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Introductory [Apr. 26th, 2020|02:42 pm]
[Current Location |Invercargill]
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[music |Tim Finn - "Songline"]

This message is going to be kept at the top of my journal as a quick introductory message in case anyone casually browses over to this journal and is wondering what makes the writer tick.

Firstly... I read quite a lot of web comics, and have been having a bit of a hunt around for live journals or RSS feeds which look likely to give notice of updates to the comics I'm keeping track of. So, if you write a web comic and find this journal has added you as a friend or joined your community, that's why. If you don't want weird people from obscure foreign countries reading your journal or community, please let me know and I will cease and desist from doing so forthwith.

The nature of this journal is mainly for communication with friends. About two thirds of the posts are public, and tend to be reviews of the popular culture I enjoy: web comics, science fiction TV, rock music (with a particular interest in `eighties post-punk and "indie" music, especially that recorded in New Zealand). I have more obscure interests, as well, which I discuss rather less often: cartography, werewolves, philately and "odd stuff" in general. I tend to keep most of my older archived posts, and anything dealing with work or personal matters, under "friends lock"; if you wish to read them, please comment here.

Everything here is just my opinion, and is offered free of charge and is worth precisely what is paid for it. There are no insights into the fundamental nature of the universe contained herein.

Any reader is welcome to:
(1) Ask me anything you like about one of my user icons.
(2) Ask me anything you like about one of my interests.
(3) Ask me any question you want to ask, and I will give it the answer it deserves and post it as a reply to the question.

Pleased to meet you. Hope you enjoy your stay.

[User Picture]From: quietdarkness
2008-04-26 05:08 am (UTC)
We could go on for months with my asking about your interests, because a good 50% of them I am clueless about. Which I suppose makes you a man of mystery, doesn't it?

Tell me what you like of Alan Moore's and Peter David's work, and why. I mean, we have to start somewhere, don't we?
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2008-04-26 10:23 am (UTC)
It more likely makes me a man of obscure fandoms in web comics and even more obscure fandoms in popular music. The remainder of the mysterious ones are probably places I've lived in.

My favourites of Alan Moore's would probably be his Swamp Thing and Top 10. Back when I first started reading comics seriously (which is more recently than a lot of people think) one of the piles of a friend's comics that hooked me on the medium was Swamp Thing, including most of Moore's and Veitch's run. I just liked the storytelling... taking the stories absolutely seriously, despite the medium, and actually interacting with the rest of the DC universe on its own terms.

Top 10 got a lot of notice for the artwork, and all the fine detail and "Easter eggs", but I actually really enjoyed the story as well. Honestly, to my inexperienced eye it was plotted and paced more like a television show than a comic. And it worked. Most of the rest of his "America's Best Comics" line were OK, but with a few flaws (Promethea spent far too much time disappearing up its own fundament teaching mysticism; Tom Strong was a lot of fun but had its "off" moments - none of which were present in its wonderful Fantastic Four pastiche, mind you - and as for Tomorrow Stories, an average of perhaps one story an issue was better than "ho-hum"); but Top 10 was consistently good reading. My absolute favourite of the issues is the traffic accident one, mainly for how he made a somewhat strait-laced main character not only honourable, but likeable.

The first comic I actually subscribed to at my (then) local comic shop (Bag End Books in Dunedin) was Incredible Hulk during Peter David's run. I had little knowledge of the character at the time (and much of what I did know was of the Lou Ferrigno version) but was most impressed by the storytelling (again) and the way Peter David wrote as if he expected the audience to have some knowledge of literature (possible favourite quote: "You won't get away with this, Samson!" "Oh, great. The jawbone of an ass." (or something similar). Later, as I picked up a decent stash of back issues, I was also most impressed by how all the apparently shocking changes he'd made to the character weren't so out of character after all - some of the seeds were sown in Bill Mantlo's (under-rated) run on the book, and in particular, in issue #312, which is still one of my favourite comics despite being part of a godawful crossover.

Young Justice was another Peter David comic which was a favourite of mine; one of the few cases where I actually seriously liked comics written about a bunch of teenagers (the other main one being New Warriors). Best thing about this one was how, when you'd expect the stories to be all about Angsty Teenage Stuff, he actually wrote stories that adults could read and appreciate - some people, when they think of teenage superheroes, think of Young Love and crap like that; in Young Justice you're more likely to hear about the Coogan Act. And there was still plenty of humour and outright slapstick (the Mother of All Battles, for example) to go around.

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