Saturday, 7 November 2020

Thoughts On... Early Hou Hsiao-hsien: Three Films 1980-1983 (Spoilers!)


You may be aware that back in 2016, one or more lifetimes ago, I attempted to write a review of The Assassin because I didn't enjoy it and had some thoughts as to why, then this time last year (November 2019, a pandemic ago) revisited the film and commented on the original review with some new thoughts.

Second time around, I felt that it was working as it intended, but still didn't offer me much. This was frustrating, because The Assassin is a well-regarded film by well-regarded filmmakers, so what was I missing? I thought I'd take a chance on exploring more films directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien and picked up the Eureka Masters of Cinema boxset containing Cute Girl (1980), The Green Green Grass of Home (1982) and The Boys of Fengkuei (1983).

Friday, 23 October 2020

Where Are We Now?

 Thanks, David.

This is a little update about where I'm at with my creative output and what I'll be doing from this point on.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Thoughts on... Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (spoilers)

This should be a good year for Asterix lovers, with the publication of a new album (by Ferri and Conrad) on October 24th, and the release (outside France) of a new animated film with an original story... if you're lucky enough to be able to see it.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Rebellious Youth

Hello again!

May usually proves to be a hectic month for me and this past one was no exception. I got out of step with my webcomics, but they're now back on a regular schedule: Multum in Parvo and The Box. I haven't completed work on any other projects, unfortunately, although ideas have been coming thick and fast. It's been one of those periods where ideas just seem to keep generating themselves, faster than I can write them down, and whenever that happens, it's always surprising and wonderful. I should certainly be all right for cartoon material for a while now.

In the meantime, I've also been reading quite a few comics and have some thoughts to share (though not enough for a full review of anything), so let's jump in feet first with:

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Plan of Action (Comics)

Hello,

How have you been?

I have a lot of ideas, some of them funny, and the frequent urge to switch to the newest. The latest idea must surely be the best, and the previous was probably, actually, crap. I don't think this is an uncommon impulse with creativity, but it tends to not get a lot done. The skill, I suspect, is in disciplining oneself to persevere with a project through self-doubt and periods when you lose engagement. Therefore, I have an announcement: I'm going to commit.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Where have you been?

Working for money, working for pleasure, getting upset, playing, eating, sleeping.

And having said that, I think I'm in my most creative period for years; at least since I stopped drawing my barbarian comic Talmac in 2011 (I still love some of those pages, and really enjoyed the square format).