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Sam Westing, Barney Northrup, Sandy McSouthers, Julian R. Eastman, & Me

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A 64-year-old woman was hospitalized with a possible broken arm after being hit by a car during the annual [SDCC] ZombieWalk, in which people dress as the undead — complete with blood and gore — and stagger down a street. San Diego Police say the driver was a 48-year-old deaf man who had his small children with him. “The entire family in the car was deaf, and they were scared,” SDPD officer David Stafford told Deadline.

At about 5:30PM, the car was stopped at the intersection of 2nd and Island avenues, about a half-mile from the Convention Center, waiting for the marchers to lurch by. The driver told police that his children were frightened by the throng, so after several minutes, he began rolling forward trying to get out of the area. At that point, police said, several people surrounded the car and began beating on it.

Police say the father drove forward again trying to get away from the angry crowd, and that’s when he struck the woman with the side of his car.
Deadline. There’s video of dweebs getting mowed down by the hearing impaired, thanks to youtube…

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"Lucy" or "The People Who Made this Movie Only Used 10% of Their Brains" (2014): Scarlett Johannesburg plays a lady who doesn’t exhibit emotions and talks in a dull, persistent monotone, or in another words, “the role she was born to play."  I don’t really enjoy her actings, but here at least, she doesn’t actually even try to play a recognizable human being, so it’s at least not another Don John situation…?  Anyways, this movie is about the scary science fiction concept of a “woman with a fully functioning brain" …?  Terrifying.  (How is the premise of this movie “empowering”???  I don’t know— it just seems like there’s something NOT OKAY about the whole “what if a lady used her brain all men would have to hide" premise.  It’s very "strong female character", that The Ultimate Woman is basically autistic, instead of, like, recognizably feminine…?  I don’t know— seemed, like, kinda gross).
She has to interact with Asian Men who are just, like, cartoonishly evil and either/or sexless or rapists.  (Until she meets a French guy who she immediately starts making out with…?).  But I mean, Luc Besson was impregnating 15-year olds when he was in his 30’s so “his movie wasn’t cool to Asians" isn’t really high-up on his list of bad behavior.  And either way, some of his early stuff before he decided he wanted to be the French Robert Rodriguez is pretty decent.
Anyways, this was a pretty fun time at the movies.  I don’t think there’s a human being on Earth who can say “I went in with really high expectations and it didn’t meet them" about this movie— I think we all knew what he walked into on this one.  It’s 80 minutes of snickering at a movie— I don’t remember having snickered as much at a movie in recent memory, and I don’t remember the people around me laughing AT a movie as much.  It’s pretty, pretty dumb.  But he at least seemed to have fun with it, Besson.  There’s some fun stuff early on with how he edits things together— like, I’m curious how much of the first half of the movie he found in the editing room and how much the way he edited it all together was why he wanted to make the movie to begin with…?  He has Morgan Freeman (playing his signature role of "Morgan Freeman wanted some money”, the #1 role of his career) giving the goddamn dumbest lecture I’ve ever heard (total gibberish) for a half hour before his character figures into the plot— and just splices the lecture through scenes of Asian People Being Awful…?  I found that pretty fun.  
None of it works— the movie has no stakes; the bad guys present no legitimate threat (and exist for no discernible reason past a certain point); the parts I think the movie wanted to be “Trippy” are all generic while the parts that I think would have been fine being generic are actually done more creatively; action is okay, but weightless.  But I don’t know— I had a good time laughing at it at least.  It was pretty and dumb and kind of laughably impressed with itself.  Hating it would be like hating Mario Lopez.  I mean, who hates Mario Lopez??  What kind of weirdo is like, “That Mario Lopez rubs me the wrong way I’ve thought about him a lot and you know what people don’t get is blah blah blah”?   That’s just not a healthy way to be, brother.

"Lucy" or "The People Who Made this Movie Only Used 10% of Their Brains" (2014): Scarlett Johannesburg plays a lady who doesn’t exhibit emotions and talks in a dull, persistent monotone, or in another words, “the role she was born to play."  I don’t really enjoy her actings, but here at least, she doesn’t actually even try to play a recognizable human being, so it’s at least not another Don John situation…?  Anyways, this movie is about the scary science fiction concept of a “woman with a fully functioning brain" …?  Terrifying.  (How is the premise of this movie “empowering”???  I don’t know— it just seems like there’s something NOT OKAY about the whole “what if a lady used her brain all men would have to hide" premise.  It’s very "strong female character", that The Ultimate Woman is basically autistic, instead of, like, recognizably feminine…?  I don’t know— seemed, like, kinda gross).

She has to interact with Asian Men who are just, like, cartoonishly evil and either/or sexless or rapists.  (Until she meets a French guy who she immediately starts making out with…?).  But I mean, Luc Besson was impregnating 15-year olds when he was in his 30’s so “his movie wasn’t cool to Asians" isn’t really high-up on his list of bad behavior.  And either way, some of his early stuff before he decided he wanted to be the French Robert Rodriguez is pretty decent.

Anyways, this was a pretty fun time at the movies.  I don’t think there’s a human being on Earth who can say “I went in with really high expectations and it didn’t meet them" about this movie— I think we all knew what he walked into on this one.  It’s 80 minutes of snickering at a movie— I don’t remember having snickered as much at a movie in recent memory, and I don’t remember the people around me laughing AT a movie as much.  It’s pretty, pretty dumb.  But he at least seemed to have fun with it, Besson.  There’s some fun stuff early on with how he edits things together— like, I’m curious how much of the first half of the movie he found in the editing room and how much the way he edited it all together was why he wanted to make the movie to begin with…?  He has Morgan Freeman (playing his signature role of "Morgan Freeman wanted some money”, the #1 role of his career) giving the goddamn dumbest lecture I’ve ever heard (total gibberish) for a half hour before his character figures into the plot— and just splices the lecture through scenes of Asian People Being Awful…?  I found that pretty fun.  

None of it works— the movie has no stakes; the bad guys present no legitimate threat (and exist for no discernible reason past a certain point); the parts I think the movie wanted to be “Trippy” are all generic while the parts that I think would have been fine being generic are actually done more creatively; action is okay, but weightless.  But I don’t know— I had a good time laughing at it at least.  It was pretty and dumb and kind of laughably impressed with itself.  Hating it would be like hating Mario Lopez.  I mean, who hates Mario Lopez??  What kind of weirdo is like, “That Mario Lopez rubs me the wrong way I’ve thought about him a lot and you know what people don’t get is blah blah blah”?   That’s just not a healthy way to be, brother.

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Back in the day, Walter would, every once in a while, forget how to draw. Remember?" Louise said.

“Oh yeah,” Walter agreed. “That still happens occasionally. It’s like, ‘Oh my god, nothing I’m drawing looks any good anymore. My life is over as an artist.’ And what I realized, because I was an editor at the time, and had seen a lot of work go past me, was that when you hit this phase where suddenly your stuff, which looks just like it did yesterday, doesn’t look good to you anymore, it’s because your mind has made a leap. Your brain has gotten farther than your hand has learned to do it yet. But eventually, give it a few weeks, keep it up and you’ve made a leap in your own craft. That was a big help because it was so depressing when you realize you couldn’t draw anymore.
From an interview with Walt and Louise Simonson.

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“When women create superhero comics, though—as with G. Willow Wilson on Ms. Marvel—they’ve had success attracting a female audience. So Marvel’s decision to make Thor a woman, and the company’s general effort to reach out to female readers, seem like canny business moves.”

Well, except for the fact that the creative team making Thor a woman doesn’t contain one woman, of course. (From here. This has been the year for “Hey, women go to Comic-Con too?!?” pieces, it seems. See also this terrible piece.)

2009 headlines: “Did Twilight Ruin Comic-Con? Some people think so.

And: “Will Twilight Ruin This Year’s Comic-Con?

And Yahoo Answers: “What is comic-con? and how did twilight ruin it?

And the LA Weekly’s delightful headline: “Comic-Con’s Twilight Protests: Is There a Gender War Brewing?”

2011: ”This Year, Twilight Will Not Ruin San Diego Comic Con

But this year it’s okay because there’s going to be a female version of a corporate-sponsored male character written by the usual guys.  Plus, Thorette’s shoulders and parts of her belly don’t have any armor on them, another female superhero plainly created for the male gaze; with Twilight, women were asserting their own sexual thoughts, too (however messed up)— that threat is gone.  Not a hard math; just the same old lame one.

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comicartistevolution:

Bill Sienkiewicz 1990: Big Numbers #3

It remains one of his greatest regrets of his career and has often commented that “a day doesn’t go by that he doesn’t think of wanting to finish it.”  

I should maybe finish Big Numbers someday.” — Bill Sienkiewicz to himself, while inking Daredevil comics.  Goddamn, that is fucking tragic.  

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Catching up on this show Playing House, after all the talk on tumblr— a lot of people I trust sure got behind this one. It’s a nice show.  I get the attraction— feels very inspired by Gilmore Girls (that whole small town thing is a really soothing premise for a show),but jokes by a more UCB crowd, weirder jokes.  Plus, the guest actors are never anything less than top-notch.  Plus plus, Bobby Moynihan does a sexy dance in one episode, so let’s not pretend, you and I, that’s what we’re all about.  We’re all just people.

Mostly, I just like this opening credits song though.  That’s usually a good sign for if I’m going to like a comedy show, if the opening credit song is good…?  I think that’s normal!

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Rob Zombie and Tony Moore animated short

I just find how they animate Tony Moore’s style pretty interesting, at least how I think they’re doing it.  It’s not really my world so I don’t know how common this kind of thing is, though.

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