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Messages - Apestrife

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 20 July, 2019, 03:58:17 pm »
Alan Moore's Swamp thing saga. I found it to be very cool. Did a good job with it's focus on sex stuff and nature's beauty in the guise of a horror comic. Very different from my usual reading of Moore. Quite disturbing at times (as expected from Moore) but I think it's focus love stood out.

I'm looking forward to the recolouring made for the absolute of Swamp thing. Hoping it's on par with the work DC did on Sandman.

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Books & Comics / Re: What is your Favorite Anime/Manga?
« on: 20 July, 2019, 08:51:29 am »
I'm quite lite, but here are the ones I like

In manga i really like AKIRA. Hell of a book. Big and brutal. Disasters hits and lasts for pages, and the story still manages to find room for characters as big as it's explosions. It's THE manga I read.

As for animes...

Only yesterday: Nice little story about a woman on a summer job doing farming. She's thinking back on her childhood, in which ways it has affected her in her adult life. To me a very relatable story.

Night is short, walk on girl: Basically about a guy trying to get a woman to notice him during a strange and dream like night in Tokyo. Very weird, but also very lovely.

Kino's journey: About a girl with guns riding around on a talking motorcycle visiting strange kingdoms. Each kingdom serves as the basis for a little story, and overall the series is a really cool collection of such.

Serial experiments Lain: About a young girl who sees the influence of internet getting stronger and stronger, and -of course- more nightmarish. A story which really got me thinking about the fact that people can essentially become one person in real life, and another one on the web.

Naussicaä and the valley of the wind: A lovely world gone to stomm story with giant insects, deserts, poison forests and giant flying apparatuses of war. And most importantly, Naussicaä. A young woman who's a sort-of-princess, explorer and warrior with a strong heart doing her outmost in trying to avert war between the humans and insects. She's amazing throughout the whole movie.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 19 July, 2019, 10:01:24 am »
The league of extraordinary gentlemen: The tempest #6 by Al and Kev. Anyone else who read this? Feels like they snuck each issue out as quietly one could.

I read it as a little good bye letter from Alan. I'm still lost on the english super hero stuff, but I think I understood most of the main yarn. Had a couple of good moments. A bit of an experience in itself having to google the endings song lyrics only to find they came from the vinyl record Moore wanted released with the black dossier.

Looking forward for a re read once Tempest is collected as a book :)

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 11 July, 2019, 07:58:54 pm »
4321 by Paul Auster I love Auster's New York trilogy, but I've to read something else by him to love. Had high hopes for 4321 with it's premise of 4 different lives of one person, but I don't think it delivered. Especially not the ending. Some magic and here and there among the pages, but overall it just felt overly long.

Oh that's really interesting as I've enjoyed all the Paul Auster I've read. Out of interest which other books have you tried?

Said New York Trilogy (City of glass : Ghosts : The locked room) which is one of my favorite books.

Other than it and 4321 if I remember things correctly: The Book of Illusions, Travels in the Scriptorium. I think one more as well. Been 10 years. Got any recommendations? :)

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Off Topic / Your best ways to positivity "trick yourself"?
« on: 07 July, 2019, 03:16:03 pm »
I don't know if I'm alone in thinking this, but sometimes I have to "trick myself" a little in order to get a bit of positivity.

For example, when my grandfather takes a walk through a forest which now has a highway close to it, with lots of cars hissing by, he likes to think it's the sound of a nearby creek where water is flowing. Instead of getting annoyed over the fact that he's listening to a bunch of cars.

As for myself my most used "trick" recently has been telling myself "He/she/they won." when I see something online which annoys me. For example when I see someone on twitter who is very wrong. Then I tell myself "This person won." and doing that I don't get angry one bit any longer. Essentially " winning nothing", since I'm not even bothered by what probably is the deed of some attention seeker.

How about you? Any tricks?

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Film & TV / Re: That gum you like is going to come back in style -
« on: 07 July, 2019, 12:39:01 pm »
I watched Eraserhead, Blue velvet, Mullholand Drive, Twin Peaks: Fire walk with me and then Twin Peaks: The return. All of their beauty, ugliness, fun and sorrow felt entwined. Especially with the use of colour blue and lashing sounds of electricity.

I've yet to watch Lost highway and Inland empire. Any good?

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 07 July, 2019, 12:24:24 pm »
4321 by Paul Auster I love Auster's New York trilogy, but I've to read something else by him to love. Had high hopes for 4321 with it's premise of 4 different lives of one person, but I don't think it delivered. Especially not the ending. Some magic and here and there among the pages, but overall it just felt overly long.

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Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 03 July, 2019, 12:36:50 pm »
A guy at work has a very loud voice, and is proud of it. Likes to show off even... Sounds like a cat who's got stept on...

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Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 27 June, 2019, 05:56:53 am »
Lee Bermejo's time making Batman Damned

https://soundcloud.com/batforceradio/batforceradioep195-lee-bermejo-talks-batman-damned-3

In short. He drew Bruce Wayne naked, and americans aren't having that. Becomes a thing (because everyone had to "laugh it off") and the following happens:
-He's still to this day hearing "funny" jokes about it.
-He get's blamed for the shift in how DC is managed
-People make up stories that the story that they had to redo the whole book (only a couple of pages)

A real shame. And all of this probably because the world we live in... Everyone in America feeling the need to assure everyone that they're "no homo!" by making cheap cock quips.

But outside that. I'm really happy to hear Lee saying that the book turned out essentially as they imagined. Outside smaller changes only a couple of pages got redrawn for issue 2 which he says we'll probably get to see collected someday.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 26 June, 2019, 07:09:01 pm »
Batman Damned #3 by Brian Azzarello Lee Bermejo
I won't say "hot damn" when it comes to this 3 part, but I really enjoyed it. Feels like it'll grow more on to me as I'll let it sink in. At the moment I feel it's a bit too pulpy to reach the same heights as Azz and Bermejo's Luthor and Joker.

Otherwise not what I expected, in a really cool and good way. Lots of celibration of Bat-mythology wrapped up in what feels like a David Lynch-esque take on a Justice League DARK meets Dante's inferno. Has some really interesting moments which really grabbed me, especially the way Batman fights to gain control and ironically because of it loosing it. Especially when it comes to his fear and shame.

Overall. A worthy semi-sequel to Joker. A book I'll soon reread followed by Batman Damned #1-3 :)

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Books & Comics / Re: Vertigo no more
« on: 22 June, 2019, 08:18:38 pm »
Sad to hear, but at the same time I've not been that bothered with Vertigo since Bond got sacked (I don't remember it if Scheriff of Babylon came about during her term?) American Carnage has been cool, but it's ending next issue.

Wouldn't surprise me creator owned will be handled differently from now on DC. If for example a movie or television series is made, that they'll want a percentage or two.

Regardless. Berger books is still doing good and so are most of my favorite writers. With that said. Feels like an appropriate for a 100Bullets re read, in honour of it's former house.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 19 June, 2019, 05:37:28 pm »
Superman Year One #1 by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. I must confess, I really hoped for this to be either outrageous like allstar Batman and Robin or methodical like Batman Year One. But it's neither. It's a little superman origin number which plays it quite nice outside a twist or two, and an interesting development towards the end. A nice little comic overall. Didn't mind reading it, but I'd like it if parts two and three played it a bit less safe.

American Carnage #8 by Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernández. Best Vertigo book I've read since sheriff of Babylon. A really tough story. Just a shame it's ending early on issue 9 instead of 12. This issue felt like it sped up some development, but it didn't feel rushed. Quite sure Bryan will do well with the issue he has left. Feels like he's set up all the characters for a nice collision.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 17 June, 2019, 08:46:54 pm »
Finished Chernobyl this weekend. In short, amazing. For me it's up there with The Wire and Generation kill when it comes to HBO.

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Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 12 June, 2019, 03:58:46 pm »
Twitter.



...because it's a Marxist tool of the Tory establishment

Oh, I had no idea. I always thought BBC offering consisted of shiny nature programs and good dramas.

I think what I dislike most about twitter is how much of it makes it into the news...

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 11 June, 2019, 07:02:25 pm »
Cowboy Bebop. Utterly brilliant. Feels like I got "You're going to carry that weight" tattooed on my soul.

And with that happy pill of a series finished watching, now I'm on to continue watching Chernobyl. Watched the first ep. As amazing as it was terrifying. Which was alot.

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