I tend to think of summer as my allotted time of indulgences. What this means is that I go to Phoenix Comicon, read (and purchase) a new graphic novel, re-watch my favorite Next Gen. episodes, and rent a bunch of movies. Occasionally, I’ll also get into a new video game, but I usually reserve that as a distraction from life for during the school year.
So… how’s this summer shaping up?
Phoenix Comicon? Check. Saw the Shatner, who is not nearly as awesome as the Nimoy, but I took what was available.
New graphic novel? Not yet, but I suspect I’ll be reading about some Watchmen pretty soon.
Update: I thought this was going to take me longer than it has because of the unfortunate scarcity of comic shops in Tucson. My favorite one is about an hour away. I feel most comfortable in that particular shop because the owner is pretty much the only guy who works there, and he has specifically geared his shop towards kids who are encountering comics for the first time. I may not be a kid, but Charlie (that’s his name) is by far the best recommender of comic books ever and he’s just generally a nice guy who likes getting people excited about comics. However, it seems pretty ridiculous for me to drive for an hour just to buy comics.
My next favorite shop is about twenty-five minutes away, but I feel really uncomfortable with the way the workers there talk to me as if there’s no way I’m shopping for myself. They seem to think the only reason a girl could be entering their shop is to buy something for her boyfriend.
My least favorite shop is the closest, at about seventeen minutes away. However, this shop is pretty hard-core. There are no action figures or other toys; it’s solely comic books. There are no labels telling me where this week’s releases are, where the graphic novels are, or even where the divisions between DC, Marvel, and Vertigo are. Therefore, I always have to ask for help, and they always treat me as if I’m very rare and fragile, and they’d like to take me home and put me in a display case as the girl who entered the hard-core comic shop. Some of them flirt with me in the way that only a thirty-five-year-old comic shop employee can. The only thing I really enjoy about this shop is that, like Charlie, they give really good recommendations.
SOOOOOO… after that long tangent, the point is that I went to my second-least-favorite shop today and found that everything was 35% off, so I am now the proud owner of two graphic novels and five regular comics. However, instead of starting with Watchmen (I know I should just read it, but I’m not excited about it at all), I went ahead and started Transmetropolitan.
Additionally this summer, I’ve read Ender’s Game, and realized that it’s a pretty good book, eh? I was a little annoyed that the back of the book said something like, “It’s not a game for Ender anymore…” That gave me just enough info to figure out the big, shocking twist right before I read it, but other than that, I have no complaints. The story is excellent.
Also, I watched the newest Spider-Man movie, and it was pretty excellent as well. My friend Matt and I had a super hero discussion a day or two before we saw the movie, and I basically said that I would never love Spider-Man. I have a deep affection for Clark Kent, mostly because he’s my first super hero love. However, I think I’m slowly growing out of my love for capes and kryptonite, because Peter Parker tugged at my heart more than a scoash, and I think Ashly may have put it best when she said that I just hadn’t seen the right Spider-Man. Andrew Garfield is way better than that Tobey Maguire chap, and Emma Stone would probably lose to Kirsten Dunst in a cage match, but I still like her better anyway. Also, Matt’s point that Super Man has a bit too many powers and his tendency to be about to lose, but just summon all of his strength at the last second to win… is kind of annoying. Thanks to Matt, I may never be able to look at my oh-so-powerful journalist from the Daily Planet in quite the same way… but Peter Parker is all-the-more-appealing with every passing day.
What do you think? Do I fully qualify as a geek now? Or do I need to read my Heinlan before I pass the test?