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Doctor Who Comic #2.1: Missy Review: Masterpiece Of Characterization

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 18/04/2021 - 2:32am in

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In a masterpiece of characterization, Doctor Who Comic #2.1: Missy captures every hilarious and engaging big of the performance by Michelle Gomez by

Cartoon: Defund the robot cops

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 17/04/2021 - 7:50am in

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Yes, even Robocop.

Cartoon: Signing off

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 14/04/2021 - 7:50am in

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Cartoon: Drivel, he wrote

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 10/04/2021 - 7:50am in

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Simon & Schuster spent multi-millions on this guy. No wonder publishing’s doing so great.

Cartoon: Chauvinist

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 07/04/2021 - 7:50am in

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Disabled Girl Gets Bionic Arms Based on Movie ‘Alita’s’ Heroine

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/04/2021 - 8:02pm in

Okay, I’m sorry I haven’t put anything up for the past week or so. It’s the usual reasons, I’m afraid: I’ve been busy with other things and for the most part, I simply haven’t found the week’s news inspiring. I felt there was precious little I could add to the excellent coverage and analyses given by Mike and Zelo Street. And so, rather than simply repeating what they had to say, I preferred to keep silent. But there are some stories that do need further comment, and I certainly intend to cover them. But before I do, here’s a more positive, rather heartwarming piece I found on YouTube.

It was put up by the tech company, Open Bionics, which makes state of the art, and very stylish, prosthetic limbs. Narrated by Hollywood director James Cameron, it tells how the company created a pair of superb artificial arms for British teenager Tilly Lockey. Lockey had lost her arms from septicaemia caused by meningitis. But, as Cameron shows, she had never let her disability hold her back, and the video shows Ms. Lockey as a junior school girl painting using an artificial arm. Cameron’s best known as the director of such hits as Aliens, The Terminator, Terminator 2, Avatar and Titanic, but he was also the producer of the film Alita – Battle Angel. Based on the Manga of the same name, Alita is the story of a mysterious cyborg girl, found by a doctor rummaging around the rubbish dump below an airborne city in which Earth’s rich and powerful live, far above ordinary masses, who live in the city below it. The doctor repairs the girl, who has lost her memory. Slowly Alita begins to recover bits of her history, joins the other cyborg players in a murderous sports race, attempts to become one of the cyborg warriors fighting crime and evil in this future world, and is forced to confront the villains controlling this new society from the floating city above it.

Cameron points out that cybernetic limbs are expensive, but the company is working to make them affordable. They’re also trying to make them attractive, which is why they’ve based those they’ve give to Tilly on the arms of Alita’s heroine. As well as getting the arms, the girl also got to attend the film’s premier.

I have a feeling Open Bionics might be based in Bristol. If I’m right, they used to be part of the cybernetics lab at the University of the West of England, which has done some impressive robotics research. The lab set up a commercial company to produce artificial limbs based on characters from Science Fiction movies.

As for Alita, I think it got mixed reviews. Some critics were spooked by the character’s large eyes, but I think that was simply following the artistic conventions of Manga comics and translating it to a live action film. Some critics said that while it wasn’t that good, it was actually far better than some of the rubbish being produced by Hollywood at the time. I’ve got it on video and liked it. There are rumours of a sequel being made, which would be great if they were true. But unfortunately the Coronavirus lockdown has meant that many Hollywood projects have had to be put on hold. The release of Denis Villeneuve’s much-awaited version of Dune has been postponed to October, when hopefully the cinemas will re-open.

The video’s obviously a piece of corporate promotion, but it’s great that the company and its talented engineers are working to make technologically impressive artificial limbs at affordable prices, and that they’ve given them to this spirited young lady. I have a feeling she’s also one of the women featured on the Shake My Beauty YouTube channel, which features other disabled women talking about life with their prosthetic limbs. While also demonstrating that having mechanical arms and legs certainly doesn’t make them less beautiful or capable of enjoying normal, physical activities including sports.

Cartoon: Georgia's voting wrongs act

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/04/2021 - 8:50am in

Kemp’s getting the spotlight, but Republican governors and legislatures are pulling this stuff across the country. End the filibuster and pass the “For the People Act” before it’s too late.

Cartoon: Late Nite

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 02/04/2021 - 8:50am in

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Cartoon: Spring book bargains

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 27/03/2021 - 8:50am in

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A shoe’s not at the center of a culture war … yet. Give it a day or two.

Cartoon: UBI

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 24/03/2021 - 8:50am in

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