Political Superheroes

I saw this on a forum, someone was trying to argue that the difference between Superman and Batman was the same as the difference between conservatism and liberalism, with Superman being conservative and Batman being liberal.  Now while I can kind of see what he’s trying to get at, I really don’t think you can […]

Business with Racist Overtones

I get really tired of having to explain reality to liberals.  I’ve talked about this a couple of times before, but the liberal stupidity keeps rolling along and I’m putting this here to keep from overly politicizing my other blog. For those in the dark, there’s been a “movement” of sorts, I suppose, to pressure […]

More Liberal Shenanigans on Racism

There are reasons I really hate getting into discussions with liberals on controversial topics, because I know, pretty much without a doubt, that most of them are going to engage in blatantly dishonest tactics instead of just dealing with the actual argument being made. Case in point, I was having a discussion about racism in […]

Considering DC Superheroes

I was talking today with a friend who went to see the midnight showing of Man of Steel.  Now I am not a Superman fan, in fact, I’m not a big fan of any of the major DC superheroes, I have a fundamental problem with the way that DC handles their characters.  DC, at least […]

Positive Outcomes in Media

Believe it or not, I’m a die-hard optimist.  I know it might not seem that way to read some of the things I write, but I want people to generally succeed, I want the situation to generally improve and I want people to overcome obstacles and become better people for it.  In fact, that’s one […]

I Know How to Piss Off Collectors

There was a thread on a stamp collecting forum lately where collectors were gushing over the place the Post Office had in American history and how we all ought to be thankful for the job that they’re still doing.  It all started with a graphic put up by the Post Office, bragging about all the […]

Wondercon Day 3

Well, it’s all over.  Three days of Wondercon behind us and we had a great time.  Yesterday, the religious lunatics that I wrote about on the first day were gone, but today, they were back, although in smaller numbers.  Oh well, I thought, at least there are only two of them instead of a dozen, […]

Wondercon Day 2

Wow, I’m getting too old for this shit.  That’s really how it feels after long, long day after long, long day at a convention.  It just never stops!  As I said yesterday, this was the big day, the only day out of the three that was sold out in pre-registration, so I was really worried […]

Wondercon Day 1

I’ll be honest, there were some good things and some bad things about this years’s Wondercon.  I suppose that’s inevitable, everything isn’t going to be perfect, no matter where you go, but there were some things they did very right and some things they did, and will probably continue to do very wrong.  I’ll start […]

Diary of a Fanboy: Pet Edition

I was thinking, for some reason, about pet names, probably in regard to the puppy that I’m going to have coming home in a couple of weeks, and I realized that fannish people are typically not likely to name their pets the standard Spot or Fluffy that are overdone to death.  In fact, most of […]

Hobby Loyalty

I seriously don’t get the desire of hobbyists to have utter loyalty to the source of their hobbydom, even when that source is really screwing up.  I see this kind of fanatical devotion in a lot of hobbies, in fact, maybe in all hobbies, where people think they somehow owe it to companies or organizations […]

I Could Use Some Input

As anyone who reads the blog regularly knows, I write about a wide variety of subject matter here, from atheism and religion to movie and TV reviews and I think that a lot of the non-atheism-related posts go largely unappreciated.  You know me, I don’t really care about readership, but as I was talking to […]

Updated: Collector or Investor?

There’s a new show on Syfy called Collection Intervention starring Elyse Luray, who goes around to out-of-control collectors and tries to get them to sell off parts of their collection.  So far, she’s talked to crazy Barbie collectors, over-the-top Star Wars collectors, massive comic collectors etc. But in watching the show, I’ve realized that she’s […]

End of an Era?

I’ve been collecting action figures for decades, in fact, for as long as I can remember.  I’ve never been a fanatic about anything I collect, I get what I like, I keep it pristine and I put it away.  I did that when I was 10, I do it today in my 40s.  There just […]

Comic Regrets: Teen Titans

I was a huge fan of the “original” Teen Titans, well, maybe not the originals, but the New Teen Titans which started in the comic to the left.  It started in 1980 and I was really about the same age as a lot of the Titans, which probably explains why the team appealed to me. […]

The Look of the Future

I’ve been kicking this around in my head for a while now.  Originally, it started as a comparison of the DC and Marvel superhero universes and why I preferred one over the other.  Then I realized that it applied not just to comic books, but to TV and movies and books and, honestly, to my […]

Comic Regrets: DC Focus

This time, my regrets aren’t focused toward a single comic, but toward an entire imprint, put out by DC, called “DC Focus”.  It was a very short-lived imprint, consisting of 4 titles, where the superpowered individuals didn’t necessarily become heroes. Now as I’ve said before, at the time I was really looking for stories of […]

Comic Regrets: Firestorm

Actually, this is the story of two regrets.  See, I loved the original Firestorm.  It’s one of the few comics from DC that I ever really got into, the tale of Ronnie Raymond and Professor Stein, two men who were stuck together through accident and had to find a way to coexist.  It was a […]

Comic Regrets: Ex Machina

This is probably going to turn into a short series, focusing on comics that I once collected, but I realized, over time, that I just had no interest in where they were going.  Since my wife and I have been going through boxes of comics, trying to figure out what to get rid of and […]

The Good Old Days of Comics

About a week ago, my wife and I had nothing to watch on TV so we pulled out Iron Man to watch.  It’s probably my favorite of the current crop of superhero films so I never pass up a chance to watch it.  Immediately following, I threw in Iron Man 2.  It’s not as good […]