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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

The numbers behind RGN (AKA I'm bored) #1

The numbers behind RGN (AKA I'm bored) #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 16, 2013

Today I found myself with a severe boredom problem. So I gathered these numbers and decided to share them with you. Really bored todayI started RGN in 6 October of 2012. Why that date, well it is a special date for me and its as good as any other. All the stats were measured between 6th, October 2012 and 16th, January 2013. A) Reviews in numbers Reviews in numbers This is a very simple analysis that shows 2 things:I've only reviewed 27 books thus far; I'm getting faster at this reviewing thing. B) Reviews in numbers by publisher  Reviews in numbers by publisher This is a strange bunch of numbers. Why? Because I reviewed more Marvel books than any other publisher. It seems I read or have a higher inclination towards Marvel. That would be wrong.The 5 books I reviewed (and soon will review a 6th) are the only Marvel books I've read in 2012 and 2013 thus far (except for the Oz books).Superhero wise I only read one series by Marvel and nothing else. I do try to get the Classic books, but even that is getting shorter by the month.In 2013 I'll try to review more Dark Horse, Image, IDW and Avatar books. I would love to review more Star Wars, Chew, D&D and some Warren Ellis books. C) RGN's Global Stats RGN's Global Stats As websites metrics go, these are the ones I value the most. I've worked on some websites over the years but this is my first blog. TBH I don't have a benchmark to compare my blog to, so I went to Alexa and took a peek at some of my favorite blogs stats. Its not as bad as I anticipated.These numbers tell me that I haven't been able to create and captivate my target audience. At least not yet.The pages per visit doesn't worry me. Most my visitors land directly on content pages, read and leave. I don't post that regularly so its natural that my visitors only have one new post anytime they visit.Average time on site is lower than expected. Luckily it seems to be increasing. That can either mean my post are improving or harder to read. I hope its the first.Bounce rate is high but I believe that is a Google Analytics problem. Like I said most my visitors land in the content pages. They read and leave. Google Analytics interprets that as a bounce. Also I place my posts on social networks like StumbleUpon and Reddit and that increases the bounce rate very much. More on that latter.The percent of new reader I have no idea how to read. Should I be glad that 26.14% of my audience is recurring, or worried that RGN isn't captivating more readers? To better understand this I would be great to have a benchmark. D) Main Referral Sources Main Referral Sources This is perfect to illustrate the Quantity vs Quality of "advertisement". I've submitted less than 1/6 of RGN's posts to Reddit  but that generated 350% more traffic than all the other top 10 referral sites where 100% of my posts appear (in one form or another).The big difference is that most visitors that come from the other sites stay for longer and read more pages, thus having a better relationship with by blog. And for this I would like to thank each one for supporting RGN in on form or another. In no particular order:Blogger.com, Thanks for all that follow my blog Google.com, Thanks for all my share a circle with me on Google plus Bongop-leituras-bd.blogspot.pt, Thanks to Nuno Amaro for all the support he's given me in the short time we've e-meet. facebook.com, Thanks for all that friended me Aspencomics.com, Thanks to Aspen Comics for supporting the small blogs and to India Cosper for reaching out and being really nice Aventar.eu, Thanks for hosting the Blog of the Year contest.  bd-no-sotao.blogspot.pt, Thanks to André Azevedo for supporting RGN theouthousers.com, A special thanks to The OH and to Jude Terror for supporting my blog since day one E) Other stats If you're still reading, hang on a bit longer. There are only 2 numbers left:Review to post ratio = 50.94% Comments to post ratio = 143.40% To be honest it would be awesome to have more comments. Its great to interact with the readers, be it to discuss common likes or dislikes or to share constructive criticism or even just to say hi. Thanks for visiting RGN and return soon. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-numbers-behind-rgn-aka-im-bored-1.html

Aspen Comics To Bring Back Classic Series Shrugged For “10 for 10”

Aspen Comics To Bring Back Classic Series Shrugged For “10 for 10”

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 15, 2013

Cover As their second release in their tenth anniversary “10 for 10” initiative, Aspen Comics is returning to the world of Perspecta and their popular series Shrugged. Created by Michael Turner and Frank Mastromauro, Shrugged will feature a mix of both a returning and brand new art team. The official Aspen solicitation for the new series reads:You think you’re prepared, but you’re not. You’ve been decisive in your actions up to this point, but now things have been turned upside down. You feel you’ve conformed your mindset and are ready to accept what you’re about to experience, but you haven’t. That’s because SHRUGGED is back and ready to blow your mind!Theo and his friends are entering their final year of high school, and even though Ange and Dev are still along for the ride, a host of new characters have joined in on the adventure! But, everything isn’t all fun and games this time around as an evil force has also returned and is preparing to silence those voices inside their heads…permanently. If you thought you knew what fear was, you haven’t seen anything yet!Creator and writer Mastromauro discusses the new volume: Cover B “It’s been a long time coming and I couldn’t be happier working on Shrugged again. When we created this series almost eight years ago, Michael [Turner] always had an idea for where he wanted the story to go after the first volume was completed. I’ve kept that idea in mind ever since for when we were able to get the series scheduled back into production and back into stores for the fans and readers. Now that Aspen’s ten year anniversary is here, I’m thrilled to have Shrugged return as a part of that celebration, and I’m looking forward to bringing Michael’s incredible vision to everyone to the best of my ability.”This newest volume of Shrugged will be written by Mastromauro and will pair up-and-coming Aspen newcomer Jonathan Marks with returning, veteran colorist Beth Sotelo. Volume one artist Micah Gunnell will also return to provide a special lead-in to the new art team for this new volume.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, Shrugged #1. Aspen will also be offering a special Aspen Reserved Edition cover for Shrugged #1 featuring art by Marks and superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. Fans who reserve this all new Shrugged volume with their local retailers will be eligible to receive the Aspen Reserved Edition of Shrugged #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 Shrugged #2 by Gunnell and Sotelo, along with a Shrugged #2 J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive cover. Aspen will be releasing more info on further Shrugged incentives and Aspen’s “10 for 10” soon.#Aspen10Facebook.com/aspencomicsTwitter.com/aspencomicsInstagram: aspencomics Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/aspen-comics-to-bring-back-classic.html

Clubhouse Cocoa 2013

Clubhouse Cocoa 2013

By Arion in Blog on January 14, 2013

celebración nocturnaHow can I forget that time, during an interview in TVE, the writers José Saramago and Eduardo Mendoza were born to an ocean view, because they were from Lisboa and Barcelona respectively. I, in the other hand, was born in Lima, which means four or five thousand meters over the sea level and therefore the ocean… Anyway, is very well known that I hate to bother or to interrupt and that, besides, we Peruvians usually choose the eclectic ways. Which means that I had no other alternative than to depict to the reporter, more or less, the next: since my earliest childhood my parents took me daily, every summer, to very diverse beaches of the city of Lima, although, of course, not without going through snowed crests, mountains and gorges, abysms, ravines, defiles of fog and precipices from the devil, in a crazy attempt to teach me how to swim, while far off, distinguished gentlemen from Lima were sailing away towards Europe in the remarkably elegant Reina del Pacífico, something like a Titanic without tragedy that died of old age. People from Lima, from yesterday, from today and in the future, have endured and will endure, urbi et orbi, summer temperatures that make us die of chill in Seville in August for example. And this owing to the fact that Lima is the capital city of Peru, and this country was the nerve center of the Incan empire, or of the empire of the Sun, ergo we people from Lima are, eclectively speaking, of course and not to bother, the greatest bearers of asphyxia temperatures of this universally world. And so, the Elle magazine, a few years ago, in a beautiful photographic reportage about the Andean Peru (the only country that has an ocean view or not according to what reporter are you using) placed the huanaco, an almost unknown animal, in the surroundings of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, although, they referred to them, needless to say, as “fine cities”… What can we do if Latin-America introduced itself in the universal history of the Europeans (which means, in the same history that have read and studied the Latin-Americans too) in the chapter Renaissance, and among other discoveries or inventions such as the magnifying glass? Be sure, cherished reader, that I will do no eulogies regarding the special goodness of the reporters of my country. There are some as loathsome as possible, as the one who assaulted me in Lima’s airport when I had just disembarked from Spain with the perfect question for a compromised writer: “what do you think about the new measures that the minister of Economy is going to implement”. Neither he nor I would know what those measures were, of course, and in the best of cases not even the sir minister of Economy would know about this still, but I was very much invited to throw my candidature as major of the city or ready to do something equally absurd.Adapted from a text by Alfredo Bryce my drawing / mi dibujo______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ bocadillos y coctelesUno vive estresado en Lima, y la carga negativa se va acumulando a lo largo del año y por eso, creo yo, en verano es obligatorio abandonar nuestra querida y caótica ciudad. Cien kilómetros en dirección al sur puede no parecer mucho pero es, a veces, distancia suficiente para poner las cosas en perspectiva. A mí, al menos, me ayuda muchísimo para relajarme. Me encanta estar con el celular apagado y desconectado de internet aunque sea por un par de días. Por supuesto, no hay nada más divertido que pasar el fin de semana con los amigos de toda la vida (somos el mismo grupo, nos conocemos desde los 5 años y ya todos tenemos 28, así que son más de 20 años de amistad). Y regreso a Lima revitalizado.En esta ocasión, sin embargo, también hubo un evento especial: la tan anunciada inauguración del clubhouse. Además de una amplia variedad de bocaditos gourmet y de las mesas de Otto Kunz con quesitos, jamoncitos y panes de todo tipo, también hubo un sinfín de tragos. Empecé con un clásico pisco sour, luego un camu camu sour, un chilcano, un mojito de menta, un Bloody Mary, un Apple Martini y terminé con un whisky Johnnie Walker Black Label. Siempre es refrescante contar con tantas opciones al mismo tiempo, y aunque seguramente me faltó probar algunas copas, las que tomé estaban deliciosas. Realmente, este ha sido un fin de semana para el recuerdo. Espectacular de verdad. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/clubhouse-cocoa-2013.html

Review: Magic The Gathering Volume 2 The Spell Thief

Review: Magic The Gathering Volume 2 The Spell Thief

By Rui Esteves in Blog on January 13, 2013

Cover Magic the Gathering's (MTG) ongoing comic book continues in this volume.Dack Fayden continues his quest to find Sifa Grent and exact his revenge upon her.In Spell Thief Dack Fayden lifts a tiny bit of the veil of his past, how he came to be and why this quest for revenge is so important to him.Also Djins, negative stereotypes, Ogres, Goblins, Dragons and Bone Wall.How is it?In this second volume we continue to follow Dack Fayden while he desperately tries to catch up with Sifa Grent. Just like in the first volume Dack's quest is plagued my near misses and unfortunate sidetracking. The love interest Right off the bat Dack is captured by a giant man with an obsession with collecting unique items. I can't shake the felling that this giant man is suppose to represent the card collector. The MTG player that feels a great need to have the rarest of cards in his possession. The only good thing that came from this was the mob of Goblins and Ogres putting some fear in Dack's heart.Eventually Dack makes his way back to Innistrad and to the good people that gave him shelter the last time he was there. There we're present with a sequence of flashbacks that explain the why's, who's and what's of Dack's life. While its good to have backstory for the main character, this is done in a very confusing way. Some flashbacks pop up from nowhere and disappear the same way.Once again Matt Forbeck isn't able to build a seamless  narrative. The transitions between the current story and the flashbacks are very abrupt and confusing at times. Also, in the hurry to flesh out Dack's character, Matt contradicts himself. By now he established Dack as being uneducated on the ways of magic, but very adept at gaining new knowledge. However in one of the flashbacks Dack is an academic and a good one at that. All just to have some shock value little story that could be told in another setting just as well. This took me a bit out of the story to be honest. Bone Wall But not all is bad. By the last quarter of the book Dack visits Sifa's homeplane. This is a the best story of the book. Its well structure, has a much better pace and has a good payoff.Hopefully this is an indication that Matt Forbeck is getting better at writing this book. I'm going to have to wait for the next volume to be able to confirm that.This story is also prodigal with references to the card game. Bone Wall, Dragons and once again the Blue natural card buying ability (translated to the book as the sight of the past Dack has).Art wise this book is on the same level has the previous volume. Marvin Coccolo does a good job, even if he doesn't reach MTG usual standard. He does a good job distinguishing current time from the flashbacks. Returning to DrakestonVerdict?Like the previous volume this book doesn't reach the standards of MTG. Its not a bad book, but isn't going to win any awards either. The art is still the strongest aspect of Magic The Gathering Volume 2 The Spell Thief and the writing accentuates its faults with excessive fast pace and lack of characterization. However this is a better book than the first volume. There's still hope for this series.If you liked the first one, than this will be as enjoyable as the first one. If not, and you want to get into MTG lore, then check out the first volume.Publisher: IDWYear: 2012Pages: 104Authors: Martin Coccolo, Matt ForbeckISBN: 1613774141 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-magic-gathering-volume-2-spell.html

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