Pro Se Press’ head honcho, Tommy Hancock had me on his podcast recently. We discussed The City of Smoke & Mirrors, my influences and inspirations, the writing process, and whether there’s a Dill/Don Komodo BDSM slash fiction out there (probably not, yet). Have a listen.
But for the love of Kirby, don’t make a drinking game out of the number of times I say “um” or “y’know.” You’ll be dead soon enough.
“If You Liked…” is a new series where I’ll take recently released or upcoming movies, games, or TV shows and make some comic book recommendations.
Earlier today, I had the chance to see Marvel’s latest superhero flick, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It astounded me how thematically different it was from its predecessor. The first film, The First Avengers, was for all intents and purposes, a pulp action World War II period piece, similar to The Rocketeer (no surprise, given that they share the same director, Joe Johnstone). Winter Soldier, however, has more in common with more recent espionage thrillers such as the rebooted James Bond series or the Jason Bourne movies. There’s a great deal of modern action, smoke and mirrors spy action, and how a time-displaced Captain America fits in a modern setting.
Ordinarily, the “If You Liked…” series would include a number of recommendations, ranging from different creative teams. In this case, however, the movie takes very clear inspiration from one source: Ed Brubaker’s run on the title.
A strong word of warning: while many of the stories were widely publicized, there are some major events that I’ll be spoiling and discussing. This will not only include some spoilers from The Winter Soldier film, but it is very likely these major events will be adapted and/or mirrored in future Captain America films.
Part One discusses the story. Part Two deals with side missions. Oh, and I should mention that I made one addition to the side-mission article: collectibles!
This time, let’s tackle game mechanics.
Empty ring. Empty dreams.
(Bump in the Road is a multi-part story detailing my attempts to get into wrestling school and the wrestling business. Part 1 discusses my growing up on wrestling and some brief backyard wrestling. Part 2 dives into my brief time in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a burgeoning wrestling school. Part 3 involves my first major nervous breakdown and suicide attempt. Part 4 begins the story of my time at a legitimate wrestling school in Toronto. Part 5 is a side-tangent on the creative process and homework. Part 6 concludes my time at Rob Fuego’s school.)
(Bump in the Road is a multi-part story detailing my attempts to get into wrestling school and the wrestling business. Part 1 discusses my growing up on wrestling and some brief backyard wrestling. Part 2 dives into my brief time in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a burgeoning wrestling school. Part 3 involves my first major nervous breakdown and suicide attempt. Part 4 begins the story of my time at a legitimate wrestling school in Toronto. Part 5 is a side-tangent on the creative process and homework.)
Right, you guys know the drill by now, so let’s get right to Part 6. I left off after my first class at Rob Fuego’s wrestling school (Part 4) and a short interlude about homework (Part 5).
For the first few weeks, things were going well – admittedly, frustrating at times, but well.
Last time, I discussed the main story in my ideal Superman game. It’s still a rough idea that could definitely use fleshing out, but it gives you the general gist. This time, I want to talk about side quests. In a sandbox game, I feel it’s important to give the player side quests that are just as fun and interesting – if not more – than the main story. Let’s get right to it!
If you read through other entries of mine, you’ll see that I’ve had something of a rough life. Depression, loneliness, no self-esteem, no self-worth, and constantly moving have all kept me feeling low. If there’s one thing that has kept me in check, the one thing that immediately jumps to mind whenever I’ve consider suicide, it’s the love I have for the one constant in my life: Diomedes. Or “Lord” Diomedes. Or Lord Diomedes: Future Conqueror of the World. And it’s for this blog entry that I want to talk about him.
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