The lab had dormitory bedrooms for the people working there, plus separate private bedrooms for the three of us and the doctors. There was a kitchen, dining area, and a large living room recreation area where we could watch television and, in the evenings, show movies. Two…
The nice kids at Comics Alliance were kind enough to lend me their soapbox so that I could talk about women in comics, and the way we talk about women in comics, and how we got where we are; and propose some ways to fix some of the bad shit that has become endemic to comics as an industry and market.
- “What the fuck are the Shadow King’s powers again?”
- “Betsy & Brian had an older brother? FUCK. Why don’t I remember this?”
- “Yuriko and Yukio aren’t the same person?”
There’s a limit to how much continuity one brain can keep straight.
For a number of years, my whipping-out-my-geek-dick party trick was explaining, very rapidly, the Grey / Summers chronology. It’s the comics-nerd equivalent of being able to wrap your feet behind your head.
Now, however, I have NO FUCKING CLUE. Last I saw, Cable was yelling with a disproportionately tiny baby attached to him like He-Man’s weird little breastplate.
Dark Horse announced today that we’re going to be publishing an Avatar: the Last Airbender comics, written by Gene Luen Yang. I’ve known about this for a while—I distinctly remember yelling and jumping up and down in the hall outside my office when I first heard—but the official announcement has me grinning all over again.
The comics themselves are a really big deal, and I’m really happy that we’re doing them—but that excitement pales in comparison to how happy I am that Gene is the one writing them. He was one of the first and most outspoken critics of the feature film’s whitewashing of the racially diverse—and predominantly nonwhite—cast of the cartoon (if you aren’t familiar with that screaming clusterfuck, I wrote a Cliff’s-Notes guide at Sequential Tart a couple years ago, or you could just google “racebending”) and led a boycott against the movie.
Hiring Gene Luen Yang to write this comic is a really good creative decision, because he is an amazing writer, and he really, really gets what makes Avatar: The Last Airbender the brilliant, wonderful, important thing that it is; and there is absolutely no question in my mind that he will do it fuckin’ RIGHT. But that’s not the only reason it’s important: it’s also a quiet but strong statement as to where Dark Horse stands with regards to the racebending controversy. I’m really proud to be part of this company today.
“The Chicago Tribune used to have a great columnist named Mike Royko, who was an institution at the paper for many years before his death. One of my favorite columns of his described a practical joke he and his fishing buddies once played on a gullible friend. They waited for him to fall asleep at about ten o’clock, quietly reset his watch and all the clocks in the fishing cabin to be four hours fast, and woke him up at midnight to head out onto the water. They played dumb while he slowly began to panic, as hour after hour passed with no hint of the sun. They managed to keep a poker face until he stood in the boat and started screaming “WHERE IS THE SUN?!?” at the eastern horizon.”—
“I took one last unfiltered look at the Earth and was enveloped by a sense of selfishness, for I was unable to adequately share what I felt. I wanted everyone on my home planet to experience this magnificent feeling of actually being on the moon. That was not technologically possible, and I knew it, but there was a bit of guilt at being the Chosen One. I put a foot on the pad and grabbed the ladder. I knew that I had changed in the past three days, that I no longer belonged solely to the Earth. Forever more, I would belong to the universe.”—
Eugene Cernan, The Last Man on the Moon (via outtaluck)
Legend has it that Gus Grissom and John Young, the two astronauts in the first manned Gemini mission, were going to crack a joke after their flight: they wanted to announce their engagement at the press conference.
Anyone know if this is true? And if it is…then why oh why couldn’t this have happened?
Just finished watching this episode. It is vindicating and awesome; and it leaves me feeling smug and happy and wistful all at once. Also, Adam Savage is every bit the detail-oriented space nerd you would hope him to be, and it is soundly heartwarming.
In the spirit of being slightly demented, I have started a tumblr of fashion advice for goofy people. It is called Scrapscallion, and if you are looking for feisty advice from a beastly brat with no fashion cred whatsoever on the fine art of pairing combat boots with cocktail dresses and how best to accessorize a false mustache, you may find it of interest.
But Carrying the Fire is the only astronaut biography I’ve ever read where I’ve kept a pencil nearby to underline passages because of the clarity of observation or the sheer beauty of the writing. Mike really was the hipster artist of the group, with the guts of a pilot and the mind of a poet,…
Carrying the Fire is one of those books that you read and say, “I wish I wrote that.” And not because of the life experiences in the book, either.
Sometimes authors talk about how strange it is to reread something they wrote a long time ago, because their perspective has changed so much since then. That book was published almost 40 years ago, and I wonder if he still feels the same way about his experiences.
I’d also just like to toss in that the book was written 40 years ago. Most books written 40 years ago feel like they were written 40 years ago. This reads like it came out last year.
All of this, and more. In my copy, I’ve got a 4x6 index card that’s covered with page numbers to refer back to.
When I was nine, Collins was my favorite because I have always had a bit ol’ soft spot for critical-but-obscure figures. Later, he was my favorite because that same mix of obscurity and fame made him an interesting study in appropriation and fictionalization of identity. Now, he’s my favorite because of the articulate, wry brilliance with which he combines observation and analysis, and the apparent ease with which he makes the complex—personal and technical—accessible.
I woke up today wanting to say something about the riots, but not knowing what to say. I said everything I wanted to say last night on twitter, while I watched this all unfold on the internet and BBC news. I was at work, on stand by waiting to be “activated” as a Major Incident hospital- but we…