filkertom: (ThumbsUp)
Go wild. For what it's worth, I thought it was excellent -- a natural progression from both Avengers and Iron Man 3. Clark Gregg is simply splendid. And did you notice the Special Thanks in the credits to Jim Steranko? That's from where we got Lola.

"... Gramsie...?"
filkertom: (whodoyouthink)
Ahhh, DC Comics. Always with the maturity and good clean fun.

I don't think it's any secret that I've had it up to HERE with what the writers and editors at Marvel and especially DC Comics consider to be cutting-edge material, mostly because their material tends to include lots of cutting edges. But this is just frickin' nuts.

And I see the stuff in the comments on that page about the potential meta and meta-meta context. Nope, sorry, no biscuit. DC's animated wing is doing just fine without this crap; Marvel's animation is nearly as good, and of course the movies are great. No, the people in charge at DC Comics these days are the sad, repressed damaged goods people used to think were caused by comics.

I can certainly deal with violence in comics (said the guy who loved Frank Miller at the beginning of his career, long before most people had heard of him). Absolutely sexuality (said the proud owner of the three-volume hardcover Lost Girls, every issue of XXXenophile, and lots of other smutty goodness). But there are... not limits. Standards. There's an old adage about rules, and how they're made to be broken... but sometimes they're made to be followed, because they work.

Every once in awhile, someone posts an old page from the earliest days of Spider-Man or Fantastic Four, or even Superman during the Curt Swan heyday. And it's wonderful how much story and characterization Stan and Steve or Julie and Curt crammed into six or nine panels... and how there actually was story and characterization going on.

Remember the chest-burster scene in Alien? Ridley Scott famously didn't tell the cast what was going to happen, to make sure that their reactions were all believable... to force everybody in the film, and thus everybody watching the film, into a new and unknown realm of horror.

Sometimes I feel as if modern comic creators are trying to do that all the time.

It ain't the medium -- it's the people who have forgotten, or never learned, storytelling... and, possibly, how to have fun.

Thoughts?
filkertom: (Default)
A little extra love and attention for:Any other cool projects we should know about?
filkertom: (whodoyouthink)
Just... just look at this. Besides the context, the damn costume doesn't look jack shit like Superman's.
filkertom: (mst3k_itstinks)
71% on Rotten Tomatoes. First shows are at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

I'm looking forward to it. I hope it's good. Gotta say this, though: When a movie reviewer complains about the science in a Superman film, it'd better be really, really hosed science.

Because, Superman.
filkertom: (kermitflail)
So many things we celebrate on Geek Pride Day!

First, of course, it's the Glorious 25th of May, for all you Discworld fans.

It's also the 36th anniversary of the release of the original, non-Episode IV Star Wars. We weren't completely unprepared -- technically, Jaws was the first "blockbuster" -- but, besides being the coolest thing most of us had ever seen up to that point, Star Wars was absolutely transformative in how films were both created and marketed. Along with Star Trek, it can be considered one of the foundations of modern mythology.

And, celebrating another of those foundations, it's Towel Day, celebrating the life and writings of author Douglas Adams, creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Here's hoping that, someday, we'll all have a proper edition of that mind-bogglingly useful book.

And, on top of all that, it's the birthday of such geek legends as Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803), Sir Ian McKellen (1939), Frank Oz (1944), Barry Windsor-Smith (1949), and Stan Sakai (1953).

How are you celebrating Geek Pride Day? I'm at Up In The Aether Con in Dearborn, MI, where the place has already been going crazy since yesterday morning. Wonderful folks, superb cosplay, Victorian mad science, gorgeous women in corsets, fun fun fun.
filkertom: (ThumbsUp)
At least until Saturday. Anne and I think it rocks -- good voice acting, fast-moving tight script, good animation, Black Widow's cheekbones -- what else do you want?
filkertom: (science)
I'm showing you this:


so I can show you this:
filkertom: (Default)
All in all, definitely a Week In Geek. And this weekend especially.

I'm going to get a few comics, come home and clean a bit, and then work on music. All while enjoying a gorgeous Southeast Michigan spring day. You?

* I accept that this has become popular, and I really don't mind going with it, but I'm old school: In my heart of hearts, Star Wars Day will always be May 25.
filkertom: (mst3k_itstinks)
Let fly. Those who haven't seen it yet, read this thread at your peril.

One non-spoilery thing: The acting is, top-to-bottom, great, especially RDJ and Ben Kingsley.

Another: Stay through the (very long) credits. Of course.

Another: The IMAX 3D was really cool. But you don't need it.
filkertom: (ThumbsUp)
Right here. All I'll say is, it's about a minute of character work. By RDJ and Gwyneth. Don't want spoilers, don't watch.
filkertom: (ThumbsUp)


Yeah. Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah. Haven't even got past IRON MAN 3 yet, and I'm already jacked to the max for this. And they got Rene Russo back!
filkertom: (Default)
Okay, so here's an attempt to lighten the mood. Isn't this gorgeous?

There are actually three Oz comics coming out at about the same time (here's a look at the other two), but the one is a straight-up adaptation of Book 6, while the other is, to be charitable, just a touch slutty. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Said the guy who has Alan Moore's Lost Girls in the big-ass slipcase edition.

What's your favorite song from The Wizard of Oz? Okay, fine, the whole soundtrack, not a clinker in the bunch (thank goodness the "Jitterbug" scene was cut). But if we ever do an In Concert version at OVFF or somethin', I'd love to play the Cowardly Lion, so I could sing "If I Were King Of The Forest".

And "... Da NOIVE."
filkertom: (ThumbsUp)


Can't wait can't wait can't wait....
filkertom: (i_has_a_sad)
Great sadness. One of the all-time legends of comic art, Carmine Infantino, has passed away at the age of 87.

Infantino was an amazing artist. Where Kirby made things almost unnaturally epic, and Gil Kane brought fierce power, Infantino's forte was movement. He did his best work on The Flash, where he brought to life the sheer speed of a man who could outrun light. Not incidentally, he also co-created many of the villains who became Flash's Rogues' Gallery, including Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, the Mirror Master, and Grodd.

As an editor, as a mentor, and especially as an artist, Carmine Infantino was one of the icons of the Silver Age, and his impact is still felt throughout comics. Rest well, sir, and thanks.
filkertom: (Default)
The US trailer released this week is very different in tone from the International trailer released the day before. Looks like a combination of several storylines, meshed with the Mariko/Yukio stuff from the very first Wolverine mini-series, written by Chris Claremont with art by Frank Miller. (That one got translated into Anime a couple of years ago.) Dunno how much of that will make it into this movie, but there's no question that we have Silver Samurai. And Viper. And, strangely enough, Jean Gray.

Thoughts? Beyond the obvious, "... I guess Logan is tall now. And, surprisingly, I don't have a problem with that."

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