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8 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 1 reply · +3 points

First, let me corroborate the wonderfulness of Usagi Yojimbo. Easily one of the best comics ever published, if not the best. Every installment is a wonder. The biggest pleasure of my one trip to Comic Con in San Diego was getting five uninterrupted minutes with Stan Sakai at his booth, and a more kind, polite individual you're never going to meet.

Second, good news! The bulk of Kurt Busiek's creator owned materials are being republished through Image. That means on August 4th, Astro City will be back on Comixology in its entirety. And we'll also be getting stuff like Shockrockets and Arrowsmith available as well. Good stuff, that.

8 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 0 replies · +4 points

I think I first learned about Mark when Neil Gaiman posted on his blog about the American Gods read through. Following you through so many favorite shows and books of mine (Farscape, B5, Gargoyles, Cowboy Bebop, The Westing Game, LOTR, Good Omens, dear god, the whole of Discworld...) and being introduced to some new stuff through you as well, like The Broken Earth, Slings & Arrows, Avatar, Person of Interest... I've enjoyed reading your insights, hearing your perspective. It's been informative and entertaining. I'm genuinely going to miss it. That we now seemingly won't see your reaction to CENSORED from [redacted] has me a bit melancholy.

But I'm also glad that you're going out on your terms, Mark. That you're doing what's best for you. And as I said the other day, I hope that life after Doing Stuff finds you happy and healthy. Good luck you you, Mark. Looking forward to what's next.

8 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 0 replies · +5 points

"In a very real sense, we are all aliens on a strange planet. We spend most of our lives reaching out and trying to communicate. If during our whole lifetime, we could reach out and really communicate with just two people. We are all indeed very fortunate." Gene Roddenberry

In case I don't manage to say anything on Wednesday, I just want to thank Mark for reaching out and communicating with us for the past decade plus. It's been a privilege to read your thoughts on fiction and the way it intersects with real life, and I'm going to miss reading it from you on a regular basis. I hope that wherever you go from here, it finds you happy and healthy.

9 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 0 replies · +3 points

They would wait until Harlan Ellison was dead and buried to use the Guardian of Forever again...

12 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 0 replies · +5 points

Two thoughts I had, one when I first watched this episode, the other when I watched the other day:

Upon seeing Book as a loner, seemingly amoral pilot whose only companion is a large hairy animal: "So Book is the Star Trek version of Han Solo?" Then, after watching Book act as a healer, talk to animals, and reveal his mission is one of conservation: "Nope, Book is a Space Druid out of Dungeons and Dragons." And I will stan this Space Druid until the end of days...

Now, the second thing... Did the whole thing with Sahil remind anyone else of Battlestar Galactica?

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Well hear me out!

BSG started with a lone officer on a space station, waiting for something that might never come. in his case, waiting for word from an enemy. And when that word comes, the word is Death. Sahil is a lone noncom on a space station, waiting for something that might never come. Waiting for word from a friend. And when we see that word arrive, the word is Hope.

Just a thought that I had...

21 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Discover... · 1 reply · +10 points

I haven't posted here for a while, mostly because of technical issues on my end. (Though I'll definitly find a way to get on when this ride finally ends...) But I had to comment on the two deeply charming elements related to this episode.

First is the fact that Javid Iqbal, the actor credited with playing Voq to this point, is the name of Shazad Latif's late father.

Second is Sarek having a goatee in the mirror universe, because of course he does.

67 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Finishes 'Discwor... · 0 replies · +6 points

No question from me, just another voice joining the chorus of "Thank you, Mark." This is one of my favorite series of all time, and reading alongside you for the past six years has been an indescribable joy.

73 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Russian ... · 1 reply · +9 points

I’d been meaning to watch this show for a while, but never got around to it. So thank you, Mark, for watching it now. And thank you for one hell of a final review.

This show was great. It’s like an infomercial for empathy. Especially in this episode, from pretty much everyone. From Farran being willing to call up Nadia for Alan, from Maxine being willing to walk her Sweet Birthday Baby down the stairs. From Horse finding Oatmeal. From the fact that Mike, the one character without empathy, is the one character who has his night ruined.

I have no idea where they’ll take this show in a second season, but I can’t wait to find out.

73 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Shephe... · 0 replies · +15 points

“As I said in the last review, grief is one of the loneliest experiences imaginable. But the truth is that it’s a universal thing.”

It’s both, really. Like how light is a particle and a wave. That’s why all of us know and understand what your past few months have been like while simultaneously we don’t have the faintest idea...

73 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Shephe... · 0 replies · +16 points

As I’ve said, I had put off this book. I didn’t want things to end. I didn’t want Terry to end. And while I didn’t read any spoilers in all this time... perhaps it was the way that folks didn’t say things, but I just knew. And so, I avoided reading this book. Because I wasn’t ready to lose Terry and Granny both. But I also knew that if I didn’t read it with all of you, I’d never read it at all.

Reading this chapter with Mark playing on my tv, being absolutely destroyed... to say it felt right would be cruel. But to hear and see the pain from Mark put my own emotions in perspective without diminishing them, or invalidating them.

So thank you, Mark. For being there to read with me, for sharing your agony, for being you. I hope you’re coping well with life, and I’m sorry that this hurt is there, and I hope I haven’t made a mess of things or worded this in a way that... anyway. The fact that you can read this, relate to it the way you do, and share this video with us speaks to your strength, so the least I can do is try to be as strong as you.