365 T-shirts - the reasoning

This blog should be sub-titled: a journal of my life in geek.

I get my geek on with things about which I am geeky: comic books, Baseball, Ultimate, science fiction, my favorite bands, books I have read and loved, and Jungian psychology to name some of the most frequently traversed subjects.

I began this project simply as a way to count my T-shirts. I own a lot of T-shirts. But how many do I have? Do I have 365? We shall find out.

When I started this blog, I thought about how each T-shirt means something to me. I bought it for a reason, after all. I set myself the task to post an entry about a new T-shirt every day as a way to simply write something every day, a warm up for writing fiction, which is my passion. Writing is like exercise. Warm ups are good for exercise. But after completing a month of blogging about T-shirts, I have learned that this blog serves as a journal; it documents my life in geek, sort of a tour of my interests in pop culture. The blog serves as a tool for self-inventory, for assessment and analysis of self and the origins of self, for stepping through the process of individuation in catalogues, lists, and ranks.

The blog also made me aware that I have some serious gaps in my T-shirt ownership, and I am in the process of collecting some new T-shirts for several of the great popular culture icons that I truly love. Stay tuned.

I was also a bit surprised that people checked out my blog and continue to check it, read it, and even comment on it. I am very appreciative of this readership. Please feel free to share your thoughts in my comments section. I will respond.

Also, please note that I have moved the original introductory text to the side bar. And now, I present to you the most recent entry of 365 T-shirts: a journal of my life in geek. Thank you for reading.
(Second Update - 1310.24. First Update - 1306.05 Originally Posted - 1304.25.)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

T-shirt #38: GODLAND: "Violence is the new black."

T-shirt #38: GODLAND: "Violence is the new black."


The T-shirt for today is dictated by my mood.

In my continuing series of providing justifications and rationalizations for wearing certain T-shirts, I want to share a bit about how mood often dictates the shirt. But first a bit about reasoning.

As I have previously addressed, different shirts have different uses. There are "dressy" shirts, which I am wear only when I go out of the house dressed to the "nines." I have mentioned that some shirts are for sleeping, and others are more or less exclusively worn when there's a chance they will get soiled. (I am ashamed to say that yesterday's shirt, T-shirt #37, is one of those shirts. I am so ashamed of this fact that I have "hidden" the fact here rather than in yesterday's entry. It is my logic that those Facebook friends who spot the shirt for Take Back the Night may just click on that post and not this one, and therefore, not be offended by this confession. I could be wrong.) I have described that some shirts fit the season, like my yellow shirts, such as KID FLASH T-SHIRT #30. And back in my media studies teaching days, I often wore a shirt for the musical artist that I was featuring in class that day, such as T-shirt #35:  Joy Division. (By the way, I added videos to my former music blog entries, which I should have done in the first place. These can be found at T-shirt #35: Joy Division: Unknown PleasuresT-shirt #36: Kraftwerk: We are the robots and T-shirt#6: Discipline. I provided the links here as a service to my daily readers, or randomly regular readers, who may want to dial back and watch the videos.)

Today's shirt falls into the category of mood expression. I bought the shirt without reading a single issue of the comic book it advertises: Gødland by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli published by Image Comics. The solicitation for the T-shirt caught my eye when it appeared a few years back in the Previews catalogue, which I use to order my comics and related merchandise each month. I am not sure if I spotted the T-shirt before I bought issues of the comic, or if the issues had stacked up and gone unread until I bought the shirt. These details are fuzzy and not really important. As of this writing, I still have not read all the Gødland issues that I own let alone the entire series run (see comment below). But the tag line of the shirt appeals to me: "Violence is the new black." And slogging through work (for pay - grading) and work (for school - programming - homework) this weekend, I was inspired to put on the shirt. Often I feel like a futuristic gunman with my head in a jar, which is detached and cradled in my arms. Today, if I were to sound my barbaric yawp across the rooftops of the world it would add up to (in nonsensical sounds): "VIOLENCE IS THE NEW BLACK." Hence, the shirt is selected to fit the mood, and the mood fits the T-shirt in color, tag line, and image.
And in keeping with my recent trend to present some quick, fast facts to close (which is easier than trying to work them into an essay form), here's some final impressions. Thanks for reading!

1. I was attracted to Gødland because of its homage to and revival of work by some of my favorite all-time comic creators: Steve Engelhart, Jim Starlin, and above all, the greatest of all time, Jack "The King" Kirby.

2. Gødland features the COSMIC SUPERHERO EPIC, which is one of my favorite comic book genres, found in Jack Kirby's run on Thor, the Eternals (also Jack Kirby, though there is a nifty revival by Neil Gaiman and John Romita, Jr.), The Fourth World series (Kirby again but this time for DC), Dreadstar by Jim Starlin, and much of the work that has featured the Silver Surfer.

3. Gødland ended with issue #36 in 2012, so it's time to own and to read the entire run.

4. I could use a little cosmic intervention by some Celestials today.

And so it goes.
Same as it ever was; Same as it ever was, True Believer.
'Nuff said.

- chris tower, 1304.28, 14:00