dreamcatchings: (firefly: find your genius thing)
Before I really begin I just want to say that my original plan was to talk about all the series that involve Tim Hunter at once. This was before I saw everything that would encompass. Yes, I know about the original limited series, the proper Books of Magic series, the Books of Faerie as well as a vague knowledge that there were some other titles out there. Once I started going through the digital comics collection I found, I realized that there were entirely too many books to consider in one discussion. Moreover it became clear that some of the offshoots were completely different stories about different characters or even completely different facets of Tim. As such it only made sense to break things down a bit, and the logical point was to take Tim's introduction to magic and his halting, stuttering, tragedy filled first steps into magic on their own. I will admit that when I was reading these, I started with the LS, then read the Children's Crusade storyline (after a brief hiccup involving me going from the LS straight into the proper run wherein I discovered that all those weird allusions to other stuff they made were from CC so I backtracked) before launching into the main series anew.

This wasn't the first time I had ever read BoM although it was the first time that I was lucky enough to be able to get my hands on all the issues. I only vaguely remember when I got the TPB containing the LS. It would have had to have been sometime during high school. Thanks to my English teacher I was completely and utterly in love with both Sandman and Neil Gaiman. As such I was sort of on a quest to find and devour every Neil Gaiman related thing I could get my hands on, which I'm sure is how I found the BoM LS. I know that I got either the first or the second BoM TPB when my father dropped me off at college for orientation/classes. I know that because I took it to the dance mixer some of the girls on my floor dragged me to, and since I just sat there reading it instead of dancing like an idiot I was chided a little by the upper class men supervising the event. It should come as a surprise to no one that I went to a dance and read rather than be social when I didn't know anyone.

I had always wanted to get more of the TPBs and finish reading the series. It was just one of those books that didn't demand my attention, though. It was quiet and somber so it was sometimes easy for me to forget about. It also had the misfortune of not being entirely written by Neil Gaiman. Had it been I'm sure I would have found ways to get it all much sooner. As it was I eventually put the other TPBs on my Amazon wish list and then promptly forgot about them each and every time I made an order. Once they fell out of print I removed them from my list assuming that was that. This occurred during my mostly out of comics phase so it was a lot easier to accept. So you can imagine how excited I was when I got back into comics and discovered all the BoM comics in that beautiful digital comics cache I had. I won't lie. There were times when I was reading the series that I honestly considered stopping because I just didn't feel like the series was at all worthy to is LS predecessor. In the end, though, it pulled together, and I am really glad that I read it because it contains worlds inside of it.

Books of Magic *possible spoilers* )
dreamcatchings: (stv: keep talking)
Before I begin actually covering this run of the LSH (get used to the acronym because the title is completely too long to keep typing out) I need to talk a little bit about my history with it because that's going to impact my reading of this version. Over the years, I've read quite a bit of LSH stuff. I have some of the LSH DC Archive books for the really old stuff. I have the complete L.E.G.I.O.N. aka Five Years Later run, which features adult versions of the LSH. I also have the run for the "SW6" LSH. Then I have the Reboot run after Zero Hour. (If you're not a follower of LSH this is probably where you're really confused. This stuff isn't really important, and I'm hopefully going to double back to examine each run in its own entry so don't worry all that much about it at the moment. This is basically just to establish my cred with the comic.) I also have quite a bit of the Post-Infinite Crisis run although I'm missing chunks of that and anything newer. I started reading about these characters in the SW6 spin-off of Legionnaires when it came out way back in 1993. I've been collecting on-going runs and back tracking for others ever since.

To sum up, I've been around a while and read a wide berth of stories and versions of these characters. I care about them enough to keep enduring DC's never ending quest to create something that makes sense? I'm not exactly sure what DC is doing. To be quite honest, they don't need to go through these endless permutations. The LSH is removed enough from the normal DC continuity that as long as you keep their own history straight and avoid senseless time travel (I'm looking at Brainy and XS here) then there's not much you can screw up. Sometimes I think that LSH is one of DC's throw away titles. They assume that either no one is reading or no one cares so they just toss people at it and tell them to have fun and do whatever they want. I'm up for new and exciting versions when they're done right, but I feel like you also need to be respectful of the crapton of history you're inheriting before you just destroy it all on a whim.

Despite a lot of praise that people I know have heaped on the Threeboot run, I wasn't that impressed. I think that a lot of this stems from the fact that I went into it carrying so much LSH baggage of my own. Like I said, I'm all for alternate realities, new versions, etc. If anything I prefer when things are drastically different than the base reality. For example I am in love with Marvel's Age of Apocalypse event, but I was disappointed with how closely their Ultimate universe mirrored the default 616 universe in some ways. (More on all of that to come later.) So I am not anti-reboot or alternate reality or anything like that. Sometimes you end up creatively painting yourself into a corner, especially if you're not paying attention to the history, or everything's just so jumbled that you need a clean slate. It happens. I'm down. Just do it right. Threeboot did some things really right, and it handled others completely wrong.

LSH Threeboot *possible spoilers* )
dreamcatchings: (paige: drunk smile)
I thought I might make it a little easier on myself by going ahead and making a bit of a list. This isn't a strict list of things that have to be covered. It's more just me giving myself a go to in case I don't have anything on the brain at the moment. I'm also totally open to recommendations/suggestions/requests.

I'm going to go ahead and say that on some of these I am going to have to reread before I can discuss anything about the topic in question intellectually.

Comic Books:

The Strangers
The Maxx
X-Men 2099
The All New Exiles (Malibu)
Amethyst
Clan Destine
Cloak and Dagger
DV8
Doom Patrol
The Invisibles
Fables
Hellboy
Freshmen
Generation X
LSH -- This one is going to take awhile and may need to be broken up into the different runs.
Teen Titans
Mutant X
Power Pack
Runaways
New Mutants -- Again this one might be spread out for the different story arcs.
Thunderbolts
Umbrella Academy
Uncanny X-Men Annual 8
X-Factor (older)
X-Force (older)
Astonishing X-Men
BtVS Season 8
X-Men Unlimited
Strangers in Paradise
The Books of Magic


Comic Story Arcs:

New Mutants: Demon Bear
Fall of the Mutants Crossover
The Children's Crusade Crossover
Asgardian Wars Crossover
Legion Lost
Sandman: The Wake
Sandman: The Doll's House
Brood
Inferno Crossover
AoA -- This is going to require more than one entry.
Phalanx Covenant Crossover


Comic Characters:

Meanstreak
Halo
Katana
Eric Draven
Dazzler
The Comedian
Husk
Longshot
Archangel
Havok
Marrow
Spiral



Comic Creators:

Neil Gaiman


Comic Movies:

Sin City
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Watchmen
Hellboy
Kick Ass
dreamcatchings: (inception: as big as you want to)
Digital comics I currently have (an imperfect list):

Sandman: Complete Main Run
100 Bullets: 1-83
Batman: Dark Victory, Gordon of Gotham, Gordon's Law, The Long Halloween, Turning Points, Year One, Joker Last Laugh, Jokers Asylum, No Man's Land, The Killing Joke, The Man Who Laughs, Switch
Birds of Prey: v1 and v2 complete I think
Books of Magic: complete run with most of the spin offs
Clandestine: 1-5
DMz: 1-33
Fables: various
Hellblazer: 1-100
Hellboy: TPBs 1-6, various Crossovers, Third Wish, The Island, various one shots, Weird Tales 1-8
Abe Sapien
Amazing Screw-On Head
B.P.R.D: The Dead, Plague of Frogs, The Black Flame, Universal Machine, Dark Waters, Hollow Earth and Other Tales, Night Train, The Soul of Venice, There's Something Under My Bed
Hellboy Jr: Gets a Car, Halloween Special
Abe Sapien: Drums of the Dead
Mystic Arcana
Preacher: 1-66
Strangers in Paradise: complete
The Walking Dead: 1-78
Transmetropolitan: 1-60
Wanted: 1-6
Watchmen
X-Men: Days of Future Past
From Hell
The Girl Who Would be Death LS
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac
Maus
Squee
dreamcatchings: (Default)
Digital comics I currently have (an imperfect list):

Sandman: Complete Main Run
100 Bullets: 1-83
Batman: Dark Victory, Gordon of Gotham, Gordon's Law, The Long Halloween, Turning Points, Year One, Joker Last Laugh, Jokers Asylum, No Man's Land, The Killing Joke, The Man Who Laughs, Switch
Birds of Prey: v1 and v2 complete I think
Books of Magic: complete run with most of the spin offs
Clandestine: 1-5
DMz: 1-33
Fables: various
Hellblazer: 1-100
Hellboy: TPBs 1-6, various Crossovers, Third Wish, The Island, various one shots, Weird Tales 1-8
Abe Sapien
Amazing Screw-On Head
B.P.R.D: The Dead, Plague of Frogs, The Black Flame, Universal Machine, Dark Waters, Hollow Earth and Other Tales, Night Train, The Soul of Venice, There's Something Under My Bed
Hellboy Jr: Gets a Car, Halloween Special
Abe Sapien: Drums of the Dead
Mystic Arcana
Preacher: 1-66
Strangers in Paradise: complete
The Walking Dead: 1-78
Transmetropolitan: 1-60
Wanted: 1-6
Watchmen
X-Men: Days of Future Past
From Hell
The Girl Who Would be Death LS
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac
Maus
Squee
dreamcatchings: (illy: bored now)
Things are going pretty well. New position is so much less stressful although getting used to the new schedule still has me thrown for a bit of a loop while I get used to it. Then there's the fact that our IT department didn't install everything on my computer properly, and I can't do parts of my job because of it. That does worry me, but my boss knows that I've been emailing them every week for a month. Mostly because I put him on the email chain. He even emailed, and they ignored him too. Excellent.

Going out of order, I decided on a forum setup for the game I had been talking about. I am currently working on building it and all the various things included in setting up a forum game. You can actually see if here and feel free to give me feedback. I've mostly just been trying to figure out how to make someone else's CSS behave since I have no idea how to write my own.

The best (and worst) thing about the new position by far is that one of my co-workers is about on the same level of comic book geek as I am so we spend a good bit of time talking about them. He has a tendency to read things I don't so I've been learning a lot about Captain America. He's also a really big DC fan. I have hit and miss DC knowledge. All his talk about the new 52 perked my interest, though, and I actually pre-ordered eight TPBs yesterday: Legion of Super-Heroes, Legion Lost, Teen Titans (Scott Lobdell FTW hopefully), Animal Man (per co-worker's suggestion), Birds of Prey (ZOMG, thank goodness someone is using Katana because I loved her in Batman and the Outsiders forever and ever ago), Justice League Dark, Justice League International (one word: ICE!) and Suicide Squad (Harley Quinn, nuff said). We'll see how they are.

Also thanks to our conversations, I ended up buying the comics edition of Collectorz as well as the app that turns my phone into a bar code scanner.
dreamcatchings: (Default)
Things are going pretty well. New position is so much less stressful although getting used to the new schedule still has me thrown for a bit of a loop while I get used to it. Then there's the fact that our IT department didn't install everything on my computer properly, and I can't do parts of my job because of it. That does worry me, but my boss knows that I've been emailing them every week for a month. Mostly because I put him on the email chain. He even emailed, and they ignored him too. Excellent.

Going out of order, I decided on a forum setup for the game I had been talking about. I am currently working on building it and all the various things included in setting up a forum game. You can actually see if here and feel free to give me feedback. I've mostly just been trying to figure out how to make someone else's CSS behave since I have no idea how to write my own.

The best (and worst) thing about the new position by far is that one of my co-workers is about on the same level of comic book geek as I am so we spend a good bit of time talking about them. He has a tendency to read things I don't so I've been learning a lot about Captain America. He's also a really big DC fan. I have hit and miss DC knowledge. All his talk about the new 52 perked my interest, though, and I actually pre-ordered eight TPBs yesterday: Legion of Super-Heroes, Legion Lost, Teen Titans (Scott Lobdell FTW hopefully), Animal Man (per co-worker's suggestion), Birds of Prey (ZOMG, thank goodness someone is using Katana because I loved her in Batman and the Outsiders forever and ever ago), Justice League Dark, Justice League International (one word: ICE!) and Suicide Squad (Harley Quinn, nuff said). We'll see how they are.

Also thanks to our conversations, I ended up buying the comics edition of Collectorz as well as the app that turns my phone into a bar code scanner.

Random

Feb. 19th, 2012 12:23 am
dreamcatchings: (mulder: nerd)
I spent the majority of my mid-week weekend (trust me, it's a thing) using Comic Collectorz and their app to turn your camera phone into a bar code reader to make a catalog of my comic books. The software has a handy export to HTML function, and I have some webspace through work so you guys get to see my catalog. It's here if you want to take a look.

Random

Feb. 19th, 2012 12:23 am
dreamcatchings: (mulder: nerd)
I spent the majority of my mid-week weekend (trust me, it's a thing) using Comic Collectorz and their app to turn your camera phone into a bar code reader to make a catalog of my comic books. The software has a handy export to HTML function, and I have some webspace through work so you guys get to see my catalog. It's here if you want to take a look.
dreamcatchings: (buffy: never normal)
Dear Mile High Comics,

You send me all these emails about wonderful sales, but then you never have anything I want in stock. It's disappointing and makes me not want to even visit your website, which sucks because I'd rather support you than Amazon because, ngl, Amazin gets so much more of my business when it comes to everything else. Seriously, though, buy some TPBs and keep them in stock.

Love,

Me

Rec

Jan. 22nd, 2011 09:50 pm
dreamcatchings: (paige: drunk smile)
I don't do a lot of recommendations mostly because of the fact that I just tend to rave about things without really putting it out there that's it's a rec. Also mostly because I haven't been doing a lot of writing lately or all that much reading. I mean I've got tons of things loaded on my Kindle (and if anyone can find me some ebook versions of the Torchwood books I would love you forever and ever amen), but I mostly read a little bit before bed. I certainly don't go through things as ravenously as I used to, and it's been ages since I read comics aside from getting into Scott Pilgrim, which was both entertaining and disappointing all at the same time. But Things From Another World has a large amount of nick and dent TPBs. I love TPBs, and I love deals so I couldn't resist especially when it gave me the chance to fill in some of the holes in some of my backlogs (Runaways, Classic Excalibur, Gen 13 the latest and third(??) incarnation) as well as pick up some titles I've never read before just because they're inexpensive.

Enter Freshmen. This comic was co-created by Seth Green, and it shows in the best way possible. There's apparently only two TPBs out, and they're not going to be making anymore, which sucks because this is a quality book. The writing is well done, the artwork is good, the characters makes sense and the storyline was involving. It was a little too fast paced for me. An entire semester is covered in one six comic string, but it makes sense because I think Seth and his co-creator went at it with the idea that it wasn't going to last very long. I texted [livejournal.com profile] mizzmarvel to tell her about it, and I described it as being a sort of cross between Gen 13 and The Strangers. (This is where I admit that I might, in fact, be the only person on the face of the earth who ever read or cared about The Strangers, but it was a fun comic. I occasionally had problems finding them because my comic book store wasn't carrying it so I had to buy them from IGA and/or Pamida when I went shopping with my parents when we still lived in Salem. I'm also sure I was probably the only person buying that comic and that the store owners likely only ever ordered two copies. One for me and one for me in case something happened to the other. I don't know this for a fact, but I'm not above surmising it's true.)

Anyway Freshmen is about a group of college, well, freshmen who are in temporary housing in the science lab when an experiment gone wrong blows up and grants anyone who was around at the time of the explosion powers, which seriously irks off the head geek guy since he went out for pizza at the exact wrong moment. Not all of these powers are useful, though, especially considering that it gave them powers based on what they were thinking of at the time the explosion happened, which was after they returned home to find their temporary rooms trashed after a frat party. You can guess where this is going, and I'm not going to offer spoilers.

The writing is quirky. There's humor in it that definitely smacks of Seth Green in the good way. There are female characters, but they're handled in real ways aka there's no Caitlin Fairchild hanging around and out of her costume. There are several female characters in costumes, but I don't find the outfits as generically eye candy as they happen to be in some comics. Yes, there are juvenile jokes. It's a comic book about college kids so the humor is going to be dumb and somewhat stereotypical at times. It's fun, though. And there is a good lesson for the kids to learn.

So there we are. I highly recommend picking it up, reading it and then lamenting with me about why there are only two TPBs. I don't even have the second yet, and I'm already mourning the loss.

Rec

Jan. 22nd, 2011 09:50 pm
dreamcatchings: (Default)
I don't do a lot of recommendations mostly because of the fact that I just tend to rave about things without really putting it out there that's it's a rec. Also mostly because I haven't been doing a lot of writing lately or all that much reading. I mean I've got tons of things loaded on my Kindle (and if anyone can find me some ebook versions of the Torchwood books I would love you forever and ever amen), but I mostly read a little bit before bed. I certainly don't go through things as ravenously as I used to, and it's been ages since I read comics aside from getting into Scott Pilgrim, which was both entertaining and disappointing all at the same time. But Things From Another World has a large amount of nick and dent TPBs. I love TPBs, and I love deals so I couldn't resist especially when it gave me the chance to fill in some of the holes in some of my backlogs (Runaways, Classic Excalibur, Gen 13 the latest and third(??) incarnation) as well as pick up some titles I've never read before just because they're inexpensive.

Enter Freshmen. This comic was co-created by Seth Green, and it shows in the best way possible. There's apparently only two TPBs out, and they're not going to be making anymore, which sucks because this is a quality book. The writing is well done, the artwork is good, the characters makes sense and the storyline was involving. It was a little too fast paced for me. An entire semester is covered in one six comic string, but it makes sense because I think Seth and his co-creator went at it with the idea that it wasn't going to last very long. I texted [personal profile] mizzmarvel to tell her about it, and I described it as being a sort of cross between Gen 13 and The Strangers. (This is where I admit that I might, in fact, be the only person on the face of the earth who ever read or cared about The Strangers, but it was a fun comic. I occasionally had problems finding them because my comic book store wasn't carrying it so I had to buy them from IGA and/or Pamida when I went shopping with my parents when we still lived in Salem. I'm also sure I was probably the only person buying that comic and that the store owners likely only ever ordered two copies. One for me and one for me in case something happened to the other. I don't know this for a fact, but I'm not above surmising it's true.)

Anyway Freshmen is about a group of college, well, freshmen who are in temporary housing in the science lab when an experiment gone wrong blows up and grants anyone who was around at the time of the explosion powers, which seriously irks off the head geek guy since he went out for pizza at the exact wrong moment. Not all of these powers are useful, though, especially considering that it gave them powers based on what they were thinking of at the time the explosion happened, which was after they returned home to find their temporary rooms trashed after a frat party. You can guess where this is going, and I'm not going to offer spoilers.

The writing is quirky. There's humor in it that definitely smacks of Seth Green in the good way. There are female characters, but they're handled in real ways aka there's no Caitlin Fairchild hanging around and out of her costume. There are several female characters in costumes, but I don't find the outfits as generically eye candy as they happen to be in some comics. Yes, there are juvenile jokes. It's a comic book about college kids so the humor is going to be dumb and somewhat stereotypical at times. It's fun, though. And there is a good lesson for the kids to learn.

So there we are. I highly recommend picking it up, reading it and then lamenting with me about why there are only two TPBs. I don't even have the second yet, and I'm already mourning the loss.
dreamcatchings: (paige: expect no one else)
- Leave a comment saying "Resistance is Futile".
- I'll respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
- Update your journal with the answers to your questions (if you want).
- Include this explanation and offer to ask other people questions (if you want).




Questions )
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- Leave a comment saying "Resistance is Futile".
- I'll respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
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Meme Fun

Nov. 12th, 2009 09:10 am
dreamcatchings: (g/c: happier days)
Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] mizzmarvel


Name a fandom and I'll tell you 3 pairings I love, 2 pairings I consider shipping, and 1 pairing I hate.

ETA: Please be specific for me. Don't say just comics or Marvel. Break it down to a show or a specific comic book. For example old school New Mutants is way better for me than just saying Marvel because, really, if you just say Marvel we'll be here all day. Plus this gives more people the opportunity to play.

Thanks!
dreamcatchings: (cloak and dagger)
There has apparently been a resurgence of X-Men novels. The one that I am currently reading is fabulous so far. It is both well researched and well written. Granted, I'm not far into it but any book that throws in props to Alysande Stuart and the Warpies gets props from me. It's called X-Men: The Return and it's by Chris Roberson.

In the music world, if you New Found Glory, Stroke 9 or Brand New, I suggest checking out Amber Pacific's album Truth in Sincerity. It has the same sort of up-beat, psuedo-punk feel with lyrics that remind me more of NFG than the other two.
dreamcatchings: (genius)
Squee! Just watched the full trailer for Spider-Man 3. I won't include any spoilers here but all I want to say is good on them for taking scenes straight out of the comic to use. I love when they do that.
dreamcatchings: (bombshell)
Comic book characters keep edging their way into my dreams.

Which should probably bother me or indicate some kinda mental problem. But I really sort of enjoy it. Because it's better than dreaming about dead people, which happens to me far too often. Although I did have a dream about my grandfather the other night. (And here's where I talk about that dream because I'm all about stream of conscious right now. It was, like, I think he was trying to explain things to me. Which he doesn't need to. Not really. Because I already know. I know, Grandpa, I do. I promise. I'm not mad. I was never mad. I don't get mad at people who die. But in the dream, it's all so foggy I can't remember details just the feeling, which was that he couldn't do it. Without my grandmother, he just couldn't make himself stay. Not that he didn't love us, not that he didn't want to. He just couldn't because the hole was just too big. Yes, I know. I know. You don't have to tell me. I love you, too. I miss you. Of course, I miss you. And every military funereal I ever see will remind me of yours and of you, and I will likely always cry at them. But I love you. I know you love me. It's okay. It's alright.)

So that kinda oddly went where I did not expect it to go. Anyway, my dream last night was that Paige "Husk" Guthrie had this weird motorcycle (name of which was Excalibur) that Warren "Arch/Angel" Worthington III had given her. Which, hello, stupid! You do not give Paige a motorcycle. You keep Paige as far away from a motorcycle as humanly possible. This is the last girl you want to have a motorcycle.

And now I prove my point.

Paige was all over the road. All over. Reckless endangerment with a motor vehicle personified. Of course, the fact that she was, like, escaping villains doesn't matter because, still. Paige does not equal good motorcycle driver. Ever.

So she gets back to the mansion with this completely thrashed motorcycle, and the cops are looking for her because of, well, like side swiping multiple cars at high speeds and the like. And X is all mad at her for very obvious reasons because cops and a school full of mutants do not mix well.

Anyway, um, I don't remember what happened after that, but I was very, very mad at Warren for giving her the bike in the first place because duh. Jono, of course, would never have given her a motorcycle because he knows better. Jono pwns Warren any day.

Well, except for the fact that he's all post-HoM now, but we don't talk about that.

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