Tidying up with Marie Kondo on Netflix has taken the world – and my small apartment – by storm. Seriously, my tupperware drawer has never been more calm & peaceful than after applying the KonMari method of organizing.
When I learned that Gene Luen Yang would be making a stop in my neck of the woods, you best believe I jumped on getting tickets early on. He is my hero and Brookline Booksmith hosted the event at the Coolidge Corner Theatre with a book signing after the talk back at the shop.
The weather sucked. It was super gloomy, dark and torrential downpours filled the entire day, but I didn’t care. Nothing was going to rain on this parade.
So, with the Mister, we listened to the famed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature talked about how comics influenced him as a kid growing up and discussed Reading Without Walls – a new challenge for young readers designed to test their limits and expand their horizons…which we may take up as well.
Let us all embrace our nerd. It was truly an inspirational talk – one that I needed to hear.
Me being super creepy as the excitement built as I got closer and closer to my comic creator hero. FYI I tried stalking him at San Diego Comic Con many years ago, but failed.
I was so nervous that I just became a super, awkward loser in front of him. Words started tripping out of my mouth about how he’s inspired my work…that I work on my own comic too. Ahhhh! But, no matter. This meeting meant the world to me. So thank you Gene Luen Yang for your work and inspiring words.
— Fresh off the Boat (@FreshOffABC) March 15, 2017
I posted an EBG comic strip about this tragic phenomenon a few years back. Am I plagued by this? Most certainly. Do I care? No.
— Bill Amend (@billamend) March 11, 2017
It was the only thing I was looking forward to at PAX East to be honest. And there he was, sitting at his table as I made it past the metal detectors and security.
I picked up one of the two pins he was selling – Quincy for the win! Of course, I asked him to sign it for me.
I told him how much I loved his work and how much he’s inspired my comic work. Right afterward, I ran away ‘cuz that’s how I do.
To read more about my day at PAX East, check out: Video games, video games and…my hero, Bill Amend! PAX East 2017!
It was some sort of Chinese winter holiday yesterday and there’s a special dish that’s usually served to celebrate it according to my folks. My mum didn’t make it, but she is making it today and it hales from my dad’s village of Toison/Taishan.
The star of this soup bowl of joy are the handmade rice noodles/dumplings. They’re referred to as noodles, but they’re heartier – gnocchi-esque.
It’s a dish my mum learned to make when she came over to the states. Our neighborhood had a few families from my dad’s village and so they taught her.
The soup is made with pork, dried shrimp and winter melon with some napa cabbage.
Dinner can’t come soon enough tonite.
Uhhhh…that Wonder Woman Movie poster currently is the wallpaper on my phone and that trailer from Comic Con…oh mer gawd! Please be even more amazing than what was teased to the fans because that was so badass!
“What I do is not up to you.” Wonder Woman
I took a year sabbatical from current comic book reading. I was — and still am — reading Harry Potter for the first time. I know, I know. I’m always late to the party.
But, I’ve returned.
The titles I’m reading are:
I’m limiting myself to four this time around just so it doesn’t get out of hand 🙂
It was great popping into my fave comic book shop and getting a, “Welcome back stranger!” greeting.
Also, I’ve got a story line planned for Empty Bamboo Girl. I think it’s gonna be fun to do so stay tuned!
I sent a tweet to Universalhub with my comic “Chinatown Changes” a few weeks back. Writer sent me a tweet back and wanted to chat some more about it for a piece she was writing about what’s been happening with Chinatown.
It’s been nearly a month since Maxim’s Coffee House served its last drop of hot coffee, its famous bun pastries flying off the shelves before the local bakery lost its lease and was forced to close its doors after 33 years in Chinatown. Yet artist Lillian Chan still finds sadness as she walks past the shuttered windows of the “iconic landmark” on the corner of Beach Street and Harrison Avenue. And neither she, nor the bakery, are alone.
As Chinatown’s development spikes with high-rise luxury apartments and new commercial chains surrounding the ethnic neighborhood, many residents, visitors and small business owners are wondering one thing: what’s happening to Chinatown?
“Just visually it’s kind of jarring to see all of these high-rise building structures popping up around Chinatown,” said Chan, a Boston resident who visits the neighborhood weekly. “It feels like it’s just closing in on it.”
Mockingbird (2015) Issue 1: Variant Cover
My initial introduction to Mockingbird was via Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC and even then I only knew that the character’s name was Bobbi and that she was tough as steel. Did she have super powers? I didn’t know and didn’t really explore further. Shame on me.
But while noodling around Rubber Chicken Comics, a local comic book shop outin western MA, I saw issue 1 for Mockingbird. I wasn’t crazy about the variant cover which was the only one available, but I picked it up and read through a couple pages. That’s all it took to get me hooked.
She just came across smart, boss, and kickass.
An added bonus to the comic book? Getting a sneak peek into the upcoming YA novel Black Widow: Forever Red, which I am most definitely looking forward to reading.
Mockingbird has always been one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s best agents, but what happens when someone close to her is murdered? Forced to take matters into her own hands, someone is bound to pay! New York Times Bestselling Author Chelsea Cain joins the Marvel Universe to tell a story of bloody revenge! Plus! A special bonus story by superstar young adult author, Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures), writer for the upcoming YA novel, Black Widow: Forever Red! READ MORE
When did DC Comics get into Young Adult Fiction? Am I late to the party again? It doesn’t matter because it’s a fantastic idea!
I’ve never been much of a Lois Lane fan. She always seemed one-dimensional to me — just all about the story rah-rah-rah and always needed to be saved by Superman. Can we please erase the Henry Cavill Superman movie Man of Steel (2013) from our brains, please? Just bringing that up gives me the shivers.
Anyhow, I gave a couple pages of Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond a try and before you know it I was hooked. I kept turning the pages and didn’t stop until 2AM when I finished it.
Lois Lane is still all about the story but she’s more fleshed out. There’s a reason why she’s so dogged — her upbringing as an army brat and making things right with her friends. She’s plucky and strong. She doesn’t need saving…just help sometimes.
And Superman? Oh, he’s in there but we never get to actually meet him even though he’s a significant part of Lois’ life. I love how he’s weaved into the story.
Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight.
As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy…READ MORE
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell has been on my radar for quite some time now. It was the cover art that initially hooked me in — the simple illustration and the type. At first, I thought it was a graphic novel.
Yesterday while I was returning a stack of books to the library, I saw Eleanor & Park as one of their featured titles and I grabbed it. I was just going to check out a few pages, but then I got completely sucked in. I couldn’t put it down. Usually, when I’m speed-reading, I gloss over words and sometimes pages. But, not with this one. I wanted to read every single word written on the page.
Six hours later, I was, like, damn. I haven’t read a book that made me so happy, gave me butterflies in the stomach, and brought tears to my eyes in so long. Plus, it brought me back to my high school years that were also filled with cassette tapes, Esprit bags, waiting for telephone calls, and that one crazy crush.
Set over one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Some of my favorite quotes:
I am now a Rainbow Rowell fan and can’t wait to read her other books.
Nimona has been on my to-read list for quite some time. I’d been hearing great things about it and I really liked the artwork. So, while I was noodling at the library the other day, I saw it as a featured read and I quickly grabbed it.
I absolutely loved it. The artwork is wonderful, the dynamics between all the characters are so well developed, and it’s a story/plot that I’ve never read before..truly refreshing.
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.
But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.
My favorite quote?
We’re Villains! Villains kill people sometimes! ~Nimona
It’s such a boss quote and Nimona is so boss!
I recently discovered the graphic novel/comic book section of the local library and went to town on it. One of the titles I picked up was Marvel Comics’ Spider-Verse (2015) trade paperback only because Silk was in it. I’ve never read any actual Spider-Man comics so this was going to be the first and…
Oh. My. Gawd.
It was dark, action-packed, and gut-wrenching. Every Spider-being was thrown into this epic story arc. I’m also a fan of time travel and parallel worlds so it was an added bonus. My brain will never be the same again after the crazy shit that happened. I definitely see Spider-Man and its universe in an entirely new light. Wow.
When the unstoppable Morlun returns, it will take every Spider-Man EVER to stop him! Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel spearhead a massive event that unites wall-crawlers across all universes against a single threat, swinging through Amazing Spider-Man and a web of tie-ins! READ MORE
And so the team that gave us this latest story arc for Black Widow have closed out this particular story with issue #20. Say it ain’t so! *sniff sniff*
WHO IS THE BLACK WIDOW? What set off her long path of atonement? The creative team that’s brought you the longest run in Black Widow history steps deeper into the psyche of Natasha Romanoff than ever before. MORE
It was a tough issue to read — you learn more about Natasha’s past and also how she tries to atone for it in the present. This Black Widow storyline is what really got me into the superhero genre of comics. Previously, I wasn’t very much impressed with the boob’d out nakedness of the heroines. It just didn’t appeal to me. But then, why would it?
That all changed when I saw the artwork and read the story for issue #1 of Black Widow. Nathan Edmondson (writer) and Phil Noto (artist) just killed it on all fronts. They made me fall in love with Natasha even though she’s not perfect. She’s done some shitty things, but that’s what makes her…human…and a kickass fighter.
So, I want to thank both Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto for their amazing work. I look forward to their future projects…altho sad that this arc of Black Widow has come to an end.
Also, I couldn’t resist…
I’ve never read any of the Archie comics, but I was familiar with the love triangle and that it took place is Riverdale. Other than that, I just didn’t have any interest in reading it because I didn’t think that it was for me…it was dated — in an era that I couldn’t relate to in a tone that was maybe too juvenile jokey.
But, I had heard about an Archie comics re-camp for 2015 and seeing some of the sneak peek previews of the artwork really amped up my interest. So, when issue #1 released, I picked it up and was very pleasantly surprised. It’s fun and full of teenage romance, high school angst. I also very much enjoyed the artwork. I’m definitely looking forward to issue #2.
COMIC SUPERSTARS MARK WAID AND FIONA STAPLES REIMAGINE AN ICON! Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun—but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens—and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue!
This insane intergalactic space odyssey is…insane and I absolutely love it.
From the first issue to issue three, the writing and art have kept me glued. The sense of humor is quirky and weird — it speaks to me. I find myself shaking my head and laughing out loud.
ENTER: MELVON! BUT REMEMBER: ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER: MELVON! To save their own lives, our heroes must slay the famed, sensual wizard of The Unchanted Forest! A great jumping-on point for anyone who reads! READ MORE
Thank you Chip Zdarsky for the unique story and Kagan Mcleod for artwork that’s just as unique and beautifully weird. I’m looking forward to issue 4. If you haven’t hopped on the Kaptara train, it’s still early on so please do get on!
Black Widow is one of the few titles that I’ve been sticking with. I love the series — full of action and drama with amazing artwork to boot. It’s the reason why I started reading more and more current superhero comic books. The latest issue did not disappoint. It takes the reader to Natasha’s past and how it started. We’ve gotten a few glimpses before, but this issue really delved into it.
What decision will she make? I guess we’ll find out in issue 20.
TOO LATE FOR REDEMPTION? At the end of all things, Black Widow finds herself unexpectedly connected to one of the darkest moments of her past. See how the first lines of red in her ledger were written. Will Natasha fall into darkness or rage against the dying of the light? READ MORE
The upcoming live-action JEM film may suck — actually, it probably will after having watched the trailer — but, fans should definitely be reading the comics. They’ve got the core of JEM, but updated for 2015, which I very much appreciate.
The driving force of the JEM and the Holgrams vs The Misfits rivalry is the music but also forbidden love between two of the band members. It definitely heightens the drama between the two bands. And, I love the artwork.
Jem and The Holograms do their first live show at The Starlight Foundation’s annual fundraiser—but a rabid Misfits fan is determined to sabotage their performance… at any cost! READ MORE
Ooh! This comes out in digital and print on August 26th! The art looks amazing and the story sounds like a very interesting premise! Comic created by artist Paulina Ganucheau and writer Kevin Panetta.
It’s been two years since the girls received their power from an goddess named Astra and destroyed the villain Cimmeria; the team has since disbanded, and like a lot of friends do over the course of high school, they’re starting to find themselves drawn to different interests and heading in different directions. READ MORE
I’ve tried getting into Superman comics in the past — even the Superman Wonderwoman series — but they fell flat for me. There was never enough character build up to make me root for Superman. The only time I ever loved Superman was when I was a kid watching the Christopher Reeve films. To this day, they hold up even against the Henry Cavill re-boot “Man of Steel” in 2013, which SUCKED so bad all around.
But, when I found out that one of my most favorite comic creators, Gene Luen Yang, would be writing for issue 41, I HAD to pick it up. Let me say that I was not disappointed at all. In fact, the story was riveting from the first page to the last. I love how they re-worked the story so that Superman’s identity is revealed and how that plays out.
I seriously can not wait for issue 42 to hit the stands.
it just didn’t grab me from the outset. Maybe I was looking forward to it too much? I was already excited about the artwork by Annie Wu — I loved what she did with Batgirl Beyond — and the artwork is amazing. I love it. But, the story fell a bit flat. I actually liked her more during her appearances in Batgirl.
Will I give it another chance? I don’t know only because I have so many other titles I’m following.
Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the LAST place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And she just might have to – for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why! Martial arts, super-spies, and rock ‘n’ roll combine, from Brenden Fletcher (BATGIRL) and Annie Wu (Hawkeye)!
Honestly, this issue has been sitting on my nightstand for the past few weeks. It came highly recommended by the comic book shop guy who couldn’t say enough good things about it. I was actually picking up the Convergence Batgirl title because of the return of Cassandra Cain!
But today…today, I realized how wrong I was.
Dang, it was good from beginning, middle and to end. Superb writing by Gail Simone captured the state of Gotham and the state of Dick Grayson’s and Barbara Gordon’s relationship.
STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! Just as they’ve finally been reunited, the romance between Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon is sentenced to execution by Flashpoint Hawkman and Hawkwoman! READ MORE
Now, I must hunt down issue 2.
A space expedition goes horribly wrong because if it didn’t there would be no story! Reluctant explorer Keith Kanga and his crew crash land on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Join CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals the Duck) and KAGAN McLEOD (Infinite Kung Fu) as they put the “fi” back into “sci-fi” and pretty much disregard the “sci” part in this epic story of punching and love!
So, initially, I was at the comic book shop looking to get the latest issues of some of the titles I’m reading. I wasn’t there to scope out anything new. I generally limit my books to 5 titles.
But then, I saw — not the cover of issue 1 — but the insanity of issue 2 featuring…cat tanks. CAT TANKS!
How could I NOT try this out? What completely sold it for me was the tagline for issue 1: “Space, why you gotta be like that?” It’s funny, the artwork is fantastic, and it’s set in a crazy, weird world.
I waited a few weeks for the crowds to die down before heading to the movie theatre with the Mister to watch Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The opening sequence dove right into the action. I was certain that it was going to be a fun ride.
But then…but then…the fun started disappearing and in its place was annoyance.
I’m a fan of the Black Widow character. I read the current comics and love how she just gets shit done. So, the need to explore a relationship between Black Widow and Bruce Banner in the movie had me completely perplexed. Like, where did that come from? At what point in the other two films was that even developed? And she feels for him so strongly that she would run away with him?
Black Widow does not run away.
The Mister was also troubled by the “romance.” He didn’t understand why a character as strong as Black Widow would go for someone as weak as Bruce Banner.
Also, I didn’t appreciate how Hawkeye’s wife and children were just slapped into the movie. There wasn’t a point to the wife. Her role was to basically just wait and look longingly into his eyes.
Come on. It’s 2015. Let’s stop being so lazy with story-telling and character development.
I can watch the first Avengers movie and even the second one on repeat. But this third one? No.
I should’ve just gone to watch Jurassic World instead.
Hot off their video win, Jem and the Holograms perform at the Starlight Foundation’s annual fundraiser—but the Misfits, anxious the Holograms’ overnight success, plan to bring them down.
Truth be told, I didn’t think that I’d end up enjoying these Jem and the Hologram comics as much as I have. I thought they’d be cheesy and more geared towards kids, but I was wrong. There’s great character development and some mature issues being dealt with. Plus, the story keeps getting better and better — staying true to its roots but updated and tweaked to make it new and fresh.
What I also appreciate is the artwork. It’s fun and the girls are illustrated in different shapes, colors, and sizes. It’s rare to see in the media, much less in comic books. Kudos to the creative team for drawing real women.
If you’re like me and wanted to scream out of sheer horror after watching the hot mess of a teaser for the live-action Jem movie, then read the comics instead. Hasbro and the folk working on the movie should’ve just based the whole story off the comics. Why didn’t they?
Anyhow, I’m looking forward to issue 4 — and NOT watching the movie.
And she punches Peter Parker in the face. Hehe, do not piss her off.
I’m really enjoying this series — following along Cindy Moon as she navigates life after having been locked in a bunker for 10 years.
Check out issue 4 if you haven’t already or learn more about her story below: