High Velocity Super Disco

An occasional selection of writings pertinent to our day and age, including musings on the arts, music and culture, politics and religion, ninjas and comics. In fact mostly ninjas and comics when I think about it...

Sunday, September 24

"Let those who worship evil's might"

The one problem with doing what could be considered to be a series of themed posts?

Deciding what to do next.

In this case, I've chosen to go back and do another DC character Tarot Card, after the original challenge on 52 Pickup.

The second problem is deciding which card form the Major Arcana best suits Green Lantern.

And, once again, wipdedia provides us with the answer - The Magician.


Well, the entry itself lists a number of qualities/attributes normally associated with each card, and, for the Magician they are:

  • Action ----- Consciousness ----- Concentration ----- Personal power
  • Practicity ----- Energy ----- Creativity ----- Movement
  • Precision ----- Conviction ----- Manipulation ----- Self confidence
  • Being objective ----- Focusing ----- Determination ----- Initiative

And, personally, I can't think of anything that could better define the qualities need to be a member of the Green Lantern Corps. Also form the entry we find that the card, "signifies the divine motive in man, reflecting God, the will in the liberation of its union with that which is above. It is also the unity of individual being on all planes, and in a very high sense it is thought", which, if you ask me, sounds like the very essence of a GL's power, and also that it "represents the potential of a new adventure, chosen or thrust upon one. A journey undertaken in daylight, in the Enlightenment Tradition. He brings things out of the darkness into the light." - In brightest day, in darkest night anyone?

Anyway - what else is a Power Ring if not a science-fiction Magic Wand?

As for the image itself, belo
w, the picture is from the gallery of DeviantArtist Tonks - which I found after a little googling (and after I gave up on looking through all my comics for the perfect image), and is very reminiscent of Darwyn Cooke's New Frontier work - which probably would have been perfect if I could be bothered to find my copies, thinking about it...

More GL posts, and as when warrented (i.e. when I can be arsed...)

Wednesday, September 20

"No evil shall escape my sight"

Heh, nearly wrote "site" in a what would have been an apallingly bad pun.

In the meantime, once again in lieu of anything resembling actual content, here's a picture of a lantern that I took at this year's Green Man festival - just so I could colour it Green...

Oh, and if anyone's starting to sense a theme develop - that's entirely intentional.

Monday, September 18

"In brightest day, in darkest night.."

Thanks Dan...

Your results:You are Green Lantern

Green Lantern
Iron Man
The Flash
Wonder Woman
Hot-headed. You have strong
will power and a good imagination.

Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz...

Everytime I think I'm over these bloody quizzes, I find a new one to waste my time on.

But of course I'm Green Lantern, who else would I be?

Guess I'll actually have to do proper content now, about how much I love the Green Lantern Corps.

Sunday, September 10

"That's odd, there's only supposed to be one in the pack..."

Another day, another Photoshop challenge, this week from Douglas over at 52 Pickup, who's challenged his readers to "design a card for a Rider-Waite-style tarot deck whose image is an unaltered panel, or fragment of a panel, from a DC comic."

Having thus set my brain sparking on the possibilities of what to do (Batman as Justice, Superman as Strength etc.), and after doing a little bit of research (i.e. five minutes pissing around on wikipedia), I decided to follow up on yesterday's post, well, the bit about JLU #25.

That's right, in an amazing leap of creativity, originality and deductive reasoning, I decided to do Blue Devil as the fifteenth card in the Major Arcana, El Diablo (who I could also have done from this week's Jonah Hex if I'd thought about it a bit more...).

ps. A genuine No-Prize will be awarded to the first person to correctly place the quote in the title...

Saturday, September 9

Swings and roundabouts

New definition of irony? When the company you work for sends you unsolicited mail, that turns out to be "An invitation to Invest" in the product that you helped test and launch a couple of weeks ago.

Last time this happened, I got really angry, but this morning I just laughed. Out loud. I mean, clearly they are just taking the piss. Because, yeah, maybe I really would feel that I was a "valued member of staff" (actual text from the letter), if they knew I worked on the thing, and, you know, if they then reflected that by fucking paying me more!


*(aaaaaannnnnd, breath out...)*

Sorry, rant over! Now onto nicer things, things that actually made me smile this week.

First off, if you'll kindly glance to the sidebar on the right-hand side, you'll notice a snazzy new picture, created just for me, by the spectacular Hunter McEvoy, whom I cannot thank enough. Seriously, I nearly cried when I saw it, and stopped to consider its awesomeness.

Good work fella!

Secondly, this advert from Agents of Atlas #2 (which, much like The Creeper #2, which also came out his week, I enjoyed even more than the first issue - both series seeming to have hit their stride), in which the advertising world finally recognises the true audience of comics these days.

Finally, this letter from Justice League Unlimited #25 (in which Blue Devil kicks arse!).

No, hang on, let me get this straight (you put the lime in the coconut, and drink 'em bot' up) - you're refusing to kill characters for any sort of dramatic purpose, because "every character is someone's favourite"?!?! Wait, this is published by DC right?

I absolutely love the JLU comic (just as I loved the cartoon), simply for its unabashed love of DC's stock of characters (and there's not a single piece of characterisation that seems out of place) and because, while it is aimed at kids (again, with the bold editorial decisions!) it's exactly what comics should be, a good read. And it still has a letters page (oooh, look, there's another one) that includes pictures sent in by the readers, and, honestly? Seeing as how they have an average age of about nine, that's heartwarming.

Okay, someone stop me before I start getting soppy.

Oh, I also got round to finally buying Fugazi's In On The Killtaker on CD, which I've had on tape since I first bought it when I was about thirteen, and subsequently haven't listened to in ages, and it's still sounds awesome, and ahead of it's time, and, I still know the words to all the songs.

Tuesday, September 5

(Electric) Wizard did it

Here's a little tip; if you are going to add some feta to your Spinach, Ricotta and Sundried Tomato Tagliatelle, make sure it's not the feta that's been lying at the back of the fridge for a while, as it doesn't quite add the right sort of "zesty tang" you were after...

So, as I'm eating this and watching Notting Hill again (yes, I know - I can't help myself!), I notice something startling.

About ten minutes into the film, after Hugh Grant's met Julia Roberts, he literally bumps into her again. And, as Hugh Grant bumbles about making stuttery apologies as only he can, I swear I see Grant Morrison squeeze into the shot behind them, and then disappear.


It was one of those, "did I really just see that?" kinda moments.

I don't know why, maybe he was making some sort of anti-fourth wall chaos magic type statements, but watch it yourself if you don't believe me. Like I say, about ten minutes in, a tall bald man, wearing sungalsses and a furry coat (exactly like you might expect Grant to wear) stalks onto the screen behind them.

Maybe he's just been on my thoughts a lot recently, but that doesn't explain why he feels the need to invade my television screen. Unless he's trying to tell me something, but..., what?

Also just realised this is the kind of thing Mason would have come up with in volume 2 of The Invisibles.