Incidentally, while I’m here, here’s the cover for X-Force #10, out next week (Wednesday 8th October). Art by Rock-He Kim. It’s rather lovely, no? A clear and fitting tribute to the covers of X-Men Legacy's Mike Del Mundo, since it's drawn by regular Legacy artist Tan Eng Huat, and guest-stars one of my favourite Legacy characters: ForgetMeNot - the man with the uncanny mutant power of being Impossible To Remember.
As Doc Nemesis puts it: “He’s literally written out of the story, over and over.”
ForgetMeNot, and the tale he appeared in (X-Men Legacy #300) is one of the favourite things I’ve created with Marvel (the latter being all the sweeter for the collaboration of Mike Carey and Christos Gage). So it feels right that this episode of X-Force should - I think - be the best one yet.
In (because, hi, me) a very unconventional sort of way.
still here. Abstractly.
Much big sorries for recent radio silence, tumblpumpkins. I’m still digging myself out from a workload mire permitted to swell and fester during recent vacations, illnesses, conventions etc. I swapped a dun cow for several innocuous magic seeds and they’ve beanstalked the shit out of my schedule. Next year will be very interesting indeed.
Anyway, I continue to watch you, and will start saying actual things again very soon. BECAUSE I KNOW YOU WERE WORRIED.
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I say stuff.
Beautiful woman and nine-inch pianist. Sherlock intuits the presence of an insecure man and a slightly-deaf genie.
THE PEOPLE INSIDE
By Ray Fawkes
It’s been an hour since I’ve finished this. I want to get something down. I’m not together enough to do a serious critical piece. I’m not even sure I can write a review.
So I’ll write a recommendation.
This killed me. I actually verbalised a “No” at a plot…
Ray is very very good.
As I mentioned at the time, I feel weirdly honoured that this guy - whose tweets tend otherwise to be shrieks of loveless gollumlike fear, rage and WWE - felt I merited a “thank you”.
Favourite response so far:
In the wake of the tragic death of Robin Williams (at time of writing a suspected but unconfirmed suicide, reportedly related to the great man’s depression) I’ve seen a few comments - especially on Facebook - which have caused me to slightly break one of my own rules. To whit: this isn’t a subject I want to talk about much, at least for a decade or two.
But in a lurch of indignation about a particularly ugly word being bandied around, I couldn’t stop myself making a quick point. I chose Twitter to do so - which was either exceedingly silly, since the form doesn’t lend itself well to nuance, or exceedingly fortuitous, since it lends itself so well to brevity. Either way, it makes a sort of sense to put this little trickle of thought all into the same place.
One day I’ll write down some stuff I’ve learned about depression. Not now. But there’s one important thing to remember:
Depression is a disease which quite explicitly inures the sufferer to everything beyond their suffering.
This can look a lot like selfishness, but it’s not. A selfish person CHOOSES to put their needs above all else—
—whereas a depressive can struggle to even *perceive* realities beyond their pain, let alone to prioritise them.
Please remember this when characterising a depressive’s suicide as “selfish”. Don’t inflate tragedy with accusation.
Depression can be defeated, but the biggest battle is always inducing the patience and understanding of those around the sufferer.
The second battle is to lovingly persuade the sufferer to get help. You CANNOT win the second battle without winning the first.