Context: Duterte basically gave the Philippine National Police blanket license to kill anyone on sight suspected of using and dealing drugs, not arrest, not charge, but kill. At least 5000 Filipinos were killed in the last five months, most are citizens living below the poverty line. These has also sparked killings done by vigilante citizens, and victims often aren’t drug users or dealers.
Donald Trump has invited Rodrigo Duterte to visit him in DC.
Hello everyone! After a very scary election, I channeled my motivation into the Merlin script, and it is now done and it is 15 pages long! That’s about the size of the Scorbus script, but it’ll probably be longer since with a TV show, you have to play clips and stuff. I’m aiming to keep it around half an hour…and I think it’s pretty good. I’ll try to narrate this weekend but I also have a project to work on, so we’ll see. Thanks for being patient guys, and I hope you’re all doing okay, and if you ever need someone to talk to, you can always send me a message. Thanks!!
not to mention the ever-present “why does japan cater to japanese men who buy borderline nsfw merch and not me, an american who doesn’t buy merch that only ships domestically?”
RIGHT? The entitlement is so grating because Japan doesn’t and has never made anime with primarily foreign audiences mind. (Although one exception I can immediately think of is the second LWA OVA? And that’s only because Westerners were very receptive while it did poorly in their home country)
It’s doubly annoying when people pirate anime illegally and then have the gall to act entitled that the industry they’re stealing from doesn’t give in to their demands.
Reflections in a Shattered Glass by Joe Nazzaro, illustrated by Susan Lovett, 1989.
Oh my god, where to begin? Yes, it’s written by a fan who went pro, and illustrated by a fan art legend. It had the full approval of Terry Nation, who wrote the forward for it. For all that it’s a typical stapled booklet fanzine, it’s professionally typeset and printed. And the story is absolutely amazing.
A freak teleport accident sees Vila and Avon transposed with their opposites in an alternate reality. In this mirror universe, Blake is the Federation’s top agent, running a crew of the most vicious psychopaths on the Vanquisher II, a captured alien vessel. Their mission is to obliterate the resistance wherever they find it, and now they are seeking the leaders of that resistance: Travis and Servalan. Vila and Avon are hard-pressed to keep what’s happened a secret while they
try to get back while avoiding being casually murdered by their crewmates. This is complicated still further when they discover their counterparts are actually resistance themselves, putting them right in the middle of the madness.
There are fascinating character differences in here with the alternates, which alone would make the story worth it. Vila is a tough, sarcastic brawler, always ready for a scrap, and Avon is meek and mild. Travis is honorable and levelheaded, Servalan kind and caring. Cally is a full telepath, and like all the Auronar, a spymaster for the Federation (predating Psi-Corps by 5 years!) Gan and Jenna are vicious, conspiring killers. Blake is a terrifying, cold maniac (and the sole reason the crew haven’t killed each other long ago.)
Our “heroes” are disturbing, the story is memorable (if a bit soul-scarring at points) and the interior art is amazing. If you can find it, get it.