Archive for June, 2011

The Eyes Have It

June 28, 2011

Few living people on this planet scare me more than presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. I could spend hours going off on all the things wrong with her, but for now, I will simply present this bit of photographic evidence, which should speak for itself.  If the eyes are truly the window into the soul, what does it say about her that she’s got Helter Skelter eyes?

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Gene Colan – Rest In Peace

June 24, 2011

Famed comic book artist Gene Colan has passed away at the age 84. I was first introduced to Gene’s work when I was a kid, and I “discovered” him on Tomb of Dracula in the 1970s. Although I didn’t know it at the time, Gene was already a seasoned veteran in the comic industry. As a kid, his work on Tomb of Dracula and and Howard the Duck seemed very off and often even unsettling. That’s because Gene’s work didn’t look like any other artist in comics. There was a fluid movement to the way he drew that often gave his work a surreal quality, and his page layouts didn’t look like the layouts I saw in other comics. It wasn’t until I was a little older with a better understanding of comics that I went back and looked at Gene’s older work in books like Daredevil. This was how I came to realize that Gene Colan was an artist who had mastered all the tricks and rules of conventional comic book storytelling, and by the time I had “discovered” his work, he was rewriting the rules and pushing the boundaries in every way imaginable, from page composition to the way he rendered the human figure. To see his work during this transitional phase, without fully understanding the man or the medium, Gene’s work was just a bit strange to me. Years later I was able to recognize his for the true artistic master he was. To call him a legend is a disservice, because legends are like myths, and that is to say a legend exists as a memory passed down from generation to generation, with little to no tangible proof that it ever existed. But Gene Colan did exist, and even in his passing, he leaves behind an incredible body of work as proof of his talent and contribution to the medium, craft and art of comics.

The Batman of Africa?!? Gimme a Break!!!

June 13, 2011

DC Comic has recently announced the revamping of their entire line of comic books. This has cause much heated debate amongst fans, and I haven’t felt the need to weigh in, in part because I don’t care, and also because I don’t care. Did I mention that I don’t care?

But all of that changed when I read about a new title called Batwing. I’m not going to get into the details of who Batwing is, because it would be a long, complicated story that involves how DC creates these ridiculous events to sell tons of books. Instead, I will quote from a recent interview with the writer of the upcoming Batwing series, who describes the character as “the Batman of Africa.” (more…)

dvd review – GORDON'S WAR

June 7, 2011

The good news is that I can finally get rid of my VHS copy of the blaxploitation classic Gordon’s War. After years of waiting, and even breaking down and buying a bootleg DVD version off of eBay with picture quality worse than my video tape, Gordon’s War is finally getting a legitimate home video release. The not-so-good-news is that it is being released as part of a double feature with Off Limits, a movie I was less-than-impressed with the first time I watched it. But the good news to offset the not-so-good-news is that the price for both movies is low, and you can always skip Off Limits if you want to. (more…)

Trying to Be a Cartoonist, Part 2

June 1, 2011