Monday, February 18, 2013
:: If Series Set In the Modern Day Were Written Like Sci-Fi Series highlights one of my biggest gripes about the way Star Trek series are often written, and why I was so refreshed to see movie night on Enterprise: why, other than obvious copyright issues, is everyone in the 24th century so well-versed in 19th century culture. Did everything made after 1911 just disappear somehow? (And let's not even get to the question of why there seems to be no modern entertainment or popular culture in the 24th century... apparently no one makes movies, television, music or plays by then and everyone's content to just enjoy Shakespeare, Dickens, and Gilbert and Sullivan throughout history... which, I expect those works to still be around, but it's also kind of like everyone's hanging out with my great grandmother.)
:: Looking at my Tumblr feed, I have to ask: am I the only one who thinks Beyonce is just sort of okay? Everyone either hates her and wishes she was dead, or thinks she's the queen of the entire universe and some kind of divine being we should all aspire to and bask in the glow of, and it's really fucking annoying.
:: Pictures from the coldest inhabited place on Earth. This must be why it's always so hard to take Yakutsk while playing Risk.
:: John McCain should (and in all honesty probably is) be one of the most informed people in America about what went down at that consulate. Yet he claims some sort of cover up and, when pressed as to what exactly is being covered up, gives an answer pretty much equivalent to “bad stuff, OK?” The man clearly has nothing. The piece also describes McCain as having "some kind of old man tantrum," which is more than accurate. McCain is really unhinged these days, and it's just starting to remind me of when my Grandpa finally went into the hospital and didn't come back out.
:: The Five Most Overrated American Presidents
:: A judge ruled that the guy making custom Batmobiles was violating Warner Bros' copyright. How much longer before fanart and tattoos are finally illegal?
:: ABC moved Happy Endings to Friday nights. This after a brief period of airing it two days a week and basically taking it off the schedule for a month. Will you guys just admit it's canceled, please? Jeez, first Don't Trust the B-- in Apt. 23 and now this one. I'm not torn up about it, but I did like both of those shows. Oh, well; an hour less of my life devoted to ABC is probably not that bad.
:: Anyone else watching The Americans on FX? I'm really into it.
:: I've been reading a bit lately about Erik Larsen fighting with Mario Gully over Gully's character Ant. I don't really want to get into it, but I think Gully's (and others') accusations that Image has just become another censorship-happy comic book company are kind of interesting. Someone called out Larsen and basically said that the reason he and others left Marvel to form Image was that they were sick of editorial interference. I know that's the legend of Image Comics, but I've always rolled my eyes at that bullshit. The reason those guys left Marvel was that they wanted more money. That's really it. Yeah, yeah, they wanted to create their own characters, but most of them seem to have only wanted to so in order to not have to share the money they made with Marvel Comics or any other company.
Frankly, I sometimes think the creation of Image is what ruined comics. 90% of what they put out (when they could be bothered to actually put anything out) was garbage, but at least they started a big war in comics over artists' pay and exclusive contracts. Because of that, Marvel and DC were less willing to take a chance on anything that didn't look like Image Comics, and anyone who read comics in the 90s knows how that worked out. It made idiots like Jim Lee and Todd McFarlane important players in the comic book industry, and now Lee has a license to help ruin DC Comics by turning it into the 90s Image crap, so well done there. And McFarlane's treatment of Neil Gaiman pretty much shows how those independent creator-owned trailblazers felt about making money instead of being the champions of creators' rights that they claimed they were. I don't respect any of those guys, to be honest.
:: I've been thinking about this situation where Orson Scott Card is writing a Superman comic. I didn't want to do a big post about it, because so many others have thoughts on the issue that are already so thought out. I think Tom Foss probably came the closest to saying exactly what I wanted to say about it. Bottom line for me is that I don't want to get involved in these stupid debates where bigotry can be called "just an opinion" and Card sitting on the board of an organization actively working to deny people their civil rights can be called "freedom of speech." I refuse to engage with people who think either of those things are true. And I refuse to read a story about a character I love written by a man whose opinions on the origins of homosexuality are as insane as Orson Scott Card's, because a man who says those things is not a man whose imagination is healthy.