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@  Benbot : (11 December 2019 - 09:34 PM)

What's your favorite cheese? I'm not sure, but it's hard to beat muenster.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 05:10 PM)

Man I wish IDW could do a season 2.5 with a few writers like Michael Charles Hill or Donald F Glut or Paul Davids involved.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 December 2019 - 04:33 PM)

They were looking for Skids, but the animators forgot he existed again.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 02:58 PM)

He regrouped with Omega Supreme, the Dinobots, Skyfire and the Protectobots.

@  Benbot : (11 December 2019 - 08:20 AM)

Did he get infected with the rest of the Autobots or did he smartly remain off-planet?

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 December 2019 - 05:38 AM)

He really just went to the beach for a couple of days, then called it in. Who's gonna follow up on it?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 05:05 AM)

Anyone really believe Cosmos searched far enough for more ingredient for Corrostop?

@  Nevermore : (11 December 2019 - 03:48 AM)

Oh, we are pretty good at "forgetting" about that. Insisting on sending people home on their overtime, THEN suddenly rushing to do the "backlog" stuff when it's really overdue.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 December 2019 - 05:43 PM)

I've yet to find an organization which didn't have a backlog of "stuff" that needs to be done, but isn't important enough to put on the schedule proper.

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 December 2019 - 05:01 PM)

I'm sure most good/bad (depending on your POV) bosses would be able to find something for the worker to do, in most cases, even if it's spending 8 hours pretending to push a broom around

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (10 December 2019 - 04:39 PM)

Still better than American jobs. x.x;

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 December 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I'm pretty sure you've already mentioned this before. Especially that last one.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:05 AM)

That can be fun if you're strong-willed enough. "Hey, you want to go home? Overtime reduction, there's nothing to do..." - "Nah, not today. I want to work."

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:04 AM)

This applies to the field of work as well. Meaning, your boss orders you to show up for a full shift, you show up on time and are absolutely willing to work, and then your boss realizes he has no work for you, your boss has to pay you for a full shift even if you don't work at all.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:03 AM)

Fun fact: German law has a concept named "default in acceptance", which postulates that if there is a "service for payment" contract, the party that should provide the service correctly offers their due service, and the party that should pay fails to accept the service within due time, the second party still has to pay the first party even if there was no service delivered.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 10:54 PM)

If it's seasonal affective disorder, check with your doc about vitamin D supplements.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 December 2019 - 12:46 PM)

That's what I was thinking too, It's the christmas rush and if that's not stressful enough the cold weather can also impact mental health.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 12:41 PM)

Might be a stupid question given the comment, BUT: have you done anything outside the ordinary lately? Might just be a stress reaction.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 December 2019 - 12:29 PM)

I've experienced sleep paralysis with ghostly images and similar things in the past and can snap out of it through moving my fingers. I've definitely hallucinated before and members of both sides of the family have had similar experience, some suffered forms of mental instability in two cases schizophrenia.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 10:47 AM)

So... either a hallucination or night terrors. Are you prone to this kind of thing?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:55 PM)

It kept repeating until I sat up.

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:54 PM)

I've been up since three and when sheepish I was hallucinating something knocking twice against my bedroom door.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 December 2019 - 06:58 PM)

Then repaint Apeface and Snapdragon as Transmetal Optimus Primal and Megatron. It's crazy enough to work.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 December 2019 - 05:32 PM)

Moral imperative.

@  Nevermore : (07 December 2019 - 05:13 PM)

Wishful thinking, rumor or leak?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 04:48 PM)

Snapdragon for Earthrise.

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 December 2019 - 10:22 PM)

Still not the weirdest thing a Nic Cage character has done in a film

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 04:00 PM)

Couldn't be worse than him pissing fire as Ghost Rider.

@  Rycochet : (04 December 2019 - 03:38 PM)

The Tim Burton Superman Movie is the DC movie we deserve. It would have Nic Cage in a technosuit punching polarbears.

@  Paladin : (04 December 2019 - 02:59 PM)

Wonder Woman was great. Shazam was amazing. Aquaman... exists.

@  RichardT1977 : (04 December 2019 - 01:54 PM)

TBF, Aquaman and Shazam! were pretty good.

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Not a difficult feat.

@  Benbot : (04 December 2019 - 11:50 AM)

You just put more effort into telling a compelling story than all of WB's execs.

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:41 AM)

Cue the flashback to Jonathan, reassuring a terrified child: "What you are is never as important as who you are." Cue Superman's response to Brainiac: "I already know who I am."*John Williams fanfare plays*

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:38 AM)

I don't think we even really need to see Krypton. I'd start with Clark growing up in Kansas, thinking he's normal, and follow him through the development of his powers. There've been enough alternate takes on Krypton that it could actually work as a mystery; is this the pre-Crisis utopia, the sterile science world, or the relic of a fallen empire? Brainiac was there, and he tempts Clark with the knowledge of what he really is.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:12 AM)

First, a Krypton film, ending with baby Kal-El being found on Earth.  Then Supe's early career film, establishing his values... and if Jonothan Kent needs to die, it happens because of something like a heart attack while Clark is savnig folks on the other side of the world.  After we know Clark minimizes property damage and never kills, have Zod & Company show up and force him to make tough choices.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:07 AM)

Man of Steel seems like someone came up with a Superman trilogy and then the execs said "We've got to catch up to Marvel, make it one film!".  I don't mean that based on the film's actual pacing, but because various story beats make more sense to me if they weren't all squished together.

@  Cybersnark : (03 December 2019 - 07:44 PM)

I've been wanting to write a Superman movie trilogy for years; "Man of Steel" (featuring a Terminator-like Brainiac) was going to be first, with "Last Son of Krypton" (featuring the Eradicator) as the sequel and "Man of Tomorrow" (in which Luthor makes his face-heel turn) as the conclusion. Thanks to Snyder I have to re-arrange my titles.

@  Nevermore : (03 December 2019 - 06:15 PM)

I still wish "Man of Steel" had instead been an adaptation of both the John Byrne miniseries of the same name and the Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale miniseries "Superman For All Seasons".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (03 December 2019 - 04:42 PM)

A take I just read: Man of Steel is shot with such a lack of lighting that it is easier to discern what is going on in a porn film.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 December 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Making Soylant is harder then it looks, it's not like the movies, you have to keep whacking and hacking at the ingredient, it'll scream and fight, maybe bite but eventually it will go down.

@  Paladin : (03 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

varies from person to person.

@  Benbot : (03 December 2019 - 11:34 AM)

It's an acquired taste

@  CORVUS : (03 December 2019 - 11:17 AM)

Soylent? Its pretty awful.

@  unluckiness : (03 December 2019 - 02:49 AM)

Depends on your denomination of Christianity

@  Patch : (02 December 2019 - 05:52 PM)

@Benbot Do they have a soy-free version? Like maybe just "Lent?"

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 December 2019 - 02:03 PM)

Just occurred to me 'Autobot' Megatron happened in Target 2006.

@  Benbot : (02 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

have you tried Soylent? It's pretty good! https://soylent.com/

@  Paladin : (02 December 2019 - 10:01 AM)

i prefer free-range human usually. pain in the ass to hunt though...

@  TheMightyMol... : (02 December 2019 - 09:42 AM)

If your human is all bones, you may have purchased a skeleton by accident. Contact your grocer to inquire about exhange policies.


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#41 Cradok

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 08:05 AM

Marvel already has their own Geoff Johns (a guy who's maybe not the best writer or storyteller, but is very good at using continuity to his advantage and coming up with new, interesting ideas), though. The difference is that they don't give Al Ewing anything important to do.

 

Back when I was still reading Marvel full time before AvX pissed me off enough to quit, I had a list of ten or so writers who I felt were the best that they had at the time - Peter David, Chris Gage, Slott, others I've forgotten in the six years since, and not one of them was ever on the 'superstar' list that always got to go to the retreats, none of them ever did the big crossover events, they were always getting pulled left and right by those big events.



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 12:53 PM

Heh, well, I think Slott qualifies now, but... his quality maybe hasn't held up so well.
Personally, I think Ewing and David Walker are the best current Marvel writers and the ones most deserving of being "big names". Saladin Ahmed, too, though he's only written on comic so far.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 02:17 PM

Phi. Ultimate Spider Man was lame and I completely didn't understand what it was so good. He's Alias, New Avengers and X-Men is completely different story. Maybe he will make me interested in DC again after this awful Lamebirth.



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Posted 17 November 2017 - 11:43 AM

Another big change: Alonso's out, and... "C.B. Cebulski" is in as editor-in-chief. Now if we can just get rid of Brevoort and Perlmutter...


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Posted 17 November 2017 - 12:53 PM

Cebulski might actually be good. I remember loving a lot of the stuff he edited (including the first Rubaways series by BKV).

Thank god Axels gone. He took Marvel from Quesadas heights to this shithole its in right now.

Lets hope CB steers the company back to being actually goddamn readable as a whole.

But in the current, digitized world, trivial information is accumulating every second, preserved in all its triteness. Never fading, always accessible. Rumors about petty issues, misinterpretations, slander... All this junk data preserved in an unfiltered state, growing at an alarming rate. It will only slow down social progress, reduce the rate of evolution. You seem to think that our plan is one of censorship. What we propose to do is not to control content, but to create context.


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Posted 17 November 2017 - 02:18 PM

Geez, Cebulski isn't a name I've heard in, like, a decade.

How rough was that writer's retreat?


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Posted 17 November 2017 - 04:48 PM

He's been a big deal for Marvel for many years at this point, though not, like, in America. I'm not terribly surprised he was their pick.

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 04:55 PM

Cebulski might actually be good. I remember loving a lot of the stuff he edited (including the first Rubaways series by BKV).
 

 

Rubaway's, Marvel's porn parodies already starting? :p


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 09:00 AM

Cebulski has mostly been working as an talent scout the last few years, and has a rep for finding quality. He used to do portfolio reviews at an Irish con, and I know that people would come from all over to see him. Hopefully that carries over well to being EiC.



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Posted 20 November 2017 - 10:54 AM

Maybe this time artists and writers will come to Marvel instead of leaving, eh?

But in the current, digitized world, trivial information is accumulating every second, preserved in all its triteness. Never fading, always accessible. Rumors about petty issues, misinterpretations, slander... All this junk data preserved in an unfiltered state, growing at an alarming rate. It will only slow down social progress, reduce the rate of evolution. You seem to think that our plan is one of censorship. What we propose to do is not to control content, but to create context.


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Posted 19 December 2017 - 06:59 PM

So, solications are out and a few things have popped up.

 

Dan Slott is leaving Amazing Spider-Man, finally.

 

Secondly, Marvel just canceled a load of books.  Among them Captain Marvel, Generation X, America, The Unbelievable Gwenpool, Luke Cage and Defenders ; though Captain Marvel is likely joining GotG in the "Getting put on hiatus while this Infinity Countdown event plays out"

 

Additionally, Hawkeye and Champions have solicitations suggestive of them ending as well, though those could be red herrings.

 

I see people saying Iceman and She-Hulk are in that pile as well, but I dunno where they're getting that info from.


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Posted 19 December 2017 - 08:05 PM

not my Gwenpool! =[


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Posted 19 December 2017 - 08:34 PM

Also, apparently Jim Starlin has cut ties with Marvel, citing the fact that upcoming storylines in the Thanos ongoing basically retread material he was actively working on for the upcoming Thanos graphic novels, making his work redundant.  This was after being rejected as the writer for the Thanos ongoing.


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Posted 19 December 2017 - 10:16 PM

Oh boo-hoo. Starlin might have innovated the character, but goddamn, man. You can't be the final authority on the character 100% of the time. Let other people play with his character for once, man.


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Posted 19 December 2017 - 10:45 PM

Starlin has contributed so much to Marvel's mythology, but no power on Earth would make me buy a book he worked on this century. That said, he's a Claremont, a Furman, a Hama... I think there should always be room for him to work on those characters in some capacity. Just stick him in his own little corner like Larry on RAH or Furman on RG1 and let him go crazy. Nobody working on the other books needs to ever give it a second thought, and he gets to keep playing with those toys he gave us. 

 

Gwenpool is a great loss. I'm sad to see GenX axed, although I haven't actually read an issue yet. 


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Posted 20 December 2017 - 01:14 AM

Oh boo-hoo. Starlin might have innovated the character, but goddamn, man. You can't be the final authority on the character 100% of the time. Let other people play with his character for once, man.

 
I think that's missing the forest for the trees.  Starlin's big beef is that the series they DID let him work on is itself being made irrelevant by way of the work being done on the ongoing.

"Just to set the record straight, Marvel Comics didn't pull me off any books, they just made it clear they weren't interested in using me on any of the tie-in series to the movies or regular series. Even though I lobbied heavily to write the Thanos on-going that task was twice given to other writers, which is Marvel Editorial's right to do.[/size]
 
"What I objected to and what will be keep me from doing any further work for Marvel Editorial was Tom Brevoort approving a plot for the current on-going series, which was pretty much the same as the Thanos story arc in the graphic novel trilogy Alan Davis and I have been working on for Tom for close to the past year. He had 200 pages of script and 100 pages of pencils on this project when he gave the green light to a strikingly similar plot. The on-going will be in print before the graphic novel trilogy. To avoid spoiling anyone's enjoyment of these two stories I will not be summarizing the striking similarities.
 
"At first Tom denied giving his approval to the plot. When that turned out to be false, he switched to claiming there was nothing similar about the two plots. When that didnt fly he changed his story to it was all an accident. These changes of excuse and other bits of procrastination ate up a month, by which time the current Thanos on-going art team was too far along for anything to be done about the situation. Too bad for me. So I am moving on.
 
"And, yes, Marvel Entertainment has treated me very well and generously. Them I like."


That said, Starlin has a habit of being fussy, so we'll see how long this sticks and if Marvel bothers to try to win him back (again).

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 01:26 AM

 

Oh boo-hoo. Starlin might have innovated the character, but goddamn, man. You can't be the final authority on the character 100% of the time. Let other people play with his character for once, man.

 
I think that's missing the forest for the trees.  Starlin's big beef is that the series they DID let him work on is itself being made irrelevant by way of the work being done on the ongoing

Starlin's been in comics long enough to know that the next writer could completely ignore what you've built.

 

The ongoing's been pretty good, though. Perhaps its reception is making him angry when compared to his own work.


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Posted 20 December 2017 - 02:03 AM

Except this isn't the "next writer" this is Starlin being preempted by someone doing a similar storyline, before his story has even had a chance to be published (but well after hundreds of pages have been turned in) and then getting the runaround (being outright lied to according to his account) when he tried to point this out.

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 02:34 AM

So Gwenpool, America, *and* Iceman are cancelled? 
 
Dan Slott's gone? 
 
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I was debating whether or not to make the trek to the main area comic shop given that I can't shake this cold (night shift outside in the cold, so...) but I guess I may just brave it to see how people are taking the news of all these cancellations. 
 
That being said though, I'm hoping no one cancels the Spider-Man comic strip (https://comicskingdo...-man/2017-12-20 ; delete the date to go to whatever the newest strip is). It's how I get my Marvel fix when I can't run up there. 

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 03:06 AM

Dan Slott is leaving Spider-Man but he may stick around Marvel on another title.

Hopefully the speculation on his replacement is false. (Nick Spencer *shudder*)

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