Archive for February, 2004

all about me…

Sunday, February 29th, 2004

I’m taking a certain liberty here, and using a certain loophole that Hutch gave us many moons ago regarding somewhat off-topic posts.

You may have noticed that I wasn’t posting (much) this week or the few prior? It’s not for lack of data or imagination. I’ve been busy and will be busier. I have major papers due this week for school. I’m working with my best friend on his wedding this week (I assume). Especially since I’m the best man and it’s his Spring Break. If nothing else, I finally get to meet his fiance.

I’m having a job interview on Tuesday, which Lord willing may be the end of my year-long unemployment. Pray for that if you’re of the disposition. There’s even more errands.

Then if I am able, I will be going to Florida with the college group from my church.

That’ll be a two-week absence. That shouldn’t be too unusual but this time I have a reason.

Long ago I promised Hutch a review of Lost In Translation for the review section. I will deliver. I’m also going to post my own review of The Passion of the Christ because I had my own impressions and I half-expect everyone who can to post his own review.

This forced absence from blog-writing will apply to my personal topic blog, Apologies Demanded.

I’m behind schedule again. Dangit.

Batmobile Creator Honored

Friday, February 27th, 2004

The creator the TV Batmobile, car customizer George Barris is being honored by the automotive community with the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to creating the Batmobile Barris also created The Munsters coach and The Beverly Hillbillies jalopy.

Yes, I’ve heard!

Friday, February 27th, 2004

I’m breaking protocol here, but I just wanted to assure everybody that yes I’ve heard that Elongated Man will be appearing in the new Justice League animated series. EVERYONE is e-mailing me about this!

I guess I hadn’t posted yet because it’s such big news that I want to do a proper write-up, and as I’m losing my job today I’m a bit distracted. But after today I’ll have all the time in the world and I’ll give everyone a proper post with links, artwork and more.

More Marvel On The Big Screen

Friday, February 27th, 2004

Marvel has signed with Lions Gate Entertainment Corp to bring 2 more characters to the big screen. Lions Gate will develop new films based on Iron Fist and Black Widow. They will also make a sequel to the upcoming The Punisher.

Chuck Dixon & Ron Marz To Write Book

Friday, February 27th, 2004

Ron Marz has revealed that he is teaming with Chuck Dixon to write a How to Write Comics-type book. It will be published by Watson-Guptill. This is the same company that published a How to Draw Comics-type book by former Dixon and Marz CrossGen-mate Andy Smith.

Just a tracer?

Thursday, February 26th, 2004

Phil Meadows and I are contemplating finding an inker to work with us on our entry for Small Press Idol. NEVER MIND – THIS LINK IS DEAD –We posted this on our forum yesterday; if anyone is interested, please reply or e-mail us.

The post about inking prompted Dwight Williams to send me the link to this site on inking, which interviews just about every current inker available.

Check your Dialect

Thursday, February 26th, 2004

The Yankee or Dixie quiz can detect your region of origin with fair accuracy.

I personally hail from the southeast, and I scored 80% Dixie, but I messed up on the questions about what you call athletic shoes and what you call it when you sell old stuff in your front yard. How did I learn to call them “garage sales” (southeast not favored, according to the quiz) and “sneakers” (stong northeastern bias)? Could it be the influence of…TV?

Norway: Comedian Motorizes Dead Pig and Uses as Boat

Thursday, February 26th, 2004

No comment.

Gaiman vs. McFarlane “stealth copyright” verdict in

Thursday, February 26th, 2004

For those who aren’t in the know (that included me until just now), a protracted legal battle has just ended–the “stealth copyright” case between plaintiff Neil Gaiman and defendant Todd McFarlane. The complaint was that, three years after publication, McFarlane filed copyright forms on some issues of Spawn that had been written by Gaiman–essentialy making a legal fib–claiming they had been written my McFarlane himself.

After the initial court case found in favor of Gaiman, the appeal engine started up. But the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has finally resolved the case: Gaiman wins.

Check Gaiman’s site for more details, plus a tidbit about Miracleman‘s future.

WAIT….shouldn’t that have been the headline?

Clone Wars Marathon: April 9th and 10th

Wednesday, February 25th, 2004

The Clone Wars, Cartoon Network’s animated micro series shown in five minute segments resumes on my birthday, March 29th. (How did they know? That was sweet of them!) Episodes 11-20 will debut, and then the Clone Wars will be shown in a marathon on April 9-10.

What’s more, this animated series will continue a tradition of sorts. The Star Wars Christmas Special on television introduced Boba Fett in an animated segment BEFORE he appeared in Empire, and now Clone Wars will introduce an Episode III Villain, General Grievous. Grievous is an alien cyborg and a Jedi-killer who will figure prominently in the final Star Wars film.

Review of The Passion of the Christ at www.spectator.org

Wednesday, February 25th, 2004

This snippet of www.spectator.org ‘s review of the Gibson movie captures much of what I sympathize with in its overall general critique of the worst side of liberal culture:

“In truth, The Passion shows the divide between this country’s elites and commoners more starkly than anything I’ve seen in my lifetime. There is a real demographic difference between those who form the U.S.’s cognitive elite and everybody else. The elites, including journalists, tend overwhelmingly to be secular — non-churchgoers with little previous experience with organized religion. The rabble, on the other hand, consistently score at the top or near the top in every index of religious observance. In matters religious, the two literally do not speak the same language. If most journalists didn’t focus on the anti-Semitism angle, they wouldn’t know what else to say.

Which is a shame because they appear to be missing out on a genuine cultural phenomenon. Shea describes the excitement and the furor surrounding The Passion’s release as a “rather remarkable moment in American culture” — this critic’s nomination for understatement of the year. “

I do not hate the LOTR film trilogy…

Wednesday, February 25th, 2004

… only The Two Towers (aka 2 Lord 2 Rings), and Return of the King (aka garbage). The first movie is an absolute marvel. And come to think of it, it’s incorrect to say that I hate those second two, when it’s so obvious that it’s they who hate me.

And the Legolas joke was just one I was repeating from the guys at PointlessWasteofTime.com, so there. Besides, don’t shoot the messenger.

Y’all need to stop trying to provoke me, is what I’m saying.

Don’t hate the playa, hate the game.

Are they still working on the footage?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2004

It’s rather strange that the trailer for Godzilla’s 50th Anniversary Release is just a teaser. Godzilla isn’t in it. In fact, no clips from the movie are in the trailer. You would think they would be able to get their hands on some clips.

The re-release will actually be new to American audiences because it will not feature the American footage. Raymond Burr filmed American scenes which were spliced into the film, as a reporter covering Godzilla, and many of the battle scenes have Burr narrating the action. All of that will be gone from this “new” release. It will be interesting to see if audiences can stand to watch the show subtitled with the original Aramaic…I mean, Japanese dialogue.

Let’s talk more about LOTR

Tuesday, February 24th, 2004

…just to bug Eric, who dislikes the Rings trilogy movies. Hopefully this post will prompt him to once again refer to Legolas as a female character. That’s just such a hilarious dig, I can’t get tired of it no matter how many critics make it and think they’re being original.

Anyway, here’s a look back at the making of Lord of the Rings, no doubt in order to raise a bit of hype about the upcoming Oscars.

The Passion of the Christ is FREE FREE FREE!!!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2004

Seems that all the promotional materials from the movie THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST are free (*though you have to pay your own shipping… but that is fair). Any attempts to say that this movie is a cash-cow for Mel Gibson can be curbed with such generous steps.

Back in bible college I remember reading an article for my ‘Advanced Exegesis’ class entitled “Is Exegesis Without Presuppositions Possible” by Rudolph Bultmann. In that article, Bultmann challenges the notion that a reader/scholar of the biblical texts can approach the texts without any bias and presuppositions. His case is strong and makes sense. We all approach everything and everyone with all the hardwiring and whatnot that have gone into making us persons. Why do I mention this? Simply to point out what may not be as abvious to some as to others.

Some are judging the merits of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST based on alleged anti-semiticism in the film. Yes, there were Jewish leaders on the Sanhedrin who voted to have this Jesus of Nazareth consigned to death. They still needed the Romans to make it happen though. But Jesus was Jewish. As was his mother and father. As were all of the twelve disciples. As were almost all of the earliest church followers. It was only after the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple that the Gentile influx of believers began to be larger numerically than that of Jewish ones. But some people will only focus on those Jewish persons who directly called for Jesus head on a stick (not literally) and call the film anti-Semitic. It’s a shame and it is loathesome that such simplistic logic or emotivism is being applied to a film of such raw power and vulnerability. On the other hand, some are practicing eisegesis and are simply ‘seeing’ what they want to selectively see.

See the film. See what you think. See what you experience (*isn’t that the reason that many of us go to films.. to experience a story or tale?). That’s what I invite you to do. This is a film far more about Jews than it is about Christians if you think about it contextually. And that is a honour in and of itself from a Christian such as Mel Gibson to Jews past and present.

BB

Ra’s is….

Tuesday, February 24th, 2004

For the most part I’ve been of the belief that Ra’s Al Guhl is Arabic.

This is only because in his second appearance on Batman: The Animated Series the named “Ra’s Al Guhl” was “translated” into “the Demon’s Head” or some such. The language that it was translated from was said to be “Arabic” as I recall.

Apologies to all for not linking to anything whatsoever.

But Ra’s Al Ghul isn’t Asian….

Tuesday, February 24th, 2004

Batman-on-Film has confirmation that it is Ken Watanabe who will be playing the Demon in the upcoming Batman film. Which is… weird.

Don’t get me wrong, Watanabe is a great actor with charisma to spare. After seeing The Last Samurai, I had half a mind to hire the dude to follow me around town because the pure force of his scowl alone would be enough to deter any attacks on my person. But hasn’t Ra’s always been European?

Also, does anyone know how good Watanabe’s English is? It was heavily-accented but understandable in TLS; it’s possible that his American accent is much better and he was merely pulling a Lambert Wilson for the dramatic effect. Oh well; at least it guarantees he’ll sound cool calling Bale “detective”.

Does this mean that Talia will also be Japanese, or what?

But Ra’s Al Ghul isn’t Asian….

Tuesday, February 24th, 2004

Batman-on-Film has confirmation that it is Ken Watanabe will be playing the Demon in the upcoming Batman film. Which is… weird.

Don’t get me wrong, Watanabe is a great actor who has charisma to spare. After seeing The Last Samurai, I had half a mind to hire the dude to follow me around town because the pure force of his scowl alone would be enough to deter any attacks on my person. But hasn’t Ra’s always been European?

Also, does anyone know how good Watanabe’s English is? It was heavily-accented but understandable in TLS; it’s possible that his American accent is much better and he was merely pulling a Lambert Wilson for the dramatic effect. Oh well; at least it guarantees he’ll sound cool calling Bale “detective”.

Does this mean that Talia will also be Japanese, or what?

Altar Boy Ebert speaks

Tuesday, February 24th, 2004

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST / **** (R)

Ebert really nails the whole point of this movie: It makes the crucifixion come alive for all the kids who read the right words in church in reenacting Jesus’ death but never envisioned what it was they were saying.

One of Ebert’s comments prompts another link.

If it does nothing else, Gibson’s film will break the tradition of turning Jesus and his disciples into neat, clean, well-barbered middle-class businessmen. They were poor men in a poor land. I debated Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ” with commentator Michael Medved before an audience from a Christian college, and was told by an audience member that the characters were filthy and needed haircuts.

Last night I found this diatribe against the movie which really must be read to be believed. It’s a hoot!

One complaint is that Jesus is portrayed in the movie as having long hair. A fair complaint, I guess, considering the buzz cut Leonardo Da Vinci gave Jesus in his paintings. It also accuses Mel Gibson of making a graven image…and committing this sin 24 times a second for the two hours of the movie. The very act of making any movie about Jesus already has Mel in trouble in half a dozen ways before they even get to the complaints about his particular film.

I’m hoping to see this film in the next day or so and post a review on our Reviews site. Any other contributors wishing to do so may post them on the reviews site.

Image’s new publisher

Monday, February 23rd, 2004

Erik Larsen, the guy who made “Doom Patrol” really rock (I kid, I kid), has taken over as publisher of Image Comics following the resignation of Jim Valentino.