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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 19 February, 2019, 05:19:10 pm »
The original solicitation was HC, which is probably why Amazon still has that listed.

I can't find it listed as TPB elsewhere either.

If it is. Hope there's a limited HC sold on 2000ADs webshop then.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 19 February, 2019, 01:26:13 pm »
Argh. Deadworld’s switched formats. I do hope there’s a limited hardback available on the store, to match the first volume.

Says hardcover on the amazon page. Fingers crossed.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 19 February, 2019, 12:32:00 pm »
In the stories women are constantly...

raped and sexually assaulted should probably also be noted. It becomes a bit like with gore, too much of it and it doesn't stand out much. It's still horrid and has a place in the stories, but I wish it was handled a bit differently. I think Jenny's trauma adds to her story, but many other characters could'v gotten a bit of that as well. Especially since alot of the violence characters inflicts gets that sort of attention.

Doesn't need to a character calling out how bad something is, just a bit of conflict. For example when Mina tells another character about Orlando. A person who lived for very long and killed alot of people and thus isn't that bothered by hurting/killing opponents.

On LOEG, really enjoyed Heart of Ice the other day. Especially the back matter; even with Moore that can become a chore (didn't read it all in Providence, for example...). Here, it was very arch and fun to read. Onto the other Nemo's soon.

When you mention it. The articles on probably are my favorite ones out of the bunch. She has a very strong character which makes it easier to relate to all the references spread across the text. A bit like in Star Wars: A new hope or The Dark Knight Returns.

Hope you like the rest of the two as well. Her trilogy is probably my overall favorite story in LOEG. Good balance between referencing things as well as maintaining an overall story. Lovecraft isn't needed reading to understand Heart of ice, but it adds to it. --in a way I would'v liked Century would'v.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 19 February, 2019, 10:53:13 am »
League of extraordinary gentlemen

League of extraordinary gentlemen vol. 1
League of extraordinary gentlemen vol. 2
League of extraordinary gentlemen: Black dossier
League of extraordinary gentlemen vol. 3: 1910
Nemo: Heart of ice
Nemo: Roses of Berlin
League of extraordinary gentlemen vol. 3: 1969
Nemo: River of ghosts
League of extraordinary gentlemen vol. 3: 2009
League of extraordinary gentlemen vol. 4 Tempest #1-4

In short. I really like alot of the stories, but some not so much. Vol 1-2 and bits of Black dossier have stories grounded in the meetings between characters, which -for me- got lost with so much of it becoming background. Which perhaps was due to avoid getting sued, or delibrity in order to demonstrate Vol. 3 Century's theme of stories seemingly loosing their place in society. The latter much due to "politics" (in lack of better word.) invading narratives, for example Harry Potter becoming the antichrist due to the narrative carried by some yank christians (which is how I read it. Not that he has any particular against the character). I also think Vol. 4 Tempest adds to this with the focus on Bond (how the property tries to be influenced by vs how it could influence reality), and so on to use of nuclear weapons against the blazing worlds.

This time around, I read it in somewhat order (missed out on putting black dossier between Roses and 1969). I think it helped Century come together for me. More than before. The Nemo stories have more connection to what came before and Century towards an upcoming event hidden behind a veil of confusion. I think helped my reading alot. How grasp the story and find a meaning it. I wouldn't mind a LOEG book with Century and Nemo collected in the reading order I used. Perhaps also Tempest, since it's such a direct continuation of those stories.

And darn it if I wouldn't like there to be some appendix or such, or more in the later stories themselves, in order to assist me to put it all together. I get it if they had to tread lightly around some of it (insisting that the antichrist isn't Harold Potter from Lost Girls would probably not have helped) I still wish they worked themselves around it. I don't know.

Another thing which doesn't work for me is how the book takes the opportunity to apperantly criticizing stories for their treatment of female characters, when LOEG doesn't fare much better. In the stories women are constantly loosing their clothes, getting their tits and arse flashed, getting unwanted attention and comments, tricked into copulation. I don't have a problem with it (since it's a comic book I could choose to not to read), but it doesn't do it for me. Perhaps it's meant to be sensual, or comedy (I'm not ashamed to admit I like old "sexy" comedies like The Telephone book or the Zodiac films), but it's not my favorite part of the book. I'd much rather that some of the early sex stuff between Mira and Alan could'v stood out more in the overall story.

I think it starts out brilliantly, but doesn't stay that way for me. I wish they made the events of Roses of Berlin into the focus for volume 3. Mina's endless antichrist hunt could'v been an interesting side story to mirror Jenny's story about legacy and growing old. But it's still made for an interesting read, and I'm very interested to see how they choose to end it. Only two issues left. Hopefully finished in May :)

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 February, 2019, 07:03:07 am »
I'm kind of on the fence about watching Battle Angel Alita.

The large eyed CGI of the main character irritates me a bit for some reason. I was under the understanding that she had the large eyed look in the original media due to the fact all the characters are drawn that way*, and I think it's even more exaggerated with females.

If that's the case, in translation to live action, shouldn't she just look like a young woman? At least until part of her flesh gets scraped away... So why not just have a young actress in the role on screen, rather than through motion capture? (Fair dues, that's a major job in itself, probably actually harder than being on-screen. I'm not knocking motion capture characters in any way.)

I guess her unique appearance is an intentional part of the story, a way of showing that she is visually unique,
and in danger of prejudism as a result, bit suspect that could have been done another way. I don't have anything against that in itself, but I wonder if it strays from the intentions of the original for an excuse for Cameron and co to push the envelope of what is possible with CGI. I actually like CGI, but I feel it should serve the story, not the other way around.

On the other hand, reviews here seem largely positive, which is swaying me. And....*

*having never read the manga or an the anime, I could be wrong here.

Wasn't sure either. Went in and saw it with two friends. Quite entertaining movie. The effects didn't bother me at all, in fact I thought she was brilliantly done. Only times she became an effect for me was when giving it some thought how good I thought the actress -underneath- was. I think the big eyes thing even served the story thanks to the flashbacks.

Only thing which bothered me now and then was how brutal it was. Movie starts "soft" on details (for example cutting away before someone gets a blowtorch in their face) but later on it's show all with cyborgs getting their limbs and faces cut off. Even if it's essentially just "metal", the ones on the recieving end of loosing half their face seems pretty bothered by it.

All and all. I quite recommend it. Really good action and Rosa Salazar is brilliant in the role as Alita.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 February, 2019, 10:07:34 am »
Quite interesting film. Starts with some animated paintings portraying the abuse of afro americans in america, then jumps over to a raid on a club which leads to afro americans rioting in Detroit in the 60s. Then the focus is shifted to a very disgusting incident (which happened) of police and military terrorizing a couple of young black men in a hotel, in hopes of finding a gun (which was a toy gun), with some horrific results. Aftermath comes in the form of pictures of the real victims, as well blured of the tormentors (since they were never freed in court).

While I don't agree on the jump between focus and scale, I found it in one way to be interesting. While the parts didn't carry each other as I believe they're intended to, it got me thinking that perhaps they do to some. Lets say someone in america who happens to be black and had some really bad experiences due to this person's race, something not made the easier to handle thanks to the history of abuse towards other afterican americans. It's not a big relevation for me, that I perhaps can't get the full "experience" of someone elses world, but I felt it was good to reminded of such. Even if this was the intention or not.

For the film itself, I found the hotel incident to be the most powerful. Which is a really ugly situation with scary power dynamics. Almost like watching a horror movie. I even found myself thinking that they could'v made it into one.

First time watching it. Felt more like an experience than a movie. I'll probably watch it again soon, see if I don't see things differently. Regardless, interesting film. A story I hope gets told more times, in different ways.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 12 February, 2019, 06:07:20 pm »
I'll definitely pick up Paddington when I get the chance then. Sounds great  :)

I've heard that the director of the first two will still be involved in some extent. Producer or such. With some luck it'll be something similar.

Some people at work had also seen it. They loved it as well. Liked it as much as the kids did.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 12 February, 2019, 05:51:19 am »
How's the first one? Anyone seen it?

Really good. Although I haven’t (yet) seen the second, everyone seems to think it’s better than the first, so you might not enjoy it as much watching them in reverse order…

Still sounds like it's worth a try :)

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 February, 2019, 08:45:35 pm »
Paddington 2
Lovely film. Lots of fun and lots of heart. +5 Joy gained from watching it. Can never grow to old to enjoy this sort of film.

How's the first one? Anyone seen it?

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 09 February, 2019, 09:41:11 pm »
Apperantly Commander Keen: Dreams is out on Switch  :o

Quite a surprise. Really hope 4-6 and follows. Especially 5. Game's a gem.

Off Topic / Re: Stupid things people have actually said to you.
« on: 09 February, 2019, 05:29:18 pm »
Once upon a time in a math class during a test, a classmate asked out teacher: "How many sides does a dice have?".

Our teacher said she refused to answer that.
She should have told him to roll for knowledge check (using a D20) ;)

If we only were that clever. Can be said that where I grew up Ludo was the norm when it came to table top gaming ;)

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 February, 2019, 05:10:35 pm »
Did you watch the ultimate cut? I think it fairs a bit better.

I like it mostly because of a couple scenes. Intro 1, 2, superman montage, Warehouse fight and the burial. Love those. But overall it's not my favorite, but still okay to watch.

Off Topic / Re: Stupid things people have actually said to you.
« on: 09 February, 2019, 05:07:39 pm »
To be fair, that is not a completely unreasonable (albeit incorrectly phrased) question.  There are enough gamers on this site to be able corroborate this.

That said, I have had a pupil ask me how many sides there were on a six sided die in the past.   :o

You're right. (even if it's not that long ago I actually saw a dice which had anything other than six sides to it)

But the dice in question was a six sided one. But when I think of it, said student wasn't the best when it came to maths. So I wouldn't put emphasis on "stupid".

Haha, and the answer to that was?  :lol:

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 09 February, 2019, 04:34:16 pm »
Just begun Alan Moore's massive tome Jerusalem. I always enjoy Moore's special brand of madness.

That's literally a big one on the reading list :)

Off Topic / Re: Stupid things people have actually said to you.
« on: 09 February, 2019, 04:26:34 pm »
Once upon a time in a math class during a test, a classmate asked out teacher: "How many sides does a dice have?".

Our teacher said she refused to answer that. 

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