Monday, March 25, 2024

'My Adventures with Superman', a newly discovered comfort watch.

Started casually watching 'My Adventures with Superman' as a palate cleanser and ended up bingeing the rest of the show because it is such a comfort watch. It's so sincere, funny, optimistic, and full of heart, and just peak Superman. With some more serious turns in the story as well, keeping things interesting.

 
One of the deviations from the classic comics that more modern stories have taken is having Lois actually be attracted to the kind, dorky, and awkward Clark right away when she first meets him, instead of her fascination being primarily focused on Superman. That's something I'm a big fan of and it's really well executed here. Their romance is really sweet and believable, and the whole dynamic and humour between Clark, Lois, and Jimmy as friends and young interns on the Daily Planet works excellently too.

 


Originally posted on Mastodon

Thursday, March 21, 2024

X-Men '97 more than stuck the landing



Enjoyed the hell out of the first 2 episodes of X-Men '97. Both a love letter and a proper continuation of the 90s show, made by people who obviously love the original cartoon, but also the X-Men characters and storylines. The intro theme is back, the characters are back, most of the original cast is back, the campy dialogue and storytelling format are back too. At the same time both the animation and the way themes of prejudice are presented have been updated in a way that feels more relatable to modern audiences.


It's clear that a lot of effort and heart were put into this, and despite hitting some heavily nostalgic notes, it definitely doesn't piggyback on nostalgia alone. Bringing back old, beloved shows and franchises is always risky, and it's not going to meet everyone's expectations, but if it has to happen then the best way to go about it is with care for the original material and understanding of what made it special to those who love it.

Originally posted on Mastodon

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Nine years without Sir Terry Pratchett

I've shared this image from the canceled 'Mort' Disney film by artist Tealin before, and it kinda feels right sharing it again today. The tenderness of this scene just captures the essence of the character of Death in the Discworld novels so perfectly. More on the project here.

Death is definitely one my favourite characters from the books, certainly the most fascinating and complex one. There's a lot to be said about the ingenuity and talent it takes to make the literal embodiment of the Grim Reaper feel so multifaceted, with actual humanity and empathy. A character with a lingering sense of loneliness, because he is not like everyone else, and he doesn't belong with other people but he still cares about them regardless. Who forms a special bond with cats because he longs for companionship, and who grabs the chance to bend the rules when he gets it and gives the little match girl a second chance instead of letting her die alone in the cold on the night of Hogswatch.

 

Originally posted on Mastodon


Sunday, February 25, 2024

Rest in peace, Ramona Fradon


Rest in peace, Ramona Fradon. One of the all-time greatest comic book artists, a trailblazer for women in the industry, and an overall legend with a significant impact in the history of comics. There is a certain clarity, joy, and sincerity in her work that's so characteristic of her art style. She's had a 70+ year career and had only retired just a month ago at the age of 97. 
 
Originally posted on Mastodon

Monday, January 08, 2024

The Little Things That Kill: A Teen Friendship Afterlife Apology Tour (Book Review)


Definitely a unique paranormal story that stands out in its genre. The book draws you into the mystery of what happened to Nicole from the very first pages, as both the reader and the protagonist are trying to figure out how she found herself in that position. The story is told from both the perspectives of Nicole and her friends, providing different angles to the plot. The way Nicole's life and relationships are explored is interesting, and the book's version of the afterlife is certainly compelling. The ending isn't predictable, as it builds up gradually as the story unravels and the main character starts piecing together the puzzle, which is always a plus.

The novel touches upon themes of grief, suicide, and death, so a content warning is warranted going in. Beyond that, though, it's always quite refreshing to see genuine and real female friendships explored. Friendships that, even though they are complex, they don't fall into the usual, tired tropes of competitiveness and petty rivalry, but have sisterhood and caring for one another at their core.

 

Originally posted on Goodreads

Friday, November 10, 2023

A year without Kevin Conroy

Today marks one year since the passing of Kevin Conroy, the actor whose voice performance gave Batman a level of depth and heart that was inimitable and has significantly contributed to the character's evolution and popularity.

Monday, September 25, 2023

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (book review)

Quite an interesting read. The story itself was gripping enough to keep you reading, even if it feels like the book maybe could have been shorter than 500+ pages. At points it felt more grim than the other books in the Hunger Games series, for the same reason that prequels of this sort always feel that way, because you know from the start that there won't be any sort of resolution until the events of the main HG trilogy take place.

Making Snow a clearly problematic person from the start was a wise choice, much preferable than trying to humanize him and justify his future actions as those of someone driven too far by traumatizing events. It was also clever how the book included several other characters like Tigris, who had gone through the same hardships as Snow, and had also gone through losses, pain, and grief but still had not resorted to his Machiavellian, cruel, and opportunistic way of thinking. Showing that cruelty as a means of self-preservation is ultimately a choice and not the only way. Snow wasn't shaped into the tyrant he became by outside events, he chose that path based on his own way of thinking and capacity for ruthlessness.

The book also explores in an interesting way how fascism twists and frames inhuman actions and double standards to justify them as the reasonable thing to do. One death is a great tragedy, another is collateral damage. It's not an easy read at times, but this mentality is very real and Suzanne Collins approaches it quite realistically. With Snow's inner monologue and interactions it showed how people ascribing to such ideologies and worldview think, and how even if you are in a position to be safe from them, that safety is very fragile and only lasts as long as you act and behave in the exact way they expect you to.

Overall a solid addition to the Hunger Games series. 

 

Originally posted on Goodreads

Thursday, December 08, 2022

Is this thing on?

 
Resurrecting this blog out of the depths of oblivion for no particular reason. 
Here's my favourite floof instance caught on camera for 2022 tbh.

A calico cat laying on a nest on her cat tree extending her paw and gently pushing aside a very enthusiastic spaniel dog then proceeding to snooze.

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