Monthly Archives: November 2015

I Asked the Experts

About a year ago, I wrote a post about my Comic Book Confusion.  Since I was at a loss about which comic books to read and where to start, I decide to ask an expert.  I got my opportunity at Wizard World’s Comic Con in Tulsa last month.  With so many artists and writers in attendance, and such a great program to choose from, I thought, surely I can get a couple of good recommendations from someone in the industry who should know.  Right?

I have a list.  Of course, I haven’t been able to read all the way through the list yet, but I’ve gotten enough of a start to be confident I’m going to thoroughly enjoy the rest of it.

Wait?  What was that?  You want to know what’s on my list? Okay, I’ll share.

The Comic Book To-Read List

  1. Saga by Brian K. Vaughn – Yes, this was already on this list, and along with Sandman by Neil Gaiman provided the basis for the rest of the list…also I’ve been reading all of the other volumes I can get my hand on, and eagerly awaiting the next!
  2. Dream Thief by Jai Nitz – I’ve read Volume 1 and couldn’t put it down.  (I promise a full review is coming soon!)  Volume 2 is sitting on my kitchen table.  It arrived today.
  3. Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Weibe – I would like to say I can only read one book at a time, but I’ve already proven that I can.  I just haven’t picked this one up yet.
  4. Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn – He already hit one out of the park with Saga do we really doubt?

My first Comic Con was a resounding success.  We all did a bit of amateur cosplay, fondled light sabers we could not afford, bought some amazing pieces of art, and met some fascinating people.

My one gigantic failing…not enough pictures!  Somehow I got dazzled by “geekvana” and forgot to take pictures.  Oh well, there’s always the next con.

What do you think of the list?  Would you add anything?

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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Healing Flowers

The events of last week weigh on my heart.  So many dead.  So many injured.  So much fear and anger.  I’ve gone back and forth about writing something here, but the video below decided me.

 

Le Petit Journal‘s interview with this boy and his father brightened my day…well, after it made me cry a bit.  You see, I hadn’t really been able to process all that had happened.  Shootings and explosions in Paris, car bombings in Beirut, and so many others…Then there was all the backlash. Normally good, kind people calling for U.S. soldiers to go in there and “slit their throats”, calls to deny aid to refugees hoping to escape the very kind of people committing these atrocities, and the weight got heavier.

Paris PeaceThe boy’s fear lives in me.  “They might have guns, but we have flowers,” the boy’s father said.  He’s right,  the bad guys might have bombs and guns, but those flowers and candles show that love is stronger.  Even after all the death and destruction, love prevails.  Citizens of Paris still stand up with signs that declare they are “Not Afraid”.  Government officials may want to deny Syrian refugees asylum, but citizen’s voices across social media shout a different message.  The world is still a dark and dangerous place, but not completely.

“Flowers and candles are here to protect us,” just as the little boy says.  They remind us of those taken in these tragedies, inspire us to let go of at least a little fear, and, along with a father comforting his son, brighten the world a little.  My heart needed reminding.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Wordy Thursday

My first time through college, I took a class called “Aesthetes and Decadents”, and it was all about turn of the century literature. I always  think of Oscar Wilde when I think of that class, and an unforgettable trip to visit his tombstone in Paris.
aesthete‘Til next time,

Jessica


Wordy Thursday

If you could have a superpower what would it be?  Invisibility?  Reading minds?  Granting wishes?  Flight?  Oh yeah, baby, give me wings.  However,  if I could have my way, please do something cool like let me turn them into a tattoo when I don’t need them.  Please and thank you.
alate‘Til next time,

Jessica