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
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