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Looking forward to the Sin CIty: A Dame to Kill For preview on Monday.  Tried to talk a friend who hadn’t seen the first, or read the comics, into coming with me.

HIM:  Do I need to see sin city 1?
ME:  Yes.  Because a reasonable person might HATE it.
HIM:  Wait.  Hate it?
ME:  It’s polarizing.  Not to everyone’s taste.  Have you ever wished you could watch a Jim Thompson novel while quitting heroin cold turkey?  That’s kind of the aesthetic.  But with more misogyny.

He declined to join me, and suggested I not take up a career in sales.  The tragic thing (in multiple ways) is, my day job is marketing.  But if the movie is great at being what it wants to be, I don’t want to come out and deal with someone who’s just not willing to appreciate that.

Looking forward to the Sin CIty: A Dame to Kill For preview on Monday.  Tried to talk a friend who hadn’t seen the first, or read the comics, into coming with me.

HIM:  Do I need to see sin city 1?

ME:  Yes.  Because a reasonable person might HATE it.

HIM:  Wait.  Hate it?

ME:  It’s polarizing.  Not to everyone’s taste.  Have you ever wished you could watch a Jim Thompson novel while quitting heroin cold turkey?  That’s kind of the aesthetic.  But with more misogyny.

He declined to join me, and suggested I not take up a career in sales.  The tragic thing (in multiple ways) is, my day job is marketing.  But if the movie is great at being what it wants to be, I don’t want to come out and deal with someone who’s just not willing to appreciate that.

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kierongillen:

THE PEOPLE INSIDE
By Ray Fawkes

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It’s been an hour since I’ve finished this. I want to get something down. I’m not together enough to do a serious critical piece. I’m not even sure I can write a review.

So I’ll write a recommendation.

This killed me. I actually verbalised a “No” at a plot…

One Soul was jaw-dropping.  Bought it on what-the-fuck impulse from Fawkes at his table at San Diego in 2014, read it in the hotel that night, and took it back the next day and swam across that mobbed floor to get him to sign it, and tell him how amazing it was. 

That he’s done something else in the same vein, and pushed further, is an absolute thrill to learn. I shall visit Oakland’s finest comics emporium on the morrow …

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graemem:

Part of the images DC sent over for the Hollywood Reporter story about John Romita Sr. doing the variant for Superman #34, but it didn’t run with the piece so I’m sharing it here — the uncolored piece by Romita Sr. and Klaus Janson.
I said this on Twitter, but being able to talk to both Romita Sr. and Romita Jr. on the same call was one of the most genuinely charming experiences I’ve had in however many years I’ve been doing this job. The two together were just wonderfully sweet; you could hear the love the two had for each other in the banter that dominated the call (There were only a couple of quotes used in the piece, but we talked for about ten minutes).
When we started the call, Romita Jr. hadn’t seen the art at all, and didn’t know that Janson had inked it. When I mentioned that, he just lit up. “Pops! You didn’t tell me you got Klaus to ink it, that’s great!” He got the piece during the call, and just praised the hell out of it. Romita Sr. also gave his son into trouble for false modesty. It was a really, genuinely wonderful experience.

graemem:

Part of the images DC sent over for the Hollywood Reporter story about John Romita Sr. doing the variant for Superman #34, but it didn’t run with the piece so I’m sharing it here — the uncolored piece by Romita Sr. and Klaus Janson.

I said this on Twitter, but being able to talk to both Romita Sr. and Romita Jr. on the same call was one of the most genuinely charming experiences I’ve had in however many years I’ve been doing this job. The two together were just wonderfully sweet; you could hear the love the two had for each other in the banter that dominated the call (There were only a couple of quotes used in the piece, but we talked for about ten minutes).

When we started the call, Romita Jr. hadn’t seen the art at all, and didn’t know that Janson had inked it. When I mentioned that, he just lit up. “Pops! You didn’t tell me you got Klaus to ink it, that’s great!” He got the piece during the call, and just praised the hell out of it. Romita Sr. also gave his son into trouble for false modesty. It was a really, genuinely wonderful experience.

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Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished no afraid…. He is a hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a weathered phrasem a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without the thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.
Raymond Chandler (via mr-kinomoto)

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jtotheizzoe:

Looking in the mirror from 898,410,414 miles away…
NASA has just released a raw edition of July’s photo of Earth and the moon, as seen from the Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn.
From out there, we look like stars. 
Just a tip, NASA: We’re gonna have to give it a better name than “N00213959.jpg”. Maybe “Pale Blue Sparkle”?
(hi-res at NASA website, a more processed version is sure to come… stay tuned)

jtotheizzoe:

Looking in the mirror from 898,410,414 miles away…

NASA has just released a raw edition of July’s photo of Earth and the moon, as seen from the Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn.

From out there, we look like stars. 

Just a tip, NASA: We’re gonna have to give it a better name than “N00213959.jpg”. Maybe “Pale Blue Sparkle”?

(hi-res at NASA website, a more processed version is sure to come… stay tuned)

(via mattfractionblog)

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There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.
Raymond Chandler, “Red Wind” (1938)

(Source: salesonfilm)

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