Hello, Vine. It's me, NiteFly.

Wow. Been a while. Looking at the user rankings it looks like I haven't been doing my due diligence. Seeing the last year I did anything doesn't help either...

Came around for the first time in a while tonight. Things have been in the suck for quite a while. Still a grad student. It feels like a constant state of limbo. I've been getting optimistic lately. Perhaps I really might get out into the real world. Or some tiny ivy tower where I can do what I've always wanted to do--teach. I'm projecting a graduation date of next year! Spring, maybe summer? Could this be it?

Anyway, I've lurked around the vine a while back. I guess I just stopped checking in because I felt a little bad about never having the time to participate. Research takes a whole lot of time. Who knew getting an advanced degree would take work?

I wonder if anyone will read this... I feel like a relic from comicvine that has long since passed... Either way, thought I'd put an update on the ol' blag that didn't have a 9 at the end of it ; ) Maybe things are actually getting better. Maybe I will start to find the time to work on vine content again : )

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I am proud to introduce...

I am proud to introduce to the world:


super-Vinetastico! is (as far as I know) the Vine's first webcomic.  This is not my first venture into the awesome world of stick-figure drawings, but certainly to rank high among my most lame attempts at humor on the vine.

  • Do not expect super-Vinetastico! to be regularly appearing.  I may or may not post an issue when boredom/inspiration hits.
  • Do not expect super-Vinetastico! to be entertaining, because it probably won't be.
  • Do expect super-Vinetastico! to be only somewhat intelligible.

super-Vinetastico! was first inspired by the (at the time of this writing) still ongoing vine battle drawing contest.  Well, I got a huge kick out of laughing at my own jokes so I decided to do another.  Perhaps another yet will follow eventually.  Please comment to let me know what you think.  If you find these funny I may do more.  If you are disgusted and only want those precious few moments of your life back I may do more.

Without further bloviating, here are the less-than-anticipated first two issues of super-Vinetastico!

Issue 1: men with underwear on the outside duel



Issue 2: guys dressed as secret agents lie about virtually everything


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Time for things to get back to normal.

I've been meaning to make another post for a couple of days now.  It's been about a month since I've done much more than troll the forums a bit.  As some of you know, I am a graduate student.  I have recently received word that I have passed my depth exam in artificial intelligence.  What does this mean besides over a month of intense studying?  Basically, I have demonstrated that I am knowledgeable enough in my field to continue doing research.  This was a fairly substantial hurdle for me, so I'm celebrating just a bit.  Hopefully now I'll be able to resume my life as it was before, including spending some time on the vine submitting and doing mod stuff.

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Going to be away for a couple of weeks.

At least in spirit.  I'm undergoing some serious work in school right now which will require my full and undivided attention.  No cause for alarm or anything.  This has been expected and planned for, I just know that it will not be pretty.  Having said that I will probably pop up on the forums from time to time because I will need some small amount of time away from the intensity to retain my fleeting sanity.  My goal is to avoid all unnecessary stressors in all forms until my life has become uncomplicated once again.

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Good grief.

School is almost out and boy do I need the rest.  My workload has forced me to take something of a hiatus from working on the site, which really sucks.  I welcome the opportunity to take a few weeks off soon to relax.  Oh yea, there's also the egg nog.  Egg nog is awesome.

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Do you read "Comic Books" or "Graphic Novels"?

My curiosity was sparked by some arguing on Slashdot pertaining to comic books.  This is not a new issue, but I am curious what the general consensus on the forums is.  There is contention amongst fans and even writers of comic books about the use of the term "Graphic Novels" to describe certain comics and trades.  From Wikipedia:

Some in the comics community have objected to the term "graphic novel" on the grounds that it is unnecessary, or that its usage has been corrupted by commercial interests. Writer Alan Moore believes, "It's a marketing term ... that I never had any sympathy with. The term 'comic' does just as well for me. ... The problem is that 'graphic novel' just came to mean 'expensive comic book' and so what you'd get is people like DC Comics or Marvel comics — because 'graphic novels' were getting some attention, they'd stick six issues of whatever worthless piece of crap they happened to be publishing lately under a glossy cover and call it The She-Hulk Graphic Novel...."

Author Daniel Raeburn wrote "I snicker at the neologism first for its insecure pretension — the literary equivalent of calling a garbage man a 'sanitation engineer' — and second because a 'graphic novel' is in fact the very thing it is ashamed to admit: a comic book, rather than a comic pamphlet or comic magazine."

Writer Neil Gaimen, responding to a claim that he does not write comic books but graphic novels, said the commenter "meant it as a compliment, I suppose. But all of a sudden I felt like someone who'd been informed that she wasn't actually a hooker; that in fact she was a lady of the evening." Comedian and comic book fan Robin Williams joked, "'Is that a comic book? No! It's a graphic novel! Is that porn? No! It's adult entertainment!'"

Some alternative cartoonists have coined their own terms to describe extended comics narratives. The cover of Daniel Clowes' Ice Havendescribes the book as "a comic-strip novel", with Clowes having noted that he "never saw anything wrong with the comic book". When The Comics Journal asked the cartoonist Seth why he added the subtitle "A Picture Novella" to his comic It's a Good Life, If you Don't Weaken, he responded, "I could have just put 'a comic book'... It goes without saying that I didn't want to use the term graphic novel. I just don't like that term".

What do you think about term "Graphic Novel"?  Is this a case of using fancy words that display insecure pretension or does the term better suit certain works than "comic" or "trade"?

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