Sabtu, Mei 31, 2008

kedai komik online faizal mukhtar

Komik juga adalah wadah jiwa seniman yang dambakan sesuatu yang hebat dan luarbiasa. Tidak, itu bukan petikan kata-kata A.Samad Said

FaizalMuktar.com akan membuka / melancarkan portal kedai komik secara online tidak lama lagi. Tetapi sebelum berbuat demikian, FaizalMukhtar.com ingin meminta dan memohon komentar / pendapat / cadangan / usul / ilham semua untuk menggerakkan inisiatif ini.



Makluman ini akan berterusan serta berjalan sehinggalah tarikh kedai komik itu diumumkan dan dibuka kepada khalayak kelak.



Terima kasih atas kerjasama anda semua. Ruang komen tersedia di bawah ini

Khamis, Mei 29, 2008

Wu-hoo.




Sabah merupakan satu pengalaman yang baru dan mendebarkan diri.

For all the reasons there can possibly be, Sabah is an adventure I've been longing for. And what an endeavor it has been for me for that last 3 days and nights. Come on! It's a holiday for me, bebeh! Wu-hu-hoo!!!

Please watch this space soon for updates and happenings.

Sabtu, Mei 24, 2008

FAIZALMUKHTAR WILL BE OFFLINE (FOR NOW)

SEVEN ADVENTURERS. THREE DAYS. TWO FLIGHTS. ONE DESTINATION.

FAIZALMUKHTAR IS EMBARKING ON A BOLD AND DARING ENDEAVOR TO BORNEO LAND OF THE MYSTIC WIND. ECO TREASURES TO MOUNTAIN HIGH TO OCEAN DEEP. THE AMAZING EXPERIENCE WHICH IS YEARS IN THE MAKING. NEVER ONCE HAS HE TAKEN A HOLIDAY SINCE WORKING STEADILY DAY AND NIGHT. ULTIMATE PLEASURE AWAITS!

LUSH ISLANDS. BLUE BEACHES. BRIGHT SKIES. FOR SABAH IS WAITING...

So, you think you can do comics ?


Now, this could be promising for you young and aspiring comic book writers out there. It's on Newsarama.com today...

NEWSRAMA:

Is there going to be anything like ChesterQuest for aspiring writers ?

C.B CEBULSKI:

Yeah, we've been talking about it. There are a couple editors at Marvel who have been working on doing that kind of initiative to find new writers. Logistically, it's a lot harder. When you open a portfolio, you're able to tell on the first page, if not the first two or three pages, if the artist has what it takes to work in comics and/or a company like Marvel or DC. But with writers, it's a lot more time-consuming. So it's we're trying to figure out how that kind of thing would work, how you'd process something like that and how you would judge them. And then there's also a bit more of a legality issue in terms of people protecting their ideas and Marvel protecting itself. We have systems in place for that, but making sure that all those procedures are followed is going to require a legal person, which is something we don't need when we review artists' portfolios.

So yes, we're doing it. Yes, it's going to happen. I would say we'll have more details by the end of the year, but I don't know for sure. There's definitely an interest in finding new writers through a search process along the lines of a ChesterQuest. Marvel's been so happy with the results of ChesterQuest in terms of finding new artists that doing something similar for writers would just be in everyone's interest.


More story on the MARVEL ChesterQuest search right over here

Jumaat, Mei 23, 2008

Selasa, Mei 20, 2008

...Stamford Bridge to the Luzhniki Finale : A Mission.

Chelsea forward Andriy Shevchenko, goalie Carlo Cudicini, midfield maestro Frank Lampard and the rest of the team walks upon arrival in Moscow. Yes, it's gonna be one hell of a match in mother Russia!

After ploughing millions into Chelsea, Russian playboy billionaire Roman Abramovich has the ultimate satisfaction this week of seeing the club play on his home turf in Moscow for the Champions League final. The European Champions' League finalists English Premiership sides Chelsea and Manchester United both arrived at the Russian capital with more than just great expectations.

There may still be less than 24 hours to go until the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League final gets under way at the Luzhniki Stadium but excitement in Moscow is already fast approaching fever pitch as the city welcomes the European Champion Clubs' Cup showpiece for the first time.

As a massive Chelsea fan, here's a quick rundown on The Blues road to championship tomorrow (Haha! Yes. I am that optimistic that Chelsea will prevail and win) :

The notion that Chelsea FC would be gracing the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League final seemed a distant one after the opening match of their campaign. Clawing their way back to claim a 1-1 draw against Rosenborg BK in front of a below-capacity crowd at Stamford Bridge, the London side looked every bit a team in trouble.

Mourinho departure
That impression was only magnified when inspirational manager José Mourinho left two days later. The fans were stunned and the press coverage unrelenting, not least when Avram Grant stepped out of the shadows to take over, but since then the Israeli has slowly but surely hauled the team back into the domestic and European limelight. Reasons for optimism began to appear very quickly, in fact, with Grant's very first UEFA Champions League outing producing an impressive 2-1 win at Valencia CF.

Drogba goals
Didier Drogba struck the decider in that match, and the powerful Ivorian scored again as Chelsea followed up by defeating FC Schalke 04 2-0 at home. The German side were then held to a goalless draw in Gelsenkirchen, allowing Grant's men to wrap up qualification with a satisfying 4-0 triumph away to Rosenborg in Trondheim, where Drogba helped himself to two goals. Chelsea's final Group B outing ended 0-0 with Valencia, guaranteeing them the strongest defensive record of the opening phase with just two goals conceded.

Sole defeat
Still few were betting on the club reaching Moscow, however, and their 3-0 aggregate win against Greek champions Olympiacos CFP in the first knockout round did little to change that. The quarter-finals provided a stiffer test and also what proved to be the team's only loss en route to Moscow as they succumbed 2-1 at Fenerbahçe SK, but an early Michael Ballack header calmed nerves in the second leg before Frank Lampard added another to confirm Chelsea's progress. That set up the club's fourth semi-final appearance in the last five seasons and their third against Liverpool FC, leaving the players desperate to end their losing streak against their Merseyside rivals.

Extra-time drama
The Anfield noise factor had seemed to swing previous encounters with the Reds, and Chelsea were suffering again when Dirk Kuyt scored 43 minutes into the opening leg. John Arne Riise's own goal deep into added time turned the tie on its head, though, giving the Blues the advantage going into the return game. They looked set to drive it home as Drogba gave Chelsea a first-half lead only for Fernando Torres to take the tie into extra time. There, a penalty from Lampard – less than a week after the death of his mother – and a sixth goal of the campaign for Drogba put the home side in command and, although Ryan Babel made it 3-2 late on, Chelsea had done enough to reach their first UEFA Champions League showpiece.


So, as for tomorrow night as they say... is HISTORY

Isnin, Mei 19, 2008

I now know one more thing on 'VILLAINS'.

NBC has aired yet another Heroes promo for the new season with still months to go before the series returns in the fall. You can watch it below! ( WARNING: There's a bit of a spoiler in it )



...and posting this too just for fun





Experience Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's ASTONISHING X-MEN #1 like never before! With music, voice-overs and animation, their modern Marvel masterpiece enters a new age. This is another great job by Marvel. This truly captures the feel of reading the comic while giving it much more depth.




I only hope this is the beginning of an ongoing project. Keep up the good work!



Ahad, Mei 18, 2008

THE GREAT SUPERHERO COMEBACK

What’s with all the superhero movies of late, eh? Why are filmmakers raiding the archives of Marvel and DC Comics and why are we flocking to cinemas to watch their efforts? And have you noticed how dark and flawed all these superhero types are in the movies?

There is an article today which I read in THE SUNDAY STAR (Starmag pull-out section, Insight page 8/9), which is very much interesting and useful for all fans. The kind of fans who love comics and movies like I do since I know how to read and enjoy them. Seriously, it’s a RECOMMENDED source material for all to know on why comics and cinemas are a pop-culture love story longed to be told and tell for everyone to understand.

The darker the times, the more urgent our collective need for super-powered fantasy figures to dig us out of our hole. But unlike yesterday’s superheroes who were strong, squeaky clean, super-endowed men and women, today’s audiences like their superpowers to be flawed: the more messed up the better. Underpants on constant display, unflattering tights, stupid flappy cape, implacable enemies, zero sex-life, a tortured past and the nagging frustration of having to save the world on a daily basis but never being able to claim credit under your true identity: who in their right mind would want to be a superhero?

Just about everyone, these days, apparently. In New York last week, stars including the Beckhams, Jennifer Lopez and Scarlett Johansson paid USD5,000 a head to attend the new Superheroes exhibition at the city's Costume Institute, hosted by American Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in a suitably superheroish sculptured gown. Over here, the latest Marvel Comics blockbuster Iron Man is fast becoming the year's must-see movie. The critically acclaimed film, starring a rehabilitated and on-top-form Robert Downey Jr as a millionaire businessman and inventor whose metal suit grants him incredible powers, generated USD125 million worldwide in its first five days of release.


A composite of Robert Downey Jr. and his alter ego, IRON MAN in the movie which has now starting to kill our pockets for 2008. Me alone have watched it THREE times, just for kicks. The metal hero has been around since 1963 but is experiencing a renaissance in these troubled times (well, troubled times for America at least. I'm feeling just safe here in Malaysia).

The Incredible Hulk, Batman: The Dark Knight and Hellboy II will likewise be invading our cinemas shortly. Now Marvel has announced a slew of new productions, including Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America and one featuring all three characters, The Avengers. After its announcement, Marvel's share price rose by more than nine per cent.

So just what is it about today's breed of superhero that sets them apart? In some respects, not a great deal.

Iron Man, for example, has been with us since 1963. He was co-created by Spider-Man's inventor, Stan Lee, and based on Howard Hughes -- "an inventor, adventurer, a multi-billionaire, a ladies' man and finally a nutcase'', as Lee put it. There can be no doubting, though, that superheroes are cool again. More revered and successful, perhaps, than at any time since the era comic collectors call the Golden Age. This was the period between 1938, when Superman was invented, and the post-War late-Forties, when the public had an understandably voracious appetite for the exploits of strong, decent, super-endowed men and women triumphing over evil.

But then came a backlash, in which superheroes fell out of favour, accused of everything from fostering juvenile delinquency to promoting deviant sex. According to the influential 1950s psychologist Fredric Wertham, Wonder Woman encouraged female dominance, fetishism and lesbianism, while Batman and Robin were obviously gay. The adoption in response by the comics industry of a stringent new Comics Code resulted in story lines so blandly inoffensive that no one wanted to read them. Ever since, the fortunes of comicbook superheroes have waxed and waned according to the tastes and mores of each new generation. After the Sixties 'Silver Age', which saw the birth of more complex, science-fiction-influenced characters such as Spider-Man and X-Men, came the inevitable rejection of old-fashioned superhero values.

What the disillusioned Seventies crowd wanted were more socially conscious types like the Green Arrow (an angry, street-smart populist who acted as the groovy foil to the nice-but-dim authoritarian Green Lantern) and anti-heroes like the savage Wolverine and dark and tormented The Punisher.


Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger in a scene from BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT here, won fans all over in the first movie, BATMAN BEGINS. It was a great attempt to revamp and retcon the hero after the disastrous zaman-zaman pelingkup Joel Schumacher (remember the Bat-Nipples?!!). Chris Nolan had Chris Bale by playing the title role with all the angst befitting one of comcidom's darkest heroes.

Today, audiences are far too sophisticated to take at face value the plain, honest, good-versus-evil simplicity of the Golden Age superheroes. "The way the superheroes of today are presented is darker and more complex than it was in the past,'' says Paul Simpson, author of the Rough Guide to Superheroes. "Many were created in the 1930s, in the middle of the Great Depression, when people needed a certain kind of hero. Superheroes with flaws are easier for us to take in now.'' Probably the last franchise to pull it off was the one featuring clean-cut, straightforward, sexless late-Seventies Christopher Reeve as Superman. But long before that, the seeds of doubt had been sewn in the Sixties by the self-parodic kitsch and high camp of the "Bif! Bam! Pow!'' Batman television series. The cause of superhero credibility was looking all but lost.

The book that really changed everything was Watchmen -- the seminal 1986 graphic novel by British writer/artist team Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. This portrayed superheroes not as magnificent, selfless, crime-fighting role models, but as warped, sexually confused sociopaths whose powers had brought them little but misery and psychological damage. Everyone in comics worships it.

You can detect the widespread influence it has had in modern television series such as HEROES. Here, no matter how apparently thrilling and delightful and useful their superpowers, the characters are contractually obliged to see them as a curse, never as a fun party trick. Either that, or the powers they have are really horrible ones, like the poor Guatemalan girl who can't help weeping black tears of death which kill even nice people who are trying to save her. Today's audiences like their superheroes to be flawed: the more messed up the better.

Hence the popularity of the increasingly dark Batman movies, based not on the original caped crusader but on the much edgier, more angst-ridden and morally compromised figure in Frank Miller's 1980s Dark Knight graphic novels. Christian Bale's Batman in Christopher Nolan's much-praised 2005 film noir Batman Begins (the sequel to which comes out later this year) has plenty of money, a cool underground bunker and some pretty smart kit: but you wouldn't want to be him. Too much hinterland. All of which, of course, gels perfectly with how so many modern viewers like to think of themselves: as amazing, special people with truly unique talents which yet astonishingly have gone unappreciated by a foolish, uncaring world.

This phenomenon is brilliantly anatomised by writer Peter Whittle in his new book 'Look At Me'. In it, he argues that the Western world has fallen prey to a vacuous solipsism brought on by our collective failure to teach children that respect needs to be earned, not given as of right, and by our new fashion for always praising but never criticising. We all think we're superheroes now. The second obvious explanation for the great superhero comeback is the state of the world. The darker the times, the more urgent our collective need for super-powered fantasy figures to dig us out of our hole.

Superman did it for the Thirties generation, sandwiched between the Depression and the Second World War. Iron Man and his chums are doing it now in this new era of recession and global terror -- the only difference being that in accordance with modern tastes, they're that little bit more psychologically damaged. "I was very taken by Iron Man -- I knew it was going to be good when Robert Downey Jr was cast,'' says Roz Kaveney, the author of 'Superheroes! Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films'. "He captured the flawed nature of the character -- after all, Iron Man is one of the few superheroes who has a serious drinking problem.''


The 60's saw the birth of more complex, science fiction-influenced characters such as Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men and Fantastic Four. Blame the Cold War. That's maybe one of the reason Marvel stayed on the top of the game because they are real close to the 'real world'.

So why does I think superheroes are undergoing such a resurgence?

"It's because comics are one of the few places in popular culture that discuss power and its uses, and the idea that with great power comes great responsibility -- something Spider-Man was told by his doomed uncle -- at a time when politics are about individual responsibility and the need to be accountable. And, of course, superheroes show it is possible to make a difference.'' Indeed, one of the reasons Iron Man has proved so successful, critics have suggested, is the way -- made, as it was, with the full support of the US Air Force -- it manages to endorse war and militarism for the hawks in the audience, while simultaneously appeasing pacifists by showing that peace is the only way.

Most incredibly of all, Iron Man even manages to make the UN come together as an effective peacekeeping organization*. Now, that's what I call SUPERPOWER ( ...which also gave me an idea for a comic book storyline...DANG!)

* read SECRET INVASION and CIVIL WAR.

Sabtu, Mei 17, 2008

DREAM BIG vs. NEXT LEVEL

Adidas punya.

Nike punya.


Sudah sampai penghujung musim liga-liga bolasepak sekitar Eropah dan beberapa lagi liga utama dunia (termasuk Malaysia ?), macam biasa ada perkara menarik untuk disaksikan dan dialami bagi dua jenama pesaing terunggul dunia ini. Aku perhatikan 'perang' ini setiap kali menjelang Piala Dunia atau Piala Eropah (EURO) sejak 9 tahun yang dulu. Syok.

Nah. Tengok kat sini -
satu
Iklan EURO'08 Adidas ... yang lagi satu Iklan EURO'08 Nike


Agak-agak, mana paling best?

Rabu, Mei 14, 2008

Owh. Captain America's Shield Found in Iron Man?!

You might have thought that all the Marvel buzz was over as of last week with the announcement of their upcoming line-up of films - but guess again. I have confirmed myself, along with my 3rd time screening the movie (yes. 1st time is watching. 2nd time is observing. 3rd is screening) that there is more than meet the eyes in this film. It is OFFICIAL.

Captain America's Shield is actually in Iron Man

Yes. You heard me right and if you need to go out and see it again this weekend, I suggest you do. I provide the information on when and where it shows up below if you care to go find it, but I am pretty sure this is it. As for what this means for the Marvel Universe and future movies: who knows? I thought Captain America wasn't around at this time and I thought he got his shield from S.H.I.E.L.D.? (Haha. Lawak tak sengaja. Shield from S.H.I.E.L.D.. get it??! Huhu!)

The scene in which you can see the shield is after Iron Man returns from Afghanistan after fighting with the Mark III Red/Gold armor for the very first time. Right after he fights the two F-22 fighter jets, it shows him back in his lab trying to remove his armor but having trouble. Right as Pepper Potts walks down into his lab and asks "What is he doing?", the shield can be seen sitting on one of his tables behind him in the lower left corner. This happens around 1 hour and 30 minutes into the movie. Make sure to account for trailers if you're going in. Here is a very low quality photo just for reference. It looks much, much better in the movie. Aku rasa yang cetak rompak pun ada jual dah sekarang. Boleh la layan kalau rajin (atau malas tengok lagi kat wayang).


Tu. Bawah ketiak Iron Man tu... ada nampak tak?


The shield is actually red, white and blue although you can't really see the red in the photo. But if you see the scene in the theater, the shield is actually there and very identifiable. It looks like it is half-constructed and being built by Tony Stark but you can definitely see the unique star. It is a round shield with circular red, white and blue stripes. What does this mean?

Apparently Captain America was actually given his round shield from the S.H.I.E.L.D organization when he was found in modern times, which could make sense in this universe. Maybe Tony Stark has been building a shield, for whatever reasons and eventually S.H.I.E.L.D., who was revealed at the end of the movie, will find out about it at a future point and suggest they give it to Captain America for his use. And this means maybe it will involve some sort of cool Tony Stark technology instead of just being a metal object he throws around. How about that for a concept? There are so many considerations and ideas for discussion surrounding this reveal, that almost anything right now is valid. The common reaction seems to be "that is very interesting" with much speculation thereafter.

Why is Tony Stark building a shield when, as far as we know, Captain America hasn't been introduced and isn't around? Is Samuel Jackson's appearance at the end and mention of other superheroes in this universe a hint that Captain America is already around? What do you make of this?!

EXTRA ENTRY :

Marvel Studios: Hari ini, esok dan 5 tahun akan datang. Menarik.

In connection with the official earnings announcement for Iron Man, Marvel has announced its next four upcoming films after 2009 and spilled a few more details on additional projects in the works. The huge success of Iron Man this past weekend has instantly greenlit the sequel, now set for this same weekend in 2010. Following that will be Thor in June of 2010. And then 2011 is the year where we'll see it all begin - Captain America and The Avengers will finally make their debut. Some additional details were also mentioned on a few other projects. One thing is clear: Marvel is really starting to build an interconnected universe of superheroes and we'll start to see all of their movies connecting over the next few years.

2010

Iron Man 2 - April 30th, 2010
Thor - June 4th, 2010

2011

The First Avenger: Captain America - May 6th, 2011
The Avengers - July, 2011

As we already know, Stardust's Matthew Vaugh will be directing Thor. However no other details have been announced for that project. Marvel Studios did also say that Thor will actually be introduced in Iron Man 2, which is one of the crossovers in the works. In addition, in 2011, the Captain America movie will lead directly into The Avengers. Whoever is cast as Steve Rogers a.k.a Captain America will essentially be making two movies at once since the character will be introduced in the first movie and head straight into The Avengers.

Regarding more Hulk movies, the response was "definitely plan on continuing". But we all know that depends on how well Edward Norton's reimagining does this June. In addition, a source gave this last update, "no other updates other than to say that it's all in development and somebody is excited about Spider-Man 4". This is definitely a very promising future for Marvel and I'm certain the comics community is abuzz with much discussion on all of the upcoming films.

As for the rest of this year and next year, we've got The Incredible Hulk coming next month , Punisher: War Zone this December (Malaysia awal kot. Macam biasa kononnnya nak prevent cetak rompak). Only X-Men Origins: Wolverine for 2009. Do they have something else in the works that they'll spring on us last minute for 2009? Or will that be a more mellower year as we lead into the more exciting 2010 and 2011? Again, what do you think about all of Marvel's upcoming line-up?


PUNISHER WAR ZONE yang ceritanya lebih loyal kepada komik tulisan Garth Ennis.


p/s: best ada studio filem and production sendiri. Bebas and syok nak buat apapun kat cerita kau tanpa ada apa-apa kerenah birokrasi atau sekatan kreatif. Terima kasih atas kewujudan MARVEL STUDIOS. Start dengan Iron Man, aku dah rasa cun dah flow diorang lepas ni. I don't know about DC Comics plannings for the foreseeable future films tapi as a queu, patut contoh skit competitor terdekat diorang nih. Ada baiknya.

Selasa, Mei 13, 2008

kebangkitan dalam kejiwaan

Ada satu lagu dendangan kumpulan 'Kopratasa' yang berjudul Tetamu Senja yang aslinya hasil tulisan puitis Samad Said. Ianya bermakna dan bermaksud jelas tanpa apa-apa selindung lagi tentang hidup kita yang semalam, hari ini dan esok sehinggalah ke penghabisannya. Ada peringatan untuk semua. Jadi hari ini aku mendengarnya sambil menghadam isi baitnya hingga lumat ke dalam diri.

Kerja. Hidup. Usaha. Ikhtiar. Tawakkal. Tawassul. Doa. Kudrat. Terima semuanya dengan redha kerana setiap hakikat punya hikmah dan setiap hikmah punya ketentuan. Hari demi hari belajar tentang erti sebuah pengalaman agar nanti dapat kurniaan ilham dan inspirasi yang tepat dengan rasa.

Oh. Sungguh melankolia menulis.

Istilah damai dan tenang barangkali sudah tidak asing lagi di telinga kita bagi yang amat-amat merindukannya. Bahkan, sudah mengakar di benak-benak kita sampai memiliki ruang tersendiri dalam setiap kita... masing-masing. Mengecapinya seperti ada sesuatu yang sampai saat ini dirasakan 'istimewa'. Kedudukannya amat-amat utuh. Mencapai tahap damai dan tenang selalu juga diertikan sebagai takah yang mana manusia sudah lupa akan sifat-sifat duniawi, sinting waras
(berbalah akal dan nafsu) dan menganggap hanyalah Tuhan sekalian alam yang ada. Namun pada kenyataannya, demikian kalau mahu kuat. Kerana kuat itu sendiri adalah proses seseorang dalam pencariannya menuju yang Satu, yang Maha Segalanya.

Isnin, Mei 12, 2008

Bak kata Nabil... " Lu pikir la sindriiii!!! "

YANG TAK BEST DI TENGOK HARI INI :
Ni apahal pulak ni ??!!!

Scan taken from a Japanese magazine showing the first image of Justin Chatwin as Son-Goku in the upcoming DRAGONBALL movie. Written and directed by James Wong, the big screen adaptation is scheduled for an April 10, 2009 release. James Marsters (Brainiac dalam SMALLVILLE), Jamie Chung, Emmy Rossum, Eriko Tamura, Joon Park, Chow Yun-Fat, Texas Battle, Randall Duk Kim and Ernie Hudson co-star. Mungkin berita ni dah ketinggalan, tapi benda ni mengingatkan aku pada tragedi GODZILLA (1998) dulu. Macam p**** gua cakap lu!!!



YANG BEST GILER DI TENGOK HARI INI :

This historic event, which saw all SEVEN of the IMAGE FOUNDERS signing for over five hours, was a great example of the spirit and fun this crazy industry we call comics can achieve. I even got time-lapsed video of the entire signing. GILA GUA CAKAP LU! Ini lah dia barisan-barisan otai yang membuatkan gua terjebak dalam cakerawala komik dulu sampai la ke hari ni. Antara salah satu sebab besar la, sebab gua children of the 80s and 90s!

To describe last weekend as a whirlwind would be a gigantic understatement. Landing the seven founding fathers of Image Comics: Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino, Marc Silvestri and Todd McFarlane with their ex-partners Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio and Rob Liefeld was indeed a challenge. But what I thought might have been a very tense and uncomfortable weekend turned into a fantastic time for all comic fanatics. They all were able to keep the past in the past, and remember they were all at one time very good friends with each other. They talked about the old times and how it was probably one of the most difficult decisions in their lives when they all decided to jump ship and leave Marvel Comics for the insecurity of their own publishing venture, Image Comics. Reading to their reminiscing opened up a floodgate of great memories for everyone. I was happy to have been able to set up this writing for the world to know: for them, the fans, followers and myself. It truly was a great experience and moment in history for all. Kalau lah aku dapat berada di sana...

In case you thought that was the entire story, you'd
be wrong, bebeh! More pictures and a tale of what happened after the signing over dinner and drinks, including what may be the most collectible set of history for comic book lovers everywhere... ever.

Artikel dalam majalah Wizard yang memecah sejarah itu...

Macam biasa, sessi sketching berkumpulan yang aku rasa confirm akan jadi mental-mahal kalau post kat e-Bay!

A reunion worth remembering.


What fun they have
.



Oh.
HEROES 3 dah nak start dah... eiyahoooo !

Sabtu, Mei 10, 2008

Skrull kau ada di mana-mana !

Review TERKINI tak lama lagi. Tunggu dan layan-layan la gambar ni dulu.


With Secret Invasion#2 in my reading laps now, I have provided you guys out there an exclusive first look at artist Steve McNiven's variant cover of next month's Secret Invasion #3. When you're through checking out the exclusive image below, please keep in mind that it is VITALLY IMPORTANT to know that this is the issue where COLONEL NICHOLAS FURY will come back from his long hiatus (pegi beli dan baca Mighty Avengers #12 dan #13 kalau nak tau ke mana di hilang kan diri selama ni. Nak tau kenapa dia hilang dan merajuk, beli dan baca SECRET WARS dimana-mana kedai buku yang ada jual komik kay KLCC atau MidValley atau Times Square atau The Curve berdekatan anda).


Ada clue-clue BESAR yang ditinggalkan di sini.


For more on SECRET INVASION featuring an in-depth, page-by-page look at Secret Invasion #2 by series writer Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Yu... please keep a close watch on this space.

Here's looking up so far: The Savage Land is the scene of Marvel’s own rumble in the jungle as the combined forces of two teams of Avengers go toe-to-toe with what may or may not be an all-star line-up of Marvel’s most classic heroes from the 70s. Are they Skrulls? If they’re not, then who is? What’s going on? And... is that the REAL return of Captain America???


SECRET INVASION #3 - NICK FURY RETURNS!
Steve McNiven variant cover

Khamis, Mei 08, 2008

Maybe I'm a sucka for crazy 80's Hollywood remake.

UPDATED:
Duke / Cover Girl / Ripcord / General Hawk


UPDATED: YO JOE! REVELATIONS SO FAR

UPDATE: ...if you've been pursuing my my reader/user-friendly sites today, you might've noticed that I've each got exclusive images of characters from Stephen Sommers's currently-in-production G.I. Joe movie --- which is being updated from time to time. Well, we're lucky enough to be in the loop again. Here's Marlon Wayans as Ripcord!


A crop of new photos from the upcoming live-action G.I JOE flick. Most of which appear to be different from those that leaked online not long ago. This seems to be a pretty practical and easy film to market. There's dozens of characters to eventually show up and so they may as well unveil them a little at a time, I guess. Hype is building about the whole special-ops super soldiers, but what can one do: There's a lot of interesting bits in this thing. Trust me. After this, check out more on this covert patriots, as well as a little bit of info via our good friend Mr. Wiki.


Christopher Eccleston as Destro. Destro's key characteristics are his dry sense of honor, a calm demeanor and love for Cobra's second-in-command, The Baroness. As a businessman, Destro is very much a cut-throat and unyielding. He uses his own troops, The Iron Grenadiers and hires mercenaries to stir up conflict in dangerous regions, then sells weapons to those armies. Continuing a tradition started by the first masked Destro, he will even sell to both sides of the same war (...tapi apa pasal lu tanggal topeng besi lu, dud?! ADUSSS!!)

Sienna Miller as The Baroness. Baroness serves as the COBRA Organization's intelligence officer and lieutenant to Cobra Commander. With long black hair, black rimmed glasses and a black leather outfit, Baroness is a dark, sensual femme fatale whose beauty is matched only by her ruthlessness. In both comic and cartoon incarnations, she has romantic relationships with Destro.

Channing Tatum as Duke. It’ll give you an idea of what he was looking at as I toured online (rabidly!) : the G.I. Joe submarine, the Docking Bay, Destro’s MARS headquarters, an ice glacier set that looked like it belonged on the planet Hoth (Star Wars, guys), the evil doctor’s lab, and The Pit itself. Also, be sure to take note of that scar on Tatum’s right cheek: it's origin is a major plot point in the film.

Dennis Quaid as General Hawk. He is the commander of the G.I. Joe Team. Comes from a wealthy family whose influence enabled him to enroll in West Point where he graduated at the top of his class. He was even able to gain experience in the battlefield in several trouble spots. One description of him is that he is "keenly intelligent and perceptive and quite capable of totally selfless acts in support of his team-mates. An excellent leader!"

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Heavy Duty, who serves as the G.I. Joe Team's heavy ordnance specialist with a passion for classical guitars and Bach. He is described as being unafraid of any situation despite heavy enemy fire. LOST fans will recognise him easily.

Said Taghmaoui as Breaker. Breaker's primary military specialty is Infantry. His specialized education includes Signal School, where he studied covert electronics and was involved with "Project Gamma". He is a qualified expert in the M-16, M-1911A1, and MAC-10 (Ingram). He also speaks seven languages.

Byung-Hun Lee as Storm Shadow. Best known as the Cobra Commander's ninja bodyguard and assassin at times, he is the only member of the team to change sides several times, conflicted in loyalties between Cobra / G.I. Joe and his long relationship with his prominent swordbrother: Snake-Eyes. He usually wears a white uniform and mask.

G.I. JOE is due out in theaters on August 7, 2009.

Rabu, Mei 07, 2008

Bikin filem. Bikin filem

Ini adalah semasa mendapat jemputan menjadi juri untuk assesment terakhir 9 filem pendek hasil pembikin-pembikin muda (dan berbakat!) di sebuah universiti baru-baru ini. Tidak disangka idea mereka biarpun rata-ratanya serasa 'naif', tapi jiwa atau 'soul' untuk berkarya dalam lapangan ini wujud dan hadir dalam keadaan menakjubkan. Saya yakin salah-satu (ataupun lebih) daripada mereka akan menjadi film-maker bersandarkan kendiri dan passionate complexity yang wujud. Tahniah semua. Teruskan.


Di 'paksa' bergambar. Langsung saya jadi pantang dicabar!


Macam-macam gaya dan teknik untuk memenangi perhatian pihak juri.
Dari kiri:
Ajin dari Projek FINAS, Roy selaku Pensyarah Kuliah dan saya (tidak kelihatan dalam gambar)


Siapa tahu, mungkin ada yang punya 'nyalarasa-jiwa' itu. Walhal ini bukanlah Fakulti MassComm mahupun Performing Arts!

Selasa, Mei 06, 2008

Cerita tentang pelukis komik, filem dan perang.

Hari itu, selepas selesai menonton filem pembuka musim panas (summer-opener film) untuk 2008, saya ada bertanyakan sahabat saya Nizam Udin (ilustrator untuk Kumpulan Karangkraf) tentang siapakah yang paling beruntung sekali dalam filem ini baik dari segi produksi dan strategika pemasaran serta promosinya. Saya ada menduga beberapa jawapan ramalan daripadanya. Sengaja saja-saja bertanya. Cuma yang terkeluar lantasan itu adalah sesuatu yang sama sekali terlupa untuk saya pertimbangkan.


Jawabnya:
“ Adi Granov. Aku jealous dengan Adi Granov! ”



Buat mereka yang tidak mengenali dan tidak pernah mendengar nama Adi Granov, dia adalah seorang pelukis/ilustrator komik Marvel yang diambil untuk menjadi sebahagian daripada tenaga produksi filem Iron Man. Adi Granov bukanlah seorang rakyat Amerika Syarikat jati. Jangan tergamam sekiranya saya memberitahu yang ...



SPOILER : IRON MAN END-CREDIT EXTRA

( for those who didn't manage to view it earlier)



The screen once again focuses in on Tony Stark in his hilltop mansion as he arrives home after a press conference at the end of the movie before the credit rolls up. In his main living room is a familiar figure, first identified by his voice, SAMUEL L. JACKSON appears as COLONEL NICK FURY of S.H.I.E.L.D. He talks about wanting to cooperate with the newly named 'SUPERHERO' in a new battle according to the Avengers Initiative (refer MARVEL CIVIL WAR, bebeh!).

The ensuing script practically writes itself.

Isnin, Mei 05, 2008

Now, the time is almost correct to say this and that.

I’m sure a lot of you have addictive personalities. I think it’s written in the books that artists of all kinds (writers, actors, painters) are more susceptible to becoming addicted to drugs than most people. And when I say drugs I don’t just mean those things that will get you caught and hanged in prison but other things like girls, comic books, TVs, movies, video games and incessant checking of your friendster, deviant or blogspot messages or comments.

With myself, I notice these tendencies surfacing every so often since forever! For example, when I talk, I talk fast and get really destructive and loud sometimes. I used to have a massive crush to this chick in ITM (...she is a top star celebrity now. DANG!) but I got over that by becoming more cold and withdrawn (Take THAT! Now I despise myself before I EVEN GET THE CHANCE!) I’ve seen some guys go off the deep end with their different abuses so I try to monitor myself and be true to my work.

I’ll keep this one short because I’ve got script pages to finish before tomorrow's pitching and because maybe these journals have been a little over serious lately.

I caught some heat on my last journal; and I’m fine with that. I’ve read a lot of reviews over the last couple years on my stuff and although they’re sometimes good and often not so good, once in a while I got ribbed and ripped up a little. In fact, check this one out:

Now, I can decide freely and safely without anybody getting hurt in the long run. Thank god for experiences and over-exposures.

Sabtu, Mei 03, 2008

Kelahiran kali ini.

Hierarki dan perjalanan saya kini sebagai seorang pengkarya sekali lagi dirasakan sudah sampai ke satu lagi takah yang baru dan segar-sedar. Sejak sekian hari diputuskan untuk menjadi penulis sepenuh masa dan yang tidak terikat dengan mana-mana obligasi intelektual milikan korporatus-korporatus, saya ditemukan dengan beberapa individu dan insani-insani yang fikir saya; ‘istimewa’.

Ada seorang pengarah kreatif di sebuah firma pengiklanan.

Ada seorang penulis skrip layar di sebuah studio poduksi.

Ada seorang seniman rakyat dan jurusastera di sebuah pertemuan yang tidak terduga(?).


Mereka ditemukan kepada saya dengan bersebab dan berketentuannya. Masing-masing memberikan buah ilham dan buku-bukuan fikiran yang sangat meresap jauh ke dalam jiwa pada mata-mata filsufi. Saya dianugerahkan kesempatan-kesempatan dan peluang-peluang maha hebat.

Makanya, ada janji dan sumpah harus disemat serta dipateri di dalam diri.

Dan ini langsung menjangkaui jauh ke hadapan masa mendatang. Dulu mungkin saya sering diancam kekesalan dan diasak kekecewaan yang keras dan tajam. Namun kini merasakan bahawasanya, setiap yang ‘unfortunate’ itu tidaklah celaka dan malang selama-lamanya jika kita serahkannya pada gerak batin dan langkah-langkah pengalaman. Kita boleh saja mezahirkannya kepada formasi dan bentuk yang lebih indah, yang lebih yakin dan yang lebih mempersona untuk dibawa menjadi bekal hidup. Kurniaan rezeki daripada Tuhan tidak akan pernah padam sekiranya kita semua rajin bersyukur dan ligat berikhtiar untuk mengejar keredhaan dan keberkatannya. Makin rajin kita berusaha maka makin banyaklah ‘pemberian’ yang akan kita dapat. Saya sendiri sudah menikmatinya secara telus dan dikirakan layak untuk masa-masa mutakhir ini.

Kata dia :
“ Hati-hati dengan ekspresi yang satu dan tidak berubah-ubah itu. Kita semua berada di dalam zaman renaissance moden yan secara progresif tidak akan pernah pegun tercabar dan dicabar. ”

Kata dia :
“ Beginner’s Luck hanya akan wujud dan muncul sekali. Yang menggerakkannya ke arah yang lebih pacu dan besar adalah diri sendiri. Cuma perlu bersedia atau tidak. ”

Kata dia : “ Batin kita jangan sampai di sepak terajang. Dunia dan alam ini kita ‘tetamu senja’nya. Tidak ada yang sukar, perlu hanya ada kemahuan. Perhati dan dengar dengan benar-benar pesanannya. ”

Ada yang lain-lainnya, bercerita perihal cinta. Saya senyum sambil menghadam segalanya.

Jumaat, Mei 02, 2008

Khamis, Mei 01, 2008

CHELSEA IN THE FINALS!

Chelsea's Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda
Still mourning his mom, Frank Lampard helped Chelsea edge Liverpool 3-2 in extra time to reach the Champions League final.


Frank Lampard converted the penalty kick that put Chelsea ahead to stay, then ran to a corner flag and kneeled. The 29-year-old midfielder took off his black armband, looked to the sky and kissed it. Returning to the team following the death of his mother, he helped put the Blues in the European Champions League final for the first time.

Lampard scored eight minutes into overtime to help Chelsea defeat Liverpool 3-2 Wednesday night and win the home-and-home semifinal on 4-3 aggregate. The Blues meet Manchester United at Moscow on May 21 in the first all-English final in the competition’s 52-year history.

Drogba had put Chelsea ahead 1-0 in the 33rd minute, beating Pepe Reina after the goalkeeper dived to parry Solomon Kalou’s shot. In a match played in a downpour, Fernando Torres tied the score in the 64th after Yossi Benayoun cut across the field and fed Torres, ending a streak of 840 consecutive scoreless minutes for Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea and Manchester United also are tied atop the English Premier League at 81 points with two matches remaining, but Manchester United is ahead on goal difference, the first tiebreaker. Manchester United and Chelsea won their home games against each other in the Premier League this season and tied 1-1 at Wembley in the Community Shield. Lampard’s penalty came three minutes after Chelsea’s Michael Essien put the ball in the net. The goal was disallowed, apparently for offside, after the stadium scoreboard had given the goal to Chelsea and UEFA had changed the score on its Web site.

No London club has ever won the Champions League. Manchester United, which beat Barcelona 1-0 Tuesday to reach the final, won the competition in 1968 and 1999. But this year round, things are different. Because as of now, I know whose going to be TRIUMPHANT right 'till the end.


YOU GO BLUES !


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