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Pull list for June 8 2016

June 7, 2016

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). I’m off tomorrow, yay.

I’ll go to the store for: My Little Pony Friends Forever #29, by Ted Anderson and Brenda Hickey; New Avengers #12, by Al Ewing, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco and Jesus Aburtov; Vision #8, by Tom King, Gabriel Walta and Jordie Bellaire; The Wicked + The Divine #20, by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson.

I’ll also review: All-New X-Men #10, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy and Nolan Woodard; Deadpool & the Mercs For Money, by Cullen Bunn and Salva Espin.

So that’s 4 comics I’m picking up, and two reviews, one of which will mostly be incoherent screams of rage. So, another light week.

I’m excited for both Marvel comics. Vision is Vision. It’s an amazing series. Seriously, if you’re not reading it, then do so. Read it. It is one of the best series Marvel’s ever put out. New Avengers has been a blast, and this issue should be a lot of fun. The preview shows a nice scene between Wiccan and Scarlet Witch.

I won another book from Goodreads! The Dog That Laid Eggs, by Jonathan Maas. I saw it described as being in a similar style to Piers Anthony, who I’m a fan of. Though I do have some problems with Piers Anthony. I’m a fan of his Xanth series, but I find it sometimes makes me uncomfortable. He has this weird tendency to sexualize little girls. One book has a girl use magic to become an adult in order to seduce a guy. And the book has her constantly switching back and forth between a child and an adult, with the guy in love with her in both forms. That is fucked up. There’s a bothersome amount of sexualization of women in general, and some really uncomfortable things going on in a lot of the books. (Also, I do think it’d be nice if he included an openly LGBT character in the Xanth novels. He had one in his Apprentice Adept series, but the Xanth series still hasn’t had one. So I think he should include one, whether as a protagonist or a supporting character, with the character getting a romance, the same as everyone in the series does.) Anyway, I look forward to getting this book by Maas.

I’ve been feeling depressed again lately. Feeling like I’ll never get a job that I don’t hate, and I’ll never get a girlfriend, and I’ll die miserable and alone and my corpse will be eaten by my cat. I messaged a few girls on a dating site the other night, and got no responses. That’s the thing that gets to me: Not the rejection, but being totally ignored. Being told no is one thing, but being ignored is saying, “You are not even worth the time it takes to say no. Your very existence is not worth acknowledging.” And that hurts. My self-esteem is already low enough that I believe I don’t matter, so being ignored really just pushes that feeling in even deeper. I suspect I’d probably have better luck at dating if I lived somewhere else, but that requires getting a job somewhere else. And any jobs I apply to usually ignore me, not even bothering with a form rejection.

A couple things have gotten me thinking about this stuff again. Part of it is that my brother brought a girl home the other night. (Frustrating for me: I used to work with the girl, and had actually planned once on asking her out when I came across her on a dating site, but she deleted her account before I got the chance. Truthfully, I doubt we would’ve been compatible anyway, but still, it’s annoying.) Another part of it is the most recent episode of My Little Pony. See, the episode dealt with Fluttershy’s little brother. He’s kind of obnoxious and inconsiderate, so I kinda dislike him. But also, he’s someone who’s a grown pony moving back in with his parents. His reasons are different from mine – he can’t hold down a job because of his personality, I just can’t find a job in my field – but it still hits home a bit.

Speaking of MLP, I need to reorganize my figurines. I’ve got a bunch on my desk, and a bunch more on my bookcase. I’d originally set them up to fit the space available on my desk. But some of that space was taken up by big, bulky speakers. I’ve got smaller speakers now, so I’ve got more space. So I need to make the time to reorganize them. But laaaazy.

So, apparently, there’s development starting on a film about Rumi, a Persian poet and theologian. The writer and producer of the film – both white dudes, obviously – want Leonardo DiCaprio to play Rumi, and Robert Downey, Jr. in another major role. So. They’re making a film about a major Persian figure. And they want to cast white guys in the lead roles. Dammit, Hollywood. Seriously, what the shit is wrong with these people? How stupid are filmmakers, that they continue to believe that whitewashing is a great idea? The writer talked about “challenging stereotypes” with the film. The way to challenge stereotypes is not to just put a white guy in the main role! That is not how it works! It’s just . . . what the shit? And hey, people who defended the Ancient One being whitewashed? This is why it’s not cool. Because shit like this happens all the goddamn time. Whitewashing is so damn common in Hollywood that filmmakers express excitement about it.

My schedule for the week: 3-9:45 Saturday, 9:30-6 Sunday, 3-9:15 Monday, 10-4:45 Tuesday. So posts Thursday and Friday.

And that’s all I’ve got for this week.

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