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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Not a Fan

I am not a fan of tornado warnings at the end of February. Not cool!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Reading DC Comics Again

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As Michael Corleone said in the Godfather Part III: "Just when I think I was out, they pull me back in." Well this is how I feel regarding DC Comics. When the new 52 was announced five or six years ago, I was excited at first. Then afterwards I sort of felt blah about it, and eventually I took a break from reading them, instead focusing on the absolutely fantastic Ghostbusters series at IDW.

Then about a year ago, DC announced "DC Rebirth", which at first I must admit, I was  very dismissive of. I thought it was just another reboot. Well over the course of a year I've read very positive reviews of the storylines, and thought maybe it was time I gave DC another shot.

So over the weekend, I went out and picked up the first graphic novel volume of Action Comics under the "Rebirth" banner. Yay, after I finished reading it last night,  I ended up buying four more volumes. They are so good, and serve as a great reminder as to why these characters are timeless.

I feel that DC comics really has something special happening right now, and I can't wait to see where it goes. Plus, it their "great mystery" of the Rebirth reset, which somehow involves the characters of the critically acclaimed graphic novel "The Watchman", is beyond fascinating and doesn't appear to be any closer to being solved anytime soon. Which I like. Give me a good storyline, and make it last awhile. It'll keep us interested.

So yeah, I know I sound like a commercial for DC Comics, but I highly recommend checking Rebirth out. It's making superhero comic books fun again.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ray Bradbury Biography

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I'm really excited. I was in the library today, and as I was walking through the stacks a book jumped out at me! The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury is a biography of the great Sci-Fi writer, written by Sam Weller.

What particularly grabbed me was the description of the book on the dust jacket. If this book is half as good as that short description, I am in for a real treat. For instance, I never knew that Bradbury never learned to drive, he only took public transportation or rode his bike. As I get older, I find myself more drawn to that type of lifestyle. In fact, whenever I go downtown or to the north side of Chicago, I always try to take public transportation. There's something about sitting there with a whole group of individuals that makes me feel truly apart of a community.

Plus, anytime I can learn more about the writing of Fahrenheit 451, sign me up.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Looking Glass Season 2 and 3

After taking a month and a half off, it's time to begin pre-production on my podcast series: 'The Looking Glass'. I'm really excited because I have not one, but two season of content planned. Over-achieving and proud of it.

I'm looking at changing formats slightly for season 2. Instead of exploring a number of random areas, I want to explore one particular subject, and the various arms that connect to the subject.  I'm looking at exploring art, but specifically how individuals choose their particular art form to express themselves in. I've always been interested in exploring the idea of what exactly art is? However I feel that this particular question has been explored at great lengths already, and ultimately, art is subjective. So it may not yield the type of storytelling I'm looking for. But exploring the personal natural of art to a particular individual, should yield some very interesting stories.

For season 3, I'm planning a more traditional season, very much in the vain of season 1. Lots of interesting people, telling their stories of how they got into their particular interests. Some of the topics I'm looking at include, but are not limited to:

  • Classical Music
  • MMA
  • College Radio
  • Pop Culture/Entertainment as a whole
  • Pro-Wrestling
  • Parisan Culture
I'm going to pull a James Cameron, and work on both seasons simultaneously. It should be a very interesting experience to say the least.