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I suppose one of the recurring themes in my work is to gleefully remove all trace of sentimentality from sentimental things (or to inject it into unsentimental things) just to see what happens. Hence, it’s no big shock that one of the central theses of Godshaper–and one of my favourite pub rants–is that religion really is just another technology. -- Si Spurrier

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"Here’s the thing. A lot of fantasy stories, especially in our post-Tolkien world, feel the need to bombard us with intricate histories, Machiavellian politics, copious family trees, cultural ontologies, blah blah blah. It’s as if they’re faintly embarrassed by their own unrealness, and need to overcompensate with a bunch of very grown-up detail.

"For me, The Dark Crystal is the purest expression of imagination-led fantasy. It doesn’t care about being a grown-up. It cares about extraordinary places and wondrous creatures. It cares about love and learning and doing the right thing. It cares about trees with tentacles, rocks that sing, girls made of fire and gemstone bats."

"The primary joy, in fantasies like this, is to leave your earthly adulthood at the door and go on an adventure somewhere beyond your dreams. That’s a note I’m determined to strike with this comic."
-- Si Spurrier

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Hook Jaw #2

Mar. 1st, 2017 07:30 am
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"Comic relief is the greatest force in all of horror. There’s no creeping dread without a sigh of relief and a nervous chuckle. That’s especially true when you’re playing with the nature of heroism. In typically perverse narrative fashion we wanted to present an array of characters who — in any other story — would play the protagonists. And then we set about making them look as pathetic as they truly are." -- Si Spurrier

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Hookjaw #1

Jan. 23rd, 2017 02:24 am
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"The real beauty of all this is that with even the slightest bit of research it quickly turns out sharks in general — and Great Whites in particular — are a million times more fascinating, mysterious and impressive just by being themselves, than the current crop of wanky sharksploitation B-movies could ever make them with all their techno-hybrids, tentacled CGI and shrieking bikini cliches. Even the cinematic elephant in the room, Jaws, on whose coat tails the original Hook Jaw set out pretty explicitly to ride to glory, leans on a bunch of super lazy assumptions about its eponymous monster. The notion of sharks as dumb, solitary, indiscriminately murderous eating machines was already shabby by the standards of Jaws‘s day — by today’s orthodoxy it’s positively primitive." -- Si Spurrier

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"Spending much of today feeling sorry for Simon Fraser. Which is to say, writing Doctor Who." -- Si Spurrier

Featuring: Titan Publishings's "Way to get around the fact we don't have the rights to visually depict Daleks" #21:

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"We all know someone like Lou: the one who strives so hard to be organized, to be ambitious, to participate in the anodyne rat race around her like a good little consumer ... but just can't do it. She's got too much chaos in her. The tragedy of Lou, and a billion people like her, is that nobody's ever told her it's okay to be chaotic." -- Si Spurrier

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"Want there to be a season of DW where at the end of literally every episode the alien menace is revealed to be just some guy in a costume." - Si Spurrier

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"Dearly beloved is doing a b/g rewatch of Star Trek: The Next Generation while she works. I now realise I see Doctor Who as basically Q-in-a-box." -- Si Spurrier

"The main challenge I find writing Smith is not to over-write him. He lends himself to train of thought dialogue. Things occurring to him in an instant. Jokes, ideas. He is almost too easy to write dialogue for, which is a problem in itself. You look at a page of script and there's a tonne of dialogue there, and it might be very good dialogue, but comics are a visual medium. If you have a page filled with voice balloons, it's going to be a dull-looking book." -- Rob Williams

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Weavers #2

Aug. 12th, 2016 03:12 pm
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'Super-heroes work gorgeously and entertainingly when kept in, y'know, super-hero universes. Recognisable but distinct, like I said (and yes, “the ancient past” does count). Start trying to impose the archetype upon our own inconveniently complicated, paranoid, connected and irrational world and there are really only two outcomes: one is that you wind-up telling grimhook de-constructivist stories about how kinky, simplistic, silly, impractical, tyrannical or venal the whole notion is. The alternative is that you start teaching a generation of young comicbook readers that we really do (or, worse, should) live in a tidy world where everything can be reduced to good-versus-bad. ... With Weavers I wanted to do something that changed the emphasis away from that tiresome old tension between exaggerated fiction and grim reality (“two tropes enter, one trope leaves”).' -- Si Spurrier

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Weavers #1

Aug. 8th, 2016 04:23 pm
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'Weavers is me blowing psychedelic raspberries at a particular sort of crime story, and a particular sort of super-hero story. The sort, in either camp, which takes itself way too seriously. Said raspberries are delivered by liberally infusing that suit-wearing, power-having, pistol-waggling, crime-fighting, shallow-grave-digging mixture with my present aesthetic of choice, which is probably best described as “Lovecraft-meets-Del-Toro-with-added-smirking”.' -- Si Spurrier

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"With a little extra insight under our belts we discovered that what started out as an amusingly non-pompous, non-thoughtful, non-sensible foil to the Doctor's more machiavellian excesses was recast as a surprisingly complicated and weirdly relatable character. Sure, he's a psycho-killer with a sword, but he's also an eternal victim who's turned his loss and pain into rocket-fuel to keep him going." -- Si Spurrier

Well, Titan Comics finally made their Free Comic Book Day offering available digitally, so I finally have a chance to read and post this...

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"The werewolves of London are chihuahuas compared with the hardier breeds we have out here in the regions. With Cry Havoc Si Spurrier, Ryan Kelly and their ingenious colour and design cohorts unveil an electrifying account of black ops, black dogs and weaponised folklore that is unlike anything you've ever seen. Best in show." -- Alan Moore

"The supernatural spec-ops comic for grown-ups. Literary, human, complicated, bloody, horrible, compulsive." -- Kieron Gillen

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