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I'm watching the first episode of Johnathan Strange & Mr Norrell now (thank you, BBC America) and it is, in a word, stunning. Gorgeous. Wonderful. Reverent to the source material but expanding upon the visual language that the brilliant Susanna Clarke laid down in her novel of the same name.

Wonderful, wonderful stuff. And for me, this is closer to being my fantasy 'bible' than Tolkien. This is the story that excites me and provokes a thousand flights of fancy.

If the rest of the series goes on as it starts, I will continue to be a very happy man.
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It's soooo good. Both the leads are amazing - neither of them overplay it. 
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Grrr.

All I want to do is turn a little bit of text into hypertext, damn you. C'mon, Scribus, be reasonable here.
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Heh there was a post on the Indian head shake - https://plus.google.com/+ChadHaney/posts/hBYs4cKHG8J

The gif seemed appropriate +John Ward ;)
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As a nerd, when I'm talking to other nerds about some bit of media that we all enjoy, there is no sentence that makes me smile more than 'I have a theory.' Because I know that whether what comes next is batcrap insane, utterly brilliant or both, I'm going to love hearing and talking about it.

And I think that may be the little extra 'something' that the speculative and fantastic genres have that push them a little over the top for me. Because the mysteries (and the theories thereof) can be so magnificently grand. Even when wrong.

Maybe especially when wrong.
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Fanboy. :D
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And another bit of what I consider to be very good news in the comics world. Remender's work is great in his creator-owned stuff, but he, as a writer, as a very hard time connecting with characters and audiences that aren't white, straight, middle-class guys.

From having a mutant want to erase mutant identity to having the character who tried to genocide the mutants tell the survivors of her atrocity to 'get over it, because the rest of the world has. I've forgiven myself and that's all that matters', he has a problem understanding that Marvel's mutants are allegorical characters with real world context.

I'm pretty happy to see that Marvel is showing him the door he's focusing on his family and creator-owned projects.
Rick Remender Taking a Break from Marvel Comics After 8 Years - The comic book writer announced his desire to take a break from the company to focus more on family and creator-owned work.
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She Hulk? I don't think any of the Banner Hulks would be kind to Pym either generally. I mean shit... he killed his own father over being an abusive person overall, and the implication is he was ok with that.

And that's just the Hulks. I get the feeling it'd start being like that skit scene on Airplane with everyone standing in a line for their shot at him.

Why don't they ever wave away that stupid, stupid shit, rather than stuff like Peter Parker being married?

This rant brought to you by a terrible headache and serious confusion about comic choices.
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Mentioning just the ones I am really looking forward to, because hey, let's buck the trend and be wildly positive! :D

Baby X-Men road trip? YES!

Captain Marvel looking like she leads something like S.W.O.R.D., defending the earth from aliens? Yes!

Avengers with half mentors and half aspiring heroes? Hell yeah!

Ramos doing X-Men? Yes, please. I have a hard time explaining why I love his stylized art, but I do.

Howling Commandos? You had me at Man-Thing. (Stop laughing, you pervs.)

Karnak. Warren Ellis writes a zen mystic who can't help but see the flaws in the system. In people. In reality itself? Yeah, take my money.

Ms. Marvel and Lockjaw. I'm secure enough in my masculinity to squee a litte.

Young Avengers split up? Boo. Individual YA members in like four books? Yay! All these could be good!

More Nova. It is hard for me to overstate how much I love the current Nova. He's the only superhero to ever get grounded by Captain America. (For beating up the Hulk!)

Spider-Gwen. Is what it says on the tin. Like fine cavier.

Spider-Man (Miles version). Written by Bendis, who basically makes the character sing. Yay.

Spider-Woman. A pregnant (and then single mom) super hero? Ok, now I'm interested. Manhunter over at DC played with the single Mom thing, but not enough, really.

Squadron Supreme. God, I love this concept so much. So very, very much. And James Robinson. You can get to Starman heights again, man. Another chance to take minor characters with no real cachet and transform them!

The Ultimates. If only because they seem to completely defy the genre conventions on how a superhero team is supposed to be composed.

Web Warriors. Because honestly, The Spider-Verse is one of the best things to come out of Marvel in years.
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Ah, then slight warning on Ultimate Spider-Man; all of the other characters it introduces as teen versions (Luke Cage, Iron Fist, White Tiger, Nova) are different than their comic selves to some extent... and Sam is initially the slightly abrasive show-off (as he's arguably the most experienced next to Spidey and definitely the most powerful). :)
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Some days, everybody is a critic.
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They spent some money on those comic covers.
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So strange.

Ted Cruz cursing Obama's name because we might open an embassy in Cuba again, saying it is a crime that we'd have an embassy in Havana, but not Jerusalem.

That strikes me as a bit odd because the U.S. does have an embassy in Tel Aviv and a consulate in Jerusalem. I guess those aren't, um, real enough for Cruz?

Assuming he knows they exist.
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Your puny facts are no match for his Legendary(+7) Bullshitting.
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Somebody told me the second season of Bitten is far better than the first, so I thought I'd give it a try. As it turns out, 'far better' is not the same thing as 'good'.

On the plus side: The werewolves get knocked down a peg or two when they discover that fur and fangs are no match for the force. Er ... witchcraft. Eh, pretty much the same thing on this show.

On the negative side: I don't know if it is an artifact of being Canadian, being lead by a dude who looks like an Amish farmer with a toothache or what, but these werewolves put with a lot of crap. A lot of stuff that would get you punched even in real life, if you did it to a reasonably self-respecting adult human, much less a raging killing machine.

A good 99% of their problems in this season would be cured by just going 'X is doing something evil and harmful to us. We should probably defend ourselves with our amazing wolfy superpowers'. Instead, they rely on massive powers of passive aggression and the occasional dirty look.

Meh. Still not my thing. But hey, the ratio of naked dudes to women is about 3 to 1.
 
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+Tim Kirk Very much so. And weird elitist overtones as well. Their little group is royalty and every other werewolf is a 'mutt' to be abused or put down at will. 
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Call it vacation brain, call it being offline for a while... What is Fate SRD? (the SRD part, Fate I know) EDIT: nevermind, I quit being lazy and looked it up. 
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Ok, one last comic post and then I'll stop geeking out about that particular fandom for the day.

I am trying to figure out who these guys are.

Obviously Man-Thing, Werewolf by Night and Dum Dum Dugan, but I am hazy on the rest. Is that one of the Red Ghost's apes on Man-Thing's shoulder? And one of the Mole Man's monsters beside him? Who is the woman? And the zombie dude? And the two fish guys. Anybody have any ideas?
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And now I have to go look up Manphibian (which sounds like a really dirty high school nickname) and Orrgo.
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This makes me happy!

Those three (Carter, Jarvis and Sousa) were basically the core of the first season for me. And with any luck, Sousa has gotten over his bout of 'nice guy' syndrome. 

I almost wish for more Agent Thompson as well, but honestly, mainly because he was the series' strongest nod to noir as a genre. But ... Hollywood! You know Stark owns a studio. :p
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Stark almost certainly does own a studio, how else can he keep a steady stream of actresses heading to his love nests?
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I'm honestly not sure my respect for this man could go much higher.
 
"As one of the survivors of the Japanese American internment, I feel compelled to respond."
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Every time +George Takei​ addresses a political issue (typically gay rights) I gain even more respect for him.
The last point he made - about Mr Thomas' enjoying a right that was won for him 50 years ago (and that he wants to keep as a privilege , allowed to some people but not all) - is particularly telling. I have tried to make the same point to other younger black men and constantly heard " It's not the same thing !" back.
Mr Thomas doesn't have that excuse. He lived through the transition from when a black man couldn't marry a white woman and then suddenly could.
My only hope is that his wife asked him when he got home "are you f@$&ing stupid or just insane ?"
(But I am certain that didn't happen since his wife is, most likely, at least as Conservative and willfully blind as he is.)
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