Tuesday, January 30, 2007




CAREY IN THE COMMUNITY

Here's some photos I took of Mike Carey when I met up with him to interview him for the TRIPWIRE Annual

Sunday, January 28, 2007


HELL TO PAY…

Here's the studio photo of Mike Mignola for Creating Heroes, which is suitably gothic…
I still can't talk about what I alluded to in my last post but I'll be able to shed light on it by the end of this week…
Preparations for the TRIPWIRE Annual are proceeding apace though and I should have a mockup cover to post here with a Hellboy image by the second half of February…

Thursday, January 25, 2007




CREATING HEROES HITTING A BRICK WALL

Here's a photo of Steve Dillon in his shoebox sized studio…

Creating Heroes
may have hit a major hiccup. I'll let you all know when I know.

Sunday, January 21, 2007


JEWEL PURPOSE

I went to see Blood Diamond last Thursday at a press screening. Directed by Ed Zwick, this film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. Blood Diamond looks at the unrest in Sierra Leone in the 1990s and how one man, diamond smuggler Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), gets involved with fisherman Solomon Vandy (played by Djimon Hounsou) in his quest to track down a huge pink diamond, an object that Archer hopes will get him away from Africa. Connelly plays American journalist Maddy Bowen, who falls in with both of them on the journey. DiCaprio, playing a South African, displays the same range that was on show in last year's The Departed, and he is becoming one of the screen's most versatile actors. Hounsou is excellent too, as the man who sees his son turned into a ruthless child soldier, the man who is stuck in the middle of a war where both sides are brutal. Blood Diamond is a slightly strange film in that it feels very much like a Boys Own adventure movie with a serious message (Buying diamonds mined in conflict riven countries is unethical and wrong) and sometimes the two clash. But Zwick is enough of an experienced director to steer the film in the right direction and Eduardo Serra's cinematography is quite breathtaking at times, showing the power and the beauty of the country's landscape despite the strife. It is corny in places but thanks to the brilliant chemistry between Hounsou and DiCaprio (Connelly looks nice but doesn't really have much to do here), it barrels along at a decent rate and is a thoroughly entertaining ride. Recommended if you're looking for an action film with some brains and a serious point to make…

Sunday, January 14, 2007


STRANGE BEDFELLOWS…

2007 has started in a very interesting fashion: two weeks into January and I have already picked up some new commissions. First on the agenda is a piece on Mexican film directors for US movie mag Moving Pictures Magazine, where I'll be interviewing Del Toro, Innaritu and Cuaron, and exploring why Mexican filmmakers are suddenly producing films of such exceptional quality, especially in Hollywood. The second series of commissions are more interesting potentially: I am going to be writing a number of features for the retooled Comics International. Under its new editor Mike Conroy, I had a feeling that my work would be more sympathetically received there and I wasn't wrong. So the first feature for CI is for #201, out in February, and it'll be looking at 300 The Movie with its stars Gerard Butler, David Wenham and its director, Zach Snyder. I wish Mike well, as the industry needs a magazine like Comics International, and my hope is that a fresh set of eyes there will allow it to adapt to the changed marketplace and industry. Watch this space as I'll let you know what else I'm going to be writing about for them…

Thursday, January 11, 2007


A LIGHTER SHADE OF NOIR…

I went to see The Good German at a press screening last week. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney and Cate Blanchett, based on the book of the same name by Joseph Kanon, The Good German is Soderbergh's attempt to recreate a forties Film Noir, using the same directing, cinematographic (if that's a word:)), editing and acting techniques employed by past masters like Carol Reed, Michael Curtiz and John Huston. The Good German has George Clooney as the protagonist, a journalist thrown into 1945 Berlin and all of the divided city's machinations. Cate Blanchett plays Clooney's former lover, a German prostitute, who draws him into a web of intrigue involving a Nazi in hiding and the attempts of the various factions to claim him. Tobey Maguire has a pivotal but quite brief role too. To avoid giving too much away, I won't reveal the part he plays. The major problem with The Good German is that it's far too slavish to the films it's trying to emulate: shot in black and white, its onscreen homages to films like The Third Man and Casablanca fail to give the film a life of its own (two scenes almost come across as parodies: they are such perfect copies of pivotal scenes from both of those films) . But to contradict this, the film contains swearing and a brief sex scene, two things that would never be present in The Third Man or Casablanca. Clooney's performance is good, albeit rather limited: he is a good leading man but he's no character actor. Blanchett makes for a decent sultry femme fatale but she looks a little uncomfortable in places. The supporting cast, including Beau Bridges, Leland Orser and Jack Thompson are very good but it never quite gels. So file The Good German as a sumptuous looking failure with just enough to recommend it to the cinemagoer. It has made me curious about the book though…

Friday, January 05, 2007

SUMMER TRIP…
We've just had some more material confirmed for TRIPWIRE Annual this summer: Jeph Loeb and Bryan Fuller from Heroes have agreed to participate in it, which is very exciting, and Duncan Fegredo will be doing a new Hellboy cover image for it. So the Summer's going to be very exciting…

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


A TRIP THROUGH THE WIRES…
Happy New Year to all. Here's a mockup cover for all of you, the first taste of the TRIPWIRE Annual. This is the new logo but it probably won't be the cover design. As the months progress, I'll be sticking stuff up from it…