I’m not big on audiobooks, but I picked up a DC Comics-related Humble Bundle…

I’m not big on audiobooks, but I picked up a DC Comics-related Humble Bundle a few weeks ago and I The Flash: Stop Motion by Mark Schultz. It’s kind of odd listening to a “Graphic Audio” adaptation of a prose novel based on a character who usually appears in visual media, but the full cast, sound effects, and music help to make up for the lack of actual visuals that I’ve found tends to hamper prose stories about superheroes.

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I read the book when it came out in 2004, and I’ve forgotten enough for it to be more-or-less “new.” It’s set during the Wally West/Keystone City era when the Flash’s identify was still public knowledge and he worked with Chyre & Morillo.

There are a few continuity issues that bugged me at the time (a lot of the story hinges on Iris & Wally being blood relatives, for instance) that don’t anymore, though I still have trouble with the opening scene where he’s treading air to “fly” w/the JLA.

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The ideas about the nature of super-speed, the speed force, the metagene, and ties to quantum physics still hold up, and would be fascinating to explore further (though they might overpower the character).

So far the audio adaptation works well, but my car’s sound system doesn’t handle the deliberately confusing battle sequences very well. Headphones might work better. And some of the conversations that work in print go on way too long in audio.

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Added Speed Force’s Instagram (most of it)

I originally intended for the SpeedForceOrg Instagram account to represent the Speed Force blog, but 90% of it has ended up being me posting photos from comic cons. Another 5% is me posting something that’s halfway between my comics-fan persona and the blog’s editorial voice.

So I’ve imported it here using the same tool that I’m using for my personal Instagram. I pulled the copies of the handful of photos that belong to another member of the site.

At this point I’m not planning on importing the SpeedForceOrg Twitter account because it’s more of an editorial voice. Well, it is these days…maybe I should bring in some of the early stuff from when it was also my comics fan persona.

Does anyone actually bite on blog contributor spam?I’m not opposed to *relevant* guest …

Does anyone actually bite on blog contributor spam?

I’m not opposed to *relevant* guest posts on a topic-based blog, but when it’s obvious that they didn’t even look at the site & are just robo-spamming blogs that maybe matched a keyword or something…

I mean, stuff like this:

“I read your article https://speedforce.org/2017/11/crisis-earth-x-conclusion-review/. Your readers might be interested in checking out our resources on machine learning and AI.”

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@brennen That’s what I figure too, but it seems like the response rate would be too low for it to be worth the effort.

Or are there really enough people out there who have blogs who get messages like this and say, “hey, that sounds like a great idea!”

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@brennen Oh wait, I get what you’re saying. The spammers aren’t making money or getting exposure from the guest posts that don’t happen, they’re making money selling their service to people who *think* they’re going to get guest posts placed somewhere.

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Boosting SpeedForce@botsin.space: Setting up a bot to toot new blog posts from SpeedForce.org

Setting up a bot to toot new blog posts from https://speedforce.org #theflash

I’m probably going to stick with that for now & not clutter up your timeline with flashbacks, ICYMI, etc.

Using #IFTTT & this method:

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2017/12/mastodon-ifttt/

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Golden Age Flash vs. the Measles

In “Play of the Year” (March 1943), a theater producer sabotages a rival’s production by faking a measles outbreak among the cast. The boarding house where they’re all staying is immediately quarantined.

Of course, this is a Jay Garrick Flash story, so there’s a madcap solution: the Flash will perform every part in the play at once!

Golden Age Flash vs. the Measles

As someone who grew up after the measles vaccine, I tended to think of it as not a big deal, just one of those childhood diseases that previous generations had to deal with. So back in the mid-2000s when I was tracking down every Golden Age Flash story I could find, I was surprised to see that Flash Comics #39 treated it as serious business (which, of course, it is).

The Law of Superheroes is a fun read applying real-world law to comic book tropes.

The Law of Superheroes is a fun read applying real-world law to comic book tropes. Review:

Review: The Law of Superheroes

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A fun book about how real-world law would apply to super-hero tropes. Mind reading as testimony, life imprisonment for immortals, Green Lantern’s flight plans and more. Here’s my review.

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Move over, 1980s nostalgia. It’s time for the 1990s to come back.

A piece I wrote on pop culture’s obsession with nostalgia, how it applies to comics, and what it means for the decade between today and our current nostalgia craze.

Return of the 1990s: The 20-Year Nostalgia Cycle is About to Turn Over

Move over, 1980s nostalgia. It’s time for the 1990s to come back.

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Netflix realized that Qwickster was a bad idea! I’m actually kinda impressed!

Oh, good, someone at Netflix realized that the proper follow-up to shooting yourself in the foot is not to shoot yourself in the other foot to maintain balance.

the post: DVDs will be staying at netflix.com

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Whoa, @Netflix realized that Qwickster was a bad idea! I’m actually kinda impressed!

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I guess this means the end of that extra traffic I was getting to the Netflix/Qwikster/Quickster/Spongebob post.

Netflix Becomes…the Quickster!

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My review of the relaunched Flash comic book.

For the comics fans, my review of the relaunched Flash comic book.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect other than fantastic art (which it delivered), but the new team managed to present a Barry Allen who was actually likable for the first time since his return in 2008. That went a long way toward making me like the comic.

Full review at the link.

Review: Flash #1 (The New 52)

Wayne comments on Google+: The fact Flash had chosen Hope as his lantern color is indicative of your old Barry. The impression I got in the Brightest Day tie-ins was he shut himself in to protect himself from the darkness he’s been seeing since his return. Whatever the case, I agree he should shake himself off soon. Flash had always been the more quipper of the JL bunch. Hope held is one thing, expressing happiness and optimism is still needed. At least he’s smiling. 🙂

And yeah, what did happen to Wally? Is he just lost in the Speedforce?