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Committed: Drew Struzan – Movie Poster Maestro

011514_struzman_actionThe name Drew Struzan might not be a household one, but if you saw an American movie in the last few decades then you’re probably very familiar with the work of Drew Struzan. Star Wars, Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Blade Runner, Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing… the list goes on an on.

011514_struzman_thingAs a film poster artist in the ’70’s and ’80’s, Struzan’s work subliminally informed everything many of us would grow to associate with adventure and excitement in movies. Without even realizing that we were seeing the world through his eyes, his ubiquitous movie posters embodied the most exhilarating films we grew up with. His style is intrinsically associated to a specific type and quality of movie. Today Struzan’s skills continue to be utilized by savvy film makers like George Lucas and Guillermo Del Toro to brand and market their films, lending them a language of fun and daring which is synonymous with Struzan’s work. Continue Reading »

Committed: My Favorite Radiation-Induced Superheroes

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Japan and ensuing tsunami, multiple problems maintaining the countries nuclear reactors are being wrestled with. Amongst all the recent worldwide natural disasters, this threat of nuclear radiation is a man-made one. While fears and concerns about the outcome are varied, as a source of fictional drama, comic books have always embraced the idea with a plethora of radiation-created superheroes.

In an effort to stop worrying about what the future holds, I took a look back at how comic books have treated radiation in the past. I thought about titling this “When Radiation is a Good Thing”, but that seemed a little tasteless. However, by highlighting the superheroes who got their power through exposure to radiation I hope to bring some levity to the moment, so here (in no particular order) are ten of them that I like best.

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Sunday Brunch: 8/30/09

I asked for things more worthy of linkage, and the comics internet responded! Truly, I am King of the Intertubes.

Also, I like this QUESTION OF THE WEEK business, so I’ll try to keep this up. This week’s: Which comic character do you find completely uninteresting, no matter who writes or draws him/her? And (a two-parter!) what would make you change your mind about them?

Links below!

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