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Next on RGN #6

Next on RGN #6

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 20, 2013

Madeira After waiting for weeks for my books to arrive life took all my free time away. That happened in the form of a business trip. Ordinarily that would mean more reading of the 9th art but for some reason this time it meant the opposite.*shakes fist in the air* DAMN YOU JOB AND YOUR NEED TO TAKE MY COMIC BOOK TIME AWAY... Kidding Job, you know I love your money you.Good news is that I had the chance to get to know a beautiful place that I've never been before (Madeira Island in Portugal)Well, that's over and I'm back to my usual schedule. Together with blue imaginary horses with wings and law enforcing judge, jury and executioner rookie police officers. Happy Are imaginary friends real? Before you say no consider this: What would you do if a random kid's imaginary friend asked for your help to save her? Nick Sax didn't believe that either, in fact he thought that to be an hallucination  but Happy (a blue horse with wings) is 1,2,3,4,5 grades above an hallucination.Happy will make his best effort to turn Nick Sax's story from a self-destroying tragedy of bad choices and corruption to a glorious tale of redemption.Santa, drugs, alcohol, infidelity, eczema and violence, this is Happy.Happy by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson will be reviewed tomorrow, the 21st of May. Judge Dredd Origins This week's second review is Judge Dredd Origins.When the severed hand of the first Chief Justice of Megacity One is delivered to the Hall of Justice Dredd and his fellow judges spring into action.No power on earth, not ever the cursed earth will keep Dredd from getting the Chief Judged's body back.This is the beginning of the beginnings. The story of how the toughest law enforce came to be. And it will be here on Saturday the 25th of May.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/next-on-rgn-6.html

Preview: JIRNI #2

Preview: JIRNI #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 17, 2013

CoverJIRNI #2 JT Krul ­ Story / Paolo Pantalena ­ Art / Brett Smith - ColorsTake an incredible JIRNI with Aspen¹s newest hit series!Discover a whole new world of adventure! As Ara's fortuitous quest continues, her path is shrouded in mystery. Upon arriving in a remote village struggling to survive through desperate times, she discovers someone who might offer answers to the questions that torment her. But as Ara has learned time and again, nothing shall come easy in this unrelenting world. Will she have the strength and courage to venture into the pit of darkness itself to find the truth - not only about her missing mother but about herself as well?After years of preparation, creator JT Krul is ready to take you on a JIRNI unlike any other! Accompanied by the incredible talents of artist Paolo Pantalena and colorist Brett Smith, this is one JIRNI you won¹t want to miss!JIRNI #2 is in stores May 22nd, 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/2013/05/preview-jirni-2.html

Young Avengers # 3 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

Young Avengers # 3 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

By Arion in Blog on May 17, 2013

The impossible return of Teddy Altman’s mother is not an isolated incident. In fact, Loki is visited by his father, Laufey, king of the frost giants. Certainly, Laufey died centuries ago at the hands of Odin, but none of this is impediment enough for the dark forces that have been unleashed by Billy Kaplan –Wiccan– as a result of an error in judgment and one of his most powerful spells ever.Nothing escapes the watch of Heimdal, guardian of the Bifrost, who assesses the Young Avengers predicament. Perhaps Volstagg here is the one with the wisest answer. What wouldn’t he give in order to be young again. “Such high spirits”, he says. Such high spirits indeed… but in this opportunity not even the Nordic gods can help this group of teenagers, at least not directly. It’s only thanks to the timely intervention of Ms. America that Laufey is defeated. Wiccan has no idea how to reverse his spell, and the only other expert in the eldritch arts and the arcane is the God of Mischief. But what do you do when you have the power to deceive the mortal eye? What do you do when you can trick other people, make them think what you want them to think? You make fake IDs, of course, not only for yourself but also for all of your underage friends. And that’s how Loki whisks them off to a night club, and manages to order a bottle of Magnum champagne. Laufey versus LokiAh, I can only imagine the letters from angry readers complaining about this scene of underage drinking and violation of the law. Curiously, faithful to the original series, the letters column of Young Avengers is already shaping up as the home of some very heated up debates. In this instance, a reader makes a serious complaint about the scene of casual sex between Kate Bishop and Marvel Boy on the first issue of Young Avengers. That’s not very role model-ly of them in his opinion. But as Kieron Gillen explains, even if the book is rated for “teens and up”, the life of a real teenager goes far above and beyond all forms of rating. And Gillen’s intention is to portray the lives of these youngsters not as fictitious and unreal role models, but rather a group of young people messing up and trying to find their way in today’s world.  Loki uses his powers to create fake IDs / Loki usa sus poderes para crear identificaciones falsasKieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have achieved something really special here. There is such a sense of love and admiration for the characters that Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung created not long ago. And clearly, these British authors are having fun with the main text as well as the paratext. Everything from the letters section (by far the most interesting in Marvel Now) to the recap page (instead of a boring synthesis we have a fake twitter and tumblr repartee with pics and tweets that retell with wit and humor the previous events) are clever, entertaining and creative. Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton and Matthew Wilson are the ideal artistic team, and it’s thanks to them that every page is a visual treat, a precious gift to the eye.Did you miss the previous issues? Click here.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The boys love "Game of Thrones", the girls not so much / A los chicos les encanta "Game of Thrones", a las chicas no muchoEl imposible regreso de la madre de Teddy Altman no es un incidente aislado. De hecho, Loki es visitado por su padre, Laufey, rey de los gigantes de hielo. Es cierto que Laufey murió hace siglos a manos de Odín, pero nada de esto es impedimento suficiente para las fuerzas oscuras que han sido desatadas por Billy Kaplan –Wiccan– como resultado de un error de juicio y uno de sus más poderosos hechizos.Nada escapa a la mirada de Heimdal, guardián del Bifrost, quien evalúa el predicamento de los Jóvenes Vengadores. Tal vez aquí Volstagg es el que tiene la más sabia respuesta. Qué no daría por ser joven de nuevo. "Tan elevados espíritus", dice. Tan elevados espíritus, sin duda... pero en esta oportunidad ni siquiera los dioses nórdicos pueden ayudar a este grupo de adolescentes, al menos no directamente. Es sólo gracias a la oportuna intervención de Ms. America que Laufey es derrotado. Wiccan no tiene idea de cómo revertir su hechizo, y el único otro experto en las artes místicas y en lo arcano es el dios del embuste. Pero ¿qué es lo que harías si tuvieras el poder de engañar la mirada de los mortales? ¿Qué harías si pudieras mentirle a los demás, hacerlos pensar lo que tú quieres que piensen? Harías identificaciones falsas, por supuesto, no sólo para ti sino también para todos tus amigos menores de edad. Y así es como Loki se los lleva a un bar, y se las arregla para pedir una botella de champagne Magnum. Even colors are part of the battle scene /Incluso los colores son parte de la escena de batallaAh, ya me puedo imaginar las cartas de los furibundos lectores, quejándose de esta escena en la que los menores de edad beben alcohol y violan la ley. Curiosamente, fiel a la serie original, la sección de cartas de "Young Avengers" ya se está perfilando como un espacio para los más acalorados debates. En este caso, un lector se queja seriamente de la escena de sexo casual entre Kate Bishop y Marvel Boy en el primer número de "Young Avengers". En su opinión, ese no puede ser un modelo a imitar. Pero tal como explica Kieron Gillen, incluso si la colección está calificada para "adolescentes y adultos", la vida de un adolescente de verdad va más allá y más lejos que todas las formas de censura. Y la intención de Gillen es retratar las vidas de estos jovencitos, no como ejemplos irreales a seguir, sino más bien como un grupo de jóvenes que meten la pata e intentan encontrar su camino en el mundo de hoy. Kieron Gillen y Jamie McKelvie han logrado algo realmente especial aquí. Hay tal sentido de amor y admiración por los personajes que Allan Heinberg y Jim Cheung crearon no hace mucho. Y claramente, estos autores británicos se están divirtiendo con el texto central así como con el paratexto. Todo, desde la sección de cartas (de lejos la más interesante de Marvel Now) hasta la página de resumen (en vez de una aburrida síntesis tenemos una mezcla de twitter y tumblr con fotos y twits que recuentan, con astucia y humor, eventos previos) son interesantes, entretenidos y creativos. Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton y Matthew Wilson son el equipo artístico ideal, y es gracias a ellos que cada página es una recompensa visual, un precioso regalo para el ojo.¿Quieren leer más? Hagan click aquí.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/young-avengers-3-kieron-gillen-jamie.html

Escorzos - Ricardo Cassinelli (Corriente Alterna)

Escorzos - Ricardo Cassinelli (Corriente Alterna)

By Arion in Blog on May 16, 2013

Eugenio RaborgYou can be absent, and yet in a way you are with me. Someone can exist in our memory and in the possibility of their return. If there is no one around you it doesn’t mean that you are necessarily alone. Solitude is, in fact, an incomplete and unique way of living in this world. Ancient myths have tried to explain this situation. Human beings are devoured by love because of the immense necessity of finding a mythic original unit. You try to find someone else as if you were searching for a lost part of your own body; and you are in pain if you do not find that part. Loneliness has a very tight bond with communication; we are forced to communicate, even when we don’t want or can’t communicate with other people. However, we have the conviction of someone else’s existence and we are aware of how much do we need that person. Inside of us, in our intimate conviction of someone else’s existence and in our painful experience of his absence, therein lies the sentiment of solitude. To become alone it is mandatory wanting to be two, at least, or having been two and preserving the respective nostalgia.There can be three different categories of loneliness. The first one is the result of the death of a very dear friend or relative. Something you are familiar with. The second category consists in organizing the other’s absence, we exist because he is looking at us, but we have no control over his eyes or his presence. Our existence depends on the other person, jeopardizing our own independence. Then fear forces us to run away from the other, to forget him, in an attempt of regaining control of the situation. We disappear to make the other one disappear. We rush into loneliness because we are so afraid of being alone. We surrender to solitude, and there is always the risk of getting used to it.  The third category is idealization; the other one exists because of us, and we see in him what we wish to see, we project intuitions, ideas and illusions; we create an imaginary being. But what happens when the other one shatters our fantasies? We walk away and we find out that we were always alone, since the very beginning. Reality doesn’t meet our expectations and therefore we become lonely beings. A totally happy solitude is impossible, however, in a mature way loneliness can be something positive. It is a learning path that allow us to accept our frustration and also to get rid of obsessive socializing with others. We have to find the balance, we have to feel comfortable when we are lonely if we want to feel comfortable with someone else.  my sketch / mi bocetoA French author, Hannon, in his book ‘Nos solitudes’, has some interesting insights. Loneliness can be an ambiguous notion, we all get to be lonely every now and then; but at the same time the idea of remaining alone is unsettling and frightening. In the past, you had to seclude from the rest of the population to be alone. Hermits or poets were socially allowed to be alone. Today you can be lonely even if you are surrounded by people. The crowd that surrounds a lonely man is like a mirror that reflects his condition. ‘Multitude, solitude, similar and convertible terms’ said Baudelaire once. In the past, at least, a lonely figure could be respected but now a lonely figure is considered suspicious or undesirable. Pascal said about the human being: ‘description of men: dependency, desire of independency, necessity’. We are authors and victims of our own loneliness. I need someone else but I behave as if I could live without that person. So, loneliness is associated with the idea of isolation and disgrace. And more often it is deemed as the cause and not the consequence of an existential problem.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ricardo CassinelliEl día de ayer el gran Max Maradiegue tuvo la buena voluntad de acompañarme a la presentación del libro del Británico sobre la obra –siempre irónica, juguetona, llena de referencias y homenajes a los más importantes artistas occidentales– de Eugenio Raborg. Al final, luego de un par de copitas de vino, terminamos cenando en La 73 –paradero gourmet– y luego de una rica entrada, un buen lomo quinoto y un maracuyá sour, pudimos conversar sobre diversos temas y ponernos al día, después de todo, no nos veíamos desde hacía casi tres meses. Como siempre, fue un gusto compratir un momento tan agradable. Ana Teresa BarbozaHoy en la noche, asistí a dos muestras, una en Miraflores y otra en Barranco. En Corriente Alterna se inauguraba “Escorzos” de Ricardo Cassinelli, una propuesta que juega con nuestra mirada y con el concepto de perpendicularidad que, de un modo u otro, limita nuestro campo de visión. Según el curador Gustavo Buntinx, Cassinelli hace alusión a la sociedad limeña desde una óptica inclinada, incompleta, inicua que a su vez retrata las diferencias sociales que parecen caracterizar nuestra ciudad. En esta ocasión me encontré con mi buen amigo Andreé Ferro, y también conversé con David Rejas y Christian Fuchs, con quien no coincidía desde hacía un par de meses. my sketch / mi bocetoDe inmediato, Andreé y yo nos dirigimos a Dédalo, donde se inauguraba “A tomar el té”, nueva línea de muebles de la extraordinaria artista Ana Teresa Barboza, que centra sus diseños en la reutilización y el reciclaje de elementos que muchos considerarían inservibles. Allí me encontré con Pedro Casusol, saludé a Eduardo Lores y a María Elena Fernández, y también charlé brevemente con Carmen Alegre e Isabelle Decencière. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/escorzos-ricardo-cassinelli-corriente.html

Uncanny Avengers # 5 - Rick Remender Olivier Coipel

Uncanny Avengers # 5 - Rick Remender Olivier Coipel

By Arion in Blog on May 14, 2013

John Cassaday: iconic cover / John Cassaday: portada icónica  When I visited New York in 2000, I stumbled onto a very special issue of The Avengers. It was issue # 27, it was a ‘100 page monster’ priced only at 2.99. Not only was it one of the best comics I read during my trip, but it also made me fall in love with The Avengers. Of course, with Kurt Busiek writing it and George Pérez illustrating it, how could it be otherwise? This issue had no villains, no cosmic threats, not even bank robbers. Only a press conference announcing the new lineup of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. And the thing that fascinated me the most was how Busiek dismembered the inner politics of the world’s most important superhero group, the hidden agendas and plots. Honoring the tradition of delving deep into the inner cogs of the machinery instead of the shiny surface of the final product, Rick Remender has done what Busiek did 13 years ago. This fifth chapter of Uncanny Avengers opens with the arrival of the new public relations team (The Wasp and Wonder Man), the complaints of Scarlet Witch as she feels relegated and the political games that Havoc must face before, during and after his first press conference as the leader of the Avengers Unity Division. workout session / sesión de entrenamientoBut at the same time, just like Busiek used to do over a decade ago, Remender also explores the things that you would never see in a press conference. The dark side of heroism, the defeated warrior, the ‘man’ instead of the ‘super’… all this is made particularly evident when Logan finally tracks down Yoshida Shirō, formerly known as Sunfire. Once upon a time he was the greatest hero of Japan, today he’s merely an alcoholic, a man who has lost his honor and tries to forget his glorious past with cheap liquor. It was Charles Xavier who found him, years ago, when the original X-Men got lost in the island of Krakoa. And now, after Xavier’s death, is Wolverine’s turn to reach out to him, and to ask for his help, should the Japanese warrior decide to join this new coalition of X-Men and Avengers he will find new meaning and purpose for his life. Steve Rogers & Wanda MaximoffThe artist here is no other than the talented Olivier Coipel: a master storyteller with a very unique visual interpretation of Marvel’s greatest heroes. Coipel creates page after page of beautifully rendered scenes, always maintaining his fresh perspective and his characteristic style. We can see his absolutely gorgeous page design in Steve Rogers’ workout session, overflowing with dynamism and movement. At the same time, the tension and nervousness of Wanda Maximoff is made evident in the next page. The dirty alleys of Tokyo and the scruffy look of Sunfire are the perfect combination for a dark and melancholic page that shows Logan as he has always been portrayed: a loner, a tough guy and a good hunter. Finally, John Cassaday’s great cover is iconic and heroic, an exercise of blunt simplicity that takes us by surprise and makes us guess what’s going on behind the masks of the heroes we grew up reading. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Wolverine & SunfireCuando visité New York en el 2000, encontré casualmente un número muy especial de "The Avengers", el # 27, un 'monstruo de 100 páginas' a tan sólo 2.99 dólares. No sólo fue uno de los mejores cómics que leí durante mi viaje, sino que también me hizo enamorarme de Los Vengadores. Por supuesto, con Kurt Busiek como escritor y George Pérez como ilustrador, ¿cómo podría ser de otro modo?En ese número no había villanos, ni amenazas cósmicas, ni siquiera asaltantes de bancos. Solamente una conferencia de prensa que anunciaba la nueva alineación de los más poderosos héroes de la Tierra. Y lo que más me fascinó fue cómo Busiek desmembraba las políticas internas del grupo superheroico más importante del mundo, las intenciones ocultas y las intrigas.Honrando la tradición de escarbar en lo más profundo de la maquinaria interna en lugar de la brillante superficie del producto final, Rick Remender ha hecho lo que Busiek hizo hace 13 años. El quinto capítulo de "Uncanny Avengers" se inicia con la llega del nuevo equipo de relaciones públicas (The Wasp y Wonder Man), las quejas de la Bruja Escarlata, que se siente relegada y los juegos políticos que Havoc debe enfrentar antes, durante y después de su primera conferencia de prensa como líder de la División de Unidad de los Avengers. my comment published / mi comentario publicadoPero al mismo tiempo, al igual que Busiek solía hacer una década atrás, Remender también explora aquello que jamás se mostraría en una conferencia de prensa. El lado oscuro del heroísmo, el guerrero derrotado, el 'hombre' en vez del 'súper'... todo esto se hace evidente cuando Logan finalmente rastrea a Yoshida Shiro, antiguamente conocido como Sunfire. Alguna vez, él fue el mayor héroe de Japón, hoy en día es simplemente un alcohólico, un hombre que ha perdido su honor y que intenta olvidar su glorioso pasado con licor barato. Fue Charles Xavier quien lo encontró, hace años, cuando los primeros X-Men se perdieron en la isla de Krakoa. Y ahora, después de la muerte de Xavier, le toca a Wolverine rescatarlo, y pedirle ayuda, si acaso el guerrero japonés decidiese unirse a esta nueva coalición de X-Men y Avengers encontraría un nuevo significado y un propósito para su vida.El artista aquí no es otro que el talentoso Olivier Coipel: un maestro de la secuencialidad, con una interpretación visual única de los más grandes héroes de Marvel. Coipel crea página tras página de escenas hermosamente plasmadas, siempre manteniendo su fresca perspectiva y su estilo característico. Podemos ver su diseño de página, absolutamente precioso, en la sesión de entrenamiento de Steve Rogers, que rebalsa de dinamismo y movimiento. Al mismo tiempo, la tensión y el nerviosismo de Wanda Maximoff se hacen evidentes en la siguiente página. Los sucios callejones de Tokio y la apariencia desaliñada de Sunfire son la combinación perfecta para una página oscura y melancólica que muestra a Logan como siempre ha sido retratado: un solitario, un tipo duro y un buen cazador. Finalmente, la grandiosa portada de John Cassaday es icónica y heroica, un ejercicio de sencillez contundente que nos toma por sorpresa y nos hace adivinar qué es lo que sucede detrás de las máscaras de los héroes a los que conocimos de niños.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/uncanny-avengers-5-rick-remender.html

Review: Punk Rock Jesus

Review: Punk Rock Jesus

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 11, 2013

Cover Sean Murphy (Joe the Barbarian, Off Road) writes and draws this original take on religion, reality TV and redemption.Ophis, a big american corporation, decides to clone Jesus Christ from DNA taken from the Shroud of Turin and make a reality TV show from it. Chris (Jesus Christ clone) is born and is raise in the J2 complex along side his mother, body guard and other Ophis staff. But is this complex safe enough to protect him from the World? Or to protect the world from him?Chris is going to leave his mark on the World. Through Punk Rock music Chris will fight against blind religious fanaticism and corporate greed.How is it?The story is basically that. A clone of Jesus Christ become a megastar in his own reality TV show. Then he wakes up and is introduced in the "real world". Then he joins a punk rock band and takes the world by storm.Its actually more complex than this, but going into detail could spoil any of the great moments the book as prepared for you. Instead I'll describe my personal reading experience with Punk Rock Jesus. NAC Attack I came into this book wanting to love it. I've followed Sean Murphy's work relatively closely and have been accustomed to great things from him. Be it as a writer or an artist Sean usually delivers top notch work. And I expected nothing less than great this time.In the first third of the book, while the story mainly revolves around Chris's mother and her relationship with both J2 and the rest of the World, I was a bit disappointed at first. Many characters come off as one dimensional and even as caricatures of stereotypes (like the Catholic fanatic and the Scientific agnostic commentator). I was expecting more Jesus and less IRA.Then in the last two thirds the book got amazingly good. The characters get fleshed out and gain several layers of depth that allow the reader to connect with them. You bond emotionally with the characters and take a genuine interest with their fate. Religious fanaticism, corporate greed and, in a smaller amount, a sense of karmic justice populate this section of the book. The how's and why's of every main character is very neatly seamed together with the main story.One aspect of this book were the quality of Sean Murphy's work is unquestionable is the art department. The Black & White art is near perfect. Every book drawn by Sean Murphy increases in quality. In Punk Rock Jesus Sean went for a highly detailed art style with very dynamic panel layouts and fluid action. There are a few areas where he can improve, but art wise this book is a absolute joy to behold. Chris and the Flak Jackets The character designs are unique. The reader is never confused about what or whom he/she is looking at. The visual transformation the Chris goes through since birth to punk rock superstar is just amazing to follow. Likewise for some of the other characters, like his mother or his body guard.Visually this book is never stale or boring. On the contrary, its vibrant and extremely interesting. Its made to be in B&W and its as perfect as it possible. I didn't miss color one bit.Verdict?Short version: buy it.Longer version: If you're worried that its religious propaganda or anti-religious propaganda, then don't. Its not. Its anti-fanaticism, be it religious or not. Sean Murphy showed a good amount of care when approaching some sensible issues like faith, personal freedom and dogma. Don't get stuck in the title of the book. This is not about punk rock. It is however about Jesus, or a clone of him.Punk Rock Jesus is a great book with top notch B&W art that will keep you reading until the very end. And you'll be wanting for more. I had high expectations and I was not disappointed.Publisher: VertigoYear: 2013Pages: 224Authors: Sean MurphyISBN: 1401237681Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/review-punk-rock-jesus.html

Preview: SOULFIRE (vol 4) #5

Preview: SOULFIRE (vol 4) #5

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 10, 2013

CoverSOULFIRE (vol 4) #5 J.T. Krul ­ Story / Giuseppe Cafaro, Mike DeBalfo ­ Art / Nei Ruffino  - ColorsMichael Turner¹s epic fantasy adventure surges forward into a bold new era!Malikai and his friends attempt to survive and defeat the onslaught of a deadly horde of destructive dragons. Meanwhile, the magical races of the Everlands might have to resort to the unthinkable in order to defeat them - the fusing of magic with technology!From veteran SOULFIRE scribe J.T. Krul, and featuring the amazing art of Michael DeBalfo along with fan favorite colorist Nei Ruffino, this is the SOULFIRE tale three volumes in the making! New and returning fans will NOT want to miss out as the biggest SOULFIRE story ever told continues right here!SOULFIRE (vol 4) #5 is in stores May 15th, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 and 4 Cover A Cover CFollow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/preview-soulfire-vol-4-5.html

Next on RGN #5

Next on RGN #5

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 9, 2013

Jesus My last comic book orders finally arrived. HUZZAH!This means new books to read, new adventures to have. From future semi-religious fiction to century old fantasy, going through the modern ramblings of a British chap, my next train rides are going to be really cool.It was hard to choose were to start, so many good concepts and interesting art styles to choose from. Punk Rock JesusPunk Rock Jesus was my first pick. Why? Its from Sean Murphy and it's concept stood out from the others.In the near future a big TV corporation creates a Big Brother like reality show that stars a close of Jesus Christ. Everything is controlled by them, from the virgin mother to the color of his eyes. J2 (the name of the reality show) follows the life of Chris (the clone) from before his birth until the day it all comes crashing down.Together with an ex-IRA bodyguard Chris will change the World. Perhaps not as it was intended to be and surely not in a way Chris himself predicted.This review will be posted next Saturday, 11th of May.I've not decided what book to read next. The choices are: Happy Skullkickers Volume 3 Oz: Road to Oz Judge Dredd OriginsWhat would you choose?Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/next-on-rgn-5.html

Detrás del espejo - Lucy Angulo Lafosse (Galería Yvonne Sanguineti)

Detrás del espejo - Lucy Angulo Lafosse (Galería Yvonne Sanguineti)

By Arion in Blog on May 8, 2013

Les roseaux sauvages (1994)Directed by André Téchiné  In the past, director André Téchiné has relentlessly pursued complex subjects. His films don't pander to the audience, nor do they allow the public to be emotionally detached. In "Les Témoins", for instance, AIDS is understood not as a simple disease but as something that profoundly alters social discourse and human interaction.In "Les Roseaux Sauvages" there is an immanent bellicosity among France and Algeria which lingers on in the background long enough to affect the protagonists. At the beginning of the film a wedding becomes the scenario in which we observe Serge's brother clumsily plotting how to desert from French troops, while François is idly chatting with Maïté, a girl he doesn't love but dates nonetheless. The war strongly infiltrates the world of these youngsters, as a new student arrives to the boarding school attended by Serge (interpreted by Stéphane Rideau in what would be the first of many gay related productions) and François (interpreted by Gaël Morel, director of several films of gay interest), an older boy named Henri that has experienced the aftermaths of the armed conflict in the flesh.After a couple of visits Serge pays to François in the middle of the night, the two boys soon become friends, but not before sharing some intimate secrets and practicing mutual masturbation and sexual intercourse. Of course, for Serge this one night stand is the product of wild hormones and teenage horniness, but for François this moment changes everything: he will come forward to Maïté and from that moment, what at first seemed a typical high school relationship, is utterly modified.It's not long before Henri finds out, quite easily, about the sexual escapades of the two boys, but seems preoccupied only with the development of the war. Henri is unable to come through a normal grieving process regarding his father and the Algerian reality. The need for a symbolic death becomes patently necessary for Henri. Jacques Lacan defined the symbolic death as a narrative of closure, as the final sentence one must utter in order to let the dead ones go. If every culture in the planet respects some sort of funerary rites it is precisely because of that. The real death comes naturally when a heart stops beating, but the symbolic death is something cultural, something that depends on any given individual and the ability to cope with loss. Coming to terms with death means to be able to write that epitaph in our head, to be able to understand someone else's life and then to let go of it. my sketch / mi bocetoSerge, on the contrary, will eventually accept the casualties of war, and instead of being paralyzed by death he will keep moving on. When Maïté's mother suffers a psychological breakdown after hearing about the demise of one of her students, her daughter feels devastated. None of this matters to François who's having a hard time understanding his own sexuality. A most relevant moment takes place when he confronts his image in the mirror and starts repeating "Je suis pédé", ashamed of being gay. This degrading word will lead to the reformulation of the object of desire, according to new terms and surpassing the phallic response; François's desire will be inextricably linked to the question of the desire of the other in its ethical dimension insofar as it bears the possibility of alterity, of authentic otherness. Of course it's never easy to be young and gay, but it's even more difficult in an isolated French province in the early 60s. It is then that Maïté's emotional support proves to be fundamental for François, as he will comprehend that his initial object of desire may well be out of his reach.The characters of the film adopt contrasting postures. Serge and François possess an adaptability and flexibility that will become indispensable. Henri and Maïté, however, are determined and stubborn individuals. Henri's teacher tries to make him understand that being strong like an oak is a disadvantage as oaks break when the storm comes, only reeds survive the storm because they bend but do not break. Drawing a divisory line between war and sexuality, Téchiné finally gathers the three boys and the girl in one final sequence that instead of focusing on the cliché of hope is centered on the pervasive reiteration of uncertainty and friendship. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Hace un par de horas se inauguró en la galería barranquina Yvonne Sanguineti "Detrás del espejo", de Lucy Angulo Lafosse. Aunque no pude salir de COSAS tan temprano como hubiese deseado, igual llegué a tiempo para poder admirar el abstraccionismo depurado de los cuadros de la artista; ella, sin duda, ha emprendido una trayectoria que aborda sin ambages figuras concretas subsumidas en un una puesta en escena densa, que sin ser abigarrada crea una sensación de completitud. Con estos cuadros podemos adivinar su proceso de búsqueda y de investigación. Sin duda, Lucy Angulo Lafosse ha evolucionado con los años, y con esta muestra podemos comprobar que marcha por buen camino.Apenas llegué me encontré con mi gran amigo Marcos Palacios, y estuvimos conversando un buen rato. Marcos participa en una muestra colectiva que se inaugurará este viernes, en Euroidiomas, así que haré todo lo posible para ir. También hablé un rato con Hugo Alegre y Carmen Alegre, y me encontré con Tito Giesecke, un amigo de mi padre. En el transcurso de la noche también saludé a Tatiana Paez Sanguineti, Yvonne Sanguineti y, desde luego, a Lucy Angulo Lafosse. Luego de varias copas de vino blanco, me despedí de Marcos y de los demás, sin duda todavía había diversión para rato pero yo tenía que dormir mis 8 horas para poder llegar lúcido a la oficina. Gajes del oficio.Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/detras-del-espejo-lucy-angulo-lafosse.html

Long Beach Comic Expo Next Stop For Aspen Comics

Long Beach Comic Expo Next Stop For Aspen Comics

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 8, 2013

Expo Aspen Comics will be appearing at this weekend’s Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday, May 11th, and will be offering exclusive Aspen convention items and more for the one-day event. Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Overtaken), Peter Steigerwald (Zoo Hunters, Soulfire), Vince Hernandez (Charismagic, Executive Assistant: Assassins), Mark Roslan (BubbleGun, Broken Pieces), Beth Sotelo (Fathom, Shrugged), David Wohl (Legend of the Shadow Clan, Fathom) and Jonathan Marks (Shrugged) will be appearing all day long at the Aspen Comics Booth and will be available for signatures and free sketches.Aspen and the Long Beach Comic Expo have also teamed up to offer special Aspen Combo Ticket packages with a large assortment of Aspen collectibles. The combo packs are as follows:Aspen Comics Charismagic Package:$25 pack – limited to 50 total (over $30 product value). Includes: Charismagic #1 Mini-print, limited edition of 50; Charismagic #1 Reserved Edition Cover; Charismagic: The Death Princess #1 Retailer Incentive Edition Cover; and a Long Beach Comic Expo ticket (one adult).Aspen Comics Combo Package:$50 pack – limited to 25 total (over $125 product value) Includes: Michael Turner Anniversary Edition Swimsuit Full Size print, limited edition of 25; Shrugged #2 J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive Cover; The Lost Spark Novel; and a Long Beach Comic Expo ticket (one adult).For more information on the Long Beach Comic Expo please check www.longbeachcomiccon.com. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/long-beach-comic-expo-next-stop-for.html

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #10

Preview: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #10

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 7, 2013

CoverEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #10 Vince Hernandez ­ Writer / Jordan Gunderson ­ Art / Teo Gonzalez - ColorsCan anyone hope to survive the final Extinction?It is life or death for Executive Assistants Lily, Ivy and Aster as they attempt to fight their way out of an ambush at the hands of the traitor within their group! Mazutsu¹s army of soldiers, led by Rose, have them surrounded, stacking the odds further against their favor! The pulse-pounding crossover ³Executive Extinction² reaches its bloody conclusion within the pages of Assassins, and no Executive Assistant is guaranteed to survive!EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: ASSASSINS #10 is in stores May 8th, 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/preview-executive-assistant-assassins-10.html

Preview: LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN #4

Preview: LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN #4

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 6, 2013

CoverLEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN #4 David Wohl ­ Story / Cory Smith ­ Art / Jon Starr - ColorsWhat is the mystery of the LEGEND OF THE SHADOW CLAN?Now that Morgan Himura and her family have learned that they're descendants of a long line of ninja warriors called the Shadow Clan, one would think that their lives would vastly improve. Especially since the Himura siblings seem to be gaining a better understanding of their unique abilities and talents--especially Morgan, who has always excelled at anything she's put her mind to. But, there's a reason why the Shadow Clan had been in hiding for centuries--and now that the Himuras are out in the open, their ancient enemy, the Ghost Clan, has wasted no time in tracking them down. Ready or not, today is the day the Ghost Clan takes the fight to the Shadow Clan!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 #4 is in stores May 8th, 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/review-legend-of-shadow-clan-4.html

Exposición anual de la facultad de arte de la PUCP

Exposición anual de la facultad de arte de la PUCP

By Arion in Blog on May 3, 2013

Oh yeah, tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day. I wish I could be in New York to visit a dozen of comic shops and grab as many FCBD books as I can. But sadly I’m stuck here in Perú, so my day of freebies has been reduced to 5 titles that selected in DCBS in January: 2000 AD SPECJUDGE DREDD CLASSICSFANTAGRAPHICS PRINCE VALIANTMARVEL INFINITY WALKING DEAD SPECIAL But of course, there are so many other great titles from pretty much every publisher of the comic book industry. In fact, I had a hard time deciding what to get. I would have loved to receive other titles such as ABSOLUTION THE BEGINNING, APHRODITE IX, ATOMIC ROBO & FRIENDS, BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE, BUCK ROGERS, ENDANGERED WEAPON B, HARBINGER WARS SPEC, MARBLE SEASON, MASS EFFECT KILLJOYS RIPD, MOUSE GUARD / RUST FLIP BOOK, OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE, RAMAYAN RELOADED, STAN LEE CHAKRA THE INVINCIBLE, STRANGERS, STEAM ENGINES OF OZ, THE RED TEN, VALIANT MASTERS SHOWCASE and WORLDS OF ASPEN.  Check this link and take a look at the good stuff: www.freecomicbookday.comWhat can taste better than a free comic book on a Saturday? If you could only choose 5… which ones would you have picked? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Aldo Romero ScattolonAyer jueves se llevaron a cabo múltiples inauguraciones de la facultad de arte de la PUCP (en el ICPNA de La Molina, en el centro cultural Ccori Wasi, en el centro cultural Ricardo Palma, en el centro cultural de la PUCP, en el centro cultural de España y en el ICPNA de Miraflores). Por una cuestión de cercanía geográfica decidí ir únicamente a la Galería Germán Krüger Espantoso. Y fue una decisión muy acertada.En esta 74º exposición anual de la facultad de arte, hubo énfasis en la pintura y la escultura (sin dejar de lado, claro está, las instalaciones). Se trata del trabajo de alumnos de los últimos años de facultad, y aunque todavía son jóvenes muchos ya demuestran un enorme talento.  Alejandra GálvezQuedé especialmente sorprendido con las dos esculturas de Aldo Romero Scattolon; la primera presenta un cadáver y ha sido construida usando un esqueleto humano real, que a su vez está recubierto de arcilla; el color ocre de este material se desprende en ciertas zonas del cuerpo, dejando al descubierto el huso crudo, y creando así la sensación de estar ante un “hombre desmoronado”, una figura muerta que se descascara, que se pudre tétrica pero inodoramente, tras una urna de vidrio; el hecho que esté de pie y con la cabeza agachada le confiere aún mayor impacto a esta pieza escultórica de casi dos metros. Un trabajo insuperable, que se complementa muy bien con la segunda escultura de Aldo: una columna clásica, de yeso, similar a las que vemos en edificaciones limeñas de fines del siglo XIX, derruida, con trozos enteros que se han caído y estrellado contra el piso, haciéndose añicos. Al interior del pilar hay una especie de columna vertebral, hecha con residuos de maquinarias, el trabajo de ensamblaje es notable, y juega con la repugnancia que provocaría en nosotros una materia teguminosa y viscosa –similar, quizás, a la del Alien de HR Giger– y con la idea de restos oxidados y retorcidos de una máquina ahora inservible. Realmente son dos esculturas fascinantes y una sola propuesta artística que va más allá de la convencional manía decorativa de otros escultores. sketch for my next comic / boceto de mi próximo cómicTambién disfruté mucho con el juego de sombras y claroscuros de Mayra Chipana, una experta en el uso del carboncillo, que crea composiciones deliberadamente oscuras pero cargadas de un significado profundo. Ver sus cuadros es como asimilar la noche, y ver sus líneas es como adivinar una constelación oculta de sensibilidades diversas. Estupendos todos sus cuadros. También me encantó la propuesta de Alejandra Gálvez, que combina ilustración con una mise en scène tenebrosa pero a la vez cautivadora. La obra planteada por la artista es el resultado de una imaginación exuberante. sketch for my next comic / boceto de mi próximo cómicDespués de recorrer la escultura y la pintura, hay que mencionar la instalación de Renzo Bazán Marroquín centrada en el concepto de “cutra”, algo tan criollo y tan parte de nuestra cultura. Con un divertido juego que incluye centenares de manzanas –manzanas que tuve la oportunidad de comer junto con José Medina, de Art Motiv–  en sus respectivas cajas y folletos, stickers y hasta panfletos sobre la Cutrasa (o Cutra S.A.), Renzo plantea en clave de sorna una reinvención de la corrupción endémica que se encuentra anidada en todos los estamentos de la sociedad peruana.En el transcurso de la noche me encontré con Julio Garay, Gabriel Lores, Rhony Alhalel, Ilse Rehder, Patricia Saravia, y también conversé brevemente con Érika Beleván, quien no tardó en entrevistarme para Polizontes (aunque, a diferencia de otras ocasiones, esta vez no se me ocurrió nada divertido ni memorable que decir frente a la cámara… supongo, quizá, que mi mente todavía estaba procesando tanto buen arte). Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/exposicion-anual-de-la-facultad-de-arte.html

April films / películas de abril

April films / películas de abril

By Arion in Blog on May 1, 2013

When I went to see Iron Man 3 (2013) with my friends I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wasn’t familiar with the work of Shane Black, the director, and I’ve seen many bad sequels, especially third parts... Nevertheless, the filmmaker takes advantage of the comic book in ways that the previous director wasn’t able to explore. Inspired by the Extemis saga (by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov), here we see a complex allegory of the war against terror, with an unprecedented level of sophistication and the right dosage of humor. Robert Downey Jr. continues to be a very charismatic Tony Stark, and Gwyneth Paltrow is a charming Pepper Potts, as usual. And this time, the villainous roles fall in the talented hands of Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley. I won’t spoil the movie, but I’ll say that the Tony Stark we see here is more human, more vulnerable and, because of that, even more captivating than before. I also enjoyed seeing Ty Simpkins as Harley Keener and the after credits scene. If you’ve seen other Marvel movies then you must see this one. I recommend it.When I heard about Cosmopolis (2012) I knew only someone like David Cronenberg would dare to adapt the highly intellectual story of Don DeLillo to the big screen; the plot is deceitfully simple: a young multimillionaire (Robert Pattinson) travels through New York in his stretch limo to get a haircut. The film has some truly fascinating moments and very intelligent dialogues; there is indeed something absolutely thrilling about the way in which the protagonist’s fortune evaporates in a single day while his limo is vandalized by activists. However, at moments Cronenberg gets a bit too hermetic, and relies excessively on words instead of actions. Surely, what worked in a book doesn’t necessarily work in a movie. Anyway, it was great to see such brilliant actors like Paul Giamatti and legendary actresses like Juliette Binoche.People get old, but years are not the equivalent of maturity. True Adolescents (2009), written and directed by Craig Johnson, focuses on Mark Duplass a guy in his 30s with no job, no steady relationships, no future. A real loser who acts as immaturely as any 15 year old kid. And that’s what he will realize when he moves in with his aunt and she asks him to spend the weekend with her teenage son and his best friend (played by Bret Loehr and Carr Thompson respectively). The idea is to go camping, but soon the adult in charge proves to be as infantile as the two teenagers he’s supposed to take care of. There is a very revealing contrast between the man and his purposeless life and the aimless existence of two boys who are dealing with sexual awakening and hormonal confusion. This was a very enjoyable independent movie, and as a curious note I’ll say the promotional poster is drawn by comic book artist Cliff Chiang. Perversion can take many forms. Bryan Singer knows that and he explores two basic aspects of perversion in Apt Pupil (1998). Brad Renfro is Todd Bowden, a 16 year old boy obsessed with Nazis who uncovers the true identity of a lonely old man (played by Ian McKellen) who lives a few miles from his house. He  isn’t a peaceful ‘grandpa’, he is a former Nazi officer, directly responsible for the death of hundreds of men, women and children in Auschwitz. Instead of worrying about getting laid or going to parties, like all his classmates, this teenager spends most of his time listening to the horrifying stories of the concentration camps. Ian McKellen, the Nazi, is an epitome of perversion: “the subject here makes himself the instrument of the Other’s jouissance”. By following the orders of Hitler, this Nazi officer becomes, in effect, an instrument of the will of joy of the Third Reich. Todd Bowden, on the other hand, experiences perversity differently: he orients his desires around the attempt to transgress the law and in so doing reinforces its bounds. He in fact, transforms his desire into the law, as he gets away with many things: lying to his parents, blackmailing his school counselor, killing a man, and transforming himself into a very successful high school graduate at the end, with a perfect future ahead of him. There is a reason why this is Bryan Singer’s best film to date and why I include it in my list of the best 100 movies of all times: It’s the idea that perversion is triumphant, not only in the case of the Nazi who has remained at large for decades but especially in the case of the boy. He’s brilliant, he’s the most promising student of his school, and yet he is a monster, he is a pervert who can’t get an erection when a girl unbuttons his pants but who can get very excited with notions like genocide. Todd is a fascinating character because his libido seems to be replaced by a death drive, but at the same time his lack of interest in girls, his fetishistic attraction in Nazi uniforms (designed by fashion industry icon Jean Paul Gaultier) and his tormented relationship with the German fugitive create a rich and disturbing homoerotic subtext that adds even more intensity and strength to this masterpiece of the 7th art. Another example of perversion can be found in Keller - Teenage Wasteland (2005), written and directed by Eva Urthaler. This German production focuses on the lives of Ludwig Trepte and Sergej Moya, two 16 year old boys that become good friends, intimate friends. In fact, one of them is obsessed with the other, so much that he masturbates while smelling his friend’s clothes. This obsessed boy is the leader here, and he forces the other kid to kidnap a girl. Together they laugh at her as she desperately tries to break free only to piss on herself after so many hours of imprisonment. But as the days go by, the girl understands that he can seduce one of the boys in order to escape. This film is very intense, and cleverly shows the deliciously ambiguous relationship between both teenagers. A German gem. Too bad this was the first and last film the director made. And finally, also from Germany, we have Zwillinge (2010), a short film about twins. One of them is about to get married and the other one pays him a visit. They share a very complicated past, and perhaps one of the most complicated things is that they have been sleeping with each other for years. Incest, homosexuality and youthful frustrations are fundamental aspects of Zwillinge.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Cuando fui a ver "Iron Man 3" (2013) no sabía qué esperar. No estaba familiarizado con el trabajo del director Shane Black, y he visto muchas malas secuelas, en especial terceras partes... No obstante, el cineasta aprovecha el cómic en maneras que el director anterior no fue capaz de explorar. Inspirado en la saga Extemis (de Warren Ellis y Adi Granov), aquí vemos una compleja alegoría de la guerra contra el terrorismo, con un nivel de sofisticación sin precedentes y la dosis justa de humor. Robert Downey Jr. continúa siendo un muy carismático Tony Stark, y Gwyneth Paltrow es, como siempre, una encantadora Pepper Potts. Y esta vez los roles villanescos caen en las muy talentosas manos de Guy Pearce y Ben Kingsley. No revelaré el desenlace, pero sí diré que el Tony Stark que vemos aquí es más humano, más vulnerable y, a causa de eso, incluso más cautivador que antes. También disfruté viendo a Ty Simpkins como Harley Keener y la escena que sale después de los créditos. Si han visto otras películas de Marvel deben ir a ver esta. La recomiendo.Cuando escuché sobre "Cosmopolis" (2012) sabía que sólo alguien como David Cronenberg se atrevería a adaptar a la pantalla grande el híper-intelectual relato de Don DeLillo; el argumento es engañosamente simple: un joven multimillonario (Robert Pattinson) viaja en su limosina a través de New York para ir a cortarse el pelo. El film tiene algunos momentos realmente fascinantes y diálogos muy inteligentes; de hecho hay algo emocionante en la manera en que la fortuna del protagonista se evapora en un día mientras su limosina es destrozada por activistas. Sin embargo, por momentos Cronenberg es muy hermético, y confía excesivamente en palabras en vez de acciones. Sin duda, lo que funcionó en el libro no necesariamente funciona en la película. De todos modos, fue estupendo ver a brillantes actores como Paul Giamatti y a legendarias actrices como Juliette Binoche. my sketch / mi bocetoLa gente envejece, pero los años no son equivalentes de madurez. "True Adolescents" (2009), escrita y dirigida por Craig Johnson, se enfoca en Mark Duplass, un tipo treintón, sin trabajo, sin relaciones estables, sin futuro. Un verdadero perdedor que actúa tan inmaduramente como un chiquillo de 15 años. Y se dará cuenta de esto cuando se muda a la casa de su tía y ella le pide que pase el fin de semana con su hijo adolescente y su mejor amigo (interpretados por Bret Loehr y Carr Thompson respectivamente). La idea es ir a acampar, pero pronto el adulto a cargo demuestra ser tan infantil como los dos adolescentes a los que se supone que debe cuidar. Hay un contraste muy revelador entre el hombre y su vida sin propósito y la existencia sin rumbo de dos chicos que están lidiando con el despertar sexual y la confusión hormonal. Esta es una película independiente muy agradable, y como nota curiosa diré que el afiche está dibujado por el artista de cómics Cliff Chiang.La perversión puede tomar muchas formas. Bryan Singer lo sabe y explora los dos aspectos básicos de la perversión en "Apt Pupil" (1998). Brad Renfro es Todd Bowden, un jovencito de 16 años obsesionado con los nazis que descubre la verdadera identidad de un viejo solitario (interpretado por Ian McKellen) quien vive a pocas millas de su casa. Este no es un pacífico 'abuelito', sino un ex oficial nazi, directamente responsable por la muerte de ciento de hombres, mujeres y niños en Auschwitz. En vez de preocuparse por follar o ir a fiestas, como todos sus compañeros de clase, este adolescente gasta su tiempo en escuchar horrendas historias sobre los campos de concentración. Ian McKellen, el nazi, es un epítome de la perversión: "el sujeto aquí se convierte en el instrumento del goce del Otro". Al seguir las órdenes de Hitler, este oficial nazi se transforma, en efecto, en un instrumento de la voluntad de goce del tercer reich. Todd Bowden, por otro lado, experimenta la perversidad de otro modo: él orienta sus deseos en torno a la transgresión de la ley y al hacerlo refuerza la norma. Él, de hecho, hace de su deseo la ley, y se sale con la suya en todo: le miente a sus padres, chantajea a su consejero escolar, mata a un hombre, y al final se vuelve un exitoso graduado de secundaria, con un futuro perfecto por delante. Hay una razón por la que este es el mejor film de Bryan Singer a la fecha, y por la que lo incluyo en mi lista de las 100 mejores películas de todos los tiempos: Es la idea de que la perversión triunfa, no sólo en el caso del nazi que ha huido de la justicia por décadas sino, especialmente, en el caso del chico. Él es brillante, y es el estudiante más prometedor de su colegio, y sin embargo es un monstruo, es un perverso incapaz de tener una erección cuando una chica le desabrocha el pantalón, pero que puede excitarse con nociones como el genocidio. Todd es un personaje fascinante porque su libido parece ser reemplazada por una pulsión de muerte, pero al mismo tiempo su falta de interés en las chicas, su atracción fetichista por los uniformes nazis (diseñados por Jean Paul Gaultier, ícono de la industria de la moda) y su atormentada relación con el fugitivo alemán crean un rico y perturbador subtexto homoerótico que agrega aún más intensidad y fuerza a esta obra maestra del séptimo arte.  my sketch / mi bocetoOtro ejemplo de perversión puede encontrarse en "Keller Teenage Wasteland" (2005), escrita y dirigida por Eva Urthaler. Esta producción alemana se centra en las vidas de Ludwig Trepte y Sergej Moya, dos muchachos de 16 años que se hacen buenos amigos, íntimos amigos. De hecho, uno de ellos se obsesiona con el otro, al punto que se masturba mientras huele la ropa de su amigo. Este chico obsesionado es el líder, y obliga al otro chiquillo a secuestrar a una chica. Juntos se ríen de ella mientras la ven intentando escapar desesperadamente, hasta que se mea encima después de tantas horas de cautiverio. Pero mientras pasan los días, la chica comprende que para escapar deberá seducir a uno de ellos. Este film es muy intenso, y muestra con inteligencia la relación deliciosamente ambigua entre los dos adolescentes. Una joya alemana. Lo malo es que este fue el primer y último film de la directora.Y finalmente, también de Alemania, tenemos "Zwillinge" (2010), un cortometraje sobre gemelos. Uno de ellos está por casarse y el otro lo visita. Comparten un pasado complicado, y tal vez una de las cosas más complicadas es que han estado acostándose por años. El incesto, la homosexulidad y las frustraciones juveniles son aspectos fundamentales de "Zwillinge".Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/05/april-films-peliculas-de-abril.html

Aspen Comics Reveals Free Comic Book Day Schedule of Events

Aspen Comics Reveals Free Comic Book Day Schedule of Events

By Rui Esteves in Blog on May 1, 2013

Covers Aspen Comics has released their full schedule of nation-wide events for this weekend’s Free Comic Book Day 2013. The publisher also encourages fans and new readers to pick up Aspen’s Free Comic Book Day offering, Worlds of Aspen 2013. Below is the full solicitation copy for the issue:Aspen is proud to celebrate its tenth anniversary and is planning its largest initiative ever-including this year's jam-packed Worlds of Aspen 2013 Free Comic Book Day flip book! Join Aspen Comics as they reveal exclusive in-depth content for all of their exciting "10 for 10" titles which debut all year long. Aspen is also offering TWO completely brand new stories, starting with Michael Turner's Fathom! Kicking off this summer's upcoming thrilling Fathom event, Fathom: Kiani writer Vince Hernandez delivers an exclusive 12-page FCBD story featuring the brilliant Fathom series art team of Alex Konat and Beth Sotelo! And to top it all off, Worlds of Aspen 2013 will showcase a WORLD PREMIERE preview of Peter Steigerwalds' upcoming new Aspen series, ZOOHUNTERS!Aspen’s full schedule of events for Free Comic Book Day 2013 is as follows:4-Color Fantasies7172 Archibald AvenueRancho Cucamonga, CA(909)-563-8751Appearing: Frank Mastromauro, Beth Sotelo, Peter Steigerwald, Lori Hanson, David Wohl, Vince HernandezThe Comic Bug1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266(310) 372-6704Appearing: Vince HernandezHeroes and Fantasies4923 Northwest Loop #410 San Antonio, TX 78229210-340-0074Appearing: JT Krul, Jonathan Marks, Cory SmithJesse James Comics10620 N 43rd Ave #7 Glendale, AZ 85304(602) 993-0392Appearing (Sunday)  Mike DeBalfo, Nei RuffinoWade's Comic Madness8750 New Falls Rd  Levittown, PA 19054(215) 946-9381Appearing: Alex KonatWestfield Comics (West)7475 Mineral Point Rd #22 Madison, WI 53717(608) 833-4444Appearing: Jordan Gunderson Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/05/aspen-comics-reveals-free-comic-book.html

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