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Monday, March 31, 2008
 
  Posted by Dara on 3/31/2008 08:15:00 AM :

       Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

How about some painted comic book art? As always, no guessing if you’ve got the comic...



(click image to plug in, man)

(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, 7/30/2007, 8/6/2007, 8/13/2007, 8/20/2007, 8/27/2007, 9/3/2007, 9/10/2007, 9/17/2007, 9/24/2007, 10/1/2007, 10/8/2007, 10/15/2007, 10/22/2007, 10/29/2007, 11/5/2007, 11/12/2007, 11/19/2007, 11/26/2007, 12/3/2007, 12/10/2007, 12/17/2007, 12/24/2007, 12/31/2007, 1/7/2008, 1/14/2008, 1/21/2008, 1/28/2008, 2/4/2008, 2/11/2008, 2/18/2008, 2/25/2008, 3/3/2008, 3/10/2008, 3/17/2008, 3/24/2008)

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Sunday, March 30, 2008
 
  Posted by Tom on 3/30/2008 10:21:00 AM :

       fear the Kirby krackle


Builders of a massive super collider are being sued to protect the planet from a machine that could produce mini black holes. Victor Von Doom was unavailable for comment.


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Thursday, March 27, 2008
 
  Posted by Tom on 3/27/2008 09:31:00 PM :

       Day Prize canceled..

Bob has sent out a group email that the Day Prize for next year has been cancelled.. sort of. Dave Sim has canceled his appearance at next year's show along with the Day Prize. However Bob will be giving out a S.P.A.C.E. prize.

Bob- 'I will review the books and pick 4 to 6 finalists and then have the registered SPACE 2008 Exhibitors vote for the winner. One of the few rules will be that you can't vote for yourself (or a book you're in). The winner will win a cash prize of $300.00 (sorry I can't afford the $500.00) and a plaque (or figure, that's not finalized yet). I haven't figured out the time table yet but the plaque presentation will be during SPACE 2009.'

Anyone who wants their book(s) sent back, contact Bob and he'll send them back.

Please note that this is not limited to just SPACE, Sim has scaled back all his appearances to just local shows. It's been great having him at the show and I hope one year he'll come back.

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  Posted by Craig on 3/27/2008 08:59:00 PM :

       Second Look at Allied Powers

Brent just sent me this treat: the first page of our soon-to-be-webcomic. Apparently, he's taken ill and farmed the work out to Gene Colan.
All kidding aside... I like this character because all she can do is fly, which should by itself be the coolest and most wonderful thing in the world; we comic readers are a bit jaded to that particular power, however. I hoped to depict the character in a fashion that returned a sense of wonder to that trait, which is something only a handful of artists I've seen can pull off. Brent nailed it here, in my eyes.

Here's another character design he gave me earlier which I didn't include in my previous post:
This is turning into a fun project.

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  Posted by Tony on 3/27/2008 11:16:00 AM :

       Buffy


The Internet tells me that Buffy the Vampire Slayer will meet Fray, Joss Whedon's future vampire slayer, in an upcoming comic book.

The Internet also tells me that Buffy is now a lesbian.

Is the Internet writing Buffy now?


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  Posted by Dara on 3/27/2008 07:29:00 AM :

       Paul Pope designs for DKNY Jeans

Via CBR, comes this Nylon magazine blurb about Paul Pope's new line of T-shirts for DKNY Jeans.



In the comments section, someone named "HA" shares their feelings: "Paul Pope is a total sellout. You suck, Paul"

Come on now, Gene Ha, no need to be jealous!


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Monday, March 24, 2008
 
  Posted by Dara on 3/24/2008 10:25:00 AM :

       Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Doing it old school, in black and white:



(click image to murderize)

(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, 7/30/2007, 8/6/2007, 8/13/2007, 8/20/2007, 8/27/2007, 9/3/2007, 9/10/2007, 9/17/2007, 9/24/2007, 10/1/2007, 10/8/2007, 10/15/2007, 10/22/2007, 10/29/2007, 11/5/2007, 11/12/2007, 11/19/2007, 11/26/2007, 12/3/2007, 12/10/2007, 12/17/2007, 12/24/2007, 12/31/2007, 1/7/2008, 1/14/2008, 1/21/2008, 1/28/2008, 2/4/2008, 2/11/2008, 2/18/2008, 2/25/2008, 3/3/2008, 3/10/2008, 3/17/2008)

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  Posted by Tony on 3/24/2008 10:03:00 AM :

       Robinson on Justice League

According to Newsarama, Panel fave James Robinson is taking on a new Justice League spin-off. It will include Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Batwoman (or were they kidding?), Starman (Mikaal Tomas), and Congo Bill.

The idea is to do a more proactive Justice League. How is this different from Outsiders, Justice League Elite or Justice League Extreme? Presumably by the inclusion of lots of flashbacks and lots of scenes of characters drinking tea.

A more active book be a welcome change for Robinson, whose last few arcs on Starman kind of laid there. Robinson does great character work, but unless he has a good plot he tends to meander.

My 2006 takedown of the last Starman arc is here:

http://www.ferretpress.com/weblog/2006/02/www-starman-boy-i-hate-to-do-this-one.htm

And I partially blame him for LXG here:

http://www.ferretpress.com/weblog/2006/03/www-lxg-movie-ok-lot-went-wrong-with.htm


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Sunday, March 23, 2008
 
  Posted by Dara on 3/23/2008 10:54:00 AM :

       Newsarama readers: putting the ass back in class

You know, I'm neither a prude nor an elitist. In fact, I follow a very live-and-let-live philosophy when it comes to life. But sometimes the anonymity of the Internet affords some social rejects a level of exposure that just grates on my nerves. Case in point, this regular Newsarama "reader" (who goes by the classy handle of SMARTASS8) commenting on a story about IDW's new comic based on the Jennifer Love Hewitt TV show Ghost Whisperer:



I like how this guy's user icon and signature file reaffirms every single stereotype about comic book fans being mouth-breathing pubescent boys living in their parents' basement. But I suppose there's a bright side to all this: Jennifer Love Hewitt can rest easy at night, knowing the aforementioned pubescent boy won't "kick her to the curb" should she ever show up at his parents'-basement-comic-book-lair-of-love, looking for some hot comic-book-message-board-commentator action.


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Thursday, March 20, 2008
 
  Posted by T.McClurg on 3/20/2008 03:53:00 PM :

       Panel wins again...

We're first, so we win.

So our envelope for PANEL XI wasn't red, but we went to press first, right? Even though our press is a copy machine, we still win, right? They have 45 mags to our 11 books...do we win? What am I ranting about?

Arkitp is putting out their 45th issue and they are releasing it in an inter-office envelope. They do some really hot stuff, so technically, they may win. Or perhaps winning is a non-consideration. I'm tempted to order a copy just to peak inside. I wonder if Panel XI has the same effect on our audience?

Here's a look at their finished product. Go here to check it out...



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Tuesday, March 18, 2008
 
  Posted by Tony on 3/18/2008 09:20:00 AM :

       David's Feet

I couldn't stop looking at David's feet.

Like I said, I saw Michelangelo's David last week. I swear to god, it is so realistic you think it's going to turn and speak to you.

I don't think the sculpture is exactly photorealistic. I heard the hands and feet are slightly too large, but that was done on purpose so it looks in proportion when seen from the ground. That is craftsmanship.

I did not realize that was meant to be David, as in David and Goliath. I wonder if Michelangelo just wanted to do a massive male figure, and making it a biblical figure was the only way to get backing. I can't hate on that. Marble don't grow on trees.

I can't imagine how you would work on marble, especially one that big. I assume you'd spend weeks chipping away at a tiny piece. But you'd have to keep the whole thing in your head at all times.

I couldn't believe the details. Michelangelo got the little dents on the knees. You can see little indentations where his trapezious connects to his shoulder blade.

And then there were the feet. Each individual toe is clearly defined, and they're flexed to grip the ground. In comic books, one of the signs of a mediocre artist is an inability to draw feet. Michelangelo did photorealistic feet -- in stone.

I feel like I'm overusing the word "amazing," but it'll have to do until I find something better.


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Monday, March 17, 2008
 
  Posted by Dara on 3/17/2008 07:37:00 AM :

       Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Ok, here's another page that's not quite from a "big name" artist, but it's too damn gorgeous not to post. So have a stab at it...



(click image to UGGHisize)

(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, 7/30/2007, 8/6/2007, 8/13/2007, 8/20/2007, 8/27/2007, 9/3/2007, 9/10/2007, 9/17/2007, 9/24/2007, 10/1/2007, 10/8/2007, 10/15/2007, 10/22/2007, 10/29/2007, 11/5/2007, 11/12/2007, 11/19/2007, 11/26/2007, 12/3/2007, 12/10/2007, 12/17/2007, 12/24/2007, 12/31/2007, 1/7/2008, 1/14/2008, 1/21/2008, 1/28/2008, 2/4/2008, 2/11/2008, 2/18/2008, 2/25/2008, 3/3/2008, 3/10/2008)

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Friday, March 14, 2008
 
  Posted by Tom on 3/14/2008 08:40:00 PM :

       Beast esthetics

I guess the competition is over for that extra slot in Beasts 2. To those that didn't get in, well don't feel so bad. Why? Well to some degree, I think the editing /selection process was flawed. So much so that I never bought the book. I like to call it the Sophie Crumb factor. With most of Fantagraphics new output from the past decade, you'll have what looks to be a gem till you get to the Sophie Crumb portion. Theeeeeeen you cry. So is the case of Beasts. I checked it out from our library instead after flipping through a store copy. Don't get me wrong, there are some wonderful pieces inside. Sam Weber, Jeff Soto, James Jean, Ronald Kurniawan, Josh Cochran stand out in my head right now. There are a few phoned in pieces and then there's the cringe inducing badness that made me drop the book. As most of Covey's packaging, this book is great looking package.

What stops the book from being a slam dunk is the inclusion of some work that either A) was taken from some Jr. High kid's notebook B) was taken from an Art Therapy class of seniors or C) left to the fingerpaint/crayola stylings of a preschooler. In two pieces, there seriously was crayola marker used. I realize Picasso once said that we should all draw like children. I don't think he meant that literally. This is why I don't buy a lot of group show books like this.

The straight up worst piece is painted by Esther Pearl Watson. A style reminicent of Grandma Moses done by a woman who holds a BFA. I suppose one can wag the finger at the primitive scene from the nineties. Where galleries were combing the backwoods and county fairs for the untrained folk artist. A movement that apparently still holds some charm or shock value. It would be one thing if this were painted by some hilljack farmer out in Tennessee. She holds a BFA?? WTF! I should have thought of this scam years ago. Maybe I would have my college debt payed off by now. I wouldn't be suprized if Covey pulls out a quilt piece in the next Beasts.

What would be fun is to redo a few of the duds. Here's a list to fill your portfolio..

???
Katy Horan- Banshee
Mizna Wada- Kudan
Justin B. Williams- Mimic Dog
Foi Jimenez- Sphinx
Chris Silas Neal- Werewolf
Jason Robards- Encephalitis
Keith Andrew Shore- Centaur
Alan Mooers- Puk

Straight up bad-
Esther Pearl Watson- Aitvaras
Marvin Kirschnik- Beast of Bray Road


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  Posted by Dara on 3/14/2008 05:35:00 PM :

       Caleb reviews PANEL: Work

Friend of the Ferret, and fellow Columbusite, J. Caleb Mozzocco has a long, detailed write-up of SPACE, including a pseudo-review of PANEL: Work.
"Sean McGurr and Brent Bowman collaborate on a mini-comic called Pyramid Scheme, which is a piece of clever packaging within the clever packaging of the envelope..."
Not to mention this very accurate statement:
"Kish draws excellent dragons, skeletons, bats, and spouts of flame."

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Thursday, March 13, 2008
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 3/13/2008 03:46:00 PM :

       Origin Story of Mile High Comics

I had heard of the remarkable Mile High collection before and seen plenty of ads for Mile High Comics in my Marvel Comics from the 70s, but didn't know the story of how the collection was acquired until I read this article from Chuck Rozanski, the owner of Mile High Comics. (thanks BoingBoing for the link)

The circumstances leading to the find (luck, hard work, racism on the part of the heirs trying to dump the house containing the comics, indifference to the collection, lack of knowledge of the worth) combine to create a perfect storm for this Holy Grail of comic collecting. It can never happen again and is a fascinating story.

I'd love to hear how much he paid, but he keeps that under wraps. But the result of the find and how it indirectly led to a greater knowledge of the collecting culture to fans across the nation and the direct market is very interesting.


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Tuesday, March 11, 2008
 
  Posted by Sean McGurr on 3/11/2008 10:26:00 AM :

       Captain America?

Anyone else think of Captain America when the saw this story?
The U.S. military has identified frozen remains found atop a California glacier as those of a World War II era airman who vanished more than half a century ago...Last year, two hikers found the frozen remains of a man with blond, wavy hair in a remote area of Kings Canyon, east of Fresno, California..."He was my idol," one of his sisters told CNN. "He was tall and good-looking. And when he walked in, they said, 'Here comes the blond bomber.' And I would say, 'That's my brother.'"

Tall, blond, wavy haired, WWII frozen man. Thaw him out and have him fight Al Qaeda.


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Monday, March 10, 2008
 
  Posted by Craig on 3/10/2008 11:55:00 AM :

       First reviews from SPACE

Tim Fischer, Matt Kish and I get reviewed on the Small Press News Room's 3/06 and 3/07 entries here. Looks like we did okay.

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  Posted by Dara on 3/10/2008 11:05:00 AM :

       Blizzard of '08 - Sunday pics

Still stuck in Columbus, the mini-vacation ruined (best laid plans, an all that). But at least it was a gorgeous day on Sunday. Sunny, warm, and a lot less windy.

Wendy made Duncan a little fleece vest. Sure, the other dogs made fun of him, but at least he was warm!





Carrying Hanna is not as easy as it looks:



Swings:



And then I fell out of the tree:



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  Posted by Dara on 3/10/2008 10:44:00 AM :

       Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Well, I was going to give you guys a bit of an intro to today's artist, but given how damn good you all are, I decided against it. So start guessing:



(click image to Trekiesize)

(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, 7/30/2007, 8/6/2007, 8/13/2007, 8/20/2007, 8/27/2007, 9/3/2007, 9/10/2007, 9/17/2007, 9/24/2007, 10/1/2007, 10/8/2007, 10/15/2007, 10/22/2007, 10/29/2007, 11/5/2007, 11/12/2007, 11/19/2007, 11/26/2007, 12/3/2007, 12/10/2007, 12/17/2007, 12/24/2007, 12/31/2007, 1/7/2008, 1/14/2008, 1/21/2008, 1/28/2008, 2/4/2008, 2/11/2008, 2/18/2008, 2/25/2008, 3/3/2008)

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Saturday, March 08, 2008
 
  Posted by Dara on 3/08/2008 08:25:00 PM :

       Blizzard of '08

Well, right about now Wendy and I should have been on our way down to Snowshoe, West Virginia for a weekend of skiing, celebrating our 5 year anniversary. Instead, we're fucking stuck in Columbus and out a non-refundable $300 reservation fee, thanks to the blizzard of 2008.

On the plus side, we had fun playing in the snow this morning. And Duncan had a blast too!

The side of our house:



A completely desolate highway (SR 315) around noon on Saturday, and Whetstone Park:



Me and Wendy taking Duncan for a run in the snow:



At least the dog had fun. Here he is playing with Daisy:



Photos by Wendy.


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  Posted by Tom on 3/08/2008 06:57:00 PM :

       Jeff Smith on ISR!

Snowed in like me? I killed the afternoon listening to the 2 part Indie Spinner Rack interview with Jeff Smith. Fun times. I'd rate it PG for the kids. Some language. Jeff unplugged, runs the gamut from chatting about Bone in color to the new RASL. And yes, I did pronounce it right. This was recorded while he was in New York.

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  Posted by Craig on 3/08/2008 04:04:00 PM :

       First look at Allied Powers

While we were sitting around our tables at SPACE, Brent and I started discussing a possible collaboration. I mentioned I had an Invaders-style retro superhero story set during WW2 on my mind's back burner and asked if he'd be interested in drawing it; he expressed some interest, so I sent him a rough outline; pictured below are the wonderful character designs I got back.

Here's my description of these guys:

Mister Liberty: A Captain America type; slightly enhanced human-- tougher faster stronger, etc.-- who is the inspirational figure of the group. Used as a poster boy by the army for the war effort, recruiting, etc; is required to wear a costume that conceals the fact that he is a negro.

Code Talker- A native American who possesses the ability to understand any code or cipher, crack any safe combination, etc.

The Dunkirk Spirit: A British woman who possesses the power of flight. Her sexist superiors grudgingly employ her for courier or reconnaissance missions; she is angered by their reluctance to let her take a more active role in missions.

The Human Tank: (can’t tell much about him without spoilers. Read the comic when it goes online.)

(Brent also provided the names for Mr. L and the Tank.)

And here's his take on the series' main bad guy: the two faces of Colonel Styx.


The series, called "Allied Powers," will go online soon; I'm plotting about ten chapters, 10-15 pages each. We'll be doing it retro-Marvel style, with me supplying Brent a plot, him interpreting it visually, then me scripting. Stay tuned!

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008
 
  Posted by Dara on 3/05/2008 09:28:00 PM :

       I just threw up in my mouth

Well, we all knew it was just a matter of time:

Superhero - The Movie



I shouldn't give the kids such a hard time, though. After all, when we were young, we thought Airplane and The Naked Gun were comedy gold.


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  Posted by Dara on 3/05/2008 06:27:00 PM :

       RIP Gary Gygax

Sad news for the geek community (of which I consider myself a proud member): the co-creator of the Dungeons & Dragons game, Gary Gygax, died yesterday at the age of 69.
"Ernest Gary Gygax grew up in Chicago, moving to Lake Geneva at the age of eight.

His father, a Swiss immigrant, read fantasy books that got his son hooked on the genre, according to Gygax's widow Gail."

My friend Jason introduced me to D&D back in the 8th grade, and I played it through most of my high school years, mainly with him and a few other friends. I have very fond memories of those years, and the game, and feel a small sense of loss.


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Tuesday, March 04, 2008
 
  Posted by Matt Kish on 3/04/2008 08:20:00 PM :

       I made an Etsy shop!

Last night I finished putting up my Etsy Shop! It took me longer than I thought it would, and I think I will be changing the kind of boring banner and tweaking some of the shop details for a little while, but the foundation is there. It's pretty exciting. Right now, there are 4 pieces of original art for sale for a wide variety of prices but I will be adding all of my comics and books this evening as well as adding 2 or 3 drawings a day until I have them all listed. I'm going to be selling about 30 of my original drawings, from pen and ink pieces to a few of the more elaborate colored pencil drawings. The decision to sell some of my art was very painful and difficult. I mean, some of these drawings have been with me for nearly ten years, and the only time I ever let them go was when I gave a few drawings to some of my closest friends. However I am desperately trying to finish the funding of a small portable darkroom so I can get back into doing some photography, and I am also turning a small portion of our apartment into a makeshift studio so I can do more art and drawing. Because of these projects, I kind of need some money to buy equipment, chemicals, a drafting table and some other supplies. In the end, I think that learning to let go of some of these pieces is important for me anyway because they tend to make me feel anchored to the past and unable to really move forward or challenge my current ways of thinking and drawing.

I hope you will all check out the shop here, but you can also click on the "store" link in the menu up at the top of any page of my web site and you'll get directly there. Keep your fingers crossed and hope that I can sell some art and comics!


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  Posted by Tony on 3/04/2008 09:00:00 AM :

       2008 SPACE Bankies

White Rabbit Award for Punctuality: Tony Goins

Casey Kasem “Long Distance Dedication” Award: Steve Black. The guy’s in California, but he’s still got at a bunch of books debuting at SPACE.

Bringing the Rock Award: Tom Williams. Who else? And who knew Tom could paint like that?

Michigan J. Frog Award: Dara Naraghi. For some reason I sell lots of his books when he’s not there.

Burt Bacharach Award: Kel, for his original karaoke compositions.

Outta Nowhere Award: Troy Gilogly, with three books this year. Where’d this kid come from?

Great Parking Space Award: David and Jordan from Pittsburgh, who spent the night in their late 80s Ford Taurus both nights. But they had bitching parking spaces the next morning.

Crashing the Party Award: The guy who wandered into the middle of Craig’s Day Prize nominee interview and was totally oblivious, even after being told they were recording. "Oh, is the red light on the camera on? That's interesting!” Blahblahblahblahblahblahblah... Blahblahblahblahblahblah..." Craig seriously hopes the guys who were questioning him save that part.

Martha Stewart Award for Good Hosts: Monkey’s Retreat. I hope they sold a bunch of stuff while we were there.

The Bong Mask goes to ...
The solid wall of weed books at Monkey's Retreat. Culminating in the book title: Naked Women Smokin' Weed. Which had some great production value for a book of pot related porn.

Fool me once Award ...
Goes to the $h!7head Columbus Metro who ticketed Tom for parking in an unmarked 'Residential Permit Parking' zone Friday night. Nearest available parking from Monkey's or Skully's that night: probably the Gateway garage almost a half mile away.

Captain Random award..
Goes to whoever made the MOMO 2 karaoke videos. Completely inappropriate random stock footage throughout whole songs. The only one we saw was an ABBA song that had some footage of ABBA singing along. Hilarity ensues.

Moral Support Squad – Sean McGurr and Tim Fischer, for attending the Sunday panel on anthologies. If it wasn’t for you guys, we would have outnumbered the audience nearly 3 to 1.

PANEL Reunion Award – PANEL founder Tim Fischer and PANEL co-founder/early member Geoff Tolle for the special guest appearances at the show. It was good seeing you guys again, and I’m jazzed about Tim’s super secret project with Scott “PvP” Kurtz.

“Like the Deserts Miss the Rain” Award - S.P.A.C.E. mainstays Andy Bennett and John G. were unable to make it to the show this year. We missed you guys.

Future “The Girls Next Door” Reality Star Award – the annoyingly coy and trying-to-be-sexy girl who looked all of 16 and sounded all of 12, passing out her “Fashionista” card and giggling her way from table to table. Um, kinda creepy.

Community Love Award – to the half dozen or so folks who mentioned they remembered us from Comfest (www.comfest.com) last year, and eagerly picked up the new PANEL book. You made my day!

Peter Parker/Clark Kent Award for Outstanding Journalism – Ohio’s own Chuck Moore, of the http://www.comicrelated.com website, for the thorough and timely coverage of all things S.P.A.C.E., including the pictures of the parties. Thanks Chuck!

Wizard Magazine Award for Outstandingly Lame Journalism - All the other so-called comics news sites for once again completely ignoring this great indy show. Even with Dave Sim unveiling his secret project, they couldn’t show S.P.A.C.E. a little bit of love. Eff them.

Keeping it in the Family Award – our own PANELista, Craig Bogart, for making the short list of nominees for this year’s Day Prize. Craig didn’t win, but he made a great showing and if you haven’t checked out his Ineffables, what are you waiting for? http://www.theineffables.com

Mr. Big Time Award – Congratulations to this year’s Day Prize winners, Matt and Carol Dembicki, for their book Mr. Big. Check out Matt’s work at http://www.littlefootcomics.com (Matt also did a fantastic job of hosting the anthology panel discussion on Sunday!)

Quote of the Weekend: “It’s like shitting in a golden toilet” – Sean McGurr.


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Monday, March 03, 2008
 
  Posted by Tom on 3/03/2008 09:08:00 PM :

       Definitely not work friendly..

Because you guys demanded it: here's the Jux link to the piece on Pricasso. The man who paints with his hmmm hummer. Here's a video of the man in action. I'm afraid to even post a picture but if you check google it will haunt you.


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  Posted by Tony on 3/03/2008 09:39:00 AM :

       my corner of SPACE

Dara posted a link to some photo galleries on Comic Related, and I was browsing through pictures of various creator’s booths. I think I got books from a bare fraction of the artists pictured. And I still came home with a whole box full of minicomics.

Either SPACE is home to a tremendous diversity of small press comics – or I need to do a better job of browsing.

I’m glad to see the stalwarts still there. There was a while when I thought Ray Tomczak was leaving us, but he’s back and going strong. J. Kevin Carrier, Suzanne Baumann, Matt Feazell … it’s not SPACE without them.

A guy was talking to Dara about how SPACE isn’t as much of a zine show anymore. More and more people are going with print-on-demand, and fewer people are willing to trade. I’ll second that.

I’ll probably go to glossy myself for next year, but I want to always keep a few things on my table to trade. You really lose something if it’s just a bunch of guys in a room trying to sell stuff to each other.

I met a lot of cool people, both at the show and at the parties. Did it translate to increased sales? Maybe not. I was pretty disappointed with my sales when I left, but counting up my inventory the show wasn’t as bad as I thought.

A couple of other random thoughts (more random than the preceeding):

1. We have some bizarre folks in this little subculture of ours. God bless ‘em, I saw some shit this weekend I would never be able to invent. I’ll tell you more about that when I see you in person.

2. I was looking at Nightchild No. 2 yesterday ... did I have cerebral palsy when I drew that? I have come a long way as an artist, although I still have a long way to go.

3. I'm really sorry I didn't get that punch-out-and-make-it paper monkey. Did anyone else see that? Did you catch who was selling it? How cool was that?

Nominations for the 2008 SPACE edition of the Bankies are now open. Just e-mail them to me and I’ll include them.


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  Posted by Dara on 3/03/2008 07:41:00 AM :

       Monday Morning "Guess the Artist"

Today's page was provided through a generous grant by Panelista Tony Goins. As always, if you happen to have the comic this page is from, please recuse yourself from guessing.



(click image to Trekiesize)

(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, 7/30/2007, 8/6/2007, 8/13/2007, 8/20/2007, 8/27/2007, 9/3/2007, 9/10/2007, 9/17/2007, 9/24/2007, 10/1/2007, 10/8/2007, 10/15/2007, 10/22/2007, 10/29/2007, 11/5/2007, 11/12/2007, 11/19/2007, 11/26/2007, 12/3/2007, 12/10/2007, 12/17/2007, 12/24/2007, 12/31/2007, 1/7/2008, 1/14/2008, 1/21/2008, 1/28/2008, 2/4/2008, 2/11/2008, 2/18/2008, 2/25/2008)

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Saturday, March 01, 2008
 
  Posted by Dara on 3/01/2008 10:45:00 PM :

       S.P.A.C.E. coverage

Friend of the Ferret Chuck Moore, of the comics news site Comic Related, is covering this year's show from start to finish, including pictures from last night's party at Monkey's Retreat. Check it:



My back, Tom Williams' side, Brent Bowman's mostly-obscured face, and my friend Tony's profile...all hanging out by the keg o' beer.

Friday night pic here, with more pics here from Max Ink. And you can see the PANEL gang at the right of the panorama pic here.

Thanks for the extensive show coverage, Chuck!


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  Posted by Dara on 3/01/2008 10:36:00 PM :

       S.P.A.C.E. - easy listenin'

So Wendy tells me she heard a DJ this evening talking about S.P.A.C.E. on, get this, Sunny 95 of all places!

Weird, huh?


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