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Before midnight Thursday night Firefly fans were already lined up for Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Convention Center.  I say Firefly fans not because I interviewed them all, but because it was well known why most of them were waiting in line, despite the fact that the panels in the same room included the […]

“Community,” Steve Jobs, and Us

By Jason McClain (@JTorreyMcClain) On Wednesday, October 6th, Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.  I found out when I looked at my Twitter feed for talk from Cardinals and Phillies writers as I watched game 4 of the NLDS.  I looked for other people sharing the same game that I […]

By Jason McClain (@JTorreyMcClain) Ok, here I am looking at a list of twenty characters that I have to cut to a quarter of that for this list.  I didn’t even go crazy thinking about everything I’ve watched or read to find that one person that stood out above the rest.  I just really looked […]

By Jason McClain (@JTorreyMcClain) Dealing with depression from both sides presents an interesting quandary.  As a friend to people that may be suffering from it, you want to be there, you want to support them, but when people are depressed they just aren’t that interesting.  A quote in the opening paragraph of Roger Ebert’s All […]

Comic-Con Panels: Supporting Friends By Jason McClain (@jtorreyMcClain) I think I was the first person among my group of friends to be in a creative event that you’d invite other people to go see.  Ok, that’s partly true, since most of my friends at the time were in the same community theater production of Joseph […]

By Jason McClain (@JTorreyMcClain) American Gods is a pretty wonderful book and I can’t help but think about what a friend said after her husband read it.  He said, “I think this book would have blown my mind if I read it when I was eighteen.” I can totally relate to that and I don’t […]

By Jason McClain (@jtorreyMcClain)  The movie starts out with images.  The Eiffel Tower.  The Arc De Triomphe.  The Louvre.  Le Sacre Coeur.  The Seine. Familiar looking streets to your eye if you’ve ever seen anything filmed in Paris.  Of course like any big city, there were cafes on screen that I don’t remember having seen […]

Being a Total Fan

Comic-Con Panels: Fables or Being a Total Fan By Jason McClain (@JTorreyMcClain) I love Fables.  How do I know that I feel that strongly about a series?  Easy.  If I read a TPB and can put it aside for a while, I liked it.  I may go back and buy the next one whenever it […]

By Jason McClain (@JTorreyMcClain) Nick Spencer, the writer of Morning Glories describes the story as “Runaways meets Lost.”  I think you could get better comparisons.  How about “Runaways meets Planetary” (Brian K. Vaughn and Warren Ellis!) or “Veronica Mars meets Lost” (Rob Thomas and Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse!)?  All four have a strong fan […]