After a week straight of probably engaging in too much political reading, I’m going to stay away from anything election or convention-related (except to maybe quote NWA: “Fuck the Police!”). But someone else’s inability to refrain from railing against the potential next Vice President of the USA actually inspired this post. Matt, my friend Rebecca’s partner over at Sporky.net, posted this awesome picture:
Me being something of an occasional comic geek, I loved this image. In fact, it’s probably my favorite political image of the year. It made me do a search on the guy who made the image, Derek Chatwood. He’s a Seattle-based video game designer, illustrator, artist, etc. Like everyone else, he also has a flickr page. He’s done some other great stuff. In particular I urge you to look at the Beginner’s Bible Coloring Book.
One of the more poignant pieces he did is an image of Heath Ledger as The Joker. He writes an accompanying piece that talks about the death of Brandon Lee during the filming of The Crow contrasted with Ledger’s death just before the release of The Dark Knight. It’s awesome, and well worth reading — check it out.
I haven’t watched The Crow in a long time, but I will rectify that soon. I think what Chatwood says about the nature of that story, and its impact on subsequent “superhero” movies, is dead on. I’m sure the angsty, doomed hero aspect is a big part of what we endure now re: the Hot Topic youth culture, but it doesn’t take anything away from it as a source.
I do remember the sequel to the movie, The Crow – City of Angels, wasn’t nearly as good. If I recall, Iggy Pop was in that movie. But goddamn did I have the hots for Mia Kirshner after seeing that flick. I think the only other movie I ever saw her in was Exotica, which I remember as being okay. Wonder what she’s up to these days?
For those of you interested in such things, Chatwood also entered an Obama T-shirt Design contest you might want to look at. Some of the designs are cool. Many are awful. Some of them look too much like those horrific Nascar t-shirts I see all over. Blech.
I’ve been in a funk the last few days over how boring music has become, my own included. So when I get to browsing and looking at other art forms, and things other people are doing with graphic designs, brushes, photography — anything, really — I’m always blown away by just how many magnificently talented people there are out in the world. Why is there not more worth assigned to that than to those who have mastered the art of being a dick via blackberry? I don’t know. I want to get a brand new, high-powered mac and start learning how to do some of this shit, but I can’t really justify the expense at this point. Even so, I’d probably only end up doing Photoshop tricks like this:
It’d be a start, though.