philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
I read Ferrett Steinmetz's LJ sometimes. He posted something about how he just doesn't know that much about the Palestine conflict, and, hey, I don't know a lot either, really, but that apparently doesn't stop me from having opinions, which I posted, probably stupidly.

So yeah.

I get where Israelis are coming from, I think. And I think Hamas is creating more problems for itself. But I do think the way the Israeli state was set up made one giant mistake:

If you're going to displace people and confiscate their land, make sure they have a place to go, and compensate them for their loss. That was not done.

There's a very high likelihood the fallout from that mistake will lead to Israel's end.

As a Yank, that means my country, as Israel's sponsor, gets involved in some way or another, I suppose.

Heh. I'm imagining something like Twelve-Step sponsors now. Actually, Twelve-Stepping might help in this case.

My name is Likud, and I'm a nationalist.

Hi, Likud!

philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
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Delete the email and tell your friend that their email acct has been hacked. It's a phishing scam for your login info.

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philippos42: heather (vindicator)
Oh, hey, I have this blog I could use it.

Um. I have kind of started buying print comics again? But I think that budget-wise, I'm not going to keep it up.

Anyway, last few weeks, in two different trips to the comic shop, I have picked up the first two issues of the new Captain Marvel series, the first three issues of Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk #5 (with all the wide-angle shots, scans of which are what sent me to the comic shop in the first place), a couple of issues of All-New Doop (which is very much in the middle of a giant X-Men story, and rather weird), and an issue of Guardians of the Galaxy which lied to me by putting Carol (Captain Marvel) on the cover.

Yeah, basically this time I decided to go for the related trademarks of Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel. And of course there's Shulkie.

I haven't actually caught up on the Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel series yet. Back in June I bought the first issues kind of to see if I liked them. And I don't hate them (yet), so I went back a couple days ago and got a few more. But I am months behind.

Well, that's a boring post. What did you think of them, philippos? "I don't hate them (yet)."

Yep. Shulkie's the one I hope I keep enjoying, but I think Carol's series is growing on me. Even if it's crossing over with Bendis's Guardians of the Galaxy. I like the GotG emough to tolerate Bendis, I guess? I mean, I mock Bendis, but I'm not boycotting him.
philippos42: "Dark Vengeance!" (misfit)
A couple weeks ago, I guess, I ran across some DVD's at the store. There was a double package with Romeo Must Die, which I remember liking, and Cradle 2 the Grave, which I don't think I've ever seen but I think I remember Becca posting about. There was also the animated Wonder Woman with voices by Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, and Alfred Molina, and I had yet to see that. I picked them up.

So, Sunday I got around to watching Romeo Must Die again. I'd forgotten much of it in the intervening decade and change. A remarkable amount of it is Amthony Anderson and Jet Li beating each other up.

Also, I hadn't remembered how blatantly it was a love story between Jet Li's character and Aaliyah's. In "PSY AND THE ACCEPTABLE ASIAN MAN", refresh_daemon points out that the final cut of the movie did not have a scene where Jet and Aaliyah kiss, apparently because that didn't test well. But the movie is definitely going in that general direction, and the line, "Sorry, Romeo, you gotta die," isn't misplaced.

Since I read that article before actually re-watching the movie, I was certainly thinking about this dimension of interracial romance in an action movie. I kind of want to remake Romeo Must Die with a really hot male lead--like a Korean boy band type...who had to bulk up in prison, since it's a remake--and blatant snogging. Not that I wouldn't like a movie that really doesn't even try to put the male and female leads together--or one, that like the final cut, does put them together, but weights the emotional stuff and early flirting above (unseen) physical affection. Not that Han and Trish aren't affectionate in other ways--it's a neat movie in its way.

Even if the underlying plot involves a conspiracy to wreck Oakland's waterfront for the sake of land speculation for a project that doesn't need to be on the waterfront. Hundreds of small businessmen dead for the sake of bad urban planning. Oy.


Monday I watched that Wonder Woman movie. There is a lot wrong with that movie. I don't even want to try to pick apart everything.

But as I have said, I am a big Artemis fan, and I am struck that they pretty much took Artie and split her themes between three characters: "Artemis" is based on her visual design, and kind of on her personality. "Alexa" has a moment late in the film where she pulls a trick vaguely akin to things Artie did in Requiem (as in, come back from the dead and subvert the Big Bad's forces with knowledge of his magic). And "Diana" when she comes to Man's World is pretty much the cold clueless Amazon caricature Artie was early on--only more likely to kill her enemy's mooks.

So yeah. But I did like the throwaway joke about Artie carrying abnormally large swords (which comes from a lying cover, originally). And Artie and Di are my girls, so at the end I was kind of tearing up even for these versions, as alienatingly "wrong" (not to mention cold and unlikable) as they were written here.

The script is kind of a mess. Steve did not need to be a serial womanizer; vain, sure, but this Steve was a little too creepy I thought. "Etta" was pretty much called Etta because that's a name in the mythos (not much to do with most versions of Etta).

And of course, first thing, they had Ares and Hippolyta as exes, and I said, "Dude, he's her Dad." (Because in the comics, she's the daughter of War. Yeah. At least in the Byrne and Sekowsky runs.) Yeah, Ares in this was pretty bonkers.

Oh, well, Warner Bros. tried. Next time, do better.
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
I just told a recent Susanficcer, "This is one of the best treatments of Susan on here."

So I'd be a hypocrite not to link to it. Evidence's Crash
philippos42: Sarigar (hard)
I think Artemis called Requiem is my favorite superhero. Artemis, the onetime Wonder Woman with the absurdly long hair.

I used to say my favorite superhero and my favorite supervillain were both Doctor Zero from the Shadowline Saga. Although there may have been a long stretch where if I were honest with myself I would admit I liked Magneto (the Claremont/Bolton version) better. And he's a well-known example of someone who is both.

But no, these days it's Artie. And it is almost totally because of Artemis: Requiem.

This is a character who really came into her own after she died.

(She died when she and her sister Diana--technically they're not biological sisters, but they are consistently called sisters in the text; go with it--had to defeat the thing that used to be Asquith Randolph. Diana was the star of that book, so Artemis was killed off to put Diana back in the Wonder Woman suit.)

Artemis went to Hell; and was taken in marriage (I would've said "concubine," the text says "wife." Marriage.) by a major Devil. Dalkriig-Hath was one of the Thirteen Princes of Hell, we are told. This is backstory for her series, quickly exposited when her sister Diana comes looking for her.

Then she leaves Hell with an unconscious Diana on her back. Surreally crawls out of her own grave, carrying an unconscious Wonder Woman.

A bunch of weirdness happens, I'm gonna skip to the last issue.

Spoilers, if you care: Read more... )

Later writers haven't always known what to do with Artie.
I think Gail Simone was one of the worst, writing Artie as depressed and suicidal. e_e
Byrne did OK with her, I guess. That's where her relationships with Cassie and Mike Schorr come from. (Not sexual relationships, ficcers! Well, maybe Mike.)
Jimenez sympathized with Artemis, I think. He wrote her as pretty disgusted with the chain of events that led to her getting beaten to death, and I think he was responsible for promoting her to one of the leaders of the Amazons.
Rucka and Johnson cut her hair off, because they hate good things.

I've seen fans refer to her as the evil Wonder Woman or something like that. Way to miss the point.

Artie was cold, sometimes arrogant, and due to her exceedingly weird life experiences, bizarre. But she's driven by a hero's pursuit of justice. And she had that crazy visual design.

And somehow Artemis: Requiem--which I think is generally hated as eye-bleeding 1990's excess, drawn by a young Ed Benes riffing on Mike Deodato riffing on Jim Lee--this crazy throwaway series with superheroes never heard of before or since and a very...particular...view of the afterlife--this little series wormed its way into my heart.

"Are you saying God raised you from the dead?"
"No...I did it myself!" (big smile).
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
I've been wondering if I should stop going further up and further in through the Susan Pevensie tag on AO3. Well, I just hit the last page of the tag! This is pre-movie Susanfic:

Queen of Narnia, by kaydeefalls, is from 2005.

Imaginary Menagerie, by unoriginal_liz, is even older.

Growing Up by sheldrake ships Caspian and Lucy a wee bit, and deals with both Lucy and Susan in England.

All different, all good.

OK, I'm done. I can go back to the first page, maybe see if that Methos-in-Narnia fic has added a bunch of chapters....
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
I just saw a gif of an elephant drawing (an outline of an elephant!) on an easel. That's interesting, because it shows an elephant doing representational art through the language of outline, which I wouldn't expect. Is this for real, or some kind of trick? I'm thinking it's a trick.

Not that elephants aren't capable of that, I just think of outlining as a constructed human visual language.
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
Rachel Carson's birthday today.

One of the best people in the last hundred years.
philippos42: "Dark Vengeance!" (cold)
Well. There's going to be a second Wonder Woman title, and I wonder if I care.

Probably not.

So, yeah.
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
LookingForOctober's Twice Gentle had no kudos and no comments on AO3. Well, now it has one of each.

Spiralled's Like an Onion Inside Out (The Doctor, the Queen, and the TARDIS Remix) is a Susan/(FinalRegenerationofthe)Doctor ship. Given that it is that genre, with whatever that implies--oh, it's just beautiful. Very true in style to both source materials, somehow?

Between by genarti apparently didn't start out to be Susanfic so much as SpareOomfic, but it's Susanfic all the same by the end.

Really I do other things besides read Narniafic, honestly.
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
Oh, yeah, I didn't expand on why I'm unhappy with Marvelsagentsofshield.

Read more... )
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
I shouldn't have looked I shouldn't have looked Mind's Eye Bleeding--

I've generally skipped the incest tag while looking at Narnia fic. But I just now clicked on a drabble out of curiosity. I did not notice the tag indicating that the drabble shipped Pete with both of his sisters. (Which was pretty much the fic.) Ew, squick. OK, a writer to skip then.


Apr. 17th, 2014 12:04 am
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
Well, I am very disappointed in recent developments on Marvelsagentsofshield. Blah.
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
So I panicked and started changing every password I could find, due to Heartbleed.

Well, it turns out a lot of sites don't even use OpenSSL, and it doesn't matter; and the ones that do may not have updated already.

So. I get to keep the passwords I remember on some things.
philippos42: zat's bunny (dung)
I have a notepad file with a handful of names designed to look Greek while not actually meaning anything, some few words of notes following those names, and a sentence explaining that this story cycle is probably a bad idea, because the major fandom is over here and the story that's spinning out of it is way over on the other hand and not a good fit for that fandom.

I really should not try to write fic.

Some part of me wants to scrub the fan elements (oddly, the fake-Greek ones can stay because they are way off to the side of the source canon anyway) and rename the characters so the story can go forward into something quite different than the canon to which it was going to be imaginary backstory. Another part thinks that's a poor solution--because the roots would be too obvious.

And the story that my brain has taken and built out of the fusion fic I was going to write is too boring, except in ways that, again, way over on the other hand. But now my brain won't let go of it.

It's not like I expect to get much more than that sentence written anyway. I can come up with big long stories, or the shadows of them, in my head. But writing them down is not a thing I do. I don't know why.

If I am being vague, well. Yeah.


more fic.

Apr. 4th, 2014 05:34 pm
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
all the trees of the field will clap their hands by twoskeletons (Lassiter) is a very apt coda to the Pevensies' story.


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