Friday, March 27, 2009

Teenage Wasteland Episode 17

Some recent reads! A classic cornucopia of comic book chatter!

-Athena Voltaire: The Collected Web Comics
-Athena Voltaire: Flight of the Falcon
-The Darkness Vol. 1: Accursed
-Green Arrow #60-67
-Savage Dragon #1-5
-Scalped Vol. 1: Indian Country

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Teenage Wasteland Episode 16

Media is changing. We all know this. In attempts to gather a better understanding, I record my own personal thoughts on the changing music industry, the future of digital distribution, and the ethics of downloading music. I tie personal opinion with research in this installment, and I find myself very proud of this recording. Listen in and think!

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Teenage Wasteland Presents: Trading Comics

It's a crossover! Don't fear though, no tie-ins. But, join in for a fun discussion I have with Scott and Chris from Two True Freaks on the subject of Trading Comics while loosing ourselves in a few other tangents. This is some good conversation with fellow podcasters!

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Teenage Wasteland Episode 15

Watchmen! Yes, another podcast on that movie. But! That's not all. No, you also receive a satisfying Jam Session packed with music galore! Thank malpractice for that one. Download! Listen! Onward!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Teenage Wasteland: Article 22 - More Than Mythical Beasts

Crackling with excitement, drama, and strong characters, Proof offers a truly unique experience for any comic book reader. Yet, with its abundance in offerings, the relationships and play between characters are what set the book apart from your standard comic. Even though the book is titled off of a specific character, the book, in true essence, is a “team” book much like Justice League or Avengers.

Blanketed by a tapestry of phenomena and quirky action, the cast seems to rely on social interaction to provide the almost “normal” atmosphere people seek. Issue number nine of the series is packed with these situations: anything from the trio of John, Ginger Brown, and Elvis Chestnut eating bagels to John instilling a sense of culture and self-appearance into the mind’s eye of Elvis. They are activities of the everyday in a book where a Bigfoot, a Dover Demon, and fairies exist.

For the sake of our “main” character, John Prufrock, being the Bigfoot that he is, seems to be the character with the most human of characteristics. The boy has family issues, tough luck in love, and a strong feeling of social awkwardness. These are things everyone goes through in their lifetime. But, going to the point, as a reader those traits are highly visible due to John’s interaction with Savage Dragon. For a few moments John doesn’t feel so alone; he sees the Dragon similar to himself and takes advantage of the quick banter going back and forth. Through the Dragon’s advice and experience, John sees a light at the end of the deep, dark social tunnel. He realizes that he does not have to be alone.

No matter the amount of cryptids seen or villains fought, Image Comics’ Proof is a portrayal of a cast on a journey. Throughout this series we will witness a powerful character drama. I have faith.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Teenage Wasteland Episode 14

Back again this week and for a longer period of time than usual, and I've got a special announcement! Join me as I lay down my thoughts on some recent reads, plus I take a dive into the past of my favorite company - Image. I'll talk your head off with this episode! (I take no responsibility for headaches, severe migraines, or bleeding of the ears. You are listening under your own judgment.)

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Teenage Wasteland: Article 21 - Definitely Not to Be

As a whole, as a complete portrait, as one idea I think Hamlet is a strong example of human frailty. But, the actual act of reading and digesting is not close to being an enjoyable journey. This opinion is mainly due to the seemingly impenetrable dialect, diction, and flow of Shakespeare, which creates a universal tone blanketing the entire work. With Shakespeare at the helm, no character has a particular voice, tone, or attitude. Everyone from the noble lord to a common groundling sounds exactly the same. With that in mind, it is quite easy for me to forget the characters, the situation, what is at stake, and overall just not care. Shakespeare is a genre and language I just do not buy into.

Now, when asking for specifics, it is not an easy task. Hamlet seems like one long, dreary blur of an experience; for its lack of significance, my mind will not allow it to waste the space of my mental data base and recollection…*Deep Breath*…But, that is the point of this paper, isn’t it.

In attempt to lay quotation, I will provide the short list of lines that actually managed to hold my attention for longer than a second. The first is found within Act I: Hamlet is seeking out the apparition, only to be victim to this chilling line – “Murder most foul, as in the best it is, but this most foul, strange, and unnatural.” With these instructions, Hamlet’s fate is set, and evil takes the lead. For me personally, this line seemed to actually carry some weight compared to everything else.

To cap off my list of likeable lines, I will go with a single couplet: “The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” The ending to Act II sets a moment of foreshadowing and actual understanding of the situation. This was the only point in the play I felt a bit happy to be reading. Also, I think it is the singular moment where the reader actually catches an attribute of a character: Hamlet is truly pretty clever.

Monotone is probably the kindest possible way I could describe the journey. Again, the idea and concept as an entire picture is brilliant, but the journey made me want to chuck the book across the room. I just need to stay away from Shakespeare. Art is certainly meant to drag emotion out from its audience but never the feeling of physical anger. Hamlet fails to provide the escape that all stories should; it only left me with frustration. Godspeed.