Hi kids! It's me again. I'm humbled that you come back to read another issue of my nonsense about random stuff. And if you are new to this newsletter, I will apologize ahead of time. I can get pretty random with these things but hopefully it will be entertaining to some extent.
So last night, my son and I went to go see a pre-release screening of The Batman. I talked a little bit about this in last week’s issue. I am not going to spoil anything here until well after it has been out for a couple of weeks. I will, however, simply state that I enjoyed it immensely. I will probably go and watch it a couple of more times.
As you might know, I live in the state of Oklahoma. It is a very conservative state, politically speaking. Now I know that other states have some senseless politicians and Oklahoma is no exception to that rule. I would say that about 98% of the elected officials here in Oklahoma are people that I would rather not claim as representatives of my state. We certainly have our share of senseless politicians. One such politician is state legislator Sherrie Conley. This a former public school teacher that is leading the pack on getting books banned from libraries. So right away, that gives you an impression of what sort of person this is. The idea of banning books is ludicrous. One of the more asinine political bandwagons that I can think of. And if that isn’t ludicrous enough, now she is going after Star Wars saying that it promotes alternative lifestyles. So first of all Sherrie, so what? What is wrong with alternative lifestyles. Aside from that, you are completely out of your mind! I can nearly guarantee you that George Lucas was not thinking about alternative lifestyles or rainbow juice in 1977 when he put this movie out. You are an utter moron. You can check out the video with some of her contents here:
I started watching The Walking Dead again. It’s been a really long time since I watched it. I thought about starting over from the beginning but instead I decided to just start where I left off. I stopped watching after the last episode of season 5. TWD is a show that I didn’t start watching when it first premiered. I think I started after season 3 (I think). Before the show came out, I had read a couple of issues here and there of the comic series. I can’t remember why I stopped watching the show and, if I’m being completely honest, I’m not sure what prompted me to start watching it again. I’m going to try and get caught up with the show but I can’t make any guarantees. As I have said before, I am easily distracted. I have, however, made it to season 9 so there is that. Time will tell if I wind up finishing this series.
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On episode #74, we welcomed a special guest. Johna, from Geeky Bubble Pod came on the show and talked to us about #RebelsRemembered. We talked about our favorite moments and favorite characters from the show Star Wars Rebels. We also played a song from the Worcester UK-based punk band Fights and Fires. Next week, we will be starting our series on Batman. You can check out the #RebelsRemembered episode on YouTube here:
Still not finished with Thrawn: Alliances. In fact, I have read very little more of it since I mentioned it in last week’s issue. However, I did finally get some comics from my pull list. All 3 of them were Star Wars books. This week, I got Star Wars #21, Eye of the Storm #2, and The High Republic #15. As of this writing, I have only read the Eye of the Storm.
A book that I am looking forward to that is coming out soon is Batman Vol 5. This trade paperback compiles the Batman issues (#112-117) of the Fear State story arc which was written by James Tynion. This was a story arc that I had started reading in single issue form but for some reason stopped at some point and then just decided that I'd wait for the trade. This one is scheduled for release on March 15th.
Also, just in case you are curious, I am still not enjoying the new Comixology/Amazon transition. They have improved a couple of things but they (they being Amazon) still has a very very long way to go. #bringbackcomixology
This week’s track of the week is “Beds Are Burning” by AWOLNATION. This song is a cover of the classic Midnight Oil tune from their 1987 album Diesel and Dust. It features Rise Against vocalist Tim McIlrath on backing vocals. This song popped up on this week’s release radar on Spotify. Prior to this, I had never heard of AWOLNATION so here is what I found out about them. The band was formed in Los Angeles in 2010 by Aaron Bruno. Other than that, from what I have been able to gather, this is more of less a solo project by Bruno. This cover of Beds are Burning comes from the album My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers & Me which is scheduled to be released in May. The album will feature other collaborations with artists such as Jewel, Beck, and one of the Hanson brothers. Should be interesting and possibly worth checking out.