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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.

In the latest round of musical chairs, Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci, new White House Press Secretary (and apparent American Psycho cosplayer) departed his new role after ten days and at least two foul-mouthed tirades, in what the Pres descirbed as "a great day".

John McCain divided opinion on every side by voting to progress the repeal of Obamacare, but then seemed to score a political victory by basically setting the whole thing up to fail.

Trump's random, out of the blue, and frankly despicable, decision to ban all transgender personnel from US Armed Forces, blindsiding the likes of y'know, the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, deserves special condemnation in his many, many attempts at deflection. Mercifully the Joint Chiefs repsonded by saying they had no plans to change any of their policies on that topic at the moment thank you.

The UK military even made a point of denouncing the policy.

The BBC has a nice (if unfortunately headlined) piece up about young woman who owns and manages a comic shop in Chelmsford. We wish her success!

At the other end of the scale, Marvel writer and editor Heather Antos faced some frankly horrific misogyny when she posted an innocent selfie on Friday afternoon, though thankfully she gained a lot of support from other fans and professionals.

We mourn two ladies of remarkable impact on entertainment media.

Legendary voice artist June Foray has died at the age of 99, a woman whose career as a voice performer began on radio ten years before World War II started, and continued on into the world of animation in the 40's (She's perhaps best known as the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel) and her last credit is listed on IMDB as being 2014 (Still playing Rocky though now aged 97). She worked in so many shows, adverts, films and media, that it would be impossible to list all of them, but chances are if you've seen a Western animation in the last.. ohhh, say 70 years, she was either in it, or someone she inspired to get into voice work was.

Also, Flo Steinberg died last week. Technically she was Stan Lee's secretary, but actually she was one of the most driving forces behind Marvel's interactions with it's fans, in letter columns, fanzines and the like during it's massive growth phase from 63 to 68. As the person responsible, it would seem, for everything not directly linked ot wirting and drawing comics, her impact in the growth of Marvel should not be underestimated (nor was it, not least by Stan Lee). Her eventual leaving due to a denied request for a $5 pay rise reflects a situation that hasn't really changed since, alas, but let's remember and celebrate Fabulous Flo Steinberg for her work in building the brand.

Oh, and whilst not as sad, we should note that Andrea Romano is retiring this week, after 30 years as a voice director for WB animation, during which time she was voiceover and casting director on a couple of shows you may have heard of, starting with the original DuckTales, and then others like "Batman the Animated Series" and "Avatar: The Last Airbender". Thank you Ms Romano, and enjoy your retirement!

Date: 2017-08-01 10:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
Just got back from Bruxelles. It was nice to spend a lot of time with my childhood friend again. When she comes back to Italy on vacation to visit family and friends, she usually only has a week or less to see everybody, so the two of us can barely spend an afternoon together. She kept inviting me to come visit her, I'm glad I was finally able to :)

Got some nice souvenirs: a wonder woman mug from the museum of comic books, and two very fine handmade lace handkerchiefs (...which were actually too expensive for my budget, but I got a mayor weakness for fine handmade stuff >_>)

I also greatly enjoyed the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. They were also having an exposition on live poisonous and venomous animals. Those giant hairy spiders wouldn't even need their poison to kill me, if I saw them in the wild I'd have a heart attack ^^"

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Date: 2017-08-01 10:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoboiko
Good for them, because the big hairy ones generally have no poison to harm a human. The dangerous ones are small and unassuming, like brown recluses.

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Date: 2017-08-01 10:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skjam
I take a look at a classic novel of 15th Century France at my blog: http://www.skjam.com/2017/07/29/book-review-the-hunchback-of-notre-dame/

And because I can never get out of crisis mode, my landlord has decided not to renew my lease and I need to find a new apartment again.

Date: 2017-08-01 11:17 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
Jonathan Coulton's Solid State came out last week and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. It isn't that it's bad but I can't help but notice the apparent lack of novelty songs about things like giant squids and mad scientists.

Date: 2017-08-01 11:35 am (UTC)
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It's official! The CW has cast Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibny/The Elongated Man in season four of the Flash!

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Date: 2017-08-01 02:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lb_lee
Huh! Not sure he matches my image of the character, but still photos aren't the same as acting. Look forward to seeing what he does with the role!

Date: 2017-08-01 11:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] informationgeek
What a week of politics, eh?
Anthony Scaramucci rolls into town as the new White House Communications Director, Sean Spicer resigns, Trump addresses the Boy Scouts in an ugly as hell rally, Trump bags on Jeff Sessions the entire week for staying out of the Russia investigation, Sessions' DOJ declares LGBT protections in the workplace don't exist, McCain flies in to Washington for a healthcare vote where he votes for the process to move forward, then at 1:00 AM Mitch the Turtle tries to shove through healthcare reform in a skinny form and is shut down by McCain, Trump lashes out McCain, Trump tries to ban transgender servicemen & women through a tweet, the army tells him that's not how it works, Scaramucci tells Sarah Sanders she should wear more makeup & smile more, he misses the birth of his son after his wife divorced him nine months into her pregnancy, Scaramucci has a horrifying interview with The New Yorker where he says Bannon sucks his own wee-wee, it comes out that Trump made Priebus kill a fly during a meeting, Priebus is fired after he gets off a plane, John Kelly is brought in as the new Chief of Staff, and then Scaramucci gets the boot himself.

Phhhhhheewwwww! Hell of a year last week was, wasn't it?

Date: 2017-08-01 12:31 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
I can't believe we live in a world where "the President talks to kids about a sex boat" may be the least newsworthy thing you mentioned.

Date: 2017-08-01 02:49 pm (UTC)
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And then Trump earned the everlasting ire of all (well, a good portion anyways) Warhammer players by tweeting that there's no chaos in WH.


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Date: 2017-08-01 11:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] informationgeek
In lighter news, I started playing Miitopia, a fantasy RPG where you cast every character as a Mii either by choice or randomly. It's a ton of fun and there's a lot of silly moments that I'm doing an article on it for the site I work for. Here, have a look at just one image from the game I captured:

Date: 2017-08-01 01:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] speedingtortoise
I'm impressed that you managed to capture Gar's facial expression as a mii!

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Date: 2017-08-01 12:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoboiko
Living in Germany while doing linguistics piqued my curiosity about the famous linguistic pioneers, the Brothers Grimm, who all of you obviously know from Grimm's Law in historical phonology, as well as their seminal role in Germanic dialectology, lexicography etc., with methods and results that are remarkably relevant even today. (Here's a little-known piece of trivia: apparently they've also compiled a minor short-story anthology of some sort.)

A fellow manga fan I had met long ago on the Internet happens to live in Marburg, so I went visit over the weekend. Marburg an university town where the Grimms did much of their research, and it also features tons of traditional architecture and a bonafide medieval castle. Everything was fascinating.

My Grimm infatuation led me to read a few articles about their life and work, and one name that popped up again and again in these articles was William Morris' (1834–1896). I had never heard of this Britishman, and now I can't understand why. As all of you also surely know, the noted philologist J.R.R. Tokien also dabbled in fiction sometimes, though his fiction was more of an excuse to exercise linguistic theory by doing elaborate language games with the prose itself, like making up English words to fill voids in the philological record, or playing with registers and lexical strata to create an impression of antiquity. (An excellent introduction to Tolkien's linguistic way of fiction is Shippey's). Well Morris was the pioneer of the approach; he wrote early fantasy and semi-historical novels, playing with deep Gothic philology and uncanny, mythopoetic English prose/poetry, and his unworldly, scholarly take on fiction was a direct influence/model for Tolkien. Except that, in stark contrast to Tolkien's politics and ethics, Morris was also an early socialist and activist. And a founding figure of the Arts & Crafts movement, and a textile designer of note. And a book designer & typographer, setting up what today we'd call his own indie retro press, trying to revive some of the beauty of ancient, ornate books & manuscripts.

Just who was this guy and how come I've never read him?!

I'm now fixing that glaring personal deficiency. Morris' œuvre is long since in public domain, but downloading an epub to push onto my Kindle would feel like some sort of peccatum mortalis; and yet one can't quite open a tab to Amazon and buy an authentic Kelmscott Press illuminated 19th-century edition. Luckily, there's a modern-day indie retro shop, Eccentric Press, who offers several of his novels in affordable yet worthy editions. I got The House of the Wolfings and can vouch enthusiastically for its elegance, hipster value, and sheer typophile nerdiness.
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Date: 2017-08-01 01:06 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nightauditguy
I've been playing a lot of Lego Dimensions lately, probably more than I should, but on the plus side I'm up to 750 out of 1016 gold bricks found.

Date: 2017-08-01 01:42 pm (UTC)
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If you're in the mood for a game that's part BioShock and part Sonic the Hedgehog, give Valley a go.

It's maybe 7 hours if you aren't any good at it, but some people could probably blitz through faster.

Date: 2017-08-01 01:45 pm (UTC)
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I had a discussion the other day with some people who a) didn't understand why Heather Santos was upset with people saying that she and her pals were the problem in comics b) objected to diversity in comics and c) objected to politics in comics.

The last part was from somebody who had Morrison's Animal Man as his avatar, but didn't class it as a political work.

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Date: 2017-08-01 02:05 pm (UTC)
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A foulmouthed communications director leaves his post.

Wits everywhere table their Malcolm Tucker comparisons for another day.

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Date: 2017-08-01 02:51 pm (UTC)
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I caved and bought Dream Daddy because I could play a trans guy in it.

I'm finding it pretty chill and enjoyable! Though it took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that when one of the characters are happy, those flower-petal looking thingies that poof out of them are actually eggplants.

The game doesn't even hide that they're eggplants either. They're just eggplants. But I guess my brain refused to accept that as a possibility, and decided they must be flower petals.

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Date: 2017-08-02 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] xakko
I do wish Andrea Romano the very best in her retirement.

She was responsible for so many of the voices of our lives. From DuckTales, as you said, to the Warner Brothers renaissance with Tiny Toons Adventures, Animaniacs and Pinky & the Brain, to the voices of the greatest expression of DC's heroes ever on screen.

She was responsible for so much joy in my life.

Date: 2017-08-02 01:41 am (UTC)
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It looks like there is no "Tales from the Crypt" reboot at TNT, as done by M. Night Shyalaman.

The stop (or delay or whatever) is regarding the rights of the stories. Which makes sense. HBO's "Tales from the Crypt" got their stories from all sorts of EC series. They must not be "in bulk" or whatever the term is. IIRC, one HBO episode was an adaptation of "The Chaser" by John Collier, just MUCH more violent.


Not exactly off topic, but... (NSFW)

Date: 2017-08-02 10:40 pm (UTC)
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I haven't really been enjoying Dangerously Chloe since Shouri left. I don't know, but I feel that's been getting really uncomfortably raunchy (well, the story was always about a Succubus living with humans, but now the series feels (to me) like a bad fanservice anime, where plots are just an excuse to get women in provocative, sexual, or sexually provocative situations, often without regard to how creepy or trashy the whole thing can seem).
•Men are unfaithful slaves to their hormones who will abandon their girlfriends and significant others at the chance to kiss a pretty lady. That, or Chloe and Pandora used their lust powers to effectively roofie them, which is just as bad.

•The titular character sabotages the main protagonist's chance at potential happiness and effectively condemns him to eternal damnation by by ruining his date, since he needs to be in a loving relationship with someone to escape a faustian bargain he accidentally entered into. She is never called out on this: this has not been addressed nor does anyone know.

•Teddy, the main protagonist mentioned above, is turned into a bisexual woman against his will or consent after driving Chloe into a primal frenzy by having sex with someone else due to a psychic link they share (which he was unaware of). This situation could have been avoided if Chloe never sabotaged the date mentioned above, but Teddy's treated like a villain for daring to have a sex life without thinking of Chloe even though he had no idea about the effect the act would have had on her.

•Teddy gets special pheromone powers (which no one tells him about, despite other people knowing about said powers) which make her attractive to anyone who sees her. He acts uncharacteristically exhibitionistic by then having sex with just about everyone in his class, both male and female (and, since they're only attracted to him because of aaid pheromones, he's been effectively raping them). Unless I'm reading too deeply into things, this arc also implies that either (a)everyone's a closeted bisexual, or (b)sexual orientation is just something that can be flipped like a light switch (which, again, since that's being done with chemicals and pheromones, feels really skeevy and creepy).

•Teddy gets "pranked" by being filmed in compromising positions (at one point being filmed masturbating) without his knowledge or consent. Her Father is then brainwashed into marrying said prankster and having loud sex with her every night. This drives Teddy to run away from home and sell her body as a stripper (he was told that he had to lie about his age to be accepted, which also means he's underage).

(on a more positive note, Magick Chicks Is back)
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Re: Not exactly off topic, but... (NSFW)

Date: 2017-08-03 05:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Yeah, a lot of people have had issues with Dangerously Chloe, lately. Think Dave needs Giz to rein him in a bit.

On the up side, Alchemy has returned, and since their blood was instrumental in starting this whole debacle, maybe that's a sign that we're heading for an end to it. (Since people have been complaining on the Pixy Trix boards (with a surprisingly small number of dissenters*), I'd hope Dave would have gotten the point that it's not the best thought out arc.) Sidenote...I love Alchemy so damn much, even if their uncontrolled genderswapping is a bit annoyingly heteronormative.

* The pushback I got (not, I feel I should probably point out from Giz and Dave) when I pointed out that Yuki was repeatedly sexually assaulting Zii was disturbing. Some people believe wanting consent is kink shaming! Since Zii was accused of crossing the Moral Event Horizon for daring to have consensual sex with someone's mom...
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