This week at Dominos has been hell. I worked over fifty hours and took 120 deliveries while Dominos was running their 1/2-off-internet-orders special. And I got the flu I had dodged when everyone else I know got it. All the while, I’ve been trying to draw a comic.
I don’t think I draw well when I’m sick. I make mistakes and draw even more out of proportion than I normally do.
I still need to post something, so I decided to react to something that’s pissed me off. The whole #changethecover madness over at DC Comics is stupid and so an out of proportion, heavy-handed drawing by a feverish cartoonist will work.
I’m not explaining my comic other then to say all the partisans regarding this topic are out of order. I agree and disagree with both primary arguments and think both sides are acting like the Taliban.
C’mon comic-book readers, we are better than this.
This weekend I watched the third Hobbit installment, The Battle of the Five Armies, with my friend Kevin. I loved it, but mostly because I haven’t seen a movie in over a year. Movie popcorn is amazing (except the bits picked out the following day) and Coke Zero is always good.
The movie (and the trilogy as a whole) doesn’t reach Lord of the Rings stature. The Hobbit Trilogy proves when a story can be told in one episode it must be told in one episode. This movie is an elongated third act from JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Where Tolkien is concise, this movie’s endless. Yes, I like the violence. I love the mountain troll’s grotesque absurdity. The individual fights are beautiful. Smaug’s demise is glorious. Dain Ironfoot is great. The violence, however, is not a story. The movie’s many nifty snippets are thrown together haphazardly and desperately miss a central theme and story arch.
Were there a possible coherent theme, the opportunity is missed with Thorin’s madness. No one expects it. I’ve read the Hobbit more times than I can count and I never heard of “Dragon Sickness.” If a Tolkien nerd is not aware dwarves suffer Lonely Mountain dragon sickness, how’s a Tolkien-newb gonna get it? Here’s my take:
- Thorin’s grandfather Thror mighta been crazy, since he wore one of seven dwarf magic rings under the One Ring’s sway, but the original text doesn’t say.
- Dwarf rings would confuse the viewer and so, Peter Jackson decides to not portray it.
- Jackson needs a vehicle to explain dwarf greed and obstinance and so decides Thorin has to go crazy.
- Since grandpa might be nuts, Thorin could easily go nuts, ring or no ring.
This is all stupid though and a waste of movie energy. Jackson shoulda stuck with telling the Hobbit’s story in the simple and graceful way the novel’s text does.