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I thought this might interest readers of our blog, especially the aspiring artists:

“The I DRAW COMICS Sketchbook & Reference Guide is the ultimate tool for practicing the basics of Comic Book illustration, page design and the art of storytelling. We’ve designed the ultimate Comic Book Artist Field Guide by combining commonly used industry reference materials and 100+ sketching templates into a ubiquitous and iconic molelskine sketchbook form.”

You can view more about this cool product at the Kickstarter page here.

Continuing my occasional forays into sharing my pitches, here’s one that was successful:

Dark Horse Presents pitch: The Protest

Read the full entry on my personal blog.

First things first, I made sure the title of this post reflected the tardiness of it.

Moving on…I have good news and bad news. First the good news: check out this gorgeous page you get to guess the artist of…

And now the bad news: Monday Morning Guess the Artist is once again going on an indefinite hiatus. The reason is two-foled: I just don’t have many pages left that I can scan, and more importantly, my free time these days is very limited.

I may, on occasion, run a page, but unless folks send me in some scans, the regular weekly posts will end as of today. According to the category count, this is post #278 in this feature, so there’s quite a hefty back issue bin for you, if you ever get bored and/or nostalgic.

I want to thank all the regulars who would play along week after week (you know who you are, but most notably Sterg and Nate). I tried to broaden the audience for this feature, but was never quite able to gain any traction. But I still had fun challenging you with pages, and it was always great to see the guesses from my fellow PANEListas. And hey, Tony and Matt even racked a few wins!

But for now, let’s us bid adieu to MMGtA.

One subgenre of children’s book is the “book of opposites.” In these books, you teach children words by leveraging words they already know, like “high” vs. “low.” So naturally I was intrigued when I saw the Star Trek Book of Opposites.

Naturally, they’re using 40-year-old stills from a show that was never intended to be the source of a children’s book. So some items work OK:

AppearDisappear

 

And here’s “Many:”

But they soon start getting odd, as such:

Furry and Scaly used the Gorn and Mugato, just in case your child isn’t able to come up with nightmare fuel on her own. Here’s Calm and Surprised:

Calm is (if you will permit me) a logical choice, but I’m pretty sure Captain Kirk is being possessed by an alien consciousness there. Sleep tight, kiddos!

Apart and Together is the sequence from my origin story, and then here’s Hot and Cold.

I’m not sure what’s happening with Chekov up there, but I’m sure it’s mortal peril. Sulu is close to freezing to death on an alien world in the second one.

So, to round out this journey into childhood trauma, let me leave you with Angry.

Baby's first Pon Farr

Because it’s never too soon to talk to your child about pon farr.

 

 

*There’s more than one way to advertise artisan ice cream. Take note Jeni’s. I had doubts of their existance until I checked out their website.

*I blame Molly.


I feel like some of you might have seen this, but there is a pretty fascinating article right here on how comic art ended up shrinking from the once-standard 12.5 inches by 18.5 inches down to around 10 inches by 15 inches. I know Thomas draws quite large, but I’ve seen the rest of you PANEListas drawing at a variety of different sizes and orientations. A quick but informative read.

This could be a fun thesis for some lucky economics grad student. Here’s the Amazon page for Disaster Preparedness, a memoir by Heather Havrilesky, of the late and lamented Suck.com.

 

What’s that price breakdown again?

So, like, I could totally have this hardcover. But, like, it’s way too heavy.

Seriously, haven’t we?

I haven’t seen the new Spider-Man yet, but I’m calling it. John Carter is my vote for best all-around geek movie of the year.

 

Prometheus and Dark Knight Rises have better individual moments, but they’ve each got a walk-in freezer’s worth of fridge moments.I enjoyed John Carter pretty much all the way through. You have to wade through three beginnings before it starts, but then it pretty much keeps moving.

I’d like to go and re-read the book, but I’d say most of the deviations from the book changed the story. It’s also interesting that many of the changes mirrored the changes made in the Asylum Princess of Mars version. Again, they greatly shortened the faux Indian captivity narrative and gave the piece an actual villain.

It’d also be neat to see a side-by-side comparison of Taylor Kitsch and Antonio Sabato Jr. Taylor Kitsch plays Carter as a reluctant antihero, which is pretty much the opposite of Burroughs’ fighting man from Virginia, but that may be what you get when you hire Taylor Kitsch. ASII brings a little more machismo, but Kitsch has a bit more gallantry and a much better southern accent.

Dejah Thoris was never the helpless damsel in distress she might appear, but making her a brilliant scientist turned into a good move. I never expected Tars Tarkas to be funny, but that worked, too.

I’m sorry this piece didn’t get a little more love at the box office, but I’ve definitely got the DVD on my Christmas list.

 

OMG, u guyz!!!!!!!!111111

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (he of Jersey Shore “fame”) was to “write” a comic book about himself (actually, comics veteran Paul Jenkins is doing the real writing, which is sad on so many levels in and of itself). And it was supposed to debut at the big WizardWorld show in Chicago.

But guess what?

C-Bus totally nabbed this star from Chi-town!!!!

The comic—by Paul Jenkins, Talent Caldwell and Paul Mounts—was to debut at next weekend’s Chicago Comic Con Wizard World Convention. But sadly, neither Sitch nor the comics will be on hand. According to Wizard spokesman Jerry Milani, the book will be debuting at Mid Ohio instead.

So, you know, if you were on the fence about going to MOC…

This is a bit late, but I’ll make up for the tardiness with a beautiful page, which also happens to have a bit of nudity.

Thanks to PANELista Tom Williams for providing this page.

Guess away!

I’m  few days out of Dark Knight Rises … anyone want to talk about it?

A few non-spoilery thoughts … spoilers go in the comments.

1. I was pretty blown away. There are definitely things I didn’t like about it, but I thought it was amazing. I’m still thinking through it, a few days later. I’m reading lots of reviews. I’m still engaged.

2. I was comparing it to a Russian novel, but apparently it’s more Dickens.

3. I found myself thinking of Hancock. Hancock starts out as a parody of the superhero genre, which I hate. Then it fills in its own backstory and becomes its own thing. I really liked Hancock, even if it’s not a great movie. At least it showed me something I hadn’t seen before.

4. I guess Dark Knight Rises borrows a lot from Knightfall and No Man’s Land, which I never read. I stopped reading Batman right around then.

5. If you want to chew on a lot of Dark Knight Rises commentary, here’s the ComicsAlliance Dark Knight Rises roundup. My thoughts were more similar to the Pajiba Dark Knight review.

6. These days, you can push a button and get a million Orcs out of a CGI rendering engine. So it’s kind of amazing to see just a horde of real people. It gives the piece some real solidity.

Sorry to Batman up the blog this week. No, excuse me. I don’t apologize for that at all.

Last week’s answer has been posted. Now on to this week:

Good luck.

It’s been a few weeks, so anybody got any thoughts on the big reveal in Batman 10? Here’s ComicsAlliance’s Breaking Down the Big Reveal in Batman 10, and an explanation for how it picks up a crazy Bob Haney storyline from the 1970s.

Personally, my eyes rolled so hard that I might now need glasses. I heard it’ll be reversed, but still.

These are all spoilers, so if you haven’t read it, avoid those links and the comments.

(Overall, I’ve been very happy with Snyder. I trust him to bring it to a good conclusion, especially based on this interview. But he goes to this well too often.)

There’s an essay on the Atlantic Cities website discussing Batman, Gotham City and urbanism.

Batman and Gotham: A Deeply Dysfunctional Love Story

“It’s a city of fantasy and nightmare all at once, which makes it wonderfully American,” says current Batman writer Scott Snyder. “It’s completely locatable and totally nowhere, all at once.”

In fact, one of the most elegant things about Nolan’s Gotham in the newest film, The Dark Knight Rises, is that, thanks to editing and visual effects, Gotham is an urban amalgam. In Nolan’s first two Batman movies it was a computer-enhanced Chicago—a modernist glass-and-steel counterpoint to Burton’s version, as the architect Charles Holland wrote on his blog, Fantastic Journal. But in the third movie (with, again, a bomb-centered threat that isolates the city from the world outside) Nolan’s luxurious establishing shots show a CG-modified New York, several chase sequences take place along the streets of downtown Los Angeles, and other street-level scenes were shot in Pittsburgh. It’s like Snyder said: Locatable but nowhere. Gotham isn’t just any city; it’s every city.

One thing I did not know (because I was not reading Batman comics at the time), was that after No Man’s Land they standardized Batman’s world with an Official Gotham City map. It kind of resembles Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City.

For me, Gotham City rides the line between realism and fantasy that comics struggle with everywhere. An eye for realism helps give some heft to the story, helps with the suspension of disbelief. But too much realism smacks of trying too hard, and in certain hands it’s like you’re apologizing for the whole idea of superhero comics in general.

For his part, Snyder’s been trying to put some good civic planning into the Batman book. The most recent plot involves killing most of Gotham’s civic leadership, from the comptroller to the head of the cultural arts commission, as a way to destroy the city’s civic fabric. Forget Liam Neeson and his water bomb; this is how you take down a city.

But if you take it too far, you wonder why Gotham City exists in the first place. People pay leave the central city for the suburbs all the time, even if they have to pay through the nose and commute for hours. White flight would be nothing compared to homicidal clown flight.

 

 

 

Escher Girls is a Tumbler blog which describes itself thusly:

“This is a blog for pictures of female characters in impossible or ridiculous poses or with disturbing anatomy because the artists need to show teh sexy”

This is the kind of stuff they feature:

Like I said, it’s funny and sad at the same time.

Mostly sad.

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