redconfession: ([DC] Pimp Damian)
So my immediate reaction was "wow, this is going to bite them in the ass" followed quickly by "DC never learns, do they?"  But now that I've had a few days to mull it over and read the releases and such since, I think I've settled on a reaction.  I feel jipped.  I haven't been into DC as long as I have Marvel (not that I've been into either very long), but I've been reading a lot of current and older issues and developed a lot of feelings for certain characters.  A lot of these characters have been released in the last five years, and they seem to be the characters DC is going to dump as soon as they hit the redo button.  This seems to be especially true for the batfamily.  Cass had already been cast aside by the DC writers for years before FINALLY being brought back...  Almost to inevitably be tossed aside once again, as they give roles to the old favorites.  Same will go for Damian, and Steph, who are finally finding their stride in their respective titles.  The Secret Six isn't one of the most popular titles DC has, and although it has a strong fanbase, it's not that large.  That and DC doesn't seem to be fond of anything other than happy or self-deprecating superheroes, they'll probably get dumped too.  DC has always hated Jason Todd, and since they brought him back they have had no idea what to do with him, so he will inevitably get tossed again too.  No official word on Jaime, but as DC keeps claiming to be "diversifying," he should be all right.  Same with Gavril who appears to be on the new JLI team.  God knows what they'll do to Booster.

Basically, it makes me wonder why I've invested in these characters at all, since they plan on redoing everything anyway.  Why should I bother picking up any issues until September?

And why announce the JLI at the end of Generation Lost at all if it's all part of their bold new reboot/launch/whatthefuckever?
redconfession: ([999] The Axe)
So I've watched Lady Gaga's new Judas video twice now and I have to say, I'm mildly insulted by it.  I'm not up in arms in a rage about it, but I do find it completely disrespectful to the Christian church.  Before I go any farther in this rant I will say three things: I am happily agnostic, was raised Roman Catholic, and do not agree with many of the church's teachings.  That being said, I have Christian friends who are religious, and I respect both them and their beliefs (for the most part).  I am also a fan of Lady Gaga, though she has been getting on my nerves lately for being a little too full of herself.  Now that full disclosure is over, onto the point:

Prior to the video I didn't find fault with it.  The word Judas has come into the English vernacular to mean someone's weakness ("you're my Judas"), and using Jesus' name in the way she did works into the song as a metaphor.  That being said, you can listen to the lyrics without having to take it as some sort of religious statement.  Although I wasn't the biggest fan of the song itself, I didn't understand the controversy that surrounded it as being anti-christian.

Then I saw the video.

The religious connotations (to me) as so beyond blatant.  The bikers have the names of the apostles on their backs for crying out loud.  Their leader has a bedazzled crown of thorns.  Then there was the matter of that overdrawn baptism or what have you water scene.  Without the religious symbolism I feel like the music video would have worked just as well (though I'm sure there will be people who will disagree with me, but this is my opinion).  My problem with it is this--why is it whenever someone basically parodies or twists the beliefs of the Christian and Catholic church, it's considered edgey or cool, but if it were any other religion there would be protest from all sides?  If the music video had been designed around Islamic or Jewish tradition, this would be a more wide-spread uproar.  Oh sure, there will be some news publicity about it and how it's anti-Christian and what have you, and FOX News is already having a field day, but it will die down by the end of the week (though FOX News may keep talking about it for months because it's FOX News and they really don't have enough to talk about).  But was the video about any other religion (technically western religion, as the west seems to not believe the eastern religions are real religions), the outcry would be much, much louder and less socially acceptable.

So why don't we hold Christian teachings to the same level of respect that we do other religions?  Yes, some of the Christian zealots are crazy, but theyr'e just that--zealots.  There are zealots of every group, regardless of age, gender, creed, religion, or sexual orientation.  We can't allow our hatred or annoyance of them to influence our feelings on the religion as a whole.  If it's because we as agnostics or atheists don't agree with their teachings that's fine.  We're all entitled to our opinion, and we're certainly entitled to not agree with them.  But who gives us permission to mock, lampoon, or parody it?  Christians value the teachings, even if we believe it's nothing more than fairy tales or modern myths.  It's our job to respect their decision to practice their religion just as it is theirs to respect ours.

TL;DR - Respect other people's religions, even if you don't believe in it yourself.  It means something to other people, and its not your job to take it away from just because you think it's a load of shit (just as it's not their job to take your choice not to believe from you).

Whoops

Mar. 10th, 2011 12:33 am
redconfession: ([DC] Feeling like a Monster)
Hey guys!  I'm still alive!!

Just wanted to let you know that I'm here and try to read through my f-list once a day.

Basically, I've been very caught up in playing at [livejournal.com profile] hellpointe  (which is easily my fav LJRP ever, not that Ive been in many) and between that and work I have no time for anything else.

HOWEVER I will try to be more active, and I love you all.
redconfession: (Jaime)
I know I'm posting this at an ungodly early hour, but I'm going to the zoo today with my parents (I feel 5 again, but in a good way) so I'm up early.

----

I consider myself a decently savvy shopper, however sometimes the temptation to spend money gets me, and gets me hard.  Luckily for me I just had my grad party on the 12th, so I didn't wind up spending much of my own money.  Part of me thinks thats the only reason I spent so much, whereas the other part of me wonders if I would have bought it all regardless.

It started on Friday, when I walked into a Borders for the first time in a long time with a $35 gift card (well a $25 gift card and a $10 one) and walked out with the DC Enclycopedia.  I was originally intending to buy the Marvel one, but then I realized I am far more familiar with Marvel characters, so I picked up the DC one for now.  I'll get the Marvel one eventually.

Saturday was the real kicked.  My local comic book store had an invitation-only sale.  Everything in the store was 20% off, supplies and back issues were 30% off.  My inner woman came out at the word "sale" and I spent $130 when all was said and done.  Granted $120 of that was in gift cards, but still.  I picked up:

- Darkwing Duck 1
- Dark Wolverine 87
- New Avengers (Vol. 2) 1
- Avengers Academy 1
- Batman 700
- Age of Heroes 2
- Return of Bruce Wayne 2
- Deadpool 24

Then I moved on to the trades section, and picked up:
- Formerly Known as the Justice League
- Justice League International 1-3
- Blue Beetle - Shellshocked (aka Volume 1)

I also picked up bags because I ran out and box dividers.

I actually went to the sale immediately before a 3 hour road trip to a friends house in PA, mainly because I didn't want to miss this sale.

And if that isn't reason enough to show that I shouldn't be spending money...  Barnes and Noble was having a clearance on graphic novels the 22nd (it's still going on now, but a lot of the marvel titles are gone by now).  One of the comic book writers (Dan Slott, I think) mentioned it on twitter, and well... $34 later I'm waiting on the following titles:

- Captain America: The Death of Captain America, Volume 3: The Man Who Bought America
- Mighty Avengers, Volume 1: The Ultron Initiative
- Mighty Avengers, Volume 2: Venom Bomb
- The New Avengers, Volume 7: The Trust
- New Avengers, Volume 5: Civil War
- New Avengers, Volume 8: Secret Invasion, Book 1
- New Avengers, Volume 9: Secret Invasion, Book 2
- New Avengers: Illuminati
- Ultimates 2, Volume 1: Gods and Monsters
- The Marvel Universe Roleplaying Game: Guide to the Hulk and the Avengers

I tried to pick up Ultimates 1, Volume 1, but it sold out like immediately before I hit send.

So yeah, not spending a lot of money in a while.
redconfession: (Growlithe)
So True Blood just started today and OMG it was amazing.  Thank god it didn't take a page from Season 2's book, everything was action packed and suspenseful and actually made me give a damn! cut for spoilers )
redconfession: (Daken Kiss)
I know, much like my rant on The Avengers 1, that I'm late to the party, but oh well.  I've gotten around to reading it NOW and NOW I feel like ranting.  Spoilers for Dark Wolverine 86 and Wolverine Origins 47/48 ahead.

Cut for Dark Wolverine 86 and Wolverine 47/48 Spoilers )
redconfession: (Wiccan)
WHY is this:

Even these kids are confused as to why they're canon

FUCKING CANON?!  This movie was terrible!  I only watch it for the lulz! I can barely read the damn comic book I'm so filled with nerd rage.

ever ever so slight spoilers for Avengers 1 )
redconfession: (Booster)
I’ve been going through my DVD list to watch some things, and I came across my Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths DVD.  I had planned to watch it the weekend it came out with some friends, but let’s just say my ex-boyfriend ruined that plan for me, and so it’s been sitting there, untouched, since today.  I had seen the previews for it online, and, as a fan of the Justice League TV show (I don’t read many DC comics other than Booster Gold and Batman & Robin), I was excited for it.

 

Thar be spoilers )
redconfession: (Deadpool)

The first time I saw Iron Man 2 was Sunday in the city.  It was an “IMAX” screen, and the crowd was generally nerdy—they got most of the comic book references, judging by the reactions during certain scenes.  I definitely had a good time, but, like many people, I left the theatre thinking that, although enjoyable, it wasn’t as good as the first.

This afternoon I saw it again for the second time.  This time, I loved it.  Every second.  It was like I was watching the movie for the first time.  And—dare I say it—I thought it was better than the first one.

What changed in 4 days?

Iron Man 2 Spoilers Ahoy! )
redconfession: (Deadpool)
I know Free Comic Book Day was Saturday, but I've been busy so I'm only getting around to talking about it now.

Saturday I went with [livejournal.com profile] cjspooks and our friend Liz to our local comic book store to get us some free comics.  I also gave Liz the comics basics, as she's just starting to get into it.  I gave her the final push she needed after we saw Kick-Ass, and so she's starting with Civil War and trying to work her way up to Seige.  I think she got the Seige titles too...  [livejournal.com profile] cjspooks is a Vertical fangirl, and so she got Vetical trades (Hellblazer, I think, and some others).  I got this:
 
rant and pictures ahead! )
 
redconfession: (Smells Like Piss)
I think I hate St. Patrick's Day.  It has nothing to do with Irish pride anymore and it's apparently just another excuse for skank-ho's to look extra skank-ho-ish, and for people to drink.  I don't even mind the drinking part, but it's the blatant "OMG we can drink today!" thing.  What seriously makes drinking today different than drinking tomorrow (which you will also do), you stupid skank hos?  And if I see one more person in an "Irish" related shirt I'm going to punch someone.  Seriously, you assholes aren't Irish, you know nothing, and you will continue to know nothing.

This rant was spurred on by seeing every skank-ho in my school all dressed in their sluttiest green, but what really set me off is this skank-ho in front of me with a giant oversized leprauchan hat, a "get lucky I'm Irish" t-shirt, brown short-shorts, lime green fish-net stockings and camo ugg boots.  My eyes burned and my rage boiled over.

Headache

Mar. 26th, 2008 05:45 pm
redconfession: (Bitchy)
Dear Professors:

I no longer care about your classes.  Please make classes end now.

No Love,
Red_Confession.

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