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Hour 24 and counting: Late-night thoughts on The Avengers

Why am I awake at 5am posting on my blog without having gone to sleep last night? I think this photo explains it all:

I’m too excited to sleep!

Yes, that’s me waiting for the midnight showing of Marvel’s The Avengers to start.

After a few years of looking forward to this blockbuster and several weeks of working hard to avoid as many spoilers as possible, it was finally time at 12:01 am this morning to sit down and watch the Holy Grail of comic book movies.

Honestly, the last 24 hours were the most nervewracking in my countdown as my impatience finally got the better of me.

Scott at the PlayhouseSquare Golf Par-tee before Avengers

It didn’t help that Thursday was a scheduling nightmare with me waking up at 4 so I could work 7 to 6 and then some mini-golf at PlayhouseSquare’s Partners Par-Tee.

Afterwards we headed home for a large gulp of coffee. Even more than the jolt of caffeine, @PoiseinParma’s advice on Twitter is what helped me get through the day:

She’s going to make an excellent yogi one day soon

I even gained a bit of sympathy for Twi-Hards along the way (however, I still detest the books and movies). I  finally get their complete obsession as I’m pretty sure 3/4 of my tweets yesterday had to do with The Avengers and comic books (in my defense, though, The Avengers stands tall above Twilight in terms of quality).

So, how was the movie? It was everything I wanted out of The Avengers and then some. You won’t find any spoilers here, though I’ll admit one scene ranks as the most deserving ass-kicking between 2 people I’ve ever witnessed in a movie.

And as with Iron Man and the other movies leading up to this, be sure to stay til the very very end of the final credits.   We watched so many people leave right at the beginning of the credits who missed out on some exciting and hilarious extras.

Even my Traveling Hulk got to enjoy the movie

While I am completely biased (so take this for what it’s worth), I think non-comic book fans will enjoy The Avengers a lot too. Although the action sequences are a thing of beauty, Joss Whedon really succeeds by making it a funny, endearing, quirky ride.

This is not surprising for those of us who have been Whedon fans for awhile. If The Avengers was your first taste of Whedon and you want some more, I personally recommend the shortlived but cult favorite Firefly (as well as its followup movie Serenity) and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

The man is a master storyteller and writes pitch perfect characters. The Avengers was no different with Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk portrayal being the best Hulk I’ve seen to date.

E 9th St in downtown Cleveland, where a lot of the footage for Avengers’ epic NY battle was filmed

Of course, if you’re from Cleveland, you may be eager to see whether there were enough shots of our city to justify shutting down parts of downtown last summer. Without wanting to spoil things, I can say The Avengers utilized the city much more than Spiderman 3 did – especially with a certain Berlin exterior scene.

Plain Dealer columnist and comic book writer Michael Sangiacomo put together a nice article that covers a few of the The Avengers scenes featuring Cleveland.

For those who haven’t read the comics or are familiar with all of the characters, Sangiacomo also offers this helpful primer on The Avengers.

Scott and I enjoying some Steak ‘n Shake after the movie (I got a mint shake in honor of my favorite Avenger)

All I know is I was so jazzed after seeing it that I am STILL awake enough to stay up and write this blog post after inhaling a late-night burger and milkshake. And I definitely plan on seeing it again…very soon.

I hope you do too…and feel free to share what you thought of it in the comments below. Good or bad. I may dress up with Hulk gloves in my free time; however, a well-articulated opinion even if it’s different than my own won’t make me ‘hulk out.’

Of course I’ve been awake for 24+ hours so I don’t think I’d have enough energy for you to see me get angry, even if I wanted to.

Not tired yet of all this comic book talk? Check out my earlier post on comic book creators from the Cleveland area.

Vote, Vote and Vote Some More for Cleveland!

What do the Social Media Tourism Symposium, The Avengers and Donate Life Ohio have in common? Read on, then vote!

Those who know me off-blog know that I can be a competitive person. Maybe not as competitive as Mad Men’s favorite copywriter Peggy (who was described in last week’s episode as so competitive she “races people to the toilet”), but when it comes to a person or place I’m proud of, my competitive streak can quickly get fierce.

That’s why I wanted to share that Cleveland needs to be represented in not one, but three contests currently going on. It’s easy to participate in all three online contests and show some CLE pride:

(Logo from SoMeT12)

Social Media Tourism Symposium

The Symposium on the Use of Social Media in the Tourism Industry will be held November 7-9, 2012. And right now, Cleveland is in the running to host the conference.  However, before we can be the host city, we need to win SoMeT12′s brackets-style Facebook contest.

Which means, it’s time to vote!

Last week, Cleveland edged out Kansas City in the last seconds of the first round to continue to Round 2.  Starting today (April 4) at noon and running til 11:59pm tomorrow (April 5), we take on #1-seed Knoxville, Tennessee.

You can help Cleveland make it to the Final Four by visiting www.facebook.com/SoMeTourism today and tomorrow and casting your vote for Cleveland! Then encourage everyone you know to vote by sharing the link on your social networks and with family, friends and coworkers.

The symposium is a combination of destination marketing organizations like Positively Cleveland, hotels, resorts, attractions and other tourism related entities sharing ideas and learning more about how social media is effecting promotion within the travel industry. To host this event would be a great win for Cleveland and our city as a travel destination.

You’ll need to “Like” SoMeTourism on Facebook, then go to the Cleveland/Knoxville Matchup tab between today and tomorrow to place your vote. You can also follow @SoMeTourism on Twitter for more information and use hashtag #SoMeT12 when spreading the word about voting for Cleveland.

(Logo from Donate Life Ohio)

Donate Life Ohio’s Digital Donor Designation Drive

In honor of Donate Life Month, Donate Life Ohio has launched a statewide Digital Donor Designation Drive via Facebook. Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo are facing off in a friendly competition to see who can drive the most participation and encourage people in these five cities to register as organ donors and help save lives.

Visit this Digital Donor Drive’s tab on Donate Life Ohio’s facebook page to “check in” on behalf of Cleveland.  While there, you can also learn more about what it means to register as an organ and tissue donor and you’ll find a link to the BMV’s online registration.

The city with the most participation at the end of the month will be named the winning city and 50 people from that city will be randomly selected to win a t-shirt. However, everyone involved will win knowing that together they helped save lives in Ohio.

Why it’s important to participate and learn more about organ/tissue donation:

  • More than 111,000 Americans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. More than 4,300 of them are from Ohio.
  • 18 men, women, and children die each day in the U.S. because the necessary organs were not available to meet the need. Statistically, that is one Ohioan every other day that loses their life because a life-saving organ transplant did not come in time.
  • A single donor can save the lives of up to eight people and heal up to 50 more by donating vital organs (heart, two lungs, two kidneys, liver, pancreas and small bowel) and tissue (corneas, bone, fascia, skin, veins, nerves, tendons, ligaments and heart valves).

(Avengers Poster from marvel.com/avengers_movie)

Bring The Avengers to Cleveland Early

As an avid fan of both Cleveland and comic books, I am counting down the days til The Avengers movie opens on May 4 (we’re only a month away!!!).  I plan on seeing it multiple times, including a midnight screening the day it opens.

However, 5 additional cities will join LA, New York City, Chicago, Houston, and Miami in getting an early screening before May 4.

Those five locales will be announced on April 9 and the winner will be based on how many people from a particular area “like” The Avengers on Facebook.

Although NewsNet5.com reports that The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is finalizing details with Disney’s Marvel Studios for a special advance screening in Cleveland, let’s put the odds even more in our favor by visiting www.facebook.com/avengers and liking The Avengers on Facebook.

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Cleveland is a hard-fighting city, which is one of my favorite things about living here. So, join me in showing that CLE tenacity and vote for these wins!