I have to admit, it’s been a rough couple of weeks for me.  Perspective dictates that I remember how lucky I am in the grand scheme of things, but it’s still been Not Good.  If it weren’t for the fact that I spend my days locked in a bunker being yelled at by strangers, I’d say I needed to stay away from the internet, but what I really feel like I need are a few hopefuls stories.  ‘All-Star Superman‘ is always a good one for me, as are innocuous sitcoms and goofy cartoons, but it’d be nice to have a few more go-tos, leading to today’s slowly-improving query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) supposes that having my favorite films end with the protagonists either dead, exploded, sucked through a collapsar or leaping off a bridge doesn’t really help in this situation, asking: What hopeful stories do you turn to when thing seem bleak?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Sometimes I find joy in YA entertainment can lift me out of a funk. Particularly boosting to my spirits were finding shows like “The Odd Squad” and “The Inbestigators.”

  2. Malone_hasco on

    All-Star Superman in the best in traditional capes and tights department. Also, most of the “girl’s high school club” and “boys’ sports team” style anime shows or manga.

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