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Whiskey Media Inter-Watch 2011: So... Comic books

June 20th marked the start of the second month for my eight week stint. You could say that I'm halfway there. I feel like this song sums up my current task.

I've been doing minor stuff like creating wiki tasks for Screened. I feel like a deputy, calling for the tasks brought in dead or alive. I've also helped design quests for this week on Screened, and this week and next for Giant Bomb. So if you have any problems with the quests, make sure to send your angry messages to one Matt Kessler.

Right now we interns are in charge of operation Eagle Thunder Blast (I may or may not have just made up that name). What we're doing is some tidying up of some of the more important character pages over at Comic Vine. We're not changing the information, per se, but we are going through and making sure it is grammatically correct, fits in with the Comic Vine wiki style-guide and making sure the information provided by the hard working wiki-editors is presented as well as possible. Some of us, like Corey, happen to actually read comic books and know what they are all about. Some of us, like me, have no idea. Thankfully I sit next to two people who happen to know a little bit about comics.

They know a thing or two about a thing or two.
They know a thing or two about a thing or two.

It's been mostly easy doing some minor tweaks, but being the curious cat that I am I always find myself exploring many of the characters that are hyperlinked in the articles that I am reading. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of comic books. I would be reading them, but I can't afford comics, movies, and video games. That being said I have come across some pretty rediculous stuff in my hyperlink travels. Including, but not limited to the following:

  • Yank and Doodle, the America-themed superhero twins that can turn invincible when they are in sight of each other.
  • Peter Parker had a pair of robot parents sent to kill him. The robo-dad would have killed him, but the robo-mom fell in love with Peter and stopped him.
  • Speaking of robots, there is a hero named Robotman. Who actually isn't a robot. I am about as disapointed as I was when I found out Iron Man wasn't a robot when I was eight.
  • The Hulk comics have been really progressive, dealing with issues like AIDS to abortion well before many other mediums. Also he fought a group of supevillains called the NWO, which, to my disappointment, never led to The Hulk fighting Hulk Hogan.
  • There have been like, a hundred "Captain Americas."
  • And finally, there is a teenage superhero named Jailbait.

All that being said, there are plenty of crazy, nonsensical things in other mediums I enjoy. Shit like Custer's Revenge, The Human Centipede,

Sometimes these just make me want to runaway. After all of this, I'm still having fun at Whiskey Media. I can't complain, because I chose to do this. I can't quit and go home now, because It's My Life.

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