Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I've learned a lot from comics.
I'd like to think that I have a pretty good memory, but I often find in work and personal life that I'm really bad with names. I've always thought that my "bad with names" syndrome was isolated, but I'm starting to realize that it's kind of systemic. Without going into any detail whatsoever, I work with a lot of different people at the day job. As a result of this, I have to remember some key details about each one of them in order to do my job.
I'm starting to think that there are really three types of people in the world:
1. People Who Are Fantastic With Little Details.
2. People Who Are Fantastic With Big Ideas And Concepts.
3. People Who Are Fantastic At Both.
I'm not very big on the details, so if this was a multiple choice test, I would choose "B" as the option that best describes my personality. When I realized this, a lot of things started to come together for me, and I gotta say, it's kind of interesting.
Con of the North fame) and I went out of town today for a little field trip to a better comic store than our little berg has to offer. I've been listening to a lot of iFanboy lately (well, pretty much on a weekly basis for over two years, whatever), and if you followed our c2e2 coverage, you'll know it's been a particularly comic booky kind of period for me lately. One of the big announcements that caught me at c2e2 was all the Avengers teams that are going to start up starting very soon. This post is littered with pictures of the new teams, and yes, I am excited for something based almost entirely on a big announcement at a convention.
While I've been an avid trade paperback reader, I don't tend to buy weekly single issue releases. Today was an exciting experience as I was able to pick up six whole issues, woo! Anyway, on our way home, The Bro, who's taken a lot of interest lately in the Blackest Night mega event over at DC (which I'm quite smitten with as well), asked me what I knew about the Marvel Seige event. Somehow I was able to trace the entire event saga that's been going on with Marvel since before House of M (the first mega event that set off a whole slew of mega events culminating in Seige). Although I haven't read most of these events I could recite the major players and the big aspects of them. It's like I was some kind of super freaky human computer.
Call me a victim of the hype machine, and it may be true. In my experience, whether I'm planning an RPG session or trying to write a bit of fiction, I tend to be an "ideas man." It's taken me a while, but I've come to the point where I feel I can say I'm pretty creative. I can think up some pretty cool concepts, but when it comes down to execution, it's a skill I tend to lack. Maybe some day I'll inch my way into category 3 and be better with the details. I'm working right now on that on a pretty big project that I feel really jazzed about. The big ideas are there, and I'm just crossing my fingers that I don't fall into the trap of my creative ADHD once again!