“Listen, I’ve tried just about every sandwich on the McDonalds and Subway menus, so I think I can conclusively say that all American cuisine is crap.”—What I usually hear when people who aren’t really into American comics talk about American comics.
The new Sailor Moon series got me thinking about this game we did in 2011, so I wanted to share it again. I miss the ridiculous expressions they used to have in this show. Enjoy!. :3
One of the games we devised for the T-Mode Birthday party was something we called “Old Queen Beryl”. Essentially, it was a mix of the card game “Old Maid”, musical chairs, and Sailor Moon. We had 2-3 decks of playing cards and mixed into them two cards that were stickered with one of these:
If you had one of these at the end of the round, HURRAY! You get a prize.
But if you got one of these…
..you were out (and you were given a “Make me a sammich” sticker and declared Queen Beryl’s bitch. XD)
So we would give everyone two cards (and instruct them to keep them secret) and began playing the Sailor Moon transformation music. In that time, everyone had to swap cards with each other to either A) get a prize card or b) get rid of Queen Beryl. You could not refuse to trade and you could not trade with the same person twice in a row. Now, to throw people off who thought that a sticker automatically meant something, we made these to “No Prize” stickers to put on random cards:
You get nothing from these except perhaps a chuckle. So yeah, the game was a super fun and I think we may have to break it out for future conventions. Yes? Oh, yes! :D
“It’s kinda funny that she’s is getting a “Leather & Doc Martens” makeover at a time when spandex tights are actually coming back in style in the real world.”—Sarah and I talking about the new Batgirl design
“Huh, so the Special is teaming up with Uhura, a furrier version of the Face, a Wrestler and a wooden Riddick in order to escape a prison run by Wreck It Ralph? And also avoid Ned from Pushing Daisies and his assistant, blueberry flavored Amy Pond? And it’s all to the tune of Blue Swede? AND it’s directed by the guy that wrote Slither, Super, and Lollipop Chainsaw? THIS MOVIE IS GONNA BE AWESOME!”—Quite possibly the best quote I’ve read about “Guardians of the Galaxy” so far.
I've been meaning to ask you: What did you think of the Thundercats reboot series?
Never saw it. Looked a little too “anime” for my tastes. Not that I’m knocking anime (and ignoring that most of the animation staff of the original show were actually Japanese,) I was just very lukewarm on it for Thundercats.
Can you recommend me a good Superman arc? I've enjoyed him in teamups and partnerships, but I don't think I've read much of him solo.
Sure! Here are my favorites…
1.) All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely
2.) Kingdom Come by Mark Waid & Alex Ross
3.) “For the Man Who Has Everything” & “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow,” both by Alan Moore. The former was adapted as a Justice League Unlimited episode that is fairly close to the comic minus the kryptonian political stuff.
4) Superman: BirthrightAND/OR Superman: Secret Origins (Both are slightly different takes on Clark’s early life. They’re both really good, but if I had to only pick one, I’d choose Birthright.)
5.) Superman: For All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
6.) "What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & The American Way" Adapted as the animated movie”Superman VS The Elite.” Never actually saw it, but I love the story it was based on.
7.) Superman: Escape from Bizarro World by Geoff Johns, Richard Donner & Eric Powell.
As a bonus, here’s a pair of alternative Superman stories that are REALLY well done: Superman Red Son & Superman Secret Identity.
I also recommend pretty much every issues of the recent “Adventures of Superman” title that DC has been putting out lately. It’s the only comic from the “Big Two” that I’m reading these days.
Wish I had time to write synopsis for each of these, but just trust me and check ‘em out. I might do a more detailed post as time permits. Happy reading! :D
May I ask why you like Superman? I'm not against it, just curious.
Part of it is nostalgia. Part of it is my affinity for primary colors. Part of it is my love for over-the-top science fiction and old school superhero comics in general.
But I think the major reason is that I’m a hopeless romantic and unapologetic optimist . And I believe in people who, in spite of an increasingly cruel and cynical world, use their amazing gifts to help others and make the world a better place. I don’t find that sort of character boring. I find them uplifting and inspiring. And reading stories of how they overcome their own struggles and reach out to others helps me find hope and direction in my own life. My favorite Superman stories are the ones play to our better angels, which is something that I really appreciate. I know that might sound a little hokey, but it’s genuinely how I feel. I believe in Superman. :)