Character Creation Let’s get this out of the way first because I need to display my biases and privileges before you read this piece. I am a straight, cis-gendered, Latino male. At age 32, I am on the older edge of the Millenial generation. Gaming is a lifelong hobby of mine, primarily of the pen-and-paper variety, e.g. Dungeons & Dragons and Shadowrun. Anybody who’s gamed with me at any time in my life knows there are two universal truths about me. I always gravitate towards the cloak-and-dagger type characters. I typically play women characters. My MTG Commander decks follow this same pattern. 3 of the 5
Not Another Top-Ten List You can blame Facebook for this one. My friends and I had a lively Facebook discussion about Hugh Jackman, which, subsequently inspired this post. The recent release of Logan got me all nostalgic, thinking back on his universally-lauded performances as Wolverine for the last 17 years. My immediate reaction was to declare Jackman’s performances as the truest representation of a comic book character in film. But then people starting challenging me. What about RDJ? Ryan Reynolds? Chris Evans? Comic book movies have produced some brilliant performances over the years. Who is truly the best at bringing a character from page to screen?
As February closes, we see the inevitable gauntlet of summer blockbuster season looming. This season starts with equal amounts of trepidation and tempered excitement for our opener, Logan. This is Hugh Jackman’s final turn as everyone’s favorite gruff loner and reluctant hero Wolverine. Logan received the go-ahead for an R-rating almost immediately after the breakout success of Deadpool in February 2016. While this bold move turned some heads, I took it upon myself to conduct an informal study on the relationship between film success and an R-rating. This is what happens when you’re a librarian, a comic book fan, and you stay up later than you should. Also, my editor
I moved recently. It sucked. Moving always sucks. This is my fifth move in 30 months, and I’ve not stayed in one dwelling for more than ten months at a time during that period. One would think I’ve gotten used to the constant packing, moving, unpacking, lather, rinse, repeat cycle of my life. Truthfully, it’s just as frustrating every time. Though moving generally sucks for everyone, I maintain that moving sucks more when you’re a nerd. Most people have normal things to move: DVDs & Blu-Rays, clothing, all sorts of kitchenware, a desktop computer. You either gather up a group of friends or hire movers
Yesterday, I got an idea for a new Magic deck: red & black artifact aggro. It is still a work-in-progress, but you can see it here. I use the website TappedOut to manage my deck ideas and share them with friends; it’s typically a friendly site with a ton of great ideas. While I perused to see if anyone had done anything like my idea before, I found this. I know, I know, you should never read the comments section. Since returning to Magic, the experience has been wonderful. Most events I attend are friendly, fun, and everyone just wants to play. No one judges
In reality, I’m sure that the Internet ruined comics long before now but this past week was my personal tipping point. In case you’re unaware, these past two weeks were not particularly great for women in comics. The Riri Williams variant cover controversy was bad enough. Then the Mockingbird #8 cover controversy made the Riri scandal look tame by comparison. It’s Comic-Ghazi. Let’s start with Riri. On the Jeff Dekal variant cover of Invincible Iron Man #1 Riri looks like a normal human. The much-maligned J. Scott Campbell variant cover features Riri doing her best impression of Simone Biles in a skintight, low-cut clothing. Why is
A few weeks ago I wrote a piece about rediscovering Magic: The Gathering. The honeymoon isn’t over yet, but my return to gaming culture opened my eyes to an intriguing phenomenon that occurs when nerds grow up. I call it the Neverland Effect. Let’s rewind a tiny bit. When I moved to Portland a little over two years ago, I worked in a college library. The college dress code is business formal: shirt, tie, the whole nine yards. I have a tendency to showboat, so I frequently wore a waistcoat as well. I often went to my local comic store straight from work on Fridays.
My first comic book convention was New York Comic Con back in 2007, in its second year of existence. I got my Runaways deluxe hardcovers signed by Brian K. Vaughan, and I was hooked on cons ever since. Since 2007, I’ve been to NYCC 7 times, and three times each to San Diego, Emerald City, and Rose City. I love cons, but after 10 years, con fatigue starts to set in. Things aren’t as fun as they used to be, and waiting in line for autographs and panels really starts to grind on you. Me From Ten Years Ago loved the bigger, flashier conventions. I’m
Last month, I had an extended trip back to my hometown: the bustling metropolis of Naugatuck, Connecticut. I helped my parents pack up my childhood home in advance of its sale, and was a groomsman in my sister’s wedding. I expected it to be an emotionally difficult trip. Conventional wisdom says that going back home reconnects you with the person you were before you left. I didn’t realize how true that was. One of my best friends Jeff and I go way back to 1996 where we bonded over a mutual love of the music of His Weirdness, Sir Alfred Matthew Yankovic, and a shared affinity for a
I have a collection of nerdy hobbies: Trek, D&D, comics, Shadowrun, sci-fi books, Doctor Who… and I could go on. I rotate between a few at a time; sometimes I let a few sit on the back burner while I go full bore into another one. You should have seen me with Magic: The Gathering back in middle school. Oh man, that was my World of Warcraft back in the old days, the bad days, the all-or-nothin’ days. You know, before cable internet and iPhones. I’m approaching 5 years into my latest obsession: roller derby. (Click the link and watch the dude in the yellow