Lately, I’ve been using my lack of money as an excuse to make time for drawing. For example, my friend’s daughter celebrated her 6th birthday today, and rather than purchasing a birthday card, I used it as an excuse to play with watercolors. So here’s the card I made. way too much black, but at least I’m learning a new medium.
Love love love love love this stuff! I like anything that’s out of the box, and this, while technically is in a box, breaks molds. Check it out for yourself:
So everyone has seen the image above: it is the newly released teaser of Ben Affleck in the new batsuit. Personally, I like it. It’s straight from Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (as any comic fan would recognize on sight). It’s a version that has not been done yet, and since the comic DKR features an epic Superman vs. Batman battle, it’s appropriate for the film.
Anyway, I’m making this post cuz a slew of memes have appeared, capitalizing on how sad Batman/Affleck appears. You can check out a butt-load of them here.
It was recently announced that Channing Tatum, a new Orleans native, will be playing Gambit in the films. They’re gonna announce/introduce him in X-Men: Age of Apocalypse.
Personally, I’m happy. Gambit isn’t the most popular character in the comics at the moment, but growing up he was my favorite of the most well-known X-Men (this was before I discovered Strong Guy, Multiple Man, Quicksilver, Mirage, Cypher, Karma,etc.). After Wolverine, he’s the X-Men that my non-comic book reading friends know best, and I’m hoping that the film version will be good (unlike the crap in Wolverine: Origins that even Fox is trying to forget).
Now, with Quicksilver getting all of the attention that he is lately, and now Gambit is making headlines, you’d think that Marvel would be giving a bigger push to All-New X-Factor, which features both characters. They’re not. Instead, they’re probably going to pull both characters from the book and move them onto “core” X-Men titles, which is lame because it means they will likely get little development and/or attention. Even worse, Peter David won’t be writing them.
Yeah, I think I really need to own this game. I love board games, and this sounds like it’s right up my alley. It also sounds convenient for when you have friends over who don’t play a lot of games and you’re looking for something quick to kill time (HATE watching YouTube videos to kill time).
Here’s a description of the game.
Picture Sperpentor leading Cobra into battle using the battle cry, “Co-chel-la-la-la-la-la”.
I’ve had a break from blogging lately cuz I needed to get my ass to Coachella this year (Weekend 1). The rest of my schedule has been fucked ever since I got back, and today really is the first day I’ve had a chance to update. [Okay, I lied a little bit. I actually had time to update the Quicksilver Blog (Quicksilver.tk) a few times, but those are quick updates and don’t count].
After the break, I will post a brief account of how it happened, but for now, you can take my word that $375 tickets were selling between $1,000 and $2,000 dollars (I even saw some for as much as $12,000 listed online, but I don’t know if anyone actually bought them). It was crazy- message boards were filled with desperate people looking for a ticket. Every now and then a kind hearted soul would sell his/her tickets for face value after having After cruising the market place and getting pissed at the sheer level of exploitation happening. Fortunately I was able to find face value tickets and ultimately While scouring Craig’s List looking for an affordable ticket, I can across these two postings that I thought were worth sharing.
So I lied: I’m actually too tired to write an explanation as to why the tickets got so expensive.
True story: the doorbell rings at my brother’s place (where we’re watching the Oscars). It’s the pizza guy. As my brother walks in front of the tv to answer the door, Ellen announces that her pizza was here (she ordered one on the show). She then hands out pizza to the audience. Perfect timing Ellen, perfect timing.
I hate this book.
It hurts to say it, but I do. It was entertaining to read, but I hate it all the same. I enjoyed Mockingjay in the same way that I enjoys binge drinking: the night starts out fun with familiar things appearing novel under a differently hughed light, but quickly and steadily it devolves into a pile of puke, foul breath and hurty temples. Mockingjay makes me sick to my stomach, and genuinely pisses me off.
I know the overall message of the series is supposed to be some political, “no one gets out of a corrupt State unscathed” message, but I saw The Dark Knight. It was fantastic. In that film, Batman took the fall because it was the only way to guarantee that justice and order could prevail. However, the subtext and narrative of that story allowed the reader to see that Batman was really a hero, and we collectively lamented the tragic cost of his victory. Not Mockingjay. In the Hunger Games series, we’re given a hero to root for who was able to initiate true systemic change through her direct, brave actions. However, Katniss, the admirable hero, gets dragged through the mud and stomped on, never to recovers her glorious flame once it dies. She, the girl on fire, literally gets burned, but is never born again. I mean, there’s a phoenix on the cover of book! What was the use of establishing metaphors if you weren’t going to use them, Suzanne Collins?
Let me start at the beginning. Hunger Games rocked. I didn’t want to like it in the beginning, but it’s one of those tales that is so good you have no choice but to like it. We readers found the book so liberating and empowering because our protagonist, Katniss, is trapped in a seemingly impenetrable system, yet she manages to escape. Awesome. Lady Gaga makes the claim, but Katniss actually demonstrates, that you can harm my body, but you can never own my mind. Again, awesome. FUCK YOU CAPITAL! This is Kat Town!
When the story moves forward, we shift our focus from the smaller impenetrable system, the Games, to the larger political system ruling Panem. Since one is a subsystem of the other, it’s natural that the fire lit in the smaller will grow to burn the larger. Except as this larger blaze grows, we learn that Katniss really has no part in the burn. By acting as the spokesperson of the rebellion, we see her playing a small roll in inspiring the troops, but we all know that her real value, and her strength for leadership and true influence, comes from her skill as a soldier. Except that this new system, the Rebellion, turns out to have a plan for Katniss’s body just as the Capital did. It was obvious about a ⅓ of the way into Catching Fire that there are two teams playing this game, and neither has the interests of Katniss (nor the people she represents) in mind. It was frustrating to watch her play this game again (and that was before she stepped into the area a second time). I despised what was being done to her, and hated even more when it was revealed at the conclusion of Catching Fire that the REVOLUTION WAS ALREADY IN MOTION. Katniss was completely useless as a protagonist: she didn’t make a single decision of consequence and was nothing but a petal caught in a roaring current. Which is bullshit because that’s not the character I was introduced to in the beginning of this series. But Catching Fire did not upset me, because it was only the second book in the series. The Empire Strikes Back left our heroes with the same sense of defeat and hopelessness, and knowing that this was a trilogy allowed me to sleep the night I finished Catching Fire.
Aaaaaand thennnnn… I read Mockingjay. I was waiting for My Jedi Strikes Back, where Katniss reclaims her body, defeat the evil Empire, has a grand victory, then dances the evening away in the company of jubilant Ewoks. Obviously that didn’t happen. I recognize that the book was probably not supposed to have a happy ending (it would probably be inappropriate, given that the focal attraction of the series is the murder of 23 youth), however there should be some sense of resolution to the character arc. Yes, I also recognize that revenge or retribution is not always the answer to injustice or violation. As an example (thematic spoiler alert), in the movie Hound Dog, the protagonist was horribly violated. The resolution at the end of the film is that the protagonist is able to overcome the damage and regain control of her life. That, in itself was her victory over the antagonist: to reclaim her mind. In Mockingjay, Katniss is physically defeated and scarred. Worse, her reputation as the hero of the rebellion is destroyed. So she’s defeated in mind and body. The upside is that she ultimately triumphs over both Snow and Coin, guaranteeing their deaths.
So, we’re left with the story told in The Dark Knight: the hero destroys himself to defeat his enemy. The hero doesn’t win, but then neither does the bad guy, and thus ends in tragedy. Hunger Games was ultimately a tragedy as well, in that Katniss makes the same sacrifice. Except that this wasn’t the story that Suzanne Collins started telling at the beginning of the tale!! The Dark Knight gave us all kinds of imagery and symbolism that told us viewers that we were watching a tragedy and that everything would come tumbling down in the end: we had the story of the forest burning down, we had thematic language of Dark and White knights and falling. The film opened by showing us the detrimental effects of Bruce Wayne’s decision to take up the Batman mantle. From the beginning, we’re told that Batman will ultimately fall. In Hunger Games, we’re told the opposite. Katniss is initially victorious in the smaller arena (literally an arena), and walks away as a hero and inspiration. Thus, in the end we need some type of thematic victory and we need to be told, if even through the subtext and/or narrative, that Katniss is still an inspiration and someone that we can admire. Except it doesn’t happen. Her name is shamed and she’s first turned into a criminal, and even worse, INSANE. As far as her public image is concerned, her mind was taken from her. Her mind. That was supposed to be the one thing that she wasn’t supposed to let anyone take from her! There was an opportunity for Collins to redeem Katniss that I honestly expected her to take: I was hoping that Katniss would leave a record of the way that she was exploited, abused, and abandoned by the system so that future generations could avoid her tragedy (leaving her the ultimate victor over time and simultaneously redeeming her reputation throughout recorded history). Nope. Instead of giving us the renewed phoenix that we were promised, Collins gives us a smoldering pile of ash.
I’m not sure how cool I am with the issues of gender and empowerment that are presented by the series’ end, either. Empowerment is a big theme in this series, and Katniss is the embodiment of that. We find out at the end of the second book t