Posts Tagged ‘Rude’
I got back from The Dark Knight Rises at four in the morning. I am beat.
I won’t give my full review until it’s had time to digest and others have had a chance to see it. No spoilers from me.
Go watch it this weekend. It’s worth it. In Nolan we trust.
For the gamers who might be concerned I threw them under the bus and stole their “Geek Badge,” you are not losing your title anytime soon. You may never totally lose it. It’s just that games keep getting pulled into the mainstream. My mother, who never understood my playing “A Link to the Past” for hours on end, now sits for hours playing “Peggle.”
I understand the gamers’ concern. I feel a twinge of rage every time I hear someone talking about what an awesome character Whiplash is. Movies are stealing comics away from us comic geeks. I am glad to see my favorite characters on the big screen, however, everyone can see comic movies. This means even the people who call us geeks get to enjoy them.
For example: When Rob went to “The Dark Knight Returns” he saw a person in high school that picked on him for being a comic geek and overheard him saying how cool Batman was. It was a slap in the face.
It’s like when a band you love gets discovered. You enjoy the fact that they are getting paid so they can make more music. You get more music, and your band may be around longer because of it. The downside is that money changes things. The sound might change, your fellow fans may change, and now there may be more fans. Tons of new fans. It’s a double-edged sword.
So gamers, I get it. If games and comics join the mainstream, we might lose our geek identity. It’s not fair and I hate to be the one to say it. I know none of this makes it any easier to take, and I may deserve a little ire. I just hope you understand that I wasn’t demoting you or viewing you as anything other than geek brethren. The geek landscape is changing, and we need to prepare for the future. The world is slowly stealing away our passion for mainstream abuse. While fighting to hold on to your integrity, remember what side you’re on. We’re all in it together.
BOSTON COMIC CONVENTION
Part 1 of 2: The Fans
We arrived at Boston Comic Con early Saturday morning. We found our table and set up. When we sat down, I found myself thinking, “now what?” No sooner had the thought crossed my mind it was Sunday and we were packing up. While it was going on, the days felt long. In retrospect, the convention flew by. It’s different being on the other side of the table. It changes how you perceive the con. We were there to work.
We were constantly meeting new people, shaking hands, passing out business cards, and pitching our site. We got to catch up with old friends. With our fans, it was nice to finally put names with faces. We had several people walk up to the table and know who we were before we said anything. That was always a nice surprise.
The event ended and we had given out a slew of business cards, a bunch of prints, and talked ourselves hoarse. We piled into our cars and headed home. In the throws of exhaustion, while Rob and I were driving back, he had a moment of clarity. He said, “Because you work hard to get out there you feel like it’s for you, but it’s really for the fans.” This is when it dawned on me that we’re no longer just fans. It was fun to be a fan for so many years, but it’s a fantastic thing to HAVE fans. Thank you for coming out and supporting us. You are awesome.
That’s true faithful Five and Dime fan, I did say that. If you look up at the navigation bar you may have noticed the word “Store.” That’s right, we felt we could no longer deprive our faithful readers the opportunity to buy things that say “Five and Dime Comics” on them.
(The store is still being polished up. Please bear with us as we grow into this new venture. We didn’t want to wait too long after we got the store set up, because we didn’t want anyone to stumble on it too soon.)
You’ll notice we have two different shirt designs on there, with several style options. We are working on a couple more shirt designs. They will all be geek-related. So if rocking our logo isn’t your thing, maybe you can get a geek shirt and still spread the love of Five and Dime. I will post in the blog when new shirts are up. So if any strike your fancy, buy a shirt and tell a friend where you got it.
This is sort of a big deal for us. We don’t really make any money doing what we love… yet. This is the first step. We want our fans to enjoy the strip and have cool shwag to show their love. We hope you go the store often, and will always find something you want to buy.
Thank you so much for your support of Five and Dime Comics.
Oh, that Flash and his total disregard for people’s property.
Speaking of disregard for people’s property, DC Comics should apologize to Alan Moore. They need to say we’re sorry, Alan, for taking your masterpiece and destroying it. For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, read this. Go on, I’ll wait.
Back? Okay, so DC is trying add new events to Watchmen lore. I am opposed to this. All comic fans should be. It’s like trying to put a third arm on Michelangelo’s David. I could have gone with, “Putting arms on the Venus de Milo,” but the arms were there once. I could understand wanting to fill in the blanks, even though the mystery is more exciting (like what Marvel did with “Wolverine:Origin”). We don’t need to destroy a masterpiece by adding unnecessary things.
Hollywood is going to do another Watchmen movie no matter what. I think the truly offensive part is that DC is going to help them. Letting the movie industry destroy other people’s work is so common. However, I held DC to a higher standard. I feel more betrayed by them. Watchmen has been good to them. It’s always selling, always being read, and always bringing in money. It doesn’t leave room for additions. That’s why it’s so good. DC shouldn’t let other writers tack on their work, no matter how good it could be, to one of the greatest graphic novels of all time. How would you like to see David with an extra arm disjointedly protruding from his back?
We shouldn’t ride the wave of other’s genius and then insult them by messing with their work. The best part of this whole thing has been Alan Moore’s quips. He has bashed both the movies and comics since this news leaked out.
“I tend to take this latest development as a kind of eager confirmation that they are still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago.” -Alan Moore
I agree with Alan, and I have never protested buying a comic before. This will be the first time I will leave a comic on the shelf and avoid looking at it because the idea insults me. It’s almost enough to become more of a Marvel fan.
In closing I’m going to quote one of my favorite books.
“The creator faces nature alone. The parasite faces nature through an intermediary.” – Howard Roark, The Fountainhead.
- “Casino Royal” // Book Count 2012: 10
We’re running behind, and it’s my fault. I got a new laptop this weekend. Normally I would be happy about getting a new gadget to play with, but it is a PC. I’m not a Mac snob, but they are all I’ve ever known. I spent all weekend getting the dang thing set up for my classes. I became so focused that I forgot to write this week’s scripts. My delay pushed Rob back quite a bit.
Other than that, classes have been good and I am excited for the new school year. I am busy with some new projects and looking forward to this semester. I think with some hard work, I will be back in Massachusetts by next May.
Speaking of Mass, Go Pats!
-“The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” // Count: 9