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October 24, 2014
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  • Marvel artists walk through the creation of kickass fight sequences in comics
    Tradd Moore, Val Staples, Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire, Michael Walsh, and Matthew Wilson [break] down the construction of a specific page of fisticuffs from their respective runs. Tracing the path of a page from script to layouts, inks, colors, and final art, these creators show how much thought goes into creating visceral fight scenes—an essential part of superhero comics’ DNA.

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September 22, 2014
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Alan Moore and Dave Sim

“Truth is a well-documented pathological liar. It invariably turns out to be Fiction wearing a fancy frock. Self-proclaimed Fiction, on the other hand, is entirely honest. You can tell this, because it comes right out and says, “I’m a Liar,” right there on the dust jacket. Were I to read the biography of Prime Minister-in-waiting Tony Blair (saw him on a walkabout through town centre a few weeks back. Looked like a fucking Thunderbird puppet), then at the end of it I would still not know where I stood with Tony Blair. I do, however, know where I stand with Hannibal Lecter and the Wizard of Oz.” – Alan Moore

From correspondence between Dave Sim and Alan Moore


June 26, 2014
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The internet is boring…

Leila Johnston podcast with Warren Ellis in which he calls the internet boring:


“The internet is not what it was, its siloing out … I’ve no issue with walled gardens, per se. I think most internet users, given a choice, will choose a walled garden. But when content and services particularly start falling into hard walled silos where they can’t talk to each other and you can’t cross between them … it makes things duller”

And I tend to agree. The wild west feeling of ten, fifteen years ago, when you could stumble upon the weird and wonderful, such as J. R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius, or read a handful of blogs each talking about different things has faded, and its easy to get stuck being a member of the audience occasionally tweeting or blogging or facebooking the latest commercial drivel.


Well worth a listen.


Somewhat related, I’m not sure how I feel about Amber McNaught’s piece on On Brands and Blogging. While its great people are getting paid to write, it does capture the changes blogs have undergone.

c/o @ProhibitionPR (!)


A more positive outlook on creating things on the interweb: You Are Not Late


May 7, 2013
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The Comics World Is A Mess

The glut of titles also turns off new readers. Say that you discovered the Avengers or Batman or the X-Men at the movies and wanted to follow their printed adventures. Walking into the comic book shop might send you running the other way. There’s just too much material, too many titles and too many numbered and renumbered volumes for newbies to make any sense of.
It’s no wonder that the massive success of movies, such as Spider-Man and The Avengers, hasn’t led to any negligible bump in sales. What would a converted fan buy to start with? Would he even be able to understand what he was reading?
The End Of The Comics World Is Nigh

Absolutely. I had a look at Batman a while back and soon began tripping over recommended reading order articles, and Iron Man is the same. Would be far more interested if they sorted it out and made the comic market approachable again.



But then as long as DC and Marvel are cashing in on the the movies, why should they really care how well comics are doing anymore?



April 1, 2013
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Recently watched



Welcome to the Punch – ★☆☆☆☆
Prime Suspect made this glossy, soulless thriller look old 20 years ago

127 Hours – ★★★☆☆
– enjoyable second viewing

Sightseers – ★★★☆☆
– fun dark British horror comedy

The Pixar Story – ★☆☆☆☆
– more showreel than story

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – ★★★☆☆
– uneven, some great moments (Clémence Poésy), some awful (Quidditch)

Pandorum – ★★★☆☆
– interesting deep space survival horror

Sound City – ★★★☆☆
– Dave Grohl’s history of Sound City and a future for the analog recording desk

Event Horizon – ★★☆☆☆
– similar to Sunshine: a Hellraiser-like third act

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – ★★★☆☆
– amazing cast – Thewlis, Oldman, Spall, Christie(?!)


February 13, 2013
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Before Watchmen

Read any of Alan Moore’s acerbic interviews and the reasons for his bitterness towards the comics industry seem well founded, and the Watchmen prequel spin-offs adding weight to his arguments. I ignored them not through any fan boy loyalty, but because there are enough new and interesting comics that rehashing the Watchmen felt a lazy way to milk an money from a former success.


But the cover for the latest Comedian issue, using a picture of a severed head based on a Life magazine photo ‘Skull on a tank’ from the fighting in Guadalcanal in World War II, is just wrong.



Whatever comparison they might be trying to make between the Comedian and the mutilation of the Japanese dead during WWII – if they are making any comparison – requires a less crass approach than this.


Rodger MacGowan at GMT games, and previously Avalon Hill, does a great job of using photos in his designs – although the SS featured on Up Front caused controversy and meant it had to be purchased under the counter in Germany. But his collage work, expecially on a game such as Anzio, is tasteful and striking.


Anzio board game


December 26, 2012
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“I’ve been told that when you meet the right person you know immediately. How come when you meet the wrong person it takes a year and a half?” – Craig Ferguson


August 14, 2012
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May 19, 2012
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(Overly serious/ernest?) Neil Gaiman addressing the Class of 2012

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“But people keep working in a freelance world … because their work is good, and because they’re easy to get along with, and because they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three. Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time. People will forgive the lateness of your work if it is good and they like you. And you don’t have to be as good as everybody else if you on time and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.” – Neil Gaiman


[Update 2012-05-30]
See also: Make good art as a comic (c/o waxy.org)