Thoroughly Thursday - the "Comic Book" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Comic Book Edition. Growing up, I wasn't really that much of a comic book fan. I bought the occasional Spiderman or Daredevil comic, but there weren't many girls hanging around comic book shops, so there wasn't that much of an appeal. It wasn't until college when I picked up a random friend's copy of a Sandman graphic novel that I suddenly discovered a far darker, more creative, and adult (without being "adult") area of illustrated literature. Now, of course, our world is permeated with heroes and stories from comics, and strangely, only some of it is for children: Black Panther was nominated for an Oscar, Logan was the best western in a decade, and I still laugh at Deadpool even though I've watched both movies a dozen times. All this is to say that my daughters and I can't wait to see Captain Marvel this weekend.
What I'm Watching: Will Somebody Find Me...
This weekend, my family and I finally watched Bohemian Rhapsody. Rami Malek was stunning, the story was fun, and the recreation of their Live Aid performance felt fresh and cathartic, even though I've viewed the original multiple times. Also, I loved Mike Myers’ portrayal of Ray Foster, if only because of this. But, I have an important question: when crazy-cat-man Freddy Mercury was living it up in Berlin, who took care of Dorothy, Tiffany, Tom, Jerry, Delilah, Goliath, Lily, Miko, Oscar, and Romeo?
What I'm Reading: The Greatest Comic Book Ever
Watchman by brilliant writer/cranky old man Alan Moore is considered one of the greatest comics ever made, and also, the one that killed the standard comic book. Originally sold in 1986-87 as a limited series, the story was multifaceted and literary, while satirizing costumed "heroes" as flawed individuals trying desperately to apply simplistic moral imperatives to a world far too complex and chaotic. Brilliant, devastating, and pulse-pounding, it was eventually assembled as a trade paperback, becoming one of the first graphic novels, and sparking a whole new appreciation for the medium.
Just FYI, don't compare the so-so movie by Zach Snyder to the book. The book is WAY BETTER. To prove it, this week, I'm giving away a free copy of Watchman. Email me by Friday, March 8th with your address to enter the drawing.
What I'm Doing - Going A-Broad
This weekend, I finally headed to the Broad Museum in DTLA. For me, it got a bit meta… What’s more interesting, the artwork or the people looking at it? Here is a short video (2min) on the works I enjoyed the most.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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