Thursday, April 28, 2011

Superman Renounces US Citizanship

Action Comics #900 is in the news right now for spotlighting an issue that has largely gone unexplored at this point: What if Superman doesn't want to represent the "American Way"?

"I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy," Superman says in the issue after someone on the President's staff chides him for attending a protest in Iran. 

Pundits on both sides have shared their opinions:

In a Fox News article on Superman's proclamation, "GOP activist" Angie Meyer is quoted saying, "Besides being riddled with a blatant lack of patriotism, and respect for our country, Superman's current creators are belittling the United States as a whole. By denouncing his citizenship, Superman becomes an eerie metaphor for the current economic and power status the country holds worldwide."

In contrast, the same piece quotes Wired's Scott Thill, saying, "Superman has always been bigger than the United States. In an age rife with immigration paranoia, it’s refreshing to see an alien refugee tell the United States that it’s as important to him as any other country on Earth -- which, in turn, is as important to Superman as any other planet in the multiverse."

What do you think?

via Newsarama

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mother's Day Gifts for Nerdy Moms.

If you are a mom like me (and if you are a mom reading this blog, there is a good chance that you are), Precious Moments figurines just don't cut it for you.  So I have compiled a list of super awesome mother's day gifts that you can "accidentally" leave open in your browser for your husband/partner/kids/other to find.  You're welcome.
  • Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics has an amazing list of comics from many publishers that is searchable by month and year.  Find one from the month and year Mom was born, search for it on Ebay or your local comic store and have it framed.
  • Custom Comix on Etsy has super cool bangle bracelets made from old comic pages. They currently have Thor, Doctor Who, Dazzler and others listed.
  • Think Geek is chock-full of items any nerd would love, but some of my favorites for mom are:
    • I love the  Custom Comic Book Charm necklace from Etsy Seller I Make Cute Stuff.  How cool would it be to put your last name on there! Smith!  Jones!  McCormac!
    • Mom probably isn't much of a gamer if she hasn't gotten a copy of Portal 2 yet, but if she somehow missed it now would be a good time to pick it up.
    • For the gourmand: Two of my favorite cooking resources are James McGee's On Food and Cooking. Amazon says: "A classic tome of gastronomic science and lore, On Food and Cooking delivers an erudite discussion of table ingredients and their interactions with our bodies." Nerdy!   I also love Cook's Illustrated  which prides itself on preparing each recipe dozens of times until it's perfect.  You can't go wrong making a recipe from CI. 
    • Pacific Northwest Moms are sure to love tickets to Geek Girl Con. It will be held October 8th and 9th in Seattle and will celebrate "the contribution and involvement of women in all aspects of the sciences, science fiction, comics and related Geek culture". 
    • Handmade art.  Have the littles draw mom a bookmark and have it laminated or frame it, or turn it into a magnet.  You can't go wrong with this one. 
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