Tuesday July 17, 2018
Book 18: Mandatory Failure — Part III

Ant Man and The Wasp

Ant Man and The Wasp is set just prior to the events of Avengers: Infinity War¹, which allows it to revel in the same comedy/adventure realm as Ant Man and Thor: Ragnarok.

It excelled at said revelry.

My own favorite moment, which I shall not spoil, was when Luis (Michael Peña) gave someone his trademark high-speed recap. I was downright giddy when I realized that the scene was setting it up, and the remainder of the scene did not disappoint.

There were plenty of epic super-hero moments, too, and they struck that perfect balance between humor and heroism. Ant Man and The Wasp clears my Threshold of Awesome², and the soundtrack is going into my music library.

¹ The after-the-credits scenes establish the sequence of events between the two films, and they offer a couple of hints about how Ant Man might play a significant part in Infinity War Part II.
² It takes my top slot, displacing
Black Panther, because as brilliantly awesome as Black Panther was, I had more fun watching Ant Man and The Wasp. YMMV.


Sketching is Done, Still So Busy

Yesterday evening I finally¹ finished the last of the numbered sketch editions for Random Access Memorabilia (book 13), and then promptly bemoaned the fact that I didn’t feel “done” with stuff because there are still so many things on my plate.

These include finishing a week of comics this week, laying out the covers for Broken Wind (book 14) and Delegates and Delegation (book 15)lettering the bonus story for Delegates and Delegation, and posting movie reviews for Oceans 8 and Solo².

The only other thing I’ve actually finished this week is the line art for the “Munchkin Starfinder³ Bookmark of Schlock Treatment”. I can’t share it here, though⁴. I think it’s a GenCon Indy exclusive.

It’s noon on Saturday, and I have a week of Schlock Mercenary scripts on my drawing table. Maybe I’ll get them all penciled and inked by the time my work-week ends at midnight, but even if I do, I’ll still be looking at that other stuff on my list and bemoaning its ongoing unfinishedness.

¹ The sketch editions took more time because we relaxed my schedule a bit, and this let me spend a bit more time on each sketch. They’re still just sketches, but I think they’re better than the ones I was doing for earlier books. Not that I expect anybody but me to notice.
² I loved
Oceans 8, and almost-as-much loved Solo. That’ll have to do for now.
³ I finally got my copy of
Munchkin Starfinder, and it looks amazing. As this post likely implies, I have not had time to play it yet. Also, until last night my game table was covered with to-be-sketched copies of Random Access Memorabilia.
⁴ Andrew wanted a picture of Schlock giving me first aid using duct tape and a stethoscope, but I came up with something more painful. And the art got approved, so yay!


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

This morning, as I’m preparing to buy tickets:

Me: “Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom?”
15yo: “Ugh”
Me: “Ugh?”
15yo: “Why does that movie even exist?”
Me: “People running from dinosaurs!”
15yo: “We’ve seen that.”
Me: “In a glass ball!”
15yo: “That too.”
Me: “And they get saved by a dino that eats another dino.”
15yo: “That too.”
Me: “People in a ball running from dinos eating dinos being devoured by a volcano OVER A CLIFF INTO THE OCEAN.”
15yo: “…”
Me: “eh?”
15yo: “Okay, that’s new, but it doesn’t FEEL new.”

True story, and it’s why I went by myself.

I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the cliff-diving hamsterball amid a volcano-powered dinosaur stampede marked the end of Act I. As were pretty much all the scenes from the trailers¹. Nice!

In that spirit, I won’t spoil the film for you. I will, however, state that it doesn’t really feel new. I did enjoy it more than Jurassic World, however. Much more competence on display, for starters. Plenty of stupid mistakes, too, but the people who are supposed to be good at their jobs are quite good at them.

Aaand some of them get eaten by dinos.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom clears my Threshold of Awesome because I was having fun pretty much the whole way through.

¹ Updated to add: I guess I didn’t see ALL the trailers. The movie didn’t get spoiled by trailers for ME, but it definitely got spoiled for other folks.