I just don’t go to the movies, I think they’re absurdly overpriced, uncomfortable, to be surrounded by people who are rude and obnoxious, and if you have to get up for any reason during the movie, not only do you have to fight your way out and then back in again, you miss large portions of the movie while you’re gone. No, it’s easier to wait 3-4 months, buy it on DVD for 1/3 the price that I’d spend at the theater with a family of 4, be able to sit comfortably in my easy chair in front of my big screen TV and watch it as many times as I want and be able to pause, fast forward and rewind at my leisure. So any movie review I ever do will be several months after it leaves the theater and that’s just life. It’s nice to be patient.
A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.
Finally, I get another show back into the rotation, which is a good thing because Burn Notice wraps up it’s 7-year run this week and Under the Dome finishes it’s first season next week, but never fear, there’s a whole host of new and returning shows popping up, 9 of them before the end of September and the rest in October, so this list will get back to it’s normally active state in the next couple of weeks and I can start actually rating best and worst shows again!
Another week, another pull list. This is what I’m planning on getting this week, but who knows, some other things might appeal to me, that happens all the time so I never know for sure what I’ll end up with.
This week is just a big-two week, nothing from any publisher besides DC and Marvel, which is fine, it just hasn’t happened for a couple of weeks. I’m not making any excuses for it though, as I have in the past, I get what I like and what I don’t like, I don’t. So there. 🙂
I know, I know, I do almost all of my comic reviews on Marvel superhero comics, I’ve been criticized for rarely talking about DC, and when I’ve done that, for rarely talking about independents, and when I’ve done that, for rarely talking about non-superhero comics.
So here you go, happy yet?
Saga is an independent, non-superhero comic put out by Image Comics, written by Brian K. Vaughn with art by Fiona Staples. It describes itself as “Star Wars meets Game of Thrones”, owing to it’s interesting mix of science fiction and fantasy.
So let’s delve into the first two arcs of Saga, shall we?
One thing I’ve noticed in a lot of hobbyist forums is that they hardly ever talk about what’s wrong with the hobby, they only talk about what’s right. Nobody talks about what should be improved and if you bring anything up, you either get a lukewarm response that fades quickly, or you get angry people telling you to shut up and accentuate the positive. This is certainly not universal, but it seems like there are quite a few places where people act like if they don’t talk about the negative, it’ll just disappear. Unfortunately, that rarely ever happens.
While the popularity of stamp collecting has diminished dramatically over the years, especially among younger collectors, I think it’s still a fun, valuable and interesting hobby that I would encourage people to look into. It might not be as exciting as video games or make the blood pump as fast as extreme sports, but not everyone is an adrenaline junkie, some people like quiet hobbies that make them think.
Philately is one of those things and I thought I’d take a few minutes to talk about the tools of the trade for those getting into the hobby.
I think I’ve told this story before but I can’t find where I did it so… here it is again. I used to have a couple of gaming groups, back before I was married. One of them I ran and GMed 99% of the time. The other, I tended not to, mostly because the people in the group really weren’t of the right mindset for the way I GMed.
Now toward the end, I kind of faded in and out of that second group, which met on Friday nights, even though I had been a founding member. I had a lot going on, I had a girlfriend, and gaming really wasn’t that important to me, especially because the one guy, Rob, who was GMing most of the time, really got to the point where he pissed me off. So one week, when I was bored, I showed up to the group just as they were starting a new Mekton game. They asked if I wanted to jump in. Sure, why not?
This marks the end of the first arc of the Dark Nights mini-series. Honestly, I have a problem with a mini-series containing multiple stories by multiple creative teams, it just seems like if they were going to tell a 3-issue arc, they should have a 3-issue mini-series, then the next creative team could have a separate series to play with. Be that as it may, let’s jump into the third issue of the mini and the final issue of the Dark Nights saga called “Change of Heart”.