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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.

Following last weeks tragedy in New Zealand, where 50 Muslims at prayer were shot dead by a white terrorist. Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern has already committed to change the countries gun laws with broad agreement from the other parties to do so (Beats the hell out of "Thoughts and prayers" as an approach).

She has also made the unusual, but highly commendable request that the name of the killer not be mentioned by the media or politicians, and to remember those innocents who who died rather than the terrorist who killed them.

Denying someone who sought notoriety their name is a powerful move and we would request that it be followed here, if this topic comes up in discussion below. Let us instead remember the names of Daoud Nabi, the 71 year greeter at the Mosque, or Naeem Rashid, who chose to tackle the gunman, and the others.

The more recent shooting in the Netherlands is also being investigated as a terrorist act, but very little is known about it yet.

New research shows that your brain doesn't settle down into an "adult" pattern until you're probably in your 30's, which might be reassuring for you, but still means I'm running at least two decades late.

This weeks sensory analogy for Brexit is having metal fillings and biting down on tin foil... that has been connected to the mains power supply.

The UK's already heady mix of farce and political thriller took a definite soap opera turn, when last night the Speaker of the House (an independent arbiter who keeps order in the House of Commons) unexpectedly utilised a precedent dating back to 1604 to prevent the Prime Minister from bringing her twice rejected deal back for a THIRD vote without any changes, on the grounds that that's not how these things are supposed to work. Both Brexiteer and Remainer groups are claiming it as a victory, so make of that what you will, but with 10 days to go before we exit by default, it's all getting rather desperate.

(I will note that POTUS 45 chose to weigh in, saying how disappointed he was by PM May's handling of Brexit, and that he'd offered negotiating advice which he is sure would have helped if she'd used it. Given his last negotiations were that humiliating mess of meeting North Korea's leader that went exactly nowhere. Well, draw your own conclusions as to why a longer served, more experienced, leader chose to ignore him)

"Heorodotus proved right after nearly 2,500 years", is not something one expects to see too often, but is the case this week! , which has confused historians because there was no evidence found that such boats ever existed, has been found at the bottom of the Nile.

Miraculous has aired another two episodes, "Animaestro" which, despite a lot of clever meta (It's about an animated movie of ML being released in-universe, which uses the abandoned anime style the series was originally going to use, and is directed by Thomas Astruc, the series actual creator, who plays himself in the episode.... sort of), manages to make Marinette somewhere between distinctly unlikable and outright creepy (Siding with Chloe in a nasty-minded plan and letting her selfish obsession with Adrien become something rather disturbing to watch), and "Oblivio", which is the exact opposite, a cleverly thought out, well written story involving nobody remembering who they actually are and trying to piece things together.

Also, full marks to the Doom Patrol TV series for their adaptation of the Decreator storyline from Grant Morrison's run, which retained nearly all the bonkers elements of the original (with a few bizarre Cult members cut for time and budget I suspect) and cast Mark Sheppard as Willoughby Kipling (The sort of street wizard John Constantine can feel superior to). It also had a better, IMHO, resolution, though some of that is down to them realising that if you're paying for Alan Tudyk and Timothy Dalton on the cast, it's better to use them than not.

Also a quick, if conditional, recommendation for "Love Death and Robots" on Netflix, a compilation of 18 animated shorts on various sci-fi topics. Whilst there are legitimate concerns about how women are presented in many of the stories (There's a LOT of sexualised female nudity, whilst men almost entirely keep their clothes on) there are a couple of very good stories in there, my favourites being "Fish Night" which has a definite Ray Bradrury short story vibe to it, and "Three Robots" which has the titular characters touring a post apocalyptic world with a lot of wry commentary.

Also, a trailer for Toy Story 4!

Date: 2019-03-19 01:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alicemacher
I'm a recent (like, the last several weeks) convert to anime (thank you, My Hero Academia, Puella Magi Madoka Magica Kill la Kill, Folktales from Japan and others). This has whetted my appetite in turn for a better understanding of Japanese (apart from the few words and phrases I've managed to pick up while watching with English subs). Anyone have suggestions for getting up to speed with basic Japanese comprehension, apart from going to school? Web sites, books, games and similar informal, free-or-low-cost resources... I'm open to 'em all.
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Date: 2019-03-19 02:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deh_tommy
I think Duolingo is pretty good for learning other languages (especially for something free).

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Date: 2019-03-20 12:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skjam
Best luck!

Date: 2019-03-19 01:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cyberghostface
Deadly Class finale is on tomorrow. Really enjoying the show but the comic not as much (I’ve only read the first two books though). It’s nice seeing Benedict Wong and Lana Condor as leads after Fox and Marvel both wasted them in their respective superhero franchises.
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Date: 2019-03-19 01:51 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] shadur
It now looks as if the shooting in the Netherlands was a targeted "honour killing" -- the shooter went specifically after one person and the people trying to help her.

This has not, of course, stopped either our local crop of islamophobic populists, nor the ever-hungry Katie Hopkins, from milking the tragedy for all the hate they can squeeze out of it like the amoral ghouls they are.

All the /other/ political parties did the decent thing and suspended campaigning and debates for the day despite a vote coming up soon, and the police and rescue workers canceled the strike they'd been planning. So all in all, while this may still be a horrible event, I'm more proud than angry with most of my countrymen for our collective response to it.

Date: 2019-03-20 02:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
Thanks for putting "honour killing" in quotation marks, I'm glad people aren't using the term uncritically anymore.

Date: 2019-03-19 02:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
(There's a LOT of sexualised female nudity, whilst men almost entirely keep their clothes on)

Worse...a lot of the male nudity is of the fan-disservice variety. (Dracula's desiccated dong, Pearly's pendulous prick.)

Annoyingly, probably the worst example of the weirdly sexualized women out of the episodes I've seen so far (I'm up to Zima Blue) is also otherwise my favourite - Good Hunting. Gur fhetrel fprar orvat gur jbefg - juvyr gurer'f tbbq fgbel ernfbaf sbe ure gb or anxrq, gurer'f ab ernfba vg pbhyqa'g or oybpxrq fb jr qba'g xabj fur pubfr n unveyrff sbez - naq gur snpg Lva jnf tvira na nangbzvpnyyl pbeerpg obql sbe ure iratrnapr gur zbfg onssyvat. But the story (even the sex work parts, which just didn't need to be shown so explicitly), and the world it portrayed were interesting, if depressing.

It's worth noting that the show began life as a pitch for a new Heavy Metal movie, which makes the mix of puerile and profound unsurprising.

Date: 2019-03-19 05:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lissa_quon
Yea - Kelly Turnbull (of Manly Guys doing Manly Things fame) - did a twitter thread discussing Good Hunting. She was more or less like "I get what they were probably intending but the way they did it - probably could have been handled better."

Alas "A lot of sexualized female nudity, whilst men almost entirely keep their clothes on." describes a lot of sci-fi and fantasy art so I'm hardly surprised. Just tired. So tired.

Date: 2019-03-20 12:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverhammerman
It's a very mixed bag I think, and it's honestly kind of spoiled for me by the treatment of women. Even outside of the most egregious stuff like The Witness, Good Hunting, and Sonnie's Edge, there's this sort of background radiation of misogyny that's really off-putting. It's not universal, but it's in a lot of the shorts and a lot of times it feels like shorthand for "This is on Netflix and it's for ADULTS, so let's throw in some nudity!"

All the major creators are men if I'm correctly informed, and you can really tell. The whole thing's just so dude-ly and uninspired at times, which is all the more disappointing given the great work from female creators at Netflix like She-Ra or Russian Doll.

I won't be entirely negative, there are a few really fun shorts, Ice Age, Blindspot, Sucker of Souls, and Suits are all pretty good, but I felt like the series wasn't as good as I'd hoped.

Date: 2019-03-19 02:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
When I first of the mass shooting in New Zealand (before I knew the location), I figured it was here in the States. That's what we've come to here: another day, another mass shooting. >:(

My sympathies to the victims and loved ones of the victims in New Zealand.

Amazing how a government responds by trying to tighten up gun laws, eh?

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Date: 2019-03-19 03:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deh_tommy
Destiny 2's newest DLC is out now! I'm trudging through Black Armoury so I haven't done much beyond the initial questlines, but I had fun with what I've played so far. I'm especially intrigued by all the new lore and story bits that got sneakily sprinkled in.

I remember really liking Skulduggery Pleasant, but I haven't read anything in the series since Dark Days (though I know the broad strokes of what happens after). Would Resurrection be a good jumping on point, or would I be better off reading the other books first?

On a more serious note, my condolences to anyone and everyone caught up in or affected by the recent shootings. No one should have to go through that kind of thing.
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Date: 2019-03-21 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mrwalker
Oh man, the lore you get by aligning with the Drifter really brings the feels. Still don't trust him totally, but I understand better where he comes from. Hint: it wasn't called the Dark Age because it was fun.

Just got my Thorn a little while ago too. I'm....not proud exactly of HOW, but when you have an endless wave of thrall that can one hit you even above the base power level for the strike, sometimes a little cheese is needed...!

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Date: 2019-03-19 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mazway_75
Have to say, truly impressed by Jon Cryer's Lex Luthor on "Supergirl." Captured the character wonderfully with his arrogance, a mix of Hackman, Clancy Brown and Morrison with how "I'm the man of tomorrow!" and other rants.

Plus, revelation Eve was working for him all along was a fun turn and looking nice.

Date: 2019-03-19 11:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dewinged
I was pleasantly surprised by Cryer's Lex. I think he did/is doing a good job here.

Date: 2019-03-19 04:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cyberghostface
J/w as I haven't seen either how does Doom Patrol compare to Titans and do I have to watch the latter first. Doom Patrol looks pretty fun but I've heard less than positive things in regards to Titans.

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Date: 2019-03-19 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zachbeacon
Doom Patrol is amazing.

Titans exists in a weird place. The trailers made it look terrible. It isn't terrible. It isn't particularly good either. Mostly it's just disappointing in how many times the series is "almost good" only for the creative team to make a bad call that derails it.

Probably the best episode of Titans is a backdoor pilot for Doom Patrol. I would recommend watching it just because it's good TV but it has yet to be referenced in the DP series so you don't HAVE to see it.

Date: 2019-03-19 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thezmage
You don’t have to watch any of Titans before watching Doom Patrol

That being said, Doom Patrol is great, while Titans was hit or miss. Something like every other episode was focused exclusively on Dick Grayson and only about half of the Grayson episodes are any good.

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Date: 2019-03-19 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
The news has come from on high (or maybe down low) that they are making a seventh Transformers movie.
And it's a reboot / continuation from BB.
Which is... well, it's a sort of "eh" moment, because it's not like the first five made any great attempt to keep any sort of continuity anyhow.
Now all we need is to see whether they can keep going, or whether Bumblebee was some astounding fluke.

Saw Captain Marvel at the weekend with the family.
Speaking as someone who, for one reason or another, has just never found Carol Danvers to be an engaging character (not a knock on her, just she's naw my cuppa tea), I thought the movie was... pretty darn good.
Though the Twist with That Character I did see coming, I didn't see the twist with That Other One coming.
Also, that was one adorable cat-monstrosity.
Also also, while I'm not one hundred percent happy about the depiction of Monica, the fact we actually got a Monica at all is still great, and if this is the price that must be paid for it, then alright.
Just so long as we get an adult Monica in all her glory one day.

Date: 2019-03-20 10:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deh_tommy
Aw, I was hoping we would get a conclusion to Quintessa and Unicron before they rebooted the series.

Date: 2019-03-19 08:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tripodeca113
Stan Sakai has announced that starting in June Usagi Yojimbo will be published by IDW. This announcement was actually made back in February, but I missed it. It’s a bit unexpected as Usagi’s been published by Dark Horse since 1995 and last year Sakai said he wanted to move to a miniseries format. Apparently the new series will be in colour and they plan to rerelease previous trades in colour.
The opening three part story will be about Bunraku (a type of puppetry) and apparently features “the return of a long-awaited fan favorite character and Yokai (Japanese supernatural creatures).” (I hope its Gen, but maybe its Tomoe)

Star Wars Resistance’s first season has ended, and it seems to be alright. I’m curious about how they’ll tie it into The Last Jedi, but I guess we’ll find more out in next months Star Wars Celebration.

One episode to go until The Walking Dead has the fair. I’ll miss you Ezekiel… Unless they change that.

Date: 2019-03-20 12:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadwing
If we are dealing with the paranormal I'm betting the character is Sasuke whom we haven't seen in awhile. While Dark Horse was good for Usagi I'm happy about the move to IDW, this means more Usagi/TMNT crossovers perhaps one where Usagi lands in NY rather the Turtles landing in Usagi's World.

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Date: 2019-03-19 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thezmage
I’ve been reading some old Grant Morrison Doom Patrol issues because of the show. Frankly, I expected it to be a little weirder.

I’m a little bit curious as to how characters like Rebis and Danny the Street were received by the transgender community in those days. I’m not particularly well-informed on offensive tropes but I feel like they skirted a bit close in a few places. Cliff kept calling Rebis “Larry” in the beginning, for one thing

Date: 2019-03-19 10:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alicemacher
I'm not sure "transgender" is the right term for Rebis. After the Negative Spirit fused Larry and Eleanor together, the person now identifying as Rebis used first-person pronouns, so "bigender" would be more accurate, at least in today's terminology. (As with other nonbinary gender-identity terms, "bigender" had yet to enter common usage -- or possibly even be coined? -- at the time Morrison's run first came out.)

But yes, regardless of era, Cliff was misgendering his teammate by calling him "Larry." He even flat-out said, when Rebis corrected him for the third time, "Part of you is still Larry, so I'll call you what I want." Not cool -- though as with the Triple Goddess's attitude toward Wanda's gender in Sandman, the specific character's perspective is clearly not the story's, nor by extension the writer's, perspective.

Danny the Street doesn't read to me as transgender, either. In the comic I believe he's described as "transvestite" (a term which, granted, then as now was commonly confused with "transgender"); furthermore, he "speaks" in a camp fashion, suggesting he's a "drag" street, who may or may not be gay (hard to say, given the lack of "straight," "bi" or indeed at all sapient other streets in the comic). Also, if I'm remembering accurately, Danny never corrects the other characters as to name or pronouns, which suggests he identifies as male.

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Date: 2019-03-19 09:11 pm (UTC)
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"This weeks sensory analogy for Brexit is having metal fillings and biting down on tin foil... that has been connected to the mains power supply."

For the second or third time? Tasty tasty electrified foil. Sigh.

Date: 2019-03-20 12:17 am (UTC)
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Now into the live fire section of the training,where we take actual calls--but with heavy supervision.

I'm running a Toastmasters Presents: Table Topics event at Minicon; would anyone like to help me come up with good questions?

Sadly, the anime & manga panel was canceled as we were not able to get anyone who isn't a straight white dude to volunteer as a panelist. Perhaps next year.

Over at my blog, I review a manga about literary references: http://www.skjam.com/2019/03/18/manga-review-bungo-stray-dogs-01/

Date: 2019-03-20 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] owlbrigade1
"


(I will note that POTUS 45 chose to weigh in, saying how disappointed he was by PM May's handling of Brexit, and that he'd offered negotiating advice which he is sure would have helped if she'd used it. Given his last negotiations were that humiliating mess of meeting North Korea's leader that went exactly nowhere. Well, draw your own conclusions as to why a longer served, more experienced, leader chose to ignore him)"


That isn't really a reflection on Trump, much as I would like it to be. It is more that May is an insecure control freak who has never, ever, listened to anyone else's advice (famously so) and is utterly convinced that she is the only person who will ever have the right answer for anything. It doesn't matter who is giving her advice, whether it is Trump or not, they will never be worth listening to for her.

Date: 2019-03-20 08:23 am (UTC)
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Enjoying the heck out of watching "Craig of the Creek" . I feel closest to Kelsey, but J. P. always makes me laugh.

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