The blog’s been extra quiet lately as I’ve been writing my book (ahhhhh! yay!) but I decided to give myself a night off from book work tonight. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked. I could read for pleasure. I could enjoy watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! and then go to bed early. I could spend the whole night with the Doctor. All of those would be excellent uses of my night. However, instead, I’m using it to vent a little frustration. You see, Ghostbusters is one of my all-time favorite movies and one of my all-time favorite storytelling universes so when I recently read Jason Reitman’s plans for Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 I had FEELINGS. As is so often the case, this piece was born in a conversation I had with Jeffrey (of The Imperial Talker). The title of the piece – Nostalgia is going to kill us – was his exact quote when I told him of the sequel story. I couldn’t agree more so I was super excited when he said I could nick his observation for this piece. Shall we dive in? Are you ready? Siiiiiiiiiiiiigh…let’s go.
Making a sequel to Ghostbusters (1984) is tricky. Ghostbusters is one of few perfect movies. Everything about it works! It was one of my all-time favorite movies when I was five-years-old and it still is now at thirty-nine. Already a fan of the cartoon show, my world was forever changed when my uncle gave us a VHS tape on which he’d recorded a Ghostbusters movie with real people in it from HBO. I was a little thrown (at first) as they looked different and I am 99.99% sure it was what scarred me and made me scared of dogs all through my youth (as they constantly refer to the demonic forms of Zuul and Vinz Clortho as “dogs”) but none of that really mattered. It was love at first viewing and it’s the only movie from my youth I still watch multiple times a year. It spawned three sequels – Ghostbusters 2 (1989), Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016), and the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021). One I loved! One disappointed me. And one was a straight up traumatic experience. With thoughts of Ghostbusters: Afterlife fresh in my mind, I felt it’d be fun to discuss which is which!
Obviously I’ve been eagerly awaiting the trailer for writer/director Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife to drop. The original Ghostbusters (1984) is my all-time favorite movie. I not only watched it all the time as a kid but I still watch it all the time as an adult. It’s consistently been bringing joy to my life, and I’ve consistently watched it multiple times every year, for over thirty years! I don’t have that relationship with any other film – not Avengers, not (500) Days of Summer, not any of the Star Wars movies. Also, I enjoy Ghostbusters even more as an adult because now I get all the jokes! So not only do I love this movie but it keeps getting better for me. Of course then, when I heard Reitman was making “a direct sequel” to his father’s iconic 1984 film, I was intrigued. So much could go right! But so much could go wrong too. Now the trailer’s here and I’m feeling…lots of things. Continue reading
A few years ago, when I was counting down to my hundredth post on this site, I profiled the four comic books I’d found since my return to reading comics which had become indispensable to my reading life. These were the comics that, even if I stopped collecting comics again, I couldn’t imagine putting down. They showcased, for me, the best of what a comic could offer while doing things I never imagined a comic book could. They were (in the order I wrote about them in my countdown), Marvel’s Ms. Marvel, IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, IDW’s Ghostbusters, and Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Thinking of those titles now, I can still feel the burgeoning excitement and awe that accompanied my return to comic reading. They also make me think of impermanence. Continue reading
The unexpected emotional mix of finally sitting down to watch some of Nickelodeon’s 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series coupled with warm feelings of post-birthday nostalgia gave birth to this post. You see, there are a lot of characters I’ve loved through my whole life but few I’ve experienced in as many different iterations as I have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So I’m taking a walk down Memory Lane, looking at every incarnation of the Turtles I’ve met and exploring what they meant to me. To be clear, this is not an exhaustive list of every single version of the Turtles. There’s plenty of entries, sure, but the Turtles are prolific characters with parts of their mythology I’ve missed/yet to experience. Still, this is a fairly impressive list if I do say so myself :). With that being said, onward to an exploration of my life with the heroes in a half shell…TURTLE POWER. Continue reading
It’s been nearly a year since I’ve written about what fills my monthly file at Books Galore, my local comic shop. So I figured it was a good time to revisit the topic! Given this is a blog about comic books, I like taking a moment every now and then to discuss what titles I feel I need to read each month. This short little post outlines what I read regularly and explores the rationale that shapes my choices. What’s making the cut as we near the end of October 2017? Well read on to find out! Continue reading
I read a FOR REAL horror comic book that was super scary and everything. It was IDW’s beyond brilliant Locke & Key series by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, and Jay Fotos. It was recommended to me with the highest of recommendations by Nancy (of Graphic Novelty² fame). She digs this comic. It took me months to marshal the courage needed to actually read a for real horror comic series. But I did it! After surviving, I wrote this post for Kalie on her blog Just Dread-full. Listen, this was a big moment for me. I read something super scary and survived! Also, the comic had a powerful message at it’s heart. As if that wasn’t enough, I also wrote it to mark the three year anniversary of the day Kalie and I met. I know…awwwww. So, um, why haven’t you clicked the link yet?? C’mon people! Time’s a wastin’! You should read this thing!
Congratulations IDW!!! You did it!!! With the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue #73 last week, IDW’s TMNT series became the longest running Turtles comic of all time. Yay!!! Archie Comics’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures held the record at seventy-two issues running from August of 1988 to October of 1995 and, for comparison’s sake, the Turtles’ original Mirage series ran for sixty-two issues, ending in August of 1993. In honor of this momentous occasion, I wanted to talk about why IDW’s Turtles series has captured my heart and mind as well as how growing up with the Turtles for nearly thirty years has allowed my appreciation of their story to evolve. Continue reading
The genesis of this post came from two sources. First, for reasons that are still unclear to me, I have found myself (like much of our culture) enthralled with these odd, bobbly-headed, blank-faced little characters. Second, last Christmas Jeff surprised me with two of them (which two? you’ll have to read on to find out!). He then told me I should do a post about them, a post I update from time to time, so if he (or any other family member or friend) wanted to get me one for my birthday or Christmas or something they’d know which I had and could surprise me without fear of duplication. So, for a little light reading, let’s see if we can figure out why I’m hooked on these things. Continue reading
with Kalie Zamierowski! Yay!!
I’ve never done a co-authored piece on my blog before but today is the day! Given this is my 99th post annnnd I’m honoring a comic book I love (and write about a lot) – Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening’s brilliant Ghostbusters – I wanted to do something extra special. Kalie and I were having a discussion about ghostbusting the other day and she started analyzing the guys in grey in a light I’d never considered. So I pitched the team-up idea to her and she happily agreed. Are you ready to see the Ghostbusters as you’ve never seen them before? Here we go… Continue reading