Yep, it's true. Not like you couldn't tell from the various dorky things that can be found throughout my gallery. I am not ashamed (at least, not much). So, I'm going to go off on a little mini nerd-rant, since someone suggested I should.
*But, first: thanks to all who comment on pics or on my main page. I read them all and appreciate very much - I'm just too busy (lazy) to respond individually*
Now, onto the rant... (Spoilers for upcoming Marvel events, maybe, but not really)
I'll let you know that this was brought on by some very nice comments people left on a little scrap pic I put up when I was bored and a little sad about the state of things in Marvel's X-Men comics. It was a silly sketch I never finished of two characters: Jono (aka Chamber) and Jubilee (aka Jubilee
). Anyway, many people (meaning 3) asked what was going on at Marvel right now.
Well, what's going on is that both of them (along with 96% of the mutant population) are getting de-powered. The gist of why is really too long to go into here, but basically it comes down to editors blaming the poor sales of the mutant books on an excessive number of mutants in the MU making comic buyers skip the super-saturated X-Men franchise. So in an effort to increase sales, they've drastically reduced the number of characters in one fell swoop... but actually increased the number of books coming out (huh?) Personally, I'd blame the sales slowdown on the number of books, not the number of mutants, but hey, who am I to judge? So the result of all this is that many, many characters will simply disappear. Most of these will be those who've existed in comic limbo for years, but the editors have singled out a few fan-favorites to de-power in graphic detail (Ha!), including Jubes and Jono *Sob*
I know what you're saying: "They're comic characters! They'll be back next month in a special issue" etc. Well, Joe Q. has also declared that they won't be back - at least, not while he's in charge - and he's put a moratorium on any new characters which may not be a bad idea, anyway.
So, I'm kind of saddened (okay more than kinda...) that my favorite character is going away, for a while at least, and maybe never coming back. Also, I think this is a pretty stupid backwards step for the MU - I enjoyed the 'mutants as a new culture' stories that were emerging. I could go on, but I won't...
I will say this: if you enjoyed these characters and are upset about this, you should write to Marvel and tell them. Actual letters, not e-mail. It'll make you feel better... a little. Technically, this hasn't happened yet, but it's been confirmed - so you might want to wait til it does to send that letter
Anyway, thanks for reading this little rant.