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Posts Tagged ‘Graphic Novels

Back to Jakarta (and Be a Geek)

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After a long long time, I finally came back to where my original home is, Jakarta. Oh yeah, for those of you who don’t know, I spent my seconds, my minutes, my hours, my days, my weeks, my months in Bandung nowadays. I go to college there, so it is kinda hard for me to go home, especially that I am now in my last year. It is very hectic nowadays. Never ending assignments, quiz, and of course exams. Because of those tiring activities, I decided to go home. Why not last week? Why not next week? And most importantly, why this week? Because there’s a toys and comics festival at Electronic City, Jakarta! Hooray!! It’s a pre-event before the Jakarta Toys and Comics Fair takes place in early 2009.

On Saturday, at exactly the first November in 2008, I decided to go there.

I arrived at Electronic City at about 12.00 pm. I go to the highest floor of Electronic City, where the festival takes place, with an excited feeling. Guess what greeted me…

Holy shit, right? It was a Batman action figure signed by the artist who drew everything, from Batman to Thor, from Adam Strange to Predator. Of course, I don’t buy that action figure. Too expensive for me. But guess what…

I bought that! Quite nice, eh? I bought this because he will be the first black president in the U.S.A. and someday this action figure will be limited and will be so expensive. I guess the action figure world has the election fever too, eh?

These are the other things that are on sale at the festival. Have a look.

The other highlight from this festival is a space ship that the bad guys from Goodguysneverwin made. It’s a great space ship. The inside part of the space ship is filled with small size action figure that they also made. Genius! Take a look.

For your information, Goodguysneverwin is a local company that made really great action figure. They made the figure from many things, like baby doll head, tank miniature, and many more. Their famous products are Destroyers (left), Tankbobs (center), and Gunbobs (right).

Honestly, I thought that this was a comics festival, only comics. I was surprised when I saw all those toy booths spread around at Electronic City. But overall, I am happy with this festival. It was very pleasant and it was filled with rare toys and comics, and one of those rare comics that I got there is…

U.S., not a short for United States, but a short for Uncle Sam. It’s a two part graphic novel that was written by Steve Darnall, illustrated by the famous Alex Ross, and published by non other than Vertigo Comics. Nice! I haven’t read it yet, but from the synopsis, this will be an unique graphic novel and a one of a kind experience.

Let me write the synopsis for you.

Clad in star-spangled rags, a man named Sam wanders the streets of an anonymous American city, struggling to remember his true identity. But he’s plagued by inner voices that carry him on a time traveling journey to the dark heart of America… and hint at his own violent past. Is he Uncle Sam – or one of U.S.?

Intriguing, right? So intruiging, I am going to read this graphic novel right now and leave you with the feeling of envy. Cheers!

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Written by Reno Nismara

November 1, 2008 at 4:33 pm

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.

Written by Reno Nismara

September 26, 2008 at 2:24 pm