A miscellany of weekly ramblings on comics, art and film by Ted Mathot, storyboard artist and writer/artist/self-publisher of graphic novels and comics

Friday, November 30, 2007

The Beetle

Here's a rendition I did of the old school version of Spider Man nemesis THE BEETLE. This was done for the Maverix/Glide auction this weekend (more on that below). It is also ACTUAL MEDIA...ink and paint on paper -- no digital!

I was a huge Spider Man fan as a kid, and even though Spidey handily kicked the Beetle's ass every time, I still thought he was kinda cool. The "new" Beetle has no resemblance to the cool old design. He looks more like something from Michael Bay's Transformers. Yeech.


The Beetle will be sold to the highest bidder in silent auction.

Details on the auction:

Maverix is hosting a fund raiser for an important organization in our community, Glide Memorial Church. The proceeds from this fund raiser will go specifically to support their Children's Creative Arts Media Center.

The evening will include food, drink and the music of our talented DJs. Original and digital art from prominent contemporary artists will be up for bid in a silent auction, with the evening culminating in a live auction for the most sought after pieces!

It is a great opportunity to get the jump on holiday shopping and support a wonderful organization working with and for the under served children of our fair city.

Come celebrate the holidays Maverix style!!

Sunday December 2nd. 6pm til 10pm.
1717 17th street @ Carolina
SF CA 94103

click the pic for more info


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Favorite Films 2007 (UPDATED 1/9/08)

Here are my favorites (in order):

  1. There Will Be Blood
  2. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  3. Michael Clayton
  4. No Country For Old Men
  5. Ratatouille/Once

Runners up:
King of Kong

What are your favorites? Must sees?


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (pt.2)

Now that AOJJ has disappeared from local cinemas, it's really started to irk me what a short shrift this film got. It was quikly dispatched from the two screens it was playing on here in Emeryville, and then relegated to the tiny screening room at the Opera Plaza cinema in SF before being shuffled off without even a moment to shine. What an injustice to such a beautiful film.

I was lucky enough to see it in one of its better presentations at the ArcLight in Los Angeles. This film was meant for the big screen. It will be awfully hard to appreciate its beauty and scope on the small screen when it comes to DVD and people finally have a chance to see it.

I got the soundtrack today however and it's fantastic. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have crafted two of my favorite soundtracks in recent years, for AOJJ and the Proposition. If you have a listen to the soundtrack and haven't seen the film, it's not hard to imagine the imagery that Roger Deakins put up on the screen. Masterful.

Casey Affleck will most likely be overlooked at Oscar time which is too bad as well, he was very very good in the role of Robert Ford, a tragic character that Casey really brought to life.

UPDATE (1/6/08) Regarding my pessimistic and sarcastic remark about awards shows ignoring Casey's performance: much to my delight he is being recognized and just won the National Society of Film Critics award for best supporting actor.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Robert Richardson, ASC

I'm a big fan of cinematographer Robert Richardson's work, and wanted to post some stills from The Horse Whisperer which he shot. I wish I had higher quality images because these do absolutely no justice to the magnificence of what he captured with the camera. I really like the film as well; there are a couple scenes in particular that I keep going back to that I hope to analyze here.

The film has been an influence on my work in Rose and Isabel and also with Cora and was the reason I changed the Cora setting from Texas to Montana, where the majority of The Horse Whisperer takes place.

How he got the snow to refract light like that (in stills #4 & #5) I have no idea. Beautiful. I also really like the figure eight/moebius strip of fences in still #6.

More Richardson from Horse Whisperer: