We all started from somewhere but we rarely get to see the very beginnings.
Now I feel like an absolute lazy bum with only two rejection letters under my belt. Only two because I stopped hounding publishers…not that two even constitutes any hounding whatsoever — more like a ‘hello and ‘bye.’
Quite inspiring.[via AngryAsianMan]
This is a great series skimming the surface of what it feels to be Asian American in “Young Americans: “Asian American Experience, Episode 2″ (VICE)”. Check out all 8 episodes of VICE Young Americans.
In the U.S. comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comic book characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.
The Green Turtle comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for this forgotten character. Hank just wants to enjoy his quiet life running the family grocery store with his father, but his mother has other ideas for him… she wants him to become a superhero, and to clean up their Chinatown neighborhood!
With artwork by Sonny Liew, this dazzling, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore.
I’m looking forward to some great story-telling and art 🙂
[via Boing Boing]
Holy manoly this video is long!
I’ve been trying to finish it the past couple of nights, but Mr. Sandman overtakes me.
These are the cut scenes from Injustice Gods Among Us story mode. Someone was kind enough to stitch it all together.
I’m gonna file this under “holy shit that’s F*n amazing.”
Really love seeing the artist work with combining different mediums — watercolor, colored pencils, and markers. I wish that my art professors could’ve shown us the possibilities. There was one in particular who even poopoo’d on the notion of using markers.
Now, I’m gonna experiment 🙂
Thanks Marcello Barenghi for the inspiration and for sharing your techniques![via Boing Boing]
Joe Quesada describes the feverish pace of modern comic book production.
SUPERHEROES: A Never-Ending Battle is the first documentary to examine the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters who leapt from the pages over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact.
Among the notable on-camera talents in the film are Stan Lee, Adam West, Lynda Carter, Pulitzer Prize winners Michael Chabon and Jules Feiffer, and interviews with the late greats Joe Simon (co-creator of Captain America) and Jerry Robinson (who helped create the Joker).
Hosted and Narrated by Liev Schreiber.
It premieres October 15th on PBS. However, if you should miss it — which I most likely will — PBS will offer full episodes online.
|Superman / Wonder Woman: Issue #1|
I actually can’t wait to start getting into this new storyline.
The series debuts with an issue that focuses on reactions to their romance from suspicion to outright fear. In addition to the story from writer Charles Soule and artist Tony Daniel, the couple also are given the spotlight by artists Aaron Kuder and Cliff Chiang in variant covers for the issue.
Superman/Wonder Woman will be available Wednesday
However, I am a bit torn.
I’ve been watching the Justice League TV series and the chemistry between Wonder Woman and Batman is electric…and full of comedy. I love it.
|Wonder Woman and Batman in Justice League TV series|
Regardless, the comic coming out on Wednesday should make for a fun read *fingers crossed*
For an exclusive look at the new Superman / Wonder Woman #1, here are the opening pages for the issue and the variant covers.[via The Hollywood Reporter]
|Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) doing some dispatching.|
Phew! Thought I had missed this as I lamented last weekend. But nothing to fear because it’s taking place THIS weekend at the Porter Exchange building in Cambridge, MA.
There’s a great schedule of events!
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm
University Hall at Lesley University
1815 Massachusetts Ave (Porter Sq.)
Visit www.micexpo.org for more info.
Not quite a whizz in a phone box: Superman fan has 19 surgeries over 16 years to look like his favourite comic book hero
The 35-year-old, from Calamba City, Philippines, has had nose jobs, skin whitening, lip liposuction, jaw realignment, pec implants and even abdominal implants to become a real-life Clarke Kent after falling in love with the TV programme aged five.
He has splashed around 300,000 Pesos (£4,400) on his obsession – a fortune compared to the average 90p hourly wage in the Philippines. Read More
|Yukio played by Rila Fukushima|
“Yukio is an occasional thief by profession, as well as a rōnin, a masterless samurai. Yukio has been portrayed as a free spirit with an almost careless disregard for personal danger. While she is highly skilled in the martial arts, Yukio is not a mutant and possesses no super powers. Her specialty weapons are scalpel-like shuriken, of which she can hurl several at a time with deadly accuracy.”
She was the one saving grace to what would’ve been complete disappointment.
|More Yukio badassery, please!|
Look, I don’t mind predictable story lines as long as they’re done well, which means the actors and actresses really have to come through. Unfortunately, not everyone did here. And so, most of the characters weren’t memorable like the evil blonde lady mutant or even Mariko, who was Wolverine’s love interest (which I dunno why since there was zero chemistry between the two…like, nada..nothing.)
Yukio, played by Rila Fukushima, was such a badass — with her shocking red hair; with the sword skills; with her WTF-did-you-just-say?! expressions; and, with her unwavering loyalty. I was seriously bummed during the times she wasn’t on screen.
Kudos to Rila for making me fall in love with Yukio.
Mr. Lee and I made our way to the Seaport Hotel Saturday afternoon. The plan was to meet up with the Lee crew.
|signed comics by Mike Choi; indie comic called “Tuna Time”; and 10 issues of Batgirl / Cassandra Cain for $6|
|Mike Choi signing my copy of X-23: Target X|
|Why, hello there, Michelangelo!|
|Voltron, the cardboard edition|
|some booth decor|
|A working, motorized R2-D2 making his exit|
|It’s a Bumblebee Crossing! This costume was ginormous.|
|Batgirl / Cassandra Cain back issues|
|Me as Paul Bunyan with Big Toe Uglydoll and Babe the Blue Ox during the 2012 Superhero 5K race|
This is how I feel most Mondays — hehe
It’s happening this weekend so make sure to check it out!
I’ll be noodling around the convention on Saturday and most likely devoting most of my time learning more about the indie comic artists.
Some of my friends have a list of all the artists they want to see. Errr…maybe I should follow suit? I was even asked if I’d dress up in cosplay. Errr…I gots no time nor patience for that — I leave that to the experts 😛
Anyhow, it’s going to be a fun convention.
Check out the Boston Comic Con website for a listing of events and special guests!
What a breath of fresh air!
A caped crusader is on the loose in the mountains of Pakistan, but she’s not your traditional superhero. The Burka Avenger wears a flowing black veil — only her brown eyes are visible — as she fights corrupt politicians and religious zealots. Her weapons of choice: pens and books.
Burka Avenger, which made its debut on Pakistani TV this week, aims to empower young women in a country where attacks on girls’ schools and repression of women remain enduring problems. It’s the brainchild of Pakistani entrepreneur and pop star Haroon Rashid, who tells NPR’s Audie Cornish that he was inspired by current events in Pakistan. “I thought of an idea of sort of, like, a protagonist protecting a girls’ school. And that’s how the idea for the Burka Avenger developed.”
She kinda reminds me of the assassin Curaré from Batman Beyond…except Curaré wears less clothes and is hell bent on murdering everyone..errr…so maybe not a great example of what to aspire to. But, The Burka Avenger? She’s some good awesome.
Anyhow, applause for Haroon Rashid and what he has created — another voice and another strong kickass lady for kids of all ages to look up to.[via NPR]
“What happens when your day job gets in the way of your new relationship?“
Seriously. When is there going to be a Wonder Woman film out?
Well, according to this article, DC President Diane Nelson Thinks WONDER WOMAN is “tricky”.
Uhhh…and Thor wasn’t?
I guess the short above will have to tide me over for now.
This is interesting news…
Amazon is about to take on Marvel and DC with a new publishing imprint for comics, the company announced today via press release. The new publishing brand is called “Jet City Comics,” and will begin with a series penned by Neal Stephenson called Symposium. Later this year, it’ll get a George R. R. Martin story adaptation, and then in 2014 it’s going to turn dystopian novel, Wool, into a serialized graphic novel.
Q: This isn’t meant to be an insult or a rant or anything of the sort, but I was wondering why in scott pilgrim vs the world (which I loved a lot btw) there aren’t very many people of color? There was Matthew but not any or many others, unless I was very silly and I missed them. Is this because the setting? (it is my understanding that there aren’t as many people of color in canada as in the us) or you didn’t think of it? Im just curious and i hope I didn’t come off as rude! thanks!
A: I’ve always wanted to make some kind of definitive statement about this but I think i’ll probably just ramble instead… first: I think it sucks that Scott Pilgrim came out so white!!!!!!!!!!! I am mixed (white + korean) and grew up being told that race didn’t matter — that race was kinda over. As with many things you’re told as a kid, it took me many years to realize that it wasn’t really true… It was kinda wishful thinking on the part of my parents, who were in a mixed relationship. I mean, I wish it was true, we all wish it was true, but it’s not true.
Really interesting read. Thanks Brian Lee O’Malley for the ramble!
Also, my favorite character was definitely Knives Chau. Hell, I was wishing my last name were Chau as I left the movie theatre ‘cuz she was the most badass of them all.
Westbrook man arrested in assaults at Portland comics event
Police used an electric stun gun on a Westbrook man they say randomly assaulted two people Saturday at the Free Comic Book Day event in downtown Portland and also threatened police.
Police Lt. Gary Hutcheson said Adam Barnes, 31, was arrested on State Street after a man dressed as a Ghostbuster and another dressed as a Stormtrooper were assaulted outside Coast City Comics at Congress and Park streets, where people dressed in costumes had gathered about 2:30 p.m. Hutcheson said the Stormtrooper character – Owen Wood of Portland in real life – was thrown to the ground and the Ghostbuster character was punched.
Hutcheson said Barnes, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 300 pounds, was intoxicated.
Working out the comic for Monday as well as for Friday.
My favorite doodle tools? 3B pencil, Staples pencil sharpener, and tracing paper — I like the smooth and soft texture of it…plus, I can flesh out my initial stick figure sketches with it.
This fun and warmly witty film traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.
WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES will have its television broadcast premiere on PBS’s Independent Lens series on Monday, April 15, 2013, at 10:00pm. Check your local listings to confirm the time and date.
Awesome! Definitely gonna watch this 🙂
And so before I leave for my trip to Japan and Thailand in 6 days — *gulp* — I definitely want to squeeze in a couple comics.
The one coming up on Friday is set at a diner with a little racism thrown in to spice things up.
Oh, you silly people always asking me where I’m from ‘cuz saying that I’m from Boston, born and bred, is never sufficient. Oh, and how I don’t speak with an accent…which then makes me wonder so what if I did speak with an accent?
It’s 2013. People need to get out more.
Set in Yokohama in 1963, this lovingly hand-drawn film centers on Umi and Shun and the budding romance that develops as they join forces to save their high school’s ramshackle clubhouse from demolition.
(Director by Goro Miyazaki; scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa; and produced by Studio Ghibli.)
Noodling around Central Square over the weekend, Mr. Lee and I spotted a movie poster for “From Up On Poppy Hill.” A quick search and it was playing at the Kendall Square Cinema close by. We decided to go for it.
I’m glad that the version that was playing at the theatre was the un-dubbed version. That was a relief.
It was a quiet kind of flick. Although, everyone in the audience cringed and got squeamish over the Luke and Leia moment — we did too. Maybe that’s why it didn’t get a wider release or more promotion?
I liked it, but Mr. Lee wasn’t as happy with it because he was expecting some magic — a Studio Ghibli trademark. Ahhh…so much to live up to when connected with the Studio Ghibli name.
Anyhow, great for adults…not so much for the kids. But, I’m glad for that 🙂
Great interview.[more at CBS]
“The Asian stereotype is real. The whole guilt trip, like we came on a dinghy from Hong Kong to give you a better life, we work at a friggin’ sock store, and we want you to become a doctor so you can take care of us for the rest of your life.” Read More
You may not like Awkwafina‘s music or whatever else, but I’m excited to see someone like her break a mold and be fearless about defining her own future on her own terms.