Keep cool, Hypothetical Reader, it’s just another edition of Fun-Size Friday. Though the pop culture well may have dried up a bit as of late, I figure there’s still just enough that happened in the last week to last me a couple hundred words at least. I mean, I’m not calling this thing “fun-size” for nothing. With all that out of the way, let’s see what we can scrape up this week.
The Next Doctor Strange Movie Is Looking Pretty “GROOVY”
After what seems like months of speculation and second-hand reports, Sam Raimi — the director behind a certain Spider themed trilogy starring Tobey Maguire — has all but confirmed he’s stepped in to direct Doctor Strange In Multiverse of Madness. While I can’t say I’m the biggest Raimi fanboy on the planet, I can’t deny I’m pretty pumped to see what the guy who gave us the train scene in Spider-Man 2 can do when freaking magic is involved.
The only thing that gives me pause is the fact that, from what I can gather, the next Doctor Strange movie going to tie-in to a bunch of stuff from Marvel Studios, and Raimi’s been pretty candid about his frustrations with studio interference from his time directing Spider-Man 3. I’m going to give Disney and Kevin Feige the benefit of the doubt here and assume they knew all of this before bringing him on, and that they’re willing to let Raimi focus on making a good Doctor Strange movie first and a Marvel Studios tie-in second. For the moment I’m choosing to be cautiously optimistic, and hey, maybe we get another awesome Bruce Campbell cameo out of this.
Fun-Size Friday Recommends “Friday” For Your Friday Night Reading Experience (Or Any Night Really)
With many comic shops closed down at the moment, I’ve been checking out a website called Panel Syndicate, where some of the biggest names in comics have been making brand new stories available online for digital download. The best part? You can read their entire catalog right now for free, or, if you have some extra money in your pockets and feel like supporting creators, you can pay them whatever you feel is fair; it’s completely up to you!
This past week, the superstar team of writer Ed Brubaker (Criminal, Captain America) and artists Marcos Martin & Muntsa Vicente (The Private Eye, Daredevil) dropped the first chapter of Friday: a self-described “post-YA” style comic that transplants a pair of former teen detectives into a decidedly more dangerous, possibly even supernatural, mystery. If you like reading good comics by professional creators — and you need to save a few bucks — Friday and the rest of the offerings at Panel Syndicate are definitely worth your time.
Netflix Is Going “Boom!”.
But, You Know, In A Good Way.
Although I’m always going to have a soft spot for Marvel and DC, I’ve discovered a ton of great comics from other publishers in the industry, and arguably none of them is taking more of my money right now than BOOM! Studios. It looks like the folks at Netflix have taken notice too, seeing as they’ve struck a “first-look” deal with BOOM! to make live-action and animated adaptations based on their books. This happens to include some of my favorite titles from recent years, including Coda, Six-Gun Gorilla, Lumberjanes, Once & Future, and my personal favorite: Giant Days.
On a personal note: It may sound a little pitiful, coming from a guy who desperately wants more people to read and appreciate comic books, but there’s a certain gratification that comes when something I love is adapted for more “mainstream mediums” like movies and television. Sure, more often than not the original is better and/or the people handling the adaptation are going in a direction I don’t agree with — I’m sure you can think of a few — but at the end of the day I suppose it’s still recognition, isn’t it? And besides, I’ll always have the comics.
In Short, Now’s A Good
Time To Get Inspired
I submit to you that at some point in all of our lives we have felt, or will eventually feel, a serious urge to do something creative. Maybe it’s writing, maybe it’s baking, maybe it’s constructing a Death Star out of leftover Lego pieces, I dunno, but you’re going to want to break from the normal day-to-day and try something new. I know things are difficult and there’s no planning for the curve balls life throws at us, and sometimes you want to do nothing more in your downtime than curl up in your bed and watch YouTube. I know because that’s exactly what I want to do, and I don’t think I’m the only one.
This next week I want to try something a little different. I haven’t exactly nailed down what it is yet, but I’m hoping to do something more than just passively absorb the news and write these posts, however short and fun they might be. I want to make something, and I hope if you’re feeling a little lost right now you’ll try getting out of your comfort zone and make something, too.
Until next time, have a good one!