Celebrating the Work of Charles Burns
Here is a nice write up over at Comics Alliance about the weird and wonderful work of Charles Burns. Burns is one of my favorite creators in the comic book medium, and a singularly unique talent. Check out the article and then find a copy of Black Hole.
How Victor Hugo Helped Create the Joker
Of course, no one in the film stands out more than Gwynplaine, played by the famous actor Conrad Veidt, formerly the star of the The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Veidt portrayed Gwynplaine with a permanent distended grin that did not look so much like a deformity, as it did a violent madness, even in the scenes where he was simply being sad.
Being a comic book nerd, I guess I always assumed that it was common knowledge that the Joker was heavily visually inspired by The Man Who Laughs, but this is worth taking a look at if only to see just how creepy Conrad Veidt was in that movie.