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Archive for December 2011

REVIEW: Batman: The Dark Knight #4

batmanthedarkknight4THUMBWhen you’re just a man, there are a number of ways to die. If you’re Batman, there are a number of ways you can prevent that from happening… ice cream may be one of them. BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #4 … Continue reading

A Happy New 2012 To All At Bleeding Cool

Thanks for Chase Variant artist Bagwell for that one.

It’s 4pm in Los Angeles, it’s 6pm in Rantoul, Illinois, it’s 7pm in New York, but in London, home of Bleeding Cool, it’s midnight. That’s right we’re already in the future. The robot jet packs are aces.

In 2012, there should be seven comics out with my name on the credits (that I know of) a major project in June that has me very excited and I will be trying to ignore the Olympics. Why don’t you join me in 2012, it’s lovely.

(And yes I set this to run in advance, I’m not actually going to be posting at midnight, instead I’m at the local vicar’s for a party with my extended family. That’s just how I roll.)


101 Films From 2011 That You Really Shouldn’t Have Missed

I think 2011 has turned out to be a vintage year with well on the way to 200 hundred new releases that I thought were well worth the time and money I spent on them. I’ve whittled that list down to the 101 films I think movie buffs should catch up with, for one reason or another, and sorted them, I’d say, into escalating order of interest.

Not every film here is for everyone, but they’ve all got something smart, unusual, interesting or exciting about them, and if you watch them with an open mind, you’ll have a whole variety of filmic experiences.

And bear in mind that I’m in the UK, so some of these will have been 2010 films for you, and some of your 2011 films won’t reach me until 2012.

NOTE: In order to publish in 2011, I’m going ahead without full annotation but updating right now and republishing every five films worth or so.

101. Super

Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page hold it together better than writer-director James Gunn does, but there’s enough provocation and plenty of interesting ideas in this ultraviolent take on the Kick Ass-style costumed vigilante idea to make it worth your time. I just can’t promise that you’ll find it always coherent and sure-footed.

100. Hop

Co-writer Bryan Lynch ensures that there’s enough good gags and oddball conceits to distinguish this potentially tired and rote kids’ CG animal picture about an Easter Bunny with the voice and some of the attitude of Russell Brand. And despite a lot of standard-issue paddding Hop is a cut above the Chipmunk films and no mistake.

99. Project Nim

Some documentaries will roar by on the inherent appeal of their subject matter, and this would be one of those. The titular Nim is a chimpanzee, raised as though human in the 1970s, and it’s hard not to care as he becames a pawn

98. Final Destination 5

97. Sanctum

96. Transformers 3

95. No Strings Attached

94. Bad Teacher

93. Drive

92. Senna

91. Three Musketeers

90. Larry Crowne

89. The Theatre Bizarre

88. The Rum Diary

87. Trollhunter

86. Farewell

85. Paul

84. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

83. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

82. The Help

81. Miss Bala

80. Limitless

79. When Harry Left Hogwarts

78. My Week With Marilyn

77. Lion King 3D

76. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

75. The Skin I Live In

74. Little White Lies

73. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

72. Happy Feet 2

71. A Separation

70. Mademoiselle Chambon

69. Source Code

68. Thor

67. The Ward

66. The Future

65. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

64. Kung Fu Panda 2

63. Insidious

62. Chillerama

61. The Lincoln Lawyer

60. Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

59. The Beaver

58. The Debt

57. Winnie the Pooh

56. Beautiful Lies

55. Fair Game

54. Tower Heist

53. Pearl Jam 20

52. The Adjustment Bureau

51. Page One: Inside the New York Times

50. Puss in Boots

49. Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence

48. The Silence

47. Julia’s Eyes

46. Scream 4

45. Bridesmaids

44. Oranges & Sunshine

43. Real Steel

42. Livid

41. Red State

40. Melancholia

39. Tinker Tailor Solider Spy

38. Blue Valentine

37. 50/50

36. The Glass Man

35. Beginners

34. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

33. The Tempest

32. The Artist

31. Take Shelter

30. Princess of Montpensier

29. Damsels in Distress

28. Midnight in Paris

27. Marwencol

26. Tabloid

25. Incendies

24. Deep Blue Sea

23. The Ides of March

22. X-Men: First Class

21. Jane Eyre

20. 13 Assassins

19. Win Win

18. The Interrupters

17. Rabbit Hole

16. Sucker Punch

15. The Woman

14. Detention

13. Margaret

12. We Need To Talk About Kevin

11. Green Hornet

10. Contagion

9. The Fighter

8. Crazy, Stupid Love

7. Carnage

6. True Grit

5. Rubber

4. Arrietty

3. Tyrannosaur

2. Attack the Block

1. The Muppets

As 2011 is running out rapidly, I’m working hard to annotate this list against the clock. Please bear with me as I update with notes as quickly as I can…


Marvel Graphic Novels Advertised On National British Network TV

During a number of television shows this weekend on ITV, the following commercial has been running;

This is the time of year when we start to get advertising for “partworks”, a publishing format that sees newsagents, supermarkets and news stands filled with the first issues of ongoing collectable magazines, serialising something or other along with an item of sorts that will “build up week by week”. Airfix plane kits, knitting patterns, Star Trek encylopaedias, there’s a partwork for it, the first issue often at a reduced price with a binder of sorts. Usually the magazine fades from the stands after a few weeks, relying on subscriptions for the die hards to keep the magazine going. The Eaglemoss superhero lines for Marvel and DC lead figurines made history as the only UK partwork magazine to be sold in America.

Well, now we are getting a collection of regular hardcover marvel graphic novels at a lower price, starting with JMS and JrJr’s Spider-Man Coming Home for £2.99 with a bevy of free gifts – a bag, bookends and the like, to collect.

And advertised with a prominence beyond any comic book in the English speaking world. Prime time national network TV advertising over Christmas and the New Year, with shows that get millions of viewers.

Here’s the website for the partwork in question…

Publisher Hachette trialled this earlier in the year, but it was considered abandoned. National network TV advertising is the opposite of that…


Alan Moore Wishes You A Happy New Year On BBC Radio 4

British comedian Stewart Lee guest edited BBC Radio 4′s Today Programme this morning. And chose Alan Moore to deliver an Alternative Thought For The Day. You can find it at 1 hour 22 minutes in…


Is There A Watchmen 2 Reference In Justice League #3?

When Bleeding Cool first talked about the recent revival of the Watchmen prequel mini-series, we mentioned that the project was being referred to internally at DC Comics amongst select individuals as “Panic Room”.

One Little Bleeder pointed out a page from Justice League #3 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, the chief creative officer and co-publisher of DC respectively.

See those fellows on the bottom left starring at Wonder Woman’s arse? Let’s take a closer look.


A “Panic Room” T-shirt?

How far down does the rabbit hole go?

 

 


Meet Nicholas Mowdy, AKA Snickers19510, An Aspiring Artist, Rob Granito-Style

Using the name Snickers19510 over on Etsy, an “artist” named Nicholas Mowdy has some amazing artwork for sale at dirt cheap prices. For example, there’s this awesome rendition of Superman and Batman that he has posted for sale for only $20.

Hmm… that looks awfully familiar. Almost like this:

Francis Manapul noticed too, tweeting late Friday,

This guy is claiming he drew this and is selling prints. It’s hilarious that he can’t even get the media I use correct.

Maybe this is a one-off though, and he’s not doing the full Granito, right?

Nope.

We have this sketch of Bane and Batman that looks pretty sweet.

However, it looked a lot better on Zenescope Entertainment artist Marcio Abreu‘s deviantART page.

Then there is this Joker piece.

That happens to come from deviantART user j0kersWILD.

There’s this “twisted” Pocahontas piece he has up for sale.

That comes from this page, looking at “Twisted Disney Princesses.” Nick did not even bother to remove the stylized Pocahontas logo in the upper left.

I have had to use Google Cache for all of the above links as, when I began to originally write this, Nick’s etsy store was shut down by etsy by around approximately 1:30 AM Eastern Time, thanks to the fan outrage triggered by Francis’ first twitter post.

It became obvious that there was nothing original about Nick artistically, but what is even more amazing is that even his artist “statement” is even plagiarized. Here is what Nick has to say about why he is an “artist”:

“Drawing is my key to serenity, my version of free therapy, my looking glass.”I don’t set out to produce art about one subject or another. I’m never without a sketchbook in hand so I am constantly drawing and sometimes the drawings are left in the sketchbook and other times they develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images.

My artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. In my work, I deconstruct the American dream, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and lullabies that are part of our childhood and adult culture. Having engaged subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music and modernist architecture, my work reproduces familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces.

Growing up I was big on graffiti. As I grew older it turned in to tattoo work. I love working with people with their ideas on what they would like to see or put on their body. The way art is never the same and constantly changed is amazing to me. The way that there are no limits, and can create anything is what fuels me to keep drawing.

Influences

My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but I’ve always loved comic books particularly work by Harvey Pekar and Robert Crumb. I love architecture particularly Art Deco. The artists I most admire are John Martin, a mezzotint artist from the 1800′s, Winsor McCay a cartoonist and animator who created Little Nemo, Escher and Lyonel Feininger creator of Kinder Kids.

Now, here are the original sources for that statement.

I don’t set out to produce art about one subject or another. I’m never without a sketchbook to hand so I am constantly drawing and sometimes the drawings are left in the sketchbook and other times they develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images.

This comes from “Martin Langford” and his sample artist statement on ArtStudy.org. In fairness to Nick, that paragraph gets swiped all over the place online.

The third paragraph comes from the same sample page, this time from “Jonathan H. Dough,” but his piece on graffiti (which, by the way, is also illegal, but Nick doesn’t sweat those details) is all his. He went right back to swiping from the sample however for his influences, which of course look nothing at all like the art he has stolen.

While etsy has closed Nick’s shop, his profile still exists there, and he can also be found still on Twitter, but he has not responded to any of the criticism. His most recent posts come from two days ago, immediately before the controversy broke, and include the following:

Grabbing some pencils and paper…let’s see what comes out today

Throwing some serious art down…I will be an artist somewhere!! I won’t let them turn me away!!

While the incident was short-lived, the comic industry is dominated by those with long memories, so while Nick might not “let” people turn him away, he has supplied them with all the reasons to do so.


Alan Moore, Lois Lane And Princess Leia Covered In Sperm

At the recent Nine Lessons And Carols For Godless People service, Alan Moore gave an address, dressed in a T-shirt modelled on the Superman logo, rewritten as “Sperm”. It’s a Rick Veitch design, and is on sale here. Of course, he’s not the only one who has been seen modelling it


RETRO REVIEW: X-Statix #26 (October 2003)

XSThumbOr – “To All Things, An Ending…” As with any year, 2011 has it’s detractors and it’s proponents, but for me, it was kind of a wash.  Not as venomous as 2006, nor as wonderful as 2004, the year before … Continue reading

REVIEW: Avengers – The Children’s Crusade #8 (of 9)

ACCThumbOr – “Roger Daltrey Called:  The Kids Are Definitely NOT Alright…” The first issue of this miniseries came out in 2010, and this penultimate issue is actually dated 2012.  While I like the fact that the bi-monthly status allows the … Continue reading