Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tintin The Belgium Boy Detective Explained

Now a Tintin movie is reported to be released early 2010 it is good time to get behind the Tintin character? Tintin is a young Belgian reporter who through heroic action solves mysteries that are presented at the start of each comic book. Tintin was first introduced to the world in Tintin in the Land of the Soviets. Tintin was the creation of George Remi under he pen name Herge and was first introduced in a Belgium paper in 19289-1930.

Tintin and the Land of the Soviets was a political satire that poked fun at the Soviets claims to having a thriving economy and found an audience due to many people’s unease with the Soviet Empire. Remi himself had distrust for the Soviet Empire.

The Tintin comic series have an almost formulaic feel about it. Most of the books deal with Tintin having to solve a mystery of some kind whilst also having to write a story for his paper.

A great example of how a Tintin album works is Tintin and the Black Island. In The Black Island Tinitn sees a plane make an emergency landing and goes to try and help. Tintin goes to the pilots aid but it only results in the pilot trying to shoot him. Tintin then recovers in hospitable where he finds out that a similar plane crashed in a field in Sussex from the detectives Thompson and Thompson.

Tintin then obviously decides to investigate the mystery for himself. The adventure thus starts leading Tintin to be accused of assault and theft of a fellow passenger on a train journey and later kidnapped and forced to jump off a cliff (saved by his dog snowy before he is made too). The trail leads to an Island off Scotland where stories of a strange beast is said to kill humans. Tintin discovers the Island to be the hideout of forgers and cleverly captures them and holds them till the police arrive.

The reader will always see Tintin solve the mysteries put before him though some adventures are set over two books such as Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon. The wierd happenstance in many Tintin albums is that you will see Tintin solve crimes but more often than not hand in a finished article. The end of the comic strips often sees him receiving a hero’s reception along with Captain Haddock and Snowy.

Tintin is a heroic young man but lacks the color of many of the other characters that appear in the comic books. Herge created a chararcter in Tintin with neutral attitudes which makes him easier to understand.

On the release of the first Tintin movie in 2010 of a Tintin move trilogy should see Tintin becoming even more popular. The Tintin movie will be directed by Steven Spielberg andto find out more please visit the website Le Tintin Movie.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

HALLOWEEN: gifts and ideas for celebrating Halloween on a budget

Halloween is almost upon us once again, and the amount of items available in stores made me wonder why isn’t Halloween made into even more of an event? Maybe an unearthly Easter. Think about it- you could have jolly old Satan Claws come and fill your stocking with guts, surround your Halloween tombstone with goodies and rotting carcasses, and then you could all sit down to a pleasant Halloween dinner of roast pumpkin and Gutted Bystander. Really though, it could be turned into more than just simple Trick Or Treating and bobbing for apples, even in these financially erratic times.

Halloween can be a riot for both kids and adults, and can serve as a bonding experience for friends and families. Involving children in Halloween styled games can be a great way to entertain youngsters and educate them on traditional pastimes (even when their origins have become so obscured by popular culture). Dressing up can be fantastic fun for all, and properly supervised Trick-Or-Treating is a great thing for making memories.

But halloween shouldn't be limited to kids parties. With all kinds of themed events on in clubs, cinemas etc, there's lots that the adult Halloweener is able to sink their teeth into (sorry). There's a great deal of Halloween themed merchandise that make great gifts, such as licensed horror movie memorabilia and other merchandise such as action figures, posters, statues, and of course the movies themselves. You could check out things like the ever-creepy Living Dead Dolls, or movie collectibles created by MacFarlane Toys, NECA and Sideshow Collectibles.

Do you want a fun Halloween in? Gather your friends, some suitably kitsch horror movies (Go for the cheese more than the darker stuff- zombie films, cheap B-movies, Chucky,  A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and its billion sequels, films you can shout at), Halloween snacks (stock up on kids snacks and themed sweets- there's nobody saying the grown-ups can't have some fun too), add some suitably camp music (I recommend 'Project 1950' and 'American Psycho' by the Misfits, and anything by the Cramps) and voila, you have the makings of a fun Halloween party in your own home. While that sounds like a typical night in at our place, there are people out there who are actually normal. Somewhere. I suppose. get your place decked out with fake cobwebs and plastic skulls and make an event out of it.

Looking for an evening's worth of viewing? A few recommendations for you:

The Evil Dead, Friday the 13th, An American Werewolf in London, Bad Dreams, Hellraiser, Evil Dead 2, Return of the Living Dead 2, Creepshow, Day of the Dead, Trick or Treat, Re-animator, Scanners, The Burning, Poltergeist, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, A Nightmare on Elm street, Class of Nuke ‘Em High (okay, this is a spoof but it still kicks ass),. TITLE. EVER), Dead Zone, The Gate, The Hunger, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Monster Squad, Sorority babes in the Slime-ball Bowl-O-Rama….. There's literally thousands of them. See what fun there is to be had.

There's a wealth of ways to go to make your Halloween memorable. Get things underway with a movie night as suggested above, then maybe go along to a themed party or pub night. Preferably dressed up. Check your local listings for events in your area that you can go along to and take part in, the more ludicrous the better. If all this sounds like a no-brainer, that's because it really is. With little effort you can transform this commercial event into something really enjoyable. Don't think of it as more cost- think of it as a break from normality and a way to have some fun down in these difficult times.  Halloween celebrations shouldn’t be all about handing out sweets to bored kids on your doorstep- it should be enjoyed and relished. I mean, how often can you actually run around dressed as a bloodied monk during the rest of the year? Actually, best not answer that question.


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Buying A Supergirl Adult Costume - Things To Consider

If you're not sure what to wear to this year's Halloween party, or you have a trick or treater without a costume, Supergirl might be the perfect choice.  She's not as well known as Superman, but a Supergirl Halloween costume is enough to make any one of us a cool crime fighter this year.

Supergirl came to comics in the late 1950s, and ever since, she's been a popular hero.  For the entirety of her comics career, Supergirl has worn a version of Superman's red and blue, but with a short skirt.  There's some variation, though, and in the 1960s, fans even got to vote on what Supergirl was wearing!  The current version is the one most of the Supergirl Halloween costumes you find will be based on.  It features a blue and red leotard, boots, a cape, and a short red skirt.

Of course, even this outfit has lots of different interpretations.  There are kids costumes, toddler costumes, adult Supergirl outfits, sparkly ones, and more.  The simplicity of this costume means a less variable price range than many other costume types, but there are still lots of options.  For instance, some costumes include extras like false boot tops or boots.  Some are better made and use nicer materials, which means a slightly higher price.

Some people may wish to assemble a Supergirl costume on their own, rather than buying one.  This can be difficult, however.  That's because Supergirl is a relatively distinctive costume, and most of the pieces can't be bought in the department store or scavenged from your closet.  Instead, they all need to be made from scratch.  Stretchy fabrics can be a challenge to sew, causing many people to choose to purchase their Supergirl costume, instead.

Choosing to buy doesn't mean you don't get to try to save money on your costume, though.  After all, everyone wants to get the best deal possible.  Don't cut corners and buy the cheapest costume out there, however.  That can result in a low quality costume that won't last and doesn't look good.

What's a better option?  Do your shopping online.  That way, you can browse through the entire selection of costumes.  You'll be able to find the size and look you want, and you or your little hero can fly high this year without spending too much.  Online sellers can offer great deals on even higher end costumes, helping you save.

Just remember to buy your Supergirl Halloween costume early, and avoid letting extra fees damage your budget.  The amount you're really paying can be affected by shipping and handling, though the price might not rise much.  Just pay attention, and you'll get a great deal on even a small budget.

So, if you're not sure what to wear this year, make it a Super Halloween.  Supergirl Adult costume are a great choice for kids, and they're a fun part of a Super couples costume.  Dress your guy as Superman, and you'll be a matching set!