It's been a while, so I thought I'd provide a quick snapshot of the non-comics media I'm consuming these days.
I'm a Browncoat from back when the show first aired on Fox. It did take me about two and half episodes before I really got into it but since then, it's been the only show I've watched repeatedly. Malcolm's ongoing struggle is one that I can relate to in many different ways, and the show does act as a sort of inspiration for me. I'm currently re-watching the DVDs again.
|America's Greatest Otaku|
I'm watching this exclusively for the manga connection, but it's interesting to see the other aspects of otaku culture in America. It's one of those shows that, despite only airing on Hulu, is still mainstream enough that I suspect some people will wind up using it as their original/main point of reference for all things otaku. So I figure I ought to at least be familiar with it. (I watch "comic book movies" for the same reason.)
|Founders of Comic Fandom by Bill Schelly|
Part of my ongoing research into comic fandom. Schelly's certainly the most prolific author on comic fandom and has done a lot of raw research that's very useful. I have some trouble reading him, though, so I've been slogging through this off and on for a few months now. Fortunately, it's broken down into small 2/3/4 page chunks that are easy to drop off and pick up with long intervals.
|Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes|
I'm actually listening to an audiobook version on my travels to/from Chicago. It occurred to me that I'm only really familiar with the character by proxy where he's perpetually charging at windmills. The windmill bit is just his first "adventure" and a very, very, very small part of the story. There's a lot more there, and it's an interesting study in self-delusion. Plus, the unabridged version is around 37 hours long, so it'll keep me company through at least a few road trips.
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Artobiography by Kevin Eastman|
This is basically an art book from 2002 focusing on the first dozen or so issues of the Eastman/Laird TMNT comic. Not a whole lot of accompanying text, but I was long struck by the art breakdown between the two creators so when I recently won a copy of the book, I was eager that it might shed some light on how that work was delineated. Honestly, I've only skimmed through the book briefly so far, but I'll be digging into it shortly.