Thinking back on Robin Williams as a fan of comics

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Thinking back on Robin Williams as a fan of comics
(Cbr) - Reading and watching some of the countless tributes to Robin Williams, who passed away far too soon on Monday, I was reminded that, in addition to being a father, a husband, a comedian, an actor and a philanthropist, he was also a comics fan. "I used to get excited emails from comics stores all over America when Robin Williams would drop in to buy 'Transmetropolitan' issues," Warren Ellis recalled Monday on Twitter. A semi-regular customer at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, Williams discussed his love of comics in a video interview we spotlighted in 2010 on Robot 6. In the clip, he fondly relates his latest reads: Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli's "Dmz," and Taiyo Matsumoto's "Tekkonkinkreet." Watch the brief interview below.
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Taiyo Matsumoto Makes Us Remember Childhood Pains in Sunny Volume 2

Sunny Volume 2

Written and Drawn by Taiyo Matsumoto

Taiyo Matsumoto has this shifting lens of reality. In this comics, he continually pushes the way we experience his drawings. No. 5 was manga inspired by Moebius. Tekkon Kinkreet was a wild trip viewing the city through the exaggerated experiences of children and GoGo Monster turned an elementary school into an alien landscape with new horrors and monsters behind every classroom door. Sunny Volume 2 is much less otherworldly than his other books but that makes it no less mesmerizing. Set in a home for unwanted children (not orphans exactly, more like kids whose parents for one reason or another are unable to care for them,) Matsumoto’s Sunny focuses in on the isolation of childhood as these children struggle through the normal insecurities of growing up but without the normal securities of a mother and a father who are there for them.

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Traitors Among Us: When Comic Book Good Guys Go Bad

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Traitors Among Us: When Comic Book Good Guys Go Bad
Truth, Justice, The American Way… and turning on your friends! That, apparently, is what all good heroes are up to from time to time. Whether they've been brain washed, possessed, or are doing it "for the greater good," heroes from time to time have to get a little evil. Here at FEARnet, we love that! And as Comi- Con winds down we're taking a moment to look at our favorite turncoats in comic history! Warning: this is the most spoiler-y spoiler-filled article you may ever read.

Superman's Infinite Crisis Freakout

During DC Comics' tentpole 2004 event, Infinite Crisis, the publishers put out a storyline that featured one of the best sequences of a superhero getting mind-controlled we've ever seen. The plot line follows Maxwell Lord, one-time businessman, who has gone full villain. In The Omac Project, Lord control's Superman's mind, making him beat the snot out of Batman and really mess up Wonder Woman.
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Nippon Connection 2010: The Blood Of Rebirth Review

[Our thanks go out to Chris MaGee and Marc Saint-Cyr at the Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow for sharing their coverage of the 2010 Nippon Connection Film Festival.]

In 2005 director Toshiaki Toyoda was poised to take his career to the next level. At that point only 35-years-old Toyoda had already gained a reputation as one of Japan's most promising filmmakers. Throughout films like "Pornostar (a.k.a. "Tokyo Rampage")", the Taiyo Matsumoto manga adaptation "Blue Spring", and the masterful ensemble prison break film "9 Souls" he showed that he could combine tongue-in-cheek comedy with brutal drama, but by mid-decade he was ready to release a film that would place him alongside the likes of international festival favorites Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Hirokazu Kore-eda. "Hanging Garden" was an unblinking look at the disintegration of the Japanese family starring Kyoko Kozumi and Itsuji Itao as parents who demand 100% honesty from each other and their children, but who end up holding damaging secrets from each other. Not since Yoshimitsu Morita's "The Family Game" had a filmmaker presented such a damning llok at the core of Japanse society.
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Asmik changes focus with Arias signing

TOKYO -- Tokyo-based distribution and production company Asmik Ace Entertainment said Monday that it is expanding into Artist Management to take advantage of Japan's domestic movie industry, signing anime director Michael Arias to direct, produce and supervise special effects.

Arias began his career at Dream Quest Images and worked on such titles as "The Abyss" and "Total Recall" before moving to Japan in the early 1990s. Regarded as an innovator of three-dimensional software, he also worked with DreamWorks Animation on "Prince of Egypt" and Studio Ghibli's animated classics "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away".

"Japanese films are doing well at the moment and are strong in overseas markets," an Asmik spokesman said. "We are looking to build on that for the long term as well as the immediate future."

Arias will make his feature film debut with "Tekkonkinkreet", based on the popular manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, and is directing a short animated film for Japanese public television.

Another Arias project in pre-production is a live-action feature to be produced and distributed by Asmik Ace.

Interview: Michael Arias (Tekkonkinkreet)

[/link] has been working in Hollywood for a while. He started out doing special effects for films such as The Abyss, later he would develop software that would help turn Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke into an international success. It was this plus producing The Animatrix that landed Michael in a position to be the first western director of a Japanese anime. Michael is no stranger to Japan, in fact, he’s lived there since he was 24 and speaks fluent Japanese. He currently lives in Tokyo with his wife and two children. Tekkonkinkreet is based Taiyo Matsumoto’s manga published in the United Stated under the title Black and White (the names of the two lead characters). It takes place in an alternate universe in the colorful city known as Treasure Town, where gangs of flying children protect their slum from cooperate corruption. The film blends a unique mix
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