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My thoughts on the "Applejack is a background pony" joke.

So there's a joke about Applejack being a background pony that's been going around the fandom for some time now. Believe it or not, I understand why people feel this way. I don't agree with it, mind you, but I understand it. Applejack just doesn't scream "look at me" as loud as the rest of the Mane 6 do. Rainbow Dash has her boasting, Pinkie Pie does the most random things you ever saw, Rarity has a certain flair for dramatics, Fluttershy squees and talks to animals, and Twilight Sparkle is freaking princess for crying out loud. Mean while, Applejack is just there, quietly being awesome.   I won't lie to you, when I first started watching the show, Applejack wasn't my favorite pony, in fact she was near the bottom of my list. Watching the show for the first time, it was so much easier for my to pay attention to the plot and the "louder' characters. In fact, Applejack was still at the bottom of my list after I'd caught up on all episodes of Friendship is Magic, it wasn't until I started rewatching episodes that she began to stick out to me.   During that second watch through, I already new the plot and the resolution, so I was able to focus in on some of the minutia of the series. This is the stage where I truly fell in love with not just Applejack, but My Little Pony as a whole. There's a difference between shows you can enjoy the first time, and ones you can watch over and over and always catch something new; Friendship is Magic is one of the later; and when you rewatch the episodes, I highly recommend paying extra attention to Applejack.   As many of you know, a lot of what I love about Applejack is how much she reminds me of wife. They are two of the hardest working folks I know, they both have a country upbringing, and a strong devotion to their respective families. It was during the rewatching of Applebuck Season that it snapped in my head. When I saw how stubborn Applejack was in that episode; I knew she was not only my wife in pony form; but also best pony.   But you don't have to be in love with my wife to love Applejack. Applejack is honest and dependable. She is the hardest worker you'll ever see, and the best friend you'll ever have. Sure, she can be a bit blunt at times, but only because she tells it like it is. And you know what they say... "A true friend will always tell you the truth, even if it hurts." And trust me friend, I'm telling you the truth... Applejack is best pony!

The JLmle

The JLmle

 

Binder Find; Crate o' Comics

So my wife and I will go dumpster diving from time to time. We live in an area where the houses are separated by alleys and everypony throws there trash into huge dumpsters (or as we call them; binders.) It's amazing the things that people can find and I may post more exciting finds down the line, but I found something unbelievable today!   I was taking out our trash and my Binder Sense (yes, that's a thing at least it is now) started tingling... I walked to the binder nearest ours and sure enough... it was worth the Trip! A crate of 185 comic books! Are your serious? Who throws that out? Even if you're evicting a renter and don't want them I'd think you'd see if you could sell them first... Oh well, my lucky day! Mostly DC comics.   Here's the crate and it's contents spread out... below will be details of each series in alphabetical order   1. The Amazing Spider Man, 3 Issues Seems fitting that the only Marvel Comics in the lot were Spidey, seeing as my Binder Sense is a take off of his Spidey Sense. I got Spider-Man 2099 meets Spider-Man,Spider-Man Final Adventure #1, and one more... Oh and yes, I cheated and used Amazing Spider-Man to get him (and the bad pun first)       2. Arsenal, 2 Issues Can't say as I'm too familiar with this DC title, but I got issues 3&4 of a 4 part premiere so I get to see the last half of the proverbial movie       3. Catwoman, 1 Issue I honesty thought about adding this to the Misc. section at the end; but the cover was too awesome not to get it's own pic!       4. The Chromium Man, 4 Issues Another one I can't say I'm familiar with, but after reading issue 1 and issues 6-8 of this title from Triumphant Comics, I should have a good idea       5. The Factor, 4 Issues Not familiar with this About Comics title either, but now have a good start with issues 0-3       6. The Flash, 35 Issues I'm excited about this one as most of these are in order From the late 80's early 90's I got issues 20-27, 29-58, and 79       7. Green Arrow, 9 Issues A couple of series starts here; issues 1&2 from 1988, 1-3 from 2001 and four random mid 90's titles in between.       8. Green Lantern, 50 Issues Another one I'm excited for with a good stretch of story arc. From the mid 90's we have issues 44, 58, 66, 80-82, 85-91, 108, 111, 113, 115-119, 121-123, 125-128, 130-134, 136, & 138. We also have 5 #1's from different Green Lantern & this or that super hero from October 2000 and a handful of others including.... Green Lantern #53 from June of 1967!!!       9. Robin, 13 Issues 9 Clustered from the late 90's; issues 49-51, 53-56, & 59-60 plus 4 more a bit older       10. Spawn, Blood Fued Issues 1,3,&4. Would be nice to have #2, but since they were all free I really can't complain       11. Team Titan, The Titans, The New Titans, 21 Issues With 4 different Titans Titles to choose from I had to split them somewhere, these are the adult ones, all from the early to mid 90's       12. Teen Titans, 25 Issues The teenage ones; one from 1998, 23 from the mid 80's, and a collection of reprints from even earlier (note the 2 in the second pic are only separate because I accidentally mixed them in with the adult one so they weren't in the first pic)       13. Wonder Woman, 4 Issues 1 issue from 1984 and 3 more from 98-99       14. Zero Hour, 5 Issues The first 5 issues (including issue 0) of an interesting looking DC Title feature many well known characters; Full title is The End of Today, Zero Hour, Crisis in Time (sounds promising!)       15. Misc. "6" Issues The quotation marks are because two of these are the same The 10th Anniversary Issue of Flying Colors, also an AVP title (#1 0f 6 of the Darkhorse Classics reprint), a prelude for Gunner #1, and mini books for Roland; Days of Wrath, and The Amazin Adventures of Frank and Jolly.       Let me know what y'all think of my haul. Not bad for pulling out of the trash, huh?

The JLmle

The JLmle