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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

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

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