It didn’t do much to dampen the disdain I harbour for the big-name comic companies.
For a start, I’m not sure how that page was selected as the cream of the crop. Bravo to the artist for being selected, sure, but there were far more dynamic, lively examples I saw posted here on DA, and I'm genuinely surprised that none of them were chosen. The page selected feels just as stiff, stagnant, sterile and devoid of life as much of the other stuff DC discharges onto the shelves (which might have been why they ran with it).
The main gripe I have, though, is that they changed the final panel.
For those that (somehow) missed the whoo-haa that the whole talent search kicked off: the script DC provided to their would-be artists called for illustrations depicting the titular Harley trying to off herself in a series of absurd ways: holding an antennae in a lightning storm, tempting alligators by wearing a chicken suit, tickling the inside of a whale’s mouth and, finally, on the verge of dropping every electrical item she owns into the bathtub at once.
The hysteria machine that is the internet decided that the last bit was offensive and in bad taste and that DC were not only creatively bankrupt but also felt the sexualisation of suicide was perfectly acceptable content for a comic.
I didn’t see that when I was drawing my version of the page, but then, I’m not a sheep that follows the herd around, bleating.
Rather than sticking to their guns and pointing out that the whole issue fuelled by internet cry-babies’ misinterpreted the script and not what the writers had actually put on the page, DC changed the final panel to depict Harley atop some kind of rocket being launched into space.
This irks me because they had a chance to prove they have a spine (and maybe a shred of integrity) they instead bowed to the ill-informed rage of a mob. You don’t pander to people that badmouth you based on erroneous information, you confront them!
They interpreted the script outline as the sexualisation/mockery of suicide? Well, I didn’t read any of the comic and I interpret the panel they printed as something far worse.
That rocket looks like some kind of ICBM.
Harley’s trying to kill herself and she’s going to take millions of innocent people with her.
If you don’t have all the facts, you see what you want to.
It started in Northampton earlier in the year and has since spread to a number of other towns and cities around Fair Blighty.
The horrific Northampton Clown was the first. “Patient Zero”, if you will. He would simply….appear. Sometimes he would knock on doors and randomly offer to paint the window frames for the bemused resident (though he never seemed to carry paint or a brush). On another occasion, he emerged from a lake and handed out balloons.
Since this hellish creature first showed up, there have been a deluge of sightings, from right across the country, causing such a degree of distress that the authorities are issuing advice.
Issue 3 will be available digitally next week, as will the all-new issue 4.
A hardcopy of issue 4 will not be available until January/February 2014, as I'll have to get a proof made before I make it available for purchase, and with the Christmas period just around the corner, everything seems to slow up as far as printing is concerned.
Can't really understand the mentality of people that set out to cause digital vandalism.
Angsty, pathetic little minds, so stunted on the creativity front that the only way they can feel any sense of accomplishment is by undoing someone else’s efforts?
I just can't think that....small.
You can do any number of things with your time, any number of wonderful things to make your mark on the world. If all you can come up with is doing something to make another person’s life more difficult: you’re a bit of a prick.
"Whatever happened to the 8th Doctor?"
The answering of that 9 year old question certainly has me bouncing up and down with glee.
I'd originally intended to do this only at the end of the series' hardcopy run, but due to soaring postage costs (I think Indyplanet ship their comics internationally one at a time....on a unicorn) and the increased acceptance of ebooks, it'd be daft to wait.
Bonus material, such as sketchbook pages and the back cover pin-ups, will remain exclusive to the hardcopy version.
Little Victory: Children of Arras is the first up. Little Victory: Chimera #1 will be added next week.
I heard that a sequel to Beetlejuice had been greenlit a little while back, and everyone involved with the original seem to be on board. Michael Keaton has openly said that he's involved and, last I heard, Tim Burton had been talking with him directly, so he's most likely going to be calling the shots again: metro.co.uk/2013/11/06/michael…
Beetlejuice, to me, is the definitive Burton film. I don't think he's ever made anything better so I'm rather excited at the prospect.... as long as it's not the "Beetlejuice goes Hawaiian” B.S. that bubbled up from the s-bend a few years back.
The movie is, what, 25 years old, now? So I’m (depressingly) aware that a good slice of you won’t have seen it and, at one point, will no doubt be asking “Is that Spock’s mum?”.
You must watch it.
Put it on late at night, let that Danny Elfman score send shivers down your spine and enjoy the ride: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZktSP…
Penchant for detonating sparking, explody things aside, they're not at all similar.
One is about a nation celebrating its independence (or the defeat of alien invaders, depending how strong your grip is on reality) the other is basically a nation trolling terrorists, rubbing their faces in failure.
That the thwarting of the November 5th gunpowder plot is remembered is arguably one of the two reasons why the Brits are universally unafraid of terrorism (the second being that Fair Blighty has faced down the largest war machines the world has ever seen. A random yahoo that wants to blow himself up is an irritant by comparison). You leave the nations of the UK alone and they fight among themselves in a 600mile long drunken brawl. However, if an outside force so much as prods them with a stick in a manner that they find remotely unpleasant, they unify into 93,000 square miles of angry.
First, they find you, then they deal with you, then they really go to work and trivialise you and your cause so that both will be a joke for the rest of recorded history.
Guy Fawkes died 400 years ago, and the Brits still annually set fire to effigies of him!
I'd actually say that it's the best paced super-hero flick since the first Iron Man film.
Incredible Hulk fizzled in the third act.
Iron Man 2 saw every character turn either really wet or go full retard.
Thor felt a bit like a plodding, 80s, movie-with-a-message.
Captain America just felt like an extended prologue for The Avengers.
The Avengers didn't really get going until the finale.
And Iron Man 3 occupies a middle ground between Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
I'm certainly not saying any of those films were bad, it's just they felt saggy in areas.
Thor: The Dark World has a perfect pace. It's engaging right from the get-go and doesn't trip up once (that I noticed).
It is part of the Marvel cinematic series, though, so there are many, many nods and references to previous films (one of Loki's disguises is brilliant), which may leave newcomers lost.
And, of course, if you're not a fan of things with a fantasy edge, you'll probably only get as much out of it as you did the first Thor.
Certainly one of the year's more enjoyable films.
The Mysterious Cities of Gold was one of the cartoons I grew up with. It was a French-Japanese production that ran from 1982 to 1983 and is the only TV show I can think of whose theme tune sounds to have incorporated the wails of tortured children: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq5Y_o…
30 years later, a second series is about to be released in English.
I got all excited over this, and then I found out it's been produced by the French alone, and in 3D with some kind of cell-shading, which looks hideous and cheap: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vNQfb…
Pow. Right in the childhood.
The, surprisingly good, Ripper Street returned to begin its second series last night.
When it first showed up last year, I believed it was shamelessly riding on the success of the Sherlock Holmes movies. Watch the opening credits and you'll understand why:
However, while those that made the opening are obviously Robert Downey Jr fans, the writers of the series are more interested in telling their own stories.
Ripper Street is a very, very good crime drama, and seems to have production values on par with the genre behemoths produced over in America.
It's set in late 19th century London and follows a trio of lawmen from Whitechapel's H Division: the well-to-do Detective Inspector Reid, his right-hand man Detective Sergeant Drake and a rogue Pinkerton agent, Captain Jackson.
Despite the title, this series is not about chasing Jack the Ripper. They did something far more interesting with the legend in using the panic that it created as a backdrop. The police are seen as incompetent by the public for not catching the killer, and H Division is in a constant battle to prevent utter chaos from erupting in the streets while at the same time tracking down all manner of murderers, thieves and terrorists.
Well worth a watch!
Let's assess the damage England sustained from the dreaded "storm" that hit last night: the rail network has been disrupted (which doesn't take a storm to do. Leaves on the line is usually enough) and a tree fell over.
However will we cope?
I think the British media look at genuinely dangerous parts of the world with envy. It must be boring for them working in the UK. We have no dangerous animals (the newspapers have been trying to cause panic over the False Widow. The least scary spider in the world), you're never more than a few miles from a road, so there is no wilderness to get lost in (you have to be dumb enough to climb a Scottish mountain in mid-winter in order to die in the "wild"), there are no active fault lines to cause major earthquakes or tsunami, you can drink the tap water without worry and our weather doesn't require special preparations to deal with, only causing trouble for people devoid of common sense.
The only thing "dangerous" here are the people.
Being perched on the edge of the Atlantic, Fair Blighty gets insane weather. You can have rain, snow, gales and blazing sunshine, all in the space of an hour.
This means the weather reports are generally more guesswork than anything else. However, every now and then something appears on their radar that's a little too big to get wrong. SOMETHING is going to sweep over the country in the next 48 hours. Could be just a big blob of cloud that dumps a little rain, or it could be a 1987 level storm that flattens everything.
Either way, I live in the middle of its path (in a sturdy, brick building on high but sheltered ground, thankfully).
Arkham Origins really does play like a dog.
Combat and movement are nowhere near as sweet as they were in the previous two titles.
"Ah, but that's because it's a younger Batman. He's rough around the edges, not as slick as he is in Asylum and City"
Bullsh*t. You don't INTENTIONALLY make a game LESS INTUITIVE. WB Entertainment can't use that as an excuse for dropping the ball on the gameplay front. Something everyone seems to be doing at the moment.
This game's going to have to fart rainbows before the end, otherwise I'm writing it off.
OK, not really. They're turning part of the old facility into a cyberspace security and learning centre, to inspire the next generation of codebreakers.
Station X, AKA Bletchley Park, was the secret installation which housed the codebreaking unit who cracked Enigma in WW2, and was where the world's first programmable computer was built.
The site fell into disrepair after the war. With the Soviets a very real threat after 1945, Churchill ensured that Station X and its activities were kept under wraps, just in case a new war began in which they would be needed.
It wasn't until the 1970s that the public learned of Bletchley Park's wartime activities.
They're finally turning the place into a museum.
Made me smile.
And then I saw this……which didn't.
I can't articulate my sheer and utter loathing of people like that. They just make the world feel a little more bleak.
A good few people watch my DevArt page. Some of you must be from the English Midlands. Share this vid.
EDIT - Huh....looks like he's already been found: imgur.com/gallery/wOXiJnd
That didn't take long. Only happened yesterday! Yay for the internet.....and yay for stupid people uploading evidence of their crimes.
EDIT EDIT - Or did they get him? Most up-to-date news I've read say the police are still investigating.
EDIT EDIT EDIT - A more reliable source (the Police themselves) have announced that a man has given himself up in regards to the incident. Probably the most sensible thing he's done this week: www.west-midlands.police.uk/np…
EDIT EDIT EDIT EDIT - AAAaaaaand, he's got a caution. That's it. He randomly attacks someone in broad daylight, with what appears to be a police van in the background, nearly injures a little kid, and all he gets is a caution. I wonder why I feel unsafe in the streets? www.west-midlands.police.uk/np…