Posts Tagged ‘ineffable aether’

You may remember this comic, from when it inspired me to write nearly ten thousand words on the subject of fictional swordplay.  I am very much in favor of it, generally, and I very much want to like it, but I can’t.  And the reason that I can’t is this:

The pacing is all wrong.

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This is probably pretty boring for you guys, but it’s been super-fun for me so far, so I guess you can all suck it.

Anyway, last part on this fight from Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether.  If the mood strikes me, maybe I’ll look at something else, later on.  Maybe I’ll do a whole series of talk posts about obscure aspects of western swordplay that no one at all gives a crap about.  Maybe I’ll write about why I hate that duel in the Firefly, “Shindig” so much.

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Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett have launched a new Steampunk webcomic that looks pretty rad.  I am pretty excited for it, but I don’t know if I have the patience to read just two pages a week; this was kind of the same problem that I suffered with Freakangels.  If all goes well, probably what will happen is that I’ll just check in every couple of months or so and then read a whole bunch of pages at once.  Which, just as well.

Anyway, something like 80% of the pages so far are swordfights, and I love the HELL out of swordfights.  And there are some particulars about sword-fighting — especially this Western European-style fencing — that I am interested in and that I don’t think quite jive, and so I’m just going to write about them for a while.

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