Thursday, August 27, 2009

Blog news

I just checked some stats about my blog, and I see that as of today, I have had exactly 1,500 views of my profile! Wow! Usually it's pretty hard for any blog to get any traffic, seeing as how there is literally millions of blogs out there! So for me to have had 1,500 views is pretty good, I think.

I also notice that I am closing in on blog entry #200 - about 8 to go as of today's entry. Like I did with post #100, I'll work on something special for #200. Also, I hope to soon have some new pin-up art for you to see. Based on other work by this guy, it should be pretty awesome. Given the detail that he puts into his works, it might be mid-September before I get it. But rest assured that as soon as I get it, I will post it here! If the artist's timing is just right, maybe I'll make posting his artwork here my 200th post! That would be awesome!

Next, my boss reminded me that I haven't posted my favorite Marvel comic like I did with the DC comic. There is a reason for that. It's because I had been waffling between two different titles, and for a time I considered posting both of them, but I think now I've made my choice. For sure I'll post that on Tuesday.

Well gang, that's it for now. I hope you have a great weekend. Here in Texas, we might actually get some rain, which would be a welcome respite - however brief - from this wicked heat we've had just about all summer!

See you next week!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A mention of me in a DC comic?

Check out this scene from the most recent issue of DC Comics' Power Girl (#4):

Hey, do you think that this is an indirect reference to me or my blog? Coincidence? I'm not so sure!

If Amanda Conner (the artist for PG) reads my blog, then let me ask her this: Amanda, could you PLEASE do a pin-up of me?? I would absolutely and totally be grateful forever, and I would post it here! Oh man, that would be awesome to see how Amanda would draw me!

And she's used to drawing busty superhero chicks anyway! LOL :-D

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Q&A: What is the hardest part of being a superhero?

Q&A time!

Q: What is the hardest part of being a superhero?

A: That part is easy: it's the fact that, even with super powers, I still can't do it all.

I have been gifted with amazing powers. As someone who believes in God, I believe that I've been given these powers for a reason. That reason seems to be to use my powers to help stop those who use their powers for evil. Each person I battle is different, so each time I face a new villain, I have to learn as quickly as possible what their power is and what I need to do to stop them.

Many times I figure out what I need to do very quickly. It helps a lot to study those superhumans that the U.S. Dept. of Superhuman Studies has in custody. It's through them that I learn what super powers can actually do and what powers can't do. But sometimes it takes longer for me to figure out their power before they cause harm to others or even death - especially if it's someone with powers that I've never encountered before.

I'll share a secret with you: when my failure ends in the death of others, I take it hard. Most of the time I'll just bury the pain, but sometimes I break down and cry. That kind of failure hurts that bad. The superhuman psychiatrists that the DSS has will tell me that I can't do it all. They theorize that people like me have a harder time accepting that basic fact because we can do so much more than the average human. Despite that, we have limits.

Because of our super abilities, we also often suffer delusions of grandeur more than regular humans do. That delusion can also take the form of heroes expecting to do it all, and how a given hero reacts to failure will state how they will develop psychologically as their role as a superhero expands.

Their reaction to failure can either result in a crushing guilt that they can't escape, or it can lead to them learning to be a better hero by learning from their mistakes. I'm trying very hard to live up to that second option. Time will tell on how well I do

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Alliance scum?

A friend of mine recently went to Disney World. When I had played WoW, she was one of the people I ran with. She was a blood elf paladin - so she was Horde, of course. She likewise has stopped playing. Anyway, I told her that while she was at Disney World, don't resort to old habits and start roughing up the 7 dwarfs, because they are NOT of the Alliance!

But later it occurred to me - "Or ARE they? Hmmm......" After some thinking, I decided that it is possible that they - along with their bitch Snow White - might indeed be Alliance! It's the perfect cover, after all! After some musing, here are the classes and professions that I see all of them taking up:

Snow White: I see Snow White as a death knight, since she arose from a magically induced sleep - and that's a sort of undeath, right? As for her prof, I say that it's tailoring. How else would those dwarves stay clothed?

Doc: A priest and an engineer. With a name like "Doc", he's got to be the smart one, right? And while we don't know if he's a medical "Doc", we're just going to run with it since priests are healers in WoW.

Happy: He is most likely a shaman and an alchemist and herbalist - with an emphasis on herbalism. How else does he stay so happy other than by those weeds and those potions? Plus, those totems he throws only emphasize whatever mood he is in - which, apparently, is "happy".

Sleepy: He is a very sleepy hunter and inscriptionist, because inscription is probably the most boring of professions - which is why he is so sleepy.

Sneezy: He could probably be a great mage or warlock - if he could stop sneezing long enough to recite spells! LOL I suspect that he is a herbalist with allergies (which makes you wonder why he's an herbalist!), and an alchemist who is working on the cure for his allergies.

Grumpy: Easily, Grumpy is a rogue of the assassin spec. It just fits his attitude. His profession I wager is leatherworking.

Bashful: Bashful is a hunter, because it allows him a lot of time to spend alone, since he's so bashful. His profession is probably a blacksmith.

Dopey: Dopey is a jewelcrafter. Remember this scene from the movie in which he sticks diamonds in his eyes? As for his class, it would have to be a rogue, since he's mute. As a mute, he couldn't cast spells or do the roars that warriors do, and silence is most necessary for a rogue. Plus, as someone named "Dopey", who would suspect him of being a rogue? It's the perfect cover.

Okay, there you have it - the 7 Dwarfs and their WoW classes and professions.

Friday, August 7, 2009

I will be taking some vacation time next week

Hey, gang.

I finally managed to finalize some vacation time, so I will not be posting here next week. I know I said that I would post my fave comic from Marvel on Tuesday, but I'll just push that back a week. Anyway, even though I will be taking my laptop with me, I'll be spending most of my time with family and friends next week while vacationing, so I won't be able to dedicate the kind of time to writing on my blog that I would like.

What I will be doing when I have some free time next week (and it won't be a lot!) is to flesh out some blog entries that have been sitting in my "draft" folder on my laptop for some time. That way, when I come back, I'll be posting those (along with my fave comic from Marvel, of course). I will be posting to my Facebook page though, since that doesn't call for the amount of time that posting to my blog does - so any of you BSC junkies will have to get your BSC fix that way next week!

So anyway, you guys take care while I'm gone, and don't get into too much trouble, okay? ;-)

When I get back, I will be - as I always like to say - "tanned, breasted, and ready!"! LOL

See you in a week!


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Comics talk - My current fave comics: DC

It's been awhile since I actually discussed comics, so let's take care of that right now, shall we? :-D

My favorite comic from DC is a DC/Wildstorm product, and it's World of Warcraft.

Even though I have scaled back my WoW playing time considerably (and going to let the subscription run out next week), I still enjoy the game. I just need a little break to take care of other, real-life stuff.

As for the comic itself, what helps it be a great comic is the fact that Walt Simonson writes it. Simonson is perfect for this title because of the classic work he did for Marvel's Thor. WoW type stories fit perfectly for his style, and it shows in the stories that I've read so far. In other words, we know we are dealing with a venue that is fitting more for the Thor/Conan style of storytelling as opposed to something that is related to superheroes. Simonson is perfect for this title because he can give it the sort of fantasy realm sense of larger-than-life otherworldliness that such a title would call for in order for it to work.

I've enjoyed the comic so much that I bought all the back issues so that I would be up to date on the entire series. My favorite character in the title also seems to be Simonson's favorite, which I state because she is the only character that has appeared in just about every issue so far. Her name is Valeera Sangiunar, a blood elf rogue. Her age is supposed to be about (I think) the equivalent of a human 16 year old teenager, but her build looks more adult than that (depending on the artist who draws her).

Valeera lost her parents at a very young age to the Scourge - the name for an army of undead led by the Lich King. Ever since then, she has had a passionate hatred for all undead, whether good or bad. She is also psychologically scarred with feelings of abandonment by those she has grown attached to; her gladiatorial teammates Lo'gosh and Broll Bearmantle.


****Before I continue, I'm about to enter spoiler territory, so if you want to buy the back issues yourself, then I suggest that you stop reading now.****


Her fear of abandonment is easy to explain - she got that from losing her parents at a young age. She has taken up Broll as a sort of foster father; which is odd since Broll is a night elf. Since some of you don't play WoW, blood elves and night elves are mortal enemies. Broll, in turn, has taken Valeera as a foster daughter - Broll having lost his own daughter to a mystical explosion that took her life when she was about the same age that Valeera is now. Lately, Broll has been in absentia for several issues taking care of some sort of still-undisclosed night elf mission that will undoubtedly come back full roar in a style as only Simonson can do.

Valeera has grown up some since the start of the series, and part of that comes from finally belonging somewhere, which in this case is Stormwind, capital city of both the humans and of all of the Alliance. However, she still gets into trouble due to her impatience and hotheadedness. For me, though, that makes her a fun character!

Broll Bearmantle is a night elf druid. Broll is Simonson's tortured hero - having lost his daughter as previously mentioned as well as a relic treasured by the night elf druids. Ever since that time, he shouldered enormous guilt despite the fact that his actions that led to the death of his daughter helped win the battle that he was involved at the time.

Lo'Gosh also happens to be King Varian Wrynn of Stormwind. Stormwind is the capital city of both humans and of the Alliance. Varian is another tortured hero who witnessed his father's assassination at the tender age of 10, and later on in life, lost his young wife to an injury after being struck by a stone thrown by an angry mob. Varian is Simonson's answer to Conan the Barbarian, because he is probably WoW's most skilled warrior.

All three characters have had some resolution to thier respective pasts, but as it always is in comics, more adventure awaits around the corner! And I will be waiting for every issue!

Next week I will discuss my favorite comic from Marvel. See you then!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hazards of being tall and busty

This has happened to me more times than I care to admit!

That's one of the problems of being 6 foot 1 and sporting a pair of DD's! LOL