Scene from @meltdowncomics signing w/ @felipesmithart @belacaleb Andrew Burrell & me #comics
Signing #comics @meltdowncomics with a seriously all-star lineup of creators. Today Sat July 19th at 2pm. 7522 Sunset Blvd
While I won’t be signing at #SDCC this year (I will be there though, so say hi), I WILL be doing an “Road to Comic-Con” signing at Meltdown Comics THIS Saturday, July 19th 2014 at 2PM. The lineup of creators is probably the best I’ve been a part of - Los Bros Hernandez, Becky Cloonan, Jim Mahfood etc. - see the full list above. It’s a great store and if you’re in LA it’s a way to have a more intimate interaction with comic creators than the madness that’s San Diego.
Please come by. I’ll have as many copies of my different books as I can, but as always if there’s something specific you want let me know and I”ll bring it.
#tbt to that time a flew over a couple #war zones. What I’ll do for #comics … #syria #iraq
This week’s new #comics
Kristen Stewart, Brie Larson and Anne Hathaway in Just One Of The Guys by Jenny Lewis [x]
I feel like at least 4 guys in my high school in Ohio looked like the boy version of Kristen Stewart. Never saw that before. Can’t unsee.
Male Brie Larson looks like Justin Bieber (if Justin Bieber could grow facial hair).
#ROADTOCOMICCON MEGA SIGNING with Mark Sable, DC’s Two Face: Year One, Marvel’s What if Spider-man killed Kraven the Hunter?, Grounded, Fearless, Hazed, Graveyard Empires, Dracula: Son of a…
This Saturday, July 19th I will be part of an EPIC lineup at Meltdown Comics, where I’ll be doing a pre SDCC signing (see a partial creator list below). I’m not going to be signing in San Diego (although I’ll be there), so if you want something signed and you’re in LA or SoCal please stop by. Super excited for this.
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WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #10 & 11
JASON LATOUR (W) • ROBBI RODRIGUEZ, JASON LATOUR, JIM RUGG, James Harren, Kris Anka & more (A)
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR & MARTE GRACIA
THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF WOLVERINE
• The X-Men mourn as one of their own is finally put to rest.
• As a reporter digs further in Wolverine’s past, what will be uncovered as the X-Men retell their favorite personal adventures and Wolverine stories
• Some of the industry’s best and brightest lend a hand to say farewell in these two jam-packed issues: Robbi Rodriguez, Jason Latour, Jim Rugg, James Harren & more.
ISSUE #10 - 40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99
ISSUE #11 - 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
wow, killer lineup of artists
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Dawning of the Rise of Apes, at Breakfast (2014): I was pretty befuddled by this whole experience. Uhm. I like the original fine, but I didn’t see the last one, the James Franco movie. I just didn’t bother to— didn’t feel any urgency to. But went to see this and this thing…
1. It’s just extremely self-serious. I can’t really say much of it was fun because oh boy, is that movie serious about the story of whether or not talking apes can get along with people or not. Which— is not really a question that keeps me up at night. This movie seems like it’s just part of the same-old same-old Nerd-Thinking that “taking something ridiculously seriously" is the ultimate way of respecting a piece of material which… is just weird. I guess that’s how things are being done now— James Bond can’t just be a fun guy who fucks spy ladies in Monte Carlo and kills guy with laser-pens and makes fun of their corpses; he has to be, like, a Broken Orphan. I mean, I get it because I want to see movies that feel like Real Movies too when I go see these movies, as much as anyone, and I’ve sat through plenty of “Fun Campy” shit that does not work, but still… Why isn’t a movie about talking apes any fun???
2) The most effectively mounted action scene in the movie, we’re just watching the Bad Guy and seeing whether or not the Bad Guy will manage to defeat the humans. And there’s all these shots from the Bad Guy’s Point of View as he struggles to fight humans. It makes it really hard to care what happens in the action scenes if you’re watching from the point of view of the character you’re rooting against. I found it very disengaging. The only movies I can think of (at least tonight) where you root against the point of view character would be slasher movies…? That was the best the action ever got— a scene where I couldn’t even root for the character involved in the action…?
3) The movie spends hours setting up these human characters— Zero Dark Thirty Guy has a girlfriend and a son, and the whole movie goes through all these elaborate hoops to set up how much Zero Dark Thirty cares about his son. And none of it pays off— near the end, he just tells them “you guys wait in this house— I’m going to go deal with this whole ape thing.” And then that’s end of the movie for them! That was their last day of filming. W-h-a-t? I found that choice very weird. There’s just not a lot of scenes where the people’s goals or motivations were even remotely interesting…
4) At one point, the son tries to bond with one of the apes over their mutual love of art. But the way that manifests itself is that the boy shows an ape a copy of Charles Burns’s Black Hole… which is a comic about a sex disease. Like, the whole movie is humans trying to get apes to trust them and the kid’s, like, “You should totally trust us— here, look, here’s a comic about how we’ve *totally got sex diseases*. Riddled with them. Trust us? Trusting us lots?" Uh, weird taste in comics, this movie…
5) I don’t know what other people think this movie is about, but what I kind of immediately— and I mean during the movie, immediately— came to believe it was about— and I don’t think this was their intent— but I thought it was a movie celebrating the genocide of the Native American population of North America…? Which sounds a little weird typed out, or said out loud to the people I said that out loud to, I grant you but… The whole movie’s about these savages who meet some white people when the white folks come onto their land, right? And so, I went, oh okay, I’ve seen something like that before… Except here? The twist here is that the war between the white people and the savages….? ALL THE FAULT OF THE SAVAGES. Yep, turns out the savages start it because if you let down your guard around those spear-carrying savages, the savages will steal your guns and use them against you
and start dating your women. Also, anything about them being noble savages? Nope— the movie pretty clearly lays out that the savages’ philosophies about peace and family are just total bullshit and that the savages are really just bloodthirsty and untrustworthy unless the right dictator happens to be in charge of them. And like the whole movie is just about these misunderstood white people who are just trying to take care of themselves and are willing to share the land peacefully, and everything would have been just fine if it weren’t for the distrustful savages willfully stirring up trouble…? And the turning point for the heroic dictator’s character arc, the Big Moral Lesson for the Apes, is the heroic dictator realizing that his error was putting his people first, and not realizing that his people were really just as bad as those humans if you think about it (i.e. a “the oppressed are always just as bad as their oppressors" theme that tends historically to be a big favorite for oppressors) and …
6) Or like, Gary Oldman’s character is supposed to be the angry militant “we’ve got to fight those apes” character in this movie but… The movie goes out of its way to talk about how he’s this really great guy who’s just sad about his kids being dead from some kinda James Franco monkey-sex flu that went around (I’m assuming people are dead because Franco inappropriately fucked one of the apes…? Head-canon). Like, in any Roger Corman version of this story, the Gary Oldman character would have just been some asshole, the same way the militant ape character was a jackass, but here…. Gary Oldman did a better job seeming like he was a bad guy in REAL LIFE than in this movie, which…. The movie just couldn’t deliver kind of basic pop pleasures. I like the Military-guy who’s just a Short-Sighted Jerk as a bad guy in movies. Those are fun characters. Doing a more elaborate take on that may be more “Real” but it’s not as fun… And it’s just made weird when the bad guy Ape doesn’t get that same range of feeling. The worst person is still a person; a bad Savage is just a monster.
7) Look, I’m not asking you to agree with me because I can hear how this sounds. But what I can say is this: if you happen to find yourself watching this movie this way, through this lens, this is one of the plum craziest fucking moviegoing experiences you will likely have had in a good long while. This was a weird 2-and-a-half-hour journey into crazy for me.
8) On just a thrill level, I didn’t find most of the action very interesting because I couldn’t tell the apes apart usually. And just— I found it dull mostly as action. Or I think I was just supposed to care more about Andy Serkis and his ape-y character more than I did. I guess I just have a hard time with CGI characters, however well realized (and the ape-realizing I guess was good…? I guess? How would I know— I only hang out with humans). Avatar, same thing where most of that movie I was like, “None of these blue assholes are real. Burn all the fake trees you want! La la la, I don’t care. I will still want to get on top of Sigourney Weaver when she’s 90 years old. La la la." I guess I’m the worst-racist of all in that I will only root for humans in movies…? Well, I rooted for those dogs to make out in that movie about spaghetti though. I rooted for Lady and The Tramp to just get on each other, to just, like, lick each other all over, up and down. But besides that movie, I just tend to root for people… I never saw Free Willy. I’m not into that Pixar movie about bugs that much. In American Pie, I rooted against the pie.
Abhay is my absolute favorite person to see movies with. I probably liked it a bit better than he did, I thought the VFX work, the signing with the apes and the action choreography were well done. Much better cast than Rise of The Planet of the Apes (although Keri Russell was CRIMINALLY underused, she is killing it on The Americans).
I don’t mind my summer action movies being serious - I loved The Dark Knight. But it’s kind of weird that, for a movie that takes itself so seriously. Dawn of The Planet of The Apes didn’t seem to be ABOUT anything. Not in the way that I remember the old Apes movies being about things (I kind of think the old Ape movies - which I loved - were kind of racist and expressing fears about newly empowered minorities taking revenge on their former masters).
The message of Dawn seemed to me to be that there’s no point in cooperation because war is inevitable. Which would be fine, except that weirdly juxtaposed with a very upbeat ending where Caeser and Jason Isaacs part as friends and the sun rises for a new…well, dawn.
Where I thought Abhay really nailed this was the problem with who you’re supposed to root for. It felt like the filmmakers wanted us to root for the apes, but the minute you put human beings on film, no matter how evil they are it’s hard not to root for them.
I didn’t pick up the Native American genocide thing that Abhay did, but I find it fun in the way that all the theories about The Shining were fun. If you are going to go that route, I guess you can say that Anti-Semitic Gary Oldman putting C4 underneath the ape’s tower was code for 9/11 being an inside job (notice that all the Jewish apes got out first)!
Yeah, film criticism is fun.
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