madgael

madgael

Name: Brian Hoffman

Bio: I was crafted in Detroit during the waning days of the Nixon Administration and began my long career as a gaming geek around the age of 9, having been first introduced to Dungeons and Dragons at summer camp – whereupon my first character was promptly & ignominiously devoured by a purple worm. Comics and sci-fi were all over the place in there too. Since then I’ve wandered from locale to locale, ending up at various times in East Lansing, MI, Dublin, Ireland, and Westchester, NY. Of late, I've settled down in the Greater Eau Claire Area of WI to enjoy a quiet family life with my daughter, progressive short term memory loss, and a list of new hobbies I am trying out that is longer than me. Besides gaming, I’ve spent most of my copious free time trying to get started as an indie filmmaker, a folk-rock singer-songwriter, or a long-order cook. Given enough time, I’d also love to commit myself to mastering amateur astronomy, kendo, swing dancing, Civil War re-enacting and/or upscale cosplay, travel writing, running, gardening, curling, speaking Gaelic and/or Old Norse, and homebrewing. Also enjoy jelly donuts, sloppy kisses, and dancing with the Squealy Nord. Www.chippewavalleygeek.com


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October 20, 2012 10:01 am Optimus Prime's groin is staring at me with giant, unblinking cat eyeballs.
October 3, 2012 1:37 pm I read comics when I was really young whenever I got them but without much continuity or caring about the overall plot. For me, Star Wars #61 "Screams In The Void" was the first issue that knocked me on my proverbial 8 year old ass and turned me into a monthly reader. It was the first time I remember going back to the drug store every week after to see if the next issue was out yet so I could find out what happened next in the story. GI Joe issues #6-7, and # 11 also stick out in my memory as huge favorites from the period just after. I wanted to grow up to be Snow Job so badly, god knows why.
September 10, 2012 11:27 am So what was the deal with the backup? Specifically, it seemed like one of those namedrop reveals on the last page, where we're expected to know who it is, but I haven't a clue here...
September 10, 2012 10:55 am Seconded. Seeing that cover was the only reason I didn't drop MTG after #3 as originally planned...
June 19, 2012 8:36 am Definitely Wonder Woman and Saga. Still trying to make up my mind on Supergirl and Avenging Spider-man. Which probably means no. BQ: Bilbo Baggins, here. We could discuss travel, cooking, politics and gardening. I imagine we would also say "Good morning!" to each other a lot.
April 26, 2012 8:43 am Would Bat-Shark Repellent count?
April 11, 2012 9:09 am "I sometimes think my generation mistakes cynicism for intelligence and sarcasm for humor." I think this is brilliant to the point that I am going to steal it and use it as the answer to every question anyone asks me for the next week or so. (Possibly also in TR voice. We'll see on that part.)
April 11, 2012 8:47 am 100% hells to the yeah, if I may say. Thanks very much for this article. It (and so many of the other comments) seem to be perfectly articulating things that I feel need to be said but would not necessarily have had the sense to put into words myself. I'm one of the lapsed readers that was lured back by the new 52. One of the things I most desperately wanted when returning to comics was finally to get into a monthly Super- book. Perhaps with the exception of Shazam (Marvel, whatever), SM is also my clearest memory of a go-to superhero from childhood. Though I never got into the comic before (GI Joe and Star Wars were more my reading speed at the time), I had plenty of Superman toys, and I hazily remember seeing Christopher Reeve in the theater with my dad back when I was 5. I settled on AC after reading the various first issues, and was happy with that - until the sudden Legion crossover mini-arc butted in, which just felt... honestly it like enjoying a song on the radio in your car, and then having some idiot pull up next to you at a stop light with a subwoofer that goes to 11, so you have to listen to -his- thumping bass-line of a non-song for 2 issues, then the light turns green and you pull away and you can hear your own song again. Anyway. I stuck w/ AC through the first arc, hoping and trying to have faith it would all tie together in the end. And now after #8, I am honestly kind of numb. I know it was disappointing, sad and a little heartbreaking. But to what degree I'm not sure I can say just yet. I am trying to decide if I actually hated it or not and just can't make up my mind. And as for trying to decide whether to continue or not next month... instant ice cream headache. All of which essentially leaves me with Supergirl being the most Supery title left on my pull list. I must say I did -not- see that coming six months ago... So yeah. What Mike said.