My 1000th Post

Actually, this is my 1005th entry in this humble blog. Wow. I began Comic Book Jesus on June 17 2008 for 2 reasons. Firstly, I was gearing up to go to San Diego Comic-Con for the first time and wanted an easy way to share my photos and thoughts of the adventure. A blog seemed like the best idea, rather than annoying mass e-mails, and WordPress is without a doubt the best platform for that. Secondly, before CBJ launched, I was writing for a website called Infuze, which was a tremendous pop culture  focused site started by novelist Robin Parrish. Unfortunately it closed down a few months after I started writing there. Each day was creatively focused on a different medium of pop culture, such as books, films, comics, etc. I ran the Comics department and had a blast. It was my official foray into the wide world of the internet press. I felt guilty about still receiving inside info and free comics after Infuze closed, so I created CBJ as an outlet, and its become much more. I’ve been blessed to appear on WordPress’ fastest growing blogs list and have been quoted online and in print. Oh yeah. However, lately my focus has been on writing for Broken Frontier and Extra Sequential, but this blog will always hold a special place in my heart. So, thanks for sticking with me this long and the future looks bright I gotta say.

Oh, and just so this post isn’t a text only piece, here’s the variant cover for this week’s Batman and Robin #11. You can see a few interior pages here.

Papercraft Pop Culture

Check out a great post on Abduzeedo showing some amazing paper creations including some musical instruments, vehicles and stuff from both Stars (Wars and Trek). It must take tremendous skill and patience to create these beauties.

Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings Now on DVD

Before there was New Zealand’s greatest ad for tourism in the form of the epic LOTR trilogy, animator Ralph Bakshi tackled Tolkien’s novels, albeit with much more freedom, in 1978. I vaguely remember the dramatic poster and realistic animated movements, thanks to its rotoscoping technique. It may be time for a revisit. Official details, and pics of some familiar characters form the film, below.

This original animated classic from acclaimed director Ralph Bakshi and Academy Award Winning producer Saul Zaentz has been remastered with pristine New Dolby 5.1 audio and picture quality and will be distributed as a single disc DVD and Blu-ray combo which features a Blu-ray, DVD and bonus digital copy.  The film will also be available for Digital Download. This film is rated PG.

The deluxe edition features a never-before-seen, 30-minute in-depth interview  with legendary director Ralph Bakshi entitled “Forging Through The Darkness: The Ralph Bakshi Vision for The Lord Of The Rings.”  This special feature explores his concept for creating an illustrated film, his pioneering rotoscoping process, and inspirations for his visual storytelling.