Happy Boxing Day to all. Hope your hangovers aren't too bad. I'll have the annual ebook sale up around noon.
Andrew Morton: I very much enjoyed A Golden Thread. Is there any other superhero you think you could do a similar book for?
I’m sure there’s loads of superheroes you could do a survey history of. Anyone who’s been around for 50+ years ought to work at this point. But I don’t think I’d find much interest in ones who don’t have a sort of broken utopianism at their heart. And I’d probably want to do Marvel instead of DC if I were to ever do it again, just so I don’t have to retrace much.
The obvious place this all points is the X-Men, and there were moments when I considered that project, but I think it’s pretty clear at this point that the world does not actually need X-Men criticism above and beyond Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men. Which I haven’t actually listened to because I don’t really listen to podcasts, but which I just sort of assume is as awesome and comprehensive as everyone says. Which is fine - I’m pretty unlikely to take ...
Not sure when I'll get to watching this, as I'm traveling on Christmas, little yet getting a review done - could well take until Tuesday or so. So here's an open thread to discuss the 14th from last episode of the Moffat era.
Title says it all really.
This time I'm joined by EP's 'new recruits' from 2016, Josh, Shana & Daniel.
We don't actually talk that much politics, so this is a relatively safe space if you're trying to self-care a bit over the holidays.
The Enterprise is on routine patrol of the Romulan Neutral Zone. Perhaps that should be left to speak for itself.
Ironically enough, while making small talk with Commander Riker, Captain Picard says that the Romulans have been “rather well-behaved lately”. Just then, Geordi calls up with a request: Since it's expected this patrol mission will be rather uneventful, he'd like to take a small science team to investigate Beta Argotha One, which the Enterprise's route will take it in very close proximity to. Beta Argotha One is known as “Darwin's World”, because the species on that world evolve at an incredibly accelerated rate such that every time it's researched, it's effectively a whole new planet. Since it hasn't been surveyed in the past year, it is thus likely unrecognisable from the last time Starfleet checked it out. Captain Picard grants his request, and has Geordi prepare the Runabout USS Yutcan for launch.
As Geordi gets his ship ready, he's paid a visti by Deanna Troi. Her father participated in the very first survey of Beta Argotha One, and she was fascinated by the stories he would tell her about it as a ...
I'm going to do a readers Q&A for the Monday post next week, since it's Boxing Day and probably not a great day for reading about Crash. Whereas just after New Year's seems downright perfect.
I've already solicited some questions via Patreon, and I'll answer all of those, but I'm willing to answer a few more than just those, so if you've got a question you've been dying to have me answer, leave it in comments. If it catches my fancy, onto the list it shall go.
(And of course there'll be a Doctor Mysterio review somewhere around there too.)
It's my great pleasure to bring you the latest Eruditorum Presscast, in which I sit down and interview Kieron Gillen. Most of our conversation is about his new Avatar series Uber: Invasion, which continues the story of Uber by having Nazi superhumans invading the US. So yeah, it's a little on the nose right now, as we discuss. We also talk a bit about his other projects, including The Wicked + The Divine, Modded, and Mercury Heat. It's a good time, or at least, a time where we talk about the horrors of war and fascism a lot. You can download that here.
If this podcast interests you, you're probably the exact sort of person who would enjoy my new book, The Last War in Albion Volume 1, which looks at the history of British comics as a magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. Volume 1 covers the early work of both men - basically everything pre-Watchmen - putting it in a frankly terrifying amount of context. That's for sale here. Or, if you're British, for sale here.
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Previously in The Last War in Albion: Actually, this is basically a great jumping on point for new readers, though it helps to know that the previous chapter left off with the line "We do it because we are compelled."
The line, of course, belongs to Rorschach, the glamorous poison at the heart of Watchmen’s appeal. Moore is self-effacing about the character these days, joking that his popularity is down to the fact that Moore “had forgotten that actually to a lot of comic fans that smelling, not having a girlfriend - these are actually kind of heroic.” But unlike a lot of Moore’s self-deprecation, there’s an edge to this quip. He’s emphasizing his failure to anticipate the reaction to Rorschach, but only as a means to insult Rorschach’s fans even more spectacularly. There are obviously a lot of things about Watchmen that have gone sour for Moore, but at times it seems that there is nothing he resents quite as deeply ...
Recorded moments after our commentary for Father's Day, here's Jack and me doing commentary for the Russell T Davies not-nearly-as-classic-as-it-should-be Gridlock. I think we're vaguely more on topic this time, but that's really not saying anything.