I am going to start this blog out by quoting one of the best shows of all time… Doctor Who:
“We’re all just stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?”
That comes from “The Big Bang” episode in 2010. Matt Smith was the Doctor. The Ponds were still around. I recently realized that I don’t exactly miss the Ponds…except maybe Arthur Darvill. I’m just glad he’s back on Legends on a regular basis….and I’m getting off track…
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of attending WonderCon for the third time. I go for the day. Three days would be fun but I would be so worn out… #introvertproblems ftw..This year was the first time I did not cosplay or even attempt to cosplay. I came back with some cool things, most of which are now hanging on my wall of adorkable cuteness.. Saw a ton of Star Wars cosplayers…which I made the point of taking pictures with (I initially did it to confuse my nephews but there were SO MANY COOL COSPLAYERS that I needed some photos taken. I joked that I had crossed over to the dark side, especially when I met Kylo Ren). I also had the opportunity of meeting the wonderful Si Spurrier. At the time of attending Wonder Con, I have not read ANY of his books (that is slowly changing since the X-Men Legacy Ominbus has come out, I’m working my way through it along with a million other books ). But after seeing him speak his famous lecture on the transformative nature of comic books (“The Pluripotent Panel”), I really realized how much words and stories can save us. And this may sound strange, but comics have helped me big time (so has Harry Potter – another discussion for another time).
For those that know me (and maybe have read this blog on and off..I swear I’ll get back to updating it on a more consistent basis), they know I’ve had a bit of a journey. Looking back on my x-number of years, I realize I’ve always been a geek/nerd. It’s in the roots of my DNA. I enjoyed shows like The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and SeaQuest DSV. Never got into Star Trek, though I’m sure if my parents were bigger geeks, it would’ve been around. In high school, I discovered Harry Potter. Later on, in my post-collegiate/Berklee years, I re-discovered my love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Eventually was turned on to other shows like Doctor Who and Firefly (thanks, Dana). And because I enjoyed reading, I eventually stumbled across the medium of comics (thank you both to Justin, Kevin and Andy, who all have been influential with my education and steering me in good directions).
A friend of mine asked me once what I enjoyed about comics. To be honest, there are a lot of things. Sometimes it’s just the simple act of an escape for a short period of time. Sometimes it’s the story. And sometimes it’s the characters that are so beautifully flawed that I find pieces of myself in them. Characters that I relate to? Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers, specifically). The fighter in her and the determination to not give up, no matter what others say, because some day we will be the stars we were always meant to be.. I see that in myself. Or Barbara Gordon (as both Oracle and Batgirl) – her limitations don’t bring her down. When she lost use of her legs, she used her knowledge of Information Sciences to become so powerful that even Batman relied on her for information (side note: can I just say how happy I am they are bringing her back to her librarian roots!) Or Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel), where she’s talking with Wolverine about learning to pick yourself up after you fall back down. Or Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk), in the most recent iteration where she talks about having everything taken away from her that she knows, and where she’s learning to put the pieces back together. Or Jeff Loveness’ run of Groot, where it ends with “because she taught me that if you have the courage to leave your old life.. if you take the risk and jump into the unknown.. what you will find will amaze you.. There are much better places than home. And in time.. you will find a new one.”
Comics aren’t just your typical superhero-ness, boys club, lets smash all the things, and save the damsel in distress all at the same time. If you look carefully, you’ll find deeper meaning and well written stories in the panels. And for me, that’s why I enjoy comics…
(me and Si Spurrier post panel. Such a great human being!)