DC Comics Fan Art — The Joker Gets His Smile

This somewhat gruesome bit of fan art by Tov Mauzer shows the Clown Prince of Crime giving himself his trademark wide grin courtesy of a knife. The Glasgow smile wasn't part of the Joker's original look, but was added in the comics around 2008 (so around about the same time the Joker was shown with that look in the Dark Knight movie). While the focus of the image here is the knife in the mouth, my favorite bit is those crazy eyes. Source: DeviantArt - Become a Monster

Alternate Smaug Designs From WETA

So, as is common in the movie industry, WETA considered a variety of different designs for Smaug before settling on what we got to see in The Hobbit movies. And designer Andrew Baker has posted a big batch of those designs on his blog under the heading Smaug Fails. Looking at what he has posted, I think it's safe to say that he's being self-deprecating on this one. Not all of the designs would have fit the style of the movie certainly. And some wouldn't have captured the right feel for Smaug. But they are all visually arresting in their own right. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="119046,119043,119044,119045"] Make sure to click through …Read more  »

The Akira Project — Fan Made Live Action Akira Trailer

For almost a decade and a half now there has been talk of a live action Hollywood adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira. A story that can justifiably be called a classic in two mediums (Manga and Anime). That adaptation has been awaited with a mixture of anticipation and dread (particularly with some of the ideas that were leaked). And yet it seems we are no closer to actually seeing such a film. Adapting Akira is not without it's problems. While the anime is in many way's brilliant it's also only semi-comprehensible as compressing the substantial original story into a two hour running time requires a lot of cutting. But this …Read more  »

Hobbit Cosplay — Thranduil

The way Peter Jackson chose to portray J.R.R. Tolkien's elves doesn't exactly match what I had in my head. But to be fair I'm not sure I could even verbally explain how I see them in my head, so that is asking an awful lot. More importantly cosplayer Abyssinian has really captured the look of captured the look of Thranduil from the Hobbit movies. Link: CosplayBlog

LEGO Hellboy

Hellboy has a very distinctive look and this LEGO bust by The Deathly Halliwell captures it extremely well. Hellboy's red skin means there isn't much to play with when it comes to color pallette. But the shape is so strong here that all that's needed is some accessory colors. I think my favorite thing is the smoke coming from Hellboy's ever present cigar. Source: Flickr

Adaptations, Reinterpretations, Reboots And Modifications

I was watching one of the introductory lectures for the Comics & Graphics novels course that I'm taking ( https://class.coursera.org/comics-001/class ) and there was a very interesting discusison on the topic of what is the definitive edition of a comic book. The lecturer made an interesting comparison with Shakespeare's Hamlet which also appeared in several editions. Which of course made me think of Tolkien's re-writing of sections of The Hobbit to fit better with The Lord of the Rings. This lead me to thinking about George Lucas' continual changing of small elements in his Star Wars movies. To fans great irritation. I'm not going to defend most of the changes as …Read more  »

Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

This is an action movie. Set your expectations accordingly. I know that's not what all Star Trek fans want, but like the last Star Trek movie this is primarily about providing explosions and thrills. Personally I have to say I like that. Star Trek movies have been far too prone to pontification and while hitting on some deeper issues isn't a bad thing, people standing around lecturing gets dull pretty quickly. Star Trek Into Darkness does actually touch on some deeper stuff but it's not subtle in how it does it. No one can miss the comparison being made about how the Federation apparently wants to handle this terrorist and …Read more  »

LEGO Jaws — Just When You Thought It Was Safe

I love the use of 3D in this LEGO recreation of the iconic JAWS poster. Builder Chris Adams even included the swimmer. Take a close look at how the sea effect was done too. Very clever. http:[email protected]/9470934961/

Movie Review: Dredd

I don't dislike the Stallone Judge Dredd movie as much as some do, but it's fair to say that it was not a faithful adaptation of the source material. The 2012 movie Dredd starring Carl Urban as Judge Dredd and Olivia Thirlby as trainee Judge Anderson hews much closer to the comic books though it does seem to be lacking the trade mark grim humor of the original work. Early on there are signs of budget limitations as some of the shots of Mega City 1 lack the level of ridiculous buildup that I would expect. However once the story gets focussed into a single block the set design is …Read more  »