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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?

 

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April 29, 2012
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Recently watched

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

Avengers Assemble (2D*)★★★★☆
– here’s hoping for a Scarlett Johansson** Black Widow film

Tilt, The Battle to Save Pinball★★☆☆☆
Contraband★☆☆☆☆
– prefer Liam Neeson’s B movie choices to Wahlberg’s

Grizzly Man★★★☆☆
– couldn’t watch this before walking in the U.S

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows★★☆☆☆
– so so sequel

The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans★★☆☆☆
– if you don’t mind Cage

Damages (tv) – ★★☆☆☆
– second go on series one

Death Row (tv) – ★★★★☆ / Into the Abyss ★☆☆☆☆
Death Row offers a compelling insight into the subject. Into the Abyss, concentrating on a single gruesome trailer trash tragedy (plus a death row harpy interview), is just depressing.

 

* Still cheaper than 3D, thankfully
** “And until [The Avengers] I didn’t understand the appeal of Scarlett Johansson, who always seemed more of a sleepwalker than an actor to me. But in The Avengers she was able to bring off deadpan comedy that made me actually enjoy watching her perform.” – Orson Scott Card, Avengers and On the Set of Ender’s Game

 

April 18, 2012
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  • Coding Horror: Make Your Email Hacker Proof

    “Your email is the skeleton key to your online identity. When you lose control of your email to a hacker – not if, but when you lose control of your email to a hacker – the situation is dire. Email is a one stop shop for online identity theft. You should start thinking of security for your email as roughly equivalent to the sort of security you’d want on your bank account. It’s exceedingly close to that in practice.

    “The good news, at least if you use GMail, is that you can make your email virtually hacker-proof today, provided you own a cell phone. The fancy geek technical term for this is two factor authentication, but that doesn’t matter right now. What matters is that until you turn this on, your email is vulnerable. So let’s get started. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Right. Freaking. Now.”

  • BRmovie.com: Blade Runner Comic
    Blade Runner comicDidn’t know there was a Marvel Blade Runner comic tie-in that serves as an alternate cut as it’s adapted from the script. Available to read online.

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