20080708 – Changed the shading on Val’s chin in panel three. It’s a little less puffy looking now.


Words. Lots of words. Not nearly as many words as the last three pages of the chapter (which we’re fast coming up on), but wordy words nonetheless. And, after a few pages of unintentionally avoiding it, hints of the rest of the rec area.

Pencils, inks, and most of assembly were done last night, hot on the tail of earth -36-. I’d love to be able to repeat the trick with earth -38- and have that up on Sunday night, but the unfortunate fact is that renders are still plugging along. That and an art supply shortage – coupled to the money shortage – may mean I’ll have to wait until friday for something to draw on.

This would’ve been up a good 90 minutes ago, but I’d forgotten to turn on a light in panel five, noticed it partway into shading, and had to wait for a patch to grind its way into existence.

There are five pages left of the chapter… meaning I’ll be wrapping it about the same time I’ll have to shift gears anyway. Glorious, glorious timing.

Oh, and the pilot for the US version of Life On Mars? It sucks. So hard. io9 has a more tactful, detailed breakdown than I could generate. Not that I won’t try anyway. In my opinion, replacing everyone but the lead (the implied starting point for a reshoot) is the wrong way around – if they’re going to proceed*, they need to ditch this built-like-a-quarterback macho simian thug and replace him with somebody who can project the shell-shocked vulnerability John Simm brought to the character. If anything, a side-by-side of the LOM.us pilot and the first episode of LOM.uk serves as a scathing indictment of everything that sucks about american television, particularly the casting of leads in modern sci-fi and police serials. A better vfx job of “this is 1970s LA” isn’t enough to carry it. I could buy Jason O’Mara as WWF talent or maybe a Marine, but as Sam Tyler? Hulk Hogan could do a more convincing Pee-wee Herman.

In other entertainment news, the pilot of Fringe was worse than LOM.us. A bit of a let down given the relatively high-octane cast, but further proof that Fox has pseudo-science on the brain and just can’t give up the idea that if it throws enough shit at the wall it’ll get another X-Files. The first episode of The Middleman, conversely, was pretty entertaining. It shows promise, though I think that’s my demographic bias speaking. It’s Men In Black with amped-up Dark Horse source material in place of the aliens. If I have a “type,” it appears to be Natalie Morales. Who would have known, etc.

* They shouldn’t. Ever see the pilot for the US version of Red Dwarf? LOM.us is comparable in overall wince-worthiness, if not outright awfulness.


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