Fall Break Music, and #FeministFriday Announcement

The quality is not as good as my usual picks, but I’ve always thought of it as a quintessential autumn song. It seems appropriate for the turn of the year. I have several updates for you.

The Feminist Friday Project wraps up for 2014 at Part Time Monster this week. I’ll have a post about what we’ve accomplished, what the project means to me, and my plans for keeping it alive. It’s my most important project. I’m starting it back up in 2015 unless support evaporates or unless some catastrophe takes me out of the social media game entirely. That is a promise.

I’m ending it a week earlier than I previously announced because I have a window of opportunity to engineer a truly amazing run of blogging next spring and summer that will benefit both the Feminist Friday Project and two dozen or more of my friends. If I want to take that shot, I have to spend my time over the next few weeks putting a lot of things in place to make it happen. I’m sacrificing a week to put us in a position to take it to the next level when we start it back up. And I can’t believe I’m writing this. Thanks, everyone for your friendship, your trust, and your support. Here are a few other things you need to know.

  • HUGE announcement coming. If you follow us on Twitter, you might have seen the leak last night. If not, be sure and stop by tomorrow. It delights me, and I think it will delight you as well.
  • I’m on fall break, so I am making one last social media push this weekend. Nothing as big as my Social Saturday Pin-and-Tweet Fests. Details at Just Gene’O tomorrow, and those of you who are actively engaging with me on several networks do not want to miss out on it.
  • You may have noticed that we did not post on Tuesday this week. It’s a rare occurrence, but you’ll see more odd days where we don’t post for the next little while. Mostly Mondays and Tuesdays, I am thinking. I’ll explain in my Blogging/Social Media post here on Sunday.
  • Contributor posts will continue. Photoblogging will resume shortly. Everything else is on hold until I get the planning for Spring to the point that it’s all done except the writing.

I’m going to get the Feminist Friday post taken care of so I can be sure it’s done. I’ll be around on the social media for a bit after that, but it will probably be late.

That’s all. Thanks again and have a great week!

🙂 🙂 🙂 Smileys all around. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Marvel’s New Captain America

Last week I reviewed the introduction of the new female Thor in the comics. I tried to focus on the comic, but that devolved rather a lot to talking about other comics. So this week, I don’t think I’m going to try again.

Cover to Captain America #25I’m going to review the introduction of the new Captain America, but the way that makes the most sense to me on how to do this is to compare it to the introduction of the new Thor. Both comics came out October 1 – so they meant for both things to be happening and news and exciting and interesting at once, and I think that also means that comparing them makes a lot of sense.

The other reason this is an interesting exercise is because the two are so different from one another. Both, as far as the news aspects go, are about a long-standing character being replaced, and at the same time increasing representation in comics. It’s a good goal, but the question exists as to whether it is a publicity stunt, or a long-term change.

So… what’s up with the new Captain America?

Wait, Captain America – Didn’t He Die?

Good catch, and yes, it made the news that a few years back, Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, died in the comics. The mantle of Captain America was taken up by his old friend and comrade, Bucky Barnes, only recently found to be alive. As, you know, the Winter Soldier.

The plot to the next Captain America film? Who knows! I hear new rumors flying.

But it’s hard to keep a dead comic hero down. In that spirit, Steve Rogers came back. Never really dead, he eventually ends up as Captain America again. One thing leading to another, more recently his Super Soldier Serum has been removed. Sure, he’s more than his super powers, but it also makes him age to his chronological age – old.

So he can’t do any supering. Again, not dead, so they could certainly solve this one and get him his powers back some day. That door is open. But what’d they do in the mean time?

General Geriatric! Crickets...

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