September 20th, 2009


Last Night

Julie, Padmini, Joachim, Mike and I went to Kismot for a meal and chat.  Thoroughly enjoyable discussions ensued, from sexual technique to Joyce and Schizophrenia, via discussions of whether Dune was actually, well, _good_.

And then Julie, Mike and I headed off to the cinema and watched District 9 together.  We all liked it an awful lot - and when I came home I spent a bit of time looking at a couple of reviews - particularly this one.  Best link I've bumped into so far is to the real life District 6.

I was also impressed by my inability to tell where the special effects ended and real life began.  I'm fairly sure they didn't have any giant insects hired for their respective roles, but who can tell?  We also agreed that we wanted to know what happened next - Julie's instant response was wanting a sequel :->

Today we're rearranging the flat some more, in the hope of getting something we can live with for the next couple of weeks.  Just as soon as the latest episode of Freaks and Geeks is over.
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Alan Moore on Marvelman

Alan Moore: After being initially informed by Neil’s lawyer, I had to think about it for a couple of days. I decided that while I’m very happy for this book to get published—because that means money will finally go to Marvelman’s creator, Mick Anglo, and to his wife. Mick is very, very old, and his wife, I believe, is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The actual Marvelman story is such a grim and ugly one that I would probably rather that the work was published without my name on it, and that all of the money went to Mick. The decision about my name was largely based upon my history with Marvel—my desire to really have nothing to do with them, and my increasing desire to have nothing to do with the American comics industry. I mean, they’re probably are enough books out there with my name on them to keep the comics industry afloat for a little bit longer. I left a message to that effect with Neil. I’ve since heard back from the lawyer upon another issue, and he said that he was certain that would be the case—that Marvel would accede to my request. That looks like the way it will be emerging. And, Neil will be able to finish his Marvelman story because he has a completely different relationship with Marvel than I have with them—or rather, don’t have. The main thing is that I will feel happy to know that Mick Anglo is finally getting the recompense he so richly deserves. And, I will have distanced myself from a lot of the deceit and ugliness that surrounded the relaunching of Marvelman as a character.