4-Color to 35-Millimeter: Ant-Man & The Wasp

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This actually went up a week ago, but I was at Philcon and forgot to post. Derp.

Here we have a sequel that fixes all the problems with the first one and is much more fun as a result, since Hope van Dyne’s Wasp is way more interesting and competent than Scott Lang’s Ant-Man. It’s a delightful romp, and has more Luis, which is always a good thing. The great superhero movie rewatch looks in on Ant-Man & The Wasp.

An excerpt:

Luis remains one of the best characters in the MCU with his rapid-fire commentary and overly detailed stories (his summary of the Lang-van Dyne relationship is classic). I still think it was a missed opportunity to not have Luis sum up Infinity War at the beginning of Endgame, but alas. (They made up for it by having the X-Con Security van play a hilarious but important role in the latter movie, at least.)

The supporting cast is strong, as well. Abby Ryder Fortson is adorable and a great helpmeet as Cassie. Even more so than Goggins, Judy Greer and Bobby Cannavale are pretty much wasted in this movie, though I do like that they’ve all reconciled and become a strong family in the wake of the events of Ant-Man. Laurence Fishburne—last seen in this rewatch playing Perry White—is a delight as Foster, while Michelle Pfeiffer—last seen in this rewatch playing Catwoman—is luminous in her too-little-screentime role as Janet. (Rudd playing her when Janet possesses Lang is also hilarious.) Although, as I asked in my Aquaman rewatch, is having main characters’ mothers played by female leads in 1990s Batman movies be trapped in a nether realm of some sort for three decades going to be a trope now?

halfway home, ish

Hey folks! So my crowdfund on Indie Go Go for “The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story” and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet” is going a bit slowly. We’re 11 days into a 20-day crowdfund and only at 52% of the goal. This is way slower than previous crowdfunds, which were only for one story, and I’m a little concerned. I suspect part of it is due to it being on IGG instead of Kickstarter, which is for a number of reasons, but it’s still concerning.

So I ask all my faithful blog readers (you know who you are) to please not just consider supporting the crowdfund, but also pimping it on your own social media — or just like and share the Facebook posts and/or like and retweet the Twitter posts, I’d be excessively grateful.

This has been a difficult year financially speaking, and we kinda need this to get ourselves over the hump to the end of the year. Any help you can provide is hugely appreciated.

Thanks!

in memoriam on Veterans Day

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IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

—Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918), Canadian Army

Monday music: “Because the Night”

In 1978, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith collaborated on a song called “Because the Night,” which is one of Smith’s biggest hits. There’ve been tons of versions since Smith released it as a single 41 years ago, including Bruce himself as well as a nifty version by 10,000 Maniacs. In 2004, Michael Stipe of R.E.M. joined Bruce and the E Street Band for a fun version…..

I’m on The Book Break!

 

The Book Break is a nifty show by Melissa Dalton Martinez that talks about books, obviously. She interviewed pretty much everybody who was at Bard’s Tower at FanX in September, and the one she did with me is now live as episode 11 of season 2 of the show. I talk about Alien: Isolation, Dragon Precinct, my Star Trek work, teaching karate, and more! Check it out!

midweek music: “Money for Nothing”

One of the things about performing for a long time is that you have a lot of material to choose from, and some things get lost in the shuffle. When he was the front guy for Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler had two big hits: “Sultans of Swing” in 1977 and “Money for Nothing” in 1984. The latter has one of the ten best guitar riffs in the history of rock and roll, right up there with “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Aqualung,” “Innagaddadavida,” etc.

Knopfler’s been a solo act for quite some time, but this year for the first time in a long time, he’s pulled “Money for Nothing” out of mothballs. Here it is from a concert this year in Milan.

Philcon 2019 schedule

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The first Philcon I attended was in 1992, as part of The Chronic Rift. We threw a party for the show in our hotel room, and I met a couple who became two of my closest friends, David Honigsberg and Alexandra Elizabeth Honigsberg.

The second Philcon I attended was a year later, and also the first convention I attended as a professional in the field, as that was the first one I went to as an Associate Editor for Byron Preiss Visual Publications. It was at that con that I first started seriously talking to a fellow Associate Editor, Laura Anne Gilman, who also became one of my closest friends (and Best Woman at Wrenn’s and my wedding 24 years after that Philcon).

Philcon has gone through many ups and downs over the years, but it has remained a stalwart convention, and one I always enjoy attending. We missed it last year due to being in Italy, but we’ll be there this year, Wrenn likely doing tech as she often does, and me doing programming. Plus we’ll both be part of the masquerade, me as MC, Wrenn as workmanship judge.

Here’s my schedule:

Friday

6-7pm: “Marvel’s Phase 4,” w/Shaun Mason and Pam Smith (Plaza IV)

7-8pm: reading, w/D.L. Carter and Daniel Kimmel (Executive Suite 623)

11pm-midnight: “Eye of Argon Interactive Reading,” w/James L. Cambias, B. Lana Guggenheim, Mark Singer, Michael A. Ventrella (Crystal Ballroom 3)

Saturday

11am-noon: autographing, w/Jeffrey A. Carver and Daniel Kimmel (Crystal Ballroom Promenade)

1-2pm: “Relationships in Star Trek,” w/Valerie Hoagland, Muriel Hykes, Daniel Kimmel, Theodore Krulik, and James Prego (Plaza II)

3-4pm: “Building Your Own Anthology,” w/Gordon Linzner, Darrell Schweitzer, Jim Stratton, and Ian Randal Strock (Plaza IV)

5-6pm: “Across the Universe Reading,” w/Eric Avedissian, Charles Barouch, Randee Dawn, Gregory Frost, Sally Weiner Grotta, Carol Gyzander, Gordon Linzner, Ian Randal Strock, and Michael A. Ventrella (Executive Suite 623)

8-10pm: Masquerade, w/me as the MC (Grand Ballroom A)

Sunday

11am-noon: “The Star Trek Novels,” w/Glenn Hauman, Victoria Janssen, Elyse Rosenstein, Susan Shwartz, and Steven H. Wilson (Plaza II)

1-2pm: “The Adaptation Conundrum,” w/Linda J. Lee, Bernie Mojzes, Shannon O’Shea, and Jay Smith (Plaza II)

 

Hope to see folks there!