Tag Archives: Graphic Novel

The Epic Book Tour: Gareth Hinds with Homer’s The Illiad

23 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Gareth Hinds is a prolific illustrator who worked in the video game industry for over ten years and still found the time to self-publish. Technically, that’s before Candlewick Press discovered him, and when they called him up to offer a deal, it was one he could not pass up!

Some fans know him for the cult hit, System Shock 2, and others may recall his earlier works, namely his adaptation of Beowulf. His artistic interpretations of literary classics are simply spellbinding. He has published ten books in all, including The Odyssey. As the recipient of Boston Public Library’s “Literary Lights for Children” award, his works can be found in use in classrooms across the country. Reading some of these classical works is not always easy, and to have the right kind of art to have young minds interested in the original material makes the process of learning how to read easier. Perhaps, one day, he may attempt Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Personally, I’m quite drawn to his works which looks at classical antiquity. In Poe: Stories and Poems, my taste for the macabre gets satisfied. His latest work is Homer’s The Iliad which took more than two years to produce! When this book clocks in at 270 pages and 95% of it are illustrations, the wait is certainly worthwhile. It is now available through bookstores like Amazon. To coincide with the release is a book tour. The remaining dates can be found at the end of this interview.

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Sharkasaurus, A Graphic Novel Review

2 Aug

Image result for sharkasaurusBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Based on the 2014 short film of the same name, Sharkasaurus is also a graphic novel. This fun thrilled romp has all the hallmarks of an enjoyable B-film of the 50’s. Those monsters back then did not have the help of today’s CGI technology to realize in glorious 3D or realistic proportions. Usually, they were puppets carefully brought to life through stop-motion or marionettes. Flash forward to the print medium, none of that will matter. Those who saw the video will find a huge difference and none of that truly matters when in the desert, nobody can hear your distant scream and mistake that for a screeching hawk.

The book expands on the material from the book and greatly expands on why such a land shark exists. Also, Alice Monroe is set up as the would-be heroine. I do not want to give away the entire story. Here, she and her mate Frankie are in an archaeological excavation to unearth clues to another Proterozoic species said to roam the earth. Along the way, Creationists led by Reverend Peter Matthews and his daughter (she’s not immediately named) object to the rewriting of more than just “the scripture.” He’s your stereotypical evangelist, and quite laughable to say the least. Will he get his just desert in the dessert? The video answers that very easily, and what this dinosaur symbolizes is nothing like Devil Dinosaur (Marvel Comics). Godzilla? Maybe.

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Details Revealed on Mysticons Graphic Novel series

1 Mar

Yes, watching Mysticons is a guilty pleasure for us here at Otakunoculture. The series is very enjoyable to watch and the music is far catchier than those Sailor Moon openings we saw decades prior.

Last year, on May 2017, Dark Horse and Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana announced a publishing agreement to produce a series of graphic novels based on their animated action series, Mysticons. Today, the partners are excited to reveal details from the upcoming graphic novel series! [and perhaps with further details at Emerald City Comic Con, which started today. -Ed]

Dark Horse’s Spell on Wheels creative team, writer Kate Leth (Patsy Walker aka Hellcat!), artist Megan Levens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and colorist Marissa Louise (Wonder Woman Annual), joins forces once again to bring more empowering female characters to life!

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Bringing Ethel and Ernest to Animated Life, A Movie Review

14 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Ethel and Ernest (voiced by Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn) is a very nostalgic and sentimental animated film about these two individuals. It has an illustrative style reminiscent of Tintin. Based on the graphic novel of the same name written and illustrated by Raymond Briggs, this product certainly brings to life the ragtime era of Edwardian London in its opening act. Technically, the year is 1928 and all of this era’s sublime and romantic nature is the highlight. The music is recreated in its vintage glory and it steals the show. I was happily humming along.

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