Posts Tagged ‘DC’

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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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Fanboy Time- Sometimes I love being a comic fan

April 19, 2008

Gail Simone announced at the NYCC ’08 that the best villain/hero team ever is finally coming back. You know who i’m talking about the Secret Six. The rogues that make Two Face seem predictable. Gail will be joined on this ongoing by the excellent Nicola Scott. I am so happy as this was far and away my favourite comic in a long time. And Catman and Deadshot are definetely the new Murtagh and Riggs.

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52 or Countdown my 10 cents

April 17, 2008

Well as Countdown draws rapidly to a close, i’d just like to compare the two. Now remember before deluging me with hate mail this is my opinion and my hard earned cash. 52 when this was announced I remember thinking, What are these guys crazy, a weekly comic will never work. And boy, did they prove me wrong. I was actually rivetted and couldn’t wait for the next issue. Yeah, sure there were a few weak weeks but on the whole It was amazing. So when countdown was announced I was really happy after all DC had proved they could pull the rabbit out of the hat. How wrong could I have been. This started really strongly, then had a real weak middle and only now as the end draws nigh, is it starting to pick up. I feel that DC missed the boat with this.

Now as a loyal fan of Dc this isn’t me putting a downer on DC, but as anyone who knows me will tell you. Little things can spill from major events. Marvel lost me because of so many major events, so many out of character decisions and also weak storytelling. You can put up with average storytelling if you care about the characters. You can put up with weak art if the story is good. But unfortunately if both are bad then you say hit the road jack.

I hope that this is just a blip on DC’s impeccable credentials. I really do.

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Rachel Dawes comes out fighting for Harvey Dent

April 7, 2008

Assistant District Attorney Rachel Dawes Comes out fighting on Behalf of Harvey Dent

http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=22325

you too can show your support for Gothams upstanding DA

http://www.ibelieveinharveydent.com/

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Straight from shock till you drop

March 23, 2008

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In just a little over a month, powerhouse writing-directing team Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Game) begin shooting a sequel to their pumped-up, kinetic actioner Crank. Following that, it’s Jonah Hex, the DC comics western steeped in the supernatural (original announcement).

“I think it’s the best script we’ve written,” Taylor told me during a late-night soiree in Hollywood thrown in anticipation of Pathology, a film he co-penned with Neveldine. Warner Bros. apparently loves the script and understands the tone the pair have brought to this tale of true grit and blood – and if you’ve seen Crank and Pathology, you know all bets are off and you’re in for a unpredictable, f’ed-up ride.

Asked if there was any concern over comparisons between the upcoming “Hex” and Neil Marshall’s recently announced horror western Sacrilege, Taylor expresses no worries. “I’m not sure what that film’s going to be like, but ours is less horror.” Still, he promises, it’s going to be plenty twisted.

Thanks to the people over at :

http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com

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Justice League-Woes Continue

March 19, 2008

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George Miller is currently the subject of an experiment on the limits of human tolerance. He is holding up well. The experiment goes by the name of Justice League Mortal (When did it change its name to that? What does that even mean?). The film, which has been knocking around development for eons has come up against yet another roadblock.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the film won’t shoot in Australia, as had been planned, since the Federal Government refused to grant it a film production rebate. Honestly, we don’t entirely know what that means – we’re not government officials or accountants, leave us alone – but the gist is that a tax incentive that would make the film more economical to shoot in Australia has been denied. So the production has to either appeal or move elsewhere, causing it further delay.

“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Australian film industry is being frittered away because of very lazy thinking,” Miller told the Herald. “If that’s going to be the final decision, they’re throwing away hundreds of millions of dollars of investment that the rest of the world is competing for and, much more significantly, highly skilled creative jobs…It feels to me like I’m not fighting for this film. I’m fighting for the Australian film industry.”

That statement may be a tad over-zealous, but the man’s very stressed right now. Doctors say that if this particular film’s production gets much worse he might explode. So please maintain a safe distance.

Sourced from Empire

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Christian Bale Sequel to Dark Knight-Maybe

March 18, 2008

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I can’t claim the credit for this one but this is directly sourced from Entertainment weekly for you guys

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where are you in the Terminator process right now?
CHRISTIAN BALE: There are some wonderful people who have been brought in, and we are working to re-create that world.

Do you have a script?
We’re in the process of doing that, we’re working on that, et cetera.

Do you have a sense of when Terminator is going to start or how long it’s going to take?
I got a sense of it, but, you know, it’s important to make sure that you start a movie when you’re ready, instead of just starting it on a date, regardless. And so we’ll start when we’re ready.

In the meantime, you’re working on Michael Mann’s Depression-era gangster saga Public Enemies.
Yes, yes, that’s actually what I’m doing right now…. I don’t actually start until next week, but so far, just loving it, loving working with Michael, the research, the detail, liking it very much.

How do you feel about the way people discuss the projects you pick? You’ve always done a mix of genres and movies — in the past year or so, for example, you did a Western [3:10 to Yuma], you worked with Werner Herzog [on Rescue Dawn] — but people sometimes focus on the blockbusters. Does that frustrate you?
I certainly don’t do that for anybody but myself. I enjoy making all sorts, and it’s directors who I very much like working with. I don’t really give a damn if it’s a low-budget movie or if it’s a big-budget movie — it’s whatever serves the movie and serves the story best. I certainly enjoy watching both of those kinds of movies, so why don’t I go out there and make both? I don’t really understand why I’d have any frustration whatsoever. What? Frustration that people can’t say, ”Well, you’re predictable as hell, aren’t you? You just do the big studio ones. You just do the indie ones”? You know? That would be frustrating.

Is there a different mindset that goes into making different kinds of movies?
Listen, I think that there probably is, but I don’t really try to articulate that to myself. Because I do think that a story is a story, and I will see many low, low-budget movies that just are way better than some mega-budget movie. So a story’s a story, and I’m going to be interested in a story that I want to go see. And I’ve made mistakes in the past. I hope that that has given me experience, and hopefully I’ll make fewer mistakes in the future.

But you had a good time doing the work…
[Smiles] Um, not always! [Laughs]

Don’t you seek having a good time at least, or some sort of edification?
Well, that’s a funny thing. Everybody considers enjoyment in different ways. Some people would consider ”Hey, every day was a blast on the set, we all got along and went out drinking together after” [as enjoyable]. And, hey, that can be fun. But also I get a lot of satisfaction out of just nonstop work…. Actually, that gives me the most satisfaction, because I’m setting aside time to work on a movie. I don’t necessarily want my life to be the same as it is when I’m not working. I don’t really feel the need for hanging out too much or whatever; I enjoy taking it very seriously. And I absolutely can see the ridiculous side of that as well, because, you know, the majority of jobs are ridiculous. [His interviewer raises his hand, jokingly] Exactly! [He raises his hand and smiles] Both of our hands are up in that. But you have to recognize that and say, ”Regardless, I’m telling a story and I take that seriously, and I enjoy that immensely.” So, to me, that is having fun, when I’m working my ass off. And ultimately, when I’m finished, then I’m really going to enjoy myself in life, because I’ve actually been satisfied in my work. I mean, if I’ve done something that I’ve felt hasn’t really worked or that I haven’t really had to work at, then I can’t enjoy my free time as much because I’m feeling like I have to go answer to myself why the last thing may or may not have gone so well. And I’ve been very fortunate with directors — literally, in the last five years or so, really fantastic collaborations with people — so I’ve had that satisfaction for quite some time.

I know — you’ve got Michael Mann now, you worked with Terrence Malick… You’re running out of the big guys.
Well, you know, hopefully…

There’ll be new ones, another Christopher Nolan comes along…
Absolutely, Christopher Nolan is a new director who will be around for many years to come, I truly think. He’s one of the finest out there. Also, you can revisit working with these same people — hopefully it ain’t just a one-time deal and that’s the end. I worked with Todd Haynes a couple of times [on Velvet Goldmine and I’m Not There] and enjoyed that. I very much like collaborating with Brad Anderson [on The Machinist], and we’re kind of looking to do something else together. Jim Mangold [his 3:10 to Yuma director] as well. It’s been very nice. I’ve been a lucky bastard.