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April 01 2008

Warren Ellis comments on Giant Size Astonishing X-Men. Warren responds to criticism of the delays on Giant Size AXM.

"I've read the GA AXM script. It's a big, complex job, and John's had other bigger and more complex jobs to take care of beforehand."

simple conclusion: JW not responsible for GAX delay.

anyway: gut ding will weile haben - good things take their time. and it's quite normal that John Cassaday is involved in other projects at the same time - the actual reason of the delay.
Called it ;-).

Gotta say, I don't understand why being annoyed (within reason and non-aggressively) by regular delays on a monthly comic sets you out as some sort of whiny fan-boy. Clearly we're not owed stories but at the same time I feel like I "owe" the people I work for a professional job and part of that is managing my workload so that deadlines are met. Why is it wrong to hold comics and their creators to the same standards ?
I noticed he used "GA AXM". It could be an iPhone typo, or maybe he means "Giant-Assed Astonishing X-Men" because the book is really big.
Gotta say, I don't understand why being annoyed (within reason and non-aggressively) by regular delays on a monthly comic sets you out as some sort of whiny fan-boy. Clearly we're not owed stories but at the same time I feel like I "owe" the people I work for a professional job and part of that is managing my workload so that deadlines are met. Why is it wrong to hold comics and their creators to the same standards ?


It's not, but that parenthetical part, about doing so reasonably, is the sticking point. I think the tone of those complaints, valid though they may be, all too often devolves very quickly, and it does end up looking like the whinging of whiny fanboys.
As a side-note, has "whinging" completely replaced "whining" as a word? Along with "queue" for "line"? These are Britishisms, I believe. What's happened to our country? American words used to be virile little Rambos who always elbowed out their competitors, and now look. Why, we'll be calling people "berks" and eating bangers and mash that we pay for with euros next. The end is pretty damn nigh, my fellow Americans!

And this is not chauvinism, 'cuz that's a French word.
What's happened to our country?

It's improved with age ? ;-)

American words used to be virile little Rambos who always elbowed out their competitors, and now look.

A name, incidentally, inspired by a French poet and a Swedish apple. Ah, you could cut the irony with a knife (irony is one of the upsides of becoming more British BTW ;-).

I'd also say that "queue" with its connotations of civilised order from potential chaos suggests something more than a mere line (which is the kind of thing even a bloody colonial can master) something, dare I say it, better. And we don't use Euros (yet).

Kidding aside, it's probably because you're getting more British TV, yeah ? I read a few blogs by scriptwriters and they'll often comment on a British TV show they've seen and enjoyed (even comparatively recent ones).

(here's a thing, Donald Sutherland - who admittedly is Canadian and so already one step closer to HM The Queen, fount of all civilisation - was on a UK chat show last week and had to explain to the English audience what "berk" actually meant. For shame ;)
I'd also say that "queue" with its connotations of civilised order from potential chaos suggests something more than a mere line (which is the kind of thing even a bloody colonial can master) something, dare I say it, better. And we don't use Euros (yet).


No, alas, the overwhelmingly majority of bloody colonials have not managed to transition from the chaos of lines to that bastion of orderly and civilized society, the queue. And don't get me started on the driving...
Shambleau, I'm Danish. So I get to mix and match words and dialects as I please.

Also, I can't be certain, but I think I remember someone saying 'whinging' on an early episode of NewsRadio.
I think "queue" has been popularized by Netflix and "whinging" by JK Rowling (Little Whinging).

But that might just be my family.
I'm not sure if I like the sound of "big and complex."

No, alas, the overwhelmingly majority of bloody colonials have not managed to transition from the chaos of lines to that bastion of orderly and civilized society, the queue.

At least we put parentheses in the right place. And we were nice enough to invent a contracted second person plural.
Shambleau, dont let the whinging poms get to you, the fact that we spend all this time talking about Hollywood entertainment means you win. :)
Hollywood ? Pfft. Little known fact this but 'Jaws', 'Spiderman 2', 'Star Wars' - all British films. Tobey Maguire was actually played by Sir Michael Caine (hence the glasses) and if you watch 'Star Wars' carefully you'll see that every part was played by a young Hugh Grant (except Obi Wan Kenobi obviously - that was Judi Dench).

At least we put parentheses in the right place. And we were nice enough to invent a contracted second person plural.

Ah, patience Saje, patience, they are yet young ... Clearly, there is no wrong place for parentheses, they're the punctuation mark for all occasions (and positions).

And ah yes, the contracted second person plural, a fine legacy. Makes us wish we'd knocked a few pence off the price of tea and hung onto y'all ;-).

(see ?)
Honestly, the only place I've ever heard "queue" is on the two largely-British web sites which I frequent.

And maybe the British did make "Spiderman 2", as the Hollywood release was "Spider-Man 2" ;)

On-topic? What topic? ...Oh. Yeah; I would've liked to see the wrap-up come out a little closer to the rest of the series, but I can cut Cassaday a break with such a ...large... (no punning here) sized project.
Computer science used "queues" for a long time. You've got your FIFOs (first in, first out) and your LIFOs (last in, first out). When people start using "stacks", then worry.
Nevermind stacks, in some parts of the world people form an "orderly" heap while waiting for the bus ;).

And maybe the British did make "Spiderman 2", as the Hollywood release was "Spider-Man 2" ;)

Ah, excellent, Operation Make it Seem Like a Different Film worked perfectly ... ;).

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