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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sin City Volume 1 The Hard Goodbye Review

Sin City is a town made from the ashes of film noir and a good old fashion detective novel. The black and white landscape adds to the gritty feel of the story. There is no build up to the plot, out of the gate we are faced with Marv’s reality. Marv is not the typical hero/anti-hero, those constraints don’t apply to the force of nature known as Marv.

A “chance encounter” leads Marv into the hands of the beautiful and now dead Goldie. Marv is the best fall guy to take the rap for Goldie’s murder, but who would want Goldie dead? The aftermath of Marv and Goldie’s encounter is the foundation of the controlled mayhem that Sin City: The Hard Goodbye is built upon.

As the story unfolds you begin to realize that the term hero doesn’t fit Marv. He’s a vigilante with one goal and purpose, this is his drive. Self-preservation isn’t in his vocabulary, brute force with a mix of fearlessness and devotion are the things that make Marv jump head first into this mission of carnage.

The pace is fast, and you begin to see how all the puzzle pieces fit together to create the full story. Frank Miller weaves this tale brilliantly, allowing for twist and turns with the clear purpose to show the reader the core of Sin City.

Sin City is more than an urbanscape, it’s a town that feeds on cause and effect. They are no heroes, just men and women like Marv and Goldie who understood that the city can destroy you. In the end there is still room for retribution, that makes this wild ride even more satisfying. 


Friday, November 17, 2017

Office Wall Tour

 Prints, scrolls and commissioned art. Too many fandoms to name! 


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Alex and Ada Volume 1 Review

Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn’s Alex and Ada Volume 1 delves into a world where human and A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) are coexisting.

We are introduced to Alex, a seemingly average guy who is trying to figure out life after the end of a long-term relationship. The mundane existence that Alex is leading is subtly bleak, he has friends and a career, but he’s still lonely.

Usually societal norms when discussing Artificial Intelligence can be complicated. The story is set in a world where many humans were killed by an android. How can a robot have thought without input of the creator/owner? Free will is a human concept, there is no puppet master forcing our hands. Is it possible for an android to have free will?

Alex and Ada convey companionship akin to having the freedom of choice, but is it possible for something man-made to have freedom? As the story unfolds, I continued to ask myself a conceptual question; can freedom be engineered or is it a human concept that can be transcribed to something we’ve created?

You are forced to question your beliefs and it makes for an interesting internal debate. By the end of the volume you are left with hope and sense of looming disaster. I’m very excited to begin Volume 2 to see where this winding road will take me.  


Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Wall Tour Part 1

I want to show my wall art in random burst, because everything on the wall was acquired years apart and from different conventions.

This awesome pink print with it's matching IKEA frame is one of my favorites. I got this at NYCC 2016 from the amazing and talented Jen Bartel

This Joker was also acquired at NYCC, but in 2015. The artist is CJ Draden

How sweet is this print? I follow the awesome artist on Tumblr her name is Mochi Panko
Mochi Panko is also the creator of my awesome avi!


Sunday, July 2, 2017

An Organized Bookcase? What is that?

My bookcase is a place for simple storage of random old books that I've had for many years and new manga that I've started to collect. 

Most of my collection is of single issue comic books, which are stored away. The graphic novels and manga titles are growing slightly, so with more titles I will develop an organizational system. 


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Scents of the Summer

Summer has finally arrived in New York and with the change of weather I change my perfumes. Sweet florals that spell like the summer sun are the kinds of scents that I gravitate towards when the days get brighter and longer. 

Truly Pink by Vera Wang- Radiant, enchanting and forever in bloom. A floral fragrance capturing the fragrant caress of fresh rose petals on the skin. Inspired by the grace of a single rose; deep in its complexity—budding with possibility. A new fragrance interpretation that is the essence of enchanting femininity and the epitome of Vera Wang's style. (Description via Nordstrom)

Daisy Eau So Fresh by Marc Jacobs- Exhilarating, bubbly, playful. Daisy Eau do Fresh by MARC JACOBS is a reinterpretation of Daisy. It’s more fruity, more bubbly and more fun with a bounty of bright notes that transport you to a place that’s happy and funny. (Description via Nordstrom) 


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Midtown Afternoons

Working in the city is an experience that many people desire and hold in high regard. The city has a different meaning for me, it drains me and forces me keep up with its intense pace. I’ve seen buildings break ground and before you know it, it’s opening day. The city doesn’t allow anything to be stagnant for too long. This hectic pace sucked me in and took hold of me during my mid 20’s, now almost ten years later I see that I was somehow swept into the madness of the city. I lost myself in this tornado and now I am breaking free.

Change, very simple word is what I constantly hear in my head while I am working. The need to break away from my weekday city commute is constantly on my mind. Starting over in a new city and at a new company are fearfully exciting. The streets of the city aren’t easily described by nuanced words as cool or gritty, but for me tiring is how it’s best described. 


Monday, May 22, 2017

Ramblings About the Badlands

When I think of season finale episodes I automatically remember watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Millennium. I would wonder about secrets being revealed, or a dramatic fight scene or confrontation.
Many years and a bunch of season finales later I’ve learned to allow wiggle room for missteps and plot holes. The vast majority of the television and movies I consume are horror, science fiction and fantasy themed. These are usually following similar formulas, but you can find gems that break the stereotypical tropes.
Into the Badlands trailer screamed at me saying, “Hey look at this, multicultural cast and a strong female presence!” I heard the battle cries and I was pleasantly surprised. I live tweeted every episode for season one and feverishly hoped for a season two. Season two as expected had excellent fight sequences and a harder and more conflicted Sunny. Conflict is needed to keep the story developing, if Sunny and Veil got out of the Badlands with Henry and started farming the show would be purposeless.
After the murder of her parents Veil is left stripped of a family until Sunny decides to get her and their child out of the Badlands. The situation became completely chaotic and they were separated and Veil is left alone, but is now a mother to Henry.  Veil’s entire existence is shaped around her protecting Henry and trying to get to Sunny. Unlike other female characters on the show, Veil does not have the backing of anyone except herself. There is no shelter for Veil; she’s at the cliff’s edge with Quinn or at the mercy of The Widow.
The creation of a character who is completely defenseless in a plot where you have to either be a fighter or be aligned with a group in order to survive left her completely vulnerable. She’s a doctor who can only use her intelligence and skills of deception to ensure the survival of her child and herself.  The softness of Veil was the perfect balance for Sunny and the show.  She represented the other side of the Badlands.
How much torment can a character take? This statement rarely comes from me because I expect the worse and usually become surprised if a pleasant outcome happens. Veil’s demise was written in every episode this season, she was dismantled and then finally after the reunion she met her demise. Happy endings aren’t something to expect in the Badlands, but the death of a character who shaped Sunny to be the man that he is now is a hard pill to swallow.  

When season three is being written I hope they take into account the woman that Veil was and think about how her death will affect Sunny. Veil was a character that was never given the chance to develop or allowed to step out of the box she was placed in; despite that she was loved and appreciated by many, because we saw her as something good that the Badlands created.

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