A trailer for "Fear[s] Of The Dark" (Peur(s) Du Noir) is now on YouTube. I know I mentioned it 7 months ago...but seeing the latest trailer is just as exciting as discovering the project back in April. My memory can be spotty, but I'm pretty sure this trailer showcases more animation than the initial teaser.
A project like this is so refreshing because it shows the breadth of styles that can be applied to animation. Anybody have some news on the project? Is there any chance they'll have a theatrical showing of it in Los Angeles? I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
I've read both volumes of EMPOWERED by Adam Warren and I adore them. As I've mentioned before, Adam Warren is one of the few American "manga" creators whose work I love.
Warren's a bit of an enigma to me, because I feel that he has all the makings of a "superstar" artist. But somehow he manages to hide in the shadows outside of the mainstream comic spotlight. No big deal, though. His work is always a charm to experience and his tenure on "Empowered" is the closest we've gotten to some regular Adam Warren artwork.
"Empowered" is about an insecure superheroine who repeatedly finds herself gagged and held hostage by the bad guys. Empowered's so caught up in being a crappy superhero that she doesn't realize she's envied by women for her beauty. The premise results in Empowered regularly being found in compromising scenarios and dialogues on the more sexual aspects of superhero genre conventions.
Empowered is sexy, hilarious, and beautiful. It's a pervy pleasure crafted with a love and charm that's infectious.
Since we're doing something Muttpop related tomorrow, I wanted to get my Halloween celebration started today! "This Is Halloween" from my favorite Halloween film, NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Which reminds me, I need to check out that 3D version.
I'm super excited about the Takashi Murakami retrospective Art Show at MoCA's Geffen Contemporary opening today. There's already been tons of sneak previews and coverage from the preview show and it looks bigger and better than I imagined.
I'm a bit uncomfortable about the strong commercial presence of Louis Vuitton, though. I understand that Murakami's international success is integrally connected to his design collaborations with LV...but it's a little weird and insulting that a fully operating Louis Vuitton store is at the center of the Art Exhibit. Then again it's probably the ultimate mixing of Murakami's obsession with commercialism and branding.
I picked up another game for the Nintendo Wii (man, there are too many interesting games coming out this Winter!): ZACK & WIKI: QUEST FOR BARBAROS' TREASURE by Capcom. Visually it's a bit of One Piece, Pokemon, Dragonball and Anpanman....all glossed over with that wacky Capcom sensibility.
Even if the visuals are pretty nifty it's the gameplay that makes it a worthy purchase. Zack & Wiki is a "Point & Click Adventure" for the Wii. You may have played one in the late 80's/early 90's on your old desktop computer. I think my first "Point & Click Adventure" experience was playing LEISURE SUIT LARRY. :-) Level solutions are very quick to accomplish but it takes a bit of thought and exploration to figure them out. It's super easy to get stuck on a level (which drives me bananas) but every solution is clever and inventively integrates motion controls with the Wiimote.
I'm not sure who the intended audience is. The visuals are very kiddy (they look like they're intended for a 5-12 year old boy) but the puzzles difficulty seem more appropriate for someone older. All in all, it's nice to FINALLY see a solid Wii game that ISN'T made by Nintendo!