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I started a blog about comic books today: Amazing Tales and Uncanny Heroes.

There are a lot of comic book blogs out there. In fact, I am astounded (if not amazed) by the current popularity and high profile of comic books. I love it, of course.

Comics keep changing. I would have said they were getting better and more sophisticated all the time; but then was reading a few comics from the 1980s that were just as good. But different. I've always been fascinated not just by the stories in the comics, and the characters, but by the industry itself - its styles and fashions, its techniques, its economics, its politics.

So now I have a place to talk about all this.


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A review with a lot of ten-dollar words: “IRON MAN 3”: A SHELL OF HIMSELF by Richard Brody.

It took me a while to decipher this sentence: "The political import of the movie follows surprisingly on that of “The Avengers.” In both, the menace underlying the plot is the hijacking of American weaponry by the country’s enemies." What weaponry, I thought? The battle over weaponry was with Obadiah Stane in Iron Man 1. Or did he mean the nuclear bomb? It made no sense till I realized he was referring to the Tesseract - a bit of Asgardian weaponry that was in no way American, but it was in the hands of the Amercians - since S.H.I.E.L.D. now seems to belong to the U.S. government.

I liked his comment: "...As the country’s increasing population of disabled and mutilated war veterans becomes more prominent, Stark, with his panic attacks, takes his place among them. The war on terror has become a perpetual state of terror, and its weaponry (including the continuous struggle to maintain, upgrade, and devise it) has become an unbearable burden."

And the sentence: "There are critics who see in “Iron Man 3” a poster child for the studios’ failure to make movies for adults..." I checked the ink and the reveiwer cited, Manohla Dargis in the New York Times, seems to have simply missed the point of the movie - all the points of the movie - which had nothing to do with the any bombs in Boston. I confess that I did watch the whole movie without once thinking of Boston. What, all terrorism relates to Boston now?

Anyway: it looked like a movie for adults to me, by any yardstick except that of people who think superheroes are an intrinsically juvenile idea. Which makes no sense to me at all.

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  1. The serious, and the seriously exciting: Higgs boson discovery confirmed

  2. The funny: Le papier ne sera jamais mort / Paper is not dead!. Don't worry that it's a French ad, you'll understand it.

  3. The fannish: Ben Whishaw and his amazing hair.

fajrdrako: ([Iron Man])
Looks as if The Avengers is doing better than 'well' at the Box Office:

  • Avengers at the Box Office.

    More about the post-credits scene at the end of The Avengers:

  • Anyone feeling hungry?

    The story of the shawarma:

  • EW part 1

  • Part 2

  • Part 3

    And Thanos:

  • Thanls

    Turns out we saw the Infinity Gauntlet in "Thor", and I never even noticed.

  • fajrdrako: ([Doctor Who] - Jack/Rose)

    Yesterday [personal profile] commodorified and [personal profile] random introduced me to the vids along the them of Where the hell is Matt? by Matt Harding. Lovely stuff.

    Today I found What travelling around the world looks like in 1 minute, on a similar theme, and even more beautiful.

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    One thing Lev Grossman's article did was get people talking about fanfic, at least within fandom. Which is a good thing; I think we should do it more often.

    Fans seem to be much less defensive about fanfic these days, and that's good in many ways. In the distant past, we didn't need to be defensive because we were so hidden: if you knew about us, you were one of us. And woe betide anyone who betrayed the secrets of the sanctum to the outside world.

    Then it became an open secret, an island of both pride and paranoia surrounded by either indifference or hostility. And now... well. It's an open secret with less shame and less paranoia necessary.

    Pim sent me a link to a discussion of the Grossman article on Metafilter. I found myself wanting to comment on their comments, so here I am. )

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    Another candidate for my list of beautiful and interesting libraries: this stunning picture of the Strahov Library in teh Czech Republic.

    And that led me to this page. Must explore.

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    There have been some interesting things in the news lately... Like the news about Paul Haggis leaving the Church of Scientology:

    The New Yorker article

    The NPR item about the New Yorker article

    Then there's Watson on Jeopardy, an event that made me watch the show for possibly the first time ever. Here's some vids. This is mind-boggling on a number of levels - not just the obvious, an overcompetent computer, but the fact that this electronic whiz quid appears to the world not from some corporate citadel or NASA-like facility, but on a TV quiz show.

    And then the Chinese hacked our government. James Bond meets William Gibson?

    First Egypt, now a lot of other places.

    Americans now want us to pay to enter the country, unless we go by car. Huh. Doesn't make a person feel welcome.

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    Some interesting news:
    fajrdrako: ([Wolverine])

    I've realized of late that there are many good comic book blogs out there, and I've been exploring some. I went on a search, with the intent of listing comics blogs and websites that I want to return to. It's very much a work in progress, and suggestions for sites that should be included are welcome. I gravitate towards sites about mainstream comics, and those by women.

    List of good comics sites... )

    Sites for favourite comic book artists and writers... )

    fajrdrako: ([Uncle])

    My first TV fandom was The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. I was twelve years old (barely), on the way to visit my grandfather in Clifton, Arizona. I'd never been anywhere but Ottawa and Toronto before. My parents and I spent a night in a hotel in Lordsburg, New Mexico, where I got to watch an American TV station for the first time in my life. The show was The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. The episode was "The Dove Affair". A strong, happy memory.

    When I got home, I discovered that this wonderful was on Canadian TV, too, and it was soon all the rage at my school. My friends and I wrote U.N.C.L.E. stories and played U.N.C.L.E. games and collected the toys - I still have my U.N.C.L.E. cigarette lighter that becomes a gun, though alas, I no longer have the LP of the U.N.C.L.E. music - I think I played it into oblivion.

    I felt a little out of step with the other U.N.C.L.E. fans I knew, because everyone except me seemed to prefer Illya to Napoleon. That was okay. I liked Illya, too. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about him: Illya Kuryakin and Napoleon Solo.

    So the decades have gone by (how'd that happen?) and though I've been aware of U.N.C.L.E. as a large and thriving slash fandom, I mostly kept away. I was afraid to watch the old episodes again, for fear they'd seem old-fashioned and sexist. But I've been curious, too, so when I visited my friends in Paris recently and they showed me a couple of episodes I hadn't watched for all those years, well... The magic was still there.

    So today I watched a few U.N.C.L.E. music vids:
    I found myself looking at Illya more than I used to - and then making icons showing Napoleon. And the two of them together. Read what wikiepdia has to say about Illya. Now I want to write a fic. Hmm. Should I do that, without even knowing what other people are writing? Without having seen more than two episodes in almost forty years? Well, why not?

    Now I need to go looking for fanfic. Anyone have any suggestions?


    Aug. 23rd, 2010 01:54 pm
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    • Neil Gaiman's script for Doctor Who - omitted food dialogue
    • The appearance (or non-appearance!) of the original TARDIS.
    • Stolen Van Gogh painting - have they questioned Eroica? Neil Caffrey?
    • I have a very tiny hear of heights. It usually doesn't bother me, except at the top of very, very high escalators. But I'm a little freaked by stairs where you can see between the steps. So these shairways make me shudder, except for the rather splendid bookcase one. There's another set here.
    • Loved this Dave Hill photography site.
    • I just discovered, via a book [livejournal.com profile] maaseru has, that Marlon Brando was bisexual. How cool is that? There are some people on that list I'd like to look up, too.
    • And on the list above, I saw another of my favourite actors: Jeremy Brett. It's funny how so many of my favourite celebrities and historical figures turn out to be bi, even when I originally had no idea. A certain personality type, perhaps?
    • Why does so much contemporary/modern architecture look to be either too square or simply nonsensical?
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    • Ancient man on England's east coast more than 800,000 years ago - this fascinates and delights me.

    • Pirate Bay and MegaUpload Escape Domain Seizure by US - this terrifies me, especially the unquestioned assumption that we must all be subject to US laws and draconian tactics. This article is an interesting (and intelligent) antidote.

    • Torchwood fic is frustrating me these days - I feel less and less attuned to other fans. There are so many AUs, so much Jack/Ianto - which interests me even less than it did when Ianto was alive. I continue to miss Torchwood very much. Interesting that they're saying it might be filmed in Canada... but the news, sparse as it is, remains confusing.

    • Calvin's snowmen made me laugh, and snow is nice to think about on a hot day like today.

    • "We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." -- Aesop (~550 BC)

    • Just looking at this Zen site made me feel more relaxed. I long for a retreat.

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    I found this art quite fascinating.

    Does anyone here read enough Russian to tell me who the artist is?

    fajrdrako: ([Iron Man])

    [livejournal.com profile] explodedteabag pointed me to this: the site of Stark Expo 2010. What fun. Reminds me of some of the reality-within-the-reality sites some other movies and TV shows have had: Heroes, Torchwood (back when I could look at it!) and Lost.

    Vid fun...

    Feb. 9th, 2010 09:49 am
    fajrdrako: ([John Barrowman])

    A friend on the Bujold list posted this link which delighted me, especially Neil Gaiman's bit. Then this led to to:


    Even though I am not (usually) a fan of xkcd (gasp! shock!). But I adore the swordplay bit. And the map of the whole world.

    [livejournal.com profile] aeron_lanart has pointed me to the best Boom Da Yada vid of all: here. In which I am not ashamed to admit that my favourite moment is Captain Jack saying "I love real dirty things" in a moment that, out of context (or even in context) must be the porniest clip from a children's show ever.

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    I enjoyed playing with The Lorenz Butterfly.

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    [livejournal.com profile] maaseru sent me a link to this interesting article about David Tennant in Hamlet. I liked the opening line with its link between this and "The Shakespeare Code": "For the second time in his career, David Tennant is finding himself saving Shakespeare." But even better, a connection I'd never thought of:
    Tennant ... has no difficulty in making the transition from the BBC's Time Lord to a man who could be bounded in a nutshell and count himself a king of infinite space.
    I'd never thought of the Doctor in the TARDIS as "a king of infinite space", but now I think of it, I can't imagine a better description of him.

    Ever since Tennant became the Tenth Doctor, I've thought he had a good dollop of Hamlet in him: clever, mercurial, eloquent, suicidal. I wonder how the Doctor got along with his mother, and whether he had an uncle. Or a stepfather.

    I'm tired of the condescension shown to SF in these articles, though, as if Tennant and Stewart have never done Shakespeare before, or as if Star Trek and Doctor Who fans are too déclassé for such highfalutin Tudor drama - as if they don't really want the riffraff wandering about the premises.

    It's all storytelling, and one of the great virtues of Shakespeare is that he was never a snob. So why do the people producing his plays become so patronizing?

    Oh dear...

    Jul. 29th, 2008 10:22 pm
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    This isn't the worst anti-gay diatribe I've read from Orson Scott Card, but it's the most recent. Possibly the most stupid. Oops, did I say that out loud?

    I got the link from [livejournal.com profile] tavella.


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