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Next on RGN #4

Next on RGN #4

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 29, 2013

Best place to read comics Vacation is already a faint memory. My agriculture days are over (for now) and I'm back to the life in the city. Going back to work means train rides, and that means 200 minutes a week of comic reading time.After last week's sci-fy awesomeness of Atomic Robo I went for a some sword & sorcery  followed by a bit of mystical western. One is a personal favorite and the other a fan favorite. This seems like a good week for comics. D&DDungeons & Dragons Volume 3 Down continues the story of our rogue party of thieves and mercenaries.This time its all about the dwarf Kahl. Poetry and asskickery is what can be expected in this wonderfully oversize edition.The remembrance of this book will come to terms on Labor day, the next Wednesday 1st of May. The 6th GunThe Sixth Gun Volume 2 brings back Drake, Becky and company. The curse of the six guns continues to haunt Drake and Becky. Drake is taking measures to try to break his connection to the 4 mystical guns he toke from General Hume's goons.Voodoo, new foes, gunslingers and lots of action is all packed in this neat trade paperback by Oni Press.You can read all about it next Saturday the 4th of May.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/next-on-rgn-4.html

Next on RGN #3

Next on RGN #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 25, 2013

Potatoes This week on RGN:The reading pile increases Atomic Robo is once again rocking my world Orders get delayed Planting potatoes The sun is here and (hopefully) to stay Going outside your comfort zone is often challenging and rewarding. This is true in most aspects in life, but this time I've applied it to my holiday's activity. No trip to the beach nor doing some sightseeing in any old town for me. These holidays its all about planting some potatoes. Why? Well the old man needed help and I'm happy to lend a hand.Sadly this means that my reading pile is getting bigger and bigger. It also means that this week I'll only be able to review one book. But on the flip side, the sun is here, its very good weather, its time to take those comics and hit a beach or a pool.   Atomic Robo Atomic Robo Volume 7 The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific will be reviewed next Saturday, 27th of April. I'm still reading it, my agriculture activities are slowing my pace a bit, but thus far it shows great promise  This might be a turning point for Atomic Robo storytelling. The humor is still there, so is the action, but there's a different feel to it.This time Robo is cough flying an experimental jet plane over the pacific when he is attacked by a group of Japanese high-tech planes. Then, out of nowhere, a group of female pirates armed with sticky bombs and jetpacks (think The Rocketeer) come to his rescue and save the day. This is a story about them, where Robo sometimes takes the back seat.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/next-on-rgn-3.html

Todo lo sólido - Iosu Aramburu (Galería 80M2)

Todo lo sólido - Iosu Aramburu (Galería 80M2)

By Arion in Blog on April 24, 2013

Wild Tigers I Have Known (2006)Directed by Cam Archer "Wild Tigers I Have Known" is the story of Logan, an unpopular, awkward and insecure kid that gets bullied every now and then. He takes it all in and he lives in a world of his own, in some sort of ill-induced stupor state (most of his time he simply masturbates while watching other boys wrestling in tights). Until one day he meets an older boy named Rodeo. He is rebellious, rough-edged and scruffy. Of course Logan falls in love with him. They're both marginal figures at moments but for different motives. Rodeo decides to ditch his girlfriend to spend more time with his younger friend, while Logan has no choice but to be rejected by everybody except Rodeo. my sketches / mis bocetosDespite the initial happiness rush, Logan starts fantasizing about death. Neglected by his mother, the only true conversation she has with her is about ghosts and reincarnation. He wants to know if she would hug him if he were a ghost.There are instances in which Logan doesn't seem to be aware of his body. The only way in which he can inscribe himself into the world is by marking his chest and stomach. Writing, thus, creates the object. Writing creates or recreates him. But it's only symptomatic to witness Logan's fascination with women's clothes, lipsticks and long, blonde wigs. He's constantly dressing up as a girl or pretending to be a girl in order to obtain the love of a boy. It would be interesting, then, to contrast Hélène Cixous views on women writing that breaks the linear logic of male counterparts. Certainly, the entire film seems to defy this linear logic either from a cinematographic or a narrative perspective. In writing his own body with a red lipstick Logan makes us think of Ann Rosalind Jones "Writing the Body: Toward an Understanding of l'Ecriture feminine" because, ultimately, there is an unresolved sexual charge in Cam Archer's characters.From the very beginning of the story Logan is interested in mountain lions. These felines are beautifully designed animals, almost as gorgeous as the tangle-lined tiger. Logan's high school is constantly threatened by these animals that the principal considers very dangerous. Students are told to run as soon as they see a mountain lion. Logan, nonetheless, feels compelled to approach them. He goes into the woods with Rodeo trying to find them to no avail. Only unaccompanied will he be able to fulfill this wish. The mountain lion is beauty, it's beauty in an Apollonian way as Nietzsche would understand it. It's the beauty of light, of appearance, that covers the horror within. Fear of death can only be overcome by Apollonian beauty. But it's also through this beauty that Logan summons death. He will put his life at risk partly obeying Freud's Thanatos urge, and partly because the only way to face life is to uncover the horror of existence. Because facing life is also accepting one's own mortality. And by reaching out to this wild animal Logan is only unveiling what lies beneath.IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0430768/reviews?start=10 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ La primera vez que tomé conciencia de Iosu Aramburu Mantovani no fue en los atiborrados pasillos de estudios generales letras ni en el concurrido tontódromo de la PUCP, sino en setiembre u octubre del 2010, en la sala central de la Galería Vértice en San Isidro. Yo recién había iniciado lo que se convertiría en un periplo vital, o semanal por lo menos, en el circuito de las galerías de arte limeñas, y él ya se desenvolvía con la sapiencia y el savoir faire de un grande. Recuerdo que la primera vez que lo vi llevaba anteojos muy similares a los que sigue usando el día de hoy, gafas de lunas gruesas que me recordaban demasiado a mi propio pasado escolar, pero sin importar el espesor del vidrio, su mirada lo atravesaba todo. Yo en ese momento intuí, quizás por primera vez, que Iosu tenía la mirada aguda que un artista debe poseer, un poder de observación que superaba con creces las distracciones habituales –la gente que se arremolinaba alrededor para saludarlo, las interrupciones de los mozos con las bandejas de vino, etc.– y que, estoy seguro, iba siempre más allá de la mirada común. Curiosamente, lo seguí viendo, bastante a menudo, pero mientras él siempre departía con cierto grupo de personas, yo me encontraba charlando con otro círculo, y rara vez llegamos a compartir algo más que un fugaz saludo. Iosu AramburuEste lunes en la noche se inauguró “Todo lo sólido” en la galería 80M2 de Livia Benavides. En esta ocasión, Iosu aprovecha su enorme versatilidad como artista y su poder de observación para delimitar nuestros linderos urbanos y para penetrar incisivamente, inteligentemente, en lo más profundo del corazón de nuestra Lima. Hace poco Iosu estuvo en ARCO, en Madrid, presentando su más reciente propuesta creativa, propuesta que hoy encuentra eco en esta galería barranquina. Todo lo sólido no se desvanece en el aire gracias a la mirada firme de Iosu. Con gran creatividad, este joven artista retrata el armazón transparente de los edificios en placas de vidrio, reconstruye imágenes de edificaciones a modo de diapositivas clásicas, en artefactos que él mismo ha restaurado o reciclado o recogido quién sabe en qué rincones ocultos, y combina todo ello con óleos de gran formato –en el primer piso– de un acabado pulido, reluciente, impecable, y óleos de dimensiones más ajustadas pero no por ello menos reveladoras –en el segundo piso–, para terminar de enlazar todo, también hay fotografías de estructuras desnudas, como la que adorna la invitación de “Todo lo sólido”.    En algún momento de la noche, envalentonado por los múltiples maracuyá sours y copas de vino blanco que me había tomado, lo interrumpí para saludarlo y felicitarlo por su muestra. Le comenté que me había encantado leer la nota de COSAS en la que salía en primera plana, en Madrid –olvidé, eso sí, comentarle que leí la nota antes de que fuese publicada porque en ese momento ya era mi segunda o tercera semana trabajando en COSAS–, y le pregunté si los cuadros habían sido hechos con acrílico –y es que, al fin y al cabo, siempre vale la pena corroborar estos datos– Iosu me dio las gracias por mis palabras de aliento, y eso fue todo. Desde que llegué hasta que me fui, estuve conversando con Mateo Alayza Moncloa y Santiago Alayza Sueiro, quien ahora está en la APCI (Agencia Peruana de Cooperación Internacional). Fue todo un reencuentro, y en cierto modo, un redescubrimiento ver a Santiago fuera de los confines de nuestras respectivas facultades en la universidad, en un ambiente tan distinto. Casi, casi, como conocerlo por primera vez. Caramba, no sé, es extraño, pero al final todo ha sido como un raro encuentro entre ex-alumnos de la Católica en el que ninguno era capaz de recordar cuándo o dónde había visto al otro por última vez. En todo caso, la desinhibición y solvencia de Iosu Aramburu ya forman parte de mi rutina diaria, ojalá –es mi mayor deseo– su mirada artística también haya fortalecido la mía.Lima, abril del 2013.Arcadio Bolaños. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/04/todo-lo-solido-iosu-aramburu-galeria.html

Preview: CHARISMAGIC #1

Preview: CHARISMAGIC #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 23, 2013

CoverCHARISMAGIC #1 Vince Hernandez ­ Story / Vincenzo Cucca ­ Art / Emilio Lopez - ColorsCHARISMAGIC returns as Aspen¹s newest Œ10 for 10¹ debut!Magician Hank Medley thought he had everything figured out. After saving theworld from an ancient, ruinous evil, with the help of a Druid named Sudanaand his magical talking cat Sparkles, Hank discovers the true nature of darkmagic has arrived in his own realm‹our world! Now, the trio must attempt toput an end to catastrophic events that will threaten to tear Earth apartunder the weight of such a menace. Featuring a returning cast ofCharismagic¹s favorite characters along with several new and astonishingfaces and creatures of magic, this new volume of CHARISMAGIC is a perfectjumping-on point for all!Joined by the sensational artwork of Vincenzo Cucca, CHARISMAGIC creatorVince Hernandez and colorist Emilio Lopez are ready to take you on anamazing ride in this newest volume of the acclaimed hit series. Be preparedbecause everything you thought you knew about magic is about to vanish!CHARISMAGIC #1 is in stores May 1st, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover C Cover D Cover E Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/preview-charismagic-1.html

Book of Da postcard

Book of Da postcard

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 20, 2013

Diver A few weeks ago I posted about the Book of Da Kickstarter project. It was successfully funded and then some. It got more then 500% of the original goal. This was quite amazing. I gave my (small) contribute because this seemed like a good, thought out project, and the story was just like my type of sci-fy cup of tea. And I wasn't alone.I'm still waiting for the book to arrive but I had totally forgotten about the other stuff Mike and Matt offered to backers.So yesterday I got a postcard in the mail. This is something I rarely get nowadays (apart from Christmas). Its funny how a simple postcard is much more exciting than a digital era type of communication.Matt and Mike were nice enough to not only do a little drawing but also write personalized postcards. Here it is: Front BackYou're welcome Mike and Matt. Can't wait to read the Book of Da.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/book-of-da-postcard.html

Mamamia Dédalo

Mamamia Dédalo

By Arion in Blog on April 19, 2013

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Aspen Comics At Fan Expo Vancouver

Aspen Comics At Fan Expo Vancouver

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 18, 2013

Jirni Aspen Comics is pleased to head north of the border and back to Canada for the first of two back-to-back weekends. Beginning on April 20th – 21st, Aspen will be attending the Fan Expo Vancouver 2013 convention and will be bringing some of their finest creators along with exclusive comics and prints.Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged), Peter Steigerwald (Soulfire), Siya Oum (Executive Assistant: Iris) and J.T. Krul (Jirni) will be at the Aspen Comics Booth all weekend long to meet fans, sign autographs and offer free sketches.The all-new Aspen series Jirni will celebrate its release with a special Jirni #1 Fan Expo Vancouver 2013 exclusive cover by series artist Paolo Pantalena and Nei Ruffino, limited to 300 copies. Aspen will also be offering an exclusive Shrugged #2 Fan Expo Vancouver cover by Siya Oum, limited to 200 copies. Both exclusive books will only be available at the Aspen Comics Booth. SHA The celebration of Aspen’s ten years in the industry continues with the all new Aspen Tour Print Anniversary Edition art print by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to (125) editions. In addition to the Aspen Tour Print, the publisher will also be offering an all new series of their industry leading prints, including the all new series Jirni.The latter of Aspen’s two stops in Canada will be at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo on April 26th-28th. The publisher will reveal more details about this appearance soon.For more information on Fan Expo Vancouver please visit www.fanexpovancouver.com. Jirrni B Shrugged Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/aspen-comics-at-fan-expo-vancouver.html

ASPEN’S JIRNI #1 PERSONALIZED RETAILER EXCLUSIVE COVERS REVEALED

ASPEN’S JIRNI #1 PERSONALIZED RETAILER EXCLUSIVE COVERS REVEALED

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 16, 2013

Jirni Covers Aspen is pleased to announce that the third release in their ambitious “10 for 10” initiative, Jirni #1 by J.T. Krul, Paolo Pantalena and Brett Smith, has ordered in excess of over 36,000 copies and will feature a large array of retailer exclusive covers personalized for each individual store. Aspen Owner and President Frank Mastromauro discusses:“To say we're happy with the response to Jirni #1 would be a complete understatement. Though we felt the property would do well, we're thrilled with the amount of feedback and interest we've received on it so far. JT, Paolo and Brett did an amazing job on this book and I cannot wait to hear what the fans think about it. This series marks our highest selling '10 for 10' debut this year, and I don't see that slowing down anytime soon!”Aspen is pricing each debut #1 “10 for 10” issue for the affordable price of only $1 and is also offering other incentives for each release such as original hand-drawn sketch covers, CGC editions, and special retailer incentive covers by popular artists J. Scott Campbell and Eric “Ebas” Basaldua.Fans and new Aspen readers who add each of the “10 for 10” titles to their comic shop’s local subscription service will be eligible to receive the special Aspen Reserved Edition variant covers. Those fans who collect all ten Aspen Reserved Edition #1 covers will receive a free full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” Jam Poster featuring all ten “10 for 10” covers on one image colored by superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. The Jirni #1 Aspen Reserved Edition cover features artwork by series artist Paolo Pantalena and Steigerwald.Aspen encourages everyone to check out the release of Jirni #1 for only $1 on April 17th. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/aspens-jirni-1-personalized-retailer.html

Next on RGN #2

Next on RGN #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 15, 2013

Einstein This weak my esteemed boss may or may not have a work trip planned for me. If that comes to be then it means less time to read and write. So this week I'm aiming for two reviews. Two very distinct books.One I had very high expectations and the other I had none. One has a beautiful cover and the other has the usual bland and lack luster Hickman creator owned cover. The first was a shoot in the dark (like many books I buy) the second was bought due to the recommendations of the good folks at The Outhouse.On the 17th, next Wednesday, Alabaster Wolves will get reviewed. Alabaster Wolves On the back of the book is written "For nearly as long as she can remember, Dancy Flammarion has fought monsters, cutting a bloody swath through the demons and dark things of the world, aimed like a weapon be force beyond her control or questioning.But now, for the first time, Dancy finds herself alone...... and the wolves are closing in" The Manhattan Projects Volume 1 Science Bad takes center stage at the 21th of April, next Sunday. Science Bad This got recommend to me over and over and over again. And then some more. I read the premise and it didn't spark much interest. However I had to see why this got so many recommendations and so many stellar reviews.The premise is simple: "What if the research and development department created to produce the first atomic bomb was a front for a series of other, more unusual, programs?"Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/next-on-rgn-2.html

Aspen’s Sixth “10 for 10” Title Is Flagship Title, Michael Turner’s Fathom

Aspen’s Sixth “10 for 10” Title Is Flagship Title, Michael Turner’s Fathom

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 9, 2013

Cover Aspen Comics has announced their sixth title in their successful “10 for 10” initiative is the Aspen flagship title, Michael Turner’s Fathom. In accordance with the 15-year anniversary of the title, and a planned summer crossover leading into the new series, the All New Fathom #1 will feature a new direction for the series and an excellent jumping-on point for new readers. From writer David Wohl (Legend of the Shadow Clan, Executive Assistant: Iris) and Alex Konat (Fathom, Mindfield) and Beth Sotelo (Fathom, Shrugged), the All New Fathom #1 will debut in stores on July 24th. Aspen’s solicitation for the issue reads:Michael Turner’s best-selling series has reached its milestone 15-year anniversary! However, Aspen Matthews’ adventure under the surface has no plans of slowing down! Following the devastating events of “The Elite Saga”, Aspen Matthews finds herself at a decisive crossroads in her life—with the memories of her past no longer weighing her down, she is finally able to set about building a new life in San Diego once more. But, being the daughter of two worlds is no easy feat—and Aspen will quickly discover the winds of change oftentimes lead directly into the perils of fate!Wohl discusses the new series:"From the first time I ever heard Michael Turner talk about Fathom, I knew he was onto something very special and very cool. At that point, we were working on Witchblade together, and even then, I hoped that someday I'd have the opportunity to write it. And now, during the 10th Anniversary of Aspen Comics, I've gotten my chance, and I couldn't be more elated!" Cover B As with all of Aspen’s “10 for 10” releases, the publisher will be offering a host of incentives for retailers and fans alike, including the extremely affordable price of only $1 for the first issue, Fathom #1. Aspen will also be offering a special Aspen Reserved Edition cover for Fathom #1 featuring art by Konat and superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. Fans who reserve Fathom #1 by adding it to their pullbox with their local retailers will be eligible to receive the Aspen Reserved Edition of Fathom #1.Fans who collect all ten of Aspen’s “10 for 10” Aspen Reserved Edition #1 covers each month through their local retailer will be eligible to receive the full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” jam poster absolutely free.In addition to the debut issue, Aspen is also offering an Aspen Reserved Edition cover for Fathom #2 by Steve McNiven, along with a Fathom #2 J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive cover available in August. Aspen will be releasing more info on further Fathom incentives and more Aspen “10 for 10” releases soon. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/aspens-sixth-10-for-10-title-is.html

Next on RGN #1

Next on RGN #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 7, 2013

I'm late Things have been slow but are still rolling.Lately I've been publishing one review a week. While that was my initial goal, it was quickly doubled, and for a couple of months I even manage to write three per week. However life has a knack to put stuff in our way to throw us off track.In recent times the review rate has dropped back to one per week. This is something I'm not happy about. How did it happen?Well... first and foremost I got lazy. I'm not proud of it, but its the truth. Also Amazon delayed two of my orders so I was without new comics for about two weeks. Truth be told that this is not usual. Amazon has an amazing service and his my favorite online store since I started buying stuff there in 2004.Another happening is my new found passion for photography. It all started with my wife convincing me to buy a DSLR camera. Long story short I let myself get absorbed into the world of photography. On a side note, you can check out my photos @ flickr but be aware that I'm just an initiate, don't expect too much. Getting back to work SOOOOOOOOOOO, getting back to work. To help you know what's on the pipeline and at the same time binding me to a schedule here is Next on RGN, a new feature were the reviews schedule will be published for the world to see. This way you know what's next and you can shame me when I miss the self imposed deadlines.Lets kick it off with the first Next on RGN: The Pro On the 9th of April (next Tuesday) its time to take a look at an oldie.The Pro by Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.The Pro is a satire of DC and Marvel superheroes books. The story revolves around a prostitute that gains superpowers, how she puts them to use and the impact she causes on the hole superhero community.The Pro can be summarized as Sex, babies, revenge, Justice League, The Watcher, life and death. And of course a good dose of adult humor. Skullkickers Volume 2 Then on the 12th of April (next Friday) I'll get around to review Skullkickers Volume 2 Five Funerals and a Bucket of Blood by Jim Zub, Chris Sims, Brian Clevinger, Ray Fawkes and Edwin Huang.In this second volume Shorty and Baldy continue to be involved with the killing of nobles in their land. After getting invited to the capital city of the kingdom they get framed for the murder of more noblemen and women.Thieves with honor, elaborate plots to destroy the capital city, faeries and elves is what you'll find in this book. Also you'll get to find out Shorty and Baldy's real names.And last but not least a surprise review for the 14th of April (next Sunday). Don't miss it.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/next-on-rgn-1.html

Puma Urban Art - Domingo Laboratorio Creativo

Puma Urban Art - Domingo Laboratorio Creativo

By Arion in Blog on April 3, 2013

Hugo ZapataThis time was a table served (only) for two. Just like that. Table for two in the inner garden. A squirrel was leaping across a leafy oak tree. The sun lit strongly but without burning our skin, we were protected from the heat in the summer-dining room of palace. The squirrel ran, gave a complete turn around our table for two, and she could have transformed it into a table for three if she would have jumped to one of the seats that Joaquín and I had to our side. But she was scared to death and ran towards the exterior garden. We were having lunch, a little late. We had been delayed. In the morning we were in another district, miles away from the coast that has defined our childhood and adolescence.      my drawing / mi dibujoI loved the detail of the squirrel. I didn't know that I could still find squirrels in my district, surely they only live near the old and big houses and palaces, in the elegant and classic side of Barranco. Joaquín told me once that in the winter you can see bats flying in his garage; I imagined the mansion of Batman and the bats and the cave and all that at once. Strange case this, where some winged rodents give category and ancestry to an already distinguished residence (one of the finest residences, must I concur). Now the squirrel was giving the place a touch of grace. Joaquín and I laughed, observing how the squirrel moved nervously, running rapidly, so tiny and yet so agile. And it continued being a table for two until we finished our respective desserts. And who knows if, after we got up, the squirrel stepped in transforming the table for zero into a table for one, for her alone, who knows... well, there were some pieces of bread...  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Frank KozikHoy en la noche se inauguraron dos interesantes muestras en Barranco. En primer lugar, “Esculturas” del artista colombiano Hugo Zapata en la Galería Cecilia González. Apenas llegué saludé a Ramiro Llona y a Meritxell Thorndike, y luego me encontré con mi amigo Marcos Palacios. Lo interesante de las esculturas de Zapata (que tienen un precio promedio de 16000 dólares) es el tratamiento del material; estamos ante un artista que sabe cómo sacarle lustre a la piedra y cómo lucir los atributos del mineral en conjunción con una estética muy específica. Sin duda, una de las mejores muestras escultóricas que han pasado por la capital en los últimos meses.Mientras conversaba con Marcos llegó Pablo Villaizán y juntos nos fuimos a Domingo Laboratorio Creativo. Allí se inauguraba la muestra Puma Urban Art, que contaba con la presencia de obras de Frank Kozik (Estados Unidos) y Okuda (España).  Frank KozikCon un fuerte vínculo a las propuestas de diseño contemporáneo, las obras de ambos artistas se complementan a la perfección en una suerte de colorida vorágine que nos remite a las últimas tendencias de marketing y publicidad. Entre mis piezas favoritas estarían la reconstrucción / reelaboración del archiconocido Storm Trooper de Star Wars así como una serie de fascinantes afiches que propugnan los valores que deberían, al menos en teoría o en todo caso irónicamente, fortalecer a la nación estadounidense. “U.S. Needs Us Equal” (Estados Unidos nos necesita iguales) se lee en una de las inscripciones, y luego vemos las figuras de dos lesbianas que también son madres. “Gay Marriage for a Strong America” (Matrimonio gay para un Estados Unidos fuerte) es la frase con la que concluye este divertido y reflexivo ejercicio de crítica social. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/04/puma-urban-art-domingo-laboratorio.html

March films / películas de marzo

March films / películas de marzo

By Arion in Blog on April 1, 2013

March sure was a busy month for me, so that explains why instead of the usual amount this time I could only watch half of dozen of movies (and a few short films). So let's start with the most recent ones: Underworld: Awakening (2012), I've enjoyed a lot the original Underworld trilogy, and this is actually the beginning of a new trilogy. The writer J. Michael Straczynski has come up with a great premise: humans start chasing vampires and even Kate Beckinsale, the protagonist, gets captured. When she wakes up, 12 years have passed. Vampires and Lycans are supposed to be extinct. It's a strange new world, even for an immortal creature like her. If you saw the Underworld saga then you must see this one too.Andrew Stanton's John Carter (2012) is based on the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Taylor Kitsch is John Carter, an American soldier from the 19th century who is transported to Mars, a planet at war where different species struggle to obtain absolute control. I had zero expectations about this but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit, and it certainly is faithful to the first novel. David Michôd writes and directs Animal Kingdom (2010), an Australian production about an underage boy who moves in with his delinquent relatives after his mother dies of an overdose. James Frecheville, a young actor, portrays a captivating and brooding teen, who seems to be slightly detached from the world, while Guy Pearce is the detective who investigates the crimes of the protagonist's family.Explicit penetration, masturbation, underage prostitution and drugs seem to be a constant in the filmography of Bernard Shumanski & Richard Shumanski; Blackmail Boys (2010) is no exception: an underage boy has sex with older men for money, until his boyfriend suggests him to blackmail one of his clients: a prominent religious figure. The script and the execution are both really good, and so is the acting.Scenes from the Suburbs (2011) is a short film by the talented Spike Jonze: we witness the lives of a group of teenagers, how they have fun together, how they fool around after class, all the interactions between them; the burgeoning sexuality that barely knows how to speak in a proper language is made evident in one way or another, and it’s not just the gay slur or the intimate friendship between Sam Dillon and Paul Pluymen, because there’s another thing that has no language and that’s violence and repression, which are made tangible here: these teens, after all, live in an alternate reality in which the US is a country at war, each state fights against the neighbor state and everyone lives like refugees or like the people in the Middle East during wartime. Jonze creates images of absolute beauty and sequences that are both disturbing and thought provoking. If I had to choose the best of the month I harbor no doubts: Scenes from the Suburbs wins all the way. I’ve also seen a few of European productions: Das Jahr der ersten Küsse (2002), directed by Kai Wessel and starred by Max Mauff, is a bittersweet story about the pains of growing up. “The Year of the First Kiss” chronicles the lives of a group of 15-year-olds, their sexual awakening, their first masturbatory experiences and their clumsy attempts at dating. Wessel manages to distill real emotion out of these characters, and as a consequence you feel deeply touched. I felt connected to the protagonists in ways that I couldn’t have anticipated. I highly recommend Das Jahr der ersten Küsse. From Argentina comes Porno de Autor (2010), by filmmaker Marcelo Mónaco, an expert in creating sexual tension. This time, the story revolves around of group of young men and women that are getting drunk before a party, during this get-together, one of them shows them the short film he has been working on… which revolves around two high school boys that masturbate together until the brother of one of them enters the game… with the intention of satisfying his sexual urges. Overall I think this was pretty well handled, although the main story –the one about the group of friends– is a bit slow sometimes.I also watched several European short films: Imágenes reales del juego is an example of imagination and creativity, it’s a sci-fi tale set in modern times that takes advantage of every cinematic resource. No soy como tú is an interesting story about commitment between two men who spend the night together. Un peu de soleil dans les yeux (2009), written and directed by Stephane Botti shows the tribulations of a teenager, Louis Gensollen, who is in love with his best friend. But fear not, this is not the typical boy on boy romance, it is a mesmerizing philosophical journey that deals with idealization and frustration. Really great stuff. And that’s it, see you all next month.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Estuve demasiado ocupado en marzo, así que eso explica por qué en vez de la cantidad habitual esta vez sólo vi media docena de películas (y algunos cortometrajes). Así que empecemos con los más recientes: "Underworld: Awakening" (2012), he disfrutado mucho la trilogía original de "Underworld" y este es, de hecho, el inicio de una nueva trilogía. El escritor J. Michael Straczynski propone una muy buena premisa: los humanos empiezan a cazar vampiros e incluso Kate Beckinsale, la protagonista, es capturada. Despierta luego de 12 años. Los vampiros y los licántropos están, en teoría, extintos. Es un extraño nuevo mundo, incluso para una criatura inmoral como ella. Si vieron la saga de "Underworld" entonces esta también deben verla."John Carter" (2012) de Andrew Stanton se basa en las novelas de Edgar Rice Burroughs. Taylor Kitsch es John Carter, un soldado de Estados Unidos en el siglo XIX que es transportado a Marte, un planeta en guerra en donde diferentes especies se disputan el control absoluto. Tenía cero expectativas pero de hecho me entretuve, y además se agradece la fidelidad a la novela. David Michôd escribe y dirige "Animal Kingdom" (2010), una producción australiana sobre un chiquillo menor de edad que se muda donde sus parientes delincuentes luego de que su madre muere de una sobredosis. El joven actor James Frecheville a un adolescente cautivador y huraño, que parece ligeramente desconectado del mundo, mientras que Guy Pearce es el detective que investiga los crímenes de la familia del protagonista.Penetración explícita, masturbación, prostitución de menores y drogas parecen ser las constantes de la filmografía de Bernard Shumanski y Richard Shumanski; "Blackmail Boys" (2010) no es la excepción: un muchacho menor de edad tiene sexo con hombres mayores a cambio de dinero, hasta que su enamorado le sugiere que chantajeen a uno de sus clientes: una prominente figura religiosa. El guión y la ejecución son realmente buenos, y también la actuación."Scenes from the Suburbs" (2011) es un cortometraje del talentoso Spike Jonze: somos testigos de las vidas de un grupo de adolescentes, vemos cómo se divierten, cómo huevean después de clases, todas las interacciones entre ellos; la explosiva sexualidad que apenas sabe cómo hablar en un idioma apropiado se hace evidente de una u otra manera, y no sólo son las burlas a los gay o la íntima amistad entre Sam Dillon y Paul Pluymen, porque también hay otra cosa que no tiene lenguaje y es la violencia y la represión, que son tangibles aquí: estos jovencitos, después de todo, viven en una realidad alternativa en la que Estados Unidos es un país en guerra, cada estado lucha contra el estado vecino y todos viven como refugiados o como la gente del medio oriente en época de guerra. Jonze crea imágenes de una belleza absoluta y secuencias que nos hacen reflexionar y nos perturban. Si tuviera que elegir lo mejor del mes no albergaría dudas: "Scenes from the Suburbs" gana de lejos. my drawing / mi dibujoTambién he visto unas cuantas producciones europeas: "Das Jahr der ersten Küsse" (2002), dirigida por Kai Wessel y protagonizada por Max Mauff, es una agridulce historia sobre lo difícil que es crecer. "El año del primer beso" es una crónica de las vidas de un grupo de quinceañeros, de su despertar sexual, sus experiencias masturbatorias y sus torpes atentos de tener citas. Wessel se las arregla para destilar emociones verdaderas, y en consecuencia uno se siente profundamente conmovido. Me sentí conectado a los personajes en maneras que no podría haber anticipado. Recomiendo "Das Jahr der ersten Küsse". Desde Argentina llega "Porno de Autor" (2010), del cineasta Marcelo Mónaco, un experto en crear tensión sexual. Esta vez, la historia gira en torno a un grupo de jóvenes que se emborrachan antes de ir a una fiesta, durante esta reunión, uno de ellos muestra el cortometraje en el que ha estado trabajando... allí, dos chicos de secundaria se masturban juntos hasta que el hermano de uno de ellos entra al juego... con la intención de satisfacer sus urgencias sexuales. En general, está bien manejado, aunque la historia central –la del grupo de amigos– es un poco lenta a ratos.También vi varios cortometrajes europeos: "Imágenes reales del juego" es un ejemplo de imaginación y creatividad, es un relato de ciencia ficción ambientado en la actualidad que aprovecha todos los recursos del cine. "No soy como tú" es una interesante historia sobre el compromiso entre dos hombres que pasan la noche juntos. "Un peu de soleil dans les yeux" (2009), escrito y dirigido por Stephane Botti muestra las tribulaciones de un adolescente, Louis Gensollen, que está enamorado de su mejor amigos. Pero no hay nada que temer, este no es el típico romance entre muchachos, es un hipnotizante viaje filosófico que lidia con la idealización y la frustración. Realmente de primera. Y eso es todo, el próximo mes, más.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/04/march-films-peliculas-de-marzo.html

Aspen Comics June 2013 Solicitations

Aspen Comics June 2013 Solicitations

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 28, 2013

BUBBLEGUN #1 Bubblegun #1 Mark Roslan – Story / Mike Bowden – Art / David Curiel - ColorsThe future is here with Aspen’s latest ‘10 for 10’ 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 what’s sure to become Aspen’s 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! FC 32 pages $1.00 ($1 digital) CHARISMAGIC #2 Charismagic #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 Hank’s 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 Serké’s invasion. However, their problems are much larger in scale than they are aware of, as the dark shaman has summoned his deadliest servant of chaos—Torgan, the magical lion demon of flame and rage!Featuring a returning cast of Charismagic’s 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! FC 32 pages $3.99 (3.99 digital) JIRNI #3 Jirni #3JT Krul – Story / Paolo Pantalena – Art / Brett Smith - ColorsTake an incredible JIRNI with Aspen’s newest hit series!Discover a whole new world of adventure! As her companion Nylese reaches the end of her journey while finally discovering the fabled city of her people, Ara's road ahead remains ever perilous. Throughout facing many dangers and threats in her challenging quest, how can she possibly survive Torinthal's powerful and deadly d'jinn, when it comes seeking her end?After years of preparation, creator JT Krul is ready to take you on a JIRNI unlike any other! Accompanied by the incredible talents of artist Paolo Pantalena and colorist Brett Smith, this is one JIRNI you won’t want to miss!JIRNI #3 is in stores June 19th, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 ($3.99 dgital) SHRUGGED #4 Shrugged #4Frank Mastromauro – Story / Jonathan Marks – Art / Beth Sotelo - ColorsThe long awaited return of SHRUGGED continues!Not much hope remains as Lord Slive and his fear creatures have gained control over Perspecta and the Earth. Though all seems lost, Theo isn’t giving up and heads to a forgotten land where one last bastion of help may reside. However, the journey itself is a task very few have ever survived, and Theo’s chances of making it are not looking up!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 #4 is in stores June 12th, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 ($3.99 digital) LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN #5 LOTSC #5David Wohl – Story / Cory Smith – Art / Jon Starr - ColorsThe mystery of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN is finally unveiled!Ancient truths of the Shadow Clan are shockingly revealed in the pulse-pounding, epic finale! The Himura family must band together for the first time ever in their attempt to restore the honor of their lineage, and more importantly--in order to survive the bloody vengeance of the Ghost Clan!Writer David Wohl is joined by the artistic talents of Cory Smith and colorist John Starr, as they bring to you the thrilling final issue of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN!LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #5 is in stores June 5th, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 ($3.99 digital) EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #12 EA: Assassins #12 – Writer / Lori Hanson – ArtIntroducing Executive Assistant Daisy!A new direction is forged in the EA Universe with this new four-issue story arc featuring Daisy—a new breed of Executive Assistant born and raised in the wealthy upper crust of New Orleans. When her father’s physical and emotional abuse become too much to endure, Daisy finds herself alone, confused and in danger…until a savior arrives to rescue her—or so she thinks!EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #12 is in stores June 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 ($3.99 digital) FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #1 Fathom: The Elite Saga #1Vince Hernandez ; JT Krul ; David Wohl– writers / Ken Marion – pencilsThe most epic storyline in Fathom’s 15-year history starts now!Aspen Matthews is attempting to find solace above the surface by distancing herself from the demons of her past. Kiani is imprisoned within the underwater capitol city of Muria. And Killian is in search of his missing wife Anya, and his newborn child Anika, who fled their home in his absence. Yet, all of their paths will soon collide as the child’s true nature could lead to immense power falling into the wrong hands, and those in search of her will stop at nothing to obtain her!Aspen newcomer Ken Marion is joined by an all-star group of past and present FATHOM writers, all coming together for a FATHOM story 15 years in the making! Plus, fan-favorite artist Talent Caldwell returns with a stunning 5 part interconnecting cover! Fantastical new lands will be explored, and a host of new (and deadly!) characters will be introduced, all leading up to an unbelievable new direction in the All New FATHOM Universe!FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #1 is in stores June 19th, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 ($3.99 digital) FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #2 Fathom: The Elite Saga #2JT Krul ; Vince Hernandez; David Wohl– writers / Ken Marion – pencilsThe most epic storyline in Fathom’s 15-year history continues!Anya rises above the surface and right into the hands of the US Government, in order to get the attention of Aspen Matthews, her last resort for help under the surface. Meanwhile, Killian relentlessly continues his search to unite his family once again, by confronting the pain and destruction of his past in the treacherous lava city of Aescylot. However, the Blue’s new Elite Commander will discover the city of fire has ushered forth a new savior—and she is no stranger to Killian!Aspen newcomer Ken Marion is joined by an all-star group of past and present FATHOM writers, all coming together for a FATHOM story 15 years in the making! Plus, fan-favorite artist Talent Caldwell returns with a stunning 5 part interconnecting cover! Fantastical new lands will be explored, and a host of new (and deadly!) characters will be introduced, all leading up to an unbelievable new direction in the All New FATHOM Universe!FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #2 is in stores June 26th, 2013! FC 32 pages $3.99 ($3.99 digital) FATHOM: VOLUME 2 – INTO THE DEEP TPB (2nd Printing) Fathom Volume 2J. T. Krul – writers / Koi Turnbull – pencils / Sal Regla ; Jason Gorder – inks / Paul Mounts ; Christina Strain – colorsThe previously sold out 2nd FATHOM TPB returns to print!Worlds collide when the might of the bloodthirsty Admiral Maylander and the United States military declare war on the Blue civilizations nestled deep under the ocean’s surface. Following the classic events of the original FATHOM series, the second thrilling volume finds underwater biologist Aspen Matthews struggling to accept the startling reality of her true identity. All in the midst of an all out war between the humans and the Blue! Collecting together the sold out Fathom: Beginnings and Zero issue, as well as issues #1 though #11, this is 320 pages of everything Fathom! And if that’s not enough, we’ll be including a complete covers gallery featuring artwork by none other than Fathom creator Michael Turner!! This complete FATHOM VOLUME 2 TPB is a must for any Aspen, Fathom, Michael Turner, or comic book fan!The FATHOM: VOLUME 2 TPB is in stores June 12th, 2013! FC 320 pages $29.99 ($19.99 digital) TPB Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/aspen-comics-june-2013-solicitations.html

Fashion Beast # 6 - Moore, Johnston Percio

Fashion Beast # 6 - Moore, Johnston Percio

By Arion in Blog on March 28, 2013

I could read an entire book of Alan Moore’s interviews. The man is a genius and, unlike some arrogant pseudo-intellectuals of our time, he always knows how to communicate his ideas in the best possible manner. I have read his opinions about hundreds of different subjects and I have read them with nothing but admiration and respect. In the sixth installment of Fashion Beast, the voice of the British writer resonates deep within the confines of the page. When Celestine talks with Doll he synthetizes the origin of fashion. He describes crabs that were revered in Japan due to some strange drawings they seemed to have in their shells; or moths that have wings with owl’s eyes painted in them. It’s because of these evolutionary details that those species survived. Here, external beauty is a survival tactic. However, is the hairless ape –we human beings– who invents fashion. And instead of evolving we go in the opposite direction. Because our bodies are hairless we take the fur from other mammals, because our hands are delicate we take the skin of other animals to wear them as gloves, because we do not have feathers we take them from the birds to use them as adornments. Great composition / gran composiciónCelestine tells Doll what should be the ultimate goal of the fashion industry in this world: “I hear from the furthest war zones that empty suits guided by computer are re-colonizing the irradiated territories for us, and I look forward most eagerly to a sublime and immaculate future of clothing unhindered by people”. Sounds like a nightmarish scenario but at the same time it makes perfect sense in this alternate future in which Celestine’s spring collection is more important than the threat of nuclear winter. The horror and at the same time the disturbing notion of a world full of lifeless mannequins wandering around in perfect attires is, indeed, a brilliant concept that only someone like Moore could come up with.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ DollPodría leerme un libro entero de entrevistas con Alan Moore. El hombre es un genio y, a diferencia de algunos arrogantes pseudo-intelectuales de nuestro tiempo, él siempre sabe cómo comunicar sus ideas de la mejor manera posible. He leído sus opiniones sobre cientos de temas diferentes y las he leído siempre con gran admiración y respeto.En la sexta entrega de "Fashion Beast", la voz del escritor británico resuena con profundidad en los confines de la página. Cuando Celestine habla con Doll, sintetiza el origen de la moda. Describe a los escarabajos que fueron reverenciados en Japón a causa de algunos extraños dibujos que parecían tener en sus caparazones; o las polillas que tienen alas con los ojos de un búho pintados en ellas. Es a causa de estos detalles evolutivos que esas especies sobrevivieron. Aquí, la belleza externa es una táctica de supervivencia. Sin embargo, es el simio lampiño -nosotros los seres humanos- el que inventa la moda. Y en vez de evolucionar vamos en la dirección opuesta. Como nuestros cuerpos no tienen pelo tomamos el pelaje de otros mamíferos, como nuestras manos son delicadas tomamos la piel de otros animales y la usamos como guantes, como no tenemos plumas tomamos las de las aves y las usamos como adornos. another one of my drawings / otro de mis dibujosCelestine le confiesa a Doll cuál debería ser la meta final de la industria de la moda en este mundo: "He oído desde las más lejanas zonas de guerra que trajes vacíos guiados por computadora están re-colonizando los territorios irradiados, y espero con grandes ansias un futuro sublime e inmaculado para la ropa, sin la carga de la gente". Suena como un escenario pesadillesco pero al mismo tiempo guarda perfecta coherencia con este futuro alternativo en el que la colección de primavera de Celestine es más importante que la amenaza de un invierno nuclear. El horror y al mismo tiempo la perturbadora noción de un mundo lleno de maniquíes sin vida que vagan errantes con perfectos vestidos es, de hecho, un concepto brillante que sólo alguien como Moore podría inventar. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/03/fashion-beast-6-moore-johnston-percio.html

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