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Superman’s Epic Fail

Okay, I think it’s time for me to start blogging again about things I find funny or awesome. In this case it’s both!

Superman's Epic Fail
Photo Credit: AP Images/Gero Breloer

Even Heroes Have Bad Days‘ is a sculpture by Marcus Wittmers and took part in Berlin’s ‘Heroes, Freaks and Superrabbis‘ exhibition last year. The title says it all really. Well, when you’re flying at super speeds from planet to planet it’d only take a small miscalculation for things to go horribly, horribly wrong.

The funniest thing is there are fanboys out there arguing over this.  “Superman would knock the planet out of orbit, dude!” “Nah! He’d fly straight through it.” Heh heh, sorry guys, our evidence indicates he does a faceplant into a pavement somewhere. Heh heh.

The real intent of Berlin’s Superhero exhibition was to look at the social and historical context behind Golden Age Superheroes. Did you know that many of the most iconic superheroes, including Superman, Batman and Spiderman, were created by Jewish comic artists? Did you know that comics may have influenced America to join the fight against Nazism in World War II? Food for thought.

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My thoughts on ‘School of Saatchi’

School of Saatchi was an interesting reality TV style Art programme by the BBC and gave us a glimpse into the elite ‘Art World’ or ‘World of Contemporary Art’ as I have sometimes heard it called.  It’s nothing like the inclusive world of webcomics and self-representing artists that I enjoy.  It’s a world of Galleries and Collectors, waving a bone tantalisingly at attention-starved artists to see them beg and jump through hoops when ordered.  Ugh!

It was farcical to watch the judges send away the artists who demonstrated good, technical ability and promptly ask the rest to do life drawing!  I felt a mixture of amusement and annoyance in the first episode when the experts/judges started asking what art was.  Frankly they came across as not having a clue (confirming what I’d long suspected).  But ultimately Saatchi – a man of action, not words (or appearances) – decides, so we can ignore them.

On the subject of the ‘king-maker’ he has caught a bit of flack for doing this programme from critics.  They say he’s not as big as he used to be and is trying to revive past glories.  But critics like criticising.  I quite like the way Saatchi covertly looks at the artists’ works and simply chooses what he likes.  He leaves the furory and shit-flinging to everyone else.  Good for him.

I’m not going to recap the show, I’m just going to give my opinion on the final contestants.  I’ll try to be constructive rather than destructive if possible.