Some Kind of Sunday

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It’s not the Spotlight, and I’m beginning to think that the Spotlight may never shine again, frankly, but it is Sunday, and I though I should pop in and say something, or rather, a few somethings.

I was excited to learn that one of the favorite writers here at OpenDoor Comics recently landed an exciting new opportunity: Tom King has been tapped to co-write the screenplay for the upcoming New Gods movie, alongside director Ava DuVernay.

Others were very quick to make sure that I was absolutely certain that I knew that they didn’t share my enthusiasm, because we all know it’s very, very important to rain on parades and inform people that you don’t like the things that they like.

To be honest, I’m less excited about what it potentially means for the movie – though I would very much like to see a New Gods movie that has the kind of emotional weight of King’s award-winning Mister Miracle, obviously – and more excited just for him and the opportunity it represents.

Beyond that, bringing in people who have actually worked on the source material when adapting a comic book property is a positive trend that I would like to see more of. One of the many strengths of Batman: The Animated Series was that many people who worked on the comics were brought in to work on the series.

It was also a strength of the DC Animated Universe in general, particularly with the heavy involvement of the sadly-missed comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie.

But speaking of King, I’m going to get to meet him – as well as another OpenDoor Comics MVP, Gail Simone – this weekend at the All Star Comic Con.

One of the many weaknesses I have in my so-far failed attempts at fulfilling the mission of OpenDoor Comics is that I have no skill for “networking.” Attending this con – and, indeed, attending or even having a table at other cons – should represent a tremendous opportunity for getting the name of ODC out there, but experience has taught me that, yeah, it probably won’t amount to much.

I’m an awkward, uncomfortable person who doesn’t like to leave the house, so I haven’t been going to or presenting at cons, and I don’t hold out much hope that my attendance of this one will do much of anything to get people to pay attention. I mean, even the one thing that I meant to do – order up some OpenDoor Comics shirts to wear and hand out – fell victim to the twin terrors of my tendency to procrastinate and my forgetfulness.

Still, it should be exciting. And I’m going to get to meet Gail!

It’s Pride Month! Remember that even if you aren’t an unstoppable killing machine like Midnighter, you can and should be who you are without apology.

Sigh, yes, even if who you are is the kind of person who has to rush in and tell people that you aren’t excited about the thing they’re excited about.

Also remember that Comics Are for Everyone.

Now would be an excellent time to get a free trial of DC Universe. The first season of Doom Patrol has come to an end (and it stuck the landing, though I’m sure there are those of you who would eagerly rush in to disagree…), so you can binge that, and also the first episode of Swamp Thing, which seems promising, has dropped, and, more importantly, they’re adding more comics all the time. (Again, I’m shilling for this on my own time; I don’t get anything out of it if you sign up for the service.)

And no, I’m not doing Spotlight Sunday at present, but here are some comics I’ve been particularly enjoying:

  • The War of the Realms and its associated tie-ins and the main Thor book
  • Criminal
  • The Green Lantern (the most recent issue was so beautiful it made me cry)
  • Domino: Hotshots
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Martian Manhunter
  • Spider-Man: Life Story

And some upcoming books I’m looking forward to:

  • The new ongoing Lois Lane series, her first ongoing solo book in over 45 years (Really excited for this one)
  • And also the new Jimmy Olsen series
  • Wonder Woman: Historia from Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Jimenez

On the topic of upcoming comics, I am still working on compiling Wargod: Worldtamer into a single, collected digital volume (I have managed to create a new, exclusive cover) and will let you know once it’s available.

And if you’re looking for the latest comics news, remember that The Spinner Rack is a thing that exists.

That does it for whatever this was. While the Spotlight may not return, I shall endeavor post more regular updates here, and maybe make my infrequent comics over at Journey Into Mediocrity a little more, er, frequent.

But in the meantime…

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