Posts tagged comics
Posts tagged comics
I was, until quite recently, completely unaware that the 2005 film Fantastic Four was not the first live film adaptation of the superheroes. The first was a low-budget film that was completed in 1994 but was never released. It is, by all accounts, a not terribly great B movie.
My favorite part of the article was this:
Speculation arose that the film had never been intended for release, but had gone into production solely as a way for [producer Bernd] Eichinger to retain rights to the characters; Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee in 2005 said this was the case, insisting, “The movie was never supposed to be shown to anybody,” and adding that the cast and crew had been left unaware. [Producer Roger] Corman and Eichinger had dismissed Lee’s claims, with the former stating in the same article, “We had a contract to release it, and I had to be bought out of that contract” by Eichinger.
I just really love the idea of slapping together a movie based on a high profile license just to maintain that license.
Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian, on gay characters in comics:
This year, finally, the industry embraced [gay] readers as mainstream publishers offered prominent gay plot lines. Archie Comics’ first gay character, Kevin Keller, was married in January; Marvel’s X-man Northstar was married in May; and DC Comics reintroduced the Green Lantern as gay in June.
Speaking of comics, been very much enjoying watching the mid 90s Spider-Man cartoon. Tight, exciting tellings of some classic Spidey stories. The Venom arc in season 1 was fantastic — way better than Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. Here’s the intro. Memories~
Just recently finished this graphic novel. Very much enjoyed it. Especially recommended to anyone who enjoys lots and lots of world-building. Oh, and plus, female comic author and artist and female protagonist.
Just finished reading the trade paperback version of Ratfist, a webcomic by neatotastic dude Doug TenNapel. It looks like a graphic novel, although it has the daily-payoff pacing of a webcomic. It’s fun! And it has the worst Spider-Man pun you’ve ever read, guaranteed.
Alison Flood, The Guardian:
From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Infinite Jest via Dante, Dangerous Liaisons and Dubliners, the western canon is set to be turned into a 1,344-page, three-volume graphic novel.
The ambitious project from New York press Seven Stories is being hailed as the “graphic publishing literary event of the year”. Each of the 189 works of literature covered is being interpreted by a comics artist, with 130 illustrators contributing to the project including Robert Crumb, Will Eisner and Hunt Emerson. The first volume of The Graphic Canon – “From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons” – is out in April, to be followed by the second (“Kubla Khan to the Brontë Sisters to The Picture of Dorian Gray”) in July and the third (“From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest”) in October.
My original reaction to this was going to be “what the dickens,” but then I realized what I did there and shot myself.
So apparently Toei produced a live-action Spider-Man series in Japan in the ’70s.
Happy new year, everyone!
Kelly Thompson’s list of “13 fantastic female creators in comics that you should be watching, reading, and supporting.” Some really great looking stuff on this list — warm up your credit cards, everybody.
(Via Bryan Gyg Jebavy.)
I put this video up on Youtube over five years ago, and I haven’t learned much more about it since. What I do know is that there was an attempt to produce an animated feature film of The Incal, and that this attempt failed. What I think you see here is a reel put together to bait more financiers into the project. Curiously at the end, there is an animated Arzach sequence and what looks like a Starwatcher sequence. This thing is baffling. And gorgeous. As far as I’ve heard, both Moebius and Alejandro Jodorowsky were involved in the production, but I haven’t heard either of them mention it directly.
This looks absolutely incredible — I’d never heard of L’Incal before.
There seem to be a couple of different editions of the comic in English — if anyone can recommend a particular edition, chime in on Quora.
(Via Aaron Diaz.)