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DC Relaunch

DC Comics Logo
DC Comics Logo

After a long absence from here I have returned, so for those that cared sorry. I have been through a lot of personal stuff lately that has effected my time. Now I’m back and ready to tackle a few things. Most notably DC comic’s announcement that they are going to be relaunching this summer.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/2011-05-31-dc-comics-reinvents_n.htm

and

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=32566

will fill a few of you in. But before I get into that i want to address something i was very annoyed with, I’ve been ranting on my twitter for weeks now. The Static Shock series was cancelled after Dwayne McDuffie’s death. While at first (and still somewhat) pissed about it’s cancellation, the news of DC’s relaunch on canon (most canon anyways) this makes so much more sense. I’m assuming Static will be put back on the TT’s team. If not then I’m not too sure I’ll be giving DC that much more of a fair shake. At least I’m still getting a Static special that’s dedicated to McDuffie due out today.

Now onto the real issues here. DC has decided through the efforts of Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and Dan Didio that they’re going to relaunch DC canon after Flashpoint. Pretty much anything that was touched by Johns in the past 4 years (aka Superman, Green Lanterns, Flash) will all remain the same, but other titles, characters, relationships, and histories will get overhauls. Some will get tweaks, some things will get deleted from canon, and others well i just don’t know lol

For sure the new Wonder Woman costume (yet another new one) is happening. It looks like they’re going to give her back her normal history instead of the vigilante/batman history in her recent retcon that received horrid reviews. The one consistent has been that the costume needed a 2000 update, while others translated alright or only needed a little tweaking. While Wonder Woman’s lets just face it, no woman is going to go around fighting in that and not fall out. It’s unrealistic. besides the fact that Diana Prince is suppose to embody of a strong woman aka brains, beauty, and sexuality. A costume says a lot.

There will be 52 new #1’s. JLA will be the first. Also Teen Titans, Birds of Prey, Justice Society, Flash, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Aquaman, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern are all the confirmed so far that i can list off hand that will get new #1’s. that leaves a lot of others, so we’ll see what the first month brings as far as #1s. I plan on getting all the 52 #1s so that i can properly judge the new origin reboots and switches correctly before determining whether or not I’ll stick with DC comics (of course Teen titans, Green Lantern, and anything with Static in it I’ll still buy).

I was really just sick of yet another reboot event by DC, marvel has been beating them in sales since 2002 so they had to do something. This will probably have a short term boost in sales, but depending on what gets deleted/fixed in canon we’ll see. Cry for Justice was probably the second waste of time i ever read in comics (countdown being the first). Though i defend CfJ a lot on a purely situational level (I can rationalize if anyone wants to argue events/realism on it). So i expect CfJ to get deleted, while events like Blackest Night will stay in tact. Though an interesting turn of events we’ll see Morrison writing Superman instead of batman. Johns will have control over the Justice League which makes a lot of sense and for the first time in forever Gail Simones won’t be writing Birds of Prey.

Sitting here I want to be mad and admit that I’ll be dropping a bunch of DC titles, but i seriously don’t even know what titles will be turned into #1s or what series will be continued. Will the long titles like Action Comics or Detective Comics be reset? I’d be disappointed if so. At the same time I’m hoping to see a few characters get their much deserved solo shots.

So right now I’m indifferent, I am a skeptic about a lot of what DC is doing, but i understand the why behind it. This can be a real turning point and what DC has needed for some time. But at the same time I am hopeful that characters will finally get a history that won’t be reset in a decade (or less… lol).

DC’s track record is retcon event, retcon event, event, event, retcon event, etc. But if anyone can manage a company wide overhaul it’s Johns, and Lee, i just wish McDuffie was still alive so he could be involved in this.

so expect a follow up toward the fall on this.

DC Comic Relaunch (Including new uniforms)
DC Comic Relaunch (Including new uniforms)

“Where Have You Been?” — An update on my life.

I'm Still Alive
Yes... I'm Still Alive

It has occurred to me that it has been two weeks since my last post. Time sure flies doesn’t it? Having a wife and kids, a business to run, and everything else that goes on, it is hard to keep up sometimes. But, don’t worry, I’m still alive and have a lot of neat things to share… I just need more time to do it! Ugh!

My birthday was this past week and, I’m not going to lie, it was pretty awesome! I got to go out to eat with family and friends and also got some cool stuff.

I get some questions from time to time, most of them I can answer by email and are not really significant enough to post on the site (as they are more specific/acute problems), but every once in a while I get a quest that I think will benefit a lot of people and so I try to post it on here for other to read.

So… What do you think?

But, since things have been really crazy lately, I’m going to ask for your opinion(s)… What type of stuff would you like to read/learn from this site? If you have an idea for something that would be interesting and useful to yourself and others, please let me know (comment below or via facebook, twitter, or email).

One of these days I need to put up some reviews on some paperbacks I’ve been reading… Some really good ones too! 🙂

I’m looking forward to your feedback guys and gals! have a great weekend!

What should I do?

Since Google has disabled my AdSense account and appealing their decision has no promise of being fruitful, I am left with a slight dilemma… What to do now?

I have space for ads, but no ads to place there. I have a few ideas, but really can’t decide.

Perhaps you can help… I am open to suggestions. You can leave a comment here, on facebook, or on twitter (or if you’re really shy you can send me an email using the “request/suggest an antidote” pages in the menu). I will give it a few days and take count of the votes/suggestions and proceed from there.

Here are the choices I’ve been considering, pick one (or two) or suggest an idea of your own:

1.) Seek out an alternative ad campaign similar to AdSense

2.) Write reviews about books and stuff on Amazon and hope people buy them (Amazon affiliate program)

3.) Seek out a pay-per-post type program (suggestions?)

4.) No Ads, no reviews, just hope people donate to $$$ freely (yeah, there’s a donate button on my page lol who knew?)

5.) Other (here’s where you make your suggestions)

Thanks in advance to all who are nice enough to offer feedback.

Integrating WordPress with Facebook

Facebook and WordPress
Facebook and WordPress (image from: www.serifgroup.com)

I find that I am on Facebook a fair amount during the day and since I have friends and family who may be interested in reading my blog and perhaps sharing an article or two here and there, I thought it might be worthwhile to integrate my site with Facebook.

I looked into the Facebook Docs to see what kind of options they had. It looked simple enough, but I thought it might be even more simple, so I checked for existing plugins for WordPress that might simplify things even further!

There are a lot of plugins to sort through, but the one that seemed to stand out the most was: Simple Facebook Connect by Otto. (Note: he also has a nice one for Twitter from what I’ve seen).
I installed the plugin (requires WordPress 2.9.1 or newer) and then activated it. When you go to activate the plugin you will see several (more than a few) plugins starting with SFC. Start by activating SFC Base. After activating the base plugin there will be a redbox at the top of the Dashboard telling you some configuration is needed and it provides a link to the settings page. Click it and you will see you need to do some minor work on Facebook to get it working right.

Rather than re-invent the wheel, I’m going to refer you to Otto’s page that explains some of the steps you’ll need to take to get it configured properly. There have been a few minor changes to things since he posted that, but it is close enough to not bother mentioning the differences.

After getting that setup, go back to the plugins page and enable the other SFC plugins you want to use. Right now I’m only using the SFC Like plugin (which you can setup to show a “like” or “recommend” link at the top, bottom, or top and bottom, (or if you’re really brave you can do manual and put it in your template wherever you want) of your post.

I think I still need to activate my “Application” on Facebook, but I’m going to test it out with this first and see how it goes.
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or comments. Most people who read don’t comment, but I know you read anyway. 🙂

**UPDATE**

I forgot to grant permissions to the plugin on the Simple Facebook Connect Settings page. I tried to grant the permissions before I fooled around with the settings on the Application page on Facebook and it didn’t do anything so I assumed it was already granted. I had a friend test out the “Like” button and it didn’t work so I had to find the problem. I think that should take care of it now.

**UPDATE 2**

OK, it’s just plain broken. The only thing that works right now is the Base plugin and the Publish Plugin. I have deactivated the rest and will take a closer look at it tomorrow. If you have a tip for me on getting it to work, please let me know!