Glen Weldon http://wcbe.org en A Comic-Con Diary: The Final Day http://wcbe.org/post/comic-con-diary-final-day <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><strong>Saturday, 7:08 a.m. PT:</strong> After several minutes of technical glitches, I am taping an interview with Rachel Martin of NPR's <em>Weekend Edition Sunday</em>. I can't consult the notes I've made to prep for our talk, as the demands of NPR-quality audio means I'm holding the hotel phone up to my right ear with one hand, and my cellphone up to my left ear with the other. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 40171 at http://wcbe.org A Comic-Con Diary: The Final Day A Comic-Con Diary: The Eisner Awards http://wcbe.org/post/comic-con-diary-eisner-awards <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><strong>8:28 p.m.:</strong> Jennifer and Matthew Holm are an adorable brother-sister team. They are standing at a podium less than 6 feet away from me and thanking their publisher, because their charming book, <em>Babymouse for President</em>, has just won the Eisner for Best Publication for Early Readers.<p>They are beaming, humbled, happy. I, too, am happy for them. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:44:31 +0000 Glen Weldon 40036 at http://wcbe.org A Comic-Con Diary: The Eisner Awards A Comic-Con Diary, Day 2: Man Of Steel, Man Of Urgency http://wcbe.org/post/comic-con-diary-day-2-man-steel-man-urgency <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><strong>9:30 a.m.:</strong> I file the Day 1 diary with Linda and send out a tweet asking Pop Culture Happy Hour listeners who are attending Comic-Con to come to the Marriott bar at 5:30 today to get a PCHH pin. It's something on the order of a "meetup," as the kids say.<p>Yeah, I know. I don't recognize myself either.<p><strong>11 a.m.:</strong> Late start today. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:57:27 +0000 Glen Weldon 39889 at http://wcbe.org A Comic-Con Diary, Day 2: Man Of Steel, Man Of Urgency A Comic-Con Diary, Day Zero, Part II: A Man Waits For A Batmobile On Preview Night http://wcbe.org/post/comic-con-diary-day-zero-part-ii-man-waits-batmobile-preview-night <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:32:28 +0000 Glen Weldon 39699 at http://wcbe.org Theoretical Physicist Seeks Concrete Answers In 'Genius' http://wcbe.org/post/theoretical-physicist-seeks-concrete-answers-genius Ted is a theoretical physicist facing a slew of resolutely concrete problems. His son is racing headlong into puberty. His daughter's prodigious intellect causes her to stand out at school — the very last thing the girl wants. His elderly father-in-law isn't remembering much, these days, save for the fact that he hates Ted's guts. His wife is sick and getting sicker, just as his employer, a prominent think tank, threatens to fire him for lack of productivity. To keep his job, and its health care coverage, Ted needs an idea.<p>But ideas don't come easy anymore. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:22:39 +0000 Glen Weldon 39617 at http://wcbe.org Theoretical Physicist Seeks Concrete Answers In 'Genius' Globetrotting Cartoonist Heads Home In 'User's Guide' http://wcbe.org/post/globetrotting-cartoonist-heads-home-users-guide It looks like a last-minute gift, like one of those tiny tomes that live near the register on the counter of your favorite bookstore, hoping to catch the attention (or at least the impulse) of shoppers in the check-out line. Given its digest-sized dimensions and jokey title, you'd be forgiven for assuming <em>A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting</em> is a hastily assembled collection of cornball homilies, like those miniature books about dads, grads and golf that double as greeting cards this time of year. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:10:14 +0000 Glen Weldon 38326 at http://wcbe.org Globetrotting Cartoonist Heads Home In 'User's Guide' My Favorite Superman Story: When Jimmy Olsen Created Beatlemania http://wcbe.org/post/my-favorite-superman-story-when-jimmy-olsen-created-beatlemania Hey, Monkey See readers. It's me, your old pal Glen. Look, I know you haven't seen me around these parts very much over the last year or so, but ...<p>Mm? What's that?<p>Why, yes, I have "put on a few," as you say. How nice of you to notice. And just ... blurt out. Free as you please. Like that. Gosh I've missed us.<p>Anyway, the reason I haven't been blogging about comics in this space every week is that I was, you know, writing a book. Fri, 31 May 2013 15:46:01 +0000 Glen Weldon 36716 at http://wcbe.org My Favorite Superman Story: When Jimmy Olsen Created Beatlemania Which Comics Should I Get? Your Free Comic Book Day Cheat Sheet http://wcbe.org/post/which-comics-should-i-get-your-free-comic-book-day-cheat-sheet This Saturday, May 4<sup>th</sup>, is Free Comic Book Day, the comics industry's annual attempt to sail out past the shallow, overfished shoals where Nerds Like Me lazily and inexpertly spawn, to instead cast their line into the colder, deeper waters where Normals Like You swim free, blissfully unconcerned about the myriad nettlesome continuity issues surrounding Supergirl's underpants.<p>Yes, Free Comic Book Day is about <em>you</em>, O person who hasn't set foot in a comics shop in years, or ever. Fri, 03 May 2013 14:07:29 +0000 Glen Weldon 34993 at http://wcbe.org Which Comics Should I Get? Your Free Comic Book Day Cheat Sheet Man Of Tomorrow: Superman, Orson Scott Card And Me http://wcbe.org/post/man-tomorrow-superman-orson-scott-card-and-me-0 Let's make this perfectly clear at the outset: I don't work for NPR, and what I'm about to say doesn't represent NPR. I'm but a lowly freelancer they're dumb enough to publish a bunch, and what I say now I say as me, which is to say:<p>1. An inveterate Superman nerd, and<p>2. A gay dude.<p>DC Comics has hired Orson Scott Card to write the first two issues of a new digital-first Superman comic. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 18:33:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 30833 at http://wcbe.org Man Of Tomorrow: Superman, Orson Scott Card And Me Man Of Tomorrow: Superman, Orson Scott Card And Me http://wcbe.org/post/man-tomorrow-superman-orson-scott-card-and-me <em>Glen Weldon is a freelance writer and regular contributor to </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/">Monkey See</a><em>.</em><p>Let's make this perfectly clear at the outset: I don't work for NPR, and what I'm about to say doesn't represent NPR. I'm but a lowly freelancer they're dumb enough to publish a bunch, and what I say now I say as me, which is to say:<p>1. An inveterate Superman nerd, and<p>2. A gay dude.<p>DC Comics has hired Orson Scott Card to write the first two issues of a new digital-first Superman comic. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 17:45:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 30831 at http://wcbe.org 2012 In Review: 4 Great Graphic Novels We Haven't Told You About Yet http://wcbe.org/post/2012-review-4-great-graphic-novels-we-havent-told-you-about-yet Ok, same drill as last Friday's post about my <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2012/12/28/167635107/2012-in-review-5-great-comics-we-havent-told-you-about-already" target="_blank">favorite ongoing comics series of 2012</a>: We've highlighted a lot of great graphic novels over the past year, many of which belong on "Best of 2012" lists. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:02:29 +0000 Glen Weldon 28310 at http://wcbe.org 2012 In Review: 4 Great Graphic Novels We Haven't Told You About Yet Graphic Novels That Flew Under The Radar In 2012 http://wcbe.org/post/graphic-novels-flew-under-radar-2012 In 2012, several high-profile comics creators added landmark works to their already impressive legacies. With <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/161892846/building-stories" target="_blank">Building Stories</a>, Chris Ware offered 14 volumes of comics, each with its own meticulous, anagrammatic take on despair, and stuffed them into a box. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:41:33 +0000 Glen Weldon 26378 at http://wcbe.org Graphic Novels That Flew Under The Radar In 2012 Spooky Puppets, Slow Pacing In 'Catechism' http://wcbe.org/post/spooky-puppets-slow-pacing-catechism Mike Mignola's occult adventure comics <em>B.P.R.D.</em> (that's short for Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense) and <em>Hellboy</em> (about a demon who fights for the side of Good) combine furious action set pieces on a literally biblical scale with a wry and nuanced understanding of very human emotions. The novelist Christopher Golden has written many popular works of dark fantasy. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:19:23 +0000 Glen Weldon 25129 at http://wcbe.org Spooky Puppets, Slow Pacing In 'Catechism' A Supersized Slice Of Life In 'Telegraph Avenue' http://wcbe.org/post/supersized-slice-life-telegraph-avenue Michael Chabon's <em>Telegraph Avenue</em> is an agreeable if ultimately frustrating shaggy-dog tale of a novel that slips its leash and lopes its discursive and distinctly unhurried way through the unkempt backyards of its characters' lives. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:27:42 +0000 Glen Weldon 22538 at http://wcbe.org A Supersized Slice Of Life In 'Telegraph Avenue' Jaime Hernandez Bridges The Indie-Vs.-Cape Divide http://wcbe.org/post/jaime-hernandez-bridges-indie-vs-cape-divide If only Nixon could go to China, only indie-comics master Jaime Hernandez could produce <em>God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls</em>, the brightest, purest, most quintessentially superheroic superhero yarn in years.<p>The exploits of garishly clad do-gooding mesomorphs have dominated American comics for three-fourths of a century. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 14:58:10 +0000 Glen Weldon 20074 at http://wcbe.org Jaime Hernandez Bridges The Indie-Vs.-Cape Divide