Us Loser City folk sometimes take trips outside the city limits, so this week we’re rounding up some of the places you might have seen Loser City citizens.
Over at Previously.tv, Dylan Garsee bravely watched the 12 Monkeys pilot so you don’t have to. Was it any good? Well, this paragraph from Dylan should give you a hint at his level of enthusiasm for more 12 Monkeys:
“If Low Winter Sun taught us anything, it’s that just because your main character talks like Lego Batman, that alone does not make him a bad-ass. Who talks like that? No one ever outside of movie characters and dying mobsters talk like that. You know when you haven’t physically spoken after a few days of a cold and you kind of forget how your voice works? That’s the only time someone is allowed to talk like that. No more gruff voices! Ever!”
Meanwhile, at the AV Club, Jake Muncy took part in a Let’s Playlist feature on 9 Great Songs from Not-So-Great Games. Jake wrote about the Watchdogs score, and in case you weren’t sure about the “not-so-great” element, take a look back at his essay on the game for us, which focused on the queasy surveillance elements of the game.
Shea Hennum regularly writes for This is Infamous, but we felt his piece on Tales of an Imperfect Future was especially notable this week, particularly since Alfonso Font is a Eurocomics legend who has yet to get his due stateside, mostly because so little of his work has been translated into English. As Shea says, “Alfonso Font is one of the best European cartoonists to have as few books available in English as he does,” and Shea feels “any fan of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror will feel right at home with these narrative flits,” as the collection brings together stories that are “built around a twist of cruel irony, black humor, or uncomfortably incisive social commentary.” Plus just look at this:
And then over at his other regular gig at Ovrld, Nick Hanover digs into UNTD SNKS’ Live on KVRX mini-album, which now serves as the sole document of an album’s worth of songs they scrapped. Nick says “the live factor” of the radio session “lends the music a potent energy, like MC5’s “Kick Out the Jams” but spruced up and made palatable to kids just now learning which dives will let them in with their brothers’ expired handmedown IDs.” It’s fun stuff, and fans of both Fugazi and pop punk should give it a listen.