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gailsimone:

I got this lovely note in my ask box. I’m not going to post the name because I don’t know if the poster involved wanted her name used. It got me thinking:

“I just wanted to thank you. I know it sounds extremely cheesy/lame, but I just appreciate all of your work so much - especially Birds of Prey and the new Batgirl. I’m a huge Barbara fan, and for some reason, reading the stories that you write about her makes me feel a lot less lonely. Thank you for all of the hope that your stories have given me. Can’t wait until Issue 5!”
Of course, I appreciate the kind words, but I was really struck by what she said, about comics making her feel less lonely.
I don’t talk about this online a lot, but I grew up in an extremely rough situation that didn’t really get better until I left home.  I’m not going to whine about the whole story here, but one problem was that I grew up on a farm, far, far away even from the teensy little redneck town where I went to school. We had no close neighbors with kids my age, no television, very little to do other than chores and wandering.
But comics really did help with that. When I read comics (or some really good fantasy fiction), I felt like the world wasn’t so tiny, that it was MASSIVE and filled with wonder and people from other planets and amazing friends with wonderful adventures. I was just a kid, but I treasured those stories and read them to tatters.
As I grew up and moved away, comics had gotten pretty grim and unwelcoming to female readers and I drifted away a while.

Then I went through a very sad period, and rediscovered comics by accident (it was Mark Waid and Alex Ross’ KINGDOM COME). I just fell in love with it. And now they had actual SHOPS where you could buy comics, and you could talk to the other readers, and the staff. And holy crap, I went online and there were whole message boards where you could talk to hundreds of people about these wonderful books.
So, lots of times comics have been lovely for me, made me feel emotions. And twice, it was life-changing. That’s not counting going pro and all the things that that has brought to my life, I’m speaking solely as a reader.
This is one of the reasons why I take this stuff so seriously. An issue of a particular book might be just an assignment to the writer, but it might be tremendously important to a reader. I’ve had, probably, over the years, maybe eight to ten people say that stories I’ve written helped keep them from hurting themselves, and I know other writers have had that, as well. Comics can do that, they are stories of better possibility, they can touch the heart.
So my question is, have comics ever helped you feel less alone? Have they ever caused you to experience a powerful and positive emotional response?

If so, what characters do that for you the most?
(Also, I have no idea why Tumblr is ignoring my paragraph breaks on this post…any ideas? It looks like a block of text!)

Have you tried turning it off and on again?

Plot:

Mulder’s former partner (heyyyy), Jerry Lamana, approaches Mulder and Scully about a case Lamana’s working on: Benjamin Drake, the CEO of a major software company, Eurisko, died when he was electrocuted after trying to open one of the company’s doors with his electronic key. Lamana suspects murder most foul, and the evidence suggests that someone hacked the COS security system and electrocuted Drake remotely. Yikes. Mulder constructs a rough criminal profile of the culprit being a “sociopathic game-playing recluse.” Lamana, hard up for a victory after a humiliating, career-damaging fuckup, swiftly steals Mulder’s notes and presents it as his own work. All signs point to recently fired founder Brad Wilczek, who argued pretty vigorously with Drake immediately prior to Drake’s death, and who is essentially the only person capable of accessing the COS, since he built it. Other suspects include the sentient COS itself, since Drake wanted to disable it because it caused a huge financial loss to the company. So basically it’s your standard “wait, did this artificial intelligence contrive to murder a human in order to preserve its own ‘life,’ such as it is?” plotline. And the answer to that question is “yes.”

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Okay, so now that Amy and Rory are out, the next companion is Stormageddon, correct?

Okay, so now that Amy and Rory are out, the next companion is Stormageddon, correct?


doctorwho:

@lizo_mzimba Doctor Who announcement - Amy and Rory will leave ‘heartbreakingly’ during next series and The Doctor will get a new companion  #doctorwho
@lizo_mzimba   Steven Moffat says plenty of Amy and Rory in next series, but they will leave ‘heartbreakingly’. New companion not yet cast. #DoctorWho
@lizo_mzimba  For those asking, it’s just been announced by Steven Moffat after screening of Xmas episode.
Lizo is a journalist at BBC News.  He’s been tweeting from the UK screening of the Doctor Who Christmas Special.
We’ll be posting more details here to the Doctor Who Tumblr in the coming hours.

Ack. Announcing that it will be “heartbreaking” almost a full year before the next season even starts is…just let ME decide if it’s devastating, okay, Moff?

doctorwho:

Doctor Who announcement - Amy and Rory will leave ‘heartbreakingly’ during next series and The Doctor will get a new companion

  Steven Moffat says plenty of Amy and Rory in next series, but they will leave ‘heartbreakingly’. New companion not yet cast.

  For those asking, it’s just been announced by Steven Moffat after screening of Xmas episode.

Lizo is a journalist at BBC News.  He’s been tweeting from the UK screening of the Doctor Who Christmas Special.

We’ll be posting more details here to the Doctor Who Tumblr in the coming hours.

Ack. Announcing that it will be “heartbreaking” almost a full year before the next season even starts is…just let ME decide if it’s devastating, okay, Moff?


musingsofanxphile:

DYING of nerdy joy.

It’s canon now. I’ve decided.

musingsofanxphile:

DYING of nerdy joy.

It’s canon now. I’ve decided.

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Kristi P. checked in to Macy’s
Me with Matt Smith of Doctor Who!!! Love that he’s doing his own Christmas shopping!

Um…is Matt Smith in NYC?! BRB, taking the rest of the week off…

Kristi P. checked in to Macy’s

Me with Matt Smith of Doctor Who!!! Love that he’s doing his own Christmas shopping!

Um…is Matt Smith in NYC?! BRB, taking the rest of the week off…

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Hey there, people who read this blog. As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t been able to post an X-Files recap this week — unfortunately my boss has been out sick for the past two and a half weeks, which means I’m the only person running our department so yay for simultaneously working two jobs. It also means writing lengthy blog posts has been more than a little difficult.

Which brings me to a question: are the lengthy blog recaps of all the X-Files eps actually fun to read? Would you prefer shorter recaps? A shorter wiki-like summary that glosses over some of the nuance followed by a slightly longer and possibly (I make no promises) humorous commentary? I love writing the recaps but I don’t want to send everyone to snoresville if they’re just too damn long. What are your thoughts? You can send an email here or message me here.


Gingerbread TARDIS! This was made in 2006, so it’s very definitely no longer with us, but isn’t it nice to know it existed? (via Technabob)

Gingerbread TARDIS! This was made in 2006, so it’s very definitely no longer with us, but isn’t it nice to know it existed? (via Technabob)


Reading Batgirl in digital format is why we have computing devices.