Needs more content!

So it occurs to me that this blog is getting very lonely and sad, I’m just not that prolific at generating content. The idea of writing, and writing stories in particular, has been bouncing around in my head for a while, and if I don’t start practice writing, that idea will absolutely go nowhere. So I’m giving myself the freedom to write and post crappy first drafts in this blog, I’m just not going to edit myself that much. I think blogs were always meant to be off the cuff, of-the-moment kind  of journals and opinions anyway, so I think I’ll be fine. And quite frankly, who’s really reading this anyway?

I’ve been reading a lot of comic books borrowed from the library recently, and by recently I mean this past year. Some have been mainstream superhero books, usually trade paperbacks of collected stories that have an arc that has a beginning and an end, like Batman: Year One Deluxe (New Edition)
. (As of this writing, it’s available directly from DC). I have the original series form the 80s, but my comic collection is a bit disjointed since I started working on my basement (almost 2 years ago!), and I’m just not sure if I still have them. So it was nice to be able to re-read the story, it still stands up as one of the best Batman origin stories that have surfaced over the years. What it really did more than anything else, was create an amazing back-story for Jim Gordon, who was always  just a foil to the lead character and never really amounted to more than a generic “good guy” to me. (That being said, I never really followed Batman, being a Marvel Fan Boy at the time, so a lot of my ideas about Jim Gordon came from some of my dad’s Silver Age comics, the old TV series and Tim Burton’s Batman movie). This telling gave him flaws and vulnerabilities, and made him “human” at least.

The late 80s and early 90s were a great time for comics, specialty “Comic Book Shops” were popping up all over the place, and super hero writers were doing their best “Stan Lee” melodrama treatment to our favorite characters. I think with the popularization and “mainstreaming” of alternative comics at that time, it really forced the Big 2, to up the ante and compete with more mature content. And if you’re interested, there’s a great group fan page called Comic Recollections on Facebook that my friend Delfin started.

The library also has a collection of alternative press trade paperbacks that I can talk about in this blog, that’ll come later…

 

 

Ok — so I watch Project Runway, so sue me.

Last night was the single greatest Project Runway episode ev-ah!!

The front runner, Gretchen finally gets her comeuppance when the perennially up beat and diplomatic Tim Gunn gives her “what for”!

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The competition this week was for the designers to split up into two teams with each team creating a cohesive “collection”. The way thee teams ended up, it looked like a slam dunk for the “annointed” “Winner’s Team” (Team Luxe) and a sure-loss for the Losers (Team Military)…

I don’t know how much influence the producers have on this show as far as staging the drama, but if they staged this, they did a fantastic job.

Team Military, the underdog team won, hands down, and looked like a cohesive team that was comprised of a collection of individuals. Whereas Team Luxe, the losing team ended up with a mediocre showing at best and was obviously being led by the nose like lambs to the slaughter by the self-proclaimed queen of fashion, Gretchen. (boo! hiss!)
The underdog of underdogs, “Casanova” won the competition this week. So despite the fact that he’s the biggest whiner/baby on the show, it made for good drama.

One of the best part of the show was during the critique where the judges wanted to pick a loser to leave the show. Everyone and their mother wanted Gretchen to lose, and she came pretty close to it, seeing as how she was the team’s de facto leader. Any comments to the contrary from her are so transparent. After promising to stick together as a team, almost everyone on Team Luxe threw Michael under the bus (but having immunity he was “safe” as long as he didn’t mind a black and blue ego afterwards). And in hindsight, I’m pretty sure Gretchen pushed the “go Team!” aspect at the second critique because that would help her argument that she wasn’t the leader of that steaming pile they called a collection. In the end, Gretchen and AJ were the last two members of their team standing, and AJ fell on the sword and accepted responsibility for his own work, forcing him to be the one to leave the show.

The icing on the cake was when Tim Gunn came in to say goodbye the the loser, pretty standard for this show, but he actually took a stand on the whole Team Luxe mess. He expressed confusion over why the losing team didn’t stand up for themselves, and allow Gretchen to use and manipulate them all into doing what she wanted. It’s the first time I’ve ever heard him blast someone, and it was in front of everyone, Gretchen could not crawl into a hole or argue that she wasn’t to blame, it was pretty obvious almost everyone agreed she was the demon seed in this whole episode.

The show is going to be much more fun to watch now, and it’ll be interesting to see what the rest of the season is like with Gretchen now on the bottom of the social totem pole. ALL her cred’ from winning the first two contests has evaporated and she’s shown her true self to the rest of the designers, it’ll be interesting to see what they say behind her back now… It’s always better when a show has an obvious villain…