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Unordinary Tales - Issue #1

Welcome to the first issue of Unordinary Tales. The (hopefully) monthly newsletter about genre fictio

Unordinary Tales

January 1 · Issue #1 · View online
Unordinary Tales is a monthly newsletter about comics/graphic novels, genre movies/tv shows and occasionally pop culture.

Welcome to the first issue of Unordinary Tales. The (hopefully) monthly newsletter about genre fiction, comics/graphic novels, genre tv/movies and other interesting things. If you have any comments please feel free to contact me. 

Lorem Ipsum: Growing up in Comics
I have been reading comics/graphic novels for almost two decades as writing this issue. I started during my young adult years when I began working for local comic book store in my hometown. I probably spent the majority of my paycheck back into the store, which I now realize was great privilege and a fond memory. I would await new comic day every week and I really enjoyed losing myself in the stories. I loved the super hero genre (Marvel, DC, Image mostly) though also read sci-fi comics (like Starwars from Darkhorse), and the occasional fantasy series. I still love the super hero genre though my tastes have refined (at-least I think so) so I view the genre with a more critical eye now than years ago. I hope this newsletter will help we come to terms with my love of comics as an adult and help me inform how introduce my children to the medium. 
Read: Invincible by Robert Kirkman
Before Robert Kirkman burst into the cultural stage with Walking Dead he had been toiling away on his superhero comic, Invincible, for several years. The story focuses on the son of Earth’s most powerful champion and his struggles as he comes into his powers and enters the superhero community. The story begins as a typical coming of age story though as it progresses the story continues to expand and push beyond/subvert super hero conventions. I recommend that you check it out now as it is coming to an end after 14 years (see below for video on the end of the series). Unlike superhero comics from DC or Marvel this all occurs within a single self-contained universe
Invincible on Hoopla
Robert Kirkman on the end of Invincible
Watch: Valerian City of Thousand Planets
I ended up with a quiet night this past month and I rented Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets, the latest film from Luc Besson, which is based on a famed French graphic novel. I loved Besson’s work on the Fifth Element, which was a seminal work in my early pre-adulthood and a movie I still love to watch today. Valerian is clearly a gorgeous film with amazing locations, aliens, and starships that give the whole movie an otherworldly feel. The movie really falls down with the story though. The characters are flat, and don’t get me invested in the film outcome. I would still recommend seeing the movie for the visuals alone though I think Besson would have been better served to direct and leave the writing/plotting to another person. 
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) - IMDb
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