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Non-ASOIAF Content: Talking Venture Bros with Elana at Graphic Policy Radio

Hey folks, first of all I owe you an update: I haven’t been working on the blog for a couple months now because I’ve been handed a new class for the Fall Semester, so I’ve been a bit frantically busy assembling readings, reading the readings, and writing lectures. I’ve put together a bit of a buffer so that I shouldn’t be scrambling from week to week, which should mean that I can start working on the blog again soon.

In the mean time, I managed to do another Venture Bros podcast with my friend and colleague Elana Levin. This episode, we’re covering the Season 1 finale, “Return to Spider-Skull Island!”

Enjoy!

Non-ASOIAF Content: People’s History of the Marvel Universe, Week 20: The (Mutant) Registration Act(s)

In his sixteen-year tenure of the X-line, Chris Claremont put his own spin on the mutant metaphor any number of ways, but one of the longest-lasting and most influential has been the idea of a Mutant Registration Act. In the original Days of Future Past storyline, Claremont first mentions the Mutant Control Act passed by a “rabid anti-mutant candidate…elected president,” as a reaction to the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly.

RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

Hey folks! So with Davos VI done, I’m taking a bit of time off to go on vacation for a week or so. To keep you company in the mean-time before I get back to the grind with Jon VIII, we’ve got some good stuff on the Tumblrs.

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

Patron Questions:

  • Was Aegon the Conqueror’s greatest mistake the invasion of Dorne, not incorporating the Riverlands into the Crownlands desmene, not turning over the social order of the Iron Islands, or something else entirely?
    • By order of magnitude, the invasion of Dorne.
  • Who do you think is the Blackfyre sympathizer among Rowan or Tarly? I’m inclined to think it will be both of them, and Tarly might quite literally stab Mace Tyrell in the back.
    • Probably Tarly.
  • Do you think Daenerys will go straight into war with fAegon once he takes the Iron Throne, or do you think something else will finally push it over, like him mounting Viserion instead of Rhaegal?
    • I think it’s inevitable once he takes the Iron Throne and offers to take her as his second wife.
  • What are your thoughts on the new Batman film?
    • I liked it, but I thought it was about the last “dark and gritty reboot” of Batman that I’m going to want to see for a while.
  • What are your thoughts on the thematic overlaps and character parallels between Elden Ring and ASOIF? I find it really interesting how GRRM reused character archetypes in extremely exaggerated forms, like how Morgott is in essence Stannis turned up to 11. Or how the Dung Eater comes off like what would happen if Ramsay and Euron did a fusion dance.
    • I haven’t really played or watched much Elden Ring, tbh, so I don’t know how much GRRM’s influence really affected the game.

Guest Appearance on History of Westeros Podcast

Last night, I appeared on the History of Westeros Podcast to discuss the Peake Rebellion, the death of Maekar and the Great Council of 233, and the death of Tywald Lannister and the Rains of Castamere.

Check it out!

RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

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Hey folks! Now that Tyrion VII is done and Sansa IV is coming up on the horizon, it’s high time we had a Tumblr Roundup, because we’ve got some good stuff on the docket.

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

Patron Questions:

  • What is the most mundane detail that writers usually get wrong in their worldbuilding? Economic, military, social, whatever–just which detail is usually wrong?”
    • That’s a tricky question. It’s probably something like sanitation or travel speeds or something like that.
  • “How do you think fAegon is going to get a dragon, so we can get Dance of Dragons Mk II over King’s Landing in The Winds of Winter?”
    • I think Dany will invite him to ride a dragon, thinking he’ll end up like Quentyn because he’s not a real Targaryen, only to find that it doesn’t work and he rides the dragon just fine. This will be the straw that gets her to launch into her dragon duel above the city.
  • Will King’s Landing still be the capital of Westeros at the end of this, or will it basically be a charred ruin?
    • Probably both.

RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

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Hey folks, now that Dany V is done it’s time to burn off some built-up stuff on the tumblrs so that we’re current. So here goes!

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

Patron Questions:

  • “Do you have any ideas on how to build an economy where a sixth of the population can make plants grow with magic and another sixth can ‘plant’ metal in depleted mines and form new veins? I keep trying and I mentally freeze up every time I try.”
    • So what you’re dealing with is a scenario in which there is limited scarcity in agriculture and mining, but not no scarcity because labor still has to go into harvesting and mining, and then processing and manufacturing. So start with lower prices for food and metal ores and work from there – does this mean real wages are higher, because food is cheaper? Are farm incomes lower, because supply is less constrained? Are manufactured goods cheaper and more abundant because their raw materials inputs are cheaper?
  • “I recently sprung for the X of Swords hardcover. What should I read before cracking it open?”
    • The main thing you need to read for the X of Swords event is the Tini Howard/Marcus Toh Excalibur run, which does a lot o work setting up the X of Swords event. Other than Excalibur, you don’t really need much since you’re already pretty caught up on Dawn of X.
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