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Sketchiness: Character Design

Because this is what I do when I can’t sleep.



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“Draw a Character from the Invisibles”: Mr Quimper


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Spoilery Thoughts on Age of Ultron


If you haven’t seen Avengers: Age of Ultron don’t read this.

Fair warning.

Initial assumptions: that you know who Thor, Ultron and the Vision are. If you don’t, this post won’t interest you anyway. Move along.

Now, the inscription on Thor’s hammer Mjolnir goes thus:

“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”

We’ll come back to that in a minute.

In the movie Age of Ultron, in a party scene, most of the Avengers in turn try to lift Mjolnir. Captain America shifts it slightly, everybody else fails.

(You’ll note that in the previous Avengers film, the Hulk tried and failed. Also, if you saw the first Thor movie, Thor himself loses his powers when he becomes unworthy)

Later in the movie Quicksilver tries to snatch the hammer. Bad idea, as you can imagine.

Towards the third act of the film the Vision casually lifts the hammer and hands it to Thor. Note: the Vision does not receive the power of Thor.

This led to all kinds of arguments in the geekosphere about whether Vision was worthy or not.

People, a frog has lifted Mjolnir and gained the power of Thor in the past.

The power of Thor is the key issue.

Here’s my take:

It had nothing to do with Vision’s worthiness. People often forget the actual enchantment. If you are worthy you won’t just lift the hammer, but you’ll have the power of Thor. See Beta Ray Bill, a worthy guy who lifted the hammer after fighting Thor for it.

Vision is not truly alive and that is why he could carry the hammer, like an elevator (as they mentioned at the end of the film). You put the hammer on the floor of an elevator and push the button, the elevator lifts it to the next floor. The “aliveness” of Vision has always been a lively and contradictory discussion.

Key point: Vision does not get the power of Thor even though he lifts the hammer. Neither does the elevator.

The so-called “worthiness” is not defined, but fans WANT Vision to be considered worthy because, let’s face it, he’s like a Christ figure in his niceness. Therein lies the problem. It’s an emotional one. People think, Vision isn’t a dick, he’s nice, he’s *righteous*, therefore he MUST be alive and he must be worthy. They want him to be worthy, even though it does not fit the facts. He’s a toaster. If you set sentiment aside you’ll see the logic. His body is an artificial construct, his mind is part Ultron, part JARVIS. That does not make him alive. Or British.
Go back to the inscription: “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”
Holding the hammer doesn’t mean anything. If you are worthy, you’ll have the power of Thor.
No power of Thor, no worthiness. quod erat demonstrandum.



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World Copyright Day: Miracleman

Today is World Book Day, or World Copyright Day. The most appropriate book for this day is Miracleman. The history is too convoluted for me to summarise here, especially since others have done it already 🙂

So this will be my evening reading:


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Daredevil Training Montage 1982


Daredevil training montage (Survivor track not provided)

By Frank Miller, from Daredevil #181, April 1982.

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Locke and Key



You have got to read Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. I’m on volume 4 of 6 and I have to say it’s awesome in all ways.

You don’t have to get the slipcase like me, but, damn, these are good reads.

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PSA: Superman flying over Zebra herds in Ghana…No.

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This scene is in a graphic novel called ‘Superman: Birthright’.

Clark Kent is backpacking in Ghana.

The only zebras he would find there would be in zoos.

It seems to be a good comic, otherwise.

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