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Transmetropolitan'O'ton #1

Transmetropolitan'O'ton #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on June 1, 2013

Cover Transmetropolitan Volume 1 marks the start of Warren Ellis's and Darick Robertson's epic work about a foul-mouthed, violent, drug addict, misanthrope, arrogant, borderline insane, investigative reporter that goes by the name Spider Jerusalem.Spider follows his unique take on life. Forever searching for political truth and disregarding any professional ethics or morals to get to it.Meet Spider Jerusalem, Royce the editor for The Word, Channon the stripper, Fred Christ the cult leader, The Beast the president of the USA and the 2 heads smoking cat.How is it?Transmetropolitan is one of the great series out there. Love it or hate it it, it doesn't matter. What does is that its like nothing else ever put to print. And this first volume is perfect for showing just that.Spider Jerusalem is a reporter that decided to leave the city because he was disappointed with society. However before he went away he signed a contract for a book. Five years have passed since that and he gets a call from his publisher demanding his book. Long story short Spider return to the city. Spider gets his job back Everything has changed but in a way stayed the same. Spider gets back in touch with his old newspaper that gives him a job writing a current events column that will end up being called "I hate it here". The city is like a living organism. She feeds of her inhabitants and they of her. Its a symbiotic relationship that's particularly unforgiving to Spider. He gets his inspiration from the city, but he also gets consumed by her.This book is about Spider getting back to the city. Getting back in touch with what drives him and letting the powers that be know that he is back to make their life miserable. Learning journalism Throw Spider Warren talks about social issues, political awareness (or of it), the moral bankruptcy of current society and the media. Spider is not a hero nor a villain. He's actually both and neither. He isn't a nice guy, but he is honest, brutally so.This is the least political of the 10 volumes of Transmetropolitan. It is a great door into Spider's world. Warren Ellis creates a complex and intriguing world that captures the reader from day one and it never stops growing and gaining layers of complexity without ever getting to contrived.Art wise this is the weakest of them all. While Darick Robertson does a good job, its clear he's still creating the Transmetropolitan style and getting comfortable with the characters.Verdict?Metropolitan is one of the collections I'm most proud of owning. Its a great journey that gets closure and many payoffs along the way. However Warren Ellis's writing is not for everyone, and Transmetropolitan with all its swearing and "misanthropeness" might turn off many readers.Be that as it may, give it a try. Its a cheap book and it starts a hell of a journey throw the world of investigative reporting in the future.Publisher: VertigoYear:  2009Pages: 144Authors: Warren Ellis, Darick RobertsonISBN: 1401220843Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/06/transmetropolitanoton-1.html

Next on RGN #7

Next on RGN #7

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 31, 2013

The Trooper The year was 1991 or maybe 1992. Me, a little kid, had just started yet another exciting Summer vacation. In one of those lazy summer days a friend lent me an old, almost worn out, tape of some British heavy metal band.I spook very little English at the time (not that I speak much more now) but as soon as I hit play I got hooked. It was a powerful, energetic, vibrant sound. Melodic at times and brutal at others. Little by little I learned the lyrics and the more I knew the more I loved it.It was the 1980 Iron Maiden self titled album.Well, 20 something years later I finally got to see them live and it was glorious. Sure the age shows a bit after all they're like 150 years old by now, but it was a kid's dream come true. Last 29th of May was a great day indeed.What does this has to do with comics you ask? Nothing, I'm just in a sharing mood. Transmetropolitan Vol 1 Back to comics, while rocking out to Can I play With Madness on the way home I remembered that I'm overdue with a review to RGN. One thing lead to another and somehow the idea to revisit Transmetropolitan  came to mind. Something about "Give me the to hold my head up and spit back in their face" screamed  Spider Jerusalem.So starting this weekend and for the next 10 Saturday's RGN will revisit each volume of Transmetropolitan starting with Volume 1 in what will be a Transmetropolitan o'ton. Iron Man 2020 On Wednesday the 5th of June its time for Arno Stark, the Iron Man of the year 2020 to make an appearance. This book collects the stories about or involving the Iron Man of 2020.Arno Stark is nothing like Tony. He stands for nothing but ego and money. Unlike current (at the time the original comics were published) Iron Man Arno never outgrown his flamboyant playboy persona. That attitude will put him through tough times, but unlike his predecessor he doesn't learn his lesson.From playboy millionaire to mercenary, it will all be reviewed next Wednesday.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/next-on-rgn-7.html

Jorge Tacla - Doble vida (Galería Lucía de la Puente)

Jorge Tacla - Doble vida (Galería Lucía de la Puente)

By Arion in Blog on May 30, 2013

I am passionate about comics. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my own comic book has come. And I need YOU to do it. So please check out the following link (and don’t forget to make a pledge): http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog. Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mi propio cómic. Y para eso los necesito a USTEDES. Así que por favor revisen el siguiente link para que puedan colaborar: http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 ¡Gracias! Alice WagnerSi bien el nombre de Lucía de la Puente se ha visto recientemente envuelto en polémicas (ha trascendido la discusión entre Ramiro Llona y la galería, a causa de un arbitrario incremento en el cobro de comisiones por obra vendida, que ha pasado de 35% a 50%), en la inauguración del día miércoles todo indicio de controversia parecía haberse esfumado. Jorge Tacla presentó “Doble vida”, una serie de cuadros que muestran grandes edificaciones signadas con un tono lúgubre y sombrío. Utilizando óleo y polvo de mármol, Jorge consigue recrear de manera casi fantasmagórica pero no por ello menos intensa, un conjunto de recintos deshabitados. Destaca, sobre todo su “Identidad oculta 37”. Jorge TaclaAlice Wagner reemplazó el concepto de comunidades imaginadas de su última muestra en Lucía de la Puente por un interesante experimento visual, que se compone de objetos que han sido revestidos con piezas de rompecabezas: un extinguidor, una plancha y una secadora, entre otros, pasan a exhibir paisajes exuberantes. “Land-Scaping” que puede traducirse como paisajismo, también ofrece tres obras hechas con lona encauchada y grabada con láser. En esta ocasión me acompañó mi gran amigo Max Maradiegue, y mientras él tomaba una copa de vino, yo desafiaba la suerte tomando no solamente vino, sino también whisky y pisco. Nos encontramos con Jorge Cabieses, Mariella Agois, Hugo Alegre, Julio Garay e Irene Tomatis; y también conversé con el jovencísimo y talentosísimo artista Tomás Prochazka, quien este año ha participado en dos muestras (una individual en el Bisetti de Barranco y otra colectiva en su álma máter, Corriente Alterna). Luego de ver ambas muestras, Max y yo caminamos unos pocos metros para ir a la Noche de pizzas en Dédalo, donde la buena comida dio lugar a una muy buena conversación.   Hoy en la noche, hace apenas una hora, se inauguró en Dédalo la muestra de Gabriel Villarán que consiste en tablas de surf pintadas con mucha exquisitez y finura por Gabriel Mujica. Conversé brevemente con Eduardo Lores y María Elena Fernández, y también saludé a Pedro Casusol quien me presentó a Sheila Alvarado, la genial artista que seguramente debe ser ampliamente conocida y reconocida por sus ilustraciones en la columna de sexo de Perú21.  my drawing (pencils and then inks) / mi dibujo (lápices y luego tintas)También fue una magnífica oportunidad para reencontrarme con compañeros de oficina –como Sandra Roncagliolo que hasta hace poco trabajaba en COSAS, literalmente a dos metros de distancia de mi oficina– y, desde luego, con amigos del colegio como Arturo José Valdés Hamann y Matías Ballón Córdova. Aunque, sin duda, lo mejor del evento fue ver a mi gran amigo Augusto Rey y a Lucía Ginocchio, con quienes conversé un rato.En el transcurso de la noche también me encontré con José Medina, y vi de lejos a Manuel Bruce (también de mi colegio) y al famoso Jason Day. En las tres horas que estuve en Dédalo me tomé más de diez chilcanos, cortesía de pisco Larroca, y comí tequeños, camarones fritos de una textura crujiente y con una deliciosa salsa agridulce, y mini causas con pulpo al olivo (un pulpo estupendo, en su punto, ni muy chicloso ni muy suave). Ojalá todas las muestras fuesen así de buenas y divertidas, en todo caso, otras galerías limeñas deberían tomar a Dédalo como ejemplo. En esta ocasión, sin ir muy lejos, la velada estuvo amenizada por el grupo de música de Jean Pierre Magnet. De todos modos, me despedí temprano de mis amigos (o relativamente temprano) y antes de la medianoche ya estaba en Domingo Laboratorio Creativo, y luego de un último traguito me fui derechito a casa. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/jorge-tacla-doble-vida-galeria-lucia-de.html

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 29, 2013

CoverEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11 Vince Hernandez ­ Writer / Giuseppe Cafaro ­ Art / Teo Gonzalez  - ColorsExecutive Assistant Lotus takes center stage!Explore the creation of a master assassin and the tragic past of Executive Assistant Lotus in ³Bloodline², the origin of one of the EA Universe¹s most popular‹and deadly--heroines. As a child raised in India, Rani (Lotus) was continually teased amongst her peers for her vulnerability and proclivity towards technology and science. However, following a horrific turn of events that shatters her existence at its core, Rani must choose to grow up fast, and to rely on her survival instincts and technical expertise in order to survive‹or die!EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #11 is in stores May 29th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/preview-executive-assistant-assassins-11.html

Preview: DEAD MAN¹S RUN #5

Preview: DEAD MAN¹S RUN #5

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 29, 2013

DEAD MAN¹S RUN #5 CoverGreg Pak ­ Writer / Tony Parker ­ Art / David Curiel - ColorsFrom acclaimed "Hulk" writer Greg Pak, legendary "Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd, and Tony Parker, artist of the Eisner-nominated "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep², comes the biggest blockbuster series of the new year ­ DEAD MAN¹S RUN!The price of a true innocent in the land of the condemned becomes terrifying clear as the Captain mercilessly absconds with Juniper, and Sam Tinker and crew must survive their way through the horrors he releases upon them in order to save her from the City of Corruption. Yet, the true nature of evil manifests itself when Sam reveals the last bits of the map needed to break out, only to discover a more sinister surprise than he ever could have possibly imagined‹even in Hell!DEAD MAN¹S RUN #5 is in stores May 29th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover B Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/preview-dead-mans-run-5.html

Fashion Beast # 8 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio

Fashion Beast # 8 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio

By Arion in Blog on May 28, 2013

I am passionate about comics. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my own comic book has come. And I need YOU to do it. So please check out the following link (and don’t forget to make a pledge): http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog. Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mi propio cómic. Y para eso los necesito a USTEDES. Así que por favor revisen el siguiente link para que puedan colaborar: http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 ¡Gracias! Doll lives in an ivory tower, isolated from the ugliness of the real world. But even a golden cage is still a cage, and so she finally asks permission to abandon (temporarily) Celestine’s headquarters. She leaves behind a world of fashion and glamour, and witnesses how normal people live. And it is such an awful life. The less fortunate are undressed by some sort of fashion militia that burns their clothes, others try to find food in a city that has turned into a huge dump. In this trip, Doll is accompanied by Tomboy, who explains to her that people “wear their clothes like flags. All their politics, all the things they expect out of life, all summed up” by the things they wear. It’s true, then, that most of them “will be marching behind these flags for the rest of their lives, whether they know it or not”.  The ugly reality / la fea realidadAnd that makes me think that, certainly, in our world, fashion is closer to tyranny than any other thing. We are also obsessed with certain brands/labels, with certain looks and outfits, and we tend to judge others not because of their political views, their nationality or their intellect, but rather by the way they look, or to be more precise, by how compliant they are of the rules of the fashion industry.  Facundo Percio, once again, excels in these pages. From Doll’s silent trip through the streets of a city she no longer recognizes, to the activities of the men and women that live there. In the penultimate page, for instance, we can see two gentlemen dressed as noble men from Victorian England that, instead of taking out the dogs, have two women in leashes, dressed in very suggestive bondage-sadomasochism outfits, in other panels we see a man practicing anal sex with a very tall woman, a man throwing up, a man masturbating while he stands next to a woman who can’t stop smoking. In the last page we have a man urinating in front of two women, who eventually kick the crap out of him. All this myriad of details enhances the idea of a world that is strange to us but at the same time mundane enough to be considered real. The wraparound cover also includes many memorable scenes that include street sex and other offenses to the public morale… which makes it all the best.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Street sex / sexo callejeroDoll vive en una torre de marfil, aislada de la fealdad del mundo real. Pero incluso una jaula de oro sigue siendo una jaula, así que finalmente pide permiso para abandonar (temporalmente) los cuarteles generales de Celestine. Ella deja atrás un mundo de glamour y moda, para atisbar cómo vive la gente normal.Y es una vida tan horrorosa. Los menos afortunados son desvestidos por una especie de milicia de la moda que quema sus ropas, otros intentan encontrar comida en una ciudad que se ha convertido en un gigantesco basurero. En este viaje, Doll es acompañada por Tomboy, quien le explica que la gente "usa sus ropas como banderas. Toda su política, todas las cosas que esperan de la vida, todo se resume" en la forma de vestir. Es cierto, entonces, que muchos de ellos "estarán marchando detrás de estas banderas por el resto de sus vidas, así lo sepan o no". Doll & TomboyY eso me hace pensar que, ciertamente, en nuestro mundo la moda está más cerca de la tiranía que otras cosas. Estamos tan obsesionados con ciertas marcas, con ciertos looks y atuendos, y tendemos a juzgar a otros no por sus opiniones políticas, su nacionalidad o su intelecto, sino más bien por el modo en que se ven o, para ser más preciso, por qué tan obedientes son de las reglas de la industria de la moda.Facundo Percio, una vez más, se supera en estas páginas. Desde el viaje silencioso de Doll a través de las calles de una ciudad que ya no reconoce, a las actividades de los hombres y mujeres que viven allí. En la penúltima página, por ejemplo, podemos ver a dos caballeros vestidos como nobles de la Inglaterra Victoriana que, en vez de pasear con sus perros, tienen a dos mujeres en correas, vestidas a la usanza bondage-sadomasoquismo, en otras viñetas vemos a un hombre practicando sexo anal con una mujer muy alta, un hombre vomitando, a un hombre masturbándose al lado de una mujer que no deja de fumar. En la última página tenemos a un hombre orinando frente a dos mujeres, que eventualmente le sacan la mugre. Toda esta miríada de detalles enriquece la idea de un mundo que es extraño para nosotros pero al mismo tiempo lo suficientemente mundano para ser considerado real. La portada doble también incluye muchas escenas memorables que incluyen sexo callejero y otras ofensas a la moral pública... De lo mejor.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/fashion-beast-8-alan-moore-facundo.html

Review: Judge Dredd Origins

Review: Judge Dredd Origins

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 26, 2013

Cover A strange package arrives at Mega City One's Hall of Justice. Despite Dredd's best efforts to stop the package's delivery it gets to its destination. That sets in motion a chain of events that will puts Dredd and 8 more Judges journeying the Cursed Earth looking for a valuable asset that's gone astray.Judge Dredd Origins reprints the 2006/07 story that details the fall of the old judicial system and the rise of the new one. The legacy of the first Chief Judge Eustace Fargo and the creation of Rico and Joseph Dredd.How does this mysterious package relate to the origin of the Mega Cities and the Judge Dredd Judicial system?How is it?This book collects two stories and a cover gallery. The stories are Origins and a prelude to Origins. The prelude story is a fun about the mysterious box that eventually gets delivered to the Hall of Justice. In it Dredd tries and tries to intercept the box but he's always a step behind. Dredd The art on this prelude is done by Kev Walker. I think its the first time I've seen his art and I liked it. I has a Mignola feel to it. I personally found the transition form Kev Walker's art to Carlos Ezquerra a bit harsh. I really like the Mignolian style but the Ezquerra art style is a bit more raw. It didn't help that the coloring on the prelude story is that gray post-apocalyptic palette but on the Origin story its like if the rainbow came to life. Its too big a transition to make. After a while you get used to, but those first pages make your eyes hurt a bit.Don't get me wrong I like Carlos Ezquerra art. He is the definitive Judge Dredd artist, and he does a great job in the Origin story. But when looking at the book as a whole the difference in the art styles is really offputting.John Wagner does a great job telling this Origin story. Its actually 2 stories weaved in one. One takes place in the present time and the other in the past. The first is unveiling as its told and the second is told in flashbacks. They're both connected of course. The story told in flashbacks is the reason the present one is taking place.One of the thing I like about Judge Dredd is that it is a British comic. This means its written differently than American comics. It has that punk rock feel. That chaos vs order that permeates British culture. Take this into consideration when reading this book. Its anything but American propaganda. The America portrayed in this book is as far as its possible from the Hollywood America. The american dream is dead and it has to be replaced with something else. Young Dredd I have no particular feelings for or against the United States of America, but its refreshing to see it portrayed in another light that's not the all mighty and ever knowing God nation that Hollywood sells to the world.My only gripe with John Wagner's writing is that he tries to add a little depth to the plot by including some political intrigue and power play. While he is in a fairly successful way it brings the pace of the book to a halt. The story never gets stagnant but it does slow down considerably half way in. But in the last third it picks up the pace again and delivers a great finish. Getting read to roll outVerdict?This is a great book to read if you like Judge Dredd and want to know more about that Universe. How did that singular judicial system came to existence is one of the main aspects of the book. It also provides a good insight at Dredd's own origin.Its a violent, action packed book, as much as any other Judge Dredd story. If this is your cup of tea then get it, you'll love it. If the Judge Dredd Universe doesn't do anything for you then this won't change your mind.Publisher: 2000ADYear: 2013Pages: 192Authors: John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Kev WalkerISBN: 1781080992Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/review-judge-dredd-origins.html


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The Secret Service # 6 - Mark Millar Dave Gibbons

The Secret Service # 6 - Mark Millar Dave Gibbons

By Arion in Blog on May 25, 2013

The best spy of the British Crown is dead, and now it’s up to his nephew Gary to save not only England but the rest of the world as well. In the final chapter of “The Secret Service”, Gary decides that in order to find allies he must look for them not in the official ranks of the secret service but rather in their training facilities. That’s why he recruits many of his classmates, and together they lead one final, desperate, even suicidal attack to the enemy’s headquarters.Gary’s strategy is brilliant. His frontal attack is only a distraction: at the same time, he has one of his guys in the stratosphere attempting to destroy the secret weapon of the enemy and a group of tech specialists deactivating the weapon on firm land. Besides Mark Hammill (Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars”) and William Shatner (captain Kirk in “Star Trek”) and other famous Hollywood stars, this time we get to see Patrick Stewart (captain Jean-Luc Piccard in “Star Trek: the Next Generation”). What could all of these Hollywood stars have in common? And why were they abducted at the beginning of the miniseries? Mark Millar has found a way to balance pop culture references, parody and homages in one sweeping narrative. Although, it seems to me, that there is something else going on here. Millar has explained that when he was 12 years old he sent a letter to Dave Gibbons, suggesting to the legendary British artist to work on a new series created by himself (the kid had promised that he could do something even greater than Watchmen, which Gibbons had just finished drawing). Obviously, back then Dave Gibbons knew that no 12-year-old could write anything memorable, but he still replied with a very encouraging letter. Millar had to wait for decades until he was one of the most important and influential authors of the industry, and finally he had the opportunity to work in a project with Gibbons. Millar has expressed his admiration for Watchmen, and just like the secret plan of Ozymandias demanded the kidnapping of certain scientists, artists and thinkers throughout the world, the plan of the antihero in “The Secret Service” also demands the capture of cultural icons. In both cases, the prisoners are kept alive for a very specific purpose. I’ve really enjoyed this parallelism, which happens to have a very humorous approach. Dave Gibbons draws some very good pages, like the ones that depict the final and violent confrontation between Gary and one of his opponents. The scenes of the worldwide orgy, deemed in the comic as “19 minutes of world peace” are also priceless. And thus, this miniseries comes to an end.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-secret-service-6-mark-millar-dave.html

Preview: CHARISMAGIC #2

Preview: CHARISMAGIC #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 23, 2013

CoverCHARISMAGIC #2 Vince Hernandez ­ Story / Vincenzo Cucca ­ Art / Emilio Lopez - ColorsBe prepared because everything you thought you knew about magic is about to vanish!The group makes a sober discovery in Los Angeles, as Hank¹s agent and best friend Kenny painfully realizes the differences between humans and magical beings could kill him--and put an end to their quest to end Serké¹s invasion. However, their problems are much larger in scale than they are aware of, as the dark haman has summoned his deadliest servant of chaos‹Torgan, the magical lion demon of flame and rage!Featuring a returning cast of Charismagic¹s favorite characters along with several new and astonishing faces and creatures of magic, this new volume of CHARISMAGIC is a perfect jumping-on point for all!CHARISMAGIC #2 is in stores June 5th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Cover B Cover C Cover DFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/preview-charismagic-2.html

Un día en la vida - REVE (Galería Enlace)

Un día en la vida - REVE (Galería Enlace)

By Arion in Blog on May 22, 2013

I am passionate about comics. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my own comic book has come. And I need YOU to do it. So please check out the following link (and don’t forget to make a pledge): http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog. Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mi propio cómic. Y para eso los necesito a USTEDES. Así que por favor revisen el siguiente link para que puedan colaborar: http://igg.me/p/413732/x/3203177 ¡Gracias! the cover of my comic / la portada de mi cómic____________________________________________________________________ "Un día en la vida": un largo procesoUna mañana veraniega del 2012, entré al taller barranquino que compartían Renzo Núñez Melgar Vega (Reve) y Asad López de Castilla, y quedé deslumbrado al ver un cuadro de proporciones gigantescas, que solamente podía ser la manifestación de una travesía artística épica o el atrevimiento más ambicioso del joven artista: se trataba de la portada del disco de The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, imagen emblemática que todo amante del rock –demonios, todo amante de la música en general– debería conocer. No obstante, ya desde los primeros bosquejos a lápiz –esbozos que tuve el privilegio de contemplar casi desde el inicio– había un diálogo singular entre la imagen original y la nueva propuesta planteada, no sin cierta rebeldía, por Reve. Con una puesta en escena que reunía a casi un centenar de personajes, la ilustración del disco del legendario cuarteto británico era una especie de “who’s who” de la época. Y ahora, luego de varias décadas, se reinventa esa puesta en escena con un grupo sumamente variopinto de individuos, reales y ficticios. El cuadro “Un día en la vida” incluye a artistas inmortales como Vincent Van Gogh o Salvador Dalí, pero también a héroes del cómic como Rick Grimes (protagonista de “The Walking Dead”) o Tintin, y a personajes de dibujos animados como Lion-O (líder de los “Thundercats”)  o He-Man (el campeón de Eternia). De este modo, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr y George Harrison se ven rodeados por la protagonista de Kill Bill o el mafioso Don Corleone (de “The Godfather”) o el antihéroe V (de “V From Vendetta”) o el exitoso empresario Steve Jobs. Gente que ha cambiado el mundo real, ficciones que han mudado nuestros afectos en el mundo de lo ficticio, seres que de un modo u otro se combinan a la perfección en “Un día en la vida”, magnífico juego de significantes que se oponen, que se complementan, que danzan entre sí hasta alcanzar un todo coherente. Sin duda, este cuadro desempeña muy bien la función de arte poética y nos permite comprender la perspectiva del artista y las pulsiones que guían su sensibilidad. "Un día en la vida": obra terminadaDebo admitir que me enamoré del cuadro, o mejor dicho, de la idea del cuadro; y por eso seguí visitando el taller una y otra vez, con la intención de saciar la vista. He atestiguado cómo “Un día en la vida” tuvo, en efecto, una vida de duración de más de doce meses, y en todo ese tiempo el cuadro fue evolucionando, creciendo, haciéndose cada vez más impresionante, dejándome cada vez más asombrado. Verlo terminado ha sido uno de los momentos más emocionantes que he experimentado en el año. Ayer, en la inauguración de la muestra tuve la oportunidad de conversar con Renzo Núñez Melgar Vega. Me hubiera gustado hacerle preguntas sobre todos sus cuadros, pero a falta de tiempo no lo hice. Prefiero ahora imaginarme cuáles serían sus respuestas. ¿A quién mira tan taimadamente el angelito que fuma cigarrillos Inca? ¿Con cuánta crueldad un ejército de cadáveres peruanos arrasa Santiago de Chile? ¿En qué piensan tan famosos músicos mientras se sientan frente a una casona barranquina? ¿Cuál es ese último viaje psicodélico que emprende Jimmy Hendrix? "Los cigarrillos que te harán saltar"El 2011, Reve ya me había sorprendido con “Lima Rock City”, pero ahora se supera a sí mismo con esta excelente muestra, llena de cuadros inauditos, maravillosos, que son totalmente originales y a la vez parte de nuestro imaginario colectivo. Sin duda, las suyas son las mejores obras de arte que he visto este 2013. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/un-dia-en-la-vida-reve-galeria-enlace.html

Vamos Aprender

Vamos Aprender

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 22, 2013

Kingpin Books is launching a new book called "Vamos Aprender". The press release is in Portuguese. Cover Vamos Aprender Texto de Aida Teixeira Desenhos de Carlos Rocha“Vamos Aprender”, mas com diversão!Este é um livro de Banda Desenhada para crianças, que teve na sua génese uma criança, a Sofia, que quando tinha 6 anos desenhava animais que a sua mãe Aida transformava em histórias. Histórias que saltam da página directamente para a nossa imaginação e que levam as crianças a pensar, ao invés de se limitarem a oferecer-lhes um resultado imediato.O aspecto lúdico do livro leva os pequenos leitores a interiorizar ensinamentos comportamentais importantes, aliando isso ao enorme prazer visual que os desenhos expressivos e coloridos do Carlos Rocha proporcionam. Uma alegria para os olhos e para a imaginação pela mão de dois novos autores, que se propuseram a fazer estas seis histórias repletas de encanto para crianças e para adultos que nunca deixaram de o ser.Uma aposta diferente da Kingpin Books e do editor Mário Freitas, que se iniciam assim num novo desafio editorial, a publicação de BD infantil, um segmento geralmente esquecido ou ignorado nos últimos anos em Portugal.Capa dura, cor, 48 páginas, 19,6cm x 26,1cmPVP: 11,99€  (PVP de lançamento no Festival Internacional de BD de Beja: 10€)ISBN: 978-989-8673-00-8Kingpin Books, Junho 2013 Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview page 4Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/vamos-aprender.html

Review: Happy!

Review: Happy!

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 21, 2013

Cover Nick Sax is a gun for hire looking to get to the end of each day. He once was a cop, a husband, a good man. But life wasn't kind to him. This last job has him taking care of three lowlifes. However fate won't let it go according to plan.In the confusion of the fight Sax suffers a heart attack. When he recovers he starts seeing a little blue winged horse called Happy. Happy is not an hallucination, he is an imaginary friend but not Sax's. No, Happy is the imaginary friend of a little girl that needs Sax help desperately.This has all the hallmarks of Grant Morrison's comic book writing insanity. Happy! blends the limits of the real and the surreal world. Darick Robertson puts that insanity on paper like few can.How is it?Its no secret I'm a Grant Morrison fan. Why? Because of books like Happy!. Morrison is one of those writers that blend styles and pushes limits. Of course not all is good, but at least he aims high and delivers unique and original stories. Hi, I'm Happy!Happy! is one of those books where he blends styles. This time he takes hardboiled detective stories with children motifs and creates something unique. Its like joining chocolate and hot peppers, it shouldn't work but it does. Its a sort of mix between Max Payne and Blue Blink.This is a redemption story. There's no attempt at hiding it, on the contrary. Nick Sax was once a good man and Happy is giving him a chance to be one again. Speaking of Happy, he is a sort of meta-characters, living the between Nick Sax's world and the writer's. He knows stuff that he shouldn't, he parodies his own story and is very self-conscious about his existence.Nick Sax's relationship with Happy is the soul of the book. Sax's journey, while somewhat orthodox (considering its Morrison), is a cool one. I guess its as cool as your take on the character of Happy. Just remember he is 1,2,3,4,5 grades above an hallucination. Add caption A friendly warning, for a book called Happy! it sure isn't very. Sex, violence, perversions and mobsters is more the mood of the book.Art wise Darick Robertson does a great job. His pencils are sexy when they need to be, fluffy and cuddly when Happy is around, perverted when Santa is in the scene and violently gory the rest of the time. I particularly loved the detail he puts on the characters.Verdict?Even if you don't enjoy most of Morrison's trippy work, give Happy! a chance. Its 96 pages of intense story telling and compelling art. But keep it away from children and impressionable souls.Publisher: Image ComicsYear: 2013Pages: 96Authors: Grant Morrison, Darick RobertsonISBN: 1607066777Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/review-happy.html

Indiegogo: Un-American Chronicles

Indiegogo: Un-American Chronicles

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 21, 2013

Un-American Chronicles Arcadio Bolaños, Juan Alarcón and Carolina Bensler bring us this collection of 4 tales: "The Outsider", "It's Always the Statue of Liberty", "Who Said It Was Easy?" and "Park".From a study in the innate innocence of children to the art of flirting with strangers, going throw the symbol of America in the harsh reality that was 9/11 and the more down to earth marital problem of two couples. Un-American Chronicles as something for any adult reader. The Outsider In this story the authors explore the human behavior. What happens when three seemingly harmless kids find a woman trapped inside an abandoned well, and the woman turns out to be a criminal? Do they help her? Take advantage of the situation or simply take a less noble path? It's Always the Statue of Liberty In every tale of fiction about the destruction of the USA, the statue of Liberty is usually the symbol that embodies that very downfall. Except that in real life it wasn't the target of the unfortunate 9/11 terrorist attacks. This is a tale about a little kid coming to terms with facts versus fiction. Who Said It Was Easy? Do you know that person you see every day on the bus, on the train or at the coffee shop that is just the right amount of mysterious and intriguing? This is a story about those peoples. Those anonymous persons and their attempt to get to know each other. Park Park is an erotic tale of two couples. One having trouble with their sex life, another none at all. When their path is crossed anything can happen.Check out what Arcadio Bolaños has to say about this project: You can support this project @indigogo until the 18th of June 2013. Also check out Arcadio's personal blog Arion's Archaic Art for reviews and other articles. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/indiegogo-un-american-chronicles.html

Aspen Comics Announces Phoenix Comic Con 2013 Exclusives

Aspen Comics Announces Phoenix Comic Con 2013 Exclusives

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 21, 2013

Aspen Comics has revealed their much-anticipated Phoenix Comic Con 2013 exclusives as well as their list of creators that will be available at the Aspen Comics Booth #’s 873 and 972 all weekend long.Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Overtaken), Peter Steigerwald (The Zoo Hunters, Lady Mechanika), Vince Hernandez (Charismagic, Executive Assistant: Assassins), Mike DeBalfo (Soulfire) J.T. Krul ( Jirni, Soulfire), Brett Smith (Jirni, Homecoming) Nei Ruffino (Soulfire) and Alex Konat (Fathom) will be appearing at the Aspen Booth throughout the weekend for signings, sketches and more.The popular Aspen Splash swimsuit pinup book by Aspen returns this year with an oversized special edition featuring both new and classic pieces by Aspen’s top talents and more. The Aspen Booth #873 and 972 will be offering an exclusive Aspen Splash 2013 Phoenix Comics Con edition with a cover by Aspen founder Michael Turner along with superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald, limited to 250 copies.The best-selling “10 for 10” initiative celebrating ten years of Aspen Comics continues with two all new “10 for 10” exclusives for the convention. Aspen’s critically-acclaimed series Charismagic returned in May and will feature a special Charismagic #2 Phoenix Comic Con 2013 cover by artist Paolo Pantalena and Steigerwald limited to 200 copies, two weeks prior to its release exclusive only for PCC attendees. Aspen will also be offering an exclusive for their new top-selling fantasy series with a Jirni #2 Phoenix Comic Con cover by series artist Pantalena and Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies.In addition to exclusive comics, Aspen will be releasing an all-new series of their industry-leading art prints including the Aspen Tour Print 2013 Phoenix Comic Con Edition by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald limited to 100 editions. Also, Aspen will be offering new Aspen Splash, Charismagic, Jirni and Shrugged prints by Michael Turner, Eric “Ebas” Basaldua and Paolo Pantalena.For more information please check www.phoenixcomicon.com and aspencomics.com.  Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/aspen-comics-announces-phoenix-comic.html

April Comic Books / Cómics de abril

April Comic Books / Cómics de abril

By Arion in Blog on May 20, 2013

I am passionate about comic books. And that’s pretty evident if you’ve seen my blog before. At last, the time to publish my best stories has come. And I need you to do it. So please check out this link and don’t forget to make a pledge. Thank you!--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Los cómics son mi pasión. Y eso es bastante obvio si es que le dan un vistazo a mi blog.  Por fin, ha llegado el momento de publicar mis mejores historias. Y para eso los necesito a ustedes. Así que por favor revisen este link para que puedan colaborar. ¡Gracias! It sure took me a while but I just finished reading all of my April comics. I must say I’m surprised at how good Uncanny Avengers turned out to be, which is way I’ve already reviewed it. Of course, Young Avengers continues to be my favorite Marvel series, and this third issue was so awesome. This month Secret Service comes to an end with a very peculiar outcome, and Invincible Universe begins, with a first issue that has seduced me faster than many of the superhero books I’ve read recently (plus Nauck's art is top notch). Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth concludes this month, and I’ll probably review the entire miniseries, and now Über begins: I enjoyed this opening chapter tremendously. Matt Kindt had already impressed me with the zero issue of Mind MGMT and re-edition of the first issue is just mind-blowing, this is easily one of the best series of 2012. But not everything is about happy endings (or beginnings), because as of April 2013 Hack / Slash is officially dead. After almost 9 years, this thrilling series about slasher films, homicidals and supernatural gore is now done. I feel very sad to see it go... First Hellblazer, and now Hack / Slash. Damn, talk about crisis in the comic book industry… Anyway, without further ado here are April comics as per solicitations: FASHION BEAST #8 WRAP CVR (MR)(W) Alan Moore (A/CA) Facundo Percio. Doll yearns to revisit her past but the world has changed. Stark memories of the past collide with the harsh realities of war and desperation.  And no one can anticipate the fate of Celestine from inside his citadel of fashion.    FF #4 NOWMATT FRACTION (W) • Michael ALLRED (A/C), Variant Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED. It’s Valentine’s Day at the Baxter Building! So why does that spell trouble for She-Hulk?HACK SLASH #25 CVR B FRISON (MR)(W) Tim Seeley (A) Elena Casagrande (CA) Jenny Frison 'FINAL,' Conclusion Cassie battles Samhain to the death. Q: Who will survive and what will be left of them® A: Not everyone, and very small bits. The blood spattered, panty-flashing saga of HACK/SLASH comes to an end in this epic issue! INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #1(W) Phil Hester (A/CA) Todd Nauck, John Rauch. In the aftermath of INVINCIBLE 100 and 'The Death of Everyone,' Dinosaurus has left his mark on the world. Can heroes from across the universe - Invincible, the Guardians of the Globe, Tech Jacket, the Astounding Wolf-Man and more - contain the damage done? Or are the end times of the Invincible Universe ahead?  MIND MGMT #1 1 FOR 1 (W/A/CA) Matt Kindt. Just in time for the first collection, the sold-out MIND MGMT #1 is back in print-for $1! Now's your chance to catch up with Matt Kindt's brilliant tale of lost memories, the Mind Management psychic spy agency, its most infamous defector, and the journalist who uncovers their incredible secrets! MORNING GLORIES #25 (MR)(W) Nick Spencer (A) Joe Eisma (CA) Rodin Esquejo. DOUBLE-SIZED 25th ISSUE - and the Season One Finale! Featuring three interconnected covers by rising superstar RODIN ESQUEJO!   '8:13' SECRET SERVICE #6 (OF 6) (MR)(W) Mark Millar (A/CA) Dave Gibbons. The conspiracy revealed! Gary and Jack begin to learn what's behind the celebrity kidnappings they've been investigating… but that knowledge comes at a price. A raid on Mount Everest begins; the clock is ticking, and the web is beginning to unravel. But who can be trusted when so many prominent figures seem to be involved? It all comes down to this moment, brought to you by legendary creators Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons and Mathew Vaughn. SEX #2 (MR)(W) Joe Casey (A/CA) Piotr Kowalski. SECOND ISSUE COLLECTOR'S ITEM!  Simon Cooke's journey into the underbelly of Saturn City continues. Think about it... how repressed would YOU be after waging a war on crime for the entirety of your adult life? What happens when the superhero power fantasy finally ends? Find out by buying more SEX! TODD THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #4 (OF 4)(W) Ken Kristensen, M. K. Perker (A/CA) M. K. Perker'CANDY WITH STRANGERS,' Conclusion When his best friend and mentor gets thrown in solitary confinement, Todd becomes an easy target for an Aryan Nation assassin. Meanwhile, his father accepts a marriage proposal that was never given, and his mom comes face-to-face with the Maniac Killer.  my drawing (from pencils to inks) / mi dibujo (de lápiz a tinta)UBER #0 (MR) (W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Canaan White. Kieron Gillen unveils his epic new monthly series, launching with a special double-sized issue!  1945. Germany is in ruins. The war in the west can only be days away from ending. Threats of 'wunderwaffen' to be unleashed by the dying Reich have become laughable. There are no miracle weapons here.  It's over. It has to be over.   It's not.  There's been stories which have mixed enhanced humans and World War 2 before. There's never been one like this.  See super beings in a whole new light as Gillen presents an epic new series that not only rewrites history, it redefines the genre. UNCANNY AVENGERS #5RICK REMENDER (W) OLIVIER Coipel (A) Cover by John Cassaday Variant Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL. Wonder Man, Wasp and Sunfire join the team just in time for Grim Reaper’s revenge! Tension between the team builds as Havok’s leadership is questioned! The death of a major character at the hands of an Avenger in broad daylight! 32 PGS./Rated T+UNWRITTEN #47 (MR)(W) Mike Carey (A) Peter Gross (CA) Yuko Shimizu 'Orpheus in the Underworld' part 1! Still on his quest to bring Lizzie back from the dead, Tom Taylor has made it as far as Hades-but he's left his memories behind in the waters of Lethe. Now he's face-to-face with the king of the underworld, who's got his own sinister agenda and no good reason to offer Tom an Orpheus deal... WALKING DEAD #109 (MR)(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn. Maggie and Sophia pick up the pieces and continue their lives at the hilltop. WITCH DOCTOR MALPRACTICE #5 (OF 6)(W) Brandon Seifert (A/CA) Lukas Ketner, Andy Troy In one corner: Dr. Vincent Morrow, the Witch Doctor. In the other: the parasite he's been infected with. And you won't believe where the battlefield is! Physician, heal thyself - or else!  'A superbly smart and riveting medical thriller filled with off-the-wall characters' - Fangoria WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #27.1AU(W) Matt Kindt (A) Paco Medina (CA) Mike Deodato. An AGE OF ULTRON tie-in (make sure you read #6 first!). Wolverine and the Invisible Woman find themselves in the Avengers' past! YOUNG AVENGERS #3 (W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Jamie McKelvie • A Fight scene, probably. • And another one, but this time in a club. • Plentiful feels. (aka 'Meaningful emotional character beats' for people who aren't on tumblr) • The fakest ID in history. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Me tomó más tiempo de lo normal leer todos mis cómics de abril. Debo decir que estoy sorprendido por lo bueno que ha resultado ser Uncanny Avengers y por ello le he dedicado una reseña. Por supuesto, Young Avengers continúa siendo mi colección favorita de Marvel, y este tercer número fue lo máximo. Este mes Secret Service llega su fin con un desenlace muy peculiar, y Invincible Universe comienza con un primer número que me ha seducido más rápido que muchos cómics de súper-héroes que he leído recientemente. Todd, the Ugliest Kid on Earth concluye este mes, y probablemente comentaré la miniserie completa, y ahora empieza Über:  disfruté muchísimo con este capítulo inicial. Matt Kindt ya me había impresionado con el número cero de Mind MGMT y la reedición del primer número es alucinante, de lejos es una de los mejores títulos del 2012. Pero no todo son finales (o comienzos) felices, porque desde abril del 2013, Hack / Slash está oficialmente muerto. Después de casi 9 años, esta emocionante serie sobre films slasher, homicidas y gore sobrenatural termina. Me entristece que desaparezca… Primero Hellblazer y ahora Hack / Slash. Demonios, ahí está la crisis de la industria del cómic… De todos modos, sin más preámbulos aquí están los cómics de abril:FASHION BEAST #8 WRAP CVR (MR)DOLL anhela revisitar su pasado pero el mundo ha cambiado. Las memorias desnudas del pasado colisionan con la dura realidad de la guerra y la desesperación. Y nadie puede anticipar el destino de CELESTINE desde el interior de la ciudadela de la moda. FF #4 Es el día de San Valentín en el edificio Baxter. Pero ¿por qué esto trae problemas para SHE-HULK? ¿Y por qué la culpa es de BENTLEY 23?HACK SLASH #25 CVR B FRISON (MR)Es la batalla final, y será a muerte. No todos sobrevivirán en este sangriento desenlace que marca el fin de una etapa épica. INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE #1Luego de "La muerte de todos", Dinosaurio ha dejado su marca en el mundo. ¿Pueden los héroes del universo contener el daño producido? MIND MGMT #1 1 FOR 1Un brillante relato sobre recuerdos perdidos, la agencia de espías psíquicos de Gerencia Mental, su más infame desertor, y el periodista que descubre increíbles secretos. MORNING GLORIES #25 (MR)Es el final de la primera temporada.SECRET SERVICE #6 (OF 6) (MR)La conspiración es revelada. Gary y Jack empiezan a entender qué es lo que está detrás de los secuestros de las celebridades… pero esa información tiene un precio. Empiezan una incursión en el monte Everest, pero ¿en quién se puede confiar con tantas figuras prominentes involucradas? SEX #2El viaje de Simon a los bajos fondos de Ciudad Saturno continúa. ¿Qué tan reprimido estarías después de luchar contra el crimen durante la totalidad de tu vida adulta? ¿Qué pasa cuando la fantasía heroica termina?TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #4 (of 4)“Caramelos con extraños”. Cuando su mejor amigo y mentor cae en confinamiento solitario, Todd se convierte en un blanco fácil para el asesino de la Nación Aria. Mientras tanto, su mamá se enfrenta al homicida maníaco.UBER #0 (MR)1945. Alemania está en ruinas. La guerra en el oeste está a días de terminar. Las amenazas se ciernen sobre el moribundo Reich. No hay armas milagrosas aquí. Hay historias que mezclan al superhombre con la Segunda Guerra Mundial antes, pero ninguna como esta. UNCANNY AVENGERS #5 WONDER MAN, WASP y SUNFIRE se unen al equipo justo a tiempo para la venganza de GRIM REAPER. La tensión aumenta cuando el liderazgo de HAVOC es cuestionado. Y uno de los vengadores matará a plena luz del día. UNWRITTEN #47 (MR)Orfeo en el inframundo. Tom Taylor continúa con su misión: salvar a LIZZIE del mundo de los muertos. Tom ha llegado hasta el Hades, pero ha dejado sus memorias en el Leteo. Ahora está cara a cara con el rey del inframundo, quien tiene su propia agenda siniestra.THE WALKING DEAD #109Ellas continuarán con sus vidas en el Pico de la Cima.WITCH DOCTOR MALPRACTICE #5 (OF 6)En una esquina el doctor Morrow, en la otra, el parásito que lo ha infectado. Y nadie se imagina cuál será el campo de batalla.WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #27.1AUWOLVERINE y la Mujer Invisible en el pasado de los Vengadores.YOUNG AVENGERS #3 Una escena de pelea, probablemente. Y otra igual pero esta vez en un club. Muchos sentimientos (o sea ‘pulsiones emocionales significativas’ para los que no están en TUMBLR). La identificación falsa más falsa de todas.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/april-comic-books-comics-de-abril.html

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