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From 2008 to 2015 I wrote a weekly column for Synthesis Weekly under the name Zooey Mae. What started as an outlet to review graphic novels and comic books evolved over the years to cover everything from pop culture to whatever menial event was happening in my life. Looking back, I think I spent much too much time regaling Chico with tales of my allergies. 

Mandalorian Ass-Kickery

Originally published in Synthesis Weekly: December 2009

In the words of the infamous John Lennon, “another year over, a new one just begun”. 2009 was full of events, some good, some bad, some downright horrific. Barack Obama broke election barriers, Michael Jackson walked his final moonwalk, and Jon and Kate drove the world’s opinion of Americans further into the ground with their incessant squabbling. For me personally, 2009 was better than 2008, but not by much. I finally made the move North, following in the footsteps of many a Chicoan before me. It’s been a rocky few months, but I finally feel like I’m getting the swing of my new environment. I procured employment at an independent movie theater/bar, but don’t worry my fellow comic enthusiasts, I’ll still be bringing you the latest and greatest. Speaking of which, here are some things to keep an eye out for in 2010.

Kick Ass The Movie

This one has been in the works for quite some time, and for all of you in the know, you’re already anticipating this flick. Mark Millar’s comic creations have been attracting lots of interest from film producers since Wanted, (film version released in 2008). The newest Millar project which has already been filmed and is set to hit theaters in early 2010 is Kick-Ass. This is a coming-of-age tale of a high school kid, obsessed with comics and perplexed by the age-old question, “who’s to say I can’t be a superhero?” Staring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicholas Cage, this is going to be the big comic-to-movie hit for 2010.

Star Wars Omnibus: Boba Fett

Ah, Boba Fett. The most feared and revered bounty hunter in the whole galaxy. Good news loyal Star Wars fans, now Boba Fett has all of his comics collected into one massive volume! Within these stories he gets caught between the Rebellion and the Empire, settles a domestic dispute, fights Darth Vader, and seeks a mysterious relic from a wrecked Star Destroyer. If you call yourself a fan of the man in the Mandalorian armor, this is a must-buy.


The newest project from artist Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Welcome to Hoxford) and writer Ben McCool, Choker is a noir cop drama. Templesmith’s eerie  artwork seems to be a perfect compliment to this tale, and any fans of his style should sit up and take notice.

That’s all for this week, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! 

Arielle Mullen