A General Announcement

Greetings to everyone reading this. Thanks for being here. I wanted to briefly announce the advent of several new contributors to this blog. The title of the blog may not be general enough anymore, but all our thoughts will be as one. These new contributors will be uploading on their own and receive full authorial credit for their contributions, of course.

I’ll effectively be the editor-in-chief of the Thoughts from here on out, depending on how all of this goes. That aside, I also hope to keep posting my daily thoughts and the occasional longer piece. Expect another soon.

Anyway, be on the lookout for supplemental announcements about specific contributors over the coming weeks. If any of you reading this are particularly nerdy about some subject (anything, really) and want to add your thoughts to this collective, let me know in the comments below or on Twitter.

Thoughts – 6-30-14

There is a lot of frustration and guilt associated with being under-employed. You hate that it’s hard to find an extra or full-time job, and you wonder deep down if you’re just being lazy even though you probably aren’t. Doesn’t keep people around you from entertaining the idea from time to time, though.

And you hate yourself on those odd days where regular work lets up and your side projects don’t work out. You stress so much over trying to keep busy, to justify your existence, that you accomplish less of substance than if you had spent the entire day doing something like watching Netflix or playing Skyrim, all of which are holdovers from more prosperous times you feel guilty about for even owning and enjoying.

And, yes, First World problems and check your privilege and other Internet-branded ways of saying fuck you right to your face. True, I’m not in any immediate danger of going hungry, but I still feel useless. I still feel like I’m not living up to some archaic societal standards I don’t fully understand.

I said awhile back I wish adulthood came with an instruction manual. I’ve said that for years and I see myself saying it for years to come. I missed something somewhere along the way and am reaping the whirlwind for it.

I’m not asking for pity or even understanding. Just recognition that this country is full of people, good people, who have worked hard and have very little to show for it. So far, anyway. Two things the world will never take from me are my honor and my hope.

Imagine Batman with a Lantern Ring. Just Imagine it.

And some more Batman weekend craziness from my column at Sourcerer, this one involving Lantern Rings! Go give it a look!


Batman8217s-willpowerby Jeremy DeFatta

I hope you all had a nerdtastic weekend, what with Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars Day happening and all. In this week’s installment of my Batman column, I’d like to drum up some excitement for my upcoming spoilery review of Sinestro #1.

Who remembers that time Batman was judged worthy of joining the Sinestro Corps?

Early on in his war against the Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro sent many, many rings out into the universe to find worthy hosts that he could field as soldiers. In our own little corner of the universe (Sector 2814), the person who inspired the greatest amount of fear in others was none other than our old friend Bruce Wayne. This—the ability to instill great fear—is the chief trait sought by the yellow power, and stands in opposition to the green power of will, whose chief trait is (as fans know…

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The Strange Case of Batman of Zur-En-Arrh

And some Batman weekend craziness from my column at Sourcerer. Enjoy!


Zurenarrhby Jeremy DeFatta

Happy new book day, everyone! Today’s Batman post was inspired by a recent Twitter conversation with fellow contributor Will Hohmeister following the first of my Joker posts. It will delve a bit into Batman’s psyche and examine one of his backup personalities, the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh.

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Show me yours!

Here’s a snapshot of a portion of my Batman collection from a post over at Sourcerer. How does yours measure up?


by Jeremy Defatta

Good day, everyone! I thought a little game of “show me yours” might be a nice (and fun) aside at this point in the Batman column. Below is an image of a sizable portion of my Batman collection (please excuse the poor quality).


This is most of my Batman trade paperbacks and hardcovers, as well as my Arkham games, the first season of Batman: The Animated Series, and the Nolan trilogy. There are still a few pieces boxed up somewhere that I couldn’t include here, which explains their absence. I could never hope to include an image of every single issue of Batman and his various other comics series that I own, so I didn’t worry too much with those.

I wanted to provide a mixture of media here in order to state a point I honestly believe and have had arguments with fellow fans about. I…

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ISO: Lost Batman Comic (and don’t forget about Free Comic Book Day)!

Here’s a post from my Batman column at Sourcerer where I seek help in finding an old issue of Batman from the 90s. Can anyone give me a hand in this search?


batsignal2by Jeremy DeFatta

Happy new book day, everyone! Last week marked the 60th anniversary of the Senate hearings that eventually led to the stifling of comics as a medium, so I’d like to ascode_seal_mar1955k for a little help in finding a lost comic book. In its own weird way, I hope this stands as a tribute to all of our losses in terms of what comics could have been for the past few decades. If we find the book I’m seeking, I hope that can stand as a symbol that what is lost in comics can be regained.

Back in the early 90s, my dad bought me my very first issue of a comic featuring Batman. Due to time and typical childhood stupidity, that book is now lost to me, when it should have an honored place in my collection today. I don’t remember a lot about the comic…

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