Non-Sequitur #38: Spirits Rise and Falling

Mary Marvel and Supergirl by Jason Pearson

Random Cool Thing at Work:  So at work this week I won a production contest/raffle. Depending how high your production was, you got to enter your name several times. I tried to make a couple of Glengarry Glen Ross   jokes, but no one got it.

Random Comic Book Store Thing:  I went to the comic book store Saturday. It was pretty busy. Lots of college age people, so that was cool. One thing though I thought was interesting was this one family, it was Mom, Dad, and their little boy, maybe he was 10 yrs old. Dad was talking to one of the workers about old Famous Monsters of Filmland  magazines and Mom was looking at comics, but the kid was only looking at the toys in the store. I thought that senario is interesting: The parents are all into monsters and comic books, but the little boy couldn’t care less. He was just wondering if the various action figures and statues actually moved. This kid knew the real value in toys, that’s to PLAY WITH over COLLECTING.

I stumbled on this article about interracial romance in Archie comics. I thought it was kinda interesting.

Justice League #2:  Written by Geoff Johns with art by Jim Lee.  A lot of people in fandom have been really loving this comic, but I think story-wise, it’s kinda mediocre. It’s like Johns was on auto-pilot with this book. The dialogue in particular seems really forced and uneven. Certain characters are supposed to seem cocky and unseasoned, but they come off as dumb. Another nick-pick I have is  the relationship between Vic Stone and his Dad. In the old Titans series Vic was estranged from his father, but it was portrayed in a much more complicated and nuanced way. Here, Vic’s dad is a dick just for the sake of being a dick.

Okay, so as I’m typing this I’m listening to a local classic rock station. The DJ told a story about Motley Crue and groupies and something he referred to as “The Spaghetti Incident”.  Gross. All this time I thought it was just the title to a Guns n Roses album. And no, I’m not  going to provide any sort of link. You’re on your own with this one.

Supergirl #2:  When the New 52 was announced, I really had no interest in Supergirl. Recently though, I saw some preview  of Mahmud  Asrar’s art for this issue and decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did. I really like Mahmud’s figure drawing and facial expressions as well as the way he conveys action. I might hunt down the first issue now. The story by Michael Green and Mike Johnson however, is extremely thin. Supergirl is confused and doesn’t know how she has superpowers and doesn’t believe Superman is her cousin. She punches Supes around for a while then Supes gets her to calm down. The end. Almost feels like “writing for trade-itis”, but the art makes up for it.

I also bought Animal Man #2 and Stormwatch #2 but I haven’t finished reading them yet.

AND I got the final volume of Ghost in the Shell:Stand Alone Complex.  I’ll be watching that soon.



Non-Sequitur #37: Ok, So Trying This Again

Nice drawing from Phil Noto. Go to his website and dig his art

Yeah… just as I say I’m going to commit to doing more prose  columns, I’m all a sudden working 40 plus hours at work again. I literally can’t remember the exact last time I worked a full 40 hour work week. It had to be well over a year, maybe a year and a half. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining…not by a long shot. My work situation had gotten really scary lately. Going through a couple weeks of no work, a couple a weeks of 16 hr work weeks…it’s unsettling. Not being sure if I can go for unemployment, I wasn’t sure about how to deal with the near future. If I only had myself to worry about, that would be one thing, but I have family responsibilities, so circumstances got pretty tight. At my job, during a good year, things start slowing down around holiday season. This hasn’t been a good year, so yeah…I’m going to grab all the hours of work I can for as long as I can.

This “Occupy Wall Street” thing actually caught me off guard. I thought like ok, some folks will carry signs for a few days, then it’ll blow over and we’ll all be on to the next thing. However, that’s not what happened…it’s really grown legs and inspired people all over the country including here in Chicago. I’m not going to pretend that I’m the most “fight the establishment” guy on the block, but I am glad that this protest at least focuses on the bosses and the corporations. So often when the country’s financial situation comes up, people tend to blame their neighbors or poor people. It’s like when people are mad at illegal aliens for “stealing” their jobs. I always think, “Why are you more mad at him than at the boss who hired him? The immigrant doesn’t have any power or control, shouldn’t you be mad at the guy who won’t pay you a fair wage? He’s  screwing you and exploiting and the other guy. The BOSS gave your job to a guy he can get away with screwing over.” But maybe that’s part of human nature. We get mad at the guy he see as immediate competition.

Exiles on Wall Street

Random Comic Book Reading in Public: I saw a guy on the train reading the new Ultimates comics. I was on my way to work. I was going to strike up a conversation, but my stop was coming up and I didn’t want to be like, “Hey, I see you’re reading comics,” and then leave. I didn’t want him to think I was trying to subtly mocking him or something.

Random Cool Song Muzak: At work they pipe in music throughout the hall. Mostly it’s middle of the road Top-40, but every once in awhile something odd will pop out. This time it was Eighteen by Alice Cooper. Makes me remember when I bought the vinyl version of the  album this was on for a dollar back in the 90’s, then it makes me remember seeing THIS on MTV  I’m sorry, but drunk Alice Cooper forgetting the words to  his own song is CLASSIC.

Random Weird Thing in the Newspaper:  A local alternative newspaper (The Reader) ran a brief human interest piece  on an “ex-con/actor”. I read the name and almost fainted. I was like “Oh, my god! This guy and his brother indirectly got me into comics!!”  Long story short, this guy’s brother was being threatened in a bar, this guy shot one of the assailants, the assailant turned out to be a cop. Dude of course went to jail. Anyway, the comics connection comes in this way, I was classmates with Dude’s younger brother who invited me to their house one day. They brought out all their comic books and I was floored. I was just taken by all the characters and artwork and comics became  just something I wanted to be into. I haven’t seen either of them since I was 14 and I’d be surprised if they remembered me, but

Random Overheard On the Bus: A young lady was telling her friend that for Halloween she wanted to be either Amelia Earhart or Amy Pound. Her friend said exactly what I was thinking which was, “How is anyone going to know that you’re Amy Pound?”

A million years ago, I had this 7 inch record.




Non-Sequitur #36: I Gotta get It in Gear

I had cake for breakfast yesterday and today. I had cake because the lady at my job made cake for me and another person because there where only the three of us in the office a couple of days ago and she just wanted to do something nice for our little group. Yes, she’s just that sweet.

Something kinda vaguely amusing happened this past week. I work a note to remind myself, but I threw the paper away, so I forgot what it was.

I watched “Streetfighter” starring Sonny Chiba on You Tube yesterday.Awesome sauce!

I watched the
“Get Christy Love” TV-pilot today. It was neat!

I still have lots of left over food for client meetings. Yummy.