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Relaxing with Batman

Shocker, I know.

This weekend, for the first time in a long time, I took some time to relax. Danica and I had gone up to a place near Hinton called “Black Cat Guest Ranch”, which is a wonderfully peaceful BnB with great mountain views and a ton of books. After convincing me that I shouldn’t do “work” over the weekend (which I have a hard time doing), I spent most of my time away from the phone (although the shop called very little – for which I am currently grateful. We’ll see how I feel about that when I return to work in the morning….) and stayed away from any word processors. Instead of going at my usual ever-spinning pace, I just sat around and read. As a result, I finally got around to reading a trio of classic Batman tales – Year One, The Long Halloween, and Dark Victory. All are books I’ve been told are “required reading” for any serious comic book fan (which is BS – the only rule to reading and enjoying comics is to approach books and series as and when they appeal to you), so I’m quite glad I finally had the chance to experience them. The trio actually work quite well together, drawing from each other as they explore the early days of Batman. I’ll inevitably be discussing the books in much more detail on at C!TB in the coming days, but the most interesting thing to see was just how much these books influenced Christopher Nolan’s trilogy. Bits and pieces were definitely pulled as needed, but for the most part, the stories are completely separate from what Nolan accomplished – which is great. The more I see superheroes pull out into other media, I always find myself drawn towards the different flavours and stories that translation brings. The very best are recognizable, but function as their own thing. Anyway, more on that later in the week.

Podcast! The Comics // Episode 017 // REAL TALK with Kelly Sue DeConnick

This week, the boys sit down for a long conversation with one of their very favourite people in the world, writer Kelly Sue DeConnick.  What, for reasons unimaginable, starts off as a discussion of Tumblr and James’ field of work eventually turns to Kelly Sue’s upcoming projects: the new Captain Marvel series, Ghost and the latest Castle graphic novel, Richard Castle’s Storm Season, as well as KISS, the nature of art, self-doubt and how making the world a better place requires owning up to your fears and having hard discussions about difficult topics.  It’s a freewheeling, varied conversation that goes from giggling fits to remarkably serious topics, and is all the better for it.

Remember to talk to your comic book shop about pre-ordering Kelly Sue’s new books and also to check out Rappers Doing Normal Shit.  Finally, thanks again to Kelly Sue for being so generous with her time and her kind words.

Find Kelly Sue at KellySue.com, on Tumblr or on Twitter at @KellySue.