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1st blog

1st blog

By pedi in Blog on September 19, 2011

35 years has passed without a clue as to how… without documentation or memory of much other than a monitor before me, and family behind me. The decision to be an Artist was a commitment far beyond reason. TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/09/my-first-blog/

Why I Love Comics Podcast - Episode 51 Episode #51 has our...

Why I Love Comics Podcast - Episode 51 Episode #51 has our...

By xaraan in Blog on September 18, 2011

Why I Love Comics Podcast - Episode 51 Episode #51 has our hero joined by friend and web series creator/comic book retailer Richard Neal of the Variants. They talk about the shows production, what it’s like shooting at a comic shop, how the new 52 has effected Richard’s shop, celebrity guests, how to develop a web series and they even manage to just get into a long conversation talking about comics. All this and more in this episode of the Why I Love Comics podcast! Direct Link to Article at The OuthouseAuthors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10364705909

Album Review of Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr.’s new album “The...

Album Review of Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr.’s new album “The...

By xaraan in Blog on September 18, 2011

Album Review of Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr.’s new album “The Bright Lights” including sample track.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10363327007

Moment of the Week for 9/7/11 was the Joker’s operation from...

Moment of the Week for 9/7/11 was the Joker’s operation from...

By xaraan in Blog on September 18, 2011

Moment of the Week for 9/7/11 was the Joker’s operation from Batman #1. Final image not shown to avoid spoilers, if we wish to see it all, click the image to visit the site.  You can also submit nominations for moment of the week for comics that came out on 9/14/11.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10363073307

herochan: Sketch Sunday:  “Little” Sketches - by Darren...

herochan: Sketch Sunday:  “Little” Sketches - by Darren...

By xaraan in Blog on September 18, 2011

herochan: Sketch Sunday:  “Little” Sketches - by Darren Rawlings Website || deviantART || Blog Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10362950859

ourvaluedcustomers: To her boyfriend while they waited in...

ourvaluedcustomers: To her boyfriend while they waited in...

By xaraan in Blog on September 18, 2011

ourvaluedcustomers: To her boyfriend while they waited in line… Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10362399494

Comic-book Cover of the Week winner for 9/7/11 was Swamp Thing...

Comic-book Cover of the Week winner for 9/7/11 was Swamp Thing...

By xaraan in Blog on September 17, 2011

Comic-book Cover of the Week winner for 9/7/11 was Swamp Thing #1 Click the image to go to the Outhouse for nominations for next weeks winner.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10326231202

Spider-man redesign contest

Spider-man redesign contest

By xaraan in Blog on September 17, 2011

Artist and poster ‘fahd’ submitted some redesigns for Project Rooftop’s spider-man redesign contest and kicked off a thread discussing options for redesigns, getting poster input and talking about some of the other art submissions. “The idea was to show the intensity between Peter (the man) and the spider, and to just make people think whether Peter is in control of the spider or whether the spider is in control of him given even the movement of the costume.The spider is great power, while Peter (wants to be, or maybe is forced to be) great responsibility. This is why the costume is only in two colors.” There are several other designs showed off in the thread and as always a variety of opinions shared.  Links to some of the other artists are worth checking out as well, some great fan designs. Spider-man redesign contest threadAuthors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10325748111

Battle Royale

Battle Royale

By David Bird in Blog on September 12, 2011

Battle Royale (2000)Directed by Kinji Fukasaku, Starring Aki Maeda, Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara, and Taro YamamotoThis eleven year old import has been getting a lot of press these past couple of years due to the similarities with the popular Young Adult series The Hunger Games. In Fukasaku’s movie the turn of the twenty first century has seen the collapse of Japan’s economy and social norms. The government’s response includes a program to keep teens in line, and provide entertainment for others at the same time: Battle Royale. Each year a class of high class students are abducted, brought to a isolated locale, and made to fight to the death. Each student is forced to wear a collar that will explode after three days—unless all the other students are dead. Its kill or be killed and the ultimate test of who you can trust, who your friends are, and how far you will really go to defend yourself.This year’s class is gassed while on a field trip and wakes up on an island that has been evacuated for the game. The entire class finds themselves in one room with Kitano, a teacher one class member knifed the year before, two “exchange students” they’ve never seen before, and enough soldiers to make sure everything is set off in a orderly fashion. After their orientation each student is given a bag that includes, among other things, their weapon. These vary widely. Some kids get machine guns, others pot lids. They leave the building one at a time and run out into the night.Fukasaku came into this picture with a directorial career that was decades long, and included groundbreaking films and many awards. It’s as well made and acted a movie as one could hope for, zipping along from fatal encounter to fatal encounter as each student has to make a choice—or have someone else’s choice forced upon them. Like Hunger Games, however, it has an obvious weakness: the kill or be killed concept is too strong. Audiences don’t want to identify with characters that can kill people, innocents like themselves, even if their circumstances require it. Killings happen fearfully, clumsily, accidentally, stupidly. Only one student, a girl named Mitsuko, really embraces the bloodlust. Another, Ogawa, another girl, refuses to play altogether, rejecting her bag and jumping from a cliff. Groups of friends band together for mutual protection, though, for some reason, that usually fails miserably. The movie relies on the two exchange students to keeps things moving. One, Kiriyama, is a psychotic, who has joined in for the thrill of killing. The other, Kawada, is a survivor of a previous Battle Royale, and brings his experience and judgement to bare—something the others, being children, don’t have. He teams up with a young couple and together they attempt to beat the system and survive.It all makes for a much more accessible movie, providing the audience with heroes and villains and more traditional story lines. I suspect that if it had relied on the series of vignettes of the kids responding to their situation, we would have had a very different movie. Perhaps a better one; perhaps one in which most of them were paralysed with fear and doubt and simply waited until the time limit ran out, hoping for some kind of rescue.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

A Fistful of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars

By David Bird in Blog on September 6, 2011

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)Directed by Sergio Leone, Starring Clint EastwoodMy four year old wanted to watch something she’d never seen before, so I put on A Fistful of Dollars. Not what she was looking for, I suppose, but in my defence I’ve sat through a lot of kids movies and kids aren’t the most critical of audiences. Actually I expect to be watching a lot more movies on Mondays from now on. She starts kindergarten this week and will be in class next Monday. My wife also works Mondays, so I can get a couple of hours to sit and enjoy what I want and I’m looking forward to it.In 1964 Clint Eastwood was an American TV star who went to Spain to make a cheap Italian western. Apparently he was far from the first choice (that was Henry Fonda) but the end product would make him and Leone international stars and launch a whole new sub-genre of Westerns. The movie itself is a remake of Kurosawa's Yojimbo, a fact that didn’t escape the Japanese director’s lawyers and would cost Leone fifteen percent of his profits and some Asian disribution rights. Leorne repsonded by pointing out that Yojimbo was based on Red Harvest, which was based on the 18th century Italian play Servant of Two Masters (and people say Wikipedia is no good for anything!).In the movie an American gunman is on the Mexican side of the border and comes across a town in which two gangs are competing for dominance. He decides the best way to make a little money isn’t to join either group, but to play the two off one another. The leader of one gang has taken a woman from her family, claiming her husband owes him a gambling debt. The American plays his game skillfully, but the woman’s plight eventually forces him to put his better nature ahead of his better judgement.Fistful was so influential that its hard to watch it and realize how original it was. Eastwood’s film personae was largely created here. But almost 50 years later it remains a suspenseful and rivetting action film. Throughout the movie Eastwood’s character—called ‘Joe’ by the undertaker, but known to movie fans as The Man With No Name—uses his wits first and his gun second. That he’s a phenomenal shot is established early, when he insists a group of other gunmen apologize for frightening his mule, but his game depends on being able to out think the gang leaders; especially Ramon, who is as clever and as skillful a shot as he is, but also willing to kill anyone he needs to to make a dollar. If you’re a Western fan, you’re probably already familiar with this movie. If you consider yourself a film buff, but avoid Westerner—shame on your pretentious self!—you need to check this one out. Really, anyone who’s looking for a good way to spend a hundred minutes will be well rewarded for their time.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Hellboy Volumes 8-10

Hellboy Volumes 8-10

By David Bird in Blog on August 29, 2011

This project was originally conceived as a Hellboy/BPRD discussion thread, where each volume was discussed in publication order. Then it was pretty much just me, continuing in the same order. Now I am going to cut a few corners and hopefully finish it all up. I am going to do all the Hellboy titles together, then do the special stand alones (Abe, Lobster, and Witchfinder), the 40s Bureau stories, then the current Bureau stories. There are three Hellboy volumes. Volumes eight and nine, Darkness Calls and The Wild Hunt, launch the story that only just ended with The Fury, and volume ten is a collection of short stories. It may be more correct to say that Darkness and the Hunt represent the culmination of everything that’s happened to the Big Red One. They also represent the triumph of the mythic and folkloric elements of his story over its pulp fiction origins. There has been a bifurcation, with the former setting the tone for stories set in the present and the latter setting the tone for the nostalgic short stories--represented in Crooked Man and other short story compilations. Darkness and the Hunt are dominated by women: Hecate, Baba Yaga, Nimue, Alice Monaghan, Vasilisa, Morgan Le Fay, and witches. Lots and lots of witches. Events are set in motion when Igor Bromhead, a weaselly little confidence man we’ve met before, manages to trap Hecate, the Queen of the Witches, and attempts to usurp her throne. That doesn’t work out too well for him, but the witches are still left without a leader. They choose Hellboy. He says no. Enter another weaselly little character we’ve seen before, Gruagach. We first met Gruagach as the little goblin changling that was put in place of the baby Alice Monaghan. He fought Hellboy and ended up trapped in the body of a pig. Since then his hatred for Hellboy has turned into a bloody-minded call for revenge and destruction. So much so that he works to see an old pretender to the throne made Queen of the Witches, Nimue. Nimue is best known for sealing up Merlin alive a stone tomb, but in the Mignola-verse she is a character so dark that all of the other witches came to fear her. They killed her, chopped her up, put her in a box, and put the box in a deep well under the guard of a giant. With Hecate gone and Hellboy refusing the throne, the witches accede to Gruagach and free her. Back before facing Gruagach’s revenge Hellboy must face the anger of one of the most famous witches, Baba Yaga. Still upset over the loss of her eye she manages to call him into a mystical version of Mother Russia and sets her forces against him. Much to her consternation, she is not the only “god” in the “thrice-tenth kingdom” and other mythological figures are pleased to see her aims frustrated. His chief aid comes in the form of a little, Vasilisa, a Cinderella-like character who actually does appear in the stories of Baba Yaga. Vasilisa is instrumental in saving Hellboy and returning him to the real world. The Russian witch learns that she cannot take revenge on Hellboy. If she will get what she wants--in eye for an eye--she must wait until he is ready to give it to her. Events in The Wild Hunt begin with an olde English giant hunting club--seriously--and go on to reveal a lot about Hellboy’s past and future. Not long after the hunt, Hellboy travels to Ireland to see Alice Monaghan. Alice was swapped for Gruagach in 1959. That would put the girl well into middle age by now, but she’s still a beautiful, freckled redhead. Events quickly take them to Queen Mab and then to Morgan Le Fay. We learn a lot of stories in these two volumes, including Gruagach’s, and Hecate’s, but the most impressive is the story of Hellboy’s maternal ancestry. Le Fay was the mother of Mordred, who had a daughter, and that daughter had a daughter, and that daughter had a daughter... All the way down to Hellboy’s mother, Sarah Hughes. By the demon Azzael, Sarah had a son: Hellboy. The true heir to Arthur. I don’t know how that’s supposed to work. British monarchies, at least until Victoria, were not matrilineal, but let’s just go with it for now. Armed with his ancestor’s sword, Excalibur, Hellboy boy can save the world from Nimue’s blood lust. But there’s a catch. There is always a catch. If he does take up the sword he sets himself off down the path to fulfilling his destiny as Anung Un Rama. Considering how much more I’ve written about Hellboy volumes that aren’t nearly as important as these two, it feels a little odd to stop here, but, really, I could go on and go. Someday I might. In a comics market saturated with Big Events things happening here are truly seminal. Before I stop, however, I have to point out the work of artist Duncan Fegredo. A British artist, best known over here for doing a Jay and Silent Bob mini, he has done a fantastic job in both volumes. He’ll be stepping aside now, because Mignola is coming back to draw Hellboy again, but I am not alone in thinking Fegredo could be Hellboy what Guy Davis was to B.P.R.D. He’s that good. Volume 10, The Crooked Man and Others, is a collection of four short stories. The title story is a three issue mini drawn by Richard Corben. It was inspired by Appalachian folk tales and the the pulp stories of Manly Wade Wellman. I have to admit I had never heard of Wellman before opening this comic, his character Silver John, or John the Balladeer was a major influence on Mignola at the time he created Hellboy. I don’t recall any mention of him in the Hellboy Companion, however. “The Crooked Man” takes place in 1958. Hellboy has been on assignment in the South and decided he would “wander” his way back home, hiking through the Appalachian Mountains. There he comes upon a tale of witchcraft and deals made with the Crooked Man--a local incarnation of the devil. Or perhaps just a devil. For the purposes of this story it really doesn’t matter. Hellboy is no sooner on the scene than Tom Ferrell, a prodigal son and Mignola’s take on Wellman’s John, also arrives home after many years travelling. Together they face down the evil and set things right. Its a strong story, and all the stronger for Corben’s art. In his introduction Mignola says that he couldn’t have pulled it off without Corben, but in reading it my mind went a step further and wondered if it were written for Corben. It really seems to play to all his strengths. The other three stories are much shorter. “They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships” was put together as a free comic insert for a Hellboy video game. “In the Chapel of Moloch” was published as a one shot. And “The Mole” was a Free Comic Book Day giveaway. They’re all solid stories, but none of them are exceptional. That’s wraps up Hellboy to date. There are more volumes coming very soon, but I am far enough behind in this and don’t want to wait. Next up are three volumes each starring a different character: Lobster Johnston, Abe Sapien, and Edward Grey.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Summer Hiatus

Summer Hiatus

By David Bird in Blog on July 5, 2011

I've decided to take a couple of months off blogging. See you in the fall!Originally Pubished at: David Bird

June's Comics

June's Comics

By David Bird in Blog on July 1, 2011

50 Girls 50 #1: I picked this up because I am a sucker for retro SF comics, but I don’t expect it to end up on my pull list any time soon. It’s written by Doug Murray and Frank Cho, but drawn by newcomer Axel Medellin. The premise is that Y chromosomes are somehow “incompatible with wormhole travel” and so we get a fleet of ten ships staffed by all woman crews, seeking resources Earth desperately needs. This story focuses on two members of the ESS Savannah, who crash land on a planet whose atmosphere contains chemicals that rapidly corrode plastics. And wouldn’t you know it! Their clothes are pretty much all plastic. Nobody’s aiming very high here.B.P.R.D.: The Dead Remembered #3: I’ve been skeptical about this one since it was announced, and I will admit that it’s proven better than I expected it to be, but it’s still just okay. I can’t really say that it has added much to the series as a whole.Batgirl #22: The good news: another fun issue, with Steph traveling to London and teaming up with Squire. The bad news: this is a two parter and the second part will be in Batman Incorporated #9. That’s not even released until August 10, the same week as the last issue of Steph’s run.Dark Horse Presents #2: On the whole this issue keeps pace with issue one. There are no interviews or prose stories, however, and only three of the ten stories weren’t continued from issue one—and two of those three launch stories that will be continued in issue three. I like the episodic stories, but I think the series would be stronger if there were consistent number of stand alone stories too. Mix up the formats as well as the genres!Hellboy: The Fury #1: As soon as I put this down I realized I’d made a mistake reading it first. Nothing else this month was going to measure up (and nothing did). Hellboy takes on Nimue and the all the good men of England stand behind their rightful King. The Big Two have spent the last five or six years selling epic events, but there’s more awesome in this one issue than in any ten of the recent events.Who Is Jake Ellis #4: The penultimate issue sees Jake lead Jon through a building that could hold all the answers, or send him back to square one. It’s a tense, straight ahead thriller that sets up the answer to the titular question. Very good.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

All Nighters #1

All Nighters #1

By David Bird in Blog on June 15, 2011

Writer: David Hanh, Artist: David HahnPublished by Image Comics 2011Image Comics has become home to another orphaned title. Last year it rescued Brandon Graham’s King City from Tokyopop’s discontinued OEL line—only half of which saw print before cancellation—this year it’s rescued David Hahn’s All Nighter.All Nighter was originally done for DC’s MINX imprint. MINX was a young adult line aimed at teenaged girls and headed by the much vaunted Karen Berger. The whole line was cancelled in just under a year and a half, leaving Hanh with a nearly completed OGN and no publisher. At the time he was quoted as promising to see it in print. It’s taken him a couple of years, but here it is.All Nighter is the story of Kit Bradley, an art student needing to make some changes in her life. At the top of her list is dumping Dwayne, her long time boyfriend and partner in crime. I don’t mean that figuratively. The two make ends meet with the occasional B & E. The book gets its title from the local hang out, a 24 hour diner catering to twenty-somethings. We meet her family, her two roommates, one of whom works at the diner, and we meet two more characters, Martha, who, if solicits are to be believed, will prove very important, and Jim, who stirs up some tensions among the roommates. On paper Kit is not a very sympathetic person. She steals and lies and, she claims, has killed her mother, but she doesn’t come across that way at all. She comes across as a real person, frustrated at not being able to put her adolescence behind her—a sign that Hahn’s skills as a writer are a match for his skills as an artist and that his new mini is off to a strong start. But you don’t have to believe me. Hahn has put the entire first issue online. He sent me the link last month and I owe him an apology for not getting this up sooner. My offline life has been crowding out my online life a little too much lately. But check out the link. Read it, enjoy it, and pick up all five issues!Originally Pubished at: David Bird

Make Me One With Everything

Make Me One With Everything

By David Bird in Blog on June 15, 2011

I don't know who Karl is, but I'm impressed! If I were to ever meet the Dalai Lama, I'd like to think I'd try something like this.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

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