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Barack Obama will meet Spider-man in an issue of the regular comic. Spidey will apparently save Obama's inauguration from a supervillain. Apparently Obama admitted to having been a Spidey fan as a kid, Marvel got wind of this, and one thing lead to another, yadda yadda yadda. Look, I'm not making this up, okay? Although looking at some of the panels they're previewing, I kind of wish I were. Edit: also their Obama likeness is *terrible*.

These caricatured Doctor Who figures are *so* cute. Many more here. Not that I understand the point of collectibles. I still get occasional catalogues through the door from Forbidden Planet, and the entire catalogue from start to finish is pretty much composed of TV and movie characters done as figures, figurines, busts, miniatures, plates, T-shirts, scarves... Does anyone actually need 17 different figurines of Buffy in every outfit she ever wore? Or a tastefully sculpted tableau reproducing a scene from Ghostbusters? I mean, where do you put this stuff?

Meanwhile Outpost Gallifrey reports on the quite excessive lengths the BBC went to in order to prevent word of the new Doctor Who leaking out ahead of their announcement. (Can't seem to link to the article directly, but it's dated Jan 6th on that page).

And finally, it looks like Watchmen will get released as planned, probably after Warner Bros agrees to pay Fox huge sums of money. I would normally have no strong feelings about which company profits from a given franchise, but it's hard to read this open letter from the Watchmen Producers without concluding that Fox are a creatively bankrupt bunch of money-grubbers.

Date: 2009-01-10 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] williamjm.livejournal.com
Edit: also their Obama likeness is *terrible*.

I'm not convinced the artist has ever seen Obama. I'm not entirely convinced he's ever seen a human.

Date: 2009-01-10 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ajr.livejournal.com
If by "Every Marvel fan on the internets emailed Marvel and said 'Hey, look!'" you mean Marvel got wind of it, then yes, they did. :) Although..

their Obama likeness is *terrible*.

That's just one artist. Another Marvel artist's likeness might be much better. Or rather, I'd subscribe the likeness to the artist rather than to the company. IYSWIM.

Does anyone actually need 17 different figurines of Buffy in every outfit she ever wore?

You think that's bad? Angel puppets (from Smile Time) - with removable noses. And models of the freaking tiny bits of stake that gets hammered into vampires (Mr Pointy?). It's nuts! Indeed, when it comes to comics memorbilia, there's a whole world of nuts.

Speaking of Watchmen, I take it you've seen these?

Date: 2009-01-10 11:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] iainjclark.livejournal.com
Well as someone who grew up with Spider-man comics I understand that artists vary, I was just speaking in shorthand since this story is an angle Marvel are pushing. As I understand it the Band New Day version of Amazing Spider-man has a rotating team of artists on different stories.

Speaking of Watchmen, I take it you've seen these?

Both manga-cute and WRONG.

Date: 2009-01-10 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edda.livejournal.com
I think the Biden/Vulture thing is funny, myself.

Date: 2009-01-10 11:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] iainjclark.livejournal.com
Okay, that's a nice Spidey quip, I'll grant you. :-)

Date: 2009-01-11 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] veggiesu.livejournal.com
These caricatured Doctor Who figures are *so* cute. Many more here. Not that I understand the point of collectibles.

Hmm, "cute" is most definitely *not* a word I would use to describe those figures ;-p I take it that when you had your interminable interesting and engaging Dr Who conversation with [livejournal.com profile] pikelet, it didn't cover the joys of owning TV-related collectibles?

Date: 2009-01-11 11:13 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] iainjclark.livejournal.com
Oh come on, look at the iddle widdle cyberman. He wants to dismember you and steal your brain, but in a cute way.

Date: 2009-01-11 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] truecatachresis.livejournal.com
Frankly, in that panel you've shown, the Spidey likeness is terrible. I've seen a couple of other panels as well, and the artist they're using is just awful.

Date: 2009-01-11 10:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nuttyxander.livejournal.com
Just remember: ghastly sf memorabilia - sound business
Wedgwood Decorative and Showy China - chintz

I know which I'd prefer.

Shit, I'm an old man!

Date: 2009-01-11 11:16 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] iainjclark.livejournal.com
It's *all* chintz. And I speak as the owner of this.

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