Friday Night Links – 29 March 13

March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

Your weekly roundup from around the internet.

I should’ve seen Amazon’s acquisition of Goodreads coming:

In a blog post, Chandler said he sold Goodreads, in part, to tap the “reach and resources” of Amazon. He also noted that Goodreads members have asked for an e-reader experience, something that Amazon will provide with its Kindle.

Comic Vine on why you should read House of M.

Published in 2005 and written by Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis,HOUSE OF M is a story that should be at the very top of every Marvel fan’s reading list

Forbes thinks DOMA is stupid, too.

DOMA is simply a misguided and unconstitutional law—not only because it denies same sex couples the rights guaranteed by the Constitution but because it unfairly denies them the same financial benefits granted to opposite sex couples.

Longboard Girls Crew Peru SHAKE!

The Stupidest Comic

March 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Yup. It’s that stupid.

Keeping with my reading of war comics, I checked out the first issue of Graveyard of Empires, and wow. This is a stupid comic book. Zombies-and-war mash-ups are usually an easy win, but Graveyard of Empires, with its condescending portrait of Marines and its naive politics, is asinine in a medium where the heroes wear their underwear outside their pants. « Read the rest of this entry »

New MetaMorphosis Post!

March 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Check out the newest page of MetaMorphosis!

Early drafts of the comic were aimed at following the “widescreen” comic book format that’s been so popular in American comics, and this is one of the few pages left that follows that style.  I’m claiming more of a manga influence on the bulk of the book, despite the larger format of my pages.  Paul Pope, who’s worked at both Kodanshan and DC/Vertigo, describes the difference in the language of these two schools of sequential art:

Early on in my career I was much more conscious of the story structure learned from Western comics guys like Hugo Pratt or the work of the classic American cartoonists like Milton Caniff. But those are not emotionally engaged visual storytelling styles. One of the key elements of manga is the emphasis on the character’s reactions and the psychology expressed visually in the story. Bob Shreck, my editor at DC Comics, says that American comics are focused on a destination, while manga is interested in the journey.

At least that’s what I’m trying to do.  So far the characters haven’t been as cartoony as manga characters, and though they won’t have the Betty Boop big eyes, you can expect them to get more expressive.

Thanks for reading!

One Day Left in the Dresden Codak Kickstarter Campaign!

March 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

Dresden Codak is one of the most imaginative, intelligent, twisted, convoluted webcomics out there, and you can own it IN PRINT!

It’s difficult to describe Dresden Codak if you’ve never read it, « Read the rest of this entry »

What I’m Reading: All Winners Squad: Band of Heroes

March 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Captain America & The Crazy Sues

Why can’t a good war/military comic book last? Just a glance at the list of cancelled DC New 52 titles provides a list of ALL of DC’s military comics: Blackhawks, Men of War, G.I. Combat, and if you stretch the confines of the genre, Team 7 and Deathstroke.  I won’t get into the office politics at DC since I know nothing about that, but if sales were an issue, other war/military titles aren’t selling so hot either.  A quick glance at Comichron for the last few months will tell you that Marvel’s Fury MAX hasn’t been selling much better than Team 7, and most of the G.I. Joe titles from IDW have been selling well south of both of them. « Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Night Links – 22 March 2013

March 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Your weekly roundup from around the internet.

Chinua Achebe, “Father of African Literature” dies:

Achebe is probably best known for his 1958, 19th century colonial era novel, Things Fall Apart, set in an Igbo village just as white Europeans begin to arrive. Required reading in high school and college classrooms all over the world, the novel has sold more than 12 million copies, and has been published in some 50 languages.

Jeff Lemire on the comic book Constantine, that he’s co-writing with Ray Fawkes, new this week:

“John Constantine is probably my favorite comic book character and has been since I was fourteen. And, like a lot of fans I was really disappointed to see Hellblazer get cancelled. It was the one book I still bought monthly every month and I loved what Peter Milligan and company were doing. But, at the same time, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t thrilled to have a chance to write him now.”

COLD CASE CLOSED! Who Killed The Dinosaurs?

The space rock that hit Earth 65 million years ago and is widely implicated in the end of the dinosaurs was likely a speeding comet.

That is the conclusion of research which suggests the 180km-wide Chicxulub crater in Mexico was carved out by a smaller object than previously thought.

Mario Kart Love Song:

Sci-(Non)Fi: Automated Cars

March 21, 2013 § 1 Comment

BMW i8 concept car

BMW and supplier Continental are predicting “partially automated cars by 2016, highly automated cars by 2020, and fully automated cars by 2025.”

Automated cars are nothing new, with Google’s self-driving car clocking over 300,000 miles and a race car at Stanford being two of the more notable examples.  But this announcement comes from BMW, whose latest product-of-the-future is its iSeries, which are not only eco-friendly, electric cars, but online.  From Fortune:

Its weight-saving carbon-fiber body is wrapped in layers of electronic services and smartphone apps designed to make life simpler and save time for the owner. Searching for a parking space? The i3 will help you find one at your destination — as well as arrange to rent out your space at home while you are gone. Need a charge for the lithium-ion batteries? Another feature locates the nearest charging station and arranges for an emergency boost if you can’t find it.

So by 2025, we’ll have transportation that you don’t have to drive and that is safe for the environment, and you won’t have to worry about finding a parking spot or refilling on gas/power!

Isn’t that called taking the bus?

 

 

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Jet Black vs. Bad Barda

March 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Seriously, does no one else see the similarity between Jet Black in Captain America and Big Barda from Justice League?

Jet Black

Jack Kirby’s Bad Barda

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New MetaMorphosis Page

March 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

Check out this week’s MetaMorphosis page, where things get a little surreal…

Thanks for reading!

Check out AMAZONIA

March 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Princess Revolver is pleased to be involved in the production of Amazonia a feature-length documentary about communities living in the Amazon River Basin:

Shot in Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, AMAZONIA is a documentary that focuses on on the current clash between preservation and development in the South American rainforest, offering a series of four vignettes on four rivers of the Amazon River Basin.

On the Xingu, the largest dam in the world is being built, draining 70 miles of  river life and displacing close to sixty thousand settlers and indigenous people.  On the banks of the Rio Negro stands the bustling city of Manaus, where two million inhabitants thrive in the center of the rainforest.  On the Amacayacu River, 400 indigenous people struggle to maintain their cultural heritage while opening their society to the world.  And tying them all together, is the great Amazon River.

We’re happy to be working with director Juan Vallejo whose last feature-length documentary, Cerro Rica, Tierra Ricawas selected for over eleven international film festivals.

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