Friday, 31 December 2010
After the Tim Burton Superman designs come concept art from the failed J.J. Abrams version of the Man of Steel. The suit looks pretty standard all that's missing is his trunks which seems to be the mission of everyone who's drawn big blue since the nighties to get rid of, LEAVE THE UNDERWEAR ALONE. The trunks over the tights has it's origins in the uniforms worn by circus strong men so where a natural fit (I thank you) as inspiration for the young artists of the 1930's who created the first superheros.Since the nineties however superhero comics have been infected with the buzz words "DARK" and "EDGY" and an never ending obsession with putting men in tights in the "real world" (arguably the real legacy of the Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen). Say what you want about Bryan Singer's hopelessly flawed Superman Returns but at least they stayed faithful to his costume trunks and all (although they didn't include the yellow symbol on his cape which strangely was always one of my favorite details of any superhero costume.)
Click here to read the aintitcool.com article that featured a review of a leaked script and supposedly put the skids on Abrams plans for the last Son of Krypton.
Thursday, 30 December 2010
It looks like the legend of indie comics that is LOVE & ROCKETS is set to make a move to the big screen but fans of the book may be surprised that it won't be focusing on Jaime Hernandez's Maggie and Hopey (arguably the stars of the book) but rather the other half of Los Bros Gilbert's Luba. If your not familiar with the work of the Hernandez brothers then be good to yourself and pick up any of the the collected volumes of Love & Rockets. And for all you aspiring movie starlets out there here's a link to the casting call for the lead role.
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
"HEY KIDZ, check out these great new images from the set of the new Judge Dredd flick, WOW!"
(that last sentence should be read in a sarcastic tone). So share in my disappointment at pictures of, a car park and what looks like a closed for business off license.
Dredd is definitely at the top of my list of the up coming films based on comics that I'm most looking forward to (Dark Knight Rises and the Avengers come in at No's 2&3 respectively) but I'll save my excitement for something a little more...exciting.
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Here are the intros to the top 5 action 'toons guaranteed to bring a tear of childhood joy my aging eyes.
ULYSSES 31: Sci-Fi and Greek mythology mothers milk to any 10 year old geek plus hands down the greatest theme tune....ever.
CENTURIONS: Power X-Treme, nuff said.
JAYCE and the WHEELED WARRIORS: A cross between Mad Max and
Star Wars what's not to love.
THUNDERCATS: I have to admit that I wasn't the biggest fan of these particular
Cats but the animation in this intro alone had me tuning in.
BATTLE of the PLANETS: My all time number 1 action 'toon, dig it.
And an honorable mention has to go out to BIRDMAN and SPACEGHOST,
heroes one and all we salute you.
Monday, 27 December 2010
Click here to read a fantastic story from the book 'The COLLECTED JACK KIRBY' about the time in 1975 Paul McCartney met Jack 'the KING' Kirby. And here's the drawing Kirby did for him. Who's for chocolate cake?
Sunday, 26 December 2010
Friday, 24 December 2010
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Friday, 17 December 2010
Some think it's the future others seem to think it's a hoax but if that's the case it reminds me of an April Fool prank that was played by a Saturday morning TV show (I think it was Going Live?) that basically predicted the MP3 player.
Here are a bunch of trailers all claiming to be clips for an updated version of the fantastic GATCHAMAN or as I knew them in my youth Battle of the Planets (or G-Force, Eagle Riders depending on your age) apart from the OVA animated flick I don't think anything has come of the others which is a shame because if we must be constantly bombarded with remakes then at least remake the good stuff (I'm sure I'll regret saying that). If you haven't seen Gatchaman before I highly recommend it in any of it's incarnations (although the original Japanese series is by far the superior).
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Before it's transformation into 'THE £2 THRILL SPECTACULAR' Scheme Comix started out as a 'zine printed on photocopiers, hand stapled and featured 3 or 4 top cats doing a variety of strips. DEADBEAT 74 was Kev Harper's main contribution (Blessed & Confused dates back to 2005ish) and was a cold attempt to to be Glasgow's answer to the late great Harvey Pekar. Check it out and be kind we all have to start somewhere.
Copies of SCHEME COMIX can be bought using PayPal (£2+postage) just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll hook you up.
Here's an episode of the one and only MIGHTY MOUSE (created by Izzy Klein and developed by Paul Terry in the 1940's). I loved the original 'toons and the late 1980's 'The New Adventures' series and even though they used to be regularly shown on TV my fondest memories are of watching them in a Cartoon Booth (like the one in the picture) in the Dawson's Amusement Arcade while on holiday in Saltcoats, 10p (25c USA) for a whole cartoon. Believe me when I say that my memories of watching Mighty Mouse in the cartoon booth are bathed in a kind of warm golden glow of childhood bliss that would make even Kevin Arnold sick.
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Here is a new 'featurette', dig it.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Monday, 13 December 2010
Saturday, 11 December 2010
These clips are taken from the excellent Charlie Brooker's Newswipe which shows how the media manipulates the 'news'. I'm posting them up in response to recent events in Britain where people took to the streets in legitimate protest at the governments education reforms and in my opinion the media's misleading, bias and dangerously sensationalist reporting of the said protests. Always question what your told especially by YOUR governments and the corporate news media,
SUPPORT THE PROTESTS, SPREAD THE WORD.
Friday, 10 December 2010
Thursday, 9 December 2010
Here's one in honor of the festive season a short film based on one of my all time favorite reads The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special, enjoy.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Here's the article.