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Vertigo Comics has been the more serious, adult oriented arm of DC Comics since 1993 and at the very start was Karen Berger
. Getting Neil Gaiman's The Sandman
published was just one of this editor's countless accomplishments at the company, you can also put Hellblazer
and V for Vendetta
in that group, so it's with a great deal of disappointment we must report she's leaving the DC Entertainment altogether.
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If there's one thing Photoshop does well, it's trivializing real events.
Or maybe it makes them cooler?
Movie posters tend to fall in the same, boring design scheme. The stars looking off into the distance or a simple logo with a lame tagline. What we wouldn't give for Hollywood to search the internet and hire some folks who really know how to design with inspiration. Here are a few such examples.
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Some celebrities wear a Guy Fawkes mask at comic book conventions to walk the floor unnoticed, some people wear it as a costume but the mask made popular by Alan Moore
and David Lloyd
in their 1980 comic series V for Vendetta
has also become a symbol for the masses, something the creators are particularly proud of.
If there was ever an image from the Occupy Wall Street protests that was the most recognizable by geeks -- of both the comic and history varieties -- it's the Guy Fawkes mask. Today, November 5, marks the annual celebration that originated in England, Guy Fawkes Day, when on this date in 1605, Fawkes and a group of conspirators hatched a plot to blow up the House of Lords and assassinate King James I. Some interpret this as a statement of the regular person -- the 99%, if you will -- taking a violent stand against the ruling establishment. Okay, easy to see the comparisons. Until you find out that Fawkes wanted to return England to Catholic rule by killing the Protestant king.
An unknown Washington State University
student took control of two-dozen in-class projector units this November 5th, causing them to play a pre-recorded spoof of the televised speech given by the protagonist/antagonist/terrorist/anarchist character V of the movie V for Vendetta
, exhorting his fellow students to rise up a year hence against a terrible threat encroaching on their school:
(England, I'd like to apologize on behalf of America for the comical extent to which we have misinterpreted your holiday about anti-Catholicism and the defeat of violent fringe elements.)
There's been a lot of hubbub this weekend over an interview published on Bleeding Cool
, where Adi Tantimedh
, a writer of comics and film, interviewed Alan Moore
, a writer of a great many different things, over a subject that was bound to get Moore to say some inflammatory things: Watchmen
, who has the rights to it, and his current relationship with DC Comics
It should come as no surprise that Moore said some pretty inflammatory things. The post interview commentator debate seems to be between two camps: those who believe that Moore is a paranoid weirdo, and those who believe that Moore is a justifiably
Allow us to explain.
no longer pays any heed to superheroes. In an interview with British music newspaper The Stool Pigeon
recently, the creator of the watershed comic Watchmen
spoke about the works which made him an international superstar in the comics industry. Despite his stature, Moore is a noted recluse and has insisted strongly on distancing himself
from the numerous film adaptations of his work (From Hell
, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
, V for Vendetta
, and Watchmen
), which have all fallen short of the nuanced originals.
The eccentric writer has now also distanced himself, apparently, from the comic book superhero, "[suspecting] that a lot of superheroes now are basically about the unfair fight." We've collected just a few of his particularly interesting quotes, including his thoughts on the Internet, the iconic Guy Fawkes mask showing up at protests, and real-life superheroes:
Comics can entertain us, but they can also send us powerful messages about life and society. The latest comic being launched in Mumbai as a part of Mumbai Cyber Safety Week teaches a very valuable lesson: don’t download torrents. Yeah, right.
In Escape from Terror Byte City, (above) boys Jeremy and Ben download a pirated copy of a movie only to find themselves trapped in a virtual city full of scary green blob viruses and spyware with giant fangs.
First of all, it seems odd that, while the comic is admittedly aimed at Cyber Safety, it really touches minimally on the issue of illegality concerning downloads of pirated content. But with a target audience of five through ten year olds, maybe the legal issues would have gone over readers’ heads. Either way, the political message just doesn’t seem to be in the storyline, though the incentive of the comics is clear: don’t let these kids get addicted to torrents.
Just saying: This is the most likely file to get disseminated as a virus-infested torrent ever. It’s as cruel and fun as sending out a spyware-infused movie, but now with overflowing irony!
In honor of the perhaps misguided efforts of the organization behind Terror Byte, we have compiled a list of some comics that were more effectively -- and often controversially -- political.
There's a Spanish comedy show called "Muchachada Nui" that has a recurring sketch featuring parodies of celebrities called, well, "Celebrities." Recently, the celebrity they chose to lampoon was none other than Alan Moore, the shamanic, thoroughly bearded scribe behind Watchmen, From Hell, and V for Vendetta, among other works.
Now, whereas an American parody of Alan Moore might use the obvious comedic device of making fun of his personal quirks -- say, his worship of a snake-deity, or his anarchistic philosophy -- the Spanish Alan Moore parody does 'em one better by spinning into all-out-surrealism: their Moore wears a blue bowler hat which he can move using telekinesis, at one point dons a Guy Fawkes mask, V for Vendetta style, and devours a copy of From Hell, for reasons unknown.
Mostly, we're just excited to hear Alan Moore referred to as a "celebrity."
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