Wednesday, August 24, 2016

365 Days of Books of Interest: Day #235: The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy

I'm so mad about what is continuing to happen to actress and comedian Leslie Jones. She is constantly being harassed online. Thinking about the internet and privacy made me think of this book. I really would like to read this book, I plan on picking it up real soon. Hopefully, it has some really good information in it.


Book: The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy: Practical Tips for Staying Safe Online by Violet Blue

Description:

The whirlwind of social media, online dating, and mobile apps can make life a dream—or a nightmare. For every trustworthy website, there are countless jerks, bullies, and scam artists who want to harvest your personal information for their own purposes. But you can fight back, right now.
In The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy, award-winning author and investigative journalist Violet Blue shows you how women are targeted online and how to keep yourself safe. Blue's practical, user-friendly advice will teach you how to:
  • Delete personal content from websites
  • Use website and browser privacy controls effectively
  • Recover from and prevent identity theft
  • Figure out where the law protects you–and where it doesn't
  • Set up safe online profiles
  • Remove yourself from people-finder websites
Even if your privacy has already been compromised, don't panic. It's not too late to take control. Let The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy help you cut through the confusion and start protecting your online life.

Art of the Day: Wonder Woman


Artwork: cover art for Wonder Woman '77 Special #2 by Nicola Scott with color by Annette Kwok

There truly are no words for how awesome this is.

365 Days of Books of Interest: Day #234 (for Tuesday): Star Trek vol #1

I recently read Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (I should have review up in a few days) and I really enjoyed it. So much so that now I want to read the rest of the Star Trek series. I guess I will be adding this first volume to my wishlist.



Book: Star Trek volume #1 by Mike Johnson with illustrations by Tim Bradstreet and Steve Molnar

Description:

The adventures of the Starship Enterprise continue in this new story that picks up where the blockbuster 2009 film left off! Featuring the new cast of the film, these missions re-imagine the stories from the original series in the alternate timeline created by the film, along with new threats and characters never seen before! With creative collaboration from Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci, this new series begins the countdown to the much-anticipated movie sequel premiering in 2012!

Trailer for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

I have been hearing so much about the trailer for the animated movie, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. I'm glad I finally got around to seeing it. This looks like it's going to be fun, the campiness continues. I can't wait to see it.

Fans of the original 1960s Batman TV series will be happy to know that Adam West and Burt Ward will be reprising their roles as Batman and Robin by voicing the characters. Along with Julie Newmar who will also be providing her voice for Catwoman.

The movie will be available on DVD/Blu-ray November 1, 2016.


Book Review: The Backstagers #1


Book: The Backstagers #1 by James Tynion IV with illustrations by Rian Sygh, color by Walter Baiamonte and letters by Jim Campbell

Cover Art by Veronica Fish

Edition: Single Print Issue

Description:

James Tynion IV teams up with artist Rian Sygh for an incredible yet earnest story about finding a place to fit in when you’re kinda an outcast. When Jory transfers to the private, all-boys school St. Genesius, he figures joining the stage crew would involve a lot of just fetching props and getting splinters. To his pleasant surprise, he discovers there’s a door backstage that leads to different worlds, and all of the stagehands know about it! All the world’s a stage...but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic!


Rating: 5 stars

Review:

In this cute and fun first issue of The Backstagers, Jory who is new to St. Genesius, an all-boys private high school, is not looking forward to finding an extracurricular activity. Since his mother will be working late she wanted him to find something to do after school.

He's very nervous and reluctant to do anything besides hide out in the bushes. However, there is one club that he was interested in, the Drama Club. But going to the auditorium didn't make him feel like he belonged. He was ignored by his classmates and then slightly embarrassed by the stars of the club for not showing enough enthusiasm for the school's upcoming production.

Although, Jory didn't know it at the time but he was going to be in for an amazing adventure, when the stars of the club, twins Kevin and Blake McQueen asked him to go backstage to get a prop.

As Jory goes backstage, he immediately finds himself helping Sasha, Aziz, Hunter and Beckett as they deal with a magical pest problem. From that short amount of time he spent with the guys backstage Jory saw how fun and cool they were. He also realized that he didn't fit in with the snooty actors and decided to become part of the stage crew.

I adore this first issue, Jory didn't seem to be enjoying his time at his new school. And if it wasn't for his mother making him join an after school program he would have never met his new friends. From reading this, you get a sense that Aziz, Hunter, Sasha, Beckett and Jory don't exactly fit in at school but they found a place where they can be themselves as Backstagers. I like that each of the five guys have different personalities yet share this love of set building.

I also like that this has a magical/fantasy aspect because there is so much that goes on behind the scenes that no one sees. It feels like the perfect way to add a little magic to the book.

The writing for this was fun and exciting and the illustrations compliment it very well. The illustrations have a very animated/cartoony feel that reminds me of Steven Universe and other similarly drawn cartoons. I'm really looking forward to reading the second issue it looks like the fun and weirdness are just beginning.
 

Comic Book Wednesday: August 24th Picks

Good Morning and Happy Comic Book Wednesday!

What's everyone picking up this week? I have a long list of books but there is only one that's new: Blue Beetle Rebirth. Jaime Reyes is back with another series, the last one for the New 52 was cancelled. I actually enjoyed reading that Blue Beetle series (volume #1: Metamorphosis and volume #2: Blue Diamond), hopefully this one will fair much better.

Here's the rest of my list:


Archie Comics

Archie #11 (Cover A - Regular Veronica Fish Cover)

Book: Archie #11

Description:

Archie and Jughead have been playing their instruments in Archie's garage for a while, but now it's finally time for them to take their talents elsewhere. Veronica suggests that the two form a band - assuming, of course, that she gets to be their lead singer.

This bothers Betty, since music was a deep connection that she had always shared with Archie - so she'll just have to form her own rival band. Now it's #TeamArchie vs. #TeamBetty in a battle of the bands that has the whole school picking sides!



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Art of the Day: Carol Danvers and Monica Rambeau


Artwork: Captain Marvels' Selfie by Cahnartist

Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) taking a picture with the original Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau).

Tim Drake Tuesday: Illustration of the Day: Tim Drake and Dick Grayson


Illustration: Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying


There is a reason why Tim Drake is referred to as being smart. For one thing he was able to figure out that Bruce Wayne was Batman and that Dick Grayson had been Robin. Not many people in the DC Comics universe have been able to do that. Despite being a kid, Tim's detective skills were pretty good.

I like that he was so concerned for Batman who had become reckless following the death of Robin (Jason Todd) that he tried to convince Dick to go back to being Robin. There was no reason for Dick to return to his old position, instead the situation made it possible for Tim to have the opportunity of becoming Batman's sidekick.

Monday, August 22, 2016

365 Days of Books of Interest: Day #233: He-Man and She-Ra: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures

I love 80s cartoons and both He-Man and She-Ra are two of my favorite animated series. And since I'm a huge fan I would love to pick up this official guide book and find out as much as I can about these shows.

It makes me happy that publishers are creating these types of reference books because fans really love this kind of stuff.


Book: He-Man and She-Ra: A Complete Guide to the Classic Animated Adventures by James Eatock

Publication: September 13, 2016

Description:

From 1983 to 1986, He-Man and his twin sister She-Ra entranced a generation of boys and girls all around the word with their animated adventures, offering not only cartoon excitement, but also important moral guidance. Now, Dark Horse Books is proud to present the first ever official companion to the classic series, featuring over 500 pages of fascinating story synopses, animation process, and trivia for every single episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra: Princess of Power!

Fitness Monday: A Tip for Beginners: Take the Stairs

(photo credit: oprah.com)

I've found that it's the little things that I do that wind up giving me the biggest results. For beginners who are new to health and fitness, a relatively easy way to tone your legs, burn calories and to improve your cardio is to take the stairs. You could even turn it into a workout by taking the stairs two at a time to make it more difficult.

If health problems and accessibility are not a concern for you, use the stairs as much as possible. Instead of taking the elevator or escalator, hit the stairs. Fitness beginners, it's important to know what your body can handle. Make sure to start out slow and try not to over exert your self.