Monthly Archives: August 2009

rockstar by soon lee

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We love shoes. And we love casual footwear of the plimsole or sneaker variety. There’s simply something liberating and magical about throwing on a favourite dress and sneakers for your weekend adventures. Pretty and ready for anything. After all, there are places to go and things to see.

And we found the idea wrapped around our heads obstinately. Because sometimes we envy the boys and their sneaker wonderlands – they step into a shop and it’s filled with canvas and rubber that they might like.

We’d like that too, we find our inner voice saying. But we want it different. There’d be casual footwear and there’d be pretty clothes to match them with. There’d be books, magazines and our favourite music. Knickknacks to fiddle with, people to observe and things to discover. A place our canvas-shod selves would be glad to hang around in every weekend.

And then we wondered, why not?

– the proprietors @ rockstar

Sharon & Wei Loong of Haji Lane cult fave soon lee have expanded their burgeoning fashion empire with rockstar, located at the 3rd floor in Cineleisure. I was asked by Sharon to take photos of their new store before it opened earlier this month, but due to some unexpected scheduling difficulties I wasn’t able to. Not that I would’ve made that much of a difference — I think these photos she posted look more than gorgeous enough!

I haven’t been to the store yet — which I attribute to my aversion of crowds and Orchard Road in general — but I do think the concept is a breath of fresh air. Forget gladiator sandals that look like Russell Crowe’s hand-me-downs, the Louboutins or the Jimmy Choos, or the ungainly wedge (I have a preternatural bias against them — do not attempt to dissuade me of my opinion. You will fail); sneakers are sexy. Give me a socially responsible TOMS-wearing girl, anytime.

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Garth Ennis On 2000AD

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Finally, there’s the best bit of all, to me the greatest moment in comics history: part 22 of The Apocalypse War. Having fought a losing battle against the invaders, seen half of Mega-City One destroyed, massacred collaborators and euthanised the critically wounded, Dredd has led an elite team of Judges into an East-Meg missile silo. Following one of the best action sequences I’ve ever read in a comic, the Judges find themselves unable to gain access to the operations room, until Dredd simply bangs on the door with his pistol and shoots the curious halfwit who opens it point-blank. Our boys storm the ops room and seal the door. Anderson, the telepath (and only volunteer in the Apocalypse Squad- no peacenik cosmic wandering in those days) pulls the launch codes out of the silo commander’s mind. The nukes are targeted on East-Meg One. “Please, Dredd”, begs the commander, “There are half a billion people in my city–half a billion human beings! You can’t just wipe them out with the push of a button!” And Dredd doesn’t hesitate, not even for a second.

“Can’t I?”

He can and he does. I still think about that today; what it meant about the character, and about the comic I was reading (aged 12). Even now I don’t know if Dredd was right or if he was wrong. It was the only way to win, to avoid the further slaughter and enslavement of his own people–but it was genocide. It was moral courage on an almost unimaginable level–but it was appalling. In the end, it was a dilemma not unlike those faced by a number of good and bad men in our own history, and if I had to sum it up in one line, I’d say this: what are you prepared to do when there isn’t any easy way out?

And that, I think, is why I’ve never been able to care about Batman, or Wolverine, or Iron Man… or any of them, really. Not because of what characters like that would or wouldn’t do, but because their publishers would never have the courage to have them written into such a situation.

– Garth Ennis, from Bleeding Cool.

When your fave writer speaks, you listen. It’s stuff to think about — and to remember — that you write what you know, or what you know to be true to the characters you write about. It may a bit cliche to talk about it like that, but sometimes we forget that we can’t pander to political correctness for the sake of sacrificing authenticity; if we do so we forsake any form of credibility or respect as a writer. Might as well just go ahead and become an ST journalist.

Keep it real, friends.

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Marvel Anime: Iron Man & Wolverine

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From Warren Ellis:

This is the test animation for the IRON MAN anime series I’m writing, produced for the south east Asian market. Note test animation: it’s intended to show off the style of the piece only. Nothing in here reflects the actual content, just the design and the aesthetic and the animation. The only character in this piece that is in the actual series is Iron Man himself, okay?

Marvel Anime is a collaboration with Madhouse (Trigun, Chobits, Claymore) and written by Warren Ellis.

Watch the Marvel Anime Iron Man teaser trailer here. It’s pretty sweet, but the Japanese are the originals at mecha-lovin’, so the old tin can gets the treatment he deserves.

There’s another one for Wolverine, but I’m not a fan of his mullet and the fighting style is way off base; I’m still interested in seeing how it develops, though. Ah well, the writing should be good enough, I suppose.

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