As a long-time comic reader, I’ll admit there are problems that are far too common among collectors. I’ve tried my hardest not to fall into them, but one that I have recognized that I am guilty of is continuing to get a series that I really don’t get much enjoyment out of, just because I want to be complete. I’ve talked before about rejecting this kind of completism, but it’s insidious and sneaks in. Unfortunately, I get so many comics most of the time and I don’t have much time to read them so things get set aside for months and months before I get around to them and by then, I have a half-dozen issues and keep getting more, even though I’m just slogging through things that aren’t very much fun. I recognized that there are a couple of comics this week that, honestly, I don’t really care about anymore and I’m trying to force myself to just drop them. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do so though because I get this really horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach and a desire to get a complete run, just in case it gets better down the line. Therefore, I’ll mark those comics this week that I’m considering dropping, if anyone wants to try to convince me not to, or thinks it would be a good idea, please let me know in the comments.
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I started collecting cards a long, long, long time ago, back into the 1970s in fact, long before anyone had the idea of making a mainstream game that employed them in the manner that CCGs do. Now I’m not a big fan of CCGs, I don’t play any today, although I have in the past, but there are a lot of problems that I have with the entire genre, both directly and indirectly, that I want to take some time to discuss. Of course, if you disagree, I’d love to hear from you!
There’s a term in boardgaming circles, although I think it applies just about everywhere today. It’s called the Cult of the New. It refers to people who constantly chase the next great thing and fawn over any new product on the market, just because it’s shiny and new. Worse, I suppose, is that many of them are constantly looking down the road at the next big thing, declaring it to be the best thing ever while really knowing nothing about it other than the hype. The minute it comes out and they actually get to play it, all of it’s glaring flaws appear, whether they really exist or not, and the Cultist decides that it really wasn’t that great after all and starts looking for the next big thing coming up. Lather, rinse, repeat ad nauseum.
There are some oddities to Japanese television that people in the west might not get. TV series run season by season, they don’t just run until people get sick of them, like in America. This means that a series might run one year, take a year or two off and then run some more if it was popular, many shows do that and you never really know if a show is gone for good or just taking a break. One such show was Galileo, which premiered in 2007, about an eccentric physics professor and his hot blooded detective partner who team up together to solve crimes that need his scientific expertise. It was very much in the same vein as shows like Trick and Mr. Brain, shows about two really intelligent people working together and butting heads constantly.
It seems like only yesterday that I was buying the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles independent black-and-white comics and then it was on TV and in the theaters and slapped on every product conceivable. TMNT was a part of everyday reality in the 80s and 90s, you couldn’t escape it no matter how hard you tried. They were the creation of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, who wanted to lampoon some of the more popular early 80s comics, including New Mutants, Frank Miller’s Ronin and Dave Sim’s Cerebus. Using a tax refund and a loan from Eastman’s uncle, they created a single issue black-and-white comic put out by their own Mirage Studios and the rest is history.
Now that Red John is on the verge of being identified on The Mentalist, I thought this was a perfect time to address, in detail, why I really hate this kind of villain in television dramas. Now to be clear, The Mentalist is far from the only culprit, in fact, there are two others that have been prominent in my TV Thursday posts over the past year, one on Bones and one on The Following and all of them suck for exactly the same reasons. Why? Let me explain.
I hate elitist crap. I always have and I always will. It doesn’t matter where it rears it’s ugly head, people being dicks with regard to their interest really drives me crazy. It’s not only an issue with board gaming, but this is where I’ve seen the most recent example of it. And so, here’s why you should not be a dick with regard to your gaming hobby.
It’s certainly not as short as last week but still a relatively short list. Now is it just me, or is it taking an inordinate amount of time for that Rocketeer/Spirit mini to come out? It seems to me that a lot of time has passed since the last issue and the same thing is true of the Tom Strong mini. Are these bi-monthly or am I just nuts? Maybe both, I don’t know.
Astro City #6
Justice League of America #9
Rocketeer/The Spirit Pulp Friction #3 (of 4)
All-New X-Men #18
Fearless Defenders #11
Marvel Knights X-Men #1 (of 5)
Savage Wolverine #11
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #5