Short Animated Film Find: Fuelled

Fuelled

KilledtheCat Productions
Sheridan Animation 2021 Group Film
Group MentorJason Par, Music Composer: Sebastian Reuten
Published: December 2021 on Youtube

Synopsis: Fuelled tells the story of a housewife on the path of revenge for her late husband.

Personal Thoughts:

What a beautiful, sad story this is. Fuelled is simple, timeless template of happiness to tragedy to revenge to madness to sadness.

Through it, these andromorphic characters express powerfully through emotional action and reaction. No word are needed, as the facial expressions tell enough. We feel, reflected on the beautiful postcard lives the housewife and husband had. We can be happy through them. The music, lighting, gentle animation of the past is sweet. Then soured by murder, and events of the present. It’s twisted, sad, and yet still emotionally driven. That ending left me haunted, though with a lesson on grief and resolution (or lack there of)

I love that animation is perfect and beautiful. Many animators/storyteller in the credits are attributed to this short project. Each involved should be very proud of this outstanding result, and likely elevate and branch off into bigger projects.

Mary and Brian Talbot set to release their next graphic novel, RAIN.

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Dark Horse Comics recently announced Rain, a new upcoming graphic novel from acclaimed writer/historian Mary M Talbot and artist (and husband) Bryan Talbot, set for this Fall.

Rain is the story of the growing relationship between two young women, one an environmental activist, set against the backdrop of the disastrous 2015 floods in northern England. Their local wild Brontë moorlands are being criminally mismanaged, crops are being poisoned, and birds and animals are being slaughtered. While the characters are fictional, the tragedy is shockingly real.

Rain is the fourth graphic novel collaboration between Mary M Talbot and husband Bryan Talbot, a partnership that has produced the award-winning Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, Sally Heathcote: Suffragette (with Kate Charlesworth), and The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia.

The Rain graphic novel will go on the retail shelves of comic and book stores everywhere, on October 11, 2019, in hardcover, landscape-format, and will retail for $24.99.

New Comics Preview: Sugar: Volume 1

Here is something fresh from a recent news release from Image Comics and Top Cow; a preview for Sugar: Volume 1, arriving on bookshelves soon.

Writers Matt Hawkins and Jenni Cheung unite with artist Yishan Li for an original, new graphic novel companion to Sunstone and Swing in the romantic and sexy, Sugar: Volume 1, scheduled to be released soon in late July.

In Sugar, a couple embarks on a relationship that starts off as more of an arrangement, but ends with them falling in love—at a cost. Neither has ever done anything like this before, and the emotional swings they face threaten to undo what could be a perfect match.

Check out this sneak 6-page preview, provided by Image and Top Cow Studios:

 

Sugar: Volume 1 will arrive in comic stores on Wednesday, July 25th and bookstores on Tuesday, 31st.

Upcoming Graphic Novel Preview: My Heroes Have Always been Junkies

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Image Comics recently shared a little preview for its upcoming original graphic novel, My Heroes Have Always been Junkies

The story itself is a pop and drug culture-fueled tale of a young girl seeking darkness… and what she finds there.

My Heroes Have Always been Junkies is the team of Ed Brubaker (the award-winning writer of HBO’s Westworld TV series, and numerous other comic titles over many years). and artist Sean Phillips – both who worked together on Criminal, Kill or Be Killed, The Fade Out, and Fatale. This new tale will be their first work as a full graphic novel story.

My Heroes Have Always been Junkies will be released in hardcover graphic novel format in comic book stores on Wednesday, October 10th and bookstores on Tuesday, October 16th.

In the meantime, here is a three-page preview (thanks to Image Comics, through a recent press release).

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Daniel Warren Johnson’s EXTREMITY, sets off new story arc this Fall

Extremity, the acclaimed new comic series from writer/artist Daniel Warren Johnson (Space Mullet) and colorist Mike Spicer will kick off a new arc for its dystopian epic, this October from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment.

In Extremity, an endless cycle of violence has taken an incredible toll on two cultures—and one family in particular. Thea was once a gifted artist, but in the wake of a brutal amputation, she became consumed by a thirst for revenge. In this seventh issue, Thea and her brother Rollo enter the Ancient Dark, where they are hunted by things that dare not live in the light above.

“The second arc is something I’m excited to share with everyone,” said Johnson. “I put a tremendous amount of time into building up the world below that readers haven’t seen yet, so it’ll be refreshing to finally show it off!”

Extremity #7 hits comic shops Wednesday, October 4th. The first volume trade paperback collecting the first arc will be out in September.

CAPTAIN’s NOTE: For those who missed out on the earlier issues, I highly recommend the Extremity: Vol. 1 trade paperback when it comes out!)

BOOM! Studios welcomes new readers to FENCE

BOOM! Studios recently announced Fence, an all-new original comic book series from best-selling novelist C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince) and popular online sensation Johanna The Mad, set for this November from the BOOM! Box imprint.

Fence brings together the worlds of teen soap opera with the adrenaline rush of competitive fencing, an exciting journey of self-discovery that challenges readers with one simple phrase: En garde!

Fence follows the rise of sixteen-year-old outsider Nicholas in the world of competitive fencing, as he joins the team at an elite boys school,” says Pacat. “Readers will experience the world of fencing, its elegance and danger, and the high stakes of a combat sport. But most of all, Fence is about the characters—with intense rivalries, lifelong friendships, and the thrill of romance between teammates—a diverse cast and a story that is exuberantly queer.”

Fence means the world to me,” says Johanna The Mad. “It has always been one of my biggest dreams to draw comics, but I never thought I’d be able to work on one that I’d end up fangirling about!”

“Johanna’s artwork captures everything that is hot, dangerous, and exciting about fencing,” adds Pacat.

ABOVE: Character concept art by Johanna the Mad

Fence #1 will have two different covers. The main cover is by Johanna The Mad. The variant is by artist Kevin Wada (Scarlet Witch). Rebecca Nalty will be the series colorist.

“Teen drama, pretty people, self-discovery, and the thrill of competitive sports? Fence is everything I love in one comic,” says Dafna Pleban, BOOM! Studios editor. “C.S Pacat and Johanna The Mad have created a truly special comic we can’t wait for people to read.”

Fence #1 will strike at local comic book shops and through popular digital comics apps, this coming November.

Dan Panosian sets up high stakes thrills with SLOTS, coming in October

“When the chips are down, all bets are off, in Slots

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment recently announced Slots, a new series written and drawn by artist Dan Panosian (Daredevil: Back in Black, Conan/Red Sonja).

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You can say this about the life of Stanley Dance: he did it his way. Unfortunately, his way never took getting old into account. Now, the former boxer is on his last legs, and looking for redemption…but he’ll settle for going down swinging. Slots is a bold new take on Las Vegas, where everything old can become new, and superstition influences how the chips fall.

“Producing this story is really a dream come true for me, and I have Image Comics and Skybound to thank for the experience,” said Panosian. “People throw the term ‘labor of love’ around pretty often, but every aspect of creating SLOTS has been a true joy for me. I’m very happy we can finally announce and share it with everyone.”

SLOTS #1 arrives in comic book stores Wednesday, October 4th.

 

Comic Reading Review: Extremity #5

Extremity #5

  • Writer, Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson
  • Colorist: Mike Spicer
  • Published by: Image Comics, Skybound
  • Publish Date: July 5, 2017
  • Notes: Continuous monthly series.

Synopsis:

“Thea has followed her father’s every order in their war against the Paznina. But how far is she willing to go?”

Personal Thoughts (minor spoilers):

First off, Extremity has been a favorite new series, for its character development and awesome world-building. If you are reading this and curious yet have not read, head to your comic store and get the early issues; or look for the first volume trade paperback schedule for retail book market this August.

Meanwhile, I just picked up this 5th issue. Does this issue push the action and drama forward, with more character development?

The first few pages are amazing for the opening exposition alone. This features a flashback, of young Thea bringing a drawing of her mom to Jerome, her dad. Such is a bittersweet joy, and emotional considering where it all goes for her future. And also, there is an amazing two-page spread of the castle tower dwelling, which is highly detailed and worth framing is a print ever comes of this. Such is beautiful work, for any reader who appreciates good fantasy art to pause and admire the grand details.

But then we cut to the present, and a very dark moment involving torture-based interrogation. It’s a sad, terrible scene of a man’s goodness stripping away at itself as the torturer, Jerome and it gets worse as he calls in his daughter Thea, now a little older and joining in the grisly act. There is a contrast of past and present, which works great with the panel composition.

Meanwhile with Thea’s brother Rollo, deals with his lack of cruelty toward the enemy and disappointment from his father. He observes the dark changes in his sister, and misses his mother. He is likely the hero of the story, because the war hasn’t quite transformed him yet. Though he considers himself a coward, his strength carries on the story in a positive, idealistic direction. But then back his sister and father, a twist happens back with a heightened act of cruel murder. Such is horrifying, and character defining for his sister. I feel now all is lost in the soul of Jerome, but feel interested in the directions of his children for the future issues, and how they will relate back to the father.

So, the 5th issue is flat-out emotional and amazing for its art and solid mix of drama and fantasy. However, it is very dark and grisly’ far from any feel-good fairy tale or spirited Disney-inspire tale. The art and awesome coloring keeps the focus on the story, with the attention past the gore. My only gripe is the actual gore itself, of which I am not a fan of for being a bit too graphic. While, I believe it is necessary for the artist (who is also the writer) to carry out his vision while not limited himself; there is a slight distraction for me maybe not expecting this much out of a fantasy story called “Extremity.” Or maybe, that is the point of the title (which, I initially didn’t like, but drawn in for the art). I suppose from here on, to expect more graphic moments; though I hope such will not be too frequent and gratuitous.

Still, I am on board for future issues, and this remains a top pick for new reads in 2017. This is an unforgettable issue, which will set the tone for many more to come. I look forward.

 

LAST DAY OF JUNE, a bittersweet interactive story in development

Italian independent studio Ovosonico and indie publisher 505 Games recently announced their first project together,  Last Day of June, an interactive adventure.

The Last Day of June is an interactive adventure from an all-star collaboration of creators including critically acclaimed director Massimo Guarini (Murasaki Baby,  Shadow of the Damned, Naruto: Rise of a Ninja), award-winning musician and record producer Steven Wilson, and Jess Cope (animator on Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” and director for Metallica’s “Here Comes Revenge” music video).

Last Day of June aims to be a true artistic innovation. Visualizing a bittersweet story told through a welcoming, painterly world, the role-playing exploration game showcases the beauty of life and love, but also the contradictions of loss, as seen in the first teaser trailer:

“With  Last Day of June, my vision is to create a riveting emotional experience that connects with the broader audience of human beings,” said Massimo Guarini, founder and CEO, Ovosonico. “People feel comfortable broadly saying they don’t like video games without ever really trying them, but never say that about movies or music or art – there’s always something they can identify with. I believe games can be just as universal and relatable, and that’s what we’re attempting to show with this project.”

Last Day of June is a poignant single-player journey that progresses participants from a viewer joining Carl and June on what begins as a magical outing to their favorite spot, to a character deeply intertwined in the narrative, as they try to unlock the sequence of events that could save the day – and June’s life. In this cinematic experience, players will solve emotionally challenging puzzles in an attempt to turn back time, compelling them to ask themselves “What would you do to save the one you love?”

Last Day of June is currently in development for PlayStation 4 and PC and planned for release later in 2017.

All-new LAZARUS X+66 miniseries by Greg Rucka, coming soon

Writer Greg Rucka returns to Image Comics, with Lazarus: X+66; a six-story, six-issue miniseries set in the world of Lazarus.

The Eisner-winning series writer (The Old Guard, Black Magick) joins with series designer/writer Eric Trautmann, with writers Aaron Duran and Neal Bailey, and six different artists for Lazurus: X+66, which will set the stage for the series sixth story arc in July.

For Lazarus: X+66 #1, artist Steve Lieber (The Fix, Superior Foes of Spider-Man) lends his talents to the trials and tribulations of Casey Solomon as she fights to survive Dagger training. Ever since she caught the eye of the Lazarus, Casey has learned that gaining the Family’s attention can be as much of a curse as a blessing. Will Dagger Selection destroy Casey, or will survival mean something worse?

Subsequent issues will feature art by Mack Chater, Justin Greenwood, Alitha Martinez, Bilquis Evely, and Tristan Jones. Each issue will feature a cover by series artist Michael Lark.

“Part of the joy of writing Lazarus for me is exploring and defining different aspects of the world, and in particular the characters who inhabit it,” said Rucka. “Following the events of Cull, and gearing up for the inevitable trauma that will be Fracture, this was the ideal time and place to look into some of the corners of our universe that had been, for one reason or another, neglected, while at the same time buttressing and expanding on the overall ‘main story’ that Michael and I are telling. Every one of these stories is important in the larger narrative, and getting to provide a laser focus on them is simply something that we can’t do in the confines of the pages of the monthly.”

“And, speaking purely selfishly,” Rucka added, “it’s a chance to work closely with some amazing talent in both writing and art at the same time.

Lazarus: X+66 #1 arrived in comic book stores Wednesday, July 19th.