This was a nice surprise: the latest instalment of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's Century series of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was released today, so I downloaded it straight away through the Comics app. It's just $4.99 digitally.
I've haven't read it through yet, but I was schoolboy-giddy enough to flick rapidly through the pages quickly, looking at how this one is put together ... and to see what winks, nod, in-jokes, allusions and asides are packed inside. There are quite a few, right at the surface, from Bond girls to 30 Rock to Doctor Who to the Lion King, of all things. I imagine it would really help, again, to be English to spot some of the background characters who pop up in these books!
I'm setting it aside for the weekend. It looks like a treat, with the same attention to detail and sidebar production values (the fake ads are as complicated as anything else) as the preceding ones.
Admittedly geeky as I am, my knowledge of (and sometimes interest in) Doctor Who is a bit limited. To this day, the image of Tom Baker comes to mind when I think of the character. With a new Who cast to take over the role next year - and one that makes even fans much older than I am feel old - here's a Wired photo gallery of the actors who have shared the time-jumping role.
Tom Baker will always be the Doctor Who for many people, and has become famous again as the narrator of Little Britain.
Now millions of little Britons will be hearing him tell them the content of their text messages. Brilliant.
Tom Baker makes no attempt to suppress his pleasure at the latest twist in his long career. "What appeals to me most is the thought that I will be bringing good news to people whether it is a cheeky message, a birthday greeting or just a quick 'Hello.'"
Voted the fourth most recognisable voice in the UK, after The Queen, Tony Blair and Lady Thatcher, Baker's dulcet tones now grace BT's Text, a service which allows mobile text messages to be sent and received on a home phone.
His labours, an 11-day recording session which yielded 11,593 phrases, covering every sound in the English language, have already paid off. with the telecoms giant reporting a 69% surge in the service in the 24 hours following Baker's debut.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.