Sunday, 14 June 2015

Alex's Adventures in Internetland, April-June 2015


The past month or two, the blog's been a little quiet because I've been busy writing things for other publications (apparently there are other sites out there on the internet – I know, I know, it came as a surprise to me too). 

Anyway, just in case you're craving a fix of my wordy nonsense, I thought I'd do a quick run-down of the best bits. Which is this. The blog that you're reading now. No, a bit further down the page...

Daredevil's Corridor Fight: A Breakdown of the Smackdown

You've watched the Daredevil series on Netflix, right? Then you'll no doubt have fond memories of the second episode's corridor fight scene, for my money one of the greatest action sequences in TV history. For ComicsAlliance, I picked apart why the scene is so damn effective, and what it nicks from the comics:
The increasingly weary movements of Cox and Chris Brewster, his stunt double, build on the foundations of the character the show has been establishing over the past two hours. Daredevil starts out moving like a superhero, quick and acrobatic, but the fight gets slower and slower as it grinds on. He leans on nearby walls for support, catches his breath while he waits for the next bad guy to rush him. It’s not a fighting style I’ve ever seen in an action movie. Cox fights with the moves of a backstreet brawler or, even more aptly, like he’s in the final round of a boxing match.
Read all about it here.

Every Superhero Needs Their Theme Music

In May, bearded blog-comrade Robin Harman curated Cover Versions, an exhibition of music-themed comics art (which I covered for ComicsAlliance here).
 
For the Cover Versions blog, I interviewed Kieron Gillen – a man whose works I've spent a lot of the last few weeks writing about (see below)  – about the playlists he creates to accompany his comics, how they help the writing process, and the true meaning of Justice vs Simian's We Are Your Friends:

“It has this weird element of, ‘you’re never going to escape us’. It actually sounds like a curse. Originally when I conceived Dionysus, the only thing I said was he wasn’t sleeping. The twist that, ‘oh yeah, he’s in a hive mind, he can’t be alone in his head, he’s never going to be alone again’ – the awfulness buried in that Justice record made me realise that about him. It had been on the playlist for a while, so I must have subconsciously known what the song was really saying.”
Read the full interview here.

Sci-fi & Fantasy Football: The Cookie Cup

The last few months, I've been part of a weird little game called the Cookie Cup, combining Facebook, spreadsheets and FIFA 2000 to create a fantasy football league which pits teams of fictional characters against one another. I wrote about it for Rock Paper Shotgun, and what it taught me about my relationship with sport:
In the back room of a pub in Norwich, a small group of people are excitedly shouting things like: “Buffy Summers! 390 points!” “Virgil!” “The one from Devil May Cry?” “No, from Dante’s Inferno!” “210 points!”
This is Draft Day at the Cookie Cup, a fantasy football league with an emphasis on the fantasy.
Read the rest here.

Why The Wicked + The Divine is Worth Losing Your Head Over

Oh look, it's that Gillen bloke again. His and Jamie McKelvie's The Wicked + The Divine is my favourite comic of the moment – or at least, the one I'm most wrapped up in – so with its latest
story arc just wrapping up, I reviewed the second volume for ComicsAlliance.

I can't take credit for that excellently cruel headline. That was the work of CA editor Andrew Wheeler, so please direct any hate-mail his way.
It’s probably not a coincidence that the front cover for the upcoming trade collection of Fandemonium is illustrated with an all-access pass – that’s exactly what we get in these issues, with gods who are much too willing to open up to Laura, often revealing that they used to be fans too. Inanna is a sexy M.F. now, but before ascending to godhood, he was a quiet enthusiast lurking at the back of convention halls. Superstar DJ Dionysus was part of the crowd at an earlier Morrigan gig. We even see resident skeptic Cassandra jump the fence from critic to creator, with her transformation into UrĂ°r.
Read! Read! Read!

There! Those were the things! Congrats, you found 'em! ...A prize, you say? Oh, it's one of those 'success is its own reward' deals I'm afraid. Sozzz.

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