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A Breakthrough in the Graphic Novel World

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Ever seen this logo in a bookstore (especially comic book store)?

For all of you who said yes, just shut up for a bit. I want to explain a thing or two about this creative graphic novel publishing company to those who said no.

First thing, let me tell you that Vertigo Comics is an imprint of DC Comics (I don’t have to explain this major comic publisher who is responsible for the story of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, do I?) that is founded in 1993 by Karen Berger, who was originally the assistant editor at DC Comics. The graphic novels that are publish by Vertigo Comics is quite unique, because it is marketed for late teen and adult readers. This kind of thing is very rare in the major comic industry in United States, because in United States people usually loves simple superhero stories. But Vertigo Comics? They publish an alternative for those who are bored with a simple superhero stories. What are the alternatives? Quite like these…

From all those covers above, we could see that Vertigo Comics is giving their late teen and adult readers some fresh, sophisticated, and quality alternative graphic novels. The graphic novels from Vertigo are usually contains graphic violence, crude humor, foul language, sex and nudity, drug use, and controversial subjects in the form of horror and fantasy genres. But that doesn’t mean that Vertigo Comics is just using controversial matters to make them famous, because they balance the controversial subjects with quality storytellings, smart dialogs, great pacing, colorful characters, and of course uniquely interesting artwork. Want prove? The company have won many Eisner Awards (Academy Awards equivalent for comic books), including Best Continuing Series (Sandman, Preacher, 100 Bullets, and Fables). There are also some Vertigo Comics’ graphic novels that are already being adapted to the big screen, like V for Vendetta, Hellblazer (Constantine), A History of Violence, and Stardust.
Still want prove? Here, I give you a synopsis of my favorite title from Vertigo Comics, which is Preacher, and you tell me whether it’s just controversy or quality. Deal?
Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a depressed preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis in an incident which killed his entire congregation and destroyed his church. Genesis, the product of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon, is an infant with no sense of individual will. However, as it is composed of both pure goodness and pure evil, it might have enough power to rival that of God himself. In other words, Jesse Custer, bonded to Genesis, may have become the most powerful being in the whole of living existence. Custer, driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, goes on a journey across the United States attempting to (literally) find God, who abandoned heaven the moment Genesis was born. He also begins to discover the truth about his new powers, which allow him to command the obedience of those who hear his words. He is joined by his old girlfriend Tulip O’Hare, as well as a hard drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy.
Before this post reach the end, I have to confess first that I completely snatch that synopsis straight from Wikipedia, with a bit editing of course. But I did that just for you, so you can get the most detailed synopsis about Preacher. If I made the synopsis myself, I am not sure that you can get a detailed synopsis. By the way, what do you think about Preacher based on the synopsis? Is it quality or simply controversial? For me, it is both, with a twist.

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September 26, 2008 at 2:24 pm

The Writer’s Block, As They Like to Call It

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September 16, 2008 at 3:49 pm

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Religion: a Holy Thing or Just a Bunch of Bullshit?

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Religion. What do you think about that word? Me myself, do not even know the exact definition of this word. All I know is that religion has many different definitions depends on the people who talk about it. Some calls it holy and some even calls it bullshit. As for me, religion is God and God is religion. Don’t get me wrong, I always believe in God. If there’s no God, how an universe can be made? Is it just a process of a physical reaction? I don’t think so, because something as powerful as a physical reaction cannot even made something as big as an universe. If it is a physical reaction that made the universe, it’s God hands disguising His work as a physical reaction. Besides, in my point of view, there is no harm at believing in God, so why don’t you believe? Is it a matter of idealism? Is it a matter of curiousity? Is it a matter of prove? Do you still need those things if you got something big and powerful to hold on to?

I used to believe in one good religion, but as I got older my mind thinks in a very different way, I am not that easy to get convinced anymore, and as a result I grew unsure about my own religion. I just don’t know which one is right anymore.  I have my own way of thinking and I am a bit headstrong about it. But I am trying really hard to fix that problem.

To fix the problem that I mentioned above, I am trying to dig deeper about many religions, especially the one religion that I understand the most (clue: the religion has only one God and Mecca is the capital city of that religion). And as I dig deeper about those religions, I found a simple yet interesting and important quote in every religions, which is “God is merciful”. What does it mean? Of course that it means God is forgiving, but in what aspect? For me, it is in an aspect of freedom in choosing. Especially, in choosing what religion do you believe in the most. In my point of view, there will be no people that will be punish in hell because they chose the wrong religion. They fully believed those religions, so why punish them? At least, they have something powerful to control their life from falling apart. The one that will be punish is the one that doesn’t want to do what God tells them to do, like believing in Him, staying out of sinful things, do some praying, and many religion things. Now, that’s the hard part.

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September 16, 2008 at 10:15 am

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The Idealist Bulgarian Who Play to Entertain

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I love Manchester United. Oh yes, I do. I love it since the year 1996, while Eric is still the king. I have many experiences with Manchester United. The one I remember the most is when they won a treble in 1999. Not just because they won a Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League title in one season, but also because in the night when they played Bayern Muenchen in the final match of UEFA Champions League at Nou Camp, I was just being circumcised the day before that. Yes, circumcised. I watched that match dramatically, whether it’s the match itself or the condition that I am in. When Sheringham and Solskjaer scored those two famous goals, I scream happily and also painfully.

Enough about the past, let’s talk about the present. A few days ago, Manchester United got what they always need since Ruud Van Nistelrooy left to a rich club in Spain, a pure striker. That pure striker name is Dimitar Berbatov. I am not saying that Louis Saha, Wayne Rooney, and Carlos Tevez are bad players, but they are not a real goal getter like Ruud does. With Berbatov, I am sure that Manchester United will get up from a bad start this season.

In an interview, Berbatov said that it is his dream to play for the red Manchester, to entertain the Manchester United fans. He also said that if he wants to play for money, he would play for Manchester City or Chelsea. Those two clubs are also interested in Berbatov and ready to pay a large sum of money for his service, even bigger than Manchester United’s. But Berbatov is the kind of player that is needed by the football world today. The idealist kind. He choose to follow his dream than to be so much richer without having his dream fulfilled. As a Manchester United fan, I was touched by his reason of why he choose Manchester United.

In the end, we just can hope that Berbatov can score many goals, create many wonderful plays, and bring trophies to Old Trafford. Cheers to the idealist Bulgarian!

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September 4, 2008 at 12:51 pm