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Conjunciones simbólicas - Brian Silva Maldonado (Centro Colich)

Conjunciones simbólicas - Brian Silva Maldonado (Centro Colich)

By Arion in Blog on March 26, 2013

my drawing / mi dibujoLima was known as the city of the kings because it was ruled by a viceroy in the colonial age; and it was the most important and richest colony of Spain back then. There were viceroys and some nobility from Spain; and nowadays a lot of rich people can still count among their friends a certain amount of European nobles, funny, isn't it? Some 500 years ago, the Incan Empire was bigger than Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Chile put together, but after the conquest Spain divided the territory in smaller parts so that it would be easier to rule. There was an indigenous population of roughly 12 million, and after fifty years of Spain dominance, the population decreased to 300 thousand. Some people don't believe in the numbers, or don't want to acknowledge the brutal colonization. Civilization or barbarism has been a recurrent theme here or in other countries, Argentina, for example, took a more active approach and they dramatically reduced the amount of indigenous population, hence you find a lot more white people in Buenos Aires today than you will find here in Lima. In the 19th century Peru became an independent country after a lot of battles with Spain, and presidents (and much more dictators that I would care to admit) became the rule. Yeah, I know none of that has anything to do with comics, but wouldn't it be great to write a story about it. I can already imagine how I would like to see it illustrated.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Hace un par de horas se inauguraron varias muestras en el Centro Colich, en Barranco: la colección Otoño-Invierno 2013 de Jabbour Balmelli, Abracadabra (Eco Diseño Chic) y Conjunciones: simbólicas de Brian Silva Maldonado. Los cuadros de este artista son, ciertamente, estrambóticos pero muy cautivadores. Capa tras capa de pintura retroalimentan un flujo constante de líneas y figuras, en algunas casos la imagen alude a formas insectoides, en otros, a formas parasitarias. Silva Maldonado despliega su propuesta con rigor y coherencia, creando cuadros de gran impacto visual. Sin duda, su creatividad se hace evidente en “Gran madre” y “Cuerno rojo”. De lo mejor que he visto en Colich en los últimos meses, vale la pena que se den una vuelta por el jirón Colina 110 en Barranco (la muestra dura hasta el 20 de abril). En el transcurso de la noche me encontré con Julio Garay y José Medina, que le contó a todo el mundo que estaba trabajando en COSAS, aunque, siempre tan exagerado, les dijo que tenía un cargo mucho más importante del que tengo. También me encontré con Lothar Busse, el director del Centro Colich, quien tuvo la amabilidad de ofrecerme un par de chilcanos pese a que ya no los estaban repartiendo al público debido a la hora (es cierto, llegué tardísimo). Y, desde luego, me quedé conversando un buen rato con Paola Tejada y Marcos Palacios.  Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/03/conjunciones-simbolicas-brian-silva.html

Aspen Reveals WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Exclusives and Creator Appearances

Aspen Reveals WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Exclusives and Creator Appearances

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 26, 2013

Aspen Comics has released their WonderCon Anaheim 2013 exclusives as well as their list of creators appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #701 on March 29-31st. Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged), Peter Steigerwald (Zoo Hunters), Vince Hernandez (Charismagic), Mark Roslan (BubbleGun), J.T. Krul (Jirni), Beth Sotelo (Shrugged), Mike DeBalfo (Soulfire), Nei Ruffiino (Soulfire), David Wohl (Fathom), Lori Hanson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), and Jonathan Marks (Shrugged) will all be appearing throughout the weekend at the Aspen Comics Booth. Wondercon 2013Aspen is offering two highly-limited show exclusives: Legend of the Shadow Clan #3 will be released early atthe show with a special Wondercon Anaheim exclusive cover by Mike DeBalfo and colored by Peter Steigerwald and limited to 200 copies. Aspen will also be releasing an Executive Assistant: Assassins #9 WonderCon cover by Giuseppe Cafaro and David Curiel, limited to 200 copies. Both exclusives will only be available at the Aspen Comics Booth #701.To continue their ten-year anniversary celebration, Aspen is releasing the Aspen Tour Print 2013 WonderCon Anniversary Edition, with art by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 125 editions. Aspen will also be releasing all new prints featuring Soulfire, The Legend of the Shadow Clan and Shrugged.The “Ten Years of Aspen Comics” panel will take place on Saturday, March 30th in room 208 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm and will feature all of Aspen’s creative talents as they answer fans’ questions and reveal what’s in store for the next ten years of Aspen Comics.Aspen Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez will be offering portfolio reviews all weekend for aspiring artists in room 206b. Here is the dates/times for the reviews:Friday: 1:30 – 2:30 PMSaturday: 1:30 – 2:30 PMSunday: 12:00 – 1:00 PMFor more information please check www.comic-con.org or www.aspencomics.com LOTSC #3 EA: Assassins #9 SGD1 #2 SLFR #3 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/aspen-reveals-wondercon-anaheim-2013.html

Uncanny Avengers # 3 - Rick Remender John Cassaday

Uncanny Avengers # 3 - Rick Remender John Cassaday

By Arion in Blog on March 24, 2013

There is a tonal change in the third chapter of Uncanny Avengers. Remender has found the proper terms and the most precise words to describe the events that are about to take place. This is a dark tale and the writer manages to convey that feeling. We all know that Charles Xavier’s had the most powerful mutant mind on Earth. But even taxed with such an enormous temptation, Xavier never used his powers to subjugate his equals or to fulfill his every whim. Had this power been in the hands of a lesser man, he would have been corrupted by it. But now it is in the hands of one of the most perverse and immoral individuals: the Red Skull.Pursuing his secret agenda, Red Skull attacks New York with waves upon waves of mental power. Reigniting the hatred in people’s heart; increasing their intolerance and fueling their natural aggressiveness. The results are catastrophic. And although the newly formed team of Uncanny Avengers arrives in time, they must first fight against the Red Skull’s S-Men. In the end, however, not even the mighty Thor can resist the telepathic commands of the Red Skull. Havoc, Captain America & WolverineJohn Cassaday is probably the best illustrator we can see in Marvel right now. His Captain America’s iconic postures are similar to the ones we saw when Cassaday was penciling and inking Marvel Knight’s Captain America, back in 2002. His Wolverine’s brutality and ferocity resemble the version of the character as depicted in Astonishing X-Men, in 2004. There is a particular panel that exudes heroism: the one in which we see Havoc, Captain America and Wolverine together.And there is also such a sense of power when Thor lands. And such a sense of strength when the Odinson fights against one of the S-Men. Of course, the large panel in which Captain America fights against a mind-controlled SWAT team is priceless. Here Cassaday uses angles and perspectives that most pencilers would refuse to even consider, due to its difficulty. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ThorHay un cambio tonal en el tercer capítulo de Uncanny Avengers. Remender ha encontrado los términos apropiados y las palabras más precisas para describir los eventos que están a punto de ocurrir. Este es un relato oscuro y el escritor se las arregla para transmitir esa sensación.Todos sabemos que Charles Xavier tenía la mente mutante más poderosa de la Tierra. Pero incluso agobiado por tan enorme tentación, Xavier nunca usó sus poderes para subyugar a otros o para satisfacer sus caprichos. Si este poder hubiese estado en manos de otro hombre, habría sido corrompido. Pero ahora está en manos de uno los individuos más perversos e inmorales: Red Skull.Como parte de su agenda secreta, Red Skull ataca New York con una onda tras otra de poder mental. Reavivando el odio en el corazón de la gente; incrementando su intolerancia y encendiendo su agresividad natural. Los resultados son catastróficos. Y aunque el nuevo equipo de Uncanny Avengers llega a tiempo, primero deben luchar contra los Hombres S de Red Skull. Al final, sin embargo, ni siquiera el poderoso Thor puede resistir los comandos telepáticos de Red Skull. The fight begins / la pelea comienzaJohn Cassaday es probablemente el mejor ilustrador que podemos ver en Marvel ahora mismo. Las posturas icónicas de Captain America son similares a las que vimos cuando Cassaday estuvo dibujando y entintando "Marvel Knight’s Captain America", en el 2002. La brutalidad y ferocidad de su Wolverine se asemejan a la versión del personaje tal como apareció en Astonishing X-Men, en el 2004. Hay una viñeta en particular que exuda heroísmo: esa en la que vemos a Havoc, Captain America y Wolverine juntos.Y también hay un gran sentido de poderío cuando Thor aterriza. Y mucha fuerza cuando el hijo de Odín pelea contra uno de los Hombres S. Por supuesto, el panel largo en el que Captain America lucha contra un equipo SWAT controlado mentalmente no tiene precio. Aquí Cassaday usa ángulos y perspectivas que muchos dibujantes se rehusarían incluso a considerar, a causa de su dificultad. A great game of perspectives / un gran juego de perspectivasOriginally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/03/uncanny-avengers-3-rick-remender-john.html

Review: Dorothy and the Wizard in OZ

Review: Dorothy and the Wizard in OZ

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 24, 2013

Cover Dorothy is once again plucked from this earth and transported to a magical place populated with the most uncommon persons and where fantastic things happen.This time Dorothy is accompanied by her pet cat Eureka, a boy she just meet named Zeb and his horse Jim. Soon after the Wizard of OZ himself joins Dorothy. Making a return to the OZ books the kind and wise Wizard will help Dorothy once again find her way home.This 4th adaptation of L. Frank Baum's work brings back some of the original and all time favorite characters from the OZ books. And as a bonus you'll see most protagonists of the previous books again.How is it?During a big earthquake Dorothy, Eureka, Zeb and Jim fall down an enormous crack in the ground and end up in the land of the Mangaboos. This is a magic land where you can walk on air, animals talk and people are vegetables. Soon after the Wizard (of OZ) comes down in his balloon and joins them in their search for the way back home.Together they'll face the racism of the Mangaboos, the rage of the invisible bears, hords of Gurgles, the mazes of the Dragon lair and their own insecurities.The Wizard adds and element of wisdom and aptitude uncommon to Dorothy's previous travel companions. Its a fresh take on the group dynamics that works very well. However there is one downside. There is more action in this story than usual in the OZ books and with it comes a touch of violence that hasn't been seen yet in the land of OZ. Nothing too brutal to an adult, but to a child this might be a bit strong. Dorothy wakes Zeb All characters are distinct and original. At this time you should be familiar with Dorothy and the Wizard. Eureka is a selfish cat. She only thinks on herself and hardly ever lends a hand to the group. Jim is truly a work horse. He does everything he's asked and hardly ever complains. He does succumb to some ugly emotions, but that is for you to unveil. Lastly Zeb is just a good guy. He helps out wherever he can and is always ready to play around.Eric Shanower has been doing a stupendous job adapting the original novels to comic book format. In Dorothy and the Wizard in OZ he continues that fantastic job. The narration is just the right pace, the dialogues are on point and the story as a whole is a delight to read.A little bonus in the story is the origin of the Wizard and some backstory of the land of OZ. Jim beating some Gurgles Skottie Young also doesn't disappoint and delivers yet another fantastic work. His cartoonish style is a perfect fit to this book and adds a unique dimension to the original story. In this story Skottie had a chance to draw many different races and animals. He did an excellent job perhaps with the except of the Dama fruit eating people that are invisible and thus there was nothing to draw.Skottie made sure everyone was distinguishable and unique. The Mangaboos are very similar to the people of OZ but with vague and emotion deprived expressions. The Gurgles are wooden imp like flying creatures. These are my favorite. Their visual uniqueness is a joy to behold, and made better by the randomness of their existence. The braided man is very hilarious, and the dragonettes seem like adorable pets that can devour you in one bit. DragonettesVerdict?This is a great book of a fantastic all-ages series. You should get this for yourself, as a gift or to your kids (but beware of the violence). Its a truly fantastic adaptation of L.Frank Baum's great OZ books and with Skottie Young's stellar art. There is little doubt that the OZ books should be on every comic book reader's shelves. Highly recommended.If you never heard of the Marvel OZ books, take a look at my review of the first (and most commonly known) one here.Publisher: Marvel ComicsYear: 2012Pages: 184Authors: Skottie Young, Eric ShanowerISBN: 0785155546Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/review-dorothy-and-wizard-in-oz.html

Espais. Encontres - Anna Maresma (Dédalo)

Espais. Encontres - Anna Maresma (Dédalo)

By Arion in Blog on March 22, 2013

my drawing / mi dibujo1 Weekend in Asia: This time the group was consistently the same: Juan Carlos Gibson, Rodrigo and Pamela (his girlfriend). In the night there was going to be a party / concert in Asia Boulevard, the cheapest ticket was like twenty bucks, but Gibson knew the organizers so he got free tickets for all of us. Although I didn't precisely make it to the concert; and I blame my maracuyá sour. Ximena and Richard Quantrill were having a barbacue right next to the third floor's swimming pool, so I had the opportunity to eat a lot, and I felt like I had to contribute something in return... Ximena loves maracuyá sour, and I had just bought a bottle of pisco. So I quickly turned into a barman, and I made paracuyá sour for everyone, which they enjoyed tremendously and praised quite a bit. So, I got over-enthusiastic about it, and after a while I was a bit drunk. I asked if someone else wanted more alcohol, the answer was affirmative, so what was left of my bottle disappeared in minutes, and then I stayed with Richard and Ximena's friends, I had some wine too, and I had a lot of fun trying to identify songs. Richard had a lot of eighties movies soundtracks in his iPod, so he played one song and we had to guess what movie was it from, I was right at least three times, which positively impressed Richard. I asked him if he had ever visited Chessington and he said yes, and he even mentioned the zoo. When I was drunk enough I said goodbye to everyone, went downstairs and into the guest room, and I fell asleep immediately. Sunday, as usual, Ximena invited us breakfast and then lunch. Anyway, afterwards I searched with Gibson our numbered beach umbrella, everything is always very organized in Asia's beaches as you'd say, and Gibson as usual made fun of all the ridiculous habits of rich people, and we even had a discussion about exclusiveness and private beaches. Anyway, I don't really like the sand, it gets everywhere and makes me feel dirty, so I left him there and I went back to the house. After a while Gibson returned and asked me if I wanted to go to the clubhouse, we went there and we decided to make a small competition in the big swimming pool, obviously I lost; he said that I was tired because of yesterday's non-stop-drinking, so we stayed there in peace talking about meaningless things. It was so relaxing.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Renzo Núñez Melgar VegaA falta de una hubo dos interesantes muestras esta semana en Dédalo. La primera, el día martes, fue ComprArte organizada por Hecho con Amor. Se trató de una subasta ciega a beneficio de las personas que padecen esclerosis múltiple. Allí se podía adquirir una gran variedad de obras de artistas de renombre como Mariella Agois y Christian Fuchs. De hecho, en esta ocasión, Christian había contribuido con “Der Garten” un magnífico trabajo de composición fotográfica que impresionó a muchos de los concurrentes. Me pasé toda la noche conversando con Marcos Palacios y Paola Tejada, mientras tomábamos unos deliciosos chilcanos cortesía de Pisco Larroca, la marca de Roca Rey. El día jueves se presentó la segunda muestra, esta vez de joyería: “Espais. Encontres” de Anna Maresma Ribas. Anna Maresma trabaja la plata con pasión, doblando la filigrana, hilvanando trazos argentados y experimentando con una multitud de diseños novedosos. Esta vez me encontré con Maxwell, artífice de www.elespejodemaxwell.blogspot.com Estuvimos conversando largo rato sobre diversos temas, desde cómics hasta películas. Siempre es divertido hacer un recuento de lo que uno publica en esta ‘bitácora virtual’, pero lo más divertido es hacerlo no virtual sino personalmente. Fue un gusto conversar con Maxwell, y ha hecho que me anime a asistir al encuentro de bloggers que se realiza cada año. Me hace mucha ilusión conocer a las otras personas a quienes solamente ‘veo’ a través de sus posts. Y ahora los dejo con un dibujillo mío. Y, también, con un espectacular cuadro de mi amigo Renzo Núñez Melgar Vega. El año pasado visité el taller que él comparte con Asad López de Castilla en más de una ocasión y tuve la oportunidad de ver, poco a poco, el avance de sus pinturas. Me llamó en especial una que reúne a Miguel Grau, He-Man, Rick Grimes (de The Walking Dead), el Chavo del ocho, Van Gogh, Don Corleone (“El Padrino” interpretado por Marlon Brando), V For Vendetta, Steve Jobs, Darth Vader, Salvador Dalí, entre otros. ¿Qué podría congregar a este variopinto grupo de personajes? La respuesta quizás sea obvia si prestan atención a las cuatro figuras que están en primer plano. El que adivine, que deje un comentario. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/03/espais-encontres-anna-maresma-dedalo.html

Aspen’s Fifth “10 for 10” Title Is The All New Series BubbleGun

Aspen’s Fifth “10 for 10” Title Is The All New Series BubbleGun

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 19, 2013

 Cover Aspen Comics has revealed more info on their June release in their successful “10 for 10” anniversary initiative that has been met with both critical and commercial success. For their fifth release on June 12th, Aspen will be debuting an all-new cyber-punk action-adventure series, BubbleGun, by creator and writer Mark Roslan (Broken Pieces) with art by Mike Bowden (Worlds of Warcraft) and David Curiel (Avenging Spider-Man). The solicitation for BubbleGun reads: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!Roslan discusses the new series:“It's very hard to put into words how excited I am for BubbleGun's release this summer. I've been working on the book for over two years now and I can't wait for everyone to read it. I really wanted to make a comic book that had that fun and high-energy storytelling that I grew up reading. BubbleGun follows a motley team of characters in a action-adventure story that focuses on the them, but is set in the future with a nice shiny sci-fi veneer to it: advanced robots, hover-cycles, neon lights, and laser guns mixed into crazy high-tech escapades. Mike Bowden and David Curiel are a brilliant art team and both are really bringing a new level to their work with this series.” 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, BubbleGun#1. Aspen will also be offering a special Aspen Reserved Edition cover for BubbleGun #1 featuring art by Bowden and superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. Fans who reserve BubbleGun #1 by adding it to their pullbox with their local retailers will be eligible to receive the Aspen Reserved Edition of BubbleGun #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 BubbleGun #2 by Mark Brooks, along with a BubbleGun #2 J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive cover available in July. Aspen will be releasing more info on further BubbleGun 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/2013/03/aspens-fifth-10-for-10-title-is-all-new.html

Artistas por el NO - Dédalo

Artistas por el NO - Dédalo

By Arion in Blog on March 16, 2013

Mañana domingo marquen NOI was watching Young Justice the other day, which I consider by far the best cartoon I've seen in over 15 years. And I remembered some of the guys that love postwhoring on message boards. We are like Kid Flashes or Impulses trying to outrun each other… or so it seems. But some of them were a bit confused about my avatar which, coincidentally, is the same one I use here.I’m sure most people assume it is the Lord of Atlantis himself. Nothing illogical in that. Although, due to my age, I should have been closer to 90’s comics, here in Peru it was easier for me to get access to comic books published in Spain, however, for some reason, the only available stuff was from the 80s. So I am an expert of that era, not because I was born in a different date but because of, how should we put it, geographical accidents. It was like I had no other choice. So it was quite a shock, and a challenge, trying to catch up with years of issues that I had missed. It was so strange to get an issue of Superman printed in 1997 that my aunt would send me from New Jersey and read it and compare it to the last issue I had read, in Spanish, with a cover date of 1989.  And the same applies to 2000 AD, I think I have read not a single Prog published in the nineties, but I have a lot of issues from the early eighties and late seventies, and that’s what I like and reread the most, I just love it. So you could say I’m an honorary 80’s boy, and I’ll always be. Anyway, I would love to read old stuff, but since it is not a priority I keep saying I’ll buy a Marvel Masterworks next time I have fifty bucks to spare, and of course there is never such time. What I do want to buy is Barry Windsor Smith’s run in Conan, decades ago, I already have it all in trade paperback format but I want the original issues (although we are talking about an amount of money that is out of my possibilities).And now off I go. Sunday it's election day over here. Or rather re-election. Or rather something else.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “La parcialidad del Jurado Nacional de Elecciones, las mañas de bravucones como Marco Tulio y los dólares de incierta procedencia han logrado poner a Lima en el riesgo de quedar a la deriva, sin proyecto, sin inversiones, sin gobernabilidad. Es cierto que la actual gestión municipal ha cometido errores, que no hubo contundencia en su defensa, que no aprovechó políticamente sus obras y que emprendió batallas impopulares, pero nada de eso razonablemente justifica el uso de la revocatoria, pensada en su origen como recurso democrático, para desconocer el mandato popular que eligió a Susana Villarán”. - Augusto Rey. Les recomiendo leer el resto del artículo aquí. Es cierto que rara vez toco temas políticos aquí en el blog, pero no es por desidia ni indiferencia, sino simplemente porque siento que otros, como Augusto, pueden transmitir mejor que yo mensajes de esta índole. Apoyo a Susana Villarán y este domingo marcaré el NO. Espero que ustedes también.  COSAS + vista interior desde mi oficina Por cierto, el martes de esta semana se realizó la Noche de Arte por Lima, en Dédalo. De manera rotunda, 24 de los artistas más importantes y prestigiosos del Perú expresaron su apoyo por Susana Villarán, donando sus cuadros generosamente. Rara vez hay muestras que congreguen al mismo tiempo figuras como la de Ramiro Llona, José Tola, Ricardo Wiese, Gerardo Chávez, Enrique Polanco, etc. Incluso, el mismo Eduardo Lores, quizás más conocido en su faceta como novelista, poeta o articulista de El Comercio, presentó un interesante cuadro que me hizo recordar su libro “Manía”, y eso fue justamente lo que le comenté en algún momento de la noche.Saludé a María Elena Fernández, y a artistas como Lorenzo Osores y Alfredo Alcalde. Como siempre, fue un gusto contar con la presencia de Anel Townsend, quien ha llevado de manera ejemplar la campaña del NO. Pablo Alayza, Rodrigo Cueto y otros chicos del Pestalozzi tocaron música en vivo, mientras iban llegando cada vez más y más invitados. Para mí fue especialmente divertido conversar con Sebastián Lores y Gabriel Lores y, sobre todo, con Arturo José Valdés Hamann, uno de mis grandes amigos del colegio a quien le perdí la pista por años y que recién ahora, o desde hace poco, vuelvo a reencontrar en eventos de este tipo. Como tenía que llegar temprano a COSAS al día siguiente, no pude quedarme hasta el final. Pero al menos estuve conversando con Arturo hasta que él y su enamorada se fueron.   Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/03/artistas-por-el-no-dedalo.html

Sad news for Courtney Crumrin fans

Sad news for Courtney Crumrin fans

By David Bird in Blog on March 14, 2013

Sad news for Courtney Crumrin fans. Creator Ted Naifeh has confirmed that the last issue was indeed the last issue. Not really a surprise. It felt like a last issue. He gave his reasons in an interview at Comics Alliance. Essentially, he wanted her story to have a conclusion. He felt that to continue it as an ongoing would rob her life of any sense of meaningfulness. Interestingly, just this past week I read Umberto Eco’s 1972 essay ‘The Myth of Superman,’ which makes much the same point. Superman could be a legendary figure, a demi-god, but the necessities of life as a trademarked property means that whatever he accomplishes must continually set aside. He does great things and accomplishes nothing. So let’s give Courtney’s story an end. It’s not as though readers can no longer enjoy her story. In fact, next month sees the publication of the third hardcover special edition, Courtney Crumrin and the Twilight Kingdom. Originally Published at Power Honor Grace http://powerhonorgrace.tumblr.com/post/45380221012

L’INCAL - Jodorowsky Moebius

L’INCAL - Jodorowsky Moebius

By Arion in Blog on March 10, 2013

MoebiusI wish I were a polyglot. I wish I could read Dostoyevsky in Russian, Goethe in German, Proust in French or Dante in Italian. But alas that is not possible. All I have is English and Spanish. That means most of the novels and comics I read are either in Spanish or in English. I don’t trust translators “traduttore, traitore” goes an old Italian saying. And that’s why if I can’t read something in its original language, then I simply avoid reading it (I make exceptions, of course, and that’s why I’ve read “Crime and Punishment” although not “À la recherché du temps perdu”). Today, however, I wish to make an exception to this unspoken rule.“L’Incal” was originally published in French, but I tend to trust in the Spanish translation especially because Jodorowsky’s mother tongue is Spanish. But even if that wasn’t the case, there are more than enough merits in these graphic novels to talk about them.In the early 80s, Jodorowsky created the universe of the Incal. In a series of well-connected original graphic novels, he described a mystical device that could bestow upon their users abilities and knowledge of divine nature. Everything begins with John DiFool, a mediocre detective, a drinker, a loser who has no other goals in his life but to visit an establishment of homeosluts. But one day, a dying alien gives him the Incal, a small crystal pyramid of infinite power.  One of the most brilliant pages of 20th century comics / una de las páginas más brillantes del cómic del siglo XXSoon, the transformation begins. The Incal changes John, and even Deepo, his pet, an urban “concrete seagull”. And this is quite a peculiar city, indeed. It’s designed as a well, and at the very bottom there is a lake of acid. Above the city, a gigantic citadel floats. Inside its walls the clone-president reigns supreme in a paradise of hedonism and sexual depravity. Soon, the clone-president decides to capture John DiFool, well aware that the power of the Incal might disrupt the entire hierarchy. But at the same time, the Bergs, an alien race, are behind John. And so are the technopriests of the Church of Industrial Saints. And so is Tanatha, the leader of the Amok, a rebel group that intends to destroy the president’s floating palace and all the noble men that live there.The Incal is a journey of pure adventure, undiluted action and strong emotions since the beginning. The second page shows us John DiFool falling into the abyss, hundreds of levels away from the acid lake. This second page is, I’d dare to say, one of the best and most influential pages of the ninth art. Artist Moebius (Jean Giraud), paints an entire world in one dramatic frame. We see the hundreds of levels that are above and below John DiFool, with a complete dominion over perspective and details, Moebius does what is impossible to accomplish for most artists: make the fantastic seem real while adding an extraordinary level of dramatic tension to the scene. Surely, Jodorowsky’s story would have not been the same without a master like Moebius. Considered, and justly so, like one of the best European artists, and superior to many of the most famous American pencilers, Moebius gave a much needed sense of humanity and imagination to a story that tackled religious aspects in a sci-fi scenario.  Fantastic design by Moebius / Fantástico diseño de MoebiusThe adventure never stops, and John DiFool escapes from one persecutor only to fall in the claws of another. And things get even more complicated. The Metabaron captures John DiFool, but he has lost the Incal in the hands of Animah. Due to the circumstances, Tanatha and Kill Wolfhead will be forced to work alongside John DiFool, Deepo, the Metabaron and his adopted son Soluna (the future androgynous messiah) and Animah. Together, the seven are able to reconnect the Light Incal and the Dark Incal. And once they do, everything changes. The repercussions go far beyond their world or solar system, as they learn that a cosmic menace might cause the destruction of the galaxy. Now, I have no intentions of retelling hundreds of pages of theological metaphors and cosmic wars. All of it takes place in six graphic novels (which you can find in many languages, so there’s no need to be a polyglot to read them): "L'Incal Noir" (1981), "L'Incal Lumière" (1982), "Ce qui est en bas" (1984), "Ce qui est en haut" (1985), "La cinquième essence - Galaxie qui Songe" (1988), "La cinquième essence - La planète Difool" (1989). After 300 pages of The Incal, I got the impression that Jodorowsky needed more room to expand upon certain plot threads and ideas. It’s curious to observe how the American industry consists in producing one six-issue arc after another, and sometimes writers don’t have any ideas at all but they still write long arcs. Those comics are often a waste of pages, an example of length devoid of any significant content. The Incal, nonetheless, it’s all about content but not length, sure it might seem that it’s a long story but it’s not enough. It barely scratches the surface of a universe that Jodorowsky has been exploiting narratively for over three decades.   Finally, I would like to point out the visual strength of Moebius. Without the enormous talent of this French artist the Incal wouldn’t have existed. Or it would have existed in a much less impressive manner. We should be thankful for Moebius’s unparalleled imagination, his sophisticated sense of design and his unrivaled creativity. This is an artist that has inspired not only the audience but also many other artists. His influence can be found in Europe, in the United States and even in Japan. Everyone should take a look at the pages of The Incal, they are like graphic jewelry; they’re a real treasure.  ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Desearía ser un políglota. Desearía poder leer a Dostoyevsky en ruso, a Goethe en alemán, a Proust en francés o a Dante en italiano. Pero, tristemente, eso no es posible. Lo que tengo es el inglés y el español. Eso significa que la mayoría de novelas y cómics que leo están o en español o en inglés. No confío en los traductores “traduttore, traitore” afirma un viejo refrán italiano. Y es por eso que, cuando no puedo leer algo en su idioma original, simplemente evito leerlo (hago excepciones, por supuesto, y por eso leí “Crimen y castigo” pero no "En busca del tiempo perdido"). Hoy día, sin embargo, deseo hacer una excepción a esta regla tácita.  the androgynous messiah / el mesías andrógino“El Incal” fue originalmente publicada en francés, pero tiendo a confiar en la traducción española, especialmente porque la lengua materna de Jodorowsky es el castellano. Pero incluso si ese no fuera el caso, hay méritos más que suficientes en estas novelas gráficas para hablar sobre ellas. A inicios de los 80, Jodorowsky creó el universo del Incal. En una bien conectada serie de novelas gráficas, describió un artefacto místico que otorgaría a sus usuarios habilidades y conocimientos de naturaleza divina. Todo empieza con John DiFool, un detective mediocre, un borracho, un perdedor que tiene como única meta en la vida ir de juerga a los establecimientos de homeoputas. Pero un día, un alienígena moribundo le da el Incal, una pequeña pirámide de cristal de poder infinito.  Pronto, la transformación empieza. El Incal cambia a John, e incluso a Deepo, su mascota, una urbana "gaviota de concreto". Y de hecho esta es una ciudad bastante peculiar. Está diseñada como un pozo, y en el fondo hay un lago de ácido. Sobre la ciudad, flota una gigantesca ciudadela. Dentro de sus muros, el clon-presidente reina supremo en un paraíso de hedonismo y depravación sexual.Pronto, el clon-presidente decide capturar a John DiFool, conciente de que el poder del Incal podría destruir toda la jerarquía. Pero al mismo tiempo, los bergs, una raza alienígena, están detrás de John. Y también lo están los tecnopadres de la Iglesia de los Santos Industriales. Y también lo está Tanatha, líder del Amok, un grupo rebelde que intenta destruir el palacio flotante del presidente y a todos los nobles que residen allí.El Incal es una travesía de pura aventura, con acción sin diluir y emociones fuertes desde el principio. La segunda página nos muestra a John DiFool cayendo al abismo, a cientos de niveles del lago de ácido. Esta segunda página es, me atrevería a decir, una de las páginas más influyentes del noveno arte. El artista Moebius (Jean Giraud), pinta un mundo entero en una sola viñeta dramática. Vemos los cientos de niveles que están encima y debajo de John DiFool, con un dominio completo de la perspectiva y los detalles, Moebius logra algo que es imposible para muchos artistas: hacer que lo fantástico parezca real mientras que añade un extraordinario nivel de tensión dramática a la escena. Seguramente, la historia de Jodorowsky no habría sido la misma sin un maestro como Moebius. Considerado, y justamente, como uno de los mejores artistas europeos, y superior a la mayoría de dibujantes de Estados Unidos, Moebius le entrega un sentido de humanidad e imaginación a un relato que aborda aspectos religiosos en un escenario de ciencia ficción.La aventura nunca se detiene, y John DiFool escapa de un perseguidor sólo para caer en las garras de otro. Y las cosas se complican aun más. El Metabarón captura a John DiFool, pero él ha perdido el Incal a manos de Animah. A causa de las circunstancias, Tanatha y Cabeza de Lobo se ven obligados a trabajar junto con John DiFool, Deepo, el Metabarón y su hijo adoptivo Soluna (el futuro mesías andrógino) y Animah. Juntos, los siete logran reconectar el Incal Luz y el Incal Negro. Y cuando lo hacen, todo cambia. Las repercusiones van más allá del mundo o del sistema solar, y descubren que una amenaza cósmica podría causar la destrucción de la galaxia. John DiFool inside the Incal / John DiFool dentro del IncalNo tengo intenciones de narrar cientos de páginas de metáforas teológicas y guerras cósmicas. Todo esto se desarrolla en seis novelas gráficas (que pueden encontrar en muchos idiomas así que no hace falta ser políglota para leerlas): "El Incal Negro" (1981), "El Incal Luz" (1982), "Lo que está abajo" (1984), "Lo que está arriba" (1985), "La Quinta Esencia I: La galaxia que sueña" (1988), "La Quinta Esencia II: Planeta DiFool" (1989). Después de 300 páginas de "El Incal" me dio la impresión que Jodorowsky necesitaba más espacio para explotar ciertas ideas e hilos argumentales. Es curioso observar cómo la pauta norteamericana consiste en producir arcos argumentales de seis números, y a veces los escritores no tienen ideas pero aún así escriben extensos arcos. Estos cómics son a menudo un desperdicio de páginas, un ejemplo de extensión desprovista de contenido significativo. "El Incal", no obstante, se centra en el contenido mas no en la extensión, sin duda, puede parecer una historia larga pero no es suficiente. Apenas raspa la superficie de un universo que Jodorowsky ha estado explotando por más de tres décadas.Finalmente, me gustaría señalar la fuerza visual de Moebius. Sin el enorme talento de este artista francés el Incal no habría existido. O habría existido de una manera mucho menos impresionante. Deberíamos agradecer a la imaginación incomparable de Moebius, su sofisticado sentido de diseño y su creatividad única. Este es un artista que ha inspirado no sólo a su público sino también a muchos otros artistas. Su influencia puede encontrarse en Europa, en los Estados Unidos e incluso en Japón. Todos deberían darle una mirada a las páginas de "El Incal", son una joya gráfica; son un verdadero tesoro.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/03/lincal-jodorowsky-moebius.html

Preview: Executive Assistant: Assassins #9

Preview: Executive Assistant: Assassins #9

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 9, 2013

CoverEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #9Vince Hernandez – Writer / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Teo Gonzalez - ColorCan anyone hope to survive the Extinction?The massive “Executive Extinction” crossover begins to tear apart the bounds of friendship and loyalty, as Lily, Orchid and Aster arrive in Tokyo on their final push to eliminate Mazutsu and end his cycle of bloodshed. However, the arrival of Executive Assistant Ivy has created a challenge for the girls’ revenge plan, as her past reveals dark secrets which may lead to all of their demise!EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #9 is in stores March 20th, 2013! FC                               32 pages                                $3.99 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/2013/03/preview-executive-assistant-assassins-9.html

Charismagic Retailer Covers

Charismagic Retailer Covers

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 9, 2013

Queen of Spades Aspen plans to kick off their summer with the fantasy adventure series Charismagic as the fourth release in their successful “10 for 10” initiative starting on May 1st. The debut $1 issue by creator and writer Vince Hernandez with art by Vincenzo Cucca and Emilio Lopez and will feature special Retailer Exclusive incentive covers. Aspen’s Frank Mastromauro discusses these special individualized covers: “Our retailer partners have been overwhelmingly supportive of our “10 for 10” initiative thus far, and especially towards the Retailer Exclusive cover incentive. Each store’s cover has been painstakingly designed to be unique for each and every retailer that participates. The response so far has been extremely positive and we expect to continue that trend with this awesome new Charismagic playing card themed cover.” Ace of Clubs 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 Charismagic #1 Aspen Reserved Edition cover features artwork by volume one artist Khary Randolph with Steigerwald. Charismagic will also feature upcoming covers by J. Scott Campbell, Amanda Conner, Eric Basaldua and more to be announced.Aspen encourages everyone to check out the release of Charismagic #1 for only $1 on May 1st.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/charismagic-retailer-covers.html

Preview: Soulfire #4

Preview: Soulfire #4

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 8, 2013

CoverSOULFIRE (vol 4) #4 J.T. Krul – Story / Mike DeBalfo – Art / Nei Ruffino  - ColorsMichael Turner’s epic fantasy adventure surges forward into a new era!Possessed by the chaotic spirit of Oris, Grace seems all but unstoppable as her reign of terror storms across the globe. Cities are being destroyed. People are dying. In the Everlands, one of Malikai's closest friends is facing death from Grace's violence. Can the combined power of magic and technology save them? And if so, will the result be a miracle…or an abomination?"From veteran SOULFIRE scribe J.T. Krul, and featuring the amazing art of Michael DeBalfo along with fan favorite colorist Nei Ruffino, this is the SOULFIRE tale three volumes in the making! New and returning fans will NOT want to miss out as the biggest SOULFIRE story ever told continues right here!SOULFIRE (vol 4) #4 is in stores March 20th, 2013!FC                               32 pages                                 $3.99       Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/preview-soulfire-4.html

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 2 - Bendis Bagley

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 2 - Bendis Bagley

By Arion in Blog on March 8, 2013

When you are in high school you can never be too sure about your own feelings. All those hormones and physical changes will keep you distracted and unfocused, and that’s what Bendis reminds us in the second volume of Ultimate Spider-Man. After the death of uncle Ben, Peter Parker has decided to admit that “with great power there must also come great responsibility”, but it doesn’t matter how hard he tries to do the right thing, he keeps ruining the possibilities of having a relationship with Mary Jane.Peter will realize quite quickly that having a secret life as a masked vigilante comes at a very high price. There are some truly wonderful moments here, such as aunt May’s breakdown, when she thinks Peter is never at home because he simply doesn’t want to be around her, the boy ends up crying, telling her that she loves her. Just as he cried in the arms of Mary Jane after the murder of his uncle.In this second volume we see Peter getting closer to Mary Jane. Powers can never guarantee getting a good love life, on the contrary, they can be a real problem. And that’s what Peter realizes when he has to cancel his first date with Mary Jane after getting hurt in one of his missions. Besides, Spider-Man’s powers may not be enough to grant him victory over his enemies, and that’s what he learns after fighting against the Kingpin. It’s only thanks to his intelligence that he can defeat the Kingpin at the end. Remembering uncle Ben / recordando al tío BenBendis sure can write some really hilarious moments, but perhaps my favorite takes place in Confessions (Ultimate Spider-Man # 13). Peter Parker invites Mary Jane to his house, they start talking and Peter tells her that he must confess a secret: he is Spider-Man. After reading superhero comics for so many years, I’ve seen many scenes of secret identities revealed but none as poignant and as funny as this one. This is basically an entire issue that revolves around some very common aspects of superhero dynamics, and Bendis plays with all the established clichés and in return gives us something truly unique and fresh.There have been some subtle references to sexuality in the previous volume, and this time what we get are basically a series of jokes that have some level of sexual tension. For instance, Mary Jane screams quite loudly when she sees Peter climbing up his room’s wall, and then excited by the situation she starts jumping on the bed, making some strong squeaky noises. Immediately, aunt May enters his nephew’s room absolutely convinced that they are having sex. Which is only logical, after all, what else could a couple of horny teenagers do in a locked room? She even mentions safe sex and tells Peter she doesn’t want “any hanky-panky” in the house. As a matter of fact, Peter hasn’t even kissed Mary Jane yet (although he gets very close to do so in this chapter). Peter is still an innocent boy, and the fact that he almost kisses one of the most beautiful girls in the school makes him feel on cloud nine. Once again penciler Mark Bagley and inker Art Thibert form a very solid artistic team. Bagley keeps these kids as young as they should be, and he delivers some really amazing action scenes. This truly is, like Entertainment Weekly said, “one of the most emotionally resonant depictions of teendom in comics since Spider-Man’s debut 38 years ago”.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Spider-Man versus KingpinCuando estás en secundaria, tus sentimientos son algo de lo que nunca estás del todo seguro. Todas esas hormonas y cambios corporales te distraen y desconcentran, y eso es lo que Bendis nos recuerda en el segundo volumen de Ultimate Spider-Man. Después de la muerte del tío Ben, Peter Parker ha decidido admitir que "un gran poder conlleva una gran responsa-bilidad", pero no importa qué tanto intente hacer lo correcto, sigue arruinando las posibilidades de tener una relación con Mary Jane.Peter descubrirá con bastante rapidez que tener una vida secreta como un vigilante enmascarado tiene un precio. Hay algunos momentos realmente maravillosos aquí, como la crisis de la tía May; cuando ella piensa que Peter nunca está en casa porque no quiere ni verla, el chico termina llorando, diciéndole que sí la quiere. Al igual que lloró en los brazos de Mary Jane después del asesinato de su tío. Peter Parker & Mary Jane En este segundo volumen vemos a Peter cada vez más cerca a Mary Jane. Los poderes nunca garantizan una buena vida amorosa, por el contrario, pueden ser un verdadero problema. Y eso es lo que Peter constata cuando tiene que cancelar su primera cita con Mary Jane después de salir herido en una de sus misiones. Además, los poderes de Spider-Man no son suficientes para triunfar sobre sus enemigos, y esto queda comprobado tras la pelea contra el Kingpin. Al final será sólo gracias a su inteligencia que podrá derrotar al Kingpin.Bendis sin duda escribe algunos momentos hilarantes, pero tal vez mi favorito ocurre en "Confesiones" (Ultimate Spider-Man # 13). Peter Parker invita a Mary Jane a su casa, empiezan a hablar y Peter le dice que debe confesar un secreto: él es Spider-Man. Después de leer cómics de súper-héroes por tantos años, he visto muchas escenas en las que se revela la identidad secreta pero ninguna tan significativa y divertida como esta. Este es básicamente un ejemplar entero dedicado a los aspectos más comunes de la dinámica heroica, y Bendis juega con todos los clichés establecidos y nos entrega a cambio algo realmente único y fresco.  the confession / la confesiónHabía algunas referencias sutiles a la sexualidad en el volumen anterior, y esta vez tenemos básicamente una serie de bromas que presentan cierto nivel de tensión sexual. Por ejemplo, Mary Jane grita bastante cuando ve a Peter trepando por el techo de su habitación, y emocionada por la situación empieza a saltar en la cama, haciendo un fuerte sonido chirriante. Inmedia-tamente, la tía May entra al cuarto de su sobrino, absolutamente convencida de que están teniendo sexo. Algo lógico, después de todo, ¿qué otra cosa podría hacer una pareja adolescente a puertas cerradas? Ella incluso menciona el sexo seguro y le dice a Peter que no quiere "ninguna travesura" en la casa. De hecho, Peter ni siquiera ha besado a Mary Jane (aunque está casi a punto de hacerlo en este número). Peter todavía es un chico inocente, y el hecho de haber estado a punto de besar a una de las chicas más lindas del colegio lo hace sentir en la gloria. Una vez más, los lápices de Mark Bagley y las tintas de Art Thibert se combinan muy bien. Bagley logra que estos muchachos sean tan jóvenes como deben ser, y logra escenas de acción asombrosas. Esto es verdaderamente, como dijo Entertainment Weekly, "uno de los retratos del mundo adolescente más emocionalmente resonantes desde el debut de Spider-Man hace 38 años".Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/03/ultimate-spider-man-vol-2-bendis-bagley.html

Arion's Archaic Art - d761cd4d6c85d068b974da402495666d - 2013-03-08-06-30-06

Arion's Archaic Art - d761cd4d6c85d068b974da402495666d - 2013-03-08-06-30-06

By Arion in Blog on March 7, 2013

Más de uno se habrá preguntado por qué no he escrito sobre muestras de arte desde hace un mes. La razón es bastante sencilla: mañana viernes se cumple mi primer mes de trabajo en la revista COSAS. Sin duda, la experiencia que tuve el año pasado en Plus TV y Frecuencia Latina fue muy valiosa, pero al final, parafraseando un dicho gringo, fui atraído por pastos más verdes. COSAS me ha tratado muy bien durante estas semanas, y teniendo en cuenta que esta publicación tiene una periodicidad bisemanal, mi nombre ya ha aparecido en los créditos de las últimas dos revistas, así como en la revista CASAS. Claro que esto ha significado estar un poco más ocupado de lo normal. No obstante, esta semana me he dado el lujo de asistir a tres inauguraciones distintas.El martes llegué puntualmente a la exposición de los talleres de arte de Corriente Alterna,  y pude deleitarme con una enorme variedad de trabajos y estilos distintos. En el transcurso de la noche me encontré con Marcos Palacios y Paola Tejada, y nos quedamos conversando un buen rato mientras disfrutábamos con la decoración estilo feria y las curiosidades de la noche: una escultura de globos, puestos de canchita y helado de La Heladería (yo me comí más de una vez el de “queso helado” y estaba riquísimo), como siempre, Otto Kunz ofreció jamones, quesos y pancitos de todo tipo, y bodegas Trapiche aportó las infaltables copas de vino. Great work / ytabajo grandiosoEl miércoles estuve en la Galería Cecilia González, listo para la inauguración de “Dame el poder” de la artista Natalia Pilo-Pais, a quien saludé y felicité personalmente. El 2011 Pilo-Pais había presentado “Chicamatic”, una original muestra nos retrotraía a décadas pasadas, en donde la mujer-objeto era concebida a través de la mujer-con-el-objeto; es decir, la ama de casa ideal. En esta ocasión, Natalia vuelve a jugar con elementos anacrónicos y se enfoca en las portadas de revistas de aventuras sesenteras, todos deliciosamente retro, todas deliciosamente ingenuas a su manera. Pero, además, ella inserta en las portadas de estas revistas no sólo colores de su propia cosecha sino elementos claves de la publicidad de hace medio siglo, cada cuadro, por lo tanto, tiene una gran fuerza expresiva que combina el poderío visual con las sugerentes huellas de la propaganda. El suyo es un trabajo que cautiva no sólo por su belleza sino, también, por su contenido intelectual.  my drawing / mi dibujoAunque me tomé varios vasos de whisky (y una copita de espumante), Marcos Palacios y Paola Tejada me ayudaron a no extralimitarme. En la galería barranquina me encontré con Pablo Villaizán, Julio Garay y Lolo y Didi Arteta. Hoy en la noche se inauguró en la Galería Enlace “De un extremo a otro” del artista cubano José Bedia. Algunos de los cuadros de Bedia tienen una potencia visual impresionante, allí se percibe claramente la ebullición creativa de Bedia y, sobre todo, su indomable potencia. Entre sus mejores cuadros se encuentran "Adulterio", una brutal denuncia sobre la violencia hacia las mujeres en medio oriente y "Bless the Miami river", un cuadro alucinante sobre dos mujeres obesas que ungen con aceites celestiales a una tercera, tras un árbol, lejos de la escena, dos muchachos que llevan gorras al revés, se masturban frenéticamente,como si nunca hubiesen visto una escena de desnudo. En ambos cuadros, la sensación de movimiento es casi tangible.También en Enlace se inauguró "Latido de arena" de Esther Vainstein, una interesante muestra que destaca sobre todo por su instalación de una caja de arena, aunque en comparación a la muestra de Bedia pierde con muchos puntos de diferencia. En Enlace me encontré, una vez más, con Marcos Palacios y Paola Tejada, Hugo Salazar, José Medina, Roberto Ascóniga, Noah Alhalel, Mariella Agois, etc. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/03/mas-de-uno-se-habra-preguntado-por-que.html

Preview: Executive Assistant: Iris #3

Preview: Executive Assistant: Iris #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 6, 2013

CoverEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS (vol 3) #3David Wohl – Writer /Alex Lei– Art / Teo Gonzalez - ColorsThe Extinction continues!Working with the CIA, Iris learns that the powerful and malevolent arms dealer Mazutsu is off limits to the Agency, a fact that piques her interest further. Covertly, Iris heads to New Delhi, India in search of her friend Lotus, but surprisingly discovers a deadly battle already in progress, along with the arrival of some rather violent “friends” as well!EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS vol 3 #3 is in stores March 13, 2013!  Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/preview-executive-assistant-iris-3.html

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