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Last chance before the lights go out

Hey everyone — just a short note to remind my faithful blog followers and web visitors that all the action is now at the new version of As You Were. Soon I’ll be turning out the lights here for good.

What have you been missing? Well, in addition to all the full posts and comments from this embryonic version of As You Were, there are new stories in Werewolf Wednesday and Thunder God Thursday. There are also regular new reviews on Metal Monday and Feature Friday. Besides all that, this summer I joined a cadre of other bloggers to look at the works of J.R.R. Tolkien in Puttin’ the Blog in Balrog. Plus, the new site is [humility mode off] organized better, has some new features and looks nicer.

So click on over! If you like what you see, please take a second to follow the new blog. I can’t import blog followers from the old version of my site, but fortunately you can easily subscribe to the new one. I’ve put the “Follow this Blog” widget right up near the top. If you’ve been with me this far I’d love to have you along for the ride as we head into winter — I’ll be posting regularly and don’t want you to miss anything.

Thanks again for following and/or stopping by!  It’s been great to have you and I hope to see you at the new site.

Cheers,

David

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Thunder God Thursday: Thor hits the funnybooks

Artist Oliver Coipel revamped Thor’s look for Marvel Comic’s reboot of the series, written by J. Michael Straczynski, in 2007.

Author’s note: a few things have changed since this was written, namely the resurrection of Thor by Marvel Comics in the acclaimed run on the new title by J. Michael Straczynski, alluded to in the comments from Tom Brevoort below. Also, there were new incarnations of Norse myths in independent comics, such as Grant Gould’s The Wolves of Odin.

And one other thing, what was that?  Oh yeah, a blockbuster movie based on Marvel Comics’ Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth as the titular thunder god, who returns to the big screen as the big guy in The Avengers.  If you want to see how the god of thunder went from medieval god to modern superman, read on…

The Modern Edda: Norse myths in comics

Though their names leap out at us from the days of the week, Norse gods were relatively obscure until recently. Opera figures of Siegfried and Brunnhild were one tentative step into this pagan world, but it took another form of entertainment to plunge a new generation into the old myths: comic books.

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Norse code

ONE of the reasons Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were able to cast ancient Norse gods as modern comic-book superheroes was that they were comparatively unknown, Richard Wagner and the names of our weekdays notwithstanding. Here, then, are a few terms so you can tell your Asgard from a Hel in the ground.

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Werewolf Wednesday: Grant Gould’s The Wolves of Odin

I had the opportunity to interview comic book writer and artist Grant Gould a few years ago about his labour of love, The Wolves of Odin.  Since then, he’s continued it as a webcomic and worked on a sequel volume, Marauders of Midgard.  I thought I’d post this 2009 interview ahead of Grant’s upcoming appearance at C2E2, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo.

Grant will be in Artist Alley at table H9, where he will have his artwork for sale. He’ll also be doing custom sketches during the show, so if you’re interested, visit him at his table and sign up early, as spots may fill up fast. (By the way, also attending is last week’s Werewolf Wednesday interviewee, Rachel Deering. Visit her at booth 719.)

In the meantime, if you haven’t read The Wolves of Odin, here’s what you need to know: Vikings. Werewolves. It’s all good.

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