June 8th, 2007

pointy teeth

bleg: what the hell is that picture?

OK, this is driving me NUTS. I will swear, up and down, that I have a copy of this image. I can visualize it pretty damn clearly. I remember where I first saw it. But my searches are failing completely, so y'all are my only hope. Because this is driving me insane.

It's a painting of Bruce Wayne and Batman. Half of the painting is him as Bruce, half as Batman. The Bruce half (left?) has him sitting in an armchair at Wayne Manor or a club or something. The Batman half (right?) has him on the rooftops, with Robin hanging upside-down by the ankle from a jumpline. Batman and Bruce are facing away from each other. It is by a female artist, WHOSE NAME I CANNOT REMEMBER AND IT IS KILLING ME. She does not do comic books. It is just a great pop-art interpretation, and Bruce is drawn in a style reminiscent of Professor Neutronium of POWERPUFF GIRLS fame.

Anybody know what I'm talking about here? Anybody? Bueller?

UPDATE: Found it!. I got the sides Bruce and Batman were on wrong. The artist is Amanda Visell.
bruce and diana

I don't even like Enrique Iglesias, but this was nice

Last week Enrique Iglesias was playing G-A-Y, a nightclub in London. As you can gather from the name, it's a gay club, but since when has that stopped straights from coming in for the music? Anyway, Iglesias has a romantic little shtick in his show: when he sings his song "Hero," he brings a woman from the audience onstage and sings the song to her. But hey, it's a gay club, and it pays to be nice, so he asked the audience what he should do. Should he sing to a woman? Or to a guy?

Three guesses how they voted.

So Enrique Iglesias found a good-looking fellow in the audience, and brought him up onstage. And then he proceeded to serenade the hell out of him.

Yes, of course there's video.

I'm not an Iglesias fan, but this is a sweet gesture and a very well-done performance: he really connects with the audience, and plays with the distance between himself and the fan to good effect. There's a moment where Iglesias steps back for the musical bridge and to get a sip of water, and the fan is in the spotlight, and Iglesias is gesturing for him to wave to the crowd, get some applause himself, or something, but the guy is just too stunned to do it because holy crap, Enrique Iglesias is singing "Hero" *to him.* You can really feel the love pouring off the audience during the performance, and I think Iglesias earned it.
cass groovy

happy birthday, C.C. Beck!

Talk about getting this in under the wire: it's 11:22 PM and I just learned, courtesy of James Lileks, that today is the birthday of the late, great C.C. Beck, comic book artist extraordinaire. He drew Captain Marvel's adventures for Fawcett, and later made a return to the character for DC in the seventies (but left the series over creative differences). His clean, cheerful art is some of the best stuff in comics, and I love his work very much. So if you've got any Captain Marvel lying around, the next half-hour would be a good time to reread 'em.
sledge hammer!

more fandoms that could have been

A while back, liviapenn made a great post about what a cracktastic modern LJ fandom might have been like for Peter Wimsey. I seriously think that's one of my favorite things anybody's put on LJ ever, because it keeps making me think up new imaginary fandoms. Really: once you realize that while fandoms wax and wane, they flourish a lot based on the period of Initial Fannish Interest, you come to see a lot of potential fanfic fandoms that missed the fannish boat, but might have been *huge* if the present-day fanfic culture had existed at their time of origin.

Here's one that just occurred to me: THE UNTOUCHABLES. The 1987 de Palma and Mamet film. It opened on June 3 of that year, making it just over 20 years old. And if it were coming out now, slash fandom would *eat that movie alive.*

It's a great cast: Kevin Costner (Ness, the Treasury Agent), Sean Connery (Malone, the old beat cop), Andy Garcia (Stone, the young sharpshooter), Charles Martin Smith (Wallace, the FBI accountant), and Robert de Niro (Al friggin' Capone). Fandom OTP: Ness/Malone. Because the in-film relationship between the two is so strong, that's the obvious slash pairing. Also, look at Connery: he's like a bull in that movie; his fists are the size of hams. Young Costner is as slim as a greyhound. Slash fans love that pairing of two different physical types, so they'd be all over that. The confrontation between Garcia's Stone and Connery's Malone, when Stone is recruited, is really well-played, so that'd be my bet for the secondary pairing. Though there would be a fair amount of Capone/Ness. Actually, knowing slash, there would probably be Capone/Ness rapefic, followed by Malone/Ness hurt/comfort. Oh, and Wallace goes nuts in that raid on the shipment (with the memorable mounted attack followed by a shootout on the bridge) when he thinks Stone's been shot, so my bet is that Wallace/Stone would be another popular pairing. Also, except for Ness, none of the men are married, and there are maybe two speaking parts for women in the flick. This simplifies things for those slashers who see women as obstacles to be overcome. (I would expect a lot of "Capone kills Ness's wife and Malone helps Ness to move on" fic, though.)

It's a little weird to find myself thinking in these terms. On the one hand, it's amusing to imagine; on the other -- wow, it's kind of cynical in parts, isn't it?

What other films do you think "missed the boat" in similar fashion, but would have had a big slash fandom if they were opening today?