So I was listening to this broadcast called “geekshow” it’s done by several local personalities, they talk about well.. geek stuff. Comics, Movies, Games, toys, etc. They talked about something today that disturbed me. Apparently a mother somewhere in the U.S. sued her local School district for having Comics in the library. She said it was a waste of money for the school to spend money on comics. Honestly I think she needs to be slapped. I will that part of the reason why I can read at all is because I spent a lot of time reading comics. It’s something that will get kids interested. Let’s not forget that this Saturday (May 2nd) is Free comic day. It’s a nationwide event. You can go into any comic store and get free comics. I’m  certain that somewhere in this state there is at least 2 comic stores would allow any school system to go in the day before, and get age appropriate content appropriate comics for free for the schools. There is one local guy who home schools his kids, he called up a comic shop and asked about resources to get comics. The Owner of the store told him that he’s got a box of comics that he has multiple copies of, and he sold him to the guy for 10 cents a comic.

Why am I making a big deal about this?

Two reasons. Comics are not the root of all evil… it’ll happen, one day we’ll have the media going nuts “oh someone went on a killing spree because he thought it was better than letting humanity rot, and in his coat jacket was a comic of Watchmen.” This has happened with music, then movies, then games, now it’s certain fantasy fiction books written for teenage girls, and soon it will be comics. The fact of the matter is it’s a great way to get kids, boys especially to get interested in reading, Some of them are long the words get big and explanations get complicated, it will not only help them with their general reading but also their comprehension which is a big deal and being a father of 4 special needs children and being severe ADD myself, it’s a really big deal. Comprehending certain aspects of writing styles and certain words and their actual meanings gets to be really tough. But This is a great way to get it so kids get that exposure they need.

Secondarily, the Geek show broadcasters said that a comic sent as a care package to the soldiers in Iraq were some of the favorite things that they got. I confirmed this with a friend of mine who is an Iraq vet. “Nothing was better and more relaxing to me than sitting down and reading a comic.” This mirrors one of things said in the broadcast this week “There is very little that can mentally take you out of the horrible situation that you’re in like a couple of issues of the uncanny X-Men.” I would say it’s true. It’s a very great way to get your mind involved into a story, and out of a bad situation.

However it is the responsibility of the parent to know what their kids are reading, sit down and read the thing before they do so you know if it’s going to be too much for your kids or not. There are some that are definitely not appropriate for “all young ages.” But comics open the doorway to Mythology, Geography, history and chemical sciences. Most comics start with a basis of truth, and they maintain certain truths, There are aspects of most of comics that the ideology is based around truth, and a point of history. Captain America came out During WWII, he was the icon for freedom and fighting for it. He became a symbol for support for the troops overseas. Let’s not forget what made comics what they are, they are not evil. Suing a School system because your child brought home a copy of Spider man is stupid, it’s not only entertainment, but good reading for kids and adults alike.

Twilight Fans gone Rabid…

I’ve just flat out decided to distance myself from acknowledging people who have these books on them out in public. I’m sure that this is not what Stephanie Meyer had in mind when she wrote it. The books didn’t create a horrific cultic mindset it’s the unstable people who get obsessive about it that created this.

If you’ve not heard about this, and have no idea what I’m talking about. Check out this insane list.

Twilight fans have separated themselves into groups, there is the group called the “twihards” and the “antis” however if your somewhere in between (much like I am) You’re still likely to get attacked regardless. I showed this someone, they turned around and made the retort of “I’m sure every major story book line like Harry Potter, or Starwars, or Startrek has have people who have gotten violently into it.So I went out to either prove, or disprove this. I have spent much more time searching than I care to admit, the closest thing I found was in 1999. When Starwars Episode 1 was released a riot broke out at a movie theater because the person who was in line first bought 150 tickets, and therefore the theater ran out quick for the midnight showing. The guy in question then turned around and resold the tickets for 4 times the cost. This isn’t the fault of George Lucas, it is partially the fault of the theater for selling 150 tickets to one person. It was one guy who made an ass of himself, and he got beat up. That was the only event I found, of this magnitude. I’m not saying that there aren’t any others, only that I couldn’t find any others. The fact that people have had knives pulled on them, beaten with bats, flare guns shot at them, slapped, kicked, bricks thrown at head, and body parts mutilated because they expressed a personal opinion without provocation is absurd. It’s groupings of people who are mentally unstable to begin with and took it too far. Before I get chastised, yes my wife and I sat down and read the books together. She really liked them, they weren’t for me. Her writing is chaotic and hard to follow, it wasn’t that great, it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read. (I’ll leave that to Stephen King.) But it wasn’t the phenomenon that it was made out to be.

I feel bad for Stephanie Meyer, This kind of crap isn’t what she intended, this is the result of unstable people taking it too far, and parents who don’t reign in an obsessive behavior before it gets out of control.

However, There is a positive side to this.

This introduces a whole set of generation of kids to the fantasy world. Vampires, werewolves, shape shifters. This will hopefully get some of them to look into the Buffy and Angel comics, as well as some of the other types of fantasy media which is intended for entertainment.

Swine flu?

The Whole Swing Flu thing has been blown completely out of proportion, but for good reason. In years past when we’ve had “Mad cow disease” and “Bird flu” The governments in question slaughtered all of the infected animals to remove the spread of the disease. In this particular case certain governments are not willing to take this step. Which isn’t a good thing, however people are taking it too far. There are people thousands of miles away from where the flu is being spread, in areas where there have been no outbreaks that are out driving their car with a gas mask, not just a standard face mask, but a gas mask. Is it a concern? Absolutely. Ignorance isn’t bliss… but paranoia isn’t either.