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
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From “Cowabunga!” to “Booyakasha!”: My Life in Ninja Turtle Memories
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
IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hits A Milestone…and I Get Nostalgic
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
My Life in Costumes and Cosplay
When David and I saw Logan last weekend I did something I’ve never done – I dressed up for the premiere. For years David has asked me to embrace mutton chops for the opening night of an X-Men movie but I never did either because I wasn’t feeling it or I didn’t remember soon enough to grow them in all their glory. However, to honor Hugh Jackman’s final performance, as well as the seventeen years he spent playing Wolverine, I did it. I went full on Wolverine! There were no claws of course; I didn’t need to make things awkward for the theatre staff as they understandably ask for no toy weapons at these things. But I did my best to capture the rest of his look. And it was a lot of fun! Continue reading
IDW Gives Us The Turtles At Their Best!
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
Humanity’s GREATEST Literary Work
With slight modifications for genre, the sentiments legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy once applied to the band Survivor applies with as much truth to Tom Waltz and Erik Burnham’s 2014 IDW miniseries masterpiece Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters – “I’ve often said that the [comic book Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters] is the best that ever was. In my opinion, they put [classic literature] to bed. Everyone else is an imitator. That’s right, you heard me [Shakespeare], [Rumi], [J.K. Rowling], [John Grisham], you guys suck…dong.” But to be as honest as possible, I must take my praise a step further, slightly modifying Ron Burgundy once again, “This [comic book] is quite simply the greatest composition in human history. If you disagree, I will fight you.” Continue reading
Who feels like a little…TIME TRAVEL?!?
The idea of time travel has been a staple of the fantasy/sci-fi genre in general and comic books specifically for…well, probably since the first future time traveller went back in time and was accidentally discovered by a struggling author who then just pretended to invent it. No matter how many times it’s used, I love it. I’m ALWAYS a sucker for a good time travel story. So, with thoughts of time travel on my mind, I figured I’d look at two recent time travel series I really enjoyed – Marvel’s Deadpool & Cable: Split Second done by Fabian Nicieza and Reilly Brown as well as IDW’s Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything put together by the team of Ben Bates, Dustin Weaver, Damian Couceiro, Ryan Browne, Nick Pitarra, Giannis Milonogiannas, and Sophie Campbell. Continue reading
To micro-series or not to micro-series?
When I began reading IDW’s brilliant series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles several months ago, I was faced with a question. As I amassed all the trade paperbacks going back to the beginning of the series’ 2011 run (because, responsible adult finances be damned, this was too fun to not read everything) I wondered whether or not I should invest in all the micro-series and miniseries that ran alongside the main title. Obviously, it was a question born of financial concerns. Did I need them to understand the story? Did they add anything essential to my comprehension of the main title? Should I spend all of that money?!? I scoured the internet looking for suggestions. I found a lot of sites offering very helpful chronological lists of where the various micro-series and miniseries issues fit within the larger stories in the main title but I didn’t find much on how essential they were. So, for those of you struggling with this yourself or if you’re just interested the fun little tale of what I ended up doing, here’s my answer. Continue reading
Top Five Wednesday – Father Figures!
As I was perusing the blogosphere this afternoon something exciting happened! Thanks to Nancy over at Graphic Novelty 2 and Heather from Heather Hobbs – A Book Blog, I learned that “Top Five Wednesday” is not only a thing, but an exciting thing at that! (It’s worth noting I’ve seen a lot of brilliant Top Five lists online…I’m sure a lot of them were on Wednesday too. Buuuut I didn’t “get it” until I saw Nancy and Heather’s posts a few moments apart. This is embarrassing…let’s not broadcast it.) So I figured I’d join the ol’ group over at Goodreads myself and join the fun. With it being Father’s Day this weekend, the post was to be on your Top Five Favorite Literary Fathers. (Okay, okay, it’s technically Thursday. But I just saw this now! So shhhh…let’s not broadcast this either. I promise next week the post will be written and posted on Wednesday.) With that being said, let’s look at some great dads! Continue reading
Out of the Shadows and into the D-Box
This weekend David, Kalie, and I headed to our local movie theatre to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – complete with the brand new D-Box enhanced seating experience. This is that tale. Are you wondering if you should see the latest Turtles film? Are you curious as to what my brother, girlfriend, and I thought of their newest big screen adventure? Do you like reading stuff about comic book movies and/or mutated turtles who also happen to simultaneously be adolescent ninjas? Do you just want to know what the hell a D-Box seat at the movie theatre is (and if it’s worth the crazy up-charge in ticket price)? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions then you are in luck! This story is for you. (As usual, it’s presented spoiler-free.) Continue reading