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A question of Questionable Content

I like reading web comics, I don’t read as many as I used to since quite a few of my faves have stopped updating or had to give up the comic for personal reasons, like Alien Vs Predator, Home on the Strange, Ornery Boy, Better Life  and a few more, some are still going strong like

Two Lumps,

Happy Sad

Sinfest

And I enjoy them all, Eben and Snooch are two of my favourite felines of all time, since I have a Snooch of my own, oddly enough his name is Bucky, named after another cat in another one of my favourite comics, Get Fuzzy, if Bucky had been a girl he probably would have been called Solange after another cat in another one of my favourite comics, 9 Chickweed Lane, I also enjoy reading Zits, Frazz , For Better Or For Worse and Zits, about everyone’s favourite teenager.

However my all time favourite web comic ever is Questionable Content.  Written by the amazing and talented Jeph Jacques, I have always enjoyed QC and I have enjoyed watching how Jeph (I hope he doesn’t mind me talking about him like I know him) has changed and improved as an artist over the years.

Comics are not like books, and I don’t just mean in content and form, I mean in how they let you interact and use your imagination, in a comic the author/artists pretty much knows what he/she wants his/her character to look like, more or less, over the course of a long running comic the skills might get better and the characterisations might improve, but the author/artist knows in his/her head HOW the character is supposed to look, and to a lesser extent act and behave, because that’s always open to change.

In a book usually the author gives you a broad outline or description of a character and you fill in the other bits from your imagination, one of my favourite series of all time is The Belgariad and The Malloreon, in that Belgarion is described as a tall, sandy haired young man, with a slightly serious expression, fairly broad, yes?

In my minds eye Belgarion looks exactly like a grown up Henry Thomas (from ET fame), Polgara who is supposed to be the most beautiful woman in the world looks to me like Angelina Jolie, because to me, she is the most beautiful woman in the world, Belgarath will always be Ian McKellen, Durnik is Charley Boorman, Barak is a young Brian Blessed, mixed with John Rhys Davies, Silk is now and forever Steven Buscemi, I see Hettar as a young Johnny Depp.

This is why there is always so much angst when they cast a movie of a popular book, because inevitably the people they cast look NOTHING like the characters we have imagined in our minds, and some people cannot get over that.

As a side note, anyone who doesn’t think that Brain Blessed would make an AWESOME Arch-Chancellor Ridcully has rocks in their head.

But back to Questionable Content, one day last week Jeph posted this episode

of Questionable Content, and then received an email containing this which Jeph posted on his tumblr

I have read the post several times over several days and I still do NOT get what the writer of the email was on about, was Marigold drawn too fat, or not fat enough, or was the fact that she was drawn at all in a bikini a bad thing, one thing I have noticed is that in most comics, web and paper the range in body shapes is pretty minimal, whereas in QC we have a whole shit tonne (that’s an accurate scientific measurement right there) of different female body shapes.

The writer of the email, which I shall assume is a female, goes on to make several rather astounding statements and analogies, along with quite a few fat-shaming epithets of her own, making a mockery of her indignation, and then rounds it all off by saying she was being sarcastic, and then accused Jeph of insulting all women.

Sorry, I was not insulted in the slightest, in fact it was nice seeing a less than stick figure in a bikini that wasn’t endowed with a wasp waist and Pammy Anderson boobs, and looking like she might topple forward at any moment.

Marigold looked exactly how I thought she would look in a bikini, nothing more and nothing less, in fact I was more concerned how she would handle the 2nd hand embarrassment from Marten because he never knows how to do a compliment properly.

And there I go talking like Marigold is a real person, who would be worried about her squishyness, and her embarrassment at being in a bikini.

To get to the end of a very convoluted point, how Marigold looks is how Jeph draws her, how he sees her, not how other people think she should look, was Marigold too fat, or not fat enough, it doesn’t bloody matter, what matters is that she is Jeph’s creation and he’s the ONLY one who knows what she looks like.

You can imagine her any bloody way you like, thinner, fatter, with  green hair and freckles, but in the world of QC, that is what she looks like, in a t-shirt or in a bikini..

In closing, I hope you feel better soon Jeph and just know that thousands of us think you are amazing and that QC is bloody brilliant.

A Fan 😎

 

 

 

 

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Oh what a disaster…Movie.

I am I must admit a complete disaster movie nerd, show me a movie that involves shit being blown up, collapsing, on fire and just generally disingerating and then I am in heaven!

I blame my Mum who took me to the drive-in to see   Airport ’70 when I was six years old, that closely followed by such gems as  The Poseidon Adventure in ’72 (The film remake was ok, the mini-series remake with Steve Guttenberg and terrorists??? terrorists? was dreadful) it reached its zenith in the mid 70’s with the classics of the genre in  the  The Towering InfernoEarthquake and Airport  1975.

All movies that my Mum took me to see and I loved so much, this has continued on til today when I will happily watch any and all movies that premise shit blowing up, buildings falling down, California dissapearing into the ocean (that seems to be a favourite amongst the people who make mini series) and general mayhem and destruction.

So it probably comes as NO surprise to anyone that I REALLY want to see 2012 even though I know it’s got a ridiculous plot line, the story and science has holes you can drive a really big truck through, I don’t care. Shit blows up, buildings collapse, California drops into the sea, what more could you possibly ask for??

The delightful Cleolinda Jones has written a new Movies in Fifteen Minutes about 2012 which just made me want to see it even more, now I can appreciate the whole scale badness on a deeper level. I expected no less from Roland Emmerich who is behind some of my all time favourite disaster/blowing shit up movies ever.

In no particular order my all time favourite disaster/blowing shit up movies are:

  • The Poseidon Adventure
  • The Towering Inferno
  • Earthquake
  • Volcano
  • Twister
  • Independence Day
  • Armageddon
  • Deep Impact
  • The Day After Tommorrow
  • 10.5
  • Supervolcano
  • Flood
  • Category 6: Day of Destruction
  • Scorched
  • The Quiet Earth
  • The Day After (which really freaked me out)

And last night I DVR’d  Impact which I look forward to watching soon, how can you turn down a mini series about the Moon getting hit by a meteor and cracking up??? What is NOT to like.

At least it’s NOT sparkly, stalky vampires!


I ainten’t dead yet

Really I am not dead, I have just been snowed under, like the proverbial 10 foot snow drift with University work, I had forgotten just how time consuming it all can be.

However it is September and I can just vaguely see my way to the end of the semester and my first year back at Uni.

And I haven’t died yet!


Blogging, for what it’s worth.

Pardon my absence but second sesmester Uni is in full swing and I am snowed under by essays, assignments, books I have to read, films I have to watch, badly put together Powerpoint displays and PDFs that look like several monkeys had a hand in making them.

One of the sections of my media studies shtick is all about the “new Media” i.e the internet, blogging, IMs, message boards etc.

And it posed the question, ‘have you ever read anything on a blog/journal that made you change your mind about a given topic?’

I’m not talking about a blog run by a professional, someone who is expected to know his or her stuff, I’m talking about your average run-of-the-mill blogger.

Someone like me for instance.

If you have and you feel like sharing, please do.


I see all, but I want to know more.

I see from my handy-dandy stats thingy that I have some people who actually have me on a RSS feed so they can keep up with my posts, thank you, how vastly gratifying that is.

Please, please feel free to leave comments, I love comments, I like having discussions with my readers.

In the light of that, what are some of your favourite grammar/english peeves?

Oh and someone else wanted to make a LiveJournal RSS feed for this blog, feel free, I have no idea HOW you do it, but if it floats your boat, great, just let me know so I can watch it on LJ (yes I have a LJ account) so I would probably reply there and here as well.


Seven books (series) I will never read again.

I LOVE reading, love is perhaps not even a strong enough word to describe the pleasure that I get from reading, there was a time, when I could devour 15-20 books a week. My local library relaxed the borrowing limit for me from 10 books at time to however many I could find. I’d read the books I’d got out and then go on to read the books that my Mum had checked out as well.

So of course that meant that I came into contact with all sorts of genres, my Mum loved crime novels, so I read Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Ellery Queen, Ed McBain,  and hundreds of brilliant crime writers. Then I moved onto autobiographies, David Niven’s witty and brilliant The Moon’s a Balloon” was the first one I read, followed by Errol Flynn’s “My Wicked Wicked Ways”.

I read all of Gerald Durrell’s amazing books about his family and the zoos and catching animals for them, and then on to the wonderful “My Friend” books by Jane Duncan and also the ones under her pen name of Janet Sandison, the lovely “Jean In…” books.

I read just about everything I could get my hands on, and then, then I found Fantasy and SF books and knew that I had found my home. These books were the ones for me.

I devoured all the books I could get my hands on, I read authors from A-Z and back again, some books I read over and over again, some books I hold in the highest esteem, along with the Authors, and then there were the books that I read once and that was more than enough.

Of course what books each of us likes is a very subjective thing, I know of quite a few people who think that Tolkien is rubbish (heresy, pure and simple) and more than a few who think that Stephanie Myers and the Twilight series are the epitome of excellent writing (poor deluded fools).

So my list of books that I read once and will never EVER read again might possibly contain some of your most loved books of all time, by your favourite author in the world, you are welcome to your opinion, as I am mine.

Books I WILL never read again!

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Stephen Donaldson. These books were all the rage when I was in college, everyone was reading them, I read them all and for the first time was filled with an overwhelming urge to STRANGLE the lead character. He DIDN’T STOP WHINGING for the whole six books, I wanted Lord Foul to win, to crush, kill maim and destroy TC. QUICKLY.

The Wheel of Time: Robert Jordan. Yes I know the man is dead and I know there are millions of people who were pissed that he died before he finished. Amongst the logorrhoea that bloats the corpse of the WoT series there is a brilliant story, it just needed a damn good editor to cut out all those pages and pages of NOTHING happening.

The Sword of Shannara: Terry Brooks. Little people going on a search for a magic item, with a cranky old Wizard along for the ride. HELLO, blatant rip off LOTR. I read the first four Shannara books, never again. I am told that the later books actually have an original story line, but I am permanently scarred by reading the first ones.

Pandora by Holly Hollander: Gene Wolfe. Gene Wolfe is usually an acquired taste like Brian Aldiss, but I do like some of his stuff, however this book is forever ruined for me. The first 120 odd pages are brilliant, it’s a great storyline, and then on page 121 Wolfe must have realised he only had half a page left in which to finish the story and he wrapped up the entire book in ONE paragraph, a deus ex machina of the like I had never seen before or since.

The Chronicles of the Age of Darkness: Hugh Cook. A 10 novel extravaganza that was supposed to be upwards of 60 books, trust me 10 was about 7 too many, predictable, plodding and pointless, like WoT a good kernel of an idea, ruined by excess verbiage.

Mirror of Her Dreams: Stephen Donaldson. You think I would have learnt my lesson with TCTC, but no, I gave him a second chance, and this book has the distinction of being the ONLY book I have ever thrown at a wall.

The Xanth Books: Piers Anthony.  Every ones favourite purveyor of smutty double entendre book titles, I was actually shocked to read that Anthony was STILL writing these tacky tacky books. I have all the books up til The Colour of Her Panties and then it really hit me just how bad the quality had become and I stopped buying them. Anthony has written some very good books, I love his Incarnations of Immortality books, which had a very interesting underlying idea.

So what are some books that you have read and will never read again, for whatever reason?


Odds and Ends.

  • I have returned, the place I had this website hosted at changed hands and resulted in a slight, UNPLANNED disturbance to service, everything seems stable once again.
  • Do you have a favourite word or words? I do mine is;

    e-vis-cer-ate

    <a href=”http://dictionary.reference.com/audio.html/lunaWAV/E03/E0368100″ target=”_blank”><img src=”http://cache.lexico.com/g/d/speaker.gif” border=”0″ /></a> [v. i-visuh-reyt; adj. i-vis-er-it, uh-reyt] Show IPA verb, -at?ed, -at?ing, adjective

    –verb (used with object)

    1. to remove the entrails from; disembowel: to eviscerate a chicken.
    2. to deprive of vital or essential parts: The censors eviscerated the book to make it inoffensive to the leaders of the party.
    3. Surgery. to remove the contents of (a body organ).

    Origin:
    1600–10; < L ?viscer?tus, ptp. of ?viscer?re to deprive of entrails, tear to pieces, equiv. to ?- e- + viscer(a) viscera + -?tus -ate 1

    e-vis-cer-a-tion, noun
    e-vis-cer-a-tor, noun
    “eviscerate.” Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 19 Apr. 2009. Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/eviscerate.
    1. It has a lovely lovely ring to it, and is almost onomaetopic in its sound.
    2. Unrelated note, I have Pocky.