ruin comics

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 isRead More →

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.Read More →

bigger

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’mRead More →

reconnection

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 aRead More →

running

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 yellowRead More →

who

I’ve been playing RPGs for most of my life.  Dungeons & Dragons (2e, 3e, 3.5e, & 5e), Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Unknown Armies, Shadowrun and a few others that I’m sure I forgot.  I dabbled in Shadowrun in college and just started really picking it up again when I moved to Portland two years ago.  I started out in Shadowrun like I do with most other RPGs, as their fighter class.  I do this for two reasons.  (1) Because it doesn’t take much thought or talent to play a run-of-the-mill, gets-the-job-done, won’t-entirely-mess-things-up fighter: point yourself in the direction of things that need killing,Read More →

sandra glahn guest post

Hello!  My name is Dante and if you didn’t have to Google the reference in my article title, then I want to be your friend. I’ve been interested in geeky stuff my whole life, and love talking about it to practically anyone who has ears.  I grew up playing Super Mario Bros and Sonic the Hedgehog because everyone was playing them, but the real turning point in my life came from a fateful trip to the local Pizza Hut; this marks the only time you’ll ever hear me say that I am glad that I ate at Pizza Hut.  They were sponsoring X-Men: The Animated Series atRead More →