Oct. 25th, 2016

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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like.

Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

All this time there's been something about Trump's rhetorical style which has seemed familar, something I remembered from somewhere but couldn't put my finger on....and now I know what it was. (Seriously, watch the video, it's not a quick one-off gag, it's approaching the genuinely unsettling)

It's Lara Croft's 20th anniversary today!. (I confess I tried to play one, but died so often on the training level I could never muster the interest to play any further)

2016 continues to give the Grim Reaper some serious overtime, and this weeks death list includes Steve Dillon, Jack Chick, Pete Burns and Bobby Vee.

Special note should e given to the loss, earlier in the month, of Michiyo Yasuda, whose work as a colourist for Studio Ghibli helped shape the look of some of their most important films. If you, as many, can recognise a Ghibli movie just from looking at a single image, chances are it is because of her work.

With the end of it's 6th season, Transformers: Rescue Bots has seemingly aired it's last ever episode.

Doctor Who spin-off "Class", premiered in the UK this weekend past to generally positive reviews. It's not entirely clear what target audience it's aimed at, it's an odd mix of Buffy, Torchwood and Hollyoaks (And not always the best bits of each, though I'd say the Torchwood elements work better when applied to a bunch of schoolkids than they did from a team of apparent expert professionals). A surprising amount of gore, some near swearing and a cast of variable quality (though some are excellent) and Peter Capaldi making an appearance in the first episode.

Lynda Carter made her debut in Supergirl as the President of the USA... Oh, if only....
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"It’s a love letter! It’s everything we love about superhero comics. We got it in our heads that we’re probably still four or five years away from being let loose on a Marvel or DC book, so we decided to build our own. Buzzkill already had this rich superhero world in the background and we could go play in that world. It’s a good hook, but without the other stuff it just becomes about what are we going to repo next week and that gets old.

The thing I like about The Paybacks is that in mainstream superhero comics you get a first act and then you’re perpetually in the second act. Spider-Man is always in his second act forever. The thing I like about The Paybacks and Buzzkill is that you’re going to get that third act.

From page one, panel one all of these superheroes have already lost. It’s over. How do you carry on and become a hero again when you’re a slave to the system?"

- Donny Cates


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