Wednesday, August 30, 2006

New Comics Day

What a nice, big hunk of books this week!

JLA Classified
Justice League of America
Justice
All Star Superman (!)
52
She Hulk
Rocketo (!)
Savage Red Sonja
Alcatraz High






A trio of Justice League books to ponder. Justice League of America, I'll give it a whirl, but man I'm sure glad I didn't have to buy a Michael Turner cover.

JLA Classified is a little strange because it seems to be leftovers. Stories had in stock for the JLA title before all the Crisis nonsense and the re-boot. It's quite apparent this latest ish, with the roster pegging a certain timeline, as well as Green Lantern's (Kyle Rayner) costume pegging a rather specific timeline. But the art by Kilian Plunkett is yummy so I'm gonna pick up this latest arc. There was some riff-raff and shuffling stories-- supposedly Amazo is the culprit in one book too many-- and the current cover is not which was solicited. So I'm thinking there's some editorial hullabaloo going on. JLA Classified can easily be a book to skip on any given creative team, when in fact much more care should be given so that is not the case.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Skates. Skirts. Scars.

Went out Saturday eve... to ROLLER DERBY!

"Skates. Skirts. Scars." That's the official line of the LA Derby Dolls and damned if it ain't true. There were a couple live bands to accentuate the general roller derby shenanigans, plus the whole thing had televised coverage on HDNet. If you're in the LA area I'd encourage you to check the Derby Dolls site for the next match in September and come on out!



Heck, the whole thing was a bit inspiring.

..

Thursday, August 24, 2006

"Hey Edco..."


Have you bought your personalized version of Jessica Simpson's "A Public Affair" yet?

Well what are you waiting for?

$0.99 at iTunes (only 45 versions)
$1.99 at Navio (all 534 versions)

The actual "name" part of the verse is a backup singer, but Jessica calls out my name enough as it is. DING!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

New Comics Day

It's been a long time, baby...

Wonder Woman
Hawkgirl
Batman
52
The Ultimates Annual
Eternals
Dragon's Lair (collected)








Man that was a hell of a wait for Wonder Woman #2. It's a fantastic looking book, the story is kind of interesting but hard to tell this early on. Don't know why it needed a relaunch at #1, when everyone knows the real relaunch is now going to be All Star Wonder Woman. Well, if that, uh, ever comes out. The lateness Wonder Woman #2 -- which may or may not be attributed to Terry Dodson versus the announcement of none other than Adam Hughes on All Star Wonder Woman... I find it all rather amusing.

But when I think about it, I'm already sold on anything by Dodson or Hughes. So I'll pretty much wait as long as I have to.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Your loss


Well you get a little leg this time. Feedburner swore I had enough readers, but perhaps my lovingly hand-crafted cheesecake scared everyone from leaving record that they were here.

I'm not done with this little game, I may try again very soon. Lord knows I hardly need an excuse to draw naked chicks. I will get your comments yet!

Friday, August 18, 2006

I know you're out there!


A little experiment to get some reader participation... sheepish apologies for appealing to baser desires :-)

Comment Challenge! How many panels can my trusty readers remove from our lovely assistant? One who I assure is in a precarious state of undress!

The sooner the comments, the sooner the reveal, but the cutoff is end of Monday.

Life Soundtrack


From my buddy Neil at The Wind, this was fun considering its obscure randomness and I got some cool picks (and a couple weird ones). But any movie-- or life-- with AC/DC is automatically awesome.



IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?

So, here's how it works:

1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, etc).
2. Put it on shuffle.
3. Press play.
4. For every scene, type the song that's playing.
5. When you go to a new scene, press the next button.
Ready? GO!

Opening Credits
Super Mario's Sleigh Ride, The OneUps

Waking Up
I Got Six, Grady Tate

Falling in Love
Ladies and Gentlemen, POTUSA

Fight Song
Freedom Rock, Frank Black

Breaking up
Enjoy the Silence, Depeche Mode

Getting back together
Up! (Green), Shania Twain

Getting dressed
Kentucky Rain, Elvis Presley

Life's okay
Bad Boys-Rag Dolls, Krokus

Mental Breakdown
Ballroom Blitz, Krokus

Driving
Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Neil Sadaka

Flashbacks
What Would You Give, Aric Leavitt

Happy Dance
Girl's Got Rhythm, AC/DC
(most likely to be set in a strip club)

Regretting
Saturday Nite, Earth Wind & Fire

The Training
Hips Don't Lie, Shakira

Final Battle
Leavin's On Your Mind, Patsy Cline

Death Scene
Into the West, Annie Lennox
(how apropos!)

End Credits
Yeh Yeh, Georgie Flame and the Blue Flames

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

New Comics Day

A week of mostly DC and a couple Marvels.

52
Green Lantern Corps
Ion
Shadowpact
Next Wave
Claws









Ion is on the chopping block. Five issues in and it's nowhere near the cosmic mindfuck I dream it should be. Ron Marz knows his way around space, but I'm afraid this time out it's not doing it for me. I'm fairly forgiving when it comes to Green Lantern, tho in this "era" I find comics in this extended Green Lantern mythos is not where it could be.

Green Lantern Corps is faring better, due to the strength of some core elements:

  • The new Lantern Soranik Natu, her origin is so simple yet fascinating. Being of the race and planet that bore Sinestro, she holds a terrible burden and stigma that she can never escape.
  • The presence of Guy Gardner is very welcome, especially when his character is written true to form without apology.
  • Simple but intriguing plot twists serve both to move individual issues forward while contributing to a larger arc. Way too many comics on the shelves fail to do this effectively with the all-too-apparent trade-favored construction of mainstream books. Kudos to Dave Gibbons for continuing to impress me as much as a writer as he does as an artist.

I'd also like to note that Claws, a Black Cat/Wolverine team-up with art by none other than Joseph Michael Linsner is a welcome treat!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Alary!!!



When it comes to tracking down art I call on my inner bloodhound. My latest prey, the works of Pierre Alary, are now mine thanks to the wonderful Stuart Ng, a book dealer specializing in foreign artists. I made the trip down to Torrance to check out his newly opened shop, which was previously run from his home-- the aptly named Stuart Ng Books.

Ah, yes, this was my haven. So much to see of artists I love so much. Alot of French stuff, some of the best in the world. And now, the volumes of Belladone, Alary's work that instantly caught my eye, are mine. The best catch was the "Collection 2B" edition of Belladone vol 1, an oversized hardcover of both the pencils and inks from the book. The color work in the regular volumes is gorgeous, but seeing the raw material is something else. Alary's pencils are loose and fluid and his inks are to die for-- crisp and delicate brushlines that seem to defy being created from the human hand. And yet only a human hand could master such an instrument of art, where mere strokes and swashes arrange themselves into the beauty of form and environment.

I picked up more than a fair share of work besides Alary and look forward to spending the week with them all. Now if only I could read French...

Sunday, August 13, 2006

In Deep

Art I did for a comics pitch.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

New Comics Day

Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends
She Hulk
52
Martian Manhunter
The Escapists


I was a littele upset when I heard Philip Bond was not going to finish out the new Escapists mini, but more than overjoyed when I heard his replacement was Steve Rolston. I could never choose between the two, but it looks like Dark Horse already did.

Philip Bond drew one of my single favorite comics, Kill Your Boyfriend-- a Grant Morrison tale if I recall. He's also tops in Vertigo Pop's London, and the hilarious, far-too-brief update of Angel and the Ape with Howard Chaykin.

Steve Rolston shows up a little less frequently, but I absolutely loved his work on Pounded and One Bad Day, and am very happy to see him on The Escapists!

Monday, August 07, 2006

There is nothing un-sexy about Batwoman.


What was that I said about pandering? I'm not going to sit and pretend that a well drawn, leather-clad, boot-wearing, ass-kicking heroine who eats in the valley is not salaciously hot. The fetish checklist surrounding the new Batwoman is like a gift that keeps on giving. Neither does her first official appearance shy away from a certain Grrrl power symbolism-- she's kicking the tar out of literal male beasts.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Ultimate Gamer Quiz

Know your videogames? Try the Ultimate Gamer Quiz.

I would not condsider it "Ultimate," tho, I found it pretty easy.



(Via Destructoid via somewhere else...)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Do you think I make this stuff up?

I don't know if it was Simonson or Chaykin who desired Hawkgirl's costume to be torn off for a tussle... modern comics walk a fine line between pandering and wit.

You would think that someone in the Hawk profession would require support of a more sports-related variety. Victoria's Secret, indeed.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

New Comics Day

52
Y The Last Man
Battler Britton
Manifest Eternity


Oh, 52... It was looking easy to give up but after Batwoman, Isis, and backup stories by Adam Hughes and Kevin Nowlan, I can be lured to stick around a bit longer.

Also you'd think Y would have run it's course, but damned if I don't think it's still good. And as much as I miss the lovely lines of Pia Gurerra, Goran Sudzuka's art is super clean and an almost imperceptible replacement.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Love, Hewitt


Crews are filming in my neighborhood all the time. So on my walk today I gave little notice to the few blocks cordoned off around a little cafe and the line of telltale white trucks along the road. That is until I walked by a bicycle-- a bicycle with a sign attached that read, "Ghost Whisperer Crew."

Holy crap! I tried to keep a casual gait as I looked around for the goddess Jennifer Love Hewitt, but saw nothing. A block or two later were the Star Wagons, and a decidedly larger one all decked out and opened up. I peered nonchalantly as best I could for a glimpse of Ms. Hewitt but the security guard gave me the dick eye that suggested I keep on my way. So close!!!!!!

The Beautiful Red Shiny Button


In the days before Adult Swim there was a show called The Ren and Stimpy Show. Space Madness is still one of my all time favorite cartoons. Alas, the fine folks at Nickelodeon and Broadcast Standards and Practices did their best to take the kick out of the show and it eventually went its merry way.

After a brief revival on Spike, the good fellows at Spumco finally hunkered down on the malcontent chihuahua and cat with no tethers to be seen. Recently released on DVD is Ren and Stimpy: The Lost Episodes!


Chock full of nuttiness and naughty bits, creator John Krickfalusi spills out the uncensored toons he always wanted to make. This shit is crazy. And honestly they may lack the charm of the episodes you remember best, as without fences the stories replace the implied with the blatant. Now John K. is a serious animator-- way too serious for me, even. But damn if the guy won't tell it like it is and draw whatever the hell he wants. Check out John K's blog, All Kinds of Stuff for all of the Spumco dirt and some crazy schooling on the art of animation. He's a prolific poster-- from random art exercises to lectures on classic animators like Clampet, McKimpson, Freeling, and many more. The guy knows his stuff!

COMMENT CHALLENGE! What is your favorite Ren and Stimpy episode or quote?