Recommended daily reading – 13 September

Links & lists are amongst the lowest forms of blogging, but pointing to items of interest from sites I read on a regular basis is one of the reasons I decided to re-enter the blogosphere. So …

From today’s feeds:

A Torontoist interview with Guy Maddin about his installation, Hauntings I & II, at the Toronto International Film Festival’s new Lightbox Theater. The interview includes an embedded YouTube version of Maddin’s prior TIFF-commissioned work, the brilliant “The Heart of the World“. It also makes me want to go back to the festival. Anne-Marie and I attended in 2007, and one of the films we got to see was My Winnipeg with live narration from the filmmaker.

At Comic Book Resource‘s She Has No Head, Kelly Thompson conducts a wide-ranging conversation with DC Women Kicking Ass focused mostly on women, comics, and DC. I found the interview via Thompson’s blog. Here’s a key passage about comics, gender, and marketing:

DCWKA: Exactly!  Basically an investment in marketing, awareness outside the direct market would bring them new readers to already existing books. It kills me. I mean, Batgirl is just a huge opportunity. Batwoman huge, HUGE.  Go where the women are. Don’t expect them to find you. My god the Batwoman story is awesome. Why aren’t they having it reviewed in books/ magazines/publications women read?  And modify the pitch – Batwoman is a woman driven to serve after having to leave the army. She’s a detective, a vigilante. She has a great dad. The fact she’s a bat?  Tangent point.  Batgirl – college student by day, crime fighter by night.

I look at similar issues regarding marketing and women readers in one of my August “Worlds in Panels” at PopMatters. However, my focus is on this year’s “Women of Marvel” event rather than DC.

And, finally, a beautiful watercolor from Dylan Meconis at her Family Man site.

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New blog, new home

Welcome, readers. This is my inaugural entry on A Weird Fish (see the About page for an explanation of the title).

My previous blogs have been hosted on TypePad, a service I still use for my classes at Western Oregon and other professional pursuits (see below). After a year off from blogging, I decided to start again on WordPress, largely because I want to keep my own blogging separate from what I do with my classes. I also have reason related to design options, but those were secondary considerations.

A major reason I stopped blogging is that Anne-Marie, my wife, and I became parents to an eleven, now twelve, year old daughter. I needed to cut something from my queue, and blogging was the obvious thing to go. I have been feeling lately that I wanted to get this writing space back, in no small measure because I am reaching a point in a major project where I think there is value in sharing with others.

I also like the community aspect of blogging, especially they way it allows me to find and connect with colleagues at other colleges and universities. My university is relatively small and focused on undergraduate education, and, as a result, I have found blogs and other social media to be useful in expanding the circle of people from whom I can learn and with whom I can share professional experiences and development.

Not much of a mission here, I know, but there it is nonetheless.