She Geek Critique – Not So Distinguished Competition

This weekend I realized why I am so negative about DC, both the comics and the movies. It’s not because I feel there needs to be a big rivalry between Marvel and DC, and I happen to like Marvel more. No, it’s because, for the past few years, DC and Warner Brothers have ruined the things I used to love about DC characters.  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Too Old for Comics!?

When I was a kid I used to read comics from cover to cover. I still do now, but the difference is back then almost all comics had a letters section in the back. This was where the readers would sound off about the previous issue, or two or three issues ago, depending on the book. Anyway, I remember that a lot of the readers were military men. They would talk about the quality of the art and the impact of the story arc and how the color was off on this panel on that page, but it was overall a good issue. That made an impression on me for two reasons. My Pop and two of my uncles were in the armed forces, so it meant that people like them were reading comics – in fact, my Pop actually was at the time. Secondly, it meant that grown men were reading comics. This practically blew my mind. There were letters from other people who may or may not have been adults, but I knew that if they posted a military address, they were grown-ups. This told me that I might never be too old for comics!  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – International Women’s Day and Living in my Bubble

In the whole of my existence, I have related to the women in my life in as many ways as considered humanly possible. In my short 46 years on this earth I have developed a deep respect for women because of my life experience. My sister and I were raised by my mom. As I grew up, I watched this amazing woman take on the role of Mother, Father, breadwinner and any other that may have been required of her on a daily basis. I never related to the notion of “traditional” gender roles. The same could be said for all of the women in my life. I have always been surrounded by strong women, but even then, I will never be able to truly appreciate what that means.  Continue reading

Comics Cosmos – Love Is Love

In June 2016, a tragedy occurred in Orlando: the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Not long after, comicbook writer Marc Andreyko reached out to writers and artists and anyone who wanted to participate about putting together an anthology as commentary on the tragedy and to show support for the LGBT community. (All proceeds from sales of the book go to support victims of the shooting and their families.) The result was Love Is Love, published by IDW and DC.  Continue reading

Miss Dawn’s Musings – Sharing What’s Good

This past weekend, my book group (Rubber City Book Posse or RCBP) once again took part in the Akron Family Reading Festival. This was the tenth year for the festival and we have been there for eight or nine of them. We’re a local branch of the global Bookcrossing movement, whose members leave books in random places for people to pick up, swap books with each other and, like us, take part in local events to pass books along to whoever wants them. And this year we managed to release close to 2,000 books!  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Purposeful Geekness

This is a subject that has been on my mind a lot, lately. A couple of weeks ago there was a story about a young attorney who ran for city council and won and took his oath while holding a replica of Captain America’s shield. Also, that same week, an acquaintance wrote a blog about what his fandoms meant for him, especially in the current environment. A mix of all of that had been stewing in my head for the longest time… then Geek Watch One turned two and I became reflective.  Continue reading

Miss Dawn’s Musings – Another Year Older

This week Geek Watch One records issue 89 at The Malted Meeple. It’s a number that doesn’t really carry much significance. What is significant, however, is the fact that it’s our two year anniversary. That’s right, somehow we have managed to continue recording this little podcast for two entire years!  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Shaft!

I’m generally a live and let live kind of guy when it comes to remakes. If the creative team is adding a new dimension to the story or a logically different take, I am game for the ride. But, during issue 88 of GW1 it came out that there were plans for a Shaft remake… yeah, a Shaft remake. This movie is already part of the national registry and has influenced so many writers and film makers, what more can you add to this tale? Oh, I know… let’s make it an action comedy!

Hell-to-the-no!!!  Continue reading

Irregular’s Intel – Nasty Women and Dangerous Men

I was thinking about the quality of company that I keep and I think that they can best described as, like the title says, nasty women and dangerous men. The term “nasty woman” was used as a put down during a presidential debate, but if the characteristics the speaker was describing are “nasty” then I want all of the nasty that I can stand! If nasty means smart, intelligent, strong, insightful, funny, curious, open minded, creative and resourceful – then hell yeah, sign me up!! Continue reading