Y'know, I realized there is one thing that you can do for me. If you joined my group: link Group numbers don't mean much of anything but it is a nice reflection of souls you've interacted with in the travels of one individual on the web.
Well, let's start with what I recommended in comic shops.
When I was growing up, Comic shops resembled gangs of NY in the Warriors. You didn't cross the lines in your support. While so much has changed in NYC, you get to experience the feel of all of these stores that are literally maybe 1 mile away or a 15 minute subway ride from each other.
and AGAIN, in this town...NYC is the Constantinople of the USA. That being when the Roman Empire was in decline, the East never missed a beat. Recession? Dunno about that. Rent and property continues to sky rocket. Print is dying? Dunno anything about that. Comic book stores struggling? Don't know anything about that.
That's why I was shocked I had to take a bus outside of the downtown area of Austin to reach the famed Austin Books...and still can't believe you can't do online ordering on their site because that's a big part of how the NY stores make their money and pay rent.
The best art museum in NYC is PS 1 in Jackson heights, Queens. PS=Public school and literally, they built an international museum of contemporary art out of a public school.
The other museum that is quite interesting is, Cooper-Hewitt Design museum...The Frick, Neuve gallerie, and Folk art museum are fantastic and more comprehensive breakdowns of genres as opposed to the MET which is the amusement park of museums.
Never liked he Guggenheim but that's just me.
Since you seem to like off the beat museums, I would go to the Gagosian gallery. Since there are too many to type, I would go up and down 19th street to the 24th street between 10th and 11th ave. Along that area, there are a lot of marked and unmarked galleries. One building I think has 18 galleries within a building. Name escapes me, since I became a family man I don't have as much free time. Anyways, Chelsea is one area.
The other spot is the Drawing Center in Soho.
As for comedy Clubs, Carolines is one where second tier comics work.
Back to comic book stores, they are territorial in NYC, so I would compare Midtown comics (there are three branches in Manhattan) with Forbidden Planet (Union Square) with St. Marks (East Village), and Jim Handley's Universe. The crowd is different as well as the feel of the stores.
NYC is not really family oriented town. It's more for late twenty something single professionals. If you want to avoid tourist spots, avoid Times Square, herald Square, Grand Central...I would explore Alphabet City area, East Village, spend time in Brooklyn, Queens. How much time do you have?
It would help if you narrowed it down because every thing and anything here is available 24/7. For example, comic book stores. There are 19 just in Manhattan 14 miles long and 4 miles wide. Do you like low key, open very late, more intimate, more old school, what kind of community?
No problem there. In fact, I should have just used that, I've been trying to find it in the podcast tabs. And yeah, my encyclopedia LEOG stops somewhere around Volume... I'd say 3, but it's been a while since I had to use it, and I think my brain purged all that so I can do the Geeks@College archiving (No, that isn't a shameless plug... well, it's not an intended shameless plug)
I actually didn't like ME1 when I first played it. I got bored with it and quite. Then when ME2 came out, it was getting such RAVE reviews that I figured I'd give it a shot, and god DAM is that a great game. So after going through the game twice to play it differently each time, Porter from the site convinced me to give ME1 another shot.
I still don't like it nearly as much as ME2. For me I got tired of every place I went to in the game looking exactly like every other place I'd been, only with the crates moved around a little so that I'm supposed to think it's not the same place, and I absolutely HATED that rover that you had to drive around. I NEVER want to have to drive up another rocky cliff side in that thing ever again. I did however really like the story, and that's how I ended up playing ME2 for a 3rd time, because I wanted to see how my ME1 save file would effect my game, and it actually changed a lot of things in some very cool ways.
There are things I liked about ME1, but to me ME2 is just head and shoulders above it. The graphics are drastically improved, all the places you go look unique, the story is much tighter, and I like the combat more. The only thing I didn't care for, is the same thing most people didn't care for in it.. :-)
Can't wait for ME3, I just hope Bioware doesn't screw it up with all the Multiplayer non-sense they keep spewing about it. Sometimes they say it will effect the single player, and sometimes they say it wont. That's fine if they want to tack on some Multiplayer I'll never even look at, but making it actually have an effect on how my single player game works is just lame.
What did you think of the end of Red Dead? That was some pretty intense stuff. Rockstar is really good at telling good stories in their games.
I thought Arkham City was GREAT, and I loved that ending with the Joker.
I TOTALLY get what you're saying about Skyrim. I actually bought it about three weeks ago, and haven't even started it yet. Not because I think it's going to be a bad game, but because I'm afraid of how much of my life it's going to suck up. Ha ha. :-)
I forgot about you recently getting the PS3. How's the gaming coming along? Which games have you finished so far? I saw in the lounge you're working your way through ME2. Great fucking game. I've actually played through it 3 times now, and I NEVER do that with games.
Hey Seek, just in case you missed my response I'll repost it here:
Holy shit, that is a hard one Seek...
As much as I could argue easily the other way in a second & this answer changes from day to day, I'm going to give the nod to Mark Waid. So much of what Johns was able to do with that book in terms of story style/telling is because of what Mark Waid laid down. Waid took a character who was little more than a jerky carbon copy of his mentor Barry in every way & made him & him into a real person & hero. Waid created the sandbox that Johns got to play in. Without Waid there would never have been any Speed Force or Bart Allen & any Flash fan knows how important they are!
Johns' strong suit was making Keystone into a real breathing place with a vibe other than "generic city" & making the Rogues (especially Captain Cold) menacing & cool again while giving them real personalities. almost everything else that he did, no matter how cool or inventive, was done on the framework Waid built. Once Johns resurrected Barry we got to see how Johns' would have reinvented the Flash if left to his own devices & that run is viewed as a mixed bag at best.
I really could keep going on this, picking out finer & finer details for contrast/comparison until doomsday, but I'll just reiterate that I'm picking Waid & leave it at that.
Hey Seek. I'm sure you've finished up with "Breaking Bad" by this point. It would be great if you drop a post in the TV dudes to let us know how you thought season 3 wrapped up. Also, "The Leo of Cost Rica" just posted and interesting question about Walter in there that I'd like to see your thoughts on as well. :-)