Archive for March, 2012

Comic Books

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

So apart from spending most of my day either working or wrangling four children, I generally have an hour or so to myself. I’ve spent a lot of time since last November playing Skyrim on my XBox (which could probably be a post for another time.) I also play other video games (including spending a lot of time with Anne and her siblings playing League of Legends together) and have even instigated XBox Friday at work, but really I’m using this piece of the internet to talk about how my love affair with comic books as been rekindled.

So for anyone reading this who doesn’t follow geek culture obsessively, there are two big main competitors for comic book readers’ money: DC and Marvel. Marvel is responsible for The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Spiderman, and The Avengers (trailer embedded below.) DC are the purveyors of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. As with most geek culture, there’s a bit of holy war. This one is probably less vicious than say, Windows vs Mac, XBox vs Playstation vs Nintendo or Emacs vs Vi, but there’s still some hard feelings between the disciples of each comic book brand. And until recently I would have definitely chimed in as a Marvel guy.

Then last fall, DC did what they call a “reboot.” They decided to kind of start over with a lot of their characters and re-examine what makes them tick. Basically, they conceded that Marvel just had a better grip on what made young geek hearts palpitate and they decided they needed to rethink things in an effort to make it easier for new readers to jump in. So they announced their “New 52” initiative and made a lot of hubbub about how they were changing their ways and could everybody please buy some dang comics from them, we promise they are even more awesome than before.

I’d gotten a little burned out on Marvel and hadn’t been picking up comics for a while, but they convinced me with this very sophisticated sales pitch (I know, I’m a marketer’s dream – that’s probably why I work at an ad agency.) It’s been six months of comics (each hero generally has one 20 page issue per month) and I am completely sold. I’m definitely not a total DC convert to the point of hating Marvel, but at this point I’m only buying DC comics (However, I am super excited for the Avengers movie coming out in May.)  Really though, the greatest thing DC has done is to make Aquaman seem cool even when standing next to Batman.





The Fires of Competition

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Recently some friends at work decided to start up a group blog together to share their awesome doodles with the world. Being the competitive person that I am, I couldn’t stand by and let my blog rot to nothing. So then I was tasked with finding something to actually blog about.

So I will give a quick update about our family (with some minor excuses about why I haven’t posted anything.) Then I’ll make a second(!) post about things I’m currently interested in and spending time on.

So here goes:

Anne and I have been fostering two little girls for the past nine months or so (since the middle of last May.) They are adorable and we love them so much, but I’m limited in how much I can say or post about them because of legal requirements on being a foster parent. We even had to ask Anne’s sister-in-law to take down some photos on Facebook because the girls were in them (incredibly lame and mildly embarrassing to have to do that.) So anyway, there are still several legal hurdles/challenges to adopting them, but that is the current family plan made in conjunction with the state Attorney General’s office and the girls’ Guardian Ad Litem and caseworker. We are SUPER excited for this, but also extremely cautious and anxious to clear all the remaining hurdles. We’ve heard horror stories about other foster parents in our situation losing their kids on the day of the adoption right there at court with all their families there and everything. So yeah, this occupies our thoughts and prayers quite a bit.

Skyler and Preston have both made great strides and accepted these little girls as siblings. Both boys are in elementary school (Skyler’s in third grade and Preston is in first grade this year.) Preston continues to impress us with his Chinese and Skyler is still doing well academically while pouring his heart and soul into athletics. They’re both looking forward to baseball this spring.

Anne continues to make our German Shepherd Brash do amazing things like rescue small children from burning houses, stop bank robberies and terrify all our neighbors. At least, that’s what I hear. He is the best dog I’ve ever had the privilege of vying for dominance with and he’s also incredibly cute and affectionate.