At fastcodesign.com, you’ll find a small yet amazing gallery of some of your favourite superheroes done up in awesome Pacific Northwest Native American designs.
via Jeffrey Veregge
Artist Jeffrey Veregge of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (near Seattle) shows us brilliantly coloured and shaded designs of Batman, the Flash, Superman, the Silver Surfer and Galactus, Spider-Man and Iron Man in the Coast Salish style. I don’t know about you, but I’m seriously reconsidering my use of wall space in my apartment.
But that’s not all – on Veregge’s website, you can find more artwork in the same style featuring characters from Star Wars, the Alien movies, cartoons and generally amazing stuff.
Read the full article on fastcodesign.com here and share the awesome!
There’s no shortage of fan fiction floating around the Internet from every popular story available. Some of it’s good too; some not so much. It’s a mixed bag.
But in the past couple of days, a new piece of Batman vs. Joker fan fiction titled “The Deal” has surfaced that’s driving people nuts. Why? Because its poignant, beautiful, tragic and simple. When you roll all of those things into one, people notice.
Take two minutes to check out the incredible novella created by Gerardo Preciado and artist Daniel Bayliss. Note: you’ll probably want to take at least another two minutes after you finish to digest things…
The folks at the amazing YouTube channel CineFix are dedicating the month of September to fan favourite superhero Batman. There’s already been a slew of great videos, like this homemade intro to the 1966 TV show:
It’s so well done! In fact, check out this side-by-side video to see the detail of the comparison:
But to me, the crowning jewel (at least so far) in Batman month is this amazing 8-bit Batman video:
Published in 1988, the Alan Moore written and Brian Bolland, Batman: The Killing Joke has (thanks to this video posted by Jordan Gibson) become a hot topic for Batman fans.
The question is: did Batman kill the Joker at the end? The book is amazing: well written, well illustrated and well coloured. It also has an amazing ending that forces the reader to decide if the Joker finally won, completing his final sick joke – his own death at the hands of Batman.
via Batman: The Killing Joke
If you look at the source material, which was apparently supposed to be a one-off story, I think the ending is pretty clear: Batman kills the Joker. That’s the best ending, examining all of the prominent themes of Batman up until that point. It builds to that climax, and Moore masterfully forces the reader to decide that for themselves, by not showing the action in a panel or giving it away through an overt sound effect (“SNAP!”). He leaves that decision up to the reader, who could choose to accept the Joker won, or not.
DC however, did not choose to let the Joker win, and rolled the story into Batman canon by turning Barbra Gordon into wheelchair-bound Oracle and bringing the Joker back in the subsequent books. This decision by DC forced the reader to accept that Batman did not compromise his principles even though the book might suggest otherwise.
I LOVE this controversy, and I LOVE that Alan Moore had the balls to take Batman to the edge and let him walk off. I will always read The Killing Joke and have it end that way – even though I enjoy everything that came after. For some reason, I’m able to enjoy both Batmans: the uncompromising one we continue to read, and the Batman that murdered the Joker, crossing the line forever.
What do you think happened at the end of The Killing Joke?
Mark Hamil, whose credits include Luke Skywalker and voice of the Joker in Batman: Arkham Asylum, was asked at a Comic Con panel in 2011 what his version of Heath Ledger’s Joker would be. The link below has his impression at 1:39!
However, it’s worth watching all the way through to see what a funny, charming class act Hamil is. I knew my childhood crush was justified.