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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.

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.

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.

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

...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...

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.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 11 June, 2019, 06:17:34 pm »
Great review. Used to love Ellroy but fell away when I baulked at the heft of American Tabloid. You've made me give him another shot, Daddy-O.

Thanks :) --Yeah, throw the demon dog another bone!

Both Perfidia and This storm are big on story, but is much more comprehensive than either of American tabloid, Cold six thousand and Blood's a roover. Much thanks to the prose not being as super zippy like theírs. At times Cold six thousand read like William Burroughs doing performing his cut up technique on Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon.

Also helps that the stories taking place during a couple of days each in the shadow of Pearl harbour instead of meticulously perverting 15 years of history like the underground USA trilogy does (which I love btw).

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 10 June, 2019, 08:22:32 pm »

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 10 June, 2019, 05:59:11 pm »
This Storm by James Ellroy. Second book in his new new LA quartet set during WW2. Big loud and ugly as ever, and especially Dudley Liam Smith. He's not as unhinged as in Perfidia but still he's still amazingly mad. He may be valiantly introduced with the words "Perv shit on women mandates DEATH." but in no time things kick back into gear and he's a diabolical pill popping schemer and master war profiteer (with designs on the japanese interns) again. In Ellroy's own words, a "--piece of shit who should be stopped at any and all costs."

May sound like a regular James Ellroy book, but I feel he's taking his writing into very interesting directions. His usual focus on right wing bad men finding ruin when trying to do good is slowly moving towards good and vulnerable people doing bad things because they're so stuck being victims, and many times it's almost like a watching an animal gnawing of it's own leg in order to get out of a trap. What many of the characters believe is a curve in their moral road turns out to be a slippery chicane they wouldn't believe. It's interesting as it is painful as it is thrilling. Adding to this is another one of the book's quality, being able to describe and pervert politics without becoming political.

I cannot wait to read his next two LA books.

Lookie here! Ballad of the salty sea in Feb next year! :)


Before that The Early Years now in September. Guessing MU in a year.

Books & Comics / Re: The Daily ZARJAZ!
« on: 09 June, 2019, 07:50:44 am »
Shucks, thanks for the nice comments you 2K Boarders. xx

Yup, a bit of watercolour, a dash of copic markers a sprinkling of fine-liners and a bit of colour pencil here and there. All mixed up with scratchy-scratchy pen work.

Only 24 more parts to go!!! Whoop-whoop!!

A fine recipe!

I'm very much looking forward to reading them. Again, thank you :)

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 08 June, 2019, 08:00:31 pm »
The green lantern #8 by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp. Lovely tribute to Green arrow & Green Lantern by O'Neil and Adams, with the two (in green) finding themselves up against an alien drug ring. Fun and well written with fantastic art. My absolute favorite on going comic right now.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 06 June, 2019, 09:44:41 am »
Roky Erickson died on the 31th last month. Fantastic musician. Love his music with 13th floor elevator and solo songs dearly.

Goodbye Sweet Dreams

Books & Comics / Re: The Daily ZARJAZ!
« on: 06 June, 2019, 09:25:19 am »
Thanks for the kind words Sinx, and if any of you squaxx out do not yet have a copy of the latest Zarjaz and Dogbreath, it's not too late to correct that- simply head over to the FQP Webshop and get your copies...

I love these. Thank you for sharing them, and a big thank you to Gail for making them! :)

Btw. The colours used. Watercolours?

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 06 June, 2019, 08:14:27 am »
Doom annoyed the h*ck out of me, with its tiny, tiny subtitles/tutorials and repetitive meplay, though to be fair I only got to about level four or so before the constant stop/start arena fights with a gang of the same three or four enemies got really old.  I recall people raving about this at the time but I just don't get the appeal.

The arena style bugged me quite a bit at first as well, but then I learnt to really like it. Made me think of Quake 3 Arena. I also think it'd be very hard to make DOOM's very agressive gameplay to work properly with fights more spread out on a map. It'd very hard to make the momentum work in combination with exploration.

I only wish they'd put out a couple more enemies outside the arena, as well making the ending a bit more fancy and fun.

Personally, I can't wait for ETERNAL :)

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 06 June, 2019, 07:46:54 am »
Blood. Played alot of Duke 3D and Shadow Warrior when I was young, but never Blood. Wish I did. I really really enjoy it. The weapons you get to use are really different, flare guns, sticks of dynamite, voodoo dolls and so on, and the level design is really good. Finding the last key usually gives you a short cut to the next door, instead of a bunch of back tracking. The main character is really weird and freaky to boot. He starts laughing like a maniac when things are exploding only to say something really creepy the next second, kicking zombie heads when you pass over them. Feels like a FPS directed by John Carpenter. Hard not to recommend!

Loved the first couple of episodes. A bunch of weapons I never dreamed about using in a FPS game. Pitch forks, dynamite, spray cans --you name it. Imaginative levels with really really good design. Never got lost or stuck on one of those typical key card hunts, but then half way through the game that changed... And then it became a game of hunting down key cards and MYST-esque button pressing through out the levels. The imagination which went into the first episodes (moving trains, carnivals and so on) also took a bit by what started to feel like a repeat of temples.

Still some really mind bending level design here and there, but it wasn't the same. But still a classic. It's up there with DUKE3D and Shadow Warrior, and at times even higher up.

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