Doctor Who and Dalek (Art)

Doctor and Dalek; colored pencil and fine tip pen. Text adapted from Doctor Who’s “Genesis of the Daleks, Part 6”. Admittedly, I messed up David Tennant as the Doctor in the first column. But I am proud of how the aggressive “Exterminate” turned out! For those of you unfamiliar with Doctor Who, Daleks (the golden robot) are…

Reading Batman

Gotta’ love Batman! Here is his first appearance, from Detective Comics #27, from May 1939. It is a simple, cool story and it is only six pages. It introduces Commissioner James Gordon and ends showing that Bruce Wayne is Batman (technically “the Bat-Man”). I’ve read three Batman graphic novels recently: Batman: Year One (okay); Batman: Hush (excellent); and Batman:…

Superhero: Batman, or Bruce Wayne? (Dark Knight Rises thoughts)

WARNING: SPOILERS Superman. Batman. Captain America. From their beginnings in the late 1930s, superheroes have always been larger-than-life heroes. They are willing to make sacrifices to save us from harm in ways ordinary humans cannot. Kids idolize superheroes. In one of the best parts in The Dark Knight Rises, John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a young police officer,…

Confession: Why I Love to Read

It’s official: I have an addiction to reading. But hey, nothin’ wrong with that, right Doc? I’ve already read more than 20 books this summer, and I’m aiming for another 10 to 15 more before I go back to college. So, why do I read? Well, there’s the obvious answers: To get lost in a…

My Summer (Book!) Road Trip

Reading is my raison de être. So, after a hectic semester in college, I am celebrating my freedom with a three-part summer goal: Read, read and read. I can think of no better way of spending three months than by lounging around reading a good sci-fi or two. I just finished Carte Blanche, Jeffery Deaver’s…

Of Aliens and Men: Science Fiction, a Genre Code (Anthropology essay)

Wohoo, got to write an essay about science fiction! It was fun being able to write about The Hunger Games and X-Men! This is my final paper for my Language and Culture Anthropology class. We have to evaluate a code, which is a genre (like punk rock music, or fashion, or mystery novels). INTRODUCTION            …

Top 10 Superhero movies to prep for ‘The Avengers’

I made a last-minute decision to watch The Avengers at the midnight premiere tonight- I’ll get in line in a few hours. Talking about The Avengers… Here’s a list of my Top-10 Superhero movies! (Published in Wednesday’s The Daily Titan.) Fanboys Assemble! 1. The Dark Knight (2008) What’s so good about this film? Not its…

Happy Book Day! (And other thoughts on World Book and Copyright Day)

Today is World Book and Copyright Day, as celebrated by UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization). You can check out its history here, but the day “seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright,” according to UNESCO. Tonight is also World Book Night (unrelated to UNESCO), where volunteers…

Prepping for The Avengers

To celebrate The Avengers’ release May 4, I am currently writing a “Top 10 Superhero Movies” list for my school newspaper. My superhero journey took me to Iron Man 2 today. I don’t plan on getting into review mode, but the film is decent (better than I remember). And the Avengers and Thor references make…