Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Comics Day

There are things that I buy. These things have art in them.

Wednesday Comics
GL: Tales of the Corps
Mark Schultz vol. 4
Al Williamson Flash Gordon

I'm really looking forward to this new collection of Northlanders, having thoroughly enjoyed the first.

A new volume of Mark Schultz's Various Drawings is out and it contains all kinds of goodness.

But! The venerable Flesk Publications has an even more amazing offering out this week, in a collection of all of Al Williamson's work on Flash Gordon! The comics art presented in black and white, and has random pin-ups and unpublished pages to boot. Really, really, fantastic stuff.

Check the links!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New Comics Day

Brutal week!

Green Lantern
GL: Tales of the Corps
Power Girl
Wednesday Comics
Dethklok vs The Goon
You Have Killed Me
Parker, The Hunter

Two amazing graphic novel offerings this week! First up is Darwyn Cook's delivery of Richard Stark's Parker, The Hunter. It's published by IDW and is a slick package all around, a tight little hardcover with alot of heft. Cooke seems to have married well with the pulp noir of Starking's Parker series and his art is a real draw here in black, white, and blue ink. Man does it look cool!

Next is another hardcover offering, the impressively thick You Have Killed me by Jamie S. Rich and Joëlle Jones. Jones' art is lovely and crisp in black and white, and she has a knack for loose character that really pops on the page. Another fine offering from Oni Press who has one of the best graphic novel libraries around.

If you gotta see for yourself, each of the book links above has a downloadable preview!

Being a rather hefty lineup at the counter, I passed on the latest volume of Flight which also hit the shelves. It still looks to be a solid buy, tho I'm sure I can put it on the back burner for a while.

Friday, July 17, 2009

New Label Alert: Dep Sport Gel

While my impeccable coif is world renowned, it might surprise some to know the occasional "product" I employ comes on the cheap.

The local HEB carries these nifty travel-size gels that come in a conveniently compact and ridiculously inexpensive package. The Dep Sport Endurance Styling Gel has a newly updated look, and now looks to be living up to its name.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New Comics Day

Blackest Night
BN: Tales of the Corps
Wednesday Comics
Young Liars (!)
Modern Masters: Chris Sprouse

Blackest Night kicks into high gear this week with two books. I've already resigned to not picking up any tie-in books that are not directly related to green Lantern, and wouldn't you know the first one is. Tales of the Corps sheds some light on some of the newly introduced spectrum lanterns, including the mysterious Indigo Tribe.

The Blackest Night book itself is chocked to the gils, and I'm not sure what to make of it just yet. What worries me is writer Geoff Jones appears to be in full-on "Crisis" mode, eschewing what could be a fascinating take on the living dead for typical Crisis-like DCU gratuity. What excites me is the amazing art being done by Ivan Reis who is clearly pulling out all the stops for this series.

Oh, and I got a nifty promotional Black Lantern ring! The sharp-eyed may be wondering if my ring looks a little cooler than theirs. Indeed, just take a fine-tip sharpie and life hack that bad boy.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

New Comics Day

Wednesday Comics has finally arrived! And my opinion is... mixed.

Creatively it's hard to match, there is such a stellar lineup of talent it's a little too good to be true. Art highlights include José Louis Garcia-Lopez (inked by Kevin Nowlan!), Amanda Conner, Mike Allred, and Paul Pope. The large-unfold newspaper format presents the art in a smile-inducing style.

For whatever reason, parties involved chose to print all this glorious art on newsprint. Not even nice newsprint, but just utter crap stock. This is supposedly to enforce the nostalgic feel that is undeniably there, but what a waste. I'm not even suggesting gloss stock as that would defeat the purpose, but at least a bleach white to get those colors to pop! It really bums me out, it's a real downer! Read about online and most people are just fawning all over this thing, but I think they blew it big time. Newsprint for comics used to be a necessity out of cost and volume. Wednesday Comics by far is a niche indulgence and runs 4 bucks a pop. It goes to show that sometimes you can take the execution of the idea too far.

So I would recommend picking up the next several weeks of Wednesday Comics for the kick of it (or just a few that catch your eye), but then immediately do something creative and/or practical like wallpaper your room or wrap this year's Christmas presents. Don't worry, a oversized coffe table edition on deserved paper is just a matter of time.

Blackest Night has officially kicked off in the Green Lantern #43. It focuses on Black hand with the fantastic art of Doug Mahnke. What a treat to have him on the book, he's just one of those artists where the quality in drafting and storytelling really stands out. Black Hand as a character has a sporadic history in the GL book, I wonder if his turn in the spotlight as the nexus for Blackest Night was happenstance or a long time coming. Looking back, you have to imagine that some vaguely similar direction for the character was planned, but put on hold and even outright forgotten while the larger scope of Blackest Night germinated over the years.

Pixu is a collection of the hard to find issues of the same name, a wonderful little collaboration between Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon, Vasilis Lolos, and Becky Cloonan. Cloonan remains one of my top favorites in anything she does, but here she is in exceptional company. Highly recommended.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Sharp and Sweet

I gotta say, gum packaging design has really stepped up the last few years. Here we have the brand-spanking new Orbit Mist, "Mango Surf" flavour. It's got metallic ink and a nice emboss, I especially like the design continuation on the interior. As for the proclaimed "hydrating sensation," 'fraid it's some of the 'ol marketing hoo-ha, 'cause Freshen-Up this ain't.

And here's a Dentyne "Arctic Ice." Dig that black, Dentyne.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

New Comics Day

Looks like Green Lantern Corps is it for me. Artist Patrick Gleason continues to be a major draw to this book, I really do hope he's around for a while. GLC can by nature lend it self to rotating art teams, and it does lead me to wonder what other book I would like to see Gleason on, and if I would follow to it (tho would likely wait for a trade).

Oh, also Brian Bolland's The Actress and the Bishop. Sweet, sweet black and white Bolland at his best.

Next week: Wednesday Comics!!!