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Top Shelf Announces Graphic Novel Trilogy Written by US Congressman

Top Shelf Announces Graphic Novel Trilogy Written by US Congressman

By Royal Nonesuch in News with Benefits on February 11, 2013

Rep. John Lewis will tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement in graphic novel form.

Fashion Beast # 5 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio

Fashion Beast # 5 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio

By Arion in Reviews on February 10, 2013

Is it hard for Doll to be the most famous supermodel? Not at all, she’s quite happy with her job. And she’s quite proud of herself and her newfound influence over Celestine’s employees. Only Tomboy seems a bit resentful. Another confrontation between them is inevitable, and when it takes place, the Patron himself must intervene. Doll is like an actress that changes her wardrobe every hour. We rarely think about acting and its theatrical connotation, but to act means to have a discourse of “acts” that maintains associative semantic meanings. We should also remember the phenomenological theory of “acts,” as explained by Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and George Herbert Mead: social agents constitute the mundane way in which reality exists, through language, gesture, and all manner of symbolic social sign, they are the shapers of society. Doll does what a model / actress must do, Tomboy does what a clothes designer must do, the employees of Celestine carry out their duties with diligence. They all do specific things. To do, to dramatize, to reproduce, these seem to be the foundation of the performative acts that define gender. This doing of gender allows people to be exterior, surfaced, open to the perception of others. This corporality clearly manifests a set of strategies or what Sartre would refer as a style of being or Foucault as “a stylistics of existence”. And what is more important in fashion than style? This style is the product of a certain history, and that history affects and constrains possibilities. We could consider gender, for instance, as a corporeal style, an “act,” as it were, which is both intentional and performative, where “performative” itself carries the double-meaning of “dramatic” and “non-referential”. Certainly, Tomboy adjusts well to this classification. Let’s remember that he has acted like a girl who wants to be a boy, all her masculine poses and her manly outfits are part of that desire of become something else. But in this chapter something happens that might suggest that Tomboy has been a boy all along, just like Doll had been a girl from the beginning. Their true sexuality, however, doesn’t undermine in the least their attempts to cross-dress, to destroy the barriers of society and embrace the transgendered style that has permeated the pages of Fashion Beast since the opening installment.     _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ ¿Es difícil para Doll ser una famosa supermodelo? Para nada, ella está bastante feliz con su trabajo. Está orgullosa de sí misma y de su nueva influencia sobre los empleados de Celestine. Sólo Tomboy parece guardar resentimiento. Otra confrontación entre ellos es inevitable, y cuando ocurre, incluso el Patrón debe intervenir. Doll es como una actriz que cambia de vestuario cada hora. Rara vez pensamos en la actuación y en su connotación teatral, pero actuar significa tener un discurso de "actos" que mantiene significados semánticos asociativos. También deberíamos recordar la teoría fenomenológica de los "actos" tal como es explicada por Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty y George Herbert Mead: los agentes sociales constituyen la manera mundana en la que la realidad existe, a través del lenguaje, el gesto y todas las clases de signos sociales simbólicos, ellos son los que dan forma a la sociedad. Doll hace lo debe hacer una modelo / actriz, Tomboy hace lo que debe hacer un diseñador de ropa, los empleados de Celestine realizan sus actividades con diligencia. Todos hacen cosas específicas. Hacer, dramatizar, reproducir, estos parecen ser los cimientos de los actos performativos que definen el género. Esta acción de género les permite a las personas ser exteriores, salir a la superficie, abrirse a la percepción de otros. Esta corporalidad se manifiesta claramente en un conjunto de estrategias a las que Sartre se refería como un estilo de ser o Foucault como una "estilística de la existencia". ¿Y qué es más importante en la moda que el estilo? my drawing / mi dibujo Este estilo es producto de una cierta historia, y esa historia afecta y constriñe las posibilidades. Podríamos considerar el género, por ejemplo, como un estilo corporal, un "acto" que es al mismo tiempo intencional y performativo, donde los "performativo" alberga el doble significado de "dramático" y "no-referencial". Ciertamente, Tomboy se ajusta bien a esta clasificación. Recordemos que él ha actuado como una chica que quiere ser un chico, todas sus poses masculinas y sus atuendos varoniles son parte de ese deseo de convertirse en alguien más. Pero en este capítulo algo sugiere que Tomboy ha sido un muchacho desde un inicio, al igual que Doll siempre fue una chica. Su verdadera sexualidad, sin embargo, no socava en lo más mínimo sus intentos por travestirse, por destruir las barreras de la sociedad y asumir el estilo transgénero que ha permeado las páginas de "Fashion Beast" desde la primera entrega.   Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/02/fashion-beast-5-alan-moore-facundo.html

Diamond Sales Observations for January 2013

Diamond Sales Observations for January 2013

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 10, 2013

Marvel wins the month, though DC's top books are performing strongly. All of which, of course, spells DOOM for the industry.

Ame-Comi Girls: Featuring Supergirl #5 Preview

Ame-Comi Girls: Featuring Supergirl #5 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 10, 2013

The first time in print for these digital first adventures as Supergirl and her cousin Power Girl confront a full-on space invasion!

Superboy #17 Preview

Superboy #17 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 10, 2013

The startling conclusion of H’EL ON EARTH!

Review: Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories

Review: Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on February 10, 2013

Cover Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories collects a group of stories written by Zack Whedon that flesh out the Dr. Horrible Universe. In this book you can read about Dr. Horrible's and Moist's origin story, Penny's love life, Captain Hammer being his usual arrogant jackass and what happened that day in the park with Johnny Snow. This is a great opportunity to see the Evil League of Evil in action. And boy... are they EVIL! How is it? Before we continue there's one question you should ask yourself. Have you seen Doctor Horrible's Sing Along Blog? No?! The go there and see it. I'll wait. . . . Have you seen it already? Yes?! Cool then lets continue. This book revolves around the Doctor Horrible Sing Along Blog's story, in fact all these stories are prequels. There is no particular reading order these tales are not connected to each other, just with the musical. Captain Hammer Captain Hammer: Be Like Me is a short tale that serves to develop Captain Hammer and show that our hero is not only a shallow man, a bit dumb and a pompous jackass. Moist: Humidity Rising is all about the character of Moist how he came to be Dr. Horrible's henchman. This story also tells the Moist's origin story. Moist wasn't always a damped and suety man. He was once a normal kid with skin dehydration problems. One day his dad brought home a soviet cold war looking humidifier. In good superhero fashion that'll go horribly wrong and as a result Moist is born. Evil Laughter Penny: Keep Your Head Up is a story about Penny's love life. This story shows why is Penny so vulnerable. Her falling in love with Captain Hammer in the musical will be all the more believable. The Evil League of Evil shows just how evil the Evil League of Evil can really be. This is something we don't see in the musical, so its great to finally see them in action. Also explain what happened in the park that night with Johnny Snow. Dr. Horrible is the origin story of Dr. Horrible. In the musical we learn the Dr. Horrible isn't that bad a person. He is actually a nice guy. Then why does a nice guy chose to be a super-villain?! That is masterfully told in this story. Also some of the first battles with Captain Hammer. Eric Canete, Farel Dalrymple, Jim Rugg and Joelle Jones are in charge of the art department and they do a good job at it. The art varies a bit from story to story but overall is very good. Its a bit cartoony, but that fits the mood of the book very well. The art style is very clean and well define with vibrant colors. They capture the likeness of the actors from the musical very well, with the exception of Captain Hammer in the first story. The stories in Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories don't really add nothing very important to the mix. However they do flesh these characters out very well. And they're a joy to read but only if you've watched and liked the original musical. Evil League of Evil Verdict? This is a cool book. However it only makes sense to buy this one if you've seen and liked Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. If that is the case, then track this book and you'll get a real kick out of it. On the off-chance you didn't like the musical, then there's no reason to get this one. Publisher: Dark Horse Year: 2010 Pages: 80 Authors: Zack Whedon, Joelle Jones, Jim Rugg, Farel Dalrymple, Eric Canete ISBN: 1595825770 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/review-dr-horrible-and-other-horrible.html

Scott Pilgrim Enters Avengers Arena, Hijinx Ensue

Scott Pilgrim Enters Avengers Arena, Hijinx Ensue

By Robert Morris in News with Benefits on February 10, 2013

Scott Pilgrim's Bryan Lee O'Malley has designed a new poster for the Avengers Arena ripoff film, Battle Royale.

Batman And Robin #17 Preview

Batman And Robin #17 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on February 9, 2013

Join Damian in 'Nightmare City'

TWIP Marvel Now! Special 2

TWIP Marvel Now! Special 2

By Niam Suggitt in Reviews on February 9, 2013

Is it really a special if there's 2 of them? I don't know, but anyway, Punchy is back with some reviews of Marvel Now! relaunches. There's plenty of Avengers, with New, Young and Arena alongside the flagship book, as well as the controversial Superior Spider-Man and also Cable & X-Force. These reviews may not be timely, but they are awesome!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic- Games Ponies PLay

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic- Games Ponies PLay

By Dr. Improbable and The Resident in Features on February 9, 2013

A case of FASHION EMERGENCY

Toy Fair 2013: LEGO Licensed Genre Offerings

Toy Fair 2013: LEGO Licensed Genre Offerings

By sdsichero in News with Benefits on February 9, 2013

LEGO unveiled a brickload of sets including a few that might interest comic and movie fans.

New York Toy Fair: 2013

New York Toy Fair: 2013

By Zechs in News with Benefits on February 9, 2013

The annual event will be held this weekend in New York.

Comic Book Fan Vandalizes French National Treasure

Comic Book Fan Vandalizes French National Treasure

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 8, 2013

Eugène Delacroix’s famous 1830 painting, Liberty Leading the People, was vandalized by a comic book fan inside the Louvre.

DC Reboots The Reboot…Screw It, Boobs!

DC Reboots The Reboot…Screw It, Boobs!

By GHERU in News with Benefits on February 8, 2013

They’re baaaaaack!

North Carolina Bound...The DC Comics Boxed Lunch

North Carolina Bound...The DC Comics Boxed Lunch

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 8, 2013

DC Comics is having a creative summit this weekend. We want to know what people are eating for lunch.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5 Finale Trailer

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5 Finale Trailer

By sdsichero in News with Benefits on February 8, 2013

Countdown to the season 5 finale begins...

Astonishing X-Men’s Marjorie Liu Praises Way’s Thunderbolts

Astonishing X-Men’s Marjorie Liu Praises Way’s Thunderbolts

By GHERU in News with Benefits on February 8, 2013

This really happened, we din't make it up

Outhouse Staff Writer Scoops Front Page on Age of Ultron #7 Teaser

Outhouse Staff Writer Scoops Front Page on Age of Ultron #7 Teaser

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on February 8, 2013

Outhouse staff writer IvCNuB4 posts the latest Age of Ultron teaser in the forums to spite ThanosCopter for all his DC jokes in articles this morning.

SUPERMAN Family May Solicitations Preview

SUPERMAN Family May Solicitations Preview

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on February 8, 2013

Superman Family solicitations for May 2013

OP/ED: Is It Just Me Or Does All This Drone Talk Sound Like A Super-Villain’s Plan?

OP/ED: Is It Just Me Or Does All This Drone Talk Sound Like A Super-Villain’s Plan?

By GHERU in Features on February 8, 2013

Sending targeted missiles into populated areas with no regard for bystanders or laws reminds me of The Mad Thinker.

OP/ED: Justice League Movie Allegedly Not Happening...Here's My Surprised Face.

OP/ED: Justice League Movie Allegedly Not Happening...Here's My Surprised Face.

By ThanosCopter in Features on February 8, 2013

ThanosCopter crows about being right about the Justice League movie.

DC Announces Manti Te'o Phantom Girlfriend Series

DC Announces Manti Te'o Phantom Girlfriend Series

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 8, 2013

DC is hoping to capture more of the topical market.

DC Shocker: DC Announces New Semi-Topical Series

DC Shocker: DC Announces New Semi-Topical Series

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 8, 2013

The series will be written by Gail Simone and the creative team of Art Baltazar and Franco respectively.

Review: Prophet Volume 1 Remission

Review: Prophet Volume 1 Remission

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on February 8, 2013

Cover Prophet Volume 1 Remission narrates the story of John Prophet. Prophet was created by Rob Liefeld and was published alongside Youngblood and in its own series between 1992 and 2000. This book relaunches the story of John Prophet, a enhanced human preserved through time, waiting the day when the Earth Empire shall rise again. Prophere Volume 1 Remission is credited to collect issues #21 to #26 of the ongoing series. Just to clarify these are the first issues of the 2012 relaunch series. How is it? Before you read any further, please throw away all Liefeldian baggage you might have. This is a new take on a concept created by Rob Liefeld but is presented in a completely original way. Neither the writing nor the art follow the Liefeldian school of thought so, for better or worst, this book deserves to be judged on its own merits. John Prophet emerges A hyber pod emerges from underground. It opens and John Prophet awakes from his hibernation. He doesn't know much, but he does know that he has a mission to carry out. He hears a voice that guides him in the designated direction. John doesn't really know what the mission his, he just knows he has to do it. John Prophet awakes on a much different Earth much different from what he remembered. Humankind is long gone, aliens roam the Earth and there are strange animals all around. Along his path more hyber pods emerge with new gear that will help him in his journey. This is a Deus Ex Machina plot device, but it is used moderately. Prophet is rich in strangeness, from a blue amoeba looking living organism that bonds with John like a pet and helps him in the most unorthodox ways to a Robot like armor that regenerates lost limbs by eating anything it finds, you'll find odd things in every shapes and forms. In his path John finds interesting alien races, faces moral dilemmas and fights for his life against the native fauna several times. Eventually he finds out what his mission is and fulfills it. However it is not the end of his journey, but the beginning of a much larger adventure. The Earth Empire will rise again. Take that ugly This is where everything gets weird, well weirder. In the next stories we will find much about John Prophet but that only raises more questions. As it turns out there are many versions of him. Some have tails, some live inside robot like armors, some are women, some are old, but all (or most) share the same resolution towards the mission. Can't wait any longer for the Kid. Hope he's all right Honestly I don't know how to rate this book. It could be either one of the best sci-fi comic books I've read or one of the worst. On one hand I just couldn't stop reading it. I just had to read one more page, then another and so on until it was all done. I liked the way the story is told or better yet, narrated.. The concept is intriguing enough and the stories are very weird but in a good way. On the other hand I've read the book, read other reviews, and still don't know if I fully understand Prophet. One thing I do know, this was a unique reading experience. The narrative is odd, but in an "i don't know were this is going but I can't stop reading" way. The art style is an acquired taste at first, but then it turns into a gorgeous thing to look at. Over the first few pages its grows its own distinct identity. In fact Prophet is a very graphical story. Most the story is lightly narrated, with very little dialogue and most of the story progress is shown not told. The price to pay for your mission There are books that are written to be books. There are books that are written to be movies. At times Prophet seems to be written to be a video game. Or at least to be heavily inspire in them. The inventory, the goal driven missions, the different type of enemies that include cannon fodder and boss fights. Inventory Verdict? I don't think I've ever read a book quite like Prophet Volume 1 Remission. If sci-fi is your cup of tea then you should get this one. Love it or hate it doesn't matter. This is a weird and distinct book and that alone makes it very interesting. It truly is a unique experience. Publisher: Image Comics Year: 2012 Pages: 136 Authors: Simon Roy, Farel Dalrymple, Giannis Milogiannis, Brandon Graham ISBN: 1607066114 Follow Reading Graphic Novels on Facebook and Twitter. Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/02/reviewprophet-volume-1-remission.html

Marvel Previews: Fantastic Four #4, Scarlet Spider #14

Marvel Previews: Fantastic Four #4, Scarlet Spider #14

By Jude Terror in Previews on February 8, 2013

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's your previews of Fantastic Four #4 and Scarlet Spider #14!

Marvel Previews: Age of Apocalypse #12, Cable and X-Force #4, X-Treme X-Men #10

Marvel Previews: Age of Apocalypse #12, Cable and X-Force #4, X-Treme X-Men #10

By Jude Terror in Previews on February 8, 2013

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's your previews of Age of Apocalypse #12, Cable and X-Force #4, and X-Treme X-Men #10!

Marvel Previews: Uncanny X-Men #1, Wolverine and the X-Men #25, X-Men #41

Marvel Previews: Uncanny X-Men #1, Wolverine and the X-Men #25, X-Men #41

By Jude Terror in Previews on February 8, 2013

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's your previews of Uncanny X-Men #1, Wolverine and the X-Men #25, and X-Men #41!

Marvel Previews: Avengers Arena #4, Avengers Assemble #12, Secret Avengers #1

Marvel Previews: Avengers Arena #4, Avengers Assemble #12, Secret Avengers #1

By Jude Terror in Previews on February 8, 2013

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's your previews of Avengers Arena #4, Avengers Assemble #12, and Secret Avengers #1!

The Legend of Korra Product Incoming

The Legend of Korra Product Incoming

By sdsichero in News with Benefits on February 8, 2013

Some home video and a book coming later this year.

DC Shocker: Six Titles Cancelled

DC Shocker: Six Titles Cancelled

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on February 7, 2013

DC has cancelled over 10% of its New 52 Line

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