Okay, we’ve got, like, three announcements. Each, I’d say, is exciting.
Announcement The First: We’re going to be starting up Season Three of Fringe in, oh, let’s say 3 weeks. You’ll want to get your Fringe: The Complete Third Season soon, to have it ready to go when we get ready to go. This is the season where we finally explore The Other Universe well as dip our foot into the waters that are What Walter Hath Wrought.
Announcement The Second: We’ve decided that, after we watch finish watching Fringe, we will tackle BABYLON 5! I’ve never watched it (though I had friends who were addicted). I’ve been told that the first season is, whew, rough but it pulls it out to tell one heck of a compelling story. I’m looking forward to that already. We might even veer into talking about politics from time to time if we keep it friendly.
Announcement The Third: We’re going to start an actual bookclub thing that actually involves, like, reading and junk! We are going to tackle THE SANDMAN! From book the first to book the last, we’re going to go through all of the story arcs and discuss them and tell stories about the year we listened to nothing but Tori Amos back when we still had hair and argue about archetypes, gods, devils, faith, and destiny. We might even veer into talking about religion from time to time if we keep it friendly. Here’s the twist, though: I want me to be the discussion leader of last resort. That is, I want *YOU* to be the person who writes the post that says “Here’s the main plot points we hit, here’s the main thematic notes we hit, oh my gosh did you see the detail in the third panel of page 21, so what thinks thunk you?” and, if it comes to that, nominate one of the other discussers for leading the discussion the following week.
Here’s the main thing I’m worried about for Sandman: not everyone will want to spend, looks like, 10 bucks for each volume of the books from Amazon (and given that there are 10 books in the full collection, that’s $100 and that’s too pricey by about $75 for me to assume that anybody who wants to participate beginning to end should be able to participate beginning to end and I’m not even going to *MENTION* how much The Absolute Sandman books cost) and I don’t know how long the lines will be for checking the books out of the library… so I’m going to ask for thoughts from you all on how best to deal with this in the comments. Once we figure that out, we can figure out when we want to start reading together.
So, like, that’ll get us to 2014. Not bad.