Posted in Travel and Diversions

Hey Marvel How About These Scenes

I am a comic book geek and while I enjoy most of the DC characters I am a Marvel man from way back.  I am also a writer and I would love to be asked to write anything for Marvel (or DC I am not picky).  So if anyone knows Kevin Fergie, Joss Whedon  or anyone else with some juice at Marvel please share this with them.

These first two are predicated on the idea that Aunt May knows Peter is Spider-man.

           1. Aunt May starts blowing up Happy’s and subsequently Tony’s phone.  

          Tony shows up and just as Aunt May is starting to yell at him, he introduces Pepper Potts and then he runs away.   Cut to several hours later, Tony                      returns, May and Pepper are drinking wine on the couch and May lays down the law.  

                         -He (Peter) is not to go after super villains.

                        -He is to not to let his grades suffer.

                        -Tony is to provide him with the safest suit possible.

            Tony lets slip about the parachute and Aunt May gets red in the face again. 

 

  1. Opening Scene for Spiderman 2.

            The scene opens on him fighting the Lizard in the sewer and it moves to the street.  He wrestles a vial of  liquid into his mouth and he turns back into Dr.              Conners.   It is caught on tape and when he gets home May yells at him for fighting super villains.  Peter explains he was not fighting him he was saving              a friend and May relents.  

 

  1. In every superhero team up movie there is a scene where the Heroes meet and misunderstand each other. Here is a a scene I would love to see for Avenger’s Infinity Wars. (or possibly a One Shot)

Peter Parker gets a call from  Happy Hogan to go meet at guy at an address he is going to send him. Peter asks if the guy is cool and Happy says Tony would not send him someplace dangerous.  Peter goes into the house in Greenwich Village thinking the guy is a friend of Tony’s. You next see Spider-man hanging upside down in the Dr. Strange’s trophy area and being caught by Wong, who throws a knife at Peter thinking he is an intruder.      Pete webs him up and that is when Dr. Strange walks in to both Wong and Spider-man hanging upside down in the trophy room. Dr. Strange immobilizes Peter and after a revealing spell he determines that Spider-man means no harm and he was sent to by Tony Stark. The scene closes with Peter asking Dr. Strange if he could use the revealing spell to see if a girl likes him. Dr. Strange rolls his eyes.

 

Marvel I will be awaiting your e-mail ( aaforringer@gmail.com )  and a check. 

Posted in Comic books Vs. Christianity, My Views On The Real World

Comic books vs. Christianity

(Like cereal some shifting and settling may occur while shipping, so the views espoused may have changed since the writing transpired. This writer reserves the right to change his mind, evolve, adapt, modify his views, adjust and be proven wrong. )

Cape and mask

Love, hate, war, peace, honor, duty, courage, fears, these important things are what make comic books the great medium they are. The essential things in life is what I believe Christianity should deal with as well, love, death, and how to treat one another.

But first let us break down the two industries as they present themselves. The comic book industry like the Christian church have two major factions, Marvel and DC. On the church side it is the Protestants and Catholics. So which is which.

Well Marvel is like the Catholic Church, one major organized cannon, one major city, all organized and coming out of one place. If you want to know what is going on in the Catholic Church look towards Rome, more precisely the Vatican. If you want to know what is going on in the Marvel Universe look towards their version of New York City. The Vatican has the Pope and the College of Cardinals. Marvel’s New York City has Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, the home base of the Avengers, Daredevil, Hero’s for Hire (for all you who are not familiar this is Luke Cage aka Power Man and his partner Iron Fist). Heck even the X-Men’s original home base of operations was right outside New York City in Westchester County, even being outsiders like they were, they were not that far geographically speaking from where everything was going on.

Now DC Comics is more like the Protestant church. No central location. If you want to find one place to look to, a place to say this is the center you will not find one. The Protestant church is spread out and divergent. I could not even begin to tell you where the major denominations call headquarters, just like the DC universe. Batman has Gotham, Superman has Metropolis, and the Flash has Central City.

Which brings us to another point about DC it is a hodge podge of different companies and creators. Batman created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger for Detective Comics. Superman conceived by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster two high school students living in Cleveland, Ohio who later sold their creation to DC comics. Wonder Woman created by a psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston for American Comics, which later merged with another company that later formed DC. I could go on but I think you see my point. Marvel had one core group of creators under one brand going back to Captain America in 1941, with a major player, Stan Lee that almost everyone knows along with some lesser known but equally important writers and artists, based in NY.
But whereas DC is now one big company the Protestants are just a label covering a variety of groups from the Nazarenes, Methodists, Baptists, and Lutherans and so on and so on.

Time for a disclaimer: I am a Christian, Born Again, Bible reading, church going, Sunday School teaching, washed in the blood of The Lamb, Christian. Now a lot of people reading that will automatically think hypocrite, judgmental, stick up his buttocks, closed minded jerk. And I might be all those things in your opinion. But the way I see myself, I am flawed person who tries to follow a great God. My God tells me to do two things first and foremost. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’….And second is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. ” (paraphrased from Matthew Chapter 22) So when I get those first two down, when I can love God fully and love everyone as good if not better that I love myself, I will begin to worry about the other things like same sex marriage, whether or not Adam and Eve had a belly buttons, was the world created in 7 days or did God contract it out. All things that are highly important to some people, but for me I am still trying to get the love thing down.

Back to comics vs. Christianity. All superheroes have an origin story. Peter Parker and the radioactive spider, Batman and his parents getting killed, and Superman’s parents dumping him at the Kent’s in Kansas. Well the Christian faith has a whole holiday around an origin story, ever hear of this thing that happens every December 25th, called Christmas. All built around the origin of the man who split time in half, Jesus Christ.

Sidekicks, almost every superhero has had them. Batman/Robin, Captain America/Bucky, Green Arrow/Speedy, heck Marvel had one guy that was almost a professional sidekick, Rick Jones first with the Hulk, a time with Captain America and a period with the Avengers, and a very strange storyline with Captain Mar-Vell.

Now the Bible has sidekicks it just not called them that, but that what they were, supporting cast to the main character. Moses had Joshua (who later went on to his own career as a hero.), King David had his three mighty men. Jesus was such a hero he had twelve sidekicks, it later turned into 11 when one turned to the dark side (sorry mixed my mythos there). Even in the early days of the Christian church their chief missionary, Paul, was always picking up a sidekick along the way; Silas, Barnabas, Timothy.

Comic books like Christianity does not let death get in the way of telling a good story, just like Christianity the death of the main character is the point. Superman was killed by Doomsday in 1992 but somehow he is still around and wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants. Captain America did not stay dead after dying in 2007 and is back and throwing his shield making those around him yield. I could go on and on but death in the comic book world is not always dead, heck sidekicks have even been immune from death, the second Robin, Jason Todd came back from the great beyond.

But the point of death in Christianity, death is not the end. I personally don’t believe death means game over. Am I a body with a soul, or am I a soul that happens to live in a body for now? My answer the body is temporary, the soul is everlasting. The question is where my soul will spend eternity, now that is the question. A question I think I have found the answer for in my faith in Jesus Christ.

I believe each person was designed by God to be a hero, a hero with a very specific mission in life. To love the ones placed in their life like no one else. I believe everyone is a hero in their own book, maybe not with a cape or a fancy gadget that defeats bad guys, but a hero never the less. But if you want to wear a cape go ahead, I will try and love you anyways, and Jesus loves you always cape or no cape and no matter what is going on behind your mask.

Posted in Outrageous Lies and Tales, The Disinclined Purveyor of Sequential Art

The Disinclined Purveyor of Sequential Art – Chapter 1

This is the first chapter of the story, I plan on publishing a chapter a week, every Saturday, right now have a total of four chapters completed. Thanks to Nick at Comics and More located in the King of Prussia mall, for setting me straight on the internal operations of a comic book store.

Chapter 1

‘Bongle’, the warped sound came from the door chime announcing a customer. Stupid door, number one thousand and three of the things I have to fix in this place. He kept his head down not wanting to interact with whoever it was.

“Is this sign still good?”

Gary looked up from his book. Coming towards the counter was a girl, more specifically a pretty girl, blonde, blue eyes about twenty.

“Are you the manager?”

Gary found his voice. “Yes, to both.”

“So you are still hiring?”

“Yes, yes I am.” Gary answered.

The girl laid the sign down on the counter top. “I would like to apply.”

Gary put his bookmark into the book and closed it. He looked around the shop even though he knew what the results would be before hand, the store was totally empty. “Well we are kind of slow right now, I guess I could interview you now?”

“Good, I have a resume with me.” The girl reached into a messenger bag and pulled out a folder. While she did Gary was able to look her over a little more. She was wearing blue jeans and a green sweater with a loose turtle neck collar, she was also wearing Converse Chuck Taylors with multi-colored laces. She placed the folder on the counter and opened it up. She handed Gary two sheets of paper out and handed it over.

“Sharon Towner?” Gary read out loud. The girl just smiled and nodded.

“Gary Donnelly, manager of this place.” The shook hands and he noted that she had a nice firm grip.

Nice smile, Gary thought to himself. He looked at the resume, then up at her. “So you live right up the block.”

She nodded again. “One block up, third house on the right.”

Gary looked it over some more. A year and a couple of months at a place he assumed was a coffee house, Beans About Boston, whatever they sold it stated on the resume she was a cashier. He continued to look over the resume, she graduated high school two years ago and was currently attending the local college.

“You are a registered apprentice electrician?” He said glancing at the lowest portion of the page.

“Sort of a family business, my Dad was an electrician among other things.”

“Good, maybe you can fix the door chime.”

“So I am hired?” She asked smiling.

“One more question, do you read comic books?” He asked hoping she would say yes.

“Some, I am kind of evenly split between D.C. and Marvel, but I can get really passionate about some independents like WaRP Graphics.” She stated smiling again.

“Good, because I don’t, if I hire you can I let you do all the organizing and such?”

A puzzled look crossed her face. Gary knew the look well and he was not crazy about explaining himself once again but since she was probably going to be working here it might be a good idea to get it out of the way. “I know what you are thinking why is a guy who does not read comic books running a comic book store?”

She nodded and some of her blonde hair got in her face, she moved it out of the way with a flick of her head. Gary got a bit distracted but only for a slit second and continued. “I sort of inherited the place from my father and god father. My god father Gary, whom I am named after, bought the place, and when my parents split up my father came here to live.” Darn she was cute and did not appear to be the least bit bored. “Well about two months ago, they both vanished, poof, no forwarding address, no phone calls. My mother did not even notice until the alimony checks stopped coming in. Well I came here looking for them, because without the checks I could not continue with school and found the place,” he motioned around. “locked up tight, I contacted the cops, who put me in touch with my father’s attorney. The attorney’s gave me an envelope addressed to me.”

Sharon nodded and leaned forward very interested. “What was in the envelope?”

“Nothing really, just a note telling me that all the money was tied up in the shop in a trust and if I wanted any money I had to keep the shop just the way it was, running it the same way, no major changes. I discovered the utility bills were paid up for the next ten years, the mortgage is paid off, and somehow the old jerks were able to pay off the appraised taxes for the next fifteen.”

“That’s it, no explanation, no clues as to where they went?” Sharon said.

“Nope that is it.”

Sharon put her hands on the counter and looked around at the place differently as if with new eyes her blues eyes wider than before. Gary looked around too, but with loathing. This was not how he wanted to spend his college years working in a comic book store, living above a comic book store. trapped in a comic book store.

Chapter Two and Three