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DC Women Kicking Ass: Cartoon Network DC Nation Commercial Gives a Peek at New Offerings

DC Women Kicking Ass: Cartoon Network DC Nation Commercial Gives a Peek at New Offerings

By xaraan in Blog on November 12, 2011

DC Women Kicking Ass: Cartoon Network DC Nation Commercial Gives a Peek at New Offerings: dcwomenkickingass: During the premiere of the new Green Lantern on Cartoon Network this evening viewers were show a sneak peek at the upcoming DC Nation block of shows in a commercial that gave glimpses of a variety of content. Most intriguing was what appeared to be footage from the live action Blue Beetle test… Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/12681627669

Two By Jonathan Case

Two By Jonathan Case

By David Bird in Blog on November 7, 2011

I’ve been posting weekly film reviews for the last couple of months, but I am going back to comics this week to share two very good books.Dear CreatureWritten by Jonathan Case, Art by Jonathan CasePublished by Tor Books, 2011It’s a tale as old as time. A hormonally-charged-teenager eating mutant sea monster falls in love with a crazy shut in and the whole world, well, okay, maybe it’s not that conventional a story. Grue (short for gruesome?) is a mutated sea monster, who lives in a sunken sub with a chorus a wise-cracking crabs. The crabs are pretty happy, Grue provides them with a steady diet of delicious teen flesh to feast on, but Grue himself is unsatisfied. Something is missing from his life and he finds it in the pages of Shakespeare’s plays, which have been torn out, put into cola bottles, and thrown into the deep. Tracing the origin of these bottles leads him to the sorry story of two Italian sisters, the sheriff who loves one of them, and the boy blamed for the death’s caused by Grue’s appetite. Can Grue overcome his own nature and make everything right? Well, the course of true love never did run smooth.This is Jonathan Case’s debut (almost) and it’s a very strong one. His story is fun, engaging, quirky, and emotionally true. His art is equally good, with a tone that recalls the macabre tales that used to be common place before superheroes ate American comics. You have to wonder what they’re putting in the water in Portland to produce newcomers this accomplished. I enjoyed it so much, I bumped his other new book to the top of my ‘to read’ pile.Green River Killer: A True Detective StoryWritten by Jeff Jenson, Art by Jonathan CasePublished by Dark Horse, 2011Coming out just a month before Dear Creature, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story is a very different book. Growing up in British Columbia all our American TV channels came out of Seattle, so I’ve long been familiar with one of the Northwest’s most notorious serial killers, but I have to admit I knew nothing of the circumstances of his capture. The book is a collaboration with writer Jeff Jenson, who has a unique connection to the case: his father was the lead detective. In fact, there were times when he was the only detective on the case. Tom Jenson spent most of his career trying to find the killer of over forty women, and finally managed to catch him utilizing the latest developments in genetic research. It was a long, wearying journey that culminated in six month period in which the killer worked with police to locate victims and explain his motivations, in a deal to escape the death penalty.I don’t know anything of the nature of their collaboration, but Jenson and Case have put out a serious and compelling work. It focuses on Tom Jenson and how the case impacted his life. As a character in his own life’s story, he comes across as strong, dedicated, and very real. As his son points out, the victims were prostitutes, but they were also daughters, sisters, and mothers and they deserved someone like Tom Jenson, who wouldn’t quit until they had justice. The tone of Case’s art is very different from Creature’s. The book doesn’t concentrate on the violence, but its effects and the day to day frustrations of decades of hard work. Not an easy thing to capture in a visually compelling manner, but Case pulls it off again.Two very rewarding reads.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Two By Jonathan Case

Two By Jonathan Case

By David Bird in Blog on November 7, 2011

I’ve been posting weekly film reviews for the last couple of months, but I am going back to comics this week to share two very good books.Dear CreatureWritten by Jonathan Case, Art by Jonathan CasePublished by Tor Books, 2011It’s a tale as old as time. A hormonally-charged-teenager eating mutant sea monster falls in love with a crazy shut in and the whole world, well, okay, maybe it’s not that conventional a story. Grue (short for gruesome?) is a mutated sea monster, who lives in a sunken sub with a chorus a wise-cracking crabs. The crabs are pretty happy, Grue provides them with a steady diet of delicious teen flesh to feast on, but Grue himself is unsatisfied. Something is missing from his life and he finds it in the pages of Shakespeare’s plays, which have been torn out, put into cola bottles, and thrown into the deep. Tracing the origin of these bottles leads him to the sorry story of two Italian sisters, the sheriff who loves one of them, and the boy blamed for the death’s caused by Grue’s appetite. Can Grue overcome his own nature and make everything right? Well, the course of true love never did run smooth.This is Jonathan Case’s debut (almost) and it’s a very strong one. His story is fun, engaging, quirky, and emotionally true. His art is equally good, with a tone that recalls the macabre tales that used to be common place before superheroes ate American comics. You have to wonder what they’re putting in the water in Portland to produce newcomers this accomplished. I enjoyed it so much, I bumped his other new book to the top of my ‘to read’ pile.Green River Killer: A True Detective StoryWritten by Jeff Jenson, Art by Jonathan CasePublished by Dark Horse, 2011Coming out just a month before Dear Creature, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story is a very different book. Growing up in British Columbia all our American TV channels came out of Seattle, so I’ve long been familiar with one of the Northwest’s most notorious serial killers, but I have to admit I knew nothing of the circumstances of his capture. The book is a collaboration with writer Jeff Jenson, who has a unique connection to the case: his father was the lead detective. In fact, there were times when he was the only detective on the case. Tom Jenson spent most of his career trying to find the killer of over forty women, and finally managed to catch him utilizing the latest developments in genetic research. It was a long, wearying journey that culminated in six month period in which the killer worked with police to locate victims and explain his motivations, in a deal to escape the death penalty.I don’t know anything of the nature of their collaboration, but Jenson and Case have put out a serious and compelling work. It focuses on Tom Jenson and how the case impacted his life. As a character in his own life’s story, he comes across as strong, dedicated, and very real. As his son points out, the victims were prostitutes, but they were also daughters, sisters, and mothers and they deserved someone like Tom Jenson, who wouldn’t quit until they had justice. The tone of Case’s art is very different from Creature’s. The book doesn’t concentrate on the violence, but its effects and the day to day frustrations of decades of hard work. Not an easy thing to capture in a visually compelling manner, but Case pulls it off again.Two very rewarding reads.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

the-epimethean-boy: dcu: Way to go DC!!!  Dan Didio must be...

the-epimethean-boy: dcu: Way to go DC!!!  Dan Didio must be...

By xaraan in Blog on November 6, 2011

the-epimethean-boy: dcu: Way to go DC!!!  Dan Didio must be the happiest little troll king ever. Good for you guys!. Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/12431083729

Over 300 original pieces of insanity by Pedram

Over 300 original pieces of insanity by Pedram

By pedi in Blog on November 4, 2011

CHARACTER AND CREATURE PORTRAITS Over 300 original pieces of insanity by Pedram Shohadai (Excerpt from PetraGallerie.com) The ones who say they are sane are the ones you should be worried about. When works like Pedran Shohadai’s talents hit the page with such detail, passion and character are considered insane then the question of what is normal becomes more complex. If you’re a fan of the arts you’ll sit there with drool and wonder of how it was done…If you’re an artist you’ll sit there with drool and wonder of how you could do it too. Pedram’s work is humbling on many fronts. From 1 to 3, he is a renaissance man of the D’s. November 26, 2011 marks the opening date of a four week show featuring hundreds of fantastic character and creature portrait illustrations by Motion Pictures Visual Effects and Comic Book Artist, Pedram Shohadai (www.pedrams.com). Pedram’s career in the visual arts has spanned two decades and various entertainment platforms including comics, advertising, television, interactive games, internet, and feature films, for such iconic characters, properties and brands from Marvel Comics’ Spider-man and Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, to Microsoft and Chase. This vast collection of Pedram’s illustrations began in 2006 as 1″x2″ post-it “doodles” created during countless computer “render time” periods taking place on multitudes of projects. Now, this collection has grown to include over 300 unique and inspiring fully rendered portraits of extraordinary characters and creatures – ranging in size and realistic detail, including 1″x2″ ball point pen and 3″x3″ ink on post-its, to 5′ acrylic paintings on boards – all displayed at Petra Gallerie in South Beverly Hills! LAST SATURDAYS Saturday November 26, 2011 CHARACTER AND CREATURE PORTRAITS Over 300 original pieces of insanity by Pedram Shohadai 1149 & 1151 s. robertson blvd. soro la ca 90035 8 ‘TILL LATE 21 AND OVER FREE ADMISSION $20 NIGHTLY SOCIAL CLUB MEMBERSHIP GETS YOU FOOD AND DRINKS PLUS MORE ALL NIGHT! visit: Petra Gallerie fo’ mo’ info’ TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/11/over-300-original-pieces-of-insanity-by-pedram/

timetravelandrocketpoweredapes: Spidey by Javier Burgos...

timetravelandrocketpoweredapes: Spidey by Javier Burgos...

By xaraan in Blog on November 4, 2011

timetravelandrocketpoweredapes: Spidey by Javier Burgos Arroyo Artist: deviantart / twitter Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/12334391624


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Why I Love Comics In episode #57 of the podcast, Eric brings...

Why I Love Comics In episode #57 of the podcast, Eric brings...

By xaraan in Blog on November 4, 2011

Why I Love Comics In episode #57 of the podcast, Eric brings back the round table for the first time since right before NYCC! He’s joined by Jeremy Wiggins and new member of the roundtable Jason Marnocha aka Lord Jazor of youtube voice acting fame. The guys discuss cosplay, their favorite voice actors, the Batman universe in general, dream roles, what Jeremy is reading and just so much more all while combating lapses in knowledge on Eric’s part and a faulty firefox! So pull up a chair and join us for another edition of the Why I Love Comics podcast! http://www.youtube.com/user/LordJazor - Jazor’s official youtube page! http://www.youtube.com/user/GeektressGalore - Geektress (who is extremely talented an awesome by the way) http://www.youtube.com/user/mgalusic - Mike Galusick’s very awesome fan films which recently had an appearance by Jazor! http://www.youtube.com/user/FSoundStudios - Jake is hilarious and has a british accent, watch his videos! http://www.youtube.com/user/TallestSilver - Silver’s youtube! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kit-n-Silver/168391156551594 - Kit and Silver’s fanpage! http://www.youtube.com/user/DCAbridgedUniverse - Must watch, completely hilarious! Also be sure and check out the “Jakeson podcast” on itunes! Jake and Jazor are hilarious when bouncing off each other. http://podcastmachine.com/podcasts/9586 As usual follow me on twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/EricRatcliffe) like the show on facebook (www.facebook.com/whyilovecomics) and check out my awesome webcomic (www.newcomicday.net) and don’t forget to subscribe/write a review on itunes!Also check out the Kirby Krackle, official houseband of the podcast! (http://www.kirbykracklemusic.com/)Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/12329318932

A night at the SpacePort

A night at the SpacePort

By pedi in Blog on November 3, 2011

TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/11/a-night-at-the-spaceport/

photojojo: Adorable subjects in striking compositions. Here’s...

photojojo: Adorable subjects in striking compositions. Here’s...

By xaraan in Blog on November 1, 2011

photojojo: Adorable subjects in striking compositions. Here’s another amazing portrait series featuring trick or treaters. Halloween in Harlem by Amy Stein. via Art Sponge Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/12181017723

The only day I am normal ;)

The only day I am normal ;)

By pedi in Blog on October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween! TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/10/the-only-day-i-am-normal/

Miller's Crossing

Miller's Crossing

By David Bird in Blog on October 31, 2011

Miller’s Crossing (1990)Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, Starring Gabriel ByrneTo tell the truth, I haven’t been following movies too closely for a long time. Like a lot of people, I am a wait for the video kind of fan, but my interest in film dropped off precipitously when I got a DVD player. One thing DVD has, hands down, over VHS is the television sets. Soon my film library was chock full of old shows, British imports, and fewer and fewer movies. There’s only so much I can afford. The pendulum is swinging back now, but if you’d asked me, back when I was a movie buff, what my favourite film was, I had ready answer: Miller’s Crossing.Last week’s movie’s opening made the mistake of telling viewers what it was all about. This movie’s opening does the same thing—it’s about friendship, loyalty, ethics—without ruining anything. At the center are two siblings, Verna and Bernie Bernbaum. Bernie is a weasel, exploiting his boyfriend’s relationship to a mob leader’s lieutenant in order to make a few bucks. Verna is the gun moll of another, and the dominant, mob leader, and is using her position to protect her brother from the wrath of the man he’s ripping off. Simple enough. The movie starts with the first mobster, Italian Johnny Caspar, making a courtesy call on the second, Irishman Leo O’Bannion. Leo tells Caspar that Bernie is under his protection and that he can’t kill him. Caspar tells Leo that he isn’t asking permission. That he has to give up Bernie. It’s a matter of ethics. Leo leaves with that ultimatum. Lines are drawn. Leo versus Caspar. Irish mob versus Italian mob. But things aren’t that simple. Leo’s lieutenant, Tom Reagan, agrees with Caspar. Bernie isn’t worth the mountain of trouble a gang war would produce. The rest of the movie is about Tom trying to brings things to the best resolution circumstances allow.Why was this my favourite movie? (And I only put the question in the past tense, because I don’t really think like that anymore. I’m not the movie fan I once was. No other movie has replaced it.)Why? Because it’s perfect! In an interview Barry Sonnenfeld, who was the film’s cinematographer, said they made the film with the intention of making it both beautiful and manly and , as unlikely a combination as that sounds, it is just that. The former is something that really pops out at you in when on watch it on Blu-ray. The lights, the sets, the costuming, everything is beautiful, and that carries over into the editing, the writing—though I will admit, there was more than one time, listening to them talk, that I thought of Rocky and Mugsy of the Bugs Bunny cartoons. As for the manliness aspect, the Coens do a wonderful job of recreating the tough guy persona of the 30s and 40s. Unlike today’s they don’t look like they spend half their days in the gym, and they don’t rely on quips. These are men you’d be afraid of getting on the wrong side of. These guys live in a world of criminality, but to avoid drowning in their own violence, they live by codes—friendship, loyalty, ethics. Playing a man, searching for a way to save his friend from himself, Byrne gives a performance that not only evokes the era of Bogart and Cagney, but stands equal to them. A rare thing. A great movie.---Interesting factoid. In the above mentioned interview Sonnenfeld says that John Turturro came up to him afterwards and thanked him for filming the movie. Sonnenfeld thought he was just being nice until Turtutto told him he’d based his whole performance on him!Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Miller's Crossing

Miller's Crossing

By David Bird in Blog on October 31, 2011

To tell the truth, I haven’t been following movies too closely for a long time.

UFC 137 Results and Discussion

UFC 137 Results and Discussion

By xaraan in Blog on October 30, 2011

UFC 137 Results and DiscussionAuthors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/12126394026

ourvaluedcustomers: He thought I should know…

ourvaluedcustomers: He thought I should know…

By xaraan in Blog on October 30, 2011

ourvaluedcustomers: He thought I should know… Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/12120792395

Comic of the Week winner! = Justice League #2 Click the pic to...

Comic of the Week winner! = Justice League #2 Click the pic to...

By xaraan in Blog on October 28, 2011

Comic of the Week winner! = Justice League #2 Click the pic to visit the Outhouse and make nominations on next weeks winnerAuthors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/12043498986

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