Friday, January 29, 2010

Kingdom Come | Kingdom Comedy

Currently re-reading DC graphic novel "Kingdom Come". Used to find the story unbearably dull with Alex Ross' gouache style of painting pretentious. (Really, it's much an ache to see not only the cover page, but also the whole content of the book drawn that way.)

Used to.

But after having chanced to read "Thy Kingdom Come" (which by the way is also a graphic novel), I came to appreciate Alex Ross' technique of drawing (See, he drew the cover page for the series) & made me want to give a previously scorned "Kingdom Come" a second chance.

Well, I still hate "Kingdom Come". Then again I'm grateful that it gave me enough reason to try to dedicate a post for this "Kingdom Come" which led me to the discovery of this hilarious redrawn of the cover. Featuring the almost forgotten DC character, "Captain Carrot"! Heh.

The good old days when Life can be so bright with a simple comic book. Sigh.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Lost Room

The Lost Room. Started shown yesterday (Sundays, 10:00 PM on Channel 5). Gave the episode 1 a try. No regret. Or perhaps, I'm just a sucker for a show with 'Lost' in its title. Heh.

PS. Check out The Lost Room DVD trailer here.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Batman: The Killing Joke (The Deluxe Edition)

No joke this graphic novel "Batman: The Killing Joke"! Managed to get hold of the deluxe edition (published in 2008) of the classic masterpiece first published in 1988.

This pivotal story (which involves Barbara Gordon being shot by the Joker and thus, retired from her role as Batgirl and later to become the wheelchair-bound Oracle) was written by Alan Moore & the artist was Brian Bolland.

For the 1988 edition of "Batman: The Killing Joke", the coloring was done by John Higgins.

The Deluxe Editon has Brian Bolland himself did the remastering of the colour. It's said in the Introduction by Tim Sale (yes, the artist himself for the TV series HEROES), that "Bolland's colors are characteristically thoughtful and restrained."

But what I like most is how the flashback sequences have Bolland "washes out all color in each one...but chooses to spotlight an object in each in increasingly shades of red, all leading up to...the Red Hood".

Anyway, here are some samples from the Net that showcase side by side the 'original' (1988) version and the Deluxe Edition (2008).

So which one do you like best?

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Alan Moore talks...

Check out the interesting YouTube clips: "Alan Moore talks - 01 - V For Vendetta", "Alan Moore talks - 02 - Watchmen", and
"Alan Moore talks - 03 - League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen".

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite

Currently reading "The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite". (And resisting not to click on the Wikipedia article of the graphic novel. Heh.) Well, and guess what? There is even a Fan site, "The Umbrella Academy Fan Site".

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Marvel presents "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"

Currently reading "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", Marvel-style. Heh.