Nov.29.11 at 08:52 am

I was invited by American University's Design Club to give a digital illustration master class. I took the opportunity to draw a screwy portrait of my Super Art Fight cohort, Ross. No audio because YouTube hates my audio tracks and gives me grief about monetization and shiz like that which makes no sense since I recorded the damn things, but whatever. Here's a timelapse of the illustration.

I'm uploading the entire presentation which is about an hour and half, so if you want to something to lull you sleep on a restless night, I'll hook it up as soon as it's ready.
Nov.24.11 at 08:15 am

I've spent way too much time talking about crap rappers, so I figured it was high time to remind you what real Hip Hop sounds like. For a few years now, haters have lamented the death of Hip Hop. Real MCs and DJs have been replaced with Autotune and Fruity Loops. Stupid sing songy shit polluting the air waves.

That's just shit. Sure, radio stations have forgotten what real Hip Hop sounds like. But it's far from dead. Hip Hop is alive and well, you just have to dig a little to get to it.
Nov.23.11 at 10:16 am

According to news sent along by Angry Zen Minion Vortigar and AZM Ally Kensei Dave, Gary Oldman has declined to star as the Colonel in the live action version of Akira, or Steve as it is properly known around these parts. Ken Watanabe has now been approached by Warner Bros to star in the role. Man, I was just joking on twitter that if they cast him, I'd see the shit in a heart beat. Way to call my bullshit, Warner Bros.

Does this save the movie?

In the manga and original movie, there are three story lines that kind of blend into each other. One stars Kaneda as he gets swept up in a revolution while trying to connect with Kei. One stars Tetsuo as he deals with his new found powers going from snot nosed sidekick to a godlike figure. The third stars the Colonel as he navigates the political quagmire of a deadlocked government run by, in his estimation, fools. Three major plots, three main characters, each get equal screen time.

If this is the version of the Colonel that we will get, well shit, that's someone that I'd like to see Ken Watanabe play. Yeah, I still think it's a bit of tokenism and stunt casting and what not, but man, it would be so amazing to see Ken Watanabe as the Colonel we know and love from the manga and anime.

Unfortunately, I don't think there's room for this Colonel in the movie that's being made. From the version of the script that has been floating out there, the Colonel is a one-note bad guy. If that's the way he will be portrayed, I really have no interest in seeing that no matter who lands the role.

Of course all of this, from the Kristen Stewart to the Garrett Hedlund casting news, is all just preliminary rumblings. No one has been officially cast which is kind of curious at this point. So who knows. Maybe a miracle will happen and everyone will back out and this thing will die on the vine.

Source: Twitch Film
Nov.22.11 at 09:42 am

Everyone, thank Mike Dent for sending this amazing piece of streaming film my way! Danger 5 is exploitation at its finest! Part two premiers next Monday night which means it'll be probably be posted Tuesday here.

I believe this is the same crew who brought us the amazing Italian Spiderman.

So yeah, this doesn't have anything to do with diversity or Asian American anything or comics, but some shit is just too cool not to share!
Nov.21.11 at 08:58 am

Oh boy! There's another Akira related photo posted which means, you guessed it, more happy fun time news about Steve! ugh.

Angry Zen Minion Bijan Houshmandzadeh sent over news of some more casting hopefuls. This is a list of people that Warner Bros is considering for the role of Tetsuo Shima who is apparently now Kaneda's brother.

  • D.J. Cotrona (Detroit 1-8-7, G.I.Joe 2: Retaliation)

  • Logan Marshal Green (Devil, Prometheus)

  • Toby Kebbell (RocknRolla, Control)

  • Richard Madden (Game of Thrones)

  • Rami Malek (The Pacific, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2)

  • Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire)

  • Paul Dano (Cowboys & Aliens, There Will Be Blood)

  • Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro)

Oh, and get this, apparently Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter already have parts. I'm guessing Oldman is the Colonel and Carter will be Lady Miyako. Well, I guess Miyako is awful damn pale so it makes sense for--NO IT FUCKING DOESN'T!

Well, there you have it, folks. There is nothing that anyone can say about this movie that will convince me it's something worth spending money on.

I'm sorry, Japan. Next time, keep the rights to you stuff. Sure, it's a nice pay check. But Hollywood will just wipe away anything remotely Asian about it.

Source: Slashfilm
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