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In 2001 during the year of the first released issue of W.I.T.C.H., I was a 12 year old girl still in the sixth grade and drawing anime style characters, such as Sailor Moon, terribly (I am self-taught in free-hand drawing and I have never took a drawing class). I didn't know of its existence until I saw a commercial about a new animated series called W.I.T.C.H. on the Jetix channel. At the time I didn't pay much attention to it because I was into "Digimon" ( and still am!). A few months later when it was mid-way through the airing of the first season, I got bored enough to watch an episode. At first, I thought that it was interesting and okay, but I wasn't entire hooked yet. A few weeks later after watching my first W.I.T.C.H. episode on television, my family took me and my younger brother to the nearby bookstore. There, I saw the American (slightly censored) version of the original comic series. At first, I thought that it was one of those silly comic adaptation from the animated series and didn't realized that it was actually the other way around until I did some research. I sat there in the bookstore reading the very first 6 issues compacted into 3 books and immediately saw how much of big difference it is from the animated series. I started to watch more episodes of the series, including the ones that I missed and I started to do some more research on its history. By then, I was officially hooked. I fell in love with its unique ways of story-telling and artistic style and I felt that there was a certain charm to it that I have never felt before.
After waiting months on end for the American released, I got impatient and went online instead. To my luck, I was able to find a gold mine of comic scans online and began to read those instead. After years of reading WITCH, I also began to notice the difference as it transitioned itself from one saga to the next. I noticed the changes in the art styles, then the story-telling, then the entire thing which, I admittedly think, is now crap (the changes, not the entire WITCH universe). What was once a magical experience, I find WITCH now somewhat tasteless and a shell of its former glory. There were some issues that I still think was good, while others were so terrible and childish that it makes me preferred its rival, Winx Club, more than itself (Yes, it's that bad). I am now very disappointed that WITCH isn't as great as it used to be, and I find myself criticizing some of its new issues even more. Some people might ask me, "If you don't like it, then why bother continuing to read it?" My only answer is because I can't find myself to hate it entirely. W.I.T.C.H. has been around for a while and I fell in love with it as a teenager. Although I do find that it lost most of its magical touch, there are still some moments which I thought was wonderful enough for me to continue reading.
After ten years, W.I.T.C.H. has changed greatly, but personally, I still find that it still has that certain amount of charm that I just couldn't discard easily. W.I.T.C.H. comics has been a great inspiration to me in more ways than one, and to this day I am grateful to it. After drawing countless works, I finally made a small switch to WITCH art style. Although not best at first (as I'm still learning) I suddenly find myself drawing my own W.I.T.C.H. fanart calendar series, started my very first fan-comic side story of C.H.Y.K.N. (WITCH's predecessors), and now I'm slowly developing my new idea for a full blown WITCH fan-saga (called WITCH: Dreams of Lusteria)!
Name: Galistar07water (or just galistar) Role: Guardian of Arts Age: 26 Race: Human Gender: Female Ethnicity: Vietnamese Religion: Buddhist Hobbies: Read, Write, Draw, and Study films Favorite Films: Too many to list Favorite Books: A lot, too much to list What I hate: the Twilight series and M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender Favorite Comic series: Disney's W.i.t.c.h. duh!
Current Residence: Southern California, United States of America Favorite music artists Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Adele, etc Favorite actor: Benedict Cumberbatch Favorite actress: Anne Hathaway Favorite genre of music: A lot of types, okay? Favorite style of art: Too many to list MP3 player of choice: Walkman (I don't like iPods) Favorite cartoon character: I have too many to list Personal Quote: If an artist's inspiration lacks uniqueness, then his work shall lack rareness.
Favorite visual artistUm...the crew who drew W.I.T.C.H. comic series!Favorite moviesInception, Batman: The Dark Knight, and a bunch of others that I won't bother to listFavorite TV showsAvatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, W.I.T.C.H., Winx Club, H2O: Just Add Water, Mako Mermaids, Code LyokoFavorite bands / musical artistsToo many to listFavorite writersJ.K. Rowling, James Moloney, Cornelia Funke, Alyson Noel, Mary Hoffman, Alison Croggon, and more...Favorite gamesAge of Mythology for PCOther InterestsDraw, Read, study films
There isn't a film like Forrest Gump, or at least not one that I've seen yet. It's interesting to see films with such a simple concept could be so good. At the same time, there is a subtle level of complexity that doesn't show itself, despite its brilliance. Its main character, Forrest Gump, is just like that: a very simple-minded man but he has a very interest life. After watching it, once could ask, is it a comedy or a drama? In fact, it could well be both.
Forrest Gump, played by a much younger Tom Hank than we knew today, is a very simple minded-man with an IQ of 75. His mind is so simple, that many people thought that he borderlines mental retardness. The set up is very simple as the film starts with an adult Forrest Gump sitting on a bus bench waiting for his ride. He began to tell his story when a woman took a seat next to him while waiting for her bus. Forrest grew up in a boarding house in Alabama. His mother (Sally Fields) buys him a pair of leg-brace to help his poor body, but she never criticize or complain about his mind. When people called her son stupid, she replies, "Stupid is as stupid does!" After persuading the principal to let Forrest attend regular public school, life became more interesting for Forrest. It started off slowly from meeting the future Elvis Presley to making his first real friend, Jenny. After being bullied by fellow peers, Jenny encouraged Forrest to run, and when he does, his leg-braces miraculously fell off, allowing him to discover his talent to run like the wind. From here, his running skill became a running gag of good luck. First, his speed earned him a college football scholarship. From there, he entered the military and made friends with fellow soldier "Bubba" (Mykelti Williamson). The latter talks nothing but shrimping and offered him a 50/50 deal if they go in business together to create the Bubba Gump Shrimp franchise. During the Vietnam War, Forrest and Bubba served under Lt. Dan (Gary Sinise) and through sheer luck and one bullet to the butt, earned a Medal of Honor. From there, Forrest became a ping-pong champion, and then goes into a shrimping business with the retired Lt. Dan, both becoming increasingly wealthy and even more so when they invested the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company's proceeds into the newly founded Apple Computers (which Forrest thought was just a regular fruit company based on its apple-shaped logo).
A lot of historical events took place in America between the 1960's and 1970's, and through seer luck, Forrest witnessed them all, and even played critical roles in them. He shook hands and met three US Presidents, including Nixon, whom Forrest accidentally caused his downfall at Watergate, served in the Vietnam War, founded a famous company and became a millionaire, and ran a coast-to-coast marathon for three years. But through all of his lucky adventures, Forrest never stopped thinking about his childhood friend and his first love, Jenny (Robin Wright). Her life, unfortunately, isn't as lucky, ranging from an abusing father to an abusive boyfriend, to abusive customers when she worked as a stripper. Forrest's IQ may be 75, hinting that he doesn't know a lot of things about the world, even the concept of love to which Jenny replied, "Forrest, you don't know what love is." However, this isn't true! Throughout all of his adventures and his life, we've seen that Forrest understands enough to take things as it is. Perhaps the best line in this film is spoken by him when he tells Jenny, "I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is."
After seeing this film, I can't imagine anyone else other than Tom Hank playing Forrest Gump. He gives his character such a sweet, gentle, and dignified man who only needs to get rough when he had to protect his friend. When his character has to be unintentionally funny, such as showing President Lyndon Johnson his bullet-wound in the butt, he does it with a straight face. When he has to give a calm and gentle moment during a sad scene, he does it damn well. Forrest Gump is a film about recent American history as seen through the eyes of a man with no malice in his heart, rather a simple-minded and very kind man who just happens to have a lot of luck with very little wit. All in all, Forrest Gump is one of the best films and one of the greatest classics for laughs and a little bit of tears. An ingenious work that should be watched again and again from time to time.