One gag we had to take out of Charlie Jade
was introducing the Norns -- the three geeks working for Vexcor, Skuldeman, Urding and Verdandi -- when they were setting up a trans-universal TiVo so they could watch all the SF movies that had been greenlit in other universes...
Comics are sort of my trans-universal TiVo these days. If you want SF and fantasy that hasn't been greenlit, DC Vertigo's comics lines are a good place to start. You all know about Sandman
, I'm assuming. I mean, you have
. Can't be culturally literate without. Of course I've been waiting for someone else to convincingly create a whole world and its mythology.
Lately I've been reading and loving Hellboy
. Mike Mignola's doing sort of the pulp version of what Neil Gaiman did, synthesizing his own miniature cultural world and telling stories in it. In this case it's ancient mysticism and Nazis and Nazi hunters meets the X-Men. Nothing so erudite as Gaiman, but who is? But -- being his own artist and all -- Mignola has an amazing visual sense. If you can't see the movie, you're reading too fast.
This week's assigned texts: any Hellboy
graphic novel; Sandman: A Season of Mists
if somehow you haven't already read it.
Black Orchid - also by Gaimen, artwork by Dave McKean, is a first class piece of graphic literature. I highly recomend it.
I've heard great things about "Death:the high price of living"
(or something to that effect!)
Sorry, its "Death: the high COST of living"
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