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Friday Things: 10/25 - The Terror That Flaps in the Night Returns

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[It's getting cooooolder!]

On Blogging:

Are you a blogger? There's always room to learn more things. Here are 11 tips from The Nerdy Girlie.

Also on the subject of blogging: how to protect your privacy.

On Comics:

People interviewed the awesome Amanda Conner. I feel like they were trying to bait her to go in a certain direction the way some questions were framed, but she gracefully brushed it all off. All positivity, all confidence. Love her~

Ridiculously excited we're getting more Darkwing Duck comics, and even more excited that James Silvani and Aaron Sparrow are going to continue working on it.

New Edward Scissorhands comic!

Stuff I wrote this past week:

I take turns with a co-contributor on Panels for our weekly column Comics Fetish, in which we feature comics-related merch you can totally buy. This week was my turn.

Also on Panels, I wrote about Batman, and made a call for book recommendations.

On Book Riot, I wrote about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.

And finally, on Quirk Books, I rounded up some of my favorite Hello Kitty-related recipes/tutorials from YouTube.


Excited for Disney's upcoming Moana in 2016!

[Have a great week!]

Comic Thoughts: HARLEY QUINN #4

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Alrighty, so I was a little late in reading this one, which is too bad. On the bright side, I don't have the usual wait for issue #5, which I'll get to soon, here.

Spoilers ahead!

So, this issue we got to see some more of Harley's incredible "feels syndrome" (that's what I'm going to call it), and she goes on a rampage in the name of a little old lady who says her family doesn't go visit her as often as they should. Except, as she finds out the hard way, she was wrong. It was a mistake, and it was interesting to see how she'd handle it. Now I know: she rolls with the punches and follows her convictions, and sweats it later.

What made me happiest while reading this issue though was that one scene where Harley's in a diner and everything plays out exactly like a scene from Star Wars. And just in case the dialogue's homage weren't enough, the R2D2-inspired cup and the poster on the wall were just icing on that cake. Let it be known: Harley struck first.

Really, though, I'm still having fun reading this and I hope the series continues to keep the energy high. I'm kind of dubious about where things are headed now with this bionic dude - she agreed to help him a little too quickly, but then again, that's so Harley. I just don't want things to get too complicated, especially since so many thugs are after her. I guess we'll see? I'm trying not to jump to conclusions, anyway.

Comic Review: HARLEY QUINN #3

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This was a Valentine's Day-themed issue, and Harley spent it looking for someone to hang out with. And of course, she found plenty of trouble along the way.

I'm still loving this comic, and it isn't just because the team behind it is fantastic at writing and illustrating her character. I've gushed enough about those things in previous reviews of this series. One of the things I noticed in this issue, and appreciate, is all of Harley's costume changes. It's one of those obvious things that you don't really register until it's put right up in your face. In this case, Harley has a line in which she mentions Superman always wearing the same outfit as she changes into a sexy little dress and stockings to go out and find a hot date.

This book still has tons of laugh-out-loud moments, and bizarre imagery that works superbly well with Harley's character, though they'd be troubling out of context (such as her sitting in a bath while watching a TV set that's just sitting on a board on the tub, which also happens to have a stack of toasters next to it). It's also slightly disconcerting how she longs for "her puddin'" the way any normal girl might sigh and pine for her boyfriend (or ex) who's been gone a while. It also didn't help that one panel in particular had her picking up her dead Beaver with glee and she totally had Joker face.

I think that's just it, though. Harley's a normal girl. She's just bonkers. And really good at killing people.

Besides that, story-wise, there was a lot of the same as last issue: a bunch of goons are after Harley because someone put a hit on her on the internet. She's still mad about it, and in total Harley fashion, she's still taking it all in stride. This issue also ensured me that Poison Ivy is gone, but not forgotten, and makes me hopeful she'll make more appearances.

Comic Review: HARLEY QUINN Issue #2

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It doesn't feel like an entire month has gone by since I read Harley Quinn #1, but here we are.

The first issue focused on setting the scene for Harley and the new life she wants to make for herself. The pacing was pretty steady, or as steady as anything can be with Harley in the center of it, and there wasn't too much action tossed in. This second issue is more diverse, showing us a bit more of Harley's surroundings now that she's been at the new place for a week.

Random thugs are still coming after her, so that's the big thing she's dealing with. But in her carefree manner, she is also going about her other business and taking everything in stride. As with the first issue, there was another scene here in which she makes a sad puppy face because of something related to animal abuse, and decides to do something about it and adopt another furry friend (or 50 - just look at the cover for this issue). In this endeavor, she calls upon her gal pal Poison Ivy.

I loved this about this issue - the pal-ing around with Ivy and seeing them all cute and relaxed together instead of the usual: viewing things from the perspective of the "good guys" who only see these characters in moments of high tension. At least, that's "the usual" for me. Getting Harley as not a villain or a hero, but just her - a messed up character and what's she's up to - is what makes this book special in terms of its story. Obviously, this is aided by the amazing team that is behind the series, but in any case, the premise holds up on its own with that intrigue. (Is this a sign that I should maybe, probably read something featuring Deadpool?)

More than anything, this book is true to the character. Harley can be at once a manic, crazy gal, and before you know it you're falling to pieces over how darn cute she is. The writing by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti continues to have that awesome cartoon quality to it - perfectly scripted as if we were watching her on TV with the perfect sort of pacing and artwork (Chad Hardin and Stephanie Roux on the art, Alex Sinclair on colors) to make it look animated.

Anyway, I hope there's more of Ivy in future issues. I loved her interactions with Harley - they're just adorable together.

Comic Review: 'Harley Quinn' Issue #1

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I couldn't resist this book when I saw who the lead writers were: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Granted, I'm a fan of Harley Quinn in general, but I'm woefully behind on comics these days, and I've been dubious of DC Comics. Curiosity won out, and I'm pleased to have picked up this book.

Here's the quick intro: we're seeing Harley as she sets out to start a new life. She's packed everything she owns on the back of a motorbike, and she's moving into a place on Coney Island. When she gets to her new home, she's informed of all the dough she'll have to collect from tenants in her building and pay in taxes in order to keep it afloat, and sets out to get a job. One of her new jobs is roller derby, and it's absolutely perfect. Just perfect. 

Harley #1 is pretty mild in terms of the kind of crazy action her character has the potential for, though we get little bits and pieces of her manic personality. It felt restrained, like this was just a little taste to whet our appetites. The art was handled by Chad Hardin and colors by Alex Sinclair, and without a doubt, everyone contributes something indispensable to the book. The art captures the imagery just perfectly, and gave everything a lovely sense of movement. I was able to read this and actually see it playing out in my mind's eye like a cartoon. And Harley is just perfect for that sort of treatment.

I'm looking forward to reading more of this book. Now, let's just hope I can keep up with it all timely-like.