Gotta love Charles Burns! Especially his creepy monster kid yearbook photos
Gotta love Charles Burns! Especially his creepy monster kid yearbook photos
I’ve been kinda sick this week with a bug, so while resting and drinking plenty of water, one of the things I’ve been doing is catching up with the comic series Prophet.
I don’t even know where to start with this fantastic comic. I don’t think I can write too much about it without giving away spoilers, so I will just quote the description from Comixology’s page:
Prophet has reawakened after being cryogenically frozen for 50 years. Now he must find a way to continue his mission.
The character was first created and the story started some twenty years ago by Rob Leifeld, and was published for 20 issues (I’ve never read those) then dropped. The character Prophet was picked up again in 2012 (with issue #21) by Graham and Roy, and I think it is one of the best things being published in comics right now. Its such a unique and amazing story, and I am really enjoying the artwork. Highly recommended!
I’m going to go back to bed and read some more…
Congratulations Salt Lake City for hosting such a fun and successful Comic Con! I had a blast. The organizers did a great job, the vendors had very cool things for me to see and buy, and it did me good to see so damn many fans.
Whew, what a crazy time. I’m kinda worn out and don’t really feel like going through all of my photos, so I’ll just post this picture of Gandalf because I’ve always liked him so much (and he looks so great under the heating ducts and florescent lights!). I’ll also post this picture of Nova, because he was the last superhero I expected to run into and it made me happy to see him.
I’m not sure what the official or exact attendance numbers were for the convention, but I heard that Thursday had somewhere around 40,000 people, Friday had 50,000 and Saturday was somewhere around 65,000. Not bad for the first year! From what I saw, I believe it. One of the people who was working at the Con also told me they had to turn away thousands of people who were waiting outside to get in because the Salt Palace just couldn’t accommodate any more (which really sucks). But the success also means that another convention next year is extremely likely. I look forward to seeing ya’all again then!
Geek Out x 2!!
With the 1st (Annual?) Salt Lake Comic Con coming up next week and all, I feel like I need to write about my new comic book obsession with Marvel. Its true, I’ve been reading a whole lot of Marvel comics. Nobody is more surprised than me, but I’ve loved it.
In general, for me, these last 20+ or so years Marvel has seemed to have too many big events, too many cross-overs, too much hype, too much time travel, and I just wasn’t interested too many super-heroes or their mis-adventures. Don’t get me wrong, I was never against picking up a Marvel book at all. If I found a book that looked interesting, I’d pick it up. And there have been many Marvel books that I’ve enjoyed over the years. But in general, yeah… been interested in other comics and stories.
It was Jonathan Hickman who brought me back. Funny enough, I first became aware of Hickman through his work on Marvel titles like the Fantastic Four and S.H.I.E.L.D. about four or five years ago. These are both very good books and I’d buy them sort-a regularly. But it was Hickman’s creator-owned work that really stood out for me. Titles like the Pax Romana, Manhattan Projects and East of West helped convince me he is one of the best writers in the business.
When I heard Hickman was going to be writing more books with Marvel, I had to give his new stories a try. Marvel has kinda been branding there newest books as Marvel Now! So… ya know.. whatever. Anyway, the first issues I read was the New Avengers and, holy Toledo, that got me hooked! Then I started reading the main Avengers series, and that was also very good. So good that over the last few months I went on to read more new NOW! titles like Thor: God of Thunder, Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy, Indestructible Hulk, and others. I’ve enjoyed them all and can’t think of a bad one yet (well, I tried that Age of Ultron and it was kinda blah, but I’m not going to dwell on it). And now there is the new Infinity series. Woohoo! Usually I steer clear of the big comic book event type series, but Infinity is off to a good start, and Jonathon Hickman is involved with that too so I think it’ll be pretty sweet.
Sometimes I realize that it has been a little while since I have looked into what artist James Jean has been up to, and then I spend a chunk of my time looking through his websites. That happened this week, and I was drawn in once again. I’ve especially liked looking at his new drawings and studies, some of which I am posting here. I love it so damn much! I especially like going through his work on Instagram and seeing how his work evolves.
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I was a dorky kid… not all that much has changed! I lived more in books and my imagination that in this world… I’m pretty sure that hasn’t changed.
I’ve always been a huge comic book fan. When I was about six or so I spent a significant amount of time in the hospital having and recovering from surgery on my eye. I remember my folks bringing me over a nice big stack of comics to help pass the time. Fantastic Four, Hulk, Spider-man, Scrooge McDuck. It wasn’t too long after that when I discovered The Mighty Thor! I loved the character right away.
At about 8 or 9 I even dreamed of being old enough to change my name to Thor one day (I never really liked the name Todd as a kid). The Mighty Thor Powelson! Ha! I outgrew it quickly and realized that sounded pretty dumb, but I sure still liked Thor. And it all worked out anyway. My full name is Arthur Todd Powelson, and I discovered that Arthur actually means “Eagle of Thor”. So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice…
The online tshirt company Threadless has regular design contests, and when I saw their “Design a Thor T!” contest, I knew I wanted to participate. You can see my tshirt design at the top of this post. I hope you enjoy! If you do, I also hope you’ll take a minute and vote for my submission:
It’s Clobberin’ Time!
.. Err, wrong post!
But while you’re there visiting Threadless, please take a moment and score my other designs as well:
I saw Man of Steel last weekend and really liked it. Sure, there were inconsistencies in the story, and things that were just too convenient or silly to ever “really” happen… and maybe a little over the top with the violence and destruction (but maybe not. That’s what happens when two Kroptonians throw down). All-in-all I thought they did a fantastic job.
Its pretty clear not everyone likes this movie, and maybe with good reason. Mark Waid, one of my favorite comic and sometimes Superman writer, hated it. I can understand why, but I never liked Superman for the same reasons he did.
Even though I do have a soft spot for Superman, I am usually one of those people who thinks he is just too powerful to be interesting. But when he is duking it out with someone like Darkseid, fighting along side the New Gods, battling Braniac or General Zod… well that kind of stuff just can’t be beat. But I love that cosmic stuff, and prefer a good sci-fi story over almost any other kind. To me, that’s what a good comic and movie need to deliver.
I don’t read a lot of Superman comics, but I have read a few that I really like. One of my favorites is All-Star Superman, written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Frank Quietly. There are a total of 12 issues in this series, and each one has a fun and nostalgic feel to them and is clearly a nod to the silver age of comics. That isn’t a bad thing at all. If you’re like me, that 50 & 60s Silver-Age comic goofiness is often a bit of a turn-off. But in All-Star Superman, with the way it is handled, I enjoyed it.
This comic was made into an animated movie not too long ago. I still prefer the comic, but the movie isn’t bad at all. Check that out too: movies.netflix.com | All-Star Superman
Well, Free Comic Book Day came and went and I neglected to write a post about it… So I will write up a little something this week about one of my favorite comics, Locke & Key. Even though most comic book fans probably already know about the series, it’s a good time to write about Locke & Key, especially since the series will be wrapping up soon.
This is such a great story. It is about a family that moves to their ancestral home after the father is murdered. Their ancestral home is called Keyhouse and is located in Lovecraft, Massachusetts (of course ;) ). The three kids start to discover a number of different keys scattered throughout the house which open a bunch of different doors. Walking through these doors can do unique things. Maybe it’ll switch your gender, or turn you into a ghost. Maybe you’ll become a giant or animal. There is even a key that will open up the top of your head so you can look in and visit with old memories. This is a horror comic so of course there are mysteries to be solved, monsters to fight, and demons to deal with.
Written by Joe Hill. I’ve read some of Hill’s other work too and he has been impressing me very much (Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son, by the way).
There is no doubt that Gabriel Rodriguez is a very good artist but, I’ll be honest, at first I kind of had some problems getting into the pictures. I think it was something in the way the faces are drawn. As I continued reading the artwork did grow on me though, more and more with each issue.
Pick it up, check it out!
I haven’t read many comics lately. Being busy at work, trying to realize my own creative ideas, and maintaining a social / personal life… well, it just hasn’t been easy to find the time. Occasionally though, I will take a break and read a quick issue or two. I do listen to quite a few podcast while I work however, and one that I look forward to each week is 11′Oclock Comics. Over the years they’ve introduced me to comics that I probably would have never even considered, let alone heard of. Last week, they had a very nice review of a new web-comic written by Brian K Vaughan and illustrated by Marcos Martin called The Private Eye, and the idea sounded pretty sweet so I had to check it out.
The story takes place in a post-internet world, where protecting personal privacy has become most important. So much so, that people don’t even go out into public without wearing costumes and masks, and taking a photo of another person without their permission is a Federal offence. Today we share our lives on Facebook, and tweet everything. Its interesting to see the pendulum swing to the opposite extreme.
I also like the way this comic is distributed. Even though in the story the internet doesn’t exist anymore, out here in the really-real world you’ll only be able to buy this comic online. You can even name your price and pay whatever you think is fair. I like this payment model, and hope that is works out very well for the creators. There is currently only one issue available, but Brian K Vaughan is a great writer and I look forward to see how everything unfolds.
My brother-in-law Steve and my sister Tonya have an action figure and toy collection to be proud of. I don’t really have the heart or dedication of a collector myself, but I am kind of jealous of it.
I’ve always enjoyed going by their house to see what new things they may have added, or what I might have overlooked the last time I was there. There is just so much to see, and its always a treat! Old and new Marvel super-heroes, the Kiss Army, the Misfit Toys, Star Wars, Star Trek, all sorts of monsters, Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Super Grover, and Batman. Especially Batman… with so much more besides. Oh man, it is such a beautiful sight.
I don’t think people don’t understand the importance and breadth of the collection when I tell them about it, but now you can see it for yourself!
Steve’s collection has been included in the BYU MOA “We Could Be Heroes” exhibit, and the show will be up until April 6th (even though it is a very impressive and sizable collection on display, I’m convinced it is still only a small percentage of what they have. Ha!). The whole show is also worth checking out, and I’ll probably write more about what else was on display, but for now do yourself a favor and check out the toys!
I’m proud to say they’ve included a drawing I did of Batman with their toys. I mean the picture of Batman used at the top of this here blog. They’ve also included a copy of a drawing that I made into a birthday card of Batman wearing hand-puppets. Those drawings have found themselves in great company.