|Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog Archive LXXXIII
Laura "Tegan" Gjovaag
I mention meeting Karin Yamagiwa and getting a sketch from her in my 2004 Emerald City Comicon Report. Karin draws very small. I mean really small. This is the only sketch I've scanned yet that I didn't have to reduce to fit into my sketchbook standards. In fact, I considered making it bigger. Now, I really hate to say this, considering how many great sketches I got at the con... but this is my favorite of the ones I got that day. Yes, it's from an artist most of you have probably never heard of. The style isn't standard. And it's small. But it's FUN. It exudes happiness. There is an energy to this little sketch that most sketches don't have. Anytime a sketch pulls my face into a grin every time I see it, it's a great sketch. This is a great sketch.
This year's mint set arrived, so here's my thoughts on the 2004 offerings.
Amazing Spider-Man #66/507: I knew it. I knew it. Ezekiel's true nature is good, but he's not above fighting for something that simply wrong. This explains Ezekiel pretty well. He is a man who does what is good because he can. But at the root of his powers is a deception, and he's desperate enough to continue to carry the deception out. Odds are, he'll do what is right in the end... an easy way out, and possibly a disappointment, but I don't know how else this particular story could end. Another strong issue.
Another resident of Bothell, Garrett Fitzgerald, noticed my post about visiting the tent city. Did anyone else bother to read that post?
Batman Adventures #14: Nice tie-in of Batman Adventure characters. I like the Gray Ghost, and I like the two different views we get of kids watching his show in this issue. The villain made sense, too. Although, it's almost too much to call him a villain in this one. He's more misguided, but I guess kidnapping is villainous enough.
Angel [1-07]: Bachelor Party: One thought, and one thought only kept running through my mind as I watched this. "I wanna eat your brains!" Ok, maybe that wasn't the only thought, but once the brain-eating started, that's certainly what I was thinking of. Lisa (my little sister) and I were discussing why we like Angel so much, and besides the obvious appeal of a dark and brooding hunk like Boreanaz is the way it keeps trying to turn TV conventions on their heads. There's the whole "hero jumps into a car to go save the girl, only it's the wrong car" thing going on. You don't get exactly what you expect. In fact, you often get a lot more or less than you expect, and that adds to the appeal. Like I thought for sure that Cordelia was going to learn Doyle's secret in this episode, but there she was beating him up at the end, none the wiser. I enjoy the way this show plays with expectations. It doesn't always succeed, but it's fun to see it try.
Seaguy #1: Ok, this was majorly odd. At first I thought I wasn't liking it, then I realized I was completely drawn in, and trying to figure out the universe on its own terms. As soon as that hit me, I realized I was actually enjoying it quite a bit. I don't know much about Morrison or his other work. What he did on JLA didn't impress me much, so I figured that I wouldn't be that impressed with this book, either. I just couldn't resist a book called "Seaguy". I'm surprised and happy. I think this one is going to be very interesting. Just one nit, if someone couldn't tell the difference between black and white, wouldn't they be blind, not just "colorblind"?
Thought Balloons thoughtfully points us to the second half of the Namor story on Movie Poop Shoot.
Smallville [3-22]: Covenant: Is it just me, or was that a quadruple cliff-hanger? I'm trying to remember if I've ever seen that in a TV show before, and I can't recall any instance of it. Anyway, the opening scene made it very clear that what we were about to see was not happy and Silver Agey, and it stayed the course for the whole episode. I wish I could say it romped along, or it was really good, or ... something. But it just seemed, except for the cliff-hangers, like a normal episode of Smallville. I'm eager to see what happens next, but I'm not dying to know. It was good, but it wasn't great.
So I went out to get my comics today (rapid reviews coming later) and, since I was in the neighborhood, stopped by at home to grab some necessities and drop off other stuff.
The weather today has got my head spinning. I woke up and looked outside... it was bright, sunny, and I couldn't see a cloud in the sky. I grabbed the newspaper, sat down and ate breakfast, then looked out again. The sky was filled with murderous-looking thunderclouds lowering at me. Forty-five minutes later, the sun was out again, and half the sky was clear.
Comic Book Resources has posted the top 300 comic books for books shipping in April. As usual, Aquaman's not high up on the list. Until I get some other data, like ICv2 usually provides, the stats are mostly meaningless.
I'm still muzzy from the migraine, but this will have to do (typos will be corrected as I find them):
I was going to give you a nice random thoughts post this morning to distract you from the rest of my blog, but the migraine did something my migraines have never done before. It came back. So I currently feel (and this is as close as I can get to describing it, it's actually much, much worse) like something stretched me out as thin as a sheet of paper, played drums on me through an entire performance of Stomp, then let me ooze back into my natural form while kicking me around a soccer pitch. I have this vague notion that my recent bout with fibromyalgia may have made the after-effects worse. I'll be seeing my doctor in a week, I'll ask then.
This time, it's my little sister, Lisa. I think I mentioned that a few weeks ago I gave her Aquaman #15, a copy that the back cover was destroyed on. I didn't really expect her to read it, she's never had any interest in Aquaman and has always preferred non-superhero stories. So I was surprised when she asked me if any more issues came out, and if she could read them.
I hate pigeons. I could sleep, if not for the pigeons. They scratch at the skylight, they sit outside the window and warble at each other, they peck and flap and are generally annoying. I wonder if pigeon pie is any good?
I don't do this much anymore, mostly because I don't feel like newspapers represent my opinion anyway anymore, but this article in the Seattle Times just got me a bit hot under the collar, and I had to write. I'd appreciate feedback on how effectively you think I got my two main points across, and if you detect any bias in my letter that I may not be aware of. I just sent this off:
H-E-R-O #16: Is Robby insane, or is he on to something? This is one gruesome book at the moment. What happens when a truly sick person gets his hands on the H-E-R-O device? We're finding out. Between his work on Aquaman and this book, I'm beginning to think I've found a new favorite comic book writer.