Congealed Blogging

Over the last week, I’ve been fiddling with setting up visualreflux.com. I tried really hard to get Linode working and sort of got it running, but not with the feature set I need. Or want. Or am willing to pay any money for. So EasyWP.com because Namecheap got me away from Godaddy back during the first… lion-killing was it?

But in spending a few days seeing what Visual Reflux’s site was going to look like, I got thinking about how I need to launch Televisual Feast sooner than later. I also worked out post categories for Feast and Comics Fondle. To focus on categorizing my blog writing and not categorizing the post topics.

Then I got thinking about whether or not it makes sense to launch two TV-related sites in the same year, probably the same month, but have them do different things. Mightn’t it make more sense to consolidate everything, as everything is going to include more subjects. I mean, The Stop Button started as a movie and comics site. I really did try to keep it in that format… okay, actually, I recall wishing I’d never branded the two together, but I did make an effort to incorporate both. Until I split them and went through a bunch of comics blogs before launching Comics Fondle in its current incarnation almost ten years ago.

Do I really want to launch two more blogs this year?

No.

In fact, maybe since Visual Reflux: The Podcast is going to incorporate all media categories, the accompanying site ought to do the same. It’s the right time, content-wise–Comics Fondle only has a couple “new format” posts so far, Televisual Feast hasn’t launched, and Stop Button… well, Stop Button is just fine on its own. I’m not suspending Comics Fondle either, I’m just cross-posting with the emphasis on Visual Reflux. Stop Button I’m going to cross-post to Reflux, but still emphasize Stop Button. And then just not launch A Televisual Feast.

Something about that blog title is just cursed.

As for the site launch? Soon? Like tomorrow soon?

Maybe tomorrow soon.

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Peloponnesian Cliffs

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Hercules: Wrath of the Heavens (Hercule); Titan Comics (Soleil); issues 1-5 (of 5); 2017-18; $3.99, most issues 32 pgs ea., first issue 56 pgs; collection (2018), $19.99.

En France… whoops, sorry. In France, Hercules came out in three forty-eight pages volumes. The first came out in 2012, the second in 2013, the third in 2017. It appears each volume is going to be one of Hercules’s twelve labors. Are they called labors? I spent about fifteen minutes trying to dig up original publication information because French comics information doesn't get readily translated. The Wikipedia page for Hercules author JD Morvan is atrocious.

The reason I was trying to dig up that original publication information is because Wrath of the Heavens is five issues and gets through the first three labors. I was even reading up on Hercules’s Wiki to try to figure out if the story was done or if the gigantic cliffhanger was indeed a cliffhanger.

I'm not familiar with the mythological Hercules, which (thanks Wikipedia) doesn't matter too much with Morvan’s hard sci-fi take on him. It's the far flung future, humanity lives in some kind of servitude to intergalactic beings (the gods). There's a bit about a revolution of the humans being bad because it would tank the economy. Morvan does a really good job updating the mythology and adding to it. Same goes for Looky, who realizes it all without ever getting goofy with the design. The gods look like gods, but in the context of being this special race of alien overlords.

There are some too obvious moves—humanity is called sklaves or slkaves or something similar. It's slaves, get it. But it usually doesn't matter because the story's moving so well, which is another reason the strangely abrupt ending seems wrong. Morvan is very deliberate in his plotting. The finish is perfunctory at best.

The comic’s got some inventive and loose adapting as far as the mythological source material goes, which is weird at first then improves. Awesome art start to finish. Some of the characters resonate, even though Hercules is a bit underdeveloped. His actions are interesting to Morvan, not his reactions.

It's a good comic. I only hope it doesn't take another five years to get the next installment.

Though Titan, who translates and reprints, seem to have waited until the third volume was done for this series and it'll be ages for labors four through six get done. There's not even a four in France yet.

CROSSPOSTED FROM COMICS FONDLE

Peloponnesian Cliffs was originally published on Visual Reflux

Post categories

One of the things I’m trying to figure out for Comics Fondle and Televisual Feast is if I want to just do episode-specific posts, or if I want to do an additional column. I think I’m leaning column in addition. Because I need to talk about this week’s “Orville” being a spectacular feat. Or want to talk about it. Maybe not need. But kind of need. It’s so good. When the show hits this season, it hits.

But then I also want to talk about the “Alien: Isolation – The Digital Series” nonsense where Fox is so desperate to keep the Alien franchise alive they turned video game cut scenes into a “binge-worthy” streaming show. Only the episodes are ten minutes, there are seven of them, it’s seventy-two total minutes of content. It’s not really a binge.

And it being a desperate attention grab isn’t even the interesting thing about “Isolation.” It’s how poorly the video game to CG “TV show” works. Conceptually, sure, but also technically, because whoever did the transition cheaped when adding the main character (who really shouldn’t be narrating, but it’s so poorly strung together). The CG quality is sometimes pretty good, it’s also sometimes less good. Fine for a video game, not for a 1080p streaming show.

Then there’s the script.

And I wanted to be able to talk about “Isolation” so much I strung the episodes together without to end tags. I wanted to sit down and watch the “new” Alien. But it’s not a movie, the narrative formatting gulf between movie and web series is way too wide to fake it.

I’ll do mini-series posts on Stop Button, but I think I’ve only got one other strung-together web series single post.

After the technical nightmare of yesterday’s Comics Fondle Podcast, I’m ready for some plaintext writing. Not declicking and depopping up-converted mixed mono (me and cohost talking over each other) for hours. Thank goodness for ClickRepair, which didn’t make it good but at least made it so cohost’s voice sounded close to normal. Even if he’s much louder than me because I couldn’t properly equalize it or whatever. Levelator it.

It was the last episode of Comics Fondle Podcast too. And the year end thing. And the one where I actually did Love and Rockets homework to prepare. So it was not one to rerecord.

We’re doing Anchor for the sequel podcast, Visual Reflux. I have no idea where Visual Reflux is going to live. I guess I need to get a site.