Archive for May, 2008

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Exclusive

May 21, 2008

Following on from a email conversation Dan Didio has promised that he will be at Bristol comic Expo next year as part of DC’s Panel

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Christian Bale to appear in three terminator movies

May 21, 2008

Victor Kubicek of Halcyon Films announced through the BBC that Christian Bale will appear in the three films starring as John Connor

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Fan Films

May 18, 2008

Now first up we have a fan film of the incredible ironman- all i can say is looks wise he gives Robert Downey Junior a run for his money

http://www.bamkapow.com/incredible-iron-man-fan-film–1118-p.html

and Marvel Zombies

http://www.bamkapow.com/marvel-zombies-ate-my-neighbors–1113-p.html

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Bristol International Comic Expo 2008

May 11, 2008

Interviews will follow later.

First I owe an apology to the ever excellent Barry Kitson. Barry I know I said I’d interview you but the mix of a broken coxix, aching feet and jetlag meant I was dying. I am so sorry especially after all the hard work you put into my sketch.

Well Bristol just keeps getting better and better, Touched down from my vacation in China thursday night, had 6 hours sleep and then back on the road for the convention. Courtesy of Cardiff Science Fiction and Fantasy Store(thanks Dave) got to go to the retailer day, where some excellent panels were held. Diamond Introduced themselves, then we moved through the different panels. Some great information from Bob Wayne and Eddie Berganza about future releases and the floor seemed to like the idea that depending on feedback a re-release of the excellent hitman series in trade format may be coming soon. Wildstorm was as ever excellent with some news that really excited me, Deathblow is joining one of the new teams. Vertigo also have a number of new and exciting products coming out and key one that seems really hype is Air. (thanks for getting us excited with this Karen Berger) We then had a quick slot with Dave Gibbons about the new book coming out later this year, Watching the Watchmen filled with never seen imagery a absolute must from titan books for anyone who is a Watchman fan.

We then gathered and had a few drinks and I got to meet YANICK PAQUETTE,The Butcher and Yannick Parquette who even after we destroyed him throughout the rest of the night is a thouroughly nice bloke and his artwork is second to none, so crisp and clear. For those not mentioned during the rest of friday, I am sorry a mix of both alcohol and jetlag is to blame, yep thats my excuse and I’m sticking to it. Nice to see many old friends and made a few new ones.

On the Saturday thanks to the people who organise this sleeping giant I got my press pass. It really is something to see the greats and people you admire gathering before the public get in there (and no thanks were needed for those that I got food and drink for over the weekend). Got to purchase some more work off Barry Kitson-sketching

Barry Kitson and had another great sketch, Had further sketches off Joe Jusko, John Burns and did a short interview with the ever excellent Bryan Talbot. Saturday also saw two shut outs as we were completely full. Wow that was a surprise and for those people stuck outside I feel for you as it was absolutely boiling.

Sunday came around so quick and picked up further work from Rodney Ramos and thanks for a great Black Adam, John Macrea. Also did a Interview with Harry Markos, Harry is one of the Industry’s nice guys and he likes keeping the Indie scene vibrant and exciting.Spoke at length with Tommy Castillo and I will get you and Rod beer next year.

Below are original pieces that I picked up last year through to this yearoriginal artwork from Empireoriginal artwork from supergirl and legion of superheroesoriginal artwork from supergirl and legion of superheroesoriginal artwork from empire purchased 2008original artwork from jla year one purchased 2008original artwork from countdown purchased from rodney ramos 2008original artwork purchased from john macrea jla-hitman

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Iron Man! Guest Review by MWM!

May 7, 2008

Iron Man

Okay! So the Butcher’s away and he’s asked me to put a review of Iron Man up, so here it is, a review from the Monkeys with Machineguns, Stu.Art and Chris Lynch.


Now I didn’t actually see this movie with Chris (sorry to destroy the illusion that me and Chris are some sort of ‘Bert & Ernie’ style duo!) so I haven’t really had a chance to talk with him about what he thought. So I’ve asked him to type his review and I’ll do mine and the two can run in tandem.


Firstly, let’s talk casting. Robert Downey Jnr. Is perfect. Perfect as Stark and perfect as Iron man, the two don’t always go hand in hand. Michael Keaton was a brilliantly dark and disturbed Bruce Wayne, but his Batman sucked! But Downey Jnr. Manages to bring an intelligence, charm, wit and genuine sincerity to his portrayal of Stark and lets not overlook his actual appearance, he looks like Tony Stark should.

The supporting cast too do a great job, the normally amiable Jeff Bridges pulls off quite a villainous turn and Gwynedd Paltrow successfully manages not to annoy me too much every time she’s on screen (something she normally does!).

Moving on next to the SFX. They’re brilliant! We’re spoilt these days in movies because unless something is mind blowingly brilliant, we as an audience are so used to CGI and SFX, we almost let it wash over us and don’t even notice it. The SFX in Iron Man are fantastic. The suit, the action, the environments all excellent without distracting you from the action or the movie.

The story of the movie is of course an origin story. This is fine as it’s what we expect and the story surrounding this origin holds up in this new movie adaptation. It’s what they’re going to do after this movie story-wise that is perhaps more interesting. There are rumours that Downey Jnr. Is tied into a trilogy, but further rumours also say that it may not be a direct sequel, but in fact Iron Man Vs. The Incredible Hulk and finally an Avengers Movie! I know, I know; imagine that!

I really enjoyed Iron Man, the only thing it suffered from a little was too much of the good stuff had been used in the trailers, something a lot of films are guilty of recently I would say. Overall though? 5 trotters up!

I offer 2 pieces of advice to you oh readers of the Crafty One. Firstly, run! Don’t walk to your nearest multiplex to see Iron Man! Secondly, don’t leave until the credits have finished.


Stu.Art

Master Butcher & Purveyor of all things…Meaty?

OK, so by now you’ve read Stu’s half of the review and he’s told you how great Iron Man is. The good thing is, he’s a man of taste (look at who his writing partner is!) and he isn’t giving you a bum steer. Iron Man was quite possibly the first American comic I ever read, and I have still have my copy of that issue, and as a bit of an uber-nerd myself, I like the idea that science can be cool.

So, it has everything you expect. But, for the congniscenti, here are what I consider to be the hidden gems.

1: Jeff Bridges potrail of Obidia Stane.
Pitch perfect and oh-so-reminiscent, at least to me, of some of the antics of everyone’s favourite CEO … Steve Ballmer. You might think your boss is crazy, but he’s got nothing on this guy …

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=wvsboPUjrGc
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=kvbWLfr-Z4s
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=8To-6VIJZRE

Who can’t imagine that guy turning up in a thirty ton battle suit to tell your report was late.

Seriously, Bridges is great and deserves recognition for capturing on screen how truly scary corporate America is.

2: Robert Downey Junior is so good an actor he can act with a fire extinguisher.

If you thought the lamp in the Pixar demo movie had charm, or Bob Hoskins did a good job acting to thin air in Roger Rabbit, you have to see Downey have a conversation with a fire extinguisher. He gives it … life. Amazing stuff, and an almost throwaway scene as well.

3: The suit doesn’t work first time.

For anyone who has worked in developer hell. We’ve all had our own “boots at 10% power moment”. This should touch the heart of every engineer and scientist out there. How we pain for our works my brothers!

This list could run on and on, and its a testament to the painstaking attention to detail that oozes out of this movie. So, go and see it, compile your own top three, and send it on to a friend. Everyone deserves to see this movie.