some content with the next few days.

Until then, catch you cats on the flip side.




And now, a special moment of absurdity for your viewing pleasure, courtesy of Marvel's latest batch of solicitations...

Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by ROGER CRUZ

"Hey Cyclops, you seen my powers anywhere?"


"Ay-ay, where my wings go at?"

"Dag, I'm all havin' to lift up my coffee with my HANDS, yo."

"Dang. We cold done lost our powerz."

No joke - that's the actual solicitation as it appears over at CBR.

Er..uhm - what?



A Long-expected party

In honor of the twenty-first anniversary of my introduction to the planet Earth, I'm taking the weekend off.

I hope everyone has a good couple of days, and I'll see you back here Monday.



June 24, 1963 - August 12, 2007

I return after a brief absence and find myself completely and utterly shocked beyond words.

This past Sunday, Mike "Ringo" Wieringo passed away of (apparent) heart failure. He was 44. Honestly, I wasn't even aware the man was past his thirties.

My knowledge of Mike's work is limited. I was aware of him on Fantastic Four and only really recognized him once he came aboard Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man with Peter David. However, I knew enough to know that his was a style that I dug a lot, one that really struck a chord with me.

Anyway, by now the rest of the blogosphere (as well as the industry) has reacted, and I imagine far more eloquently than I ever could.

My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Wieringo's family, and I hope it is some small comfort to them to know that Mike's immeasurable talent brought joy to comic book fans the world over. I hope that in their mourning, they will not forget to celebrate the life and achievements of such a talented individual, and I hope fans of his work will do the same.

Rest in peace, Ringo.



An open letter to the DC Comics boards and various other fanboys

Hey guys,


Not an image of a fat and/or ugly young woman.

That is all. Carry on.


Special thanks to the Occasional Superheroine and the Fortress Keeper for bringing this to my attention.


Itsy-bitsy spider, redux

Earlier today, CBR reported that Marvel released the above image, the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #545 (part of the upcoming and much balyhooed "One More Day" event), accompanied only by the ominous text, "The end of an era."

I'm trying to decide what I think releasing the image so early is trying to say - it's obviously some kind of tease, but to what? Is Quesada saying "Gasp! What will become of Pete and MJ? Read and find out!" or is he saying, "Haha, I'm going to bludgeon this concept that I hate so much to death and there's nothing you can do about it, bwahaha"?

I've speculated before about what may come of the Spider-marriage after Strazynski's run on the title has wrapped. Since we can safely assume the characters won't divorce and that Mary Jane probably won't die (despite that "one of these will die!" teaser image that popped up not too long ago and suddenly can't seem to find). That said, I can't help but wonder if perhaps Quesada's "fix" for this problem lies not in natural means, but instead in the mystical.

We know that Dr. Strange plays a role in the upcoming events. Quesada has also mentioned that once Mary Jane is written out of the books (should such a thing happen), all it takes to "start over" is simply not mentioning her at all. Quesada has also said that this doesn't necessarily write off any chance at a relationship for the two at a later date; Mary Jane could easily come back into the picture years down the line and the two could date, with no mention of their past together (this is supposedly all hypothetical). This has caused some within the online community to speculate (or perhaps a better term would be "jump to the conclusion") that this evidence indicates that perhaps, going into "Brand New Day," Peter and Mary Jane may not even be aware that they were ever married. I don't know if I would expect Marvel to go quite that far - even these days - but it saddens me to admit that I can't completely rule it out.

I just can't help but wonder if maybe the bigwigs are in fact simply pulling the wool over our eyes, only to reveal a marriage stronger than ever by the time Strazynski leaves the title. I would hate to see this year's fantastic Sensational Spider-Man Annual seen as little more than a fluke in the history of the character, rather than an example that the marriage isn't so much a bad idea as much as it needs someone who knows how to write realistic and interesting people who happen to be married.

The closer the story approaches, the more apprehensive I become. Whether or not I continue reading the adventures of my favorite hero depends on the outcome of this "event" and it's execution. I hope that my reasons for loving the character will be valdiated instead of shattered, but with the way things are going these days, I'm not hopeful.

At this point, I guess there's really nothing left but to wait and see what happens...

...that, and pray, I suppose.