Monday, December 31, 2007

Best of Edco '07

Drink and Draw
Star Wars Stamps
OMG blkspdy iso emo
Sinestro Corps!
Sad State of Affairs
The Fullboney
Autobots: Droll Out
Atomic batteries to power- Turbines to speed!
Los Angeles: Land of 1000 Broken Hearts
My Final Crisis
Oh yeah, the Emmys

Lotta fanboy movie posts this year, and looks like more to come. On the comics front the thoughts of "My Final Crisis" continue to play out with my on-again-off-again relationship with the funnybooks. But far the coolest extension of this here blog was my NEW sketchblog Cup Doodle!

What's up for aught eight? I'll keep chugging along, I've got a small surprise coming in a few weeks to expand on that. Still plenty of comics out there, lets see if they can win me over. And if they don't I'll be sure and let you know in the traditional Edco style.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Ultimates 2 Hardcover

Curses, Marvel! I've been waiting for this collected hardcover for what seems like two years, mostly I wanted the companion volume to the first on my shelf. The oversized hardcovers Marvel puts out are really nice, but only when it's a book worthy of the package, I personally think the mass production of HC volumes leaves the quality indicator wavering a bit.

For Ultimates 2, we get the insanely wrought pages of Brian Hitch on some nice glossy stock, complete with the numbing 8 page gatefold. Millar's story has some high points, tho he does repeat himself whether he likes to admit it or not, honestly the superhuman attack on America is right out of his Authority arcs "The Circle" and "Shiftships" with some elements having more than a passing resemblance to the Sliding Albion. Having Hitch drawing only accentuates the matter. But whatever. There is still a ton of Kick Assery.

Where Marvel blows it is in the all-too-common complete and utter lack of design sensibilities cutting scathe-like through modern comics. What the fuck, people? You want to create these lasting, bookstore friendly editions of some of your "best" stories and you still can't set readable type? There's a considerable amount of text in the introduction and the creator commentaries, but it's set in white on blue, horribly large and ill-spaced, running right into the gutter of the spine. This shit pisses me off Marvel, get your production department to take a god damn introductory course on typesetting. I mean I expect this kind of thing from WildStorm and Top Cow, but enough already. Oh, and by the way, thanks for changing the dress on the outer spine so the two volumes I really want to display together don't match. Sad.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Monday, December 24, 2007

Joker... Joker... Joker!

Yup, the town has Joker fever after the release of the new trailer for The Dark Knight. I'm trying not to get caught up in it, Batman Begins was a pleasant surprise and I'd like to retain that sense of unexpectedness for the sequel.

They are psyching me up tho with this poster, what with the trailer showing the grungy street-level Joker here we get a glimpse of that suave madness in the purple suit. I realize the movie may be in a completely different direction, but this here is a hell of a shot in any case.

The first teaser poster was freaking awesome, I love it. A friend of mine shares the opinion and writes up his thoughts over at his design blog.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Camel Signature Blends

I have this theory on the "design of evil," but I've never properly expounded on it. The jist of it is that the things that are inherently outside the community standard rely on extreme dedication to presentation. Guns, porn, Nazis, that sort of thing. When cigarettes first became vilified not that long ago, packaging design shifted from function to form. Over the years, moreso as time goes by, the smoke box receives artistic upgrades out of ingenuity, bravado, and market necessity.

The only thing cooler than the design for this new line of Camels was chilling out on my balcony and smoking one.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

New Comics Day

Found a couple indies to pick up since the Big Two were washouts, save for Frank Cho on the Avengers (always something to look forward to).

Mighty Avengers
Some New Kind of Slaughter

Archadia Studios Press' Some New Kind of Slaughter has the subtitle "-or- Lost in the Flood (and How We Found Home Again), Diluvian Myths from Around the World." First page: sea turtles. Sold.

NeoZoic is published by Red 5 Comics. I don't know much about them or their books, but they do look to put in some quality work. Neozoic has dinosaurs which is a plus, but the overall product is nicely put together. It's good to see that some people still care about comics. Not "woo hoo comics are cool" or "who can we license today" care, but "lets make something to be proud of" care.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

New Comics Day

Holey moley, when did I start buying all these comics again?

Green Arrow/Black Canary
Green Lantern Corps
Green Lantern (!)
Wonder Woman
Nexus: Origin
Modern Masters: Frank Cho (!)

There is alot of good stuff this week, but for me it's overshadowed by Green Lantern #25. Just flipping through this book I had to stop like five times for double takes. Mostly for the crazayy awesome art by Ivan Reis and Ethan Van Sciver, but also at the first inclusion of the foreshadowed "Spectrum Corps." I'm suprised it took someone this long to try that, I hope they can deliver because it is a grand idea-- one I even had myself in my many daydreams of writing Green Lantern. While my daydreaming take had a more sci-fi bent, what little is described here seems based moreso on the core emotions of each color, with compliments and contrasts as one would expect. And at the end -ahem, SPOILER ALERT- we have the reveal of...

The Black Lanterns.

Okay. Okay. You got me, allright?

Ah but there's a catch... the story debuts in 2009???? Anywhoo, this is bound to be met with mixed reactions as the teaser makes clear that Black Lanterns are given to THE UNDEAD. With this one introductory concept, DC looks to cash in on the Marvel Zombies craze (years late, par for the course at DC) as well as allowance for the return of any character that has died in the DCU. And lately, there has been alot of those, hasn't there? So... discuss.

BTW: Let me officially put this out into the blogosphere: "Black Lantern Corpse." Think about it.

Modern Masters: Frank Cho is a lengthy interview in line with the MM series, with the usual scads of supplemental art. None of the art is exclusive I fear, I think all of is it available in various publications. But there are nice samples of inked pages and pencils, and it's always nice to have a collection of Cho's work.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Figure Prints = Nerdgasm

World of Warcraft Figure Prints.

Holy. Shit.

Wish your WoW character could sit on your shelf? Wish granted. A week or so ago when a friend told me about this-- as an included certificate with the insane WoW-themed laptop-- I didn't believe him. I know 3D printing exists and have even experienced seeing a custom model made from a project I was involved with, but never did I think it could be made available to such a degree... and in color.

Today the Figure Prints site went live and looks fully functional. Wonder what the reaction will be? The downer is that availability is based on a lottery for the no. of figures that can be produced in a given time frame, so I'm guessing the up to 90 day wait is going to test some desires. If only one percent of one percent of registered WoW players find themselves hardcore enough to shell out for one with the patience to match, that is still a serious amount of cash. In a way, something with the absolutely massive base as WoW is the only path for something this cool to be made available to anyone. Well, anyone with a hundred bucks.

Still the potential for this to branch out into other areas or games... man that is cool.

Dude, I totally got to get back into WoW and get me some epic loot to deck out my 'Lok. If I'm gonna shell out (and boy do I want to) I want my figure looking good!

Still don't know what the hell I'm talking about?
Check out the link below for a YouTube video explaining Figure Print. Note you don't have to buy the computer to get one, tho as the dude explains it does up you in the que.
Figure Print Examined

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Speed Racer: Balls = Tripped

I dig Speed Racer. My left brain already knows what this movie will probably be, but my right brain dreams of that very special place just within reach. Part videogame, part live-action cartoon, part total fucking acid trip... I gotta say the Speed Racer trailer that recently dropped its load on the interwebs leaves me wanting more. I will have to check my brain at the door and see this post haste.

Do yourself a favor and download an HD Quicktime version to pace through frame-by-frame. Lots of little easter eggs* in that (always infuriating) rapid-fire editing 'da kidz likey so much. Unfortunately one can almost guarantee the whole movie is that way.


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

New Comics Day

Hmm, more Image and a Marvel, no love for DC!

Ultimates 3
Suburban Glamour
Age of Bronze vol 3

Believe me when I say it is with dread that I purchased the newest incarnation of The Ultimates. I feel the prior Millar/Hitch versions are the definitive and simply cannot be matched in tone or visuals. I'm pretty sure I don't even have to read the new one, as Jeph Loeb-- founding member of the Destroyers of Comics Triad-- may as well have cut and pasted his trite and over-expository narrative style from any one of his other books. Culling Joe Mad out of quasi-retirement isn't exactly the counter-balance to this, as in his absence his-once Capcom-esque style as been aped to death and in some cases surpassed. Presented here in Ultimates format it is nice, if not... shiny. I fear as talented a colorist Christian Lichtner is (easily doing the lion's share of the work on this book), the pages appear over-rendered and heavily saturated with ink, and most fall into a dark, low-contrast mess. This may be a printing discrepancy, tho I have reason to believe it falls into the ever-growing category of digital artists who paint for a screen as opposed to ink. Compare the image here with the comic itself, if you are able. Any passionate printer worth his salt, or publisher who cared about the quality of their product, would reject the version that stacked the shelf by the dozens. Ink is the blood of print medium, and it must be revered as if flowing through one's own veins.

BONUS: Beaucoup Kevin's take on the matter is funny.

Age of Bronze I've recommended before, and will continue to do so. These collected versions are great gifts for those who would normally avoid comics and generally have no interest in such, but still read alot and would appriciate the craftmanship involved in both the art and writing. What author Eric Shanower presents is a graphically rich and sophisticated package supported by literary prowess and historical intrigue. The Age of Bronze books are most definitely highbrow and should never be ashamed of that fact, reading them counts towards the betterment of many many things, not the least of which is supporting such a monumental artistic endeavor.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Eternally well done

What's better than positively lovely custom script? Said script carved into stone.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

New Comics Delay

A hot week for Image. Huh-wha-- Image??

Green Arrow/Black Canary
Archibald Saves Christmas

Popgun vol. 1 is a weighty, pricey tome, but damned if a leaf through doesn't make it look worth every penny. The list of contributors is grand and inviting, and I must commend parties involved in funneling its release for the gift-giving season. Like Flight, this is one of those massive crossover reads, for people who don't follow comics but like pretty pictures and tasty, compact yarns. If you've friends or relatives you find worthy of the $30 tag, they will thank you for it, tho you can save a few bucks through Amazon.

Archibald Saves Christmas is neet. Without Brad Pitt, even. And if you get that reference you'll probably think it's neet, too.

We all have to get on with our lives. But hey, you know where to find me.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Comics Recap

Holiday delays + working in dog-like capacity = no new comics. But here's a few books I went through recently.

Wonder Woman #14
I was cautious of Simone taking over the book but it ain't half bad. I do enjoy the inclusion of super-smart gorillas, tho what it boils down to are the Diana Prince/Wonder Woman shenanigans, a male love interest, and Nazis plotting to take over the world. I wonder where that formula came from...? There is always that lucious Dodson art. I'll give it the three-issue trial run.

World of Warcraft #1
"WoW" indeed. How is it possible to fuck up a comic for one of the most popular and fascinating videogames of the day? Give it to WildStorm. It's not Warcraft, so if you're a fan, don't bother.

Green Arrow/Black Canary #1
It's an okay story if you're following the whole "Is Ollie dead" storyline (he isnt'). Judd Winick takes some cues from the Geoff Johns school of pathos. But the real draw here is art by Cliff Chiang. Man is it nice! It's got a bold but clean style, it looks simple but there is alot going on. His faces use the least amount of detail possible but come off with alot of "read." I see some Allred, some Cooke, don't know if it's influence or just similarity, but wherever it springs from I like it! Some smart mood colors by Trish Mulvihill make it all the nicer.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Edco at Large (Medium, Small)

Via work done at Cup Doodle, looks like a piece of mine made way to the SARMY merch store. All proceeds to charity, bonus points to those lovely ladies who consider some Edco flair for their cotton delicates ;-P

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Burnet Storage

I've found a cornucopia of vintage signage along one of my area's main thoroughfares: Burnet Road. Here's a sweet one featuring itself.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

No Comics Day

No books for me this week. I almost bought a couple, but passed. I may still pick up Gary Frank's Superman, the next time there are a few books to buy.

Luckily I got an Amazon order today with some holiday weekend reading! I seriously gotta catch up on my Gunsmith Cats.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Top Notch

The burger was great, but it's the fuckin' signage that's top notch.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

New Label Alert: Tropicana

Tropicana, I'm impressed! Gone is the "ribbon and dropshadow" that has been used to death by food branding in particular, altho it was rather appropriate for orange juice. But now we have a wonderfully clean and downright pragmatic approach to letting people know what sort of juice they are after. Look at that Futura typeface!!

Personally I like my juice super-pulpy which would be Tropicana's "Grovestand" offering, but I couldn't pass up this mid-pulp "Homestyle" version with the bright green callout-- color is used for each type of juice, with orange for no-pulp "Original," tan for high pulp "Grovestand", blue for "Calcium," and purple for "High Fiber." I just liked the green. I'm usually a regular Simply Orange drinker, I love the carafe container, lovely script logo and high-pulp content. But it just goes to show how design really does influence our buying decisions! (well, okay, my buying decisions)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

HEB Lables

One of the things that always takes getting used to in new towns is the local grocery chains. Where you buy food eventually embeds some need for familiarity, and of course the various layouts and general quality of product come into play. Outside of the excellent Austin HQ'd Whole Foods, choices for grocery include the predominant HEB and Safeway-owned Randall's Market.

HEB reportedly stands for "Here Everything's Better," and in the case of its self-branded labeling this may be the case. Art is slowly fading out of everyday life and must be sought with an open eye. To still find classic illustration on packaging always brings a smile to this curmudgeonly artist. Perhaps it's stock illustration in use by several nationwide chains, or in my dreams of a better scociety a savvy individual in HEB's branding dept. has commissioned original art to associate a certain level of warming quality to its mass-packaged foods. Either way I like to see it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

New Comics Day

OMG, nice week!

Scott Pilgrim (!!!!!!!!!!!!)
All Star Superman (!!!)
World War Hulk
Wonder Woman
World of Warcraft

Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together. If you are not reading these books, you might want to get it together yourself.

All Star Superman? Yes, please.

World War Hulk concludes... will it be worth it? I did take a peek and noticed a clue to the identity of the forthcoming Red Hulk. And an interesting teaser on the last page, yea? I'm guessing that's the real conclusion, and the beginning of things to come.

Aw crap, why did I have to go and pick up Wonder Woman? Well maybe writer Gail Simone can bring up some niceties after the past couple years. But after watching her butcher Gen13 I'm not holding my breath. But the Dodsons are back on art so there's that.

I really, really, really did not want to buy World of Warcraft. No one needs to question my admiration of Walter Simonson, but in an early marketing promo he states he doesn't play the game. As some one who does play (or more accurately stated with current activities, has played. Alot.), like all WoW players I have a high interest in all related things. So to hear the writer, pedigree aside, is aware of the game but has not really lived it? I find this a laughable situation. COme on people, you know I'm right. You have to have lived WoW to get WoW. Add to this the ridiculously high production standards of property owner Blizzard, somehow the addition of Joe Mad derivative art over the typical low quality American comics production standards is not helping the case. Excuse me? What's that you say? It's published by WildStorm? Oh. That explains everything. I will give it the first issue once over, but my prediction is that it will suck.

Black Dossier shipped today as well, tho I ordered mine in advance online and haven't received it yet.

Hey, did you notice a correlation between how much I wrote about a book and my expectations of its quality?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Look what I gots!!!

WOOT! Nintendo loves me and I love Nintendo. Check out this nifty feather stylus Ninty sent my way-- it was a reward for filling out a survey after registering the latest Zelda game...

I've been steadily working my way through Phantom Hourglass, which I think is one of the best games I've played in years. As a Zelda game it ranks pretty high, too, and it is an amazing demonstration of how great adventure gameplay can be rooted to the Nintendo DS.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Candy Apple

Is it weird I like to hang out at the Apple Store? Austin has not one, but two locations to meander through. Recently I was oogling the 24" iMac and running through the basics of OS X 10.5, or "Leopard," I hear some people refer to... It's a groovy upgrade as those who wish to know probably already do, tho the box gives me a headache.

While I wasn't quite ready to throw down for that steel plated dream machine, I found myself picking up an iPod Shuffle. This thing is just too damn cool. I marvel at it. The iPod proper is a wonderful piece of technology, but the Shuffle in its latest clip incarnation is just one of those "the future is now" kind of things. At 80 walrus pelts, it is indeed "Apple priced" but not out of reach. With even the iPod Nano at noticeable $200, the convenience of the Shuffle outweighs the fear of its potential loss or damage. I love my iPod and its got some life yet, but it's showing its age (still with the b+w display!)-- tho I don't see the need for a few hundred dollars upgrade as cool as the new models are. The Shuffle is a nifty little in-betweener.

Oh and it's so very Apple. From the packaging to the device design, it's a slick little toy. And I love how iTunes shows up with the actual color I got, nice touch. I opted for Red since I felt it was the least obnoxious color. I'm actually not too keen on the new pastel themes, I preferred the primary colors of the last round. While I do try to maintain some level of social consciousness, in this particular instance the purchase of a Product (RED) contributor was based sheepishly on aesthetics.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

It's Official

I've lived in more cities than I may have imagined I would, and in some cases even wanted. But not once did I imagine I'd be a resident of the Lone Star State. That is, I imagined it, and decided against it. A few opportunities have come up in the past and my initial reaction was "no way."

Fuck it, I'm here now, and it ain't so bad. I am reassured by many new acquaintances that Austin is the reason for this, as if it is some sort of liberal haven in the center of a vast Texan ideal. I don't discount this but I think most city patrons will tell you as such of their own home. Except maybe Detroit.

Anywhoo... The rigamarole for attaining auto registration and like things has a few extra steps here, and all reek of bureaucratic, bullshit tax collecting. Sure they say part of it is to maintain the roads (which having driven across half the sate I concede are well maintained), but first I have to get my car "inspected," with fee. Then I have to get my car "registered," with fee PLUS an extra "first time resident" fee. Next up is the 'ol DMV for my license, presumably with fee. Because lord knows anyone licensed to drive in one state can't possibly expect for that license to be valid in another state. Driving is so very different across imaginary lines, after all. All of these steps must be in done in order at separate locations with separate fees!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

New Comics Day

Erg... why do I keep buying comics??

World War Hulk
Y the Last Man
Nexus: Greatest Hits

WWH continues its smashariffic bludgeoning of the Marvel hoity-toity. That's what I like about it. Whereas DC stews in its own self-critical juices, WWH takes all the ultra-serious Marvel goings-on and literally beats the shit out of them. It's just barely gratuitous-- Pak's story has the hook and Romita Jr brings it on page after page. Here with only one issue left I wonder what the finale zinger is going to be. We've got all the beat-em-up, comeuppance, and property damage... will the conclusion be as "explosive" as rumored way back when?

Supergirl I picked up to see the new creative team. I've all but given up on this character but there's always this "Wait! We're gonna try this..." approach to the book. Just what is it about Supergirl anyway? Is it because Superman is the ultimate power fantasy, so Supergirl is the one it's okay to sexualize? Not an entirely obscene notion, but no less so than your average psychological probings. That's just a facet of the male perspective, tho, Supergirl's care and tending is of great concern to her female readership. But the character never seems to fully embody the fem-savvy grrrl pwr that some wish it to. I don't know that a gender-neutral approach is even possible, so maybe DC should just pick a side and try and stick with something for more than three months. Too soon to tell with the new team... Gone, however, is the stunning Guedes art of the past three issues, here replaced by Drew Johnson. Johnson always had a decent style, but here he does look to have stepped up his game. Colors by Brad Anderson stand out, as the story features lots o' Green Lanterns, and Supergirl's colors really get some punch amongst the emerald hues. Whether or not writer Kelly Pucket has something to keep more than a passing interest in the character is up in the air. Thing is, there is little draw to this version of the character for me, and hasn't been since her introduction in Superman/Batman. I guess that born of Jeph Loeb and Michael Turner has a hell of an uphill climb. Coupled with DC's generally poor handling of the character since, Puckett has a tough sell.

I don't know where the latest issue of the new Nexus series is, but it will be worth the wait. While this "Greatest Hits" issue is just as it sounds, it's all solid stuff and I'm more than happy to support the Rude Dude in the meantime.

Y the Last Man: Pen-ultimate!!!!!! :-O

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Paul Norris

All life from the sea, from where great schools roam among the ancient waters of the deep. Of things that swim and roam with breath by gill or rorqual grace-- or that of a man who speaks to these creatures great and small. Time on land is brief, but the life aquatic remains eternal.

Reports + More:
The Beat
Comics Reporter
Mark Evanier

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Edco at Large, at LARGE!

Some of my frequent and cherished readers may recall the work I have done for DrewTech's DashDAQ. This past week, the DAQ made its official debut at SEMA 2007, the trade show for high tech auto performance stuff. A friend of mine attended and took some pics of the booth, where the DAQ was in full display, featuring my artwork at trade show banner sizes! This is probably the largest format anything of mine has been presented and I must say it gives me the giggles.

Check out the DAQ link for more pics of the device and some of the different themes and UI designs I created. Drew Technogies is a wonderful group of people whom I very much enjoy working with, and if the SEMA show buzz is anything to go by, the DAQ will be one hot commodity! The device won several show awards and I am thrilled to be a part of this technology's debut!

DashDAQ Custom Gauges

Drew Technologies

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

New Comics Day

Just a few books.

Infinite Halloween
Action Comics

Our Halloween Tale begins as I pick up a copy of Action Comics deftly drawn by Gary Frank. A grittier Frank than we've seen, enhanced by the inky quil of Jonathan Sibal... The Legion of Super Heroes appear in what is certainly a continuity bending yarn destined to change everything as we know it Everything looks to be peachy... But then, lurking behind the pageturn, typeset into the issue credits... written by... GEOFF JONES! NOOOOOO!!!!!!

Supergirl is a straggler from who knows when, but I just had to have more of Guedes art.

The Infinite Halloween Special is actually a sweet deal. For art alone we get Trevor Harsine, Dustin Nguyen (on Zatanna, no less!), Peter Snejberg, Ryan Sook, and Tony Daniel. But wait, there's more! Surprise appearances (at least for me) of Kelly Jones and Jon Bogdanove!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Sega's Iron Man

I've long believed Iron Man was one of the greatest videogames never released. I'm astounded no one ever took advantage of a property as naturally adaptable to the videogame platform as Iron Man. Dude-- Iron Man/X-O Man of War does not count.

Well it took a movie to make it happen, but that Iron Man game is finally coming and it looks pretty sweet. And yeah, I am totally psyched for the movie, too.

How will it play? Dunno. Games tied to a movie have a long history of sucktitude (the Spider-Man games are nice, but really, they're not great games). The story is just one area hampered tight off the bat, as well as art direction and lowest-common-denominator syndrome. Still there is hope... And I gotta say it's looking nice. It actually looks "next gen" compared to a lot of recent offerings. Altho I say that with a grain of salt, as someone with a shameful history of being paid good money to touch up screenshots of AAA games so they look "more next-genny."

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Green Comics Day

Green Lantern
Green Lantern Corps

"Green Lantern is really hot right now." Whatever, dude. That's what the comics store proprietor told me when I asked if I could get a copy of Green Lantern #24, which I some how missed a couple weeks ago because it sold out before I got to the store. That never happened to me at my old store (House of Secrets), and not just because they'd have a decent stock, if they sold out of something I needed they would always "procure" one mysteriously for me. It pays to be a good customer... sadly I don't know if I buy enough any more to start a new store relationship.

So I had to go on the hunt, which I wouldn't even bother with if it was anything but GL-- let alone in the middle of a gripping storyline. After visiting and discovering that two separate stores had gone under and closed shop, I was left to ponder. There was the other major comics store downtown, tho they would be likely to have sold out as well, especially after a few weeks. But then...

Ah ha! A newsstand. Yup. A honking huge Newsstand/Porno Shop had a rack of Marvels and DC's, amidst rows and rows of InStyle and Maxim. And hardcore bondage DVDs. Sure enough it held copies of the latest GL and all of this month's mainstream faire. I share this secret stash option with you should we be on the receiving end of another Captain America #25 situation. Bite me, Direct Market!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

You Are Not Doing Enough

And by "you," I mean me. And probably you.

I think I'm doing all kinds of stuff. I just moved to a new state, started a new job, started a new blog, and am involved in several fairly ambitious creative projects. I exercise, eat well, and cook often. I play pool weekly and generally hit the town when the mood strikes. I'm an active guy, right...?

Then my friend Erik returns from an epic, months-long journey that included the Pacific Coast Trail, a 2600 mile hike that runs the length of the US western states. Holy shit does that trump a morning run to Starbucks.

I'm very much enjoying the surprisingly lush lands of Austin on my own regular walks, quite different from the casual outings amongst the Studio City burbs of LA. And back in Vegas I did a quite a bit of desert hiking that I recall fondly. But to take up the challenge of something like the Pacific Coast Trail seems like this magical, winsome journey only done by "other people" that don't really exist. But my friend does exist, and he did it-- the whole damn thing-- a feat that I find truly amazing and tremendously inspiring in so many ways. Seriously, it makes me want to do stuff.

If you've the time, head on over to Erik's journal of the journey, which he has just recently returned from and has been transferring his entries and photos online. It's well documented and charmingly written, and simply astounding when considering how much distance is being travelled on foot. All in a landscape so very far (and yet not so) from our own. Kudos, man.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Jenna Fatigue: Illustrated

Man. I mean, man.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

New Comics Day

I haven't gotten this many new comics in ages!

Black Canary/Green Arrow
Brave and the Bold
Marvel Comics Presents
Mighty Avengers
Suburban Glamor

I'm totally digging the Immonen's Hellcat for MCP...

I don't read Brave and the Bold regulary, but I do think it's a good book. This is was hard to pass up with Perez on Wonder Woman and Power Girl. But what's up with the eight page ad insert for Peperidge Farm Goldfish?? That's the trade off these days, or so it would seem. Still it's better than what passes for advertising in a Marvel book.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Life Aquatic

This image is from Showcase #30, by the glorious Ramona Fradon circa 1961. God damn that's a clean line.

Head over to Cup Doodle for some more Aqua-antics!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Yea... No thanks.

You can read from Ross himself over at CBR on the "redesign" for the "new" Cap, but man, I just don't see it. Of what supposedly culls from 40's serials combined with modern elements, to me just reeks of 90's-ish pastiche. While there seems to be a conscious effort to stay away from Ultimates Cap, at least Ultimates Cap has a high recognition factor (I happen to think all Hitch's designs on Ultimates characters are pretty damn awesome). With this Ross design, all I can think is "What the hell?" Ross' pics are all over the place, and they do lean towards the "Ross-ness" he parlays so well. Handed over to the apt talents of Steve Epting as shown here, the oddity is only magnified.