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My Fantasy Football Team for the SPFL.

by on Sep.14, 2011, under Books, Comics, Entertainment, Gaming, Novels, Video Games

So as per my post yesterday, showing off Dan Well’s fantasy football team, I’ve decided to draft my own team in similar style. Afterall if there is only one team in the SPFL (Speculative Fiction Football League) (I would have claimed FFL but I suspect the NFL already has that as their acronym for fantasy football, right?) then Dan’s team would automatically win and we can’t have that, right?

So to be fair, I’ll be picking in a similar style to Dan Well’s choices and I will also not be able to pick any of the choices he has made.

Coach
So according to the snippets of football movies and televisions shows I’ve seen, the Coach is the guy who gets pissed off a lot on the side lines while their team sucks and then ultimately gets liquids poured on them when the team manages to come together and win, despite all the odds. I also think they plan the maneuvers the team does on the field, because I remember scenes of coaches pointing at Xs and Os a lot. So I need someone who is a master of strategy, and for flavor, I want someone who stays cool under pressure. First person that comes to mind is The Riddler but having my coach get beat up at half time by some lunatic in a bat costume (who isn’t a mascot!) would be bad press. There is, of course, Original Universe Spock, whose logic would likely benefit the team heavily but I suspect his cool demeanor would work against his ability to motivate the rest of the team. So ultimately my choice is going to have to come from Shikimaru from Naruto. Sure he is a little young to be a coach, but he is a master strategist. Additionally his usually lazy demeanor would keep him from getting overly heated when his team was losing while still motivating him and his ability to control shadows would keep this team from sneaking up behind him to pour liquids over his head.

Quarterback
So as Dan put it, the QB need to throw stuff and be a good field leader. I’ll translate good field leader into is good with tactics. Well the first choice is Waka from Final Fantasy X. Afterall he played in his world’s version of football called Blitz Ball, and his primary combat weapon is throwing a blitz ball at enemies. However I think he might be lacking in the tactics part, since his team kinda sucked until Tidus came along. Another good thrower would be Donkey Kong but I suspect his tactics would be to just throw passes or run the ball himself, which is tactically sound but not always preferable. I don’t want a QB who is predictable. So I will have to go with Link from Legend of Zelda: A link to the Past. Link is a weapon’s expert, well-known for his ability to throw both boomerangs, bombs, rocks, bushes, and even clay pots. In addition the man has saved the kingdom of Hyrule (and various other principalities) from evil multiple times over without a team or coaching, which would suggest excellent tactical capabilities.

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Video: Nartuo Fan Movie

by on Jul.19, 2011, under Entertainment, Videos, Visual Media

(http://youtu.be/FxQ7I-dPKOo)

An excellently done fan movie of the anime Naruto by the Thousand Pounds Action Company, previously featured here for their reenactments of the Street Fighter super combos.

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Article & Comic Links: How I Became a Comic Book Consumer, Part 3

by on Feb.03, 2011, under Books, Comic Links, Comic Suggestions, Comics, Entertainment, Visual Media

This is part three of an ongoing series inspired by Faith Erin Hick’s article “How I Became a Comic Book Consumer“. To read the first part, click here. To read the second part, click here.

So last time I talked about one of the most influential comics of my childhood, Elfquest, and the type of comic which led me to create this blog, online comics.

Online comics were basically it for me for years.  My return to print comics was my friend introducing me to Transmetropolitan and by extension, Warren Ellis.

Transmetropolitan was an eye opener for me in that it took what Marvel tried to do and succeeded. It translated printed comics into something other than a super hero genre. Elfquest did that, most certainly, but at the time I considered it still a child’s story. How wrong I was but I wouldn’t re-read Elfquest as an adult for several years yet. Transmetropolitan made comics something that the adult in me could enjoy, which was not a hurdle I was looking to jump, as I still enjoyed good children’s content but knowing that there were comics that tackled complex themes was inspiring.

Transmetropolitan is a comic set in the future. But unlike Star Trek or Star Wars, this future is actually rather familiar even when it is bizarrely different. It is a tale about a man named Spider Jerusalem, a journalist of the traditional kind, and the stories he tells about a corrupt and thriving American culture in the not too distant future. Though Spider’s… unique personality, we see how powerful words can be to effect change in society.

It was something of a mind-blowing book for me. I was introduced to several trans-human concepts I had never heard of before, although I didn’t know or really understand them at the time, on top of an amazingly written story and an asshole of a character that I came to love over the span of sixty issues. My friend who introduced me owned all of them, except for some of the initial ones in graphic novel form and I read them all each individually. When I discovered the entire series was being collected into graphic novels, I made a point of collecting those too. If you have some interest in the comic but you’re not sure you want to purchase a paper copy, half of the issues are available through DC’s online comic store here.

Transmetropolitan was also the first comic to help me get over my insistence upon certain art styles. As a child I very much preferred the artistic styles of the Marvel artists and Wendy Pini’s talented artwork. I did not like the style Darick Robertson, the artist for Transmetropolitan, initially. In fact it took three issues before I was hooked on Transmet and I put off reading those issues for a short while. I went through the same issue with reading Girl Genius and becoming familiar with Phil Foglio’s art style. Both share a love for detail in their backgrounds that help define their worlds and it’s a style I’ve come to love. Transmet helped teach me that I shouldn’t judge a comic by its artwork but by how the artwork and writing blend together.

Transmetropolitan was also the first comic that helped me call attention to a particular writer. I was aware of Wendy and Richard Pini (the creators of Elfquest) but I’d known that Elfquest was their only comic, at the time. Warren Ellis, on the other hand, had written multitudes of comics. This information would be filed away for later when I really got back into comics. At the time though, Transmet was a blip on the almost flat-lined electrocardiogram of my comic reading history. I was beating slowly along with online comics but Transmet created a very profound blip on the chart.

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