Archive | October, 2011

And Now, an Important Halloween Safety Tip

31 Oct

When you’re out trick-or-treating, be sure to watch for traffic… or this might happen:

 

Happy Halloween!

31 Oct

Before you all dress up, trick-or-treat, and/or party, enjoy one of my all-time favorite cartoons!

 

Remember, Sunday is WOMEN OF WONDER DAY!

28 Oct

by Mike Hansen

WOWD Brian Michael Bendis feature

Winning a chance to appear in a Bendis comic is just one of the amazing auctions

Go here for all of the details!

If you’re anywhere near Oregon, New Jersey, or Texas on Sunday, you should get yourself to participating stores for Women of Wonder Day! Formerly known as Wonder Woman Day for 2006-2010, Women of Wonder Day has been an incredible fundraising event for women’s shelters and anti-domestic violence charities.

Original work and memorabilia from top comics stars and media have been donated for auction to raise needed money, and several creators and costumed characters will be appearing as well. This is a great opportunity for fans to get something cool while helping a worthy cause! In addition to amazing original artwork, there’s a chance to bid to be a character in an upcoming Brian Michael Bendis comic, original pages from some big titles, and lots of signed DVDs and more!

And even if you can’t be there, the website has donation links with Kickstarter and Paypal, as well as links to the specific charities being helped – why not chip in some bucks and help do some good?

Even if you can’t help out in the above ways, please SPREAD THE WORD about this important cause – despite this being WOW Day’s sixth year, it’s received very little attention in the comics press (though MTV Geek had a nice feature!). Get the word out, and support Women of Wonder Day!

The participating stores are:

Excalibur Comics: 2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon 12:00-6:00 P.M.

Comic Fusion, 42 Main St, Flemington, New Jersey 12:00-5:00 P.M.

Heres and Fantasies, 4945 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas 12:00-5:00 P.M.

Here’s a small sampling of what’s being auctioned – LOTS more at the main website!

WOWD Gilbert Hernandez

Wonder Woman by Gilbert Hernandez

WOWD Steve Lieber

Batwoman by Steve Lieber

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A Buck for Jack

27 Oct
Photo of Jack Kirby at the San Diego Comic Con...

Our New God. (Image via Wikipedia)

 

 

by Mike Hansen

Kurt Busiek tweeted this link today – Nat Gertler of About Comics (founder of 24 Hour Comics Day) has started a reasonable donation campaign asking that people who go see Marvel movies (for which Jack Kirby‘s estate receives nothing) donate one dollar per film; the money will go to the Jack Kirby Museum. Lots more info in the link.

Jack Kirby’s heirs have received nothing for the millions of reprints of Kirby’s work. Kirby’s creativity and creations are responsible for the vast majority of work that Marvel has published over its long history, yet he benefited least from its success (relatively speaking). While DC has given creator credits and royalties for the majority of its work, Marvel continues to be very profitable without paying the Kirby estate royalties. (In fact, most early Marvel work and foreign licensing results in no royalties being paid out.)

Gertler’s motives are honorable and sound; he wants to celebrate Kirby:

This isn’t a campaign Continue reading

Ice-T Goes White & Nerdy

25 Oct

by Mike Hansen

Cover of "Pimp to Eat"

Well, if not white, then he’s still light enough to go Incognegro…

This was a strange-but-good surprise: Ice-T and friends going Nerdcore, rapping about technology and comics characters in addition to smacking a bitch. It’s weird to hear the Godfather of Gangsta like this, but it’s cool that he still has tricks up his pimp coat’s sleeve.

On my last CD-buying spree in San Francisco, I picked up the stellar album Pimp to Eat by Analog Brothers, a side project from 2000 featuring Ice-T, Kool Keith and others. The tracks are filled with tight old-school sounds from 808s and 909s, with the kind of crazy dope flow typical of Kool Keith’s all-over-the-place eclectic approach. With lots of comic-book references, like track 6 (“Analog Anilalator vrs. Silver Surfer”) and track 2:

(obviously NSFW lyrics)

 

Some more classic cuts: Continue reading

I Read SVK by Warren Ellis & D’Israeli

25 Oct

by Mike Hansen

Warren Ellis at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego

The hat protects the precious brain inside. (Image via Wikipedia)

Alright, stop what you’re doing, and GO BUY THIS COMIC BOOK NOW. Not later, now. I’ll know if you’re lying. Because SVK might be the very best comic book you read this year.

There is nothing like SVK. You will see things you have never seen before. And then you will see things you didn’t see the first time.

Because SVK is printed with an additional, invisible ink. And comes with a handy pocket flashlight to illuminate it (and no, you don’t need to be in the dark for it to work). For all I know, the light will cause blindness, cancer, and AIDS, but I don’t care, because this comic book is worth it.

You don’t need to believe me. Ask William Gibson; he wrote the introduction. And if the father of Cyberpunk, the man who sees the filthy future before the rest of us, digs this comic, that’s good enough for us humans.

Warren Ellis revisits the future Continue reading

WORDS ‘N’ PICTURES: Adobe Photoshop Day Cream

24 Oct

If only there could be a way to shame the bad Photoshoppers who work on comics covers and movie posters.

 

Adobe Photoshop Day Cream

Is that really Madonna? It’s hard to tell…

GOING DIGITAL: Killing Me Softly with Free Comics

21 Oct

by Orion Tippens

Image representing Comixology as depicted in C...

Image via CrunchBase

Don’t make me laugh, two Free Comic Book Days in 2012?

I’m not trying to kill the fun here. I love free comics, or free anything really. I just think every day should be Free Comic Book Day.

Many of us already get our “free comic days” when hitting those big comic conventions gathering samples, direct from various companies. I loved even more back in the ’90s when issues of Wizard magazine contained those bonus comics and samples. More so than now, many comic stores I frequented had many free samples of comics for the taking. Those were the days and places when free comics were just,.. there.

But now, free seems more like Continue reading

I Read HARK! A VAGRANT

20 Oct

by Mike Hansen

…and it is GLORIOUS.

Check out creator Kate Beaton’s website here, and buy her two book collections (Hark! A Vagrant and Never Learn Anything from History) here.

In just a handful of years, Beaton has gone from an obscure webcartoonist to one of the best and funniest cartoonists in the English language (including Canadian, which she is). Her strips mocking history and literature (and occasionally superheroes, her childhood, and other stuff) are like a Monty Python-ish blast of Awesome into the comics world. No wonder she had some of the longest lines at APE: she really is That Good.

But don’t take my word for it – here are a few of my favorite H.A.V. strips! (CLICK TO MAKE BIGGER)

HAV North Pole

HAV Messin Continue reading

DC New 52: I Read a Bunch More #1s (and a Few Others)

18 Oct
Superman making his debut in Action Comics #1 ...

Boy, this comic sucked. Good thing it's being rebooted! (Image via Wikipedia)

Okay, this is just about my last word on the DC New 52. I need to figure out which titles I want to keep checking out, so I can finish this month’s Previews order! DC’s New 52 sales are great; they’re not gonna be as great in a year as people start trade-waiting or dropping titles entirely; and hopefully the quality will continue to improve…

If anything, I have to say that the first impression of the New 52 given by Justice League #1 isn’t all that accurate: this isn’t the DC Universe told early-Image-style, just Justice League. Every book really does have its own identity, rather than a uniform (and boring) house style; and DC deserves praise for this. Not that every title is good – in fact, some are pretty dreadful – but it’s easy to see that they’re trying.

(I should also mention that any criticisms of the creators’ work on these series is not entirely their fault: the New 52 clearly has a much stronger editorial and management influence than most work-for-hire projects, and plenty of blame can be laid at the feet of DC for what doesn’t work. On the other hand, I’m going to blame the creators themselves for everything that’s done right: If they’re doing incredible work while giving up their rights to it, they deserve the credit for its success.)

(And yeah, I know all of these books came out a few weeks ago. This ain’t Comic Book Resources, kids!)

Now, let’s see if any of these are as good as DC’s best company-owned title, Tiny Titans

Action Comics 1 cover

Gowan, now, git!

Action Comics #1 & 2: I’m impressed. Writer Grant Morrison has found a way to write about Superman’s early days in Metropolis in a way I haven’t quite seen before. The story Continue reading

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