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Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment

“In Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment (or META — awesome, right?), we follow the misadventures of a group of heroes as they deal with the absurd, mundane tasks that plague us all. In META, you’ll learn how heroes must be conscious of their branding, why it’s not the best idea to build your secret lair under the subway system, what happens when a super mom has to find a decent daycare facility and what it takes to interview for the position of henchman. And you might just learn a little bit about yourself along the way. But probably not.”

Some Friends of the Forge™ Jonathan Strickland of How Stuff Works and  the lovely and talented Ariel K. Stewart (serious, you should hear her sing) have launched a Kickstarter for their awesome web-series Mildly Exciting Tales of Astonishment. You should check it out their Tumblr,  and pony up some disposable cash. This show is going to kick ass.


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National Comic Book Day

Ive only recently started getting into comic books. I’ve been a Star Wars fan for twenty-five years, and Brian has been working tirelessly to expand my geek horizons. So on this National Comic Book Day, I’d like to share some things I’ve learned.

1. Like who you like. One of the awesome things about comic books is that there are so many characters! There’s something for everyone – fallen heroes, redeemed villains, straight-up bad guys, and wholesome good guys. I prefer the complicated characters, which you can see by my Cosplay choices.
2. Life lessons from Batman. You might think its a bit of a stretch, but even modern comics have life lessons embedded in them. Some are more prevalent than others, but there’s always an underlying lesson.
3. Not all superheroes wear capes. There are lots of secondary characters like Jim Gordon who provide invaluable support to the caped crusaders, in an intel position, or being in the right place at the right time. And the relationships between secondary and main characters really bring out the human side of superheroes.
~ Jen