I hope everyone’s experience at New York Comic Con 2017 was as awesome as mine was! It gets bigger and better each and every year. Being a creative, I couldn’t help but feel enormously inspired to keep pushing myself forward as an artist, writer, graphic designer, entrepreneur and simply an aesthetically-driven individual who wants to make his mark and hopefully, make the world a little more pleasant. Events such as these, makes you want to do more and BE MORE than what you already are. My enthusiasm to create is flying high and despite some of the issues that we are dealing with in society right now, I remain optimistic that somehow we’ll find a way to make a little more beautiful, and a little less chaotic. Continue reading “New York Comic Con 2017: Amazing Photo Gallery and Video Highlights From NYCC”
Are you ready for more Justice League awesomeness? Maybe that’s not the main question that most fans have been chattering about. When are we going to get a glimpse of Superman, along with his black suit in Warner Bros. movie, based on the DC Comics? Personally, I think Warner Bros. is doing a masterful job with how Superman is being handled. I thought the dream sequence in the latest trailer that debuted at NYCC (New York Comic Con) yesterday was simple, but brilliant.
Sometimes a thought or an idea is birthed from unexpected places. For the past couple of days, my heart and my mind has been on all those who’ve suffered in Mexico City, Houston, Tanzania’s refugee camps, Syria, the Caribbean islands and most recently, the island of Puerto Rico. Whenever natural disasters occurred or someone asks me for a donation to a charitable cause, I’ve always gave what I could and did my best to help out. Continue reading “Please Support My Pledge To Aid Relief Efforts In Puerto Rico”
“I am not a gangster and never have been. I’m not the thief who grabs your purse. I’m not the guy who jacks your car. I’m not down with people who steal and hurt others. I’m just a brother who fights back. I’m not some violent closet psycho. I’ve got a job. I’m an artist.” — Tupac Shakur
Prophet. Poet. Gangster. Thug. Hip hop icon. During the life and times of Tupac Shakur, he was labeled many things, but after his death, the polarizing, legendary rap artist was universally accepted as an extraordinary and influential talent. Personally, whenever someone asks me about Tupac Shakur, the immediate thought that comes to mind is “tortured soul.”
This past weekend on New York City’s Lower East Side was the inaugural Five Points Festival, a brand new fan convention curated by Clutter magazine and presented by Midtown Comics. The festival is a collision of toys, comics, street art, and counterculture, replete with food trucks and craft beer. This was pretty much a geek’s version of Valhalla.s Continue reading “20 Cool Photos From the First Annual Five Points Festival 2017 in NYC”
What’s up guys? Ralph a.k.a. the “Perennial Aesthete” is here. It’s been awhile, but I hope you’re all in the best of health and happiness. Speaking of being happy, to describe Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the sequel to Marvel’s 2014 swash-buckling science-fiction adventure, I’d have to say it was pure euphoric bliss. It brought back memories from my childhood when I used to sit in my room drawing comic book characters and reading my favorite comics such as Iron Man, the Avengers, Spider-Man and the Mighty Thor. Continue reading “Film Review: Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Was Pure Sci-Fi Bliss”
The comic book world suffered a huge lost this past weekend. Acclaimed comic book artist and horror illustrator, Bernard Albert “Bernie” Wrightson, sometimes credited as Bernie Wrightson—has died following a long battle with brain cancer. Recognized as one of his generation’s greatest art masters of horror illustration and comics, Bernie was known for his iconic Frankenstein illustrations and co-creating DC Comics’ movie-starring creature, Swamp Thing. He also worked on popular comic book titles such as Spider-Man, Batman, Doctor Strange and The Punisher. Continue reading “RIP Bernie Wrightson, Celebrated Comic Book Artist and Horror Illustrator 1948 – 2017 “
If you’ve already watched Kong: Skull Island and you stayed past the end credits, you should be clear on one thing—that Kong is not the only king. You should also know that the ‘Toho Initiative’ is a go. That’s just a mere reference to Nick Fury’s (Samuel Jackson) visit to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in Marvel Studio’s 2008 film, Iron Man, in which Fury informs Stark that he’s putting together a team of superheroes. In this case, Kong: Skull Island, is the next chapter of Legendary Picture’s “MonsterVerse,” a new cinematic universe that’s highly anticipated to reach a pinnacle in a Godzilla vs. Kong movie in 2020.
Hands down, this is the best X-Men or X-men related film that has been made to date and unquestionably, the Wolverine movie, we’ve all been waiting for. Feeling more like a western rather than a comic book adaptation, film director James Mangold (The Wolverine, 3:10 To Yuma, Copland), brings us a visceral, violent, emotional and arguably, the most ambitious one since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.