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“This week in Ravi is the Best” from Jane Says is one of the things I’m most looking forward to about the show coming back.

29. iZombie I: Dead to the World- Chris Roberson & Michael Allred

30. iZombie II: uVampire- Chris Roberson & Michael Allred

32. iZombie III: Six Feet Under and Rising- Chris Roberson & Michael Allred

33. iZombie IV: Repossession – Chris Roberson & Michael Allred

My issues with the iZombie comics are basically the same issues I have with the depiction of female main characters by male writers occasionally – overly sexualized drawings (Such a comics norm, but, is it really necessary to have so many skin tight outfits in a non-superhero or athletic setting? Must one be aerodynamic to be a zombie? Who is this for? I miss Daria. Tangent.), seeming agency revealed to be influenced mainly by dudes (Daria squint. I really do miss her.), and of course, that female main character must be sacrificed (and she’s nude…because she becomes a Grow Monsters- those are heroic tits I guess) in order to save the world. Gwen seems nice, has some quirks, and barely felt real to me. Why did she like that Horatio guy exactly? Sometimes vampires aren’t necessary. Why does she call Scott “Spot” if he’s really her friend? He didn’t seem to need his self-esteem lowered any further. How many characters do we need in this story? Really, Amon? REALLY? What a dick.

Reading the comics just made me feel like I missed something. I loved Gwen’s Halloween costume in the first issue (Shaun). I like the idea of a were-terrier. I thought Dixie seemed like a pretty cool diner owner and needed some more scenes, maybe a spotlight issue, and after a little research I see the series was ended after 28 issues due to low sales. That makes some of the plot line drops and the wrap up make more sense. I can’t help but wonder if maybe Gwen’s choices weren’t as a result of a dude-issue (whether it’s Amon or Horatio) it might have found a female audience just a bit more solidly. The agency and dude influence issues are definitely something I don’t notice as much when watching the iZombie television show. Also, Liv Moore wears a lab coat a lot of the time. Doesn’t seem to make her less of a zombie or solid heroine. All I can say is, the show better not specifically end with Liv becoming a Grow Monster to eat an alien entity bent on devouring the world. Although if it does, it will just be one more reminder of what women won’t be able to get any credit for after that disaster of an election. If they go that route, maybe she’ll just let the alien eat us. I think we’d be better off…at the least it would be unexpected and it’s not like we’ll get equal pay or recognition before I’m dead anyway.

Now is the time on Guinea Pigs and Books where I brag about how Rose McIver liked the postcard I gave her of this painting. She asked me if she could keep it, which was the sweetest possible thing she could have done. Rose McIver is excellent and very small, not unlike Ozma, the guinea pig playing her in the painting.

Now is the time on Guinea Pigs and Books where I brag about how Rose McIver liked the postcard I gave her of this painting . She asked me if she could keep it, which was the sweetest possible thing she could have done. Rose McIver is excellent and very small, not unlike Ozma, the guinea pig playing her in the painting.

 

Thankfully, the very small Ozma will never have to worry about any of the things I get to worry about or becoming a zombie.

Thankfully, the very small Ozma will never have to worry about any of the things I get to worry about or becoming a zombie.

 

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The Indispensable Jason and Quincy

21. Foxtrotius Maximus – Bill Amend

I found FoxTrot in the Silver City, New Mexico Public Library when I was in sixth grade. Not quite old enough to consider reading the newspaper on my own, I was shocked to see that comics other than Calvin and Hobbes had been published in book form. My grandfather had graciously lent me his copies of the Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes and the Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes previously and I spent a lot of time trying to capture the same spirit Calvin demonstrated during all family pictures. Now I slightly regret that I did that but oh well – I should have thought through the fact that I am not a drawing. Anyway, I’ve loved FoxTrot ever since.

Bill Amend’s drawing style really appeals to me, especially the way he draws the Fox family’s ears. And although it seems like my interests tend toward the subversive (and they do quite a bit of the time) there’s a lot of fun for me in reading about the innocuous scrapes Jason, Paige, Peter, Andy, and Roger get themselves into. Following Jason’s nerd-dom evolution through Lord of the Rings and Star Wars: Episode II (in this book) has been fun. Foxtrotius Maximus was published in 2004 when the Fox family and I both retained our iMacs, or sorry, theirs is an iFruit, and I wish that mine spoke to me with the same acerbic wit that theirs used.

Throughout time though, Quincy has always been my favorite character. I think that Quincy and Jason’s partnership was what told me that I needed a pet. Not an iguana, of course. Apparently they throw up and eat your sister’s homework and chew up her possessions, I can’t have that sort of thing regardless of whether or not I have a sister. And my pet needed to ride on my shoulder, not my head. Guinea pigs do not throw up. It’s just one more point in their column. And we’re playing for points.

Ozymandias has followed the guinea pig tradition by making friends with my reptilian stuffed animal and only slightly attempting to become friends with me. Sheesh.

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