mizzmarvel: (angel version 1602)
One of my Yuletide gifts may have just caused me to buy a few 1602 trades. And by a few, I mean all of them. Even the first one, which I already own in comic book form. And I also really, really need to rewatch Captain America asap. Seriously, this is pretty much how I feel about Yuletide this year: <3___<3

But the person for whom I wrote has yet to comment on my fic. I hope they're just on vacation or something and that they don't just hate the story.
mizzmarvel: (marvel girls - icon_teahouse)
Two things that are awesome:

1. Comics

2. Women in comics

Which pretty much sums up why [livejournal.com profile] poisonivory and I started up Dimestore Dames, a new blog celebrating the comics characters least likely to have "lad" at the end of their names.

On Tuesday, the blog was christened with DC, thanks PI's Black Canary profile. Tonight, I kicked things off Marvel-style with Invisible Woman.

Tune in next week for more. Same Batgirl-time, same Batgirl-channel.
mizzmarvel: (namor - killing honkeys since 1939)
So, I'm reading this anthology of Golden Age Human Torch comics. I like this particular book because they're reprinting everything from the issues -- crappy stories with one-off characters, the boring prose stories, and ads for other Marvel comics (even one featuring Whitewash Jones, an African-American character whose design was really racist; the intro basically says, "This is inexcusable, but it's also how things were in the '40s").

Reading stuff from the Golden Age can be difficult. The art is universally crude by modern standards, the hand-written lettering can be hard to read, and the characters sometimes act in ways that seem bizarre these days. The stories are also almost non-stop action, which is probably awesome to some people, but I love a little downtime for banter and character development.

But I do like a lot about these comics. For one, while the headliners are Torch and Toro (the Flaming Kid -- no explanation is given as to how he got his powers, so yay, early mutant), there are also several Sub-Mariner stories. And I really, really love that the creators of each character were clearly pals; there's a short story were Jim and Namor are arguing over whose creator was more awesome, which is hilarious. And at one point, there's sort of a crossover -- Jim sends Namor a plea for help engraved on a gold bar (it makes sense in context? sort of) and tosses it into the ocean. In the Namor story, he finds it and races off to help him, getting sassed by Toro in the process.

Also, I like to know that Toro is a moron. There's a story where he thinks his dead parents are alive, despite the fact that the mother imposter wears a yellow wig to fool him, despite the fact that his real mother was clearly shown to have black hair in a flashback. Jim responds sensitively by being like, "Wtf is wrong with you, moron? Aw, baby wants his dead parents back? Grow a pair," and then commencing to spankering.

There's also a Namor/Jim team-up short story written by Stan Lee. It's kind of clunky, but it's basically about how they may fight, but they totally care about each other and are an awesome team, particularly when kicking ass and taking names. Toro says, "Gee whiz, to hear you guys talk, someone would think think that you really didn't like each other! I know that either one of you would go through fire and water to help the other!"

THEY WOULD. Also, here is a list of the nicknames they call each other through the course of the two-page story: Big bag of smoke, water-logged flap-doodle, wet doodlebug, walking furnace, walking sponge, fire-pants (!!!), fire-bug, Poppa's little boy (Namor calls himself this). I love them so much.

yay comics

Jul. 21st, 2010 11:42 pm
mizzmarvel: (ducklings + chaps = YAAA)
Here is the first surprising thing:

I am actually excited about a comic book right now. I've been in a weird in-between place, fannishly speaking, for a long time now...I still buy comics, but I'm not really reading them due to apathy. It's just of out of obligation and hope that I'll start loving them again. And look, it's happened.

The second surprising thing:

It's the Darkwing Duck comic.

Which, okay. Isn't as much of a surprise as it could be. But even as a kid, I gravitated to the more serious comics. I read a few humor-based comics, sure, but my heart was never there.

But this comic? Is the first in five years -- maybe more -- where my expectations were not only met, but totally exceeded. It's kind of amazing to get to see characters I love being written by someone who wants to be writing them, who gets this universe and isn't trying to change it, and drawn by someone who has enough talent and sense of humor to pull it off. And hey, it kind of makes me want to pull out all my unread comics from past X number of months and see that I've been missing.

I'm just happy to be excited for Wednesday again. It makes me remember what being 12 was like.

the expert

Jul. 9th, 2010 11:59 pm
mizzmarvel: (garth fears - presidentrix)
I have very little fear of talking to writers and artists I love. Going to San Diego Comic-Con for so many years was a gift in that regard, because it taught me what to say, when, and how. Because of this, I've had the privilege of talking to some of my idols, face to face, which is indescribably awesome.

But I just sent an email to a comic book guy/animator that I'm incredibly nervous about.

*cryptic*

(It's nothing actually that exciting. More like I clicked "send," then went, "...did I just bare a little too much of my soul to this guy?")

huh

Jul. 1st, 2010 11:54 pm
mizzmarvel: (sexy spidey)
The next Peter Parker has been announced.

Really?

*tilts head*

He kinda looks like a low-rent Adam Brody to me.
mizzmarvel: (I subscribe to Nerdular Nerdence)
The last few days: staying out until 4 am seeing a screening of The Room (and getting touched by Tommy Wiseau...augh), followed by Free Comic Book Day and Shake Shack.

Currently: bone-tired and leaching wireless. But still posting, because I'm dedicated.

Books read in April )
mizzmarvel: (scrooge - iconomicon)
[livejournal.com profile] poisonivory and I went to the MoCCA Festival today, and I managed to restrain myself and only spend $20 (not including the ticket). I got Smile by Raina Telgemeier, which I immediately read in one sitting, and Veeps, which is (obviously) about the vice presidents. What, me interested in the presidency? What a shocker!

I just spent like three minutes staring into space because I had no idea how to continue this post.

Oh. I also got some free sketches. One is a Mini Marvel Namor (he's so very grumpy), the other a pretty duck.

More staring. This is becoming such an interesting post. In conclusion, I need to not spend money until payday and also to sleep.

easter

Apr. 4th, 2010 04:31 pm
mizzmarvel: (sign in need of copy-editing)
It's Easter, and since I can't remember the exact date, it's also the day I celebrate the anniversary of becoming a comic book fan.

I was nine, and maybe it was the first year we lived in the little apartment on Ball Road. My dad wasn't huge on making a big deal about holidays -- he bought presents, we went to dinner usually, but nothing extraordinarily special. One Christmas Eve, he took my little brother and I to Toys R Us, had us pick out our presents...and then tortured us by insisting on wrapping them to be opened the next morning. It was weird.

But this Easter, the Easter I was in third grade, for some reason he decided to do a mini Easter egg hunt on our tiny four-room home. I don't even know if there were actual eggs involved -- maybe there were baskets. Certainly there were Jelly Bird Eggs, his favorite candy, which he anticipated all year long. Whatever we got, it was eclipsed by what he'd hid for me in the oven and the cabinet where we kept our cereal.

Uncanny X-Men #300 and X-Men #20. I will never forget these comics. As a new fan of the animated series, I was thrilled to have more access to characters I already loved. More Rogue! More Cyclops! Who is this other blue guy? Nightcrawler? He looks cool! Holy moly, Wolverine just said "sex"!

I was hooked. There was no turning back. Dad had no idea he'd be taking me to get comics for the rest of his life. He also took me to comic book signings. Here's a really blurry Polaroid of him, my older brother and me at my very first signing, later that year. Fabian Nicieza, who was writing X-Men at the time, was the headliner, but guess what comic was also big for Marvel around then?

And I used to read it too )

I was too shy to talk to Nicieza, even though I was in love with everything he was doing. Dad talked to him for me. Seventeen years later, I still go to signings, but now I can talk to creators on my own. Good thing I had practice.

I really miss Dad today.
mizzmarvel: (claudia's casual all right - ozqueen)
If I combine this new shirt with my Chucks, I can create a kicky Claudia Kishi-inspired theme ensemble!

The feeling I had upon coming up with this: unbridled glee.

Unfortunately, I don't own the perfect bottoms to complete the look, which would be Namor's scaly hotpants.
mizzmarvel: (ducklings + chaps = YAAA)
I complain about my family, but I'll say one thing about them -- they're supportive as hell. They've never blinked an eye at whatever interested me, be it reading comic books or studying archaeology or waking up early for Saturday morning cartoons all the way through college. I think they just don't see the point in judging me for something so trivial, and if it makes me happy to collect Baby-Sitters Club books, then dammit, my mom's going to comb used bookstores looking for the ones I'm missing.

They're really awesome that way.

It also helps that there's a strong thread of geekiness in many of them as well. They exposed me to the things that were important to them, and I took it and ran. And while, say, my dad didn't realize that reading Foxtrot to me every Sunday would lead to him having to buy me armloads of paperback comic strip anthologies ten years in the future, I can at least blame everything on them.

For example, here's some evidence of where my comic book and Disney obsessions may have originated. Large pics ahoy, dial-up beware.

Comics )

Disney )

In conclusion, how could I not turn out this way?

time flies

Jan. 3rd, 2010 11:20 pm
mizzmarvel: (garth loves food - thepresidentrix)
Today [livejournal.com profile] poisonivory and I went to this local comic book store because back issues were five for $1, except they were grouped in no particular order which made things hard. So I got five random issues just because Aqualad/Tempest was on the cover.

Then we went to her place and watched Blackadder and Futurama and were hilarious.

Not a terrible way to end my vacation, I suppose. But while I love laying around listlessly, it's been almost two weeks off and I'm ready to get back to work so's I can use my brains.
mizzmarvel: (madrox is the x-factor)
Spoilers for the most recent issue of X-Factor )
mizzmarvel: (wonder girl adorable - mignolagraphics)
So I went to the MoCCA Festival with [livejournal.com profile] poisonivory today, and it was way fun. Everyone was just super-nice -- like, we waited in line for over an hour due to something outside of the coordinators' control, and we were given half off our ticket price. Wtf? This would never happen at a big con. But the exhibitors were the cooliest as well. Some highlights:

* I talked with the artist of Diesel Sweeties ([livejournal.com profile] rstevens) for like five or ten minutes about Green Goblin vs. the Hobgoblin and bought robot socks from him.
* Saw [livejournal.com profile] goraina again, and she signed the last graphic BSC graphic novel I needed a signature for. Now I can stop bothering her at cons.
* Recognized Dan Piraro (artist of the Bizarro comic strip) from afar (I am such a geek) and gushed at him, and he did a really cool sketch for me.
* Got a book and a sketch from [livejournal.com profile] beatonna. It was truly a Sophie's choice to pick out a figure from history for her to sketch -- I love so many of them. Sigh.

So yes, good day. Also, impetus for me to finally drag out my scanner and post sketches from NYCC and MoCCA and various other things here and there. After the cut: superheroes, baby-sitters, fairytale animals, self-portraits, randy poets.

Art! Images are somewhat large, so beware dial-uppers )

watchmen

Mar. 8th, 2009 10:56 pm
mizzmarvel: (watchmen babies - hinksia)
Saw Watchmen tonight, and while I don't feel like going into spoiler-filled details about it, I enjoyed it. I mean, there were certainly parts that made me go, "...eh?" but the enjoyingness factor outweighed the eh factor. I do have to say that while I feel most of the parts were cast extremely well, Jeffrey Dean Morgan was an incredibly brilliant choice.

Also, while watching the credits, I found out that Alessandro Juliani, the guy who plays Gaeta on BSG, was apparently in it for, like, nine seconds as "Rockefeller Military Base Technician." So far he has fallen from co-starring in Barbie: Fairytopia.

...I think I was going to write more, but a call from my mom just ended in tears. Mine, to my surprise.
mizzmarvel: (mizzmarvel = hot stuff)
1. I wrote some limericks. One is Byron/Jeff!

2. This one is a sequence of events, as I am fancy:

a. Got papaya-mango hair products.
b. Saw that the City Bakery's special of the day was tropical hot chocolate.
c. Received pineapple-shaped candle.
d. Song "Chocolate" came on Pandora.

The obvious conclusion is that God wanted me to get some tropical hot chocolate. It is sludge-thick and rich and delicious. It better be, for $5.50.

3. The bottom of my feet feel like burning.

4. Not much freelancing happened due to my computer revolting.

5. Card from [livejournal.com profile] horsescanswim! SHE DREW MS. MARVEL. <33333
mizzmarvel: (I subscribe to Nerdular Nerdence)
I really, really wanted to get Teen Titans: Year One, which is very much my favorite comic right now, so we decided to go to the comic book store today to get it. It turned out to be more difficult than anticipated.

The first shop was one of those "we're really a hobby store, but we'll stick a few comics on the shelves for appearances" sort of places. It was dirty and had all of three small news racks for comics, not put in much order at all. When there's more shelf space devoted to model cruise ships than comics, yeah, it's not really the store for me. This store also fell into the realm of creepy-starey, with the guys that seemed in shock and awe that women were entering the store. That's always so welcoming.

Anyway, they didn't have my comic. On to option two, a shop more on the outskirts of town. Located next to a picturesque tattoo parlor, this store had more of an All-Boys Grown Up Clubhouse feel. The first thing we saw upon entering was a guy sleeping on a couch. While this place seemed to have a good number of back issues and friendlier staff (or hangers on) - one guy did tell us they could order what we wanted, if it wasn't there - they did not have my comic, and even if we'd wanted to look around some more, it was too hard to move with all the guys standing around, wondering aloud if they should get Taco Bell. (They were already eating Taco Bell at the time.)

At this point, we were a little discouraged, so we drove an hour to Wilmington to a comic book store that [livejournal.com profile] khirsah knew to be clean and decent. However, we weren't sure they'd be open.

But lo, they were! And they had many comics, and were selling mostly comics, and the clerk was really nice and funny (and cute, which was a plus)! And they had Teen Titans: Year One, and a few others I wanted, and I was very pleased.

And it took so long that this is my excuse for not writing anything today. I blame the crappy comic book stores.
mizzmarvel: (spidey/torch catfight!)
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: GAMMA RAYS
[livejournal.com profile] mizzmarvel: AUGH NO
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: ZOMG YES
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: THE GAMMA RAYS
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: you are now the
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: ...
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: wait for it...
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: ROYAL BLUE HULK
[livejournal.com profile] mizzmarvel: OH NO.
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: representing
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: ummm
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: uhh
[livejournal.com profile] mizzmarvel: THAT IS THE HULK WITH MILD SEASONAL
DEPRESSION.
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: haha
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: YES
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: THAT'S CORRECT
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: headlining the new title
[livejournal.com profile] borednclueless: "THE INCREDIBLY SEASONALLY DEPRESSED
HULK"
[livejournal.com profile] mizzmarvel: AHHHHHH SNOW MAKES ME SAD.

(LJ-ify your IMs before pasting!)
mizzmarvel: (superboy/robin angst - daphne121)
After great thought, I came to a very important conclusion today:

I no longer hate Val Kilmer.

I'm glad the two of us can put aside our differences and get along after all this time.

But no, seriously, I've hated Val Kilmer for such a long time that I can only vaguely remember why I loathe him. I think maybe because I saw him on a talk show once and he acted like a douche...? Like, this would have been in my junior high years. And one time I saw him at Comic-Con taking Polaroids of himself and patrons in an alley for $20 a pop, and that was kind of hilarious. But nope, don't hate him anymore.

(Ironically, my favorite movie is Willow, which he stars in.)

Anyway, today we went to the comic book store, and I had been planning on picking up Robin again when Chuck Dixon started writing it again, but you know what? I kind of just don't care about that corner of the DCU anymore. At least not now. I did flip through and was glad to see Ives again, but. DC has killed my affection for Tim. For now, anyway.

(But the Year One Teen Titans mini? Is delighting me so far.)

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