And finally...

… I was able to get through my London photos. Now here are few pics from 4th September 2014, Trafalgar Studios backdoor, when one of my biggest dreams became true. Seriously, while watching the photos, I’m still shaking, although it was 14 days ago.

The show was amazing. Martin’s acting was breathtaking, all the actors were great and did an impressive job. I came to enjoy Martin, but during the play, I fell in love with all of them. Although Richard III is a tragedy, there were many moments when we laugh a lot. Martin Freeman can be scary, when he’s supposed to be (really terrifying, I couldn’t probably bear the way he looked at Buckingham in the second half), but his Richard is funny in his own way, too. The looks, the faces, grimaces he made - that’s what make him such a brilliant actor, and what makes audience laugh.

The two highlights which I’ll possibly remember forever:

1) When Buckingham and Mayor come to ask Richard to become King of England. He rejects that, saying that he’s not good enough, that he’s unfit, but after some more pleas, he’s like: “So you really want me to be the King?” And after this sentence from Martin’s lips, a woman from audience shouted: “YES!” Martin stopped for a short moment (he looked surprised, too :D), looked in her direction and then continues like: “Okay then..if that’s what you want….” :D :D :D

2) The final fight Richard vs. Richmond. The look when Richard realizes that he has just a knife and Richmond has a pistol, was priceless. It was that Martin’s look “Okay there he is. We are both armed. He has a pistol. I have a knife. He has a PISTOL. A PISTOL. Me knife. Fuck. Fuck fuck fuck. I’m screwed but I won’t give up.” That’s the best how I can describe it, it was Martin looking first at Richmond, smiled, looked at the gun, at the knife, now he realized, looked at the gun, fuck, looked at the knife, fuck fuck, let’s see what happens. :D Absolutely priceless.

And I love the beginning of the play, too. We were just sitting there, people talking or reading the programme and SHOT, the TV’s turn on, British anthem plays and actors in gas masks come on the stage. Best beginning of a play ever. Oh my, I love it soooo much.

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I really felt like I’ll cry. Because like two months ago, all this seem impossible to me.

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No comments needed for this photos. Just enjoy it. I am. Again.

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I must admit that I feel very sorry for the other actors and I really admire them, because walking out of the backdoor, where all the fans wait for Martin Freeman (only few people asked for others actors autographs), must be a bit hard. You are all doing excellent job! Btw, I got a photo with Paul Leonard, who played Stanley and was really kind and nice and happy and laughing and even that it was the first time I saw him, I liked him :)

We’re coming to the end -  now’s the time to tell you what a brilliant chat I had with Mr. Freeman. The truth is, that all is a bit in hurry so I only managed myself to thank him for that evening and congratulate him on the Emmy, and he was just like “Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!” Awwwwwww….

Even if you’ll never read this - THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. MARTIN FREEMAN, FOR BEING THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY AMAZING VACATION IN LONDON!

Read This: Gene Luen Yang’s rousing comics speech at the 2014 National Book Festival gala

From the Washington Post, article here.

GENE LUEN YANG, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building:

Good evening. Thank you, Library of Congress and National Book Festival, for inviting me to share the stage with such esteemed authors, and to speak with all of you. I am deeply grateful for this honor.

I’m a comic-book guy, so tonight I’d like to talk about another comic book guy. Dwayne McDuffie was one of my favorite writers. When I was growing up, he was one of the few African-Americans working in American comics. Dwayne worked primarily within the superhero genre. He got his start at Marvel Comics but eventually worked for almost every comic book publisher out there. He even branched out into television and wrote for popular cartoon series like “Justice League” and “Ben 10.”


Dwayne McDuffie

Dwayne McDuffie is no longer with us, unfortunately. He passed away in 2011, at the age of 49. But within comics, his influence is still deeply felt.

I was lucky enough to have met him once. About a year before his death, we were on a panel together at Comic-Con. I had the opportunity to shake his hand and tell him how much his work meant to me.

In a column Dwayne wrote in 1999, he talked about his love of the Black Panther, a Marvel Comics character. The Black Panther’s secret alias is T’Challa, the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. He has super senses, super strength, and super agility. He’s an Avenger, though he hasn’t yet made it into the movies.

The Black Panther wasn’t created by African American cartoonists. He was created in July of 1966 by two Jewish Americans, Stan Lee (who was born Stanley Lieber) and Jack Kirby (who was born Jacob Kurtzberg).

By modern standards, the Black Panther is not a flawless example of a black superhero. In their first draft of the character, Lee and Kirby called him “the Coal Tiger” and gave him a goofy yellow and black costume. Even in his final form, his superhero alias includes the word “Black.” This is true of many early African and African American superheroes, as if what makes them remarkable is neither their superpowers nor their heroism, but their ethnicity. Most problematic, though, was that Marvel made their most prominent black superhero the star of a series called Jungle Action.

All of these flaws were lost on Dwayne McDuffie when he first encountered the Black Panther in 1973, at the age of 11. What struck him was the character’s commanding sense of dignity. The Black Panther wasn’t anyone’s sidekick. He wasn’t an angry thug. He wasn’t a victim. He was his own hero, his own man. As Dwayne describes it, “In the space of 15 pages, black people moved from invisible to inevitable.”

Dwayne’s love of the Black Panther eventually blossomed into a love of comics in general. Dwayne was a smart guy with a lot of options in life. He’d earned a master’s degree in physics. But he chose to write comics as his career. I would argue that without the Black Panther, this flawed black character created by a writer and an artist who were not black, there would be no Dwayne McDuffie the comic book writer.

Dwayne wasn’t just a writer — he was also a businessman. In the early ’90s, he teamed with a group of writers and artists to found Milestone Media, the most prominent minority-owned comic book company that has ever existed. The Milestone universe have since been folded into DC Comics, so these days characters like Static Shock and Icon – characters Dwayne co-created – fight crime alongside Superman and Batman.

In the early ’90s, I was finishing up my adolescence. I visited my local comic-book store on a weekly basis, and one week I found a book on the stands called Xombi, published by Milestone Media. Xombi is a scientist who became a superhero after he was injected with nanotechnology. He allied himself with a secret order of superpowered nuns. One sister was known as Nun of the Above, another Nun the Less. Together, they protected the world from all kinds of supernatural threats.

Xombi was inventive and fun, but he stood out to me because he was an Asian American male carrying in his own monthly title. And even more notable – he didn’t know Kung Fu. Xombi wasn’t created by Asian Americans – his writer was white and his artist black – but he did make Asian Americans a little less invisible.

We in the book community are in the middle of a sustained conversation about diversity. We talk about our need for diverse books with diverse characters written by diverse writers. I wholeheartedly agree.

But I have noticed an undercurrent of fear in many of our discussions. We’re afraid of writing characters different from ourselves because we’re afraid of getting it wrong. We’re afraid of what the Internet might say.

This fear can be a good thing if it drives us to do our homework, to be meticulous in our cultural research. But this fear crosses the line when we become so intimidated that we quietly make choices against stepping out of our own identities.
After all, our job as writers is to step out of ourselves, and to encourage our readers to do the same.

I told you the story of Dwayne McDuffie to encourage all of us to be generous with ourselves and with one another. The Black Panther, despite his flaws, was able to inspire a young African American reader to become a writer.

We have to allow ourselves the freedom to make mistakes, including cultural mistakes, in our first drafts. I believe it’s okay to get cultural details wrong in your first draft. It’s okay if stereotypes emerge. It just means that your experience is limited, that you’re human.

Just make sure you iron them out before the final draft. Make sure you do your homework. Make sure your early readers include people who are a part of the culture you’re writing about. Make sure your editor has the insider knowledge to help you out. If they don’t, consider hiring a freelance editor who does.

Also, it’s okay if stereotypes emerge in the first drafts of your colleagues. Correct them – definitely correct them – but do so in a spirit of generosity. Remember how soul-wrenching the act of writing is, how much courage it took for that writer to put words down on a page.

And let’s say you do your best. You put in all the effort you can. But then when your book comes out, the Internet gets angry. You slowly realize that, for once, the Internet might be right. You made a cultural misstep. If this happens, take comfort in the fact that even flawed characters can inspire. Apologize if necessary, resolve do better, and move on.

Let your fear drive you to do your homework. But no matter what, don’t ever let your fear stop you.

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A little video of the clean and colouring of Clovis the dragon. (speed x16). Music: Master and Slave / VANDROID.

More videos on my youtube channel !

1/rough (very rough)

2/Clean and Shadow (very pink)

3/final picture (very far from what I expected at the beginning)

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