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Synthesis - Columns

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. 

Walking the Line...

Originally published in Synthesis Weekly: February 2011

Oh Valentines Day… you cruel bitch mother. Remember back in elementary school when Valentines Day was fun? Kids would go to the store and get candy and cards, and you’d get to decorate your own Valentine holder box. You’d basically spend the entire day eating candy and cookies, and being completely, blissfully unaware of the heartache and mental anguish February 14th would eventually bring. I was never one of the store-bought-card kids, my mom would always lay out a spread of glitter glue (made from unicorn hooves) and oil pastels, and I’d set to work, getting glitter on absolutely everything. As we get older, it feels like more and more pressure gets piled onto Valentines Day. When you hit a certain age, it’s as if you’re obligated to have an opinion on it one way or another. Either you’re part of a (semi)functional couple, and Valentines day applies to you, or you’re single, and you are expected to be ten kinds of huffy about “Singles Awareness Day”. Neither of these options apply to me this year, and seeing as how I have a show that night (Sid and Nancy, come see it you boners), I can’t get hammered during the day, and wax lyrical about love in the back bar at Duffy’s. This year I’m planning on looking at February 14th simply as a day of love. Bear with me nerdlings, I know that sounds obvious and redundant. I’m going to spend the whole day trying to surround myself with things (and people) that I love. This for me will probably entail a walk on South Rim with my dog, iced coffee, and some kind of baked good from Upper Crust. Oh yeah, and a shit-ton (metric measurement) of comics, and comic related goodness. Some of my recent favorites are as follows…

Saturday Shelf Porn

A feature of Comic Book Resources, (www.comicbookresources.com) Saturday Shelf Porn is a collection of user-submitted photos of truly awe-inspiring comic book collections. EC Archives, European comics, every Omnibus ever, Marvel Premiere Classics, Marvel Masterworks, these people have everything. The full web address is a little too ridiculously long to post, so just Google “Saturday Shelf Porn” and your top results will give you those nerdy money shots you didn’t even know you wanted.

Build Your Own Scott Pilgrim T-Shirt

The good people at Mighty Fine T-Shirts have decided to update the application on their site that allows you to build your own T-shirts, and more notably, have added a Scott Pilgrim shirt. It lets you match up two characters to pit against each other in battle. That’s pretty awesome.

Mystery Society

Thanks to a certain Chico-to-SF transplant, (cough-Brandon Redenius-cough) this series was recently brought to my attention and I’ve been absolutely lovingit. It’s a fiveissue miniseries from IDW publishing, which follows Nick and his wife Anastasia who run the Mystery Society. With throwbacks to classic films, and incredible artwork by Fiona Staples, you should snap this series up while it’s still around.

Arielle Mullen