Y’know what Tumblr? Last hours before Dr Who are a pretty good time to listen to the Spoilers ep of Unanswered : http://unansweredpodcast.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/show-17/

Great advice on spoilers and spoiler-shaming. And we don’t spoil ANYTHING doing it.

@5 months ago | Comments

    I commented about Criminal Minds on GetGlue



“After Criminal Minds this week, have to wonder again: Who decides that “dreamlike sequences while in coma/surgery” eps are a good idea? Am I missing something? Is there an assumption in TV that US audiences believe that stuff really, REALLY happens when you’re near-death?”



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“After Criminal Minds this week, have to wonder again: Who decides that “dreamlike sequences while in coma/surgery” eps are a good idea? Am I missing something? Is there an assumption in TV that US audiences believe that stuff really, REALLY happens when you’re near-death?”

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Anonymous asked: I'm trying to break into comics, but one criticism/concern I've already been getting in the early stages of the drafts of my current story is how difficult or tricky political commentary can be for the reader and publisher. The political commentary of social justice through the character's and their lives is the defining attribute to what I believe makes my story truly shine. What advice do you have for any writer who is writing a story with an unconventional political message?

brianmichaelbendis:

if that is the critique are getting from your friends then I bet your characters are lecturing.

The trick with political messages or commentary is to make it so subtle that most people wouldn’t even notice it. people hate being lectured to. even when people are being lectured about things that they’ve heartily agree with. most people, when they are reading their comics, are looking for escapism or something fun or moving that makes them appreciate the world.

 and just like you wouldn’t want to be stuck at a party with someone lecturing you with their political commentary, you don’t want to sit and read it. 

 that’s why most of the world hates Bill Mahar :)

 now a lot of comics, and a lot of my comics, do reflect the world around us. most of my issues are social but I would be lying if I didn’t say that they influenced my work. and often I am writing characters who have the opposite opinion of what I believe socially and politically and I’m writing them to kind of discover how someone could think that way.

but what I don’t do is lecture.

It may just be that I’m noticing it this week, but between this post, and Si Spurrier’s recent comments, it feels like we’re getting to the nub of what I think of as one of a writer’s key roles/obligations, to the reader but most of all to their stories and characters.

Basically, if your character or story is just a direct mouthpiece for your own opinions, unless you’re really, REALLY inventive, you’re better off writing a blog post than a fictional story.

(Si Spurrier’s comments approach this area from a different angle, but the core message I took from it is the same: You shouldn’t be able to infer that the opinions that come out of a character’s mouth are always those of the writer, and the writer shouldn’t always be putting their opinions into the mouths of every one of their characters.)

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kierongillen:

thinkofacity:

Think of a City is a new storytelling project, where a number of artists from around the world build a city, page by page.
Join us on an adventure into this City of the Imagination.
As to who is involved, this information is listed on our tumblr page, as is a bit more about the project.
As to *what happens*, please feel free to follow us to find out.
This project has been created and is managed by me, Alison Sampson, and Ian MacEwan.
It takes more than two people to build a city, though, and this project is a collective effort from everyone involved. As with a city, we each bring our own offerings to the group, and perhaps, together we are stronger.
01: Alison Sampsonmore art: hereon twitter: hereemail: alissamp(at)googlemail.com

I’m very excited by this one. Recommend you follow it. There should be some wonderful stuff in there.

This sounds pretty fascinating.

kierongillen:

thinkofacity:

Think of a City is a new storytelling project, where a number of artists from around the world build a city, page by page.

Join us on an adventure into this City of the Imagination.


As to who is involved, this information is listed on our tumblr page, as is a bit more about the project.

As to *what happens*, please feel free to follow us to find out.

This project has been created and is managed by me, Alison Sampson, and Ian MacEwan.

It takes more than two people to build a city, though, and this project is a collective effort from everyone involved. As with a city, we each bring our own offerings to the group, and perhaps, together we are stronger.

  • 01: Alison Sampson
    more art: here
    on twitter: here
    email: alissamp(at)googlemail.com

I’m very excited by this one. Recommend you follow it. There should be some wonderful stuff in there.

This sounds pretty fascinating.

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    I commented about The Crow on GetGlue



“(It’d also be a pretty tight performance of The Joker, the sad irony of which is not lost in this house.)”



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“(It’d also be a pretty tight performance of The Joker, the sad irony of which is not lost in this house.)”

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@7 months ago | Comments

    I commented about The Crow on GetGlue



“Enjoying this all over again. Some of the cinematography is very much of its time, and I think not high budget even then, but everyone enjoys themselves, and Brandon Lee’s performance is one of the genre greats…”



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“Enjoying this all over again. Some of the cinematography is very much of its time, and I think not high budget even then, but everyone enjoys themselves, and Brandon Lee’s performance is one of the genre greats…”

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    I commented about The Crow on GetGlue



“Rewatching this for 1st time in years. Know I’ll love it, but Amy’s 1st time will determine how well it’s aged.”



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“Rewatching this for 1st time in years. Know I’ll love it, but Amy’s 1st time will determine how well it’s aged.”

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@7 months ago | Comments

    I’m watching World War Z



“30 minutes into WWZ & honestly, even if it goes downhill in the next 5 minutes, I’m happy we’ve watched it.”



    
    
        81 others are also watching.
    
    
    World War Z on GetGlue.com

I’m watching World War Z

“30 minutes into WWZ & honestly, even if it goes downhill in the next 5 minutes, I’m happy we’ve watched it.”

81 others are also watching. World War Z on GetGlue.com

@7 months ago | Comments
huffposttv:

Best TV Halloween costume … ever.


This is SO good. What a genius idea.

huffposttv:

Best TV Halloween costume … ever.

This is SO good. What a genius idea.

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    I commented about The Purge on GetGlue



“The Purge is not actually awful. Is something you can say about it. Totally by-the-numbers home-invasion movie, better than The Strangers, but wracked my brain throughout trying to work out why it needed the social science-fiction premise…

Barring a few cute bits of wallpaper, and maybe one exceptionally fun Lena Headey scene that couldn’t have happened anywhere else, The Purge premise was kinda squandered.

(Which may be why people really reacted against it - the buzz suggested a completely different focus.)”



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I commented about The Purge on GetGlue

“The Purge is not actually awful. Is something you can say about it. Totally by-the-numbers home-invasion movie, better than The Strangers, but wracked my brain throughout trying to work out why it needed the social science-fiction premise… Barring a few cute bits of wallpaper, and maybe one exceptionally fun Lena Headey scene that couldn’t have happened anywhere else, The Purge premise was kinda squandered. (Which may be why people really reacted against it - the buzz suggested a completely different focus.)”

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@7 months ago | Comments
I think The Sun are spot on with this…
…in fact, I think they should go one step further, and restore this memorial to it’s rightful glory in the courtyard or foyer of their own building.
That’d show them!
(Quite surprised that this was on the front page, though. Apparently David Cameron left a big official looking briefcase on a train, and I’m sure there’s other stuff going on, as well.)

I think The Sun are spot on with this…

…in fact, I think they should go one step further, and restore this memorial to it’s rightful glory in the courtyard or foyer of their own building.

That’d show them!

(Quite surprised that this was on the front page, though. Apparently David Cameron left a big official looking briefcase on a train, and I’m sure there’s other stuff going on, as well.)

@7 months ago | Comments

    I commented about The Crow on GetGlue



“Did Nolan lift the ‘symbol slowly etched in fire’ bit for the Bat films? I know it’s in Daredevil…”



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I commented about The Crow on GetGlue

“Did Nolan lift the ‘symbol slowly etched in fire’ bit for the Bat films? I know it’s in Daredevil…”

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@7 months ago | Comments

    I commented about The Crow on GetGlue



“Also pretty great when you consider all the action movie conventions it predates.”



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“Also pretty great when you consider all the action movie conventions it predates.”

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@7 months ago | Comments

    I commented about The Crow on GetGlue



“Tony Todd! How didn’t I know that he was in this?”



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I commented about The Crow on GetGlue

“Tony Todd! How didn’t I know that he was in this?”

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@7 months ago | Comments

    I commented about Warm Bodies on GetGlue



“Fun film… Calling it a zombie flick for the Twilight generation is both true and utterly unfair. This movie is pretty funny!”



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I commented about Warm Bodies on GetGlue

“Fun film… Calling it a zombie flick for the Twilight generation is both true and utterly unfair. This movie is pretty funny!”

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