July 15, 2008

Said the Joker to the Thief

We watched Batman Begins last night in preparation for the upcoming Dark Knight movie. I have to say that while providing a good foundation and having really good moments, the ending still seems over the top for me. I have higher expectations for the sequel due to several reasons:

The origin being out of the way.
While the rise of a superhero is important for establishing motivations and context, it is nice not having to spend a third of story time on it.

The focus on Harvey Dent’s rise and fall.
Harvey Dent has the potential to be more grounded as a character and more intertwined into Bruce’s life than Ras Al Gul. Let’s hope that the filmmakers have looked to The Long Halloween as inspiration.

Heath Ledger as Joker.
There is really no more to say.

So in further preparation for the movie I went ahead a finished up one of my many projects. It is a short comic featuring the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along the Watchtower’ as the narration and dialogue:

July 10, 2008

Colorado City

Steve and Becky joined us as we traveled out to Colorado City on the long weekend of the fourth. We had lots of fun swiming, shooting fireworks, singing around the campfire, and eating Sharon's amazing food. Some pics:

July 2, 2008

'All the more a pair of underwater pearls'

From my recent fishing trip to the Rio Grande I brought back a couple of resurrection ferns (I had some explaining to do going through airport security). These little plants grow in the desert and most of the year look withered and dead. But when it rains they spring to life, unfurl, and show of their bright green leaves. The following is a series of photographs I took after I had poured water on one of them. It took approximately 4 hours for it to fully unfurl.

This plant absolutely made Laura’s week and though seeing it many times growing up, I still marvel at the brilliant greens from a plant that a few hours earlier was dirt brown. A small example of creation revealing and reaffirming its creator in Christ the Redeemer.