Sep. 11th, 2018

Big Nemo

Sep. 11th, 2018 08:58 am
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With “Big Nemo”, the whole pitch is basically within the two word title. I was thinking, "What would have happened to Little Nemo if he had grown up?" -- Alan Moore

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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.

POTUS 45, twice the ego and half the IQ of regular Presidents, has dismissed Bob Woodwards book on his time in office (so far) and promised to write his own... I assume it'll come with a little box of crayons to colour in the pictures, though based on past experience, even that may be tricky.

Chaos reigned more than usual as an anonymous Senior Administration source within the White House wrote an Op-Ed piece for the New York Times about how they are subverting him and trying to prevent him doing too much damage. Whether this is a noble act of rebellion, or dangerous precedent of usurping elected authority is still being discussed, and I suspect will be for years to come.

The UK has had to deal with Boris Johnson being Boris Johnson, normally a fate I wouldn't wish on anyone, but I think he's earned it. His wife has kicked him out, his ill-considered, and tastelessly phrased (to say the least), diatribes have been vilified by even the Right Wing media, except The Sun, and his constituency may cease to exist in boundary changes are agreed (And no one will convince me that Theresa May didn't enjoy a brief, if wintery, snmile at the idea of that AND former Brexit Secretary David Davis's constituency suffering the same fate)

Controversy surrounds the actions and reactions of Serena Williams and an umpire at the US Open final

The Indian Supreme Court has struck down an old Colonial-era statute banning same sex relationships and banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

A new teaser for Doctor who, confirming the launch date of Season 11 as October 7th has aired. Maybe a LITTLE heavy handed as far as metaphors go, but I'll give them one, and the "Whoops!" sells it in a very Doctor-y fashion. Also interesting to note that it's now been moved to a Sunday, which is the BBC's "Prestige Drama" evening, so they are serious about this. Also, this is likely to allow an earlier, more family oriented timeslot. TV landscapes having changed since 2005, Saturday night has been overtaken by the likes of Strictly Come Dacing, which is a couple of hours long, and meant that Doctor Who was pushed to a later and later timeslot, allowing more mature stories perhaps, but doing no favours to the family viewership that it had once had.

At long last, Carapace has debuted in Miraculous Ladybug, in the new Ananasi episode!

The next Kingdom Hearts game will include a big Hero 6 world

Finished Disenchantment and remain... somewhat unengaged. I appreciate the world building but this should not have been ten episodes long, given anything approaching an actual story arc didn't kick in until episode seven or so.

Also finshed "Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas" anime, and do understand why it being cancelled mid arc like that still rankles.

A teaser for Netflix' She-Ra and the Princesses of Power has aired. giving us a first look at the animation style in motion (same animation studio as Voltron I believe)

And speaking of Netflix, their new series; "The Dragon Prince", from the creators of "Avatar: The Last Airbender" debuts this Friday.

And "Happy New Year!" to those celebrating Rosh Hashanah.
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"I'll never forget standing in Totleben's studio [...] and getting my first look at the pages of art he was sculpting (yes, sculpting) for this story. [...] Metallic scraps shared space with pasted-down photos of machinery on a base of heavy illustration board, a crazy quilt of almost Gigeresque 'biomechanics' [...] At the center of each page was our beloved protagonist, composed of retouched photographs of a tiny model of the character that John and I had molded out of Super-Sculpy, various resins and actual bits of mold and vegetation. [...] It was stunning, and I'm sorry to say that as beautiful as the printed version is, it is but a pale shadow of what I saw and held that night. If only today's computer production techniques could resurrect what that original art embodied!"
-- Stephen Bissette, TPB introduction, 1988/2011

Trigger warning for rape, albeit of a somewhat abstract sort.

'The ghost was growing a body, a sentient tumor from the substance of my own.' )
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Alan Moore: I think the reason that the '90s would be crying out for this type of material has to do with imagination. To me, imagination is the most valuable currency in comics. Whenever comics start to get lazy, you can see it fall back upon the sort of traditional things to get the reader's attention. Either the violence level will go up, the size of the guns will go up, or maybe the size of the female characters’ breasts will go up. Nothing against these things in their own place and time, but if you want to see large breasts, there's much more interesting places to see them than in comics. I think the same goes for guns and violence as well. The thing that got me--as well as all of us, I'd imagine--interested in comics was the world of imagination that they opened. I think that that's probably the essence of comics for most of us. I wanted to re-inject that sense of imagination into comics, and make them fun at the same time. - Source

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Tying up the slenderest of plot threads and allusions from the three preceding volumes, The Black Dossier, and the Nemo trilogy into a dazzling and ingenious bow, the world’s most accomplished and bad-tempered artist-writer team will use their most stylistically adventurous outing yet to display the glories of the medium they are leaving; to demonstrate the excitement that attracted them to the field in the first place; and to analyse, critically and entertainingly, the reasons for their departure.

Opening simultaneously in the panic-stricken headquarters of British Military Intelligence, the fabled Ayesha’s lost African city of Kor and the domed citadel of ‘We’ on the devastated Earth of the year 2996, the dense and yet furiously-paced narrative hurtles like an express locomotive across the fictional globe from Lincoln Island to modern America to the Blazing World; from the Jacobean antiquity of Prospero’s Men to the superhero-inundated pastures of the present to the unimaginable reaches of a shimmering science-fiction future. With a cast-list that includes many of the most iconic figures from literature and pop culture, and a tempo that conveys the terrible momentum of inevitable events, this is literally and literarily the story to end all stories.

Commencing as a six-issue run of unfashionable, outmoded and flimsy children’s comics that will make you appear emotionally backward if you read them on the bus, this climactic magnum opus will also reprint classic English super-team publication The Seven Stars from the murky black-and-white reaches of 1964. A magnificent celebration of everything comics were, are and could be, any appreciator or student of the medium would be unwise to miss The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: THE TEMPEST.

-- Publisher's press release

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(Cable #156'd happened after the Messiah War.)

Cable was in his New York safe house when Nate Grey crashed through the roof.

The unconscious youth was hooked up to medical equipment.

He awoke later: " Run! It's coming for you!!! "

It, Cable's techno-organic enemy Metus, arose from the equipment.

Nate leapt at it.

" This thing was coming for you!

" I tried to warn you and failed. "

" You don't deserve a brother. " said Metus, smashing Nate aside.

He advanced towards Cable, tanking shot after shot.

" I was there when you two first met. I hoped you'd end him.

" But you wanted a new friend. Someone to play with.

" Part of you knew I would come.

" All these years.. you haven't learned! You're not allowed! "

" Metus, please listen to- "

Nate blew Metus' head off.

Cable grabbed the staggering boy and timeslid them out of there.

The remains of Metus receded. )


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