While looking out into the Hudson River from several stories up and hearing the cars whizzing below me, I tried to find faith in all I had accomplished. At 25 and finishing up my masters degree, I was nowhere near the writer I wanted to be and not quite sure about the man I was becoming. I was done being nostalgic of my checkered past but I was anxious about my developing future. The fact that it was filled with options also meant it was filled with possibilities of failure.
Smallville only got good near the end. Clark had finally evolved from the whinny emo teenager I couldn’t stand years ago to a more decisive character that resembled Superman. The show was campy with some terrible wordplay and questionable costume designs. But I guess that was part of the charm.
I was in the area the day before the Towers fell. I was picking up comics at a local shop, Chameleon comics, which was a few blocks away from the E stop. My original store in Flushing closed down suddenly a few months ago and I thought it was a sign that I should stop and, you know, get a life.
Alice Meichi Li said that artists, “should draw like they fuck.”
It was one of the more memorable moments at Bluestockings bookstore’s “Nerrd Grrl Adventure Series” where a panel discussed female representation in comic books with DC Comics artist Amy Reeder, web artist Sally Madden, zinester Elvis Bakaitis, Wendy Xu of Angry Girl Comics, and artist Alice Meichi Li.
On a restless summer day, right on the spot, I made the decision to watch The Amazing Spider-Man. With too many things that needed to be done but nothing I wanted to do, it felt like the only right course of action. And I liked the film. The action was well done, the homage was evident, and romantic chemistry was not wanting (I love you Emma Stone). But something was missing.
There was a point where my mom was honestly afraid. The attic floor creaked under the weight of my comic book collection, risking the life of my little brother who slept in the floor below. Over time I’ve sold or given away some of my collection and cut down my collecting.