Batman: The Dark Knight Sequel (2011)

    SuperHero Hype has just announced that the next Batman sequel in the Nolan series is set for 2011. This is the most exciting news that has dropped since BFTC! I absolutely cannot wait. After the first two were so phenomenal, the third has to be astounding. More information below.

    Source:Courier-Post January 25, 2009

    New Jersey's Courier-Post talked to Batman Begins and The Dark Knight executive producer Michael Uslan, who expects the third installment of the Christopher Nolan-directed films, starring Christian Bale, to hit theaters in 2011:

    Uslan will be onboard as executive producer for the "Dark Knight" sequel, which he estimates will be theaters by 2011. As for the identity of the next round of Batman's supervillains and love interests, Uslan remains tight-lipped. "It's one of those deals where if I told you, I'd have to kill you," he says with a chuckle.

    In related news, while The Dark Knight did not receive the Producer of the Year Award at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Saturday (it went to Slumdog Millionaire), the movie did receive awards at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday - Heath Ledger won for Best Supporting Actor and The Dark Knight also won Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture.

    In other news, the first review of Batman: Arkham Asylum has been posted in Spin Magazine. The following review is by Dan Ackerman (a regular contributor to Spin)

    Batman Out Of Hell by Dan Ackerman

    It’s enough to make a man hang up his cowl.

    Few iconic characters have been treated as shabbily by the video game industry as Batman, who’s been subjected to a painful procession of strength-sapping clunkers. The superhero’s digital mojo is so low that the producers of The Dark Knight didn’t even negotiate an accompanying game, normally a given for a genre. (Even 2008’s lackluster The Incredible Hulk got one) But by selectively ignoring the inessential history preferred by previous movies, cartoon series and comic books, Batman: Arkham Asylum has steadily built up buzz since the project was announced last year; despite the lack of a major film tie-in or A-list celebrity involvement (though much of the cast will be familiar to those who watch the cartoons). The game is easily one of the year’s best.

    The sterling effort is long overdue. Though games and comics share similarities in their reliance on outlandish character design, far-flung plots and staccato snippets of dialogue, previous attempts to translate Batman to the digital realm have failed because publishers have refused to recognize that the two formats are very different beasts. How so? Most comic book tales follow the ebb and flow of traditional fiction narrative, with character-driven story arcs that build to a climax, punctuated by superhero throw downs. In contrast, video game story telling generally serves as mere background for setting up the basic mode of play (first-person shooting, puzzle solving, etc…) But Asylum, inspired in part by a 1989 graphic novel by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean reconciles these two formats’ disparate aesthetics, striking the right balance between narrative depth and a fun interactive gaming experience.

    The plot places a rogue’s gallery of villains (Joker, Harley, Killer Croc & others) together in the titular loony bin. Problems start when the Joker (voiced by Mark Hamill) busts his fellow inmates out during a riot. It’s up to Bruce Wayne’s masked alter ego to recapture them one by one and disrupt a McGuffin-filled plan that reveals a method behind the clown’s madness.

    In the free-roaming manner of Grand Theft Auto much of the asylum’s elaborate Gothic landscape is open for Batman to explore. And as with covert-ops titles such as Splinter Cell, players must sneak past armed enemies and stick to the shadows (This bat ain’t bulletproof). Hand-to-hand combat requires a button-mashing series of combos that wouldn’t seem out of place in a straight up actioner like God of War. But you’ll need ample brainpower to follow a suspect’s DNA trail or find the many hidden clues. By nimbly jumping these different gaming approaches as well as honoring the protagonist’s four color origins, Arkham Asylum proves that a video game is capable of capturing Batman’s entertaining complexity. Justice, at last has been served.

    Also, just in NewEra has released it's latest line! I own the Superman hat and I wear it quite frequently. I love art and I love comics. I wanted to buy the Batman one, but I didn't like the four-color logo. I will definitely be purchasing the black and gold edition once I accrue the income and financial means to do so. I will support D.C. for life. Batman and I are not so different. We both have a means to an end and we strive for the same ideal.

    "People think it's an obsession. A compulsion. As if there were an irresistible impulse to act. It's never been like that. I chose this life. I know what I'm doing. And on any given day, I could stop doing it. Today, however, isn't that day. And tomorrow won't be either" - Batman

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    MyArtworkSpace Annual Competition

    MyArtworkSpace is extending their annual competition for all artists. There are so many resources on the internet. It's almost infinite. If you are searching for unique Artwork you will find a wide variety of one-of-a-kind art pieces. On’s huge online gallery. Search their artist and gallery directories, or by medium, subject, style or keywords. enables you to buy online safely and easily using our secure site. Additionally, you can contact our artists to ask questions or purchase their artwork directly.

    If you are you an Artist looking for a place to sell your Artwork?
    You will have access to a dynamic, full featured site to sell and promote your artwork; offers low price plans to meet every artist’s needs. Your artwork will rank higher on search engines because is Google and Yahoo optimized. is always Art Driven, Customer Focused!
    *Deadline extended by popular demand*

    *EXTENDED Deadline: August 20th 2009*

    2nd Annual Spring Art Competition!


    First Place: $1,000 (USD)

    Second Place: $500 (USD)

    Third Place: $250 (USD)

    Fourth Place: $50 to Blick Art Materials

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    Design By Humans

    DesignByHumans is one of the most quantitative design sites that I have come across. By quantitative I mean they have a variety of quality designs. I have tried submitting my work for their contests in the past, however, my designs were not accepted. They have a certain standard. It's best to look at the examples given on their site login and on the forums before submitting. I tend to stray away from commercial art because it does not fit my particular style, but I still have to make a profit just like every other designer. Like CafePress, you can submit Tees or you can submit your own personal art work.

    What is Design By Hümans?
    DesignByHümans is a place for people to submit, discover and buy amazing custom t-shirt designs created by artists from around the world. Based around an ongoing t-shirt design contest, all of the designs you see on DesignByHümans have been submitted by our community. Headquartered in Irvine, California, DesignByHümans officially launched in July 2007. To celebrate their two year anniversary they are conducting a special sale. Check it out! Support the arts!


    Since I am on the subject of design and tees. I should also mention I have posted a description below. The competition NEVER ends! Upload your design, let the public rate it, and they will select the best one(s) to be printed! It's basically a win-win situation!


    • First, you'll receive a check or money order in the amount of $300.00

    • Second, two free t-shirts with your design as soon as we have them printed.

    • Third, if we re-print your design for a different color or for a specific print style (baby doll, v-neck, long sleeve, etc.), we'll give you an additional $300.00!

    • On top of that, we'll give you a dollar per shirt we sell of your design! Up to $250.00 per month!

    • Plus, you get to brag to your friends and family that your design is famous and that you've won $300.00

    Eat em' up

    It's that time again! CafePress has just released this awesome set of designs. The theme is great and I think it speaks for itself. Feeling hungry?! Check it out! If you haven't already you should sign up for CafePress. They have a variety of different types of designs to choose from and you can also submit your own. Read my previous post for more information. You obviously have some design skill, put it to use. Find a niche and start creating some shirts and jackets. You can make potentially $75 to $100 a month doing what you already do in your spare time!

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    To degree or not to degree? That is the question

    Do you need a degree to be a designer?

    There are many available options to take in the “design” field. Graphic Art is the term I use to describe my work. There’s often a fine line to distinguish the difference between graphic art and graphic design. Graphic art is more centered on visual development and graphic design focuses more on typography and layout. One of the fastest growing fields for graphic artists is Motion Design (aka – motion graphics). The exhilaration that comes from seeing your art come to life is indescribable. I have taken it upon myself to focus on learning After Effects, Maya & C4D specifically for this purpose. Ringling describes Motion Design as the following: “You see it everyday, but you probably didn’t know it had a name. You see it when you go to the movies, or watch TV, or surf the web, or even go shopping. It is the mysterious title sequence that sets the mood for the latest sci-fi movie. It’s the beautiful animated graphics that introduce the events for the Olympic Games. It’s the cool interface on that website that you use to make your own snowboard designs. It’s the fun, colorful interpretation of music and dance to interest you in the new iPod at the Apple store. Anywhere there is a screen, you’re probably seeing creative work called Motion Design.” Fundamentally, you should have an understanding of all aspects of design whether it’s web, print or motion. Ultimately, you’ll find your niche but you’ll need an underlying base in design principles first.

    School is a great option, but it is not always necessary. It’s an amalgamation of motivation, knowledge and ability. All three are essential and rely on each other. There is no one without the other. One of my favorite quotes comes from Henry Hazlitt who said, “A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.” -Henry Hazlitt School will provide the knowledge to improve your ability. The advantage of school is that you can learn cardinal design principles and be critiqued by professionals in an acknowledged environment, but you will always augment when you are surrounded and challenged by others who are in the same field. This is where inspiration comes from. There are also numerous advantages to learning on the web for anything especially when it involves specific software. The people that you meet while in school will go on to be in your industry and can prove to be an invaluable resource when seeking recommendation for employment or verified integrity to establish with clientele. School can also help you form discipline, but if you are not disciplined enough to be motivated without someone else then you should revise and make certain that this is what you intend to do or else you will fall short of your goal and abdicate. Another one of my favorite quotes is from Walt Disney who said, “The difference in winning and losing is most often... not quitting.” -- Walt Disney, Animator, Film Producer If you have a strong desire to achieve an ideal then you must focus and maintain.

    You could have all the knowledge available to you, but that may not necessarily mean that you are a great designer. Motivation is the key to gaining knowledge. Not school. If anyone has seen Ratatouille then you can attest that not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. “You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true - anyone can cook... but only the fearless can be great.” Chef Gusteau You can also improve your ability by participating in online art communities and blogs. You do not have to go to school to be in the “design” industry, but it will be much more difficult. No one said it was easy. It is my personal conviction that you have to put in work in order to get anywhere in this world. This is the advantage that we have with competition in an open free market. I know people are successful without having gone to college, but it was not an overnight process. There are designers that have generated a substantial income for themselves without an art degree. Albeit not attending college is probably not the norm or what may be suggested, going to school does not necessarily guarantee success either. Like any major, people often graduate and do not find jobs specifically related to the field in which they graduated. I know people who have BA and a steady work history who are complacent with earning an average wage simply because they can not find work in their field.

    I was enrolled in classes in school first at a private unaccredited college and then at a public uni. I learned everything from values to Illustrator. My experience, however, was that I learned principles in class; but not really the software. Learning software on your own or with the aid of tutorials will be essential even after you have graduated. The classroom was more about giving me projects and critiquing them. If you intend on being a designer then I would recommend you find your niche and then focus on what it is that you love to do. To have a future in web, which is always evolving, you will need to constantly gentrify the current knowledge that you have. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt Software is constantly expanding so even if you find your classroom setting practical it will not assist you in the long term without constantly learning. You’ll need to learn how to keep up with software on your own. There is no rest when technology is involved.

    Overall, there are accredited colleges like Ringling and Art Institute which I would say would be well worth the time and experience for anyone who has the time and value. However, due to finite resources this option may not available to everyone so it is best to learn on your own. A strong portfolio will speak louder than a résumé or degree.

    “Believe you're worth more; push on and stay strong. If you're hungry and motivated you won't starve for long.” Y Society

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    CafePress Design

    Extra, Extra! Read all about it! Today is the last day that CafePress is having their big sale! CafePress is a site that basically lets you design your own tees. They pay per sale. They also have these format templates that you can customize with your own specific designs. You can make a reasonable amount of money providing you have the talent and the ambition. It is entirely on you. In gist, they allow you to open up your own store and sell merchandise either art or tees and they are separated by category. The process is facilitated by their GUI which is very user friendly, albeit it does take some time to adjust to. They have topics ranging from politics, to logos. What are you waiting for?! Go utilize your design skills and sign up now!

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    The Key To Financial Freedom

    The Key to Financial Freedom for Artists, Actors, Writers & Musicians
    Author: Valery Satterwhite

    Copyright (c) 2009 Valery Satterwhite

    Well-meaning, yet woefully misguided, advice from parents, teachers and other loved ones such as "You'll never make a living as an artist" has become the foundational belief and mantra of the artist's Inner Critic. What's worse is that this also woefully misguided Inner Critic loves to be right and will serve up proof and evidence of this belief and beat you up with it day in and day out to make sure that you do, or not do, what it takes to keep this foundational belief in place. Acting upon the Inner Critic mantra of "You'll never make a living as an artist." your thoughts and actions create the outcome of the starving artist. And the Inner Critic is pleased. This supreme inner entity, this 'knower of all', is doing its job of keeping you safe and small and right!

    Except for one thing.......he's WRONG!

    Think about it. Look around you. Instead of focusing upon your lack of desired financial resources look to all the actors, artists, writers and musicians who are making boat loads of money! Julian Schnabel, Bono, Annie Leibowitz, Steven Spielburg, Rita Ackerman, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Stephen King, Dave Barry, Mick Jagger, Dave Matthews - the list of wildly successful and wealthy artists of every kind can easily go on and on and on.

    What's the difference between the abundantly rich artist and the starving artist? One thing and one thing only: Self-Mastery.

    Self-Mastery as the key to financial freedom is not some airy fairy metaphysical woo-woo concept. From the ancient Greeks to modern day philosophers to modern day celebrity icons, all have recognized that the key to whatever you want in life, including wealth, comes from within. How you show up in your life, what the foundational beliefs that motivate you are based upon, deliver the outcomes you experience.

    From Socrates:

    - "Know thyself."

    - "The unexamined life is not worth living."

    - "Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one."

    From others throughout the centuries:

    - "If money be not they servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him." - Francis Bacon, British Philosopher

    - "All riches have their origin in mind. Wealth is in ideas -- not money." - Robert Collier, American Writer/Publisher

    - "I have about concluded that wealth is a state of mind, and that anyone can acquire a wealthy state of mind by thinking rich thoughts."- Andrew Young, Civil Rights Activist

    - "Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think." - Ayn Rand, Russian Writer, Philosopher

    - "All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination, Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth." - Napoleon Hill


    "Wealth is the ability to fully experience life." - Henry David Thoreau

    Where you hold back your fullest expression of your potential as an artist of any kind is where you struggle. Where you doubt your self, your dreams, your worthiness is where you create your poverty. Where you resist your purpose in life, the special gifts that are your birthright, is where you suffer your anxiety.

    You are as free, financially and otherwise, as the extent of your ability to acknowledge, honor and master your authenticity and take full responsibility for all of your experiences, good and bad, rich or poor. Those who do not govern themselves are condemned to find other masters to govern over them, including their own Inner Critic.

    "I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams." - Madonna

    About the Author:

    Valery is an Artist Mindset Mentor who helps creative people get out of their own way so that they can overcome the struggles that often come packaged with the life of a visual & performing artist. Clients learn how to express their full potential deliberately & responsibly to create more passionately, profoundly, productively and profitably. Empower the Wizard Within to actualize full creative potential. Free tips!

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