Once again, I must apologize for the delay. I had a rough past few weeks, which should not have kept me from my job of writing this post. So, without further ado, I shall go straight into my last favorite fandom.
I would love to say that the fandom is all encompassing, including Marvel and the MCU, as it is often referred to now, but as much as I enjoy the new Marvel movies, my fan girling is still highly limited to The X-Men, and various X-title comics that I read growing up.
It all started for me when I was about 10 years old. I stumbled across this amazing Saturday morning cartoon that I had to watch after one episode. It had action, comedy, drama, and such a diverse cast of characters. I was in love with it. My mind raced trying to absorb all the information that I could from the show. Since I was all of 10, when I went with my father to our favorite local gaming store (The Green Dragon), I wouldn’t stop talking about it to anyone I thought would listen, and I was soon in possession of not only the comics for this cartoon, but also the main comics for the X-Men, and an X-Factor comic book.
It was such a sweet down hill ride from there.
This world was so rich, and I was quickly becoming attached to a few characters (Gambit and Havok). As I devoured more of this world, my brain generated its first real character. She was someone who would fit in this world, with little adaptation to the actual stories, and I could create these stories in my head for her that I would play out: in my mind’s eye, with various toys, and eventually with other like-minded friends who were enthralled with this universe.
Even as I got older, I never really forgot about my love for this universe. I have had it tested, with bad movies, and having to give up the comics as they went off the rails, from what I wanted. I have lost friends who I used to enjoy this with, which gives some memories a strong bittersweet moment to it. I’ve never forgotten my first character: Lex. She’s there, forever. She’s evolved, changed, and adapted, but she’s there, and she’s never left me. (For those of you who know me, and know my love of other genres, this is in reference to the original Lex.)
In the end, this is likely where I have learned to be so harsh on characters. I don’t accept a character on face value, in any medium, especially female characters. I want there to be depth, and purpose, and reason. I want the characters to be flawed, and to make the tough choices, even if I won’t like them for it. There are so many characters that I have such strong opinions on from those days, still, because that was what those writers did. I could write a long diatribe about why I dislike Rogue, attributing her hypocrisy and the artistic representation that she was given. I could list all the reasons why Cyclops is (or was when I was reading the books still) the quintessential X-Man, of all the people that have been members of the team. Along the way, I could also through out a 1001 jokes about the universe that most people would never get, but I would laugh, and so would those people. (That’s what happens when you spend your Saturday nights on the phone with a friend, RPing the X-Men. Because that was the best option in the world pre-internet.)
At the end of the day, I want to play X-Men again. The closest I’m getting is that I’m running a Mutants and Masterminds game for my table every other Friday. It’s fun, and it is certainly tapping into my love of X-Men. I’m also toying around with an idea for a story, but we’ll see where that goes.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the insight into the things that I love, even if I tried to keep them brief. Please feel free to post comments, suggestions, and questions.
Also, I have a friend who is currently looking for submissions for a writing contest. His game Legends of Adventure is coming out soon, and he is looking to flesh out his website with some biographies for heroes and creatures in his game. If anyone is interested, please feel free to drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Bio Contest”. Entries should be between 100 and 200 words.
Until next time!