Long Weekend Preview, with Edge

The Independence Day weekend is upon those of us who live in the U.S., folks. Where I live, that means beer and barbecue on Friday, beer and fried fish on Saturday, and sleeping in on Sunday. The weekend features that require writing will either be on hold or very short this weekend.  We’re mostly taking a break from blogging. Anything we write between tomorrow afternoon and Sunday gets held for later. Here’s a preview of the next few days, since our schedule is pretty consistent and we’re changing it. But first, Edge.

Tomorrow, I’m not sure what we’ll have. But something from me, and another poetry feature at Just Gene’O, the blog formerly known as The Writing Catalog.

Sadly, no Tolkien post from me, but look for a roundup of Tolkien posts from (much) earlier in the year for Throwback Thursday at Part Time Monster.

On Friday I’ll have an Independence Day post here early, another one at Just Gene’O, and an afternoon open thread for those of you who happen to be around.

Weekend Music on Saturday here, and Silent Sunday the next day. Unless I happen to write a very short post about blogging before the self-imposed deadline, in which case I’ll make the photo a Silent Saturday and run the blogging post Sunday afternoon.

An (extremely) short coffee feature on Saturday and a Silent Sunday at Just Gene’O.

I’ll still be around, off-and-on, to check the threads and the tweets and such. Just not blogging very much. And I will put some of my time into reloading for the week after. Which means, hopefully, writing four posts and cropping/sizing a couple of dozen photos.

On Monday, we start the not-so-long run to the dog days.

Bloggers who I have guest blogging agreements with for later in the year: I haven’t forgotten about those posts. They are on my writing schedule, and I’ll be in touch with you about them soon.

🙂 🙂 🙂 Smileys for everyone. 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

Advertisements

Wordless Wednesday 11

Image

ww_S_2014_07_02

© 2014

What if Batman were a Marvel Character?

Happy new book day, everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Welcome to the beginning of the second six months of this Batman column. Awhile back I asked a popular question: is Batman a Marvel character trapped in the DC Universe? The Internet reacted favorably. This seems to be a popular line of thought, being as even Joss Whedon has joked about it during press conferences. Today, I wish to propose a few thought experiments to determine what Batman might actually be like if he were a Marvel character.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_Imagine... Courtesy of DC Comics. Art by the late, great Joe Kubert.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_Imagine… Courtesy of DC Comics. Art by the late, great Joe Kubert.

To begin, this doesn’t seem like a very new question in Nerd Culture. Back in 2001, DC actually thumbed its nose at Marvel by putting out a series of stories where they allowed Stan Lee to reimagine most of their major characters as he would have created them. He created a black Batman named Wayne Williams (in keeping with his alliterative naming gimmick) who had more in common with Peter Parker than the original Bruce Wayne. A far cry from a billionaire playboy, Williams was the son of a murdered police officer who swore vengeance on the criminal who took his father from him. Using his knowledge and connections, Williams was able to put together enough of a costume and gadgets to make the Batman comparison legitimate. This iteration of the character actually sounds pretty interesting. I wish DC had done more with him than simply treat him as something to dangle over Marvel’s collective heads as some sort of publishing rivalry joke.

Further, some might argue that there already are characters in the Marvel stable who seem inspired by Batman, and that is certainly a valid point. But are any of them true analogues of the Caped Crusader? Let’s look at a few.

The Internet has already had a field day making all sorts of comparisons between Batman and Tony Stark. Certainly, some things stick—they are both billionaires with very public lives, both are CEOs of their respective family companies (most of the time), both seem pushed into the superhero life, and both are non-powered superheroes who rely on their intellect, wealth, and technology to put them on even footing with godlike peers. In terms of personality, the comparisons tend to dry up; where Stark is a joker and a partier, Bruce Wayne is taciturn and pugnacious.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Knight. Courtesy of Marvel Comics. Art by Bill Sienkiewicz.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Knight. Courtesy of Marvel Comics. Art by Bill Sienkiewicz.

Personality, methods, and appearance do make the leap when looking at Moon Knight, however. Marc Spector’s cape and cowl, gadgets, and little throwing moons reminiscent of Batarangs all beg comparison, but it is primarily a cosmetic one. Though he also calls the night home and is fairly brutal in his dealings with criminals, Moon Knight is far more mentally unstable than Batman has ever been shown to be. In fact, in recent years, he has been widely defined by his schizophrenia and the advantages granted by having his skill sets divided up among several personalities.

Personally, I believe one of the closest comparisons that can be made with Batman in the Marvel Universe lies with Danny Rand, better known as Iron Fist. Though he possesses mild supernatural powers, he is a billionaire martial arts master defined by early personal tragedy and a desire to fight crime at the street level. Further, and though a looser comparison, he is also a team player, having a rich history of working at Heroes for Hire with such fellow street vigilantes as Luke Cage and Misty Knight.

If questions persist, I may return to this topic in the future. For now, though, what do you all think of the history and comparisons I was able to put together here? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @quaintjeremy. Don’t forget to check out my personal blog, quaintjeremy’s thoughts. If you have indie comics work you’d like reviewed, I’m your guy. Feel free to drop us a line.

My numerous comic picks for this week:

Batman Eternal #13

Grayson #1 (potential review forthcoming)

Earth 2 #25

Avengers #32

Daredevil #0.1

Moon Knight #5

She-Hulk #6

Thor: God of Thunder #24

More on Batman next week, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel. See you all then!

A Mississippi Love Story now available on demand

Last week I wrote about the premiere of  A Mississippi Love Story, a new short documentary about the lives of Eddie Outlaw and Justin McPherson Outlaw in Jackson, Mississippi, during the months surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in the DOMA and Prop 8 cases. It’s now available at Vimeo for on-demand rental and for sale. I received the notice on Friday, but saved it until this morning because I want as many people as possible to see this.

Mississippi-based film producer Robbie Fisher and Fisher Productions, LLC announced the release last week. The film introduces the viewer to Eddie and Justin, together living what might otherwise be considered an ordinary life during an extraordinary time in history. It provides a glimpse into the relationships the two have with one another, and with family, friends and their Deep South hometown. Against the backdrop of legal battles about same-sex marriage, Eddie and Justin share their personal take on what love really means.

“It was important to us, as Mississippians, to tell the story of this loving and devoted couple who are productive business people and well-liked members of the community, and who want their legal union to be recognized in their home state,” said Fisher.

The 13-minute film is available for a $1 rental fee or for purchase for $2.50. Cinematographer Lauren Cioffi spent months, beginning in March 2013, documenting the day-to-day lives of Eddie Outlaw and his partner Justin McPherson Outlaw. A second unit team captured footage in Washington, D.C. as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8 and on the Defense of Marriage Act.

Editor Azod Abedikichi employed an upbeat and whimsical style, which included animating original illustrations by Joy Abedikichi, to capture the essence and spirit of the subjects. Composer Chris Gibbons’ simple and beautiful Red Tango reflects the energetic and optimistic disposition of Eddie and Justin.

I have contact info if you’d like to get in touch; you can also tweet to @MSlovestoryfilm or @TheEddieOutlaw

Here’s the trailer in case you missed it last week.