Nov. 20th, 2018

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Tom Strong was an attempt, with all due respect to Siegel and Shuster, to pretend that they had never happened. How might those original thoughts evolve? -- Alan Moore

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The mood is basically an Agatha Christie Murder Mystery. This is pulp and light. It just happens to star riffs on some of the most intellectual writers of all time. As such, we kind of mock them. They’re trapped in this kind of story – and this story kills them all.

At the same time, this is a story about form. What is comics? What is prose? Is illustrated prose just a comic with a really big caption? This is arguably the most modernist issue of WicDiv that we’ve ever done. As such, we’re saying the exact opposite to the above as well – that we are the successors to these geniuses, and this is our ultimate tribute to them.

My tongue is in cheek with the above, but perhaps less than it should be.

-- Kieron Gillen

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New, old release hitting Amazon this week: the ebook version of Rip and Teri, a webcomic I wrote in the early post-9/11 years, which I'm making available again after a long hibernation. Like anything I wrote more than five minutes ago, it raises mixed feelings in me, but it got some solid reviews back in the day, so I hope you'll enjoy this little taste.
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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.

The California wildfires are devastating on scale I can barely conceive of. Caught a radio interview with the one of the Firefighters Union representatives, and they mentioned that a lot of the firefighters in and around the former town of Paradise and environs mobilised early and some still don't know if their own homes and families are safe, but just keep working. Now that, gentlefolk, is what you call heroism.

In what might be described as exquisite irony if it weren't so serious, it's been discovered that Ivanka Trump used a personal e-mail account for hundreds of e-mails about official White house business. You know, that little thing her daddy dearest ranted about Hillary having done (Which she did) as if it were one stop short of using occupied orphanages for heavy ordinance practice.

Brexit is... well, shit got real last week. Theresa May presented a deal that had taken two years to reach and, to be blunt, no one remotely likes it. Her own party are split on it, Labour dislikes it on reflex (mostly) and the Democratic Unionist Party (A Northern Irish party whose ten votes are pretty much the only thing giving the current Government a majority, thanks to more or less outright bribery) loathe it. So it's chances of getting through Parliament are... not high, but she's ploughing on, pointing out that it's the ONLY deal which is available. The extremists in her own party are trying to get a vote of No Confidence and oust her, but even probable Sith Lord William Rees-Mogg can't get enough support for that.

Memorably, one Tory MP objected to May's Brexit deal because it meant Britain wouldn't have any MEP's at the end of it. I can't cope with that level of stupid anymore.

It's getting to the point my last hope is Sam Beckett Quantum Leaping in to someone to set things right.

In happier news, the new She-Ra series arrived on Netflix courtesy of "Lumberjanes" creator Noelle Stevenson and it's a blast IMHO. The character designs and motivations are varied and interesting, the plots are tight, there's some excellent world-building for future series to delve into, and if you think a single one of these characters is remotely 100% straight, you're deluding yourself! :)

There's been the usual moaning from the usual suspects with comments like; "They don't look like they did?" (Why should they? and that just means they look more like... y'know people, and less like designs based on action figures trying to use the same moulds as often as possible) or "There are no empowered straight white male role models" (As a more than slightly privileged, not-straight, white male let me be the first to invite those upset by that to cry me a river) or "She looks like a boy" (Because heaven forfend a girl of about 14 or 15 should look anything less than supermodel curvaceous and sultry) and, a personal favourite, "This show now has an agenda!".

Just for comparison I watched a episode of classic 80's She-Ra and after some very sincere and well-intentioned, if slightly heavy-handed, messages about teamwork and doing the right thing and a few rather witty one-liners from noted writer JM Strazynski (Who'd go on to write babylon 5 and some of my favourite Ghostbusters episodes too), the one I picked had a coda at the end little rainbow clad goblin guy (Loo-Kee?) literally do the fourth wall breaking "Hey kids, today I want to talk to you today about a real problem: drugs" speech (In his squeaky high pitched goblin voice). Yeah, the NEW show has an agenda. (Again, not wanting to chastise the old series too much for that, Lou Scheimer did some sterling work in the field of advancing non-white-male heroic leads in his series and there's a nice interview with him about his She-Ra work here.

Roll on Season 2!

This weeks Doctor Who was an odd one, on one level an amusing sort of RTD like romp inside "Kerblam!", the galactic equivalent of Amazon and a deadly threat from an unlikely source, but on the other hand it DID seem to suggest that the capitalist monopoly with a disturbing level of staff monitoring and exploitation levels of work for minimal pay, was the GOOD guy. Weird.

To end on a rather emotional, but lovely, moment, the Children in Need telethon was last week, and as often happens the Doctor Who cast got involved. Not only is this touching and heartfelt and just warms your heart but check out how great the TARDIS set looks when NOT shot from the odd angles the show keeps using.
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Margot Robbie posted this image on Instagram which has been confirmed as the formal title for the the movie, so prepare yourself for

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

The cast so far is;

Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the Helena Bertinelli/Huntress
Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Dinah Lance/Black Canary
Rosie Perez as GCPD Detective Renee Montoya
Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain

I didn't know it had been announced that Ewan McGregor will be the villain, as Black Mask, which could be interesting.

The storyline is that apparently after breaking up with the Joker, Harley gets involved with the three heroes in saving Cassandra Cain from some plan the Black Mask has.

Writer is Christina Hodson (Who wrote the forthcoming Bumblebee movie, which actually looks to be a FUN TF film, and will be writing Batgirl)


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