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Ah Mike Mignola, how inky your shadows are; how rich and vivid your colours, how they seem to glow ...

And yes, finally, crushed miserably between that gruesome Tom Hanks movie and the equally despicable-looking Open Water, Hellboy has achieved release in this country ... and last night, I caught it on preview.

I like the colour blue. Green people, too, have automatic entry onto my wish-list. Telepathic soft-spoken turquoise fish-man with a thing for tight shorts and goggles? Hard to look at that and not think, "I want one of those". And he wasn't the only one. Not since Stargate had I seen such a determined effort to provide something for everyone. Like 'em big and butch? There's Ron Perlman with funky hair, red skin and exotic engravings, Neurotic, bitter, gothy, lovely? Oh, Selma Blair. Insane, semi-dressed, heavily accented? Step up, Karel Roden. And take your shirt off again, please. Fresh-faced and innocent? There's Rupert Evans with cherry lips, looking rumpled and confused. And what's this? Biddy Hodson as a bitch-slapping Nazi uber-babe? ... there's also a heavily masochistic and very flexible clockwork Nazi in a gas-mask, and John Hurt doing a Dumbledore impersonation for any people way off out there in the land of fetish.

Of all the things I expected of the movie (occultist scrapbook dialogue, stunning colour, great great old ones) and got (monochrome scenery, vast mystical machinary, irritable dead guys) I wasn't expecting a fashion parade of beautiful monsters. Or the whole MiB-style humour thing, either, for that matter; actually, the gang of girls behind us pissing themselves laughing at the plot, erm, "twists" fitted right in. It was wide-hitting, fast-punching comic-book comedy; and anyone who wants to pick holes in a paper-thin plot-tissue of Nazi occultists, FBI cover-ups, many-angled (and tentacled) ones, St Dionysius the Aeropagite (also good against headaches, apparently) and an embarassing number of kittens, should really remember that Rasputin really was just mad. Is. Is just mad.

So, who was that, under all the turquoise prosthetics? Doug Jones. You previously saw him playing the Gentlemen in Hush -- remember? That episode of Buffy where everyone shut the fuck up for a change?

Nice to see him going on to bigger and better things.

EDIT: Looks like I'm not the only one that found the movie inspirational.

Incidentally, I am now going to judge every post I make against the baby picture.

This week's strip -- about half as interesting as a baby picture.

This post -- probably won't get any comments at all. After all, I don't think a taste for tall turquoise men is going to be common, even among people who were the right age when they were reading Brendan McCarthy comics ...

Mood of google: cry for help, don't cry for me, Iran.

And now I'll go back to watching the BBC news site. Pfff.

Comments

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marstokyo
3rd Sep, 2004 07:45 (UTC)
Really liked that Baby picture!!! ;-)
cleanskies
3rd Sep, 2004 09:02 (UTC)
(groans)
chee thunks.
marstokyo
3rd Sep, 2004 11:11 (UTC)
Re: (groans)
hee hee, sorry.
buddleia
3rd Sep, 2004 08:17 (UTC)
I drew a huge naked turquoise man in pastels when I was sixteen or so. It's still knocking around somewhere at my mum's house. I can't remember if it was after 'Watchmen' or 2000AD or...hold on, yes that was me and Brendan McCarthy.
It was the most lovingly detailed naked man ever. I spent hours on it.
cleanskies
3rd Sep, 2004 09:02 (UTC)
hmm
Maybe it's more of a universal thing than I thought. Maybe I should run a poll, have you ever drawn a naked blue guy?
motodraconis
3rd Sep, 2004 09:23 (UTC)
Re: hmm
ever drawn a naked blue guy?
Yes actually, several times, (I think.)

Personally, I didn't like the baby picture. (I have a Dilbert attitude to baby pics.) Any more of such shenanigans and I'll be forced to de-friend you in protest. :-)
This would be a shame, as then I'd risk missing avocado-eating quetzals.
:-(
badasstronaut
3rd Sep, 2004 09:30 (UTC)
Re: hmm
I think all the aunties probably end up doing a wee bit of that, however disinclined we might imagine we'll be. Sceptical aunties can't help being sceptical, but then nieces/nephews can't help being cute, even in the face of scepticism. I've come around to thinking baby-photo-ing is like many other things - fizzy drinks, tattoos, marijuana - okay as long as it's done in moderation.
cleanskies
4th Sep, 2004 03:56 (UTC)
sceptical aunties
maybe we should suggest it to girlycomic as a future theme ...
badasstronaut
4th Sep, 2004 12:06 (UTC)
Re: sceptical aunties
Bloody hell, I still haven't done a toilet strip! I keep forgetting.

I saw something today that reminded me of you and your baby photo journal post. I had to buy it for you, but you're going to hate it...
cleanskies
4th Sep, 2004 13:21 (UTC)
Re: sceptical aunties
it's OK, I deserve punishment for the baby photo ...
cleanskies
4th Sep, 2004 03:55 (UTC)
sorry about that
from now on I faithfully promise to put any such things where they belong, i.e. in an email to whoever requested it.
badasstronaut
3rd Sep, 2004 09:24 (UTC)
Re: hmm
I haven't, but I really ought to. I wonder if thingsfromhere would do a naked blue guy exhibition...
cleanskies
4th Sep, 2004 03:49 (UTC)
sounds like a great idea to me
... we could call it naked blue guys rock.
crazycrone
3rd Sep, 2004 10:10 (UTC)
Blue Balls...
I've drawn many a naked blue bloke in my time, but probably more green ones.
I saw a MAKING OF HELLBOY thing on TV, and although I've never read the comic, it looked like lotsa fun. The lithe & lissom fishboy was definitely a feature. Bit of a disappointment in pink & scrawny reality, though...
cleanskies
4th Sep, 2004 03:54 (UTC)
I dunno
I quite like his skeletal scrawn look; it's nicely unnatural.
jinty
6th Sep, 2004 09:45 (UTC)
I see that until I commented
...this post was exactly as popular as the baby photo.

(This one has many more links, of course, which is always cool. And I like the idea of an anthology theme 'sceptical aunties'.)
cleanskies
6th Sep, 2004 10:00 (UTC)
naked blue guys more interesting than babies!
... my faith in humanity is restored.
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