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Before Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson briefly pursued a career as a political cartoonist, with short stints drawing cartoons for The Kenyon Collegian and the political cartoon quarterly magazine, Target. Here’s the original art for two related cartoons he drew back in 1982.

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Anonymous asked: The title of your Winter Soldier post summed up my thoughts exactly. Holy fuck but it literally looks like a cable drama (Joss Whedon needs to be strung up for allowing that lighting to become a thing). You're wrong about Iron Man 3, though; it's totally a Shane Black movie, just not enough of/a particularly good one. Still the most watchable of the new batch.

The thing I like about Shane Black movies (and some other 80’s action movies to a lesser extent; but at least Die Hard, which is perfect)— and I think what modern blockbusters have strayed from to their detriment— is the heroes are Messed Up.  They’re not okay; society doesn’t really have a place for them— Geena Davis in Long Kiss Goodnight can’t be a homemaker because she’s a killer, Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon can’t be a family man like Danny Glover because he’s lethal and also a weapon, Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang has one of my favorite things where he says something like, “I’m not saying it’s normal— I’m not saying I’m normal”; etc.  Modern special effects blockbusters don’t have those kinds of characters— it’s all Chosen Ones and prophecies and all that crap, instead of Bill Murray in Meatballs.  I don’t know why— this country got more evangelical?  People got less accepting of actual outcasts (the nerds never won)?  No clue.

I identify with fuck-ups lots, for obvious reasons, so that is the kinda stuff I’m into.  And so, Iron Man 3— if it had any of that to it, I missed it.  The fact it was set at Christmas didn’t mean much when fundamentally, I felt like the stuff I think of as being his real hallmarks wasn’t there, the stuff I get into.  Downey Jr. had a “nervous condition”, they tried to jam in a neuroses, but it never felt all that real and I don’t remember it getting resolved in any meaningful way… 

And the ending, I just remember it all being special effects and Gwyneth Paltrow’s weird stomach.  The idea of the main character having to defeat the bad guys in order to be in some way healed wasn’t there (which I think is how his other movies have ended, the healing power of violence— Bruce Willis being gloomy all movie and then finally being happy enough to dance a jig because he threw a guy onto helicopter blades). Take away the main character healing and/or coming to grips with his world (e.g. Mel Gibson having to beat up Gary Busey outside the family home) and it’s just… What’s there to root for without that stuff?  I don’t know.  Not much.  So for me it always felt authored and muddled by executives, and consultants, and whatever, more than anything, like with all those movies. For me, it’s not a “real Shane Black” thing in the ways that count.  It’s just the movie I’m hoping helps him get to make real Shane Black things again because … The Nice Guys is a pretty fun script that’s just lying on a shelf somewhere, so…

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Just in Case You Missed It Before Dept.:  I made an animated-ish cartoon that’s viewable on the internet, with the help of some entirely generous people who you might know and/or love and/or tolerate (or who you might not know but who you should get to know and/or love and/or tolerate).  I’d mentioned it before, so sorry if this seems like self-promotional spam— I promise this is the last time I’ll do this; I hate this kinda thing, too.  But I thought to myself, I thought, hey, maybe you had missed this before?  Maybe you were gone that week?  Maybe you were on vacation?  Maybe you were in Thailand?  Maybe you’re a sex tourist who has to travel to non-extradition countries in order to sate your unspeakable desires and quench all your unquenchable nibbly-parts?  I have no idea— I’m not the NSA (then again, if I were the NSA, isn’t that exactly what I would say?  ooooooh).  I’m just a guy who made a cartoon and thought I should mention that more than once because… I don’t know, that’s probably what people do. And you?  You’re a special person who deserves to be loved, tenderly and wetly and sometimes with handcuffs involved, who deserves to find out about things they missed while they were out of the country on an immoral sex-tourism vacation.  So here it is again!  Thanks and sorry!

Just in Case You Missed It Before Dept.:  I made an animated-ish cartoon that’s viewable on the internet, with the help of some entirely generous people who you might know and/or love and/or tolerate (or who you might not know but who you should get to know and/or love and/or tolerate).  I’d mentioned it before, so sorry if this seems like self-promotional spam— I promise this is the last time I’ll do this; I hate this kinda thing, too.  But I thought to myself, I thought, hey, maybe you had missed this before?  Maybe you were gone that week?  Maybe you were on vacation?  Maybe you were in Thailand?  Maybe you’re a sex tourist who has to travel to non-extradition countries in order to sate your unspeakable desires and quench all your unquenchable nibbly-parts?  I have no idea— I’m not the NSA (then again, if I were the NSA, isn’t that exactly what I would say?  ooooooh).  I’m just a guy who made a cartoon and thought I should mention that more than once because… I don’t know, that’s probably what people do. And you?  You’re a special person who deserves to be loved, tenderly and wetly and sometimes with handcuffs involved, who deserves to find out about things they missed while they were out of the country on an immoral sex-tourism vacation.  So here it is again!  Thanks and sorry!

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Captain America the First Avenger, Episode Two, Coming Soon to TNT (“Characters Matter”)(2014):  ehhhh, underwhelming.  Some good stuff: Pat Healy cameo, really nice action scene on a highway overpass (I thought that sequence worked), Batroc the Leaper, Anthony Mackie’s great, Captain America beats up a plane pretty good, and it made for a nice excuse to see friends.  Besides that, pretty tedious. Filmed blandly. Par for the course for these movies, but. Boring talking scenes with no score that run on too long— a LOT of those.  A lot of story points that just don’t add up to any kind of whole— the winter soldier, in particular, what was the point?  It’s just fan-service; it never felt organic to the story for me. It wouldn’t have taken much to make it feel organic— guy obsessed with his past has to destroy his last connection to his past to move forward…?  There’s a story there … just not the one the movie bothered to tell.  I just don’t think they pulled it off. “Now here’s a guy with metal jetpack wings" — WHY?  "Oh because blah blah blah NERD REASONS."  There’s nothing organic to that.  These Marvel movies are never completely unwatchable but they’re never real movies.  They never just stand on their own terms… I just feel a sadness coming out of all of them, that this is how little the audience accepts anymore…
Plus, any kind of story that’s being told gets all shot to shit by Scarlet Johanensen at the end— the whole movie is about, “Oh, maybe a paramilitary spy agency like SHIELD is inconsistent with the idea of freedom”.  But then at the end, if I understood what she was saying (???? god only knows; she’s a terrible actress and the script was no good), ScarJo’s like “Nope— extralegal spies are necessary evils that will remain active and oblivious to Congressional oversight IE any vestige of democracy. Haha the fascist surveillance state wins." And then it’s her walking out of a room grinning in slow-mo, and that’s the ending! Fanboy politics are always so fascist….  
They’re doing my favorite era of Cap stories in the movie— those issues where they introduce the Falcon are some of my all-time favorite Marvel shit; I was happy to see Gene Colan get a thank you.  I didn’t hate the movie— it was mostly just… just BLAND.  Afterwards, I mentioned to the people I was with that, like, “I don’t think I understood half the dialogue.”  There’s a scene early on with Sam Jackson that I think— here’s how I think it went verbatim: “You like secrets too much.” “Too much is never enough.”  ”Enough is enough.”  ”The last time I said that I had to eat a pie.”  ”When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s amore.”  ”The last time I ate pizza, I lost an eye."  There’s no substance to the movie so all the conversations are just pablum…Scarlet Johansen’s dialogue sounded like porn out-takes at one point… 
Chris Evans— ehh.  His body’s just weird.  I was just weirded out by that dude’s shoulders…?  He’s just weird looking (i said, stroking my neck fat)… I started whisper-yelling stuff during the movie when Redford started babbling about “Pakistan invading India” or some nonsense… Marvel Comics screenwriters trying to pretend they’re smart… I don’t know I’m just sick of this fanboy shit where … Like, "Iron Man 3’s like a Shane Black movie."  No, it’s just set at Christmas.  "Captain America 2’s like Three Days of the Condor. It’s a political thriller"  No, it’s just got Redford in it— that’s it; an examination of the politics of the fakey-fake-fake-fake Marvel Universe don’t make a movie a fucking political thriller.  I don’t know.  This fucking country used to be able to make a Die Hard or a Lethal Weapon.  Or if you like Redford, we made Sneakers (SNEAKERS!!!).  We used to be a country!  We used to build things.  

Captain America the First Avenger, Episode Two, Coming Soon to TNT (“Characters Matter”)(2014):  ehhhh, underwhelming.  Some good stuff: Pat Healy cameo, really nice action scene on a highway overpass (I thought that sequence worked), Batroc the Leaper, Anthony Mackie’s great, Captain America beats up a plane pretty good, and it made for a nice excuse to see friends.  Besides that, pretty tedious. Filmed blandly. Par for the course for these movies, but. Boring talking scenes with no score that run on too long— a LOT of those.  A lot of story points that just don’t add up to any kind of whole— the winter soldier, in particular, what was the point?  It’s just fan-service; it never felt organic to the story for me. It wouldn’t have taken much to make it feel organic— guy obsessed with his past has to destroy his last connection to his past to move forward…?  There’s a story there … just not the one the movie bothered to tell.  I just don’t think they pulled it off. “Now here’s a guy with metal jetpack wings" — WHY?  "Oh because blah blah blah NERD REASONS."  There’s nothing organic to that.  These Marvel movies are never completely unwatchable but they’re never real movies.  They never just stand on their own terms… I just feel a sadness coming out of all of them, that this is how little the audience accepts anymore…

Plus, any kind of story that’s being told gets all shot to shit by Scarlet Johanensen at the end— the whole movie is about, “Oh, maybe a paramilitary spy agency like SHIELD is inconsistent with the idea of freedom”.  But then at the end, if I understood what she was saying (???? god only knows; she’s a terrible actress and the script was no good), ScarJo’s like “Nope— extralegal spies are necessary evils that will remain active and oblivious to Congressional oversight IE any vestige of democracy. Haha the fascist surveillance state wins." And then it’s her walking out of a room grinning in slow-mo, and that’s the ending! Fanboy politics are always so fascist….  

They’re doing my favorite era of Cap stories in the movie— those issues where they introduce the Falcon are some of my all-time favorite Marvel shit; I was happy to see Gene Colan get a thank you.  I didn’t hate the movie— it was mostly just… just BLAND.  Afterwards, I mentioned to the people I was with that, like, “I don’t think I understood half the dialogue.”  There’s a scene early on with Sam Jackson that I think— here’s how I think it went verbatim: “You like secrets too much.” “Too much is never enough.”  ”Enough is enough.”  ”The last time I said that I had to eat a pie.”  ”When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s amore.”  ”The last time I ate pizza, I lost an eye."  There’s no substance to the movie so all the conversations are just pablum…Scarlet Johansen’s dialogue sounded like porn out-takes at one point…

Chris Evans— ehh.  His body’s just weird.  I was just weirded out by that dude’s shoulders…?  He’s just weird looking (i said, stroking my neck fat)… I started whisper-yelling stuff during the movie when Redford started babbling about “Pakistan invading India” or some nonsense… Marvel Comics screenwriters trying to pretend they’re smart… I don’t know I’m just sick of this fanboy shit where … Like, "Iron Man 3’s like a Shane Black movie."  No, it’s just set at Christmas.  "Captain America 2’s like Three Days of the Condor. It’s a political thriller"  No, it’s just got Redford in it— that’s it; an examination of the politics of the fakey-fake-fake-fake Marvel Universe don’t make a movie a fucking political thriller.  I don’t know.  This fucking country used to be able to make a Die Hard or a Lethal Weapon.  Or if you like Redford, we made Sneakers (SNEAKERS!!!).  We used to be a country!  We used to build things.  

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Tower of David: the World’s Tallest Slum | Via

The Tower of David is an abandoned unfinished skyscraper in the center of Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, that is now home to more than 3,000 squatters, who have turned the 45-story skyscraper into the world’s tallest slum.

Construction of the building, originally called “Centro Financiero Confinanzas” and nicknamed the “Tower of David”, after its developer, David Brillembourg, was started in 1990 and was to become a symbol of Caracas’ bright financial future. It is the third highest skyscraper in the country. But a banking crisis brought those plans to an abrupt halt in 1994. The government took control over the building and construction was never completed. The building has no elevators, no installed electricity or running water, no balcony railing and windows and even walls in many places.

In 2007, a group of squatters took over the building, and it quickly gained notoriety as a hotbed of crime and drugs. Despite this, residents have managed to build a comfortable and self sustaining community complete with basic utility services such as electricity and water that reaches all the way up to the 22nd floor. Lifts being absent, residents can use motorcycles to travel up and down the first 10 floors, but must use the stairs for the remaining levels.  Inside the building’s long hallways there are warehouses, clothing stores, beauty parlours, a dentist and day-care centers. Some residents even have cars, parked inside of the building’s parking garage. Some seven hundred families comprising over 3,000 residents live in the tower today.

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