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Supanova Popculture Expo Melbourne 2016

Hey everyone!

I went to Supanova in Melbourne on the weekend and had the most amazing time with my friend and her boyfriend. I always love going to these types of events, because I see a mass of nerds and I totally feel like screaming”MY TRIBE!”… although I don’t because I am actually quite introverted (I know you don’t believe me).

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I wish there was more comic stalls this year as anime seems to be slowly taking over this convention, but they did still have one comic stall there and so I bought a few books – you can check that out in my newest video!

We still have a couple of comic conventions still to come in Melbourne this year! Oz Comic Con is happening from June 11 – 12 which is 3-4 days before I go to America. I might be strapped for cash still when it comes to this con but I still might just go. I know that event is focused way more on comics so I need to get there.

We also have the Australian Movie and Comic (AMC) Expo (formerly known as Armageddon Comic Con) happening in Melbourne on 15 – 16 October and I will absolutely be there for that one as well.

If you ever see me out and about at these events, don’t be afraid to come up to me and say hi – I promise I am nice! haha

That’s it for today, but first…. how amazing is this Ursula cosplay?!

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Melissa / holybatgirl

 

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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I personally think we’re living in the best of times as a nerd. We have access to everything we could possibly want. Hundreds of comic titles, a new superhero movie every week, TV shows based on our heroes, websites and news are broadcast to us faster than it ever has and we have social media and podcasts to be able to discuss these things.

We are so fucking lucky and yet, we still have fanboys and haters.

The word fanboy is thrown about a lot, and I think sometimes people use the word when it’s not really an accurate description of the person of the situation.

My definition of a fanboy is someone who is so passionate about something they they lose their ability to be objective and will just blindly follow, fight and defend the honour whatever it is they’re into. You can’t argue with a fan boy, they’re so committed to their thoughts that regardless of whether they’re right or wrong, they won’t budge.

The reason I am writing this post now is because I truly can’t think of a better time. We’ve just had Batman v Superman come out, and of course given the mixed reviews, there’s no better time for the DC and Marvel fanboys to come out start arguing over who has the bigger penis is better than the other.

The Marvel v DC argument is exhausting to me. Yet we all hear it loud and clear every time a DC movie comes out is “Marvel would have done it better/Marvel do their characters better” and vice versa when it’s a Marvel movie “DC’s movies are better/darker/don’t make their movies aimed at children.”

I wish they would shut up.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I am not saying people have to like everything, because that’s not realistic. But why is it that we can’t just like or dislike something in isolation? Why does a DC movie need to be compared to a Marvel movie instantly? Why is there even a need for one company to be better than the other company?!

Yes, negative opinions on film, tv and comics can go far in terms of helping people understand that they need to lift their game and do better, but it’s when people just blindly start shitting on something because it belongs to a company they don’t like, or they’re hating on a movie because of a certain actor or director… that kind of hate is not constructive nor does it help anyone. It’s just you being a hater.

I think sometimes as fans we just need to take a deep breath and chill out a little bit and understand how lucky we have it. Some perspective around these things usually helps, because we put our blinders up and get so caught up in the things going on in our little bubble that we forget that 30 years ago, or hell, even 20 years ago being a nerd was so isolating and you would never have had the access to information and news that you get now.

I spent most of my life isolated in the nerdy interests I have. I had friends that liked some of the things I liked, but when it came to comics, I had to turn online for that. I am grateful for that, as well as the amazing friends I’ve made. We shouldn’t lose sight of things like this.

The fact that we can talk to other fans at the touch of an app these days is incredible. And yet, how often do we abuse that privilege by talking shit to one another instead of trying to lift each other up?

I’ll say it again, I don’t care if you like or dislike something, but let’s try and not make it a pissing contest comparing it to everything else around us and arguing about which company is better than the other. I see people having these fights online in the most disrespectful  manner and it makes me sad that we have this amazing platform to come together as a group of people with a similar love and we just tear each other to shreds.

I don’t know if I am the only one that feels this way, but I’m putting it out there. Let’s be a bit more awesome to each other.

Melissa / holybatgirl

Reading Slumps and Overcoming Them

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One of the biggest reasons my YouTube videos had stopped for about 5 months was due to a reading slump. I love reading and I was reading so much that I think I just pushed myself that little bit too far, and no matter what I did, I just could not bring myself to pick up another comic. I was burnt out.

It certainly has nothing to do with my passion and interest in comics, because that is still alive and well. But I think my job played a pretty large part to do with this. Like a lot of you out there, a lot of my job requires reading pretty dry documents. I also do proofing as well and so at the end of the day, the last thing I have been feeling like doing is sitting down to read. It’s like my work sucked the joy out of any recreational reading.

I am still battling this reading slump if I am honest but I just want to push on through. I feel like this happens more regularly than we talk about, and so I thought I would share some tips for getting through reading burnout:

  1. Reorganise your shelves
    Sometimes just going through your shelves and re-arranging your books will get you looking at each of the titles again up close. I know when I did this recently with my comics, I was so inspired to read again. There are so many comics on my shelf that I am yet to read and looking at them all organised, it was a nice reminder of why I am so passionate about comics.
  2. Re-read an old favourite
    This is a really good trick for two reasons really. The first is that often in a reading slump, there’s a “can’t be bothered” factor, and so you don’t often need to give your full attention to a comic that you have read and loved before because you know what to expect. But secondly, the benefit here is that a lot of those feelings also come back when you’re reading a favourite and it can help with that spark. This happens to me when I am reading Hush or The Killing Joke.
  3. See if one of your favourite writers or artists has any new titles out
    This definitely gives me a kick in the butt. Basically if Gail Simone has a new series out, I am always on the bandwagon. Something new can give us the push we need to keep reading.
  4. Go to the comic store
    If I am in a reading slump, I especially love making the one hour drive to Melbourne and going to our huge comic store there (All Star Comics) because you cannot go there and not be excited by all of the titles they have. Plus, because of the distance, I always make sure I go when I have a good amount of spending money so that it’s not a wasted trip. New comics is motivation to get through them!
  5. Go digital
    I know not everyone loves digital comics and people do have big opinions on whether this is the way to go or not. But honestly, when I first went digital for my monthlies, I noticed that I was actually reading more than ever. That’s primarily thanks to technology and my need to always have my phone or ipad mini on me. So time spent in waiting rooms, or queues or my lunch breaks at work were spent reading instead of playing on my phone doing nothing.

There’s so many comics and new titles coming out all the time. Not to mention the huge backlog of trades that I have to read as well, and it can be a lot sometimes, I completely understand.

Of course, sometimes you do just need to listen to yourself and if you need a bit of a break, then do it. But when it’s time to get back into the reading game, these are the things that really make a difference to me.

If you ever go through the same thing as me, I hope these tips help you out next time you’re feeling a little uninspired!

Melissa / holybatgirl

Let’s Talk DC Rebirth: Here’s What You Need To Know

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The biggest news of the week in DC Comics was the announcement of the artists and writers who are going to be taking over some of DC’s most popular comic titles when they’re relaunched in June under an event named DC Rebirth.

If you’re anything like me, you might have questions, and I’ll do my best to answer those questions for you here.

Relaunch v Reboot
DC are being very clear that this is a relaunch and not a reboot. Personally, I thought the two were synonymous previously and I thought we were just taking semantics. After all, the titles in the relaunch will be starting back at #1, so I was left scratching my head until I did some research.

Perhaps some of you may judge me for not knowing the difference outright, but I am in the business of “no question is a stupid question” and in the interest of sharing what I know to others who have the same thoughts, let me clarify for you the difference in the comic book world:

relaunch in the comic world refers to when a series is re-started  with new numbering (i.e. from issue #1) and usually involves a new creative team while maintaining existing continuity. 

reboot in the comic world refers to restarting a series (also would involve new numbering), however there are little to no ties to the previous series and no continuity. For example, The New 52 was a reboot with origin stories being re-told without any ties to the old series.

Why are DC doing this?
Just like anything, sometimes you find yourself off course. Which is what DC said was happening to them. The New 52 happened in 2011 with the best of intentions, but DC have said themselves that in hindsight maybe not everything about it went perfectly.

The writers came together to talk about what it was about each of these characters that they loved the most. What were the traits and strengths of each character that made them as iconic as they are? They worked hard to perfect this, and the outcome of this work is DC Rebirth. The writers want to be able to do better, to showcase the characters that we know and love and to represent them in ways that are better than maybe they’re being represented currently.

Also, sales. I’m cynical.

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What titles can we expect and who are the new creative teams?
This is the exciting part!! So many titles starting back at #1. So many incredible artists and writers coming on board. I already know that from June onwards, I will be spending up on these new titles.

Here’s a list of all of the new ongoing titles and new creative teams (I’ve taken out the one-shots)! Let’s list off the facts first and then I’ll tell you what I am personally excited for:

  • Aquaman – Dan Abnett and Brad Walker with art by Walker, Jesus Merino And Phil Briones
  • Batman – Tom King with art by David Finch, Mikel Janin
  • All-Star Batman – Scott Snyder with art by John Romita Jr.,  Jock, Sean Murphy
  • The Flash – Josh Williamson with art by Carmine DiGiandomenico, Neil Googe
  • Green Arrow – Ben Percy with art by Otto Schmidt, Juan Ferreya
  • Green Lanterns – Sam Humphries with art by Robson Rocha, Ardian Syaf
  • Superman – Peter J. Tomasi, Pat Gleason with art by Doug Mahnke, Pat Gleason
  • Wonder Woman – Greg Rucka with art by Liam Sharp, Nicola Scott
  • Action Comics (will continue numbering at #957) – Dan Jurgens with art by Patrick Zircher, Tyler Kirkham, Stephen Segovia
  • Detective Comics (will continue numbering at #934) – James Tynion IV with art by Eddy Barrows, Alvaro Martinez
  • Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps – Rob Venditti with art by Ethan Van Sciver, Rafa Sandoval
  • Justice League – Bryan Hitch with art by Tony Daniel, Fernando Pasarin
  • Nightwing – Tim Seeley with art by Javi Fernandez, Marcus To
  • Batgirl – Hope Larson with art by Rafael Albuquerque
  • Batgirl & The Birds of Prey – Julie Benson, Shawna Benson with art by Claire Roe
  • The Hellblazer – Simon Oliver with artist TBA
  • Red Hood & The Outlaws – Scott Lobdell with art by Dexter Soy
  • The Super-Man – Gene Luen Yang with art by Viktor Bodganovich
  • Titans – Dan Abnett with art by Brett Booth
  • Cyborg – John Semper with art by Will Conrad, Paul Pelletier
  • Deathstroke – Christopher Priest with art by Carlo Pagulyan, Igor Vitorino, Felipe Watanabe
  • Harley Quinn (same creative team remains!) – Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner with art by Chad Hardin, John Timms
  • Justice League America – Creative team TBA
  • Suicide Squad – Rob Williams with art by Jim Lee, Philip Tan
  • Batman Beyond – Dan Jurgens with art by Bernard Chang
  • Blue Beetle – Keith Giffen with art by Scott Kolins
  • Supergirl – Steve Orlando with art by Brian Ching
  • Superwoman – Phil Jimenez with art by Phil Jimenez, Emmanuela Lupacchino
  • Super Sons – Chris Burns, Dennis Culver with art by Jorge Jimenez
  • Teen Titans – Ben Percy with art by Jonboy Meyers
  • Trinity – Francis Manapul with art by Francis Manapul, Clay Mann

Phew! Wow right?!

What am I excited for?
Oh my god, I am excited for so many of these. This is what I needed after losing a fair amount of interest in DC titles over the last 6 months. Perhaps its enough to revitalise my enthusiasm for books I once loved.

The series I am most looking forward to seeing is of course Batgirl. I stopped reading Batgirl after not enjoying the creative team that took over from Gail Simone. Except Babs Tarr, she’s delightful. But the writers had me hating the series and I just couldn’t push through it. The irony isn’t lost on me that they have Rafael Albuquerque as the artist on this title, and I love it! Rafael Albuquerque is the artist who did that variant cover for Batgirl 40. Hated by some, loved by many. He’s incredible. I’m definitely buying this!

Here’s a sneak peek at the art for Batgirl:

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I’m also REALLY looking forward to Wonder Woman. Greg Rucka is back! I couldn’t contain my excitement for this. Again, I gave up on Wonder Woman after Brian Azzarello left because I couldn’t deal with the new writing team. I know now that Wonder Woman will be in safe hands with Greg coming back.

How beautiful does it look?!

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I am also thrilled to see that largely nothing changes with the Harley Quinn title, because Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are perfect for this title.

Lastly, I have to mention Suicide Squad. I actually really liked The New 52 reboot of it, and now they have my all time favourite artist Jim Lee on board, so I am really looking forward to this. I hope it’s written well!

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Other titles I am definitely going to be picking up in addition to the few I’ve mentioned:

  • Aquaman
  • Batman
  • Nightwing
  • All-Star Batman
  • Batgirl & The Birds of Prey
  • Harley Quinn
  • The Flash
  • Green Arrow

Personally, I am super excited about this relaunch. It gives me hope for the best. 🙂

What are your thoughts and what titles are you excited for?

Melissa / holybatgirl