Jumaat, April 29, 2005

sessi 'buat-buat sibuk' bersama pelawat


Heheh ... biasa ler bila ada orang datang visit,aku pun tak tentu arah buat konon-konon sibuk. Tapi sebenarnya poyo jer lebih : bukti bergambar disertakan di bawah ini. Sila perli pada sapa yang berkenan nak memerli.






































































































































Khamis, April 28, 2005

No real theme for today's post. I thought I'd just put up a few random items from my piles of articles and writings --- things I've done on the spur of the moment --- warm-ups or idea designs that I've used for some of my comic projects. My folks were amazingly encouraging about my desire to pursue an ‘unorthodox’ career. I've read so many stories from comic book creators about their beginnings in the field that revolve around how their parents were fearful of their ability to make a living doing what they loved. The exact opposite was true of my own parents … thanks mama, thanks babah!

Like so many folks of my generation who were/are comic book fans (oh, boy.... I feel old when I start a sentence like that...), I was a big fan of superheroes.

Today, I started the inevitable warm ups for my stint on the new issue of JOM that was ‘unofficially’ launched some time this Pesta Buku Antarabangsa at PWTC. I always like to try to get a dare on how I would handle whatever task or job I'm asked to work on ahead of time. My editor was kind enough to give me some development time before the beginning of our last deadline .... and the ideas STILL ended up looking vastly different at the END of the last issue from what they looked like at the BEGINNING (tak paham?! Don’t worry, aku pun tatau aper yang aku cakapkan kekadang).

That's just the way it is with me. And even though I've already HAD a stable run on a comic magazine, I'm still going to have to work on something else later on. But it's fun to get started and as luck would have it, I've got some down time before the ‘new book’ starts.

*hint!hint!*

Ahad, April 24, 2005


"All around me darkness gathers,
Fading is the sun that shone;
We must speak of other matters:
You can be me when I'm gone.

Flowers gathered in the evening,
Afternoon they blossom on ;
Still are withered by the evening:
You can be me when I'm gone"

"What was it like, in the end?
What it always is. A handful of yarn; a little weaving and stitching; some embroidery perhaps. A few loose ends, but that's only to be expected..."


"Are you crying? … No, I'm bleeding"



I am not here to mourn.
I mourned the wrongdoings of my life a long time ago.
I am here to say good-bye to a ‘stranger’ who once gave me a good turn.
And to a ‘man’ who gave my life the ‘death’ it deserve.

Jumaat, April 22, 2005

The look of Superman literally rests on the broad and buff shoulders of newcomer Brandon Routh.

This first look at Superman Returns - due in theaters in June 2006 - shows that the skin-tight costume stretches over only the actor's muscles and frame, without the augmented armored pecs or abs of recent movie superheroes.

Director Bryan Singer famously changed the fluorescent spandex suits of the X-Men into dark, leather-like uniforms for those movies - both of them smashes that sold more than $364 million in tickets. But on Superman Returns, he says, he wanted "something classic."

Tinkering too much with a hero's suit can aggravate traditionalist comic fans, who grumbled that Jennifer Garner's Elektra wasn't wearing her midriff-baring red suit in Daredevil or that Batman's armor had nipples in Batman Forever. They aren't likely to have much to carp about with Superman Returns.

ITS SO *DAMN* COOL!


Instead of reinventing the character's appearance, Singer - via e-mail from Australia, where he's shooting the film - says he wanted to remain faithful to the previous incarnations of Superman, from the Max Fleischer cartoons of the 1940s to the black-and-white George Reeves TV show to the Christopher Reeve movies of the 1970s and '80s.

Singer decided to keep the cape, the blue body suit, the red tights - even the V-cut opening of Superman's boots.

But Superman Returns makes a few subtle changes to the suit:


1.The character's S insignia is slightly smaller and higher on his chest, and instead of being painted on, it's more of a three-dimensional plate.

2.The insignia is added to Superman's belt buckle.

3.Costume designer Louise Mingenbach preserved the blue, red and yellow motif, but the shades are slightly darker than the bright primary colors of the comics.

4.Superman's yellow belt is more golden, and his cape is a deep scarlet.

The key to filling it out, however, depends entirely on the physique of Brandon Routh. Singer says the Superman costume wasn't complete without Routh.

"I always had the general idea of the suit. However, when the conceptual art was evolving around the same time that I cast Brandon, I privately had paintings rendered with Brandon's face, which certainly brought it to life."

Superman's body is the key to his power, Singer says.

"With X-Men, although they had extraordinary powers, they also had physical weaknesses," he says. "The suits were for protection as well as costume. Superman is the Man of Steel. Bullets bounce off him, not his suit."

What does the movie's costume say about this Superman's personality?

"He's not afraid," Singer says.


p/s:Excuse me guys but I really have to go again ... its fanboy joygasm running out-of-control!

Khamis, April 21, 2005

The internet server brokedown the whole day at the office…

And I think that the perversity of inanimate objects is somehow all tied up with the way that computers only fail when they know it will do the most damage.

I finished a SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT hardcover and delighted, ran a few errands, in order to get myself reorganised … again. And in moments I had a book that consisted of 12 comics and a few extra, with stunning artwork and breathtaking story(refer: Mark Waid and Leinil Yu).

I was a long way from achieving, but several months ago, a great opportunity turned up with excellent and interesting prospects, and I spent the rest of my night and day finding the last couple of years that I wasted (everything else had been very good – except a few friends who did not ‘understand’ me that well and accused me of being ‘sombong’).

Talking about guilt, I've put in place a blurb moratorium on my magazine(guess which one?). I'm not giving any more blurbs. Recently, every day would bring another idea or inspiration, each with a nice note from the editor or the superiors or both asking me to write it and endorse it, too many books to read, let alone read and tell the world how good they were, and if I liked them all and said so then it would become meaningless anyway... and something snapped. So I shall treat everyone equally and say no to everyone and feel one huge pulsing miasma of guilt rather than a dozen specific guilts a week. Which is a great improvement

Anyways,a good day to all.

Selasa, April 19, 2005

Khamis, April 14, 2005

It's odd: the hardest things to write tend to be looked down on. It's easier to write something serious and depressing than it is to write something that's genuinely funny. Depressing writers are out there in droves, while really honest to goodness funny writers... if one good one comes along every now and then. It's easier to write mimetic fiction, in which everything's set in this world just the way it is, than to change things with the conviction that'll keep people walking with you and believing. And it's easier to write for adults than it is to write for kids.

But for me the joy of writing is that I can write. The only bounds that are set on what I write are the ones I make. I'm allowed to write funny and I to write sad. I can write genre and I can write confluence (slipstream, interstitial, whatever). I can write for adults and I can write for kids. It's fun.

Finished... way late,(but I'm catching up now) and am learning an awful lot from staying back way past 12 almost everyday. The most important thing I'm learning is that the next time I have something with a killer dateline, I'm going to make a wall chart and maybe plot all my workload and timelines and everything on it, to make sure that I'm not trying to make something disastrous happen in the last minute. All in all, I'm still having an awful lot of fun.

Meanwhile; Here's another tale.

I slept for about ten minutes today during work, then woke up from a strange and haunting dream, in which darkness had come to the world, a strange blackness from 'Outside'. I was riding in some sort of flying mechanism through a desolate landscape. No people anywhere. Buildings stood, and leafless trees, but the colours were wrong and the sky was dark grey. There was a man in that plane with me, someone I couldn’t see, telling me that this would happen when the darkness came, that I was being shown the future and I should be on my guard. Then the ride stopped, and the doors hissed open onto the world, which darkened slowly and terrifyingly to complete blackness...

Obviously too much comics and TV for me.

Isnin, April 11, 2005

Well, it's been a little slow around here and it gave me a little time to reflect on my own life thus far. I know I have a wide variety of people who come by here in my life, and if there's anything I've learned thus far to share it with other people it's:

Learn from your mistakes and grow from whatever experience.

So, I'm working again from a short stint of hiding-and-just-writing, which worked OK to a point this time but there are too many things that people need now, or yesterday, or last month, or six months ago, and I'm still nowhere near catching up. If I concentrate on all the things I've done so far this year; rather than all the things I haven't done... it feels less like a disaster (and I've written a lot).

But right now it's just another race, and I am running as fast as I can to stay in the same place.

Selasa, April 05, 2005

Klik has arrived... in London!


















And I present you... KLIK!




















Royal Albert Hall of London... crowd was excellent
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Malaysian student getting their dosage of KLIK!




First there is 'JOM' and then,Gayour's 'G3'... and now the latest installment to the Karangkraf Comics family is the all-entertainment comics magazine : KLIK!

And what a gargatuan effort and remarkable feeling it is when you have your magazine being hold by the 'great' Siti Nurhaliza at the Royal Albert Hall in London!An exclusive unofficial launching by the idol herself,I realise how 'crazy' but motivated the people here at Karangkraf to stamped their mark to the masses

But LONDON!? --- thats being too far fetched for my being.



Isnin, April 04, 2005

It's been a hectic weekend --- went down with some adventurous journey to the south(Pasir Gudang to be precise),and at the same time that I've been away (I don't think we planned it like that), and so I have been coping as best I could with last minute decisions.,

Finally, today I realised I hadn't actually written anything properly in days, and I fled to my office... where there isn't anymore time to waste and started writing like crazy : mostly some overdue article and magazine stuff, and some of the overdue copywritings for promotion.Hoping to finish it by tomorrow.

The rain was pleasant yesterday, that it eventually elongnated until early this morning.Which is the other good thing about being a morning person. I can sit there on my chair predicting the rest of my life and saying things like, "She's got to be there 'somewhere'. She can't hear me, she just know I'm actually talking to her. Why doesn't she just say something back to me ... I don't know".

It seemed like a good way of getting me to stop and listen to it who otherwise wouldn't and I love thinking or pondering it out loud. I thought it might be good for a few downpour or rainfall or drizzles, and I could talk about why inspiration after the rain were important.The difference was sharing it with 'someone' or keeping it to yourself.

Jumaat, April 01, 2005

It felt 'almost' good.

The best thing about going into hiding to write is that when I need to be utterly anti-social, I can be ( I haven’t seen my lepak friends everywhere for more than 3 months now,and I don’t know what my housemate been up to these days… ). Anyway, I was on a roll these past few weeks. So I just kept working. And somewhere around this week, I realised I'd actually almost finished it.

It's odd: the hardest things to write tend to be looked down on. It's easier to write something serious and depressing than it is to write something that's genuinely funny and joyful. Depressing writers are out there in droves, while really honest to goodness funny writers... if one good one comes along every now and then, so we're doing well. It's easier to write mimetic fiction, in which everything's set in this world just the way it is, than to change things with the conviction that'll keep people walking with you and believing. And it's easier to write for adults than it is to write for kids.So, I decided on both and do comics.


But for me the joy of writing is that I can write. The only bounds that are set on what I write are the ones I make. I'm allowed to write funny and I to write sad/serious. I can write genre and I can write confluence (slipstream, interstitial, whatever). I can write for adults and I can write for kids. It's fun.



For me, at least.

A portion of my brain on the table.





















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