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Holy Meth Lab, Batman!

Listening to the news on the radio this morning AK said "Well, that proves it." I said "What?" She said, "Batman DOES exist...they just found a lab in a cave." Awwww...I wish that's what it was, Baby Girl! Unfortunately, not...
Amanda Coates Lich

I’ll Have the Super-Heroes, Hold the Grim and Gritty

This is not an argument of era or audience sophistication. Sophistication does not negate sincerity, nor does it even deny it, as the Captain America movie proves. Sophistication demands better storytelling, clearer motivation, purer intention. “Gritty” is an apologist word in this sense, used in the place of “realism.” We don’t go to the movies for “realism.” This is why documentaries aren’t the major product in the theaters. Sophistication does not demand realism; it demands smart.
Greg Rucka

Today marks the launch of the New 52 at DC Comics.  I was stoked last night that the DC Twitter account retweeted my excitement… and a nice nod to The Great Escape Records and Comics in Bowling Green. Since DC has the opportunity to start fresh, I hope they’ve learned some valuable lessons over the […]


Michael Chabon on the Magic of ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’

Maybe all wondrous books appear in our lives the way Milo’s tollbooth appears, an inexplicable gift, cast up by some curious chance that comes to feel, after we have finished and fallen in love with the book, like the workings of a secret purpose. Of all the enchantments of beloved books the most mysterious—the most phantasmal—is the way they always seem to come our way precisely when we need them.
Michael Chabon

There’s something special about coming back to a book after a distant absence.  The summer after completing my Master’s, I spotted a copy of Where the Red Fern Grows at Barnes and Noble and decided it was time for a visit.  The book was one of many I devoured in fourth grade during our reading […]


I Notice You’re a Nerd

"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."
John Green

Is the Stewart/Colbert Rally Bad for America…or (Minimally) the Democrats?

There's still a lot we don't fully understand about the Tea Partiers and the political independents who have lost faith in Obama. But one thing we should all be pretty clear on by now is that they hate, hate, hate anything that smacks of elitism. The spectacle of affluent 18-to-34-year-olds blanketing the Mall to snicker at jokes about wingnut ignoramuses and Bible thumpers will, I fear, have the effect of a red cape waved before a bull.
Timothy Noah

Slate offers some interesting insights on the October 30th Rally to Restore Sanity and March to Keep Fear Alive.  Comedy Central’s tag-team of satirical misfits (Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert) will certainly use the opportunity to poke fun at conservatives like Glenn Beck and the Tea Party movement.  The problem, many Democrats fear, is that […]


Kingdom Come and a Comics Renaissance

'Kingdom Come' was a reaction to the current state of comics. The term 'super-hero' is a misnomer. It's more as though 'super-human' is the proper term for contemporary 'super-hero' characters, because 'hero' denotes some sense of ethics. And you won’t find ethics in your average comic book.
Alex Ross, Comic Book Artist and Creator, 1997

In many respects, Kingdom Come was the wake-up call the comic book industry needed in the 1990s.  The characters that defined the rebels at Image Comics had spread their influence over Marvel and DC–and not in a good way.  Sales were in the dump and the future of the industry was being called into question. […]


Someone’s Ghost is Going to be Very, Very Upset

I feel like the Kurt Cobain of my generation, but people just don't understand me.
Justin Bieber

Coming Attractions

I think anyone who was sympathetic to James Frey during the Oprah excoriation -- as I was -- would enjoy Catfish.
Frank J. Rivera

Obama’s Challenge to Students

You see, excelling in school or in life isn’t mainly about being smarter than everybody else. It’s about working harder than everybody else. Don’t avoid new challenges – seek them out, step out of your comfort zone, and don’t be afraid to ask for help; your teachers and family are there to guide you. Don’t feel discouraged or give up if you don’t succeed at something – try it again, and learn from your mistakes. Don’t feel threatened if your friends are doing well; be proud of them, and see what lessons you can draw from what they’re doing right.
President Barack Obama, Back to School Address, 09/14/10

The Dictionary Never Lies

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Vince Lombardi

Lombardi’s sentiment was recently relayed by WKU head football coach Willie Taggart.  After a massive loss to UK this past weekend, it’s a sentiment both he and his young team must keep in mind.