April 19, 2017
For if one is remembered by a friend, one is never truly gone.
-Star Wars: Thrawn
- Finally broke the hour mark in Overwatch with Orisa. In some ways she can be annoying, but her abilities can be useful. I probably will play as her more often than I play as some others.
- Weekend off coming up. Hopefully going to power through some reading, writing and drawing that I’ve been putting off. Getting closer to Comic Con season, so I stepping that up is a priority. Might also start the process of selling off my comics. That is a bit of a trickier thing, as I want to have a steady flow of books getting signed and graded as I sell them. Maximize and extend my profit window.
- I saw recently that Greg Rucka’s run as writer of Wonder Woman will be coming to an end relatively soon. Part of me is kind of glad about that. It’s not that he’s a bad writer, but I just get tired of him working with lesbian characters all of the time–I could argue Wonder Woman as more bisexual, but in the current storyline she has not necessarily shown an overwhelming interest in men. Regardless, Rucka’s work–thinking of Rene Montoya, Kate Kane, Carrie Stetko–tends to focus on lesbian heroines. I’m all for diversity, but I think there could be a bit more variation to the diversity. Kind of goes along with my biggest complaint about Tracer from Overwatch. I thought there were more powerful statements to be made with the character and the game in general.
- Finished reading the new Star Wars: Thrawn novel. Pretty solid stuff. Think Timothy Zahn did a good job building up the characters and showing the functioning of the Empire at that time. I was a bit taken aback when Disney announced that the novels and comics and video games from the last couple of decades were no longer canon, but I understood the need to declutter. A lot of the material was clutter and detracted from the better stories of the Expanded Universe. I’m glad they brought back Thrawn though. The Thrawn books were some of my favorites from the novels, probably the most well written. Makes me wonder if Thrawn or Eli Vanto will appear in Last Jedi or Episode IX. In some form, maybe the character portrayed by Benicio Del Toro?
April 5, 2017
Mild Spoilers, anyone that saw the Ghost and Chopper in Rogue One kinda figured where the next step would be. On a side note, Marvel’s doing an six issue adaptation of Rogue One set to start coming out in April? Seriously?
So season three of Star Wars: Rebels came to a close this last weekend. Was mildly surprised that the season did not end on the Battle of Scarif. It essentially ended with the crew narrowly escaping Thrawn’s attack and proceeding to Yavin 4. Sabine led a team of Mandalorians to the Rebels’ aid, briefly returning before having to go back to continue fighting to free Mandalore. That storyline appears to be the main story for season four, which I do have a theory on.
Ezra and Kanan are still present with the team, but this season did introduce the Bendu, who added a new dynamic to the Jedi storyline. One of the things that seems to be happening with them is that they are being pushed more to the middle between light and dark. Between Maul, Vader and the Inquisitors, they were confronted or tempted by the Dark Side, with the Bendu being the first to truly advocate for the middle. That continued throughout the season, leading up to the final battle.
Overall, it was a solid season. I think they neatly wrapped up a few plot storylines before they progressed into the finale and set up the next season. I know that they officially list the events of season three unfolding two years before Rogue One and Episode IV, but I can’t help but think there will be a general progression of events to bring that point about sooner. Maybe have the Battle of Scarif be the mid-season event? Or even to start the season? I like the midseason idea myself, but I really don’t think the season will end there.
My theory is that the opening of the season will involve Kanan and Ezra learning about Jedi connections on Yavin 4, Hera getting a promotion, a couple of quick checks on Sabine, some missions for Agent Kallus as he adjusts to working with the Rebels directly–maybe working with Cassian Andor and K-2SO?–with the Battle of Scarif and the Death Star coming about in the middle of the season. After that, Mandalore. I think the Darksaber history will be revisited as Kanan and Ezra continue their journey. Maybe even some explanation of Ahsoka Tano’s fate? I saw some speculation that Episode VIII will have some connections to the Old Republic stories, so it would not necessarily be surprising to see some of that occur in Rebels. Especially since a lot of that history that has been confirmed involves Mandalore.
So that’s my prediction. The group will be straight off to Mandalore after the battle of Scarif and that’s the big arc and focus for the season.
March 8, 2017
Been playing a lot of Overwatch. Making it a goal to play at least one hour as each character. That could take awhile.
- Started getting serious again with the Order of the Dragon stuff. Drawing it out in pencil, rather than on the computer. I just like the feel of it better. Going to try to do more of a hybrid workflow. The mix has worked well in other projects, I’m hoping for the same here. I always found a more hybrid approach more appealing, as there are some details that I can get better in pencil and some I can get better digitally. If I have what I consider to be a healthy start, I might start posting new pages in the next week or two. That’s kinda dependent on me stopping with Overwatch long enough.
- Still giving some thought to bringing back Chlorine and Acid in some form, just want to make sure I get it right. One of my main goals with that–and in writing here–is to get some more self-evaluation going. I might be too open and honest at times, but there is a goal at work. Try to share the ideas that will help people grow. I feel like that I failed that in the first go around, but I wonder if a more focused attempt might work for the comic.
- So I heard there will be Star Wars: Rebels Season Four. Is there enough story left to tell? I mean, I feel like the storylines for each character are wrapping up now–we got the freaking Obi-Wan and Maul showdown coming up–and the Rebel Alliance has essentially been formed. I just have to wonder if there is going to be enough story to tell and if it is really going to justify a fourth season.
- So I live the next town over from Middlebury, where there were protests recently about Charles Murray’s speaking engagement and a professor was injured in the course of events. I am honestly not that familiar with his views, but those I am aware of are ones I don’t necessarily agree with. I get the impression that his beliefs influence his research and potentially skew it. Not to fault having beliefs, but there are times when beliefs can interfere with your ability to observe, think and develop ideas. I would personally prefer to see people challenge his ideas than resort to violence, but I can understand the strong feelings.
- Freedom of Speech should be about ideas, but do when certain individuals aren’t really bringing ideas, should they be entitled to a platform? Is Murray really bringing ideas to the table? Was Milo Yiannopoulos anything more than an exploited and troubled individual? (Not to dismiss anything he said, but I do think there are some real personal issues at work there)
March 4, 2017
One thing I find myself thinking about more lately is problem solving. In particular, the desire and preference for the fast solution or the “Quick Fix.” This has been something I’ve noticed at work lately, as there has been a lot more… micromanaging in the cheese production process. I won’t get very technical or detailed about it, but there has been a lot of small adjustments that might solve one problem, but in the end only create two or three more.
I see this more and more in the news lately. Take Trump’s Wall on the Mexican border. Does it really solve anything? Drugs are still going to come in. A wall isn’t going to do a damn thing to stop that. Most of the “criminals” are already well established here. Undocumented workers? They are what keep a lot of agricultural industry going. They are the dishwashers. I don’t see a lot of Americans lining up to do these jobs. It might be a short term solution, but doesn’t it just create more problems and cost even more billions later on to maintain the wall?
I’m reminded of what Yoda said about the Dark Side being stronger–another case in which that puppet had more wisdom than most people–in Empire Strikes Back, when he said, “No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.” The point I see in that is that quick fix might seem easier and more seductive, but doesn’t it lead to more problems in the end?
In another life, with an ex, we had a couple of fish tanks. Each had probably five or six fish and my ex had suggested we get more fish. Personally, I was never really that interested in fish and we did struggle to keep them alive. I told her this and she was a bit miffed. I suggest the idea of getting a dog at that point, being something I had an interest in doing at the time. She ignored the suggestion and brushed it off, and I didn’t really bring it up again.
As serious of a step as that would have been, there were a myriad of issues that needed to be solved. We could have gotten a puppy. We could have gotten ponies if it made her happy. Or more fish. But would it have done that? It would have been the same deal with proposing. Yes, we could have done it, but would it have made a difference if she didn’t want to deal with those other issues? I mean, I lost count of the number of times I said, “we’ll talk when you’re ready” only to have her never really want to talk about anything. In a lot of ways, her quick fix of breaking up saved me from dealing with her drama, but I doubt it really solved any of her problems.
In general, I do find that the quick fixes are more detrimental to the long term than people like to think. One thing I’ve been doing more of lately is thinking about the long term. Have the long term goals clear and defined. My mother asked me the other day if I had “given up” on trying to be a writer. Given up? Fuck no. Admittedly the mental toll of working nights has caught up to me and I’m a bit more sidetracked, but that’s temporary. I’m thirty, I got plenty of time. If I leave my current job, I want to make sure its a better situation, which is the only reason I’m still there. I haven’t set up the better, long term situation.
February 10, 2017
I was reading something the other day about how Tom Perez and his bungling a comment about last year’s Democratic Primary. He acknowledged that the primary process was rigged against Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton and that the next DNC Chair Person would have to be “honest” and “transparent” to succeed. Then he essentially retracted the statement, stating that he “misspoke”. Or rather the party elders and establishment got wind of it and voiced their disapproval. Cue the groaning and eye-rolling. He was right the first time.
I’m trying to be a little less political, but this article I read kind of fits with my general train of thought on a number of matters. Our whole political system needs an influx of new ideas. Why do you think Bernie Sanders, the Green Party and the Libertarian Party had such a significant impact on the election last year? However, those ideas cannot be expected to flourish if truth cannot be acknowledged.
One of the overarching themes I’ve tried to deal with in my writing this blog has been the “Idea of Ideas” and how important it is to always embrace new ideas and information. When it comes to truth, I often quote Obi-Wan Kenobi from Return of the Jedi. In explaining his misleading account of what happened to Luke’s father, Kenobi states that “Many of the Truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” I keep throwing that line out there, but it is a good line.
Ideas were a focus of mine here, but how we regard those ideas is also worth looking at. Truth and belief can be subjective, but they can inspire ideas. I will admit that something I’ve struggled with is knowing when to challenge people’s truths and ideas. Where the lines are drawn. I have disregarded a myriad of them, but sometimes that needs to happen too. Although I would hope my writing here does occasionally inspire people to look at their beliefs, ideas and truths from a different perspective, I don’t claim absolute authority on right or wrong here. I’m sure there a number of opinions on that. I simply hope I challenged some truths and some new ideas came as a result of them. Even if it is just an expanded perception, I think it would be a benefit.
Regardless of the situation, ideas and truth need to be challenged.
January 4, 2017
A new year. Didn’t do one of these last week because of Carrie Fisher’s death. Kinda hit hard.
- Star Wars has been on my mind a lot lately. I had been reading a couple of the newer “Canon” novels, rewatching Clone Wars, catching up on Rebels, saw Rogue One. Even though the prequels did fail to live up to the hype in a lot of ways, rewatching Clone Wars does give me a slightly higher opinion of them. Clone Wars really was a fantastic war serial and helps to raise some of the weaker aspects of the movies. Still, Lucas did leave some gaping holes in the movies.
- Star Wars was really my first fandom and always will be. Like I said the other day, Princess Leia was really my first crush and I grew up with those stories. I might have strayed a bit during and after the prequels, but it was always the true love of fandoms to me.
- It occurred to me the other day I haven’t had Indian Food in forever. I kinda miss the saag and mango curries. Might have to remedy that soon.
- Working on scripting a new comic. Developing it into a blend of Final Fantasy and Firefly. I’m just trying to avoid making it out to be like East of West or The Dark Tower too much. Those are the real standard when it comes to fantasy/scifi western stuff.
- The Tom Petty song “Won’t Back Down” has been my theme of late. So easy to get dragged down by the negativity and bullshit of everybody’s drama sometimes.