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Preview: BUBBLEGUN #1

Preview: BUBBLEGUN #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 7, 2013

CoverBUBBLEGUN #1 Mark Roslan ­ Story / Mike Bowden ­ Art / David Curiel - ColorsThe future is here with Aspen¹s latest 10 for 10¹ series debut, BUBBLEGUN!They like the tech, but live for the high stakes! Sisters Molli and Devyn, along with teammates Roman and Kyo‹and a stockpile of cutting edge, cyber-punk technology, form a confident team of mercenary thieves able to take on the most formidable jobs around. Yet, when one cyber heist turns out to be more than they bargained for, as a mysterious package and its contents threaten to unravel the group to its core, the menacing worlds of corrupt industry and deadly espionage is unleashed upon them!Join creator and writer Mark Roslan (Broken Pieces), penciler Mike Bowden (World of Warcraft, Ame-Comi Girls), and colorist David Curiel (Idolized, Avenging Spider-Man) on what¹s sure to become Aspen¹s next hit sci-fi, action adventure series! Strap yourselves in because BUBBLEGUN is gonna take you on a wild ride!BUBBLEGUN #1 is in stores June 12th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover C Cover D Cover EFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/preview-bubblegun-1.html

Jimmy Olsen - Nick Spencer RB Silva

Jimmy Olsen - Nick Spencer RB Silva

By Arion in Blog on June 6, 2013

I am passionate about comics. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my own comic book has come. And I need YOU to do it. So please check out the following link (and don’t forget to make a pledge): http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog. Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mi propio cómic. Y para eso los necesito a USTEDES. Así que por favor revisen el siguiente link para que puedan colaborar: http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 ¡Gracias! Amanda Conner puts the fun in Jimmy's life / Amanda Conner pone la diversión en la vida de JimmyWhen you are 19 years old, you are not kid anymore. Your teenage years are basically over, and you are about to step if not into full adulthood at least into your twenties. You are old enough to vote but, for some reason, you are not legally permitted to buy alcohol. You can still get away with some childish stuff but you know that the severe specter of maturity already hovers over your head. Jimmy Olsen is Superman’s pal. He has helped the Man of Steel to save the day in countless occasions, he has seen his fair share of alien invasions, supervillains and extraordinary events. But the ordinary is also a fundamental part of his life. So how does this 19-year-old boy spend his free time? He does what many teens do: he plays online videogames. And he plays for hours, and hours, and hours… Jimmy Olsen playing and eating junk food / Jimmy Olsen jugando y comiendo comida chatarraAnd this is the beauty of Nick Spencer’s approach, a writer famous for giving life to young people in Image’s “Morning Glories”. Like a master chef, he mixes the ingredients of the ordinary and the extraordinary in one delightful and absolutely delicious recipe for fun. Everything starts when Chloe, Jimmy’s girlfriend breaks up with him and of course the young man’s reaction as immature as ever. He simply mumbles that he’s better off by himself and he continues to play videogames in his underwear, eating junk food and even taking a piss with one hand while holding the game’s controls with the other… Now that’s the way a 19-year-old kid should and would act and that’s something many authors have forgotten in recent decades. Superman writers have focused too much on the “Superman’s pal” aspect and not enough on Olsen’s human side.Obviously, Jimmy Olsen can’t admit that he loves Chloe, and that he wants to go back with her. But something deep inside him tells him that he can’t spend the rest of the week eating Dorito’s in his coach. He needs to get up off his ass and do something different, and so he decides to stop being an auxiliary character in his own life, to stop being Superman’s damsel in distress, to stop whining. Jimmy gets married? ¿Jimmy se casa?And in one week he thwarts the schemes of a race of alien invaders, he struggles against one of Lex Luthor’s minions –who, among other evil deed, is seducing Jimmy’s ex-girlfriend– and he also runs into a creature of the fifth dimension that traps him into an alternate reality where everything in Jimmy’s life seems to be perfect: he’s the top reporter of Metropolis, he has Superman’s powers and he is about to get married to a wealthy and attractive girl. Except that there is something missing.Nick Spencer reminds us of every era in the life of Jimmy Olsen as a character, from the Byrne era (with a very clever homage to major Berkowitz) to more recent days, from the 60s and 70s, when Jimmy Olsen was a giant turtle, an elongated man, a kryptonite radiated mutant and sometimes even a transvestite (let’s keep in mind that a man dressing up as a woman was considered as comedy material not only in comics but also in movies such as “Some Like It Hot” or “Tootsie”), perhaps keeping in line with what Morrison wrote about the Silver Age, a state of flux, in which the body of the hero could be transformed into different animals or alien species, and the classic “masculine heroes” would become “fluid and feminine”.In addition to Nick’s brilliant script we also have the vibrant and dynamic art of RB Silva, someone who really knows how to make young people look good on the page. Amanda Conner’s cover is also one of the funniest and prettiest cover we could find on any given month. One look at Jimmy Olsen’s expression gives us the right tone of this outstanding one-shot. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Life can be better if you have superpowers / la vida puede ser mejor si tienes superpoderesCuando tienes 19 años, ya no eres un chiquillo. Tus años de adolescente básicamente han llegado a su fin, y estás a punto de entrar si bien no en una adultez total sí en tus veintes. Tienes edad suficiente para votar pero, por alguna razón, no tienes permiso legal para comprar alcohol. Todavía puedes actuar un tanto infantilmente pero sabes que el severo espectro de la madurez flota por encima de tu cabeza.Jimmy Olsen es el amigo de Superman. Ha ayudado al Hombre de Acero a salvar la ciudad en incontables ocasiones, y ha visto muchas invasiones extraterrestres y eventos extraordinarios. Pero lo ordinario también es parte fundamental de su vida. Así que, ¿cómo gasta su tiempo este chico de 19 años? Se dedica a lo que muchos jóvenes se dedican: juegos en línea. Y juega por horas, y horas, y horas…Y esta es la belleza en el enfoque de Nick Spencer, un escritor famoso por darle vida a un grupo de jovencitos en “Morning Glories” de Image. Como un chef maestro, mezcla los ingredientes de lo ordinario y lo extraordinario en una adorable y absolutamente deliciosa receta para la diversión.Todo empieza cuando Chloe, la enamorada de Jimmy, rompe con él y, por supuesto, la reacción del muchacho es tan inmadura como siempre. Simplemente farfulla que está mejor sin pareja y sigue jugando en ropa interior, comiendo comida chatarra e incluso meando con una mano mientras sujeta los controles del juego con la otra... De hecho, así es como se comportaría un chico de 19 años y eso es algo que muchos autores han olvidado en décadas recientes. Los escritores de Superman se han enfocado demasiado en el aspecto de "amigo de Superman" y no lo suficiente en el lado humano de Olsen.  Jimmy Olsen in his underwear / Jimmy Olsen en ropa interiorObviamente, Jimmy Olsen no puede admitir que ama a Chloe, y que quiere regresar con ella. Pero algo muy dentro de él le hace saber que no puede pasar el resto de la semana comiendo Doritos en su sofá. Necesita mover el culo y hacer algo diferente, así que decide dejar de ser un personaje auxiliar en su propia vida, dejar de ser la damisela en apuros de Superman, dejar de lloriquear.Y en una semana obstaculiza los planes de invasión de una raza alienígena, lucha contra uno de los secuaces de Lex Luthor -quien, entre otras fechorías, está seduciendo a la ex-enamorada de Jimmy- y también se tropieza con una criatura de la quinta dimensión que lo atrapa en una realidad alternativa donde todo en la vida de Jimmy parece ser perfecto: es el mejor reportero de Metrópolis, tiene los poderes de Superman y está a punto de casarse con una atractiva y acaudalada chica. Excepto que… algo le falta.Nick Spencer nos recuerda cada era en la vida de Jimmy Olsen como personaje, desde la época de Byrne (con un muy astuto homenaje al alcalde Berkowitz) a días más recientes, desde los 60s y los 70s, cuando Jimmy Olsen era una tortuga gigante, un hombre elástico, un mutante irradiado por la kriptonita y, a veces, incluso un travesti (tengamos en cuenta que un hombre vistiéndose de mujer era considerado material de comedia no solamente en cómics sino también en películas como “Some Like It Hot” o “Tootsie”), tal vez confirmando lo que Morrison escribió sobre la Edad de Plata, un estado de flujo, en el que el cuerpo de un héroe podía ser transformado en diferentes animales o especies extraterrestres, en el que los clásicos "héroes masculinos" se convertían en seres “fluidos y femeninos”.Además del brillante guión de Nick, también tenemos el arte vibrante y dinámico de RB Silva, alguien que realmente sabe cómo hacer que los jóvenes se vean bien en la página. La portada de Amanda Conner es también una de las más bonitas y divertidas que podríamos encontrar mes a mes. Un vistazo a la expresión de Jimmy Olsen nos da el tono apropiado de este sobresaliente número especial.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/06/jimmy-olsen-nick-spencer-rb-silva.html

Preview: Shrugged #3

Preview: Shrugged #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 3, 2013

Cover SHRUGGED #3 Frank Mastromauro ­ Story / Jonathan Marks ­ Art / Beth Sotelo - ColorsThe long awaited return of SHRUGGED continues!You think you¹re prepared, but you¹re not. You¹ve been decisive in your actions up to this point, but now things have been turned upside down. You feel you¹ve conformed your mindset and are ready to accept what you¹re about to experience, but you haven¹t. That¹s because SHRUGGED is back and ready to blow your mind!Perspecta has a new dark ruler as Lord Slive revels in his takeover and now plans his attack on planet Earth. Barely surviving with his life, Magnuss, the ousted true leader of Perspecta, reaches out for help, but who will come to his aid? Meanwhile, Theo¹s girl troubles are heating up as he¹s torn between the three women in his life. Those may be the least of his worries though because something bad has happened to Ange and Dev, and Theo may not survive their new transformations!Created by Michael Turner and Frank Mastromauro, with illustrations by newcomer Jonathan Marks and colors by Beth Sotelo, make sure to listen to the voices inside your head and pick up the newest issue of SHRUGGED today!SHRUGGED #3 is in stores June 5th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover BFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/preview-shrugged-3.html

May Films / películas de mayo

May Films / películas de mayo

By Arion in Blog on June 2, 2013

I am passionate about comics. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my own comic book has come. And I need YOU to do it. So please check out the following link (and don’t forget to make a pledge): http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog. Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mi propio cómic. Y para eso los necesito a USTEDES. Así que por favor revisen el siguiente link para que puedan colaborar: http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 ¡Gracias! I know some of you might feel as if I’m on a ‘filmic diet’, consuming less and less with each passing month... But trust me, I’ve just been busy. Still I went with my friends to see Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), director J.J. Abrams once again sends the Enterprise on a course of adventure that never stops. I really like the way Abrams handles the combat sequences, the dramatic confrontation between protagonists and antagonists and the never-ending action. The original cast returns, but besides Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Anton Yelchin, we have Benedict Cumberbatch as Khang, a villain so intelligent and lethal that captures our attention immediately. I was thrilled to see another great Star Trek production, and hopefully there will be a third one.Emilio Estevez wrote and directed Bobby (2006), and it is a heartfelt homage to Robert Kennedy. Focusing on the day of the assassination of the presidential candidate, Estevez creates one of the most fascinating and tragic stories I’ve seen in years. He shows us the most significant moments in the lives of a group of characters and the way they see Robert Kennedy as well as the way they dream of a more human America, a nation of justice and liberty and not of bigotry and war. With a large cast of famous actors (Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, William H. Macy, Lindsay Lohan, Laurence Fishburne, Demi Moore, Martin Sheen, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood, etc.) and a superb script, “Bobby” is a true contemporary masterpiece.  Superman IV: the Quest for Peace (1987) was the last Man of Steel movie with Christopher Reeve in it, who also helped co-write it. Gene Hackman (Lex Luthor) and Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) return, and we even have Mariel Hemingway as a new character. The premise for Quest for Peace was actually quite interesting: in a world threatened by nuclear holocaust, only someone as powerful as Superman can get rid of all the atomic bombs thus ensuring world peace. There are some very inspiring moments, like Superman’s speech at the UN or his examples of idealism and goodness, but overall the execution of the concept is inadequate. With the smallest budget of all the four Superman movies and a shoddy production, the plot holes and bad narrative choices were too evident and because of that the superhero franchise was negatively affected.  Based on the comic book by James O'Barr, The Crow (1994) was written and directed by Alex Proyas who did a remarkable work in designing a dark city and an even darker hero. Brandon Lee, the protagonist, died in an accident during the filming process. Nevertheless, Alex Proyas finished this mythical film, which has become a cult classic and a precursor of darker and more adult oriented productions.Before “The Walking Dead” Frank Darabont wrote and directed The Mist (2007), based on a Stephen King’s novella. When a mysterious mist surrounds a small town, people start dying. There is something hidden in the mist, something not of this world. Thomas Jane is a concerned father who seeks shelter with his son in the local supermarket, he’s trapped there with Toby Jones (a cashier), Marcia Gay Harden (a religious extremist, hysterically obsessed with god) and many of the protagonists of The Walking Dead (Laurie Holden, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey DeMunn). Imprisonment exacerbates the fear and irrationality of everyone, and at the same time they get attacked by the creatures that hide in the mist. The suspense and the horror come not only from the exterior threat but most especially from the aberrant behavior of frightened and enraged people. Easily one of the best horror films I’ve seen in my life, I recommend it to everyone. It’s a must see.From the Netherlands comes Spetters (1980), directed by Paul Verhoeven and starred by Hans van Tongeren. This is an aggressive and almost violent chronicle of the lives of three young men, filmed with an intensity and realism that knows no boundaries. We see these three boys in their sexual escapades, in their failed attempts to become the best motorcyclists in the country; we see them struggling to get money, we see them jerking off together and trying to seduce cute girls with as little money as possible. The intensity of the scenes, the full frontal nudity and the closeness that the director accomplishes with the protagonists is outstanding. Nothing here feels forced or out of place, and in this tale about losers, tragic accidents, male rape, unrequited love and juvenile frustration we are confronted with the harsh reality of an adult world that does not condone the sins of youth.    Chroniques sexuelles d’une famille d’aujourd’hui (2012) is directed by Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr, who have done exceptional films in the past about young assassins and the painful discovery of sexuality (like American Translation or Chacun sa nuit). This time, the theme of murders is omitted and we get a thorough analysis of human sexuality that focuses on a French family. Mathias Melloul is a teenager that gets caught masturbating (while filming himself with his cellphone) in school. This incident prompts his parents to start discussing about sexuality. As a loving couple that has been married for years, they have what many would consider a healthy and normal sexual life… except, they don’t. The boy’s brother (interpreted by Nathan Duval), however is particularly fond of masturbating while he watches threesomes, and then as he participates in these encounters he doesn’t know if he’s more interested in the girl or the boy (eventually he will date Pierre Perrier, an actor that has participated in American Translation and Chacun sa nuit). But we also get to see the sexual life of the boy’s sister, and the sad and almost depressing reality of his granddad, who still has sexual urges but as a widower is supposed to keep them in check, at least to satisfy society’s demand. ‘Sexual Chronicles’ is excellent. Finally, I also saw Diumenge (2012), by Jordi Estapé and Marc Vilajuana. This Catalan production is centered in the lives of two high school boys Enric Domingo and Alex Duran. One of them is a ‘normal’ kid, with good friends and a pretty girlfriend, the other one is new in town, but he’s also an outcast, reviled by many due to his effeminate demeanor. Soon, homosexual passion breaks through, causing devastating effects for both boys.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Alguno de ustedes pensará que estoy 'a dieta fílmica', consumiendo menos y menos cada mes que pasa... Pero confíen en mí, simplemente he estado ocupado. Aún así fui con mis amigos a ver "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013), el director J.J. Abrams una vez más envía al Enterprise en rumbo a una aventura que nunca se detiene. Realmente me gusta la manera en que Abrams maneja las secuencias de combate, la confrontación dramática entre protagonistas y antagonistas y la acción incesante. El elenco original regresa, pero además de Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto y Anton Yelchin, tenemos a Benedict Cumberbatch como Khang, un villano tan inteligente y letal que captura nuestra atención de inmediato. Estoy encantado de ver otra gran producción de "Star Trek" y espero que haya una tercera.Emilio Estevez escribió y dirigió "Bobby" (2006), un emotivo homenaje a Robert Kennedy. Enfocándose en el día del asesinato del candidato presidencial, Estevez crea uno de las más fascinantes y trágicas historias que he visto en años. Nos muestra los momentos más significativos en las vidas de un grupo de personajes, el modo en que ven a Robert Kennedy y el modo en que sueñan con un Estados Unidos más humano, una nación de justicia y libertad y no de discriminación y guerra. Con un gran elenco de actores famosos (Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, William H. Macy, Lindsay Lohan, Laurence Fishburne, Demi Moore, Martin Sheen, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood, etc.) y un soberbio guión, “Bobby” es una verdadera obra maestra contemporánea.  my drawing: first pencils, then inks and the final version / mi dibujo: primero a lápiz, luego entintado y la versión final"Superman IV: the Quest for Peace" (1987) fue la última película del Hombre de Acero con Christopher Reeve, quien también fue el co-guionista. Gene Hackman (Lex Luthor) y Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) regresan, e incluso tenemos a Mariel Hemingway como un nuevo personaje. La premisa de la Búsqueda de la paz era de hecho bastante interesante: en un mundo amenazado por el holocausto nuclear, sólo alguien tan poderoso como Superman puede deshacerse de todas las bombas atómicas, asegurando así la paz mundial. Hay algunos momentos muy inspiradores, como el discurso de Superman en la ONU o sus ejemplos de idealismo y bondad, pero en conjunto la ejecución del concepto es pobre. Con el presupuesto más pequeño de las cuatro películas de Superman y una producción defectuosa, los huecos argumentales y las malas decisiones narrativas son demasiado evidentes, y a causa de ello la franquicia del súper-héroe se vio negativamente afectada.Basado en el cómic de James O'Barr, "The Crow" (1994) fue escrita y dirigida por Alex Proyas, quien hace un trabajo notable al diseñar una ciudad oscura y a un héroe aún más oscuro. Brandon Lee, el protagonista, murió en un accidente durante la filmación. No obstante, Alex Proyas terminó este mítico film, que se ha convertido en un clásico de culto y en un precursor de producciones más oscuras y más orientadas al público adulto.Antes de “The Walking Dead”, Frank Darabont escribió y dirigió "The Mist" (2007), basado en una novela breve de Stephen King. Cuando una misteriosa niebla rodea a un pequeño pueblo, la gente empieza a morir. Hay algo escondido en la niebla, algo que no es de este mundo. Thomas Jane es un preocupado padre que busca cobijo con su hijo en el supermercado local, él está atrapado allí con Toby Jones (un cajero), Marcia Gay Harden (una extremista religiosa, histéricamente obsesionada con dios) y muchos de los protagonistas de "The Walking Dead" (Laurie Holden, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey DeMunn). El aprisionamiento exacerba el miedo y la irracionalidad de todos, y al mismo tiempo son atacados por las criaturas que se esconden en la niebla. El suspenso y el horror llegan no sólo desde el exterior sino sobre todo de la conducta aberrante de la gente enfurecida y aterrorizada. Sin duda, uno de los mejores films de terror que he visto en mi vida. Lo recomiendo. Hay que verlo de todas maneras.De Países Bajos llega "Spetters" (1980), dirigido por Paul Verhoeven y protagonizado por Hans van Tongeren. Esta es una crónica agresiva y casi violenta de las vidas de tres jóvenes, filmada con una intensidad y un realismo que no conoce límites. Vemos a estos tres chicos y sus odiseas sexuales, sus intentos fallidos de convertirse en los mejores motociclistas del país; los vemos luchando para conseguir dinero, los vemos masturbándose juntos e intentando seducir a las chicas bonitas con la menor cantidad de plata posible. La intensidad de las escenas, los desnudos totales y la cercanía que el director consigue con los protagonistas es sobresaliente. Nada aquí se siente forzado o fuera de lugar, y en este relato sobre perdedores, trágicos accidentes, violación entre hombres, amor no correspondido y frustración juvenil nos vemos confrontados con la cruda realidad de un mundo adulto que no perdona los pecados de juventud.   "Chroniques sexuelles d’une famille d’aujourd’hui" (2012) es dirigida por Pascal Arnold y Jean-Marc Barr, quienes ya contaban con films excepcionales sobre jóvenes asesinos y el doloroso descubrimiento de la sexualidad (como "American Translation" o "Chacun sa nuit"). Esta vez, el tema de los asesinatos es omitido, y obtenemos así un minucioso análisis de la sexualidad humana que se enfoca en una familia francesa. Mathias Melloul es un adolescente que es sorprendido mientras se masturba en el colegio (además de filmarse a sí mismo en el acto con su celular). Este incidente motiva a sus padres a empezar a discutir sobre sexualidad. Al ser una amorosa pareja con años de matrimonio, ellos tienen lo que muchos considerarían una vida sexual sana y normal... excepto que esto no es así. El hermano del muchacho (interpretado por Nathan Duval), sin embargo, es particularmente entusiasta de la masturbación mientras mira tríos, y luego cuando participa en estos encuentros no sabe si está más atraído por la chica o el chico (eventualmente saldrá con Pierre Perrier, un actor que ha participado en "American Translation" y "Chacun sa nuit"). Pero también vemos la vida sexual de la hermana del muchacho, y la triste y deprimente realidad de su abuelo, quien todavía tiene deseos sexuales, pero como viudo supuestamente debe reprimirlos, al menos para satisfacer las demandas de la sociedad. ‘Crónicas sexuales’ es excelente. Finalmente, también vi "Diumenge" (2012), de Jordi Estapé y Marc Vilajuana. Esta producción catalana se centra en las vidas de dos chiquillos de secundaria Enric Domingo y Alex Duran. Uno de ellos es un jovencito 'normal', con buenos amigos y una bonita enamorada, el otro es nuevo en el pueblo, pero también es un marginado, repudiado por muchos a causa de su conducta afeminada. Pronto, la pasión homosexual surge, causando devastadores efectos para ambos chicos.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/06/i-am-passionate-about-comics.html

Transmetropolitan'O'ton #1

Transmetropolitan'O'ton #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 1, 2013

Cover Transmetropolitan Volume 1 marks the start of Warren Ellis's and Darick Robertson's epic work about a foul-mouthed, violent, drug addict, misanthrope, arrogant, borderline insane, investigative reporter that goes by the name Spider Jerusalem.Spider follows his unique take on life. Forever searching for political truth and disregarding any professional ethics or morals to get to it.Meet Spider Jerusalem, Royce the editor for The Word, Channon the stripper, Fred Christ the cult leader, The Beast the president of the USA and the 2 heads smoking cat.How is it?Transmetropolitan is one of the great series out there. Love it or hate it it, it doesn't matter. What does is that its like nothing else ever put to print. And this first volume is perfect for showing just that.Spider Jerusalem is a reporter that decided to leave the city because he was disappointed with society. However before he went away he signed a contract for a book. Five years have passed since that and he gets a call from his publisher demanding his book. Long story short Spider return to the city. Spider gets his job back Everything has changed but in a way stayed the same. Spider gets back in touch with his old newspaper that gives him a job writing a current events column that will end up being called "I hate it here". The city is like a living organism. She feeds of her inhabitants and they of her. Its a symbiotic relationship that's particularly unforgiving to Spider. He gets his inspiration from the city, but he also gets consumed by her.This book is about Spider getting back to the city. Getting back in touch with what drives him and letting the powers that be know that he is back to make their life miserable. Learning journalism Throw Spider Warren talks about social issues, political awareness (or of it), the moral bankruptcy of current society and the media. Spider is not a hero nor a villain. He's actually both and neither. He isn't a nice guy, but he is honest, brutally so.This is the least political of the 10 volumes of Transmetropolitan. It is a great door into Spider's world. Warren Ellis creates a complex and intriguing world that captures the reader from day one and it never stops growing and gaining layers of complexity without ever getting to contrived.Art wise this is the weakest of them all. While Darick Robertson does a good job, its clear he's still creating the Transmetropolitan style and getting comfortable with the characters.Verdict?Metropolitan is one of the collections I'm most proud of owning. Its a great journey that gets closure and many payoffs along the way. However Warren Ellis's writing is not for everyone, and Transmetropolitan with all its swearing and "misanthropeness" might turn off many readers.Be that as it may, give it a try. Its a cheap book and it starts a hell of a journey throw the world of investigative reporting in the future.Publisher: VertigoYear:  2009Pages: 144Authors: Warren Ellis, Darick RobertsonISBN: 1401220843Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/transmetropolitanoton-1.html

Next on RGN #7

Next on RGN #7

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 31, 2013

The Trooper The year was 1991 or maybe 1992. Me, a little kid, had just started yet another exciting Summer vacation. In one of those lazy summer days a friend lent me an old, almost worn out, tape of some British heavy metal band.I spook very little English at the time (not that I speak much more now) but as soon as I hit play I got hooked. It was a powerful, energetic, vibrant sound. Melodic at times and brutal at others. Little by little I learned the lyrics and the more I knew the more I loved it.It was the 1980 Iron Maiden self titled album.Well, 20 something years later I finally got to see them live and it was glorious. Sure the age shows a bit after all they're like 150 years old by now, but it was a kid's dream come true. Last 29th of May was a great day indeed.What does this has to do with comics you ask? Nothing, I'm just in a sharing mood. Transmetropolitan Vol 1 Back to comics, while rocking out to Can I play With Madness on the way home I remembered that I'm overdue with a review to RGN. One thing lead to another and somehow the idea to revisit Transmetropolitan  came to mind. Something about "Give me the to hold my head up and spit back in their face" screamed  Spider Jerusalem.So starting this weekend and for the next 10 Saturday's RGN will revisit each volume of Transmetropolitan starting with Volume 1 in what will be a Transmetropolitan o'ton. Iron Man 2020 On Wednesday the 5th of June its time for Arno Stark, the Iron Man of the year 2020 to make an appearance. This book collects the stories about or involving the Iron Man of 2020.Arno Stark is nothing like Tony. He stands for nothing but ego and money. Unlike current (at the time the original comics were published) Iron Man Arno never outgrown his flamboyant playboy persona. That attitude will put him through tough times, but unlike his predecessor he doesn't learn his lesson.From playboy millionaire to mercenary, it will all be reviewed next Wednesday.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/next-on-rgn-7.html

Jorge Tacla - Doble vida (Galería Lucía de la Puente)

Jorge Tacla - Doble vida (Galería Lucía de la Puente)

By Arion in Blog on May 30, 2013

I am passionate about comics. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my own comic book has come. And I need YOU to do it. So please check out the following link (and don’t forget to make a pledge): http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog. Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mi propio cómic. Y para eso los necesito a USTEDES. Así que por favor revisen el siguiente link para que puedan colaborar: http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 ¡Gracias! Alice WagnerSi bien el nombre de Lucía de la Puente se ha visto recientemente envuelto en polémicas (ha trascendido la discusión entre Ramiro Llona y la galería, a causa de un arbitrario incremento en el cobro de comisiones por obra vendida, que ha pasado de 35% a 50%), en la inauguración del día miércoles todo indicio de controversia parecía haberse esfumado. Jorge Tacla presentó “Doble vida”, una serie de cuadros que muestran grandes edificaciones signadas con un tono lúgubre y sombrío. Utilizando óleo y polvo de mármol, Jorge consigue recrear de manera casi fantasmagórica pero no por ello menos intensa, un conjunto de recintos deshabitados. Destaca, sobre todo su “Identidad oculta 37”. Jorge TaclaAlice Wagner reemplazó el concepto de comunidades imaginadas de su última muestra en Lucía de la Puente por un interesante experimento visual, que se compone de objetos que han sido revestidos con piezas de rompecabezas: un extinguidor, una plancha y una secadora, entre otros, pasan a exhibir paisajes exuberantes. “Land-Scaping” que puede traducirse como paisajismo, también ofrece tres obras hechas con lona encauchada y grabada con láser. En esta ocasión me acompañó mi gran amigo Max Maradiegue, y mientras él tomaba una copa de vino, yo desafiaba la suerte tomando no solamente vino, sino también whisky y pisco. Nos encontramos con Jorge Cabieses, Mariella Agois, Hugo Alegre, Julio Garay e Irene Tomatis; y también conversé con el jovencísimo y talentosísimo artista Tomás Prochazka, quien este año ha participado en dos muestras (una individual en el Bisetti de Barranco y otra colectiva en su álma máter, Corriente Alterna). Luego de ver ambas muestras, Max y yo caminamos unos pocos metros para ir a la Noche de pizzas en Dédalo, donde la buena comida dio lugar a una muy buena conversación.   Hoy en la noche, hace apenas una hora, se inauguró en Dédalo la muestra de Gabriel Villarán que consiste en tablas de surf pintadas con mucha exquisitez y finura por Gabriel Mujica. Conversé brevemente con Eduardo Lores y María Elena Fernández, y también saludé a Pedro Casusol quien me presentó a Sheila Alvarado, la genial artista que seguramente debe ser ampliamente conocida y reconocida por sus ilustraciones en la columna de sexo de Perú21.  my drawing (pencils and then inks) / mi dibujo (lápices y luego tintas)También fue una magnífica oportunidad para reencontrarme con compañeros de oficina –como Sandra Roncagliolo que hasta hace poco trabajaba en COSAS, literalmente a dos metros de distancia de mi oficina– y, desde luego, con amigos del colegio como Arturo José Valdés Hamann y Matías Ballón Córdova. Aunque, sin duda, lo mejor del evento fue ver a mi gran amigo Augusto Rey y a Lucía Ginocchio, con quienes conversé un rato.En el transcurso de la noche también me encontré con José Medina, y vi de lejos a Manuel Bruce (también de mi colegio) y al famoso Jason Day. En las tres horas que estuve en Dédalo me tomé más de diez chilcanos, cortesía de pisco Larroca, y comí tequeños, camarones fritos de una textura crujiente y con una deliciosa salsa agridulce, y mini causas con pulpo al olivo (un pulpo estupendo, en su punto, ni muy chicloso ni muy suave). Ojalá todas las muestras fuesen así de buenas y divertidas, en todo caso, otras galerías limeñas deberían tomar a Dédalo como ejemplo. En esta ocasión, sin ir muy lejos, la velada estuvo amenizada por el grupo de música de Jean Pierre Magnet. De todos modos, me despedí temprano de mis amigos (o relativamente temprano) y antes de la medianoche ya estaba en Domingo Laboratorio Creativo, y luego de un último traguito me fui derechito a casa. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/jorge-tacla-doble-vida-galeria-lucia-de.html

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 29, 2013

CoverEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11 Vince Hernandez ­ Writer / Giuseppe Cafaro ­ Art / Teo Gonzalez  - ColorsExecutive Assistant Lotus takes center stage!Explore the creation of a master assassin and the tragic past of Executive Assistant Lotus in ³Bloodline², the origin of one of the EA Universe¹s most popular‹and deadly--heroines. As a child raised in India, Rani (Lotus) was continually teased amongst her peers for her vulnerability and proclivity towards technology and science. However, following a horrific turn of events that shatters her existence at its core, Rani must choose to grow up fast, and to rely on her survival instincts and technical expertise in order to survive‹or die!EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11 is in stores May 29th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/preview-executive-assistant-assassins-11.html

Preview: DEAD MAN¹S RUN #5

Preview: DEAD MAN¹S RUN #5

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 29, 2013

DEAD MAN¹S RUN #5 CoverGreg Pak ­ Writer / Tony Parker ­ Art / David Curiel - ColorsFrom acclaimed "Hulk" writer Greg Pak, legendary "Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd, and Tony Parker, artist of the Eisner-nominated "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep², comes the biggest blockbuster series of the new year ­ DEAD MAN¹S RUN!The price of a true innocent in the land of the condemned becomes terrifying clear as the Captain mercilessly absconds with Juniper, and Sam Tinker and crew must survive their way through the horrors he releases upon them in order to save her from the City of Corruption. Yet, the true nature of evil manifests itself when Sam reveals the last bits of the map needed to break out, only to discover a more sinister surprise than he ever could have possibly imagined‹even in Hell!DEAD MAN¹S RUN #5 is in stores May 29th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover B Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/preview-dead-mans-run-5.html

Fashion Beast # 8 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio

Fashion Beast # 8 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio

By Arion in Blog on May 28, 2013

I am passionate about comics. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my own comic book has come. And I need YOU to do it. So please check out the following link (and don’t forget to make a pledge): http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog. Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mi propio cómic. Y para eso los necesito a USTEDES. Así que por favor revisen el siguiente link para que puedan colaborar: http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 ¡Gracias! Doll lives in an ivory tower, isolated from the ugliness of the real world. But even a golden cage is still a cage, and so she finally asks permission to abandon (temporarily) Celestine’s headquarters. She leaves behind a world of fashion and glamour, and witnesses how normal people live. And it is such an awful life. The less fortunate are undressed by some sort of fashion militia that burns their clothes, others try to find food in a city that has turned into a huge dump. In this trip, Doll is accompanied by Tomboy, who explains to her that people “wear their clothes like flags. All their politics, all the things they expect out of life, all summed up” by the things they wear. It’s true, then, that most of them “will be marching behind these flags for the rest of their lives, whether they know it or not”.  The ugly reality / la fea realidadAnd that makes me think that, certainly, in our world, fashion is closer to tyranny than any other thing. We are also obsessed with certain brands/labels, with certain looks and outfits, and we tend to judge others not because of their political views, their nationality or their intellect, but rather by the way they look, or to be more precise, by how compliant they are of the rules of the fashion industry.  Facundo Percio, once again, excels in these pages. From Doll’s silent trip through the streets of a city she no longer recognizes, to the activities of the men and women that live there. In the penultimate page, for instance, we can see two gentlemen dressed as noble men from Victorian England that, instead of taking out the dogs, have two women in leashes, dressed in very suggestive bondage-sadomasochism outfits, in other panels we see a man practicing anal sex with a very tall woman, a man throwing up, a man masturbating while he stands next to a woman who can’t stop smoking. In the last page we have a man urinating in front of two women, who eventually kick the crap out of him. All this myriad of details enhances the idea of a world that is strange to us but at the same time mundane enough to be considered real. The wraparound cover also includes many memorable scenes that include street sex and other offenses to the public morale… which makes it all the best.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Street sex / sexo callejeroDoll vive en una torre de marfil, aislada de la fealdad del mundo real. Pero incluso una jaula de oro sigue siendo una jaula, así que finalmente pide permiso para abandonar (temporalmente) los cuarteles generales de Celestine. Ella deja atrás un mundo de glamour y moda, para atisbar cómo vive la gente normal.Y es una vida tan horrorosa. Los menos afortunados son desvestidos por una especie de milicia de la moda que quema sus ropas, otros intentan encontrar comida en una ciudad que se ha convertido en un gigantesco basurero. En este viaje, Doll es acompañada por Tomboy, quien le explica que la gente "usa sus ropas como banderas. Toda su política, todas las cosas que esperan de la vida, todo se resume" en la forma de vestir. Es cierto, entonces, que muchos de ellos "estarán marchando detrás de estas banderas por el resto de sus vidas, así lo sepan o no". Doll & TomboyY eso me hace pensar que, ciertamente, en nuestro mundo la moda está más cerca de la tiranía que otras cosas. Estamos tan obsesionados con ciertas marcas, con ciertos looks y atuendos, y tendemos a juzgar a otros no por sus opiniones políticas, su nacionalidad o su intelecto, sino más bien por el modo en que se ven o, para ser más preciso, por qué tan obedientes son de las reglas de la industria de la moda.Facundo Percio, una vez más, se supera en estas páginas. Desde el viaje silencioso de Doll a través de las calles de una ciudad que ya no reconoce, a las actividades de los hombres y mujeres que viven allí. En la penúltima página, por ejemplo, podemos ver a dos caballeros vestidos como nobles de la Inglaterra Victoriana que, en vez de pasear con sus perros, tienen a dos mujeres en correas, vestidas a la usanza bondage-sadomasoquismo, en otras viñetas vemos a un hombre practicando sexo anal con una mujer muy alta, un hombre vomitando, a un hombre masturbándose al lado de una mujer que no deja de fumar. En la última página tenemos a un hombre orinando frente a dos mujeres, que eventualmente le sacan la mugre. Toda esta miríada de detalles enriquece la idea de un mundo que es extraño para nosotros pero al mismo tiempo lo suficientemente mundano para ser considerado real. La portada doble también incluye muchas escenas memorables que incluyen sexo callejero y otras ofensas a la moral pública... De lo mejor.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/fashion-beast-8-alan-moore-facundo.html

Review: Judge Dredd Origins

Review: Judge Dredd Origins

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 26, 2013

Cover A strange package arrives at Mega City One's Hall of Justice. Despite Dredd's best efforts to stop the package's delivery it gets to its destination. That sets in motion a chain of events that will puts Dredd and 8 more Judges journeying the Cursed Earth looking for a valuable asset that's gone astray.Judge Dredd Origins reprints the 2006/07 story that details the fall of the old judicial system and the rise of the new one. The legacy of the first Chief Judge Eustace Fargo and the creation of Rico and Joseph Dredd.How does this mysterious package relate to the origin of the Mega Cities and the Judge Dredd Judicial system?How is it?This book collects two stories and a cover gallery. The stories are Origins and a prelude to Origins. The prelude story is a fun about the mysterious box that eventually gets delivered to the Hall of Justice. In it Dredd tries and tries to intercept the box but he's always a step behind. Dredd The art on this prelude is done by Kev Walker. I think its the first time I've seen his art and I liked it. I has a Mignola feel to it. I personally found the transition form Kev Walker's art to Carlos Ezquerra a bit harsh. I really like the Mignolian style but the Ezquerra art style is a bit more raw. It didn't help that the coloring on the prelude story is that gray post-apocalyptic palette but on the Origin story its like if the rainbow came to life. Its too big a transition to make. After a while you get used to, but those first pages make your eyes hurt a bit.Don't get me wrong I like Carlos Ezquerra art. He is the definitive Judge Dredd artist, and he does a great job in the Origin story. But when looking at the book as a whole the difference in the art styles is really offputting.John Wagner does a great job telling this Origin story. Its actually 2 stories weaved in one. One takes place in the present time and the other in the past. The first is unveiling as its told and the second is told in flashbacks. They're both connected of course. The story told in flashbacks is the reason the present one is taking place.One of the thing I like about Judge Dredd is that it is a British comic. This means its written differently than American comics. It has that punk rock feel. That chaos vs order that permeates British culture. Take this into consideration when reading this book. Its anything but American propaganda. The America portrayed in this book is as far as its possible from the Hollywood America. The american dream is dead and it has to be replaced with something else. Young Dredd I have no particular feelings for or against the United States of America, but its refreshing to see it portrayed in another light that's not the all mighty and ever knowing God nation that Hollywood sells to the world.My only gripe with John Wagner's writing is that he tries to add a little depth to the plot by including some political intrigue and power play. While he is in a fairly successful way it brings the pace of the book to a halt. The story never gets stagnant but it does slow down considerably half way in. But in the last third it picks up the pace again and delivers a great finish. Getting read to roll outVerdict?This is a great book to read if you like Judge Dredd and want to know more about that Universe. How did that singular judicial system came to existence is one of the main aspects of the book. It also provides a good insight at Dredd's own origin.Its a violent, action packed book, as much as any other Judge Dredd story. If this is your cup of tea then get it, you'll love it. If the Judge Dredd Universe doesn't do anything for you then this won't change your mind.Publisher: 2000ADYear: 2013Pages: 192Authors: John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Kev WalkerISBN: 1781080992Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/review-judge-dredd-origins.html


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The Secret Service # 6 - Mark Millar Dave Gibbons

The Secret Service # 6 - Mark Millar Dave Gibbons

By Arion in Blog on May 25, 2013

The best spy of the British Crown is dead, and now it’s up to his nephew Gary to save not only England but the rest of the world as well. In the final chapter of “The Secret Service”, Gary decides that in order to find allies he must look for them not in the official ranks of the secret service but rather in their training facilities. That’s why he recruits many of his classmates, and together they lead one final, desperate, even suicidal attack to the enemy’s headquarters.Gary’s strategy is brilliant. His frontal attack is only a distraction: at the same time, he has one of his guys in the stratosphere attempting to destroy the secret weapon of the enemy and a group of tech specialists deactivating the weapon on firm land. Besides Mark Hammill (Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars”) and William Shatner (captain Kirk in “Star Trek”) and other famous Hollywood stars, this time we get to see Patrick Stewart (captain Jean-Luc Piccard in “Star Trek: the Next Generation”). What could all of these Hollywood stars have in common? And why were they abducted at the beginning of the miniseries? Mark Millar has found a way to balance pop culture references, parody and homages in one sweeping narrative. Although, it seems to me, that there is something else going on here. Millar has explained that when he was 12 years old he sent a letter to Dave Gibbons, suggesting to the legendary British artist to work on a new series created by himself (the kid had promised that he could do something even greater than Watchmen, which Gibbons had just finished drawing). Obviously, back then Dave Gibbons knew that no 12-year-old could write anything memorable, but he still replied with a very encouraging letter. Millar had to wait for decades until he was one of the most important and influential authors of the industry, and finally he had the opportunity to work in a project with Gibbons. Millar has expressed his admiration for Watchmen, and just like the secret plan of Ozymandias demanded the kidnapping of certain scientists, artists and thinkers throughout the world, the plan of the antihero in “The Secret Service” also demands the capture of cultural icons. In both cases, the prisoners are kept alive for a very specific purpose. I’ve really enjoyed this parallelism, which happens to have a very humorous approach. Dave Gibbons draws some very good pages, like the ones that depict the final and violent confrontation between Gary and one of his opponents. The scenes of the worldwide orgy, deemed in the comic as “19 minutes of world peace” are also priceless. And thus, this miniseries comes to an end.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-secret-service-6-mark-millar-dave.html

Preview: CHARISMAGIC #2

Preview: CHARISMAGIC #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 23, 2013

CoverCHARISMAGIC #2 Vince Hernandez ­ Story / Vincenzo Cucca ­ Art / Emilio Lopez - ColorsBe prepared because everything you thought you knew about magic is about to vanish!The group makes a sober discovery in Los Angeles, as Hank¹s agent and best friend Kenny painfully realizes the differences between humans and magical beings could kill him--and put an end to their quest to end Serké¹s invasion. However, their problems are much larger in scale than they are aware of, as the dark haman has summoned his deadliest servant of chaos‹Torgan, the magical lion demon of flame and rage!Featuring a returning cast of Charismagic¹s favorite characters along with several new and astonishing faces and creatures of magic, this new volume of CHARISMAGIC is a perfect jumping-on point for all!CHARISMAGIC #2 is in stores June 5th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover B Cover C Cover DFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/preview-charismagic-2.html

Un día en la vida - REVE (Galería Enlace)

Un día en la vida - REVE (Galería Enlace)

By Arion in Blog on May 22, 2013

I am passionate about comics. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my own comic book has come. And I need YOU to do it. So please check out the following link (and don’t forget to make a pledge): http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog. Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mi propio cómic. Y para eso los necesito a USTEDES. Así que por favor revisen el siguiente link para que puedan colaborar: http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 ¡Gracias! the cover of my comic / la portada de mi cómic____________________________________________________________________ "Un día en la vida": un largo procesoUna mañana veraniega del 2012, entré al taller barranquino que compartían Renzo Núñez Melgar Vega (Reve) y Asad López de Castilla, y quedé deslumbrado al ver un cuadro de proporciones gigantescas, que solamente podía ser la manifestación de una travesía artística épica o el atrevimiento más ambicioso del joven artista: se trataba de la portada del disco de The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, imagen emblemática que todo amante del rock –demonios, todo amante de la música en general– debería conocer. No obstante, ya desde los primeros bosquejos a lápiz –esbozos que tuve el privilegio de contemplar casi desde el inicio– había un diálogo singular entre la imagen original y la nueva propuesta planteada, no sin cierta rebeldía, por Reve. Con una puesta en escena que reunía a casi un centenar de personajes, la ilustración del disco del legendario cuarteto británico era una especie de “who’s who” de la época. Y ahora, luego de varias décadas, se reinventa esa puesta en escena con un grupo sumamente variopinto de individuos, reales y ficticios. El cuadro “Un día en la vida” incluye a artistas inmortales como Vincent Van Gogh o Salvador Dalí, pero también a héroes del cómic como Rick Grimes (protagonista de “The Walking Dead”) o Tintin, y a personajes de dibujos animados como Lion-O (líder de los “Thundercats”)  o He-Man (el campeón de Eternia). De este modo, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr y George Harrison se ven rodeados por la protagonista de Kill Bill o el mafioso Don Corleone (de “The Godfather”) o el antihéroe V (de “V From Vendetta”) o el exitoso empresario Steve Jobs. Gente que ha cambiado el mundo real, ficciones que han mudado nuestros afectos en el mundo de lo ficticio, seres que de un modo u otro se combinan a la perfección en “Un día en la vida”, magnífico juego de significantes que se oponen, que se complementan, que danzan entre sí hasta alcanzar un todo coherente. Sin duda, este cuadro desempeña muy bien la función de arte poética y nos permite comprender la perspectiva del artista y las pulsiones que guían su sensibilidad. "Un día en la vida": obra terminadaDebo admitir que me enamoré del cuadro, o mejor dicho, de la idea del cuadro; y por eso seguí visitando el taller una y otra vez, con la intención de saciar la vista. He atestiguado cómo “Un día en la vida” tuvo, en efecto, una vida de duración de más de doce meses, y en todo ese tiempo el cuadro fue evolucionando, creciendo, haciéndose cada vez más impresionante, dejándome cada vez más asombrado. Verlo terminado ha sido uno de los momentos más emocionantes que he experimentado en el año. Ayer, en la inauguración de la muestra tuve la oportunidad de conversar con Renzo Núñez Melgar Vega. Me hubiera gustado hacerle preguntas sobre todos sus cuadros, pero a falta de tiempo no lo hice. Prefiero ahora imaginarme cuáles serían sus respuestas. ¿A quién mira tan taimadamente el angelito que fuma cigarrillos Inca? ¿Con cuánta crueldad un ejército de cadáveres peruanos arrasa Santiago de Chile? ¿En qué piensan tan famosos músicos mientras se sientan frente a una casona barranquina? ¿Cuál es ese último viaje psicodélico que emprende Jimmy Hendrix? "Los cigarrillos que te harán saltar"El 2011, Reve ya me había sorprendido con “Lima Rock City”, pero ahora se supera a sí mismo con esta excelente muestra, llena de cuadros inauditos, maravillosos, que son totalmente originales y a la vez parte de nuestro imaginario colectivo. Sin duda, las suyas son las mejores obras de arte que he visto este 2013. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/un-dia-en-la-vida-reve-galeria-enlace.html

Vamos Aprender

Vamos Aprender

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 22, 2013

Kingpin Books is launching a new book called "Vamos Aprender". The press release is in Portuguese. Cover Vamos Aprender Texto de Aida Teixeira Desenhos de Carlos Rocha“Vamos Aprender”, mas com diversão!Este é um livro de Banda Desenhada para crianças, que teve na sua génese uma criança, a Sofia, que quando tinha 6 anos desenhava animais que a sua mãe Aida transformava em histórias. Histórias que saltam da página directamente para a nossa imaginação e que levam as crianças a pensar, ao invés de se limitarem a oferecer-lhes um resultado imediato.O aspecto lúdico do livro leva os pequenos leitores a interiorizar ensinamentos comportamentais importantes, aliando isso ao enorme prazer visual que os desenhos expressivos e coloridos do Carlos Rocha proporcionam. Uma alegria para os olhos e para a imaginação pela mão de dois novos autores, que se propuseram a fazer estas seis histórias repletas de encanto para crianças e para adultos que nunca deixaram de o ser.Uma aposta diferente da Kingpin Books e do editor Mário Freitas, que se iniciam assim num novo desafio editorial, a publicação de BD infantil, um segmento geralmente esquecido ou ignorado nos últimos anos em Portugal.Capa dura, cor, 48 páginas, 19,6cm x 26,1cmPVP: 11,99€  (PVP de lançamento no Festival Internacional de BD de Beja: 10€)ISBN: 978-989-8673-00-8Kingpin Books, Junho 2013 Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview page 4Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/vamos-aprender.html

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