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Greetings True Believers! Colonel Green great post about the latest development in the Bill and Kelda relationship. For those not in the know, when Asgard relocated to the great state of Oklahoma the locals and the Asgardians had many funny and wonderful encounters. But the best of them all was when the owner of the local diner met an Asgardian goddess.....

Enjoy the Woobie!

We first meet Bill in issue 2.

Then in issue 6 Bill's recounting a late night stroll of his....

"Bill, born of Bills." Instant Classic!

Ok, those last few lines are hokey, cliche and naive. They are also absolutely beautiful.

Next in issue 9, Bill works up his courage and goes to visit Kelda in Asgard.

Why do I get the feeling that the Asgardian translation of "Kelda" is "My milkshake brings all the boys to the floor."?

And in issue 10, Bill thinks about his visit, his chances and gets some sage advice.

I enjoy this couple sooo much! I really hope they don't disappear into the MU void.

Date: 2009-04-22 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icon_uk.insanejournal.com
I really like Bill, for the same reasons I like Doug Ramsey.

Ordinary, regular people, not remarkable in their own right (at first glance) giving us an insight into a crazy world we might have come to take for granted, and reminding us just how nuts it can be.

Date: 2009-04-22 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] box_in_the_box.insanejournal.com
You know, as much as I enjoyed parts of JMS's Spider-Man run, Thor is a MUCH better fit for his talents as a writer.

Date: 2009-04-22 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
"Then why do you not touch me?"

It could have something to do with the fact that you SPARKLE. Might intimidate some guys.

Date: 2009-04-22 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghosty732.insanejournal.com
My Bill/Kelda love is not satisfied enough because, as great as Thor is, it comes out so irregularly and not every issue that comes out has Bill/Kelda moments... I want to know if he ended up... "touching" her!

Date: 2009-04-22 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghosty732.insanejournal.com
Okay, okay, I just saw this recent thread (http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/243874.html#cutid1) with scans from the newest issue, and I am satiated.

Date: 2009-04-23 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cmdr_zoom.insanejournal.com
Motto to you, and the two posters above ya. ^_^

Date: 2009-04-22 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mullon.insanejournal.com
I worry that some writer will get to him later and shove a bunch of Bible Belt stereotypes into that will make him unlikable.

Date: 2009-04-22 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] colonel_green.insanejournal.com
Adding to the irony, JMS is the kind of writer you can count on for that sort of thing.

Date: 2009-04-23 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashtoreth.insanejournal.com
I'm waiting for Kelda to be revealed as a major bitch leading him on myself..

Date: 2009-04-23 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashtoreth.insanejournal.com
The triumph of experience over hope. And the other Asgardians were a little *too* "Keeeelllllllldaaa!" for me to believe she's sincere.

Date: 2009-04-23 09:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghosty732.insanejournal.com
I always thought that people were reading into that Keeeeeeelllllllddaaaaaa!" a bit too much by equating it to her being promiscuous. It seemed to me that they were just shocked that she had invited a mortal up to Asgard, as the entire conversation that follows between her and Bill is about the culture shock.

Date: 2009-04-23 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bruinsfan.insanejournal.com
Look at it this way: if Kelda's into the mortal guys from Midgard and takes up with a new one every 40 years or so after the previous one passes away, how might that be regarded by nearly immortal Asgardians that form relationships lasting centuries among themselves? She could be looked upon as her society's Tila Tequila and still have perfectly sincere intentions toward Bill.

Date: 2009-04-22 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] neuhallidae.insanejournal.com
Oh, God, I must have laughed for ten minutes solid at the rock bit. Marvel's (currently) Cutest Couple, y/y?

Date: 2009-04-22 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrotwilight.insanejournal.com
Just slightly to a certain character and his eronemos...

Date: 2009-04-23 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regulus13.insanejournal.com
Argh! Shame, shame, woe is me! For I am wallowing in fanboyish squee! I am enchanted, and must find more! D:

Date: 2009-04-23 10:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oddpuppets.insanejournal.com
Ehh, not really a big fan of Bill/Kelda.

First, it's so typical - the 'ordinary', middle-class values, gosh-darnit man, gaining the attention of a goddess-like character (in this case, a real goddess).

Secondly, why? What is so attractive about mundanity, about someone who, as far as I know, has never had the ambition to wonder what's out there, to really explore beyond his roots. Where is the verve for life, the desire to live what years we have to the fullest?

It's not like midwest volk are somehow our moral guide and mindset, as politics throughout the ages have tried to push. As if being closer to the dirt makes you wiser, and more morally correct. History has proved this patently wrong. What I see here is that great Myth of the Wild West, apple pie, a home on the prairie.

Yes, I've read the comics, and the townspeople here are a welcoming lot, but it's almost as if JMS just gave them the stereotypical kind Mid-West township character. That only such down-to-earth people could really accept Asgard. Couldn't happen in the Big City, nope, or say, suburbia. The mythic cultural heartland is where it's at. Just ignore how complex and wonderful human interaction can be, find where the heart's at.


Now, if JMS can give me a reason to care about Bill (which he seems to now, with Bill having the bravery to go after his lady-love), and can avoid just throwing tropes out (Goddess dumps Man because her 'divine' mindset means it's only a piffle) or using them cleverly, maybe I'll take a liking. Maybe.

Date: 2009-04-23 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ohnocuttlefish.insanejournal.com
That art - particularly in the first few pages - is gorgeous.

May I ask who drew it? I'm not following this at all, but if that artist is the main one, I'll probably look at trades.

Date: 2009-04-23 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cmdr_zoom.insanejournal.com
Oliver Coipel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivier_Coipel).

Date: 2009-04-24 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
This is pretty cool stuff. I like how Bill is not your stereotypical down-home midwesterner, but a real guy, fleshed out with real character traits. Sure, he's a big, goofy guy, but he's a BELIEVABLE big, goofy guy - he's not some hulking troll who goes 'Durr' when he can't think of anything, and he's not a 'genius giant' type, either - he's got a brain in his head, but he's no genius; he may get flustered when he messes things up, but that doesn't stop him trying. And more importantly, he has one very relatable motivation - he's someone who had basically settled down to a life of mediocrity, when along comes this amazing, magical, dangerous place and this amazing, magical, possibly dangerous woman, whom he loves and who loves him, and suddenly his world has expanded, and he's not sure how he feels about it. I think everyone can relate to that to some degree. I certainly can.

Date: 2009-04-24 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joysweeper.insanejournal.com
Aaahh, that's cute. I especially like his attempt to teach Asgardians basketball and those two pieces of conflicting advice.

Date: 2010-06-06 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] arxh
Is this collected into a particular trade? I must have it, the art is gorgeous and I quite like the writing. Plus, Bill is awesome


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