Who’s laughing now?

ComicVine – Jared Leto as The Joker Revealed
ComicsBeat – Let Jared Leto’s Joker wish you a happy Friday Night
Comic Book Resources – Ayer reveals Jared Leto’s Tattooed “Suicide Squad” Joker

Yeah, it’s the 75th Birthday of the Joker, one of the most famous villains of all time, not only in the comic universe of DC. His first appearance happened to be within the pages of Batman #1, quite unbelievable that he still sticks with us today. Many writers, artists, directors and actors had their chance over the past decades to show dark sides, sadistic and sociopathic ways. What fascinates the audience and the producers can fill many books.

Let’s come back to the Birthday Party … what better day to show us a picture of a tattooed Jared Leto in the role of The Joker. It lead to quite a buzz and many pages referencing to Movies, Comics and similar stuff took the tweet and shared their opinions.

Apart from this we also got the first Trailers for Batman vs. Superman and it seems that neither Batman nor The Joker will be coming to a rest soon. In case of Batman there is a totally different kind of discussion, where Ben Affleck doesn’t seem to be the posterboy for the role of Batman. I kinda shared the opinion in the very first days and then Kevin Smith wrote a statement and I thought to myself “he’s right”, let’s give him a chance and now I do. In case of Jared Leto there was never a question mark anywhere to be found – at least I didn’t see one. But I get lost a bit here.

Let’s see what the movies and storytellers have in mind for us, I am curious and wish The Joker all the Best, may he be the sociopathic sadistic criminal mastermind forever. Cheers to that!

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Not only Musicians but Painters, too!?

Referencing Article

Wow, I knew that some famous musicians also worked in other areas and delivered some very fine piece of artwork but I wasn’t aware who

Due to the fact that I have the Album Deja vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and this being one of my favourite albums of all time – I saw and recognized the art of Joni Mitchell. Apart from that I heard about Bob Dylan’s art, but that’s it – thanks to the list on the above mentioned link I learned about many others and I like their art. Especially Tony Bennett and Hannah Hooper, nice pictures.

In addition to this list I want to add David McKean who may not be famous as a musician, but still is a jazz pianist who founded a record label called Feral Records.

He become more famous and earned more prizes and recognition with his art. Especially his art for “The Sandman”, where he drew every cover for each issue.


Apart from that he also participated in film projects, designed covers for some albums and books. I love his work, he changes and adapts so many different styles and his art – even if do not like all his works the same way – at least sends out emotions and makes me wonder.

So, take a look and give it try – even the books and albums where he designed the cover art.

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Your friendly Superheroes, drawn differently?

Hero_Complex_Gallery
Just stumbled over the article by Joey Paur from geek tyrant, where he wrote about an Art Show at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles. Looks very interesting.

http://geektyrant.com/news/illustrations-from-the-avengers-age-of-ultron-art-show

100 artists provide exclusive art to celebrate the release of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ hitting theaters May 1!
Hero Complex Gallery have announced the biggest pop-culture art event of the year to celebrate the biggest movie of the year! Landing in Los Angeles on Friday, April 24, from 7-10 PM PT, exclusive artwork from nearly 100 artists, including originals, sculptures, mega-metals, and more, all inspired by Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” just one week prior to the film’s U.S. debut on May 1. Purchase tickets now to see the film!
Join us as we journey into the Super Hero universe of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”!

Immediately I took a look at the pictures and the link to the gallery. Many of those pictures are really good. Apart from Craig Drake and Glen Brogan I am not that familiar with the other artists. So far I can say that the art of both artists is amazing and well worth a visit to the gallery alone.

If you want to take a look at their art visit some of the below mentioned web links. Have fun and enjoy.

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Review: The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

Death, Love and the Artist

Rating: Superb, 9 of 10


It is common believe – and not without good reason – that people who talk or write on a very theoretical level are not the ones who will be able to produce something in the quality they are others asking for. Critics for one thing are seldom loved, some of them even feared for their harsh and bitter words. There are also others who believe to know better and teach or make presentations about writing, painting without ever experiencing those things by themselves. Some of them try and learn it the hard way that writing and/or talking about something is completely different to just doing it.

This book is a good example that there are exceptions.

The first panel of the book shows us a man hanging in mid-air only a few inches right above the floor. The scenery looks like an alley, somewhere in a big city. So far that’s all we see. On the next page we are shown a scene in a small restaurant, a man named David Smith sitting alone at a table ordering one drink after the other. He seems broken, totally lost and a bit drunk. Right afterwards another man approaches his table and we are introduced to Uncle Harry, he asks him what has happened and the man tells him about his situation. We learn that he is a sculptor who worked hard to become one of the best, for a moment there even was success in plain sight but he kinda lost it all. He says about himself that he is not really good with people and this seems to be one of the main problems. We also learn about his love life, his family and his private situation. After a few moments he stops, looks at Uncle Henry and remembers that Uncle Harry already died.

David: God, it’s been so long.
Uncle Harry: It has, yeah.
David: Feels like a million years, doesn’t it?
Uncle Harry: Uh-huh.
David: Man, the last time I saw you, you were…
(Pause)
David: … dead.

This is the moment where we meet Death and David gets offered a chance, giving his live for art, getting the opportunity to change something, to become famous beyond imagination. The deal is that he will receive this gift for a limited time and then he dies. As you – dear reader – may imagine David takes the deal and that’s where the story gets rolling. We are confronted with potential, failure, love and drama in all its varied incarnations. Scott McCloud delivers more then well and keeps the suspense until the very end. The speed of the storytelling changes during the book and it fits well. I couldn’t stop reading it, I only made a few breaks while reading the story.

The graphic style of the book is amazingly well crafted, too. The characters, dialogues and the scenery in each panel is well done, accompanying the story perfect. One of my favourite scenes is the first encounter with Meg.


A wonderful misunderstanding if there ever was better one.

Apart from the wonderful storytelling and graphic style there is one thing that I want to point out especially. David takes the deal because he decides to invest all the time he has left into his talent, setting the goal of being exceptionally famous in the end. He kinda believes that he will not fall in love, have any kind of social life that may stop him from doing that during this limited time. On his way he meets a girl and Scott McCloud delivers a loveable character. She is cute, intelligent, beautiful, funny and simply amazing, as it is mentioned by her friends in the story, it’s impossible not falling in love with her. They start having a relationship and everythings seems to work out …


… with the usual ups and downs and much more. But go read for yourself, the story will make you laugh, smile and cry. There is love, drama, even a bit action, comedy, fame and much more. The characters feel like realistic, human beings and the story, which has many fantasy-elements feels so real that you start to get the same suspense like the characters do, thanks to the pacing storytelling.

Scott McCloud, who is famous for his works like “Understanding Comics”, “Reinventing Comics” where he showed that he can describe the fun, the entertaining factor of reading comics. Apart from that he also received quite a number of awards during his career as an artist and storyteller. This time he published an exceptional piece of work and if there are some stories of work close to Will Eisners best Graphic Novels this is surely one of them. It is by any means already one of the best graphic novels of this year … so, Thank you, Scott McCloud. You made my day.

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New Song, old style ..


http://hellogiggles.com/mumford-sons-new-song/
Mumford & sons published their third song from the upcoming album “Wilder Mind” this week and I agree with Gina Vaynshteyn from Hell Giggles – this is a song that would’ve found quite a home on one of the first two albums.

Personally. I like it when musicians start to go new ways, try some new tunes or even other instruments. Nn some cases it went very well and we are can be thankful when it works, it give us – the audience, the fans – the opportunity to learn more about their talents, and maybe like them even more.

In this case it really feels like this band is going into a direction where other bands already dwell, some of them even defined the genre. From my point of view this makes it more difficult but not impossible to still enjoy their album – and I will give it a chance for sure, and let’s take a look at it, we have 3 songs already available, just for listening.

Unfortunately, I haven’t seen Mumford and Sons performing live – each time I kinda missed them or didn’t get any ticket anymore. Let’s see – we can assume that they will go on tour again and will come to a place nearby! :)

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Character Cloning, done the easy way with Tatiana Maslany

A few days ago, the third season of Orphan Black started and we – once again – are in the lucky situation to see Tatiana Mislay giving a tremendous performance by playing quite a number of different characters. She is amazingly talented, from the very first episode she completely blew me away. Since then I have the feeling that she becomes better and better. The fact that she is still taking acting classes shows that she is working on becoming better. This role(s) are not easy to play, each character has it’s own motives and the writers provide complex storylines and well crafted dialogues in addition to that.

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/04/tatiana-maslany-orphan-black-premiere-interview

One day – and it ill happen for sure – Orphan Black will come to an end, still hoping that the producers / writers will find a way to provide a satisfying ending. Something that will become more and more difficult the longer the show will run.

This makes me wonder what will the talented Tatiana Maslany play afterwards, will there be any challenges left? Sure there will, any new role can be a challenge by itself and it the end it depends on the writer on what he may have in mind for the character he develops.

So here are only a few ideas on what may be possible and may be be fitting.

What if …
– the Doctor (Doctor Who) will find Gallifrey and there will be other Timelords, again. Then I would love to see Tatiana Maslany playing a female Timelord,
– the Doctor (Doctor Who) dies and reincarnates in female form, played by Tatiana Maslany,
– the Comic Sex Criminals gets its chance to be adapted for the small screen and Tatiana Maslany may play (or Mila Kunis who would also be perfectly fitting) a major part,
– Terry Pratchetts Wee Free Men gets adapted and most of the witches (apart from Tiffany Aching) will be played by Tatiana Maslany,

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Previews – Comics, Magazines and many other things


Yesterday evening I went through the Previews The Comic’s Shop Catalogue and found some new titles and I sent the order for the upcoming Comics this morning, especially those that will be published in June 2015.

Enclosed you’ll find some of the gems I discovered, maybe some of them are interesting for other people, too! This time this post is published as a Daily Snippet, only – I plan to enhance this in the future and may provide more information and some gems directly from the actual Previews! :) So, be warned!

Black Hammer (Dark Horse Comics)


Jeff Lemire is quite a busy man nowadays – if I remember it correctly he writes about two titles for Image, co-wrote something for DC, has a title or two at some independent publisher and maybe there’s even more. Not only does he write but in some cases he even draws the comic book by himself. My favourite still is Trillium, if you find a copy or a trade somewhere give it a try, it is wonderful Sci-Fi Love Story.

In this case the art is provided by Dean Ormston whose artwork I love, his still is unique and atmospheric and destined for such strories. Unfortunately today we are informed that Dean is sick and therefore the start of the title will be postponed. All the best for him, hopefully he will be better soon. See http://jefflemire.blogspot.de/2015/04/black-hammer-postponed.html for more infos.

Constantine: Hellblazer (DC)


John Constantine, I discovered the character first within the pages of the Books of Magic, afterwards kinda met him again in Sandman and Swamp Thing. After I started reading Hellblazer, his regular title I became a huge fan. During the whole run there were many writers who provided some amazingly fantastic horror stories, filled with occult suspense, strange characters and much more.

Seems that DC tries to relaunch the series again and this time I will be there again, still hopeful, still giving the authors a chance. Let’s see what they have planned for us.

Prez (DC)

Honestly? It is a series about a female president, a 12 issue mini-series and it reads like fun. I am curious, that’s it so far.

Section 8 (DC)

Garth Ennis and John McCrea started a character within their run of The Demon, the one called Tommy Monaghan, better known as Hitman. Within the pages of this series we met the “Group of Superheroes” called Section 8 and it was strange, I will never forget the first appearance of Dog Wielder, I thought … What the … and the series Hitman until then was strange enough.

I kinda loved their work, strange humour, atmospheric stories and cool characters, believe me this can be fun.

Groot (Marvel)


Are you reading Guardias of the Galaxy, have you seen the movie? If not just do it, really … they may be different but both provide you adventure, action and fun! You will not be disappointed.

One of their characters is a wonderful creature, it’s history in Marvel itself dates back for a very long time, always put back in a drawer. Maybe it was Brian Michael Bendis or the movie which led to the well earned popularity – in the end it doesn’t matter, Groot can make you happy, sad and laugh with only a few gestures or mimics.

Very well done, and after Rocket Racoon, Peter Quill etc. got their own title it was time that Groot will get his. What to expect? For me – hopefully adventure, action and fun, what else?

Minions (Titan Comics)

The guys from Titan Comics will publish Minions, really? I couldn’t resist- this may be a complete failure due to the fact that the minions humour only seems to work in animated form. But Titan Comics so far proved that they are capable of transferring the atmosphere of the original coming from the big screen on paper.

Inside Out (Joe Books Inc)


Okay, guilty as charged – I love each trailer so far. When I read there will be a one-shot by an independent publisher I couldn’t resist. No harm done – this will not be an endless movie adaption. Therefore I’ll give it a chance.

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Review: Whiplash

The road to greatness can take you to the edge

Rating: Great (8 of 10)


Recently I went to the local cinema (http://www.kinoimkesselhaus.at/filmgalerie/mission-statement) and watched Whiplash, a movie about a student named Andrew Nieman who wants to become a famous drummer. He even aims to become one of the greatest drummers, remembered forever and is working amazingly hard to reach his goal.

Terence Fletcher: There are no two words in the English language more harmful than “good job”.

On his way to success he meets Terence Fletcher, a teacher at the college where is studying. A respected and feared teacher, by pupils and colleagues. He has a Jazz Band and is looking for students who are talented enough, according to his requirements. After some encounters Andrew gets the chance to play in his band as a drummer, starting as a Backup drummer who has to flip the pages for the main drummer.

Andrew, the student is played by Miles Teller and we will see him soon again in “Fantastic Four”, playing Reed Richards, can’t wait to see that. He is amazingly talented, presenting the audience a talented hard-working student who wants to make it, become famous and the costs do not matter. We see him sitting day and night at his drum set, playing til the hands bleed. The scenes where Miles really astonishing are first the ones where he is confronted with the sadistic brutal force called Terence Fletcher, here he receives full sympathy for not giving up. Second there are many quiet scenes with his father played by the wonderful Paul Reiser and when he sits alone, by himself in his flat.

Fletcher, the teacher is played by J. K. Simmons, and I want to stay with a comic adaption where he played a quite famous role, mainly J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man, amazingly fitting. In the role as a sadistic teacher he offers so much more, I dare say that he goes beyond anything he played so far. He shows us a character which is quite difficult, obsessed with the idea of teaching the right way by using cruel even abusive methods, we see a sadistic emotional unstable person. Someone who shouldn’t be confronted with people, not even close to students.

The movie is written and directed by Damien Chazelle, someone who is quite new on this stage. The story itself is a little bit “Full Metal Jacket meets Rocky with Jazz Music”. We see a full force sadist who is not ashamed of crying and lying in front of his students, a highly talented student with slight sociopathic tendencies.

There are even some moments where the dialogues themselves are fast, like the drum-staccatos that are played within the movies. There is one scene at the dinner table with Andrew’s family that left us breathless for a moment, I would really have appreciated it to have break afterwards and I’m used to Kevin Smith movies.

Uncle Frank: You got any friends, Andy?
Andrew: No.
Uncle Frank: Oh, why’s that?
Andrew: I don’t know, I just never really saw the use.
Uncle Frank: Well, who are you going to play with otherwise? Lennon and McCartney, they were school buddies, am I right?
Andrew: Charlie Parker didn’t know anybody ’til Jo Jones threw a cymbal at his head.
Uncle Frank: So that’s your idea of success, huh?
Andrew: I think being the greatest musician of the 20th century is anybody’s idea of success.
Jim: Dying broke and drunk and full of heroin at the age of 34 is not exactly my idea of success.
Andrew: I’d rather die drunk, broke at 34 and have people at a dinner table talk about me than live to be rich and sober at 90 and nobody remembered who I was.
Uncle Frank: Ah, but your friends will remember you, that’s the point.
Andrew: None of us were friends with Charlie Parker. *That’s* the point.
Uncle Frank: Travis and Dustin? They have plenty of friends and plenty of purpose.
Andrew: I’m sure they’ll make great school board presidents someday.
Dustin: Oh, that’s what this is all about? You think you’re better than us?
Andrew: You catch on quick. Are you in Model UN?
Travis: I got a reply for you, Andrew. You think Carleton football’s a joke? Come play with us.
Andrew: Four words you will never hear from the NFL.
Aunt Emma: Who wants dessert?

I am looking forward to future projects of Damien Chazelle, it looks promising. From my point of view the movie, the whole team completely earned the recognintion they earned by critics and audiences all over the world. This is an terrifying, electrifying movie with non-stop suspense until the very end.

Apart from all that – the music is great, I am quite a fan of Jazz Music but there are some wonderful pieces played here – and if you will make it until the end you will be rewarded! If .. this actually happened for real and I was sitting in the audience I would have been astonished, breathless forthe whole performance!

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Why Vinyl rocks … for me, anyway. :)


http://hellogiggles.com/vinyl-records/

It was Record Store Day yesterday and once again Record Stores all over the world participated, offered special editions, organized live gigs with some local bands and some of them even offered salesdiscount on their regular sortiment.

This year I didn’t make it, I had no chance of getting some of the special releases, especially no Dresden Doll album. Anyway, I got some nice albums, e.g. Beck, Nick Cave among others. I believe this initiative to be a good thing and the fact that vinyl is having quite a renaissance nowadays shows that is working.

Like Mary Kay who wrote the article on hellogiggles.com I also love Vinyl and I remember the first album I bought when I was a kid. It was AC/DC’s Fly on the Wall, it was not one of their best ones but I kinda loved it then. It was followed by many others and each of them gets its chance to land on my turntable on a lazy sunday afternoon.

Why I love Vinyl nowadays even more than I loved it many years ago? This medium now offers you the advantage of buying and having something in your hands, you can enjoy the artwork, the inlay and some artists really invest time and/or money in the layout of their album. Take the latest Albums from The XX (nice cover art), Karin Park (white vinyl), Attwenger (Green, slightly transparent vinyl) among many others. Also Jack White’s Lazaretto should be mentioned here, because no CD can offer the the same experience you will have with the vinyl edition.

Furthermore you have an easer access to mobile use of the album you just bought. The number of releases who have a Download Code inserted as a bonus is rising, if it is not part of the packages then in most cases they insert the CD as an alternative. So, you can enjoy taking the disc out of the album, putting it on the turntable and sitting on the couch, reading the lyrics, looking on the layout and listen to the album.

By the end of may I will visit London – again – and this time I plan to make a Record Store Tour, just for the fun of it. I am looking forward to, planning to keep you posted. ;)

http://www.thevinylfactory.com/vinyl-factory-releases/diggers-delight-londons-8-best-secret-record-shops/

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May he save our souls, Preacher is coming …

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/04/17/a-long-time-coming-dominic-cooper-joins-preacher/

Wow, it seems that all our prayers have been heard, still not sure where those prayers went. May it be heaven or hell, in the end it doesn’t matter, hopefully they will have fun and make something good right from the source material. And a … lot there is, there were only 66 issues, some specials, one-shots and a mini-series but still Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon filled every issue, every page, even single panels with story, character development, blood and gore, action, violence and one-liners like there will be no tomorrow!

Right in the first issue we meet the main characters which will accompany him until the very end, his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish Vampire called Cassidy. If you think that the start is strange enough you may be in for a treat for the whole journey where we will meet an undead cowboy, a pope of a church that keeps the descendants of christ imprisoned, angels, demons and many more strange characters.

So, AMC announced that not only the vision from page to the small screen will become real, and that there talks with some actors, now they present us an actor for Rev. Jesse Custer, the Preacher who accidentally becomes possessed by an all-powerful creature which was imprisoned by angels. In march this year it was told that they ask for Dominic Cooper to play the role of the main character and now it is confirmed.

So, do I believe that he is a good choice so far? Yes, I do … I kinda look at the characters he played so far and they always are determined, straight forward and also a little bit different, from an eccentric drummer in Tamara Drewe to Howard Stark in Captain America he proved to play those roles perfectly. Jesse Custer is not an easy one to play, especially because he starts as an angry Preacher who isn’t shy to charge the townsfolk during church service about all their sinful ways and later becomes amazingly powerful. There is a lot of character development happening, among the many strange storylines.

I am still curious who will be playing the rest of the cast, I am hopeful that this DC Vertigo Series will be done justice. …. and maybe one day Hitman will be next? Who knows!?

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