Saturday, November 5, 2011


Man oh man, this has been a long week. I was in charge of planning the homecoming dance, which ended up taking a whole lot of my time. Also, my wife, my daughter, and I have all been in various stages of sickness throughout the week. Which is why I'm writing my Saturday blog post about fifteen minutes before midnight. Except the clocks are going to fall back, so I'm still going to make it, right?

I have no particular ideas for a blog post but I feel like I ought to write one. How about I list some random thoughts? If I add bullet points, it should look coherent, right?  

  • So far my favorite comic of the year is Forming. Here's an interview with the creator, Jesse Moynihan. Warning! That comic is chock-ful of profanity. Not recommended for young or impressionable readers. (Overall I'm glad I'm an educator, but one downside is that I can no longer unconditionally recommend things that are filled with profanity without adding in a disclaimer.)
  • I rented a [THING] for the homecoming dance. My loving wife was kind enough to come in and blow up 80 balloons for us. I tell you what, that cafeteria looked like a magical wonderland. When the dance was over, though, I forgot about the [THING]. Now it's locked in the school, and I need to return it by tomorrow in order to get my deposit back. Let's hope I can get in the building tomorrow. 
  • I was wondering today, Why are there so many TV crime dramas? Don't people get sick of crime dramas? My wife likes watching Bones, which is about an FBI agent and the eccentric scientist who helps him solve crimes, and Castle, which is about a cop and the eccentric novelist who helps her solve crimes, and Numbers, which is about an FBI agent and the eccentric mathematician who helps him solve crimes, and after a point don't you just get tired of watching them solve crimes? I get bored with watching people solve crimes. Couldn't they take an episode off from crimesolving and do something else? That is what I was thinking, and then I remembered that, while I may not fully understand the appeal of this genre, there are genres that I love that, conceivably, other people may not care about. You may love watching eccentric duos solve crimes, but wonder why the world would ever need more than one super-hero team. We all have our weird biases. 
  •  If I had to narrow it down, I would say my top ten favorite runs of super-hero team comics are:
    10. Legion of Super-heroes by Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen
    9. Avengers by Kurt Busiek and George Perez
    8. Legion of Super-heroes by Jerry Siegel, Edmond Hamilton, and John Forte
    7. Fantastic Four by Walt Simonson (This is surprisingly underrated; you never hear people talk about it, but it's great.)
    6. Doom Patrol by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani
    5. Avengers by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, and Neal Adams
    4. Defenders by Steve Gerber and Sal Buscema
    3. JLA by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter, and various artists
    2. Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (This is the World's Greatest Comic Magazine.)
    1. Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison and various artists
  • Can I put a numbered list in my bullet points? Does that throw off the whole format? 
  • The first few chapters of Persepolis are pretty dense with Iranian history. We've been discussing them, but I don't know how much of it the students are retaining. Hopefully enough to keep up with the story. 
  • No one reads this on the weekend, right? 


  1. I'm absolutely with you on the whole crime drama thing. I mean, how many iterations of CSI and Law & Order are there now? I was flipping through the channels one night and actually came across CSI: Quad City and Law & Order: Moving Violations. Okay, well, I made that part up, but honestly I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if somehow that is being batted around in some room in Hollywood right now.

  2. Hey Matt, did you know that, until DC editorial interfered at the last minute, Kirby was going to call his series Kamandi, The Fattest Boy on Earth?

  3. If only it were possible to click "like" for a comment on a blog...