No New Comics (For Me)

Not a massive surprise to read a message from my local comic shop last night that until further notice, the shop will be closed. It’s housed in a large market space which is run by the city council and they’ve decided to close the whole market which means not only the comic shop but every other business in there will be shut for the foreseeable.

It’s disappointing but not a surprise, like I said. It’s all about containing the spread of the virus and keeping as many people safe as possible. Fingers crossed, we can get back to normal soon.

I’d normally take advantage of the lull in new comics to crack on with the proposed annotations for DAY OF JUDGMENT but, with perfect timing, Mrs Earth-Prime and I are looking to move house soon so are putting non-essential items (including my 32 comic boxes and their contents) into storage.

With no comics to annotate, things are going to have to wait.

Although I might have another short series I can annotate . . .

It’s Not Looking Good, Is It?

I try and keep this blog/website limited to comics and films and maybe a bit of related other stuff, but mostly it’s lighthearted (I hope) and none too serious. Hell, it’s about men and women with superpowers who fly around wearing skin tight clothing – let’s not be too serious, eh?

That said, you can’t ignore the fact that things are different than they were even a month ago – the COVID-19 outbreak is literally changing the way the world runs right now. And that’s kinda scary.

I have just begun a mandated period of working from home and we expect Mrs Earth-Prime to be doing the same shortly, all in an attempt to #FlattenTheCurve.

Gatherings among friends – I was meant to be going out and getting riotously drunk on Friday – and gigs have been cancelled; our local cinema that we usually visit two or three times a month has closed until further notice.

Life is currently different and more than a little worrying, partly because there’s no end in sight at the moment, but we will grin and bear it and do what we can, I guess.

I hope everyone who reads this is fine and keeping them and their loved ones safe.

Normal comic related posts will resume shortly.

The Oscars – My Guesses

Nominations for the Oscars are out and, just for the hell of it, here’s my guesses as to what will win in the major categories. Just to be clear, I haven’t seen every films that’s been nominated (I still haven’t found a spare ten days to watch The Irishman for example) but that’s not going to stop me taking a punt on the following:

BEST PICTURE – 1917

I’d like Jojo Rabit to win, but I don’t think it will and, having seen 1917 on the weekend, I’ll be surprised if that doesn’t pick up the Oscar.

DIRECTING – ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD

It’s Tarantino or Mendes for me, but I think Tarantino will win out.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE – JOAQUIN PHOENIX – Joker

I had big problems with Joker and honestly don’t think it’s all that, but there’s no denying that Phoeniz threw himself into the role. I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t win this.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – BRAD PITT – Once upon a Time…in Hollywood

Brad Pitt was excellent in …Hollywood, wonderfully understated and yet held the screen every time he was on it.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE – CYNTHIA ERIVO – Harriet

I haven’t seen any of the films nominated in this category so this is a total guess.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – SCARLETT JOHANSSON – Jojo Rabbit

Mainly because Jojo Rabbit was a bloody good film and Johansson deserves this for her part in it.

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) – LITTLE WOMEN – Written for the screen by Greta Gerwig

Maybe they’ll give this to Gerwig as a sop for not being nominated for Director?

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) – KNIVES OUT – Written by Rian Johnson

Despite my big reservations with what he did with Last Jedi, there’s no denying that Knives Out was a damn good film with an excellent script.