Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Why Fan Boys are Wrong to Think Spider-Man Belongs in High School

Yikes, could I get more click-baity? I'd like to say I'm not here to start an argument, but that's exactly what I'm here for. Throughout the glory of the last year (finding out Marvel would take the creative reins on Spidey, getting a kid with some natural athleticism with acting chops cast as Peter Parker, and finally seeing Spider-Man face off against other superheroes and deal with Robert Downey Jr drafting him while flirting with his aunt), the one thing I've heard over and over again is that Peter Parker is "back in high school where he belongs".

Wait. What?

I can't be the only one that did a double take, right? "Peter Parker is a kid in the new movies like he should have been all along."

"Spider-Man is irreverent and mouths off in costume and he's a kid, exactly like he is in the comics."

You're full of crap.

Monday, May 2, 2016

May Publications

Hi everyone!

This month I will be releasing two sections of the new "Zero Does Math" series on the nonfiction side of things (focusing on Precalculus for the first 6 or 7 of these). I'm pretty much done with both sections and the only delays are on licensing of a graphing utility which I am hopeful to finish up soon (if things stall on that front, I'll have to release without graphs, although I'm interested if people would rather have hand-drawn graphs in a professional book than no graphs at all).

On the fiction side of things, I'm torn between a couple of different stories I've been developing. So if you have an opinion, now is the time to make your voice heard!

Here's a rundown of the stories I'm considering for this month:

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Thoughts on Recent Spider-Man News

Hi! There's been a lot of recent Spider-Man news that I haven't really weighed in on and you may have or may not have heard about. This post I'll be talking about the following topics:
Spider-Man Movie Title
Marvel in Creative Control of Spider-Man Movie
No Venom in the MCU
Zendaya as "Michelle"
Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evan's Role in Spider-Man Movie
Vulture as the Villain in Spider-Man Movie
New footage of Spider-Man in Civil War
As far as I know, none of this constitutes a spoiler for Civil War (both Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evan are signed on for Avengers Infinity War in 2018 and 2019, so whatever happens to them in this next movie, it won't prevent them from appearing in Infinity War which takes place a year after Spider-Man's movie), but I will save the new footage of Spider-Man for the end. As much as I loved seeing it, I wish I could have seen it for the first time in theaters (a gif ruined it for me as I was browsing the web, so I went and found).

In fact, it's possible I'm a little out-of-date here. I'm trying to avoid any spoilers for the next week so I haven't been on Facebook, Twitter, Spider-Man blogs etc to do research. Anyway, let's get into it ^_^

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994) Season 1 Review

Spider-Man: The Animated Series aired from 1994 to 1998 (5 seasons). It was my personal introduction to Spider-Man and where I fell in love with the character. I expected to be bemused revisiting a cartoon show made in the 90s, but I was surprised at how well done it is after all. Here are my thoughts on Season 1.

Friday, April 22, 2016

"Ultimate" Spider-Man Animated Series — The Worst Spider-Man

Warning: I don't usually feel the need to warn people about the use of strong language, but since I am reviewing a "kid's" show for once, I guess I'll warn you. I'm going to swear . . . a lot.

I never gave "Ultimate Spider-Man" a fair shot.

I don't really pay too much attention to cartoon shows that debut nowadays on American television. I'd seen one or two episodes of the MTV Spider-Man and a handful of episodes of the Spectacular Spider-Man.

I loved seeing Spider-Man in any form, but the MTV Spider-Man didn't wow me and the Spectacular Spider-Man was just too difficult to watch (didn't have DVR or even cable at the time to be honest).

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spring 2016 Anime Round 3: Lightning Review First Impressions: Wagamama High Spec, Usakame, Hundred, Twin Star Exorcists, Bungo Stray Dogs, Anne-Happy, Super Lovers, Bakuon!!

Another day, another bunch of anime to review. I've been getting behind, so I included a few more this time around:
Wagamama High Spec, Usakame, Hundred, Twin Star Exorcists, Bungo Stray Dogs, Anne-Happy, Super Lovers, and Bakuon!!

So far, these have all been Crunchyroll anime, but I'll be expanding out to at least some new Netflix shows soon. I have two new releases coming out this month, so I've been somewhat busy (and maybe that's contributing to me being too harsh on these and giving up quickly?).

Without further ado, let's get started!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring 2016 Anime First Impressions Lightning Round 2: Haven't You Heard, I'm Sakamoto?, Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, Flying Witch, Kisnaiver, Haifuri

Another round of first impressions for this season of anime. If you haven't checked out my previous Spring 2016 reviews, here's the first lightning round and here's my choice for stand-out show: Lightning Round 1 and Best Show (Re:Zero).