Friday, August 30, 2013

Calling All Artists Again!

The Fat Lantern needs FAT Illustrations. If you don't know, FAT Illustrations are drawings/sketches/paintings/animations where you take normally skinny characters and make them FAT. It can be from comics, video games, movies, TV shows, books, etc. These drawings can be elaborate or something really simple that you sketch in 30 seconds.

I encourage you all to please draw something and send it to me! I'll feature your illustration in a blog post and put links to your Twitter, Facebook page, website, or anything else you may have. You can message me through The Fat Lantern Facebook page, Twitter (@TheFatLantern), or Google +.

Please let me know if you would like to participate! Click here to see previous FAT Illustrations for your reference.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Caption Figures #69

Please comment with a caption for this picture! I'll pick my favorite caption and feature it in a "best of" post.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Let It Out

Yesterday on Twitter (follow me @TheFatLantern), I started complaining about The Dark Knight Rises. I didn't do it for the sake of being a mean fanboy. I did it to be a dick. When The Dark Knight Rises came out, there was so much anticipation and so much emotion surrounding it (especially since it was the final movie in the Christopher Nolan trilogy) that I wasn't sure what to feel after I saw it. I know that I liked it and I still do. But when a movie that big comes out, you tend to sweep the little annoyances under the rug until some time has passed.

Well some time has passed and I've had the chance to re-watch The Dark Knight Rises at home. It's been over a year and I'm ready to let it out. Here we go. I do not think it's the greatest movie ever! It's good and I enjoyed it overall. However, it was way too long, very slow moving, and Bane's voice was so overdubbed that every time he spoke, I was taken right out of the movie. There are things that I really liked about the movie, and there are more things that I really disliked. It was not perfect or even close to perfect. It feels so good admit that.

I want this to be a forum for you all to LET IT OUT. Be honest. Comment with a movie that you really did not enjoy as much as everyone else did and tell me why. Do not judge anyone else. I'm not here to host a fanboy asshole-a-thon where everyone complains about each other's opinions. I'll cut that shit out before it even starts. This isn't about complaining about people, it's about complaining about movies. This will be therapeutic and a chance for you to say to the world "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

I have no idea where that quote is from (I think it's UHF).

Friday, August 2, 2013

Caption Figures #68

Please comment with a caption for this picture! I'll pick my favorite caption and feature it in a "best of" post.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Wolverine - A Point to Prove

The internet is filled with movie reviews, so I won't be doing an in depth review of The Wolverine. I will say that I enjoyed it very much. It was fun, it had tons of heart, and the action was crazy and awesome. I have not enjoyed every installment of the X-Men movie franchise (surprise, surprise), but I think The Wolverine was truly something different and extremely enjoyable.

Having said that, I want to make a point about a reaction I see to pretty much every comic book movie that gets released. Have you ever heard someone go "It wasn't like the comic!" I hate that. What does that even mean?

Comics are not written like books. A lot of these characters have been around for decades and have been written and illustrated by numerous comic book creators. You can't take every single Batman comic ever created, for example, and start reading his story, in order, from his first appearance to now. What about all of the spin-off titles such as Batman and Robin, Batman Incorporated, or Detective Comics? What about when they pause the current story to tell his origin story? What if different writers tell his origin story with their own perspectives? There are so many stories that come at us from all different angles.

I believe a great comic book movie should have elements from the stories to give us something entertaining to watch in a 1.5-2.5 hour period. If someone wants to turn the story Batman: A Death in the Family into a full movie, great! If someone wants to take elements from Dan Slott's final Amazing Spider-Man run and combine it with Stan lee's original Amazing Spider-Man run, cool! I'd like to see how that would turn out too!

But back to Wolverine. The Wolverine is based on the comic book series Wolverine by Chris Claremont. BASED ON. It is not a direct adaptation. Although I love the Wolverine comic book series, I really don't think anyone would have wanted the movie to be exactly like the comic.

Is this what you want!?

From Claremont's Wolverine
How about a little bit of this!?

From Claremont's Wolverine
If The Wolverine had the same ending as Wolverine the comic book series, with Logan (in a kimono) and Mariko welcoming the X-Men (with suitcases) to attend their wedding, you would have been pissed and you know it.

Let's ease up on comic book movies. It's OK if they use various elements from comic books rather than copying a story verbatim to create a movie. Plus, that's a more efficient way to cover a whole bunch of story as opposed to having to make a movie for each story arc. Just be open-minded and understand that criticizing a comic book movie on how closely it resembles a comic book may not be the best way to judge it. It kind of makes you sound like an asshole.