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Messages - CalHab

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I think Helter Skelter must be there so they can name drop some famous comics people who used to work for Tharg…. If not, then yep, totally baffling.

As seems to have been noticed, there are a few obvious potential omissions on this list…

That's exactly it. We should just be thankful they didn't include any Mark Millar.

Books & Comics / Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
« on: 11 June, 2021, 08:40:14 AM »
Newstand distribution would help deal with the central problem with Spacewarp- Mills says that its being produced for the mainstream as they are neglected by publishers in favour of fans, but it is inaccessible and invisible to all but a tiny hardcore. Personally, I don't think the content is well tailored to a general audience, but that's a seperate point.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 10 June, 2021, 09:54:00 AM »
Loki. MCU meets Doctor Who with an entertaining, but exposition heavy, first episode. Hiddlestone and Wilson have good chemistry and have the best lines. Hopefully Wunmi Mosaku features more in the later episodes, she was great in Lovecraft Country.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 June, 2021, 08:41:25 AM »
To continue the Connery theme:

The Untouchables (Netflix). This is a film I've watched a lot, but probably not in the last 20 years. Anyway, it turns out my other half hadn't seen it. It's a far more interesting film than I remembered it. It takes a done-to-death story and reinvigorates it by taking care with every aspect of the production. David Mamet's script is filled with classic lines. Giorgio Armani's costume design evokes a nostalgia for a 1930 that only existed in Hollywood. Morricone's score is recognisably his but, again, plays with classic gangster tropes. De Palma also has fun playing with the genre conventions and even slips in a wonderful tribute to The Battleship Potempkin (I'd never really noticed the sailor until this viewing).

Of course Costner is very well cast as the naive, whiter-than-white Elliott Ness and De Niro delivers his lines with relish (he has some wonderfully chilling scenes). But, as ever, Connery steals the show. It's an iconic role for him even if his Irish policeman seems to have been brought up in Gorgie.

An utterly brilliant film.

Prog / Re: Prog 2235 - Interdimensional Enforcers
« on: 07 June, 2021, 06:57:24 PM »
To save anyone else googling the article mentioned in the Damage Report:

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 07 June, 2021, 08:38:53 AM »
Batman: Urban Legends #1-3. DC seems to be putting out more anthology comics these days. This suits me because, as far as I'm concerned, the high water mark of Batman was the UK late 80s/early 90s monthly. Anyway, this book concentrates on minor Bat-family characters with varying degrees of success. The highlight is a Chip Zdarsky-written Red Hood story, which could easily carry its own title. The other stories are of variable quality. Probably one of the better Bat-books currently, if only for the relatively minor presence of Batman himself, who has a tendency to drag stories down.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 07 June, 2021, 08:30:44 AM »
I forgot to note that Beta Ray Bill is a five issue mini, I think.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 07 June, 2021, 07:40:56 AM »
Time Before Time sounds interesting. I’ll keep an eye out for that.

Beta Ray Bill #1-3. A mini series by Daniel Warren Johnson (writer/artist). I wasn’t familiar with Johnson. He’s got an interesting style, full of energy and bold choices. His closest parallel would be James Stokoe, I think, but with a less overt Manga influence. In this series Bill is feeling lost, having had his hammer Stormbreaker broken in the current Thor series. He sets out on a journey to recover it, and his power. Johnson pulls out all the stops in the crowd and panoramic shots. The fight sequences are a blast as well. Well worth looking at. Issue 1 has an interview between Johnson and Walt Simonson, which I believe is also published on the Marvel website.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 03 June, 2021, 08:53:36 AM »
I thought The Matrix has some impressive but overused special effects. I didn't find it particularly profound and its themes are better explored in other works. I don't really understand the regard that some people hold it in, but that's fine. After all, I spend my spare time reading comics.

My comment about Milstar's review of Blade Runner was simply that all the criticisms of it (which have some validity) are doubly true of The Matrix.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 02 June, 2021, 08:49:38 PM »
Blade Runner (International theatrical cut)
…. and while I do appreciate some philosophical points that the movie tries to raise, it ultimately falls under its own weight by biting into too much deep bullshit of it, helped by its unanimous ambiguity which makes all those points come rather flat. As if someone took all thought-provoking ramblings of humanity and compiled them into a single movie.
The best SF by milstar? That'd be 2001 or to a lesser extent - The Matrix.


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 02 June, 2021, 09:48:43 AM »
Late to the Into the Spider-verse party but saw it was on All 4 so in an attempt to get the boychild to watch something other than gaming videos I 'made' him watch it with me while I ironed. I had to stop ironing after an 1hr 15 minutes as I was enjoying it so much and struggling to concentrate.

Man that film is a blast. I know there's a lot of this stuff in the comics but the fact almost all of it was new to me made it feel like it was doing it own thing - not trying to cram a comic story into a medium it wasn't made for. And it really worked. Really well. Funny, charming, exciting and even the over the top nonsense MEGA ENDING thing actually made perfect nonsense in the context of the movie.

Just brilliant.

Oh and the best thing is they based the Kingpin on Bill Sienkiewicz's Kingpin in Daredevil - Love and War that really pleased me for some reason - though his voice sulked.

So yeah excited to see they are making a sequel BUT alas the biy hasn't asked to read any of my Spidey comics... still work to do...

Spider-Verse, and I realise this may get me booted off the board, is without doubt the greatest film adaptation of a comic. It revels in playing with comic book tropes while adding some of the greatest animation seen in a film. It's outstanding.

Fortunately my daughter agrees. She's more interested in Gwen and Spider-Ham than Miles Morales or Peter Parker, though.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 02 June, 2021, 09:05:37 AM »
American Vampire:1976 #6 & #7. This series heads towards a conclusion, with the requisite payoffs and backstabbing. #7 is a series of related short stories, including a Tula Lotay illustrated one which looks like nothing else she's done (or at least that I've seen). This series is.....okay. It concludes with #9, I think, so I'll stick with it. It's all a bit underwhelming, though.

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #6 (which is well behind the current #10, due to a preorder problem at my local comic shop). The first five issues of this were a bit of a treat, as a single mum academic got caught up in some Dreaming/Shakespeare related shenanigans. The storyline moves on to, and it already has a dramatic change of pace and protagonist. G. Willow Wilson is going some interesting places with this, I think.

Prog / Re: Prog 2233:Regened - Ready to face the law?
« on: 31 May, 2021, 01:11:03 PM »
The cover in B/W:

Tharg really needs to be putting a lot more work Neil Googe's way.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 31 May, 2021, 01:06:42 PM »
That's very interesting sounding. I'll keep an eye out for that book, cheers!

I can highly recommend Ed Piskor's "Hip Hop Family Trees", even for those who only have a basic knowledge of the music and artists. His "WIZZYWIG" is also worth a look, a fictionalised history of early computer hacking culture.

Books & Comics / Re: Batman: Reptilian (Ennis/Sharp)
« on: 31 May, 2021, 11:26:47 AM »
Back in the late 90's when Ennis was riding high on a wave of ultra violence and dick jokes I added everything he was writing to my pull list - I'm talkin 'Medieval Spawn / Witchblade' levels here.

Ah, the 90s. Back when I bought godawful issues of Spawn because they were written by Gaiman, Sim, Moore etc. Image put out so much crap by good creators.

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