Thursday, May 28, 2009

First of the Terrible Flashback Thursday

In the process of sorting through my voluminous long boxes to find comics I can liquidate for cash (a travesty, I know), I've come across terrifying reminders of comic books I collected in the 1990's. And if there's one thing I hate, it's suffering in shame alone. So, why not have a contest? Can you place the following comic book page? Can you even Photoshop it into something "funny"? I hereby lay down the gauntlet to you, my devoted readers.*

The winners will get my utmost respect and a deep and abiding sense of accomplishment. And maybe I'll send you three random comic books of my choosing.

*Yes, after several weeks without writing a decent blog post I am finally lazy enough to hand it all over to you. Sad, I know. On the bright side, I have spent time being "funny" at other people's blogs. The charming and talented MightyGodKing was nice enough to give me the Top Comment award in a thread that caused me to laugh and then feel sad and then laugh again. And I've also possibly insulted a far greater man than myself in a desperate attempt to amuse him and win something I have always dreamed of owning. Okay, dreamed of owning since I knew it existed - happy now, pedants? Seriously, that thing is adorable. Even the Twittering Daughter of Galactus would have to find that thing totally kawaii.

Oh! And I added to Kalinara's amusing meme thing. I look forward to seeing how that turns out. I may even gank it for this here blog if the mood strikes me.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Comicfest 2009!

Hey, gang! I foolishly forgot to mention that I recently attended the first Denver Comicfest 2009.

A great time was had by all. The vendors were cool and friendly and the attendees were really nice. I mixed, I mingled and met some really great people.

Some of the biggest names "at" the Con were Brian Michael Bendis and Jeph Loeb, who were nice enough to do a teleconference for Marvel Comics. Not much was said about actual comics but they were patient and good-natured, cheerfully mocking us for the blizzard we were suffering through and offering good advice to aspiring comic book professionals.

The most well-known guests who were actually kind enough to show in person were Brian Wood (the brilliant writer behind DMZ and Northlanders - two series I now have to catch up on) and Amy Reeder Hadley, the local artist extraordinaire who created her own manga and is currently illustrating the Vertigo tales of Madame Xanadu. Of course, every guest was delightful and gracious. Stan Yan, local comics wunderkind, was especially a gent (as always) and I was impressed by the massive amounts of talent on hand.

In the course of my otherwise boring job, I've had the pleasure of running into and speaking with Amy Reeder Hadley a few times and she's a genuinely nice, funny and talented person. But hey, don't take my word for it - note that she's even gone and put her "Drawing Dynamic Faces" panel up on her LiveJournal. Very well worth a watch for any aspiring artists. Even I learned a great deal at her panel and, as you all know, I draw like a trained chimp*. Seriously, I think I picked up some things to improve my rather hideous webcomic (more coming soon, if anyone's worried/interested).

Brian Wood's panel on writing comics was really helpful as well. It was extremely interesting to hear him speak about his time writing Generation X with Warren Ellis versus his more creator-owned Vertigo work. I'm trying to apply a lot of what he mentioned to my somewhat glacially advancing upcoming comic book, so fingers crossed Kismet ends up even half as awesome as Wood's DMZ. Particularly sharp readers may pick me out of a crowd from pictures at the con and at Brian Wood's panel specifically**.

In any case, I'd classify Comicfest 2009 as a great, mellow success. I look forward to next year and hope to keep in touch with the people I've met at the con in the future.

*If anyone asks, I'll put up my meager sketches from her lesson but it'd be better for your eyes and my ego if you didn't.

**I am not the maniacally grinning blonde man, just FYI.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A brief duo of movie reviews

Don't worry - I bring no spoilers here. Read on without fear, just like Daredevil. Well, if Daredevil could read things online. Which he can't. I mean, there's text-to-voice but- I'm sorry, that was insensitive of me. Just- just read my movie reviews however you like. Sorry.*

First off - Star Trek!

This hard-hitting news report is dead-on. How dare a Star Trek film be a non-stop action packed thrill ride with humor and excitement?

Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'

Go see it - you know, just so you can be as outraged as I am that it's totally freakin' awesome.

Oh, and incidentally, I also saw X-Men: Origins: Wolverine: Bub: Snikt: Bub. I didn't watch the leaked version online because that is wrong and seriously, who watches movies on their computer screen? Sheesh. I would have preferred the following ending but the first 2/3rds of the film were pretty enjoyable.

So, hey, let's just not talk about the last third of the film, okay? I like to focus on the positive.

Hey, did I mention how great Star Trek was? It was totally great. Flawless, even. Respectful of the pre-existing continuity while still managing to create an action-packed film that kept the core of every character intact. Nothing felt gratuitous, illogical or tossed-in for no reason at all. Yep. Boy, that was one good film.

Excuse me, I have to go now because my eye is twitching for some funny reason.

*Poor Daredevil will never be able to use Twitter.
"'I'm totally not Matt Murdock. Srsly. That's crazy. He's BLIND and I'm on Twitter, for Pete's sake.'
7 months ago"
"'Girlfriend crazy instead of dead this time. God, I hate life.'
5 months ago."
"'Kingpin in town again - WTF?!? Gotta go figure this out, BRB'
2 weeks ago"

. . . which is probably for the best.

Friday, May 8, 2009

I have figured out why my productivity is so low

Clearly, my actual writing output has fallen to a critical low. Now, I know why - I lack the proper motivation. I need a driving force.

In short, I need a nemesis*.

A really, really great nemesis**.

Any takers?

*No, not like that.

**And no, definitely not like this.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Have a Happy Cinco De Mayo!

. . . or else.

Paco and his beating stick are taken from the lovely and gone-too-soon Blue Beetle series, featuring the only (to my knowledge) teenage Mexican superhero in the DCU. The adventures of Paco and his sidekick the Blue Beetle, chockfulla ass-kicking in the west Texas town of El Paso, are available in trade everywhere fine comics are sold.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

In case you are living under a rock . . .


Comics where Jesus and Lincoln fight Zombies! FREE!

Comics you pretend to buy for small children but actually read yourself instead! FREE!

Comics where zombies have superpowers and wear black rings! FREE!

Thor does something probably pretty important with Spider-Man, I guess!

Comics for people who prefer indie comics to superhero comics and/or love stories about busty Hispanic women! FREE!

Totally RADICAL Comics, Dude! Like, gnarly! FREE!

Robot fighting a dinosaur!

William Shatner??? FREE!

Comic book creators signing and sketching at certain comic book shops! FREE!


(For the curious, I'm definitely going to try and hit my two favorite comic book stores in Colorado - I Want More Comics @ 104th & Federal and Time Warp Comics in Boulder, CO. Time Warp's having a crapload of local artists and writers signing AND they're actually having a drink-up afterwards. Man, it's as if Time Warp knows me.)