Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Reading Twilight

I really am still reading Twilight. And slowly, due to the note-taking. My current hypothesis is that the faster you read this book, the more likely you are to like it. If you slow down, you actually have time to think about it, and it comes out sounding like Alanis Morissette covering "My Humps."

It's only an hypothesis, based on one bad song and the fact that I'm pretty sure I could blow through this terribly long novel in the space of a day or two if that was my goal. It would probably be better that way. But I'm prolonging the agony for the sake of my two or three readers, all of whom are friends who warned me about this book's level of awful. (Willow's right. I'm a masochist.)

So without further ado, here are my...

Reading notes for Chapter 9 ("Theory") of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight:
  • Edward knows your scent, Bella.
    • This just gets better and better.
  • Bella's mind doesn't work normally?
    • No way.
  • Edward drives too fast.
  • Bella asks Edward about vampires.
  • She doesn't care if Edward's a vampire.
    • For some reason I start wondering if there's a necrophilia angle to this.
    • I've never wondered that before.
    • Why?
  • "Vegetarian" vampire idea starts here.
  • Edward worries about Bella when he's away from her.
    • He also worries about her when he's with her.
    • Edward worries about Bella all. The. Time.
    • Obsessed much?
    • This has been covered in previous chapters.
  • Bella? Crying? Will wonders never cease...
  • Edward gets Bella home.
  • He warns her not to go into the woods alone.
    • Meaning she inevitably will at some point.
  • Mundane details, blah, blah, blah...
  • And we end on the paragraph that's on the back cover of this book.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Janet Lives!

So Marvel recently killed 616!Wasp. It wasn't exactly what you'd call an heroic death. I'm still hoping that I connected the dots correctly, and that Jan'll be back with a new mantle (Hank has her old one, right?) and new explosive powers and... At any rate, I'm disappointed, but what can you do, right?

And even more recently, Marvel offed Ultimate!Jan in the pages of Ultimatum. This (which you'd be wise not to click, but you will anyway) is just wrong. Count the levels! (Thanks to Kalinara for that link, by the way.)

Now, I can't get up in arms about this sort of thing. I've tried. Seriously. A fictional character, one I rather care about, has been stuffed into a miniature Maytag (twice!) and all I can think is that, well, at least she's alive and well in the Marvel Adventures Universe. Which is the Marvelverse that really ought to Count. From here on in, I'll call it the "Yayverse."

See? Yay!Jan is defending Earth against alien invaders in Marvel Adventures the Avengers #26. As Giant Girl, not Wasp, but still.

And she's having a casual lunch with Yay!Ororo in Marvel Adventures The Avengers #30. This issue also introduces Yay!Tigra, and she's treated well. It's awesome.

We even get to see prepowered Yay!Jan in Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #6. Her primary role is to cheer up Yay!Hank.

Yay!Hank needs a lot of cheering up, and that's because he's him. It's not just because of this guy:

Yes! It's Yay!Psycho Man.

Don't get me wrong. Marvel 616 can be a whole lot of fun, and Ultimate Marvel... Well, Ultimate Fantastic Four is an important title to me, and it's better right now than it has been in a long while. It's just that Yayverse titles are the ones I consistently look forward to reading. They are also the ones that consistently deliver fun. And they don't have to kill heroes (or villains) to do it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Reading Twilight

Reading notes for Chapter 8 ("Port Angeles") of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight:
  • High school girls apparently talk about boys to the exclusion of all else.
    • And there is drama.
    • Boy-related drama.
  • Mundane details aplenty.
  • So... Let's talk about Cullens!
    • The Cullens "go backpacking all the time".
    • The mystery deepens.
  • No, Bella, the new age bookstore is the one you want. Idiot.
  • (Can't go wrong with a new age bookstore in urban fantasy, right?)
  • A silver Volvo in Port Angeles! Oh noes!
  • A scary group of strong men following Bella! Oh noes!
  • More scary guys. Triple oh noes!
  • Edward swoops in to the rescue!
  • Edward fears his temper.
  • Edward takes Bella to dinner.
  • At an Italian restaurant.
    • So I guess garlic isn't an issue.
  • Ohh, Edward, you really shouldn't dazzle people so.
  • Ohh, Edward, you are so muscular.
  • Bella is a "magnet for trouble".
    • Duh.
    • Meyer has to spell out everything in simple terms.
    • That's kind of insulting.
  • Edward's stalking Bella, but that's totally okay with her.
  • He's mentally stalking her, even.
  • Creepy.
  • Edward is emo.
  • Creepy and emo.
  • Dangerous, creepy and emo.
    • Don't leave me alone, Bella, or I will kill someone.
    • If you don't leave me alone, I may kill you.
    • Decisions, decisions.
  • After (Bella eats) dinner, they go back to the Volvo, and that's it for Chapter 8.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Reading Twilight

Reading notes for Chapter 7 ("Nightmare") of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight:
  • Bad dream involving a werewolf fighting a vampire.
    • It was probably inevitable.
  • Okay, I swear, I DO NOT NEED TO KNOW every single blessed detail about what Bella does while she waits for her modem to dial.
    • Talk about padding the page count.
    • Is the whole book gonna be like this?
  • Yes. Pop-up windows are the bane of the internet user. I get it.
  • Vampire research time for Bella!
  • Bella's research fails. Time for her to take a walk!
  • How long is this chapter again?
    • Seriously?
    • Damn.
  • "Could the Cullens be vampires?"
    • That question appears on page 138.
  • Bella doesn't know.
    • Of course, I do
    • I saw the movie trailer.
  • Bella does homework.
  • Charlie gets home.
  • Bella goes to bed.
  • Another day dawns. It is sunny.
  • School time!
  • Bella writes a paper on Shakespeare and misogyny.
    • I wonder what she concludes.
    • I wonder whether it's ironic or appropriate.
  • What? No Cullens?
  • Bella can't keep her mind on anything.
    • Well, except for getting her homework done.
    • 'Cause she's a model student.
    • Of course.
  • Bella does not trust her sheriff dad to feed himself.
  • Time to go dress shopping with the girls!
  • End of chapter.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Reading Twilight

Reading notes for Chapter 6 ("Scary Stories") of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight:
  • Yes, Forks students, by all means tease Bella about the fainting spell.
  • Ohh, Edward, where are you?
  • Bella has an enemy. A blonde enemy.
  • Time to go to the beach! And it's sunny!
    • Pretty beach.
  • Mike is a nice boy, Bella, you idiot.
  • Dare you defy Edward and brave the tide pools???
    • Sure. Better than braving evil blonde Lauren.
  • Geez. I'm not exactly graceful, but even I don't fall all the damned time.
    • Not even in the woods.
    • Maybe Bella has an undiagnosed neurological condition.
    • That would explain some things.
  • Native Americans join the party!
  • Another boy, Jacob, notices Bella.
  • That makes... Five now?
  • Well, five that are named.
  • Jacob is pretty.
    • And he's a mechanic.
    • And he's a story-teller.
    • A good one.
  • Bella gets a scary vampire story.
    • It's clearly an important plot point.
  • And she gets a new friend.
  • It starts to rain just in time for the beach party to leave.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Reading Twilight

Reading notes for Chapter 5 ("Blood Type") of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight:
  • Edward is beautiful.
    • Gush, gush.
  • Bella's not smart, Edward.
    • She's not gonna avoid you.
    • She wants to gaze into your "deep gold eyes".
  • Ohh, Edward, are you... Spider-Man?
    • No?
  • How about Superboy?
    • No.
  • Edward's... dangerous.
    • Ooh.
  • He's an ass, Bella. Stay away from Edward!
    • (She's not staying away from Edward.)
  • A micro-lancet! Oh noes!
  • There is blood. It is time for Bella to faint.
  • Is it even legal to do the blood type test in a public school?
    • Or is it just a liability issue?
    • My high school didn't allow it.
  • Edward steals Bella away from Mike and carries her to the nurse's office.
  • He. Carries. Her.
  • Edward and Mike: Bitter rivals.
    • But Mike doesn't have a voice "like melting honey".
    • He can't possibly win.
  • Pushy Edward.
  • Not healthy, Bella.
    • Just remember, no means no.
    • When and if the time comes, I mean.
    • Seriously, Bella.
    • Yes, he's pretty.
    • But he's moody, pushy, and over-protective.
    • And he's a jerk.
    • Not worth it.
    • You are not being adult about this.
    • Not that adults don't fall into potentially abusive relationships, too.
    • But are adults being adult when they do?
    • Okay, right, back to the dreck.
  • Bella's planning to go on a beach trip.
  • Edward's going camping with his family.
  • Blah, blah, end of Chapter 5.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Reading Twilight

Reading notes for Chapter 4 ("Invitations") of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight:
  • Dream of Edward.
  • Bella's not used to being the center of attention by now?
  • That's it, Tyler. Grovel. Good boy.
  • Edward's being all weird again.
  • School dance? Oh noes!
    • Bella can't dance!
    • So she'll... go to Seattle.
    • Excuses, excuses.
  • Make up your gorram mind, Edward.
  • Bella drops her books.
  • Edward picks them up for her.
  • Bella drops her keys.
  • Edward picks them up for her.
  • Bella falls down a lot in Gym.
  • Tyler asks Bella to the dance.
    • So does Eric. And Mike.
    • Gawd.
  • You're right, Bella. You're not interesting.
    • But this is the "Twilight Zone".
    • Apologies to Rod Serling.
  • Fretful sheriff.
  • We know where his daughter gets it.
  • Or maybe he's wise.
  • But probably not. Parents are useless.
  • And Charlie seems a little slow. Idiocy runs in families?
  • Don't do it Bella.
  • Don't say "yes".
  • Don't open that door.
  • Bella, you idiot.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Reading Twilight

Reading notes for Chapter 3 ("Phenomenon") of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight:
  • Forks is icy. Oh noes!
  • Better be extra-careful, Bella.
  • Remember: You're a klutz.
  • Why do the boys of Forks like Bella?
  • I don't understand.
  • Oh, hey, snow chains. Good idea, Charlie.
  • Out-of-control van! Oh noes!
  • Edward is Bella's hero.
    • He's so pretty and golden-eyed and mysterious.
  • How'd he do that?
    • Deny, deny, deny.
  • Dr. Cullen is pretty, too.
  • I bet Tyler becomes a Bella hanger-on.
    • Maybe he'll give her chocolates.
    • Or something.
  • Bella doesn't like lying.
  • Charlie's daughter is involved in a car accident, and he feels guilty about telling her mother?
    • WTF?
  • Adults are useless.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Monday, December 08, 2008

Still reading Twilight...

The second chapter ("Open Book") of Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, is about as slow as the first. Hopefully things will pick up a bit, but right now this is decompressed storytelling in novel form. And this is what I've learned:
  • Mike and Eric are totally sweet on Bella.
  • Bella remembers people now!
  • Edward is not in school.
  • Bella is worried.
  • Bella's parents are useless.
  • Bella's already studied this stuff.
  • So school is kinda useless, too.
  • Also, she can't play volleyball.
    • Neither can I, so I guess I sympathize.
  • Dad likes the Cullens. He gets vocal about that.
  • I don't think snow works like that.
    • Not when it's warm enough for rain as well.
    • How would enough accumulate in the space of a high school class period?
    • Well, maybe Washington snow is different than Michigan snow.
    • Whatever. I'm not a climatologist. Moving on.
  • Edward comes back to school.
  • Bella is worried.
  • Ooh, Edward is flawlessly beautiful.
  • With a musical voice.
  • And golden eyes.
  • And his touch is electric.
  • OMG.
  • And he's smart, too!
  • But strangely tense sometimes.
  • Also, adults are useless.
  • Annnd... Previous question answered: FlakeMom remarried, so Bella moved to Forks so FlakeMom could spend more time with Stepdad.
  • Martyr.
Please, by the gods of urban fantasy, let there be villains or werewolves or something in Chapter 3.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Death and Dumb

It's not worth going into my thoughts about Marvel's Secret Invasion, except to say that I am disappointed and will absolutely continue to seek refuge in the Marvel Adventures universe, where characters don't get killed off. For any reason. Paul Tobin may well be a better writer than Mark Millar and Brian Michael Bendis combined, as measured in Fun Stories Written.

But... enough about that. Let's move on to Stephanie Meyer.

I decided to read Twilight, just to see first-hand what all the fuss is about. I have to admit, I went in predisposed to dislike the thing (I've been reading funny internet critiques, you see, thank you Willow), and... well... Prophesy fulfilled. Granted, I've only read the prologue, and the first chapter, so things may change. But I'm not counting on it, because this is "First Sight" (i.e., Chapter 1) summarized:
  • Mom's a flake.
  • Dad's monosyllabic.
  • Bella's really pale.
  • She's also a klutz.
  • With a really loud truck.
  • And all the boys are drawn to her.
  • Except Edward Cullen.
  • Who is even paler than Bella.
  • And who seems to hate her.
  • Which might make him the only sane person in Forks.
  • Which is a terribly rainy place.
  • Bella misses the sun.
  • So why'd she move away from Arizona, again?
  • Maybe I'll learn that next chapter.
On a brighter note, MaryJanice Davidson's Fish out of Water, a three-hour read of mindless, crude romantic comedy fluff (think mermaid sitcom on cable), was worth the read. Davidson won't be winning a Pulitzer any time soon, but I somehow doubt that's her goal. The Fred the Mermaid trilogy is probably to Twilight as the Marvel Adventures line is to anything written by Bendis or Millar. (It's a fun versus not fun thing.)

Right. Back to attempting to study now.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Another Great Moment with Susan Storm

This panel is from Fantastic Four #561:

I'm not sure why Alternate Future Sue seems so passive, but Regular Universe Sue is cutting quite a swath through the antagonists.

Take that, Dr. Banner, Jr.!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Speculation is Fun

It's been weeks since the referenced comics actually came out, but this is your official SPOILER WARNING. (Particularly for Secret Invasion.)

I have a theory about Janet van Dyne, aka the Wasp. It's not a perfect theory, of course, as it is dependent almost completely on Hulk #7, which takes place in a pocket Loebverse that may or may not have a tenuous connection to regular Marvel. (I'm assuming that it does.)

The Red Hulk story contained within Hulk #7 begins with She-Hulk trying to get somebody to help her track down and beat up Rulk. It's a quest of vengeance. There's really not much to explain, and you don't really need to know. Beating people up is the theme of Hulk. Anyway, the key is the list:

Panels from Hulk #7

Jen finally recruits Thundra and Valkyrie, who are not on the list. But the list seems to consist of the women She-Hulk knows and would call first. Right? Ms. Marvel's a friend and colleague. Storm's part of the Fantastic Four. Jen and Sue go way back. She knows Black Widow (and it's also possible S.H.I.E.L.D. made some suggestions.) She meets Spider-Woman at that Christmas party with Santron, if nothing else. Dazzler's an old friend from her Savage days. So's Hellcat. Risque... Wait, who the heck is Risque?

Let's look her up in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #9, because it's handy and more official than Wikipedia.

Page from the All-New Official Handbook
of the Marvel Universe

Hmm. Risque appears to be a dead. She's a mutant, which means she could conceivably be alive again, but she's not exactly high profile. More to the point, I'm positive Jen and Risque have never crossed paths. Even more to the point, she has energy projection powers.

This is where the last few pages of Secret Invasion #7 come in.

Panel from Secret Invasion #7

Yes, it looks very bad for the Wondrous Wasp. Will she survive the Skrull invasion?

Scroll up and take another peak at Jen's list. Jan is as great a friend as Sue, and would be one of the first people Jen would call. She's not on the list, but Risque the Obscure Dead Mutant is right there between Tigra and Hellcat! Really?

In She-Hulk #34, the Invisible Woman joins the new Lady Liberators. She doesn't ask about Jan. What's up with that?

Panel from She-Hulk #34

I think Jan survives, and what's up is that she's just busy learning to control her new(ly enhanced) energy powers while establishing a new superhero identity.

Panel from Secret Invasion #7

It's fun trying to connect the Kirby dots.

Edit: **Thanks to Mallet for listening to this on IM a few days ago. Helps to talk, er, chat it out.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

On Meeting the Artist II

Mr. Ryan Claytor of Elephant Eater Comics visited my LCS today. It was his last stop on his book signing tour, before settling into Lansing. Which is cool. It's always fun to meet the artist. Especially when the artist is an extremely nice guy who kind of reminds me of my (youngest) uncle (who, incidentally, is a painter living in California, and is also an extremely nice guy. Similar vibe, I guess.)

The thing is, though, while it's always fun to meet the artist, it can also be one of the most awkward guilt-trips ever. I'm not familiar with Ryan's work, nor did I budget for it today. It's the last Wednesday of the month, when most of my pull list comes out. I have a budget and a routine, and that didn't include a ten-dollar collected edition. So I found myself talking (awkwardly) to a recently local indie creator. Picked up the first trade to look at it, but... How do you stand in front of someone, anyone, and silently read (or read and comment on) their work in front of them? I had a similar problem when I met Guy Davis a couple years ago, but at least there I'd had the foresight to purchase and read his book (Unstable Molecules, a haunting take on the Fantastic Four) beforehand.

So that's the awkward. The guilt is passing up an autobiographical comic which, frankly, looks kind of cool with the creator sitting right there, and purchasing the Marvel monthlies I've already agreed to buy. Such is the nature of the pull list. *sigh*

Well, next week is slow. I'm pulling the Ms. Marvel Annual (Or at least, I think I am. Never can tell with my LCS. Gods, that's an awful cover...), I'm planning on Manhunter, and I'm curious about Marvel Apes (pending previews), but should they be there, I may plan on picking up the first collection of And Then One Day.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Exercise in Microfiction

I emerged from my first bed, shed my last coat and spread my wings. It was the first real warmth I had felt; the earth had coated and sheltered me, but it was still cold among the twisted roots and blind moving threads of flesh. Standing amidst the tall shadows, I drank it in. And soon, I folded my dry wings, rasping together in my first experimental song.

Around me, my brothers did the same. I know, because my leg membranes ached with the force of the chorus.

We soon found our bearings, my brothers and I. We touched the souls drifting up from the fruits of the tall shadows. We fed on these fruits when we first saw her. She was silent, but not demure, never demure. She leapt with confidence and grace greater than any of the other silent ones.

Every night my brothers and I courted her, our song growing as the world grew warmer. She did not choose between us. (I try to believe that she would have chosen me.) She ignored us, as we ignored everything but the world's bounty and her.

And then, one warm night, the ghost leaper took her. It was a giant beast, with damp fungal breath, and a cry that shook us all.

Fools, we leapt after it, dropping our bounty, for what was it next to her?

One by one, it took them, grasping them with an impossibly long strand of sour honey. We are agile, but it is fast, this beast. Of my brothers, I alone was quickest, springing behind a boulder, and finding shelter beneath.

Here I cower, but the cloak of earth is no longer a comfort, for I feel the monster's baleful cry. I touch its soul. And I know that the nearest fruit is much too far, and my crop is empty. The beast can afford to wait. I cannot.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Blue Beetle #26

I love Blue Beetle. Every month, without fail, Jaime's adventures make me smile. His family and friends make me smile. He makes me smile. I even like that this latest issue was in Spanish. Well, there's some English, too. The sound-effects are, well, sound-effects, and the "Scarab-speak" is clearly alien. But the bulk of Blue Beetle #26 is definitely something I can't read.

So I open it up for the first time. Actually, my comic is opened the first time by the manager at my LCS, who is curious. I like it when that happens, since the majority of my comics-based conversation occurs online, and I don't even have much of that. So he opens the book, tries reading some of the dialog aloud. He's pretty clearly not fluent. His 'r's, which are difficult in Spanish, don't sound right, but hey. It's fun! I don't try reading aloud. The manager has had two years of high school Spanish to my one. (French was my language of choice in high school. Had four years. I'm not fluent in that, either, but it's easier to pronounce.)

Yes. I can't speak, read, or understand Spanish. The characters' voices don't come alive in my head. So, when I open the book for the second time, I am effectively linguistically immersed. And I have the comforting knowledge that the equivalent of a Spanish phrasebook is tucked in my figurative back pocket. With one hand marking that handy English script, I play. Sometimes I read a page of script first, and then read the Spanish page it corresponds to. Sometimes I read a few pages in succession, Spanish first, then go back and translate before rereading those same pages. That's how I read a good chunk of the battle scene between Blue Beetle and Parasite. I realize, in my reread, that I hadn't been lost the first time through. Clear imagery and cognates probably have something to do with that.

There are quite a few ways, I'd imagine, for a non-Spanish speaker to read Blue Beetle #26. I'm patient enough to read it as a "'Nuff Said" comic, but that could be done. Again, the imagery is clear, and the characters are plenty expressive.

It's also a relatively simple story. It has depth, of course, between the family relationships and Parasite's analysis of Jaime. The Scarab gets to cut loose for once. The fact that Jaime trusts it enough for that says a lot about how he has come into his own as the third Blue Beetle. But nuances aside, I don't think the plot would be hard to follow even without that phrase book. It's a hero versus villain fight, framed by a family gathering, after all.

Actually, now I'm kicking myself for not reading this without a crutch the first time through. Did anyone? If so, how did it work out for you?

At any rate, it's fine Blue Beetle, and the last page, which has no words and needs none, is one of the sweetest things ever. And while I wouldn't want to read Spanish comics every month, this is a great novelty.

Also, it is easier to understand than DC Universe: Zero. That's in English, but the depth immersion is more than I am ready for. Can anyone translate that comic for me?

Monday, April 28, 2008


EITHER Jen holds herself and Jaz to the very double standard they are discussing here...

... OR she is simply trying not to imagine her friend and five partners at the same time.


EITHER Chili is Sue's annoying long-lost distant cousin from another dimension or a mirror universe (or something)...

... OR "Chili Storm" is just a stage name with an origin we dare not try to imagine.


Atrea is EITHER Elle transplanted into the Ultimate 'verse...

... OR "like father, like daughter" just applies sometimes.

EITHER Aaron Stack is seriously warped...

... OR... or... Okay, there's no "or" here.

(Panels from She-Hulk #28, Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #35, Ultimate Fantastic Four #53, and Ms. Marvel #26.)

Monday, March 31, 2008

I Want to Visit Leeds

I am on dial-up. This means that, out of necessity, I don't spend much time on YouTube. But sometimes it becomes necessary to share what I'm listening to with other people, if only to get bands like Chumbawamba stuck in their heads.

And I found this fan video. It's X-Men movie clips set to "Outsider," off the album Tubthumper, which gets much better after the title track. (No really, it does.)

Is it stuck in your head now, too?


Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dear Marvel...

Dear Marvel, Dwayne McDuffie, Salva Espin and associated art team,

Please give the Chrysler Building a summer vacation special. I'm not sure he could carry a mini-series, but I absolutely want to see this guy's adventures in Japan.

I'm sure I'm not the only one. Thank you!


(Panels from WWH Aftersmash: Damage Control #3, easily the best thing to come out of World War Hulk.)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Comics on Six Legs

Yeah, it's the same old story. I haven't really blogged in months. I haven't had much to say.

But last week I read three comic books, and all three featured insects. Or insect-like creatures. Those almost always make me happy. (There are certain contexts in which certain larval forms are unwelcome, but we don't need to go there.)

The first, Marvel Adventures The Avengers #20, features a reasonably contented, self-assured, sane Ant-Man. Dr. Hank Pym, that is. He's happy to be working in his lab, but doesn't seem to mind the occasional stint as a super-hero. The story also features giant attack ants...

...and equally giant bugs from outer space. The aliens are hostile, but not very bright, flying right into Jan's trap like that.

Next we come to WWH Aftersmash: Warbound #2, which has a cumbersome title; more hostile, giant bugs (gamma-mutated this time). . .;

. . . and No-Name of the Brood, who saves human children and is just as likable as the other Warbound companions. Not all giant alien insectoid creatures are bad!

Finally, we come to The Stranded #1. There are no bugs with gland problems here, just humanoid telepathic sleeper aliens, one of whom is no longer technically a sleeper and can control insects with her mind. So we do get swarms of terrestrial attack bees. And explosions, but that comes a page or two later. I'm not too excited about The Stranded yet, but it does have its moments.

All in all, it was a small (but good) week. Never underestimate the power of insects!

Something that Makes Me Happy

KT Tunstall makes me happy. The album Drastic Fantastic came out last year, and both the music on it and the liner comic book gave me a great big burst of cheer! So the Newsarama interview is both a bit overdue and fun to read.

That's all.

One of my New Year's Resolutions is to engage in more reviewing-like behavior, by the way. Said resolution has not been implemented yet, so technically it's not broken; it's just not out of the box yet.