Wednesday, June 28, 2006

New Comics Day

Braving the sweltering LA summer heat to get comics!

Next Wave
Avengers/Power Pack
Mark Schultz- Various Drawings Vol 2 (!)

Check the skinny on the new Shultz collection at Flesk Publications.

Oh, and their upcoming collection of James Bama? D R O O L .

Make it So, Young Jedi

-- Geek Mode: On --

In some ways I've been waiting for this my whole life.

-- Geek Mode: Off --

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The best kind of 108

Wicked awesome hot weather -- check
Intoxication -- check
Tits and ass -- check, check, check
Smoking indoors -- check
Big steak dinner -- check
Live music at the Double Down -- check
Lunch at Peggy Sue's on the drive back - check

Great time out in the desert, it always is. Every time I'm out in Las Vegas I'm amazed at the growth. No less that two new casinos have arisen and the second tower of The Palms is almost complete. I was there last October, and the amount of housing development alone boggles the mind. Isn't there some other city down south that was looking at some reconstruction?

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

New Comics Day

Great week!

All Star Superman
Red Sonja

All Star Superman! Kevin Maguire on Supes/Bats but starring Power Girl and Huntress??!!! Bill Willingham on Shadowpact! Alex Ross on Justice! Bryan Hitch on Ultimates!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

I think talking to fish is cool.

Sent to me by my buddy Spacejase:

Aquaman Get's No Respect.

One day, Aquaman. One day.

New Chili Day

Chili John's is a Burbank institution! My coworkers and I hit the joint every week to partake in some chilli goodness.

The dish of choice for me is chicken chili spaghetti, sometimes with a little sour cream and vinegar to cut down the heat. You can ask for mild or hot, but often the distinction between a little bite and tear-inducing volcanic fire is at the whim of the cook's batch for the day. So yeah, it's a crap shoot, but it clears those sinuses right up!

Also on the menu is the classic chili bowl, chili dogs, sloppy joes, and even vegetarian chili. Check out Chili John's if you haven't already, but make it quick, they traditionally close for the summer and there's only one week left! But they'll re-open for the fall, of course.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

New Comics Day

Nice offerings this week.

Green Lantern Corps
American Virgin
Two-Gun Kid
Elric (!)

It may take months and months, but Michael Moorcock's Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer is soooo worth the wait. The tale is off the charts in scope and as far as art... this is Walt Simonson at his finest. Hell of a book I say, hell of a book!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

New Comics Day

More of a tease, actually.

Wonder Woman
Showcase: The Haunted Tank
Manifest Eternity
FF/Iron Man: Big in Japan
Y the Last man

There's some good stuff here but I'm not reading any of it! Not yet, anyway. I'm in the middle of a "Reading Deprivation Week" as an artistic exercise. No reading -- or TV -- for a week, it's harder than it sounds. I dare any of you to try it; you'll be amazed what you can accomplish when you realize how much time you spend soaking up other people's information.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Wonder Woman

DC Direct is producing some nice figures. One of the best this year is the JLA Classified line's Wonder Woman-- a line based on drawings by Ed McGuiness. But sometimes even great sculpts need a little lovin' to make up for shortcomings of any mass-produced product.

First up was to call better attention to the detail on WW's... Chestplate? Bustier? Bodice? ...Rockin' Amazonian Rack. Some carefully applied black ink really made the difference. The figure comes with a decent gold cord that attaches to a hook on her belt, but the cord's flexibility was too springy and didn't behave well for it's scale. I wanted something with a little more weight. After some hunting around I found the perfect scale gold chain in the form of a cheap necklace. A couple snips and sweet golden lariat makes the perfect WW accessory. But in order for it to get proper use I had to drill holes through her hands. This was a tricky alteration and could have spelled disaster if the drill bits didn't like the plastic. Starting with the smallest bit and taking it nice and slow made way for two more incremental bit changes. Worked out perfect.

Now what was an already nice figure is a great figure!

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

New Comics (Thurs)Day

Big stack this week.

JLA Classified
ABC A to Z: Top Ten
Books of Doom
Liberty Meadows
Red Sonja

Cho. Frank Cho. The irony of Liberty Meadows as a comic strip is that the unedited gags and the descriptions of what the mainstream media does not allow/heavily edits is more interesting than the strip itself. It is so terribly tame by modern sensibilities, but I've read many times of the syndication world's paleozoic standards. The killer, tho, is the art! In a world of uncommonly mediocre newspaper strip art, Cho simply dwarfs his peers. Any art director would kill to have such quality illustration as part of a daily or weekly syndication, and yet editorially the reigns are puritan by proxy. Newspapers, take note: you've got cancer and your time is nigh. You don't need to hide behind a fear of offending your readership because of a little illustrated cleavage. Do everything you can while you can.