LYING IN THE GUTTERS VOLUME 2 COLUMN 199
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IT’S NOT JUST ME, OBVIOUSLY
And Karrie Fransman of The Guardian’s “My Peculiar World” cartoon strip has been dropped.
It’s a shit business.
MORE ON WEDNESDAY
Nice one DC. Really solid idea.
THIRD PRIMEVAL AGE
And it’s the portrayal of Danny Quinn which is the most exciting. As an ex-cop chasing prehistoric creatures, but rather than rifles or bombs, he uses… whatever he finds to hand around him.
It’s MacGyver Vs Dinosaurs everyone. Face it, if that had been the title of a TV show when you were ten, could you have torn yourself away?
Jock, of “2000AD,” “The Losers” and “Batman” has just signed on to design costumes for the ABC pilot of “No Heroics.”
ME, I’M WATCHING THE WATCHMEN!
The likes of Jonathan Ross and Mark Millar had lowered my expectations. I was expecting something laborious, dull in places and a bit too worthy. And I was feeling rather down. I don’t think I actually wanted to be there. But I got an intriguing, absorbing, multi-layered, political drama with a forgivable touch of cosplay. Something as enjoyable as “The Wire” or “State Of Play,” but, you know, with bones sticking through arms. A couple of melodramatic lines and a Spitting Image Nixon aside, I thought it was consistently wonderful throughout. It’s not the comic, but it does a remarkable impression of certain aspects. It’s a film to fall in love with. I was transported.
Although I did spend some time wondering how certain characters managed to pay their mortgages.
“Felipe Massafera and Antony Johnston’s adaptation of Light of Thy Countenance is probably more gripping than the original story. I’m immensely pleased.”
That’s the graphic novel “Light Of Thy Countenance”, shipping from next week from Avatar, obviously.
Avatar also seem to be prepping a new “Anna Mercury” series by Warren Ellis and Facundo Percio for the summer. This cover by Paul Duffied.
There you go then.
WATCHING THE DIAMOND SHIPPING SCHEDULE
Well, I’m told “Models Inc” has a big guest star to announce in the next few weeks and is being rejigged to integrate into the Marvel U continuity and to fit in with the fall fashion week… so look for a timely resolicitation later this year.
THE LITG BUMP
THE DAILY GRIND
Maybe just… it’s baaaaaack…
It’s worth wading through all the bile just for that bit.
They all feature the main character, Tigre, a washed-up ex-masked Mexican wrestler. And it has high profile fans too, Brad Meltzer says “The easiest thing to say about STRONGMAN is it has heart. But it does. It really does. First you start reading, then you start rooting, and then…you’ll see.”
The book is out this week.
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