Eras End

"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Friday, November 10, 2023

Live Action Avatar: The Last Airbender Teaser Trailer

Here it is, the first teaser for the live action version of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Looks like they nailed the scope, sound and look of the show. Get a chance to find out on February 22 if nailed all of it. If have not watched the original cartoon series, highly recommend it. Also its sequel series The Legend of Korra. Believe both are on Netflix.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Keith Giffen, Comics Book Legend, 1952-2023

The comic book industry lost a giant as comic book writer and artist Keith Giffen died at the age of 70 due to a stroke. The news was announced on his Facebook page per his instructions "I told them I was sick…Anything not to go to New York Comic Con, Thankx, Bwah ha ha ha ha.” If your a fan of Guardians of the Galaxy movies, you have him to partially thank for that as co-creator of Rocket Raccoon with Bill Mantlo in 1976, his first year in the comics industry. His other influenctual co-creations in the years that followed included Lobo, Ambush Bug, Jaime Reyes' Blue Beetle, Maxwell Lord and the humorous Justice League International. 

He worked basically for all the comic companies including DC (Legion of Super-Heroes, Doctor Fate, 52, Countdown to Final Crisis), Marvel (Annihilation, Drax The Destroyer, The Defenders), Dark Horse (Division 13, Agents of Law, and Valient Comics (X-O Manowar, Magnus, Solar). He even took a break from comics to storyboard for TV which including working on The Real Ghostbusters, Static Shock, Batman Beyond, and Spider-Man Unlimited). 

What I listed is just a fraction of his writing and artistic output. His influence on the comic world is basically everywhere as many current artists and writers drew inspiration from his work, Marvel movies, DC movies, and more. A true legend has died. Condolences to his family on their loss. 

 Keith was one of the most brilliantly creative humans I’ve ever known. A curmudgeon with a heart of gold. A generous collaborator. An old, dear friend. And, as my wife observed, “He was like a character out of a Keith Giffen story.” Safe travels, Keith. You will be missed. - J.M. DeMatteis

I adored Keith Giffen. Spending half an hour with him meant hearing so many original ideas it made you dizzy. Everyone told me he could be crabby, instead, he was lovely and generous to me every time we talked. I will always be a fan and carry awe for that man. - Gail Simone

Gutted to hear the passing of the legendary comic book creator Keith Giffen. He personified creativity to me in everything he did. Whether it was writing, plotting, drawing, kibitzing or creating—Keith did it like no other in the modern age. - Jim Lee

When it comes to sheer creative talent and the ability to come up with great ideas, one after another, no one did it better than Keith Giffen. Working with him was one of those fun, creative roller coaster types of experiences that made any project more fun. R.I.P, my friend. - Dan Jurgens

Saturday, November 12, 2022

R.I.P Kevin Conroy 1955 - 2022 - The Definitive Voice of Batman

The voice of Batman for a generation or two, Kevin Conroy, has died at the age 66 after a fight with cancer. The actor worked in theatre and television but he is most know for becoming the iconic voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League cartoon, animated movies, Batman: Arkham, Injustice video games and more. According to The Hollywood Reporter he voice the character for "60 different productions, spanning 15 films and 400 episodes of television." He was even given a chance to play Bruce Wayne in the CW crossover "Crisis on Infinite Earths", a choice made specifically because of his iconic work with the character with the live action version based on the "Kingdom Come" version of Batman.

The news of his death first came from Diane Pershing (voice of Poison Ivy) who wrote "Very sad news: our beloved voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, died yesterday. He's been ill for a while but he really put in a lot of time at the cons, to the joy of all of his fans. He will be sorely missed not just by the cast of the series but by his legion of fans all over the world" where she included recent pictures of the actor with her at a convention. 

Another icon in the animation realm, casting and voice director Andrea Romano wrote "Kevin was far more than an actor whom I had the pleasure of casting and directing — he was a dear friend for 30-plus years whose kindness and generous spirit knew no boundaries. Kevin’s warm heart, delightfully deep laugh and pure love of life will be with me forever."

Mark Hamill known to some as Luke Skywalker, is also a definitive voice, this time for The Joker. He said "Kevin was perfection. He was one of my favorite people on the planet, and I loved him like a brother. He truly cared for the people around him – his decency shone through everything he did. Every time I saw him or spoke with him, my spirits were elevated. Kevin was a brilliant actor. For several generations, he has been the definitive Batman. It was one of those perfect scenarios where they got the exact right guy for the exact right part, and the world was better for it. His rhythms and subtleties, tones, and delivery – that all also helped inform my performance. He was the ideal partner – it was such a complementary, creative experience. I couldn't have done it without him."

If interested in a recent long interview with the actor, watch the Inside of You podcast. Below are a few tribute videos fans created when they learned of his death. It appears the last time he voiced the role is for the video game MultiVersus. Condolences to friends and family on their loss.