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  1. Hubby and I went to the Frank Quitely exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery today. Quitely is a Glaswegian comic book artist who has worked with many writers and collaborators and has done work on Batman, Superman, X-Men, Jupiters Legacy and so on. Obviously I am a comic book fan but I don't tend to read Superhero comics, so while I had heard of Quitely I wasn't a huge fan. But a comic book exhibition is definitely something I'd go to and I wasn't disappointed - it is one of the best things Kelvingrove has ever shown. It takes about 90 minutes to go round and look/read everything properly. It includes pencils doodlings, penicil layouts, pen and ink layouts of all the great comics Quitely has worked on. There are a few videos to watch featuring people like Mark Millar, Grant Morrison and the great Chip Kidd. You were allowed to take photos so I filled my phone of some the best works - usually ones that feature Quitely's stunning use of perspective and foreshortening. Christopher Reeve's actual Superman cape is exhibited too. And I added a few comic book titles to my wishlist. In addition to Quitely's archives, there is the odd exhibit from other artists such as Daniel Clowes, Chip Kidd - even Bob Kane. It is well worth a visit, even if you don't especially like comic books because the art will just blow you away and there is something really special about seeing those pencil marks become something great.
  2. This is an odd one. But odd doesn't mean bad. In this case it means good, very good. But it is odd. Nick Sax is an ex-cop and now he is a hitman for hire. He resides in the night chasing and being chased by murderers, villains, gangs and self-medicates with casual sex. He gets hooked up in the chase for a demented, murderous Santa Claus. But he has help from a friend, Happy. Happy is a blue horse. A tiny (imaginary?) blue horse. Amongst the grime and shadows of a traditionally draw comic book comes a cartoony, Disneyfied flying blue horse who sprinkles blue feathers into Nick's life. It's like a happy version of Donnie Darko and more than once put a big smile on my face.
  3. Still in my infancy with regards to graphic novels I was eager to read this after seeing the 'Batman: Arkham Asylum game' coming out on the 360 soon. This is a pretty disturbing novel. Batman appears as a far more emotionally fragile person who would be a possible inmate at the Asylum itself. The Joker and the other villains are thoroughly nasty- this is in no ways similar to the Batman show from the 60s! All in all though, as much as I enjoyed it I did find it fairly difficult to follow. The drawing on display is excellent for a poster etc but in small panes its fairly blurry and difficult to make out. Overall I found it fairly disappointing- however, I did have extremely high expectations.
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