What-Man

So it’s time for my much awaited Webcomics Series!!!!

Okay…. so maybe just much awaited by me. Because no one else knew I was planning this. And most readers probably aren’t as mega enthused by webcomics as I am. Webcomics are one of the few things in my life that stay constant and for that I love them. Monday through Friday each week at least one of my comics is new. In the morning before I go to work I read my comics to prepare for the day. They and their writers are my morning cup of coffee. (Did that just get way too dramatic?)

So for the next several weeks I will talk about webcomics I currently read religiously, read every now and then, and past comics that have been completed but I loved all the same.

Today’s webcomic is a SHAMELESS PLUG. My good friends Robin Karleskint and H. Renae Croissant have recently started a webcomic. Only 24 comics old, this webcomic is still an infant and holds all the joy new babies do.

I love new webcomics. Webcomics that are not only new to me but the internet. There is so much hope and promise in following a new webcomic. You get to see the story progress, the art evolve, you get to wait painstakingly each week for the newest comic, and you get to say, “I’ve been reading it from the beginning!”

What-Man is all I want a new webcomic to be. About a guy named Ted who wants nothing more than to be a super hero. … Except he has no super powers. … And doesn’t know his super hero name. …And has a poncho made out of a garbage bag.

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The comic has a wry sense of humor, making fun of everything from art students (Portrayed by Ted’s oh-so-dramatic roommate, photographer Rob) to hopes & dreams. The story is written in Ted’s point of view and completely encompasses a person who looks at life in a hopefully cynical and completely pragmatic way.

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What I like most about the comic is that the story is promising. It introduces characters slowly and endears them to the reader and there is a sense of mystery of what’s yet to come. Ted’s messy, rambling path to super hero-dom makes you want to keep reading just to see what antics he gets into next.

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So go read What-Man here. It’s a quick read and you’ll be hooked. What-Man releases every Thursday and is totally worth the wait.

Enjoy and come back next week for my post about Questionable Content!

For more work from these two awesome writers, check out Robin’s blog all about being a freelance copywriter and H. Renae’s amazing and fun Tumblr blog “The Late Review” where she reviews movies long past new.

Minnesota’s Como Zoo and Housekeeping

Alright, housekeeping first. I’ve decided to cut these down to just once a week. I know that for those of you absolutely riveted by my posts, this is a devastating blow. But it just is what it is. I will now post every Sun-Tues depending on how the week is going, but probably Mondays.

The Como Zoo in Minnesota

I like zoos. I know this is an unpopular sentiment and I suppose I should rephrase. I like good zoos. Zoos help to seem animals safe and people aware of them. They’re great for learning and a fun day out. But…

I do not like Minnesota’s Como Zoo. I went to the zoo yesterday (Sunday) to see the new gorilla and polar bear enclosures. Not my idea.

What I saw did not thrill me. I’ve never liked this zoo, mostly because I’ve always thought the treatment of the animals and their enclosures was seriously lacking.  The polar bears especially. It’s been years since I’ve been there but I remembered the two polar bear they had both just walked or swam in the same formation over and over and over. These grand, majestic creatures had basically gone mad. When I went into  the new polar bear enclosure I was hoping to see something different. I didn’t and I was so upset I had to leave, almost in tears. This huge beautiful creature just swam in the same routine, over and over and over and over. And you could see he had been trained to do this because at the end of each routine he stepped out onto the rock and bobbed his head near the enclosure door like he was expecting treats. Over and over and over.

Outside was no better. On a sweltering 80 degree day with high humidity, the other polar bear was in a grass and “stone” covered enclosure completely devoid of water. I heard several people around me go, “That’s just wrong,” before walking away.

The zoo rid itself of its entire collection of bears for this new enclosure and it looked like nothing had changed. The interior was nicer for the visitors, but the polar bears weren’t what I’d hope they’d be.

But it’s not just the polar bears that make me want to leave this zoo and never come back.

The Sea Lions:

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Not only is this enclosure barren, it’s filthy. There’s always scraps of litter in the water and it just looks dirty and sad. The sea lion’s indoor enclosure is not much better, mostly concrete, a small pool for swimming, and 1 or 2 toys. I have a real problem with this zoo’s indoor enclosures. They’re deplorable. Minnesota’s summer has so many hot, humid days that often times animals are forced to spend more time indoors and out and they’re greeted with nothing but inhospitable concrete.

For instance, the giraffes and zebras. It literally breaks my heart.

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And the outside isn’t all that better. Not really the grassy plains we’re hoping for.

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Now I’m not a zoo expert but I know how going to this zoo makes me feel versus the Minnesota Zoo or the amazing Omaha Zoo, where I feel the habitats are more inviting, life like, and kept up.

The only animals at Como that seem to be fine are the big cats. The tigers, lions, snow leopard, and cougar are all happy and active. Their outdoor enclosures are more like sanctuaries… but their indoor enclosure is just some concrete and  some straw laid on the ground. That’s not good enough for my house cat let alone a lion.

And the penguin enclosures are so filthy you can barely see through the glass.

The zoo was also crazy busy, literally packed beyond belief. I really need to look into that. Are animals negatively affected by that many people staring and talking and banging on the glass? Do they even noticed? I want to find out.

All and all, I was not impressed and I wouldn’t go back despite the very cheap price of “$2 suggested donation.” I love Como Park and the Conservatory is beautiful, but I wouldn’t consider Como for my animal viewing needs.

(Photos courtesy of http://www.zoochat.com)

Reading List 6-15-13

Facebook Betrayed me so I’m moving this here. It’s a reading list I started in the summer of 2012. There’s less crossed off than I want there to be because the A Song of Ice and Fire books take so long to read.

The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres

Maus 1 by Art

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud Spiegelman

The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman

The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez

Olympos by Aki

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

The Erye Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Beautiful Room is Empty by Edmund White

M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel by Lynda Barry

The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd

The Intrinsic Quality of Skin by Peter A. Jackson

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Changeless by Gail Carriger

Blameless by Gail Carriger

Heartless by Gail Carriger

Timeless by Gail Carriger

*Etiquette & Espionage: The Finishing School Book The First by Gail Carriger

The Novice by Trudi Canavan

The High Lord by Trudi Canavan

Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Exile and the Kingdom by Albert Camus

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funk

FableHaven by Brandom Mull

The Grimm Fairy Tales

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice

The Stand by Stephen King

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Life of Pi by Yunn Martel

Blood Debt by Tanya Huff

Blood Pact by Tanya Huff

Blood Lines by Tanya Huff

Blood Trail by Tanya Huff

Blood Price by Tanya Huff

Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff

The Silvered by Tanya Huff

Wild Ways by Tanya Huff

No Quarter by Tanya Huff

The Quartered Sea by Tanya Huff

Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light by Tanya Huff

Trickster’s Girl by Hilari Bell

Dragon Flight by Anne McCaffrey

Dragon Quest by Anne McCaffrey

Freedom’s Landing by Anne McCaffrey

Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey

M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The Passage by Justin Cornin

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

*A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Starlighter by Bryan Davis

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Daughter of Witches by Patricia Wrede

A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson

Way of the Wolf by E.E. Knight

InkHeart by Cornelia Funke

InkSpell by Cornerlia Funke

The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

Shapechanger’s Song by Jennifer Roberson

Wages of Sin by Jenna Maclaine

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan

Sophie’s World by Jostien Gardner

*City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

*An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

*Looking for Alaska by John Green

* Books I Don’t Own

It’s a Whovasion and Nothing Is Sacred

Another Doctor Who post! I’ve been meaning to write this for a while and what better time than right after another Doctor Who post? This is about how Whovians claim EVERYTHING as their own. Nothing is sacred. I will briefly catalog some of my great crossover findings and theories from my time on the internet. I didn’t even have to search these out. Simply following Doctor Who facebook and pinterest pages lead me to these with no need to strain the google.

1. First and foremost, Harry Potter

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So there are three big reasons why Doctor Who/HP crossovers are so popular.

A. Those who like DW undoubtedly also like HP. They are both nerdy, English past times.

B. Bigger on the inside technology. The Doctor’s TARDIS is a spaceship that looks like a normal sized police box on the outside and is bigger on the inside. The wizards also have this technology. We see it with Arthur Weasley’s Ford Anglia, the tents for the Quidditch World Cup, Hermione’s purse, and the Room of Requirement. A lot of people think the first time we see this “bigger on the inside” is with the tents in HP & The Goblet of Fire, but we really see it in The Chamber of Secrets, where the car has been “modified” to fit 8 people. Whovians tend to ignore this because it’s too fun to think that  David Tennant’s appearance in the movie playing Barty Crouch Jr. has something to do with the wizards being able to have tents that are bigger on the inside.

And that leads us to C.  David Tennant. Tennant played the 10th Time Lord in the Doctor Who 2005 reboot series and then he shows up in HP 11 months later. And here’s a fun little tidbit. The last chapter of GoF  that Crouch Jr. appears in is called “The Parting of the Ways”… and the first episode David Tennant appears in as The Doctor? “The Parting of the Ways.” Really, it’s no wonder Whovians aren’t more all over this Wizards/Time Lords shipping.

2. James Bond

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This one isn’t even a stretch. The same guy, played by multiple actors over multiple years, who appears younger than his actual age, fights bad guys, saves the world, and has “companions?” I’m calling it. James Bond is a time lord.

3. Rugrats

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So, it’s actually no secret that the creators of Rugrats are Whovians. The Daleks in the lower picture are a clear indication, because really, you don’t draw Daleks on accident. And Tommy Pickles’ ever-so-useful screwdriver? Come on. But they couldn’t have anticipated the bow ties and I am inclined to believe that somehow it was the creators of Rugrats and Tommy’s adorable bow ties that was the reason for 11’s fondness of bow ties. Because bow ties are cool.

4. Sailor Moon I can hear you saying, “What? Sailor Moon?” Yeah, no, it happened. Some lovely person created this:

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Doctor Moon? Sailor Who? I really don’t know.

5. Pocahontas 

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Only someone who’s seen the show will understand this and I’ll admit I laughed harder than I should have. But I’ll put it out there, if you talk about drumming, constant drumming, ignoring drumming… a Whovian can tie it back to The Master.

6. Star Wars

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Was R2D2 based on the Daleks? I suppose it is very possible. The Daleks first appeared in Doctor Who’s first season, 5th episode that resulted in a 7 episode serials now just referred to as The Daleks or Doctor Who and The Daleks. We don’t meet R2D2 until 1977. Given their similar appearances, I suppose it’s very possible that the Daleks are father to R2D2.

7. The Magic School Bus

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I’m going to be really honest, this is my favorite. They both love science. They both have curly red hair. They both hang out with gingers. They both wear space suits. They both know how to operate a contraption that lets them travel in time, space, and bodies. (“The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs” shows that Ms. Frizzle has a time machine and in “Let’s Kill Hitler” the TARDIS shrinks to go into the human-shaped Teselecta.) I am pretty sure that River Song is based on Ms. Frizzle. Just saying. 

8. Mary Poppins

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Well really, who can argue that?

9. Captain America

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Notice how James’ date never talks? Yeah, it’s because she’s British. Funny enough, this theory didn’t actually work until the final episode of season 7, “The Name of the Doctor” aired. Before it was just fun to see her in Captain America, now Whovians can put their own spin onto why she’s there.

10. The Stanley Cup

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Seriously, I told you. Whovians will take anything even remotely Doctor Who and make it theirs. The Stanley Cup?  Really? This goes a little far even for me.

11. Monsters Inc. 

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If this is not doctored (Haha, see what I did there?) Monsters Inc. did this to themselves. I have not rewatched the movie to prove or disprove this claim. If Whovians have altered this photo, well it just goes to show how far Whovians will go to make everything a little slice of DW.

12. Pokemon

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Bigger on the inside technology of course. Maybe Ash lived on Gallifrey or a distant cousin there of. Maybe a Time Lord once visited them and bestowed this knowledge. Who knows.

13. Mean Girls

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Seriously, it’s just hilarious and needs to be posted everywhere.

14. Humor Surrounding Numbers

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This reminds me of Demetri Martin saying, “It’s weird how one group of people took refracted light. That’s very greedy, gays.” Well I say, it’s weird how one group of people took humor about numbers. That’s very greedy, Whovians. Well, at least numbers between 1 and 11 (Soon to be 12.)

15. CISPA

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Last but not least, this guy. The guy who used The Doctor’s Pandorica Speech to promote a Stop CISPA petition. Literally, guys. Literally. EVERYTHING.

Well my beautiful readers, that’s all I have for you. 15 things that Whovians have somehow made their own. If anyone knows of anything I’ve forgotten or probably haven’t heard of, please post it in the comments! See you all Thursday.