I consider myself lucky that over the course of the last several years, my backyard comic convention The Boston Comic Con has grown exponentially. What once was a cramped little convention in the basement of an old insurance building with a handful of guests has now bulged to a massive, thriving con with scores of guests. This is my favorite convention as it is 99% comic based and I have met several of my favorite all-time creators there.
Well, Christmas came early for me when the convention began leaking news and guests recently. (Feel free to insert whatever holiday came early/on time for you!) Here is the link for the con coming up next August 8-10: http://www.bostoncomiccon.com/
Last year the convention moved to the Boston Seaport Center, a huge venue which is right off the highway and has plentiful parking. So I was happy to see that the con will remain there next year.
The first big news is that the con has now been stretched out to three days! There will be a Friday added to the schedule. Count on me to be there all three days. I do wonder if maybe this is the year I cart the super-girls at home with me.
And then, the early guest list! Already I can tell that I am going to be busy running down some creators to char and hopefully grab commissions. I do love that the convention is now inviting writers as well. Last year it was Scott Snyder. This year it's Gail Simone. And I am sure this is just the beginning.
Already there are folks who I would love to get a commission from. Will they be doing commissions? Can I afford them? Will they cancel between now and then? I have 8 months to stew.
Amanda Conner will be there and I have wanted to get a commission from her forever. The last con I was at she wasn't sketching at all but I'd take even a quick sketch.
She is sort of a bucket-list commission for me. I worry she won't be sketching.
Rafael Albuquerque is going to be there as well. I love his style and thought his Supergirl in this issue was fantastic. I have hoped he would be at a convention I would be attending at some point. A panel from this comic (not the one above) was my favorite panel of 2009!
I worry that he won't be sketching or (if he is) that I won't be able to afford him.
And then Cat Staggs is going to be at the con!
I love Staggs' covers for Smallville. They complement that book so well. And she designed this great 'duster jacket' costume for Kara in that book. Should I get a 'classic Supergirl' Matrix style costume from Staggs? Or her costume design?
I really hope Staggs will be sketching at the show.
So here we are 8+ months before the con and already my mind is racing!
Last week I reviewed Supergirl #9 (1996), a pivotal issue in Peter David's Supergirl run, beginning a story of redemption.
One of the things that rereading that issue reminded me was that Linda was pretty dark, a tainted vessel for Supergirl to merge with. It makes her appearance in Supergirl #9, that bruised soul telling Supergirl the path of light is the better way, that much more powerful.
But it also was reminded that this story is as much about Buzz's redemption as Linda's. He is a demon working for the Lords of Chaos. His job is to bring about evil. He lured Linda down her dark path. And yet, in that issue, he is shaken from his devotion to malevolence. He helps Supergirl come to her senses and reject evil. In the end, he becomes something of a good guy!
With the characters so fresh in my mind, I thought I would post their Who's Who page from Team Superman Secret Files and Origins #1. The text, written by then-Supergirl scribe Peter David, is more about Buzz than it is about Linda but touches on their troubled relationship. It talks of him falling in love with Supergirl. Later in the series we learn his origins and how he sold his soul.
Perhaps most interesting about this art team.
It is penciled by Amanda Conner and inked by Jimmy Palmiotti! I love the expressions here, the leering, devilish Buzz accompanied by the cynical, hard Linda. I love Conner's work.
The cover date for Team Superman is May 1998, meaning it was released about 2 years into the PAD run. We didn't know too too much about Linda's angelic powers at this point. The issue itself is worth hunting down for fans of this Supergirl as it has lots of Who's Who pages for many of the characters in the book including the Danvers, Comet, and Supergirl herself.
I suppose over the course of time I will post all of them and review that interesting 'Lost Diary of Linda Danvers'.
Adventures of Superman #7 came out last week and had two interesting stories by two excellent creative teams. This comic has routinely floored me with its more classic interpretation of Superman. My guess is many comic creators have a Superman story inside them they always wanted to tell and this title is the perfect landing place for them. (On a side note, I would bet that many creators also have a John Constantine story inside them. I would love an anthology comic like this for him!)
This issue was the first that didn't seem to necessarily lock on to a classic Superman trait (hometown lessons from Pa, devotion to Truth and Justice, etc.). The first story 'Saved' is by writer/artist David Lapham and was the first tale here that didn't feel like Superman comfort food. I am still trying to wrap my mind around it, deciding if I love it or just like it. Of course, the very fact that I am still thinking about it in this way means I have to like it. You can't make me scratch a mental itch this long without it being a good story.
The second story 'Space,Actually' is done by the creative team of Image's Revival comic - writer Tim Seeley and artist Mike Norton. This is also a great story on multiple levels. But I also wondered if it wasn't something of a riff on Supergirl as well.
'Saved' starts with an unnamed man out on a skyscraper ledge. He is looking down at a battle between Superman and Metallo. And he speaks of how the end of days is coming for man. And the only person who can save mankind from their sins is ... Superman.
It is a great hook to the story putting the emphasis of the opening on this person rather than Superman. And Lapham does a great job constructing the scene, moving from close-ups to side shots, to that dizzying above image.
But there is something sort of unsettling about his words, those of a zealot who is focusing his faith on Superman.
We then head below and see the Superman battle up close. For a while our focus is on the action, and that feels much more comfortable.
But still, the man's words carry throughout the fight. We hear him talk about how Superman will bring about change to the faithful, moving them beyond the narcissism of man. I love how Lapham has Metallo call Superman 'savior', blurring the religious overtones of both aspects of the story.
Of course Superman defeats Metallo.
Immediately afterwards, the man jumps from the ledge and is 'saved' by Superman. Interesting ... physically saved? Spiritually saved? Or both?
Let me add that Lapham draws one of the more horrific Metallo's I have seen, the flesh sloughing off the robot body. Slick!
As he travels from adventure to adventure, the same man is there, pitching himself off buildings and being saved. Finally Superman confronts the man's family, asking them if they should seek professional help for their son.
It turns out the family is part of a growing Superman cult. And now a 'flash mob' suicide has been planned, a way for all of them to be saved. At a predetermined time, the 900 members will all throw themselves off buildings so Superman can save them all.
We have seen 'Superman cults' in comics before but usually as face-painted, cloaked, violent mobs. So this is even more disturbing. People who will so casually try to kill themselves in Superman's name. Superman's shocked expression is perfect.
It turns out that a little girl's Superman blog has been co-opted and corrupted by her parents into a sort of 'Church of Superman'. While they reaped some financial benefit from the congregation, the community took on an energy of its own. Despite these charlatans' protests, the suicide pact moved forwards.
I loved this scene.
First off, the little girl's Superman blog had thousands of followers! Thousands!! What was she doing that I'm not doing.
Second, I love the protest by the women. Clearly she did everything she could do to stop these people. She 'even emailed everybody'! Thanks for the effort! I thought that said so much! Doing the right thing is hard. Harder than mass emailing!
Lastly it showed how cynical and greedy our society is that these parents would corrupt something as pure as a little girl's fan site for her hero.
Okay, now here is the part that I am ruminating over.
Superman figures the only way that he can convince these people not to jump is to show he isn't a god. So he has Dr. Hamilton create a Metallo-looking automaton with a shard of Kryptonite. Superman let's himself get bruised and battered to show he is 'just a man'. Shaken from their faith, the people retreat from the ledges. And when it is over, Superman is happy that there was no loss of life.
In the old days, he would just give a big speech and everyone would nod.
Here he gives a big speech before the sham fight but it doesn't work.
But the way to save the day is for Superman to be defeated. I suppose there is a 'he who humbles himself will be exalted' sort of logic here. The only solution in our cynical times is to rob people of their heroes and faith?
And yet, everyone was saved. And they shouldn't be worshiping Superman as it is.
What did you guys think??
The second story is an interesting use of parallel storylines.
In one storyline, Superman is battling his friends who have been brainwashed by Darkseid.
The other story is the difficult life of an awkward little orphan girl in Russia named Tonya.
She is quiet, a dreamer, and often bullied.
But there is something sort of Silver Age Kara-like about her. Blond, blue-eyed, in an orphanage. She watches as other girls are picked by parents and taken away to loving homes while she suffers.
It is clear she just wants to escape.
The Superman story is fast and fun. He defeats his friends and learns that Darkseid has spores from a Apokoliptian plant that will enslave Earth. He fires a spore missile to Earth and releases his omega beams to stop Superman from interfering.
We don't even necessarily see how this all plays out. We simply see Superman talking to the league again, the day saved.
From space he spies Tonya trying to escape the doldrums of her life by climbing an old tree in the orphanage yard, hoping it will take her into space ... away from it all.
She slips and falls ... only to be caught by Superman.
There is something great about these two stories. One is a huge action world-threatening plot. The other is a small tale of one girl trying to reach beyond the limits of her world and struggling.
And then this wonderful ending. He gives her his cape. He tells her he was an orphan too. She can get beyond these walls.
There is a definite Byrne feel to that last panel. And the girl holding the cape adds to the Supergirl feel.
But this is one of those slice of life Superman stories that shows that he cares about the big and the small. Here it isn't the trite saving a kitten from a tree. It is saving a girl from a tree. But it shows that after saving the world he can also inspire people on an individual level.
And the artwork here is wonderful, slick and polished.
So two very good stories about Superman. One I am on the fence on ... but that ending fascinates me. The other good old fashioned pure Man of Steel.
Tony Bedard has done an interview on CBR talking about his plans on Supergirl and I have to say the interview made me feel that, despite the Red Lantern announcement, she is going to be taken care of. Here is the link: CBR
As always, I strongly suggest you read the interview in its entirety as it provides a lot of insight into Bedard's approach and his love of the character. I have picked out the blurbs I liked and will add my comments.
CBR: Thus far in "Supergirl," readers have seen Kara struggle
to find her place on Earth and then struggle with her Kryptonian background and
outlook. Are you looking to continue this tone, or does your Kara have a bit
more of a handle and sympathy for Earth and its cultures now? TB: I actually want to change that tone a bit, but in a way that makes
sense and isn't too abrupt. Basically, Kara Zor-El has had a very rough life.
Everyone she grew up with on Krypton is dead. Her only surviving relative has
"gone native" on an alien planet. Her first love turned out to be a monster
and she had to kill him. She's met an alternate version of herself (Power Girl)
who is better than her. Her father has turned into Cyborg Superman. And her
current "Krypton Returns" exploits aren't going to have a terribly
happy ending, either. So if she's filled with teen angst and resentment, that's
only natural. But a pouty teenager can also be a little off-putting, and I'd
like to arc her character toward something a little more positive and
proactive. So that's the long-term plan: to make her more likable and have her
embrace her mission in life while respecting the stories that have led up to
We have heard this mantra before - that teenage angst and resentment is natural. And Bedard does a great job of showing how DC has done nothing to Kara but pile on bad luck and darkness. That is a rough 2 years of stories.
At least we hear him sat that he has a 'long term plan' to make Kara likable and to embrace her role as a hero. Now we have heard Michael Alan Nelson also say that he wanted to bring Kara closer to the light. So take that with a grain of salt. I also think that no mid-level title seems to have the luxury of a 'long term plan' in this New 52. I am hoping that DC gives Bedard a chance. As I noted before, Bedard had a good handle of the last Supergirl, filling for a couple of issues and really helping that character!
And no giggling Chase and Harras talking about how 'dark' the book is going to be! CBR: According to DC's solicitations, your story begins after
"Krypton Returns" and brings Lobo into Supergirl's orbit. What can
you tell us about your first "Supergirl" arc? TB: Both the Lobo and Red Lantern
storylines have a lot to say about who Kara is and who she should become. Like
Kara, Lobo is one of the very few survivors of a dead alien race. In fact, Lobo
serves as a cautionary example of what Kara might become if she lets her anger
and resentment take over. That inner rage is what draws the Red Ring to her and
Kara's induction to the Red Lantern Corps will in one sense give her what she
longs for: a place to belong. But it's also going to force her to come to terms
with her own issues and what she wants to do with the awesome power that Fate
granted her when it took away everything else. All of this will yield some intense,
over-the-top action, but my real focus is further defining who she is and
whether she's going to let her misfortunes define her, or if she can turn her
life around and stop being a victim of tragedy. I think she'll to emerge a
stronger, more likable character.
I don't mind the idea of a character being a reflection of what Supergirl could be as a way to nudge her forward.
Reign could/should have been that in the first arc. What if Supergirl decided to go rogue and become a world-killer? I thought with the defense of NYC she might move forward. Power Girl could have been that in the early Nelson issues. Power Girl has lost just as much if not more but seems more reasonable and heroic. She would be a positive reflection. So Lobo has the right fit. Again, we see that Bedard wants to move her forward. The question is ... how long will she wear that ring before she decides to put it behind her.
CBR: The Red Lantern news is huge, so let’s talk for a moment about her
move over to the Lantern corner of the DCU. How tied-into the events of the
ongoing "Red Lantern" comic will she be? Is this a case where Guy
Gardner and the other Ysmault Lanterns will be supporting characters, or appear
in both books? TB: "Red Lanterns"
writer Charles Soule and I are still working that out. I anticipate some fun
stuff between Red Lantern Kara and Bleez, who would make an awesome odd-couple.
I don't see the books being linked lock step in the way that the GL books
sometimes are, though. CBR: Is becoming a Red Lantern a
permanent move for Kara? After this first arc will her grappling with being a
Red Lantern be a driving force in the comic? TB: I definitely want to use this change
to explore her character and to bring about a more positive direction for
Supergirl in the long term, but I think it's safe to say she won't be a Red
Lantern forever. On the other hand, this isn't change for change's sake, nor is
it a throwaway storyline. This is a big deal and a turning point for her. If
you care at all about Supergirl, you won't want to miss this storyline.
I guess I am going to buy Red Lanterns for the time being, sliding it into the review slot vacated when I drop Superboy. I am glad there isn't going to be super-tight continuity.
The fact that he is calling this Lantern move a 'storyline' and not 'the foreseeable future' or 'for the time being' makes me think it isn't a super-long-term move. I wouldn't mind 6 months of it if the result is that move to being a better hero.
CBR: Finally, you're working with the versatile artist Yildiray Cinar on
this arc. What does he bring to the table in terms of drawing Kara? And what
has it been like working with him for the first time?
TB: I'm wishing we'd started
off with this question because Yildiray is knocking it out of the park! He's a
terrific storyteller and his visuals are always twice as good as whatever I
imagined as I wrote the script. I'm looking forward to establishing a real
collaboration with him and figuring out how to play to his strengths even more. While I'm at it, I'd like to mention
inker Ray McCarthy and colorist Dan Brown. Rickey Purdin really put together a
remarkable creative team here. Having edited a lot of books, I can tell you
it's rare when the art improves at each stage, from pencils to inks to colors.
But these three guys really get each other, and it's a thrill to see that their
combined efforts are greater than the sum of their parts. Yildiray, Ray and Dan
are setting a very high bar. I'm a very lucky man to be working with them, and
the four of us are absolutely devoted to giving Supergirl the run she deserves.
I can't wait to see Cinar and company's work on the title. 'Devoted to giving Supergirl the run she deserves.' I love that!
Superman #25 came out this week and it was appropriate that it came out during Thanksgiving week. Because I am loudly giving thanks that this storyline is over and that (hopefully) we will never see the character H'El again.
This is the finale of Krypton Returns and, like prior issues, there is plenty here that makes little sense. Between multiple timelines, unclear actions, rapid scene endings, and an incomprehensible climax, there is a lot here not to like. Many of these concerns require the 'roll with it' panacea that Scott Lobdell has asked of readers in the past. If you don't understand it, just move on. And frankly, I deserve a little more than that.
The sad thing is there are actually several nice character moments in this issue but they are lost amidst the story problems. Like in H'El on Earth, Superboy has the best moments of the story with solid characterization that I only wish we saw in Kon's own book. Superman has one classic moment in the story but otherwise is stuck in some rough scenes. Supergirl's moments in this book are something of a mixed bag of good and bad. Some of them are actually very interesting and I might have thought we would finally have some character growth from her. But these better moments seem strange now knowing that in a couple of months she'll be donning a Red Lantern ring.
Kenneth Rocafort is on art and continues to produce beautiful work. From the more horrific moments to the more straightforward action sequences, he really shines.
The issue starts with an almost introduction page, showing the three super-heroes and where they are in Krypton's history. But it is the way that Lobdell introduces the heroes that makes me cringe. You can almost see Lobdell's pecking order of the Supers on this page.
At the top is Superboy, "his mind and body will be without limit". Pretty impressive.
Then Superman, "his actions can change the course of history". Wow.
And then Supergirl, wielding a spear before a rabid army. "A rage grows in her that could CONSUME worlds." Okay ... not so heroic.
I suppose it fits with the Red Lantern future ... but really. Supergirl has that much rage in her? I don't want to beat a dead horse but this is the problem with DC's current treatment of Kara. She isn't a hero. She's an angry young woman.
Now there is a lot in this story that you just have to take with a grain of salt. There are things that happen, there are lines of dialogue said, that make little sense. Here Superboy intuits that H'El must be weakening because he is fighting Supergirl in another time. Lucky guess?
Then H'El says this ... which makes no sense. He wants to save Krypton so that he can destroy Krypton? Why go through all this bother when the planet is doomed all on its own?
Suddenly I have no clear idea of what the hell H'El is doing in this storyline. Initially he wanted to save Krypton because he admired Jor-El. Now he hates Krypton. Why not just go out into the universe? Or take your revenge out on the few survivors?
In fact there are a lot of things about H'El that make little sense. The scars, the self-carved backwards 'S', his motives.
Of course, he simply disappears here. Given the timeline concerns, I suppose this happened because at some other point in time he is defeated (as we shall see).
And then the next part of the story that makes little sense. We know from Action Comics Annual #2 that in some alternate timeline, H'El ... working with Jor-El ... saves Krypton. Jor-El was part of that solution!
Now Superman meets an older Jor-El, the version that has survived in that timeline. Except now, Jor-El still rockets Kal to Earth (I suppose that needs to have happened for Superman to exist right now - time travel woes). Instead of being a friend of H'El and a hero for saving Krypton, he is imprisoned and called 'The Doomsday Man'.
H'El ends up taking over Krypton as its leader. (But I thought in the last scene he wanted to destroy Krypton?) Anyways, Jor-El in that new timeline escapes, finds a scrap of H'El's skin and learns its secrets, and then ... best of all ... somehow creates a time machine to get back to this moment.
All right, let's say that I can 'roll with' Jor-El being imprisoned to begin with. Let's say that I can even deal with him building a time machine. Why would he choose to go back to this moment in time?? Why not go back to when H'El puts his cell on the rocket? Why not go back to the point when H'El first appears with the Kryptonite in his chest? Is this the 'best' time to thwart H'El? He could stop H'El from ever happening. Why come to the time when he is most powerful? More time travel woes which leads to story woes.
Meanwhile, hundreds of years in the past, Supergirl stands with a spear poised to kill H'El. She actually questions herself if she can go through with the execution.
Should I be happy that she has to question herself? Or sad? Why does Lobdell write her as such an angry, irrational woman?
Ready for more story moments that make no sense? H'El grabs the spear and stabs himself in the neck. He then disappears. Why does he do that? If he can move through time, why slice his own throat? It doesn't even make for a good story moment. There is no reason he should do that.
I did say above that there are some good Supergirl moments mixed in with the bad. Here is one of them.
Kara feels bad because H'El was solely motivated by hate. She says she needs to be better than that.
I am sad that we are 2+ years into the New 52 and Supergirl is still wondering if she should be fueled by hate. But at least here she seems poised to finally move beyond it!
That said, in 3 months she is putting on a Red Lantern ring.
Also, I still don't exactly know why this moment in time was so key for the Oracle. Maybe Lobdell was hoping to have Supergirl deal with her feelings about clones. But without a clear need, this felt a little forced.
In the Superman timeline, Superman and Jor-El travel to the 'diseased heart of Krypton'.
Now part of me might want to question why Supergirl lost her powers within minutes of being on Krypton while Superman can fly to the molten core of the planet without a problem. He uses superstrength, heat vision, all his powers, as though he was on Earth bathing in yellow sun rays, not a red sunned heavy gravity world. And didn't he have radiation poisoning 2 issues ago? But I guess I have to roll with all that too.
Anyways, Jor-El knows that in all the timelines, H'El always manifests here. Wearing a special suit, Jor-El captures in H'El in a force bubble that he floods with a disintegrating gas.
Amazingly, Superman stops this execution of H'El saying that there is 'always another way' besides murder. If I praised this line in Smallville, I suppose I have to applaud it here.
Still, the short time of the gas has done some damage. H'El looks ravaged, like a decaying corpse.
And now the best moment in the book.
Superboy realizes that Zor-El's gravitational devices won't be enough to get Argo City safely out of the Krypton's blast radius and gravitational pull. On the last day, he tells Alura to find Kara and say goodbye (fulfilling the scene we saw in Supergirl #0). And then he uses the last of his powers to push Argo and Kara's rocket out of harm's way.
He gives a nice speech, summing up his troubled and varied history up to that point. But in the end he knows he isn't a living weapon (his tag line) but instead he is 'a kid who tried'.
Why couldn't this sentiment, this characterization, have been present in Superboy's own book? I won't go over Superboy's varied manifestations in the New 52 again. But this kid trying to make a difference while dealing with his past would have been a book I would want to read.
This is a very nice moment portrayed with big art.
So who does it all end?
The old Jor-El has a shard of debris in his chest, I assume a killing blow given enough time.
I wish I could tell you. Superman realizes that he has to stop H'El from leaving and making another timeline, so he uses his super-breath, freezing the 'essence of H'El into a perpetual loop of freezing and thawing', trapping him.
If anyone can explain that to me, I'd love to hear it. I guess I have to roll with it. But this is the problem when you create a villain with ill-defined near omnipotent powers. You have to come up with something insane to defeat them.
The death of Krypton is months away. An older, wiser, but dying Jor-El is in the planet core. A younger Jor-El is on the surface building a rocket. Hmmm ...
Anyways, with H'El trapped, it is time for Superman to go. Kara suddenly appears with the boom tube. The two step in and hit the road.
We don't even see a goodbye from Superman to his dying old father in the core of the planet. Nothing. Just a walk through the boom tube. It is over far too fast, far too neatly, and with little explanation.
And no goodbye to Jor-El? Seems like a wasted opportunity.
At least the story ends on this nice moment. Realizing Superboy has died, Superman says they should honor his loss by being better heroes.
I might think between the moments of self-reflection and this capstone that Supergirl might actually turn around.
Except we know that in 3 months she puts on a Red Lantern ring.
What can I say, there are some nice moments in this issue but with a lot of fluff and craziness around it. I might be damning with faint praise but at least this was better than H'El on Earth. Still, I will be thrilled if we never see H'El again.
Alas, Lobdell puts in an odd last page leaving the door open for another story.
And so, mercifully, Krypton Returns ends. I don't know if I could explain what happened but it happened.
Now obviously these lists are highly subjective. I don't know how this list was created, whether it was vote in the IGN office or the work of one person, or even an on-line poll. But I am always thrilled when Kara gets some recognition.
Supergirl lands at #17 which really makes me happy. Whoever made this list ranked her higher than Cyborg, Hawkgirl, the Atom, and Black Canary! A case could be made for any of those characters to be higher. And there are characters I would put in the top 25 that didn't make this list.
Her paragraph mentions that Supergirl has her own fanbase and isn't just an adjunct to Superman. Hurrah! People know we exist!
And they call her a 'standard to hold other female heroes against'.
Here is the thing, they talk about the prior versions and they say she is a standard. I wish ... wish ... they would have talked about her optimism, heroism, bravery, and youth. I am probably transferring my own thoughts but I could 'feel' those sentiments in the write-up.
You can guess at the top three DC heroes on the list. It is interesting to see Kyle Rayner and Wally West on this list in addition to Barry Allen and Hal Jordan.
Still, with the myriad of DC Heroes out there, I'll take #17.
By the time this is posted, I will be off to enjoy Thanksgiving with family! There is nothing like gorging myself of turkey, stuffing, etc. on a day off! I assume I will be in a food coma by the time the night comes by.
So since I am heading to a feast, I thought I would give some visual feast for your eyes.
I am not typically awe-struck by Jim Lee's art but sometimes it is just sooo beautiful.
Above, see ... from his sketch book ... an early idea for the New 52 Supergirl costume. I really like this one more than the one chosen. I would probably lengthen the skirt to mid-thigh but otherwise I think this is great. I especially like the 'Supergirl Converse Chuck Taylors' over the kneeless thigh highs.
What do you guys think?
Lee posted this on Twitter recently, a Supergirl sketch when those Vaurnet sunglasses were popular.
I love the feel of this, a happy Supergirl floating in the sky. There is a feeling of self-satisfaction or confidence here too. Just beautiful.
Lastly, Lee - again on Twitter - posted this 'free' commission for a fan. Even this quick sketch is pretty crazy. How can I stumble into something like this? That would be something to be thankful for!!!
Anyways, for my fellow Americans, Happy Thanksgiving!!!