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Childrens! - A little less than a happy high — LiveJournal
Outside, you can see the difference
On the train home yesterday, I sat across from two absolutely adorable French girls who spent their trip demonstrating for their mother just how best to use an empty Filene's shopping bag. After an extensive discussion en français about bag-as-bib and bag-as-cape, the eldest put both feet in the bag, stood up and hopped three times in rapid succession, saying "hop hop hop" while she did it.

I just about melted. Moreso when, as they were leaving the train at Harvard and one of the girls got confused over the direction of exit, her sister called to her in a singsong voice, "À gauche. À gauche." For moments like these, I'd be willing to become a father and move to another country. Way too cute.


Inside, you can feel the difference
Is anyone outside Casa Dos Pedros watching Who Wants To Be a Superhero? Yes, yes... it's cheese-tastic, what with Stan Lee doing his paternal Great And Powerful Oz routine and his seemingly arbitrary choices for eliminations. I admit that. Still, the series has surprised me both for its entertainment value and for just how much I've come to care about what is going to happen - even after my two favorites have gotten the axe.

I'm not trying to convince you to become fans, though. What I wanted to touch on was what happened to Feedback when his comicbook cover was unveiled. There was a stretch of 10-20 seconds or so where he was so taken by what he saw, so swept up in watching this one piece of his fantasy becoming real, that he lost all composure. Admittedly, Feedback has spent most of the series looking as though he's been blowing out synapses every week, but this was different. Pete described it as Feedback shedding twenty years in an instant. He was so consumed by wonder that he quite literally travelled back in time.

It was enviable.


Dragons, the policeman knew, were supposed to breathe, to breath fire, fire, to breathe fire
Of course, this is about where I start looking as though I'm blowing out synapses every week. Thanks to beatnikside, I now know that Weta Workshops is releasing a very limited series of steampunk-esque rayguns. We can finally begin preparing for the inevitable robot uprising! RAYGUNS!

20 July 06 - "When I received my ManMelter for use on my trip to the rain forests of Vasplurgia, I blew my left leg off at the hip. Marvelous invention!" -Major. Alfred Beardlington

Current Mood: RAYGUNS!
Current Music: Yaz

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komos From: komos Date: August 25th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I miss her. :\
komos From: komos Date: August 25th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
And that bunny is HUGE!
From: aphorisic Date: August 25th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those guns are seriously possible.
komos From: komos Date: August 25th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I want them to be extremely real.
From: aphorisic Date: August 25th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that's totally likely.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: August 25th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
we've been watching superhero a bit, it's really surprisingly good.
And the contestants are exactly as dorky as I expected them to be. ^_^
komos From: komos Date: August 25th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder what the folks that weren't selected to be finalists were like. I imagine that there were a number of aspiring actors who were eliminated outright, but man, the Dorkening!

No spoilers for now, but man I want to talk about it.
solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: August 25th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

omg obscure Vince Clarke reference lol

"Jetzt moechte ich vorstellen, die anderen Mitglieder der Gruppe... Zuerst, Mister Vincent Clarke!"
komos From: komos Date: August 25th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I cut my teeth on "Upstairs at Erics." Brilliant stuff, really.
canonfire From: canonfire Date: August 25th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damn, I forgot about Who Wants...? MUST TiVo!

Why can't we choose the cultures of our children. Sure, I'll order one French and one German (northern) please! Why do they fight all the time? Oh Christ, why. do. they. fight.?!

Maginot! For the last time, MOVE!
komos From: komos Date: August 25th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wiping tears from me eyes

You're my hero.

starflow From: starflow Date: August 25th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
komos From: komos Date: August 25th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
shelbyg From: shelbyg Date: August 25th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bri knows Feedback so we were obliged to watch until he got eliminated. Of course, it so deliciously cheesy we got hooked and would have watched even if he wasn't in the last two.

I was really taken by Chris aka Major Victory's reaction to his cover. As much as he has been this goofy ham, you could see that he really wanted to be the superman on that cover.

Who were your favorites? I thought (from the second episode) that it was going to come down to Feedback and MV and MV would loose for being too funny, but like all of my WWTBASH predictions, I was partially right.

Stan's reaction to Monkey Woman when he found out that she is an actress shows that they really tried to select real people. However, with reality TV, everyone who tries out has some dramatic aspirations. Normal people do not sign up for these things. I bet that all of the contestants were asked about acting by the wait staff at the restaurant as test.

Ga, I have to get back to work.

komos From: komos Date: August 25th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I got that too. He seemed touched and a little awed that he had reached that point, and there was something about how quiet he got that was quite moving. Tonya aka Creature wrote that he's a beautiful man whose life is in transition, and I think we got a glimpse of how important this was to him in that moment.

I was most drawn to MV and Creature. He because I found him so damn entertaining and she because I thought she'd be cool to hang out with. Truth be known, though, I'm probably not the best judge of who should be a superhero. Stan dismissed MV for the same reasons that I wanted him to go all the way. He was a superhero caricature. That works for me, but I wasn't really a comic book kid until I started reading Cerebus and The Tick.
schizohedron From: schizohedron Date: August 27th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)


Interesting — your entry to comics was therefore through two titles that frequently (if not entirely in the case of The Tick) spoofed mainstream DC/Marvel heroes.

When new issues of The Tick came out during college, no force on earth could stop me from beelining for Newbury Comics. The impending release of the first season of the cartoon has me and my buddy Dave doing a pee-dance pas de deux — of JUSTICE!
komos From: komos Date: August 27th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)


...which isn't to say that I was unfamiliar with superhero comics at all. I had a couple of cousins who were all over the marvel universe, and I read a fair amount of X-men growing up. I had access to comics, but I can't say that I got caught up in one until I stumbled across the aardvark. I have no idea why Cerebus was my gateway drug, but there you have it.

I didn't survive Jaka's story, though... and I've been told that it was probably the pinacle of Simms writing.

I've never been entirely convinced that The Tick wasn't inspired by Simm's Roach. To be fair, though, it took the parody much much further and was much funnier. Filled with hilarity, even. I still use "Move along please. We are a hedge."

I've got something new for my wishlist!

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