Friday Night Linkblogging

March 25, 2011

A couple of maybes in the pre-ordering of comics:

  • If Michael Kaluta was drawing the entire series, I’d gobble up the Fearsome Foursome mini from Marvel despite having affinity for none of the characters.
  • And if Chris Giarrrusso was writing and illustrating all of Hulk-Sized Mini-Hulks, that’d be on the buy list.
  • I’m lacking details, but I’m pretty excited about a new Lois Lane title – Lois Lane and the Resistance.  Disappointed that its tied to the Flashpoint megacrossover from DC, I’ll take my Lois however I can get her.

I mentioned missing out on the first wave of Ryan Dunleavy’s Ten Buck Commissions, and I did again! Now waiting for wave three.

Last year I started out with my own version of an NCAA bracket of Superheroes and Villains.  It was a ton of work!  So this year, I’m leaving the heavy lifting to our friends at Comic Book Resources.

Very excited about the news of a new creative team for Daredevil – Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Marcos Martin.  As Waid described it – this Daredevil won’t drive you to drink.  I’d buy anything done by Marcos and Waid is a top notch writer.  Rivera is always solid and has one of the best blogs about process out there –

Loving Colleen Coover’s classic and mod Wonder Women.


Friday Night Linkblogging

March 4, 2011

I don’t usually post eBay auctions, but I was so struck by this Wonder Woman commission by Art Adams.  I’m pretty sure this is what they mean by a badonkadonk.

A terrific interview with Kurt Busiek by colorist supreme Chris Sotomayor is up.  Smart and insightful into the comic industry – which isn’t surprising given the track record of these two.

I missed out on getting in on Ryan Dunleavy’s Ten Buck Commissions, but at least we can live vicariously through his Tumblr site.  Love the sense of fun and energy in even his most evil characters.

And if you haven’t been checking out ComicTwart routinely, you’ve been missing out on the addition of Dave Johnson and perhaps the best Twart yet – Plastic Man!

I don’t know much about Kevin Mellon, but he is clearly a talented man with discerning taste!  Love this Modesty Blaise sketch.

Does anyone else think the BK Stuffed Burger look like horrible and completely unappetizing.

I. will. buy. anything. by. Cliff. Chiang.  More of his genius can be seen here with his latest album cover homage.

Wish I was going to Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle.  Just a great line-up this weekend.

Amazon Binge!!!

February 23, 2011

Hooper was apparently a very good boy this past holiday season, and received a mess of Amazon gift cards opposed to my usual selection of carbon-based fossil fuels.  Yea for generous family members who still can’t quite make sense of me yet!

So, this allowed me to actualize one of my simple dreams – binging at Amazon.  After weeks of comparison shopping, weighing relative availability, and driving the Missus crazy, I ended up ordering:

Each title is something I’ve been wanting to try and I know enough about the creators to minimize the risk of getting some unpolished turd.  But obviously didn’t know enough at the time of release to snatch them up when they came out.

So, dear readers – which should I start with?

(I also bought Jack Staff, Vol. 2 – Solidiers and Sleeper, Vol. 2 – All False Moves but I’ll save those for a longer review for them and previous volumes.)

What Have I Missed – Preacher

February 21, 2011

As an avid reader of ComicTwart, I’m reminded that I have never given Preacher a chance.  Preacher, a 70+ issue comic run from Veritgo, is among the most revered (pun inteneded) and critically acclaimed series that I haven’t tried.

From my understanding, Preacher is about Jesse Custer, who is on the run after killing his whole congregation.  Apparently, Custer is possessed by a supernatural force that rivals God itself.  Custer’s travels take him across the United States trying to find God to help him understand his new-found ability to make people obey his spoken word.

Is it because of the religious context that I haven’t tried it?  Is it the reputation of Ennis for producing some graphically vulgar stuff, even though I liked Hitman in small doses, also written by Ennis.  I’m certainly not prudish, but the plot and character description isn’t enough to convinced me to try it.

The most appealing part of the whole pitch is Custer’s relationships with former girlfriend Tulip O’Hare, who sounds like quite a bad-ass, and Cassidy a hard-drinking Irish vampire.  But can I really invest time in a series that features a story, and more importantly artwork, about a character called Arseface?

So, dear readers, tell me what have I missed?  Is Preacher worth reading?

Friday Night Linkblogging

February 18, 2011

And we’re back!

I love this photographic experiment by Irina Werning.  Genius and hysterical.  My favorite is Benn and Dan.

Could someone tell me how Mark Schultz’s Xenozoic is not one of the best collections of the past year?  His early stuff is a little rough, but later stuff is astonishing.  And fun to read.

If you haven’t already visited the Sequential Swap site, you’re missing out.  “We are an online community connecting people who are much more interested in reading these books than in sticking them in a closet somewhere and forgetting about them.”  And you can find some great stuff.

Sometimes I still go by Mike Wieringo’s site, and browse through his sketches.  I often wonder what treasures Mike Parobeck might have posted if he had his own website.

Terrific Wonder Woman by Jill Thompson (@TheJillThompson)

By far my favorite headline of Valentine’s Day – 20,000 Tons of Pubic Hair Trimmed in Preparation for Valentine’s Day.  God bless the Onion!

Friday Night Linkblogging

May 28, 2010

So, what’s happening in the wonderful world that you might have missed?

I don’t follow Fringe, but I’m impressed by geek credentials of the writers/producers when they used a series of alternate covers for some of DC’s most famous issues for their alternate timeline finale.  Review the whole set at Geekosystem.

Thank you Maris Wicks for introducing me to SuperPoopers.

Laura Hudson has done some terrific interviews recently, but this one with Colleen Coover is her best yet.  Great stuff on coloring, center of gravity, breaking into comics.  My appreciation for Colleen grows and grows.

Ryan Cody has a good post about the homogeneity (bonus points for SAT vocabulary) of comic book art styles.

A little while ago, I wrote about the Great Darkness Saga, and how complex and difficult it sounded to follow for those unfamiliar with the Legion of Superheros.  Chris Sims tackles the question of where’s the best jumping-on point for new fans.

Archie Comics is teaming up with the Hero Initiative to have 50 original Archie covers on the special edition books.  Previous efforts have involved Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk, but so far these Archie covers have been amazing.  The originals will be auctioned off at a later date to benefit Hero, and a book will be published, collecting all 50 covers.  Check out below the terrific Cliff Chiang and the star-in-the-making Ben Dewey covers

Covering the Spectrum – Smile and Area 10

May 25, 2010

I have resisted the temptation to do quick reviews of comic book purchases, but given the price of some graphic novels I thought I’d at least give my quick impressions for those considering a purchase.  Let’s cover the spectrum with Smile and Area 10.

Area 10 by Christos  Gage and Chris Samnee is published by Vertigo Crime and priced at $19.99.  Although I consider myself a crime-fiction fan, Area 10 is the only title I’ve been interested in so far from Vertigo Crime.  I recognize Gage’s name but I don’t know if I’ve read anything he’s previously written, and although I’m a regular visitor of Samnee’s website, this was my first reading of his sequential art.  Gage weaves a gruesome story full of plot twists and surprises that successfully overcomes the character clichés of the hard-boiled, emotionally damaged male detective and female doctor who is the only one who really understands/endures him.  The star is Samnee’s stark black-and-white art, which I think suffers from the small page size.  Samnee packs so much detail into a panel that I suspect the readers are missing details, some relevant to the story.  I also don’t think Samnee’s heavy inks reflect well on the small pages.  Overall, it’s a good read but nothing remarkable.  Well worth borrowing.

The only thing Smile shares with Area 10 is shelf space in my house.  Smile is written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier, published by Scholastic’s GRAPHIX imprint, and has a cover price of $10.99.  The story is autobiographical, a graphic novel genre littered with self-indulgent books doubly cursed with poor cartooning.  Such is not the case with Smile.  Telgemeier’s style is clean and simple, but her characters are distinctive and emotive.  And while her panel design is nothing innovative, she tells her story well and it is exceptionally accessible.  The key is the story – honest and emotional.  The story revolves around the ongoing dental dilemmas in her adolescent life.  Don’t be fooled by the smiley face on the cover as there is some genuine pathos in the story.  The only criticism I have is that it sometimes reads like a web comic collected where the story/page flow seems to jump.  I think it’s a terrific story, and I’m eager to see what’s next for Telgemeier.  Well worth buying.