Anonymous asked: A Confederacy of Dunces?

I wouldn’t know - I hardly ever visit GallifreyBase anymore.


Anonymous asked: What would you nominate for the Best Graphic Story category? #obviousquestion

Saga definitely belongs there. Time is very solid and I really am glad for that choice… Hickman really belongs there with The Manhattan Projects. Kieron Gillen’s Uber is deserving on writing, but I can accept that the art isn’t quite good enough, whereas Young Avengers… probably too superhero. But one of the two. Probably Young Avengers, as I think it was one of the best things of 2013.

For number five… I’ll let Girl Genius stand. As I said, not my cup of tea, but it’s so acclaimed and beloved that I assume I’m wrong. If I absolutely have to pick something… 

Sex Criminals or Lazarus would be very sound choices. 


And the award for Most Inscrutable Awards Category goes to

The Hugo Awards for Best Graphic Story.

  • Girl Genius, Volume 13: Agatha Heterodyne & The Sleeping City, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
  • “The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who”, written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Jimmy Broxton (Doctor Who Special 2013, IDW)
  • The Meathouse Man, adapted from the story by George R.R. Martin and illustrated by Raya Golden (Jet City Comics)
  • Saga, Volume 2, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics )
  • “Time”, Randall Munroe (XKCD)
  • It’s not that I object to those… “Time” and Saga both deserve to be there, certainly, and “Time” is actually a brave choice that isn’t going to get recognition from any other major award despite deserving it. The Cornell Doctor Who thing was quite good, and though I’ve never gotten into Girl Genius its reputation makes me assume it’s quite solid. The Meathouse Man is… I am skeptical. 

But I don’t think that’s anyone’s list of the five best sci-fi/fantasy graphic novels of 2013, is it? I mean, despite having quite liked “The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who,” is that on anyone’s top five list for the year?

I’m forever grateful to the category for giving Ursula Vernon a Hugo, but my god that category is consistently completely out in left field.

As for other categories…

Doctor Who did very well in Dramatic Presentation, I see. I’d pick Day of the Doctor, personally. Genuinely, properly hope Game of Thrones doesn’t get it - I don’t much rate “The Rains of Castamere” as an episode, to be honest. Congratulations, you did a brutal cull of characters, but lets not mistake shock for quality. If Five(ish) Doctors Reboot wins, I’ll be over the moon, but it’s surely not going to. 

And Long Form, the only other category I feel comfortable making calls on… Pacific Rim, I should hope. Probably Frozen or Gravity in reality. I’d be OK with the former and am largely disinclined towards the latter, which has just rubbed me the wrong way at every point. 

Ooh, and let’s all have a little chill in our blood that Vox Day got a nomination. That’s a protest nomination and is outright dangerous. If he wins, it says terrible, terrible things about fandom, to the point where one ought consider winning a Hugo Award to be a bad sign instead of an honor.


Anonymous asked: My problem with that band you like is that I start playing a song and only remember I did that when it finishes. Not so much with the hooks that burrowing and squirming away and coming back et cetera.

I mean, taste is idiosyncratic. For me, “The Burial” is terribly earwormy, as is “Goodnight London,” although it’s consciously structured so that the hook doesn’t appear for a while in the song. I find it more of a car album than a working on my computer album, though.


A new update to my actual, like, writing of stuff blog, Philip Sandifer: Writer


deathchrist2000 asked: Why does Scott McCloud get acclaim?

He’s accessible and thus capable of making people think they understand the full complexities of a subject when in fact they only understand an oversimplification.


Anonymous asked: My Mad Fat Diary?

Only know about it from a gifset or two I’ve seen on Tumblr, but it looked good from that.


Anonymous asked: "there’s a fairly clear bug in the survey data (that you can go find for yourself, it’s not hard)…" that the data isn't actually available, or something else? (the MRA demographics thing)

The Google Doc from which the data originated was linked when I first looked at it, but I’ve not looked at the survey page since I posted it.


Anonymous asked: Have you ever attended a Doctor Who convention? If not, is it something you are or have ever been tempted by?

Not a Doctor Who-specific one, but a general convention, yes. I like conventions well enough, but the price is a bit rich for my blood. 

As I am not even remotely important enough that any con in their right mind would want to pay for my hotel room and airfare, this generally means that while I recognize that cons are good promotion, I’m not hugely likely to go to one in the immediate future. I’d thought about getting some in this year, but the money’s just not there. Maybe next year.


Anonymous asked: Also, I would dispute that Sherlock isn't Doctor Who. It basically is. I mean, if we define canon as references, then Sherlock is more referenced by Doctor Who then Miracle Day is. -unnoun

Certainly I think you’d be hard-pressed to seriously talk about the Moffat era without looking at it closely, yes.