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President Obama

I saw this picture of President-elect Obama as superman on CNN.com and had to share. The caption says it’s from a poster somewhere in Los Angeles, California. Here is the link to the original.




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Tired of the tragic hero archtype

Is the world a fundamentally just place? This question has been under the driving pulse of many graphic novels, all featuring the tragic hero. But does the main character (hero/heroine) always have to be so tragic? Can he not be dastardly, cruel, vicious, cold and the utter rarity – comic.

I have not seen a truly funny main character in a graphic novel in a long time except perhaps autobiographical ones (because don’t we all have to laugh at ourselves).  Humor in graphic novels for some unknown reason has been relegated to the reliable side kick or the three dollar issue of Archie comics on the aisle in the super market. Which is a shame considering Archie Comics has been a real treat. Three thumbs to Jughead who is a metaphor for the finite infinite universe. None of the other characters make much sense.

But comedy is the perfect medium for a graphic novel and Its high time we had a non mopping non wimpy non agonizing funny in a non sarcastic manner main character. So if any artists are reading, please do listen.


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Funny article on why Superman Sucks…

I had always disliked Superman for varied reasons, mostly because l hated the simplistic good vs. evil framework and Superman’s omnipotent alien powers (t did not hurt that I liked Batman and Spiderman better, as well). At last, I had found something that articulates my thoughts here. An excerpt

“It almost goes without saying, but if your hero cannot possibly be killed in any instance which does not somehow involve an incredibly rare space-rock, then you’ve got one boring-ass hero. It’s sort of like watching Neo fight all the agent Smiths in The Matrix Reloaded: we know our hero can’t possibly die, and he doesn’t act like he’s in any danger whatsoever, so the entire fight is a foregone conclusion and the audience becomes bored out of their skulls.

I mean, yeah – we obviously go into most superhero stories more or less positive that the hero won’t die, but they still entertain us because the hero doesn’t know that. Spidey is always scared, even if only a little, that one of the Green Goblin’s pumpkin bombs will be the end of him; Daredevil is fully aware that a well-placed projectile from Bullseye could kill him. As a result, these characters act with restraint and forethought; since Superman knows nothing bad can happen to him no matter what, he acts with no such subtlety. He flies headlong into every conflict, fists thrust forward, because he knows he’s in no immediate danger. Thus, we know he’s in no immediate danger, and we get bored out of our fucking skulls.”

Again, the article is here via Sullivan.



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Hannah Montana Stardom

Hey everyone,

I’m not a Hannah Montana fan, but I think I get the lure of the show. Look at all those crazy preteen girls going crazy over her. There has to be a reason right? I wondered about this while shopping in Wal-mart one day. There were tons of her products everywhere and her face was on the box of the frost mini-wheat cereal box that I bought. What brought this girl, Miley Cyrus to stardom?

That answer lies in this. If you could be famous without the hassle of the paparazzi wouldn’t you want to be? And to do that you would need an alter ego that the world would know while you were able to hide your true self. On the show Hannah Montana, she is able to keep her identity hidden, but to do so often leads to funny situations.

This theme occurs very often in manga, anime, and comics but to see this in live action must be very exciting to the young crowd. Secret identities are exciting and can be funny. They appear in various mangas and comics. Look at Superman, Batman, and Spider man. A superhero needs a secret identity. For manga/manwha, look at Karin (Chibi Vampire), My Girl, Charisma Doll, Claymore, Gokusen, and the list goes on.

People want a hidden identity that is exciting and special, something they know only they can do or something that can allow them to protect themselves when necessary. I suppose its why I like writing on this blog as well. I can say what I want without people knowing who I am.

Hannah Montana

Miley as Hannah Montana.

Miley Cyrus

Miley as herself?



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