Feb. 26th, 2019

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"Comics have always had a pretty rich tradition of telling meaningful stories with anthropomorphized animals. I thought experimenting with that genre in a standalone graphic novel would be a good way to push myself, get away from my usual dumb pop-culture references and shocking cliffhangers. At the same time, I was also hungry to write something that addressed my conflicted feelings about the Iraq War. When I read reports about this pride of escaped lions, everything just kind of fell into place."

- Brian K. Vaughan


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The Oscars were their usual combination of "Of course", and "Really?", though anyone attempting to make a bold fashion statement was pretty much beaten from the outset by Billy Porters amazing Tuxedo gown. Perhaps matched only by Glenn Close's "Aww yeah" reaction to it.

POTUS 45 is having a second summit with North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un. Remembering how well the last one went, the world is not exactly holding it's breath in anticipation.

The Catholic Church has, in the same week, held a four day conference in Rome on how to deal with it's sordid history of child sex abuse and cover-ups, and seen a very high profile case reach it's conclusion, with Cardinal Pell in Australia (a Vatican Treasurer and considered to be the third most powerful official in the Church) being found guilty of such abuse.

Peter Tork of The Monkees, died at 77.

Anything I could say about where Brexit will be by the time this paragraph is finished seems wildly optimistic, as the splits within the various factions and parties are like watching those old graphics they showed in school about how cells divide. Our PM has again delayed the already delayed vote further to the extent that her own Cabinet are rebelling and the only constant is chaos.

And speaking of a warm day in hell, Britain is enjoying some unseasonably warm weather, with the warmest day in February since records began.

Finished The Umbrella Academy's first season, terrific visuals, some great performances (If Aidan Gallagher, the kid playing Number Five, can act like that at 14, he's got a bright future ahead of him) but even though I'm not overly familiar with the title, I rarely felt... surprised by the plot as it unfolded and we desperately needed some

Also got around to finishing season one of "3 Below", the second of Guillermo Del Toro's "Tales of Arcadia" series that started with Trollhunters. More of a slow burn than Trollhunters I felt and some of the affected ways of speaking got old rather quickly (I'm looking at you Varvatos!) but enjoyable in it's way.

The BBC have announced a Doctor Who Virtual Reality special. A 12 minute animated story featuring the 13th Doctor and showcasing the TARDIS console room amongst other locations

And, after searching desperately for something new and upbeat to end on, fans of comedy/horror movies might be interested in Variety's report of a proposed new "Gremlins" project; an animated prequel relating of the adventures of Gizmo (presumably using another name as Gizmo is what Billy named him) when he traveled with a much younger Mr Wing (The character played by Keye Luke in the movies), years before the events of the movies. GIMME! GIMME NOW!

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