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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

Book Of Da @ Kickstarter

Book Of Da @ Kickstarter

By Rui Esteves in Blog on February 1, 2013

The inspiration The Book of Da is a B&W graphic novel by Mike Mccubbins and Matt Bryan about a deep sea Diver that finds the Da, the embodiment of the sea's emotions.At first Da seems to be benevolent, but soon reveals its true colors and the Diver must deal with the sea not welcoming him anymore.Another Kickstarter comic book project that emanates a good vibe and shows great potential.This project presents a low risk factor. The financial goal is very small ($3.000) and, according to the authors, the book is ready to go to the printers and the project is only for printing the physical book. Also the rewards for backing this project seem very cool.Mike Mccubbins and Matt Bryan, the creators or the Book of Da explain it better: This project will be finished on the 1st of March.Check out Mike Mccubbins and Matt Bryan's Book of Da project page on Kickstarter for more information.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/book-of-da-kickstarter.html

January films / películas de enero

January films / películas de enero

By Arion in Blog on January 31, 2013

What can be better than celebrate the beginning of the year with a bunch of great movies? As usual, I’ll start with the ones you’ve probably seen or heard of. I saw Life of Pi (2012), and I thought it was quite an engaging all-ages adventure, it certainly has some very nice moments and it’s reassuring to see that director Ang Lee is so versatile. The Impossible (2012) directed by Juan Antonio Bayona is based on a real life event, the flooding of Thailand’s coast. This is the story of a family of survivors doing everything they humanly can to remain alive and also to be reunited. Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland are the protagonists. The Impossible will shock you and keep you alert.The swine flu caused massed hysteria and panic a few years ago, and Steven Soderbergh takes this concept to the limit in Contagion (2011), a lethal disease is quickly infecting thousands of people worldwide, and unless a cure is prepared millions will die. The cast includes Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and many other talented actors. I certainly enjoyed it. Mr. Nobody (2009) was written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael, truly a science fiction masterpiece, this is a coherent narrative that includes alternate realities, time travel and butterfly effect. Jared Leto is over a hundred years old, he lives in a society in which no one ever dies of natural causes, he will be the last human that will die of old age. And he remembers his multiple pasts, sometimes he marries Sarah Polley, others Diane Kruger, others an Asian woman, sometimes he has children, sometimes he doesn’t, and at the same time he remembers a key moment in his life, the separation of his parents and how he was forced to make an impossible choice: stay with his father or go with his mother. When he is a teenager (played by Toby Regbo, who was the young Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) he is compelled to make the most important decision: who to fall in love with. Definitely one of the best sci-fi productions I’ve encountered in years, I highly recommend it. If you’re familiar with this blog then you already know that I am a huge Joseph Gordon-Levitt fan. And this month I was lucky enough to see 50/50 (2011) directed by Jonathan Levine. Here Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a young man who suddenly finds out that he has cancer. There is a 50% probability that he will survive, and now he must reevaluate his life, that includes his unhealthy relationship with a selfish girlfriend and his problems with his neurotic mother, Anjelica Huston. Instead of a full-fledged drama, Levine gives us a bittersweet comedy, with intense moments that reminds us the fragility of life. In “Killshot” (2008), Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a young delinquent who gets “recruited” by professional killer Mickey Rourke, together they will have to murder Thomas Jane and Diane Lane. That is the premise of Killshot, a riveting tale of loss, violence and death. I have often said that Joseph Gordon-Levitt always chooses his projects wisely, and these two films certainly prove my point.Hooligans (2005) is starred by two of my favorite actors Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam. Famous for his role as Frodo, Elijah Wood is now a confused young man who finds in a hooligan band led by Charlie Hunnam a second home. The constant fights and the violence will eventually escalate, and the consequences will be quite serious. The Girl (2012) is based on the life of Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones) and the actress he chose for “The Birds” (Sienna Miller). What happened in the set of “The Birds”? What were the secrets behind the filming of this classic? In The Girl we get to see a sexually obsessed Hitchcock and a young woman tempted by success and fame, but at the same time repulsed by the constant insinuations of a dirty old man.I guess a lot of people must have a fascination for haunted houses, but I find that horror subgenre particularly tedious. The Presence (2010) is an unnecessarily slow movie about a woman, Mira Sorvino, who moves temporarily into a haunted house, one of the ghosts is Shane West. It has some interesting moments, but overall is a bit of a letdown. Some movies have plot holes, but Cold Creek Manor (2003) seems like a gigantic plot hole that devours anything slightly interesting about the concept of a family settling in a house with “bad history”. The cast is great (Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Juliette Lewis, Kristen Stewart) but the final result is very anticlimactic.Trailer Park of Terror (2008) is based on the comic book of the same title and it is by far the best horror movie I’ve seen in months. This is a haunted trailer park, so to speak, and every time an unlucky car stops by, the dead arise, to reprise their old roles. There is a lot of blood, severed heads, broken bones and dismemberment, but everything works flawlessly because the story is very original and makes perfect sense. The actors are Ricky Mabe, Cody McMains (who explored his comedic side in “Not Another Teen Movie”) and Ryan Carnes (famous for his role as a heterosexual who engages in homosexual practices in “Eating Out”). I trust in David Hare, he is one of the best Hollywood writers, and when I found out that My Zinc Bed (2008) was based on one of his theater plays I knew I had to see it. And it was so great. The characters are fascinating, and their conflicts very intense. Uma Thurman and Jonathan Pryce are alcoholics, and they’re both under the guidance of multimillionaire Paddy Considine. What are the consequences of alcoholism? What is the connection between writers and alcohol? What does addiction mean for a rich man? There are so many ideas here, and so many memorable moments. Love & Distrust (2010) is a series of short films that revolve around love and distrust, some are better than others, personally I enjoyed the segments starred by Robert Downey Jr. and James Franco (the one with Robert Pattinson is a bit substandard). Bernard and Doris (2006) tells the true story of Doris Duke, a millionaire (Susan Sarandon) who one day hires Ralph Fiennes as her butler. Through the years, true friendship flourishes between a woman who has it all and a gay man who can’t have what he wants. Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994) is a masterpiece and I’m sure hundreds of people have analyzed it and studied it, so I’ll just say that I loved it. I can’t believe it took me so long to see it but at least I managed to do so in a big screen. John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken and Harvey Keitel give some of their best performances in this movie that celebrates craziness and weirdness, in a perfect cocktail of originality and superb humor. This goes in my personal top 50, and it deserves a place in your list too. A must see.I consider Xavier Dolan the best filmmaker of his generation. With extraordinary films like “J’ai tué ma mère” and “Les amours imaginaires” he has proven that he might be young but he sure has a lot of talent. Last year he directed Laurence Anyways (2012), a thought-provoking film about a transsexual. Surely a difficult subject, Dolan exploits the sex change of his protagonist in a story that takes place throughout several years. Finally, I saw Il Casanova di Federico Fellini (1976), the protagonist is Donald Sutherland (Casanova), a man famous for his sexual prowess and his infallible seduction techniques. Fellini reconstructs the Venezia of the 18th century and shows us a very human and vulnerable Casanova, the film begins with the protagonist as a young man full of ambitions and ends with him ruined and sick, with nothing but the good memories of his glorious years and the bitter taste of unfulfilled promises. The last scene, in which he is ridiculed in the court of a German count is heartbreaking. Fellini includes many satirical references and a lot of humor in his erotic scene, but that doesn’t take away the drama of the last sequences. A masterpiece. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________¿Qué puede ser mejor que celebrar el comienzo del año con un montón de buenas películas? Como siempre, empezaré con las que probablemente ya han visto. Vi "Life of Pi" (2012), y pienso que es una atrapante aventura para todo público, por cierto, tiene momentos muy bien logrados, y reconforta ver la versatilidad de Ang Lee, el director. "The Impossible" (2012) es dirigida por Juan Antonio Bayona y se basa en un caso de la vida real, la inundación de la costa de Tailandia. Esta es la historia de una familia de sobrevivientes que hacen todo lo que humanamente pueden hacer para seguir con vida y reencontrarse. Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor y Tom Holland son los protagonistas. "The Impossible" los impactará y los mantendrá alertas. La gripe porcina causó histeria masiva y pánico pocos años atrás, y Steven Soderbergh lleva este concepto al límite en "Contagion" (2011), una mortal enfermedad infecta rápidamente a miles de personas en todo el mundo, y a menos que se prepare una cura, millones morirán. El elenco incluye a Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law y muchos otros talentosos actores. Verla es disfrutarla. "Mr. Nobody" (2009) fue escrita y dirigida por Jaco Van Dormael, verdaderamente una obra maestra de la ciencia ficción, esta coherente narrativa incluye realidades alternativas, viaje temporal y el efecto mariposa. Jared Leto tiene más de cien años y vive en una sociedad en la que nadie muere de causas naturales, él será el último humano que morirá de vejez. Y rememora sus múltiples pasados, a veces se casa con Sarah Polley, otras veces con Diane Kruger, otras con una asiática, a veces tiene hijos, a veces no, y al mismo tiempo recuerda un momento clave de su vida, la separación de sus padres y cómo se ve forzado a hacer una elección imposible: quedarse con su padre o irse con su madre. Cuando es un adolescente (interpretado por Toby Regbo, quien hizo de un joven Albus Dumbledore en "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows") le toca tomar la decisión más importante: de quién enamorarse. Definitivamente, una de las mejores producciones de ciencia ficción que he podido encontrar en años, de todas maneras la recomiendo.Si están familiarizados con este blog entonces saben que soy un gran fan de Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Y este mes tuve la suerte de ver "50/50" (2011) dirigida por Jonathan Levine. Aquí Joseph Gordon-Levitt es un joven que repentinamente descubre que tiene cáncer. Tiene un 50% de probabilidades de sobrevivir, y ahora debe reevaluar su vida, eso incluye su enfermiza relación con una enamorada egoísta y los problemas con Anjelica Huston, su neurótica madre. En vez de un drama a todo dar, Levine nos entrega una comedia agridulce, con momentos intensos que nos recuerdan la fragilidad de la vida. En "Killshot" (2008), Joseph Gordon-Levitt es un delincuente juvenil que será "reclutado" por un asesino profesional, Mickey Rourke, juntos tendrán que matar a Thomas Jane y a Diane Lane. Esa es la premisa de "Killshot" (2008), un cautivador relato sobre la pérdida, la violencia y la muerte. He dicho a menudo que Joseph Gordon-Levitt siempre elije sus proyectos sabiamente, y estas dos películas demuestran así es. "Hooligans" (2005) es protagonizada por dos de mis actores predilectos Elijah Wood y Charlie Hunnam. Famoso por su rol como Frodo, Elijah Wood ahora es un joven confundido que encuentra un segundo hogar en una pandilla de hooligans liderada por Charlie Hunnam. Las constantes peleas y la violencia eventualmente se saldrán de control, acarreando seria consecuencias. "The Girl" (2012) está basada en la vida de Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones) y la actriz que él eligió para “The Birds” (Sienna Miller). ¿Qué sucedió en el set de “The Birds”? ¿Cuáles fueron los secretos detrás del rodaje de este clásico? En "The Girl" vemos a un Hitchcock sexualmente obsesionado y a una mujer tentada por el éxito y la fama, pero al mismo tiempo repugnada por las constantes insinuaciones de un viejo mañoso. Supongo que a muchos les debe fascinar las casas habitadas por almas en pena, pero para mí este es uno de los subgéneros de terror más tediosos. "The Presence" (2010) es una película innecesariamente lenta sobre una mujer, Mira Sorvino, que se muda temporalmente a una casa con fantasmas, uno de ellos es Shane West. Tiene algunos momentos interesantes, pero en conjunto es un poco decepcionante. Algunas películas tienen huecos argumentales, pero "Cold Creek Manor" (2003) parece ser un gigantesco hueco argumental que se traga todo lo que pueda ser remotamente interesante sobre el concepto de una familia que se instala en una casa con "mala historia". El elenco es muy bueno (Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Juliette Lewis, Kristen Stewart) pero el resultado final es muy anticlimático."Trailer Park of Terror" (2008) se basa en un cómic del mismo título y es de lejos la mejor película de terror que he visto en meses. Este es un trailer park con almas en pena, y cada vez que un desafortunado vehículo se detiene, los muertos despiertan para interpretar viejos roles. Hay mucha sangre, cabezas cercenadas, huesos rotos y destripamientos pero todo funciona a la perfección porque la historia es muy original y tiene sentido. Los actores son Ricky Mabe, Cody McMains (que exploró su lado cómico en “Not Another Teen Movie”) y Ryan Carnes (famoso por su rol como un  heterosexual que realiza actividades homosexuales en “Eating Out”). Confío en David Hare, él es uno de los mejores escritores de Hollywood,  y cuando descubrí que "My Zinc Bed" (2008) estaba basada en una de sus obras de teatro, sabía que tenía que verla. Y fue estupenda. Los personajes son fascinantes, y sus conflictos muy intensos. Uma Thurman y Jonathan Pryce son alcohólicos, y ambos son guiados por el multimillonario Paddy Considine. ¿Cuáles son las consecuencias del alcoholismo? ¿Cuál es la conexión entre los escritores y el alcohol? ¿Qué significa la adicción para un rico? Hay tantas ideas aquí, y tantos momentos memorables.  My drawing / mi dibujo"Love & Distrust" (2010) es una serie de corto-metrajes sobre el amor y la descon-fianza, algunos son mejores que otros, personal-mente disfruté de los segmentos protago-nizados por Robert Downey Jr. y James Franco (el de Robert Pattinson es un poco bajetón). "Bernard and Doris" (2006) cuenta la verdadera historia de Doris Duke, una millonaria (Susan Sarandon) que contrata a Ralph Fiennes como su mayordomo. A través de los años, una verdadera amistad florece entre la mujer que lo tiene todo y el gay que no puede tener lo que desea. "Pulp Fiction" (1994) de Quentin Tarantino es una obra maestra y estoy seguro que centenares de personas la han analizado y estudiado, así que sólo diré que me encantó. No puedo creer que me demoré tanto en verla, pero por lo menos la vi en pantalla grande. John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken y Harvey Keitel tienen roles memorables en esta película que celebra la locura y la rareza, en un perfecto cóctel de originalidad y humor soberbio. Ya ganó un sitial en mi top 50 personal, y merece un lugar en el vuestro. Debe ser vista.Considero que Xavier Dolan es el mejor cineasta de su generación. Con extraordinarios films como “J’ai tué ma mère” y “Les amours imaginaires” él ha demostrado que puede ser joven pero tiene mucho, mucho talento. El año pasado, dirigió "Laurence Anyways" (2012), una reflexiva cinta sobre un transexual. Seguramente es un asunto difícil, pero Dolan indaga en el cambio de sexo de su protagonista en una historia que se desarrolla durante varios años. Finalmente, vi "Il Casanova di Federico Fellini" (1976), el protagonista es Donald Sutherland (Casanova), un hombre famoso por sus proezas sexuales y sus infalibles técnicas de seducción. Fellini reconstruye la Venecia del siglo XXVIII y nos muestra a un Casanova muy humano y vulnerable, el film empieza con el protagonista como un joven lleno de ambiciones y termina con él arruinado y enfermo, con nada excepto los buenos recuerdos de su etapa de gloria y el sabor amargo de las promesas incumplidas. En la última escena, se nos parte el corazón al ver cómo él es puesto en ridículo en la corte de un conde alemán. Fellini incluye muchas referencias satíricas y mucho humor en las escenas eróticas, pero eso no reduce el dramatismo de las últimas secuencias. Una obra maestra.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/january-films-peliculas-de-enero.html

Preview: Charismagic: The Death Princess #2

Preview: Charismagic: The Death Princess #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 30, 2013

CoverCHARISMAGIC: THE DEATH PRINCESS #2 Vince Hernandez – Story / Emilio Lopez – Art / Jocelyn Dunn - ColorsExplore the breathtaking world of Charismagic by journeying back to its ancient origins!Kon and his collection of magical entities learn the hard truth that saving the world means first trusting one another, as the group is divided over the inclusion of the magic-stealing Samsun. Meanwhile, The Death Princess, along with Serké, gather an army of the most capable human slaves they can muster in preparation for the group’s impending arrival at her castle—where the battle for the future of mankind will be decided!Created and written by Aspen’s own Vince Hernandez, with stunning art by Emilio Lopez and Jocelyn Dunn, make sure to be a part of the exciting new world of CHARISMAGIC: THE DEATH PRINCESS!CHARISMAGIC: THE DEATH PRINCESS #2 is in stores February 13th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover BFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/preview-charismagic-death-princess-2.html

Blog of the Year Result

Blog of the Year Result

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 29, 2013

Blog do Ano 2012 Voting time is over and the results are in. RGN didn't make it to the final round, but it was good to participate.The winners in the comics category are:Leituras de BD Alegrias e Alergias As Leituras do Pedro Margem Sul Webcomic Wicked Reasoning Congratulations to all.I would like thank Aventar for hosting the contest and all that voted for RGN. Untill next year. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/blog-of-year-result.html

Frogman Ungrounded @Kickstarter

Frogman Ungrounded @Kickstarter

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 25, 2013

It was only recently that I came into contact with Kickstarter and was instantly in love with the concept. People of good ideas and low budgets reach out to the community in order to fund their projects. Those who back such projects get some kind of reward.Today I found these two and had to share them. Hope Frogman and Ungrounded get their funding so the world is able to read their work. Kickstarter projects Frogman Frogman FROGMAN is a not-so-super superhero who kicks, punches and shags his way through his rubbish life, sort of fighting crime and sort of saving the day. It’s got action, romance, jokes, puns, nerd-references and scenes of hardcore sex and violence. What more could you want? The energy of the authors alone made me like this project instantly.  Matt Fitch and Mark Lewis wrote and drawn Frogman, a hero by night and a fast food restaurant manager by day. This looks like a funny spoof on Superhero books.Their Kickstarter project is for printing the book. The book already exists in digital form, so there is very little risk in this.Frogman's Kickstarter project Ungrounded UNGROUNDED: An Expansive Comic Book UNGROUNDED is a profoundly weird but still all ages appropriate comic book I created, originally with my friend Jim Ritchey III (THE GREEN LLAMA) in mind as the artist, adapted from the pieces of a pitch I hired Lou Manna (THE PHANTOM) to do sample pages for back in 2006. Finding the right artist was a process that took time, energy, and timing and it was only through a stroke of luck that I discovered the kinetic and vibrant work of Eryck Webb. Ungrounded feels like a throwback at the golden age of superhero comics. Weird superpowers, retro sci-fi and a flying Polar Bear is what got me. Well that and Eryck Webb's art that its amazing. Ungrounded was created by Patrick Gerard, Eryck Webb and Jim Ritchey III.Ungrounded's Kickstarter projectShare the word.For those not familiar with Kickstarter it is a great way of helping projects get off the ground, in their words: Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/frogman-ungrounded-kickstarter.html

Preview: Legend of the Shadow Clan #1

Preview: Legend of the Shadow Clan #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 25, 2013

CoverLEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #1 David Wohl – Story / Cory Smith – Art / Jon Starr - ColorsAspen’s Ten Year Anniversary kicks off with the debut of LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN!Meet the Himura family. They are like any other family living in the city: kids in school, parents working to make ends meet. But unbeknownst to even them, their ancestors held a dark secret: they were a clan of ninja in feudal Japan, in the employ of a prominent leader. But when that leader was murdered under mysterious circumstances, the Himura Clan was blamed, and forced to flee, going into hiding. Over the centuries, the descendants lost track of the ancient ways. They came to America, abandoning their sordid past to distant memory. However, recently, their secret has been discovered--their ancient enemy has returned, and won't rest until every member of the Himura clan is killed. Now, the Himura family must rediscover their long-forgotten birthright if they hope to have any chance of surviving the onslaught to come, and along the way, they will learn the LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN.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!LEGEND OF THE SHADOWCLAN #1 is in stores February 6th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover C Cover E Cover F (Cover D was not provided) Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/preview-legend-of-shadow-clan-1.html

Fashion Beast # 4 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio

Fashion Beast # 4 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio

By Arion in Blog on January 24, 2013

“It’s not sex he finds erotic… it’s the buttons and stays that get in the way of sex! His clothes don’t allow any sexual access, reducing people to a lot of furtive groping under layers of gown for something they’re not even allowed to see”. That’s such a brilliant line, and in way it also sums up how we deal with sexuality and eroticism. The idea of the naked body as something shameful is part of us now, it wasn’t necessarily that way in Ancient Greece or the Roman Empire, but today we feel the need to cover, only to covet for what lies beneath.In the fourth installment of Fashion Beast, Alan Moore, Malcolm McLaren and Anthony Johnston explore even further this world of fashion, this frivolous city in which everyone pays more attention to Celestine’s spring collection than to the impending threat of a nuclear winter. TomboyNow that Doll is Celestine’s main model, she is also the only one authorized to modify the designs of the ultimate designer; meanwhile, Tomboy helps Doll with advices about fashion. Tomboy has no respect for Celestine, and by redesigning clothes she is also redefining the feminine essence. Simone de Beauvoir claimed once that “one is not born, but, rather, becomes a woman”. Tomboy was born a female, however, she wants to become a male. Either way it’s clear that gender is in no way a stable identity or locus of agency, nor is it a result of biological mandates. Gender should be understood as an identity tenuously constituted in time through reiterative acts. In order to be a woman, one must act as a woman every second of the day. There is no such thing as a substantial model of identity in any given sex -male or female- the conception of gender has greatly varied in different eras and different civilizarions, it is what we could denominate a “conception of a constituted social temporality”.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Doll"No es el sexo lo que él encuentra erótico... son los botones y las costuras que impiden el camino al sexo. Sus ropas no permiten ningún acceso sexual, reduciendo a la gente a los manoseos furtivos bajo capas de vestidos en busca de algo que no se les permite ver". Una línea brillante, y en cierto modo resume cómo lidiamos con la sexualidad y el erotismo. La idea del cuerpo desnudo como algo vergonzoso es parte de nosotros, esto no sucedía en la antigua Grecia o el imperio romano, pero hoy día sentimos la necesidad de cubrir, sólo para codiciar aquello que está cubierto. En el cuarto capítulo de "Fashion Beast", Alan Moore, Malcolm McLaren y Anthony Johnston exploran aún más este mundo de la moda, esta ciudad frívola en la que todos prestan más atención a la colección de primavera de Celestine que a la amenaza de un invierno nuclear. my drawing / mi dibujoAhora que Doll es la modelo principal de Celestine, ella también es la única autorizada para modificar los diseños del diseñador definitivo; mientras tanto, Tomboy ayuda a Doll con consejos sobre moda. Tomboy no tiene respeto por Celestine, y al rediseñar ropas también está redefiniendo la esencia femenina. Simone de Beauvoir afirmó una vez que "una no nace, sino se hace mujer". Tomboy es hembra de nacimiento, pero ansía convertirse en macho. De todos modos, es claro que el género no es de ninguna manera una identidad estable o un locus de agencia, ni siquiera el resultado de mandatos biológicos.El género debería ser entendido como una identidad tenuemente constituida en el tiempo a través de actos reiterativos. Para ser mujer, uno debe actuar como mujer cada segundo del día. No hay tal cosa como un modelo substancial de identidad para ninguno de los sexos -masculino o femenino- la concepción de género ha variado mucho en diferentes épocas y diferentes civilizaciones, es lo que podríamos denominar una "concepción de una temporalidad social constituida".Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/fashion-beast-4-alan-moore-facundo.html

Aspen’s Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 to Continue “10 FOR 10” with J. Scott Campbell incentive covers

Aspen’s Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 to Continue “10 FOR 10” with J. Scott Campbell incentive covers

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 24, 2013

Jam PosterOn the heels of the successful launch of their “10 for 10” anniversary initiative and the first release, Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 selling over 35,000 copies, Aspen Comics plans to keep the momentum going for issue number two, highlighted by a special J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive cover amongst other incentive offers for fans and retailers. Created by David Wohl and Brad Foxhoven and written by Wohl with art by Cory Smith and John Starr, the solicitation for Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 reads:The Arashis believed themselves to be just an average family, but everything changed the night that Dr. William Arashi inadvertently found himself in a battle with well-armed assassins, and he not only survived, but he defeated them! Exhilarated and confused, Arashi 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! Cover A Cover C Cover B Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 will feature a direct cover by series artists Smith and Starr, and will also feature an Aspen Reserved Edition cover by guest superstar penciler Billy Tan with colors by Aspen’s Peter Steigerwald. Fans and new readers who add the series to their local comic shops’ subscription service are eligible to receive the special Aspen Reserved Edition cover. Those customers who add all ten new Aspen “10 for 10” number one issues to their store’s pull box will then be eligible to receive the free full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” jam poster featuring all ten Reserved Edition covers on one image colored by Steigerwald.Aspen also encourages fans and new readers to check with their local retailer to reserve the exclusive Legend of the Shadow Clan #2 Retailer Incentive cover by industry superstar J. Scott Campbell. Aspen is pleased to announce Campbell will be providing covers for all Aspen “10 for 10” number two issues for ten straight months.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/aspens-legend-of-shadow-clan-2-to.html

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS (vol 3) #2

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS (vol 3) #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 23, 2013

CoverEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS (vol 3) #2 David Wohl – Story / Alex Lei – Art / Teo Gonzalez - ColorsIris is back, but will she make it through the – Executive Extinction!The “Executive Extinction” crossover reaches a deadly turning point as Iris encounters an ALL NEW Executive Assistant--Jasmine—and the results are perilous! With her employer already kidnapped and held by the Russian Mafia, Iris makes a shocking decision that could end with her own death.EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS creator David Wohl is joined by newcomer Alex Lei and series vet Teo Gonzalez, to bring you the thrilling third volume as the “Executive Extinction” crossover event continues!Executive Assistant Iris (vol 3) #2 is in stores January 30th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover C Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/preview-executive-assistant-iris-vol-3-2.html

New Facebook and Twitter accounts

New Facebook and Twitter accounts

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 18, 2013

Reading Graphic Novels has been without its own Facebook and Twitter account for far too long. Today that changed. If you want to follow RGN's reviews and ramblings just hit LIKE or FOLLOW on the top right corner of the page. Like and Follow Or you can just visit the correspondent pages: Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/new-facebook-and-twitter-accounts.html

Aspen Comics Kicks Off Their 2013 Convention Season and their “10 for 10” Initiative at Amazing Arizona Con

Aspen Comics Kicks Off Their 2013 Convention Season and their “10 for 10” Initiative at Amazing Arizona Con

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 16, 2013

Cover Aspen Comics is looking forward to attending their first convention of the new year, the upcoming Amazing Arizona Con 2013 on January 25th-27th, and the publisher is launching their all new “10 for 10” initiative over a week early at the show with the release of Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 and an appearance by series creator and writer David Wohl.Starting on February 6th, Aspen will be launching their “10 for 10” initiative featuring an all new series release for ten consecutive months, with each debut #1 issue offered for only $1. Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 will be the first offering for Aspen’s “10 for 10”, and is created by Wohl and Brad Foxhoven with art by Cory Smith and John Starr. Cover B Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 will be released nearly a week prior to its release date, featuring an exclusive cover by Soulfire artist Mike DeBalfo and colorist Peter Steigerwald, the Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 Amazing Arizona Con 2013 will be available at the Aspen Comics Booth all weekend long and is limited to 200 copies.The Aspen Comics Booth will see a host of Aspen’s creators and artists all weekend long including Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Dellec), Peter Steigerwald (Soulfire, Fathom), David Wohl (Legend of the Shadow Clan, EA: Iris), Mike DeBalfo (Soulfire), Nei Ruffino (Soulfire),Tony Parker (Dead Man’s Run) and Vince Hernandez (Charismagic, Executive Assistant: Assassins) Cover C Aspen will also be featuring all new editions of their industry-leading art prints available at the Aspen Booth all weekend long, including the year’s first edition of their anniversary flashback Aspen Tour Print 2013, featuring Aspen Matthews by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 100 editions. The publisher will also be offering a new Fathom print by Mike DeBalfo and Peter Steigerwald (Limited to 75), and two new Executive Assistant: Iris prints by Elizabeth Torque (Limited to 50).Aspen encourages fans to check out the release of Legend of the Shadow Clan #1 for only $1 on February 6th.For more information please check the following:www.aspencomicswww.aspenstore.comFacebook.com/aspencomicsTwitter.com/aspncomicsInstagram: aspencomics#Aspen10 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/aspen-comics-kicks-off-their-2013.html

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