Apr 26, 2012

Hey, That's My Cape! – Digital Comics Redux

Back in January, I wrote a column titled Dreaming In Digital [Comics]. In it, I discussed my first real foray into the digital comics world. Well, it’s now four months later and I’ve been reading my comics digitally for the duration. So, how have I fared?

As I mentioned in my original piece, I’m not really a “collector” of comics. I keep most of what I buy, but certainly not with resale as my motive. I still like having my purchases in my home where I can reread them if I so wish. But I received an iPad as a gift over the holidays and figured it was about time to try the wave of the future, as it were.
It wasn’t the smoothest transition for me, that’s for sure. The first time I attempted to buy digital comics, I had a lot of difficulty maneuvering the apps and finding the titles I wanted to buy without searching for them one by one. I eventually go the swing of how to find them easier week to week but that doesn’t always help if you’ve fallen behind a bit.
And I have.
Read all about my digital comics experience in the latest Hey, That's My Cape! at Newsarama.

Apr 10, 2012

Chicks Dig Comics/Womanthology Updates!


Actually hitting stores TODAY, is Chicks Dig Comics from Mad Norwegian Press, a series of essays from women about their love of, you guessed it - comics! Check out this crazy line-up involved.
  • Introduction by Mark Waid
  • Editors’ Foreword, by Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis
  • Mary Batson and the Chimera Society, by Gail Simone
  • Summers and Winters, Frost and Fire, by Seanan McGuire
  • Cosplay, Creation, and Community, by Erica McGillivray
  • An Interview with Amanda Conner
  • A Matter of When, by Carla Speed McNeil
  • The Other Side of the Desk, by Rachel Edidin
  • An Interview with Terry Moore
  • Nineteen Panels about Me and Comics, by Sara Ryan
  • I’m Batman, by Tammy Garrison
  • An Interview with Alisa Bendis
  • My Secret Identity, by Caroline Pruett
  • The Green Lantern Mythos: A Metaphor for My (Comic Book) Life, by Jill Pantozzi
  • Vampirella, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Page Turn, by Jen Van Meter
  • Confessions of a (Former) Unicorn, by Tara O’Shea
  • The Evolution of a Tart, by Sheena McNeil
  • Kitty Queer, by Sigrid Ellis
  • The Captain in the Capitol: Invoking the Superhero in Daily Life by, Jennifer Margret Smith
  • Burn, Baby Burn, by Lloyd Rose
  • Tune in Tomorrow, by Sue DCWKA
  • An Interview with Greg Rucka
  • Comic Book Junkie, by Jill Thompson
  • From Pogo to Girl Genius, by Delia Sherman
  • I am Sisyphus, and I am Happy, by Kelly Thompson
  • Captain America’s Next Top Model, by Anika Dane Milik
  • An Interview with Louise Simonson
  • Me Vs. Me, by Sarah Kuhn
  • A Road That has No Ending: Revenge in Sandman, by Sarah Monette
  • Mutants, by Marjorie Liu
  • You’re on the Global Frequency, by Elizabeth Bear
  • Crush on a Superhero, by Colleen Doran
I couldn't be more happy to have been involved and I'm thrilled that I get to join the ranks of Lynne and Sigrid's other books, Chicks Dig Time Lords and Whedonistas.

The second book I was honored to be a part of, has already been in stores for a few weeks now, Womanthology from IDW Publishing! You've heard about the Kickstarter sensation, well it's finally a reality. Check out the complete contributor list on the Womanthology blog.

It's completely surreal, not just to have my first ever comic in print (Dream Weaver), but to have it in print alongside women I truly admire and have been fans of for years. And for those who've read my story and are wondering, yes, it's part of a much larger story. I hope I get to tell it some day.

For anyone who's already got their copies - THANK YOU!! And for anyone who's going to go buy them now at the links I've provided - THANK YOU!! And another big THANK YOU for all your continued support. When I started this blog back in 2008, I had no idea this is where I'd end up but I am very glad to be here. Now, where do I go next?

Apr 3, 2012

Game of Thrones, Season 2, Episode 1

Hey, everyone! It's been a while. Constantly busy writing for The Mary Sue. If you aren't visiting the site daily, you're missing out! That being said, we've already got a writer to recap Game of Thrones for the site and being the fan that I am, I couldn't NOT write about the new season so I figured, why not try and get back to regularly updating my blog here at least once a week with just that?

(SPOILERS OBVIOUSLY) The build up for the Season 2 premiere was almost unbearable, wasn't it? Game of Thrones blew viewers away with its first season and, like most cable network shows, it took what seemed like forever for it to start again. But arrive it did, just like a hatchling dragon. So, how was it?

I thought it was ok.

Yeah, giant GoT fan and I wasn't blown away by the premiere. That's not to say it was at all bad, just that I was expecting more. And that's certainly in part thanks to the build up but it's not the entire reason. It was mostly because it felt just like any other episode.

In Season 1 we opened on a group of men in a frozen wilderness who were attacked by mysterious, superhuman creatures. Only one of them lived to tell the tale and he got his head chopped off for it. Now that's how you start a show. In Season 2, we opened on the Hound fighting for King Joffrey's entertainment and Sansa doing everything she can not to be beaten or worse. There was nothing wrong with this scene, in fact, I rather liked it but it was a very cold open that had no oomph to it. And that was sort of how the rest of the episode went. I may be biased but couldn't we have, I don't know, started with DRAGONS? After all, that is how last season ended and you just know that's what everyone was waiting to see again. And I know they probably have to manage their effects budget accordingly but getting to see only one of Daenerys' dragons was a bummer.

The remainder of the hour was spent showing where all of our characters are at the moment with little or no reference to how they got there. And, having read the book, I can also say they definitely didn't start at the beginning of these characters stories. Nowhere is this more evident than our introduction to Dragonstone, a new locale for viewers, and the home to Stannis Baratheon. I even had difficulty figuring out who was who and what was going on. Stick with it though, their story is very interesting.

Beside the very brief (or missing introductions for new characters), I enjoyed the first episode. Performances were phenomenal as always and the actors seemed right at home with their characters. Special shout-outs to Lena Hedley and Peter Dinklage as Cersei and Tyrion Lannister respectively. It's going to be very fun watching them this season. And they may not have started the episode with a bang but they sure ended it with one. For anyone who hasn't read the books, that particular round of killings happen off-page. Seeing it actually done reminds me just how unforgiving this show can be, and why I love it.

Hey, That's My Cape! – Will You Ever Go To SDCC?

Comic-Con International: San Diego, colloquially known as San Diego Comic-Con, or SDCC, is a yearly pop-culture convention that seems to have a life of its own. What started as a small comic book convention with 145 attendees in 1970, has grown to a massive gathering that now sees roughly 126,000 on its show floor. There’s just one problem, much like the space travel frequently found in the stories attendees love, not everyone gets to go. But not for lack of trying.

Tickets for this year’s SDCC sold out in about an hour, creating a new record. And that’s with a brand new member ID system that perhaps cut down on initial demand. Whether you were a fan, professional, or press, you had to create a personalized member ID long before the tickets actually went on sale. If you didn’t, you definitely weren’t attending SDCC this year. But although this system was a vast improvement over years past, it still had issues. For one, SDCC’s own link did not work how links are supposed to work.

Let me explain in the latest Hey, That's My Cape! on Newsarama.