as kids grow older, there are tiny tot moments that no longer occur…
breadth and depth of media and other experiences you can share with them constantly increases.
of goofy comedies or “so bad its good” films, I intended to elevate our father
daughter viewing one night with the star packed, five Oscar award winning, critically acclaimed if historically inaccurate film,
out encouraging her to enjoy biting satire, and Mystery Science Theater 3000 while encouraging the passing on of my
own smart-ass genes came back to bite me in the butt.
Technically this is “Bad
Geek Confessions: The Hulk” but I liked the other title.
After years of
confusion, I finally figured out how and why I read the Hulk…
And also why I suddenly
have a long box filled with the Green Goliath’s adventures. For a long time, I decided I viewed him the
same way I view the Punisher: a fantastic guest star to see how other heroes
dealt with him, but his solo adventures normally didn’t interest me.
One rule I have kept for
myself in all the forms of communication I’ve lived through (Twitter, Facebook,
email, delivered mail, stone tablets, etc) is under no circumstances will I
continue a chain letter.
Yesterday was the Eightieth Anniversary of Superman, celebrated by DC releasing Acton Comics 1000. I know the other one is a Superman issue, but its such a great picture. Although I have been collecting Superman regularly, on and off, since Action issue 600, having two of my favorite writers being removed from Action and Superman to make way for a defecting Marvel scribe, meant I originally didn't have a post themed to the Last Son of Krypton today. I read the bittersweet, but beautifully executed, farewell of the Superman team, followed by reading issue 1000.... And was once more reminded why I read Superman comics in the first place. Ah, who needs sleep anyways? Lets take a look at how this issue celebrated the creators and the concepts that have kept Superman as the premier super hero across eight decades.
Following our first family trip to
Peru in 2014, Rosa had been back to see her Mom several times, but we all
hadn’t made the return. To commemorate
Anabelle’s Eighth Grade Graduation (as Salutatorian, he said with insane
amounts of pride) we decided to go back, and give her both a longer and a more
Is like getting
drunk on Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s strictly for amateurs.”
I’m not sure where
I stole that quote from nor do I have the energy to check at the moment, but
I'm going to adopt it (a day late, I suppose) in order to talk about a couple
of serious things I’ve been thinking about lately.
pretty telling about the quality of Marvel superhero films that an opening
night viewing of a character I don’t follow in the comics at all was a “must
see” event for my daughter and I.
Batman, James Bond, Mortal Kombat, and The Lion King, stir in a generous helping
of excellent writing, great acting, stellar visuals and general awesome- then
put the whole thing in a blender, set it on Kirby, and you’ve got Black Panther.
took a while to get Anabelle to watch these, because, as I predicted, one of
the key legacies of this saga is Bale’s goofy voice. Whenever I brought them
up, she and her Mother would growl, “Get in duh carrr,” and laugh. Referencing Scarecrow, the Joker and Catwoman
peaked her interest and the quality of the movies pushed us through the viewing very
realize that I’m starting to stretch the definition of “kid’s” as time passes.
the intent is the same- seeing how someone unconnected to the time and culture of something’s original release reacts to it independently of its historical context.
my daughter knows Batman in many forms. A great deal of this knowledge came
from growing up with me, living in a house with Bat-information books and
playing with Action Figures her whole life.
key source of her knowledge about “real Batman” probably came when we watched
the animated Justice League and JLU series twice together. (not counting
the later episodes that originally aired when she was teeny) Plus she’s seen a bunch of Adam West and Batman the Animated Series episodes. She’s seen all of Batman: Brave and Bold and Young Justice as well, and the near
perfect (in some aspects) Lego Batman
far as actual comic book stories, she’s read a bit of regular Batman, all of Tiny Titans,Young Justice and Johns's run on Teen Titans. Batman wasn’t
the star of those books, but you can learn a lot about someone by how others see
also read through all of Gaiman’s Sandman
and related books at lightning speed last summer.
got nothing to do with Batman (minus a cameo) but was too cool not to mention.
point is, she knows the character in several of the universes he inhabits.
was interesting to see her reaction to the different live action versions, many
of which were believed to be definitive at the time.
been seven years since I started this exercise in writing ridiculousness, and
for the past four, I’ve used this time of year to heap piles of compliments on
Danceworks at the end of Moving Company season.