Manga Next a couple of films and some friends
I would like to start this by thanking everyone who stopped by our table at NYAF. It was a great show and we’ll be returning next year.
On top of that we’re going to be going to Manga Next in East Brunswick, New Jersey on October 29-31. I’ll be moderating a panel on webcomics on Sunday the 31st, Halloween, so I’ll be sure to have some candy for the guests If you’re in the area stop on by and say hello.
I also have a request, please vote for, The Oswald Chronicles, on Top Web Comics, I know I’m always asking, but it is Important in helping to drive new people to the site, thanks.
I’m a subscriber and recommend-er of Netflix, since I started using the service my DVD purchases has dropped to nearly nothing Netflix has a huge library, they don’t have everything, but who does, but most of the time they do have what I’m looking for. So I ordered a couple of films and here they are:
The first was, The Human Centipede:
The Human Centipede is a horror film that has an unusual form of torture for its protagonists. It involves two very empty-headed girls, a typical horror trope, a mad scientist/doctor another horror trope and a Japanese man who heads it all up. I have to warn everyone that this film is not for the squeamish or easily disturbed. I personally enjoyed the movie and was surprised at the lack of gore, but the subject matter and what the doctor does to these three individuals is truly horrific. So I suggest this one with heavy doses of caution.
To cleanse my mental palate we (I was watching with my wife) watched The Secret of the Kells. I had barely heard anything about this film except for a suggestion on Amazon. I checked it out and put it on my list and I’m extremely happy that I did. This movie was stunning in its beauty if you’re an artist or if you just love traditional 2D animation you’ll probably enjoy the visuals of this film. The story is light and fun and a great film to watch with the whole family. This is one of the few films that I’ve seen on DVD that I’m probably going to buy for my personal collection. Go out and see this film if you can.
Now on to the friends: At NYCC I came across a couple of friends and the books they were promoting.
The first is Steve Roman who was giving away a preview comic promoting his cool YA prose series, The Saga of Pandora Zwieback. Pandora is a young lady who sees strange and unusual things and beats them up. Steve has a down-loadable version of this preview so check it out at www.pandorazwieback.com
The second is Bob Larkin who I met through Steve a few years ago. Bob is a painter who’s done all kinds of work for various publishers and who’s probably most famous for his Hulk painting. If you see it you’ll probably recognize it, if you’ve been around comics long enough. Bob was promoting his art book The Savage Art of Bob Larkin is a great book with many of his beautiful paintings from across his career as a painter. If you like great fantasy, horror and sci-fi paintings then you may want to give this one a look.
The third book I’m going to cover here is not by a friend of mine, although I wish he was. This was actually the only book I purchased at the show. Normally I would give the show floor a good walk over and pick up a few books but I was actually working my table and had little time to do that, but fortunately enough I saw this book called Pieces of Meeces The works of Phil Mendez. This is a sketch book filled with mice by a master animator who knows everything about facial expression and characterization. I usually pick this sort of thing up in hopes that one day I’ll probably be able to get the artist to do an Oswald illustration for me. I doubt I could afford Mr. Mendez but one day when I do have the spare cash and if I can get in touch with him I will try. This is a fun little book and if you see it snatch it up, because it’s a great sketch book.
Thanks again to all those who’ve been supporting The Oswald Chronicles and please as usual if you have any thoughts let me know.
Thank you for your time.