Yama-Con 2014: The Best of Times, The Busiest of Times

Well, readers, it’s that time of year again – and no, I’m not talking about Christmas! Last weekend, December 5-7, was Yama-Con, Northeast Tennessee’s own anime and comic convention, and definitely one of my favorite conventions that I attend regularly. I’ve been going to Yama-Con for all three years it’s been happening, and have always had a wonderful and memorable time there. This year, however, was a little different: I wouldn’t just be going as a normal attendee, I would actually be working for the convention as a volunteer!

I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew it was going to be awesome. Continue reading

Not A Perfect Soldier, But A Good Man

This is indeed a blog post about American comics, but there will be no playing at false elitism in any post of mine: I started reading comics because of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It took seeing Iron Man, X-Men: First Class, and Thor before I even picked up a comic book out of simple curiosity; however, it was the 2012 summer blockbuster The Avengers that really sold me on getting into the Marvel fandom once and for all. I was familiar with most of the superheroes in the team movie, but not all, and so I left the theater with a few questions. Not the least of them being:

Who was the recently-defrosted blond guy from the 40s, in a spangly outfit, throwing a shield around? And why should I care about him?

Two movies and multiple Marvel Wiki entries, comic issues, fanfictions, and character analysis blogs later, my questions were answered: Captain America, AKA Steven Grant Rogers, was my soon-to-be new favorite superhero, and I should care about him for so many reasons.

**POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Marvel comics story arcs Captain America: Winter Soldier and Civil WarMarvel Cinematic Universe films Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier** Continue reading