Welcome to another edition of Just Add Comics, where I highlight comic books that adapt stories from other forms of media — movies, television, plays, “webisodes”, etc. — and see how they match up compared to the original. I actually wasn’t planning to make another one of these posts so soon, but I recently came across a comic that was so far off my radar that I couldn’t put off talking about it anymore. That’s because the comic I want to cover today is an adaptation of a classic board game: Cluedo,or as it’s more commonly known in America, Clue.
Wait…seriously? says the Hypothetical Reader. Yes. Seriously.
Look, I get it. I was skeptical myself, but after reading up on all things Clue over the last few days (i.e. I skimmed over all the pertinent bits on Wikipedia), I dunno, I guess I’ve been converted. I even pulled an old copy of the board game we had lying around the house to reacquaint myself with the set-up, and I think I have enough now to make this worth your time and mine. So yeah, let’s put on those deerstalker caps and dive in.
This past week was a bit of a rough patch for me, downtime-wise, on account of Work Reasons That I Don’t Want To Talk About, and as a result I’ve been feeling a bit sulky. Fortunately I am prepared for just such an occasion in the form of a whole playlist of terrible, wonderful music that for some reason gets me back in a good mood. As I was driving home from work the other day, cranking the music up and singing along (badly), I had a flash of, well, I guess you could call it inspiration for lack of a better word.
“You know what would be fun? Taking a couple songs from my terrible musical library and posting my thoughts online for a bunch of random strangers to make fun of! Also, maybe grab a Pepsi.”
Anyway, now that I’ve got my carbonated beverage of choice in hand and an hour or so to kill, how about another edition of One Hundred Words, where I focus on terribly cheesy music no grown man should ever sing along to, but that I absolutely do. If this doesn’t destroy whatever credibility I have left, I don’t know what will.
Writing takes a lot of time, especially when you’re trying to say something in a way that a million other people haven’t already said. Add a normal day job to that, on top of Unpredictable Life Stuff, and it becomes that much harder to get yourself in the proper mindset. I only mention this because the thing I meant to post earlier this week is going to take a bit longer than I thought, so I’m working on trimming and refocusing it down to a more manageable length. Still, I’d like to finish writing something in the meantime, if only to keep myself from stalling out completely.
On that note, I’m gonna try something a little different here and take a look at a couple movies I saw over the summer, roughly April to August 2018. Just to keep things moving and avoid rambling on, I’m gonna put an handicap on myself and try to keep it to a hundred words or less. Admittedly this is more of a writing exercise to try and consolidate my thoughts rather than actual proper reviews; it would be more accurate to call them impressions or observations, so take that as you will. With all that out of the way, here are a few thoughts on a bunch of movies I saw this summer.
Isn’t it interesting how old forgotten things from our past find their way back into our lives? A crumpled up dollar bill you find in your pants pocket; a box of toys you stumble across during spring cleaning; running into an old friend from your high school days at the grocery store. They must have had some value to us once, some presumably more than others, but then for one reason or another we simply stopped thinking about them until one day, out of the blue, they sneak up on us. Moments like that make me wonder why those things were so important to me in the first place and, if they were, what does it say about me that I could forget them so easily?
Welcome to the inaugural edition of what I’m tentatively calling Just Add Comics, where I hope to shine a light on stories from other forms of media — movies, TV, web series, books, etc. — that have been adapted, for whatever reason, into comic books. I don’t really have a set format established for this yet, but for now I’m going to start by providing a brief summary of the source material, talk about some of the talent behind it, and then get into the comic itself. The story I want to talk about today is by acclaimed fantasy writer, Neil Gaiman, with a title that recognizes a timeless problem that has plagued so many awkward teenagers:
I love reading comic books, but if I’m being completely honest with you — and I like to think we’ve reached that point by now — some days it’s harder for me to really decompress from all my other drama and just enjoy a good story. There have been a few points over the years where I’ve become so obsessed with pursuing the next big crossover or Kickstarter campaign or redesigned hardcover edition that I forget to actually read the books I’m buying. Inevitably, those are the moments when I hit “burnout”; when I can no longer distinguish the books that are actually good from the ones I’ve bought simply out of habit, and so I give up on all of them entirely.
Usually it’s a couple weeks before I’m finally cognizant enough to step back and realize what I’m doing to myself, and by then it can be difficult to remember why I ever loved reading these silly stories in the first place. Fortunately, there are a few comics I can always rely on to rekindle the fire in me. Today I’ll be taking some time to briefly talk/gush about one of them.
WELL IT LOOKS LIKE DISNEY’S ACQUISITION OF 21ST CENTURY FOX ISJUST ABOUT COMPLETED. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!
I think it means that Disney has absorbed major assets of yet another global multi-billion dollar company, significantly reducing their competition in several key markets and moving them one step closer to actual world domination.
NO, GOOF! IT MEANS THAT WE’LL FINALLY SEE THE FANTASTIC FOURAND THE X-MEN INTHE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE!
WHAT WAS THAT OTHER STUFF YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT?
I dunno. Who cares? Yeah, X-Men!
YEAH, FANTASTIC FOUR!
Yeah, life is great as long as I don’t think about it too hard!
I GUESS THIS MEANS MARVEL STUDIOS HAS ACCESS TOALL OF IT’S OWN CHARACTERS NOW.
Well, almost? I mean, they’re nearly there. It’s complicated.