Mod Post: Off-Topic Tuesday

Oct. 24th, 2017 11:10 am
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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

It's Asexual Awareness Week, so a friendly shout out to our members who identify as Ace!

Jodie Whittaker's 13th Doctor will not have a companion in the forthcoming Season 11, she'll have three!

At 57, Bradley Walsh will become the oldest actor to be cast as a recurring Companion, with Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill being distinctly more on the youth side of the spectrum. There has been some whining from the usual portion of fans about how it's "too PC" with a white female Doctor being joined by an older white male, a young black guy and a young Asian woman, but let's leave them to their own devices. It's also a little early to judge, since the show will have a new format (10x1 hour episodes, instead of 13x45 minute ones), and a possible season long story rather than be purely episodic, and we have no idea how these three will interact with the Dcotor ("Are they all companions all the time?" being the most obvious question)... so many questions! :)

Even though a lesser man might have felt making a mess of expressing actual human emotions when speaking to the bereaved families of fallen soldiers was a full time job, the Mangled Apricot Hellbeast is also finding time to take credit for releasing a wodge of documents relating to the JFK assassination later this week, despite the fact he doesn't have much say in the matter as Congress decreed they would be released on this date back in 1992. (Still, they might make for some interesting reading, especially for conspiracy theorists.)

The revelations of sexual predations by senior figures in the entertainment business for several decades continues (To the apparent surprise of nobody other than entertainment journalists), as well it should, with even Sir Tom Jones referencing being sexually propositioned by a record executive early in his career, which he was in a position to turn down safely, and pondering how many others were not so fortunate.

Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for a second season.

Xi Jingpin has consolidated his hold on the Chinese Communist Party and has been elevated to the same level of authority as Mao Zedong was with his approach "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for the New Era" being elevated to the status of "Thought" rather than a mere "Ideology".

LEGO Dimensions is officially finished, with no new characters or sets being released, so any vague remaining hopes that it might get it's originally planned third year are over and done with. Sigh... :( Hopefully, we now won't be tantalised with glimpses of the Year Three product the way that Disney Infinity Fans are STILL facing thanks to the sterling efforts of Disney Infiniteer who has even gotten hold of some concept work for Disney Infinity 5.0!! (Which would have been "Steamboat Willie")
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Let me assure you all that this is even weirder with context.
Also, this is my entry for Halloween Theme Week.
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You know, I've always had a fondness for the body swap trope, and why not? Their funny little role reversal stories, always full of endearing antics as two people fumble about in brand new bodies with brand new lives. And such a versatile plot, too? With the right combinations of characters and settings, no two swaps need ever be quite the same! So yeah, I know it's 'Halloween Theme Week' and all that, but you can't exactly make a body swap with a kid and a toddler scary, now can you? So why don't we visit a story from this innocuous little anthology comic, and see what kind of a silly and heartwarming romp we get up to?

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'Behind You'

Oct. 23rd, 2017 12:54 pm
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 'Behind You' is a webcomic by Bryan Coldrick. A compilation book is being released by IDW. Here are a few selections, you can view the rest here.

Comics under the cut... )
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"My friend Sam who falls down a lot (I can say that because she doesn't read my comics) once referred to me as 'shitty Bendis' and it was one of the nicest compliments anyone had given me at that point in my career." - Matthew Rosenberg

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Partly because the artwork was rushed and largely inappropriate to the subject matter, but mostly because I was simply having to produce too much material in too short a time — seven scripts all at once! — and ended up putting most of my attention to the five “middle” books. Say what you like about KINGDOM #1 and #2, which aren’t great, but I genuinely feel that Offspring, Planet Krypton and Son of the Bat are as good as anything I’ve ever written or likely ever will. -- Mark Waid

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Mod Post- Theme Week - Halloween!

Oct. 23rd, 2017 10:45 am
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Greeting my pretties,

It being the week leading up to All Hallows Eve, otherwise known as Hallowe'en, your beloved, and only slightly scary (in the right light) Mod Team, deem it a fine and fitting time for a proper Theme Week.

We've had some horror scans posted already, so our thanks to those who have contributed, but now's the time for more of you to get involved! We want your horror, we want your terror, we want your FEAR! (Ahem, sorry about that, channelling Vincent Price for a moment there)

What stories scared you? What stories made you afraid to go upstairs in the dark by yourself, or stretch your foot down to the end of the bed because of what might be lurking under the sheets? What comic story has had an image that lingered with you long after you'd closed the book?

We want to see them, we want to enjoy the frisson of thrills that horror can bring, so please do make an effort to share them with us! And use the tag - Genre: horror if you would please, so we can easily find them in the future!

As Rod Serling's words from "The Twilight Zone" put it;

"Enjoy these brief excursions into the other places ... the odd places, the strange places, the different ones.

The denizens of the Twilight Zone Scans_Daily are odd ones, indeed. They run pretty much a gamut of the most unexpected bystanders and players in life’s game . . .

You’ll see the witches, the warlocks, the elves and gnomes, the space ships and time machines.

All the odd ones and the not-quite-right ones . . . and, needless to say, we hope you’ll enjoy these tales from the strange and shadowy places .... "

Okay, at least half of that could describe scans_daily on your average Wednesday, but we want MORE!

So fly my pretties, fly, and scare the living crap out of us all!
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“The cat is such a perfect symbol of beauty and superiority that it seems scarcely possible for any true aesthete and civilised cynic to do other than worship it.”
- H. P. Lovecraft

This is an adaptation of Lovecraft's story from Jason Thompson.

Warning for animal cruelty.

Images under the cut... )

due south series 1

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:32 pm
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a while ago i wrote some very quick thoughts about every episode of star trek TNG. this is that... but with dS. interestingly, despite star trek being the classic, and being super awesome (obviously), due south is more consistent. there haven't really been any episodes that out right suck. at all. most episodes rock.

so why isn't this show a super classic that we are currently talking about rebooting? it's got everything! heroism, friendship, moral dilemmas, mounties, magical realism - EVERYTHING.

series 1 - in which our hero arrives in the windy city )

costumes, due south, near and far

Oct. 22nd, 2017 12:43 pm
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having one of the low writing moments of the year. currently trying to put together some words for the new edition of 'the way forward', but even as i'm writing stuff like 'this is so exciting - it's not too late for me to part of a literal apa that comes through the literal post', i'm also thinking - it is too late but because of me, rather than because of the zine. if this was a year ago, or two years ago, i'd be writing you LOADS of stuff about what roj blake thinks about his life, etc. what i have written about instead is fandom, but it's been hard going.

writing this post because i thought there should be some posts on my livejournal. maybe i will write some more thoughts about due south, but in a separate post. we're about mid series 2. it's still good, though paul haggis has stopped writing. a thing that i did not expect at all has happened - but there's less fall out than i would have expected from this show as well.

about a month ago we went to the RSC costume jumble sale in stratford upon avon. if you like the thrill of the chase, shakespeare, and accumulating useless tat, and you get the opportunity to go, you should DEFINITELY go. it was very exciting. three massive rooms of period and modern costumes, all incredibly cheap. we bought three bin bags of stuff (i love accumulating useless tat) and had to lug it around stratford for the rest of the day until the cloak room for the midday matinee blessedly opened. our swag included a doublet, several pairs of shoes (period, and modern), a dress worn by guenievere in a production of the morte d'arthur (although alas, only an under dress - but i was like: i love arthur! i must have), a silk tudor-style dress, some silly hats, and some jumpers. i started to write about this right now, because i am currently wearing one of the jumpers while i sit here, still in my pyjamas, typing this post to you from sunday morning. it's this one from arden of faversham. very sexy, obviously. cleaning lady chic. it's quite nice though.

i only know where it's from, btw, as all the costumes have tags inside them, which is another nice feature. i haven't seen this play.

i've been playing lots of board games, obviously. in the maths trade we received: kingdom builder, brass, lords of xidit, and mottanai. unfortunately brass and xidit need LOTS of people, so not only have i not played them, i dont think we're likely to play them soon.

also - if you are interested in spending money to acquire semi-useful tat (by which i mean board games) you might like to take a look at the near and far: amber mines kickstarter - which closes on the 4th november. i LOVE 'near and far' (my favourite game of the moment) AND 'above and below' and quickly pledged to get all the extras, which includes new stories and cool stuff for both games. tonnes of stretch goals have been unlocked already, including co-op mode, which we've been sent as a print and play to play now! you can also buy the original game through the kickstarter, but then you'd have to WAIT.

anyway - i recommend it.

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