It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me,
- Elsa, Frozen
If there is a way to properly sum up my hopes, resolutions and plans for 2014, this is it. Have a great one, everybody!
Go Read a Friggin’ Comic – 2013 Year End Edition
Still not reading comics? Don’t care. You won’t stop me from recommending some to you — fighting the good fight and all that. 2013 was a great year for comics (though 2014 is shaping up to be even better), so I want to share some of my personal favorites with you:
This book is glorious sci-fi pulp, recalling genre classics like Quantum Leap, Stargate and Flash Gordon. The book follows scientist Grant McKay and his team, who find themselves being thrown from one alien dimension to another when an experiment goes horribly wrong. While the action is relentless from the word go, the heart of the book are McKay and his team, who I’m starting to love after just two short issues.
This is basically Bonnie & Clyde – that is, if Bonnie and Clyde could stop time by having sex and used that power to rob banks in order to keep their beloved library funded. If it sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is. It’s also a fantastic read. The book deals with the topic of sex in a frank, real way that is usually not seen in comic books, while also pushing the medium in new creative directions.
In all fairness, both of these books are still a little too fresh to claim a spot on a ‘Best of 2013′-list, but they are just too good to go unmentioned. However, there are other books that have kept me entertained for the better part of the year:
Midseason Musings & Movie Madness
If I was still 12, my head would’ve exploded by now. A lot has happened in the world of pop culture and I, well, have some thoughts.
Okay, what is a midseason or winter finale? I mean, when did that become a thing? I don’t remember so much hype last year around, and I’m not sure what to make of it. On the one hand, working towards something big halfway through the season might force creators to plan better, avoiding the midseason lull that has been the kiss of death for many a show.
Happy Ends, Fitting Ends — or: Examining the Series Finale of “Dexter”
After eight years, the exploits of everyone’s favorite serial killer drew to a close on the finale episode of Dexter. The episode proved be an emotional knockout punch, as a distraught Dexter loses his beloved sister and decides to leave his old life behind. Judging by the considerable backlash across the internet, it looks like many viewers were not happy with this outcome. The general consensus seems to be that Dexter, as well as his fans, “deserved better”. Here I have to disagree. I feel that the end we got was a fitting one. I don’t think a happy end was ever in the cards for our friendly neighborhood killer.
short story: ‘Crusader’
In a world ruled by the sword, a young man is bent on vengeance. But can his vengeance possibly live up to a lifetime of preparation? Find out after the jump.
Surfing the ReadWave — or: Another Place to Follow me, Horay!
Guys and girls, I have read the future, and the future is glorious.
As you might’ve noticed, all stories published on this site were originally uploaded to Scribd and then embedded here in widget form. Even though I always found this particular platform to be clunky, cluttered and generally a pain to deal with, it was still the best option I could find. Until now.
Enter: ReadWave, Scribd’s vastly more appealing twin. This is what readers and writers have been waiting for: A YouTube-like platform for the written word. Better yet, ReadWave’s primary focus is on fiction. Finding, reading and sharing stories you enjoy is just as easy as uploading, tagging and editing your own content. You should check it out! I’ve already migrated all my content from Scribd to ReadWave and will continue to upload new material there. You can find my profile right here.
Stories will, of course, also be embedded right here on my own website for your reading pleasure.
listen to: ‘Psych Evaluation’
A doctor and patient need to figure out what’s real and what’s not in this tale of psychological terror. In addition to the always amazing voice of Roman Rehor, this story also features some voice work by myself and a truly chilling soundscape. Enjoy!
listen to: ‘Hero’s Journey’
The Titan is a superhero. The Titan is the most powerful man on Earth. The Titan can do anything. Or can he? Listen now and find out:
listen to: ‘Mr. Klein at Zero Hour’
Would-be revolutionary Robin Klein needs to find a way to rouse the people, and he needs to find it fast. This is, after all, the eve of the revolution. Listen to his story right here:
listen to: ‘Game of Lives’
In this short story, two brothers discover that even in a world of sword and sorcery, there are things that are too strange for words. Listen to it now!