The first issue of The Whale House has received a couple of very encouraging reviews.
Over at the Forbidden Planet Blog, Richard Bruton gives us a long, in-depth review, saying:
“…Cheverton doing his damnedest to make this something wonderfully complex, complicated, layered, and interesting, a story to keep us all guessing. And at the end of this issue, with a palpable disappointment at not having issue 2 in hand, I reckon Cheverton’s done it… All in all, this feels like it’s leading into something both fun and interestingly complicated, with Doherty’s easy on the eye style there to lessen some of the complexities to come.”
And Nicolas Papaconstantinou reviews the digital edition on the MOMBcast comics podcast, calling it “fascinating” and “really good.” The full podcast (which also reviews Too Much Sex & Violence 3, along with all of that week’s other comics) is here.
Our thanks to both Richard and Nic for their time and kind words.
If I see one more trailer for Prometheus I’m going to scream. I don’t need to see the whole film to want to see any film. I remember the trailer for the original Alien was just the fucking egg, the title and the words ”In space no one can hear you scream.” and I was SOLD. These days people want to spoil everything before we even get to the theater.
An interesting story with a ho-hum ending, greatly enlivened by some kinetic scribbly art halfway between Otomo and Paul Pope. Some of the panels descend into chaos, and a few of the hand-lettered speech balloons take some parsing, but this is a visually beautiful read.
Langan has a nice prose style (despite his consistently using ‘insure’ instead of ‘ensure’ throughout), but there really isn’t enough story here to make a novel - a novella might be pushing it. The tale within a tale format fails to add anything to the narrative, and in fact leaves us without a first person account of the finale, wherein characters guess at what may have happened - this is clunky to the point of distraction. I’ve liked all of Langan’s short fiction, but for me he has failed to make the leap to novel here.
As X-Day looms, Sacred Scribe Rev. Stang has less time to put into complex mixes. One option in such cramped periods is to use uncut, or slightly cut, live other SubGenius shows recorded elsewhere. Last February, SubGenius Church co-sub-founders Dr. Philo Drummond and Stang appeared with other guests twice on Dr. Hal’s 2-hour show on Radio Valencia in San Francisco. The first one — and 3 live Puzzling Evidence shows — are strewn among other Hours of Slack, along with our usual unusual collages, music and vacation reports, with more to come when we again achieve Time Control. However, the second Ask Dr. Hal show, just re-discovered, was Hour-of-Slack-ready and then some. About halfway into the show, a creature known as Zero Boy arrived. We suspect his machine-like vocal sound effects will blow your mind as they blew ours.
Zimbabwean senator suggests that women shave their heads, dress badly and stop taking baths to reduce their attractiveness.
Those are the suggestions of Morgan Femai, a senator for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change representing Chikomo.
“What I propose it that the government should come up with a law that compels women to have their heads clean-shaven like what the Apostolic sects do,” said Femai, when speaking to a parliamentary HIV awareness workshop in the central city of Kadoma on Friday, according to Nehanda Radio.
“They should also not bath because that is what has caused all these problems,” said Femai, who added that if women dressed in shabby clothes and were uglier, then men would not drawn to have sex with them.
"I just spent 8 minutes sweating, rocking back and forth and hyperventilating while shitting. I thought it was death. At 36 I have never experienced anything like it. It kept getting worse and worse until finally my ass let loose with the fury of a thousand suns. Then, aside from a burning asshole, it has subsided. I am still sitting here waiting for something more. I think it’s done."