amarvelous111:

blue-eyed-skeleton:

pixiiebutt:

because-blackgirls-duh:

linrenzo:

onlyblackgirl:

efecte:

sagaltesfaye:

onlyblackgirl:

I love my First Lady

Can you please tell her to tell her husband to stop killing muslims? Thanks

literally all she does is try to make the country “healthy” by giving students shitty school lunches like please do something else and help your husband fix the economy! *goes awf*

Imma need y’all to learn how the United States Government works. You don’t have to like her or the president but learn that they do not makes the decisions, they really do not have very much power, the president does not have the power to just snap his fingers and make shit happen or change things. You have to have 2/3 vote from congress to take a shit, let alone do anything having to do with government. The entire government was set up to make sure that exact thing could never happen, that is why there are 3 branches and that little thing called checks and balances.

In fact let me just break this down for y’all right here. 

  • President has 2 OFFICIAL jobs, Commander and Chief of the Armed Forces, but he only controls a limited amount of the funding for those troops (enough for 90 to 120 days) to engage these troops in combat. He CANNOT just declare war. only congress can declare war. The second, Accountant over the Federal Budget. 
  • He also is responsible for creating and balancing the national budget, but everything has to be approved by congress with a 2/3 vote. 
  • He signs bills into law, can veto them as well, however congress can override his veto. 
  • He assigns judges to the Supreme court, with the senates approval. 
  • He assigns foreign ambassadors, with the senates approval. 
  • he creates his own cabinet for people to research into areas that he might not have the time to, these are the only people who do not have to get approval from senate
  • congress is made up of 535 people (100 senators 435 HoR) for any of them to come to 1 agreement has only happened once in the history of this country, and that was to go into WWII, and even that the house voted 434 to one (1st woman house of Representative she was from Maine too, she voted against WW1 and 2)  and the judicial branch can call anything unconstitutional and kill it as well. 

and if you think i’m lying you can literally google this shit in 2 seconds. 

That tea is delicious

SAY THAT SHIT AGAIN! 

I would love for people to remember this when they want to start blaming the president. Any president, though not all of them have had good ideas.

lemme get in here a sec.

The President needs a 2/3 vote in Congress to get practically anything done, right? Well currently, the 133th US Congress is split with 53 Democratic senators and 45 Republican senators and 201 Democratic representatives and 234 Republican representatives. That makes a pretty even split between the two major political parties. Ever since President Obama was elected into office, the Republicans have voted down every piece of legislation he’s attempted to pass, in an effort to pin him as the worst president in American history, so that they can go back to their white-washed elitist lives and keep all their hoarded money from the people. The President has been doing everything he can to change things, but he cannot do that without the approval of Congress. Remember that week-long shutdown we had? Yeah, that was because the Republicans weren’t getting exactly their way with the budget, so they decided to shut down the whole goddamn government until they got their way. The United States Government relies on compromise and agreement between the two parties, and we’re seriously lacking right now in that department.

So if you want to blame someone for our country’s issues, blame the goddamn Republicans for acting like tantrum-throwing two year olds.

CAN I GET A HELL YEAH ON THAT LAST SENTENCE OF THE LAST COMMENT!

And that woman who voted no to war twice? Jeannette Rankin. She was from Montana, not Maine. And she is hella inspiring. Read up on her.

(via pickpants-maemae)

Once again, David Willis shreds your homophobic and/or misogynistic and/or just plain fucked up world view to pieces. Go read his comic Shortpacked! because either 1. you’re smart and you get it or 2. you’re stupid and you need to get your shit straight.

Once again, David Willis shreds your homophobic and/or misogynistic and/or just plain fucked up world view to pieces. Go read his comic Shortpacked! because either 1. you’re smart and you get it or 2. you’re stupid and you need to get your shit straight.

According to this magical talking-picture mirror I hold in my hands, I may mail-order various goods and services from Brazil. I don’t quite understand it, but I have decided to take this chatty pane of glass at it’s word and had items of amusement mailed to me from the Amazon.

Flaming Lips -Zaireeka. A set of 4 CDs that contain the same songs but in different arrangements. You can listen to anywhere from 1 to 4 CDs at once to get 15 different ways to listen to the album. Of course trying to listen to 3 or 4 CDs at once requires friends, which is why this is going with me to Texas for my much-hyped/oft-delayed trip to visit Noah Ramon. Between the Bibulb and myself, I’m sure we can scrounge up enough portable CD players and Flaming Lips fans. 

Alice In Wonderland - The Great Lost Southern Popsyke Trip. A 2-CD set with booklet in a nice book-like cover of some great southern pop psychedelia of the late ’60s and early & ’70s. 

Book A Trip Volumes 1 & 2 - The Psych Pop Sounds Of Capital Records. It’s thanks to listening to Luxuria Radio (hat tip to Lori Ramon for introducing me to that great internet radio station) that I’ve become interested in this music that’s been almost completely forgotten. 

Dan DeCarlo’s Jetta - The Good Girl Art Library. Dan DeCarlo is best known for taking over Bob Montana’s Archie comic and establishing the iconic look of the characters we have today. What is less well-known is that he was a great good girl artist. This is a high school/sci-fi/comedy comic book he wrote and drew in 1952. There were only three issues, but they are all included here, along with some of DeCarlo’s saucier art, many guest pin-ups, and a foreword from artist/comic historian Craig Yoe. This is good stuff.

According to this magical talking-picture mirror I hold in my hands, I may mail-order various goods and services from Brazil. I don’t quite understand it, but I have decided to take this chatty pane of glass at it’s word and had items of amusement mailed to me from the Amazon.

Flaming Lips -Zaireeka. A set of 4 CDs that contain the same songs but in different arrangements. You can listen to anywhere from 1 to 4 CDs at once to get 15 different ways to listen to the album. Of course trying to listen to 3 or 4 CDs at once requires friends, which is why this is going with me to Texas for my much-hyped/oft-delayed trip to visit Noah Ramon. Between the Bibulb and myself, I’m sure we can scrounge up enough portable CD players and Flaming Lips fans.

Alice In Wonderland - The Great Lost Southern Popsyke Trip. A 2-CD set with booklet in a nice book-like cover of some great southern pop psychedelia of the late ’60s and early & ’70s.

Book A Trip Volumes 1 & 2 - The Psych Pop Sounds Of Capital Records. It’s thanks to listening to Luxuria Radio (hat tip to Lori Ramon for introducing me to that great internet radio station) that I’ve become interested in this music that’s been almost completely forgotten.

Dan DeCarlo’s Jetta - The Good Girl Art Library. Dan DeCarlo is best known for taking over Bob Montana’s Archie comic and establishing the iconic look of the characters we have today. What is less well-known is that he was a great good girl artist. This is a high school/sci-fi/comedy comic book he wrote and drew in 1952. There were only three issues, but they are all included here, along with some of DeCarlo’s saucier art, many guest pin-ups, and a foreword from artist/comic historian Craig Yoe. This is good stuff.

Okay, folks, you aren’t going to be hearing too much from me over the next couple of weeks. Forza Horizon 2 is out, and it might just be the best racing game ever. Bliss is hooning around France and Italy in a 1966 Lancia Fulvia while listening to classical music.

There are seven radio stations in the game. One of them is a classical station called Radio Levante, and it is my favorite station so far. Not only because I love classical music, but because the timing seems to be perfect. Mussorgsky’s “The Great Gate of Kiev” reached it’s crescendo at exactly the moment I crossed the finish line in a race with people cheering and the fireworks going off in perfect timing. And then if that wasn’t enough, I left for a road trip to Saint-Martin at night in the pouring rain in a Renault 5 Turbo (as you do) when Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” began playing. So beautifully melodramatic. I cannot imagine a better song in that situation.
So far, my favorite part of the game has been the road trips. No pressure, no stress, just high speed driving across the countryside with a few of your mates.
periscopestudio:

Dylan Meconis weighs in on the Wonderella sketch challenge. Because who can resist a Rosie the Riveter joke? Not Dylan.

The great piece of fan art pretty much sums up everything you need to know about Wonderella.

periscopestudio:

Dylan Meconis weighs in on the Wonderella sketch challenge. Because who can resist a Rosie the Riveter joke? Not Dylan.

The great piece of fan art pretty much sums up everything you need to know about Wonderella.

Consider this part 4 of 3 in my ongoing comics posts. This is about my favorite webcomics. Left row first, from top to bottom:
Shortpacked! by David Willis - This is really two comics in one. It is mostly a story about a group of people who work at a toy store called “Shortpacked!” and it’s a gag comic about pop culture, focusing on (but not limited to) comics and Transformers. It’s a side story to Willis’ main comic series Roomies/It’s Walky!/Joyce and Walky. That particular story line effectively ended in 2010. Shortpacked! began as a second comic series in 2004 and will end early next year. It’s just marking time until the marriage of two main characters. That doesn’t mean it isn’t funny any more. It’s hilarious, You need to read this, and everything else Willis has written. Fortunately, it’s all available online.
Decrypting Rita by Margaret Trauth - Also known as Egypt Urnash, Trauth has created one of the most beautiful and original comics I’ve ever read. Even how you read it is unique. The pages are created in landscape mode (which makes sense since they are being read on computer screens) and each page attaches to the next one so the story just scrolls along page after page. Also, she doesn’t use any outlines. There are no pencils. No inking. It is all just color shapes, and it is beautiful, and far easier to read than it sounds. The story is exceptional, the story of four different women named Rita who exist in alternate realities that keep getting mixed up. Each reality has it’s own color palette, and it’s extraordinary when it mixes together, like listening to all four CDs of The Flaming Lips’ Zaireeka at once. Just read it. You’ll understand.
Girls With Slingshots by Danielle Corsetto - A slice of life story with a bit of absurdity about two friends, the cynical alcoholic writer Hazel and her amazingly busty and sweet best friend Jamie. It also features a talking cactus plant named McPedro who speaks with a mixed Scottish/Irish accent. Very funny with a big cast of very enjoyable supporting characters.
Dumbing of Age by David Willis - So Willis did that whole Roomies/It’s Walky!/Joyce and Walky strip I mentioned above between 1997 and 2010, with a side story called Shortpacked! that has been ongoing since 2004. But that wasn’t enough for him. He decided his ongoing series were too unwieldy and patched over to cover the mistakes to continue. So he decided to start all over. Dumbing of Age is all the characters from his previous series reimagined and starting fresh at Indiana University. This is simply the best comic I’m reading. The characters have exceptional depth, the writing is both funny and tragic, and the art is great. The artist is some sort of monster of prolificness. He’s currently writing/drawing two full time webcomics, redrawing a large portion of his old stuff, and he’s four months ahead on this comic which updates daily. That kind of quantity and quality is unheard of.
Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran - I first found out about Meredith Gran from her award-winning take on the Adventure Time comic book, “Marceline and The Scream Queens.” Octopus Pie is her webcomic about New Yorker Eve and her circle of friends. Eve is a young woman who works at a grocery store while trying to give her life a little meaning. It’s a thoughtful, clever, and very funny comic.
Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques - This is one of my more recent discoveries, although I seem to be rather late to hop on the QC bus. The main characters are Marten, a 20-something slacker/nice guy into indie rock, and Faye, his beautiful, busty, totally awesome best friend/roommate/potential girlfriend. At least that’s how it starts out. The strip began in 2003 and there are 2800 strips in the archive. I’m reading 10 strips a day. I’m enjoying it so much, I don’t want to overdo it by racing through it. It’s a very funny strip with great gags and likable characters. Yes, it’s going to take me the better part of a year to catch up, but I know I’m going to enjoy the ride.
The Non-Adventures of Wonderella by Justin Pierce - A hilarious take on the superhero genre, featuring one of the most irresponsible heroines ever. Wonderella would rather you just take care of it yourself, unless you have an open bar at your world crisis, in which case she’ll be right there. Great art, a great cast of characters, and unfailingly funny.
Blindspings by Kadi Fedoruk - Like Decrypting Rita, this is a webcomic I started reading because of a web ad I saw. Like Decrypting Rita, I’m glad I paid attention to the ad. This is so beautiful, one of the most lush, gorgeous comics I’ve ever seen. It’s a fantasy story set in a richly detailed Victorian-era world. It only updates twice a week, but it’s worth the wait.
All of these webcomics are highly recommended. I’m enjoying each one and hope you will, too.

Consider this part 4 of 3 in my ongoing comics posts. This is about my favorite webcomics. Left row first, from top to bottom:

Shortpacked! by David Willis - This is really two comics in one. It is mostly a story about a group of people who work at a toy store called “Shortpacked!” and it’s a gag comic about pop culture, focusing on (but not limited to) comics and Transformers. It’s a side story to Willis’ main comic series Roomies/It’s Walky!/Joyce and Walky. That particular story line effectively ended in 2010. Shortpacked! began as a second comic series in 2004 and will end early next year. It’s just marking time until the marriage of two main characters. That doesn’t mean it isn’t funny any more. It’s hilarious, You need to read this, and everything else Willis has written. Fortunately, it’s all available online.

Decrypting Rita by Margaret Trauth - Also known as Egypt Urnash, Trauth has created one of the most beautiful and original comics I’ve ever read. Even how you read it is unique. The pages are created in landscape mode (which makes sense since they are being read on computer screens) and each page attaches to the next one so the story just scrolls along page after page. Also, she doesn’t use any outlines. There are no pencils. No inking. It is all just color shapes, and it is beautiful, and far easier to read than it sounds. The story is exceptional, the story of four different women named Rita who exist in alternate realities that keep getting mixed up. Each reality has it’s own color palette, and it’s extraordinary when it mixes together, like listening to all four CDs of The Flaming Lips’ Zaireeka at once. Just read it. You’ll understand.

Girls With Slingshots by Danielle Corsetto - A slice of life story with a bit of absurdity about two friends, the cynical alcoholic writer Hazel and her amazingly busty and sweet best friend Jamie. It also features a talking cactus plant named McPedro who speaks with a mixed Scottish/Irish accent. Very funny with a big cast of very enjoyable supporting characters.

Dumbing of Age by David Willis - So Willis did that whole Roomies/It’s Walky!/Joyce and Walky strip I mentioned above between 1997 and 2010, with a side story called Shortpacked! that has been ongoing since 2004. But that wasn’t enough for him. He decided his ongoing series were too unwieldy and patched over to cover the mistakes to continue. So he decided to start all over. Dumbing of Age is all the characters from his previous series reimagined and starting fresh at Indiana University. This is simply the best comic I’m reading. The characters have exceptional depth, the writing is both funny and tragic, and the art is great. The artist is some sort of monster of prolificness. He’s currently writing/drawing two full time webcomics, redrawing a large portion of his old stuff, and he’s four months ahead on this comic which updates daily. That kind of quantity and quality is unheard of.

Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran - I first found out about Meredith Gran from her award-winning take on the Adventure Time comic book, “Marceline and The Scream Queens.” Octopus Pie is her webcomic about New Yorker Eve and her circle of friends. Eve is a young woman who works at a grocery store while trying to give her life a little meaning. It’s a thoughtful, clever, and very funny comic.

Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques - This is one of my more recent discoveries, although I seem to be rather late to hop on the QC bus. The main characters are Marten, a 20-something slacker/nice guy into indie rock, and Faye, his beautiful, busty, totally awesome best friend/roommate/potential girlfriend. At least that’s how it starts out. The strip began in 2003 and there are 2800 strips in the archive. I’m reading 10 strips a day. I’m enjoying it so much, I don’t want to overdo it by racing through it. It’s a very funny strip with great gags and likable characters. Yes, it’s going to take me the better part of a year to catch up, but I know I’m going to enjoy the ride.

The Non-Adventures of Wonderella by Justin Pierce - A hilarious take on the superhero genre, featuring one of the most irresponsible heroines ever. Wonderella would rather you just take care of it yourself, unless you have an open bar at your world crisis, in which case she’ll be right there. Great art, a great cast of characters, and unfailingly funny.

Blindspings by Kadi Fedoruk - Like Decrypting Rita, this is a webcomic I started reading because of a web ad I saw. Like Decrypting Rita, I’m glad I paid attention to the ad. This is so beautiful, one of the most lush, gorgeous comics I’ve ever seen. It’s a fantasy story set in a richly detailed Victorian-era world. It only updates twice a week, but it’s worth the wait.

All of these webcomics are highly recommended. I’m enjoying each one and hope you will, too.

drgeoduck:

djilluminator:

altruisticpervert:

altruisticpervert:

lloyd cole and the commotions - rattlesnakes (glasgow, 1984)

three years since that summer in scotland and i’ve only now decided that this can be an All Time Favorite Song.

that is, when people ask me what my favorite song is, i’m going to answer “rattlesnakes by lloyd cole.” unless i feel like answering with something else.

lloyd cole was english, but he formed the commotions at the university of glasgow, which just happens to be where i’m studying now. and this just happens to be my favorite song, still. 

So, back on LiveJournal back in the day, a buddy of mine used to mention Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, and how good he thought they were. I kinda nodded and was in the “meh, never heard them, probably good, but not my cup o’ tea” area of emotions. For some reason, I’d thought that he was this kinda dark, brooding, semi-goth crooner. (‘Cause I’m a dumbass, that’s why.)

This is (one of many reasons) why I’m sad that I’m not in the same city as countrypolitancowboy, ‘cause he could have schooled my ass the way it deserved that much earlier. He posts a link to a youtube video, and I went NUTS. Went and bought the first best-of I could find immediately, then bought the fancy-pans version of this album, and proceeded to dork out to him about stuff he already knew. 

So, in short, this is a great song from a great album of great songs by a great artist, and countrypolitancowboy is a really amazingly cool guy. 

countrypolitancowboy is the Lloyd Cole evangelist. Know him long enough, and he will turn you into a fan. “Forest Fire” was my Road to Damascus.

Aw shucks, you guys. I’m all blushing. But it’s nice to know you two dig this album as much as I do.

Part 3 of 3: All the comics I’m reading that aren’t DC or Marvel. 

Bee and Puppycat - Natasha Allegri created the brilliant gender-reversed “Fiona and Cake” Adventure Time episodes, so she’s already given us something amazing. But now she’s giving us this quirky and fun take on the magical girl genre. Bee is perpetually unemployed, but with her new strange magical buddy Puppycat, she takes bizarre part-time jobs that help pay the rent. This book is both adorable and clever. For example, she needs to fix a music box. Several of them are illustrated with QR codes. Scan it and you’re taken to YouTube so you can hear the original music created for each music box. Amazing. 

Doc Savage - this is a great character from the golden age of the pulp magazines. This story tells a linear but disjointed story that follows Doc from the early ’30s to the modern age. The story just completed and I enjoyed it quite a bit. 

Lumberjanes - Think of this as Welcome to Night Vale set at a girl’s summer camp. There are plenty of supernatural shenanigans afoot, but these five girls are up to the task. Funny and spooky. Recommended. 

Phonogram - An amazing story of magic and music. This book is smarter than I am, and I like that. No comic book challenges me like this one. 

Red Sonja - Another great pulp character, this time written by Gail Simone. You wouldn’t think a sword and sorcery story starring a busty redhead in a chainmail bikini could be a feminist title, but it totally is, and it’s all the better for it. The simple rule is, read everything Gail Simone writes. 

Rocket Girl - A sci-fi story in which a 14 year old police officer travels from an idyllic New York City in the future (2014) to the crime-ridden New York City of the present (1986) to stop someone from changing the timeline. The problem is that she will almost assuredly erase the beautiful future she came from. 

Sex Criminals - A girl discovers that whenever she has an orgasm, the world and everyone in it stops. And then she meets a man who can also make the world stop when he orgasms. So they decide to rob a bank for Robin Hood-ish reasons. But they’re not the only ones who can make the world stop with their orgasms. This is extremely clever and very funny. The Big Bottomed Girls sequence is genius. If you’re an adult who isn’t afraid of reading about adults having a sex life, then get this. 

The Wicked + The Divine - Every 90 years, twelve gods are reborn as young pop stars who live and shine for two years and then die. It’s happening now. One of those pop stars is Lucifer, and she’s been falsely accused of murder. One of her fans, a bi-racial girl from London, decides to find out who set Lucifer up, and she ends up learning much more than she ever bargained for. This is by the excellent Gillen/McKelvie creative team that brought us Phonogram, and touches on the same themes of music and magic. Another comic highly recommended. 

There you have it. All the comics I’m reading. The vast majority of them either star women or are written by women, and often both. That wasn’t a conscious choice. It’s just that it’s true about the comic books that most interest me right now.

Part 3 of 3: All the comics I’m reading that aren’t DC or Marvel.

Bee and Puppycat - Natasha Allegri created the brilliant gender-reversed “Fiona and Cake” Adventure Time episodes, so she’s already given us something amazing. But now she’s giving us this quirky and fun take on the magical girl genre. Bee is perpetually unemployed, but with her new strange magical buddy Puppycat, she takes bizarre part-time jobs that help pay the rent. This book is both adorable and clever. For example, she needs to fix a music box. Several of them are illustrated with QR codes. Scan it and you’re taken to YouTube so you can hear the original music created for each music box. Amazing.

Doc Savage - this is a great character from the golden age of the pulp magazines. This story tells a linear but disjointed story that follows Doc from the early ’30s to the modern age. The story just completed and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Lumberjanes - Think of this as Welcome to Night Vale set at a girl’s summer camp. There are plenty of supernatural shenanigans afoot, but these five girls are up to the task. Funny and spooky. Recommended.

Phonogram - An amazing story of magic and music. This book is smarter than I am, and I like that. No comic book challenges me like this one.

Red Sonja - Another great pulp character, this time written by Gail Simone. You wouldn’t think a sword and sorcery story starring a busty redhead in a chainmail bikini could be a feminist title, but it totally is, and it’s all the better for it. The simple rule is, read everything Gail Simone writes.

Rocket Girl - A sci-fi story in which a 14 year old police officer travels from an idyllic New York City in the future (2014) to the crime-ridden New York City of the present (1986) to stop someone from changing the timeline. The problem is that she will almost assuredly erase the beautiful future she came from.

Sex Criminals - A girl discovers that whenever she has an orgasm, the world and everyone in it stops. And then she meets a man who can also make the world stop when he orgasms. So they decide to rob a bank for Robin Hood-ish reasons. But they’re not the only ones who can make the world stop with their orgasms. This is extremely clever and very funny. The Big Bottomed Girls sequence is genius. If you’re an adult who isn’t afraid of reading about adults having a sex life, then get this.

The Wicked + The Divine - Every 90 years, twelve gods are reborn as young pop stars who live and shine for two years and then die. It’s happening now. One of those pop stars is Lucifer, and she’s been falsely accused of murder. One of her fans, a bi-racial girl from London, decides to find out who set Lucifer up, and she ends up learning much more than she ever bargained for. This is by the excellent Gillen/McKelvie creative team that brought us Phonogram, and touches on the same themes of music and magic. Another comic highly recommended.

There you have it. All the comics I’m reading. The vast majority of them either star women or are written by women, and often both. That wasn’t a conscious choice. It’s just that it’s true about the comic books that most interest me right now.

Although I’ve always loved DC’s roster of superheroes, it’s Marvel that got me back into comics after 20 years. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is so well done, it got me interested in reading the books again. 20 years ago, I was reading all the X-Men titles. Now I’m more interested in the heroes outside the mutants. 

Avengers Assemble - I’ve only picked up two issues as they were part of a Captain Marvel storyline, but I’ve decided this is a title worth pursuing. At less than 30 issues so far, it won’t take me long to catch up. 

Captain Marvel - I didn’t know anything about Captain Marvel other he was male and DC also had a character by the same name who wasn’t the same character. When I learned that Captain Marvel had died and was replaced by Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, I got interested. Danvers is an Air Force combat fighter pilot and she now has alien DNA that gives her superhuman powers, making her pretty much the most powerful character in the Marvel pantheon. The previous title is her first as Captain Marvel. The current series has her taking to space to serve as a representative of the Avengers, which includes her occasionally meeting up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, and it is perfect. Serious and funny at the same time. Strongly recommended. 

Ms. Marvel - This is actually the title that got me back into comics. When I read that Marvel was introducing a new female character who was a Pakistani-American Muslin high school student from Jersey City, I was intrigued. A woman? With brown skin? From a vilified (by stupid people) religious minority in this country? I was in. And it has turned out to be amazingly good. This is my favorite comic that is currently being released. Kamala Khan is a great character, her family is real to life and her adventures are fun and slightly bizarre. Even a team-up with Wolverine turned out better than I was expecting, with her fangirling all over him and the many selfies. This could have been an ugly, shallow attempt to create a comic with a character that represents some severely under-represented demographics. Instead it’s a perfectly written, beautifully illustrated comic starring a character that represents some severely under-represented demographics. This has my highest recommendation. I am an unreserved fanboy of Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel. 

Savage Wolverine - It might be a stretch to say I’m collecting this title. It’s sort of an anthology series with different writers and artists doing stand-alone five issue mini-series. I bought it for the first five issues, written by noted good-girl artist Frank Cho. This story is a team up between Wolverine and Shanna the She-Devil, a character Frank Cho was born to illustrate. Of course Cho is also a very funny writer, having written and illustrated the syndicated “Liberty Meadows” cartoon strip for many years. Grab these first five issues. You’ll thank me. 

She-Hulk - I read She-Hulk back during the John Byrne run of the late ’80s and early ’90s, so I was curious to see what was up with Shulkie. This is a new series, only eight issues so far. What makes it interesting is that is focuses on Jennifer Walters as a lawyer more than on her life as a big green gamma-irradiated Amazon (although we get plenty of that, too.) The series is written by Charles Soule, who is a lawyer himself, which makes the series really ring true. He’s also a very good writer with a witty style and a deep appreciation of Marvel history that I’m really enjoying. The art by Javier Pulido is taking some time to adjust to. He has a strong tendency to draw his characters either completely head-on or completely in profile, and to me, that makes the art somewhat lifeless. Still, I have no hesitation in recommending this title. 

Spider-Man Noir - I had never bought a Spider-Man comic until I heard about this. A four issue mini-series that asks what would Spider-Man have been like in 1933? It’s a good story with some impressive art by Carmine Di Giandomenico. It’s apparently just one “Noir” title out of many. There’s also Wolverine, X-Men, Punisher, Daredevil, and Iron Man. I’m going to get that last one. Sounds very dieselpunky to me. 

Spider-Woman - Okay so this one isn’t out yet. I know all about the (deserved) controversy surrounding the Milo Manara variant cover that is accompanying the first issue. I’m not going to judge the title by one variant cover. I’m going to give it a try. I’m quite fond of Jessica Drew, the current Spider-Woman. She’s an Avenger who has been through a lot, and best friend of Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel. I will hope for the best. 

Thor - This is another title I’ve never read. But I’m fascinated with the direction this title is taking. Mjolnir, the hammer of the gods, has decided Thor Odinson is no longer fit to wield it. So who will? A new character, Thor Odinsdottir. Yes, a female Thor. I like what the writer has said about this. This won’t be Lady Thor or She-Thor or Thorita. This is Thor. Sounds good to me and I’m looking forward to the first of the month when this is supposed to be out.

Although I’ve always loved DC’s roster of superheroes, it’s Marvel that got me back into comics after 20 years. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is so well done, it got me interested in reading the books again. 20 years ago, I was reading all the X-Men titles. Now I’m more interested in the heroes outside the mutants.

Avengers Assemble - I’ve only picked up two issues as they were part of a Captain Marvel storyline, but I’ve decided this is a title worth pursuing. At less than 30 issues so far, it won’t take me long to catch up.

Captain Marvel - I didn’t know anything about Captain Marvel other he was male and DC also had a character by the same name who wasn’t the same character. When I learned that Captain Marvel had died and was replaced by Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, I got interested. Danvers is an Air Force combat fighter pilot and she now has alien DNA that gives her superhuman powers, making her pretty much the most powerful character in the Marvel pantheon. The previous title is her first as Captain Marvel. The current series has her taking to space to serve as a representative of the Avengers, which includes her occasionally meeting up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, and it is perfect. Serious and funny at the same time. Strongly recommended.

Ms. Marvel - This is actually the title that got me back into comics. When I read that Marvel was introducing a new female character who was a Pakistani-American Muslin high school student from Jersey City, I was intrigued. A woman? With brown skin? From a vilified (by stupid people) religious minority in this country? I was in. And it has turned out to be amazingly good. This is my favorite comic that is currently being released. Kamala Khan is a great character, her family is real to life and her adventures are fun and slightly bizarre. Even a team-up with Wolverine turned out better than I was expecting, with her fangirling all over him and the many selfies. This could have been an ugly, shallow attempt to create a comic with a character that represents some severely under-represented demographics. Instead it’s a perfectly written, beautifully illustrated comic starring a character that represents some severely under-represented demographics. This has my highest recommendation. I am an unreserved fanboy of Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel.

Savage Wolverine - It might be a stretch to say I’m collecting this title. It’s sort of an anthology series with different writers and artists doing stand-alone five issue mini-series. I bought it for the first five issues, written by noted good-girl artist Frank Cho. This story is a team up between Wolverine and Shanna the She-Devil, a character Frank Cho was born to illustrate. Of course Cho is also a very funny writer, having written and illustrated the syndicated “Liberty Meadows” cartoon strip for many years. Grab these first five issues. You’ll thank me.

She-Hulk - I read She-Hulk back during the John Byrne run of the late ’80s and early ’90s, so I was curious to see what was up with Shulkie. This is a new series, only eight issues so far. What makes it interesting is that is focuses on Jennifer Walters as a lawyer more than on her life as a big green gamma-irradiated Amazon (although we get plenty of that, too.) The series is written by Charles Soule, who is a lawyer himself, which makes the series really ring true. He’s also a very good writer with a witty style and a deep appreciation of Marvel history that I’m really enjoying. The art by Javier Pulido is taking some time to adjust to. He has a strong tendency to draw his characters either completely head-on or completely in profile, and to me, that makes the art somewhat lifeless. Still, I have no hesitation in recommending this title.

Spider-Man Noir - I had never bought a Spider-Man comic until I heard about this. A four issue mini-series that asks what would Spider-Man have been like in 1933? It’s a good story with some impressive art by Carmine Di Giandomenico. It’s apparently just one “Noir” title out of many. There’s also Wolverine, X-Men, Punisher, Daredevil, and Iron Man. I’m going to get that last one. Sounds very dieselpunky to me.

Spider-Woman - Okay so this one isn’t out yet. I know all about the (deserved) controversy surrounding the Milo Manara variant cover that is accompanying the first issue. I’m not going to judge the title by one variant cover. I’m going to give it a try. I’m quite fond of Jessica Drew, the current Spider-Woman. She’s an Avenger who has been through a lot, and best friend of Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel. I will hope for the best.

Thor - This is another title I’ve never read. But I’m fascinated with the direction this title is taking. Mjolnir, the hammer of the gods, has decided Thor Odinson is no longer fit to wield it. So who will? A new character, Thor Odinsdottir. Yes, a female Thor. I like what the writer has said about this. This won’t be Lady Thor or She-Thor or Thorita. This is Thor. Sounds good to me and I’m looking forward to the first of the month when this is supposed to be out.

rossthenerd:

Some of the many funny Batman and Alfred moments over the years. BROTP.

If someone were to make a Batman and Alfred series, I would totally be down with that.

(via kjmorales)