I ran across this quote a few days ago from pro-amateur (meaning awful) comic book artist Jim Lee that some people actually believes means something:
"One of the key characteristics of the comic book medium is that it is not brought to life by just one voice." - Jim Lee quotes from BrainyQuote.com.
How in the hell is that a KEY CHARACTERISTIC of the comic book medium when it is also shared by ALL OTHER MEDIUMS AND ACTIVITIES OF MANKIND IN GENERAL???? It's not a distinguishing feature of 99% of anything on Earth. The other 1% isn't worth your fucking time.
This is how you become 'Captain Obvious', folks. Of course not one person's voice is involved. Everybody knows that. WTF. And this shit is on 'BrainyQuotes'. BRAINY QUOTES.
Will the real Hawkeye please stand up!! (hint: the one on the right)
Will the fake Scarlet Witch please sit down!! (hint: the one on the left)
Will the real King Arthur please COME BACK AND SAVE US FROM HOLLYWOOD BULLSHIT?? How about Merlin?? ANYBODY???
This article (link below) has an interesting premise: What would the Marvel Comics Universe look like if the Hollywood hotshots in charge stayed loyal to the comic book costume designs? The clickbait photos caught my attention: Hawkeye looked great IN HIS COMIC BOOK COSTUME. So did the Scarlet Witch.
But when you read the article the writer unfortunately takes the same condescending 'comic book costumes are ridiculous' attitude that resulted in the conforming 'one tactical design fits all super hero costumes' view that modern super hero films have. There's nothing wrong with the flagrant designs of costumes in film or comics, it's up to the director and producers to make it WORK (remember the old TV shows? They stuck to the costumes and it worked: the classic Wonder Woman TV show, Batman, Spider-Man, the Hulk too).
Unable to rise to this visual storytelling challenge they instead dumb down every super hero costume into a bunch of 'lines' and militaristic duds. Throw in a bunch of gizmos or stupid shit like Captain America's 'parachute' straps (in the first film) and you have a 'superless' looking super hero.
Not surprisingly these movies don't make nearly as much as they could make if they just put aside their goddamn know-it-all egos and let the fucking stories already told be their guide. The most shocking example of this is the treatment of the Mandarin character in that forgettable Iron Man movie. They fucked that character up by hiring Ben Kingsley, a British Arab to play a role written for a Asian. Then they stand back and shake their heads as fans tear another A-hole into them.
To make the 'profit' illusion even better the know-it-alls take a look at the fan-driven profits and say, "Look, we were right. The movie made a BILLION DOLLARS." I got news for you, you dumb fuckers, you coulda make 18 billion dollars and saved money on design and actors if you'd have stayed true to the comic books cheaper designs and hired unknown actors to play these parts in more of a quantity than the big stars. Give the main role to Ben Affleck but give smaller roles to lesser know actors. The movies are driven by fans! The fans drag their mothers to see it or indifferent friends. Now you've sold your movie two times or more because if the damn film looks like a comic book I WILL WATCH IT 5 FUCKING TIMES IN THE THEATER and buy the fucking DVD after it leaves it!!! That's how Star Wars became such a big hit. It didn't rely on 1 viewing x a billion people to make it's money. Fans saw the damn thing EVERY WEEK, OVER AND OVER AGAIN. The same people!!! As it is right now I can only watch a Marvel Universe or DC film ONLY ONCE because none or part of it relates to the fucking comic books. It's so whatever! Directors and everybody else doing whatever the hell they please with the PRE-ESTABLISHED IDEAS, catering to COMPLETELY FALSE REASONS FOR PREVIOUS SUCCESSES.
WTF. This has turned into another rant. Maybe that's because I'm sick and tired of shelling out all my motherfucking money to tired ass shit. Take this months 'King Arthur'. A tale that's been told to death. TO DEATH. Why aren't we seeing a 'The Adventures of Sir Lancelot'??? I'd much rather see another character's POV of the Arthur legend than to see ARTHUR AGAIN. Man on man. WTF.
Anyway, for those still reading this, have you ever seen a cosplay actor looking ridiculous in the costume of theirs and yours favorite character??? I doubt it. They look COOL AS HELL. When is Big Hollywood going to understand this. Fuck this article, man. Even the poses of the characters are staged to look as if they would end up looking 'ridiculous' in their true costumes. Why didn't they do the comparison with more dramatic poses from these films than these stoic ones??
I never get stupidity, that's why I fucking hate it so much. Oh, man. Now that I think of it the whole motivation for these costume changes it supposedly to make the character's MORE REALISTIC. What a bunch of hypocrisy if you REMOVE THE MASK THE COMIC BOOK CHARACTER HAS. The mask is to protect his private life so that super villains can't easily find and kill him AND HIS FAMILY. Now we have Hawkeye and others WITHOUT MASK, running around saving the world. Stupid. Easily traceable super heroes who you can GET BACK AT later on if they defeat your evil plans. None of these costume changes are realistic. WTF. Did someone change the meaning of the word 'realistic' lately??
George A. Booker
Just watched a soulless movie (and by soulless I also mean 'sexless') that all but forgot about romance and affection, 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2'. The over-eager to please director and producers filled this film with so much material junk that not a single aspect of affection beyond a long delayed 'hand around the waist of another'is seen. A cold and uninvolving waste of time!! Shit blowing up left and right, forced humor, dull performances (do to a lackluster script). This movie is best summed up by paraphrasing a better writer, William Shakespeare, and his legendary 'Macbeth':
"Sequels, and reboots, and remakes,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief theater lights!
Movies are but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets an hour or more upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Somebody at Marvel or Disney or whoever the hell owns 'Gaurdians of the Galaxy' (Fox?) owes me $9.75!! The price of my movie ticket!! You bastards! You theives in the night. You highway robbers lured me in with snazzy visuals then dumped your junk on my consciousness in a movie that's over 2 FUCKING HOURS which won't add a bit of relief to the continuous misery that is my life!! And if you cheat me there you've cheated me everywhere because that's why I and others go to watch your crap --to get away from our crappy lives! But you DENIED ME THAT ESCAPE with your BULLSHIT. You have millions of dollars to hire professional writers but what do you do? You allow your director who has the writing skills of a detention-surfing high school loser to use that money as if it were a multi-million dollar writing class!!! Fucking bullshit ass film.
-George Alan Booker
NOTE: to be fair I actually slept through half of the film (late showing) but whenever I woke up all I saw was shit hitting the fan! Nothing else. Not one smooch between lead characters Peter and Gamora!!
Brie Larson in her 'utility worker' Captain Marvel costume. A boring design.
The 'old' Captain Marvel costume. Fantastic! If you're going to mess with perfection then you'd better be ready for the criticism. Compared to this costume, the new Captain Marvel's uniform is a piece of shit. Like I said, she (top photo) almost looks like the guy who comes to your house to read your gas meter.
This photo reveals one of the biggest reasons the old costume will never be featured in the Captain Marvel motion picture. The sex haters (read: feminist extremist, religious nut-jobs, and your typical American coward) will never EVER allow this to be the image of a super heroic woman. If we were in the 70's -yeah, maybe. But since we're in the 2000's and mankind has gotten dumber and even more stupid that he rejects the very force of life responsible for his creation (the sex urge) we can forget about seeing something as beautiful as this flying around and saving the world.
Now here's a brighter version of the top photo featuring a cosplay actress. It works better than the top version that has Brie Larson in pretty much the same 'uniform'. But this version works better because it's brighter (the actual suit) and the woman has brighter hair. All lending it a more feminine but still powerful look. And notice the hip sash, how it accentuates one of the most important aspects of female beauty, the wider-than-men's hip area. Now look at the sash on Brie at the top; it's like a fucking towel wrapped around her mid region, not her hips. A total turnoff! The top photo features SEX HATING at it's best, folks! Nothing going on here --move along!
I'm George Alan Booker and I created the character known as Zombie Racer and then everyone and his mother started turning it into shitty video games and smelly gym shoes on the Internet so now it's just all over the damn place. Anyway I used to work in comic books, animation, and TV advertising storyboarding. Now I'm returning to comics again with the start of this website. Check the site ledger on the Home Page (Graphic Storytelling.com and Gallery subheadings listings) for samples of my artwork. Follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/zombieracer for satirical jokes and political commentary (it's where I chill at).