Saturday, March 10, 2018

Saturday Morning Update #62

I’m trying something new for Saturday Morning Updates. Read on to find out a little bit more about what I did this week, including what I’ve been watching, reading, and playing.

For my main adventure this week, there was an Ed Piskor event as part of the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Ed is the comic book artist and writer behind X-Men: Grand Design. He had a lot of great things to say about the comics industry, growing up an X-Men fan, how the fan community has changed over the years. One of my favorite takeaways was how he treats everything he writes as someone’s first comic book, given how many long running series aren’t as accessible to newcomers. He even shared memories of someone saying his first comic, Hip-Hop Family Tree, was the first book they’d ever read. That’s a real impact on someone’s life right there and it happened because of comics.

I sat down to continue Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Netflix surprised me with more Voltron: Legendary Defenders! It was great, a lot of nice stuff with Lotor and Allura. I don’t know about these smaller seasons though. We only got six episodes and it kinda feels like nothing happened even though something HUGE happened. Then, Jessica Jones season 2 dropped so I got to finish that. It's really, really good! Check out my review of that here.

In preparation for the Shattered Grid event, I have been getting caught up on the Power Rangers comics. I had stopped reading earlier in the run because I wasn’t crazy about how the stories dragged on. Most comic stories wrap up in about six issues and move one. Reading the entire first “mega arc” in a few days helped me get over that. I even liked the Justice League crossover!

I also got a package from Scholastic with a few middle-grade and YA books coming out this year. The first one I picked up is The Serpent’s Secret (Book #1 of Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond) by Sayantani DasGupta. It’s a Percy Jackson type story that replaces Greek gods and creatures with Indian demons and folklore. Full review coming this week. Since finishing The Serpent's Secret I have started reading Reflection: A Twisted Tale by Elizabeth Lam which was sent to me by Disney Books. It's a "what if" story that sees Mulan adventuring into the Underworld.

I’ve finally gotten to the part of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker’s Memory where Digmon begin roaming the Real World. That was the moment the first Cyber Sleuth really came around.
What did you do this week? What are your plans for next week? Let me know in the comments below.