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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: 25 Race: Human Gender: Female Ethnicity: Vietnamese Religion: Buddhist Location: Southern California Occupation: Assistant tutor/Tutor in English and history Hobbies: Read, Write, Draw, and Study films Favorite Films: The Godfather, Inception, Titanic, The Lord of the Ring films, Beauty and the Beast, and many more... 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, and Justin Timberlake 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
Whenever a comic book super hero film is made, my expectation is quite high. I expect it to have interesting characters, interesting story plot, good acting, special effects, and chemistry. Luckily for Marvel's first Iron Man film, it has pretty much most of those things. Unlike The Incredible Hulk, I enjoyed the super hero Iron Man more. In fact, seeing this film in theater for the first time back in 2008 made me put him on my list of most liked Marvel super hero characters. Frankly, I find the Hulk a bit bland as a character in comparison to Iron Man and his alter ego, playboy billionaire Tony Stark. Is it the money? Hell, no. It's his charisma and his annoying, but hilarious attitude that makes him interest. Sorry, Bruce Wayne. But at least I like you a hell lot better as Batman.
Not only did I enjoy Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Iron Man, but I really enjoy the creative way they portrayed this film. The plot and the execution is both stupid and smart as well as silly and interesting. From the beginning when a group of Humvees are cruising through the dessert of Afghanistan to the end where the bad guy blew up. (I can tell you that I've been through this dessert before. It's actually located here in California. You know where Manzanar is? Yeah, it's those surrounding mountains that they often used for car commercials and Hollywood films.) These military Humvee are carrying powerful weapons of mass destruction through Afghanistan (yeah, US scums are always making money from war, huh?) developed by the Stark Industry, headed by Tony Stark, playboy and philanthropist billionaire who always get a girl in bed with him (save for his personal assistant, Pepper Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow). He's escorting his merchandise to help a war-torn nation for peace until he was ambushed by a group of extremists called the Ten Rings. They slaughtered the soldiers and when an explosion occurred, dangerous shrapnel are inching closer to his heart. He is only saved by a fellow prisoner named Yinsen (Shaun Toub) who attached a large electromagnet to his chest. The Ten Rings knew that Tony Stark is a child genius and wanted him to build them a weapon by using the equipment they stole from his company.
Tony may be a playboy who doesn't care how annoying his wealthy life is to others, but he's also a genius when it comes to building machine. With only Yinsen's help, Tony managed to buide a tiny but powerful electric generator, which he called an arc reactor, to power his electromagnet, thus keeping himself alive. So now we know why his chest is glowing. After that, both men secretly built a rough version of his first Iron Man suit and with it, he blasted his way out of the tiny cave. Sadly, his friend Yinsen didn't survive. His prototype Iron Man suit fell apart after his escape, but at least his friend Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes (Terrence Howard) found him and upon returning him (after getting a cheeseburger), Tony announced that his company will no longer be manufacturing weapons. After what he has seen during his captivity, he decided enough is enough. If he was going to save the world, he'll do it his way. Of course, this news doesn't sit well with his father's old friend and business partner Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges from TRON).
With the help of his AI computer program JARVIS (Paul Bettany), Tony Stark was able to recreate his Iron Man suit, but with several changes such as flight, frost control, and a paint job. Putting on the identity of Iron Man, he flew towards Afghanistan to stop terrorist groups from terrorizing villagers by using his weapons. Tony Stark and Pepper later discovered that Obadiah Stane is trying to replace him as head of the company and it was he who engineered his kidnapping as well as delivering Stark Industries weapons to the Ten Rings. Furious that the Ten Rings didn't kill Stark, Stane decided to steal his first Iron Man suit as well as Stark's new arc reactor, leaving Tony for dead. Luckily, Pepper didn't throw away his first arc reactor and with it, he put on his suit to fight the man who betrayed him. Meanwhile, Pepper met up with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson to arrest Stane, but with his new suit which he reverse engineered from Stark's prototype, they were no match. Both men in iron suits battled, tearing through the city and by using his wits, Tony Stark killed Stane by having Pepper blow up his giant arc reactor in a factory.
Rather than following Coulson's advice on following a cover up story, Tony Stark decided to reveal to the world that he is Iron Man, the new super hero who saved their city. Yeah, like being the annoying playboy billionaire genius wasn't enough, he had to be an annoying, famous super hero celebrity, too. After revealing his secret identity to the world, Nick Fury from S.H.I.E.L.D. came to see him, saying that Iron Man isn't the only hero out there and they're planning on forming a group. This should be interesting.
I must admit that having actor Robert Downey Jr. play the main character in this film really works. Unlike Bruce Wayne who has to maintain two different identities between night and day, Tony Stark maintain the same insolent, care free, and erratic personality whenever he's Iron Man or himself. He's freakishly loaded with money that the concept of wealth has lost all of its novelty. He can afford a Star Trek themed mansion perched on top of a cliff in Malibu, but he still has to take a plane. He can order any fancy mean he wants after being freed from captivity, but instead he orders a cheeseburger. Money can't buy taste and neither can it make this film more than a generic super hero flick. Goes to show that effort and creativity must be integrated in order for us to enjoy the content of this film and boy did it show.