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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Disturbing 'Batgirl' cover pulled after Social Media Outrage!


Batgirl is menaced by the Joker in a comic book cover that was pulled after criticism on social media
It's a variant cover (optional cover) meant to grab the attention of collectors, but won't be the main cover seen in most stores. This one - a variant cover for the upcoming "Batgirl" #41- definitely caught the attention of a different kind. It portrays the Joker threatening a frightened Batgirl with a gun, with the heroine in tears and a "Joker makeup" on her mouth. This has been pulled by DC Comics after the Twitter hashtag #changethecover caught on when the cover was revealed.

The cover recalls a 1988 Batman standalone classic story  The Killing Joke  written by Alan Moore on   Barbara "Batgirl" Gordon's (daughter of Commissioner Gordon)  encounter with the Joker. The Joker brutally attacked Barbara, kidnapped her, and it was heavily implied that she was sexually assaulted.She remained in a wheelchair for decades, until DC recalled Barbara's fate in 2011, allowing her to walk again and be Batgirl.
Batman: the Killing Joke comic book from 1988, written by Alan Moore. Photograph: DC Comics
DC Comics  (owned by Time Warner, which owns CNN) put out a   statement late on Monday, saying that artist Rafael Albuquerque's cover was going to be pulled.
Spider-Woman (left) and Milo Manara's controversial cover (right) Photo: Marvel Comics
This was just the latest ruckus involving portrayals of women in comic books, and variant covers in particular. In September, Marvel Comics canceled future variant covers from artist Milo Manara after a "Spider-Woman" No. 1 variant cover caused an uproar for being "over-sexualized."



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bill Clinton Portrait "Hides" Monica in the Background!


Bill Clinton NELSON SHANKS/NATIONAL PORTRAIT  at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

Renowned portrait artist Nelson Shanks has done some work before with Ronald Reagan and Princess Diana but his painting of the 42nd president at a New York City studio in 2005 is getting a different kind of attention now. While the portrait was done with the artist's usual conservative realistic style, its turning out from his own pronouncements that he took some risks in expressing his interpretation of the Clinton legacy - right on the painting itself! 

The most infamous blue dress in the world, associated with the most sensational Presidential scandal in recent history


Shank by his own admission "hid" some unflattering symbolism in the painting -- a barely noticeable shadow in the painting's background on the fireplace mantle, supposedly cast by a blue dress- which was his way of evoking Monica Lewinsky, the intern with whom Clinton had a scandalous fling while in office. According to the painter,  the dress-shaped shadow is in fact an allusion to the "literal shadow" that the Monica Lewinsky scandal cast on Clinton's legacy,
Artist Nelson Shanks works on a portrait of former president Bill Clinton in his Andalusia, Pa., studio in 2005. The portrait was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. (Photo: Eileen Blass, USA TODAY)


"Let's face it, that's a metaphor," the artist tells in an interview with Philadelphia Daily News, adding, "....a major shadow across [Clinton's] presidency.There's some humor attached to it," Shanks admits. "But I hope it's deeper than that. I hope it's reflective of history and an anecdote that history should respect and know about at the same time." 
Bill Clinton looking up at his portrait during its unveiling at the Smithsonian Castle Building in Washington. Photograph: Haraz N Ghanbari/AP


No one (including the Clintons) have asked us to remove the portrait from the gallery," a spokeswoman for the N.P.G. tells PEOPLE


Friday, February 27, 2015

Superheroes IN EVERYDAY SITUATIONS!

Check out  these hilarious photos by photographer artist Edy Hardjo of action figures of our favorite superheroes "facing"  everyday life situations like we all do: jealousy, bodily needs and human emotions. Hilarious and BRILIANT!  Bravo! 











Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Priest "swallowed" by the Grave During Burial Rites!

NOT THE ACTUAL EVENT...this is the only apt picture I saw in the net for this post. :-). Photo courtesy of  "Someone Having A Worse Day Than You" post on calvinscanadiancaveofcool.blogspot.com
 "It was very disagreeable. The funeral atmosphere ended and perhaps because of everyone's nervousness, there was something comical in the air. I was very embarrassed but I managed to continue with the funeral rites."

Thus said by Rev. Alex Novais de Brito, a Roman Catholic priest who fell into a grave while praying at the burial of one of his parishioners, saying further that the incident "ruined the moment " according to the local police in central-western Brazil .

He was praying over the coffin at the Campo da Esperanca (Field of Hope) cemetery near Brasilia, São Paulo when the ground suddenly gave way and he and three others at the funeral service fell into the grave. 
No one was seriously hurt.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

ONE OF CHILE'S GREAT MYSTERIES SOLVED- Vanished plane with Chile soccer stars found 50 years later!

Members of the top-division Chilean team Green Cross, several of whom died in the 1961 plane crash.
Finally bringing closure to Chile's worst ever aviation disaster in the 60s,  climbers in Chile's Andes mountains say they have found the wreckage of a missing plane that disappeared more than half a century ago with a team of soccer stars on board.
A DC-3 similar to the accident aircraft


LAN Chile Flight 210 crashed in the Andes on 3 April 1961. All 24 people on board were killed including members of the CD Green Cross team of 8 professional footballers and 2 members of the coaching staff.


The remains of the aircraft were discovered in Maule 190 miles south of capital
city Santiago - at an altitude of 3,200 meters.

Eliseo Mourino
The best-known player to have perished in the crash was likely Eliseo Mourino, who won 25 caps for Argentina and lifted the Copa America for his country in 1955 and 1959. He was winding his career down at Green Cross after eight seasons at Argentiena giants at Boca Juniors, and five at Banfield.
This accident is one of the worst tragedies in professional sport, and echoes the darkest day in Manchester United's history - February 6, 1958.
Darkest day in Manchester United's history - February 6, 1958. 23 people - including eight players and
three members of the club's staff - suffered fatal injuries in the Munich air crash.

On that day in 1958, 23 people - including eight players and three members of the club's staff - 
suffered fatal injuries in the Munich air crash.Flying back from a European Cup tie against Red Star
Belgrade, the team plane stopped in Germany to refuel. The first two attempts to take off from
 Munich airport were aborted; following a third attempt, the plane crashed.


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