Tell Stories To Me

Tell me a story, but make it real. Make me cry, make me laugh, make me feel.


Make it GOOD.

nprbooks:

The Litographs Tattoos Kickstarter campaign has taken a novel (GET IT?) approach to encouraging contributions: The first 2,500 backers will also reserve their place in the world’s longest (temporary) tattoo chain.

Litographs has broken up Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland into 2,500 temporary tats. Once they hit their goal, they’ll send the ink out for backers to apply, photograph and upload to their website. “Our goal,” they say, “is to recreate this iconic novel by showcasing every single word on the skin of 2,500 Kickstarter backers.” Which, OK, sounds a little gross — but I’m intrigued!

-Nicole

For Peter Parker, was it Gwen Stacy or Mary Jane Watson? Some might argue that Peter’s marriage to Mary Jane sucked a lot of the excitement out of the Spider-Man titles, but was it really the marriage itself, or how it was handled?

Doug: Which begs the question — were you (read: any of us) more exciting as a single than as a spouse? Does marriage not offer tribulations, or in this specific case plot points? The answer should be that marriage just brings a different set of dynamics. To me, the fault in the Parker situation was making MJ a supermodel. Money had always been one of Pete’s hang-ups — it wasn’t anymore and that took away a huge antagonistic force working against his personality. Additionally, he’d always been monogamous anyway (from Betty Brant to Gwen to MJ), so I’m not sure what “making it official” really did that put such a creative wall up against the story makers.

—   

 http://bronzeagebabies.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/love-who-needs-it.html

 

 

Or how about the Spider-Man titles weren’t any less exciting so much as they were being negatively affected the exact same way that, I dunno, EVERY super hero title was being affected in the 90s and 2000s? And the reasons for that had jackshit to do with him being married?

 The fault was making Mary Jane a supermodel because it meant Peter couldn’t have money problems…except for like 2 years into the marriage when she wasn’t a supermodel anymore and was blacklisted and the Parkers were forced to live in Aunt May’s boarding house. Not to mention the fact that, yeah money is a huge hang up for Spider-Man but it isn’t the be all and end all of his character or series jackass.

 

Honestly did these people actually READ the comics in question? Mary Jane was a supermodel THREE times during the 20 years of the marriage.

 

She was a model initially when they got married but was only JUST starting to get a good income and make the Parkers upwardly mobile, but that was a creative decision taken primarily to make the impact of LOSING that wealth greater. In other words MJ got a lot of money as a model so it’d hit harder when she and Peter lost all of it.

 

She modelled maternity clothes during the Clone Saga as a way to give her and Peter cash to leave NYC since they were being written out of the series. She off panel ended that career when Peter was reinstated as the one true Spider-Man.

 

Then you’ve got the time in the late 1990s when she became a model which was done SOLELY to provide an excuse that she was ‘inappropriate’ and Peter being married to her was ‘unrelatable’. It was a cheap move basically. Under JMS’ run she left modelling for the less high paid, less glamorous role as a theatre actress.

 

Honestly Peter and Mary Jane were far from financially secure during their marriage and skrimped and saved quite a bit, not that it mattered because again, Peter worrying about paying his rent doesn’t make or break the franchise guys.

 

This is all besides the fact that in real life models AREN’T that financially secure at all.

 

As for the monogamous thing I don’t know if the author is criticising the marriage or criticising the fact that it shouldn’t have hindered stories. Regardless the marriage DIDN’T put up any creative walls. The nature of the industry at the time did that, not that there weren’t any good stories during the marriage and not that a lot of them INVOLED the marriage.

 

JMS’ run, Web of Romance, Sensational Spider-Man Annual #1. All things using the marriage effectively and endearingly so the basic conceit of “it was bad” is bullshit out of the gate.

(via mrsspidermanmaryjanewatsonparker)

Count to ten when a plane goes down...

johncbeck:

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Just a little under 31 years ago, I played a key role in a conspiracy theory that grew up around a passenger plane downed by a Russian missile. Trust me, I did not mean to be involved.

On September 1, 1983, Korean Airlines flight 007, a Boeing 747 with 269 passengers, was shot down over the…

“What is character assassination you say? Its a deliberate and sustained process that aims to destroy the credibility and reputation of a person, institution, social group, or nation. Agents of character assassinations employ a mix of open and covert methods to achieve their goals, such as raising false accusations, planting and fostering rumors, and manipulating information to. Character assassination is an attempt to tarnish a person’s reputation. It may involve exaggeration, misleading half-truths, or manipulation of facts to present an untrue picture of the targeted person. Of course you are probably saying “hold on a second, Ryan. Isn’t that just called bad writing?” Well yes but there is a difference between writing a bad story and ruining a character to make it fit your story because that’s how you want it be and forget if it tramples on over 20 years of established history.”

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 http://www.spidermancrawlspace.com/2014/07/09/the-tale-of-the-black-cat-and-why-she-was-a-friend-not-foe/#more-44063

I shit you not people this is exactly  what Marvel was doing to Mary Jane just after OMD and arguably even now. They did it to Mary Jane, early on in the New 52 they were doing it to Lois Lane and now they’re doing it to Black Cat too.

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Mary Jane vs Mephisto by caanantheartboy

I’d buy like, a gazillion copies.

Mary Jane vs Mephisto by caanantheartboy

I’d buy like, a gazillion copies.

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Yep, that’s London for you.r

Yep, that’s London for you.r

(Source: fantasticallyweirdshit, via gnomeskull)

“The marriage was completely out of the blue!”

—   

Joe Quesada/Steve Wacker/Dan Slott/Marvel in not-so-many-words

Yes

Truly

I

Can

Clearly

See

How

The

Marriage

Came

Completely

Utterly

Undeniably

Out

Of

The

Blue!

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mjwatsondrabbles:

maryjanewatzon:

themaryjanewatson:

maryjanewatzon:

MJ’s appearance in today’s ASM #3. 
They’re not subtle about reminding us that MJ “would be better off without Peter” thing. I think this is just purely a tactic to move MJ out the “will they, won’t they?” thing Peter and MJ have had for years. 
Ollie better make MJ happy is all I’m saying.
And on to Black cat….basically she’s lost everything from her street cred to her life of luxury after her tumble with Otto during Superior. And now she’s teaming up with Electro. (Maybe a potential new team of Superior Six is on the horizon?) Her “I will end you” thing does not, at least to me, read Felicia. Like at all. The whole tone of her was just…odd. 
Anna Maria is a champ. 
Something tells me the reporter Phoebe Gold is going to stick around. She was only in two panels but she was given a name so we’ll probably see her more. Just a feeling, but I think she might be the new love interest Dan Slott teased a couple weeks back.

if marvel hadn’t been trying to sabotage mj for years i could even buy the “mj is better off without peter” thing because being in a relationship with someone like peter really is hard and mj does deserve happiness, but this just sounds so forced. dan slott has notoriously wanted to make history in the spider-man comics and i have this nagging suspicion that he wants to create “another mj,” so to speak, a female love interest that will be as big as, if not more than, mj just so he can go down in the comics history books as more than a footnote. he did the exact same trying to make otto spider-man, and that rubbed me off the wrong way six ways to sunday because of how much he talked about relating to octavius, and then went on to make him an attempted-rapist and general asshole.
dan slott just needs to step down already and we need to get someone who is less self-insertion-prone to write spider-man. i get it that it’s a dream to be writing for your favorite character’s official comic book, but everything slott does looks so petty and like he’s just getting revenge on the high school kids that picked on him for being a “nerd” twenty years ago instead of actually serving a historical character right.

Totally agree. Slott seemed to reinforce the idea with Otto that it was better for her to stay away from him and now Peter has picked up on the idea too. It’s really been shoved in our faces now, like literally they’re not even trying to hide it anymore. 
Slott is making MJ disappear from the Spidey books just by this stupid idea. It makes MJ go away and Peter look to be a stand up guy by letting her go like this. He’s no longer in her life, so her being around in the spider books is unnecessary. It’s this stupid tactic that’s driving me crazy. 
Slott can’t write a female character unless they’re there to to serve a plot line (still not over what happened with Silver Sable, like is she dead or not?). It’s why people were unsure of Carlie. Just reading some old issues and Carlie’s personality changes all the time (that spider-man tattoo…like what?). I loved her relationship with MJ though. That had great progression. Though it really sucked that most of the panel time they had, they were talking about Peter. 

Okay,
1) Why was MJ used to advertise the issue in the solicit synopsis when they’re still in this ‘demote MJ into a background character’ phase?
2) "Did I really talk like that for months and no one noticed?" — is not funny. It highlights the fact that Slott made the characters in the title dumb just to keep his plot going.
3) What are they doing to Black Cat?
4) MJ IS BETTER OFF NOW MAKES SO MUCH SENSE YES = THANK YOU OMD AND OMIT = DUMB.

Slott is a douche bro who writes Peter as his Gary Stu douche bro and the sooner he is off the book the better.
Slott can’t write a believable female - probably because no sane, intelligent woman can stand to be around him, judging by his asinine and immature interactions on the internet - so if he really thinks he can create a new love interest for Peter who will stand the test of time ala MJ -BWA-HA-HA!!!!!!!!!!!

mjwatsondrabbles:

maryjanewatzon:

themaryjanewatson:

maryjanewatzon:

MJ’s appearance in today’s ASM #3. 

They’re not subtle about reminding us that MJ “would be better off without Peter” thing. I think this is just purely a tactic to move MJ out the “will they, won’t they?” thing Peter and MJ have had for years. 

Ollie better make MJ happy is all I’m saying.

And on to Black cat….basically she’s lost everything from her street cred to her life of luxury after her tumble with Otto during Superior. And now she’s teaming up with Electro. (Maybe a potential new team of Superior Six is on the horizon?) Her “I will end you” thing does not, at least to me, read Felicia. Like at all. The whole tone of her was just…odd. 

Anna Maria is a champ. 

Something tells me the reporter Phoebe Gold is going to stick around. She was only in two panels but she was given a name so we’ll probably see her more. Just a feeling, but I think she might be the new love interest Dan Slott teased a couple weeks back.

if marvel hadn’t been trying to sabotage mj for years i could even buy the “mj is better off without peter” thing because being in a relationship with someone like peter really is hard and mj does deserve happiness, but this just sounds so forced. dan slott has notoriously wanted to make history in the spider-man comics and i have this nagging suspicion that he wants to create “another mj,” so to speak, a female love interest that will be as big as, if not more than, mj just so he can go down in the comics history books as more than a footnote. he did the exact same trying to make otto spider-man, and that rubbed me off the wrong way six ways to sunday because of how much he talked about relating to octavius, and then went on to make him an attempted-rapist and general asshole.

dan slott just needs to step down already and we need to get someone who is less self-insertion-prone to write spider-man. i get it that it’s a dream to be writing for your favorite character’s official comic book, but everything slott does looks so petty and like he’s just getting revenge on the high school kids that picked on him for being a “nerd” twenty years ago instead of actually serving a historical character right.

Totally agree. Slott seemed to reinforce the idea with Otto that it was better for her to stay away from him and now Peter has picked up on the idea too. It’s really been shoved in our faces now, like literally they’re not even trying to hide it anymore. 

Slott is making MJ disappear from the Spidey books just by this stupid idea. It makes MJ go away and Peter look to be a stand up guy by letting her go like this. He’s no longer in her life, so her being around in the spider books is unnecessary. It’s this stupid tactic that’s driving me crazy. 

Slott can’t write a female character unless they’re there to to serve a plot line (still not over what happened with Silver Sable, like is she dead or not?). It’s why people were unsure of Carlie. Just reading some old issues and Carlie’s personality changes all the time (that spider-man tattoo…like what?). I loved her relationship with MJ though. That had great progression. Though it really sucked that most of the panel time they had, they were talking about Peter. 

Okay,

1) Why was MJ used to advertise the issue in the solicit synopsis when they’re still in this ‘demote MJ into a background character’ phase?

2) "Did I really talk like that for months and no one noticed?" — is not funny. It highlights the fact that Slott made the characters in the title dumb just to keep his plot going.

3) What are they doing to Black Cat?

4) MJ IS BETTER OFF NOW MAKES SO MUCH SENSE YES = THANK YOU OMD AND OMIT = DUMB.

Slott is a douche bro who writes Peter as his Gary Stu douche bro and the sooner he is off the book the better.

Slott can’t write a believable female - probably because no sane, intelligent woman can stand to be around him, judging by his asinine and immature interactions on the internet - so if he really thinks he can create a new love interest for Peter who will stand the test of time ala MJ -

BWA-HA-HA!!!!!!!!!!!

(Source: veroniquesawyer)

despondentparamour:


Superior Spider-Man #31

Dating Peter Parker does have its drawbacks..

No.  Being written by an idiot like Dan Slott has its drawbacks.  Way to completely ignore 30 years of published stories, continuity and established characterization, Danny Boy.

despondentparamour:

Superior Spider-Man #31

Dating Peter Parker does have its drawbacks..

No.  Being written by an idiot like Dan Slott has its drawbacks.  Way to completely ignore 30 years of published stories, continuity and established characterization, Danny Boy.

“Get through a draft as quickly as possible. Hard to know the shape of the thing until you have a draft. Literally, when I wrote the last page of my first draft of Lincoln’s Melancholy I thought, Oh, shit, now I get the shape of this. But I had wasted years, literally years, writing and re-writing the first third to first half. The old writer’s rule applies: Have the courage to write badly.”

—   Joshua Wolf Shenk (via fromtheslushpile)

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