Linkblogging For 28/05/10

If you like my linkblogging, a site you might want to bookmark is my Daily On Twitter. This site puts together everything that is linked in a 24-hour period by you and anyone you follow into a newspaper-style format, updated daily. (If you want to get one yourself, you have to trust it to access your twitter account. I don’t do anything with my twitter account that’s especially private). Today’s ‘paper’ for me includes articles on feminist comic character tweets, the sad death of Gary Coleman, free-market anti-capitalism and anarchistic socialism, copyright law and GNU/Linux…

Five Chinese Crackers looks at the depressing story going round about England T-shirts being ‘banned’ and why the story has gained traction.

Questioning transphobia on disliking the terms MTF and FTM.

Almost everyone I know has linked this from Hark, A Vagrant, so I may as well link it too…

The Groovy Age Of Horror on Imagination Vs Art in horror films, comics and literature.

Bob Temuka argues that those who dismiss Mark Millar and Garth Ennis as vulgarians are doing so without an understanding of cultural context. I’d disagree in the case of Millar – I simply don’t believe his work has any real value to it at all (though I’m glad that someone out there gets pleasure from it, of course), but the comments on Ennis ring very true to me.

And going through the last few weeks’ backlog of blog posts to read, I notice that Colin has been writing something like 3000 words *a day* of fantastic stuff about comics between his two blogs. This one, on crime and punishment in the DC and Marvel universes, is my favourite so far.

Linkblogging For 16/01/10

While I’ve been mostly offline, I *have* read a few things in my Google reader…

Marc Singer is returning to comics blogging!

Sean has a list of Comics Of The Decade that would serve as a very good primer. I’m planning on doing my own one of these sometime soon…

I can’t believe I’ve never come across comics/horror website The Groovy Age Of Horror til I got a pingback this week. This post on Final Crisis and Modernism will obviously appeal to anyone who likes my comic writing, though I disagree with him somewhat about whether Modernism is a fundamentally good or bad thing, but the whole blog is well worth a look.

Bob Temuka writes about his first comic shop .

Sean at Cosmic Variance talks about the difference between being polite and being right.

And Roz Kaveney has a poem about transgender people and next of kin making medical decisions. May be triggering for some, but I liked it, and I’m normally about as likely to link a poem on somebody’s livejournal as I am to say “that David Cameron’s got a point”…

Linkblogging For 26/11/09

Apologies for the lack of new contend. I do have a few posts planned for the next few days: HELP! tomorrow, James Bond on Saturday, a review of Bryan Talbot’s new graphic novel Grandville on Sunday, but I’ve been quite tired for the last few days and also planning stuff for PEP! – my new magazine, out next month, as well as planning my contribution to the Mindless Ones’ zine.

In the meantime, have some links:
Jazz Hands Serious Business is unimpressed with the Lib Dems’ new social network ACT (I’m on it myself, but haven’t found a real use for it, and suspect it, like a lot of online campaigning stuff, is preaching to the converted. But we’ll see).

Millennium talks about how the banking ‘loans’ were more like outright fraud, and reviews The Empty Child, from the first series of the Welsh series.

Laurie Penny thinks that there should be no feminism without trans feminism.

And a couple more people have come up with reworkings of classic characters – Gavin B has done Doctor Who, as has pillock, while Rab has done a Tarzan.

Linkblogging for 10/09/09

Apologies for yet again not getting a hyperpost up today – I’ve got to fix some stuff with my wife’s computer. I’m going to make it up by doing five posts in three days over the weekend. These posts are all planned so clearly in my head all I have to do is find the time to type them up…

In the meantime, some links:

Bob talks about Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing.

For those who’ve not heard, Paul Levitz has resigned/been fired from the post of publisher at DC Comics. Kurt Busiek has the best take on this. I think Levitz leaving might well be the beginning of the end for the US comics industry, to be frank…

Brad Hicks on why he doesn’t support Obama-care

A couple of interesting posts on posterior probability.

And some good news – transsexual prisoner wins right to transfer to woman’s prison. Though the particular case may be worrying – the prisoner in question is in prison for rape – the principle is an eminently sound one.

And Fred Clark on vampires and crosses.

Linkblogging and apologies

I’ve posted practically nothing for the last week, for which I apologise. Unfortunately, my wife came down with the ‘flu a few days ago, and then just as she was getting over it she kindly gave it to me, so I first had to look after her then had to look after myself.

(Annoyingly, this one affected my stomach, so I couldn’t just get rid of it with massive amounts of vitamin C as I normally do.)

I’m going to try to get the Big Finish A Week up tonight if I can stay awake, and should have a review of Warren Ellis’ new ‘graphic novella’ up tomorrow. If you really want to read good stuff, though, Bot’swana Beast and pillock are hammering away like mad in the comments to the ‘Second Coming’ post. I’ll post my thoughts on *that* tomorrow, too, as a separate post rather than comments. Sorry for being a bit crap.

Anyway, linkage:

The Mindless Ones sum up Judge Dredd In One Panel .

Kevin Church on Grant Morrison and David Mamet.

Pillock on Iron Man, Ghostface Killa and Paul McCartney . (I agree totally about McCartney, BTW, and think his mid-70s, let’s-have-twenty-melodies-per-song-and-forget-the-lyrics-making-sense period is well overdue for serious reappraisal).

Jennie Rigg on statistics .

Mark Steel on how the current recession is all poor people’s fault. (Incidentally, Steel’s latest book and show is his best yet…)

And Jenn Dolari is requesting webcomic people take part in the transgender day of remembrance . Sadly, trans people are one group against whom it is not only socially acceptable to discriminate but actively encouraged. Stonewall have even nominated Julie Bindel as journalist of the year . This is a woman who seems obsessed to the point of monomania with the idea that transsexuals are some sort of weird fifth column wanting to become women so they can destroy feminism, yet she’s given regular space to spout her batty views in the pages of a ‘respectable’ ‘liberal’ newspaper.

I don’t pretend to understand transsexuality even slightly, but the social acceptability of attacks on transpeople horrifies me, for two reasons. The first reason is that intellectually, I simply think it’s nobody’s fucking business what anyone does to his, her or its body, or how anyone chooses to dress, or anything else that doesn’t directly impact on anyone else’s well-being. I’ve been the subject of enough low-level aggression for how I choose to look over the years – and I could prevent that by having a shave and a haircut and maybe losing a few pounds – that bullying people for being different annoys me on a very visceral level.

And secondly, I know enough transpeople (I can name, right now off the top of my head, at least five transpeople I count as friends or have counted as friends in the past, including a couple with whom I’ve been very close – and that’s assuming all my other friends were born the same gender they present as, as I don’t tend to ask people if they’re trans unless they bring the subject up… ) that I know that no-one would go through the shit they go through on a daily, or sometimes even hourly, basis – let alone the physical and financial trauma of the actual operation unless they had a very, very deep need to do so. I may not understand that need, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Writing that, BTW, brought to mind a great short story I read years ago, A Lonely Impulse by the great Roz Kaveney. She wrote it as part of the anthology, Temps, she co-edited with Neil Gaiman in the late 80s, a sort of Justice-League-meets-Yes-Minister thing about superpowered people working for a government bureaucracy, but in this case it’s very clearly a metaphor for the treatment of transwomen by ‘feminists’ of Bindel’s ilk, at least in part (Roz is trans herself). I just discovered it’s up on her website, and I think everyone should read it.