The only experience I've ever really had with Wonder Woman would be the Justice League Series that aired on Cartoon Network in the early 2000's. She aThe only experience I've ever really had with Wonder Woman would be the Justice League Series that aired on Cartoon Network in the early 2000's. She always frustrated me with her costume choices, because frankly, why is an Amazon Princess wearing such a 'MURICA costume? In my youthful mind, I was all like, "GIRL, you're not American! Your Amazonian costumes could look better and make way more sense with your origin story. Plus you look like you cut up an American flag to make a swimsuit."
So part of my interest in this book was to actually find out why Wonder Woman was designed this way.
And I got so much more than I ever expected.
Most of this story is about the creator, who also happens to be the creator of the lie detector test, William Moulton Marston.
Another portion of this story deals with the rise of the birth control movement and it's founder: Margaret Sanger.
What unravels is an intricate weaving of feminism and family secrets with a crazy narcissistic man in it's center.
So yes, it's worth a read.
And, not surprisingly, the origins of Wonder Women's costume (besides her bracelets) is pretty simple.(view spoiler)[ She was created during WWII and DC wanted to make the character as patriotic and sexy as possible to sell comics. LITERALLY NO OTHER REASON. (hide spoiler)]
Also can we talk for a second about her invisible jet.... WHY!?!? How does the Amazonian race have crazy amazing technology, even thought they have been cut off from the rest of the world for hundreds of years? I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND. ...more
I honestly have no desire to learn Chinese, but I am a big fan of Shaolan Hsueh as a graphic designer. I love that she decided to incorporate two loveI honestly have no desire to learn Chinese, but I am a big fan of Shaolan Hsueh as a graphic designer. I love that she decided to incorporate two loves of hers, the Chinese language and design. The book is pure eye candy, and some of the character designs are quite clever. I have no idea how the book functions as a tool for learning the actually language... this may be why I gave it such a high rating.
I guess I would have to say that this book is worth a look, but I might just leave the learning of Chinese to Rosetta Stone. ...more
I must confess I read this book because there was a section on one of my favorite shows of all time, Community, and I thought the author must be a claI must confess I read this book because there was a section on one of my favorite shows of all time, Community, and I thought the author must be a classy individual due to his love of the show as well. (I’m still angry that they cancelled that show! I have no idea what I shall do with all my free time now that Community is out of my life. Maybe go outside and enjoy nature…. DAMN IT.) While I did learn a lot about the “sitcom” and the history of television in general, the book was far from perfect. The chapter dedicated to Community felt very rushed, to the point where unless you had seen the show yourself, summaries included about Community episodes would seem disjointed and unclear. The author had a tendency to swear randomly throughout the FUCKING book that honestly had no GOD DAMN place and was jarring at times. I mean, this isn’t salty bar talk, where you ramble incoherently to your friends about all your vast knowledge of sitcoms until they tell you to shut up cause they can’t really hear you anyway. I just picture our lovely author yelling “DID YOU KNOW THAT THE HONEYMOONERS ONLY RAN FOR ONE GOD DAMN SEASON AND IT WAS PRETTY MUCH ALL FUCKING AD-LIBBED?”
But these are my only complaints. It is definitely worth a read if you are as big of a fan of sitcoms as myself.
RIP COMMUNITY I mourn your untimely cancellation until I can fill the void with another sitcom. (I have a feeling I will be waiting for a while.)
Community has been renewed for a 6 season! Hooray! I almost had to find a new show... ...more
I must confess I read Saints before I read Boxers. I found this graphic novel to be more enjoyable after I read Boxers, although I am glad I read SainI must confess I read Saints before I read Boxers. I found this graphic novel to be more enjoyable after I read Boxers, although I am glad I read Saints first, considering the ending was not spoiled for me. I have read other reviewers on here who have said that the author Yang, is a devote Catholic, and I did get that vibe from the WAY he wrote about Catholicism. While he does not seem to relay the idea that all catholics are perfect, he seems to suggest that Catholicism filled a void for a certain type of Chinese, like Four Girl, who did not fit in the confides of their feudal society.
The most powerful part of the novel (view spoiler)[ When Vibiana is murdered by Bao after refusing to revoke her faith and cites the Lord's prayer (hide spoiler)]to me is more moving than Boxers, and Vibiana/ Four Girl's journey to find a loving family is more relatable.
(view spoiler)[ I also found the ending with Bao citing the Lord's prayer to save his own skin at the end an interesting twist, like Yang is saying the greatest heroes/marauders are lost to history. (hide spoiler)]
Anyway, if you want a good cry, read this series. ...more
Norman Rockwell is what us illustrators consider a success. He is what the art world considers a propaganda artist, in the same vein as Thomas KinkadeNorman Rockwell is what us illustrators consider a success. He is what the art world considers a propaganda artist, in the same vein as Thomas Kinkade; saccharine, kitschy and AMERICAN. He was an illustrator during a time where illustration was not considered “high art,” yet he was a household name. I too must confess that I found him to be a droll and not thought provoking. A “he keeps the masses happy” AKA the Jerry Bruckheimer of illustration. So I am glad that I read this book, because I found that I related to his process and art more than I expected to.
While I found most of this enjoyable, I will say that this book had a tendency to drag on. The author decides to investigate his life year by year, which leads to a 400+ pages of him going and coming from California, marrying women he was not sexual attracted to, and forming unusual strong bonds with men. This ‘attraction’ to men was also another issue I had with the author. While this assumption may be true, the era in which Rockwell lived was one of a male obsession with manliness. This was the era of Sigmund Freud, who never gave a second thought to women other than having ‘penis envy;’ Thomas Eakins was famous for painting active men and boys at swimming holes, playing baseball, etc. I feel that Rockwell was more product of this time frame (which seems like a reaction to the women’s suffrage movement) when intense friendships with men were the norm.
Other than these issues, I found that I learned a lot about Rockwell and a little bit about myself in the process. And isn’t that what reading is about anyway? ...more
I remember attending a lecture my freshman year of college where the speaker discussed the use of animation, generally considered a children's medium,I remember attending a lecture my freshman year of college where the speaker discussed the use of animation, generally considered a children's medium, to express adult themes. He considered it a way to impress radical ideas without a spotlight, since there is less scrutiny, AKA less adults watching these shows. Similar to 70 years before with the advent of science fiction to protest oppressive governments. There was a huge shift in movies around my freshman year, Scorsese was directing Hugo and Jonze was directing Where the Wild Things Are, children's movies. It can be said that graphic novels have been playing this role for a long time, slyly criticizing society without a watchful eye. I found this graphic novel series to be in the same vein (considering that I found it in the teen section at the library.)
The graphic novel covers some very adult themes like what I refer to as the "us and them" idea, as well as the affects of colonialism, total war, etc. So don't expect an uplifting story (I mean there is really nothing uplifting about the boxer rebellion.)
After reading this I just wanted to give everyone I saw a hug and ask "How is your day?"
I gave it three stars, not because the art is terrible or the story is poorly written, it is because I did not find the story or its characters to be likable. Which, to me, was not the author's intention anyway. I think he wanted to express the idea that there is no good or bad in war, only death and destruction.
So if you enjoy a good moral tale wrapped in a colorful children's blanket, then I recommend this series to you (also Adventure Time.) ...more
Are you a naturally curious person? Do you wonder why things are the way things are, like why Thanksgiving is on the last Thursday of November? Why soAre you a naturally curious person? Do you wonder why things are the way things are, like why Thanksgiving is on the last Thursday of November? Why soccer is called football everywhere but the US? Why we continue to elect the same inefficient people to congress (do we just hate progress?!?!)
Then this book is for you.
No seriously, I mean it.
You should start reading it now.
It answers questions like:
Did you ever wonder why the hashtag/pound key/number sign has so many names? Where did it come from?
& (WHY DOES THIS MEAN AND????)
And with all this hipster knowledge you will be a hit a parties!
Because who doesn't love the guy that spouts out random facts to drunk people?
I figured that I should get some of the books on my 'to reads' list off, and this one was readily available on ebook at the library.
I am not one to rI figured that I should get some of the books on my 'to reads' list off, and this one was readily available on ebook at the library.
I am not one to read medical memoirs, but since they are making this a movie and it will be out next year, I might as well get the reading over with so when everyone asks me if I read the book, I won't have to lie like I normally do.
Honestly though, this book gave me pretty vivid nightmares. Because if there is one thing I love about myself, it is that I am not insane.
And given that I am in the age range of this disease, I did not do myself in favors in the, "This this could happen to me" scenario.
But all in all, this book has some interesting insights into the brain that I found pretty fascinating (AKA the "Alice in Wonderland Effect" was one of my favorites to learn about.)
And as long as you're not a hypochondriac, you might find this book quite interesting and not at all terrifying.
(To me, this is the perfect horror story.) ...more
I remember the first time I went to the circus. It was just one of those things that seemed like a rite of passage for children to be subjected to. I’I remember the first time I went to the circus. It was just one of those things that seemed like a rite of passage for children to be subjected to. I’m sure I was amazed by all of the sights and feats of human strength, but honestly, the only thing that I remembered was that it smelled… really bad. With my child logic, what was the point of seeing the circus when you could see the same things on TV, where it didn’t reek of elephant dung?
The circus has for our generation lost a lot of its luster. But there was a time when to be a performer meant you were a superstar, just like our celebrities today (except EXTREMELY more talented than our so called ‘celebrities’.) Lillian Leitzel is a superstar from another lifetime, one where the automobile was the newest ticket around town, there was a war in Europe, and everyone was finally coming around to women’s rights.
While I did certainly enjoy learning about the lives of the most unknown famous people in America, I have however, never been a fan of biographies. Authors tend to take certain liberties with facts, to the point where they make assumptions about what a person is thinking. Jensen is guilty of this, but he writes in such a unforgiving manner you tend to think that he actually spoke to Alfred Codona or Leitzel about their relationship. It was if he asked, “Alfred, how do you feel about Leitzel’s adultery problem? Lillian, why were you Ok with Alfred beating you, and why did you show up to your own wedding three hours late with your other lover at your side?”
Other than blatant assumptions about Leitzel’s and Alfred’s actions, this book is quite an interesting read. It was like watching a really good biography, one where I was transported to a different time for a little while. I’ll pause, and think, “I would have loved to have lived during the turn of the century.” (But then I remember that I am a woman and would have had no legal reproductive rights and be considered property. It would not be the Dowton Abbey life for this commoner.)
So I recommend this book to anyone who has ever been to the circus. It gives the reader an inside look at the life of its performers at the height of its relevance; before TV ruined everything. ...more