Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Off to Comic Land and Other Bits
I checked back in with Google+ after a few week absence and punched back out tonight. I cannot take it. While some very cool people hang out there, it's impossible to get separation from the noise. People were talking about "drama" and rape threats via e-mail and my head almost popped. I feel as though the same blog traumas have simply migrated over to Google+, which is basically Facebook for nerds.
Instead, I have been reading comic books and writing about them. If print zines are a great way to jettison oneself from the "community", then doing the comic book thing is a stellar way to escape. I am digging going to the shop, finding a book, bringing it home, devouring it, then writing about it. It's this crazy, self-contained activity. I also love that there are six shops within 20 minutes of my house and the people who run them are so cool.
I have a wee comic blog up. I'm sharing it because I figure that a few of you zine readers might be into comic books. If so, I can hassle you with questions as I have no idea what I am doing in comic land. It's all pretty bewildering to me. As far as I can tell, there are, like, 10 billion comic titles and I have no freaking clue what the difference among the 12 (or maybe there are 20) Batman comics are.
At any rate, check out Christian Reads Comics if you are so inclined.
As far as the zine goes, I have stat blocks to write and Jay is working on a cover and two interior illos.I think we'll see a mailing date of mid-July. The line-up for no. 12 is as follows: Full Moon Rebellion - the second article set in Whitaker Cove; A Study of Preternatural Skeletal Structures - a follow-up piece to "Thursday Night Fight Club" which ran in no. 6; Part V of the Vampire: The Requiem series.
For what it's worth, this will be the last issue that will contain Vampire: TR material. Moving into the second year of the zine, I want to tighten the focus. Instead of following my whim in regard to content, I think we'll see, say, three series that anchor almost every issue.
In the running are the Hex/Haldane series powered by D&D, the new Whitaker Cove series and...I am feeling super heroic these days. I am kicking around Mutants and Masterminds. I am thinking about a super villainess named Loviatar who terrorizes the decent folks of Pacific City. Man, that could be fun. "Your icy whip and plunging neckline cannot beguile me, foul temptress!" Old school fantasy, modern/supernatural crunch and supers. How sick of a mix is that?