Weird question: I just started crossfit in the past month or so and i love it. I am pretty scrawny and not super naturally athletic so i am like the class clown, but I really like it anyway. Wondering though, I am getting some neck pain and weird intense headaches. Have you had any injuries/physical issues with crossfit? What have your challenges been? I am thinking of also trying yoga for strecthing etc. Anyway comic-wise i wait for trades, so i'm wicked excited for Primer in a couple weeks!
I experienced those headaches early on… really intense pounders that would essentially force me to stop the workout, and they would last for hours and even days. The first one I got, I considered going to the ER. At the advice of my coach, I made the following changes:
I increased my sleep overall, especially the nights before a WOD. I would try and get a minimum of 9 hours sleep. I hydrated like crazy, even drinking a pedialyte or gatorade on the way to the box. And I made sure I had a good breakfast a couple hours before, lots of protein, fats, and good carbos. The headaches stopped immediately, and over time I was able to dial back some of these measures and determine what, for me, was the thing I needed to do to avoid the exertion headaches… for me I found I don’t need QUITE that much sleep, I don’t need the pedialyte at all, but I do need a decent amount of food. My breakfasts are some sort of meat, almonds mixed in plain full fat greek yogurt, an apple, and a lot of water.
As far as your neck, I don’t know. I assume you have a good coach so just ask them, it may just be a matter of a minor correction in form or the need to stretch better. If your gym offers a mobility class, try it out (it was hugely helpful for me). Yoga is good too, for a variety of reasons. If i had the time in my schedule, I would probably do 50/50 yoga/CrossFit.
I was never particularly athletic… I ran track in high school and was a skateboarder and snowboarder for a good while, but I dislike formal competition and in no way do I have the mentality that most people think of when they think of an “athlete”. Which is why CrossFit, I think, has been so great for me. I like the data-collecting aspect, the ability to scale and adjust for a personal fit, to compete against myself, and the range of people and types that I share my workouts with (all ages, all genders, all body types, etc).
I realize I never followed up on the breast cancer fundraiser I did, after the actual event took place. I won’t bore you all with the details of the workout, but it went well and it was a good time and I enjoyed this great sense of community and mutual support.
You all helped me raise $810 bucks, which is enough for ten people in need to get mammograms, and collectively my gym is providing for over fifty screenings. So well done, everyone.
The MARA shirts should be coming back to me now and I’ll mail them straight away.
When I was younger I used to be pretty active with fundraising and political demonstrations and charity work, but since the kids came I’ve had little time to do anything beyond writing checks. This is just the first step in what I hope will be me re-engaging in a more personal and direct way for the causes I believe in. Will keep you all posted.
When I was 15, my mother collapsed suddenly and was diagnosed as having a very aggressive – well, its always aggressive – glioblastoma, a brain tumor. And she was terminal, was only a matter of time.
It took the entire rest of my time in high school for that to happen, and when I look back, I don’t remember much at all about school. I remember friends, my first girlfriend, and I remember skating and snowboarding, some music… but the overwhelming memory is visiting my mom in the hospital, sitting in waiting rooms during multiple surgeries, her resting in a hospital bed that got installed in our living room, and the gradual degradation of her abilities. Being woken up by her seizures at 3am, helping her to the bathroom, trying to learn about macrobiotic food, tying her head scarf, and her constant, frustrating, and profound memory lapses. She stopped being my mom at some point, essentially, and I could barely process any of it, logically or emotionally. I’m ashamed to say that I shut down in my heart and my soul, and that’s my biggest regret, looking back. She tried to talk to me, to prepare me, to share with me, but I was a kid and I couldn’t handle it at the time. And then two months before I graduated, she was gone. My older sister came and picked me up from school. We rented some videos, I think, both of us numbed out and in shock.
That was in 1990. My mom was a single mother from the time I was five, and I had lost my father when I was still in elementary school. As a parent myself, not a day goes by, and I mean that literally, that I don’t think about her and the immense effort and level of personal sacrifice it took for her to raise three of us that way. She was robbed of her life past age 47, the time meant for her to relax and enjoy her children and grandchildren, and live a life for herself. Her famous (almost) last words, I’m told, were “I wish I had more opportunity to wear purple.” She also had a magazine cutout of Sean Connery on her hospital room wall, I’m a tad mortified to say. No idea who put that up for her.
A few years ago my wife’s mother finally passed away after close to a decade battling breast cancer. I never knew her when she wasn’t sick. When we got the news, I broke down, and I knew I was finally letting go of some of the denial and pain I bottled up for twenty years. And I can finally say, in a clear voice, that I miss my mom.
I went to college with the little bit of money from the sale of her condo. I have a few photos to show my kids when they ask. She took me on several amazing trips to Scotland (she was first generation American) before she got sick, which to this day fuels my creativity and my imagination and my writing. My daughter has her height, and my son has her eyes. I have painful memories and regrets I’ll probably spent the rest of my life working through, and I’m fine with that.
I’ve been looking for some way to use whatever meager platform I have to do something… partly out of thanks to the cancer organizations that helped us out way back when, partly to atone for so many years of inaction on my part. I’ve always donated money, but always knew I could do more. This breast cancer fundraiser is small in the grand scheme of things, but profoundly important to me personally. I realized the most important thing I have isn’t some marginal platform as a comics writer, but all of you, the people reading this now. So I don’t just thank those of you who donated, but everyone listening to me talk about it here.
So on November 9th I’m participating in a fundraising event at my gym for Barbells For Boobs - a nonprofit that provides breast cancer screenings for women. This is important, and I do this in honor of my mother, my aunt, and my mother-in-law, each claimed by cancer.
I always figured I would revisit Northlanders in a new form, do another series on Vikings, make use of the unused stories. I had made it something of a priority, actually, and have been telling people about it.
Now, I don’t know. Maybe that’s lazy of me. Also, perhaps dangerous to try and capture past glories. Maybe its better to do something new, to pick a different historical era and create rather than repeat? To do something as out-of-the-box as Northlanders was at the time.
So I probably will. I already know what it is. Try and guess.
I want to thank you for having Jubilee in your X-Men book. I love what your doing with her. I can't wait to see how her raising a kid is going to work with doing the hero thing. My question is this Is she going to carry Shogo into battles or are we going to have babysitters involved? Like Grandpa Wolvie or Aunt Kitty? Again thank you for telling interesting stories.
I’ve devised ways for her to bring him on missions - we’ll see that in my issue #6, and ongoing from there. Trying to keep the babysitting to a minimum; there’s no point in having Shogo exist in the book if he’s not a full part of Jubilee’s life, and vice versa.
Here’s a list of upcoming collections… this is all from Amazon and so subject to adjustments.
Nov 20 - X-Men Vol. 1 “Primer” Dec 18 - Conan Vol. 14 softcover Dec - The Massive Vol. 2 Jan 15 - DMZ Book One (Deluxe Edition) Jan 15 - X-Men: Battle of the Atom HC Jan 22 - Conan Vol. 15 HC Mar 4 - Ultimate Comics X-Men by Brian Wood Vol. 3 Apr 22 - X-Men Vol. 2 “Muertas”
I’m going to put these up for sale midday Monday EST.
This is a “trilogy” of shirts, SOLD ONLY AS A SET: a viking-themed The Massive shirt that directly ties into the story arc that starts with #16, a Northlanders Plague Widow shirt and a Northlanders Icelandic Trilogy shirt.
They are printed on super soft, American-made tri-blend tees.
I had 24 sets printed up. I kept a set for myself, comped two others, which leaves 21 sets in men’s sizes small-2xlarge. No advance sales for past customers. Follow my twitter (@brianwood) for updates on Monday. Here’s the store.
I haven’t figured out the price, but I think they’ll be a little cheaper than I typically sell shirts.
Stay tuned. These are cool, my favorite shirts to date.
So I posted to twitter just now that my run on Ultimate Comics: X-Men will conclude, and Josh Fialkov will pick it up. My last issue will be #33, and counting the Point One issue we did, that’s twenty-one issues unbroken.
I also posted that I have three issues left to write on my 25-issue Conan The Barbarian run. Now I’m getting asked for a status check on all my projects, so here we go:
Conan - 25 issues in total (Riccardo Burchielli is drawing the final arc!)
The Massive - continues as planned, towards its 30-issue goal.
Star Wars - I’m contracted to write up to #20. That’ll almost certainly be it for me.
X-Men - ongoing and open-ended.
Mara - final issue very soon.
So that’s a few things ending. I’ve been talking to publishers and editors and artists about new things, but nothing to announce yet.