Friday, July 29, 2016
Comic Cuts - 29 July 2016
Trying to raise the enthusiasm to get on with work hasn't been so easy, especially with so many distractions available at my fingertips. I've probably only achieved the minimum required of me, although thankfully, rather than waste time, I did some of the research I need to do for a future book. We all deal with these stresses in our own way.
We'd planned a little trip at the tail end of last week. We've lived a few miles from Brightlingsea for six years now and thought it might be fun to visit. A quick search for "things to do" and "sites to see" revealed that Brightlingsea has bugger all of interest—for meals the recommendation was to drive out to Wivenhoe and local attractions were five, ten and fifteen miles away. One was Colchester Zoo, which is local to Brightlingsea in the same sense that Colchester is local to London.
So we decided to stay at home and watch a film instead, followed by a walk down to the local chippie. We ate fish & chips and watched Flight of the Conchords, which Mel has never seen but is now becoming a fan.
The show pulled the rug from under viewers a couple of times and I'm looking forward to seeing the second season, due in 2017.
So now I'm watching Firefly-wannabe Dark Matter, with a shipful of mismatched mercenaries who wake up with no memory of who they are or how they got onto the spacecraft. It's based on an old Dark Horse Comics' title I'm only four episodes in, but I'm definitely enjoying it. I'm told that Season 2 is even better.
Random scans... to try and lighten the mood, some titles that came up via a search for "laugh", "funny" and "smile" in my cover scans folder. It really does generate a weird and wonderful selection, including our column header by Josh Kirby.
The Digit edition reprinted the cover from Crest 165 but it's clearly using the original artwork as it shows more of the bottom of the art, including the signature of artist Barye Phillips.