One of my favorite things about Malik is how simultaneously image-conscious and completely impressionable he is. The strongest example of this is probably his motorcycle — he picks up a discarded magazine in the market place when he’s eleven years old, looks at a picture of a motorcycle for about thirty seconds, and LATCHES ON to that image for years. He rides a motorcycle into Domino. His post-redemption outfit is a motorcycle vest. He hitches in a freaking side car when he’s off robbing museums but still too young to drive. And the image of the motorcycle sticks with him, because it’s what freedom means to him.
And that’s so interesting to me because, in a lot of ways, that’s a COMPLETELY CLICHE image of freedom. He wouldn’t know it as a cliche, obviously, he’s lived his entire life underground. But that’s still what resonates with him: this ‘motorcycles, guns and TV sets’ James Dean bad boy vision of who he wants to be.
That’s one of the things that makes Malik so fun to write, for me. You can take these stereotyped images: smoking on a balcony above a city lit up at night, gunslinging in some shady back room of a night club, and fundamentally those still seem like who Malik is. He’s too culturally-inexperienced with the outside world to see them as anything but unironically cool. The midriff top comes straight out of a 90’s boyband, for heaven’s sake, but he has decided to rock it.
And at the same time, he recognizes the power in projecting this image of beauty-strength-power, the power of dazzling people with image and charisma. It’s his charisma that allows him to mind-control people, and he decks himself out in jewelry that matches his knife.
There’s a lot to Malik, but one of my favorite things is this very self-conscious, even pretentious, desire to present himself as the coolest-pretty-bad-boy around.
Childhood Survival Guide by Holden Dante Contreras and Darren Arthur
"Raising Charmanders, Squirtles and Bulbasaurs
because I couldn’t raise my arms in defense.”
While I’m blabbing about sub releases, might as well let you basugays know episode one of Kuroko no Basuke 2 has been subbed, like, now.
REJOICE! SAINT YOUNG MEN OVA 2 HAS BEEN SUBBED!
The adventures of Jesus and Buddha as roommates continues in this glorious installment. Clocking in at 15 minutes, it’s pretty short (came out in August with the latest volume) but it does feature a great trailer for the movie coming out at the end of October.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I intern at Broken Pencil magazine (basically its the fucking coolest, ~*~read us~*~). Every Friday I’ll be posting rad indie things I find online! Today we check out Studio Trigger’s Inferno Cop, an unsettling webcomic by Emily Carroll, BENDYTOOTS by Camodad, and some other stuff.