Monday, February 3, 2014

"Well, I'm back," he said.

Hello again.  Sorry it's been so long.

For a variety of reasons, I've decided to start blogging again. Not sure what I'll be writing about, but I will be writing. Probably daily.  I never really meant to stop. I just meant to write a few other things, which I thought would take me a few weeks but somehow have stretched into seven months.

Anyway, just finished a fourth draft of "Superman as Myth and Folklore." Sent it off to the publisher last week (I finished three other deadlines last week, too), who may or may not want to publish it. We'll see.

What really got me to return to blogging (which I hope to continue on a daily basis for a while) is this picture:

It came up on a google image search for Superman, and the link to the original page is broken. I haven't been able to find anything specific about it other than the summary from google: "Pedro Sanchez, a dwarf bullfighter dressed in a 'Superman' costume from the Superlandia group, flips near a calf at the Plaza de Toros La Macarena in..." That's it. That's all there is. So I dug into the internet a bit.

Plaza de Toros La Macarena is in Medellin, Colombia. I've found the photo on a number of sites. Superlandia seems to be a group of bullfighters in Colombia who dress in all sorts of costumes.

I'm not sure what to make of bullfighting anymore. It was cool when Bugs Bunny did it in the cartoons. Hemingway wrote a book about it (Death in the Afternoon). It's a topic I never expected would come up when studying Superman. And yet here we are.

What all this means is that my book and my research barely scratched the surface of Superman material, and I have been working on it for nearly five years.

So, if you've been checking daily for the past seven months, wondering when I'd return to blogging--wonder no more. It's today.

More to come.

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