Laura "Tegan" Gjovaag
One of those artists you meet and then are proud to say you've met him, Ovi was offering free sketches to all takers at the Emerald City Comicon. I couldn't pass up an opportunity to get a new take on Aquaman from someone like the writer/artist of Pigtale (a quirky comic about a private eye, a pig, and a wolf with a super-plasma weapon). As was to be expected, I got something completely different from all the other sketches. And oVi also added to my fish count. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.
Nielalien celebrates five years of celebrating Dr Strange today. Cheers!
Conan #13: "The Devil Within": After the last issue, I hunted down a collection of Conan from the library (Conan the Librarian!) and started reading the original tales. At the ECCC I told this to Kurt, who quickly said, "Make sure you get the Del Rey version, 'The Coming of Conan', since it has all the original words." Luckily, this is the one I picked out of the library's selection of titles, so I'm not just reading Conan, I'm reading the Kurt Busiek approved Conan. Anyway, getting back to this issue, it's another solid tale which illustrates Conan's nature as well as what molds him into the King he later becomes. The artwork grows and grows on me, I just want to see more of it. I wish I could have gotten an Aquaman sketch from Cary Nord. Ahem... if you aren't reading this series, you are missing out on a great book. Yes, it's heroic fantasy, but it's lovely classic heroic fantasy and well worth a browse. Give it a shot. Maybe buy the first collection.
Triplets of Belleville: I believe the animation style would best be described as "grotesque", and the story also reflects that. The first half of the movie is really slow. It takes a long long time for the pieces to start pulling together into something more and more fascinating. I don't think I could call it a great movie, but there is a lot in there to take in. I suspect this is one of those movies that improves on subsequent viewings. The animation, once you get past the distortions, is simply amazing. The attention to detail is clear even on the first watch-through. In short, since this is a rapid review, I can say that this is a fun movie. I wouldn't recommend it for everyone, though, and if you do watch it be aware that it starts very slowly and builds to a very odd finish.
I just spotted some new books on Amazon that amuse and mystify me: Aquaman Big Color & Activity Book with Stickers and Aquaman Jumbo Color & Activity Book. I'm looking forward to seeing what version of Aquaman these use.
Heh, Warren Ellis used one of my panels of Aquaman from my recent review as his Old Comics Zen image.
The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty #7: With 24 full pages of story, this book really shows me that decompression in comic book storytelling both works and doesn't work. At the end of each issue I just want the next one. But the book was paced well and was full of detail. This one reveals a major aspect of the story. It doesn't shove it into your face, but the revelation answers a lot of the questions I've had about this series. I wonder now how many more issues there are.
Today is Free Mojtaba and Arash Day. "Lately, we have been reading about bloggers who have been made jobless because they blogged about their jobs. In Iran, blogging may put you in jail. A little extreme? Yes."
It's been a week or so since we went to see this play. Hubby-Eric and I try to take in local productions of Oz plays whenever possible, and so when we saw that Robert Frost Elementary was putting on a production we got ourselves tickets and went to see the fun. Here's a picture of most of the main cast during their curtain call. The good witches are on the ends, next up are the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Dorothy, Toto, and the Lion without her mask on.
Here's a picture of most of the main cast during their curtain call. The good witches are on the ends, next up are the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Dorothy, Toto, and the Lion without her mask on.
I know you are all following my adventures, and misadventures, of training for the Seattle 3-Day walk with baited breath. If that's so, you can read about it over on the boring blog. But I think it's time to once again mention that I need donations to make the minimum level so I'll actually be allowed to walk. The net proceeds will support breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment through the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. Try saying that three times fast.
Wallace & Gromit Movie.