They’re Not Like Us… a quick review

For two issues this book has read more like a a pitch for an new X-Men title of villains at a school (a new class of Hellions, maybe) than an original concept. Which, is cool- if I had a book I wanted to pitch to Marvel but I couldn’t because I was the publisher of the 3rd largest company in the industry, then I would probably do the same thing that Eric Stephenson’s doing. Still, nothing has quite grabbed me yet about this book.

Yet, I keep buying it. I think it’s the book’s clever design: the credit page is actually the front cover. And it’s a fetching cover design.

IMG_1022.JPG In addition, the inside cover is actually the first page of the story, and the inside back cover contains the last page of art. So basically, instead of wasting space on ads and promo material, we readers get extra pages of art. Not bad.

IMG_1023.JPG While the pencils and inking are cool and San Francisco underground-ish (the story takes place in SF), it’s really the colors that sells the art in this book. Check out how color is actually used to tell the story here:

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So congrats, Jordie Bellaire and whoever did your book design work: you just sold me on issue #4.

When asked what surprised him most about humanity…

Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

-The 14th Dali Lama

I finally read Amazing Spider-Man #700: great issue! As much as I love Humberto Ramos’ art, he wasn’t the right person for this story. Edger Delgado’s colors didn’t match the tone either. It needed someone more dramatic and moody. Despite that, excellent issue.

a follow up on my Twitter thoughts

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It’s like a public AIM chat room

Just hours after I made my post yesterday something happened (the #Oscars) that made me realize why #twitter is still valuable to use. It is like a public AIM chat room with celebrities, news outlets and companies. Hash tags and tending topics are like the only way we can communicate with people that are otherwise locked in ivory towers. Sometimes we get responses from them; but at the very minimum we get a vote and a voice about what is popular.
I still contend that the medium is dead as a way to socialize with peers: twitter is all about celebrity, commercialize and news now.

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A thought about Twitter

No one actually uses Twitter anymore.
At least none of my friend do.

I realized this today as I was trying to find a replacement for the TweetDeck app. See, TweetDeck does crazy spying on you, asks for tons of permissions from your phone, and stalks all of your friends. When I learned this, I went to delete it from my phone+iPad. But all of the 3rd party replacement apps that I tried to use were ancient and can’t be used with Twitter anymore. Crap in a bag.

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That was the first time that I questioned if I actually needed twitter on my phone+iPad. When I’m bored, I don’t read Twitter, I check Reddit or Instagram (cuz IG is what all my friends are on now- otherwise I wouldn’t touch it). I admit that Twitter was good for reading news from comic book professionals, and maybe for the occasional joke from Conan O’Brian, but that’s about it. I know that I use it for my blog here more than I actually make blog posts cuz it’s quicker, buy maybe if I used the WordPress app instead of Tweeting, I might actually update my blog more often.

::one dude’s thoughts on Twitter, from Reddit::

The fact that Apple integrates Twitter into their OS, and the fact that it’s mostly used by companies to push their products, makes me wary of it as a platform these days. Kids don’t use it, I’m pretty certain about that, meaning that it’s days as an Internet establishment are numbered. We’ll see how much longer I keep it around. Tighter integration with Tumblr might be where I’m headed next.

My first watercolor

Lately, I’ve been using my lack of money as an excuse to make time for drawing. For example, my friend’s daughter celebrated her 6th birthday today, and rather than purchasing a birthday card, I used it as an excuse to play with watercolors. So here’s the card I made. way too much black, but at least I’m learning a new medium.

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