IT’S A MAJOR AWARD!
On Saturday the 29th of September, the Ringo Awards were presented at Baltimore Comic-Con, and I’m thrilled to announce that MINE!: A Celebration of Liberty and Freedom for All Benefiting Planned Parenthood won for Best Anthology!
I am honored to have contributed to this anthology — the story “In Defense of Self,” with art and lettering by the superlative Tom Daly — and thrilled that, for the second time this year, I get to share in an award.
Congrats to editors Joe Corallo & Molly Jackson, publisher Glenn Hauman of ComicMix, and all eighty bajillion other contributors to this magnificent anthology, one that supports a most important cause. It’s especially heartening to see it win this week of all weeks……………………
Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, and William Hurt replace Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, and Sam Elliott, Louis Leterrier replaces Ang Lee, nobody replaces Nick Nolte (thank goodness), and yet the basic plot remains depressingly the same. The great superhero movie rewatch is deeply disappointed by 2008’s The Incredible Hulk.
This may be the only MCU movie in which the villains are significantly more interesting than the heroes. William Hurt—for all that he’s nowhere near as perfect for the role as Sam Elliott was—does an excellent job showing Ross’s obsession and single-mindedness. Tim Roth shows Blonsky’s eagerness to be the powerful soldier he was in his youth, though he stops being interesting the moment he turns into the Abomination. And Tim Blake Nelson’s goofball mien beautifully obscures Sterns’s sociopathy, and my one regret in our never getting a sequel is I would love to see Nelson do the Leader.
I am pleased to say that “The Fall of Iaron” has made its funding goal! Woo! Also: Hoo!
Having said that, don’t let that stop you from pledging. You’re now guaranteed to get a short story out of this, and it’s only two bucks to just get the story! How can you pass that up?
Best of all, for a pledge of $65, you can still have a character in the story named after you! There are eleven named characters in “The Fall of Iaron,” and only one of them — Medinn the Bard, last seen in “Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty” — has been seen before. The others are flexible in terms of nomenclature, and only four of the ten Tuckerization slots have been taken. So now’s your chance to be a character in the story!
I’m gonna be on Hour of the Wolf with Jim Freund tonight at midnight (Eastern time) to discuss a whole lotta things, but mostly Doctor Who on the eve of its new season’s premiere. There’s a casting choice that was made that apparently has some people in a tizzy. That may come up in the conversation…..
There’ll also be a movie review from Dan Persons, and I will read one of my Who short stories, “Raymond’s Room” from the 2001 charity anthology Missing Pieces.
If you’re in NYC, tune your radio to 99.5 FM, WBAI. If you’re not in NYC or don’t have access to a radio (don’t laugh, we don’t actually have a radio in the house), you can listen online at WBAI.org, or watch it on Facebook Live.
My final piece on Marvel’s Iron Fist season two looks at the Netflix show’s sophomore season from a martial arts, and fight choreography, perspective. On the one hand, it’s better than season one. On the other, it’s still wanting in many respects.
Danny Rand is supposed to be the finest fighter in all K’un-Lun. He is supposed to have absorbed the lessons of kung fu, of martial arts, of being the Living Weapon better than anyone. He is supposed to be able to defeat any opponent, which is why he was given the honor of fighting Shao Lao the Undying to become the Immortal Iron Fist.
The one thing he should never, ever, ever be portrayed as is a whiny entitled twerp. And it’s not like this is arcane knowledge that only a martial artist would understand, because all Buck and his team of writers had to do to see what a good portrayal of someone from such a city trying to survive in modern New York would be is to read the comic books their TV show is based on.
Episode 95 of the fantastic Women at Warp podcast has a conversation about my Star Trek novel Articles of the Federation, as well as excerpts from an interview with me about the book. (The entire interview can be found at the podcast’s Patreon page.)
Check it out!
We finally reach the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Robert Downey Jr. snarks his way through Tony Stark, Jeff Bridges is all avuncular as Obadiah Stane, Gwyneth Paltrow is radiant as Pepper Potts, and Terence Howard does nothing to make his being replaced with Don Cheadle any kind of problem as James Rhodes. The great superhero movie rewatch does Iron Man.
Luckily, Iron Man is a very good movie, which is one of the main reasons why the MCU has been a success for a decade now. It starts off brilliantly, establishing Stark’s character quickly and efficiently as he sits in a Humvee holding his drink steady as it bounces through the desert and chatting with his escorts. It’s to the credit of Favreau and the screenwriters that this scene is so brilliantly effective, as we only have a few minutes to get to know these characters before they’re shot at. They don’t just redshirt the three airmen, they’re three people you actually care about, so it matters (to us and to Stark) when we see them die.