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And yes, everyone in Kansas has that exact landline phone.

And yes, everyone in Kansas has that exact landline phone. published on 4 Comments on And yes, everyone in Kansas has that exact landline phone.

This comic is late, partly because it is huge (I should have just cut it in two, but I only realized that when it was days late and mostly done), and partly because we are also working on Kickstarter fulfillment, which we are targeting to have finished by December. The Kickstarter page will update soon(tm) with information about what’s going on there, and we’ll also be sending out fulfillment surveys just as soon as I’ve got my ducks in a row on on the past three pages of the comic book.

There’s also some Patreon art we’re very, very behind on.

The other reason this is late is that, frankly, the news is taking its toll on us and that makes it really hard to go do creative things.

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As much as I love seeing this story unfold, you look like you need a break. Stress and anxiety are really bad for everybody, and especially for creative people. You have your hands full with “side” projects, what with the Kickstarter and patreon art, maybe you could take a breather and put the comic on hold for a week or two ? It does make a huge difference, if I’m to believe the webcomic artists who practice it on a regular basis…

Back to the new page: it’s really, really heartwarming to see them all gathering to support their friend. It actually made my night look less dark.

Also, are they really good at Tetris or is the car enchanted, that they all fit in the vehicle ?

Actually, we had a pretty awesome meeting that really energized us both, so as depressed as this post sounds, we have a great outlook into the future. It involved both of us staying off Facebook and trusting that a certain investigation of national significance will take care of itself without us tuning in for updates every possible moment.

And alas, Todd’s car is not enchanted. There was just some cramming. It’s an incredibly uncomfortable car ride.

That’s great to hear ! And yeah, I can see how tuning out some of the crazy, terrifying antics of the US government is helping you keeping your cool.

I don’t know how i feel about the car… On one hand: no magical ride is disappointing. On the other hand: they willingly went to the cram session to stay with a friend. They all deserve at least 5 cookies points.

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Reactions to It (2017) — Spoiler Free!

Reactions to It (2017) — Spoiler Free! published on No Comments on Reactions to It (2017) — Spoiler Free!

I’ve watched the new It movie twice, and am so enamored that I’ve gotten the book and have read quite a ways into it. I’m also re-reading Frankenstein and a bunch of short stories because of my responsibilities as a college instructor, and I’m enjoying being able to read without making notes and marginalia.

Naturally, I’ll be writing a comparison up as soon as I’m finished, and will be taking notes and marginalia to help with this.

This film is, I think, the best treatment that Stephen King’s horror has ever gotten on the silver screen. A bad mood tainted my first viewing, in which the sound track and certain CG moments annoyed me. Under normal circumstances, this’ll kill a movie for me. The aesthetics of the film also bothered me – camera tricks designed to make horror-movie viewers feel ungrounded stood out badly to me, the color scheme felt as if it were screaming messages in my face, and I grumped after every jump scare.

And left the theater thinking and revisiting scenes, which nagged at me until I’d gone out and bought the novel. As I read, I wondered if I had not made a critical mistake, and watched the film against its intended grain. I went again. Stephen King is close to my heart. I wanted to like It, and had been prepared to hate it from its earliest conception.

I had seen an early leak of a script that was absolutely abysmal.

I had a supposed edit of the script that didn’t seem much better.

The reveal of Pennywise’s costume didn’t impress me.

The first trailer made me worry about the film’s overall quality.

And despite having all of this and a bad mood on my shoulders, the movie had me in its grips. I was charmed by the cast, and my internal bitching was drowned out by the sort of post-film mental awe that makes watching films a worthwhile activity.

I saw It a second time and have been left entirely delighted. Horror tropes used throughout the film are not there to scare me, the viewer; they’re there to establish pathos for the Loser Club.

Bill Skarsgård nails the role. He is not the Pennywise we grew up, nor is he trying to be. He made the part his own. Tim Curry played a wonderful murder-clown. Bill Skarsgård played an eldritch horror disguised as a clown. Neither one detracts from the other’s performance in any way; they are doing different jobs for different treatments of a story.

In many ways, I see It as a modern mirror of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. We follow young protagonists into a dark forest through a world wherein we understand they can die, and they’re surrounded by horrors that the adult world only cares about in a cursory way.
This is a coming-of-age story first and a horror film second, and because of that, it has significantly more depth than I expected. If you’ve got young teenagers, let them go see this. The R rating is elemental to the material, but I suspect very strongly that they will understand this film in a way that adults cannot.

And this speaks volumes about how fantastically the makers of It have mastered the material. I don’t think I can write more on this topic while keeping my “no spoilers” promise, so I’ll cut myself short, here.

I have criticisms, but they are surface-level, laden with spoilers, and not worth skipping the film over. The release of what is certain to become a national treasure is not the time for me to yuck into the yum. Go catch this on the big screen, and let me know what you think in the comments.