Happy Holidays.

More color is replacing the old and the drab. You can jump directly you looking at all the pretty things by hitting this link here. I appreciate you taking the moment to read at least that much of eh post, but I require your focus no longer.

More of the real world is poking it’s head in through the rough hewn opening of my primitive cave. Those who know me know I live a retail nightmare for my “real job” and that black Friday, as it is known, is one of my least favorite times of the year. It means for me, typically, giving up at least part of my thanksgiving time with my family and instead being at my job some time in the evening and being awake all through the night until some morning-ish time, usually around 10:00am. It’s long and it’s grueling and I’ll tell you for those who try to justify it: it is NOT worth and money or compensation or feeling of accomplishment or whatever bullshit you want to slap on it. It is getting worse every year, too. Stores are opening earlier and earlier…

Anyway, I’m not going to dwell to much on the negative, because this year I somehow managed to get out of participating altogether. I don’t have to go into work either Thursday or Friday, and I am extremely thankful for it. It’s the first time in about 4 years that I get to have a normal Thanksgiving. My heart goes out to everyone out there who isn’t as luck as I am. I wish you the best of luck in a hard situation, and I hope it goes as well as it can for you.

I think that’s where I’m going to leave it for the week, except to expand it to everyone. I don’t know who celebrates what, or if you think it’s all bullshit or something. Whatever you choose to enjoy, I hope that you have a wonderful version of it, and I’ll see you next week.

Joe

Diversification.

Did I spell that right?

More new plotline to behold over at the site. It’s nice to be moving along with the action and I’m starting to get genuinely proud of the finished products that you can peruse here. I’m also very happy to no longer have to draw ground in that crazy getup. I’m not sure who’s more excited to be out of it, him or me.

Anyone who collects comic in the “X Universe” and has been reading the Marvel Now stuff has been roped into quite the endeavor. Marvel is doing a lot of interesting stuff, and it has been very fun to read, even though collecting all 7 or 8 different X titles is a bit more expensive than I would like. I’m going to have to get choosy in a little while, here. I’ve gotten to look at some great artwork, especially the surprise of Terry Dodson on X-Men this month. Cool stuff, but with a little additive that has caught my eye.

There have been a lot of cool new characters added to the X Universe. Lots of new mutants, and I like it. They seem to be really aware of making sure to add a bunch of ethnic diversity to the mix, too. I like that a lot. The world sure is full of straight white superheroes, to say the least, and it’s about time that things got mixed up a bit. A lot of the new students at the Jean Grey school represent some underutilized groups, so it’s cool. Hispanic, African American, Indian, gay, there is a lot more there to accurately represent our real world.

What I’m a little wary of, though, is that there has been a bit of rewriting concerning existing characters, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. This month Lady Deathstrike was reintroduced into the world, and the change of ethnicity from Asian to Hispanic was a little jarring, particularly in that her new costume was a bit on the racially stereotypical side. It’s not always that minorities are even represented well in these imaginings. I don’t know, maybe I’m being hyper sensitive. I’m interested in your thoughts.

Joe

More Work, More Color

Jon continues to give us more of his work in beautiful color here. He continues to make me look good, and I continue to enjoy that. It’s already kinda tough to think tat far back in the story, and to think about what was going on in our heads. It is, however, fun to think about how much our writing and our drawing has grown since then. It does make things look a little bit infantile, but that just reassured me that I am on the right track in terms of personal and professional growth.

But enough about me.

It’s interesting to see the struggle that can come with public opinion, and to watch what happens when a public figure can sway an outcome just based on what they themselves feel about a particular topic. The case in point that I refer to today concerns the fate of ABC’s Agents of Shield and what happens to it now that the officianados of nerd cool over at Penny Arcade give it such a big thumbs down. Now, I myself have proclaimed a liking for the show, one that has grown as I have seen the actors and writers slowly get their feet in the world that they have been thrust into. But what is going to happen now that a huge online presence has pretty much stated that it isn’t worth their time? I guess we’ll see.

I studied sociology as a minor in college, and the behavior of what human beings do in groups has always fascinated me. (That’s what sociology is, btw) So thinking and talking about how the leaders of our culture can sway the decisions of groups is very interesting to me. Will ‘Agents of Shield’ now be wholesale abandoned by viewers now tat Penny Arcade has told them not to like it? Did Penny Arcade just make it okay to admit that you never liked it, or did you just let someone else’s opinion just overwrite your own? It can be a tough question to answer.

I don’t have the answers myself, just some thoughts.

Joe

ZOMG Something is Happening.

This here feels like yet another milepost on the walk of comic creation. That day when the action begins. It’s been all well and fun doing all of the things you need to do in order to start up a story: draw the landscape to establish scene. Draw a few character interactions to establish relationship. Establish the establishment to establish establishing.

Yes that really was a sentence.

But here finally we get the start of things just HAPPENING. That is so wicked cool, because now, kids, we are on a journey, and we get to see where that takes us. It should be a lot more fun all around from here on out.

I’m not going to prattle on too much this week about nonsense things you care little, or nothing, about, but there are a few things worth mentioning. The Legend of Korra season this time round is awesome, and is definitely worth any amount of effort that you need to make in order to see it. If you need to stage an elaborate 3 stage heist and then subsequent prison break in order to see it, it will be worth the effort.

Have a good. week, I’ll see you next time.

Joe