The Cliffs of Insanity: Could Lois Lane Carry a Monthly Comic?

Superman, Lois Lane, Mark Waid

Welcome to this week’s adventures climbing the cliffs of insanity. This week, I dove into the Gender Through Comics Course online course being given by Christina Blanch, a good friend made a richly deserved visit to the New York Times bestseller list, and I finally added Chunky the macarnivore to my stuffed animal collection.

A Reluctant Reader WIN: Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to NOT Reading


Hello.  My name is Patricia and I’m the mother of a 9-year-old reluctant reader. “Hi Patricia!” I have to say…I don’t have the most happy-motherly thoughts about having a son who doesn’t enjoy reading the way I did when I was younger.  In fact, last week I had received a note from my oldest son’s teacher about how far behind he is on his Accelerated

YA Too Dark? I Think Not. YA Saves.

Recently, an article on dark themes in young adult books in the Wall Street Journal rocked the YA community–and not in a good way. Rebuttals are popping up everywhere on blogs run by YA authors, book bloggers, and YA readers (teens and adults alike). The hashtag #yasaves was trending worldwide on twitter over the weekend. Read it. It will make you cry. Contemporary fiction for

Old Man’s War: Read the Book, Wait Impatiently for the Movie


I’ve been a fan of John Scalzi’s blog, Whatever, for a while now. In fact, I’d been reading and enjoying posts there for quite some time before it hit me like a slap to the head: I hadn’t actually read any of the man’s books. What in the world was wrong with me? I set out to remedy the situation, and boy, am I glad.