Babish, Balloons, & (More) Batman

FINALLY FRIDAY is a weekly review article meant to give you some suggestions on what to geek out about over the next week… or so.

READING

Batman (DC Comics)

I’m still making my way through the stories leading up to Batman #50. While I’ve read through issue #49, I’m going to dig into the Prelude to the Wedding tie-ins to get the full scope of what’s going on with the Bat and the Cat. As I got caught up to #50, I’m increasingly impressed with Tom King’s writing and the artists that have been selected to help him tell the story. Mikel Janin has been the primary artist for these stories and his artwork is a wonderful compliment. It’s simply beautiful and really pulls you in. There’s not much more I can say, other than you should really be reading this. And King is only half-way through his run. I’m excited to see where he’s headed.

WATCHING

Binging with Babish

We consume a lot of YouTube in my house, so it shouldn’t be any surprise to you that eventually something would show up in Finally Friday. One of our regularly watched shows is Binging with Babish. Each week, Andrew Rae – who defines himself as “one part chef, one part filmmaker, and a generous dash of irreverent YouTube personality” – makes food from TV and film. He’s created some of the most disgusting – looking at you, Family Guy panini – and some of the most delicious dishes – that Cubano from Chef, anyone? – that have ever hit a screen. And if something doesn’t work the first time, he re-engineers it to make it more palatable. What’s better is he walks you through each dish with a great voice over and commentary without taking himself seriously. He also takes that same style and has Basics with Babish, in order to teach home cooks how to create, well, the basics.

LISTENING

Word Balloon w/ John Siuntres

Word Balloon was one of the shows that really inspired GEEK THIS and after taking a long break from listening, I’ve returned and have fallen back in love with it. John Siuntres is a radio personality from Chicago who has developed a great relationship with the comic book community. In his podcast, he sits down and has in-depth conversations with comic book creators – writers and artists alike – that don’t just focus on the creative side of things, they really geek out about what they love. Each episode I’ve listened to makes me write down a list of books or story lines I need to read. (I will never read them all.) What’s fascinating for me is just how real the guests are. As a reader, it’s so easy to hold the artists and writers up on this pedestal as if they’re gods. In reality, they’re just normal people, living normal lives, creating stories we love. A word of warning, though, many of these episodes include strong language, so listen appropriately.

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