Sometimes life sucks. Sometimes we all have depressing moments. Sometimes things seem as though they can’t get any worse. Sometimes you need some “outside” force to make things better.
Outside in this context is in air quotes, (or literal quotation marks in this case) because I wanted to talk about something that all of us have inside that can make things better. And I’m not talking about Faith (though if you are one who believes, do not allow me to sway you away from those beliefs). I am talking about Inner Strength. I am talking about the ability we all have to make things better than they are. I am talking about real change, and about being heroes to our own lives.
Sometimes Joe is wrong about things. Sometimes we don’t need compelling stories, and overcoming strife (both real and imagined), and learning something about ourselves and others. Sometimes we just need to see a hero win the day to give us hope for our own struggles. My own being crippling depression that some weeks keeps me from leaving the house at all. Bad enough that even reading the best super hero comic of the last decade (Yes, I’ve been reading Invincible for the upcoming Long Run) can spiral me down.
Sometimes Tobiah is wrong about things. Sometimes we don’t need to think about things too much or argue that things could have been better. Because at the end of the day if a book inspires hope to one person out there, that is enough. Sometimes all you need is that one panel that makes you “Believe” in yourself or others that things can get better. Looking at things too critical can you leave you feeling worse than ever, and its something I need to stop doing.
Sometimes Andrew is wrong about things. Grand Theft Auto 5 may not be a “great” game, but it damn sure is a step in the right direction of things to come. There has never in my lifetime been a perfect game, and anyone who says the old nintendo games are perfect, is looking at things through rose colored glasses. “Whoever does not miss _____ has no heart, whoever wants it back has no brain.” Sometimes all a video game needs to do is make you forget just for a second how bad things actually are and give you that second reprieve where you can think: “things aren’t so bad, I can get through this.”
Sometimes Eric and Matt are right about things. Sometimes all you need at the end of a comic book is to smile and to think “Darkwing Duck sure knows how to end a comic book.” The age of the campy, trampy, silly, touching, unbelievable but too stupid to question such, early 90s image art (I sure do love Michael Turner’s covers from time to time), pretends to be gritty but is no such thing in reality, Marvel, DC, Independent: SUPER HERO comic is upon us and has been for the last 80+ years if you know where to look.
My recommendations have not been picked in a very long time, and I am starting to think that its not that my recommendations suck, so much as my recommendations mean something completely different to me than they do to other people. I often criticize my own books mid pitch as being the weakest of the 4, 5, 6 books that are being pitched this week. Sometimes you just need to see someone get hit by a boxing glove arrow (Green Arrow). Sometimes you just need to see a street race with some old cars (Green Hornet: Parallel Lives). Sometimes you just need to see Clark Kent smile when he finds out that Kara Zor El is his cousin from Krypton, Spoilers Clark Kent is Superman (Superman/Batman: Supergirl).
But most of all sometimes Joe, Tobiah, Andrew, Matt, and Eric are right. Sometimes we argue with each other just because we can. Sometimes everyone is right at the same time in different ways. Sometimes none of this matters. And Sometimes all we need is to talk about comic books without distractions for 2 hours to forget all the bad things and talk about THINGS WE LOVE! Now everyone should have a better insight into the inner workings of my brain and my own inner strength that I found though comic books.
This podcast has been a a strange and incredible journey for all of us, and I can’t believe its lasted as long as it has. I’m looking forward to the next 50 episodes, and I hope you guys are as well. Thank you hosts and listeners for making this a possibility. I love each and every one of you. I’ll talk to you guys on Wednesday when our Frank episode drops.