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Messages - The Mind of Wolfie Smith

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Books & Comics / Re: Shift Comic - new UK anthology
« on: 03 September, 2021, 09:56:09 PM »
terrible name. but has there ever been a better looking british comic? nope. consistently fabulous storytelling.

Music / Re: What's everyone listening to...?
« on: 02 September, 2021, 03:40:35 AM »
snapped ankles. their new album - forest of your problems.
what a band, whoever they are ...
melodic, abrasive, mysterious, weird and loud.

General / Re: Do you remember 1989?
« on: 01 September, 2021, 06:35:39 PM »
first love. (with hindsight) the only true love.
soul ii soul at the fridge.
the stone roses.
kazuo ishiguro.
and troubled souls.

General / Re: Welcome
« on: 10 August, 2021, 09:48:11 AM »
off-putting. nay terrifying.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 August, 2021, 03:26:46 PM »
i trust there will be a complete captain klep in the extension. just for the craic. covers thicker than the content. content thicker than almost anything else in comics ...

Books & Comics / Re: Cinebooks
« on: 04 August, 2021, 03:24:01 PM »
the 5 book 'kenya' epic is truly awe-inspiring ...
what a magnificent publisher.

General / Re: Skip Tracer is strictly better than The Order
« on: 03 August, 2021, 12:53:36 AM »
ulysses has a completely undeserved reputation for unreadability. it's about the epic heroism of getting through a normal day. it's about how people who don't overly think things actually think (clue, we don't think grammatically or especially coherently, not to ourselves). accept this one conceit and then it's a breeze. it's about you. it's about me. it's about epiphany. mainly it's about empathy.

the order, on the other hand, appears to have no discernible empathy whatsoever, not between its cast, and certainly not with the reader. i don't mind studying a comic - the payoff and humanity that rewards a good brow-furrow through a grant morrison story, for example, is rich and satisfying. but i find that a studied read of the order only reveals that there really isn't much underneath except needless complexity. the stunning work of john burns suggests a heart in the story that isn't really there.

at least skip tracer does what it says on the tin. and however cheesy it sometimes gets, at least there's a hit of gfd early days nostalgia in it. it's quick. it's fun. it's very, very okay.

General / Re: Al Ewing or Ian Edginton- Writers Solhiem Cup - Tie 17
« on: 13 July, 2021, 02:38:42 PM »
5-0 to ian

4-1 to grant

colin, think we should have a euros of writers and artists somewhere along the line. my guess is that scotland would start out as favourites, with spain and italy as dark horses.

michael wins 3 - 2


i actually like both writers' non prog work. a great deal. which makes the consistently uninspiring stories under discussion here truly bewildering. they're both particularly good at deft character sketches and kinetic action, both of which skills are conspicuous by their absence in their submissions for the mighty one. weird.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 July, 2021, 04:27:14 PM »
trois couleurs blanc. three colours white.
going through the trilogy again, one of the few pieces of high art that changed my life by making me question everything i thought and every way i was for others - this latter makes it ideal viewing (more than a quarter of a century on) during this year of all years.
white is as wonderful as i remember. and as appalling, and as moving, and as funny, and as important, and as sad, too. oh my.

could he be a returning writer, one whose past alleged indiscretions - with regard to allegations of being puerile, gauche, far too ignorant of the basic craft of writing for sequential art, disrespectful of the heritage that he was seemingly taking pot shots at with his fearless and insufferable adolescence - makes him a writer who needs a new name now in order to be read without (probably justifiable) prejudice?

so. mark millar it is.

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2021
« on: 07 July, 2021, 01:41:49 PM »
i usually get notification of despatch a couple of days after i've received the product ...

oh. i always assumed it was seventeenth century writer and philosopher, rennie descartes ...

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