Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Neil Gaiman's "Coraline"

Yesterday, Chris had to go to the dentist and I went with him, so we could get groceries afterwards. I brought his copy of Coraline with me, to read while I waited.

We're both Gaiman fans, but Chris started reading Gaiman's prose waaay before I ventured to (literally yesterday). Not sure why it took me so long -- I collected his Sandman comics from the beginning for example, so I knew he's a brilliant writer -- but I'll be the first to admit that my bookpiles tend to be stacked high with graphic novels, biographies or something church- or art-related. In other words, I don't read a lot of fiction without pictures (!). Especially lately.


I started it in the waiting room and finished it before going to bed (yeah, I KNOW! Why did I read it before bed!!?? It's a scary story!). But it was SO great, I had to find out what happened to Coraline because I knew I otherwise would not sleep.

(And actually, I slept really well afterwards!)

While I read it I felt like I was 9 years old again -- reading a spooky delicious book that was challenging and TRUE! Because you know little kids can see things some grownups can't, and it was just amazing how Gaiman wielded the narrator's voice ... that perfect simplicity of storytelling that was yet so captivating.

From the neighbors getting Coraline's name wrong ('it's not "Caroline"') to Coraline resolving to be very brave in the face of a mysterious other trying to capture her, I felt a wonderful kinship with this marvelous little girl, and re-inspired bravery by reading this book.

If I had kids I would totally read this with them!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Season 6!!

I'm doing a happy dance because season 6 of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is out.

My favorite parts are when Jerry's guests make him laugh!

Been too busy uploading comics to write up anything special for this week's post (another reason why I'm also a day late & my apologies for that, because writing posts definitely helps me work on my writing overall) -- but I'm glad, glad, glad that between all the work I can enjoy these new episodes of one of my favorite online shows!

They've changed the release time to 11:30 pm EST Wednesday nights (I know it's all on demand but the new release time is now kinda like a late night show timeslot in a way) but that only means I will PROBABLY watch it Thursday at lunchtime!

Watch and enjoy the laughs with some of your favorite comedians!


Monday, June 08, 2015

A Church Called Graffiti graphic novel previews are Free Online

The Graffiti Mission celebrates its 40th Anniversary next Sunday, June 15th.

Graffiti Church serves the people of Alphabet City -- East 7th Street -- on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Chapters one and two of my adaptation of Taylor Field's A Church Called Graffiti are now online. There are 11 chapters and it's about 270 pages long. The book is a memoir of when Pastor Taylor and his family joined the mission, back in 1986.

I will be adding 10 - 15 new pages a week  -- generally on Mondays -- until the entire graphic novel can be read online.

I'm pretty excited to be able to do this!

Monday, June 01, 2015

Dystopia, Utopia, Tomorrowland

The AMC Movie Talk guys and gals (link here to star interviews but the review was on the AMC Movie Talk Show itself) were surprised Tomorrowland only made 40 million over their opening weekend.

My husband wondered if that was because the trailer we saw (Disney's official trailer #3, as identified on YouTube) showed the two heroes in danger but escaping to Tomorrowland ... thus implying the danger was kinda over. Chris didn't think it was plain enough in this trailer that the danger was far from over -- let alone that it was Tomorrowland in danger.

I however, kinda always knew Tomorrowland was in danger. I knew the robots chasing after Frank and Casey (George Clooney and Britt Robertson's characters) in the trailer were part of the root cause somehow. I wasn't sure why I thought that -- but I rewatched trailer #3 three times to figure out why.

It's in the words "Fight for tomorrow."

Fight for tomorrow. The phrase actually chokes me up.

I'll admit, it's a less than perfect film. I really disliked the way it started -- with Frank talking directly to the camera. Blech. I really didn't like that at all -- but boy, that paid off at the end.

It was also a little preachy -- the message is super-important and wonderful and necessary to be shared. Fight for tomorrow!! The presentation of the need to fight was sometimes a bit heavy-handed in its sharing and could have used subtlety here and there. But it's a keenly needed message.

In the movie, Casey shared a story with her dad -- one that he had told her often. Paraphrasing it, it was something about there being two wolves fighting. One is darkness and Despair, the other one lightness and Hope. "Which one do you think wins?" she asks him. Her dad answers, "The one you feed."

We are either being reinforced by and reinforcing Despair, or being reinforced by and reinforcing Hope.

It is exactly a fight. Every moment of every day.

Which wolf are you feeding?