401 thoughts on “Am I Evil? The Graphic Novel IndieGoGo Launch! 9/9/20

  1. Firsties ?

    Rerun from last page-

    Informal poll.
    Spotify or Pandora?

    I am thinking of giving in and getting a subscription. I currently use the free version of Pandora but the kids are Spotify fans.


    • Well, not that it’s worth anything, but I don’t use either. We have family plan subscriptions for Amazon Music and Youtube/Google Play Music. Used Amazon as my primary for a good while, though of late I’ve been making a lot more use of Youtube Music. There’s all kinds of remakes/remixes/alternate styles of songs from crazy talented folks on Youtube, so I find myself drawn them more often.

    • Between those 2, Spotify is what I’d choose – – though I hate to give more money to that scumbag CEO, after his recent “let musicians eat moldy cake” comments.

      Amazon’s premium music service is OK (speaking of supervillain CEOs).

  2. I’ve been doing the Amazon music thing. It has almost any album you can think of and a few good mixes. I’m tempted by the Youtube music app though.

  3. Also, also, I bit the bullet and downloaded the new Flight Simulator and did a virtual flyover of my neighborhood for 20 minutes this morning. For all the complaining online I expected the worse, but overall the visuals are great and everything ran smoothly on my system. I pulled by 10-year-old joystick and FS found it and set up all the buttons automatically, it even showed the correct graphic representation of it. I flew over my daughter’s high school and could see school buses parked outside and flew over the small park by my house. I look forward to spending more time on it this weekend.

  4. Thanks for the birthday wishes, all. It was mostly a busy day of work, followed by a nice small gathering of friends for dinner.

    And, The Mandalorian Season 2 was announced today to be available October 30, so that was a nice present.

  5. Hey, I am encouraged that people are digging Lovecraft Country ep 2 (and ep3).

    I’m certainly not going to try to convince you guys that you’re wrong for liking it.

  6. Hey guys- I recommend taking a few minutes to give this a watch. It’s The latest post from Hudson Alpha on new Covid info. Specifically the link between metabolism and your likelihood of needing hospitalization if you get Covid. Nothing scary or dire here, it’s just an interesting data point That may be too new to have gotten much coverage.
    I follow this blog because they are not combing the Internet for news…they are combing science journals, hospital data and science lab reports.

    Watch “Shareable Science Beyond the Blog: Metabolism and COVID – September 2” on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/453880379?ref=em-v-share

  7. My furnace died. While it’s not a huge deal now, it will be an issue soon. Someone’s coming over to look at it this afternoon.

    What is the mask protocol in these situations?

    • Rebels starts off slow, especially in it’s first season.

      Stick with it though, and start stocking up on tissues for the later seasons. It will be hitting you in all the feelz.

      Trust in Filoni.

      • We’re 6 episodes in on Rebels. We’re not going to abandon it because of our youngest viewer. . . and at least it’s less violent/disturbing than Clone Wars, for her. . . I don’t know about Filoni, but I’ll trust in Ed and keep my (many, many) complaints to myself. Well, except one.


        Seriously, this is the worst character in all of Star Wars. Yes, even worse than him.

      • So you know my policy. I’m not gonna harsh something you guys dig.

        I’ll report more as we get further along. In these first 6 episodes, though, I’ve found myself cheering for the imperials and monsters every time Ezra is in danger.

    • Yeah, that’s not a long wait until the regular D+ subscription will be enough to watch. I’ve got enough going on that I’ll probably wait for the “free” version as well.

    • I’m not. I wanted to see this in the theater. It’s only $30. That’s not far off 2 tickets and concessions for us.

      Plus, I want Disney to keep making movies like this, and not shot-for-shot remakes of their animated films. This is also the most expensive film directed by a woman and I want it to succeed. There are a lot of things that Disney has done differently for this film and, again, I want it to succeed.

      So, yes, I’m voting with my wallet. $30 bucks does not break the bank. Some people have been bent out of shape about “the cost” and “the money grab” when Disney has lost Billions this year. I don’t feel the same when it is a movie I’ve been excited about. But if you aren’t, waiting is certainly fine.

  8. Hey Van, you saw the new Bill & Ted. Do you feel like it requires a rewatch of the first two movies to get what’s going on? I remember them both, but more of the first one and less of the Bogus Journey.

    • I saw both films last year so they were still fresh in my memory. My sister also watched and she hasn’t seen the first two films since original release and she still enjoyed the new film.

  9. Heading home after watching New Mutants.

    Feels very 90s and more like a pilot of a tv series than a film. Not terribly good or bad, wait for it to go to streaming is my advice.

  10. JW: I’m thinking of ending things

    What a pile of tripe!

    I’ve liked a lot of Kaufman film in this past by goodness this was pretentious shite.

  11. This is driving me mad, would Anybody with a Netflix account have a look at the film ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ and tell me if it displays wide screen or has black vertical bars on either side of the visible screen?

  12. So we watched Empire Strikes Back last night. I really tried to watch it from the perspective of a 2020 viewer who’d never seen it before. Impossible – – but mainly, I can only think that the stop-motion tauntaun effects and some of the snowspeeder effects might seem dated to kids raised on CGI.

    But man, this movies holds up. A lot of it is the performances. From the imperial stooges to the main actors.

    • Two more points:

      Return of the Jedi is coming up next movie night.
      Lots of people bag on RotJ (not me), but ESB wouldn’t be as great if the resolution didn’t also work. And it does. Even with Ewoks. As great as Empire Strikes Back is, it’s not a complete standalone story without Jedi.
      For comparison: Matrix 2 is a lot of setup and fun action scenes, but Matrix 3 doesn’t pay off on any of it, so both sequels are commonly remembered as crappy.

      At the very end, when the Millennium Falcon gets away, Vader stalks off of the Stardestroyer bridge, I LOL’ed at the imperial peon who’s writing on his clipboard, just trying to look busy.

  13. Last night we watched the third of John Carpenter’s apocalypse trilogy, In the Mouth of Madness. We enjoyed it.
    Of the three movies my ranking would be, The Thing, followed by In the Mouth of Madness, with Prince of Darkness being third.

  14. So the latest Lovecraft Country episode had a Indiana Jones/National Treasure vibe which was fun but I preferred the low key approach the author took in the novel.

  15. I just finished slogging my way through Terry Pratchett’s “Reaper Man”.
    I suspect that 12 year old me might have thought it was amazingly clever.
    “Current” me found it ponderous.

    • I’ve read a number of Discworld novels, but I don’t remember that one. I’ve really liked a few, but there were also a few that I started and stopped. All this as a grown-ass man, closer to current me than 12-year-old me.

      I recall liking “Night Watch,” “Small Gods,” and “Mort.”

    • Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I actually just ordered a 30″ x 40″ display box to display my rare Venture Bros. t-shirt of the week collection. Not it’s going to wind up being more of a shrine.

  16. Jack! I’m going to be late to the party tomorrow. John comes home and we eat at the time it starts so I’ll be a half hour late to the live event.

  17. So I switched to Heinlein.
    Turns out my problem with the Pratchett book wasn’t me, it was the book. This is good stuff! Very engaging.
    Book is “The Green Hills of Earth” and seems to be a collection of short stories that may have been published, one at a time, in magazines in the late 40’s or early 50’s

  18. So, seems like Hollywood may have misinterpreted my request to stop with all the reboots/reinvisionings/reimaginings. The latest fad seems to be what I call playing in someone else’s playground. Take a property like Watchmen or Lord of the Rings and do something that lets you use the title of the work but not be tied to the original materials. Now that seems to be expanding into taking secondary characters and developing them so that they don’t have to be tied to the original materials. Examples are the Nurse Ratched series on Netflix and now:


    • I have a problem with this as well.
      The new “Road Warrior” seemed a prime offender of this.
      Tieing a new movie to an existing name like that … shows an amazing lack of faith in the films ability to draw it’s own audience.

      • Right? I know that movies/tv have always been mostly business ventures as far as studios go. But they sometimes let real art flow into the works. That process seems to be slipping away.

        And I am keenly aware that much of the problem might just be me becoming a cranky old man. The more I’m able to see the formulas and cliches, the more sensitive to them I become.

  19. Exhausting whirlwind evening. That Livestream was wild! We talked to about a dozen+ people who each on their own would make for a fascinating solo interview.

    TBH, I was a little overwhelmed, and I hope I didn’t short-change anyone.

    And btw, Ryah, Derek made it into the chat, but never on video.

    JustaJoe, sorry, I never saw your post here. I will post a link here.

  20. So yesterday I cancelled my pledge on Kickstarter for an expensive (300 quid) 8 bit computer hardware emulator that would use an FPGA.

    Delivery date was August 2021 and I’m just not confident my will not have went tits up by then.

    • Yes, that is bonkers. But excellent – – Muse translates well. Reminds me a lot of Vika Yermolyeva’s piano interpretations (I think she did a few Muse songs too, in addition to Slayer, Metallica, Opeth, etc).

  21. A certain site just sent me a “how did we do?” About a service request I put in. This is when you find out how much you are valued. After blasting them, if they don’t approach me on their knees, I will never touch them again

  22. I finished “The Last of Us II”. Wow. It was an even better game/story than the first. 😥

    Here’s hoping Netflix can do the series justice.

  23. The game I played obsessively this week was Stela on Apple Arcade (it came out on other platforms last year). If you’ve played Limbo/Inside than you’ll have a good idea how this game plays.

    Just one last achievement to get, To play through the entire game without dying.

  24. I finished a second Heinlen, “The Red Planet.” – enjoyable. Sort of “The Hardy Boys on Mars”
    In fact the lead characture were two high school age boys named Jim and Frank.

    • Mrs. Asshat has one of those somewhere around the house. It’s a kid standing in the corner. Not sure why is so amazingly fucked up compared to any other dolls she’s got.

  25. We have the kind of tv service where you speak to it and say what you want to watch. Last night we told it we wanted to watch Raised By Wolves. It came back saying it could find no program called Baseball by Wolves.
    Now I kind of want to watch Baseball by Wolves

  26. I rarely impulse buy games these days, especially on the day the games are released.

    However today is different as Spelunky 2 was just released on the PS4 and that game was bought!

  27. In reply to a comment way up there in the thread: I was in a class that was assigned “The Babysitter” shorty story as reading material in a college English class. As I recall, the short story did a lot of interesting things with perspective, kinda like Rashomon.

    • I’m looking forward to exploring the iOS 14 changes. But, Mrs. Asshat is practically a technophobe and I will have to learn everything I can about it so I can ease her into the massive changes they have planned. I’m sure I’ll be listening to a lot of griping while she accustoms herself.

  28. Hey, Deadpan! I should check back in here more.

    Some of my local friends and I just had the first session of our FATE Core RPG over Roll20. Good times, good times. We’ve been planning this game for over a year now, so it was a bit of an achievement for all of us. For the curious: The game is set in a series of interconnected simulated worlds called The Fractal, described by the GM as “if Stargate Universe took place inside The Matrix.” We are runaways and wanderers who came together through happenstance and a series of events involving street racing (part of the character-building and game-planning process is to work out what these events were), and now, the childhood friend of Ophelia (another player’s character) has invited us to meet her to discuss a favor she needs. Today’s session was just us receiving the invitation and road-tripping to the meeting, but I had fun and am looking forward to the next one. 🙂

  29. Today’s movie is Cruel Peter

    When he was alive, he was a little terror. Now that he’s dead, he’s got bigger problems.

    Today’s theme, will be the alphabet

  30. Absolutely breathtaking creative display, Energizer! Fascinatingly grand happening in Jack’s killer landscape made nicely on Peter’s quirky R-rated suspense turkey under visions with eXcellent yuks, Zmed.

    • Just a reminder that there is still a pandemic going on.

      Employee at my wife’s company was out “not fealing well” a few days last week but was back on Friday. Sunday he took a turn for the worse and went to the hospital.
      Quick test apparently showed he had Covid. Monday night he was dead.
      He was in his mid 40’s. Previously Healthy. No pre-existing conditions that anyone knows of.

      Covid is still “a thing”. IT doesn’t care how old you are, what your political views are or where you live.

      It may give you no symptoms or it may take you from perfectly healthy to DEAD in a handful of days … however YOU don’t get to decide!

      What you can decide is take sensible precautions. You can decide to avoid well known, high risk situations. You can wear a mask so as not to spread it.
      You CAN support public officials who have actual plans to combat this killer.

      I realize I am preaching to the choir here but geez.

      • In an email with my dad, I found out my nephew had it, but apparently it was a light case and he is out of quarantine. There are still watching his wife to see if she develops any symptoms. An old high school friend and his wife apparently had it back in March and they are okay now. Those are all the people I know personally that were infected. I’m fortunate that these cases were not serious. Stay vigilant, everyone.

      • We’re just about to hit 200,000 deaths.

        Yet a huge swath of the population believe that COVID is fake, that the real threat to the entire nation are a dozen thugs in Portland.

        History will not remember our era kindly.

    • Another beautiful colloquy, deeping empathy for great heuristic intelligence. Judicious kudos lavishly materialized neatly over ponderous quagmire, relentlessly stating truth. Ultimately vocalizing wild xanthic youthful zeal!

  31. Morning Pan
    Hubby and I were talking. I think we are the very rare group where Covid-19 has actually been better for us financially. We’ve always been carful and budgeted properly but, because we haven’t been gaming every weekend, we’ve been saving on snacks and alcohol.
    We also have been doing a lot less impulse buys (i.e. going to the mall and, oh look, this game looks interesting and we don’t own it, we should get it.)
    It feels good, so I think we’re going to rethink how we approach such things once semi-normality resumes.

  32. So eight episodes into to watching Star Trek Lower Decks and I realise the male main character is played by the guy who plays Hughie in The Boys.


  33. CW: Warrior E6

    I stopped watching this as I thought it would not get a S2, but S2 is on it’s way so this week I’ll be watching the rest of S1.

  34. Return of the Jedi complete. I was never a hater, but it’s even better than I’d remembered. The new Lucas edits are all horrendous, but they don’t damage the overall movie.

    I really love the scene where C-3P0 recaps the previous movies – – with sound effects – – to an audience of Ewoks.

    And of course, the Rancor handler. . .

  35. Crap joke for the day:

    A small church had a very attractive big-busted organist named Susan, and her breasts were so large that they bounced and jiggled while she played the organ.

    Unfortunately, she distracted the men in the congregation considerably. The very proper church ladies were appalled.

    They said something had to be done about this or they would have to get another organist.

    So one of the ladies approached Susan very discreetly about the problem, & told her to mash up some green persimmons & rub them on her nipples and all over her breasts, which should cause them to shrink in size, but warned her not to taste any of the green persimmons, because they are so sour they will make your mouth pucker up & you won’t be able to talk properly for a while.

    The voluptuous organist reluctantly agreed to try it.

    The following Sunday morning, the minister walked up to the pulpit and said,

    “Dew to thircumsthanthis bewond my contwol, we will not hab a thermon tewday.

  36. A blind man walks into a bar. He picks up his seeing eye dog and starts spinning it around over his head.
    The bar tender rushes up to him and says “can I help you?”
    “No” said the blind man, “just looking around”

  37. I made an off-hand joke yesterday on a Facebook post from Charlie Benante, the drummer from Anthrax, which as of right now, has 132 likes and a bunch of replies.

    Not that it means a goddamn thing, but it’s a nice little validation.

    • I have something signed from him that I’m pretty sure was after 2010 (when they claim he was banned) from either Megacon (Orlando) or Tampa Bay Comicon. He seemed nice enough and was charging the same as everyone else.

  38. Man, I guess it’s been that kinda of coupla weeks – Just noticed my Deadpan tab had closed and I had fallen seriously behind.

    Caught up now….won’t let it happen agian.

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