Year One


I have always noticed that when there is a Year One retrospective look at a character, that the series generally tends to be better written and more concise than anything which was ever in comics, essentially giving some sense to the cluttered life of the character.  The awkwardness of the heroes ties to the silver age or golden age are removed and the stories are recast in a modern light, with the advantages of modern story telling.  This is a sort of unconventional lead-in to a blog not so much about comics but more about me as I have hit a milestone as of today (actually I hit it a few days ago, but I will explain - also this is going to be a long blog, even by my standards just so you are forewarned).  When I first joined Comic Vine it was after my brother told me to sign up for it, and I got interested in the quests to start off with.  While this is true of many people, one quest in particular got my attention and that is the quest on blogs.  I had tried in my life to blog elsewhere, but always had a problem of finding people who were actually interested in reading them.  After posting my first blog here I found that people actually would read and comment on them here.  Even a blog that got 10 comments here would have equaled the comments I had ever received on blogs throughout my entire time before CV.  So really as someone who likes to write and share her mind (even if it is on somewhat weird topics at times) the level of feedback here was really something which aided me along in my writing.  I started out a little slow, but soon picked up a lot more, having reached my goals of 75 blogs in 50 days and 67 blogs in 100 days.  After reaching the second milestone I was a little worn out from the need to constantly come up with ideas for new blogs, and so I stepped back for a bit, but I found enough reasons to keep going.  Pretty much every month I thought I might run out of ideas for something to write about and lose the average of one blog per day, but this always remained the goal, at least for the full year.  Last Wednesday I hit number 365, five days ahead of schedule, and so got the goal I was after.  It took some help to get there.  For a while the Clash of the Comics (which is hopefully only a stalled and not canceled project) contributed a lot to my blog total as did the fashion related blogs which were basically just pictures of what stars wore to comic related premieres.  Really though the greatest boon for my blog writing (after my initial wave) were two fold.  First Invincible Iron Man, though a trying series at times, provided a lot of food for thought.  Then the new 52 gave basically everyone something to write about (and in fact my most commented blog comes from this time).  Anyway with that in mind here is a list of some of my favourite blogs (I have more to say below this list though):   

Battle of the Fishnets - The first of my battle series which battled two things against each other that had no real reasons to battle (other versions were with choker style necklaces and strip clubs.)  
Seduction of the Innocent and Homosexuality in Comics - I think I got a really good message across in this one, and people for the most part responded to it really well. 
The Legacy of Captain Canuck - A somewhat forgotten superhero, but I still look at his importance to Canadian pop culture.   
Shark Fights! - My somewhat tongue-in-cheek look at the tendency of golden age Wonder Woman to be always fighting a shark.    
Escape Clause - My challenge to comic book writers to write a story about a realistic escape. 
The Bad Girls' Guide to Good Marriages - A look at how female villains always get reformed by love.  Also I think one of the better titles I came up with.   
Apophenia MacGuffin - Which is not actually a new kind of breakfast sandwich, instead I look at the use of mental problems as a source of superheroics.     
If the Eyes are the Window to the Soul, What if you Are Blind? - I took a closer look at some other consequences of Daredevil's blindness.   
Punching Bag - Not so much for the content (though that is fine) but more because I had a challenge to write a blog including the Hulk, guns and strawberries, and I managed to pull it off in a fairly coherent manner.   
Women of Science - Obviously an interesting topic for me, I later blogged on the same topic two other times. 
Surfing the Bar Code - More of a picture themed blog, but I took a look at covers breaking the fourth wall by messing around with things that kind of have to be on covers.   
Sex in a Moving Car ... What Does it Mean? - I think if there was a favourite title for readers it was this one, though I think I made a good point in the blog itself.   
Tony's Energy Adventure - As a student of environmental science, I tried to fit in some environmental commentary when I could, and I think this was one of the better ones.    
This is what Smurfs look like in evening gowns - The look at movie premiere fashion, this one was the most memorable for one dress in particular (love it or hate it, though I was in the love category.) 
In Search of Perfection - I also had a sequence of blogs inspired by either the Superman story arc "For Tomorrow" or the movie Tron Legacy.  This one looked at both. 
Mistaking Memory for Imagination - An examination on the reality behind the old sci-fi concept of switching brains (though put in a contemporary context)
Wilde Life - Another blog based partially on Tron Legacy, this one looked at synthetic life.  
In War, Truth is the First Casualty - Are war comics the new version of anti-war literature? 
The True Nature of Pacifism - Looking at Wonder Woman's peaceful goal ( was also my 200th blog). 
Mimicking Life - One of my more bizarre blogs, I looked at how mimicry in the natural world might relate to comic book characters.   
God and Ghosts - Another blog based on Iron Man, this one looking at the philosophy of machines and the simplicity of numbers (they are sometimes simple).
Should Girl Power Become Woman Power? - Female characters get called girl a lot more than woman, there must be a reason  for that? 
In Bed With a Mosquito - Just generally looking at insects in comics.   
All the Planets with K J X Q Z - An analysis (based off of the list I have put the most work into) of the naming procedures for made up planets.    
If I am Torturing Someone, I am not Going to wear a Push up Bra - I would say probably the second favourite title among readers.   
Hacker, Hero, Blogger, Spy - A look at whether hacking (or WikiLeaks) would be a heroic act or not.   
The Physics of Kory's Hair - A tongue-in-cheek look at the gratuitous pose by Kory made famous (or infamous) in the first month of the new 52.  I think the science was mostly sound though. 
Clash of the Comics #39 Superboy and Bizarro - Where the project is resting at the moment.  Here I posed as Bizarro for my input.   
The Science of Aquaman #3 - This was the most detailed look into the science of a particular issue.  Other favourites in this series were on archaeology and the future as seen from the 1950s.  
How I learned to stop worrying and love the Strahan - I try to get past my aversion to pro sports.   
The Allegorical City - Allegory upon allegory in terms of urban areas.   
Wonder Dogs - I had planned to do a blog on comic book animals all along and this was the eventual result. 
Week by week sleepers of the new 52 - A stripper and a con artist walk into a reboot ... 
 
When it came to contribution to the site though, blogs came in a far second to another thing I got started on thanks to the quests - reviews.  I started off a little here and a little there, but eventually I decided to review at least one out of every ten Wonder Woman issues which were ever made.  After that though I figured I was already 10% done and might as well just finish it off.  My master list was something which kept me preoccupied for a while, but eventually I did finish.  After I finished that project I kept going, finishing off all of the more recent Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps series, as well as the maxi series 52.  I also got started on the 'Nam and Mystery in Space.  Of course reviews are not as memorable but a few did stand out (I have to be careful here not to associate this with favourite issues which I reviewed):   
 
Wonder Woman #188 - I got my hands on this one just after the Japanese Earthquake.  It was kind of timely because of it.    
Wonder Woman #226 - The end of the Wonder Woman project and a good issue to prove why Wonder Woman and Superman should only be friends. 
Just Imagine Stan Lee's Wonder Woman - My 1000th review. 
Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 - This gave that hard to get quest where you get 3 up and 3 down votes.  Most people get it artificially, but as everything with this issue was so charged and fans either loved the series, or outsiders hated, this along with many other reviews of the same issue were controversial.   
 
My wiki work has been focused primarily around the female characters of the DC Universe, but I have also gone in to pick out pages of note that I felt needed some help.  So while Wonder Woman is the page that I poured the most into, other pages which were pretty sloppy like Mister Miracle, Rip Hunter, Ralph Dibny or Rex the Wonder Dog also got their fair share of attention to get them looking good.  Of course another decent project was the one to list both the Wonder Women of History and the Giants of the Telescope.   
 
As is sometimes common on Comic Vine, I was not always very busy with the forums.  A couple of (on-topic non flame war) topics stand out though.  Primarily the one putting to rest the questions about her costume, but also a few other weird accomplishments, like being top commenter in the Rex the Wonder Dog forum.   
 
So thanks all to those who have supported me throughout this year.  I am not sure where my plans take me for future projects here, but I will be around
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Edited by Renchamp

I love the Surfing the Barcode blog, as it got me looking out for more covers like it. It's a funny device.

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Posted by cyberninja

Amazing as always. 

Posted by RazzaTazz
@lykopis: Ah thank you, I am only half done this blog though.
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Posted by thehummingbird

Congratulations, you have really put the time in. I wish there was some sort of reward I can give you. Hopefully my congrats is reassuring enough though.

Posted by RazzaTazz
@thehummingbird: No, that will suffice, thank you :)
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Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

Congrats queen of the left brain ! <3 in serious Your reviews and blogs are tops, it shows you work hard <3 huggles

Posted by Silkcuts

Congrats to the most well rounded writer on the vine. 
^_^
From blogs to reviews your voice is one of the ones that come to mind that makes the vine such a wonderful community. 
Think about the future: "I see the future and it works".
Cheers
 - Kevin

Posted by Billy Batson

I remember when I passed you in the wiki. Good times.
BB

Posted by RazzaTazz
@Billy Batson: I remember when I passed you in reviews.  Wait a minute ... that was my first review.  Huh!
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Posted by Billy Batson

I remember when I passed you in forum posts too. Also good times.
BB

Posted by RazzaTazz
@Billy Batson: You have been here twice as long as me ;)
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Posted by Billy Batson

Just 1,5 years and became active on the board in January '11 so ha!
BB

Posted by RazzaTazz
@Billy Batson: Fair enough but a blog takes between 30 minutes to 2 hours to write.  I could have at least a hundred forum posts in the same time.  There is no way to compare time contributions here.  Anyway I am still the fastest person to win CV Community Star.  It took me three weeks after joining.  
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Posted by Billy Batson

But you didn't win a car, did you?
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Posted by RazzaTazz
@Billy Batson: IE told me that I did, just that he found some car keys on the street, and sent them to me.  He thinks the car is probably parked somewhere in Washington DC.  
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Posted by ReVamp

ZOMG, I missed this :'(

Posted by RazzaTazz
@ReVamp: That's all right, it had a fairly unassuming title so I imagine a lot of people skipped it
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Posted by ReVamp

@RazzaTazz: I don't skip your blogs, I simply don't see them.

Posted by RazzaTazz
@ReVamp: Oh, flattery will get you everywhere with me!  Well not literally everywhere.  I didn't realize you read them all.  I will add your name to the list of frequent readers, not so common commenters.  Its a good list though
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Posted by ReVamp

@RazzaTazz: I must reiterate, I really don't want to mislead you. I read your blogs everytime I see them, I may not see them all as often as I led you to believe :(

Posted by RazzaTazz
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Posted by ReVamp

@RazzaTazz: I commented my heartfelt feeling on it. I'm off to go throw myself off a bridge or something.

Posted by RazzaTazz
@ReVamp: It was just a joke, its ok, I really appreciate you commenting even if it is later ;)  I really do like it when people tell me they read the blogs :D  Sometimes it feels like no one does
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Posted by ReVamp

@RazzaTazz: I know, I was just doing what I do. Y'know... Exaggerating and writing over-the-top comments and all that.

Posted by RazzaTazz
@ReVamp: Oh ok, well my over the top replies were not quite enough to keep up.  Maybe next time
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Posted by ReVamp

@RazzaTazz: Don't worry my young Padawan, I still have much I can teach you.

Posted by cosmo111687

Now onto Razzatazz: Year Two. :)

Posted by SC

Congratulations Razzatazz, this is a pretty cool collection of accomplishments. So much of your efforts should be highlighted and emphasized. I won't lie, I am most fond of your blogs. I have read many of Gail Simone's blogs on comics before she got picked up to be a writer and I am a huge fan of hers, and I know that's probably not the direction you are heading in, but I find your work of a high quality in a number of ways, so just yes, congratulations. You do CV, comics and writing proud.  

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Posted by jrock85

@RazzaTazz: This site is very fortunate to have you.