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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
 
  Posted by Tom on 7/31/2007 09:31:00 PM :

       It Came from J-U-M-B-O


House of Ideas my ass, here's a cover shot of a What If? comic. The cover says it all. Since I've been slacking on this new thread here's a lovely Jack Kirby Superman..

One of many great pieces from the 400th anniversary issue of Superman. One of my old favorites. It's a fluke that I even scored the thing at the drug store. An untouched pin-up by Jack Kirby.

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  Posted by Dara on 7/31/2007 06:36:00 PM :

       Jeff Smith art show at OSU? Woot!

From the floor of the San Diego Con, and overheard conversation with Columbus' own Jeff Smith:
"Smith was giving information to [Terry] Moore about an art show that his alma mater, Ohio State, is planning next year at a museum on the university's campus called, "Jeff Smith: Bone and Beyond."

"It's going to be pretty cool because they've got all the Bone stuff, but they're also going to have work by some of my influences like Eisner and Walt Kelly," the cartoonist explained to Moore."

Speaking of RASL, did you catch the preview and interview on Newsarama? He's thinking of printing the comic in an 11" x 17" size! Dang, that'll be sweet.
"The plan right now is to do four or five of these big books a year for the next couple of years, and then that should complete the story so that I'll have a 200- to 250-page graphic novel at the end, which will probably be a bit smaller than this, although not as small as Bone is now, but in color."

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  Posted by Tom on 7/31/2007 05:49:00 PM :

      


The Eisners by all accounts were actually fun this year. Check out this action! I swear one of these years I'm going to go. Despite the seizure inducing crowds.


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  Posted by Tony on 7/31/2007 08:33:00 AM :

       I'm not crazy.



Well, not completely crazy.


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Monday, July 30, 2007
 
  Posted by Dara on 7/30/2007 12:03:00 PM :

       Simpsonized!

Thanks to Sean for posting the link to Simpsonize me. Now I too have been Simpsonized! (click to enlarge)



I couldn't customize the dog, but that's supposed to be Duncan :-)


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  Posted by Dara on 7/30/2007 08:14:00 AM :

       Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Annnnd we’re back in Ferret Manor, comin’ atcha straight from the C-bus. This week’s page comes courtesy of fellow Panelista, Craig “The Ineffables” Bogart, old school style. Have at it:



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(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006, 5/1/2006, 5/8/2006, 5/15/2006, 5/22/2006, 5/29/2006, 6/5/2006, 6/12/2006, 6/19/2006, 6/26/2006, 7/3/2006, 7/10/2006, 7/17/2006, 7/24/2006, 7/31/2006, 8/7/2006, 8/13/2006, 8/21/2006, 8/28/2006, 9/4/2006, 9/11/2006, 9/18/2006, 9/25/2006, 10/2/2006, 10/9/2006, 10/16/2006, 10/23/2006, 10/30/2006, 11/6/2006, 11/13/2006, 11/20/2006, 11/27/2006, 12/4/2006, 12/11/2006, 12/18/2006, 12/25/2006, 1/1/2007, 1/8/2007, 1/15/2007, 1/22/2007, 1/29/2007, 2/5/2007, 2/12/2007, 2/19/2007, 2/26/2007, 3/5/2007, 3/12/2007, 3/19/2007, 3/26/2007, 4/2/2007, 4/5/2007, 4/9/2007, 4/16/2007, 4/23/2007, 4/30/2007, 5/7/2007, 5/14/2007, 5/21/2007, 5/28/2007, 6/4/2007, 6/11/2007, 6/18/2007, 6/25/2007, 7/2/2007, 7/9/2007, 7/16/2007, 7/23/2007)

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Sunday, July 29, 2007
 
  Posted by Tom on 7/29/2007 10:11:00 PM :

      

DC Comics has posted up some podcasts of their panels. Along with a slideshow, though I wish they would have broken down the slides up with the panels. The two I checked out were the Vertigo and Minx panels. Minx continues to mine the best from Oni and Slave Labor. More so Oni than SLG. New work by Steve Rolston (Queen & Country, Pounded), Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly (Local), Ross Campbell (Wet Moon), Andi Watson and many more.

I'm happy to see that Minx is taking off and continuing to release new material.


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  Posted by Dara on 7/29/2007 07:34:00 PM :

       Sean and Steve get reviewed

Forgot to post this earlier this week. From Steve Grant's column, a review of Mini Ring King and Jury Rigged Comics:
"Um... the term is actually jerry-rigged, but... MINI RING KING is little paean to boxing and pro wrestling, featuring three murky vignettes (one posing the fight between humanity and Lovecraft's Great Old Ones as a wrestling match) and some portraits of famous wrestlers. The main point of interest is artist Steve Black's work; a little more work on his anatomy and a little better blackspotting, and he'll be ready for prime time. Writer Sean McGurr plays to better effect in LEFTOVERS with a fantasy piece that would have been right at home in a '70s DC mystery book, and a decent piece on a little known bit of Cleveland history that would have been right at home in AMERICAN SPLENDOR. The art's reasonably good too."
Seems like he missed the pun in Sean's comic title, but otherwise not bad.


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Friday, July 27, 2007
 
  Posted by Tom on 7/27/2007 03:51:00 PM :

      

A couple of cool things going on tonight in Mootown:

Harry & the Potters playing at Skully's (6pm) or the Wholly Craft reopening (7pm)? Choices. Wholly Craft is reopening in a larger space. Wine, apps, and music.

________________________________


Junctionview Studios show opening tonight.

Group show tonight in Grandview. I scouted out this space before and almost went in one unit with a friend. The gallery space is to kill for and probably as big as Canzani's main gallery. Space rental wasn't that bad either for what you got. Head north on Northwest Blvd off of Gooddale. Parking is a bit dodgy if I remember correctly.


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  Posted by Sean McGurr on 7/27/2007 10:54:00 AM :

       I'm a Simpson. D'oh!



Does this look like me? If I was a Simpson, I guess so. Take a high-res headshot of yourself and upload it at the Simpsonizeme Web site to find out what you might look like. The process takes a bit and allows you to do some customizing.

So far the reviews I've seen for the movie are promising.


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  Posted by Matt Kish on 7/27/2007 08:38:00 AM :

       First Second Books to publish "TOTAL THB" collection

Caught this on the Beat. Out at San Diego, Paul Pope has announced that First Second Books will be publishing the entirety of his massive "THB" saga in 2009.

Titled "TOTAL THB," Pope and First Second say this will be a four volume 1200 page set containing all of the previously published material as well as the new never before seen conclusion. It looks like there will be a paperback version in full color and a deluxe limited edition hardcover set in black and white.

Wow, with his art book "PulpHope" finally hitting comic store shelves 2 days ago after more than a year of delays, Pope's 2 volume "Battling Boy" graphic novel set to debut from First Second in 2008, and now "TOTAL THB" in 2009 it certainly seems to be the decade of Pope.

After making the announcement, Pope said "I’ve always called THB my Dune. THB is the American Akira." And I couldn't agree more with one of the commenters on The Beat. I really truly do love Paul Pope's art and think he is supernaturally sickeningly talented. But "the American Akira?" A tiny little bit of humility is really not such a bad thing once in a while, Paul.


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Thursday, July 26, 2007
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 7/26/2007 11:41:00 AM :

       Zine Machine


This is cool, a vending machines for zines, comics, and other self-publications. It is located at the University of Iowa main library and looks like the organizers accept submissions. More info at their Web site.


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  Posted by Dara on 7/26/2007 10:47:00 AM :

       DC to publish 'Heroes' graphic novel

Well, not exactly a graphic novel, but rather a collection of the 43 webcomic vignettes that appeared on the NBC website. Sure, you'll get a cover by Alex Ross and Jim Lee, but inside you'll be treated to 43 truly lame, throwaway stories featuring stellar art (yes, I'm being sarcastic) from Michael Turner and his craptacular Aspen Studios clones.

"[Tim] Sale says he provided illustrations early on to help the series' creator sell the show to NBC. "Tim Kring is not a comic-book guy," Sale says. "For all I know, he has never read one. But he has surrounded himself with a number of people who are immersed in it."

Kring, in a statement, called the DC book "a dream come true."



Look ma, the 16 year old cheerleader and the 30 year old stripper look exactly the same. Me am good artist. Very good.


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  Posted by Tony on 7/26/2007 08:28:00 AM :

       Zombie Walk

Here's a report on the Columbus Zombie Walk they had a few weeks ago.

Right here.

Zombie Walk Web site


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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
 
  Posted by Dara on 7/25/2007 10:59:00 AM :

       Who is Fanboy?

USA Today has an article in their Life section today all about the elusive fanboy. It details Hollywood's desire to identify this demographic and what makes them tick, since so much money is potentially riding on their fickle tastes.
"Internet and comic devotees can add $25 million to $50 million to a movie's box office take, according to some estimates."

Also quoated are folks like 300 director Zack Snyder, and the ubiquotous Jessica Alba, who delivers this gem:
"A fanboy doesn't ask me for a picture or for a date. He wants to know what it's like to meet Victor Von Doom. It's a little strange, but cute."
No, Jessica. That's not cute, that's just plain sad. Not that you're all that and a bag of chips, as the kids would say, but for a grown man to ask you about a fictional character...well, 'nuff said about that.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
 
  Posted by Dara on 7/24/2007 07:27:00 PM :

       The solicitation for my IDW book is out now

Speaking of stuff you can buy to support your favorite Panelistas...

The first of three Cory Doctorow short story adaptations that I'm doing for IDW ("Anda's Game") is being solicited in this month's Previews for an October release. Wrapped under a Sam "I before E" Kieth cover. You can also check out the solicitation here. Woot!



Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now #1

Dara Naraghi (w); Esteve Polls (a); Sam Kieth (c)

Writer and BoingBoing.net co-editor Cory Doctorow has won acclaim for his science-fiction writing as well as his Creative Commons presentation of his material. Now, IDW Publishing is proud to present six standalone stories adapted from Doctorow's work, each featuring cover art by some of comics' top talents. Up first is "Anda's Game." For 12-year-old Anda, getting paid real money to kill the characters of players who were cheating in her favorite online computer game was a win-win situation. Until she found out who was paying her, and what those characters meant to the livelihood of children around the world. Award-winning artist Sam Kieth provides the debut issue's cover.

*Retailers: See your order form for a special incentive

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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  Posted by Tom on 7/24/2007 07:11:00 PM :

      


Just a reminder that 24seven vol.2 anthology hits shelves tommorow from Image and Ivan Brandon. Retails for about $20 and includes a broad range of 70 contributors. I'm eager to see how it turned out and if our strip ran next to Templesmith. Kidding.

Amazon evaded this book. I looked and it's a no show yet.

Also coming out tommorow, for real this time, the new Pulphope art book. That I got thru amazon at a 17% off break.

I guess Pope's THB will be collected in a 4 volume set and one Omnibus by First Second. All this is slated for `09. `08 is his Battling Boy which got bumped from this year's lineup.


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Monday, July 23, 2007
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 7/23/2007 03:24:00 PM :

       Best. Episode. Ever

Although many, many people have jumped off the Simpsons bandwagon--not I, it is still a great show after all these years--October 7th will be a day to watch.
Fox announced yesterday that the Oct. 7 edition of The Simpsons will be (well, they didn't put it this way, but I will) a pure comic-geek bliss-out: The plot is all about our beloved Comic Book Guy (pictured), who gets some competition in Springfield from a new store, "Coolsville Comics & Toys," run by "hipster" Milo, voiced by Jack Black. What's even more hipster about this news is that the episode will feature cartoon versions of guest stars Art Spiegelman (Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Maus), Eightball creator Dan Clowes, and probably the most revered living comics writer, at least among the superhero set: Watchmen creator Alan Moore. No word on whether the voluble, prolific, control-freak Moore will insist on writing his own lines and thereby expand the episode to a special two-hour Simpsons...
From Entertainment Weekly.
I knew about Moore, but Clowes and Spiegelman were a surprise for me. Anyone besides me catching the movie this weekend?


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  Posted by Dara on 7/23/2007 10:42:00 AM :

       Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Greeating from the road! The Ferret is coming atcha' live from the Mile High city of Denver, Colorado. But not even business travel can interfere with the MMGtA tradition. So here's this week's page for your guessing enjoyment:



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(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006, 5/1/2006, 5/8/2006, 5/15/2006, 5/22/2006, 5/29/2006, 6/5/2006, 6/12/2006, 6/19/2006, 6/26/2006, 7/3/2006, 7/10/2006, 7/17/2006, 7/24/2006, 7/31/2006, 8/7/2006, 8/13/2006, 8/21/2006, 8/28/2006, 9/4/2006, 9/11/2006, 9/18/2006, 9/25/2006, 10/2/2006, 10/9/2006, 10/16/2006, 10/23/2006, 10/30/2006, 11/6/2006, 11/13/2006, 11/20/2006, 11/27/2006, 12/4/2006, 12/11/2006, 12/18/2006, 12/25/2006, 1/1/2007, 1/8/2007, 1/15/2007, 1/22/2007, 1/29/2007, 2/5/2007, 2/12/2007, 2/19/2007, 2/26/2007, 3/5/2007, 3/12/2007, 3/19/2007, 3/26/2007, 4/2/2007, 4/5/2007, 4/9/2007, 4/16/2007, 4/23/2007, 4/30/2007, 5/7/2007, 5/14/2007, 5/21/2007, 5/28/2007, 6/4/2007, 6/11/2007, 6/18/2007, 6/25/2007, 7/2/2007, 7/9/2007, 7/16/2007)

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  Posted by Craig on 7/23/2007 09:58:00 AM :

       The Ineffables: Political Science reviewed

Optical Sloth has posted a review of the Ineffables tpb, Political Science.

"As a whole, it's funny, smart and suspenseful, because while we all know how fist fights in comics are going to turn out, how is a fight against a concept going to settle itself? Well worth checking out, unless the whole concept of a super hero team is just too much for you, even one as odd as this..."


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Sunday, July 22, 2007
 
  Posted by Tom on 7/22/2007 04:09:00 PM :

       It came from Jumbo!

My mom's been cleaning out the old house and that can only mean one thing: buried treasure. There's a wealth of uber bad stuff and some real gems. In the coming weeks I'll be posting some of each because this is too good not to. Things I noticed was there was a wealth of Roger Stern, late Carmine Infantino, a complete Crisis collection, an untouched Kirby drawing of Superman, etc. Being as I had no access to a regular comic shop means huge gaps in issues. A suprize for me was alot of Ron Lim and Silvestri books. Some Detective covers done by Scott Hampton. Anyway I'm rambling here. Kicking things off is this lil' piece of awesome..

My cousin's husband passed over this one while he was looking for GIJOE comics ( I had already grabbed those five years ago) to ape for his ceramic busts. Who wouldn't want a ceramic bust done of Emperor Cheney.


The stats aren't nearly as impressive as now.

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  Posted by Tom on 7/22/2007 11:25:00 AM :

       That's so wrong..


More here..


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Saturday, July 21, 2007
 
  Posted by Craig on 7/21/2007 02:14:00 PM :

       Has anyone else noticed this?

My curiosity got the better of me, and I left with the first couple issues of World War Hulk after my last trip to the comic store. I was actually impressed with the first issue; despite the usual unreasonable amount of splash pages and double page spreads and decompression, it did manage to deliver a good deal of background for those just coming in (like me) and even more story than I expected. I would have anticipated a typical made-for-trade story to be structured in such a fashion as to make the Hulk’s ultimatum upon arriving back on Earth the closing moment of chapter 1; instead, we move on to the first round of battle and get to see Iron Man get his head handed to him before the cliffhanger moment. Of course, it's a double-sized and double-priced issue, so it had better deliver more story than usual. (Sadly, my impressions of the second issue amount to little more than the typical decompressed waste of money). What really got my attention from that first issue, however, was this:

Here’s the full page ad for Old Spice from the inside back cover of the book:

No, that’s not the part that got my attention. It was merely what explained my puzzlement regarding what I had seen earlier in the book, in this panel as Hulk’s ship arrives in New York, flying past the Old Spice logo (crappy scan here, but it's legible in the comic):

In this splash page, as hologram-Hulk begins his declaration of war, standing before the Old Spice logo:

At the bottom of the very same page, as citizens of Earth cower before the Old Spice logo:

And here, as Hulk holds up Black Bolt’s battered body in front of the Old Spice logo:

There are bazillions of ads and logos visible in the scene, but only the proud Old Spice banner is clearly written and obviously recognizable. I know this form of product placement has been rampant in movies and television for years, but for some reason I’m disappointed to see it finally turning up in comic books. Has anyone else out there noticed it turning up in other comics, or are we witnessing the beginning of the trend here in WWH?

My biggest concern about this product placement: the advertisement might actually work. At MidOhio Con this fall, the air could reek of fanboys slathered with Old Spice on their way to meet whatever models are appearing at the show.


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Friday, July 20, 2007
 
  Posted by Dara on 7/20/2007 12:53:00 PM :

       Because, um, I, like, have a baseball injury and stuff

Watch this video of College Republicans at your own peril. Lots of pull-out-my-cock-and-wave-it-around talk about how "we need to fight Al Qaeda in Iraq so we don't have to fight them here (TM)", but when the interviewer asks them why they're not there fighting, the excuses and hypocricy flow like ichor from Cheney's diseased heart.

Oh, and the part in the middle about praying to god to make sure you're not gay is pretty funny too. You know, in a scary sort of way.


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  Posted by Tony on 7/20/2007 11:31:00 AM :

       Shatner '66

Here’s one from way, way out beyond Antares … a 1966 interview with William Shatner, apparently before Star Trek started airing.

It’s great to see him so young, and so committed to the project, back before he was a joke.

He makes a great point about the original Star Trek, in that show really gave you a sense of the frontier. Other Federation ships were rarely seen, and Earth was not in easy radio contact.

“The starship -- Enterprise as we call it -- is a spaceship patrolling somewhere out there, in the same way the naval vessels in the 18th century patrolled the outer reaches of the empire.”

Watch it here: “It has to do with people, and that’s really what science fiction – true science fiction – is all about.”

I should be able to discern what episode he’s filming by his costume, but I’m sad to say I can’t. Animated Kirk is embarrassed for me.



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  Posted by Dara on 7/20/2007 11:04:00 AM :

       Words for Writers

From fellow PANELista, Tony Goins:
"I read a fair amount of nonfiction. Fiction teaches me how to write, nonfiction gives me something to write about."

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Thursday, July 19, 2007
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 7/19/2007 09:34:00 AM :

       PANEL 9 Review

The first review I've seen of PANEL's ninth anthology, Panel 9 from Outer Space, is over at Optical Sloth on the PANEL page. A generally positive review, except for the lack of Kish:
[O]nce again this is a solid anthology all the way through. The lack of a Matt Kish piece is depressing, but it's a testament to the strength of the rest of these people that that lack wasn't even noticeable until after I was done reading this issue.

We need to tell Whitey that we all get depressed without Matt's piece.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007
 
  Posted by Craig on 7/18/2007 10:42:00 AM :

       Way Back Machine

During my last trip to my regular comic store, the one with the huge collection of cheap bronze age books, the owner pointed me to a long box he had sitting on the counter. He’d just brought in a bunch of books with 12-15 cent cover prices that were going cheap because of some water damage. I took his advice and moseyed over for a look…

STERANKO??!!?? A perfectly good reading copy of a Steranko Nick Fury for the price of a crappy new World War Hulk?!!? WAAA-HOOOOO!!

I’ve had this in reprint form for a while, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to get an original copy. I keep saying I prefer a simpler cartoony style to my comics—unless your talent is beamed in from a strange alien dimension before being passed to the comic page, as is the case with Steranko. Words fail me to describe the beauty of the guy’s work, so I’ll just make with the pictures before my inner art school dropout makes a fool of me by trying to verbalize this wonderment:

This guy must have been bred in a laboratory, a bizarre hybrid of Kirby and Warhol. Many of these pages look like old school psychedelic rock concert posters, until you get to the bare-knuckled spy thriller action. Nick Fury hops a speeding rocket sled to escape a nuclear bomb before charging into a fistfight with the villain Scorpio, and the roars of combat drown out the Donovan you might have heard playing in the background in earlier pages.

This was a tough book to scan. It’s difficult to zero in on individual panels to highlight because Steranko puts the entire page to work, giving the lucky reader an entire page as a single composition through which the sequential narrative weaves (there’s that asshole art student talking). Check out this page, wherein a down-on-his-luck comedian pays the price for crossing the mob:
It kills me that this stuff is four decades old and no one has come close to crafting anything close to equaling this. It also kills me that I was second in line at that long box and some fool passed this book up.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
 
  Posted by Tom on 7/17/2007 06:46:00 PM :

      

Steve posted up a nice wrapup vid on Shazam over at his blog. Brief but the way the two of them have approached this is refreshing. Shazam really belongs in his own universe. With a talking tiger dang it! The last installment of Smith's Shazam hits stores tommorow.

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Monday, July 16, 2007
 
  Posted by Tom on 7/16/2007 10:28:00 PM :

      

DIY Life launched today. I only say this because I'm seeing one of the contributors. Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Team Venture. DIY courtesy of AOL.


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  Posted by Tom on 7/16/2007 10:05:00 PM :

       24 Seven vol.2 out in shops next week!!

Just under the wire for San Diego, Ivan got the copies out of 24 Seven vol.2. Don't know when I'll be getting my contributor copies but they'll be out on Wednesday next week. And of course at the Image Comics booth ( BOOTH #2729). That is unless the shipping gods are against us all.

70 contributors including mainstream hitters like Ashley Wood, Gene Ha, and small timers like myself. I can't really attest to the stories save ours but damn it'll be pretty!!


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  Posted by Tom on 7/16/2007 09:58:00 PM :

      


Ashley Wood launches his semi-regular web/blog comic. Hooray.


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  Posted by Matt Kish on 7/16/2007 03:51:00 PM :

       Finally, the wait is over!

Just caught the Marvel preview solicitations for this October, and the new "Omega the Unknown" 10 issue series is ready to launch. I'm really looking forward to this one. Nice cover and logo too.



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  Posted by Dara on 7/16/2007 07:31:00 AM :

       Monday Morning Guess the Artist

Easy? Hard?



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(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006, 5/1/2006, 5/8/2006, 5/15/2006, 5/22/2006, 5/29/2006, 6/5/2006, 6/12/2006, 6/19/2006, 6/26/2006, 7/3/2006, 7/10/2006, 7/17/2006, 7/24/2006, 7/31/2006, 8/7/2006, 8/13/2006, 8/21/2006, 8/28/2006, 9/4/2006, 9/11/2006, 9/18/2006, 9/25/2006, 10/2/2006, 10/9/2006, 10/16/2006, 10/23/2006, 10/30/2006, 11/6/2006, 11/13/2006, 11/20/2006, 11/27/2006, 12/4/2006, 12/11/2006, 12/18/2006, 12/25/2006, 1/1/2007, 1/8/2007, 1/15/2007, 1/22/2007, 1/29/2007, 2/5/2007, 2/12/2007, 2/19/2007, 2/26/2007, 3/5/2007, 3/12/2007, 3/19/2007, 3/26/2007, 4/2/2007, 4/5/2007, 4/9/2007, 4/16/2007, 4/23/2007, 4/30/2007, 5/7/2007, 5/14/2007, 5/21/2007, 5/28/2007, 6/4/2007, 6/11/2007, 6/18/2007, 6/25/2007, 7/2/2007, 7/9/2007)

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Saturday, July 14, 2007
 
  Posted by Tom on 7/14/2007 12:35:00 PM :

      

This is why the French hate us. I keep forgetting that I joined the CCAD community on LJ. I can't post for some reason. But unfortunately Matt Busch can. He's turned it into his own personal spam page. The video is the worst. A 'how to' that starts off like a bad porn. One could start a drinking game on how many times you see the word 'Busch' appear in the video. The name is lit up, on a shirt, and a huge banner. Ego boy proceeds to speed thru his technique demo to flirt with the model.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
 
  Posted by Matt Kish on 7/11/2007 08:46:00 PM :

       Wahoolazuma!

Larry Marder's "Tales of the Beanworld" was one of my favorite comics of all time, and (probably really obviously) a HUUUUGE influence on my own comic Spudd 64. Way back in the day Larry laid the pen down and did some suit-and-tie work behind the scenes at Image Comics, I think, and we all thought "Beanworld" was gone forever.

Today though I found out that not only does Larry Marder have a brand new blog you can read right here, he is also strongly hinting that "Beanworld" may be making a comeback. This would be so wonderful I can hardly contain myself.

So am I the only one, or are there any other "Beanworld" fans out there?


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  Posted by Tony on 7/11/2007 04:09:00 PM :

       Reposted for MadLab:

Volatility
Show Date: Saturday, July 21st, 2pm-1am
Submission Deadline: Week of July 16th

50/50
Show Opening: Saturday,August 4th, 5-7pm
Show Dates: August 4th-25th
Submission Deadline: July 16th (digital work) July 29th (physical work)

Calling All Artists! A Calling All Artists!

Volatility

It's that time of year for the annual Volatility show at MadLab Gallery! This show is our primary fundraiser and we simply couldn't do it without you. All you need to do is graciously donate a piece or two of your beautiful artwork which will then be placed at silent auction during the event. All proceeds will go toward future events at MadLab and you will be rewarded with that good warm feeling of contributing to something bigger than yourself!

And, if that's not reward enough, the Volatility show itself will be a blast with live music, great food, and a lively carnival atmosphere to celebrate all that MadLab has accomplished over the past year. With all this excitement in the air, we certainly anticipate a big turnout! Hey, that's yet another reward right there-- lots of people will get to see your masterpieces! Please donate and help us ignite the night with your dazzling displays of artistic ability!

For this special event, we are suspending the usual juried selection process. We trust that your work will be of the quality we know and love. We will physically accept the artwork during the week of July 16. We will be hanging the show on July 21st, just in time for the main event!

If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail at madlabgallery@madlab.net

Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and support! Go MadLab! Go VOLATILITY!!

50/50

Our goal for this unique show is simple: 50 works for $50 each! (under 50 dollars is fine as well!) That's right! We want to showcase a variety of work all for the same price in an effort to educate people that great art doesn't have to cost a fortune. Besides, what artist doesn't have a few smaller pieces lurking about, waiting to be framed and adored?

To submit artwork, please complete the jury card and submit it with your digital files to us at madlabgallery@madlab.net by July 16, 2007 for review. We will accept the actual artwork during the week of July29. All work must be framed and/or ready to hang. The show opens Saturday, August 4 to coincide with the FFN show. So save the date and submit your art for the 50/50 show!

We hope to see you and your work at the Shows!


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  Posted by Craig on 7/11/2007 12:51:00 PM :

       Way Back Machine

Here’s another recent discovery which I’ll offer up as a contender for the title of coolest comic ever created.

I recall mocking the idea of someone commissioning a Champions sketch when I saw Andy working on the piece at MidOhio last year. Having managed to overlook that title in the course of my own reading, I couldn’t imagine why someone would single out that hodgepodge of characters for a piece of original art. I have since learned my lesson. Upon learning that several issues of the series feature some early John Byrne work that I missed, I tracked some of them down and have been overwhelmed by the awesome beauty contained therein.

Whatever your favorite kind of story happens to be, this book is guaranteed to please. Perhaps you’re a lover of classical mythology; possibly you’re a fan of cold war espionage stories; or maybe supernatural horror is your cup of tea. It’s possible you have a thing for westerns, or mystery stories, or you might even want to read a book with a dose of romance. Maybe as a comic reader you’re a shallow mutant-loving fanboy, or maybe you dig the old school comics of the silver age. It doesn’t matter what you want to read, every conceivable form of literature is rolled up into the pages of comic goodness known as—

The Champions #11.

This groundbreaking work can only be described as the first entry in the field of omnigenre literature. The Champions themselves are a gloriously illogical union of Roman demigod Hercules, ex-Soviet spy Black Widow, hell spawn Ghost Rider, and the X-Men Iceman and Angel. As if this wasn’t enough, writer Bill Mantlo (who I’m running into more than Sal Buscema, it seems) also throws in a guest appearance by Hawkeye and a time-traveling Two-Gun Kid, as the pair hooks up with Johnny Blaze’s demonic side to investigate the dread mystery of The Mesa of Lost Souls…

But wait, there’s more! The menace behind the strange goings on at The Mesa of Lost Souls is none other than Warlord Kaa, leader of the Shadow People, who first appeared in an old Kirby monster comic way back before Fantastic Four #1 hit the stands. His people can control humans’ minds by blending with their shadows, and they’ve started their invasion of Earth in the middle of the desert for some reason too brilliant for me to understand. The Champions arrive to put a stop to the scheme, despite the romantic tension provided by the Black Widow and her former boyfriend, Hawkeye.

The resolution of the battle is actually kind of clever; Kaa occupies Angel’s shadow, but the mutant has been trained by Professor X well enough to resist the alien’s mind control long enough to take to the air, flying high enough that his shadow on the ground disappears, killing the invader. As the heroes gather to say their farewells (Hawkeye and the Widow being noticeably absent), a final scene switch provides a teaser for the next issue:Soul brother hero Black Goliath, attacked by a villain in pursuit of an artifact left by the Stranger—promising the threat in the next issue of a cosmic powered Stilt-Man!

The only possible way to broaden the audience for this comic may have been to have Conan appear in a panel reciting a bit of poetry. That notwithstanding, I can’t imagine that this particular issue isn’t in every long box or bookshelf in the world.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
 
  Posted by Tony on 7/10/2007 11:40:00 AM :

      

Jeez, what's left?

Another repost: The folks at Strange Horizons magazine give you their Stories We've Seen Too Often and Horror Stories We've Seen Too Often.

A couple of my pet peeves:

2. Creative person is having trouble creating.

23. Superpowered narrator claims that superhero stories never address the mundane problems that superheroes would run into in the real world.

And one I've done myself:

17. An alien observes and comments on the peculiar habits of humans, for allegedly comic effect.


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Monday, July 09, 2007
 
  Posted by Tony on 7/09/2007 02:23:00 PM :

      

This has been linked to elsewhere, but I thought it was interesting: Here's an essay on Comic Book Resources on what makes a good comic book adaptation.

Specifically, the author says Veronica Mars *would not* make a good comic book because it's too talky, without enough compelling visuals. Firefly/Serenity works better because of the action and sci-fi aspects -- or would work better, if they got around to doing more Firefly/Serenity books.

It kind of underscores a point I've been wrestling with for a while: Many stories are good stories, but they don't make good comic book stories.

I'd quibble with his characterization of Buckaroo Banzai: "Buckaroo Banzai always struck me as one of the best comic-book movies ever, even if it didn’t technically come from a comic."

Buckaroo Banzai's more of a pulp adaptation.


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  Posted by Dara on 7/09/2007 08:19:00 AM :

      

DC starts Zuda Comics online venture

Well, this'll make all the comics newssites today.

Zuda Comics.


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  Posted by Dara on 7/09/2007 08:15:00 AM :

       Monday Morning Guess the Artist

Sorry for the late posting. Have at it:



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(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006, 5/1/2006, 5/8/2006, 5/15/2006, 5/22/2006, 5/29/2006, 6/5/2006, 6/12/2006, 6/19/2006, 6/26/2006, 7/3/2006, 7/10/2006, 7/17/2006, 7/24/2006, 7/31/2006, 8/7/2006, 8/13/2006, 8/21/2006, 8/28/2006, 9/4/2006, 9/11/2006, 9/18/2006, 9/25/2006, 10/2/2006, 10/9/2006, 10/16/2006, 10/23/2006, 10/30/2006, 11/6/2006, 11/13/2006, 11/20/2006, 11/27/2006, 12/4/2006, 12/11/2006, 12/18/2006, 12/25/2006, 1/1/2007, 1/8/2007, 1/15/2007, 1/22/2007, 1/29/2007, 2/5/2007, 2/12/2007, 2/19/2007, 2/26/2007, 3/5/2007, 3/12/2007, 3/19/2007, 3/26/2007, 4/2/2007, 4/5/2007, 4/9/2007, 4/16/2007, 4/23/2007, 4/30/2007, 5/7/2007, 5/14/2007, 5/21/2007, 5/28/2007, 6/4/2007, 6/11/2007, 6/18/2007, 6/25/2007, 7/2/2007)

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Sunday, July 08, 2007
 
  Posted by Tom on 7/08/2007 10:34:00 AM :

      

Interesting thread on pitching to Vertigo here. Banter between Brian Wood and various folk on the ins and outs of trying to break in, break out. Catty slams against the Plain Janes. Which I chalk up as Cecil's first go at writing comics. If you look at it that way the book's alright. If not it comes out reading like a stiff version of Pump up the Volume. Jim's art is worth the price of admission. She was approached by DC. As apposed to Wood who worked his way up. The guy who started the thread needs to grow some thicker hide and get back on the horse.


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Thursday, July 05, 2007
 
  Posted by Tom on 7/05/2007 10:10:00 PM :

       Youuuuu ghat the t-o-u-c-h!

Friend of the Ferret, Caleb M. breaks down the new Transformer movie vs the old Transformer movie. For more energon fuled lunacy, check out the horribly non-comic thread over at the journal board.


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Monday, July 02, 2007
 
  Posted by Andy Bennett on 7/02/2007 10:54:00 PM :

       Paul Pope on the iPhone


Everybody knows I'm a disciple of Apple. I'm not, however, a "gadget" freak. I only just bought an iPod this spring, and really have only a passing interest in the iPhone. But being the disciple I am, I've been following the hype on an hour-by hour basis, happy in the knowledge that the ol' Apple spirit is tapping into America's zeitgeist yet again, in a way Microsoft could never even dream of doing.

I'm also a disciple of Paul Pope. I discovered his insane scribbling when a friend loaned me a copy of The Ballad of Doctor Richardson, and my life was forever changed.

Obviously I stood up and took notice when Paul blogged about Apple's new knick-knack. My favorite quote :

"Sometimes I feel like all science is doing now is reverse-engeneering Jack Kirby...

"All the iPhone is is a retarded Mother Box."

I will tell you this though. If the iPhone made intermittent "ping-ing" noises and conjured up Boom Tubes, I'd have been waiting in line, camped out right next to all the hard-cores. Of that you can be sure.

Paul Pope.

Apple, Inc.

And Jack Kirby.

These are a few of my favourite things :)

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  Posted by Tom on 7/02/2007 10:19:00 PM :

       'Everywhere I go, I am either thinking hard or needing to crap.'

This is why I added Paul Hornschemier's blog to my LJ feed. Out of no where I get hit with blunt witty gems about trying to promote one's book in today's market. Doing mainstream shows like Heroes or hitting S.P.A.C.E. Promoting the Three Paradoxes. Doesn't leave me hungry for exotic european food like Jeff Smith's travel logs. I'm thinking about german brats and apple sauerkraut right now. Dang it..


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  Posted by Dara on 7/02/2007 07:20:00 AM :

       Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Easy one? Hmmmm, maybe. Maybe not...



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(previous weeks: 9/12/2005, 9/19/2005, 9/26/2005, 10/3/2005, 10/10/2005, 10/17/2005, 10/24/2005, 10/31/2005, 11/1/2005, 11/2/2005, 11/3/2005, 11/4/2005, 11/5/2005, 11/6/2005, 11/7/2005, 11/14/2005, 11/21/2005, 11/28/2005, 12/5/2005, 12/12/2005, 12/19/2005, 12/26/2005, 1/2/2006, 1/9/2006, 1/16/2006, 1/23/2006, 1/30/2006, 2/06/2006, 2/13/2006, 2/20/2006, 2/27/2006, 3/6/2006, 3/13/2006, 3/20/2006, 3/27/2006, 4/3/2006, 4/4/2006, 4/5/2006, 4/6/2006, 4/7/2006, 4/8/2006, 4/9/2006, 4/10/2006, 4/17/2006, 4/23/2006, 5/1/2006, 5/8/2006, 5/15/2006, 5/22/2006, 5/29/2006, 6/5/2006, 6/12/2006, 6/19/2006, 6/26/2006, 7/3/2006, 7/10/2006, 7/17/2006, 7/24/2006, 7/31/2006, 8/7/2006, 8/13/2006, 8/21/2006, 8/28/2006, 9/4/2006, 9/11/2006, 9/18/2006, 9/25/2006, 10/2/2006, 10/9/2006, 10/16/2006, 10/23/2006, 10/30/2006, 11/6/2006, 11/13/2006, 11/20/2006, 11/27/2006, 12/4/2006, 12/11/2006, 12/18/2006, 12/25/2006, 1/1/2007, 1/8/2007, 1/15/2007, 1/22/2007, 1/29/2007, 2/5/2007, 2/12/2007, 2/19/2007, 2/26/2007, 3/5/2007, 3/12/2007, 3/19/2007, 3/26/2007, 4/2/2007, 4/5/2007, 4/9/2007, 4/16/2007, 4/23/2007, 4/30/2007, 5/7/2007, 5/14/2007, 5/21/2007, 5/28/2007, 6/4/2007, 6/11/2007, 6/18/2007, 6/25/2007)

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Sunday, July 01, 2007
 
  Posted by Tom on 7/01/2007 11:01:00 AM :

       You'll laugh, you'll cry..

MSN ran an article on a career as a comic artist. I would love to command $100 to $300 a page. Still could happen right? I think they need to lower that to $50-$300. If you're lucky enough to do the whole production for a DC, yes I could see $300 a page. Doing a graphic novel for a smaller indy company: not so much. You'd be lucky for the pay to cover your supplies and maybe some lattes.

I want to kick this woman in the teeth for using 'Bang! Pow! Wham!' in her article title.

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