Remember when that cool dad decided to personalize Donkey Kong for his three-year-old daughter by making Pauline the hero? The internet reacted in its usual way. Thankfully, a bunch of funny funny people came together to find the humor in what would normally make me curl up in a corner and weep. Enjoy! (Offensive language warning!)
I’ve been following the latest series of The Walking Dead and enjoying it immensely. I’ve also been too lazy to write up a regular review. But today I wanted to talk about Rick’s big decision in the last episode, Arrow on the Doorpost. Spoilers and biters ahead! Read more…
While I don’t read as many comics these days as I used to, I am always happy to tell anyone and everyone how much I love my local comic book shop, and I drop in occasionally to say hi and buy a few books. Carol & Johns Comic Book Shop is owned by a mother-son duo and they focus on building a great community. Everyone who walks in their door will feel welcome and be treated like an old friend. C&J also hosts a ton of great events, release parties, and they have a kitty. Bonus points for kitty.
So I’m delighted (but not surprised) to discover that this Friday, C&J is hosting a special event just for the ladies in honor of International Women’s Day. According to owner (and all around great guy) John Dudas:
“We’ve always prided ourselves on creating a friendly shop for everyone, but we know that sometimes the local comic shop can be a terror for female customers. We hope to break down some walls by having an evening specifically dedicated to creating a comfortable space for women as they enjoy pop culture!”
So March 8th, head down to 17462 Lorain Ave. in Cleveland from 5-8pm. The first 150 women or girls through the door will get a free comic. Five local women comic book artists will also be in attendence! There will also be refreshments and door prizes. And me. I will also be there.
If you can’t make it, check out the artists’ home pages!
Hey! It’s Friday, which mean I use the day as an excuse to post random videos! Here’s one now!
The Canvas Network, which focuses on open online learning, has recently announced a new free course that I think you’ll be into. A Massive Open Online Course focused on Gender Roles in Comic Books!
The course, led by Christina Blanch of Ball State University, uses a study of comic books incorporating highly interactive video lectures, online discussions between students, and real-time socially driven interviews. Interviews with the comic industry’s biggest names such as Terry Moore, Brian K Vaughan, Mark Waid, as well as others address questions of gender representations and constructions involving both men and women.
The course runs Apr 2, 2013 to May 10, 2013, and will include video lectures, interactive discussion with other students, as well as coursework done in groups and peer reviewed. I just signed up! You should, too. This looks like a blast.