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Infinity War: What held it back-Discussing the cons of the movie

Although Infinity War was by far the best MCU movie and not just MCU, but it also is the best movie in its genre. Every moment of the movie kept us on the edge of our seat and we prayed, like literally that our favorites don’t die. However my favorites died, both of them- Dr Strange and our very own neighborhood spidey. Though this film did include all the elements that are required in any movie, whether its action or adventure or horror or Relationship but it did lack (compared to the comics) very few things which i did expect but wasn’t there.

Spoiler Alert: Read at your own discretion.

1.Thanos’s motivation to wipe out half of the life

In the comics, mistress of death raises Thanos from the death and asks him to do the work and Thanos falling in love with her began his quest to wipe out half the life across the uni/multiverse. In the movie, there was no mention of such entity and the only motivation we could find was that he(Thanos) was a futurist like Tony Stark. As he saw his own planet Titan getting destroyed due to overpopulation he sought to wipe out half the population. And by collecting infinity stones, he could just snap and half the life force would cease to exist which according to him was mercy. Although some could find this intresting but particularly i am not pleased. They literally made him a anti-hero which he clearly isn’t (in comics).

2.Depiction of the Outriders

The Battle of Wakanda was really good but as Proxima raised her spear and unleashed the outriders on Wakanda, where they were portrayed as savages who would do anything, as evident where they sacrifice themselves as they are not able to enter the premises. In the comics however, Outriders are a genetically engineered parasite-assassin solely devoted to the whims of its maker. These creatures have no names, just a binary existence defined by whether they complete the task given to them, or whether they fail. They have powers like Telepathy, Controlling their body density, Invisibility. In the comics, Corvus sends an Outrider to collect information about the Illuminati, and the outrider easily passed the security system of Attilan- The Inhuman City, one of the toughest security and did get the what he was looking for from BlackBolt(Strongest Inhuman) using its Telepathy. In the movie however they were just depicted as savages just like the Chitauri kin the first Avengers.

3.Portrayal of Black Order

Black order in the MCU was really weak as compared to the ones in comics. For instance, Proxima’s Spear, the spear’s capable of drastic harm based on how it is thrown and who it is used against, becoming a multi-pronged lance of poisonous energy that follows their target, never missing. Said force was fatal to whomever it pierced, killing the victim in minutes. It could revert to star form, gaining infinite mass which weighed down prey in an energy entanglement. This effect could even bind and revert an enraged Hulk back to Bruce Banner upon removal. None of which was shown. In the comics Ebony was able to use his telepathic powers to get Dr Strange do his work, while in the film as we see only Telekinesis as one of his power and not Telepathy. About Corvus Glaive, In comics Corvus possessed the typical attributes of a super powered individual including super strength, super speed, super endurance and some invulnerability. Corvus’ immortality stems from his weapon, a glaive that when remaining in one piece allows him to survive anything, including being obliterated. The glaive itself can slice through any known thing and person in the universe yet it couldn’t slice up Vibranium (Cap’s shield) during his face off with Captain, Romanoff and Falcon.

These are some which I felt, they should have been incorporated, as adding these would have made the movie just perfect. Although the movie is at its best but since we are human beings and we always demand more.

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi [NO SPOILERS] Review – The Force Is Strong With This One

Rating: 8.7/10

“Rebellions are built on hope.”

This quote from Rogue One, the last Star Wars film, is relevant now more than ever in the wake of The Last Jedi (hereby referred to as TLJ), which picks up from where The Force Awakens ended and guides the series into uncharted territory. The idea of ‘hope’ being the most valuable asset in the battle against the dark forces has been central to the entire Star Wars saga, its inception in the very first film, naturally titled A New Hope. And through the years the idea has been faithfully kept alive, through the narrative, the characters and the uplifting opening main theme of the saga.

In TLJ hope carries forward the last remains of the Resistance (led by General Leia Organa) trying to escape the clutches of the First Order (led by Supreme Leader Snoke and commanded by his apprentice Kylo Ren). It is ‘hope’ that pushes them to reach for their first victory, as Poe leads a near-suicidal assault on an enemy Dreadnought. It is hope, on Leia’s part, that drives Rey to go find the self-exiled Luke Skywalker and try to convince him to (re)join their cause and later, to submit herself to Kylo Ren in hopes of turning him. It is ‘hope’ that sends Finn and Rose to a risky self-conceived mission that attempts to facilitate an escape route. And it is nothing but hope that impels Vice-Admiral Holdo to undertake an unforgettably radical course of action, one that provides for the film’s most spectacular shot and a true visual treat. Even as towards the end, cornered by the First Order, Leia despairs “The galaxy has lost all hope”, they find strength through an old ally and inside them, a new hope. To survive, to fight and to resist darkness.

 

 

“You must have a thousand questions.”

“Where’s Rey?”

TLJ is more of a character-driven film than its predecessors. Opposing the traditional style of characters being guided by the plot, in TLJ more often than not the plot progression serves to build up character moments; such as Rey’s self-discovery, Kylo questioning his own allegiance, Poe becoming a mature leader knowing when to back-off and be smart instead of going full-bore offensive all the time et cetera. Adam Driver shows his talent in a few critical sequences despite being a bit too wooden for the most part, which doesn’t always pay off; while Daisy Ridley too seems to have very few expressions to choose from mostly, except for her scenes with Driver where they both live up to their fullest potential.

And it is again the veterans who probably deliver the best, despite having lesser screentime, as both Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill dish up phenomenal performances which are quite possibly their personal bests in the entire series. Benicio Del Toro, bursting with personality, does a rather good job in a role that’s too thinly written for a talent like him. Rounded off by an excellent score from John Williams, the film’s technical pros overshadow its cons by a mile. And even though the mineral planet Crait, with its rich red soil, feels like a fabricated addition to obtain incredibly beautiful cinematography of a ‘bleeding battlefield’, it just works out all too well for anybody to complain.

 

“What are you looking at me for? Follow him!”

– Leia telling others to follow Poe’s orders

On a symbolic level, the film’s primary theme has been one of change, from the old to the new. Especially during the film’s climax which also turns out to be a head-on battle between the Old vs the New. And we find the Old calmly embracing the end, making way for the New. As Rey remarks, it was a death with peace and purpose. The same theme plays elsewhere as we see a changing of the guard for the Resistance; as Poe evolves from a danger-seeking volatile hero to a level-headed leader and Rey returns with newer insights about the war and the Force. It is evident that in the next film it is these characters that will be taking charge of the Resistance, along with loyal companions like Finn and Rose.

 

 

“Hope is like the Sun. If we only believe in it when we see it, we’ll never make it through the night.”
– Vice-Admiral Holdo (quoting Leia)

The director Rian Johnson is known for directing episodes of the television giant Breaking Bad, among them being Ozymandias and The Fly. The former hailed as the finest episode in the series(and one of the very best in TV history) and the latter the most controversial one, with critics lauding the offbeat experimental journey yet audiences worldwide rejecting it outright, unable to fully comprehend the episode’s genius and its place in the show.

And it is a similar trend that we see with TLJ, with most critics praising its unique take on the mythos of the saga and a style of direction that subverts traditional Star Wars space opera tropes while reinventing others, while audiences mostly negatively receiving the stylistic departure from their old favourite films. The allusion-driven narrative, scenes like the multiple Reys at the island, frequent adept uses of self-deprecating humour and strict refusal to leave clues about the sequel have made Johnson a rebel in the eyes of both the audience and critics alike. But if you were to ask me, maybe all we need to do is to welcome change and find some hope, for this rebellion in space opera filmmaking to build on.

 

“How do we rebuild the Rebellion from this?” Rey asks Leia.
“We have everything we need”
she answers holding Rey’s hand in hers.

The film ends with a little slave boy on Canto Bight looking up to the stars, hoping that someday his heroes shall save him from his miserable life on this planet. Thus as Leia assures Rey, she knows that despite their dwindling numbers, they still have hope.
Hope in the form of dedicated future leaders like Rey and Poe.
Hope in fearless soldiers like Finn and Rose.
Hope in the light, the good side of the Force and all those who strive towards it.

After all, rebellions are built on hope.

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Theory: Drogon is Lightbringer

My theory suggests that Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen is Azor Ahai and Aegon a.k.a. Jon Snow is the lover, Nissa Nissa. The three dragons are three attempts and thus one more dragon is to die.

Remember how Azor Ahai forged his lightbringer? There were three attempts.

Azor Ahai.

As the legend says, “Darkness lay over the world and a hero, Azor Ahai, was chosen to fight against it. To fight the darkness, Azor Ahai needed to forge a hero’s sword. He labored for thirty days and thirty nights until it was done. However, when he went to temper it in water, the sword broke.”

Towards the end of Season 7, we saw that Viserion died and drowned into the icy sea. Viserion broke. Thus, the first attempt was in vain.

Viserion.

The legend continues, “He was not one to give up easily, so he started over. The second time he took fifty days and fifty nights to make the sword, even better than the first. To temper it this time, he captured a lion and drove the sword into its heart, but once more the steel shattered.”

We know that the lions are the symbol of the Lannisters, and more specifically Cersei Lannister, thus Rhaegal would be the second dragon to die. As many have predicted, Cersei might become the Night Queen and thus become elemental in killing Rhaegal, the second dragon.

Further, it may so happen that John gets severely injured and dies, and then returns as a wight. Daenerys does what is necessary and burns him with the help of Drogon, thus the sacrifice made and hence Drogon, the lightbringer is ready to end the long night and slay the Night King/Queen.

I personally think, this might happen as Nickolaj Coster-Waldou ( Jamie Lannister) said in an interview said that in Season 8, we may see some major characters turning into wights and John is one of the most important characters.

In short, Daenerys is the Azor Ahai a.k.a  “the prince/princess that was promised” and Drogon is the Lightbringer.

What do you think about this theory? Tell us in the comments!

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The Expanded Wizarding World: An Honest Opinion

J.K Rowling has been brilliantly introducing her “Wizarding World” to the many generations of the “muggle readers” and their movie series has been catering to the wider aspect of the audience who find themselves bored while reading. It was the imagination of hers that led her to pen down the whole Harry Potter series. Though we are undeniably moot to consider it merely an imagination, we’ll better refer to it as a different world altogether.

This sums up the entire saga of Harry Potter

The Harry Potter series had a worldwide impact on children, teenagers and even adults, who were enthralled and petrified in the very charm and originality of the Hogwarts castle and their lessons. We accepted the Hogwarts castle as our home and the wizards as our family. Though we were not lucky enough to have got our acceptance letters, the Pottermore website launched by J.K Rowling made our all-time ranting come true as we got the chance to have our own wand, own house and our own Patronus. The quizzes help us to get a real life insight into our own personalities and behaviors and their equivalence in the situations of the Wizarding World. The different articles by J.K Rowling that are published routinely provide a deeper understanding on the various characters and the various plot points. The website even had the feature of casting spells with their respective wand movements which is no longer available, unfortunately. Anyway, this Pottermore website served as an important factor to strengthen our belief in the Wizarding World as well as our sense of belonging to it. Thus, the Pottermore website serves as the 1st step towards expanding the reach of the Wizarding World.

Pottermore

On reference to the Pottermore website, there’s also mention of one more Wizarding school in North America named Ilvermorny School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. The founder being Isolt Sayre, she has a relation to the Harry Potter world as she is one of the Heirs of Slytherin being related to the Gaunt family. Her inability to attend Hogwarts led her to establish a new school away from the negativity of her foster mother, also her aunt. Pottermore even has a feature to determine our Ilvermorny house. The four houses being, Horned Serpent, Thunderbird, Pukwudgie and Wampus. This mention and very limited knowledge of a new school opens a whole new area of possibilities and great cross overs which shall be discussed very soon. Thus, the Ilvermorny School of Wizardry and Witchcraft serves as the 2nd step of expansion of the Universe.

Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Source – Pottermore

The very thought of finishing the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was something that’s still very emotional and heart wrenching, thanks to J.K Rowling, but this marked the onset of the widespread flurry of ideas in the shape of fan fictions. Fans from all over the world penned down their imaginations and fantasies based on their interpretations of the series of events. The various fan fictions provided a temporary relief and escape for the fans who couldn’t get over the ending of the series. Keeping in mind the hearty wishes of the fans to know more about the 2nd generation of wizards, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne with the approval of J.K Rowling, of course penned down a play named Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that deals with the life in Hogwarts after 1998. Children of our beloved trio along with the not-so-favorite Draco Malfoy’s son have their adventures. They even have the ghosts of the past haunting them and their parents. We also get to see the alternate universe where Harry Potter gets defeated and Lord Voldemort is victorious. That’s one pathetic universe you won’t want me to talk about. Anyway, the endeavors of John and Jack is to be appreciated for adding a new book to the series (though many of us don’t even consider it as a book, these guys deserve their share for their work). This makes Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a 3rd step to expand the universe.

The Cursed Child. Source – Pottermore

Who would’ve thought that a simple book in the first year curriculum could happen to be the new creation of J.K Rowling? Yes, I’m talking about the Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them movie that’s a spin off set in America, around 50 years before the time of Harry. Newt Scamander, known for his love for animals and magical creatures is the protagonist of the story. Newt and his case full of magical creatures provide us a new aspect of the Wizarding World that deals with the creatures and their care. This movie provides a great platform for the cross over between the two Wizarding schools as I’ve mentioned earlier by portraying the love affair between Newt and Tina. The movie lets us to have a proper understanding of Wizarding laws in different countries along with the comparison of MACUSA with the Ministry of Magic. The movie even features the details of the great duel between Albus Dumbledore and Gallert Grindelwald which was otherwise overshadowed in the Harry Potter series. One more aspect of the Wizarding world is the existence of Obscurus which was ignored in the Harry Potter Series. The analysis of the character of Credence and his struggle led us to ascertain the fact that Ariana Dumbledore was an Obscurus too, which was never explained in the Harry Potter books. So, we are eagerly waiting for the sequel of the movie that’ll clear many more of our doubts and confirm many more of our hypothesis regarding the Wizarding World. This forms the 4th step for the expansion of the Wizarding World.

Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them

Many other works of J.K Rowling like the ‘Quidditch through the Ages’, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them’, and the upcoming ‘Hogwarts-A History’ provides us deeper knowledge about the things that aren’t explained otherwise. Even these are the expansions of the Wizarding World.

Hope J.K Rowling keeps on weaving words from her mighty pen to give us more insight into the Wizarding World of her creation, which may be an original world and an actual universe altogether. We’ll keep on expecting more from her as we, Potterheads are too stubborn to let go.

“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” – J.K Rowling

 

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Disney fires Episode IX director

Colin Trevorrow has been fired as the director of the upcoming Star Wars film. He was directing Episode 9 which has been slated for 2019 release, for now.

Apparently, Lucas Films and Trevorrow could not agree on creative terms. “Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ”, says a statement on the Star Wars website. Trevorrow is a celebrated director having directed movies like Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurrasic World (2015).

Colin Trevorrow. Credits – Starwars.com

Lucas Films has had experience in firing of directors, having fired the directors of the  stand alone Han Solo film, slated for a 2018 release. Jon Howard acts as a replacement for the Han Solo film, whereas the replacement for Colin Trevorrow has not been announced, yet.

Episode 9 is said to be the conclusion to the Star Wars series but Lucas Films and Disney are currently working on various spinoffs. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Episode 8) is releasing later this year on 15 December.

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Brown Paperbag: One year and more

I first heard of Brown Paperbag when a friend asked me to check out this Facebook page. I was amazed by the simplicity and brilliance with which the comics were made. And Brown Paperbag was still rising in popularity then.

Meet Sailesh Gopalan, the man behind this successful venture and learn about what keeps him busy. Today, Brown Paperbag is a common name among young people.

Brown Paperbag. What was the thought behind the name?
Brown is a colour Indians associate themselves with. And a brown paper bag is typically used in cartoons to symbolise shame or embarrassment, an issue I often dabble with.

Brown Paperbag

Is Kabir inspired from you or someone you know? What about Devika? Ananya?
Kabir is the personification of the angsty teenage Indian stereotype. Of course, many of his adventures are inspired by events I have experienced or witnessed, but Kabir represents a stereotype and not a specific person. Same goes for Devika and Ananya.

How does it feel to have continued this web-comics for one year now?
It feels pretty great. I think I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that it’s not something I’m doing just for myself anymore. The people who read it and support me are wonderful, and their enjoyment is the incentive I need to keep going.

The Anniversary edition.

Who has been your strongest support?
My family, of course. And one of my closest friends, Akshat. I could confidently say I wouldn’t have managed to keep this up without their help and support.

The latest instalment to Brown Paperbag comics.

The comics have become a tad less frequent? Is it because you’re busy with something else?
Yes, I’m in my final year of college now and the amount of work keeps increasing. Brown Paperbag is unfortunately on a lower tier in the priorities list, considering there’s no deadlines I need to adhere to. But, I try and do a bit here and there whenever I can make some time.

The first Brown Paperbag comic.

How far do you think Brown Paperbag would go? Any plans for collaboration with other artists? How about similar collab with TVF Qtiyapa?
I have no idea. It’s going, and I plan to keep it going. As for collaborations, I don’t think there will be any in the near future, considering my other obligations and commitments.

I really enjoyed your “Celebratory animation featuring Ananya”. Why don’t you make the animations a regular thing?

Animation is my real passion, and I hope to some day incorporate animation into Brown Paperbag. Hopefully an animated series in the future. The reason I can’t make it a regular thing is because it’s a time consuming process, and time is something not so readily available in the market. But hey, glad you liked the animation!

Any words for our readers?
Hope you continue to read and enjoy my comics! Thank you all for your support!

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Fanville: A fandom-con in Kolkata

I spent the better part of today attending a one-day fandom convention in Kolkata. Fanville, jointly organised by The Rotaract Club of Central Calcutta and Designz Life, was the second of its kind in the City of Joy.

The itinerary.

Stuffed with lots of quizzes on various genres, scavenger hunts and musical performances, Fanville was the place to be in this rainy Sunday. The Harry Potter Quiz – Potterheads was an unique one with the participants being sorted out into the four houses. Kudos to the organisers for planning it so meticulously. There was a Multi-Fandom quiz, a gaming quiz and what not. Although, I was expecting a quiz based on Game of Thrones, but it never happened.

Band Performance by Invisible Strings

Further, they even had a gaming room with a good number of exciting PC playables, with even tournaments were being organised.

Participants engrossed in the games.

 

A racer playing.                                  Image credits – Rohit Sengupta

 

Did you attend Fanville as well? How was it? Tell us in the comments!

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Interview: Brice Richard of Ugly Sweater fame

Who doesn’t know about Ugly Sweater?! I’m pretty sure, that like me you guys have followed this page for quite some time now.

The man behind these hilarious comic strips, Brice Richard was kind enough to answer a few questions, when I reached out to him.

As you mentioned in your FAQ, you lived in India for quite some time, so is India really the stereotyped country most foreigners think it to be? What do you think?

Ahahah – now that’s a dangerous question. I think that all countries are stereotypical to a certain extent. Go to Paris, and you will see people smoking while drinking coffee on cute little terraces 🙂 During my stay in India, I did experience a lot of things that I expected I would, of course, from stunning sari-clad crowds of women working the field to cricket games played in the street. But beyond these stereotypes, I was mostly drawn by what I WASN’T expecting to find. And to this day, India keeps on surprising me and challenging my original impression every…single…day. Doing UglySweater made me notably realize the sheer amount of young Indian people who are doing amazing, daring, creative things, such as starting NGOs or running their own design studios. And I’m not talking about kids in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru either – kids from Nagaland, Bihar, Assam. That is really, really great to see.

 

Your comics generally revolve around you and your wife. Does she help you out with ideas?Does she share the same sense of humor?

My wife doesn’t really share my sense of humor. She is a much more reserved and serious person than I am 🙂 Actually very often she looks at what I do and she says: “That’s not funny”. Which is great to a large extent because it pushes me to improve. When I manage to make her smile, or even laugh, I know the cartoon will go viral. It’s a great barometer 🙂

How do you juggle between a corporate job, a family with two kids, maintaining this comic web series and having a social life?

Well, the short answer is: I don’t. Doing a webcomic has been incredibly challenging, and has consumed most of my time outside of work and family. As I’ve become more effective, I gained back a little bit of time for other things, but it still remain very clear that doing a webcomic on the side of family and career is a commitment. This is actually the reason why I post less often than I wish. I’ve been trying to maintain a once-a-week schedule but I may be skipping a week here or there when something unexpected happens at work or at home (and I hope my readers understand). Many people tell me I should draw more quickly and pay less attention to details, but derive a lot of pride and pleasure from delivering to my readers well designed, thought out cartoons. Quality over quantity! Hopefully some appreciate that.

You’ve a proliferating fan base. Would you like to do some tutorials online to help some of the cartoonists among them, provide tips and ideas?

By definition, I love helping whomever wants to embrace his or her own creativity, and that includes sharing thoughts with budding cartoonists. Right now, I am pressed for time as mentioned above, and I’m working mostly on pushing cartoons out as often as I can. But I think overtime I would love to share more of what I learn along the way, and provide a platform for cartoonists to seek advice and resources. It’ll happen eventually, but I’m not sure when.

 

You’ve experienced and observed French and Indian culture both, very closely. Would you elaborate on the differences and similarities, if any?

Wow – that is such an interesting and complex question. I think France and India share the same love for art and culture. Every single one of my Indian friends either loves reading, or is an expert dancer, or knows everything about Ghazals, or draws, etc…etc…Young French people are a bit like that – drawn by ideas and creativity in all their forms. Of course, France and India are very much different on matters of love and relationship. France is a country that is incredibly relaxed about love, dating and marriage, while India is more codified. I think both approaches have their pros and cons, though I culturally tend to believe that a bit of prior experience does help when it comes to choosing a partner for life.

You seem to be a huge geek at heart. I’ve seen Iron Man and Darth Vader feature in your comics. So which is your favourite sci-fi franchise? Also, DC or Marvel? Pick one.

I wouldn’t say I’m a huge geek. I barely play videogames, nor read comic books 🙂 But like everybody I really enjoy some of the good SciFi and Fantasy that is out there. My favorite fantasy franchises are Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and anything written by Terry Pratchett. I’m less of a SciFi buff but I’ve really enjoyed reading Dune, and I am a HUGE fan of dystopian future literature: Stephen King’s The Stand is one of the greatest SF books I’ve ever read, along with The Road, Children of Men and World War Z. At the risk of annoying my fans, I am not a huge fan of DC and Marvel, but if I were to pick one, I’d definitely go for Marvel, if only because their recent movies were so much better.

Since I mentioned Star Wars, are you open to have a young Padawan (apprentice) soon?

Ahahah – well I’m not quite sure I’m Yoda material yet. I barely started scratching the surface of what it means to be a comic artist, and I don’t think I would have much to teach. But as I mentioned above, I would love to build a broader community of young Indian comic Jedis willing to embrace the Silly Side of the Force. Not sure how that would look like, but there’s enough talent out there to fill 100,000 planets.

 

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