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Sometimes pages like this feel like cheating, both for Will and for myself…but it’s a device that works. That said, I know that Will really appreciates it when I write them…the easier a page is to draw, the more work he can get done in a week. I sort of tickled myself with this page, although I’m prone to laughing at my own jokes.

So, I was thinking about gushing about The Flash finale in more detail in this space, but I went to the movies tonight, and I have something else to gush about. Actually, Will went to the movies too. He saw Mad Max: Fury Road and he loved it. I fully intend to see Mad Max; I’m as big a fan of mind-blistering action as anybody. But I LOVE thought-provoking science fiction, and the movie that promised to give that to me might not be in theaters for much longer.

I went to see Ex Machina, and hoo-boy, was it good.

#Squirrel went to see it with me, and she was on the edge of her seat for the entire film. The uncomfortable tension in this movie begins within its first five minutes, and it never really lets up after that. About 20 minutes in, I started having to pee…but I was having none of that. This film felt so intricate, and every scene felt so integral to what was going on, I couldn’t imagine missing even a second of it. There was not one wasted minute in this film, as far as I was concerned. It’s not often that I watch a movie and think, “I absolutely am not good enough to have written this.” I rarely watch a movie and feel jealous, but that was exactly what happened to me while I was watching this movie.

I would be incredibly remiss if I didn’t mention the stellar cast: Domnhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander. I presented them in that order very deliberately, that’s the order in which they first appeared on camera, and I do it that way because I can’t single any of them out. They were all tremendous. I was already a fan of Gleeson’s…he was completely unremarkable to me in the Harry Potter films, but he had this irresistible charisma in the already charismatic film About Time, so I’d been looking for another film in which to see him. Oscar Isaac is, to me, the Man Who Will Fly X-Wings, and this was basically a tryout for him…I’ve never seen him in anything before. I’d never even heard of Alicia Vikander before this. I only noticed the “acting” at the very beginning, because I’d only ever heard Gleeson speaking with a British accent until this film, and hearing him as an American annoyed me for about 30 seconds or so.

Gleeson is perfect as the sweet guy who is probably held back by his own insecurities, Isaac is the perfect arrogant genius who just might be a sociopath, and Alicia Vikander projects this beautiful need that somehow speaks both to immense power and startling fragility.

I almost want to say ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the plot, because this is not a movie that should be in any way spoiled. I can say this much, because this is all in the film’s promotion, all of the conflicting thoughts that you may have about the idea of artificial intelligence will have a chance to come out and play after you watch this film.

Ex Machina is not for the Attention Deficit Disorder set. It’s not super long, but it takes its time. It’s a great example of the “slow burn.” But burn it does. It gets my highest recommendation. It edges It Follows to be my favorite film of the year thus far.

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I always have a vision in my head when I write this stuff. This is not what I saw in my head when I wrote this…this is SO MUCH BETTER.

The ick continues to ruin my week. The only good things I have to say about today are dinner with #Squirrel and The Flash season finale. OH MY GOD, THE FLASH FINALE.

It’s too soon to say anything, we can discuss it in the comments. But it’s gonna be a long summer, that much is certain.

 

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I know I watch too much Walking Dead when I practically have to force myself to use the word “zombie” in my scripts. I honestly don’t know why they don’t use the word zombie at all in the show, it makes me wonder if George Romero has trademarked the word “zombie” in much the same way that Marvel and DC have a shared trademark for the word, “superhero.” (I think that’s lame, by the way.) If by some strange quirk of fate, Mr. Romero is reading this, and hey, after the io9.com article, I’ll believe that anything is possible, I’m sure he’ll let us slide.

I’m currently caught in the throes of something icky. It’s a nasal congestion kind of an ick, and I’m unsure as to whether or not I’m having a bitchy allergic reaction or I’ve caught my first cold in over a year. (*knocks on wood*) I’m not the kind of guy who’s particularly great at muscling through being sick. I mean, I can get on the clock and handle my business. I can even convince people that I’m perfectly well…but once I’m at home, all I hear is my bed calling. Which is what it’s doing right now.

I should be more eloquent, I should be trying to woo the hordes of new readers that io9 sent our way, but I’m sure that they don’t like having the ick anymore than I do.

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Hey guys, Will here. Looks like Justin forgot to upload the image for this Friday, so its up to me!…….

The i09 review was super cool and completely by surprise, we both are very happy that it finally happened and really hope that our audience will grow because of it. If any new people are reading this, welcome!!!!

Played a wonderful game of Malifaux tonight. My gaming group are beta testing the wave 3 book, which contains rules for extended campaigns. When guys die they get injured and you can buy upgrades as you progress though the weeks. Its basically turning the miniature game into more of an RPG. We are playing a 4 week league and I had to miss out on week 1. So I jumped right into week 2 by killing a bunch of gremlins and pigs, with guns……..oh dork games ;).

Page 480 is the start of a wonderful sequence of events that I had a blast drawing, and I really can’t wait for you guys to see what’s in store for Hunter. You guys are gonna love it!

Page 500 is coming and our 4 year anniversary is a month away.

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io9…Hoo-Boy.

So yesterday, I did my normal Wednesday thing. I got myself some breakfast disguised as lunch and sat down to watch the previous night’s episode of The Flash. (I usually watch it twice a week, once by myself and then again with #Squirrel.) After I’ve watched it, I usually head over to io9.com to read Rob Bricken’s review of the episode, and then I’ll scroll around on io9 to see if there’s anything else interesting…and yesterday, there was.

io9 review

We had NO IDEA that this was happening. None whatsoever. I’d tried in vain to catch io9’s eye for a review YEARS before. (Turns out that it’s much harder to get a review from a major geek news outlet than you might think.) When I saw it, my stomach plummeted down into my manly parts. I was so caught off-guard, I didn’t know what to think. I felt as though I’d shown up to audit a class…and ended up having to take a final.

The review is…simple. It summarizes the comic’s premise and then ends with a paragraph saying that there’s more to the comic than the premise promises. It basically says that we’re fun and cool. It’s a nice little review. Taken by itself, it’s no big deal.

But you can’t take it by itself, because io9 is a HUGE site. Yesterday, we basically got twice as many hits as we’d EVER gotten before. Twice as much as our BEST day is 4-5 times as much as our typical day. And that was with the review having been up for less than 12 hours. Today is threatening to set another new high, it isn’t even noon yet (in L.A.) and we’re rubbing up against our old record already.

To any new reader who has gotten this far in this blog post, THANK YOU for reading! We appreciate your time and your eyeballs so much. We hope that you like what you’ve seen so far, and we have a LOT more to come, so we hope you’ll stick around.

And many, many thanks to Lauren Davis and io9.com. I know that they’re just doing what they do, but they probably at least doubled our audience (we’ll see once the dust settles), and that’s huge.

 

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