Sunday, February 16, 2014

X-Men Vignette: Matters at Hand

Some time ago, I'd written a few X-Men shorts for a Comic Book Resources threadOne was chosen to have art: "Matters at Hand."  It stars Husk, Cannonball, Kitty Pryde, and Psylocke defending the Jean Grey School and its student Genesis, who has the potential to become the next Apocalypse.  The art is by the wonderfully talented Luis Laczky.  His colors are perfect, both somber and vibrant, and his lines gracefully portray movement and action.  No, this is not professional.  Laczky changed a few items from my script, but I'm completely satisfied, anyway.  How could I not be?  Look at the last page!  The closeup of Psylocke's feet as she walks on scene is phenomenal and completely his idea.

See Laczky's work at his tumblr for X-Men, tumblr for his other art, and his deviantart page.

So without further ado, I present "X-Men: Matters at Hand" by S.E. Andres and Luis Laczky.



Friday, February 7, 2014

Janelle Monáe: A Concept Worth Sharing

I didn't even piece together that each one of Janelle Monáe's albums was a concept album, let alone her entire discography is a concept.  Her albums follow an android woman Cindi Mayweather (Android 57821), who is sent back in time to free the android citizens of Metropolis from the Great Divide, a secret organization that suppresses freedom and emotion.  In the first EP Metropolis, Cyndi falls in love with a human named Anthony Greendown and is disassembled for it. 



Sunday, January 26, 2014

Celtic Corner: Fiona Hunter


Album cover; photography by Thomas Gavin
Breaking away from Malinky for a her first solo album, Fiona Hunter has given us an album that will stand the test of time.  Considering it's traditional folk, I think it would anyway, but it excels even at that.  Never has a solo debut sounded so brilliant.  With the help of the musical genius producer Mike Vass, Fiona Hunter’s self-titled release for March 2014 released a much needed anti-oxidant diet in the musical world.  Its dark innocence perfectly captures the Scottish tradition with a strong, crisp voice that soars over the Highlands and through the public houses.  Vass’ creative production complements Hunter’s vocals flawlessly.

A Song of Ice and Fire: When Women Play the Game

Over at our sister site Anything You Can (I Can Do Better), I have written analyses on the women of A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones.  While men are fighting each other for the throne, women are on the sidelines, calculating, attempting to salvage their families, attempting to gain the throne themselves, and learning how to play the game of thrones in the gender they were given.  It's as much a historical fiction novel as a fantasy novel, given how accurate it is in its historical parallels to European medieval history.  I delve into how characters change, the characters' dynamics with each other and with men, and their historical counterparts.  And pretty pictures are abound!  Listed below are the links that will take you to the respective character's analysis.  I'm hoping to finish them before the season premiere in April, and I will update this master list as I publish.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Looking Forward in 2014: Films (Part 2)

The second post of Looking Foward in 2014 includes all movies that do not have set dates.  As they are set, I will move them to the other post.

Rose Byrne, Michael McKean, Joe Manganiello, Jason Sudeikis, Blythe Danner, and Beau Bridges star in this comedy that revolves around a widow who must confront the strange circumstances of her folk-singing husband's death.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Looking Forward in 2014: Films (Part 1)

It's that time again to look forward to the year 2014 in movies.  There are a lot of exciting blockbusters this year and not just from comic books.  Let's take a look!

January 17
Directed and written by Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville), Back in the Day brings a class reunion filled with raunchy humor and messy consequences of returning to a hometown.  Back in the Day stars Rosenbaum, Morena Baccarin (Homeland, Firefly), Nick Swardson (Chozen, Reno 911), Emma Caufield (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, TiMER), Harland Williams (Dumb & Dumber, Superstar), Richard Marx, Isaiah Mustafa (Old Spice commercials), and Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected).

Friday, December 27, 2013

S.E.'s Best of 2013 Songs

It's that time again for the best of 2013!  This is my Best of 2013 CD mix.  Isn't it pretty?  This was a great year for Americana, pop, and rock.  Next year, I fully expect traditional folk to eat everyone else alive with releases from Seth Lakeman, Emily Smith, Julie Fowlis, Malinky, Fiona Hunter, and so many more.


Read one for why I chose what I did!  Of course I always open and close with upbeat songs, like Patsy Cline always said.