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Moomin Every Day

Adorable, amirite?

I'll confess, I haven't actually read the book yet, though typesetting has begun. (I know, typesetting text without having previously read it? Bringhurst will strike me down!) Moomin Every Day—a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Moomin comic Strip—is coming at you this winter, and as I sort through the images, the interns keep giving me strange looks because I'm giggling uncontrollably (which, sadly, is nothing out of the ordinary). Though the book is mostly text, there are plenty precious Moomin-posse images to keep us visually inclined people appeased. While some of the images are previously published strips, others include scratch drawings and photographs never before published in an English-language book. Here are some of my favs:

Behind the sceens of Lego Cowboys and Aliens spoof with a little Star Wars twist.

Jro at Jro-Ven to Insanity requested that we post so of our Lego stuff.

Here is the Lego Cowboys and Aliens spoof with a little Star Wars twist movie.

Here are some pictures of the set we used in the movie if you have any questions please ask.

More Lego pictures are coming soon.

Captain America : The First Avenger - Official Trailer 2

This might be the most awesome trailer ever.

Here is the IGN.com rewind trailer.

TCJ's not the only one talking about Garfield these days...

Well, by now I'm sure you've all read that extensive Jim Davis piece by R.C. Harvey over at TCJ, but, have you heard Neil Farber's take on everyone's favourite wisecracking, orange cartoon cat*? No? Well, maybe you should pick up the most recent issue of Juxtapoz, wherein Neil has a whopping 14 page interview!

(disclaimer: the interview is primarily Garfield-unrelated)

*After Heathcliff.

Kate Beaton's Strong Female Characters

I was once asked why I didn't watch the new Battlestar Galactica, as it had "strong female characters" so I find this comic of Kate's particularly funny. Read it here. We're releasing Hark! A Vagrant on September 27th, and Publishers Weekly has spotlighted it as one of the top ten Fall graphic novels (along with Death-Ray and Blabber Blabber Blabber: Everything). Hooray!

Adrian Tomine Illustrates Online Dating for NYer

Adrian illustrates an article by Nick Paumgarten in the July 4, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. Original art on sale here.

What if Obi-Wan had used Force Speed?

What if Obi-Wan had used Force Speed? 

Rare interview with Shigeru Mizuki on PRI's THE WORLD!

Just typing this blog post gives me goosebumps that thanks to Marco Werman at PRI's THE WORLD, we have a landmark once in a lifetime in English peek at a great cartooning master.

This past Friday, Marco Werman aired his interview with legendary cartoonist, Shigeru Mizuki. Read the transcript or listen to the interview or since Werman traveled to Japan and interviewed Mizuki in person watch the interview:

It's a great interview that covers all of what makes Mizuki such an incredible force in the medium. Any review that compares ONWARD to Sergeant Rock and decides: "The war comics of Shigeru Mizuki are very different. They’re more like poetry meets reality" is going to be a good one. The interview also goes on to place ONWARD in the context of contemporary war stories: "Think Terrence Malick’s 1998 war movie “The Thin Red Line” and the philosophy of war expressed by the hard-nosed Sgt. Walsh played by Sean Penn. Remember Sgt. Walsh berating the lower ranking Private Witt for going AWOL?" The interview also features award-winning manga expert Fred Schodt and delves into what Mizuki thinks of manga, and the video includes Mizuki discussing yokai.

Here are some more reviews of ONWARD TOWARDS OUR NOBLE DEATHS, and mark your calendars everyone for Spring 2012's release of NONNONBA.

"Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths" portrays the human side of the Japanese soldier and his suffering, much like "Letters From Iwo Jima" did. Unlike "Letters," "Onwards" is written in a startling comic form by a man who lived through the experience. Now available in English, both history buffs and manga fans alike are sure to find something new and thought-provoking in its pages."–JAPAN TODAY

"One striking feature of Mizuki's memoir is how it demystifies the Japanese military experience and shows the universality of the soldier's life. These men, like soldiers everywhere, grumble about their superiors, sing bawdy bonding songs, and wish they could go home."–THE MONTREAL GAZETTE

"To tell his powerful tale, Mizuki takes a distinctive graphic approach, he juxtaposes realistic landscapes, war machines and scenes of bloody aftermaths with highly caricatured human figures. The two styles harmoniously enable a remarkable cumulative effect."–UPTOWN

"The author is aiming here for a depth and breadth of story that few other graphic artists attempt. The fact that the book dates from the '70s-a time when American comics were concerned with Spider-Man and The Justice League, and even "underground" comix emphasized small-scale stories-makes Mizuki's ambition all the more remarkable."–POPMATTERS

"Mizuki illustrates the soldiers in a "cartoony" style, but uses a detailed, realistic style for his backgrounds and landscape panels, capturing the beauty and desolation of the remote locate."–PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"At its essence, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths is a story that anyone can understand, a story of both the nobility of human spirit and the absurdity of war."–GRAPHIC NOVEL REPORTER

"This is a war story that gives ready access to American readers who know little of Japanese foot soldiers’ experiences during World War II; the medium of classic manga is just right for the content."–SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"The black-and-white illustrations create a stirring duality: cartoon-drawn characters set against a realistic and highly detailed background. In addition, Mizuki builds suspense as the enemy is always advancing but never quite clearly depicted."–LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Now..the book seems more invaluable than ever. In popular culture, the Japanese perspective on the war has largely been defined by the West. But it's going to be hard to picture the Imperial Army as robotic fanatics after reading Onward, with its mass of rounded faces all yearning for an extra spoonful of rice and one last shot at getting laid before they charge into the abyss."–THE ONION AV CLUB

"Mizuki's artwork in this book is a mix of styles. His realistic depictions of Rabaul's lush tropical vegetation and his stippled images of gigantic cloud formations must have taken many hours of work per frame. But the characters who populate these scenes are drawn in a very simple, undetailed and cartoony way.This technique is effective in the case of Maj. Tadokoro, who makes the decision for the suicide charge. His walleyed stare emphasizes that he is out of touch with reality. He seems to think of himself more as a figure from an epic poem than as a man responsible for the lives of fellow humans in the real world."–DAILY YOMIURI

"This book is excellent...Mizuki threads a little comedy, absurdism, theatrical speeches about the honor of death, through Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, preventing it from becoming a moribund book. It’s still quite dark, and tragic, but mostly, it’s a reminder that for every hero found in war, there are thousands of senseless losses."–NEWSARAMA

"For those fascinated by military history and WWII in particular, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths provides a penetrating look at the suffering and absurd injustice inflicted on Japanese soldiers by their very own army."–COMIC BOOK RESOURCES

"Balltastically, Mizuki recovered, re-teaching himself how to doodle with his non-dominant arm and going on to become one of Japan's preeminent cartoonists and folktale-tellers. Biography, short form: Mizuki is a badass."–BOSTON DIG

"Soldiers were told they could either trudge deeper beyond enemy lines in what were essentially suicide missions or return home and face execution. Mizuki tackles this topic with the wherewithal of someone who was deeply involved and understood the consequences on both ends."–DENVER WESTWORD

"The fact that Onwards Towards Our Noble Deaths provides just a small taste of Shigeru Mizuki's sixty-year manga career should not take away from its ability to stand on its own. It is an epic portrait of a soldier during one of the most brutal battles of World War II. This translation (and its stunning gilded cover) is a welcome addition to the collection of any graphic-novel enthusiast."–WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS

"Mizuki blends a jarring style of highly realistic backgrounds...with caricatured, cartoon-ish figures. The message is instantly clear: the soldiers... are anything but human, in fact they are even less than the surrounding foliage, the threatening war planes, the waiting crows. Not until these bodies are blown up, dismembered, scattered in pieces do they finally become “real." Smithosonian's BOOKDRAGON

"Mizuki manages to show the epiphanies of the men—and even more so the officers—as it dawns on them that they have options. Those memories forgotten in the desperation of battle—the scents of home, the taste of anpan, their first blushing experiences with a woman, their family—now bring the reality of their situation home."–METROPOLIS

"the real value of Mizuki’s book is to show us the human faces on the other side of the battlefield. The Japanese have doubts and fears about war, too. By the end, many of the Japanese soldiers were acutely aware they were fighting a losing battle, but they had no way out. The book puts to shame the horrendous propaganda and stereotypes we used during World War II."–MANGA WORTH READING

David Goldberg

Hey, look, Ione Skye adapted Daniel Clowes' Ice Haven into a short film. Sure, she left some parts out but it's still a fun watch and retains the original hilarious Clowes kid dialogue.

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Best Rock Band Ever + Best Movie Ever = Best Music Video Ever.

Best song ever.

The Expendables rewiew.

This is the review for The Expendables extended cut.

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone
Genre: Action, Shoot'em up,
Running Time: 105mins, 120(extended cut)
MMPA rating: R

The Good: Tons of action, Tons of explosions, A-list actors, Did we mention explosions.

The Bad: Dull plot, Bad acting by a few minor characters.

A team of elite, highly-trained mercenaries, the Expendables, are deployed to the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia to halt local pirates from executing the hostages on a merchant vessel. The team consists of leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), former SAS soldier and blades specialist Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), martial artist Yin Yang (Jet Li), sniper Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), weapons specialist Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) and demolitions expert Toll Road (Randy Couture). Jensen instigates a firefight, causing casualties for the pirates. Yang and Jensen fight over a moral disagreement about hanging a pirate, with Ross finally intervening. As a result of his psychological problems and drug use, Ross reluctantly releases Jensen from the Expendables. The team then travels to New Orleans where they are based.
Ross and rival mercenary leader Trent Mauser (Arnold Schwarzenegger) visit a church to meet a man, who takes the name "Mr. Church" (Bruce Willis). Church offers them a mission in Vilena, an island in between the Gulf of Mexico and South America, to overthrow a brutal dictator, General Garza (David Zayas). Busy with other things, Trent gives the contract to Ross. Meanwhile, Christmas visits his girlfriend, Lacy (Charisma Carpenter), who he discovers has left him for another man. He leaves in a fit of rage, while Lacy insists her actions occurred because she does not see Christmas often and does not even know what he does for a living.
Ross and Christmas fly to Vilena to do initial reconnaissance after meeting their contact, Sandra (Gisele Itié), only for the mission to go awry. Ross learns that Garza is backed by ruthless ex-CIA agent James Munroe (Eric Roberts) as well as his henchmen Paine (Steve Austin) and The Brit (Gary Daniels), who manipulate and keep Garza in power by making his people fear him. Sandra is revealed to be Garza's daughter. Ross decides to abort and causes multiple casualties among the army as they escape, but Sandra refuses to leave. Meanwhile, a vengeful Jensen approaches Garza and Munroe to help their side.

Plot: 6.5/10- The plot was OK but nothing special.

Action: 9.9/10- Gunfire, explosions, hand to hand fight scenes this an action packed movie(viewer discretion is advise).

Acting: 7.5/10- The Stars of the movie were great but a few minor characters were not so good.

Special effects:8.0/10- Tons of awesome explosions.

Soundtrack: 8.0/10- A very good soundtrack.

Comedy:7.5/10 The Expendables is not a comedy but it has a good many funny parts and a really funny Arnold Schwarzenegger joke.

Overall: 7.7- This is a pure action film.

Closing comments: The Expendables is a cool action movie that is sure to satisfy your action crave but lacks in plot.

Recommended for: Action movie fans, Sylvester Stallone fans, Rambo fans.

Best Star Wars Parody.

Attention, les parisiens!

Now is your chance to see Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier's work in person! (Along with a litany of other fantastic Winnipeg artists)


June 23rd - September 25th, 2011
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Well isn't this a nice surprise...

This summer, the CBC is running a new initiative called Cross-Country Bookshelf:

"From coast to coast to coast, CBC shows across the country brought together panels of book lovers to answer the question: "What books do you really need to read to understand my home?" Together, they came up with a list of 10 books for each province or region in the country. Canadians around the world took it from there. For four weeks, they voted for their favourite reads, taking each region's list of 10 titles to a final five. Together, 45 different books from all genres make up the Cross-Country Bookshelf."

Oh, and don't let me forget - check out the top five on the Manitoba page:

Woohoo! Congrats to Chester and all the other authors.

Karate Kid (2010)

Directed by: Harald Zwart
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 140 minutes
MMPA rating: PG
Release date: June 11, 2010

The Good: One OK fight scene.

The Bad: Bad acting, Weak plot, Starts slow and never speeds up, Fight scenes at the end are more like a video game like Street Fighter than real fighting, Should be called Kung Fu Kid not Karate Kid.

Plot: This is the whole plot extreme spoilers.

Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) is a pre-teenaged boy who moves with his mother Sherry (Taraji P. Henson) to Beijing from West Detroit. Soon after the move, Dre began to be beaten and harrassed by a Kung Fu prodigy named Cheng (Zhenwei Wang) for interacting with a young violinist, Mei Ying (Wenwen Han). Soon after, Cheng begins to bully Dre in and outside of school. After a field trip to the Forbidden City, Dre encounters Cheng and his friends hanging out close to his apartment. Dre tries to pass by without them seeing him. When he finds a bucket of polluted water, Dre gets revenge by splashing the water around Cheng and his friends. Cheng and the others pursue and catch Dre, beating him. During the brutal attack, the enigmatic maintenance man of Dre's building, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), comes to Dre's aid, revealing himself as a Kung Fu master who single-handedly defeats Dre's tormentors with ease.
After Han mends Dre's injuries using fire cupping, Dre asks if Mr. Han could teach him Kung-Fu. Han refuses, but decides to meet Cheng's teacher, Master Li (Yu Rongguang), to make peace. Li, who teaches his students to show no mercy to their enemies, challenges Dre to a fight with Cheng. When Han declines, Li says they will not be allowed to leave his school unless Dre or Han fights. Han acquiesces, but insists the fight take place at an upcoming tournament, and that Li's students leave Dre alone until the tournament. Li agrees, but tells Han that if Dre does not show up during the tournament he will personally bring pain to Han and Dre.
Dre is shocked when Han tells him that he will fight in a kung fu tournament. Han promises to teach Dre real kung fu. Han begins training Dre, but Dre is frustrated that Han merely has Dre spend hours taking off his jacket, hanging it up, dropping it, and then putting it back on again. After days of this, Dre refuses to continue until Han demonstrates that the repetitive arm movements were Han's method of teaching Dre martial arts techniques, which Dre displays instinctively when prompted by Han's mock attacks. Han emphasizes that the movements Dre is learning apply to life in general, and that serenity and maturity, not punches and power, are the true keys to mastering the martial arts. During one lesson in the Wudang Mountains, Dre notices a female kung fu practitioner apparently copying the movements of a cobra before her, but Han informs him that it was the cobra that was imitating the woman, as in a mirror reflection. Dre wants Han to teach him this technique, which includes linking Han's hand and feet to Dre's via bamboo shafts while practicing their forms, but Dre's subsequent attempt to use this reflection technique on his Mom is unsuccessful.
As Dre's friendship with Mei Ying continues, Dre persuades Mei Ying to cut school for a day of fun, but when she is nearly late for her violin recital her parents deem him a bad influence and forbid her from spending more time with him. When Dre finds Han drunk,despondent and breaking the car he had in his living room, Dre learns that it is the anniversary of Han's wife and son's deaths, which occurred when he lost control of the car due to anger caused from an argument he was having with his wife. Dre reminds Han that one of his lessons was in perseverance, and that Han needs to heal from his loss. Han assists Dre in reading a note of apology to Mei Ying's father in Chinese; he accepts and promises that he and Mei will attend the tournament to support Dre.
At the tournament, the under-confident Dre is slow to achieve parity with his opponents, but soon begins beating them and advances to the semifinals, as does Cheng, who violently finishes off his opponents. Dre comes up against Liang, another of Li's students, who is instructed by Li to injure Dre's leg. When Liang insists that he can beat Dre, Li sternly tells him that he does not want him beaten, but broken. Although Liang is disqualified for his illegal strikes, Dre is incapacitated.
Despite Han's insistence that he has earned respect for his performance in the tournament, Dre convinces Han to mend his leg by using fire cupping in order to continue the tournament. Dre returns to the arena, facing Cheng. Dre delivers impressive blows, but Cheng counters with a strike to Dre's injured leg. Dre struggles to get up, and attempts the reflection technique to manipulate Cheng's movements. Cheng charges Dre, but Dre flips and catches Cheng with a kick to his head, winning the tournament along with the respect of Cheng and his classmates, who join Mr. Han's new kung fu class, infuriating Master Li. After this, Cheng awards Dre the trophy, instead of the presenter, with a smile which signifies to Dre that he need not be scared anymore.
In an exclusive Blu-ray alternate ending, Mr. Han and Master Li commence a fight, after Master Li tries to attack Cheng. Mr. Han eventually defeats Master Li, and earns the respect of his students.

Plot: 2/10- This is a really bad plot.

Action: 2.8/10- One OK fight scene but the tournament at the end was terrible it was like a video game not in a good way.

Acting: 1/10-  This is the worst Jackie Chan performance ever.

Soundtrack: 4/10: Not bad but nothing special.

Special effects: N/A (Not Applicable)- Some really bad wire work but there was not munch else.

Comedy: 4.5/10: Karate Kid had a few humorous moments.

Overall 2/10: A really bad movie the old Karate Kid movies are munch better.

Recommended for: I really can't recommend this movie.

Lego Land Star Wars.

We watch a show called Sand Masters they make sand sculptures and this week they made a Lego Star Wars sand sculpture for the opening of the Lego Land Star Wars.

There's no Han Solo?

Tron: Legacy Review.

Tron: Legacy Review.
Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Genre: Sic-Fi, Action adventure
Running Time: 125 minutes
MMPA rating: PG

The Good: Great fight scenes, Light cycle battle was incredible, Managed to make the costumes not look cheesy, Special effects were great.

The Bad: A few plot inconsistencies, CLU's face did not look real,

Plot: In 1989, seven years after defeating the Master Control Program, Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), the innovative software engineer and the CEO of ENCOM International, disappears. Twenty years later, his son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), who became ENCOM's controlling shareholder after his father's disappearance, takes little interest in the company besides an annual practical joke on the board of directors. Sam is visited by his father's friend and ENCOM executive Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner), who urges Sam to investigate a mysterious page originating from Flynn's old arcade, which was disconnected for twenty years. While exploring the shuttered arcade, Sam discovers a concealed computer laboratory and unintentionally transports himself to the Grid, a virtual world inside the computer.
Sam is captured and taken to the game arena, where he is pitted against Rinzler, the champion of the games. During their duel, Rinzler notices that Sam is not a Program but rather a User. Rinzler takes Sam before CLU, a digital copy of Kevin Flynn, who rules over the Grid. CLU nearly kills Sam in a Light Cycle match before Quorra (Olivia Wilde) rescues him. Taken to a distant, off-grid hideout in the "Outlands," Sam is reunited with his father. Watch the movie to see what happens next.

Plot: 8.2/10- A few inconsistencies but overall a good story.

Action: 9.2/10- Lightsaber like Light Disk battles and the Light cycle battle were awesome.

Acting: 8.4/10- A very solid cast.

Special effects:9.5/10- Special effects made a very convincing computer world except CLU's face which didn't look real.

Soundtrack:8.4/10- The electronic techno music fit the movie perfectly.

Comedy: 6.0- Tron is not a comedy but it does have some humorous moments.

Overall: 8.7/10- Overall a great movie.

Closing comments: Tron: Legacy is a must see movie that anyone can enjoy.

Recommended for: Sci-Fi movie fans, Computer geeks, anyone.

Marvel Meme day 1: Day #1: Your favorite character

Day #1: Your favorite character Captain America

Captain America embodies everything it means to be a hero.

Here is the trailer for the new Captain America movie.

Marvel Meme.

We decided to a Marvel meme that is simlar to the Star Wars.

Day #1: Your favorite character:
Day #2: Your favorite villain:
Day #3: Your favorite diva:
Day #4: Your favorite royal:
Day #5: Your favorite team:
Day #6: Your favorite organization:
Day #7: Your favorite creature:
Day #8: Your favorite movie:
Day #9: Your favorite classic  character:
Day #10: Your favorite costume:
Day #11: Your favorite power:
Day #12: Your favorite weapon:
Day #13: Your least favorite character:
Day #14: Your favorite monster:
Day #15: The best rivalry:
Day #16: The most powerful character:
Day #17: Your favorite X-Men member:
Day #18: Your favorite comic to screen character adaptation:
Day #19: Your least favorite comic to screen character adaptation:
Day #20: Your best casting of a character (if you were casting):
Day #21: The most memorable death:
Day #22: Your favorite universe/dimension
Day #23: The best form of transportation
Day #24: Your favorite cartoon adaptation
Day #25: Your favorite video game
Day #26: Your favorite Avengers member
Day #27: Your favorite non-human race
Day #28: Your favorite comic time period
Day #29: Your favorite series you would suggest to read
Day #30: Your favorite Marvel Event

Our favorite games.

Xbox 360: Halo: Reach, Halo 3:ODST, Halo 3

Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart, Goldeneye

Xbox(Xbox 360 backwards compatibility): Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2

Gamecube(Wii backwards compatibility):Star Wars Rogue Squadron Rebel Strike, Jedi Knight 2 Jedi Outcast

PS2: Star Wars Battlefront 2, Star Wars Battlefront 1

PC: Freedom Force: Vs The Third Reich


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