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.)

Monday, November 11, 2013

T-shirt #235 - Fantastic Four Long-Sleeve #1 - comic book news

T-shirt #235 - Fantastic Four Long-Sleeve #1 - comic book news

Greetings comic book fans!!

Busy times for Mr. Grading Robot man. This will be my cant, over and over, same old same old.

Same as it ever was.

And so it goes.

Not only is Grading Robot at full gyro, high-capacity neural radiance, but a plumbing emergency caused me to miss WMU classes again today for the second Monday in a row, just in case anyone from WMU is reading. I feel awful about it, but it was quite unavoidable.

And because of back-logged work, I finished yesterday's blog today and must keep this one short to stay on schedule.

UPDATE ON 1402.28 - The story that follows is not true. See truth below.

Today's shirt is a fun project. A DIY, sort of. I had someone sew the Fantastic Four patch to this blue shirt, but I actually have two. How do I have two, you may wonder? I had two patches but when I came across the second patch, I had quite forgotten that I had already had a shirt made with the first patch. I forgot that there were two patches. So, now I have two identical shirts. This duality resulted from the same problem as when I go in to a room, once I get there, I forget why I am in the room and what I intended to do. This happens to me a lot. The shirt thing is quite similar.

THE TRUTH: My other Fantastic Four long sleeve has the logo printed on it, which means that, yes, this one is a DIY, and I did it, made it, with a patch, AND THEN Marvel licensed one and had it printed, and so of course I bought it.

NOTE the Quisp watch; see T-shirt #90.

Today's blog will feature recent news items that I have collected about comic books written by other people and several images, none of which have ANYTHING to do with the Fantastic Four. I already hit them with some love (just search the Marvel Comics category), and I will again. At the very least, I have another identical shirt to this one.


First up is the new "Ms. Marvel." The Marvel Comics Company must renew trademarks, and with the previous Ms. Marvel (who has been known by many names) taking the mantle of Captain Marvel (a smart move given her history), it's time for a new Ms. Marvel. Nerd magnet Stephen Colbert satirized a reaction in a link farther below, shared by Charles Skaggs.

Ms. Marvel will center on 16-year-old Kamala Khan, a Muslim-American teenager living in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Like any teenager, all of her opportunities are in front her and she is full of potential, but her parents’ high expectations come with tons of pressure and has led Kamala to carve out a future that she has little interest in.
 “At her core, Kamala is just a 16-year-old girl, exploring the many facets of her identity when she is suddenly bestowed with super-human powers that send her on the adventure of a lifetime,” says Marvel Comics Editor In Chief Axel Alonso.
 The series, and its central character, are brought to life by an all-star creative team, led by acclaimed novelist and multi-Eisner nominee, G. Willow Wilson (Air, Mystic, Alif The Unseen). Her writings about modern religion have appeared in such outlets as New York Times’ Magazine and The Atlantic.  Critically-acclaimed artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways, Uncanny X-Force) brings his vivid artistry to the project capturing the vibrantly rich and kinetic world in which Kamala lives.
NERD SACRILEGE: I have never been a big fan of Stephen Colbert. See link below. The guy bugs me the same way David Spade bugs me. This is a subject to explore in more depth in later blogs. I just wanted to put it out there, so people could gasp in dismay at my nerdy blasphemy.

Agents of SHIELD To Debut Prominent LGBTQ Character

WORD OF THE NERD also shares in the link above the debut (tomorrow night?) of a gay character in the Marvel Agents of SHIELD show. Though WORD OF THE NERD is one of my new favorite places for nerd news, I find it a bit silly that the acronym LGBTQ was used as an adjective for "character." I doubt that the character of Victoria Hand is Lesbian, Gay, BiSexual, Transgendered, AND Queer. I am sure she is just queer, the "L Word," as another show proclaimed.
However, I have been impressed with the amount of gay characters in comic books in the last few years and now in a comic book themed TV show. Maybe I am behind the times being so didactic and literal with the acronym. But gee wiz. Why not just write that the show will debut a gay character unless she is Bi-sexual or Transgendered.

Anyway, I have about five episodes of Marvel Agents of SHIELD to watch. So little time.

Charles Skaggs has been on overdrive. There's great news in the links below, including the Stephen Colbert thing I referenced twice. The BIG news is the deal Marvel made with Netflix for a bunch of live action programs that will begin to debut in 2015.

I am also quite excited about the possibility of Jaimie Alexander as Wonder Woman, as she seems like a good choice, assuming she is over six feet tall and as strong as Superman.



THE COLBERT REPORT Warns of Muslim Ms. Marvel

CW Developing DC Comics' HOURMAN for TV

Jaimie Alexander in Talks with Warner Bros. for Wonder Woman?

Various images that have been collecting on my system. Captions tell the tale. See you all tomorrow.
Alex Ross' Avengers 50th anniversary print

Rogue and the X-Men by Chris Bachalo

Not sure where this came from and I cannot
read the credits, but gee, aren't they cute?

COUNTDOWN TO THE END OF THE YEAR: 130 shirts remaining.

- chris tower - 1311.11 - 19:10