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I admit that I found a lot of the description about the circles really confusing, although I expect it would make sense in the actual material form. Still, it was great reading about someone playing with the comics format.
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Kes: It would be great to find more stories like this, perhaps with people creating their own superheroes with disabilities.

From the Daily Bits Web site

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Anthony Smith is a four-year-old boy who has medical conditions, including total deafness in his right ear and some hearing loss in his left. He has been using a hearing aid, but as things go with little boys, he just suddenly didn’t want to wear the device anymore.

His reason?
Superheroes do not wear hearing aids.

Parenting perspectives aside, how do you argue with a little kid about superheroes not wearing hearing aids?

Fortunately, Anthony’s mom seems to be quick on the ball. After hearing her son reason his way out of wearing his hearing aid, she got in touch with the guys at Marvel Comics via e-mail. To be honest, I am actually surprised that they got back to her. Just imagine the volume of e-mails they must receive!

In any case, the Marvel’s response is brilliant. They sent back an image of Hawkeye, who suffers from 80% hearing loss. This was in reply to Anthony’s mom asking for an example of a superhero who uses a hearing aid.

It gets better. Marvel created a new superhero just for Anthony. They call him Blue Ear, and guess what? He is named after Anthony’s hearing aid, Blue Ear.
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KRONCH FA-THOOM BUDDABUDDABUDDABUDDA: Performing Sound Effects in Comic Books
And because it is fun hearing my screen reader pronounce the title
KRONCH FA-THOOM BUDDABUDDABUDDABUDDA: Performing Sound Effects in Comic Books
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Kes: 'Cause you know what a hotbed of radical politics "Archie" is. Also, am I the only one who as a kid thought the comic would be more interesting if Betty and Veronica were the main couple?
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It's Ling Woo from Allie McBeel
Lex Luthor
--original and witty responses count toward tipping the balance
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Via The Art of Darkness
which gives a description of the original comic conceived of by a five-year-old who, of course, makes more interesting stories than most of what's on the bestseller list nowadays.
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Kes: The superpower of being able to bend metal with one's mind just isn't talking to me, short of being able to turn SUVs into accordians on wheels (though really, I don't think they need me to help much with that).

All I want is a disabled superhero who kicks ass, has a hot sex life, and isn't so broody that I want to slip a whoopie cushion down his spandex tights--that's not really asking for too much, is it?

Also, I would be interested in a description of the chair--my dream wheeled superhero has an elegant steampunky thing, but I'm not expecting this to be it.

Bad falcon

Apr. 29th, 2010 07:39 am
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Kes: Thanks go to my wonderful ff LJ user alexx_kay who wrote the descriptive track for this Web comic--I am trying to get this on a t-shirt, as I think it just says :Kestrell" so well.

Bad Falcon

Panel 1:
Several sad gnomes imprisoned in a box, looking out between bars. They
all look like stereotypical garden gnomes, with long white beards and pointy red hats.

Panel 2:
The gate of the cage begins to open, startling the gnomes.

Panel 3:
Wide shot. In the far background, the opened cage. Mid-to-foreground, gnomes fleeing for dear life. Mid-ground right, an evil sorceress with
long red hair, very skimpy clothing, and a leather gauntlet on her right arm on which rests a hooded falcon.

Panel 4:
The sorceress whips off the falcon's hood and shouts, "KILL!"

Panel 5:
As the sorceress grins in anticipation, the falcon's eyes begin to glow with golden energy.

Panel 6:
"K-ZOWTCH!" Laser beams shoot out from the falcon's eyes, reducing the gnomes to ashy skeletons.

Panel 7:
The sorceress frowns at the falcon, steamed.

Panel 8:
The sorceress waggles her left index finger at the falcon. "Bad falcon!
Lazy!" The falcon's beak is open as it looks at her, but it makes no reply.
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I still have very little voice: I can whisper at level 1 and, for short bursts, at volume 2, like if I need to check my voice mail on my cell phone (the irony of a cell phone with voice recognition commands). The thing about whispering is that it's like yawning: occasionally people automatically start doing it too. I don't sound as scary as Whispering Wendy, though. Whispering Wendy is this evil-sounding synthetic voice. You may wonder, how evil can a female voice named Wendy sound? Well, the way I've always imagined the backstory is that Tinkerbell succeeded in offing Wendy, leaving Wendy this disembodied ghost that acts as a sort of psycho-dorm mother for the Lost Boys. I like to contemplate Whispering Wendy and Coraline's mommy in a smackdown.
But you can check out Whispering Wendy for yourself

Today I cross-referenced and decluttered my laptop hard drive and backed up all my ebooks. For the curious, my ebook directories are Drivers, Fantasy, Horror, Nonfiction, Media & Cultural Studies, Science Fiction, and Writing, with appropriate subdirectories. Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction get their own directories due to size.

This morning I finished scanning Wade Davis's _Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie_ (1988), which is, basically, a more academic version of his _The Serpent and the Rainbow_ (1985), which is one of my favorite books. There is a lot of good material for untold zombie stories, mostly in how Davis proposes the theory that the process of creating a zombie cannot be separated from the culture and the community, that the medical ingredients of the zombification powder are basically inert without belief, and that making a person into a zombie was a form of social punishment against someone who had betrayed or exploited his community (in a Haitian community, for instance, Scrooge could have been turned into a zombie, and wouldn't that be a creepy sight, all those poor street urchins and starving mothers silently watching Scrooge shamble through the foggy streets of London?).

Another good zombie story: "The Dead One" (2007), a film featuring a Day of the Dead narrative based on the graphic novel "El Muerto" by Javier Hernandez, although I've had no luck finding a copy of the comic to purchase. There is some really wonderful imagery, and the story delivers a few surprises along with a rich mythology.

And here's another cool comic which Alexx read to me last night: Volume 2, Issue 1 of "Locke and Key" written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. No zombies but there are ghosts, and a spooky house, and many many strange keys. This issue also answers the immortal question: what does a ghost bring to a knife fight? An ectoplasmic chainsaw.

I need to say that again: an ectoplasmic chainsaw.
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DAY: Thursday
DATE: December 17, 2009
TIME: 6:00 pm
ROOM: MIT 26-100, access via 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Please join us as Randall Munroe, creator of the wildly popular web-comic
"xkcd," visits MIT to give a mini-talk about his new book and the school
it's funding in Laos. Plus, he'll answer some of your questions. Books will
be available for sale afterward and he'll be doing a signing!

Books are also available now at The MIT Press Bookstore.

Thanks to Breadpig <>, the Berkman Center at Harvard,
<>, and the folks behind ROFLCon
<> for their help making this event possible.

For more information call (617) 253-5249 or email
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This is actually reposting my most recent LJ post, but I already set up cross-posting so sorry about the redundancy.

This weekend was the calm before the storm as [profile] alexx_kay and [personal profile] herooftheage head into the final week of rehearsals before the big production of Henry V, but that doesn't mean we felt as if we had had enough of Will yet.

On Sunday, [profile] alexx_kay and I watched the last few episodes of
John Barton's DVD series "Playing Shakespeare," which I will be reviewing for Green Man Review. For now, I will merely point the curious to
the Playing Shakespeare page on
and the Playing Shakespeare page at IMDB .
The Athena Learning page is wonderful and includes all sorts of extras and links to other resources, which is handy as I am hoping to find an etext of Henry V to read this week.

On Saturday, [profile] alexx_kay and I watched
Julius Caesar (Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1953), which featured Marlon Brando as Mark Antony, James Mason as Brutus, and John Gielgud as Cassius. Here is a nice long video which includes the scene in which Antony confronts the assassins and, if you wait for it, Antony's "dogs of war" speech

You can read [profile] alexx_kay's review here

Of course, after watching Julius Caesar I had to hear the bit from Free Enterprise in which Bill Shatner performs his version of Julius Caesar, so [profile] alexx_kay found that for me on YouTube

Also scattered throughout the weekend, [profile] alexx_kay read me the first volume of the graphic novel _Lock and Key_ by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. It features a trio of siblings who move to Lovecraft, Massachusetts, after the violent murder of their father, only to find themselves exposed to more violence and a very creepy house where sometimes a door is more than a door. I love the house and the lock and key images, and the monster in the story which promises to provide a source of ongoing threat and mystery.


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