MFR Review: THE MAGICIANS #1-If Hogwarts Had a Swear Jar

This week over at Monkeys Fighting Robots, I reviewed The Magicians #1, co-written by Lev Grossman, the writer of the original series of novels. I haven't read the novels (although my son has & he highly recommends them), but have heard good things. Less so about the television series, but still a solid property. The … Continue reading MFR Review: THE MAGICIANS #1-If Hogwarts Had a Swear Jar

MFR Review: CONAN #10, Mo’ Babies, Mo’ Problems

For my latest comic book review over at Monkeys Fighting Robots, I look at Jason Aaron's run on Conan, specifically¬†Conan #10. On the heels of his legendary Thor residency, Jason Aaron shows off a human side of the Tales of the Barbarian, if not for Conan himself. The blood of Conan has strength, due to … Continue reading MFR Review: CONAN #10, Mo’ Babies, Mo’ Problems

MFR Review: NIGHTWING Annual #2

My latest work over at Monkeys Fighting Robots is a review on Nightwing Annual #2, in which Dick (er, RICHARD) Grayson recovers from the bullet to the dome he took from KGBeast over at Batman. While some annuals over the years have been integral parts of the title's mythology, others have the feel of a … Continue reading MFR Review: NIGHTWING Annual #2

I’m Writing About Comic Books!

Before my obsession with my grandbabies, before racing, even before Star Wars, I loved comic books. Now, I'm writing about them. I'm a staff writer for¬†Monkeys Fighting Robots, an incredible site dedicated to comic books & their wonderful stories. My first piece is on the X-Men (my all-time faves) and the theme of love during … Continue reading I’m Writing About Comic Books!

Top 50 Greatest Librarians, Ranked

Meghan Mullally's librarian in Parks & Rec is the greatest ever. This cannot be debated. That being said, Barbara Gordon (Batgirl!) was a librarian once & we all know she's a queen of badassery. And what of Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu! Did she make the cut? The folks at LitHub have their opinions of who … Continue reading Top 50 Greatest Librarians, Ranked

Matt Smith: I’d Love to Drive Pro Mod Again

(Originally appeared at DragIllustrated.com Sept. 27, 2019) As the NHRA returns to St. Louis this weekend for the AAA NHRA Midwest Nationals, three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith, the defending winner here, stopped by Nitro Notes to discuss why the track, now called World Wide Technology Raceway, has been so good to him in … Continue reading Matt Smith: I’d Love to Drive Pro Mod Again

12 Mary Shelley Quotes for Writers

Known mostly by mainstream audiences for Frankenstein (or The Modern Prometheus) & being the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelly, Mary Shelley was an incredible writer (Frankenstein, duh) whose gothic influence is still seen in current works. She was a badass in an era that didn't appreciate badassery in its women & she kept on being … Continue reading 12 Mary Shelley Quotes for Writers