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Fans Select Overtaken As New Aspen Comics “10 for 10” Series In August

Fans Select Overtaken As New Aspen Comics “10 for 10” Series In August

By Rui Esteves in Blog on March 6, 2013

Cover Following a month-long online fan voting process to choose Aspen Comics’ next series, the publisher has announced that Overtaken has won the contest and will debut on August 21st as their “10 for 25,40 cm release for that month. Created by Frank Mastromauro, this all new sci-fi, action adventure series is described:Journalist Will Harden is well equipped for most situations, but nothing can prepare him for what’s about to come. Relocating from the big city to a small mountain town with his wife, everything is turned upside-down the moment she goes missing. Are the rumors of alien abductions true or did something far worse happen to his wife? No matter the cause, Harden will not stop until he uncovers the truth, or die trying.Overtaken will be written by Mastromauro with art by newcomer Marco Lorenzana. Aspen Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez discusses Lorenzana’s participation:“Marco has a truly amazing story on how he showed up on our radar. He was visiting Los Angeles and was staying with family, and on a whim he decided to take a chance and show up at our studio with his portfolio in hand. As it turned out, his artwork was outstanding and Frank asked him to stay. From that day forward Marco spent countless hours honing his craft in the studio and he just took off from there. We’re really excited to have Marco on the project and are eager to show everyone what he’s capable of.”Aspen will be supporting the release of Overtaken #1 will all of their successful “10 for 10” incentives including the Aspen Reserved Edition and Aspen Retailer Exclusive covers, as well as special variant covers by J. Scott Campbell, Eric Basaldua and more to be announced shortly. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/03/fans-select-overtaken-as-new-aspen.html

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1 - Bendis Bagley

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1 - Bendis Bagley

By Arion in Blog on March 5, 2013

The most famous heroes of the Marvel Universe have been around for decades, and after such a long time, it’s only natural that some readers forget what was so special or exciting about them in the first place. For instance, when Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created Spider-Man, they revolutionized the superhero genre for one simple reason: instead of having an adult as the protagonist, which was pretty much the rule in a superhero book, they chose to focus on a teenager, on a kid that in DC Comics or another company would have simply been a sidekick, a secondary character at best.Time has passed, and what was innovative in the 60s has sort of become the rule in the present. There is a plethora of teenaged heroes out there. So in 2000, Marvel Comics editor Bill Jemas wondered how they could recover all that lost magic and decided that the best option was to create a different continuity, under a different editorial line, the Ultimate line. And thus Ultimate Spider-Man was born, to tell the stories we were all so familiar with but under a new creative and artistic guidance.If classic Spider-Man stories had captivated thousands of readers it was because Stan Lee turned Peter Parker into a teenager that we could all relate with. He had problems, frustrations and doubts. So in many ways Brian Michael Bendis rescues these elements, but updating them for the 21st century. Bendis reminds us that Peter Parker is a brilliant kid, always reading science books, but at the same time he’s so lost in his own world that he isn’t aware of the many ways in which he can get attacked. Sure, Peter has been bullied before, but what Brian Michael Bendis does is showing us how defenseless he is, and how fragile he can be. And that alone is enough for us to attune to his narrative. When I was reading the first volume of Ultimate Spider-Man I immediately started remembering my high school years. Did I ever feel as helpless as Peter? Did I ever feel insecure, lonely, unable to fit in? Of course I did, now as an adult I no longer have those feelings but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten all about them. And that’s the beauty of a title like Ultimate Spider-Man, it makes you relive those high school years; and even if you’ve studied in a different country or continent, Bendis’s stories always ring true.  Peter Parker: a victim of the bullies? /Peter Parker: ¿una víctima de los abusivos?We’ve all seen Spider-Man movies or the cartoons and we all know the origin of the arachnid heroe. Bendis readjusts some elements, but manages to retain the essence, the element that turned Spider-Man into Marvel’s most iconic hero. And he doesn’t rush into it, because he knows he’s got plenty of issues to develop the story. As a result we can see Peter Parker learning to discover his new abilities, rediscovering his body, just as a 15-year-old would, after all, adolescence is all about change. And everything changes in Peter’s life, once he’s bitten by a genetically mutated spider, he acquires superpowers. Suddenly, he’s no longer defenseless. There’s such a sense of empowerment here, and we can all relate to that because we all had power fantasies growing up, all wanted to be bigger, braver or stronger. Now Peter’s dreams have come true. And he reinvents himself as only a misfit teenager could.  growing up is painful / crecer dueleAn adolescent forms his identity based on the behaviors and interests of his peers. Friends are always important, and at this age they are even more relevant than parents. That’s what we see in Peter, the necessity to fit in, to no longer be considered a loser, to be a part of a team of winner, and that’s why he gets into the basketball team and excels at it. At the same time, rebelliousness and recklessness force him to get into constant discussions with his parental figures, aunt May and uncle Ben. Bendis administers drama in the right dosage, he never overdoes it, and thus we’re never in front of artificial melodramas. Everything is very down to Earth, and it all feels so close to us that we feel identified with Peter.I’ve read so many uninteresting ‘new’ origins either in Marvel or DC Comics… every time someone pretends to retell the beginning or the early days of a superhero, readers get poorly written stories. Only a few writers have been able to pull this off (for instance, Byrne in Superman and Miller in Batman). Bendis accomplishes this difficult task and goes beyond that. His Ultimate Spider-Man is a character that stays alive even beyond the boundaries of the page… he’s energy and youthfulness is contagious, his naiveté is endearing and his intensity is greater than what we could have imagined.Artist Mark Bagley does a great job in these pages, injecting a lot of vibrant images, a lot of movement; and no matter what he always remembers that this Peter Parker is only 15 years old, and he makes him young not only in the face but also in his movements. And he emphasizes what a kid is being about… by having Peter jumping in his underwear after perfecting his spider-web formula. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Harry OsbornLos héroes más famosos del universo Marvel existen desde hace décadas, y después de tanto tiempo, es natural que algunos lectores olviden por qué fueron tan especiales y emocionantes en un principio. Por ejemplo, cuando Stan Lee y Steve Ditko crearon a Spider-Man, revolucionaron el género de súper-héroes por una simple razón: en vez de tener a un adulto como protagonista, algo que solía ser la regla, decidieron enfocarse en un adolescente, en un chiquillo que en DC Comics o en otra editorial hubiese sido simplemente un personaje secundario.El tiempo ha pasado, y lo que era innovador en los 60 se ha convertido, en cierto modo, en la norma en el presente. Hay una plétora de héroes adolescentes allí afuera. Así que en el 2000, Bill Jemas, el editor de Marvel Comics, se preguntó cómo podrían recuperar toda esa magia perdida y decidió que la mejor opción era crear una continuidad diferente, bajo una línea editorial distinta, la línea Ultimate. Y de este modo nació Ultimate Spider-Man, para contar las historias que nos eran familiares pero bajo una nueva dirección creativa y artística.  Si las clásicas historias de Spider-Man habían cautivado a miles de lectores fue porque Stan Lee hizo de Peter Parker un adolescente con el que todos nos podíamos identificar. Alguien con problemas, frustraciones y dudas. Así que Brian Michael Bendis rescata de muchas formas estos elementos, pero actualizándolos para el siglo XXI.  The spider-web formula / la fórmula de la telarañaBendis nos recuerda que Peter Parker es un jovencito brillante, siempre leyendo libros de ciencia, pero al mismo tiempo está tan perdido en su propio mundo que no es conciente de los distintos ataques que recibe. Desde luego, Peter ha sido víctima del abuso antes, pero lo que Brian Michael Bendis hace es mostrarnos lo indefenso que está, y lo frágil que puede llegar a ser. Y sólo eso es suficiente para que nos sintonicemos con su narrativa. Cuando estaba leyendo el primer volumen de Ultimate Spider-Man inmediatamente empecé a recordar mis años de secundaria. ¿Alguna vez me sentí tan vulnerable como Peter? ¿Alguna vez me sentí inseguro, solitario, incapaz de encajar? Por supuesto que sí, como adulto ya no tengo esos sentimientos pero eso no significa que los haya olvidado. Y esa es la belleza de un título como Ultimate Spider-Man, te hace revivir esos años de la secundaria; e incluso si han estudiado en un país o continente distinto, las historias de Bendis siempre conservan el ritmo de la verdad.Todos hemos visto películas o series animadas de Spider-Man y todos conocemos el origen del héroe arácnido. Bendis reajusta algunos elementos, pero se las arregla para retener la esencia, el elemento que convirtió a Spider-Man en el héroe más icónico de Marvel. Y no se apresura, porque sabe que tiene muchos números para desarrollar la historia. Por ello, podemos ver a Peter Parker descubriendo sus nuevas habilidades, redescubriendo su cuerpo, tal como lo haría un quinceañero, después de todo, la adolescencia es el cambio. Y todo cambia en la vida de Peter cuando es mordido por una araña mutada genéticamente, y adquiere súper-poderes. De pronto, ya no está indefenso. Hay un sentimiento de poder aquí, y todos nos podemos identificar con ello porque todos tuvimos fantasías de poder mientras crecíamos, todos quisimos ser más grandes, o más valientes o más fuertes. Ahora, los sueños de Peter se han vuelto realidad. Y se reinventa a sí mismo como sólo un adolescente desadaptado podría hacerlo. Mark Bagley & Art ThibertUn adolescente forma su identidad basándose en los comporta-mientos e intereses de sus coetáneos. Los amigos siempre son importantes, y a esta edad son incluso más relevantes que los padres. Eso es lo que vemos en Peter, la necesidad de encajar, de no volver a ser considerado un perdedor, de ser parte de un equipo de ganadores, y es por eso que se mete en el equipo de basket con gran éxito. Al mismo tiempo, su rebeldía e impulsividad lo llevan a constantes discusiones con sus figuras paternas, la tía May y el tío Ben. Bendis administra el drama en dosis adecuadas, sin excederse, y por eso nunca estamos frente a un melodrama artificial. Todo está muy anclado en el día a día, y todo se siente tan cercano a nosotros que nos identificamos con Peter.He leído tantos 'nuevos' orígenes de poca o nula calidad en Marvel y DC... cada vez que alguien pretende volver a narrar el inicio de los primeros días de un súper-héroe, los lectores reciben historias pobres. Sólo unos pocos escritores han sido capaces de sobresalir (por ejemplo, Byrne en Superman y Miller en Batman). Bendis tiene éxito en esta difícil tarea y va más allá aún. Su Ultimate Spider-Man es un personaje que permanece con vida incluso más allá de los límites de la página. Su energía y juventud son contagiosas, su inocencia es encantadora y su intensidad es mayor de lo que podríamos haber imaginado. El artista Mark Bagley hace un gran trabajo en estas páginas, inyectando vitalidad, con imágenes vibrantes y de mucho movimiento; y siempre recuerda que este Peter Parker tiene tan sólo 15 años y hace que sea vea joven en el rostro y también en sus movimientos. Y enfatiza lo que significa ser un muchacho... al hacer que Peter empiece a saltar en ropa interior después de perfeccionar la fórmula de su telaraña.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/03/ultimate-spider-man-vol-1-bendis-bagley.html


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February films / películas de febrero

February films / películas de febrero

By Arion in Blog on February 28, 2013

LincolnMillion Dollar Baby Il  compleannoCama de gato CaligolaKarlekens Sprak 2000AntarcticaOriginally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/03/february-films-peliculas-de-febrero.html

Aspen’S Shrugged #1 sells over 32K copies, personalized retailer exclusive covers revealed

Aspen’S Shrugged #1 sells over 32K copies, personalized retailer exclusive covers revealed

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 26, 2013

Covers Aspen is pleased to announce that the second release in their ambitious “10 for 10” initiative, Shrugged #1, has ordered in excess of over 32,000 copies and will feature a large array of retailer exclusive covers personalized for each individual store. Aspen Owner and President Frank Mastromauro discusses:“As the writer and co-creator of the series, I couldn’t be happier with the great response we’ve had to the long awaited return of Shrugged. After having it on the schedule for several years, seeing it come back as one of the ‘10 for 10’ launch titles is a complete thrill. This volume was born with an idea Michael Turner had for the sequel to our first volume of the series, and I couldn’t be more proud bringing to life for everyone!”Aspen is pricing each debut #1 “10 for 10” issue for the affordable price of only $1 and is also offering other incentives for each release such as original hand-drawn sketch covers, CGC editions, and special retailer incentive covers by popular artists J. Scott Campbell and Eric “Ebas” Basaldua.Fans and new Aspen readers who add each of the “10 for 10” titles to their comic shop’s local subscription service will be eligible to receive the special Aspen Reserved Edition variant covers. Those fans who collect all ten Aspen Reserved Edition #1 covers will receive a free full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” Jam Poster featuring all ten “10 for 10” covers on one image colored by superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. The Shrugged #1 Aspen Reserved Edition cover features artwork by series artist Jonathan Marks and Steigerwald.Aspen encourages everyone to check out the release of Shrugged #1 for only $1 on March 13th. Captain Chuck's Comics Captain Comics 4 Color Fantasies Cleveland Comics Alterniverse Creative Comics Game On Comics Gem City Comic con 2013 Ghost Ship Comics Heroes Sale Heroes and Fantasies Keith's Komix Journey Into Comics My Comic Shop Mile High Comics Reader Copies Rupps Comics Stadium Comics The Source Uncanny Comics WV Pop Culture Con Warp 9 Wade's Comic MadnessFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/aspens-shrugged-1-sells-over-32k-copies.html

Preview: Legend of the Shadow Clan #2

Preview: Legend of the Shadow Clan #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 22, 2013

CoverLEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #2David Wohl – Story / Cory Smith – Art / Jon Starr – ColorsWhat is the mystery of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN?The Himuras believed themselves to be just an average family, but everything changed the night that Dr. Richard Himura inadvertently found himself in a battle with well-armed assassins, and he not only survived, but he defeated them! Exhilarated and confused, Himura now discovers that this attack was not random, and that he and his family are anything but ordinary–they are members of an ancient and powerful ninja family known as the Shadowclan. But now that their secret has been discovered, they realize they are ALL in great danger!Writer David Wohl is joined by the artistic talents of Cory Smith and colorist John Starr, as they bring to you the thrilling new adventures of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover D LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #2 is in stores March 6th, 2013!Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/preview-legend-of-shadow-clan-2.html

First look of Aspen Comics Jirni #1

First look of Aspen Comics Jirni #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 20, 2013

Aspen's newest 10 for 10 series debut!Discover a whole new world of adventure! Trekking through a violent and dangerous frontier of savage barbarians, devious thieves, and wild creatures, a warrior-princess named Ara searches for her mother, who was stolen away from her kingdom by a mysterious sorcerer with the help of his powerful D'jinn. What great and terrible secrets await her in the distant horizon? Prepare to experience an epic tale of fantasy and wonder without boundaries. This is Ara's quest. This is Ara's destiny. This is Ara's ... JIRNI. Jam Poster Cover A Cover B Sketch cover Ara Anjaha Character Sketch32 pages, $1, In stores on April 17.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/first-look-of-aspen-comics-jirni-1.html

Aspen’s “10 for 10” Continues at Emerald City Con

Aspen’s “10 for 10” Continues at Emerald City Con

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 20, 2013

Aspen Comics heads north to Seattle on March 1st – 3rd for the Emerald City Comicon 2013 and will be continuing their huge push for their “10 for 10” anniversary initiative at the show. Creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Awaken Skies/Overtaken), Peter Steigerwald (Zoo Hunters, Lady Mechanika), Siya Oum (Charismagic, Executive Assistant: Iris) and David Wohl (Legend of the Shadow Clan, Executive Assistant: Iris) will be appearing all weekend long at the Aspen Comics Booth #2206. Emerald City LSC 1 To celebrate the successful launch of the debut “10 for 10” title, Legend of the Shadow Clan, Aspen is making a special Emerald City variant for the second issue. The Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 Emerald City Comicon 2013 exclusive cover is fully illustrated by Seattle native Siya Oum and is limited to only 200 copies. Oum and Legend of the Shadow Clan creator Wohl will be at the Aspen Booth all weekend long to sign copies of this limited exclusive. Illustration In addition to all new editions of their industry-leading art prints for the con, Aspen will also be unveiling their second offering in their Aspen Tour Print 2013 Anniversary Edition series by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, which debuted earlier this year in Arizona to sold-out success. The Aspen Tour Print Anniversary Edition is limited to 125 editions. Aspen encourages fans to arrive early to ensure their print edition of this highly limited product. Aspen will also be offering two new Legend of the Shadow Clan prints by J. Scott Campbell and Cory Smith, respectively. The publisher will also feature an all new print featuring popular characters Aspen and Grace by Michael Turner and Peter Seigerwald, limited to 125 editions. LSC 2 LSC 3Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/aspens-10-for-10-continues-at-emerald.html

Shelf Avengers got a new team mate - Yellowjacket

Shelf Avengers got a new team mate - Yellowjacket

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 16, 2013

Yellowjacket What do you get when you bring together comic book mythos, Eaglemoss and Planeta DeAgostini? Lots of cool figurines at an affordable price.My Yellowjacket finally arrived this week.Its a cool little figurine, with the classic yellow and black uniform, with the big black shoulder wings and a tiny Wasp in the left shoulder wing. The Wasp adds a cool detail that brings a touch of originality to this figurine.With this new addition my shelf Avengers finally get a 7 member roster. Avengers Assemble!Shelf Avengers ASSEMBLE!Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/shelf-avengers-got-new-team-mate.html

Reading Graphic Novels - Kickstarter: PAPA

Reading Graphic Novels - Kickstarter: PAPA

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 16, 2013

Vera Greentea started another adventure in Kickstarter to fund the book PAPA. The book is written by Vera and the art is left at the capable hands of artists Ben Jelter, Lizzy John and Joseph Lacroix. PAPA is a 50 page collection of 3 dark fantasy stories PAPA, The Princess and the Robot and Nightbirds. Vera started the incentive rewards at $0 with some very cool free stuff in the comment section. That's right, you don't need to give anything to get something in return. But check out the incentive rewards, its a very rewarding project. PAPA Vera Greentea presents the project: You can became a backer of this project and help Vera Greentea get this book to the printers and to fathers around the world until the 13th of April, 2013.I found this concept intriguing. At least intriguing enough to be curious about the book, The art style is moody and enviousness a felling of desolation and loneliness. Usually I'm interested in stories about parenting, or parent - sons/daughters relationship, but when you throw in some dark fantasy in the mix then there is no resisting it.For more information check the Kickstarter project page. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/vera-greentea-started-another-adventure.html

Popular Magical Series Charismagic Returns For Aspen’s Fourth “10 for 10” Release

Popular Magical Series Charismagic Returns For Aspen’s Fourth “10 for 10” Release

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 13, 2013

Cover Aspen Comics has revealed more info on their fourth release in their successful “10 for 10” anniversary initiative that has been met with both critical and commercial success, with both issue #1’s of their first two releases, Legend of the Shadow Clan and Shrugged, exceeding 30,000 copies. For their fourth release on May 1st, the week of Free Comic Book Day, Aspen will be offering the return of the acclaimed magical series Charismagic, by creator and writer Vince Hernandez (Executive Assistant: Assassins, Fathom: Kiani) with art by Vincenzo Cucca (She-Hulk) and Emilio Lopez (Charismagic: The Death Princess). The solicitation for the all-new Charismagic reads:Magician Hank Medley thought he had everything figured out. After saving the world from an ancient, ruinous evil, with the help of a Druid named Sudana and his magical talking cat Sparkles, Hank discovers the true nature of dark magic has arrived in his own realm—our world! Now, the trio must attempt to put an end to catastrophic events that will threaten to tear Earth apart under the weight of such a menace. 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!Hernandez discusses the new series:“We’re really excited to bring Charismagic back for more fun, and we have really upped the stakes on the story to match the fans’ tremendous support for the first volume. And to top it all off, the book will debut in stores on Free Comic Book Day week so it’s the perfect time for new readers to jump in and experience this magical adventure! With Vincenzo coming onboard and combining his amazing artistic talents with Emilio’s colors and design work, this new volume already looks truly amazing. I’m certain fans will agree once they see the finished product. They are once again in for a visual feast like only this book can provide!” Cover B The all-new volume of Charismagic will be written by Hernandez and will pair acclaimed international artist Vincenzo Cucca with returning, veteran colorist Emilio Lopez. Original series artist Khary Randolph will continue to deliver character designs and cover work for the series as well.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, Charismagic #1. Aspen will also be offering a special Aspen Reserved Edition cover for Charismagic #1 featuring art by Randolph and superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. Fans who reserve this all new Charismagic volume with their local retailers will be eligible to receive the Aspen Reserved Edition of Charismagic #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 Charismagic #2 by Amanda Connor and Paul Mounts, along with a Charismagic #2 J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive cover available in June. Aspen will be releasing more info on further Charismagic incentives and Aspen’s “10 for 10” soon. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/popular-magical-series-charismagic.html

Diálogos visuales - Cynthia Capriata (Dédalo)

Diálogos visuales - Cynthia Capriata (Dédalo)

By Arion in Blog on February 8, 2013

I jumped aboard Runaways in the middle of the second series. I wanted to get the whole first series in individual issues but it wasn’t so easy for me in those days, when I was just learning how to buy stuff online. Then in 2007 I decided to buy the first three digests (they were irresistibly cheap). Back then I didn’t know where to find back issues of Runways (first series), so I thought what the hell, I’ll buy the three digests which cost me, if I recall correctly, 3.99 bucks each (except the third one which was 4.79). So for 12 bucks I read 18 issues of BKV goodness.Of course, I had always heard good things about Brian K. Vaughan; in 2007 I was still waiting for him to finish his run on Y the Last Man to buy it all at once. Anyway, something I especially enjoyed in the first Runaways issue was the way Vaughan introduced the characters: they are a group of kids you can really relate to and that are probably going to remind you of somebody you know in real life. I liked Chase from the beginning, he’s always been one of my favorites. I always remember him saying “please let it be beer”, I thought that could be me saying “please let it be whisky, let it be whisky”; I loved the humor and all the jokes. I absolutely loved Runaways. And I know one day I must review all of it. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ my drawing + my signature / mi dibujo + mi firmaCynthia Capriata es la primera artista en exponer en Dédalo este 2013, su muestra titulada "Diálogos visuales: 80 Ganeshas" estuvo muy concurrida e incluso atrajo la atención de las cámaras de Polizontes, divertido programa de Plus TV. Capriata rescata los mandalas y recurre a la figura de Ganesha, el dios elefante hindú, para crear imágenes muy sugerentes, en las que combina diversas técnicas: acuarela, crayón, óleo, etc. Sin duda, un colorido festín visual que nos recuerda la esencia de la India.  Aunque con algunos minutos de atraso, igual llegué a tiempo para encontrarme con Max Maradiegue, y en el transcurso de la noche saludamos y hablamos brevemente con María Elena Fernández, Eduardo Lores, Paola Tejada y Marcos Palacios, y también conversamos sobre literatura beatnik y redes sociales con Pedro Casusol y Sebastián Lores. Creo que esta ha sido una de las pocas veces en que tomé casi la misma cantidad de chilcanos que Max, y es que yo tenía una importante cita en la revista COSAS al día siguiente.  De todos modos, eso no nos impidió pasar una noche muy divertida, que se prolongó no hasta altas horas de la madrugada pero sí, casi, hasta altas horas de la medianoche. Sin duda, el momento más ameno de la semana.La muestra permanecerá abierta al público durante hasta fines de mes, les recomiendo que se den una vuelta por Dédalo y la vean.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/dialogos-visuales-cynthia-capriata.html

Help Aspen Comics Decide New Series

Help Aspen Comics Decide New Series

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 8, 2013

Aweken Skies To celebrate the upcoming launch of their August release in their “10 for 10” initiative, Aspen Comics will be giving their fans and readers the opportunity to decide that month’s all new series. The choice will be offered between the following two properties:Awaken Skies - Coping with high school is difficult enough, but when a young girl named Hilary makes the startling discovery that she has the ability of flight, her normal life suddenly takes on an all-new meaning. But, there are others who know of Hilary’s unique abilities, and they will stop at nothing to possess her in their pursuit of shifting the world’s power balance of mankind itself. High school doesn’t seem so difficult anymore. OvertakenOvertaken - Journalist Will Harden is well equipped for most situations, but nothing can prepare him for what’s about to come. Relocating from the big city to a small mountain town with his wife, everything is turned upside-down the moment she goes missing. Are the rumors of alien abductions true or did something far worse happen to his wife? No matter the cause, Harden will not stop until he uncovers the truth, or dies trying.Both all new properties are created and will be written by Frank Mastromauro, co-creator of Shrugged and Dellec, and will feature the “10 for 10” incentives package including a $1 first issue price, an Aspen Reserved Edition cover, original hand drawn covers, Aspen Retailer Exclusive covers, and future covers by J. Scott Campbell, Eric “Ebas” Basaldua and more. Aspen has made the online voting process simple for fans to select their favorite choice of Aspen’s two candidates: whichever book’s official Facebook fan page: facebook.com/AwakenSkies or facebook.com/OvertakenComic has the most “Likes” by 10:00 am PST Friday, March 1st will be chosen as Aspen’s next new series. Each page will be updated daily with first looks, artwork, news and more. Aspen encourages fans to select their choice and share their favorite with their friends. Pencils 1 Pencils 2 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/help-aspen-comics-decide-new-series.html

The Family Troll @Kickstarter

The Family Troll @Kickstarter

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 7, 2013

The Family Troll The Family Troll is a heart warming tale of an abandon young troll that blesses the lives of a young couple in the most amazing way!Jill and Tyler Kirkham write and draw this tale of love based on their own pursuit of offspring. This book is about a problem that unfortunely more and more couples are having trouble conceiving nowadays.The art in very beautiful, the packaging looks great and the subject of the book is something very close to my heart.A couple in a fairy tale land is having trouble conceiving. After trying all matter of methods they are close to giving up. One day they have to take care of a baby Troll, and the rest you can imagine.Watch Jim and Tyler's video, they do a better job explaining it: For more information check their Kickstarter project page.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-family-troll-kickstarter.html

Día del pisco sour

Día del pisco sour

By Arion in Blog on February 3, 2013

YOU ARE NOT ALONE is our most ambitious project to date. This very special anthology (released in trade paperback size) will feature the work of nearly 100 comic book creators from small press talent to pros like Raven Gregory, Dirk Manning, Patrick Shand, Gail Simone and Len Wallace. Once again new and upcoming creators will have an opportunity to see their work published alongside some fantastic pro creators for an important creative cause.To those who have suffered in silence facing abuse because of the color of your skin, sexual orientation, weight, or interests. To those who are depressed and feel there is no place left to turn...YOU ARE NOT ALONE.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Espero que todos hayan disfrutado del día del pisco sour. Durante este fin de semana se realizaron diversas actividades en todo Lima, yo por ser Barranquino, participé solamente de la inauguración del festival del Pisco en el Museo Pedro de Osma de Barranco. Sin duda, fue un evento bastante simpático en donde uno se podía encontrar con vecinos y viejos conocidos. Además del trago insignia, en esta ocasión todos los concurrentes pudieron disfrutar de una gran variedad de bocadillos y piqueos.No obstante, el Wong del Bulevar de Asia decepcionó a todos sus clientes, y es que este ha sido el primer año en el que no prepararon ningún evento para celebrar el día del pisco sour. En el 2012, por ejemplo, detecté algunas falencias que comenté aquí en el blog pero suponía que al año siguiente todo mejoraría, al final Wong ha optado por la inactividad total. Una lástima. De todas maneras, disfruté mi fin de semana en la playa y no dejé que la desidia del supermercado me amargara la vida. De hecho, preparé maracuyá sour y chilcanos en abundancia desde el viernes en la noche hasta el domingo a la hora del almuerzo.  Y para hablar un poco de cómics los dejo con un ejemplar autografiado que compró uno de mis amigos. Además de mi firma, este cómic también incluye un dibujo mío hecho en la contracarátula con tinta china, a ver qué les parece (está al lado de la mujer de armadura a colores).Finalmente, aprovecho para señalar una nueva iniciativa de los colaboradores de "The Gathering" (entre ellos estoy yo, por supuesto): "You Are Not Alone", un volumen especial de más de 150 páginas con relatos que denuncian casos de bullying, homofobia, racismo y abuso en general. Mi historia tendrá como protagonista a un chico gay de los últimos años de secundaria que intentará lidiar con la discriminación de sus compañeros. Los que quieran revisen el link de Kickstarter.  my signature + my drawing / mi dibujo + mi firmaOriginally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/dia-del-pisco-sour.html

Preview: Executive Assistant: Assassins #8

Preview: Executive Assistant: Assassins #8

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 1, 2013

CoverEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #8 Vince Hernandez – Writer / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Teo Gonzalez - ColorsWill anyone survive the Extinction?Executive Assistant Lotus as Rose discover that trying to ambush a professional assassin in her home is easier said than done. When the arrival of Iris, Lily, Orchid and Aster creates an impossible situation for Rose, she must face the consequences of her actions, including torture at the hands of her once-close friends. Yet, the biggest threat still awaits the group of EA’s, as they learn that they are not the only assassins in search of Rose!EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #8 is in stores February 20th, 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/2013/02/preview-executive-assistant-assassins-8.html

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