Emily S. Whitten: Greetings, Salutations, and What Up, ComicMix Readers?
You know how sometimes you lie in bed late at night, eyes closed, willing your brain to stop humming that stupid pop song, or stop thinking about the errands you forgot to run today, or stop telling you to get up and write down that story you just had an idea for, because by gods you have to get up at 6 a.m. for work and your boss is going to be really super unhappy if you fall asleep at your desk?
Do you have a brain that works like that? A brain that never seems to shut off, and is always reminding you of ideas or tasks or things you need to write down right now or you might forget them and then they’ll be gone forever and wouldn’t that be terrible? Yeah, my brain is just like that; and at least a third of the time those ideas my brain won’t stop having are about comics and pop culture and what I think of them or want to write about them. Luckily (maybe) for you, I’ll now be writing down those ideas here on ComicMix each week for everyone to read. Hurrah!
Hi, by the way. I’m Emily, and I’m happy to be here as the newest ComicMix columnist. I’ve been writing in one form or another since directly after birth. (I believe this to be true even though I have seen no photographic evidence of it. This is because for years my dad mostly took photos on slide film, which requires a special projector to view, and so even though he swears up and down that there are many, many photos of me as a baby I’ve only seen about two, one of which featured me with birthday cake on my face and the other of which featured me dressed as a clown. But if I ever see more I am sure they will be of Baby Me writing very studiously). I’ve also been writing online since 2002, and blogging and tweeting (unofficially) as the Marvel character Deadpool since 2008.
Most recently, a number of webcomics written by me and drawn by artist Marc Vuletich have been featured on pop culture and comics movie news sites Reelzchannel and MTV Splash Page, and the lovely folks at the Tonner Doll Company featured a guest post by me about the awesomeness that is Deadpool.
But even with all that, I still have plenty to say here! For instance, did you ever wonder what Tony Stark or Loki or Black Widow might smell like? Next Tuesday, I’ll be reviewing the Marvel Avengers colognes and perfume that were designed to smell like the Avengers movie characters (and may even give one away to a lucky commenter)! Or perhaps you want to know why Cable & Deadpool was the most dysfunctionally awesome buddy adventure ever? I might just write about that. Did you like the webcomics I linked above? New ones may show up here! The debate about digital comics; a look at comics and merchandise marketing from a woman’s perspective; copyright infringement and legal issues in comics (did I mention I’m an attorney?) – no topic is safe from me! So I hope you’ll click on over each week to see what’s new.
In the interim, show of hands: who’s psyched for The Avengers on Friday? I know I am. In fact, I’m so excited (or perhaps insane) that I’m going to the Ultimate Marvel Marathon on Thursday so I can see all six relevant Marvel movies in a row. Anyone else here doing that? (And what’s in your Marathon Survival Kit?) Are you dressing up for the movie? Doing something else special? Tell me all about it in the comments so we can be excited together!
And don’t forget: I’ll be back next Tuesday, so Servo Lectio!
Well, hey: Excelsior! was taken.
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Welcome to the ‘Mix, Emily!
Glad you could join us. If you con’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come over here and sit by me.
Hah! Well it might depend on the topic and the person. ;)
I don’t know if I can handle all the Marvel movies in a row and then watch The Avengers — but I have been watching ’em on Blu-Ray once a week and I will be there at 12:01 Friday morning!
It will be interesting to read what you thought of the Marathon, and how your brother and sister marathoners handle it. How much popcorn does it take to get through all those movies?
Dan Slott told me he did the same thing – watched them gradually leading up to it. It might be the more sane way to do things…but then again, I am really looking forward to seeing them all on the BIG screen again. Woo!
Heaven knows if we’ll even be walking and talking at the end of the marathon, though. I am totally packing a lunch (and dinner, and water bottles, and ibuprofen) for myself and my friend who’s coming with me!!
There was this classic and amazing three-part science-fiction stage play called Warp (John Heard’s debut; Stuart Gordon directed). It went up in Chicago around 1972 and played for about a year in rep, two episodes a night. It toured, it got sued, it returned for another year’s run in Chicago in 1980.
At the end of each year’s run, the theater company did a Warpathon — all three plays, six acts total, in one sitting. Between each act, a major world-class restaurant supplied another portion of this massive and amazing meal.
I was at both Warpathons. The audience was thrilled, the performers… exhausted. Totally. But brilliant. The closing death scenes were VERY dramatic.
I wonder if the Marvel Marathon will be like that?
That sounds crazy! I’m glad the actors from The Avengers don’t have to do that, heh. But…I do suspect it will add something to see them all on the big screen in a row, as long as our heads don’t explode first. (And I hope there aren’t lots of death scenes!)
A new columnist? This begets Good Omens!
(See what I did there? ;-) )
I totally do! Heh.