Long Ma fire-breathing dragon-horse (40 feet / 46-ton) created by French artist François Delarozière & La Machine company is going to fight with a giant spider in China (during a show in Beijing for the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and France).
When my husband [Carl Sagan] died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me — it still sometimes happens — and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again.
Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don’t ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous — not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance… That pure chance could be so generous and so kind… That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time… That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it’s much more meaningful.
The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don’t think I’ll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful.
Ann Druyan (via theremina)
Wow. So beautiful.
Love the abstract design
Beginning painting of a page and the finished for Rage of Utron
Jerome Opena as always killed it on the lines just beautiful stuff
Anonymous said: Okey, first of all, a character is what the current creator decides to do with him/her. So what if Sam Wilson's background is good, when in a creator's hands he could be turned into a villain? Are people gonna justify that too? And second of all, no, it wasn't statutory rape, but that readers felt uncomfortable with the scene should be examined closer. Yeah, saw your post about Jet Black's development, but the fact that she was interpreted as an adolescent by so many right up to that moment...
But that scene was just the breaking point, seriously. That big of a clusterfuck doesn’t come out of just one scene, but of many people who are fucking tired of Remender’s shit through YEARS. That was just the breaking point, and if you can’t see how that, then I’m sorry to say that you aren’t very socially aware.
I’m gonna assume this second ask is yours as well because time stamps make it seem like it was.
Let me make this clear before I begin to talk about the points you made. You do not need to be a fan of a creator to argue the nonsense and rumors being made about them or their work. Especially when tumblr and twitter get aggressive and are essentially bullying Remender. It’s called standing up and not joining the bullshit propaganda. I am not really a fan of any comics writer because even the “best” have series/characters/titles that they absolutely suck with and I do not think Remender’s current run of Cap is a “suck” series for him. (ie. Rucka has written remarkable work for DC—Gotham Central, Wonder Woman, etc—but I’m not gonna read his Cyclops title because baby Scott is uninteresting to me nor am I a fan of his Punisher simply because he’s pretty much did no research on Frank before making him a soulless killing machine, the title was interesting but the characterization was so bad that it just makes me regret it).
Essentially, false accusations and baseless claims are what I will defend. You have no right as a “fan” to accuse someone of something unless you have properly done research on your “fact” before asking to fire a writer that is writing an interesting run for me. For someone like me. You don’t want to read it? Don’t. But don’t lie to get popular or to ruin someone’s life simply because you believe you’re “justified” to do so. Nah, it just shows you’re a gross and petty person who’s clearly socially unaware because you lack any etiquette.
My post merely presented facts that non-readers and probably “at a glance” lookers would assume about the title. But when actually reading the issues, picking them up and taking in the context, the environment and the scenario, you realize it’s not statutory rape. So no room at all for evidence for the “breaking point” in which idiots paraded around and threw a major allegation at a writer working for a corporate owned franchise which wouldn’t allow for that nonsense in the first place. LET ALONE PRINT IT — ESPECIALLY WHEN SAID “RAPIST” IS POTENTIALLY BEING SET UP AS THE NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA — THAT WOULD BE THE STUPIDEST MOVE ON MARVEL’S BEHALF AND NOT REMENDER. Because if anyone actually read the annual for Uncanny Avengers, he’d better explained it in satirical terms of how corporate owned publishers are essentially puppeteering writers into giving them what they want and not what the writers want. Why do you think so many writers quit after writing such remarkable series? Because they had enough of the puppeteering.
This is why Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples have created a creator owned title called Saga to have free reign of the characters and title. So they’re not forced to do what the editors or people up top want as Dennis Hopeless had said in a letter in the last issue of Avengers Arena (which wasn’t a bad title, bad things just happened to happen but aside from that his writing was good and kept me going to Undercover—and I will gladly put up a link to this letter later) he’d been told to write this nod to The Hunger Games & Battle Royale with some of Marvel’s beloved teenaged characters. And unless you’re Grant Morrison and consider yourself DC’s writing god, you’re usually put under high scrutiny if you do just the slightest thing the higher ups are disapproving of. And rape of a so called child is nothing acceptable in Marvel’s most famous character’s title.
Bad writing and bad things happening in a series are two different things. Completely different things. The writing in Remender’s Cap may have been questionable at times but not once have I put it down due to bad writing but because I was upset of bad things happening (“death” of Ian, “death” of Sharon—the only reason I use quotes on the word death is because she’s not been shown to die but only implied that she had, so I have hope, and then nothing beyond that tbh because I’ve been anticipating a series to have Cap develop because of heartbreak and not angst though I wish the circumstances to allow that development to happen were different, it’s good to see even America’s “good” soldier has a man that’s better than him — especially since a lot of comic titles in general insinuate heavily that the most “good” man is a white man so seeing Sam Wilson take that role is a breath of fresh air and even better when he’s been insinuated as such for decades).
Everything else is beneath a read more because I had gotten quite wordy with you. I really, really hope you bother to read this since you’re clearly not reading how Remender writes Cap and his writing of Sam and how it’s never ever insinuated or implied that Sam Wilson is a villain. You know who has? Fandom. Fandom has made Sam into a rapist and villain by believing a recap’s choice of words (here’s a hint they are never written by the writer of the issue, so they’re not to be taken at face value) and then the fact that fandom relies heavily in stereotypes to make rape plausible because only the black, lustful man will make a young white girl drink and have sex with him, right?
awesome and right on the money, I worked on the series and this has been a long time in the planning and we love Sam as a character
I will be at the Grand RE-Opening of 4 Color Fantasies today in Rancho Cucamonga , will be giving away two hard to find 1st prints variants of Black Science 1. Will also have some prints for sale as well as signing any books. Great store and great staff come on out and say hi
Page from THOR #173 by Jack Kirby and Bill Everett
A few of Kirby’s border notes remain:
NATIONAL DEFENSE—TAKE THEM AWAY
I WISH YOU
BACK TO BEING
Cool have not seen Everett ink Kirby, different but I like it a lot