Do not adjust your set

Do_Not_Ajust_your_set-DSCF0842This blog is still under construction!

However, I am getting pretty satisfied (for now) with the look. All that remains to do is changing the old links to pages of the previous blog or to images still hosted on the previous blog. When that is done, I’ll be able to kill the old blog and redirect the domain here (and thus regaining better traffic, because lately it has been abysmal!). Just bear with me a little more: the end is close!

In the meantime, let me know what you think.

Most (young) people won’t know what this picture is. It reminds me of my youth, when the television wasn’t transmitting inanities 24/7…

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L’armure du Jakolass

ArmureDuJakolass-covL’Ouvre-Temps clôturait en beauté quarante siècles d’aventures spatio-temporelles, une saga grouillante d’humanité (et surtout de non-humains), ayant exploré d’innombrables mondes, dues aux imaginaires conjugués de deux maîtres de la bande dessinée, Pierre Christin et Jean-Claude Mézières.

Mais une série ayant inspiré autant de créateurs, parcouru autant d’univers, ne pouvait totalement s’arrêter. Et d’ailleurs, dans les abîmes interstellaires, où se situent la fin et le commencement ?

C’est pourquoi Christin et Mézières ont souhaité confier leurs deux héros à quelques amis, triés sur le volet, pas pour une suite, surtout pas, mais pour une exécution en figures libres, une relecture d’un univers propice à toutes les interprétations…

Et quoi de plus amusant, de plus délirant et de plus émouvant, pour commencer, que de découvrir du Valérian vu par Larcenet ? Il ne s’agit bien sûr ni d’un pastiche, ni d’une suite respectueuse. C’est à la fois du vrai space-opéra méditant sur les espaces infinis, et du vrai Larcenet rigolant du tout, que va dévoiler L’Armure du Jakolass.

(Texte de la couverture arrière; voir aussi le site de l’éditeur)

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Alita: Battle Angel trailer

James Cameron had been talking about this project for a long time and now it seems that it is finally a reality! Cameron is writing and producing; Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) is directing. The cast includes Rosa Salazar (Alita), Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, and Keean Johnson. It is scheduled for release on July 20, 2018. The teaser/trailer is available now on Youtube:

It is, of course, based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga Gunnm (銃夢 / Ganmu / lit. “gun dream”) which was translated in America as Battle Angel Alita. It was originally published in Japan by Shueisha in Business Jump magazine between 1990 and 1995, and was compiled in nine tankōbon (but republished later by Kodansha). The English version is published by Kodansha USA and the French version by Glénat. There was an animation adaptation in 1993.

Interesting facts: Cameron was first inspired by the manga when he created the TV series Dark Angel in 2000. Also, it seems that the main character will be entirely CGI animated and that Rosa Salazar is playing the role through motion-capture.

It looks quite interesting and visually faithful to the original. I can’t wait to see it and hope I won’t be disappointed.

Sources: AnimeLand, ICv2, IMdB, Wikipedia.

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Faux Ziegler but not fake humour

Last week on Facebook I stumbled upon this piece of cartoon signed “Ziegler”:


I found it extremely funny (but also quite sad) because it embodies everything that is wrong in Washington right now and particularly the Republicans’ hypocrisy (they pledged to never raise taxes but they do; they say they are against raising the deficit but they always  make it worse; they try to impeach a president on moral grounds but elect a treasonous crookserial sexual harasser and bully as president and want to put a child molester in the senate ! They always said they would removed those entitlement and, well, they kind of did… Where’s their moral high-ground now? How can they claim to be “good Christian” and allow this? They should be ashamed of themselves!).

So, kudos to the “cartoonist” for this excellent idea that pinpoint Washington’s ethical fallacies. Or is it? I noticed that the style of the cartoon is quite similar to what we find in magazine like The New Yorker, but the font used for the caption is totally wrong for this style — such cartoons usually put the caption in a italicized serif font… So the creator of this piece must have “repurposed” (meaning stole) a previous cartoon in order to create this hilarious concept by adding his own caption.

RealZieglerCartoonConsidering that the drawing is signed, it didn’t take me long to find the original. The concept is quite similar, so the “thief” just adapted it to the current political situation.

The original was created by Jack Ziegler and was indeed published in The New Yorker, a magazine well known for this style of cartoon. Unfortunately, Ziegler died last March. You can read tributes to his life and work in The New Yorker,  The New York Times and The Washington Post.

You can find many compilations of The New Yorker‘s cartoons in your local public library.

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Portes Ouvertes à VSP


Cet après-midi je suis allé faire un tour aux Portes Ouvertes de la mairie d’arrondissement.

Je suis citoyen co-propriétaire d’un duplex dans l’arrondissement depuis presque sept ans (avril 2011) et je commence tout juste à m’intéresser à la politique municipale. Comme je travaille tout les mardis soir, je n’ai jamais assisté à une séance du conseil alors c’était l’occasion idéale de rencontrer la nouvelle mairesse de l’arrondissement, Mme Giuliana Fumagalli, et ses collègues du conseil d’arrondissement: Sylvain Ouellet (District de François-Perrault), Mary Deros (Parc-Extension), Rosannie Filato (Villeray) et Franz Benjamin (Saint-Michel). Je ne suis pas sûr d’avoir vue Mme Filato mais, bien sûr,  mon conseiller de district, M. Benjamin — que je n’ai jamais réussi à rencontrer durant toutes ces années — était absent.


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