We are living in a cynical age, my friends. A few short decades ago, if you had told someone that they could have virtually unlimited access to art inspired by their favorite pieces of pop culture and the only thing they'd have to worry about was accidentally seeing some very romantic drawings of Sonic the Hedgehog, they would've been starry-eyed with the possibilities. But here in the future, we see that sort of thing all the time, to the point where we've become a little jaded by the whole experience. But sometimes, every now and then, you see someone doing it beautifully, and it is still breathtaking.
Case in point, David Goh, a Singapore-based artist whose posters and prints bring a truly phenomenal design sense to art inspired by Harry Potter, Frozen, and even the classic Final Fantasy VII! Check it out below, but spoiler warning: Aeris dies.
The competition was brutal during last weekend's Annie Awards, the International Animated Film Society's celebration of an uncommonly strong year in animation for film, television, commercials and games. For example, it stung to see our beloved Teen Titans Go! lose the award for Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience, but that the winner was the similarly excellent Adventure Time made the pill easier to swallow. But easier still was the master Katsuhiro Otomo taking home the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement in animation. That pill is good for health.
Q: Is writing comics with a lack of subtlety a good or bad thing? Or does it all depend on how it's handled? --@therealdealkern
A: This is a really tough question, because unlike a lot of things I write about, I don't have a definitive answer one way or the other, even though it's something I notice all the time. Looking back, it seems tricky to figure out why I love some things and hate others for what seems to be the exact same reason. I mean, I've got a reputation as someone who loves over-the-top stories and comics that have a complete lack of anything that even approaches nuance, full of blunt statements, raw emotions and names that couldn't be more on the nose if they were a pair of reading glasses.
And yet, at the same time, there are stories I hate precisely because they have that same lack of subtlety, or because they're eye-rollingly obvious. There's got to be a difference somewhere, right?
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