Claire Thorne, Fanbase Press Contributor

Claire Thorne, Fanbase Press Contributor

In Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan, creators Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Waters deliver another charming and adventurous romp through the woods surrounding Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, and, apparently, locations much further away.

Sweaterweather and Other Short Stories is a reissue of a 2003 publication by Sara Varon (by much the same name) with the addition of new stories, journal entries, and essays.  Each story is accompanied by a conversational blurb with background on the genesis of the story idea, the evolution of the illustration and characters, and discussion of her experiments with various artistic techniques.  Im completely new to Sara Varons work and was so pleased to have such a personal introduction to her artistic process.

Get ready, because I’m getting ready to totally spoil everything that happens in the first five minutes of the series premiere of Colony, USA Network’s new alien-occupation dystopian series set in a near-future Los Angeles.

I have read Calvin and Hobbes practically every day for as long as I can remember.  Once the books starting rolling off the presses, I spent endless hours immersed in Snow Goons and Calvinball, exploring with Spaceman Spiff and hiding from the trustworthy monsters under the bed.

If I were able to craft my own degree in Geek Studies, I would load up on graduate-level classes about Hobbits and vampire slayers and post-apocalyptic survival.  I’d study superheroes and villains, monsters and robots, old worlds and new technologies.  Thankfully, there’s not much need to be hypothetical about the opportunity to study these topics.  There are legions of curious geeks just like me out there crafting opinions, analyzing themes, and bringing scholarly criticism to the wide universe that is popular culture media.

Trine Hampstead knows everything.  I’m not saying she “thinks” she knows everything.  I’m not even saying she acts like she does, driving everyone around her crazy with her “know-it-all” attitude and inability to keep her opinions to herself.

I love zombies of all forms, slow, fast, sentient, drooling, and falling apart.  And, I am an ever-loyal Marshmallow (Veronica Mars uber-fan).  So, zombies written by Rob Thomas?  Yes, please!!

Step back in time with me to an era of John Wayne swagger, might makes right, and brawn over brains, when that indomitable American get-it-done attitude was all it took to overcome any situation. 

Robert Capa famously said, If your pictures arent good enough, youre not close enough.  In the profession of photojournalism, this adage frequently sends brave men and women into the thick of armed conflict.  It sent Robert Capa onto Omaha Beach during the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, where he captured one of the most iconic photographs of World War II.

There is a featurette on the Gotham: Season One DVD called “Fractured Villains of Gotham.”  This word, “fractured,” turns out to be an accurate description of almost every aspect of the show, both in front of and behind the camera.  It is this schizophrenic nature that informs both its strengths and its weaknesses.

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