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I’m still on a hiatus but . . . .

I’ve gotten more and more wrapped up in Marvel, happily reading and writing crossover stories with spidey and fantastic four, shipping Pepperoni like no ones business, and even getting into the hulk a little bit.  During all this I decide (not for the first time) that I want to try reading american comics again and while it hasn’t been a success ( I think I need a guide) I’ve learned a lot more than I knew before

1. American comics have multiple artists and authors, which adds to some of the confusion in their continuity.
2. you can start in on the middle to certain plot arcs

As a manga reader the idea of picking up on one piece 700 chapters in is an appalling  concept but I’ve been assured that I can start reading the newer arc of xmen and don’t need to start in the pre-Phoenix days.  I’ll admit, the idea of reading x-men without Jean is pretty foreign to me.  Go figure, most people don’t like jean but do like scott.  I have to be opposite, and deal with dear old scottie-o.

If I do start a young child on xmen though I’m going to tell them not to look up anything about wolverine’s past, since piecing it together was apparently part of what made him most popular.  I doubt this will be possible, but I can try for a little while.

I’m really frustrated with the multiple artists and the fact the large crews put the comics together.  I really like the uniform art styles for each series and the continuity from panel to panel.  Reading many american comics feels rushed and jerky, like they’re trying to get as much in in as few pages as they possibly can.  Mangakas put out chapters by the week so it makes sense to stretch each scene out, beyond just the flow of it but I really feel it makes you feel more like you’re reading a real book or story as opposed to some half baked picture book.

Some of the non-marvel/DC american comics I’ve read do it more in the Mangaka way but I’ve yet to find an xmen or the like done this way.

^ this is how I feel when frustratingly trying to figure all this out.

Meanwhile I hop back on here from time to time and see my post from before I watched avengers and feel like such a little poser.  Its all made worse when I remember how much I didn’t enjoy fantastic 4, spiderman, hulk, etc and when I watched them again now they’re like the best poorly written few hours of my summer.  This I do not understand.  Eventually my avengers and general marvel hype will die down again and I’ll be back to the little x-fan I was before.  That is- until Iron man 3, Avengers 2, Thor 2, and Captain America 2 and the currently untitled 2014 marvel studios movie.  I can’t decide if I want a black widow movie or a Mark Ruffalo hulk more!

Alas alas, I’m off to tumble and write!

psssssst, I’ll probably get more active again when school starts back up and my new roomie Natalie and I cook awesome things in our fantastically clean kitchen that’s only the two of us! Plus, we’re both art majors so expect great crafts to be born and I’ll share them with you.

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This is a Hiatus

Summer has begun and remember how I said I might have to fangasm a little? Well, I’m fangasming out the wazoo.  I’m catching up on all my Thor cannon and creating my own entire head cannon.  Widow has been added to my list of female characters I need to add to my portrait gallery (which so far is  . . .  just wonderwoman.  but I’m getting there!)

While I’m off in the bowels of the internet/ trying to find a job look at what I’m obsessing myself with on tumblr

http://amarnaphile.tumblr.com/ 

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oh, and I’ve also joined Hiddleston’s army. His smile melts my heart to putty.

So I’ve never been a big Marvel person but I might just have to fangasm a little over avengers

So despite my assertions that I was going to try to get into american comics this year I really haven’t made much progress.  I still have whatever minimal xmen knowledge I started with this semester.  Despite this I’m going to have to play the poser card and get excited about Avengers.
I watched Ironman the first time from a low quality street-side vendor in Belgrade, hoping it was in English and really wasn’t all that thrilled.  It just didn’t keep my interest.  I watched captain America hoping that the movie could make me respect him a little bit more as far as Heroes go, but alas, no.  Then The Hulk, he just was never interesting to me.  I always just preferred Mr. Hyde when I needed that fix.  Black widow I honestly don’t know much about but from what I’ve hear she doesn’t sound like my kind of hero either.  Not to mention I wanted the Scarlet witch instead.  So I’m running out of heroes to make the movie worth my time but then comes along a large blonde chunk of eye candy that goes by the name of Thor.  Not only that but I kinda enjoyed his movie, despite its obvious failings. So this being the case I decided to be excited for Avengers.  Slowly slowly my excitement is escalated by a dear friend of mine who keeps hyping it up and writing scenarios for them all.
Now my only problem: how to get off campus during exam week to have a marathon leading up to Avengers.

While I mull over this problem you can enjoy this little strip I “lol”ed  at

 

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and then it of course leads into this.

 

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Japan, Korea or America? Where to turn my comic eye?


In My youth I was a huge Manga fan.  Give me Kenshin, Inuyasha, Tokyo Mew Mew, FMA, you name it and I was on it like white on rice.  Then I discovered Korean Drama and it was all Iljimae, Boys over Flowers, 100 days with mr arrogant, you name it.  There was a brief period of thailand and main land dramas in which I’m still eagerly awaiting the completion of any translation to butterfly lovers.  But that era slowly drew to a close a year ago and I started looking into American comics.  Wonder woman, Batman, Xmen swiftly followed with Smallville and other american comic based series.

Well, I’m still trying to figure this industry out but I’m making it.  It’s much harder to enter into American comics than asian ones.  they’re long with parallel universes and you don’t need to start back on issue 1. (which I totally did when trying to get into Xmen and let me tell you comic styles are different now.)  There’s no logical place to begin so I just dove in with some basic sum-you-up type series. The superman movie where he flies around the world, the batman animated series, batman beyond, xmn evolution, wolverine and the xmen, the wonder woman animated movie, and of course my handy dandy google search.  So I can’t argue you out of a paper bag yet as for why something happens a particular way or what the logic is behind charles getting paralyzed by an alien but I know how harley met joker, what inspired wonder woman’s costume design, how john stuart got his ring, that martian man hunter is practically a deus ex machina, that Wally West’s a ginger, and that hawk woman is totally someone worth researching into.

A lot of the series I’ve watched give you a quick shallow once over basic plot lines that have been repeated and developed over years and years which is really helpful when trying to get into any other real series.  So unless you have a tutor for American comics that’ll show you the right direction and answer all your questions without giving away the magic of the suspense, don’t be a snob over the stupid series.  Now I’m by no means advocating sitting down at watching them intently.  Your brains might slide out your ears. But when you’re alone and chilling out put them on like music and pay half an attention and things’ll just start falling into place. I always watched batman while cooking lunch and Wolverine and the xmen was always on while mixing up new batches of paper clay.

While I still know nothing about The Flash, Hawkman, Martian man hunter, Thor, Ironman, The Hulk, Spiderman,  Black Widow, and more than half of the other characters on the marvel and DC  character posters I know a lot more than most others my age.
So if you’re in my shoes and trying to see what the hype is about these american heroes but can’t figure out where to start I’ll point you in some of the directions that helped me get started.


As far as Xmen goes the 90’s series is Gold.  Evolution has excellent  character design and an interesting plot while wolverine and the xmen drives it all home.  Avoid the earlier movies all together.  They barely even do fanservice.  Except Origins:wolverine. That was some excellent fanservice.  But Try First Class.  Alright, so first class is not cannon but we’re not starting with it so hopefully it can just drive home some characters love and I’m assuming you’re smart enough to google afterwards.  While I haven’t read it yet myself due to my aversion to reading things on the computer, I’ve heard the uncanny xmen is supposed to be pretty good.

My wonder woman knowledge is almost all based on The 2009 animated movie and Justice League.  but it spells out what kind of character she is pretty well between the two.  Plus her Relationship with Batman is too cute to overlook (warning: DC comics crossover! American comics like doing that.  I kinda feel like their writers all started on fanfic.net or something sometimes)

Batman for me started with The Dark Knight and then filled it all in with the Animated Series. I then accidentally watched Batman and Robin and while Arnold was laughable and Ivy face-palmable it solidified knowledge in my head pretty well. While I’m still don’t a big fan of the bats that dang womanizing Bruce managed to steal my heart.

An excelent into into the main DC characters in General has to be Justice League which of course then leads you to the increased cast of Justice League Of America and eventually Young Justice. Thanks to JL I’m now a big fan or Black Canary now.

Other series that seemed to have gotten the eye of the public like Iron man, Spiderman, and fantastic four just never seemed to get my attention  Others, like Flash, hawkman, and Superman I’m just looking for outlets. (alright so I know a bit of superman but that’s just stuff you get growing up.  It kills me in Astronomy class though when the professor asks about the colour of our sun and I’m just dying to tell him that if it wasn’t yellow superman wouldn’t get to be super)

So My knowledge of Marvel is Waning.  I’ve only been looking into them for a few months now.  give me a while and let me get back to normal society then I’ll have tons of favorite marvel teams. Doesn’t hurt that the media loves DC at the moment (sans avengers, but c’mon? Captain America and no Crimson Witch?)

If you’re not into comics at all at the moment just dive in and get your feet wet with something.  I read all of tokyo mew mew backwards randomly in a bookstore when I got into manga and still own my first DVD of gallaxy angels (yeah, wouldn’t have bought that if I hadn’t been so excited to find an anime in walmart). Japanese and Korean stuff are going to be possibly shorter with a single conclusion and no crossover  and generally aren’t super hero themed.  Art styles vary enormously but don’t let a more childish style put you off.  Onc Peice is one of the best written works out there! American stuff is mostly super heroes unless you look outside of DC and Marvel (but I don’t see much of that floating around where I live.)

Any recommendations for something I should read or follow? I’m still in that honeymoon stage with the American stuff where I’m checking almost anything out.  Manga thought, much more selective. Plus I’m dying to find some written- er- drawn stuff.

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Ready . . . Set . . . last minute christmas shop!

Ordinarily I christmas shop by November so I never have to deal with the last minute christmas shoppers.  I just avoid the Malls and stores from December 18-25 like the plague.  This year I goofed and got all but one. I was going to order something, but it slipped my mind. That never happens, eh? No problem, I’ll just dart into the store and grab something.  It’s only one present, right? oh deary dear no!

Apparently all of Virginia does their christmas shopping late because stores kept being sold out of stuff. In addition to my one item, I decide to help my mom in her last minute rush.  First up, the twins.  I go to Toys R us for a Webkinz and can’t locate them ANYWHERE.  Now, I have been in Italy for a little while and Texas is kind of like being out of the country as well so perhaps in that amount of time away they . . . fell out of fashion? I doubt it.  I ask a sales associate “Do you have any webkinz?” and she informs me . . . they’re all sold out.  Lovely.

Before you fret, I found webkinz at 5 below but I had to get them Frogs, and they wanted a deluxe cat thing.  Oh well, your birthday’s just a hop over in February. I’ll search again then. I did find one thing on both their lists. Mazin Hampsters!

These things are a little weird. Pardon my skepticism at having a pink leopard print hamster following your red eyed tree frog on a colorful little online world. The pun in their name warranted a chuckle though.

Well, while I’m looking for the twins I’m keeping my eyes open for my last present.  c’mon something for a 17 year old girl! This can’t be too hard! I was thinking, I’ll grab her a pair of simple black pumps and glam them up for her.

She was looking at things kind of like these two, not too hard to do myself and then I can make her crazy $200 shoes down to $30 or $40.  Only thing, I’m not willing to splurge $30 on just the pump. I was amazed how hard it was to find A.) a black pump for the price I was looking for and B.) One in stock. Grr.

Back to  helping my mom out, I was looking for a DSLR camera.  20th, I go to the store and look at them and realize I need to do some research.  I don’t know what all these specs mean and the store assistants always talk too fast for me to process.  I need words. I go through the information with my mom the next day and we both go out to look the things over.  We have a good Idea of what we want but want to compare prices. we Compare on the 22 and already Store are selling out of them.  really? That many people are buying $600 DSLR cameras the days before christmas? I was surprised. Stupidly, we wait one more day to check at the store a little ways away and by the 23rd best buy, Target, and where ever else we go all sold out! my goodness! We’d almost given up hope when HG Gregg has them.  It must be off most people’s radar.  I know it was off mine.  I think of it as the K mart of electronic stores.

My mom’s shopping is almost all done by this point and I’m desperate! This shouldn’t be this hard! but stores don’t have things for her, or I’m not willing to pay some odd $25 for a specific eyeliner she wants. I drudge through the mall and see it, in the back of Hottopic.

EPIC BATMAN SNUGGIE! After listening to her monologue on how she’s debated with friends over whether her favorite super hero’s batman (because of DC’s definition of super hero as having super powers) and on hearing how she steals the snuggie right off her younger sister I know this is good.  And she totally wasn’t with me at all at this point to back up my assertion that this was epic.

It kills me that there’s no surprise.  I order everything ahead of time and go to great lengths to keep them secret. and then I go to great lengths to try and figure out what I’m getting as well.  Why did she have to be out with me when I found the best thing ever? Now If only I could find an xmen one . . . .

oh, and shopping this close to christmas,
Tumble weeds literally tumble down the aisles of the stores.  It’s crazy.  Moral of the Story: NEVER do that again! I’ll stick to being the official present wrapper who just sits in a pile of tape and ribbon for 7 days, Thanks.

First post? This better be good.

After admiring other people’s blogs and the recipes they’ve put together or the crochet patterns they shared I decided I needed to get a hand in this as well.  And what a better time to start? Half way through college; there’s all sorts of awesome things that are about to happen!

So I sat down and said to myself, “Why don’t you sit down and record the crochet pieces you’re working on, the recipes you’ve experimented making, and the geekery you’ve gotten into?”

Well Here I am! so to start I suppose I should mention that my x men love has been re kindled since first class came out.  At first I was in awe of it’s awesomeness and attempted to get my hand on some cannon to beef up my knowledge (which from childhood is mostly based in Evolution).

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I still love evolution so much!

Oh dear! I feel just as big a fool as I did when I started switching from Japanese to American comics and I said Superman was Marvel! (that slip up haunted me for days!) Well I was curious how the Prof was actually paralyzed and then how, if Mystique grew up with Charles, did she not have some sort of relationship with the Juggernaut? (also, I was confused how Mystique pulled a Meyer and grew up to speed with Charles until she hit her prime).  So off to the internet I went, sadly having no friends who are experts in this field.  (my best source of knowledge was busy with their new pet turtle).

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Well, Mystique has been around for a long time (I’d like to look into her backstory more!) and that whole growing up together thing was a bust.  There’s two questions solved there.  Apparently charles’ legs were smashed by an alien masquerading as Lucifer . . . with a big rock.  Can’t say I’m mad at them for messing with cannon there.

 Googling things also is funny since you learn that what you thought you heard was wrong.  like when you google song lyrics.  It always makes me laugh when I think back to what stupidity I took to be what I thought they were saying.  MacTaggert’s name, I SWORE I heard them saying McTiger. Now I just think of her as the love child of McDonalds and Frosted flakes. greeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaat! [/sarcasm]
Well, that being said I’m off to read some comics from the hard lumpy futon bed I’ve been given to sleep on this christmas break! C:

Oh, also If you don’t know myfacewhen it’s awesome.  I just found Victor on there just now and it kinda made my day.  Check it out.

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