By special guest Kalinara!
The comic blogosphere seems to grow larger every day and just like comics, sometimes it’s pretty easy to get a little lost. “Meanwhile …” will act as your map, pointing out what interesting discussions are happening out there while you’re reading Blog@Newsarama.
I decided for my particular spin on this column that I wanted to focus on people that don’t get nearly as much attention as I think they deserve. These are a sampling of the people who I love reading and want to share with the B@N audience.
First up is Katherine over at Whereof One Can Speak. She first got my attention with her hilarious post: “Our gay characters could totally beat up your gay characters!” “Nuh-uh!” “Yuh-huh!”. In it she measures how Marvel and DC’s gay characters would hold up in an all-out battle. Recently, she analyzes the merits of “obsessive serialization.”
Now, Steven at The Roar of Comics is always an interesting read. Whether he’s analyzing the real purpose of Crisis on Infinite Earths, laughing at Daredevil, or musing on unintentional metatext in Green Arrow, it’s always a good read.
I’ve always thought Suspension of Disbelief deserved more attention. It is to law what Polite Dissent is to medicine: fascinating, funny, and a little educational. Dorian linked his Booster Gold argument last week, and I’m going to follow that with his analysis of the court case in the Director’s Cut of Daredevil.
While I’ve disagreed with Cshiana at The Matchstick countless times regarding certain topics (read: Nightwing), she’s always got something interesting to say. Recently she analyzed the role-playing game Aberrant from a superhero fan’s perspective. I know I’ve personally found the game a little off-putting, Cshiana really puts her finger on why.
I’ve always liked Marionette’s Dance of the Puppets. Her zeal for many underrated female characters like Doctor Light is inspiring. And even when she takes a break to focus on different comics, she’s a good read.
There are a lot of fellow geeks out there that I’d have never heard of if not for When Fangirls Attack, and that would have been to my loss. One such person I ran into via WFA is Turtle at Confessions of a Heroine Addict. The recent entries about Heroes are making me want to set my VCR.
Brainfreeze’s Comic Love is a blog I check daily for her reviews of comics and action figures. She uses her perspective as a parent to approach things from a different direction than most comic bloggers and it’s always worth reading. As you can see in her review of the Marvel Legends set, she focuses on what’s really important about the figures: how well one can play with them.
Canton at Exercise in Futility is yet another person that I think deserves a bit more attention. I particularly like her take on Civil War where she responds to CalvinPitt’s (another underrated blogger, in my opinion) accusations of anti-intellectualism. Calvin’s recent comparison of Civil War to the anime S-Cry-ed is particularly nice.
I always go to Governed by Prophet Kings to keep abreast of things. D. Edward Sauve always has great collections of links, and I’m not just saying that because he’s linked me before (…though that may be a part of it). His non-link content tends to be fun to read as well.
I don’t remember Meanwhile ever focusing much on the livejournal community. Which is a shame, because there’s a lot of good stuff out there as well. For example:
Katarik defends Devin Grayson, Cerisa_Tempest loves Flamebird, JarodRussell thinks Barbara Gordon would make a good Green Lantern, while on the always entertaining Scans_Daily, Cats_n_Crying posts a picture-essay on the Joker Problem.
Finally, in keeping with tradition, I provide the Illustrator’s Site of the Day, the very talented Karen Ellis’s Planet-Karen. She’s got a lovely, quiet, slice-of-life type web-comic and she accepts commissions as well! I highly recommend it!