Name: James Stringer

Bio: Born in 1980, not dead yet.Wannabe writer, rambling over at jaystringer.comI'm on twitter too, just so y'know.I'm obsessed with music, comics, books and films...and makers mark. My girlfriend doesn't find any of my jokes funny, but i live in hope of one day making it. I'm always ouzzled about when John Constantine's name changed to John Constan-teen...but i'm picky like that.

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    August 23, 2009 11:08 am

    personally i think relationships, marriage and divorce make for great drama. And art. Some of the best songs of all time have come from this rich bed.

     So i think it's bad writing that lets comic books down when relationships are involved.

    July 9, 2009 3:47 pm

    Interesting article. I can't say that i agree, but i can't say i really disagree either. Its one to think on.

     I cant really say i encounter the type of person you talk about in relation to comics. But in other fields? Yes. I worked in a bookshop for a long time and was often annoyed by people who would try and have informed opinions on things they hadnt read.

     But then, i only read half of THE DA VINCI CODE, and feel like i have a pretty informed opinion on it. 

     So i think it cuts both ways. Its natural that people, all people, all of us, want to appear to know things. We want to seem knowledgeable, or to be able to hold conversations. But for anyine with a strong passion or hobby, its also far to easy to build up fences around our little hobbies. Like nobody will ever love my favoyrite band as much as me, and anyone who tires to hold a converstion with me about them will not know as much as i do. Even if they do. 

    So...i see both sides. I'm on both sides, at different times.

    June 28, 2009 9:28 pm

    aye fair point.

    shame, really. no slight to the longbox guys, because at least theyre giving it a go, but an itunes interest could well have been the major kick that the idea needed.

     still i really hope this works.

    June 28, 2009 9:12 pm

    you know, i reacted very angrily to the film.

     i thought it was offensive, racist, lacked any writing or structure and didnt even pay attention to what had happened in earlier scenes.

    but people in the theatre lapped it up and laughed at everything. So what do i know?

    June 28, 2009 1:22 pm

    for all this talk of finding a comic book version of ITUNES, i'm suprised apple hasnt jumped on this and tried to put comics into itunes.  Take their proven business model to the publishers.

     or maybe they have? Hmmmmm.

    Still, i'm looking forward to Longbox.

    June 27, 2009 12:51 pm wasn't she also said to want Hack/Slash?
    June 27, 2009 11:41 am

    do we really need to worry about wether a famous and attarctive person can also like comics and draw?

    this sin't a nock at anyone else, more a criticism of my own gut reaction.Forsome reason i wanted to assume it's fake and a stunt and that i'm being played by some big conspiracy.

     But why? So, she's famous and cute. She's also allowed to like the same things as me and be allowed to draw better than me. I think i'm finally starting to grow up and get over myself ;)

    May 21, 2009 2:00 pm ....and suddenly my interest in Marvel's monthly slate had dwindled drastically. Without this book each month i'm maybe now down to about two marvel books? I'm sure there's a title i'm forgetting, but thats how it feels right now.
    April 23, 2009 3:56 pm can't wait for this. think i'll re-read the book as a primer.
    April 22, 2009 12:55 pm

    devils advocate;


    Firstly, bringing back the shininh light of hope in the marvel U would be a hell of a way to kickstart the end of dark reign. A bit like Gandalf returning only with less...shiny whiteness.


    Also, one of the points of Steve in the modern marvel u has always been the man out of time, the man trying to deal with his outdated beleifs and code in modern society, and the social comentary that brings. He's been that character for so long now that the point of that is easy to lose, or to be bored with. What better way to take the charachter right back to that simple core than to kill him, leave him dead for a few years, then bring him back right in the middle of dark reign...which is the exact oppsite of everything Steve has fought for or beleives in?