|Superman was always misplacing men under vintage cars|
Just before the movie starts, I take off my thinking pants so I won't be bothered by the little things. Like superhero physics (where does Hulk buy expand-o-matic trousers?). Or the implausibility of Hollywood hook-ups (Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen, Shia Labeouf and Megan Fox, Woody Allen and anyone). Or the completely unbelievable story lines (Game Change, about a presidential candidate who nominates a barely literate Alaskan Governor for Vice President - c'mon, people!).
As the lights dim, I savor every flying aircraft carrier, every chest-bursting alien and every angst-ridden web-slinger. If the movie is even moderately good, I come out of the theater with an elevated pulse, bouncing on my feet and feeling unstoppable.
With the energy of a thousand suns coursing through my body, I get in my car, squeal out of the parking lot (scaring the hell out of families headed to the 3:05 of Brave), jump the curb and slide sideways through a red light on the way home!
TO WRITE, BITCHES!
|It's OKAY! I have Allstate!|
If I could watch a movie every day and suck down s'mores by the pallet, I'd be far more productive. I'd also be pre-diabetic and afraid of the sun. Like an obese Edward Cullen.
|It's the sweatbands, isn't it? They make me look fat?|
|OMG! I almost showed up wearing the same thing as Agnetha! Sooo embarrassing.|
So daily movie viewings are out of the question and music just keeps me from getting anything done. Also, exercise makes me belch, so that's out too. What to do?
Personally, I've been turning to comic books lately. And if you're looking to recharge or reanimate just before your next 1K lunch, you might consider doing the same. Here's why.
|I'm partial to "BIFF," the sound of someone getting hit with a shuttlecock|
Perhaps you're thinking, "Yes, but I'm not writing a testosterone drenched YA about men in Spanx." You would be forgiven for thinking that flights in tights still dominate the comic book shelves. In many ways, they do. The biggest-selling titles still showcase bulging muscles on their men, impossible proportions on their women and spandex on everyone. Good if you're into that sort of thing. Not much of a resource if you're not.
But comic books cover a lot more ground now than they did when I was a kid. In many ways, comics parallel the evolution in YA publishing where titles now go well beyond the mainstream and delve into topics that went untouched even a few years ago. No matter what your interest or what gets you fired up about writing, there is a comic book series out there that you can devour in an afternoon for a pick-me-up that rivals any Red Bull recipe. Except for Red Bull and heroin, maybe.
For example. Let's say you're writing paranormal YA that was inspired by all those hours watching Buffy re-runs. Did you know Buffy continued in comic book form, literally picking up exactly where the TV series ended?
|Yes, but how does your machete-brella actually perform in the rain, humh?|
|In retrospect, hosting a Carrie-themed prom was just asking for trouble|
|May I suggest for your next heist you steal a face?|
|Spoiler Alert: Even in print, Bender's still a dick|
Part of the appeal is getting that hit without having to invest an entire weekend in the process (are you listening, Mad Men, Season 5?!). But don't mistake brevity for lack of depth. The best comic book titles, like any tale, resonate because the story and characters are fully realized. The paper comics are printed on might be flimsy but the stories are not.
I know, I know, you're doubtful. You're afraid of what might happen if you step into a comic book store. All those excitable nerdlings pawing at you, asking you to check out their newly constituted Magic: The Gathering domination decks. There are only so many fanboy tears you can put up with over the whole Prometheus debacle.
|Yes. He might be there. Just avoid eye contact, you'll be fine.|
Go up to the person behind the counter and tell her or him what you're looking for. More often than not, you'll be talking to the owner. He or she can point you in the right direction.
With your supercharged grey matter, you'll be finished with that WIP in no time!
Already an aficionado? Tell us about it in the comments. What comic book titles do you read for inspiration, fun or just good spandex fashion ideas?
Copil writes YA the same way his mother made menudo: veeeeeeery slooooowly and with lots of tripe. You can follow Copil's stream of consciousness (such as it is) on Twitter (@copil).