The Crisis Project: Issue 2

February 3rd, 2018

The most interesting thing we learn in issue two of Crisis on Infinite Earths is that the scope of the story is much wider than we might have originally supposed.

Transrealities

September 19th, 2017

About fifteen years ago, I had the idea to write a comic script about a shapeshifting superhero, and in particular to have that superhero be trans. Perhaps they could be one gender in their secret identity, and another as their superhero identity?

Thankfully, a trans friend quickly persuaded me that this would be a really, really, really bad idea and that I should instead not do that, and do literally anything else instead, because I am a cis man, and I’d have ended up writing the most grossly offensive thing possible, in the name of “dealing with the issues” and performative allyship.

However, I’ve been very surprised that in the intervening years, especially with gender being an increasingly controversial topic, no-one in the superhero comics world has decided to do exactly that, or something very like it. It’s all too easy to imagine the angry twitterstorms as some cis man called Mark or Nick attacks all the “trolls” who “abuse” him by asking him “why are you doing this bad thing?”

Thankfully, we now have the first serious attempt to present a trans superhero, and rather than being that kind of hateful pseudo-wokeness, it’s actually rather good.

First, an apology that this post is so much later than the first six. Sadly, I had an arthritis flare-up that made it painful for me to type more than a sentence or two at a time, and which also made me too fatigued to even think for more than a week. The perils of chronic illness.

Still, my hands are working – more or less – now, so let’s have a look at the most-loved story (or to hear many people talk, the only loved story) of season twenty-two.

Welcome back to Diane.

Tonight Rosie, Adam and Bob discuss part 9  of Mark Frost and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return.

The Major, scattered by the time winds, reaches out from his billy pilgrimage. The Agent, lost in mind, shows wisdom in muscle. A younger brother is lost in the woods and getting older, and hungry. His body may not be his any more.

As you’ll know by now, the conversation around our dinner table is always lively.

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the Doctor dying on TV, on TV

This is a difficult one to write about, in two different ways.

Doctor Who season twenty-two is not, as we saw in the previous essay, a particularly loved season, and its opener is no exception. It’s one of the most reviled Doctor Who stories ever, and in my opinion unfairly so.

NOBODY TELLS ME WHAT TO DO, NO NOT ME

Well, this was a lot of fun. On May 11th 2017, Gary Lactus, The Beast Must Die and Lord Nuneaton Savage sat atop the Bishop’s Finger with a the finest fellows a bunch of pod bods could ever hope for.

Small Press was the theme of the evening but first we started off with Tam Laniado leading a tribute to the recently rest-in-peaced Leo Baxendale.

Proceedings proceeded with some rambling chat which covered such small press obscurities as Bum Child by Tim Leopard, OHM by an odd chap that John Bishop met at a convention many years ago, Fast Fiction, Meow by Cyriak and L.I.F.E. Brigade by the delusional genius C. A. Stormon. There was also talk of Viz and the indestructible Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

After a pleasant refill we decided it would be sensible to talk to the creators present. This meant John Riordan going on about Hitsville UK, Douglas Noble waffling on about Strip For Me and Gareth Hopkins guffing about Intercorstal. Luckily there’s some top top chat about daytime TV wine experts to liven things up.

After a lovely singalong we turned off the recording devices and indulged in social activities which shall go unrecorded and spoken of in hushed tones as the years passed thus turning all present for this wonderful evening into legends.

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Bannon/Evola: The antipopular believe 

Esoteric fascism past and present
Why it’s shit
And how to beat it.

links

MUSIC
DEEPTHEME by the wonderful Nestor Middleton

BANNON
Bloomberg profile.

Handsome Dan and Prenk Rebus talking at the Conservative People Ain’t Cool convention, February.

Transcript of Bannon speech to an exclusive audience of the Vatican’s wackest paedophiles, Rome 2014.

NY Times article in which having ever read one book by a brokedick fascist is, like, really clever.

An article on Vox about Bannon and Moldbug. Ugliness everywhere.

EVOLA
Wikipedia page.

Julie, maybe stop looking like such a Nazi all the time?

Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the secret intellectual history of the Twentieth Century

MISC
Fourth Turning wikipedia page

The Magical Battle of Britain

 

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The Megatron doctrine 

Welcome to Diane… #30

Join Rosie, Adam and Bob as they take what is almost their last chance to enjoy episode 29 of Mark Frost and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, also known as Miss Twin Peaks. We have approached the penultimate episode and soon we will all miss Twin Peaks.

But for now we have happier occasions to dwell on: Mr and Mrs Hurley announce separate engagements. Wyndham Earle discovers a perfect symbiosis of fear and appetite! And Dale Cooper gives his heart away.

The hour grows late. The time has come to gather our beloved Queen and embark upon our dark honeymoon.

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O how the darknesses do crowd up, one against the other, in ye hearts! What fear ye more that what ye have wroughten?

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