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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. 

Are We Having FUN Yet?

Originally published in Synthesis Weekly: January 2012

High school for me wasn’t great. I was painfully shy and fairly awkward, preferring to be on the outskirts of a group and just listen, rather than actively participate. Not a lot has changed, and I know that claiming this as my high school experience makes me about as original as an indie chick whose favorite movie is Amelie. Nothing ruins the feeling of originality faster than when you realize how many other people you know feel unique for the same reasons. The only classes I ever really enjoyed were German (based entirely on the teacher Mr. Hass), and Art. The amount of freedom we were given in Art class was an interesting thing. We were treated first and foremost as people, who just happened to also be students. Our instructor usually had a movie playing in the background, something meant to encourage creativity. More often than not, that movie was Labyrinth. If you’re unfamiliar, I insist that you stop reading this stupid column and go educate yourself on the finer points of David Bowie in a codpiece, and baby tossing by watching this classic flick. Labyrinth was created when Jim Henson decided he’d really like to make a movie where David Bowie could really dial up the insanity and audience members could revel in his madness. It’s Bowie + Muppets + Jennifer Connely (pre-butt sex in Requiem For A Dream). Anyway, the powers that be at Archaia have decided to create a prequel graphic novel focusing on the origins of the Goblin King (Bowie), fittingly named Jareth. Archaia’s editor Stephen Christy gave this comment on whether or not Bowie would be involved in the creative process: “I don’t know if this will work out, but I want to do songs where they’re being sung by characters and we show the notes on the page, so you can actually play along. The budget to get Bowie to do one song would be the budget of all the books, but we’re trying to at least get his blessing or maybe an introduction”. The Goblin King prequel will be released in late 2012.

In other news, it seems fans of the short-lived show Party Down, might be in for a treat. If you haven’t watched PD, you must hate things that are funny. I guess that’s probably why you’re wasting your time reading my dumb column. Former cast member Megan Mullally recently confirmed that the series has just been greenlit for a movie. In the fashion of Serenity/Firefly, it’ll pick up where the series left off. Why is it that being a great, funny show on TV has become a death sentence (Community, Arrested Development, etc), yet networks keep churning out trash like Two And A Half Men? It’s madness, madness I say! No wonder the rest of the world thinks we’re idiots. Filming for the PD movie will begin late spring or early summer of this year. Get your white button downs and pink bow ties out and ready my friends, the end is fucking nigh. 

Arielle Mullen