Saturday, February 11, 2017

Field of Geeks, Blanky Bot #1, Social Justice


Welp, I have my laptop up and running, so that's good.  That means more inane ramblings from me!

I have mentioned Plume Snake comics before.  We mention them every show over at Field of Geeks.  What's that, you ask?  A podcast.  It's a totally brand new medium, and pretty much no one on earth has a podcast.  I think we are the first!  Anyways, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Podbean, YouTube, Sticher Radio, iTunes, and of course, for all sorts of stuff!

Since I was laptopless (making up words is fun), I couldn't get onto Plume Snake on my gankety (See? It's fun!) iPad.  It's old.  But it plays Solitaire pretty good.  Anyways, I have a lot of titles over there to catch up on.  The first one I read was Blanky Bot #1.  The 0 (zero/my retirement portfolio) issue was discussed here.

Blanky Bot #1 takes us five years into the past where we see a nice, quiet mountain-side town, and a toy shop where everything remains the same.  Like my crushing debt.

Anyways, change is afoot as we get a glimpse into the origin of Blanky Bot.

The good: The art is just fantastic.  I have a varied taste in art...19th century impressionism, Gothic art, abstract...of course comic art.  The art has a full time job in the Blanky Bot series.  It has no dialogue, except the dialogue you use to create the story shown to you.  This works very well in the format we are provided, and after taking in a comic where I've watched villains being punched in the face, this is an excellent way to look at something that is calm, entertaining, and just fun.

The bad: really, I have one complaint.  Too short.  Yes, I am selfish.  I know that, and now you do, too.  Alex Odom has brought something original to the table, and in a society that is keen on binge-behaviors (I'm looking at you, Netflix!  You, too Five Guys...wait, I should probably just look at myself there), I just can't wait for issue #2.

Social justice.  It's completely unavoidable these days if you watch/read/partake in any form of current media.  Most of the time, I see very valid reasoning and good intentions behind it, but seriously, enough.  Comics are a medium where the fan-base is very, very fickle.  I know that because I am very, very fickle.  My friends that read comics are the same way.  When you take the escapism and throw in a "The Joker is hurting Batgirl so all males hate women", then it's time to stop.

Marvel Comics looks like they will do just that.

It's no secret that Marvel hasn't felt Marvel-y (I'm on fire) in a while now, and they are looking to get back to the roots a little bit.  Good.  Personally, if I want to be told how to live my life, I will turn on the news, or read people's political ranting on Facebook (don't get me started).  Our society becomes more and more divisive all the time, and some of us are tired of it, and just want to be entertained.

Now if you will excuse me, I have to go protest the fact that there is no In-N-Out Burger in Iowa.  My congressman is going to get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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