localfreak: avatar which I have used as mine since scarboard days 10 years ago (Default)
So sometimes Marvel make decisions I don’t like. They have a pretty good track record compared to some other comics about improving equality- we’ve had gay superheroes, female superheroes, superheroes of all colours and creeds for a long time. It was something I liked about them- Northstar and the Legacy Virus addressing the AIDs crisis, Storm kicking ass and leading the X-men at a time when most other comic book females were of the damsel-in-distress variety.

I collected X-Men comics and Wolverine comics sporadically, widely as I could whenever I could afford to get the train to the city and buy them. Eventually I focussed more on the Wolverine stuff, as I found that as I had to buy things often out-of-order the X-Men plots were sometimes too hard to follow, and quite frankly too many characters for me to keep in my head. But there was a lot of good there. There were also some arcs that didn’t float my boat (the Phoenix Saga snoozefest), or damp squibs (that Wolverine one-shot with the stupid dinosaur omelettes, or the entire ‘Angel of Death vs Wolverine thing which was tripe) but I just stuck with it.

In recent years there have been some things in particular I haven’t liked- I hated the fact I found out Wolverine’s name via the X-box game after the first film before Origins even reached me, and I honestly wasn’t delighted about him having big origins reveal- part of what I liked about the character was that he never knew what memories were real and what had been forced upon him.But, meh. I carried on.

Then they did the Old Man Logan series, which I refused to buy because I hate my fictional characters growing old and dying. It is my worst thing ever, but again I just kept my mouth mostly shut and carried on. Other people liked them, after all and I could just pretend they didn’t exist.

I haven’t seen any of the new female-Wolverine. I have mixed feeling about it, not because of her being female but I would have been happier if they had re-released Wolverine’s original story and genderswapped him to her, rather than HAVE HIM RETIRE/BE DEAD.

But again I KEPT MY MOUTH SHUT AND CARRY ON.

But to make a character created by Jewish artists, to urge the people to get involved in the war and fight against Hitler a hydra nazi? That’s not just a choice of comic that’s unpleasant that is a whole new level of twattery.

WHY YOU NITWITTED IDIOTS YOU HAVE BEEN DOING (mostly) SO FUCKING WELL. MCU EVEN MADE ME LIKE IRON MAN.
localfreak: avatar which I have used as mine since scarboard days 10 years ago (Default)
And on the twelfth day, he slept.

I think there is something wrong with me. Went out for my haircut this morning and then insisted that I needed to get home quickly to do some work. This was at first derailed with exciting information within the family that necessitated phone calls to relevant persons, and the arrival of The Uncanny X-Men #268 which flashes between X-Men days (running into Black Widow) and 1941 in which Captain America and Wolverine meet The Black Widow (as an ADORABLE CHILD) to rescue her after being kidnapped by The Hand. Yayayayayay.

I might put something on the avengers meme- I would so like a story in which Steve remembers a pretty little red-headed girl he helped rescue once upon a time.

BUT I DIGRESS.

I ate a little, toddled upstairs armed with books, papers and pages of notes for Further Research. And nodded off. Woke up twenty minutes later, moved around, picked up the notebooks, read about a page and nodded off again. The third time I dropped off I slept for an hour at which point I thought 'hang it' and picked up a poetry book and came downstairs for tea.

This is ridiculous! I go to bed reasonably on time, even if I am up before the sun and yet I can't stop flaming sleeping. I'm twenty-six going on sixty-two.

It could just be stress with work and such, and then the essay is also really not my thing with many of the books I'm using incredibly dull but if this doesn't stop soon I shall have to Take Steps.

Short of hyping up on over the RDA caffienated fizzy drinks I'm not sure what steps. But STEPS WILL BE TAKEN.
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I took the day off work today, after being back in for two days. This I think was actually quite a good move. The main reason was because we have New People starting on Monday, one of whom I will have to train (and now the Temp has left I will need to do this whilst totally manning both her new job and my old one. OMGDIEZ etc) and so I couldn't book anything off next week, and I have an essay to write for the end of the month. I also found an added bonus: after actually not doing huge amounts of computery stuff (well compared to a normal working day) my eyes were shot and I was all exhausted and achey from the lack of movement.

Admittedly I didn't move much today but I did manage to read a lot of the research I'd collected and make a LOAD of notes. Then I had to stop because I was very tied of Irish History and Tudors and Home Rule and things and it was ceasing to sink in. But I did do a lot so that's good and once it does sink in tomorrow I will do more! Then I will PLAN DRAFT 1.

I also made dinner and cooked the tea (it feels too much to say I cooked dinner- I heated soup and cut bread, added herbs and served) and just enjoyed the feeling of actually having time to do stuff like that, I even dug mum's coffee percolator out and made us coffee around three when I needed the boost.

Oh! And also my comic came today. I forgot to blog about it but basically Mum bought me this:



For Christmas, which is one of those books that tries (haha) to make a coherent storyline about Wolverine's life. (ahahaha comics ahahahaha).

And It mentioned some comics that I just had to have - Uncanny X-Men #268 and Flashback: Wolverine #-1. So I er bought them. Well, one of them I'm bidding for on ebay but the comic market is minute (as I know well from selling the buggers) unless they've been licked by Stan Lee or signed by Hugh Jackman or Patrick Stewart etc so I'm the only bidder unlikely to miss it. The other was on buy it now. AND IT CAME TODAY



And here is a picture of Stan Lee, cameoing and NARRATING (and doesn't he look a bit like Howard Stark in this? Just a weird creepy thought there). Don't get me wrong it was TOTAL froth, Amnesiac Wolverine with James and Heather Hudson going to visit someone who might be able to help him, only to be followed by: Hydra, Sabretooth (who tests to see whether the amnesia is real by making a lot of not so much veiled as very near stark naked references to things that comic fans know ('birthday boy' mentioning how he killed Silver Fox etc) and also acting like a Real Cowboy , Black Widow (who is still working for the Soviets at this point) and then run into Nick Fury and Carol Danvers who are being badass and James Bond-y except that Nick doesn't realise Wolverine doesn't know who he is because he and Danvers think that Wolverine is deep undercover until RIGHT at the end. And of course, Nick Fury being Nick Fury decides not to run after him and give the poor boy some answers because 'maybe he'll have some peace for once' not knowing. What? With HYDRA, SABRETOOTH AND THE SOVIETS ALL TRYING TO CAPTURE HIM? Oh Nick Fury (and it is totally the Nick Fury from The Scorpio Connection in those panels. TOTALLY.) But yes: Frothy and also awesome. Yay.

I'm looking forward to winning the X-Men one though- Wolverine, Captain America and Natasha Romanoff, 1941.

*squee*
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That somewhat creepy sight- walking home from seeing The Dark Knight Rises and not seeing a single pedestrian the whole way.

I really enjoyed the film, it had MANY explosions which was a definite good thing as for the first few scenes the man behind me, who must have nodded off during the usual half-hour of adverts, was snoring like a pig. After the first explosion? Snory McSnore stopped. So that was definitely good. And just...yeah. Good film. Wish I'd done what I said I was going to and re-watched the last two first because, particularly with Batman being DC, I was a bit 'Oh okay I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED WITH THIS LAST TIME' but then I remembered so it was all fine and cool and yay.

I have now seen a WHOPPING Twenty-Six Films so far this year. The next cinema plans? The Lorax, Brave (when it comes out NOT YET OUT YET THE BASTARDS) The Hobbit etc. Things I will be AVOIDING AT ALL COSTS: The Expendables 2, The Three Stooges and Keith Lemon: The Film yick. Just thinking about those last two makes me feel all squicky and cringey.

Going to go and see if I can find any fics which involve Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne being BFFs. Or bitching at each other. Either way!
localfreak: (Wolverine)
Despite not collecting Astonishing X-Men (apart from owning number 1) it was practically a given that I would be purchasing number 51. Aside from just general Northstar love ("I am GAY!"- trufax quote) my purchasing it was guarenteed for two major reasons, the first being the irrational collector desire to not miss out. I don't spend half my time watching the auctions for Incredible Hulk #181 ticking up to £500.00 without sighs of regret that I was not even alive in the 70s. Honest. Okay yes I do and damn it I was not missing out on this one! The second is of course my passionate love of all things gay. I listened to the first gay sex scene in The Archers with open mouthed adoration, despite not regularly caring about either I watched a week of Coronation Street just to see the first gay kiss (disappointing) and tuned in to The Archers at Uni just to hear the First Gay Wedding. It kind of had to be.

...time for the small, petty, disappointed ramble, because although the story is lovely...I was a bit deflated:

SPOILER AND IMAGE HEAVY CUT )
localfreak: avatar which I have used as mine since scarboard days 10 years ago (Default)
I did intend to spend some time in the loft working on the hovel this evening. It has been sorely neglected the past week what with Mum being ill and me spending a zillion hours at work. I got distracted though first by filing my new comics, which led to my usual 'I have too many of these puppies- and yet NOT ENOUGH'. Ended up re-reading some of my Ultimate X-Men UK series, which awesomely has a part which featured Wolverine, Spiderman and Daredevil all being awesome and kicking ass. Bonus! Nick Fury and Black Widow too- cool eh?

Anyway so I ended up tidying about with my collection which was great, but then stupidly began to re-read one of my old diaries. I keep all of them and I know sometimes it's really interesting to find out what you thought ten years ago but mostly my entries from ten years ago are intense amounts of teenage angst. Absolute downer- big time, particularly when you find so few things have changed. That was not so fun.

Oh well, bath now then fanfic and then I have two comics to put up on ebay - of course I bought more than that the other day so it hardly whittles down the collection from threatening to burst the seams of their boxes.
localfreak: (Wolverine)
Me: Hey, you have some shares somewhere don't you? How do shares work?
Them: I do have shares. But not exactly. They're not mine.
Me: Er?
Them: They're in my name but they are units under subsection S I G.
Me: So they're not shares?
Them: They're units.
Me: *taps ear* I think my babel fish has died. I have no idea what you just said.

And thus ends my lesson in the confusing world of financial thingummies.

The week has been crazy, we've been facilitating the student exams (that was Wednesday and Thursday but the day before was setting up the ward and the day after was catching up on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday's work), and then Friday was also a staff-awards-ceremony-thing so have had no room for collapse. In a few weeks C is leaving us for her new job. *sob sob sob* I don't know how we'll manage without her, and the pressure is on too because I need to write a poem for the occasion. Anyway there's going to be a whole thing and these girls are glam-our-us. So I've been trawling for clothes because most of my old stuff is too big and I've cleared out a load. I don't really like clothes shopping but today was pretty damn successful. Either I've managed to get an outfit for the thing OR if the one I have in mind is too casual I have the main bones of said outfit and am sure I can find something in the wardrobe to make it posher, and the planned outfic will be my Pride outfit.

Yes. I'm FUCKING GOING TO LIVERPOOL PRIDE! *SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE*

Ahem. Yes. I was furious because the past two years I have wanted to go and have been in work and when I looked up the calendar this year I am also in work. BUT because the library now shuts at 1pm it looks like I can go home get ready and catch the train in and will only have missed the first couple of hours. Sent Shaunie a message and he has rough plans with his harem of various lgbtq & straight peeps to go so I shall be tagging along. I'm hoping to find more people I know to go too but there's still plenty of time.

August 4th people- if you're coming pride tell me and we'll meet and stuff. It'll be awesome. I've never been to a pride or anything before and I will be all sociable and stuff. There were some guys fundraising for it today in the city centre who were lovely.

Yay.

I also spent an obscene amount of money on clothes including a Primani Batman T-Shirt= FTW. Sadly, they didn't have any Marvel in only Thundercats which I never watched. Then I went to worlds apart, manfully resisted buying a Daredevil T-Shirt....and then spent that money on MORE WOLVERINE instead. I bought: Wolverine #306, #307 UK Essential X-Men #32 and the book Wolverine Weapon X - Adamantium Men. Mwahahahahahah. Also I've ordered Astonishing X-Men #51 with the wedding between Northstar and Kyle because I HAVE TO OWN IT YES.

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