Tuesday night update

Two nights in a row, up for getting some grad school stuff done, and two nights in a row no assignment posted. Good problem to have I guess.

What I’m writing
Took advantage of my night off from school to write my review for tomorrow’s G.I. Joe #10. It’s the fourth part of the Cobra Command storyline, which so far has been excellent. This week’s issue is no exception. I’m having fun with these reviews.

What I’m reading
I’m really looking forward to Invincible #88 tomorrow. I was reading #87 on my iPad while I was having lunch out in town, and I giggled audibly at the final-page cliffhanger. I cannot wait to see what Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley do with this.

Also on tap for tomorrow – Animal Man #6 and Action Comics #6. Animal Man is my second-favorite of DC’s New 52 books (behind only the new Batman book, which is just fabulous), and I’m pumped to read the next installment tomorrow. The art is spectacular, and the story is so bat-shit crazy that I can’t help but love it. The way they’re developing the main character’s daughter is just fantastic. About the only thing I don’t like about the direction things are going now is this forced crossover they seem to be pushing with Swamp Thing (the first issue of which I liked quite a bit, but I didn’t keep the series because something had to go), which I’m hoping doesn’t lead to one of the worst things about comics, the whole “buy this other series to get the whole story” trick. I know the characters all exist in the same corner of DC’s New 52 universe, but I’d really prefer if this stuck to the formula the Batman family of books has followed – for instance, Birds of Prey has referenced quite a bit of the stuff that’s gone on in Batman, but it’s only as another angle to the same series of events. It’s not a direct crossover. Without reading Batman the Birds of Prey stuff likely wouldn’t make much sense, but it’s just a supporting element in that story so reading Batman isn’t really necessary to understand it.

I am sticking with Action Comics because Grant Morrison is supposed to be awesome, but so far this hasn’t hooked me. It’s good, but it hasn’t hooked me.

What I’m watching
I finally got a chance to catch up with last week’s Archer off the DVR this evening. I love that show so much; it’s just wrong on basically every level, and I love it.

Lunch meeting tomorrow at work to talk billboards, then I’m going to start working on story assignments for the next issue of Horizons, work on a marketing plan for summer school, plan some event advertising for the rest of the semester, and probably end up doing a couple of other things here and there as well. I also need to get ahold of the theater advertising guys and work on a new commercial with them. New job = awesome. Still very hopeful that something will work out and I’ll get to keep it.

Early to bed tonight I think. I want to draw something, but I also want to sleep. Sleep’s gonna win out tonight.

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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