- We finished season 1 of Babylon 5 yesterday.
- I slept particularly badly last night. ruthi has given me a book about sleeping properly, which seems to contain lots of sensible advice about making sure your sleeping environment is set up properly and such forth. I cannot really replace my bed, though.
- I went to the bank yesterday. They were very nice at me. Not nice enough to stop using inappropriate honorifics though. I am going back tomorrow.
- It is election day. I have voted. Polls close at 10pm.
- It is Free Comic Book Day on Saturday.
Buffy Season 8 continues interesting. Joss and the other writers have really managed to capture the 'voice' of the characters, and the artwork, despite not being actual likenesses of the actors necessarily, also tends towards good (although there is odd panel where I am like wtf?)( spoilers )
The Boys, Garth Ennis's anti-cape title, ( spoilers ) I enjoy this, although it is shockingly gratuitous at times. Apparently there is a film option on this. If Watchmen does well, I expect this will be greenlighted.
Watchmen costumes have been posted. They look more or less what they said they would look like.
The Twelve has got to issue #3 (of 12, natch). We are seeing how the various characters are adjusting to life in 2008.( spoilers ) Chris Weston, the artist for this, is doing a signing at Orbital Comics later this month. I may go.
I have been reading back issues of X-Men, with the intention of reading all of up to the present day. I am up to #161, ( spoilers for x-men from early 1980s ) i got Essential X-Men vol 4 yesterday, which will take me up to #179. so then that'll just be 294 issues of that series left then (and 100 or so of the other one)
I have also been reading present issues. not much to say, except eek, I bought a Cable solo book! oh, and eek, I bought a Wolverine solo book! Oh, and X-Men: First Class #9 is utterly squee. Wouldn't Wanda and Jean make a nice couple!
Messiah Complex started slowly, but the weekly shipping schedule, combined with its use of four books' regular casts, meant it didn't drag too badly. By about halfway through, stuffs had really started to happen. The ending shakes up the status quo a lot ( spoiler ). But we've seen that sort of thing before, so as to whether the new status quo will stick, or whether they'll get the band back together again in the next few months, we'll see. Uncanny 500 is out soon, which they'll want to do something important for. Overall, it gets my thumbs up. I don't think it would work as a standalone thing though, as it heavily ties into recent X-Men and New X-Men arcs and probably needs them to make sense. One can easily read it without following X-Factor or Uncanny X-Men, though.
Astonishing #24 was also out. This doesn't resolve the current arc, damn him, which will instead be resolved in Giant-Sized Astonishing #1. It looks, given CENSORED, that the second half of Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men fits between "Blinded By The Light" and "Messiah Complex", and the curious CENSORED of CENSORED in "Messiah Complex" makes it look much more likely that Joss is going to CENSORED or at least CENSORED CENSORED. The bastard.
Now One More Day has reset the clock on Spider-Man's character growth, Brand New Day has picked up the reins. I can't really put it better than this does (read the wording carefully especially at the bottom).
( spoilers for recent marvel comics, including One More Day )
Buffy season 8 continues good. I picked up an Angel: After the Fall comic (same idea, Angel season 6) and was rather confused by it. ( angel: after the fall spoilers ), before i realised that it was issue #2. doh.
by the way, i am happy to lend stuffs to peoples.
some people actually took photos of me this time, unlike last year when i was green. huzzah.
i've realised B-Movie is next weekend, not today, so i can go! woot! i am pondering dressing to theme (v for vendetta/generic superheroes) some of these are more complicated than others
eep: squirrel girl is winning so far... she is utterly awesome, though, having pwned Doctor Doom's ass.
i got buffy season 8 #1 today! ( spoiler ) also i have finished volume 1 of Top Ten finally, and am started on volume 2. this is being quite entertaining, but not especially brilliant.
then, board games on sunday. i co-won War on Terror as the Terrorists, with timeplease and fluffymormegil, and then mostly sat the games out for the rest of the evening, reading and doing the cryptic crossword from thelondonpaper. i like this crossword because it makes me feel clever : possibly the paper's sole redeeming feature. (the Metro's is Nemi, I have yet to see a point to The London Lite).
i am reading The Mountains of Madness by Lovecraft. it is nice, but it doesn't scare me! :( i mean, ok, perhaps this has a little to do with the plushie cthulhu which is downstairs and the gradual desensitation of people to horror fiction in the last 80 years, but still. the anthology is a little weighty to read all at once, so i'm lining up The Demolished Man as next read after this novella.
( random reviews of things )
but now i am tired and i should go to bed for i have to be up early tomorrow for a trip to hertfordshire.
also reading Transmetropolitan. like. feel no desire to have a spider jerusalem, though.
There is a currently a vast debate raging in Star Trek fandom, about whether to change Kirk's middle initial. In the pilot episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", a gravestone clearly shows his middle initial as "R". But as any fool knows, it is "Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise". The folks who are doing remastered SFX can fix this, no problem, but they're not sure they want to. My solution: change it to "X". "James X. Kirk" sounds so much more spacey, does it not? Also, on a gravestone it is a pun!
The real question is, will they be able to make a more realistic looking CGI toupee for the movies?
i seem to have bought an awful lot of X-Men trades (mostly 2004 a stuff and after, House of M, Decimation and stuff). worse: i am now buying four actual comic books! (eternals [by gaiman], 1602: fantastick four [which is a spin-off of gaiman's rather good 1602, following the fantastick four, written by peter david], phoenix: warsong [which is not a jean grey ressurection story], and ultimate power [which is a rather silly crossover between ultimate universe and joe's new supremeverse]). but all of these are limited series. so that's ok. please shoot me if i start buying X-Treme X-Men.
you probably don't remember my glee at having recieved my first electricity bill. well, on Tuesday I recieved my first water bill. No. Really. It covers year from August 2005!
Spike graphic novel thingy: Three one-shots. First one was good, second one had one particularly jarring section that didn't really work for me. Third one was rather entertaining.
The Difference Engine by Sterling and Gibson. I am reading this at the moment, not very far in. Is good. Amused by pun in title (it's really talking about the analytical engine, but of course it made a difference... or it could just be a mistake). Liked cameo of Disraeli.
Must read more steampunk : it is after all a thematic influence on the mud (the idea being that the mud has what would usually in SF be considered anachronistically early space travel, whilst keeping computers and AI crap, along with colonial empires/Scramble for the Stars et al - 2300 AD does the same setup but in a different way by having a devastating nuclear war in between, and tends towards more cyber stuff which i was trying to avoid. 2300 AD (or its predessor, Traveller, I forget which) was apparently also a major influence on Elite/Frontier, so i am in good company), but I was never well read in it.
In my queue are: Lullaby, Neverwhere, Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained. Suggestions welcome.
oh, and i decided what my novel is going to be. i just need to write it now. when is nanowrimo?
after this i explored. this consisted of going down the A10 and spending time in a couple of pubs in Stoke Newington whilst reading graphic novels. in the first one (the Rochester Castle, a weatherspoons), I got talking to a couple of random people, including someone who was using long words and then correcting himself and using short ones instead. which is a bit interesting. The second pub (the Coach and Horses) seemed very nice and had good music.
i shall detail graphic novels i have read lately:
( graphic novels i have read lately )
what should i be keeping my eyes peeled out for here? There's a whole bunch of Alan Moore related stuff out soon, i know (Black Dossier, Albion, Lost Girls)...
seem to be in comic book movie mode for the moment. watched Return to the Batcave this afternoon, which is a tv movie made in 2003 which features Adam West and Burt Ward playing themselves but in a kind of distorted reality. they pursue the thieves of the Batmobile. Very very weird indeed. Possibly one to avoid when on drugs.
also: Wolverine reminds me of Zathras from Babylon 5 for some reason. Zathras not like that! Zathras going to bare Zathras's claws and chop you up into little bits!