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Girls and boys, maybe it's too early to properly having processed the movie. Up from the top of my head:

Yes, the action is TREMENDOUS. And, very conscious of the Man-of-Steel's criticisms, saving and /or showing endangered civilians is a critical part of the action.

No, it's not the same than seeing the team assemble for the first time, this feels like another chapter in their ongoing lives... but its a huge, fascinating one.

Ultron is full of charisma, but maybe Hawkeye steals the movie.

Oh, well, if you liked the first one, this one has a lot more to love. There are some necessary changes to set up Phase Three, which make this one a bit less charming (but there are laughs a-plenty). All in all, a solid 9, maybe plus. And even if geek-dom had correctly guessed many of the plot twists, there are quite a few surprises. That first scene between Thor and the Vision... oh, man, I hadn't heard a packed movie theater GASP at once in a long, long time.

Back to work now.

Have a nice weekend, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: The Black Gondolier by Fritz Leiber
  • Watching: Gravity Falls
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Girls and boys, good news is we did get a hotel room for SDCC.

Bad news is I could as well just airplane in and out each day, far away as it is...

But, well, lots weren't so lucky, so, I'm not complaining much. But they DO need to do something, this system crashed 35 minutes ago.

Just under three months to go, and lots I'd like to draw first... but not today. Today we are Daredeviling.

Have a nice weekend, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: The Joss Whedon biography
  • Watching: Daredevil, season 1. OMG.
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Girls and boys, tomorrow is when we separate the women and men from... the women and men without a place to stay.

SDCC hotel lottery.

My batting average is not the greatest... two years ago I screwed up in timing, and last year I was too late (9:06, a minute too late, it seems). Oh, there are hotels outside the SDCC club, just expensive and far, far away.

But I digress.

Anyway, let's see what luck may come this time. My guess is anything over 9:04 is a goner.

This convention really, really is starting to behave like the prom queen...

Have a nice week, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: The Joss Whedon biography
  • Watching: Eureka Season 4.5
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Girls and boys, today is the first big filter in the SDCC 2015 adventure. That is, if I can get a guest to join the party.

I remember no more than five years ago, you were guaranteed badges for a guest and a child with your professional registration (which, luckily, it's not randomly assigned. Yet). This time even the chance to PURCHASE an extra badge is limited.

I always look forward to SDCC. Really. Even with all the crowds and the diminishing returns, I can never get enough of it (well, maybe on Saturday afternoon I've had my fill...). But thinking about this first filter (I can't even imagine what the hotel lottery will be this time), I kind of wonder if it's getting to be too much effort.

Oh, well. Back to draw. At least I don't have to register for that, yet.

Have a nice week, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: Shadow Show
  • Watching: Eureka Season 3.0
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Girls and boys, cold weather and a broken water heather are the perfect pre-Valentine treat...

Anyway, no grand developments in the last few weeks... lots of pages to draw, which is always a plus, and Elephantmen 62 just hit physical and digital stores everywhere this week. And trust me, this is a big one, setting up a much bigger arc. Oh, the biggeness.

Tackling the next issue right now...

Tumblr account slowly but steadily gaining speed... daily sketches and other stuff there, take a look:

axelmedellin.tumblr.com/

And have a nice Friday 13th and better Valentine, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: Shadow Show
  • Watching: Community
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Girls and boys, after the thing with the stolen background is settled (or at least unreachable), and we are still waiting for the next script, the plan until conditions change is scary:

Coming up with stuff.

This week's Line promises to be fun to do, and the stories to pitch are crying to get out, so... hitting the drawing table, see if she cooperates.

Of course, this might be jinxing it all and calling urgent work for today :P

Have a nice week, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: The wind through the keyhole by Stephen King
  • Watching: Freaks and Geeks
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
(UPDATED: It seems the image was finally was taken down from the site, so, the link doesn't work anymore. Not sure if it's a victory, but works for me. So, the following rant is already outdated).

Girls and boys, I feel I'm finally getting there.

I have nothing but respect for Stan Winston and the Studio that carries on his legacy. Even more for the school that shares all of their incredible wealth of SFX knowledge. They regularly post fan art from all over the world in their page. Even a couple from yours truly now and then.

Yesterday, they posted a picture from someone who used my "Da Vinci Iron Man" series as a background, without credit, permission and with the website removed. The school gave me credit after I mentioned the fact, the guy laughed (literally, you can check the thread and image here:)

www.facebook.com/StanWinstonSc…

It's not up to me to judge on the value of someone else's work. This guy, Hasan, seems a capable artist in his own right. Why he's beyond giving an apology or at least recognizing he appropiated images, I don't know. He's very proud of the idea he had of just drawing Iron Man in the pose of one of the most imitated drawings in history. OK, more power to him. I hope he cleans up his act soon.

His response, after a lot of pressure, was removing the background stolen from me with one stolen from Leonardo.

Am I overreacting? Maybe, since he's not profiting (at least I hope so) from the image. I just think it's basic human decency recognizing when you imitate or "borrow" someone else's work. That's why we always write the "after Kirby" each time we draw another homage to Avengers 4, dammit.

The original images here:

TLIID 156. Da Vinci's Iron Man, part 3 by AxelMedellinTLIID 156. Da Vinci's Iron Man, part 1 by AxelMedellinTLIID 156, Da Vinci's Iron Man, part 2 by AxelMedellin

Thoughts?

Have a nice weekend, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: The wind through the keyhole by Stephen King
  • Watching: Freaks and Geeks
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Girls and boys, as all you know, the year has started in a shocking way.

But, well, nothing to do but keep working and hopefully making good art.

On other news, Elephantmen 61 is out in the world this week, as usual, by Richard Starkings and yours truly. Big fight! A preview here:

graphicpolicy.com/2015/01/08/p…

Next issue in process... there WILL be a lot more comics this year.

Turns out I have a Tumblr account I had forgotten... I'm posting stuff to see what happens:

www.tumblr.com/blog/axelmedell…

Other than that, keep drawing, stay safe, and have a nice weekend, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: Insomnia by Stephen King
  • Watching: Community season 5
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
... just, you know, working, starting on Elephantmen 62, coming up with stuff for next year. There WILL be more comics next year.

Anyone else saw a change in visit patterns since the new DA features arrived? That "What's hot" seems to stay the same forever now.

Well... back to the drawing table.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: Insomnia by Stephen King
  • Watching: Black Mirror
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Girls and boys, today at finer comic book stores (and at Comixology.com, of course), you can find the latest issue of Elephantmen, as usual written by Richard Starkings and drawn by yours truly. Wedding preparations included.

Here are some preview pages:

www.comicosity.com/preview-ele…

And here's an early review:

bigglasgowcomic.com/advance-re…

If you have a chance, take a look.

Have a nice week, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: Needful Things by Stephen King
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica season 4
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Thanks so much!
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: Needful Things by Stephen King
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica season 4
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Girls and boys, it's been some steadily busy days... just putting the final touches for the latest issue of Elephantmen, which should be done today. Or tomorrow.

Other than that, trying to conquer the world, as usual.

Have a nice weekend, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: Needful Things by Stephen King
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica season 4
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Girls and boys, work keeps flowing and projects brewing... health in ups and downs, but I'm not complaining, we keep going.

In the meantime, if you happen to be by your local comic book store this week (or at Comixology, that's perfectly cool), there's a new issue of Elephantmen. As usual, written by Richard Starkings and drawn by yours truly. It's a really weird one.

A preview here:

www.comicosity.com/preview-ele…

Have a nice week, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica season 3
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Girls and boys, this Con flu attacked with a week of delay, but it seems we'll survive it. Hopefully.

We kind of hit the ground running this time after the experience. And what an experience, although maybe in general this SDCC was a bit underwhelming after the last one. About half the cosplayers, which tend to be one of the funniest parts, and not too many big, world-shaking revelations. But, hey, it's SDCC, it's never a waste of time. I finally got to meet Walt Simonson!

Well, working now. I returned eager for some re-invention of the self, let's see.

Oh, and Guardians of the Galaxy is as great as they tell you, and then some. Maybe not as great as The Avengers, but a lot more fun. Hilarious script, impossible-not-to-love characters, a soundtrack you'll keep humming for a long time. Simply put, a wonderful time at the movies.

And I want a dancing Groot.

Have a nice weekend, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica season 3
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Girls and boys, this is the 15th time in a row.

So, I hope this Comic-Con lady has something nice in store this time...

I'll be hanging as usual at the Elephantmen / Comicraft booth (#2106) right in front of DC. There will be prints, there will be tp's and hard covers, there will be free sketches. There will be a printed schedule, but, as of now, I believe I'll be there

Wednesday  7-9
Thursday 2-4
Saturday 2-4

And at other unofficial times. Come and say hi.

Have a nice weekend and Con, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica season 3
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Girls and boys, this week at your local comic book store (buried amongst a cavalcade of comics) you can find Elephantmen 58, as usual written by Richard Starkings and drawn by yours truly. For long time readers, there is a payoff for a storyline long in development. For new readers, there's a cool story and pretty pictures.

Here's a preview:

www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…

And SDCC is just around the corner... anyone going?

Have a nice week, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica season 3
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
I thought something weird was happening when I saw more than 4 k visits to the page today. My first thought was I had been victim of a "friendly" bot.

Then I found out today's Dark Knight saving the Watchmen was featured and I09, and from there linked to Yahoo News.

io9.com/what-if-batman-had-bee…

So... a LOT of people saw the one Line submission where I did not catch a typo :P

Oh, well...

Have a nice weekend, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica season 3
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Who would say there are less than two months to go to SDCC? So much to do, so little time, as always.

So, as for the blockbuster season so far:

-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, comes very close to a perfect movie experience. Smart, fun, game-changer, great characters. If you didn't follow-up with Agents of SHIELD, you are missing out.

-The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is just a little above the meh line. These days SFX should be taken for granted. Or, to put it another way, a movie can't get away with bad SFX, so, if good SFX is all it has, it has problems. If you put the plot holes together, the whole movie looks like a spiderweb. Great looking Electro with a terrible story, useless Rhino, rushed Goblin. Impeccable Gwen-Peter chemistry, and all for what?

-Godzilla. Oh, dear. What pains me is the arrogance of Gareth Edwards, by deciding the audience will follow the carrot on the stick and will thank him every time he takes it away. Maybe I would have overlooked the boring plot and terrible humans if they only had SHOWN THE MONSTER FIGHTS. By the time it came to the final showdown, I was actually too angry by the continuous teasing to actually care about it.

-X Men DOFP. Oh, my, I walked out with the biggest grin on my face. Just a plain fun ride. Maybe the new reality is just fan service, but, I'll take a director who gives in abundance what the fans want over one who keeps the goods hidden any day.

And yes, I'm waiting for several movies yet, but the only one who really has me in geeky anticipation is Guardians of the Galaxy.

Have a nice weekend, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica season 2.5
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Girls and boys, what are you waiting for? Go to your local comic book store and grab some free goodness!

And be nice, buy something else while you are at it.

Have a nice weekend, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • Watching: Farscape The Peacekeeper wars
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party
Thanks so much, girls and boys, this is a great milestone to reach.

The winner of the free comission is :iconjeardawg:

And, just because I'm in a good mood, I'll be giving away another free comission among
you other 3499 great deviants (give or take any new watchers that join the party these days)

I just can't figure out how to choose the lucky one. Any ideas?

Have a nice weekend, folks.
  • Listening to: AMC Movie Talk
  • Reading: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • Watching: Farscape season 4
  • Playing: No play
  • Eating: Hope
  • Drinking: Not after that party