Z vs THE RE-INTRODUCTION!!!

About a year ago today, I made a spontaneous, not entirely well thought out decision to purchase a domain address and spend a substantial part of my day writing about comic books online. Actually, comic books “and things”, which was just a way to cover myself if I started to get burnt out on comic books, which, based on the fact I haven’t posted anything for about a year now, didn’t really pan out.

It was pretty basic stuff: I did a few comic book reviews, highlighted a couple movies I enjoyed, did a couple think pieces abo—

WHOA-HO-HO! “THINK PIECES”? SERIOUSLY? WOW. I KNOW IT’S TEMPTING TO REWRITE HISTORY BUT THIS IS DANGEROUSLY CLOSE TO J.K. ROWLING LEVELS OF REVISIONISM HERE!

Oh no. Please, no.

ALTHOUGH, I SUPPOSE “THINK PIECES” ISN’T ENTIRELY INACCURATE. YOU ALWAYS DID SPEND A LOT MORE TIME THINKING ABOUT WRITING THAN ACTUALLY DOING THE DARNED THING.

That annoying voice…that bold, all-caps font…it can’t be.

IT IS! WASSUP, DUDE! IT’S YOUR OLD PAL: THE VOICE INSIDE YOUR HEAD. LONG TIME NO PSYCHOTIC BREAKDOWN.

Again with this nonsense?! A whole freaking year and I’m already falling back on the old “talking to myself” gimmick? Why do I keep doing this to myself?

I MEAN, I’M NO EXPERT, BUT I THINK IT’S BECAUSE EVER SINCE YOU WERE YOUNG YOU’VE STRUGGLED WITH PUTTING YOURSELF OUT THERE IN FRONT OF OTHERS, EVEN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND THE THOUGHT OF SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS – ESPECIALLY ONLINE WHERE ANY GOOMBA WITH AN INTERNET CONNECTION CAN SEE THEM AND CRUCIFY YOU FOR IT – EVEN FOR SOMETHING AS TRIVIAL AS COMIC BOOKS, IS JUST A LIIITTLE BIT MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE AT THIS POINT, AND SO THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN THINK OF EMOTIONALLY GUARDING YOURSELF AGAINST CRITICISM IS TO CREATE THIS OTHER VERSION OF YOURSELF TO BOUNCE YOUR THOUGHTS OFF OF AND MAKE JOKES AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE, TO PUT YOURSELF DOWN BEFORE THE HATERS HAVE A CHANCE.

…“goomba”?

WHATEVER, MAN. SO ARE WE BACK IN BUSINESS OR WHAT?

Can you slow down for like half a second and let me process, please? I had a lot I wanted to talk about here.

WHAT, THAT’S ALL THIS IS, ISN’T IT? YOU’RE WRITING AGAIN.

I mean, yes, but I wasn’t planning on being so abrupt about it, you know? I thought I could get to go into a bit more detail.

OH PLEASE, WE BOTH KNOW IT’S NOT THAT INTERESTING. THIS IS THE INTERNET. THERE’S LITERALLY NOTHING YOU COULD SAY ON HERE THAT WOULD SURPRISE ANYONE, SO LET’S JUST GET ON WITH IT.

It just feels a little…unceremonious.

YOU CAN ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET THE NEXT TIME YOU LEAVE FOR A YEAR WITH NO EXPLANATION. FOR NOW, LET’S STICK TO BULLET POINTS. YOU STILL PLANNING TO TALK ABOUT COMICS, CARTOONS, AND ALL MANNER OF GEEKERY?

I mean, that is pretty much the only thing I can talk about with any sort of authority. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, you know?

ER, I MEAN, IT KINDA DID BREAK THOUGH. LIKE, YOU STOPPED, COMPLETELY.

Semantics.

I DON’T THINK YOU’RE USING THAT RIGHT. DOESN’T MATTER, MOVING ON. WHAT KIND OF POSTING SCHEDULE SHOULD READERS EXPECT MOVING FORWARD?

I don’t know, it definitely won’t be the same as before, that’s for sure. I don’t really have as much time as I used to, even compared to last year, but I still want to put out something on a more consistent basis, but I also want to have enough time to really polish it up, while also—

OH-NO-MY-ADHD-MILLENIAL-ATTENTION-SPAN-IS-FADING-WHAT’S-PEWDIEPIE-TWEETING-RIGHT-NOW-I-SIMPLY-MUST-CHECK-THIS-VERY-INSTANT

One post a week! One post, probably either Wednesday or Thursday. If I can make it more than a couple months just doing that, maybe we can start figuring out how to proceed from there. Happy?

IT’LL DO FOR A START, BUT DUDE, YOU BETTER NOT JUST LEAVE PEOPLE IN THE LURCH AGAIN.

I think you may be slightly overestimating how big the audience is for my writing.

I LIKE TO THINK OF MYSELF AS AN OPTIMIST.

I will try to be more consistent, and that’s pretty much all I can guarantee. If this is the only thing I put out all year, people can dump on me in the comments all they like.

ASSUMING THERE’S ANYONE OUT THERE WHO ACTUALLY READS THIS POST AND CARES HARD ENOUGH TO WRITE A REPLY.

I thought you were an optimist!

I CONTAIN MULTITUDES.

You’ll understand if I find that quote more than a bit unsettling coming from a voice inside my head.

I MISSED THIS. DID YOU MISS THIS?

Not even a little bit.

YOU LIAR.

Nine DOCTOR WHO Episodes For People Who Don’t Have Time To Watch DOCTOR WHO

Sup, Squares!

You know I’ve covered a lot of geeky stuff these past couple months, including comic books, anime, the Academy Awards, and my unapologetic love for trashy pop music. Assuming you read the title, you won’t be surprised to learn my love of all things nerd also extends to the long-running British TV series, Doctor Who. For those of you who don’t have a clue what Doctor Who is, allow me to provide a brief overview.

How about a little music to set the mood?

In the vast reaches of the cosmos, there is an alien known as The Doctor; a Time Lord who ran away from their home planet in a stolen time machine called a TARDIS. This impossible machine is bigger on the inside, can take it’s passengers anywhere in time and space, and is perpetually stuck in the form of a blue police box from 1963. Often accompanied by one or more human “companions”, the Doctor travels from place to place righting wrongs, defeating monsters, and generally leaving things better than when they arrived.

Additionally, should The Doctor’s body ever sustain too much damage, the Time Lords have the unique ability to “regenerate”. This process can repair the damage and even save them from death, but at the cost of altering their entire body at the cellular level, and one never knows what kind of Doctor will emerge. Though their personality, gender, and fashion sense may change, one thing never will: The Doctor will always be there to save the day.

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Source: Geeks Media

As someone who has followed the show since it’s “revival” back in 2005, I can wholeheartedly recommend Doctor Who to anyone who has even a passing interest in science fiction or fantasy. However, I understand that not everyone has the time or the interest to add yet another show to their pile of movies, TV shows, and other miscellaneous media. I’ve currently got a back-list of Marvel TV shows that’s about a mile high, so believe me, I get it. Fortunately, Doctor Who features a number of “standalone” episodes; one-hour tales that tell one complete story and aren’t too bogged down in continuity or a larger season long story arc. For those people who can only spare an hour or so, I present nine Doctor Who episodes that you can watch right now, without having to resort to Wikipedia.

So, with all the preamble out of the way, shall we?

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Source: Doctor Who 24/7

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Z vs THE INTRODUCTION!!!

HELLO.

Oh! Hey?

NICE TO MEET YOU.

It’s, uh, nice to meet you too.

THANKS.

Yeah. Sorry, don’t mean to be rude but…who are you?

NO IT’S COOL. I’M ACTUALLY YOU.

…Oh.

YEAH. THIS IS PRETTY AWKWARD FOR ME.

Yeah, no, I guess it would be. I mean, I know it would be. I mean it is. Ugh. Talking is hard.

NO WORRIES.

How do other people manage?

THEY PROBABLY TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE. ALSO THEY DON’T JUST STAY INSIDE AND WRITE WEIRD CONVERSATIONS WITH THEMSELVES ON THE INTERNET. BUT HEY, NO JUDGMENT.

I mean…that still sounds kind of judgey, though?

SO YOU KNOW THIS WHOLE BLOG THING YOU’RE TRYING OUT?

Well, I assume by “blog thing” you’re referring to the soon-to-be worldwide phenomenon known as Giant-Size Fa

YES. THAT’S THE ONE.

Great name.

S’OKAY.

I was going for something that shows I’m into comics but also shows my readers I have a funny side.

MHMM.

Did you know Marvel Comics actually published a comic in the 70’s called Giant Size Man-Thing? Like, how does that happen? Did nobody catch that? Anyway I changed a letter and now I have a title. It’s like wordplay! Also this way Marvel can’t sue.

IT’S VERY CLEVER. YOU ARE VERY CLEVER.

Don’t patronize me.

NOT WHY I’M HERE ANYWAY.

I’m guessing this is about the introduction, then.

WELL, YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IT FOR A WHILE NOW.

Yeah, y’know, I’ve been tinkering with it. Getting into a flow, y’know, finding my rhythm. Looking for the perfect way to communicate what I’m really, like…about. Y’know?

YEAH. I KNOW.

You get it?

I GET IT. WRITING IS A PROCESS, AND I DON’T MEAN TO RUSH THINGS. REALLY. STILL, IS IT POSSIBLE YOU’RE OVERTHINKING IT JUST A BIT?

It’s…not im-possible.

RIGHT. I MEAN, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU REWRITTEN THIS CONVERSATION ALONE?

This might be the second time. Or fifth?

I THINK THAT’S WHY I’M HERE, TO SNAP YOU…US…OUT OF IT.

All cards on the table, I’ve been at this for two hours now and this has been the furthest I’ve gotten.

HOW ABOUT THIS: ASSUMING YOU HAVEN’T FRIGHTENED YOUR READERS OFF WITH YOUR SLOW DESCENT INTO MADNESS, WHY DON’T YOU JUST TELL THEM A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT EXACTLY YOU’RE TRYING TO DO HERE?

I don’t think that’ll work.

WHO CARES? LIFE IS SHORT AND YOU’VE GOT STUFF TO DO.

Well alright then!

Hello there, distinguished guest! I’m Z, and at the age of six I drew a picture of a turkey looking at itself in the mirror. To this day my mom calls it one of my greatest achievements. With the launch of this humble blog, I hope to match that grand milestone.

To put it simply, Giant Size Fan-Thing is my attempt to capture my own experience as a fan of, well, a lot of stuff, but predominantly I’m gonna be talking about comic books. I freaking love comics. Even before I started writing about them I would spend hours reading through the stories, analyzing the characters, going through their history, and looking at the writers and artists behind-the-scenes. American superhero comics are my bread and butter but in the last few years I’ve also gotten way more into manga (shorthand for “comics from Japan”). Beyond that, I’d also like a space to talk about the movies I’ve seen, the TV shows I’ve watched, the music I’m into and the anime openings I can sing along with (admittedly, not a big list). As a self-described “casual” there’s a few things I’ve picked up over the years but I know there’s a lot more I could still stand to learn, and I’d like to use this site to, for lack of a better term, document my progress.

Now I know what you’re thinking: Z, what makes your blog any different from the thousands of other professional, more established sites? Let me assure you right now, GSFT is an entirely different beast. I can personally guarantee you I will not be bogged down with silly things like “relevancy” or “experience” or “a third, equally important thing”. I’m interested in results! And money! And sweet, fleeting internet fame!

I’m not gonna lie, it’s gonna be a slow start at first. In the past, my writing output has been sporadic at best, so my plan is to use this space to re-commit myself. I don’t know how crazy my schedule will be, but tentatively I hope to publish at least twice a week. Will I be able to keep it up? Let’s not dwell on that.

On that note, I’m gonna wrap this up. This is supposed to be a quick intro after all and I’ve got to get started working on the next piece. I hope I was able to briefly entertain you, whether you actually meant to come here or not, and if you’re interested I hope you’ll check out more. I’ve got a lot of stuff planned and I’m looking forward to trying it out over the next couple weeks.

Later, Squares!

“SQUARES”? IS THAT GONNA BE YOUR THING?

I was trying to be spontaneous!

WHOA, MOVE OVER CHEVY CHASE! YOU GOT SOME COMPETITION OVER HERE!

Gimme a break, and really? Chevy Chase? Because that’s who all the kids are quoting these days.

THIS WAS GREAT. THIS WAS A GOOD START.