Instead, I’m surfing the net and obsessing about all the little things that I love. And I’m wondering if it’s unhealthy. I mean, everyone needs a little distraction in life. A little escape. Most of the time, I escape into the worlds of my own creation, but sometimes I need someone else’s world.
My long-time love affair with Bruce Wayne started when I was young, watching the Adam West/Burt Ward Batman and Robin show. At that time, I loved Robin, but then I was very young and foolish; not realizing the wonderfulness that is the complexity of Bruce Wayne. My love cooled over the years until the early ‘90s when the Adventures of Batman and Robin cartoon was released. The art was beautiful and the stories were surprisingly rich for a 30-minute afternoon cartoon show. I fell in love all over again. Batman had taken on a gritty, darker feel. He had finally become the tortured soul that most of us have come to equate with Batman.
I love Bruce Wayne/Batman because he doesn’t have any super powers. He’s just a man. Every night he pushes himself to the absolute limit while walking a fine line between good and evil. Handsome, strong, confident, determined, dedicated, brilliant, loyal, and secretly, very compassionate, Bruce Wayne makes my little heart stammer in my chest. The new DC Universe reboot, which will launch in September, has me concerned about what they will do to the Batman canon, but I know they will not change the soul of Batman.
I own a large collection of comics, graphic novels, movies, figures, and cartoons. One dream would be to publish my own Batman story.
Obsession #2: Video games
With E3 in full swing and new video game news being updated almost every minute, I’m frothing a little at the mouth right now. I started, like many people, with Mario Bros. on the original Nintendo. It didn’t work out well. However, I later became a PlayStation addict when I discovered the beauty of the Final Fantasy games. SquareEnix (once SquareSoft) is the creator of the Final Fantasy saga and has always been on the cutting edge of both exquisite graphics and mind-blowing stories. As a writer, I have always been addicted to a great story, where others are into killer game play. For me, it’s always been about the characters and the stories, which the Final Fantasy series has always delivered.
In fact, the only time I have cried at a video game was a Final Fantasy game! Yes, I cried and I had even known how it was going to end before I played the game. Final Fantasy VII shook the gaming world when it was released so long ago. Just a few years ago, they released a prequel (Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core), in which there was only one way for it to end. Despite that, I fell so deeply in love with the characters that I cried at the end.
I’ve noticed in the past few years, game developers have started paying more and more attention to the quality of their storytelling. Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series has been equated to watching a brilliant action movie. And Ubisoft’s Assasson’s Creed series has proven to be a graphically lush dream.
But the point to all my rambling is that Batman and the brilliant storytelling team at SquareEnix has not only provided me a valuable escape from the world, but it has taught me a lot about storytelling and character development. More often than naught, it more than a story about a journey to accomplish some great deed or vanquish some evil foe, it more about the journey into one’s soul to learn more about oneself.
So, what do you obsess about? What makes your heart race? What are you protective of?