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12/15/09 | 04:19 pm


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"What are the differences that we can deal with, without it becoming a barrier? Skin color is great, and it's also great thematically, because skin color is obviously such a big issue on our planet. All the warm tones — from pallid Canadian pink, to beautiful warm browns, and, well, pallid Australian pink — were all taken. So, we were down to blue and green basically — and green had been taken by all those Martian movies with the little green men. So, we have big blue women, not little green men." —(HMFIC) James Cameron on why Avatar aliens are blue [MTV]

hmmm...I wonder if Mr. Cameron was a fan of Tom Yeates and Steve Perry's TIMESPIRITS comics? Something about that "homesick alien singer" Miss Thorneypaws (in blue, at left) seems awfully familiar...


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Anyway, I saw this post on i09 and it got me to thinking of these old Epic back-issues. The comic/film parallels don't seem to extend much past the visuals here (the story in this particular issue features an extended Jimi Hendrix cameo and other raditudinal oddities), but I find them amusing enough.

I'm really looking forward to seeing not only AVATAR, but all the glorious, pulpy sci-fi and fantasy films that are probably being greenlit as we speak, amped up already in its pre-wake pull (not to mention the prospect of 3-D broadcast cable, which now seems closer to reality than ever). Cameron's "little green men" comment skips around the more obvious John Carter of Mars influences in AVATAR, of course (and here Yeates re-emerges in our mini-mystery tour with a beautifully-illustrated new edition of the MARS trilogy). WANT.

*Above IMAGES taken from the AVATAR trailer & TIMESPIRITS No. 6 (Marvel/EPIC 1985) by Tom Yeates & Steve Perry.*

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