Thursday, 28 February 2013

#31 Ah so that's what it is (8)

Hello everyone, first to the response.

Mash - yes it is, Daredevil.


This sketch was done by Comic Artist Chris Samnee, his list of work is almost endless, from Marvel, to DC vertigo. With his most notable creation being Thor Odinson, in Earth 726633, but his current work is in Daredevil hence the drawing. see you next week guys, TTFN, LL'n'P

Apollo..

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

#30 What?! (8)

Hello everyone, an interesting one this week, no colour, so can you tell me what is it?

Find out what the answer is tomorrow. TTFN, LL'n'P

Apollo..

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

#29 AllNighter

Hello everyone, I've realized that since I've started doing this blog I haven't put much up about my personal life, so here goes.

This weekend, Mash and I went to an AllNighter film event at her Student Union. This wasn't the first time we had gone to this event, we went last term as well, but I've got to say, this time it was much better. What I'll do now is give a quick synopsis of all the films we saw and then do a proper review on how they all seemed to me, at the end.


So the first film was Skyfall (2012). This is the 23rd film in the James Bond series, the third with actor Daniel Craig taking up the role. This film, directed by Sam Mendes, starts with a thrilling chase of a suspect through the streets of Istanbul, which finishes with the bad guy getting away with a list of NATO Agents that work undercover in terrorist organisations. Three months pass and the bad guy is tracked to Shanghai  where he leads Bond, in a rather round about way, to his boss, Mr Silva. Silva is captured by Bond and taken to MI6 HQ where he proceeds to escape, leaving Bond to flee to the north to protect his boss, M (Dame Judi Dench). Silva follows Bond into the trap set up for him and eventually dies. Stand out moment: the look of mild annoyance on Silva's face when Bond kills him.


The second film we saw was American Beauty (1999). This drama set in American Suburbia (also directed by Sam Mendes) is a tale of a man (Kevin Spacy) who decides he's not going to take his wife's nagging at him, or his daughter hating him, or his boss talking down to him any longer. and this film is a look at the events leading up to this decision and the reactions from it. Stand out moment: When I realized that Senna Crane (the guy with a cool beard in the Hunger Games) was in the film.


The third film we watched was 7 psychopaths (2012). This Film, directed by Martin McDonagh, is set around an alcoholic writer,Marty, who has promised his company a screenplay, but as of the start of the film he only has the title "Seven Psychopaths". The film follows Marty (Colin Farrell), and his best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) as they set out to find inspiration for the screen play and encounter some interesting characters along the way. Stand out moment: Christopher Walken refusing to put his hands up because he "doesn't want to" and waiting around for half an hour because the film was corrupted and they had to do some makeshift cutting in the projection booth.


Next we were going to see a Mystery film, a film that nobody in the cinema had any idea of what it was. The film was a 1985 cult classic Brazil. This film is about a bureaucrat, Sam Lowry (played by Johnathan Pryce) who tries to fix a administrative error, in a retro-future world, whilst chasing down the love of his life. Stand out moment: the end.


The 5th and final film we saw was ParaNorman. This film is about Norman (Voiced by Kodi Schmidt-McPhee), a young boy with a rather particular talent, he can talk to ghosts, because of this he is ostracized
at school and bullied a lot. The Film is about Norman coming into his inheritance as a Ghost see-er, and how he saves his town from a centuries old curse. Stand out moment: when I realized Bernard Hill was voicing a zombie.

Most of the films that night were really good, Skyfall has been the best Film of the Daniel Craig run as James Bond. and adding Sam Mendes as Director, and Adele as vocalist for the opening theme it is going to be hard to beat by the next one in the series, I've would give it a rating of 4.5/5 . American Beauty turned out to be a pretty good film aside from some very cringey bits here and there, it was a very good look as suburban life and how crazy normal people can be, and vice versa, I would give this film a rating of 4/5 . Seven Psychopaths I would love to watch again, as it was 1:15 am when it started I think I lost a lot of the humour and quirkiness of the film due to my tiredness, this film receives a rating of 3.5 out of 5. Brazil is not a film I would rush to watch again, but I do appreciate how revolutionary it would have been in 1985. I give this film a 3 out of 5. ParaNorman was an interesting film, it was clearly a kids film, but thinking back on it didn't feel like one, maybe that's because I still am very childish, but because of this I thought it was a very good film and would love to introduce it to Mash's little sister and brother. I give this film a 4/5. So thanks for reading guys, TTFN, LL'n'p

Apollo..

Thursday, 21 February 2013

#28 Ah so that's what it is (7)

Hello everyone, first off to the people who guessed.

No Carole it isn't scar, though I am curious as to how you got that answer XD
And to Liberty, yes you are right it is a ultra close up of Wolverines face.


This week was a drawing done by Paolo Rivera, a Eisner Award Winning Artist, who's worked on comics such as Mythos ( a series of one shots based around the origins of different superheroes in the Marvel universe), and done a buck load of Covers, at least 25 different comic series he's done the covers for, not individual comics the series, to count how many he's done individually I would be here a long time. 

So that's another Ah so that's what it is wrapped up for this week, see you next time. TTFN, LL'n'P

Apollo..

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

#27 What?! (7)

Hello again everybody, another week, another What?! post. So tell me, my pretties what is this??


See you all tomorrow :). TTFN, LL'n'P

Apollo..

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

#26 Killing Joke

Whenever you are looking for a comic to buy, are faced with thousands of titles in front of you and you have no idea where to even begin, there are a couple of writers that make gold out of everything they touch. Alan Moore is one of these writers.



The Killing Joke is what most comic readers class as the definitive origin of the Joker. I say this because the story told from the Joker's perspective is not very reliable, as he tells us himself that he remembers it differently each time he thinks of the day he becomes the Joker, preferring the story with multiple choice.

The story itself is almost a homage to older stories in the Batman universe. The bad guy escapes prison, drums up some wild scheme for capturing somebody, then Batman arrives just in time to save the day and the bad guy is sent back to prison. Not really that ground-breaking a story. However it is not the story, but the bits in between the main story line that gets everyone excited.

Spoiler Alert

It's the refusal of Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman, for those who've watched the films) to give in to the madness that Joker tries to get him to succumb to. The revelation that the Joker had one bad day that made him go insane. The revealing of the Jokers 'civilian' identity. The paralyzing of Barbra Gordon. This is what gets everyone excited about this comic. (Quick quiz because I'm curious: Can you tell me which superhero Barbra was/now is?)


Spoiler End

Review Time. The best part about this comic is undoubtedly the relationship that is shown between the Joker and Batman. The comic starts with Batman entering prison and offering the Joker a chance to talk about their relationship, "I've been thinking lately about you and me, about what's going to happen in the end. We're going to kill each other, aren't we?” It's quite hollowing to find out just how similar Bats and Joker are. The Joker tells one last joke just before he is arrested, after which both Bats and the Joker break down in hysterics. Personally I don't understand why the joke is funny, but it does reflect quite well on both the Batman and the Joker. The joke goes: 2 men decide to break out of a lunatic asylum. To do this they go to the roof to jump over to the next rooftop. The first man doesn't hesitate and jumps right over, but the second man doesn't want to make the leap, as he's afraid of falling. So the first man comes up with an idea, "why don't I shine my flash light across the gap and you can walk along the beam" but the second guy just shakes his head saying "what do you think I am, crazy? You'd turn it off when I was half way across". Now personally I don't see the funny side but Batman, who undoubtedly has a screw loose somewhere, finds it hilarious. It does, however, lead to a rather touching last page between Batman and Joker, which is a great way of ending the comic. Overall I personally think, while this comic has long lasting effects within the Batman Universe and does help to expand on the relationship the Batman and the Joker have, it's not all that ground breaking and left me a bit disappointed, considering the reviews I've read on it. Sorry DC fans, that's just the way I see it. So TTFN, LL'n'P


Apollo..

P.s I'm sorry about eh size of text changing half way through it comes up fine on the edit screen but not on the main viewing screen :/

Sunday, 17 February 2013

#25 My Comic :)

Hi Guys. If you've read My Extended Project Blog, you will know I am writing my own comic. I got an amazing email today containing the preliminary drawings my Artist has sent me.





So yes, these are just the Perliminary Pencilings. Over the next week or so I'm goingto play the Role of Inker and Leterer. So hopefully I'll be able to show you a polished version some time soon, along with a breif Description of the actual comic. So TTFN, LL'n'P.

Apollo..

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

#24 Ah so that's what it is (6)

Hello Everyone, yes you were right it is the Tardis and Doctor.


Again this Drawing was done by Agnes Garbowska, I promise to change the artist next week but this was the only good picture i could find this week, so until next week everyone TTFN, LL'n'P

Apollo..

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

#23 What?! (6)

Another Week, another Picture. So tell me dear readers what is this?



Monday, 11 February 2013

#22 House of M


It is here finally. I said a couple of weeks ago I would be posting this soon, so here it is, House of M.


House of M starts at the new Avengers HQ, the old one being destroyed by the Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) after a series of events led her to her going crazy and killing half of the old Avengers, (which made her go even crazier, who'd have thought). At the HQ, Charles Xavier tells the gathered X-Men and Avengers that he, along with Magneto (Wanda's Father), are unable to repair the damage done to her mind and something needs to be done about her, as her ability to manipulate reality becomes more out of control. They decide to visit her first, to assess how much of a she really is. When they got to the area where Wanda was being held (Genosha), however they find that Wanda and Magneto are missing as a bright light envelops them all. Then the last page is a sneak peak at what is to come: a picture of Peter Parker on his wedding day kissing a blonde. Dun dun duh (ominous music in the back ground).


Spoiler alert

In the next comic, we wake with Logan (Wolverine) in bed with Mystique. Instantaneously realizing something is wrong, he throws himself off a Heli-carrier above New York, you know, like you do. The story goes on with Logan trying to discover what has happened to his world, where he can feel something wrong. He goes to the X-Mansion to find it owned by a family and through his travels, he figures out that Mutants are now no longer the Minority, but have flourished under the World Reign of Magnus Lensherr (Magneto), who now enforces a severe regime against Homo-Sapiens. Logan realises that this world is in the wrong and goes about changing it with the help of Layla, a Mutant who can make people remember who they were before Wanda's interference. After restoring all the X-men and Avengers they could, the mismatched team head for Genosha (Magneto's base of operations) to fix the problem and confront Magneto. During the confrontation it is revealed that it was Pietro (Wanda's Brother, Magneto's son) who convinced Wanda to change the world, not Magneto, as the team had thought. The series ends with Wanda uttering the Words "No more Mutants" after Magneto kills Pietro for what the boy has done in his name. With Wanda's last words in that reality, she eradicates 90% of the Mutant population, leaving hundreds of Mutants left on the planet where there were once millions.

Spoiler End

Review time. This comic is a major game changer in the Marvel Universe. Eradicating 90% of the Mutant race, basically cut out a load of material for writers to use. However, now when writers create good stories it's not just because they invent a new mutant with an amazing power, it's because the characters that are used, are used so well. The parts of the story that really appeal to me are when Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and Wolverine realize that they are in the wrong reality. Both of these characters are people who have suffered and, through no fault of their own, have had the worst luck ever. But when it's revealed to both of them, it just shows how vulnerable they are. Wolverine might put on a rough exterior and Spider-Man might continually make jokes, but inside they are both still human. There is a touching scene between them both when Peter has just got his memories back. He is on a rooftop overlooking a park where Gwen Stacey is playing with Peter's son, and Peter is swearing to Logan that he will kill Magneto. Now this comes as a massive shock to all the Spidey fans in the Marvel Universe, Spider-Man is seen as the Ultimate good guy. To openly admit that he wants to kill somebody is some major character development. This series defiantly leaves its mark on Spider-Man, but whether it's a good change or bad is up to you. Personally I think this is a good development because now Spider-Man has a limit that he can be pushed to. I’m just waiting for him to be pushed to that limit.



Again any questions just ask, so TTFN, LL'n'P

Apollo..

Thursday, 7 February 2013

#21 Ah so that's what it is (5)

Carole, yes it is Iron Man, and no it isn't Frankenstein, it is the Hulk.


I found this picture on Comicvine, where they do a weekly update of stuff several artists have posted on their websites/twitter/tumblr. This cute little piece was done by Agnes Garbowska, who has also worked one Spider-Ham, and Girl Comics #1, and several other comics through independant Publishers. I must admit that I Awwwed at this with Mashwhen I saw it on saturday thinking it was super cute and I knew I would post it on here as soon as I saw it.

So there you have it Baby Avengers... Awww.

Apollo..

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

#20 What (5)

So you guys have another treat this week not only do you have Three Pictures, you have 6 people to guess so a greater chance to get one right :). So 6 people, 3 pictures, and one day to figure out who they are.

 


So have fun guys and i'll be posting the right answers tomorrow :). 

Apollo..

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

#19 Extended Project

Hey Guys, I know I've been a bit rubbish posting this week. Lack of money and time has meant a lack of Comic reviews, but there is a Graphic novel review I've been slowly writing and should be out either later today or tomorrow. So look forward to that. In the meantime, check this out :).

As any of you who have read My Origin Story knows, I am currently writing my own Comic as part of my Extended Project. As I'm coming towards the end of the project now, I thought it time I shared some bits with you. You won't get it all at once, but I will put it all up here eventually. 


This is the cover of my project, titled "The development and change in American Comic books from their conception to present day." Today a friend of mine and myself sat down and made this in just under 2 hours. I absolutely love what he's done and couldn't wish for better, so thanks Dean XD. Stay tuned for more of my Extended Project posts and that review :). So TTFN, LL'n'P

Apollo..