Glen Weldon http://nhpr.org en Cyborgs, Simpsons And Ticks: All About Free Comic Book Day http://nhpr.org/post/cyborgs-simpsons-and-ticks-all-about-free-comic-book-day Here's the drill: This Saturday, May 3<sup>rd</sup>, is Free Comic Book Day. Walk into a comics shop (you can find the one nearest you at <a href="http://www.freecomicbookday.com/storelocator">www.freecomicbookday.com/storelocator</a>), and they will hand you some free comics.<p>Not <em>any</em> comics in the store, mind you, but a selection of comics specifically produced for Free Comic Book Day, which is now an annual event. There are a whopping 57 such books this year – some of them samplers, with excerpts from various titles, while others reprint the first chapters of ongoing series. Fri, 02 May 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 47781 at http://nhpr.org Cyborgs, Simpsons And Ticks: All About Free Comic Book Day Dear Zack Snyder, Regarding Wonder Woman http://nhpr.org/post/dear-zack-snyder-regarding-wonder-woman TO: Zack Snyder, Big Time Hot Shot Hollywood Director<br />FROM: Glen Weldon, Nerd Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 39829 at http://nhpr.org Dear Zack Snyder, Regarding Wonder Woman Alice Munro, The Punchbowl And Everyday Villainy http://nhpr.org/post/alice-munro-punchbowl-and-everyday-villainy Alice Munro, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature today, taught me something important and abiding and true about evil.<p>Specifically, she taught me about that singular species of evil we swim through all our lives. It's the evil to which we petty humans default, even — especially — as we reassure ourselves that we are blessed creatures, generous of spirit. It's the evil born of thoughtlessness and self-regard, and it crouches, waiting, in every conversation, every appraising look, every single human interaction that fills up our days.<p>Alice Munro taught me this. Actually, it wasn't her. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:37:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 36563 at http://nhpr.org Alice Munro, The Punchbowl And Everyday Villainy A Comic-Con Diary: The Final Day http://nhpr.org/post/comic-con-diary-final-day <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><strong>Saturday, 7:08 a.m. PT:</strong> After several minutes of technical glitches, I am taping an interview with Rachel Martin of NPR's <em>Weekend Edition Sunday</em>. I can't consult the notes I've made to prep for our talk, as the demands of NPR-quality audio means I'm holding the hotel phone up to my right ear with one hand, and my cellphone up to my left ear with the other. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 32072 at http://nhpr.org A Comic-Con Diary: The Final Day A Comic-Con Diary: The Eisner Awards http://nhpr.org/post/comic-con-diary-eisner-awards <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><strong>8:28 p.m.:</strong> Jennifer and Matthew Holm are an adorable brother-sister team. They are standing at a podium less than 6 feet away from me and thanking their publisher, because their charming book, <em>Babymouse for President</em>, has just won the Eisner for Best Publication for Early Readers.<p>They are beaming, humbled, happy. I, too, am happy for them. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:04:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 31873 at http://nhpr.org A Comic-Con Diary: The Eisner Awards A Comic-Con Diary, Day 2: Man Of Steel, Man Of Urgency http://nhpr.org/post/comic-con-diary-day-2-man-steel-man-urgency <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><strong>9:30 a.m.:</strong> I file the Day 1 diary with Linda and send out a tweet asking Pop Culture Happy Hour listeners who are attending Comic-Con to come to the Marriott bar at 5:30 today to get a PCHH pin. It's something on the order of a "meetup," as the kids say.<p>Yeah, I know. I don't recognize myself either.<p><strong>11 a.m.:</strong> Late start today. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 31743 at http://nhpr.org A Comic-Con Diary, Day 2: Man Of Steel, Man Of Urgency A Comic-Con Diary, Day One: Faces In The Crowd And A Book In The Middle http://nhpr.org/post/comic-con-diary-day-one-faces-crowd-and-book-middle <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. He's filing periodic updates from one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><em><strong>Special note:</strong> If you're at SDCC, there will be an unofficial Pop Culture Happy Hour meetup in the Marina Bar at the Marriott Marquis and Marina Friday at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. (Don't get excited, It'll just be Glen handing out PCHH pins.)</em><em></em><p>9:02 a.m. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:35:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 31635 at http://nhpr.org A Comic-Con Diary, Day One: Faces In The Crowd And A Book In The Middle A Comic-Con Diary, Day Zero, Part II: A Man Waits For A Batmobile On Preview Night http://nhpr.org/post/comic-con-diary-day-zero-part-ii-man-waits-batmobile-preview-night <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:02:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 31551 at http://nhpr.org Death Of A Puppy: An Exclusive Imaginary Excerpt From The 'Man Of Steel' Sequel http://nhpr.org/post/death-puppy-exclusive-imaginary-excerpt-man-steel-sequel NPR has obtained [or invented, <em>whatever</em>] an excerpt of the draft script for Zack Snyder's much-rumored sequel to the hugely successful <em>Man Of Steel</em>. The script, which was found in a booth at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on La Cienega, suggests that the distinctive tone set by Christopher Nolan's <em>Dark Knight</em> trilogy and adopted by Snyder's <em>Man Of Steel</em> will continue to inform the expanding cinematic universe of DC Comics characters.<p><strong> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:52:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 29681 at http://nhpr.org Death Of A Puppy: An Exclusive Imaginary Excerpt From The 'Man Of Steel' Sequel My Favorite Superman Story: When Jimmy Olsen Created Beatlemania http://nhpr.org/post/my-favorite-superman-story-when-jimmy-olsen-created-beatlemania Hey, Monkey See readers. It's me, your old pal Glen. Look, I know you haven't seen me around these parts very much over the last year or so, but ...<p>Mm? What's that?<p>Why, yes, I have "put on a few," as you say. How nice of you to notice. And just ... blurt out. Free as you please. Like that. Gosh I've missed us.<p>Anyway, the reason I haven't been blogging about comics in this space every week is that I was, you know, writing a book. Thu, 30 May 2013 16:43:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 28506 at http://nhpr.org My Favorite Superman Story: When Jimmy Olsen Created Beatlemania Which Comics Should I Get? Your Free Comic Book Day Cheat Sheet http://nhpr.org/post/which-comics-should-i-get-your-free-comic-book-day-cheat-sheet This Saturday, May 4<sup>th</sup>, is Free Comic Book Day, the comics industry's annual attempt to sail out past the shallow, overfished shoals where Nerds Like Me lazily and inexpertly spawn, to instead cast their line into the colder, deeper waters where Normals Like You swim free, blissfully unconcerned about the myriad nettlesome continuity issues surrounding Supergirl's underpants.<p>Yes, Free Comic Book Day is about <em>you</em>, O person who hasn't set foot in a comics shop in years, or ever. Wed, 01 May 2013 14:59:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 26640 at http://nhpr.org Which Comics Should I Get? Your Free Comic Book Day Cheat Sheet Man Of Tomorrow: Superman, Orson Scott Card And Me http://nhpr.org/post/man-tomorrow-superman-orson-scott-card-and-me-0 Let's make this perfectly clear at the outset: I don't work for NPR, and what I'm about to say doesn't represent NPR. I'm but a lowly freelancer they're dumb enough to publish a bunch, and what I say now I say as me, which is to say:<p>1. An inveterate Superman nerd, and<p>2. A gay dude.<p>DC Comics has hired Orson Scott Card to write the first two issues of a new digital-first Superman comic. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 18:33:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 22135 at http://nhpr.org Man Of Tomorrow: Superman, Orson Scott Card And Me Man Of Tomorrow: Superman, Orson Scott Card And Me http://nhpr.org/post/man-tomorrow-superman-orson-scott-card-and-me <em>Glen Weldon is a freelance writer and regular contributor to </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/">Monkey See</a><em>.</em><p>Let's make this perfectly clear at the outset: I don't work for NPR, and what I'm about to say doesn't represent NPR. I'm but a lowly freelancer they're dumb enough to publish a bunch, and what I say now I say as me, which is to say:<p>1. An inveterate Superman nerd, and<p>2. A gay dude.<p>DC Comics has hired Orson Scott Card to write the first two issues of a new digital-first Superman comic. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 17:45:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 22134 at http://nhpr.org They Call Me ... Bruce? When Characters Outlive Their Names http://nhpr.org/post/they-call-me-bruce-when-characters-outlive-their-names Look, don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with the name "Bruce."<p>There are plenty of Bruces about, and good and strong and admirable Bruces they are, contributing to society in myriad ways.<p>You got your Springsteen, of course. Your Campbell. Your Vilanch. Your Dern. Your ... um, Boxleitner. Your Jenner and your ... Baumgartner, was it? Baumgartner.<p>Bruce: A perfectly fine name. Just not as common in the U.S. as it once was, is my point.<p>Like any name, it cycles in and out of fashion over the decades. Consider: Of the notable Bruces I picked at random, above? Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:39:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 21192 at http://nhpr.org They Call Me ... Bruce? When Characters Outlive Their Names 2012 In Review: 4 Great Graphic Novels We Haven't Told You About Yet http://nhpr.org/post/2012-review-4-great-graphic-novels-we-havent-told-you-about-yet Ok, same drill as last Friday's post about my <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2012/12/28/167635107/2012-in-review-5-great-comics-we-havent-told-you-about-already" target="_blank">favorite ongoing comics series of 2012</a>: We've highlighted a lot of great graphic novels over the past year, many of which belong on "Best of 2012" lists. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:03:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 19317 at http://nhpr.org 2012 In Review: 4 Great Graphic Novels We Haven't Told You About Yet