Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hellboy - Mike Mignola back in the drawer's seat!

Mike Mignola is back to drawing Hellboy for an 8 page story called Hellboy: The Whittier Legacy which you can read online at USA Today.

Mignola talks about the H. P. Lovecraft influence on this story: "I've gotten a reputation for incorporating Lovecraft stuff into my work, but I've never sat down and done a straightforward tribute to him. That's what this Whittier story is."
"The message for this story is: Don't mess with the stuff that's out there in the universe."

He also talks about the upcoming year in Hellboy:
"In the next year, we're going to do some really exciting things. Hellboy is going to be able to step away from the baggage he's been carrying around for all these years. It's a pretty big ending."
With an excited tone, Mignola adds an ominous forecast: "We're going to blow stuff up that we won't be able or willing to fix. We're going to change everything."

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Roots & John Legend cover The Arcade Fire - "Wake Up"

Not as good as the original, but ?uestlove makes the drums different enough to be interesting. At least three lyrical mistakes, but who's counting? (I am.)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

X-Men Arcade Game

Finally a reason to buy an Xbox (Truth be told, I have been playing Gears of War at my friend's house lately). Konami's 1992 X-Men Arcade game is coming to Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network. I once spent 42 tokens to beat this game at Chuck E. Cheese. Despite my undying devotion to Wolverine (especially this costume), Colossus is my first pick in this lineup (also including Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler and Dazzler?!) because of his unstoppable and completely made-up special move (rrruaaAAHH!). I only wish I owned the six player arcade cabinet:

Oh, would that you were mine.
This also reminds me of X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men, an 80s cartoon pilot that the arcade game seems to tie in with. The opening theme song is astoundingly even catchier than the 90s one. The animation is classic 80s outsourced to Japan (ie Transformers, G.I. Joe, Thundercats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Real Ghostbusters, etc.), and Wolverine inexplicably has an Australian accent.

Sunday, October 10, 2010