Jan. 8th, 2019

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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 among yourselves.

Due to the timing of the festive season, it's been a couple of weeks since we've done of these, so hopefully you have a lot to talk about.

In the US, the Government Shutdown continues, with POTUS 45 determined to get his damn Wall built and everyone else saying "Nope", to the extent he is making a public address on the matter, .

(Apparently in order to build the wall,
a butterfly sanctuary will need to be built through. As others have noted, if you used this as a metaphor in fiction it would be called trite and heavy-handed, but welcome to reality.

In possibly the most adorable bit of politicking in quite a while, California Governor Gavin Newsom's inaugural speech was disrupted by his two year old son wandering sleepily on to the stage.

In the UK, after a brief lull over Christmas, we're back on the Brexit whirligig, with the pivotal "meaningful vote" that should have happened in December, now set for next Tuesday, but nothing has really changed in the options since then, so it all seems amazingly pointless.

"Into The Spider-Verse" won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature.

Doctor Who's New Years Day episode "Resolution" was worth the wait IMHO, as we finally saw the 13th Doctor face off against an old monster, and a Dalek at that. A little, and only a little, like 2005's "Dalek", the story managed to make a single Dalek (both out of its shell and in it's new, rough and ready DIY body) a lot creepier, nastier and more dangerous than subsequent stories where you have 30,000 of them CGI-ing about waiting for a deus ex machina to finish them in one fell swoop.

This really felt a lot more like a season finale than the actual season finale did. (I could have lived without quite so much about Ryan's Dad, to be honest, but I know a lot of people liked that part too). If we have to wait until 2020 for the next season, this was a good note to end on for now.

Gravel-voiced, character actor W Morgan Sheppard died after a long career covering.. well, pretty much EVERY genre show, animated or live action, in the past several decades. Everything from "Blank" Reg in Max Headroom, characters in multiple iterations of Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Doctor Who (Where he played the older version of the character played by his real life son Mark Sheppard) and.. well, see the list here.

Young Justice (And Mr Sheppard was in Season 1 of that too) Season 3 landed on DC's streaming service, and fan response seems to have been very positive.

Walmart has a new advert, featuring a few vehicles you might recognise. I can only salute the legal team who negotiated the rights to use all of these!!

Prodigy #1

Jan. 8th, 2019 06:17 pm
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“You’re not gonna have a standard family life for him or just a normal relationship with someone, it would be almost impossible. Because there’s nothing you’ve got to say that’s that interesting to him. Every single thing that you’re saying is only useful to whatever he’s thinking about at that point, and he’s kind of heard it all before, and he can anticipate the next 20 things you’re gonna say. So immediately, that makes him insufferable, but at the same time necessary, because he’s the one guy that can get you out of any situation. So whenever your Secret Service has failed, whenever your private investigators have failed, whenever there’s a problem nobody else can deal with, he’s the guy that gets that call.”

- Mark Millar

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I was still committed to progress, which I think was evidenced by some of the very experimental things we did in Tomorrow Stories with Greyshirt and Cobweb, some of the incredibly experimental things we did in Promethea, which I think pushed the capacities, the capabilities, of a flimsy comic book about as far as I have ever personally pushed them. Some of the things we did on Promethea were so smugly clever that I'm still basking in the radiance three or four years later. -- Alan Moore

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