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Trolling…

Currently I am reading the trade The Sandman, which is disorienting at best as I make my way through. The looser narrative that has spun out of these pages so far has got me very interested. The many many references has me even more interested. Cain and Abel, the three witches, talismans, vested powers, division of self….these have all been introduced and yet I have yet to see their strength in the story. The art is also amazing. Actually amazing. To the point of distraction. The panel flow and unusual page layout which seems to have no consistent pattern has me focused. Each page is something new and interesting. The writing is not what I had expected. Good, but by no means compares to Moore, Clowse or Miller.

This type of trade is quite a bit different from my usual pick-up’s. No superhero’s, no good versus evil initial set-up, and little political intrigue. Those are all things that draw me in and this particular trade is much more literary in the fictional sense, but without the literary aspect as the art speaks much louder than the words. I suppose the point of this is that I am realizing how great the variety is out there.

I still feel pulled to the basis superhero plot line. The Classic X-Men comics I picked up a couple weeks ago still have me jazzed. The first Invincible trade I just finished up had me hooked. Two nights of fighting sleep with interest and I was finished. I cannot recommend it more.

As I type I am in one this great class Soc. of cyberspace and we discuss well…cyberspace…clearly. My prof. confessing a certain social awkwardness got me to thinking. His way of dealing with it is through on line communities, through dealing with people in a more straight forward/less forward way. I cannot help but think that this is the same as someone donning a mask. We see the way Peter Parker is a different person as Spiderman. Cracking jokes, heroics, and being able save the women of his dreams are the same as logging on to metafilter and using your specific brand of intelligence to solve the many problems of the world.

Sorry if this post is a little disconnected. Rambling thoughts often lead to to brambles.

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Fancy red sequined tights.

Last night Alberta voted. Well, less than half of Alberta voted. The rest of Alberta was apparently too busy to vote. Too busy to pay attention long enough to realize our current government has been our current government for 32 years. 32 years. 32 years of decreases in health care wages, of investing in education, or boorish Premiers and oil soaked kick backs….ok, so the oil soaked kick back MAY be just a guess, but the rest is true.

This is why I like comic heroes. This is why I can identify with those young men and women who dream for better worlds and wish for a change. I understand Moore‘s intense frustration with our current society’s apathetic nature, except for when it directly affects them. Everyday I hear complaints about road conditions, about municipal gov’ts not being given greater autonomy, school closures, health care, emergency waiting lines….This can be changed! This can be different. It’s not like everyone has to don a cloak and a wicked mask. There need not be a superman, an x-men team, a captain America…There just needs to be involved people who care about the place and the society they live in.

I just finished off Invincible. A very cool trade El Devo lent me.  The simplicity of the art work is a nice throw back to the days of yore, with simple comic printing and good clear lines. The story also has me pretty hooked. A young teenage boy with superpowers using them for good. I like that there is no apparent motivation inherent yet. Other than Dad’s influence, there is no explanation for why. The possibilities that are there in future issues have my curiosity piqued. I really like the teenage awkwardness as well. The multiple scenes’ of mistaken girlfriendness is pretty cute and relatable

Another thing I like about comics. They are for the most part fully relatable. Who hasn’t thought of being a superhero? Even if it is for self serving efforts. Pulling out my fancy red sequined tights and a tight tank to solve the political injustices of the world has crossed my mind more than once…

 I was in Calgary the other week and picked up a few back issues of Classic X Men at my most favorite used book store, Wee Book Inn on 17th ave and am surprised at how much I really liked them. I can fully see why young boys and girls would anxiously await the next issue. The cliff hanger endings and intense situations are brilliant. The art is fast and quick and has you searching for detail, a clue, something. Issue 29 came out in ’88, a period of much tension between the former USSR and most of the rest of world, yet this comic had a story which revolved around Piotr Nikolievitch Rasputin aka. Colossus returning to Russia, his home land. There was no evil crime fighting, no bad guys, and no tights. There was only one instance of heroic action and that was it. Instead, this was the real deal. Fighting injustice goes beyond fancy tights and big muscles. How does one choose between doing good as a superhero that isn’t recognized by any gov’t and put right persecuted in his own country and being able to do nothing, forced to deny your true self? It would take a super hero to figure that out.

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