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
I’m exploring the comic books I find to be indispensible reading as I count down to my 100th post and today I’m shining the spotlight on Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In the hands of their IDW stewards, the Turtles’ tales transcend any sort of generic genre labels and simply stand as great literature. This comic is a master class on compelling character studies and stories that are consistently as emotionally affecting as they are exciting. I’ve yet to read a single issue and not be moved! Continue reading
SO MANY amazing comic books vie for my attention each month but, realistically, there’s only so much money to go around…unless I forego food, electricity, my house, and all those other trivial things. So that means choices. (Ah, nothing like #FirstWorldProblems am I right?) One of my first blog posts was a look at the comics I’d decided to fill my file with once I returned to reading them regularly. I figured now, six months later, it would be an interesting topic to revisit! Continue reading
It’s been a bit busier again since the school year resumed so I haven’t had time to do a Top Five Wednesday post in a few weeks. Isn’t it annoying how, you know, regular work days can interfere with reading and writing?!? But such is life I suppose :). Well, to close out September the T5W Goodreads Group (created by Lainey of gingerreadslainey and now moderated by Samantha of Thoughts on Tomes) has requested we fine participants cobble together a list of five great gateway books to our favorite genre. Curious what made the cut? Well read on! Continue reading
As I was re-reading some recent issues of Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel this afternoon I had an odd experience. Each comic left the Guns ‘n’ Roses song “Civil War” playing louder and louder on repeat in my mind. As I read (or re-read) Kamala and Miles’ solo adventures each month I find myself wondering where the story could be if it didn’t have to tie into a massive crossover. And as I let my thoughts wander I found myself continuously singing, “I don’t need your civil war…” Continue reading
Okay so we saw Ghostbusters last night and I began writing this as soon as I got home. I can tell you I don’t have anything brilliant or insightful to say about the film yet. There’s no layered deconstruction or analysis in this piece. But what I can offer is a lifelong fan’s totally SPOILER-FREE thoughts on the latest incarnation of Ghostbusters, staring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Continue reading
There’s no post on My Comic Relief today because I’ve written a piece for Just Dread-Full’s fun new series – What Scares Us? My First Fright. The series explores early memories of being scared and looks into what we’re afraid of. For me there’s no scarier memory than going to see Ghostbusters II in 1989 when I was just six years old. IT TOTALLY FREAKED ME OUT! Frightful reflections aside, I really had a lot of fun writing this piece and, given the fact that the new Ghostbusters comes out this week AND I’ve done a lot of writing about the Ghostbusters on this site, it seemed timely to contribute this piece for Kalie. So if you’re interested in taking a fun little trip down memory lane with me and seeing what left little six year old Michael shaking in his seat, please click here. You’ll also get to read about how I made Mom take us out of the theatre and how I’ve unexpectedly come to enjoy this film as an adult (although it took me over twenty-five years to watch it again).