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Artist, Jean Giraud aka Moebius (1938-2012)

Jean Giraud’s art found its way to you. You just was not aware.

View the Tumblr Quenched Consciousness for a comprehensive collection of Jean Giraud’s work.

Neil Gaiman on Moebius

Gaiman’s full eulogy on Moebius can be found at his journal post Remembering Moebius.

He drew different stories in different styles, and the only thing they seemed to have in common was that they were beautiful. -Neil Gaiman

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In Search of Moebius

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illustration by Moebius :: scanned from The Art of Star Wars Galaxy :: Topps Publishing :: 1993

Moebius’ Iron Man

Moebius Comics, issue 1 from Caliber Press, 1996

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Tuesday Tease: HASAKI YA SUDA, The Three Black Samurai

Official Synopsis

It is 2100. In the world engulfed in chaos and war whose residents are consumed by terrible hunger, the last fertile land became the subject of fierce battles. Three warriors: noble Wurubenba (Jacky Ido), Shandaru (Cedric Ido), who wants to avenge his father’s death, and Kapkaru (Min Man Ma) craving for power, will face one another in a fight for life and death.

What We Learned: Out there in the future open plains of Africa there are samurai roaming the land being all badass and shit.

Why We’ll Watch: Future black samurai warriors. This trailer took us by pleasant surprise. A quick search revealed HASAKI YA SUDA is a 25 minute short film made by French/Burkinabe filmmaker Cédric Ido. This IndieWire post from November 2011 explains the filmmaker’s biography in more detail. We’re here to talk about the trailer itself. The Akira Kurosawa influence is strong and welcomed.

Cédric is also a superhero fanboy, and plans to make films about black people that incorporate unlikely/unexpected elements, and that are within genres that historically and still currently ignore the contributions of people of African descent.

For once we get a film that steps outside the tropes Hollywood continues to force down the movie-going public’s throats year after year.

But enough of our soapbox. We mostly want to watch it because it looks badass.

When’s it coming? That is a bit vague. All signs point to some time in 2012.

Official site: Also, vague. there’s a Facebook page with not much on it. Once again we’ll point to the IndieWire article and the Live for Films article for good measure.

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The Sunday Punch: Watch a Steampunk Batman Drawn Before Your Eyes

Watch and be amazed.

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Moment of Who: Sharing a Dance with Reinette

The 10th Doctor Who episode “The Girl in the Fireplace” is beyond wonderful.

CTO2‘s rendition of The 10th Doctor dancing with Madame de Pompadour is divine.

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The Sunday Punch: The Batman Islam Wars

We remain out of touch with the current goings on of mainstream superhero comics. But because of the so called “Batman Islam Wars,” we took a momentary interest in what the rest of Comics Internet is nerd raging about now.

It seems that Batman is back from the dead and has decided to create a global army of Batmen.

From what we can tell, Nightrunner has become somewhat of a ‘racist detector,’ to borrow Senor Chang‘s phrasing. Some right wing bloggers are saying Nightrunner is political correctness run amok. All of this hoo ha just because the French Batman is Muslim reminds of the similar hoo ha when Internet championed Donald Glover as the new Peter Parker in the Spider-Man movie reboot. Oh the things we read on comics websites comments that day. Apparently, the 21st century is not as advanced in thought as we’d like to think it is.

Anyway, Nightrunner’s DC Wikia page is deleted/empty. And we’re finding it difficult to track down any mention of the character on the other Wiki.

Nightrunner‘s creator David Hine spoke on BBC World Service Europe Today.

Well not only have I not been indoctrinated, I have no intention of indoctrining anyone else. What we’re doing is writing a series of stories about Batman going worldwide . It’s becoming a global franchise, so we’re going to have a Batman in France, we’re going to have a Batman in Argentina, in Africa. It was my task to come up with a story set in Paris. and I wanted something new, something a little bit different… The Batman heroes are not super powered they are people who have natural athletic abilities, and for me a parkour runner was the obvious choice. Parkour runners in Paris tend to be from ethnic minorities

Parkour runners are free runners who race across rooftops, I think it was one of the James Bond films featured one of these guys, it’s absolutely perfect for what we’re doing…

I don’t think any super hero comic has ever laid claim to absolute realism. I think what we have done is created a character who has a very credible background. We have fantastic stories because we have a shape-shifting evil creature called the Corrigan. You know, this is fun, this is entertainment, and at the same time we have created a character who I think will be very very interesting.

He happens to be a muslim, as most French Algerian are. There are a million Algerians in France and most… every Algerian who is born in France is a French citizen, this is not a question of whether he, or not, is French.

More clips from that interview are on Bleeding Cool.

More information on everything else are in the links below.

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The Solar System in 30 Megapixels. Beautiful. Stunning.

French Artist Licoti has created an amazingly detailed piece of art depicting our solar system. The file, which you can download for free here, is 30,000 pixels wide and weighs in at a whopping 18megs.

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Tuesday Tease: Sylvain Chomet’s THE ILLUSIONIST Reminds What Animation Should Be

Official Synopsis

An old magician on the decline meets a young girl that will change his life forever. Based on an original script by French comic genius, Jacques Tati.

What We Learned:

  • Rabbits are a tricky sort.
  • Wonderful animation is wonderful.
  • This is not the Ed Norton flick that competed with THE PRESTIGE so many years ago. Please do not confuse the two.

Why We’re Gonna Watch:
French director/writer Sylvain Chomet of THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE fame is directing again. After viewing the trailer for THE ILLUSIONIST we considered renaming the film THANK GOD FOR SYLVAIN CHOMET. All signs hint to this being a genius of animation that puts Disney to shame…again.

‘I’ve lived all over the place,” says the great French animator Sylvain Chomet, “but I seem to do well in countries that need their independence.”

Seriously, this guy is fast becoming our new animation hero.

When’s it coming?
ILLUSIONIST has already released in France and several other countries. It’s about to drop in the UK. It won’t hit the US until December. And that will be just a limited release.

Life remains unfair.

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Nuclear Detonation Timeline 1945-1998. That’s 2053 Nuclear Tests All Over the World

Here you have your basic Nuclear Detonation timeline from recognized “Nuclear Weapon States.”

As the video starts out detonations are few and far between. The first three detonations represent the Manhattan Project and the two bombs that ended World War II. After a few representative minutes the USSR and Britain enter the nuclear club and the testing really starts to heat up.

Even though the video does not differentiate between sub-critical “safety” tests and full detonations, you get a good idea of the fever of the nuclear arms race.

Sleep well.

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You Tuber Unlocks Another Level of INCEPTION Cool: Hans Zimmer’s Easter Egg Score.

It turns out the slow, rhythmic bass that occurs at key points in INCEPTION (named by another YouTuber as the “BWONG!” chord)has interesting origins.

You Tuber camiam321 ran an experiment and found:

He took Edith Piaf’s “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” (which is used as a recurring motif in the film’s heist sequence), and slowed it down in Adobe Soundbooth by 300%. The result was a near exact match to the Zimmer theme.

Slightly spoiler-esque observations continue below the cut.
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Man Base Jumps Underwater Sinkhole, Short Film Project of Awesome

Dean’s Blue Hole is the second deepest blue hole. Guillaume Nery based jumped into it. It’s true. Sorta.

His girlfriend explains he never reached the bottom of the sinkhole. They did decide to make this short fiction during their free time.

We’ve included a video of this bit of deep water awesome under the cut. But we strongly suggest that you watch this sucker in HD over at Nery’s You Tube webhouse.

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