newnumber6: Ghostly being (Default)
[personal profile] newnumber6
That time again...

Februray 14th, 1991 - Projects: (Highlighting a few specific projects by creators in SF, Fantasy, and Comics, in 1991)

Part One: Interviews with Todd McFarlane (on changing the look of Spider-Man and how he writes), Charles Vess (on a Spider-Man story and illustrating a Sandman story about A Midsummer Night's Dream), Neil Gaiman (plans for the Sandman story Seasons of Mists and how he uses overly long chapter titles), George Pratt (on Enemy Ace and using it to make a statement on Vietnam),
Part Two: Interview with Will Eisner (on To The Heart of the Storm), bit of a rant on how SF and comics are disrespected in culture, Interviews with Frank Miller (on Elektra Lives Again and how Lynn Varley's coloring made some big differences), Jack Womack (on the Draco Corporation novels, specifically the 4th novel, Elvissey and the last books), Fabian Nicieza (on editing Barbie comics)
Part Three: Interview with Neil Gaiman (on The Books of Magic), a bit of 'cartoons for adults' but this ep cuts off abruptly before the interview with the creator.

Sci-Fi's True North (February 12, 1990)

Early ep (overuse of cheesy effects, longer interviews on more wide ranging topics), on the Canadian Identity in SF. Kind of a lame ep too.

Part One: Interviews With Lorna Toolis (on Toronto's library SF collection, on whether there's a Canadian style in SF, themes that crop up a lot in Canadian SF compared to US, top Canadian Writers, the Tesseracts collection (of Canadian SF), various magazines and the Canadian SF community), communications with other SF libraries)
Part Two: Bernie Finklestein (Rock & Roll guy and SF fan, on his earliest SF memories, the intersection of Rock & Roll and SF, the 50s paranoia about nuclear annihilation)
Part Three: Kent Burles (Canadian
comic artist, on his Planet of the Apes project, how he works with an American writer long-distance), Dave Ross (Canadian artist, about drawing Wolverine, problems with being a Canadian artist working in an American field, missing deadlines), viewer mail

Will Eisner and the Spirit - October 18th, 1990.
50th anniversary of the Spirit. Just links here, no summaries, because although I respect his contributions, I'm just not personally terribly interested in an ep all about him and the Spirit.

Part One Part Two Part Three

M-Space: Moebius and Merril, Spotlight on comic creator Moebius and SF Author Judith Merril, December 13th, 1990)
Part One: Mail, Interviews with Frank Miller (on Moebius' work), Jean Giraud (Moebius himself, on why he chose to work in comics, how he got started with drawing, why he still does it), Steve Leialoha (on why he likes Moebius' work), Moebius (on his collaborationals with filmmaker Alexandro Jodorowsky), Sergio Aragones (on Jodorowsky), Steve Bissette (on Moebius and Jodorowsky's comic colaboration Eyes of the Cat)
Part Two: Moebius (on The Incal, how he got into Science Fiction, Trina Robbins (raving about Moebius and why they have small audiences), Moebius (on how he sees himself). Switch in topic to Merril. Interviews with Judith Merrill (on how she got into writing Science Fiction, nice story about Ted (Theordore Sturgeon?)convinced her to try writing Science Fiction), Guy Gavriel Kay (on Merril's importance in improving the quality of the actual writing in science fiction), Merril (on being one of the very few women writers over her time, on her derivative novels she co-wrote super quickly, that became the most popular thing she's written)
Part Three: Merril's influence on an editor, introducing the New Wave, Interviews with Merril (on producing an anthology, producing Tesseracts Canadian SF anthology, why she left the US permanently for Canada during the Vietnam War, the Roshdale experiment, bringing her huge SF collection with her and so starting the Spaced Out Library, the SF Library in Toronto (now known as the Merril Collection))

(Next week's should be better, Form, Chaos, and Fear)


---

Now that that's done, what else is new? Long weekend technically, but not for me, cause I still work. But yay, extra money. And yay for September, because it means the dry season for TV is nearing a close. I think most things I watch or am interesting in starting to watch start NEXT week, but there's a trickle here and there.

So far there's just one show that's hit my attention index, and it's a bit of a surprising one. Glee. Apparently it aired the first ep last year after American Idol, but since I don't care about that I never even heard about it, and just saw commercials and, last Wednesday, when it was on and nothing else was, decided to give it a try. ANd, y'know, I liked it. Which is odd, because I don't listen to music, so that it's set around a new Glee Club full of social rejects doing musical numbers doesn't do anything for me. And the show is a bit predictable and obvious in some ways. But it's also had a bit of a quirkyness to it that I liked. I think I like it in part because it hits on a couple of my squeepoints (like squickpoints, but opposite). (more behind cut). One of course is basic high school stuff. I always like that as a setting, dramatically it's full of heightened angst situations, characters fighting against the social order, lots of different types of people forced together, and just general high school cliches. I've mentioned a couple times that sometimes I kinda wish I could go back to high school, mostly for the idea of forced-closeness, that there were people you'd see every day and have to interact with and so couldn't, like me now, just pretty much be a total hermit my whole life, and have more chances of making friends and such.

The other squee-point is inspiration. I don't talk about it as much, but a part of me always wanted to be a teacher, the good kind, the kind that inspires kids to do better, find something they're good at, follow their dreams. That particular dream died very quickly when I realized that I'd be way too shy to get up in front of a group of kids and talk every single day (I get angst about asking a stranger if they have the time), but the vestiges of it remain and for some reason I always like stuff where that's an aspect, as this is. It's not just an average high school show because of the focus of the teacher, who's earnestly trying to make things better (even if he does a few funny but despicable things to advance the greater goal).

So, I can sort of live vicariously on two levels.

And, of course, Jayna Mays is in it, which instantly raises the cuteness of the show 100%. She played Charlie in Heroes and a guest spot on Pushing Daisies as a Windmill Keeper, and I don't know why but I just instantly like her when she appears. Woe be to me if she ever plays a villain.

It is a bit obvious, as I said, with a bit too much on the stereotyped characters, and I wanted to see a little more development on some of the side characters, but it's just the pilot I've seen, so we'll see if things progress in a good way or not.
I'm not 100% sold on it, but I liked it enough to give it a couple episodes to try out.

Date: 2009-09-06 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] handyhunter.livejournal.com
I'm hopeful about GLEE too! I like the musical numbers more than the high school stuff, but I also like that it seems to focus on the adults/teachers as much as the students.

Date: 2009-09-09 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] newnumber6.livejournal.com
Yeah, despite liking High School as a setting, I usually can't take completely whole student-focused High School stuff. It gets to be overly dramatic angst overload. Usually the shows I tend to like there are ones that either merge High School with another genre (fantasy/horror like in Buffy, mystery like in Veronica Mars), or ones that have a heavy focus on the teachers too. So this one's improved on that front.

Profile

newnumber6: Ghostly being (Default)
newnumber6

November 2009

S M T W T F S
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930     

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Oct. 23rd, 2017 08:46 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios