Reading: Nerd Links for June 26-July 2 2016

Comic Book Resources Interviews writers Julie and Shawna Benson and artist Claire Roe:  CBR talks to the creators of the new run of The Birds of Prey.  Makes me wish I would have given the Birds of Prey show from the turn of the century a chance.

Why It’s So Great that Ta-Nehisi Coates is Writing Black Panther:  Jordon Minor of explains how he fell in love with comic books because of Mr. Coates approach to his new Black Panther run. Mr. Minor’s thoughts often echo my own about the new run, which is wildly positive, especially since I’m new to Black Panther.

The Politics of Marvel’s Black Panther:  The above story sent me to this well written look at the history and politics of Black Panther by Evan Narcisse.  T’Challa, the Black Panther, is the King of Wakanda so by nature he has to be political when he is doing his day job. He also, more than any other character on the Marvel roster, collides with real world issues which Narcisse discuss in detail. More importantly, it made me want to go back and read older Black Panther stories.

Where Have All the Good Men Gone and Where are All the Gods? Reflections on the Rifts in Superhero Fandom:  Andrew Wheeler discusses the fandom fatigue with dark comics, which started with Watchmen. He doesn’t blame Watchmen, but it did spawn plenty of writers who think that’s how all comics should be. He also laments that every major event in the Marvel Universe in the last decade has been Hero vs Hero stories. He calls for more hope in supehero comics, especially with the big two.  He calls for more inclusion and for stories not to be so hyper-masculine. This would make it more in line with its readers which is showing a growth in all the underrepresented minorities in comics (i.e. everyone but white males). I don’t agree with every point he makes, but he does have a point.  

Word Ballon Podcast Dan Jurgens on Superman’s DC Rebirth: John Siuntres, whose podcasts are a treasure trove of information for comic book fans, talks with Superman writer Dan Jurgens.

Louisiana During World War II: A documentary written by Jerry P. Sanson of LSU at Alexandria and directed, edited and narrated by William B. Robison. Dr. Robison was one Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s professors during her undergrad and graduate days at Southeastern Louisiana University.  Many of her professors during her time there, as well as many others from around the state, are featured in the video.  The link takes you to the 1st video of the series which are all on youtube.

Eating: Smitty’s Seafood

The Hamper

The Hamper

Boiled seafood must sound like the most boring bland food in the world to an outsider. Yet, we all know in Louisiana our boiled seafood is everything but boring or bland. Boiled seafood is more than a meal; it’s a celebration.

We were celebrating the fact that Cristina’s mom and step-dad came to visit. We needed a place that served boiled seafood. Smitty’s in Kenner did just fine.

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Parading: A Tradition Unlike Any Other – Small Town Mardi Gras Parades

If you are reading this from outside of New Orleans and Louisiana, this blog is about Mardi Gras.  Yet, it has nothing to do with New Orleans.  Sure New Orleans and Metairie are great places to catch a parade.  But so are Houma, Luling, LaRose, Golden Meadow, and Thibodaux.  In fact, my two of my favorite parades growing up were the Lockport and Gheens parade.

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