Last friday, Lore and I went to see the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular (we are both big Doctor Who nerds, just in case you hadn’t noticed), and due to her musical acumen and superhuman networking skills, we got to meet Ben Foster afterwards. In reality* I was really excited to meet him (seriously, just go listen to this), and so I drew a poster print of him conducting to give to him.
Turns out, Ben Foster collects original art from the Dandy! I grew up on Beano and the Dandy, so this was really cool to me. He actually told me which specific Dandy artist he collects, but i was excited at the time and i forgot sorry ben
While heading over to him after the show, Lore and I had to make our way through a crowd of people (it was a pretty tight space). I was trying to politely push past someone, when I realised it was Peter Davison. We discussed the ‘could-the-Doctor-regenerate-into-a-woman’ debate, and I might have slipped a Series B business card into his pocket. I was so very subtle about it though, because no of course I wasn’t subtle at all.
We did agree that regardless of your stance on a female Doctor, surely we’re long overdue for another Doctor Who spinoff, come on BBC we’re all thinking it.
Here’s (a low-res version of) the art I drew for Ben, by the way:
* Usual disclaimer, the comic characters are nothing like us in reality; we would be horrible people if they were (although perhaps a little funnier). It just makes things interesting when they interact with real-life people who we’ve interacted with.
Zynga does not have a particularly nice or flattering history; but I guess that’s not what’s important when your only goal is to make money. (Not that there’s anything wrong with making money, but when you do it from an art form that struggles for mainstream legitimacy, it somehow looks better if you can prove you also have integrity while peddling your B.F.Skinnerian slop.)
Point is, Zynga’s ex-chief creative Bill Mooney once made a big speech about how working for Zynga was the future for game developers. That’s got a double helping of irony with it now, since he left the company in 2012 and they’ve just fired over 300 employees.
A hacker really did steal @N’s twitter user account, but they just deleted it. I guess they didn’t have the same sense of humour we all did back in high school whenever someone left their email logged in. Haha, casual homophobia!
Unlike being gay, thinking Death Note was good was a phase a lot of people grew out of, and look back on with mild embarrassment now. But I don’t really know why; I still like it. It’s maybe a bit too ultra-serious, but that was often what made it unintentionally good. Either way, it hasn’t been culturally relevant since 2007, but how could we not.