With a less-than-perfect day one under our belts, we head out for day two of Wondercon. Today, the convention runs from 10am-7pm and our first panel is at noon, therefore we have to get there early. It’ll be a full day, we won’t be leaving early like we did yesterday, so let’s get into my review of day two of Wondercon 2014.
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I’ve already said how uneasy this year’s Wondercon has made me, it seems like they’ve taken forever to actually accomplish anything, announce anything or even take people’s money. For most big conventions, like Wondercon’s big brother San Diego Comicon, they know, the year before, when the next year’s convention is going to be. I’ve seen them offer pre-registration for the next year on Sunday the year prior.
As far as I’m concerned, that’s how it ought to be done.
Welcome to TV Thursday – 4/17/14. This week, I’ll be looking at the regular bunch, plus a new anthology series on Syfy called Metal Hurlant Chronicles. That brings the total for the week to 11 shows, a fair selection if I do say so myself.
Fair warning, next week is going to be a bit sketchy. Next weekend is Wondercon and I’ll be doing a lot of material on Wondercon, but what it means is that there are at least 3 days out of the week that I’ll be away and can’t watch anything. I may or may not be able to get to them all but I’ll do my best.
The Star Wars #7 (of 8)
Birds of Prey #30
Justice League #29
Wonder Woman #30
Six Million Dollar Man Season Six #2
Amazing X-Men #6
Superior Spider-Man #31
Ultimate FF #1
Uncanny X-Men #20
What If? Age of Ultron #3 (of 5)
Wolverine v6 #4
Wolverine & the X-Men #3
Now as anyone who has read this blog knows, I’m not a big Batman fan and I’m certainly not a Superman fan at all but someone recommended this annual for the Batman/Superman comic and, crazy person that I am, I decided to check it out.
Admittedly, the Batman/Superman Annual has a lot going against it, as I mentioned before, especially because I used to read both Batman and Superman back in the 70s and 80s and, as we shall see, that’s not really a good thing in this case. So let’s take a look and see what we can see, shall we?
I tend to stay away from Japanese comedies, often what passes for funny in Japan falls entirely flat to an American audience. There have been a few shows that have been good but just as many that I stared at blank-faced, thinking the Japanese are just weird.
This is not one of those shows. Starting in 2011, Hero Yoshihiko is heavily influenced on the Dragon Quest video game series and is packed full of references to other sci-fi, fantasy, gaming and geeky shows, movies, etc. Therefore, it has to be good, right?
I finally got around to playing this game, I wrote a gut-feeling reaction when it was announced a long time ago, criticizing the impression I had that it just wasn’t Tomb Raider.
Well, I was wrong. Sort of. It does have platformer elements to be sure, Lara Croft does a lot of hanging off of ledges and climbing walls, but is that enough? Take a look at my full review of the latest incarnation of the Tomb Raider Saga.
There’s an old canard in the writing biz, show, don’t tell. It means that you want to show your readers what’s going on, you don’t want to just tell them about it. If Joe is supposed to make a phone call, you need to write about Joe making the phone call, you can’t just say that Joe did it.
But what if your audience has no idea what a phone is? What if it’s a completely foreign concept? What then?
With the failure of shows like Fringe and The Following, and that tells you how long I’ve been thinking about this, someone needs to tell these media production companies that they need someone who can think about how dumb the writing is before they start filming it. I can’t tell you how many times I watch shows and get taken right out of the narrative by characters acting like morons, doing irrational things, behaving illogically and being utterly blinded to things that are right before their eyes, simply because it serves the story.