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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

Next on RGN #4

Next on RGN #4

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 29, 2013

Best place to read comics Vacation is already a faint memory. My agriculture days are over (for now) and I'm back to the life in the city. Going back to work means train rides, and that means 200 minutes a week of comic reading time.After last week's sci-fy awesomeness of Atomic Robo I went for a some sword & sorcery  followed by a bit of mystical western. One is a personal favorite and the other a fan favorite. This seems like a good week for comics. D&DDungeons & Dragons Volume 3 Down continues the story of our rogue party of thieves and mercenaries.This time its all about the dwarf Kahl. Poetry and asskickery is what can be expected in this wonderfully oversize edition.The remembrance of this book will come to terms on Labor day, the next Wednesday 1st of May. The 6th GunThe Sixth Gun Volume 2 brings back Drake, Becky and company. The curse of the six guns continues to haunt Drake and Becky. Drake is taking measures to try to break his connection to the 4 mystical guns he toke from General Hume's goons.Voodoo, new foes, gunslingers and lots of action is all packed in this neat trade paperback by Oni Press.You can read all about it next Saturday the 4th of May.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/next-on-rgn-4.html

Next on RGN #3

Next on RGN #3

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 25, 2013

Potatoes This week on RGN:The reading pile increases Atomic Robo is once again rocking my world Orders get delayed Planting potatoes The sun is here and (hopefully) to stay Going outside your comfort zone is often challenging and rewarding. This is true in most aspects in life, but this time I've applied it to my holiday's activity. No trip to the beach nor doing some sightseeing in any old town for me. These holidays its all about planting some potatoes. Why? Well the old man needed help and I'm happy to lend a hand.Sadly this means that my reading pile is getting bigger and bigger. It also means that this week I'll only be able to review one book. But on the flip side, the sun is here, its very good weather, its time to take those comics and hit a beach or a pool.   Atomic Robo Atomic Robo Volume 7 The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific will be reviewed next Saturday, 27th of April. I'm still reading it, my agriculture activities are slowing my pace a bit, but thus far it shows great promise  This might be a turning point for Atomic Robo storytelling. The humor is still there, so is the action, but there's a different feel to it.This time Robo is cough flying an experimental jet plane over the pacific when he is attacked by a group of Japanese high-tech planes. Then, out of nowhere, a group of female pirates armed with sticky bombs and jetpacks (think The Rocketeer) come to his rescue and save the day. This is a story about them, where Robo sometimes takes the back seat.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/next-on-rgn-3.html

Todo lo sólido - Iosu Aramburu (Galería 80M2)

Todo lo sólido - Iosu Aramburu (Galería 80M2)

By Arion in Blog on April 24, 2013

Wild Tigers I Have Known (2006)Directed by Cam Archer "Wild Tigers I Have Known" is the story of Logan, an unpopular, awkward and insecure kid that gets bullied every now and then. He takes it all in and he lives in a world of his own, in some sort of ill-induced stupor state (most of his time he simply masturbates while watching other boys wrestling in tights). Until one day he meets an older boy named Rodeo. He is rebellious, rough-edged and scruffy. Of course Logan falls in love with him. They're both marginal figures at moments but for different motives. Rodeo decides to ditch his girlfriend to spend more time with his younger friend, while Logan has no choice but to be rejected by everybody except Rodeo. my sketches / mis bocetosDespite the initial happiness rush, Logan starts fantasizing about death. Neglected by his mother, the only true conversation she has with her is about ghosts and reincarnation. He wants to know if she would hug him if he were a ghost.There are instances in which Logan doesn't seem to be aware of his body. The only way in which he can inscribe himself into the world is by marking his chest and stomach. Writing, thus, creates the object. Writing creates or recreates him. But it's only symptomatic to witness Logan's fascination with women's clothes, lipsticks and long, blonde wigs. He's constantly dressing up as a girl or pretending to be a girl in order to obtain the love of a boy. It would be interesting, then, to contrast Hélène Cixous views on women writing that breaks the linear logic of male counterparts. Certainly, the entire film seems to defy this linear logic either from a cinematographic or a narrative perspective. In writing his own body with a red lipstick Logan makes us think of Ann Rosalind Jones "Writing the Body: Toward an Understanding of l'Ecriture feminine" because, ultimately, there is an unresolved sexual charge in Cam Archer's characters.From the very beginning of the story Logan is interested in mountain lions. These felines are beautifully designed animals, almost as gorgeous as the tangle-lined tiger. Logan's high school is constantly threatened by these animals that the principal considers very dangerous. Students are told to run as soon as they see a mountain lion. Logan, nonetheless, feels compelled to approach them. He goes into the woods with Rodeo trying to find them to no avail. Only unaccompanied will he be able to fulfill this wish. The mountain lion is beauty, it's beauty in an Apollonian way as Nietzsche would understand it. It's the beauty of light, of appearance, that covers the horror within. Fear of death can only be overcome by Apollonian beauty. But it's also through this beauty that Logan summons death. He will put his life at risk partly obeying Freud's Thanatos urge, and partly because the only way to face life is to uncover the horror of existence. Because facing life is also accepting one's own mortality. And by reaching out to this wild animal Logan is only unveiling what lies beneath.IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0430768/reviews?start=10 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ La primera vez que tomé conciencia de Iosu Aramburu Mantovani no fue en los atiborrados pasillos de estudios generales letras ni en el concurrido tontódromo de la PUCP, sino en setiembre u octubre del 2010, en la sala central de la Galería Vértice en San Isidro. Yo recién había iniciado lo que se convertiría en un periplo vital, o semanal por lo menos, en el circuito de las galerías de arte limeñas, y él ya se desenvolvía con la sapiencia y el savoir faire de un grande. Recuerdo que la primera vez que lo vi llevaba anteojos muy similares a los que sigue usando el día de hoy, gafas de lunas gruesas que me recordaban demasiado a mi propio pasado escolar, pero sin importar el espesor del vidrio, su mirada lo atravesaba todo. Yo en ese momento intuí, quizás por primera vez, que Iosu tenía la mirada aguda que un artista debe poseer, un poder de observación que superaba con creces las distracciones habituales –la gente que se arremolinaba alrededor para saludarlo, las interrupciones de los mozos con las bandejas de vino, etc.– y que, estoy seguro, iba siempre más allá de la mirada común. Curiosamente, lo seguí viendo, bastante a menudo, pero mientras él siempre departía con cierto grupo de personas, yo me encontraba charlando con otro círculo, y rara vez llegamos a compartir algo más que un fugaz saludo. Iosu AramburuEste lunes en la noche se inauguró “Todo lo sólido” en la galería 80M2 de Livia Benavides. En esta ocasión, Iosu aprovecha su enorme versatilidad como artista y su poder de observación para delimitar nuestros linderos urbanos y para penetrar incisivamente, inteligentemente, en lo más profundo del corazón de nuestra Lima. Hace poco Iosu estuvo en ARCO, en Madrid, presentando su más reciente propuesta creativa, propuesta que hoy encuentra eco en esta galería barranquina. Todo lo sólido no se desvanece en el aire gracias a la mirada firme de Iosu. Con gran creatividad, este joven artista retrata el armazón transparente de los edificios en placas de vidrio, reconstruye imágenes de edificaciones a modo de diapositivas clásicas, en artefactos que él mismo ha restaurado o reciclado o recogido quién sabe en qué rincones ocultos, y combina todo ello con óleos de gran formato –en el primer piso– de un acabado pulido, reluciente, impecable, y óleos de dimensiones más ajustadas pero no por ello menos reveladoras –en el segundo piso–, para terminar de enlazar todo, también hay fotografías de estructuras desnudas, como la que adorna la invitación de “Todo lo sólido”.    En algún momento de la noche, envalentonado por los múltiples maracuyá sours y copas de vino blanco que me había tomado, lo interrumpí para saludarlo y felicitarlo por su muestra. Le comenté que me había encantado leer la nota de COSAS en la que salía en primera plana, en Madrid –olvidé, eso sí, comentarle que leí la nota antes de que fuese publicada porque en ese momento ya era mi segunda o tercera semana trabajando en COSAS–, y le pregunté si los cuadros habían sido hechos con acrílico –y es que, al fin y al cabo, siempre vale la pena corroborar estos datos– Iosu me dio las gracias por mis palabras de aliento, y eso fue todo. Desde que llegué hasta que me fui, estuve conversando con Mateo Alayza Moncloa y Santiago Alayza Sueiro, quien ahora está en la APCI (Agencia Peruana de Cooperación Internacional). Fue todo un reencuentro, y en cierto modo, un redescubrimiento ver a Santiago fuera de los confines de nuestras respectivas facultades en la universidad, en un ambiente tan distinto. Casi, casi, como conocerlo por primera vez. Caramba, no sé, es extraño, pero al final todo ha sido como un raro encuentro entre ex-alumnos de la Católica en el que ninguno era capaz de recordar cuándo o dónde había visto al otro por última vez. En todo caso, la desinhibición y solvencia de Iosu Aramburu ya forman parte de mi rutina diaria, ojalá –es mi mayor deseo– su mirada artística también haya fortalecido la mía.Lima, abril del 2013.Arcadio Bolaños. Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/04/todo-lo-solido-iosu-aramburu-galeria.html

Preview: CHARISMAGIC #1

Preview: CHARISMAGIC #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 23, 2013

CoverCHARISMAGIC #1 Vince Hernandez ­ Story / Vincenzo Cucca ­ Art / Emilio Lopez - ColorsCHARISMAGIC returns as Aspen¹s newest Œ10 for 10¹ debut!Magician Hank Medley thought he had everything figured out. After saving theworld from an ancient, ruinous evil, with the help of a Druid named Sudanaand his magical talking cat Sparkles, Hank discovers the true nature of darkmagic has arrived in his own realm‹our world! Now, the trio must attempt toput an end to catastrophic events that will threaten to tear Earth apartunder the weight of such a menace. Featuring a returning cast ofCharismagic¹s favorite characters along with several new and astonishingfaces and creatures of magic, this new volume of CHARISMAGIC is a perfectjumping-on point for all!Joined by the sensational artwork of Vincenzo Cucca, CHARISMAGIC creatorVince Hernandez and colorist Emilio Lopez are ready to take you on anamazing ride in this newest volume of the acclaimed hit series. Be preparedbecause everything you thought you knew about magic is about to vanish!CHARISMAGIC #1 is in stores May 1st, 2013! Preview Page 1 Preview Page 2 Preview Page 3 Preview Page 4 Cover B Cover C Cover D Cover E Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/preview-charismagic-1.html

Book of Da postcard

Book of Da postcard

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 20, 2013

Diver A few weeks ago I posted about the Book of Da Kickstarter project. It was successfully funded and then some. It got more then 500% of the original goal. This was quite amazing. I gave my (small) contribute because this seemed like a good, thought out project, and the story was just like my type of sci-fy cup of tea. And I wasn't alone.I'm still waiting for the book to arrive but I had totally forgotten about the other stuff Mike and Matt offered to backers.So yesterday I got a postcard in the mail. This is something I rarely get nowadays (apart from Christmas). Its funny how a simple postcard is much more exciting than a digital era type of communication.Matt and Mike were nice enough to not only do a little drawing but also write personalized postcards. Here it is: Front BackYou're welcome Mike and Matt. Can't wait to read the Book of Da.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/book-of-da-postcard.html

Mamamia Dédalo

Mamamia Dédalo

By Arion in Blog on April 19, 2013

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Aspen Comics At Fan Expo Vancouver

Aspen Comics At Fan Expo Vancouver

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 18, 2013

Jirni Aspen Comics is pleased to head north of the border and back to Canada for the first of two back-to-back weekends. Beginning on April 20th – 21st, Aspen will be attending the Fan Expo Vancouver 2013 convention and will be bringing some of their finest creators along with exclusive comics and prints.Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged), Peter Steigerwald (Soulfire), Siya Oum (Executive Assistant: Iris) and J.T. Krul (Jirni) will be at the Aspen Comics Booth all weekend long to meet fans, sign autographs and offer free sketches.The all-new Aspen series Jirni will celebrate its release with a special Jirni #1 Fan Expo Vancouver 2013 exclusive cover by series artist Paolo Pantalena and Nei Ruffino, limited to 300 copies. Aspen will also be offering an exclusive Shrugged #2 Fan Expo Vancouver cover by Siya Oum, limited to 200 copies. Both exclusive books will only be available at the Aspen Comics Booth. SHA The celebration of Aspen’s ten years in the industry continues with the all new Aspen Tour Print Anniversary Edition art print by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to (125) editions. In addition to the Aspen Tour Print, the publisher will also be offering an all new series of their industry leading prints, including the all new series Jirni.The latter of Aspen’s two stops in Canada will be at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo on April 26th-28th. The publisher will reveal more details about this appearance soon.For more information on Fan Expo Vancouver please visit www.fanexpovancouver.com. Jirrni B Shrugged Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/aspen-comics-at-fan-expo-vancouver.html

ASPEN’S JIRNI #1 PERSONALIZED RETAILER EXCLUSIVE COVERS REVEALED

ASPEN’S JIRNI #1 PERSONALIZED RETAILER EXCLUSIVE COVERS REVEALED

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 16, 2013

Jirni Covers Aspen is pleased to announce that the third release in their ambitious “10 for 10” initiative, Jirni #1 by J.T. Krul, Paolo Pantalena and Brett Smith, has ordered in excess of over 36,000 copies and will feature a large array of retailer exclusive covers personalized for each individual store. Aspen Owner and President Frank Mastromauro discusses:“To say we're happy with the response to Jirni #1 would be a complete understatement. Though we felt the property would do well, we're thrilled with the amount of feedback and interest we've received on it so far. JT, Paolo and Brett did an amazing job on this book and I cannot wait to hear what the fans think about it. This series marks our highest selling '10 for 10' debut this year, and I don't see that slowing down anytime soon!”Aspen is pricing each debut #1 “10 for 10” issue for the affordable price of only $1 and is also offering other incentives for each release such as original hand-drawn sketch covers, CGC editions, and special retailer incentive covers by popular artists J. Scott Campbell and Eric “Ebas” Basaldua.Fans and new Aspen readers who add each of the “10 for 10” titles to their comic shop’s local subscription service will be eligible to receive the special Aspen Reserved Edition variant covers. Those fans who collect all ten Aspen Reserved Edition #1 covers will receive a free full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” Jam Poster featuring all ten “10 for 10” covers on one image colored by superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. The Jirni #1 Aspen Reserved Edition cover features artwork by series artist Paolo Pantalena and Steigerwald.Aspen encourages everyone to check out the release of Jirni #1 for only $1 on April 17th. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/aspens-jirni-1-personalized-retailer.html

Next on RGN #2

Next on RGN #2

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 15, 2013

Einstein This weak my esteemed boss may or may not have a work trip planned for me. If that comes to be then it means less time to read and write. So this week I'm aiming for two reviews. Two very distinct books.One I had very high expectations and the other I had none. One has a beautiful cover and the other has the usual bland and lack luster Hickman creator owned cover. The first was a shoot in the dark (like many books I buy) the second was bought due to the recommendations of the good folks at The Outhouse.On the 17th, next Wednesday, Alabaster Wolves will get reviewed. Alabaster Wolves On the back of the book is written "For nearly as long as she can remember, Dancy Flammarion has fought monsters, cutting a bloody swath through the demons and dark things of the world, aimed like a weapon be force beyond her control or questioning.But now, for the first time, Dancy finds herself alone...... and the wolves are closing in" The Manhattan Projects Volume 1 Science Bad takes center stage at the 21th of April, next Sunday. Science Bad This got recommend to me over and over and over again. And then some more. I read the premise and it didn't spark much interest. However I had to see why this got so many recommendations and so many stellar reviews.The premise is simple: "What if the research and development department created to produce the first atomic bomb was a front for a series of other, more unusual, programs?"Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/next-on-rgn-2.html

Aspen’s Sixth “10 for 10” Title Is Flagship Title, Michael Turner’s Fathom

Aspen’s Sixth “10 for 10” Title Is Flagship Title, Michael Turner’s Fathom

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 9, 2013

Cover Aspen Comics has announced their sixth title in their successful “10 for 10” initiative is the Aspen flagship title, Michael Turner’s Fathom. In accordance with the 15-year anniversary of the title, and a planned summer crossover leading into the new series, the All New Fathom #1 will feature a new direction for the series and an excellent jumping-on point for new readers. From writer David Wohl (Legend of the Shadow Clan, Executive Assistant: Iris) and Alex Konat (Fathom, Mindfield) and Beth Sotelo (Fathom, Shrugged), the All New Fathom #1 will debut in stores on July 24th. Aspen’s solicitation for the issue reads:Michael Turner’s best-selling series has reached its milestone 15-year anniversary! However, Aspen Matthews’ adventure under the surface has no plans of slowing down! Following the devastating events of “The Elite Saga”, Aspen Matthews finds herself at a decisive crossroads in her life—with the memories of her past no longer weighing her down, she is finally able to set about building a new life in San Diego once more. But, being the daughter of two worlds is no easy feat—and Aspen will quickly discover the winds of change oftentimes lead directly into the perils of fate!Wohl discusses the new series:"From the first time I ever heard Michael Turner talk about Fathom, I knew he was onto something very special and very cool. At that point, we were working on Witchblade together, and even then, I hoped that someday I'd have the opportunity to write it. And now, during the 10th Anniversary of Aspen Comics, I've gotten my chance, and I couldn't be more elated!" Cover B As with all of Aspen’s “10 for 10” releases, the publisher will be offering a host of incentives for retailers and fans alike, including the extremely affordable price of only $1 for the first issue, Fathom #1. Aspen will also be offering a special Aspen Reserved Edition cover for Fathom #1 featuring art by Konat and superstar colorist Peter Steigerwald. Fans who reserve Fathom #1 by adding it to their pullbox with their local retailers will be eligible to receive the Aspen Reserved Edition of Fathom #1.Fans who collect all ten of Aspen’s “10 for 10” Aspen Reserved Edition #1 covers each month through their local retailer will be eligible to receive the full-size Aspen “Perfect 10’s” jam poster absolutely free.In addition to the debut issue, Aspen is also offering an Aspen Reserved Edition cover for Fathom #2 by Steve McNiven, along with a Fathom #2 J. Scott Campbell Retailer Incentive cover available in August. Aspen will be releasing more info on further Fathom incentives and more Aspen “10 for 10” releases soon. Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/aspens-sixth-10-for-10-title-is.html

Next on RGN #1

Next on RGN #1

By Rui Esteves in Blog on April 7, 2013

I'm late Things have been slow but are still rolling.Lately I've been publishing one review a week. While that was my initial goal, it was quickly doubled, and for a couple of months I even manage to write three per week. However life has a knack to put stuff in our way to throw us off track.In recent times the review rate has dropped back to one per week. This is something I'm not happy about. How did it happen?Well... first and foremost I got lazy. I'm not proud of it, but its the truth. Also Amazon delayed two of my orders so I was without new comics for about two weeks. Truth be told that this is not usual. Amazon has an amazing service and his my favorite online store since I started buying stuff there in 2004.Another happening is my new found passion for photography. It all started with my wife convincing me to buy a DSLR camera. Long story short I let myself get absorbed into the world of photography. On a side note, you can check out my photos @ flickr but be aware that I'm just an initiate, don't expect too much. Getting back to work SOOOOOOOOOOO, getting back to work. To help you know what's on the pipeline and at the same time binding me to a schedule here is Next on RGN, a new feature were the reviews schedule will be published for the world to see. This way you know what's next and you can shame me when I miss the self imposed deadlines.Lets kick it off with the first Next on RGN: The Pro On the 9th of April (next Tuesday) its time to take a look at an oldie.The Pro by Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.The Pro is a satire of DC and Marvel superheroes books. The story revolves around a prostitute that gains superpowers, how she puts them to use and the impact she causes on the hole superhero community.The Pro can be summarized as Sex, babies, revenge, Justice League, The Watcher, life and death. And of course a good dose of adult humor. Skullkickers Volume 2 Then on the 12th of April (next Friday) I'll get around to review Skullkickers Volume 2 Five Funerals and a Bucket of Blood by Jim Zub, Chris Sims, Brian Clevinger, Ray Fawkes and Edwin Huang.In this second volume Shorty and Baldy continue to be involved with the killing of nobles in their land. After getting invited to the capital city of the kingdom they get framed for the murder of more noblemen and women.Thieves with honor, elaborate plots to destroy the capital city, faeries and elves is what you'll find in this book. Also you'll get to find out Shorty and Baldy's real names.And last but not least a surprise review for the 14th of April (next Sunday). Don't miss it.Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/04/next-on-rgn-1.html

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