A new update to my actual, like, writing of stuff blog, Philip Sandifer: Writer
taiey said: xkcd
I think it’s a strong contender for best comic strip currently running in print or digital. It’s adept at single strip gags, but it can also really spread its wings and do something big and bold, whether it be the structural experimentation of something like “Time” or the “here is a humorous infographic” approach that it often favors. It’s a strip that’s good at many things, but that never loses its own identity.
thealphapenguin said: Would something like the Virgin New Adventures have worked with a Doctor other than McCoy's? Alternatively, what would a line of original Doctor Who novels made as the official continuation of the series have been like if the series had been cancelled with an earlier incarnation?
I don’t think the NAs would have worked with a Doctor other than McCoy’s, but I’m not sure that’s anything other than a statement that the NAs were very much tied to the late 80s/early 90s, an era for which McCoy was as perfect a Doctor as McGann was for the late 90s/early 00s. Doctors, like any other part of the show, tend to be of their time.
Anonymous said: Way back when, you said you stopped watching Being Human after series 3. Did you just lose interest or is there some West Wing-esque reason to stop after series 3?
There’s a lot of cast changes after Series 3, and knowing this just sort of left me unenthused about starting what was functionally going to be a new series with a similar premise. Series 4-5 got great reviews, so I probably should check them out, but the cast changes just kinda put me off.
m-wesley said: I don't know if this is the right way to answer your question about what novel to cover in the Williams book, but speaking as someone likely to buy it, either might be interesting. Festival of Death is basically a traditionalist Graham Williams story with a Steven Moffatt-style time-travel story structure. From what I recall Tomb of Valdemar was less successful at what it attempted, but was trying for something weirder and less predictable.
I think I am leaning towards Festival, based on feedback.
deathchrist2000 said: Well, it would appear that Keiron has given you another reason to care about Star Wars. Thoughts?
I think Kieron is right that it’s a book that’s solidly in his wheelhouse.
Anonymous said: Dirk Gently?
First novel’s always been a bit rough for me due to knowing the source material. I’ve always had a soft spot for Long Dark Teatime, however.
Every once in a while, when researching Last War in Albion, there’s this unnerving feeling that Alan Moore is right about the American comics industry, and that the only sane man in comics worships a snake.