I'm not going to do the Monday Night Movie Club this week, because it hasn't been getting much interest over the last few weeks. Instead I thought I'd take this opportunity to try out some ideas for new blog topics. I've made a list of things I think could work, which I'll explain after the jump, and you guys can vote for which one you like best or add your own suggestions.
Bad Super Costumes: Bring back the bad superhero costumes topic that Jeff and Kaldath used to do. Pretty self-explanatory title really.
Bad Superheroes/ Villains/ Powers: A weekly search through the world of comics to find the absolute most terrible, weirdest and most ridiculous characters and power sets in comic book history.
Character Of the Week: I’ll highlight a character from the forums or recent CDC that has particularly impressed me each week, and talk about what works, what could be improved and why it is an effective composition (I will ask permission from the creator of the piece each week before I'd post this one)
Geek Quiz: A thing I used to run on the forums, each week there's a quiz covering a variety of geeky subjects (comics, sci-fi, fantasy novels etc.), you try and get the best score you can.
Movie/ TV Show Discussion: Basically a reduced version of the movie reviews, only focusing on one particular film instead of a series (so First Class instead of the whole X-Men series for example) or a TV show (e.g. Arrow). This won't just be superhero movies/ tv shows, we'll have other stuff, like sic-fi (I'd definitely do Simon Pegg and Nick Frost stuff at some point) and fantasy, maybe cartoons.
Sci-Fi Corner: A discussion of sci-fi stuff, but not just arguments about which is best Trek or Wars. More like, concepts, fandom (e.g. conventions), great writers, stuff like that.
Under-Rated Characters: A trawl through comics, tv and movies to highlight the great characters who don't get the appreciation they deserve.
What Were They Thinking: A look at the worst decisions in comics history, why they were made and their consequences (this could cover characters, events, costume changes, deaths/ rebirths, story lines etc.)
Worlds Worst Poses: A lesson on human anatomy through the medium of 90's comics. Expect much Rob Liefeld)
Our I could keep the current movie reviews as is? It's up to you.
Now you guys can have your say.
You might want to consider doing all of them. Well, not at once, but a random topic every Monday. Personally, there are some topics that I look forward to and some that I pass a glance. We’re a mix bag of everything: comic and novel readers, movie-goers, couch potatoes, fanboys & fangirls, creators in our own right, and (ahem) mech warrior princesses. Couple that with ADD and OCD… kind of hard to have a regularly scheduled blog.
Two that I do shy away from are movie reviews and Bad Costumes / Art. I don’t go to movies in the theater very often. I can’t stand people. They never fail to disappoint when it comes to sitting quietly and not playing with their “smart” phones in the dark.
That being said, I catch up on releases post-theater (DVD, cable, Netflix, etc.). Too many spoilers on the blog. Easy enough to simply ignore “New Movie Night.” Still, it’s enough to drive down participation.
Bad Costumes / Art… while it can be fun, it can be negative even nasty. Plus, 99.999% is Rob Liefeld. I would rather say the names of the Elder Gods out loud.
I’ll think of some other stuff later. Cat kept me awake all night, time to get ready for work, and I don’t know whether I have a ride or need to catch a bus.
I’m with the Atomic Punk. Vary between all of them.
I find most of these quite interesting! And even the ones that appeal me less could still prove great 🙁
Oups. So yeah, going with AP on this too 😀
We can be a somewhat shapeless, shifting quorum. Some of this may simply be summer. You might consider using comments to generate lists (new items only, as the list gets long) of non-hm interests to give you ideas for shaping whatever you post.
I’d like to hear a “Tales From Dark Side Of The Sewing Machine” from someone like you. I’m sure you have a few more stories to tell. Names can be changed, details fuzzed. Others of us might be willing to bring you text about alternate medium involvement. I’ve worked with so many, I’ve no idea which ones would interest people. With time, I could generate an incomplete list for you of media oddities. PM me if you want that.
. . . I’m guessing Jeff used to use the OCD’s for ideas to shape the rest of his blog–he’s the authority, so I’d be sure to ask him.
Oops. I meant that “Tales” comment for djuby. What hobbies do you bring in, JR?
My hobbies? Well apart from the obvious stuff connected with this (comics, sic-fi tv & movies), music (but that’s what I’m studying at uni so dunno if that counts as a hobby), formula 1/ cars in general, comedy. nothing much that would bring anything pertinent to any new topics, like with djuby’s costume blog. Really my area of expertise is history, which is why half of the suggestions are about comic, movie or tv history.
What I might do is amalgamate a few of the ideas into the What Were They Thinking topic and then rotate that with some of the other topic ideas (the frequency will depend on the poll rating). I’d make the Character Of The Week a Saturday Weekly thing as it seems to be the most popular choice at the moment. Does that sound good to people?
Character Of The Week sounds loike a good fit for Saturday.
Works for me