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Life

Life

By David Bird in Blog on December 5, 2011

Life (2007-2009)NBC, Starring Damian LewisTypically I have been reviewing movies on Mondays, but todayI am going to review the TV series Life, which ran on NBC for 32 episodes overa year and a half.Charlie Crews (Lewis) is a LA cop wrongly convicted for themurder of a friend and the friend’s entire family. He is released after twelveyears with a huge settlement and his job back—actually, with a promotion: he’snow a detective. He found religion in prison, something that’s made a bigimpact on his life, but now he finds himself continually in conflict: Zenmaster versus answers and/or revenge? He doesn’t have to pull at many threadsbefore a vast conspiracy begins to unravel, connecting his conviction to roguecops, the FBI, and a psychotic Russian mobster. He’s aided in his search by aformer inmate, a partner who may have connections to the rogue cops, and a castof interesting, well defined characters.I like this show a lot, but I have to admit I had neverheard of it until a friend forced the two DVD sets on me. TV is chalk full ofpolice procedurals nowadays and the prospect of watching another didn’t appealto me, but this one is very different. It is bookended by two very strongthings. The first is an interesting cast of characters, anchored by Lewis’great performance. In our post-Law &Order TV universe, formula is everything, but Charlie Crews is characterthat could have held the show together for years without becoming tired. Hewants peace and answers. He can’t have both, but he can’t be satisfied withjust one, and won’t be until all the questions are answered and people who areabove the law answer for what they’ve done. The other thing is a complex andcompelling conspiracy that creates links where you would least expect them,while still remaining convincing. The show does suffer towards the end,however, as the producers, realizing they needed to wrap things up, rushed toanswer as many questions as possible. The episodes themselves are great TV, butit’s disappointing to get a hint of what might have been, knowing there isn’tgoing to be any more.Re-reading what I’ve written so far, I realize I’ve made theshow sound a lot darker than it is. This is not dark show. Crews’ situation bringsa sense of absurdity into the show that never far away. He’s joined by AdamArkin as his ex-con roommate and financial advisor, and Sarah Shahi as hispartner Dani Reese. And, yes, the show is on Netflix.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Life

Life

By David Bird in Blog on December 5, 2011

Life (2007-2009)NBC, Starring Damian LewisTypically I have been reviewing movies on Mondays, but todayI am going to review the TV series Life, which ran on NBC for 32 episodes overa year and a half.Charlie Crews (Lewis) is a LA cop wrongly convicted for themurder of a friend and the friend’s entire family. He is released after twelveyears with a huge settlement and his job back—actually, with a promotion: he’snow a detective. He found religion in prison, something that’s made a bigimpact on his life, but now he finds himself continually in conflict: Zenmaster versus answers and/or revenge? He doesn’t have to pull at many threadsbefore a vast conspiracy begins to unravel, connecting his conviction to roguecops, the FBI, and a psychotic Russian mobster. He’s aided in his search by aformer inmate, a partner who may have connections to the rogue cops, and a castof interesting, well defined characters.I like this show a lot, but I have to admit I had neverheard of it until a friend forced the two DVD sets on me. TV is chalk full ofpolice procedurals nowadays and the prospect of watching another didn’t appealto me, but this one is very different. It is bookended by two very strongthings. The first is an interesting cast of characters, anchored by Lewis’great performance. In our post-Law &Order TV universe, formula is everything, but Charlie Crews is characterthat could have held the show together for years without becoming tired. Hewants peace and answers. He can’t have both, but he can’t be satisfied withjust one, and won’t be until all the questions are answered and people who areabove the law answer for what they’ve done. The other thing is a complex andcompelling conspiracy that creates links where you would least expect them,while still remaining convincing. The show does suffer towards the end,however, as the producers, realizing they needed to wrap things up, rushed toanswer as many questions as possible. The episodes themselves are great TV, butit’s disappointing to get a hint of what might have been, knowing there isn’tgoing to be any more.Re-reading what I’ve written so far, I realize I’ve made theshow sound a lot darker than it is. This is not dark show. Crews’ situation bringsa sense of absurdity into the show that never far away. He’s joined by AdamArkin as his ex-con roommate and financial advisor, and Sarah Shahi as hispartner Dani Reese. And, yes, the show is on Netflix.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

ourvaluedcustomers: To his friend while discussing how BATMAN...

ourvaluedcustomers: To his friend while discussing how BATMAN...

By xaraan in Blog on December 4, 2011

ourvaluedcustomers: To his friend while discussing how BATMAN could be more realistic… Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/13752484794

Miracle On 34th Street

Miracle On 34th Street

By David Bird in Blog on November 28, 2011

Miracle on 34thStreet (1947)Directed by George Seaton, Starring Maureen O’Hara and EdmundGwennWho doesn’t like Miracle on 34th Street? A hit when it was released in 1947, it's continued to be a Christmas favourite for the last 64 years. Now that the holiday season is inarguably upon us, I thought I would watch my favourite classic holiday film. It starts with the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Kris Kringle discovers the parade’s Santa is drunk and complains to the woman in charge, Doris Walker. Given his white beard, rotund physique, and jolly disposition, he quickly finds himself with a job, one he distinguished himself in by sending Macy’s customers to the competition whenever Macy’s itself can’t provide what they’re looking for. It's a customer service that rebounds very well for the store and raises the question, isn’t there more to Christmas than commercialism?But that’s not what the movie is about. Mrs. Walker is the loving mother of a little girl, Susan, and is raising her to appreciate the real and the practical. Make-believe and fairy tales are not a part of the Walker household. This becomes a problem as Kringle becomes a bigger and bigger part of their lives. You see, he not only believes in Santa, he believes he is Santa. This raises the ire of Granville Sawyer, a personnel employee who fancies himself a psychiatrist. He’s the guy--girl--you know who reads a lot of self-help books and is all too happy to tell you everything that is wrong with you and why. Today he’d host his own show. Through provocations and lies he manages to get Kringle locked up at Bellevue and it's up to Frederick Gailey, a young lawyer who is also a neighbour and love interest for Walker, to get him out. All he has to do is convince the court that Kris Kringle really is Santa Claus.What the movie is really about is trust and faith and belief. About holding out for a world as you believe it should be, even if your life so far has been one of disappointments. The movie is well written--it was nominated for Oscars for writing and best picture, and won one for acting (Edmund Gwenn, who play Kris Kringle)--and it provides many practical explanations for events, while including an O. Henry-esque ending that opens the film to another possible interpretation. It's easy to think that Christmas used to be better. It can be a stressful time for grown ups. Bills and preparations and schedules and more bills. We forget what it was like when we were kids. Or, rather, we assume that back then adults enjoyed the same Christmases we did when we were kids, and don’t realize that they were as stressed as we are now, and that our children are as excited as we were when we were their age. What this movie reminds us is that the holiday can be whatever we choose it to be. There can be a Santa, gift, and festivities, or there can just be a kindly old man in a red suit, but sometimes that kindly old man might just be the real thing.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Miracle On 34th Street

Miracle On 34th Street

By David Bird in Blog on November 28, 2011

Miracle on 34thStreet (1947)Directed by George Seaton, Starring Maureen O’Hara and EdmundGwennWho doesn’t like Miracle on 34th Street? A hit when it was released in 1947, it's continued to be a Christmas favourite for the last 64 years. Now that the holiday season is inarguably upon us, I thought I would watch my favourite classic holiday film. It starts with the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Kris Kringle discovers the parade’s Santa is drunk and complains to the woman in charge, Doris Walker. Given his white beard, rotund physique, and jolly disposition, he quickly finds himself with a job, one he distinguished himself in by sending Macy’s customers to the competition whenever Macy’s itself can’t provide what they’re looking for. It's a customer service that rebounds very well for the store and raises the question, isn’t there more to Christmas than commercialism?But that’s not what the movie is about. Mrs. Walker is the loving mother of a little girl, Susan, and is raising her to appreciate the real and the practical. Make-believe and fairy tales are not a part of the Walker household. This becomes a problem as Kringle becomes a bigger and bigger part of their lives. You see, he not only believes in Santa, he believes he is Santa. This raises the ire of Granville Sawyer, a personnel employee who fancies himself a psychiatrist. He’s the guy--girl--you know who reads a lot of self-help books and is all too happy to tell you everything that is wrong with you and why. Today he’d host his own show. Through provocations and lies he manages to get Kringle locked up at Bellevue and it's up to Frederick Gailey, a young lawyer who is also a neighbour and love interest for Walker, to get him out. All he has to do is convince the court that Kris Kringle really is Santa Claus.What the movie is really about is trust and faith and belief. About holding out for a world as you believe it should be, even if your life so far has been one of disappointments. The movie is well written--it was nominated for Oscars for writing and best picture, and won one for acting (Edmund Gwenn, who play Kris Kringle)--and it provides many practical explanations for events, while including an O. Henry-esque ending that opens the film to another possible interpretation. It's easy to think that Christmas used to be better. It can be a stressful time for grown ups. Bills and preparations and schedules and more bills. We forget what it was like when we were kids. Or, rather, we assume that back then adults enjoyed the same Christmases we did when we were kids, and don’t realize that they were as stressed as we are now, and that our children are as excited as we were when we were their age. What this movie reminds us is that the holiday can be whatever we choose it to be. There can be a Santa, gift, and festivities, or there can just be a kindly old man in a red suit, but sometimes that kindly old man might just be the real thing.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

photojojo: Here’s a 1940s photo of Superman barreling down the...

photojojo: Here’s a 1940s photo of Superman barreling down the...

By xaraan in Blog on November 25, 2011

photojojo: Here’s a 1940s photo of Superman barreling down the road on Thanksgiving Day. Not a bad mug, eh? via dcu Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/13307114918

One Soul

One Soul

By David Bird in Blog on November 21, 2011

One SoulWritten by Ray Fawkes,Art by Ray FawkesPublished by Oni Press,2011This graphic novel istouted as an attempt to push the boundaries of the medium. It tells the storiesof eighteen individual characters, each a panel at a time. That is, every pagehas nine panels and each panel tells the story of a different person. Each twopage spread shows eighteen panels, eighteen characters, at once, and every twopages advances their life stories one panel at a time. Got it?The stories are linked byrecurrent themes, words, and phrases, and by visual images. As they begin, theyare all very similar. A black panel represents the time before theirconception, a white on black smear represents their fetal development, they arenewborns in their mother’s arms, the homes the live in, the worlds they livein, as so forth. Each lives in a different historical period, from Paleolithicto modern times. We see them grow old and die, and once again their panel isblack. They are also linked by the theme of random violence and death. By theidea that, if there is a god, he is indifferent to our sufferings. Some of thecharacters are angry and violent, but all have violence impact their lives insome way. If there is one soul, a life common to us all, then we are asuffering creature, lost in the dark.My last comic review, twoweeks ago, was of Jonathan Case’s work and, like everyone, I marveled at howsomeone with so little experience could produce such a polished work. I couldn’thelp it. In his introduction Steve Lieber draws the reader’s attention to thefact and throughout the whole time you’re reading you can’t help by marvel athow polished the work is, incredibly so for someone’s first work. One Soul doesn’t have an introduction,but it does have a dedication: “To Dorian our beloved son: born and died March13, 2010: In Memoriam.” That’s only fourteen months before this book hit theshelves, so rationally it was already conceived of and well under way beforethe Fawkes family’s tragedy, but it’s impossible to read the book withoutwondering how it was influenced by the event. I read the book twice. After afew pages I stopped and read each character’s story one at a time, though Irandomly selected the order I read them. Then I went back and read frombeginning to end. Fawkes is a writer and his art can be generously described asindie influenced. His hands are so bad, they’re a distraction. I was neverdrawn into any of the stories, but I don’t think that was intended. It is onestory in eighteen lives. In the end I think it’s an interesting concept,structurally speaking, and worth a look because of that.(If you are interested incomics that push the boundaries of form and convention, check out Rebecca Dart’s2004 Rabbithead.)Originally Pubished at: David Bird

One Soul

One Soul

By David Bird in Blog on November 21, 2011

One SoulWritten by Ray Fawkes,Art by Ray FawkesPublished by Oni Press,2011This graphic novel istouted as an attempt to push the boundaries of the medium. It tells the storiesof eighteen individual characters, each a panel at a time. That is, every pagehas nine panels and each panel tells the story of a different person. Each twopage spread shows eighteen panels, eighteen characters, at once, and every twopages advances their life stories one panel at a time. Got it?The stories are linked byrecurrent themes, words, and phrases, and by visual images. As they begin, theyare all very similar. A black panel represents the time before theirconception, a white on black smear represents their fetal development, they arenewborns in their mother’s arms, the homes the live in, the worlds they livein, as so forth. Each lives in a different historical period, from Paleolithicto modern times. We see them grow old and die, and once again their panel isblack. They are also linked by the theme of random violence and death. By theidea that, if there is a god, he is indifferent to our sufferings. Some of thecharacters are angry and violent, but all have violence impact their lives insome way. If there is one soul, a life common to us all, then we are asuffering creature, lost in the dark.My last comic review, twoweeks ago, was of Jonathan Case’s work and, like everyone, I marveled at howsomeone with so little experience could produce such a polished work. I couldn’thelp it. In his introduction Steve Lieber draws the reader’s attention to thefact and throughout the whole time you’re reading you can’t help by marvel athow polished the work is, incredibly so for someone’s first work. One Soul doesn’t have an introduction,but it does have a dedication: “To Dorian our beloved son: born and died March13, 2010: In Memoriam.” That’s only fourteen months before this book hit theshelves, so rationally it was already conceived of and well under way beforethe Fawkes family’s tragedy, but it’s impossible to read the book withoutwondering how it was influenced by the event. I read the book twice. After afew pages I stopped and read each character’s story one at a time, though Irandomly selected the order I read them. Then I went back and read frombeginning to end. Fawkes is a writer and his art can be generously described asindie influenced. His hands are so bad, they’re a distraction. I was neverdrawn into any of the stories, but I don’t think that was intended. It is onestory in eighteen lives. In the end I think it’s an interesting concept,structurally speaking, and worth a look because of that.(If you are interested incomics that push the boundaries of form and convention, check out Rebecca Dart’s2004 Rabbithead.)Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Ponyo

Ponyo

By David Bird in Blog on November 14, 2011

Ponyo (2008)Directed by Hayao MiyazakiPonyo, called Ponyo On The Cliff in Japan, is Miyazaki’s take on The Little Mermaid. In it Brunhilde, a little goldfish princess, sneaks away from her wizard father and encounters a five year old boy, Sosuke, who names her Ponyo. Her father recovers her, but she escapes again, stealing from his magic elixir to become a five year old girl named Ponyo, determined to live with Sosuke.Since 1984 Miyazaki has made ten films and established himself as an animator on par with Walt Disney, his only rival being Jon Lasseter. And there are many film fans who would happily to put him ahead of either of them, so it’s not surprising that any new release would be met with both anticipation and a lot of expectations, and that these expectations can become a barrier between enjoying the film for what it is and viewing in terms of Miyazaki’s whole filmography. And taking that into consideration it’s not surprising that many viewers, myself included watched this movie and thought, ‘it’s great, I mean, it’s Miyazaki, but I really didn’t think as much of it as his other films.’The truth is, Ponyo has some significant weaknesses. It isn’t a complex enough film to balance off the conflicts it raises. Most notably, man and the balance of nature. From the beginning we see an ocean full of pollution and garbage. Fujimoto, Ponyo’s father, rails against it and the need to restore the balance of nature, but in the end its Ponyo’s desire to be human and the use of magic that upset things, not people at all. What is that supposed to mean? The love between Ponyo and Sosuke is also a strong motivator, and an important part of restoring the balance of nature, but the love of two small children is not the same thing as the hormonally, emotionally, and socially driven package that comes with age. Sosuke loves Ponyo in all her forms. Why wouldn’t he? Was there really any reason to think he wouldn’t?On the plus side, this is a Hayao Miyazaki film and as such it brings with it a wealth of talent and artistic vision that stands above most of his contemporaries, in either animated or live action film. The quieter scenes, such as when Ponyo and Sosuke go looking for Sosuke’s mother, are beautiful and magical; recalling the childlike dream quality of My Neighbor Totoro. There is a lot to praise in these moments. They aren’t ancillary to the story’s success, but they don’t drive it either. They make for a beautiful trip, but not always an interesting one.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Ponyo

Ponyo

By David Bird in Blog on November 14, 2011

Ponyo (2008)Directed by Hayao MiyazakiPonyo, called Ponyo On The Cliff in Japan, is Miyazaki’s take on The Little Mermaid. In it Brunhilde, a little goldfish princess, sneaks away from her wizard father and encounters a five year old boy, Sosuke, who names her Ponyo. Her father recovers her, but she escapes again, stealing from his magic elixir to become a five year old girl named Ponyo, determined to live with Sosuke.Since 1984 Miyazaki has made ten films and established himself as an animator on par with Walt Disney, his only rival being Jon Lasseter. And there are many film fans who would happily to put him ahead of either of them, so it’s not surprising that any new release would be met with both anticipation and a lot of expectations, and that these expectations can become a barrier between enjoying the film for what it is and viewing in terms of Miyazaki’s whole filmography. And taking that into consideration it’s not surprising that many viewers, myself included watched this movie and thought, ‘it’s great, I mean, it’s Miyazaki, but I really didn’t think as much of it as his other films.’The truth is, Ponyo has some significant weaknesses. It isn’t a complex enough film to balance off the conflicts it raises. Most notably, man and the balance of nature. From the beginning we see an ocean full of pollution and garbage. Fujimoto, Ponyo’s father, rails against it and the need to restore the balance of nature, but in the end its Ponyo’s desire to be human and the use of magic that upset things, not people at all. What is that supposed to mean? The love between Ponyo and Sosuke is also a strong motivator, and an important part of restoring the balance of nature, but the love of two small children is not the same thing as the hormonally, emotionally, and socially driven package that comes with age. Sosuke loves Ponyo in all her forms. Why wouldn’t he? Was there really any reason to think he wouldn’t?On the plus side, this is a Hayao Miyazaki film and as such it brings with it a wealth of talent and artistic vision that stands above most of his contemporaries, in either animated or live action film. The quieter scenes, such as when Ponyo and Sosuke go looking for Sosuke’s mother, are beautiful and magical; recalling the childlike dream quality of My Neighbor Totoro. There is a lot to praise in these moments. They aren’t ancillary to the story’s success, but they don’t drive it either. They make for a beautiful trip, but not always an interesting one.Originally Pubished at: David Bird


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

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

By xaraan in Blog on November 12, 2011

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

Two By Jonathan Case

Two By Jonathan Case

By David Bird in Blog on November 7, 2011

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

Two By Jonathan Case

Two By Jonathan Case

By David Bird in Blog on November 7, 2011

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

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

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

By xaraan in Blog on November 6, 2011

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

Over 300 original pieces of insanity by Pedram

Over 300 original pieces of insanity by Pedram

By pedi in Blog on November 4, 2011

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

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