Comics Fans, if you didn’t see this the first time around, you want to read it now!

David is on vacation for the next three or so weeks. Here’s an awesome post he published last week, “Can we Be too Old for a Genre?” in which he takes on two comics creators who say that adults who continue to read comics need to grow up. Or at least they are saying something, and that’s how both David and I interpret them. You should read this post, especially if you are a mature adult who loves comics.

Genius comics creator Alan Moore. The first guy I think of when I'm looking for someone to tell me whether or not I am a real "grown-up" based on my taste in entertainment.

Genius comics creator Alan Moore. The first guy I think of when I’m looking for someone to tell me whether or not I am a real “grown-up” based on my taste in entertainment.

David touches on a lot of issues that Diana and I talk about incessantly in private, though we generally discuss them through the lens of education, fantasy/young adult literature, class, or gender. Perhaps when I am truly feeling better, I’ll write a response. It’s definitely one for the archives, and there is plenty more to say about it. As I read David’s post, it’s really a post about how we judge art and how we judge people.

When we started planning for David’s absence six weeks ago, I assumed we’d get through November with a combination of reblogs from Comparative Geeks and comics posts written by me (I have a word or two to say about The Killing Joke and a big pile of 90s’ comics to review at some point). I didn’t count on coming home from my own vacation with the flu, then having that flu turn into pneumonia and fog my brain to the point that I was unable to blog or tweet for two solid weeks. But here we are. I’ll be getting the flu vaccine next year, I promise you that.

I’m behind with my long-term planning. I’d intended to have a discussion to plan next year’s Feminist Fridays this week, but I don’t think that’s realistic at this point. I’ve got conversations with contributors to pick back up. And I really must say something about that Doctor Who finale before we get too far removed from it. I’m really not one to blog ten weeks of a tv show and then drop the ball on the finale. Just been sleeping 18 hours a day and in general finding it hard to care about anything but breathing for the last couple of weeks.

Anyway, I think I am actually starting to get better now. I picked up a course of medications yesterday that seem to be helping. But blogging is a bit of a sport, and I’ve lost some stamina. I’m going to try and do some blogging every day for the next little while and get the long-term planning back on track. Then start with some redesign, new page rollouts, and work up to finishing the social media blogging that I mostly drafted before I went on vacation.

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Oh. And Twitter. I’m definitely back over there, and still got plenty of time to make my goal of 5K @Sourcererblog followers by New Years’ Day.

Realistic vs. Romantic Literature

This is a must-read for those of you who are interested in what literature says about society, and if you are not reading CompGeeks, you should be.

I’m going to a Mardi Gras party now. I hope your weekend is as good as mine so far.

Comparative Geeks

Hello my readers, time again for me to touch on a series of posts I’ve written over the course of the blog so far. It all started out from a definition of science fiction I read in a book, which led into a blog post exploring that. Then, for comparison, I explored a definition of fantasy based on a quote that’s floated around social media. So between the two, I had pitted Frank Herbert against J.R.R. Tolkien. Then, for another look at it, I compared Star Trek and Star Wars. I still really like my genre exploration there.

And then I listened to George R.R. Martin on the Nerdist Podcast, and it got me thinking that all this work of putting things in genres, and holding one over another or pitting them against one another, was wrong; and I was working on coming up with new terms or new…

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