Every Villain a Sob Story

Every Villain a Sob Story

They woulda been great if only... Disney recently posted a request to take names for the next villain-was-really-misunderstood revisionist backstory, as relayed by Jon Mollison > Come on people. The only answer to this question that would get ME to lay down some cabbage? Joanna. https://t.co/tMmeRJBNqC — Mr. Wargaming (@NotJonMollison) May 31, 2021 [https://twitter.com/NotJonMollison/status/1399161667934556163?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw] As an aside, you know they'll never rehab the cardinal or Ca…

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Stand Still, Stay Silent, in Hardcopy

Stand Still, Stay Silent, in Hardcopy

Wanting to give Minna Sundberg some support and payback for the pleasure of reading her work [https://sssscomic.com/], I logged into Hivemill and purchased the first volume of her series, Stand Still, Stay Silent. The books are available in hardcover [https://hivemill.com/collections/stand-still-stay-silent/products/stand-still-stay-silent-book-1] and ebook [https://hivemill.com/collections/stand-still-stay-silent/products/stand-still-stay-silent-book-1-ebook] . At nearly $40, it isn't cheap,…

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New Webcomics - Arkhaven

New Webcomics - Arkhaven

While a number of people have waxed eloquent about the new webcomics project at Arkhaven.com [https://arkhaven.com], I've held off. I know that Razor and Jon Mollison [https://jonmollison.com/2021/05/05/yes-they-really-are-that-good/] have had good things to say, and a good word from Razor, given his depth of knowledge of comics is certainly worth something. I want to be more tempered. So, first, how is it? It's good. No, not amazing, superlative, spectacular, or anything else like that.…

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A Frame to Die For

A Frame to Die For

Unless you live under a rock, you've likely heard something like the following: > "Invalid plates are no reason to die." > "Passing a bad 20 is no reason to die" > "jogging in a neighborhood is no reason to die." Those statements, taken at face value, are, of course, absolutely true in any just system of proportionality. The problem is that those statements are utterly dishonestly used to defend behavior that ended up getting people killed. A friend uses the expression "above reproach, beneath…

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Damned by Faint Praise, and False Advertising

Damned by Faint Praise, and False Advertising

DMR recently published two reviews of Bugman's Appendix N, one strongly taking the stance that the new one fatally misunderstands what it is dealing with, and not worthy of even beaing a torchbearing peasant to Jeffro's work [https://dmrbooks.com/test-blog/2021/4/7/wisdom-from-an-angry-god-a-rebuttal-to-peter-bebergals-appendix-n] , the other, kindly, being best described as "damned by faint praise [https://dmrbooks.com/test-blog/2021/4/1/review-appendix-n-the-eldritch-roots-of-dungeons-and-dra…

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FakeN - Take 2

FakeN - Take 2

I don't keep a twitter account so it took me a while to stumble into this, but: > The book with the exciting cover is @JohnsonJeffro [https://twitter.com/JohnsonJeffro?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw]’s collection of literary criticism that helped kick off the #PulpRev [https://twitter.com/hashtag/PulpRev?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw] movement. The other one is an anthology of stories taken from Appendix N. Along with some personal additions the editor apparently felt like making. 1/11 pic.twitter.com/…

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Lovely People

Lovely People

I've written before about a webcomic called Stand Still, Stay Silent [https://thelastredoubt.com/stand-still-stay-silent/]. Love the artwork and storytelling on it. Unfortunately, I don't follow it daily, as only a few pages a week are released, so I often go a month or two before catching up, only to find myself waiting for the next installment yet again. It seems Minna, the artist and writer, has been busy with a new short comic/standalone story [https://www.hummingfluff.com/lovelypeoplecomi…

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Appendix N-

Appendix N-

It's always year zero for the social justice (and believing) set - so the events of but a few short years back, namely the nomination of Jeffro Johnson's Appendix N [https://arkhavencomics.com/product/appendixn/] to the Hugo slate, and being dismissed among other works and editors for being liked by the wrong people are already ancient history lost in the antiquity of time. And one surely cannot expect a writer for a prestigious outlet like Boingboing to do better than indian tech support, an…

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