Free Comic Book Day

I now have plans for this weekend! How is this the first I’m hearing about this? Go forth and spread the word… comic books for everyone!!!

Bound and Gagged

Don’t have plans yet this weekend? Saturday, May 3rd is Free Comic Book Day, a day dedicated to comics, encouraging comic book readership, and getting the next generation of fans and readers involved. For more information, check out the official Free Comic Book Day website. Many comic book retailers have special events planned, so check out what’s going on at your local store. If you don’t have a friendly neighborhood comic book store you frequent, you can use the store locator to find one. Last week marked the 60th anniversary of the US Senate putting comic books on trial, a case that would lead to the Comics Code Authority and the near collapse of the industry, so what better time to get back in the comic book store and reclaim your freedom to read.

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One side tugged and the other tugged harder

That’s right, the results are in.  The Marvel vs. DC Team Tug-of-War battle royale has finally ended.

The official kingdom tally keeper tallied and counted and added and ran away and then came back and tallied some more.

I must admit that when I started handing out extra points I hadn’t counted on factoring them into the final results.  But then, as I handed out more and more of them I realized I had to.  I swear it was purely coincidental that both teams ended up with exactly 8,000 bonus points:

Team Marvel:
The Cutter received 1,000 points for the thoroughness of his argument.
Laura Lord received 1,000 points for pointing out that Spongebob is mightier than Aquaman.
Brother Jon received 1,000 points for basing his argument on stability.
Grayson Queen received 1,000 points for showing us all X-Babies.
J. Milburn received 1,000 points for sheer brilliance.
ElectronicBagLady received 1,000 points for admitting that her moral compass came from Uncle Ben and Aunt May.
C.C. received 1,000 points for using definitions to decide who to support.
CK Hope received 1,000 points for reminding us all it isn’t wise to anger The Hulk.  He punched one god and repeatedly bashed another into the ground.

Team DC:
Sarah Brekke received 1,000 points for pointing out that goth is part of Gotham.
Little Dude received 1,000 points because he’s ten, and his post was fantastic.
Zoe received 1,000 points for picking sides early and pulling with all her might even when the odds were stacked against her.
NotAPunkRocker received 1,000 points for pointing out that no matter what else Marvel has, they will always have the sorrow of being affiliated with Howard the Duck.
FaithHopeChocolate received 1,000 points for referencing Bones.
AreYouFinishedYet initially received 1,000 points for reminding us all to party responsibly and then received a second 1,000 points for being Freshly Pressed.
Rara received 1,000 points for only using the comics to decide which side of the rope to support.

See?  Evenly matched in bonus points.  Funny that it worked out that way.

Therefore the real struggle came down to the number of people pulling on each side.  The tally keeper freely admits that he may have missed some.  He did his best but there were so many answers spread out across so many posts that it is likely he did, in fact, miss some.  But, here is what he did come up with:

Team Marvel: 38

The Cutter
Kim @ Tranquil Dreams
Laura Lord
Brother Jon
Grayson Queen
J. Milburn
Controlled Chaos
Ned’s Blog
CK Hope
Sean Smithson
Glow Worm
The Indecisve Eejit
Rebecca Enzor
Maddie Cochere

Madame Weebles


Team DC: 24

The Hook
Sarah Brekke
Sreejit Poole
Little Dude
El Guapo’s wife
Laura Lynn
Nick Powell

Therefore, the trophy, the glory, the victory go to TEAM MARVEL, and Team DC are left in the mud.

Niagara's Mudder League of Justice at Tough Mudder Toronto on Saturday in Barrie.¶From left: Laura Ip (Batwoman), Cheryl Deforge Davidson (Wonder Woman), Brady Wood (Zod, in black) and Grant LaFleche  (Superman)¶Photos special to the Standard by Ryan Hewko.

Big thank you to everyone who played.  Including these wonderful posts:

The Matticus Kingdom Wants YOU! | rarasaur

How about a game of TUG OF WAR? | Tranquil Dreams

DC vs Marvel, official tug-of-war | JED’s Playhouse

Don’t lose your arms | Posting Tuesdays. I am Grayson.

DC vs. Marvel | Musings of a Dancing Wino

Marvel vs. DC – Tug-of-War | Writing To Be Noticed

Tug of War 2014: Marvel vs. DC | GAMERSCENE.WORDPRESS.COM

My Contribute to a Week of Silliness | To Breathe is to Write

Not a Punk Rocker

Tug of war | Electronicbaglady’s Bag of Bits

Returning to my Youth to participate in a tug-of-war. | Faith, Hope and Chocolate

Matticus Kingdom Tug-of-War: Marvel vs. DC | consciouscacophony

A leap ahead – Zero to Hero Days 9-12 | the tao of jaklumen

Versus: Companies « 33 Grams of Blog

The Superhero Keg Party: A Battle for Superiority | Are You Finished Yet?

…and I shall shed my light over dark. | rarasaur

We Have a Hulk | Daisies from Dust

Zero to Hero Day 22: Draft a Post For (Another) Blogging Event | The Dragon’s Lair

Why So Serious? | Living Dead Girl

Marvel vs. DC: Which Comic Universe Reigns Supreme? | The Cutter Rambles

Tug of War: Marvel or DC? | Tranquil Dreams

In His Words | History of a Woman

Marvel vs. DC! What? | The Seeker’s Dungeon

TUG of WAR: DC vs. Some Other People « A Buick in the Land of Lexus

We Can See Heroes | Brother Jon’s Page

Fall From Grace « 33 Grams of Blog

What should the next tug-of-war battle be between?  Star Trek and Star Wars?  Clint Eastwood and John Wayne?  Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett?

The Superhero Keg Party: A Battle for Superiority

Freshly Pressed madness adding to the raging Tug-of-War battle. If you haven’t read this post yet, click on over and check it out now. It is hilarious. It is logical. It is a great post.

Are You Finished Yet?

Like many mothers of small boys, I am often asked to play superheroes. My son Michael has loved to engage me in this activity for a while now, ever since receiving a Batcave a few Christmases ago. As a five-year-old, he has come to act out the traditional superhero versus villain role plays, but when we first started our imaginary scenarios in the Batcave, he always simply wanted to “have a party.” All the superheroes were invited, including the multiple versions of Batman he owned, which he logically named Dad Batman, Mom Batman, Sister Batman, Brother Batman, and Other Brother Batman. The parties sometimes included the villains, and usually

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The Return of the Official Matticus Kingdom Tug-of-War

Disclaimer – this is going to be a week of nonsense here in the kingdom.  It seemed like the blogosphere could used some silliness, and since that is what we are all about here, that is what we are going to provide.  Everything this week will be designed to uplift, make you laugh, etc…  If you aren’t okay with that, too bad, that’s what you are going to get anyway.  Now, on with the show…


The rules (because all games must have rules, except Calvinball, of course):
1) Read the prompt.  (I know what you are thinking, “Reading, bleh, who wants to do that.  But if you don’t read the prompt then you won’t be able to fully play along.”
2) Choose a side.  (You have to pick a side in tug-of-war, that’s kind of important.)
3) Write a post that supports your decision. (We don’t need an essay, and we don’t give bonus points for brevity either.  However, we will be your friend if you do something creative.)  (Kim also says you can just leave your answer as a comment and since she is awesome we are going to allow that.)
4) Link back to this post so the moderator can count your support correctly. (Unless you leave your answer in the comments, then you don’t need to link back, because, well that might create an infinite loop that could explode the internet.)
5) There is no fifth rule – just seemed like there needed to be another one – oh, wait, I know:  The fifth rule of Matticus Kingdom Tug-of-War is “You do talk about it.”  To anyone and everyone.  That’d be great.

The winning side will be the one that gets the most support, and their reward will be the knowledge that they chose wisely and eternal fame across the kingdom.

Doesn’t this sound like fun?

Many thanks to Kim and Rara for helping come up with and formulate this idea.  They are amazing.  Go forth and check out their pages.  That’s not an order, per se, but it is an official edict.  (Yes, there is a difference.)


For the return of the world famous* game, we have chosen the prompt:  Which universe of superheroes (and villains) is superior: Marvel or DC?

*”World famous” may or may not be an accurate description.  We aren’t going to discount it as a possibility though.

The Matticus Kingdom is throwing our support behind Marvel.  Mostly that is because we are partial to The Punisher and Spiderman.  But, we can’t discount the overall popularity of the Marvel movies: X-Men, Spiderman, Iron-Man, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, etc…  They have dominated the box office and those billions of dollars cannot be ignored.  Plus, if we didn’t pick Marvel, we are pretty sure that The Punisher would hunt us down and we really want to avoid that.

You want to play, right?

  • Choose a side
  • Make a post and link it back to this one
  • Or leave a convincing argument in the comments

(Rara, in her infinite wisdom has decreed there should be an offical timeframe related to when the winner will be announced…. yeah, she’s a smarty like that.)

The ruling powers here in the Kingdom have decided that participants have until Friday (1/24/2014) one week (five-ish days) to throw their support behind one of the two answers.

Our official counter (yeah, we have a guy for that) will add them up and then one of our minions will post the results at some point next weekend, or the following Monday: bestowing glory upon the winners.

And, we’ll all live in a better world for finally having solved once and for all which is the better comic universe.

the brothers

Frank and Millie brought two sons into the world.  They raised Clark and Peter, named for their heroes, on the tenants their namesakes were famous for.  They raised them to be strong, caring, and ready to help anyone at anytime.  They raised them on the legends.

When he was old enough, Clark enlisted into the Marines.  It was the only sure fire way he could think of to become a true man of steel.  He trained.  He studied.  He excelled.  In the end, while he wasn’t faster than a speeding bullet or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, he was quick to spring into action when his help was needed, loyal to a fault, and a true boy scout.

With Clark out of the house, Peter was able to buckle down and focus on his education.  While his older brother developed his muscles, he worked his mind, dove deep into science, created wonders, and made important discoveries.  He used his knowledge to create the gadgets that would assist him in helping others when called upon.

Peter and Clark were both celebrated heroes on their own.  They had saved countless people from cruel fates.  They had become symbols for peace and justice.  They had become the very heroes their parents had so proudly named them after.

Frank and Millie only had one regret, as they grew older and watched their sons reshape the world into a better place.  Peter and Clark never worked together.  They had tried once or twice but there was too much friction between them because, after all, they were from different universes.


Word Count: 268

It’s that time again, time for another silly contribution to the current Inspiration Monday writing prompt:

The Rules

There are none. Read the prompts, get inspired, write something. No word count minimum or maximum. You don’t have to include the exact prompt in your piece, and you can interpret the prompt(s) any way you like.


No really; I need rules!

Okay; write 200-500 words on the prompt of your choice. You may either use the prompt as the title of your piece or work it into the body of your piece. You must complete it before 6 pm CST on the Monday following this post.

The Prompts: