Friday, August 31, 2012

Morgalla Inspiration: Gangs of New York

While watching "Gangs of New York", a couple of things ran through my mind:

1) My GOD I can only imagine how terrible the  place and the people smelled and

2) This is Hell.

The realm of Hell, the place where Morgalla reluctantly called home was rather vague, a place more like Mordor if anything else (which I'll get to at a later post).  Ruled over by the demon lords, the oldest and most powerful of demons.  If you were fortunate enough to survive to old age (centuries old) in demon society, you were strong enough to enslave others and bend them to your will.  The older a demon is, the stronger they become.

In the 1860's, New York was filled with what the screenplay referred to as "tribes".  Normally they fight amongst each other but at times they can be united for a common cause.  If Scorsese's 1860's New York is my version of Hell, then Bill the Butcher is a demon lord.

The Five Points is very much a Darwinian, kill-kill-or-be-killed existence.  Someone dies?  No big deal, it was his/her fault for not being strong enough.  Sure, the Five Points have some good people who want to help their neighbors and family, a trait that is lacking in Morgalla's Hell.

But you have to wonder what happens to people even of moral character in an environment such as this.  Even a person of great character would be forced to kill, to defend themselves.

I explore this...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Man Out of Time

The Avengers DVD comes out in less than a month and I hope it's more of an extended version like Watchmen did instead of just having deleted scenes. 

One scene is brilliant but I can see why it was deleted.  Maybe they'll include it in the Captain America sequel, who knows.

Another thing I noticed that everyone that Cap knew during the war was dead except for Peggy.  Perhaps they're preparing that as a small sub plot of the Cap sequel.

After the events of the Avengers film, surely Peggy now knows that Steve is still alive though not necessarily well.  He has some healing to do, that's for sure.

I think Peggy WILL be making an appearance in Captain America, the Winter Soldier.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

R.I.P Neil Armstrong

You sir, were truly an American hero.  Such courage is such a rare thing in any generation.  You will go down in history as one of the greatest our country has ever seen.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Morgalla's Muscles

I've heard for years the big deal that people make a big stink about Morgalla and how "buff" she is.  There have been jokes at her expense for sure but that doesn't matter, she is who she is.

I used logic to determine as to how she should be built.  First and foremost, she is a strong person who grew up in difficult surroundings and who constantly had to work and fight on a daily basis for her survival.  She is NOT going to be built like a freaking barbie doll.  Hence why She Ra was one of her "anti inspirations".

Someone who practices daily, pushing their body to the extreme, will look something like a professional athlete.  And since Morgalla is short, I always pictured her more like a gymnast if anything.  Amazing how very few other artists have ever captured how I pictured her.

Now take characters like Wonder Woman or She Hulk, it's only in recent years that artists are showing any guts in drawing them with any kind of athletic appeal.  Characters like Superman, Hulk and many others are drawn like bodybuilders.  If a woman is supposed to be equally as strong as her male counterpart, how come she doesn't look it in any way?

Let the critics be damned, if I made her like everyone else then she wouldn't stand out.