Sunday, April 30, 2006
Doctor Who -- Well, it was true -- the third episode of the new run of Doctor Who was a fantastic episode from start to finish. The Sarah Jane and K9 material was genuinely moving, Anthony Stewart Head was fun if a bit over-the-top (well, it is Doctor Who, after all), and the story was as engaging and entertaining as the best of the previous season's episodes.
The best scene was probably Rose and Sarah Jane bonding through their shared exasperation with The Doctor, a scene so universally accurate that even my kids understood the truth and the humour behind it. Mickey's line about "The Mrs. and the ex" was gold, too.
Sunday Morning Bullet Points -- Yep, random thoughts while everyone else in the house snoozes away...
- I had given up on the second season of the new Doctor Who, despite enjoying the first season immensely and even liking the Christmas special with the new guy. But chatter on the V-Hive TV Forum has me convinced to check out the most recent episode. That the episode also includes Sarah Jane, probably my all-time favourite companion, is not to be ruled out as a contributing factor...
- Another show I had given up on is The Unit, which seemed a little too blusteringly testosteroney in its pilot episode. My wife has been keeping up, though, and I watched what I think is the most recent episode with her yesterday. The evil Terminator is sleeping with one of the other guy's wives while hysterically shrieking about the need to protect the integrity of The Unit, and the A-plot was almost entirely unparseable and watchable only for the presence of President David Palmer. I gotta say, this one still doesn't work for me, despite having many elements that suggest I might be able to enjoy it if it weren't such a frigging mess.
- I re-read the first three chapters of Planetary last night just before bed. It's amazing how they hold up to multiple reads all these years later. The Alan Moore intro to the hardcover had me pining away for the days when Alan Moore would do such a thing for a DC publication, but DC's the one that screwed that pooch. But yeah, damn, early Planetary is still good stuff. I'm still enjoying the series overall, but the rush of that first batch of stories is addictive.
- Stopped in to Earthworld Comics in Albany to grab this week's stash; another one of those unbelievable weeks where every member of my household has something in the pull box, even my wife (she and my daughter both enjoy Black Harvest, from the Dead@17 guy). As to the stuff I bought, I think I most enjoyed the gigantic 125th issue of Savage Dragon; lots of really good stuff in there, especially the faux-aged look of the pages of the story featuring Angel and Mr. Glum. I'm digging Larsen's DIY approach these days, even down to the spiky lettering, which is a refreshing change from the look of the computer-lettered corporate comics, which I am almost universally sick of. It seems only guys who were great letterers to begin with can really pull it off, and in the hands of amateurs (read: most of 'em), it is fatiguing and destroys the willing suspension of disbelief. Not that the stories and art in most corporate comics don't take care of that long before I start thinking about the lettering.
- Case in point: New Avengers Annual #1. Oh, my fucking God. Dire.
- Something else I picked up yesterday was Nude Magazine #7 (Winter 2005), a kind of squarish and squarebound UK publication best described as Rolling Stone via Adbusters. I specifically bought the issue because it had an interview with Dan Clowes (one focused mostly on Ice Haven), but there is also plenty of non-comics stuff of interest to most intelligent readers: I most enjoyed the profile of UK culture jammer Dr. D, but there were good musician profiles, pieces on art and culture, just a damned fine magazine that I would not hesitate to pick up again. Get a feel for it at the Nude Magazine website.
- Allergy season seems to be in full force. I miss living on the third floor of an apartment building, high above it all...
- How often does Ed The Happy Clown come out now, every 4 days?
- I'm still enjoying the wonky fun of Godland (loved the Milkman Murders reference), although someone needs to tell either Joe Casey or the letterer that "wanna" does not have an apostrophe at the end. What the hell is that?!? And the term appears at least three times in the issue, so it's really obvious. Kirkman does it too, with the term of endearment "hon," which is also bizarre, but at least understandable. Also: I can forgive it with Kirkman because I don't read any of his comics anymore.
- This week's Astonishing X-Men wasn't as bad as I had been told it was, but neither is it anywhere the quality of Whedon and Cassaday's first arc way back when, and it certainly pales in comparison to the Grant Morrison run of New X-Men that it so very badly wants to be. That said, it's still the only readable Marvel comic book with an X prominently in the title.
- Speaking of X in comics, that reminds me of the word "comix," which I was delighted to see Lucy Van Pelt reading in the newest volume of The Complete Peanuts (1959-1960). Lucy is walking by, reading a comic book, and Schulz put the title of the comic as simply "COMIX," in freaking 1959. I had no idea this variation of the spelling of the word went back that far. Kinda neat. Or as Joe Casey would probably write, "Kinda' neat." Sigh.
Friday, April 28, 2006
The Eisners for Process Junkies -- You're probably never going to get better insight into the mind of an Eisner Awards participant than you get in Chris Allen's BREAKDOWNS today (and last time and next time, too).
Tim Still Reads the ADD Blog -- And this is what he has to say about that and some other interesting stuff, too:
In fact, I've been wanting to comment on it for awhile now. I just let stupid self-doubts about not being in "the proper demographic" trip me up, I guess. I'm 52 & still a fan of comics ... well, some comics. I'm delighted with the explosion of non-superhero comics during the past 10-15 years, and ADD Blog has clued me in to several of them (the work of James Kolchalka, for instance). Yet I also enjoy traditional superhero comics, although nowhere near as much these days. And I think what I find unsatisfying is the demand for "realism."
Now, I'm not talking about smart, energetic, thought-provoking work like Mark Millar's Ultimates, or the return of noir sensibility to street-level heroics. What leaves me feeling empty & cheated is the "realism" in traditional superhero titles -- if graphic killing, rape, and psychological trauma is necessarily more real than, say, compassion or wry humor or a genuine sense of awe & wonder. This is evident in most popular entertainment today, not just comics -- the operative worldview seems to be, "the uglier something is, the more real it is."
Again, don't mistake this for a plea for all-ages work in the worst, fluffy bunny sense of the phrase. (Although I think "Owly," for example, is far more adult than the slaughterfest of characters we're seeing in too many DC comics these days.) And it's not a plea to ban anything dealing with the darker side of human nature, either -- such works are vital, if they're truly exploring that darkness, rather than simply exploiting it & pandering to the "kewl"-craving audience.
What I'm seeing is a vast timidity of imagination, a drawing back from that genuine sense of awe & wonder, a feeling that it's a lie, or an illusion, or a tantalizing but unrealistic goal. Granted, the current state of the country, and of the world, certainly supports such a bleak worldview. All the more need for that awe & wonder, then! Which is why I absolutely love the work of, say, Grant Morrison. He seems to be one of the few writers of traditional superhero comics who revels in wonder, who looks beyond the current edgy trends.
I see a lot of online talk about older comics work being dated (the same for a lot of films, novels, music, as well). Well, some of it is silly or poorly written or logically absurd -- there's basic assembly line work in any era, and some of it has its place, too. But when I look at something like the Superman Showcase which recently came out, I can see why its contents excited & thrilled Grant Morrison -- it's like a piece of naive but honest folk art, with a certain childlike purity to it. And Grant's been able to infuse his own work with much of that same sensibility, with the addition of 21st century insight & his own remarkable intelligence.
So, I know I'm rambling a bit here, trying to say too much at once, and probably not doing as well as I'd like. I just feel sad at times for so many people who can't see beyond immediate & often brutal sensation to something more -- a deeper, more complex & nuanced experience of life. And I don't see why comics can't offer some of that, just as much as any other art form -- people like Grant Morrison & Alan Moore are proof of that, to say nothing of the wealth of independent creators at work today.
Now, maybe this is just the nostalgia-ridden fear of someone grown older & uncomfortable in this newer world, someone who wants all the reassurances of a recognizable, longtime worldview. That's a possibility I won't discount ... but I honestly don't feel that's the case. I enjoy a certain amount of nostalgia as much as anyone who lives long enough; but I still seek out new expressions of art, new modes of expression. I don't want to retreat to a cocoon of oldies stations & Silver Age reprints; while I enjoy the best of that, I also want to know about the newest music & comics & painting & films, etc.
So what's my wish for comics? I'd say it's for a larger, more expansive, more emotionally & philosophically richer universe -- not merely an acceptance of the darkest & shallowest aspects of contemporary culture, one which says there's really nothing more than that. I want the dissection of despair I get from Chris Ware, but I also want the rapturous loopiness of Seaguy. I'm sure you've heard the Biblical quote, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." That's my wish for comics, then: More vision. More wonder. More joy -- and yes, more genuine sorrow, rather than "the shock of the year -- nothing will ever be the same again!"
David, I enjoy & appreciate your online work. I've discovered some wonderful new work thanks to your reviews & comments. And if I don't always agree with your every word, I'm always grateful for the obvious passion & dedication you show for this wonderful art form.
Thanks for listening!
Hey, thanks for writing, Tim. It's extremely gratifying to know someone so eloquent and intelligent makes this blog a stop on his web-surfing itinerary...
The Complete Jog Seven Soldiers Review Index -- The title says it all, as Jog once again proves he's one of the comics blogosphere's MVPs. Go check out the Jog reviews of the entire Seven Soldiers event. I haven't read the latest one yet because I haven't read the comic (Frankenstein #4)yet, and Jog's list is missing the unreleased final issue of the series (because, uh, it hasn't been released yet)...but once that comes out, you know Jog'll cover it. This is one of the most impressive projects any comics blogger has yet undertaken, and that it's dedicated to good comics instead of Infinite Crisis (or the new Amazing Spider-Man, I read that last night, what the fuck?!? It's "amazing," all right...) makes it all the more worthwhile to bring to your attention.
Oh, and, thanks to all who responded to the call for entries in the previous post; if you haven't sent me an e-mail yet, I'll be taking them probably into early next week, so read below and drop me a line. And remember to include your address.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Checking In -- Yes, I've been busy. Sorry about that. I don't have anything solid to tell you here, but I wanted to check in. How about some
- I had part two of what seems to be a three-part root canal treatment today; the good news, the dentist was able to save my tooth, which had been giving me a good amount of agony prior to me finally going in and getting it taken care of. Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy (as it's really known) is actually pretty painless, although having my mouth wide open for two hours today was pretty fatiguing. Additionally, I forgot to eat before going in, and thanks to my diabetes had some low blood sugar during and after the dentist visit...luckily it was Josh's birthday at work today, so, yum, cake. His six-week old daughter is adorable.
- The new Tool CD 10,000 Days (no, it isn't officially out yet) is fucking awesome. It's not quite as good as Lateralus in my opinion -- I think that 2001 release is one of the ten best CDs ever released (and thanks to d. emerson eddy for turing me on to it), but some of the tracks on 10,000 Days are Lateralus-worthy, certainly. A woman I work with who I share similar musical tastes with generally was shocked to learn how much I love Tool. Well, as Brian Towne said to me years ago, I do indeed have a dark side, and Tool provides it with an aurally perfect soundtrack.
- The new Complete Peanuts volume (1959-1960) starts off with a surprisingly astute Whoopi Goldberg interview (I hate it when Gary Groth refers to Schulz as "Sparky," though, I really do...), and then astounds with a couple of wonderous story-arcs right off the bat, from the first week of 1959. Wonderful stuff. This series is deep into the very best of Schulz's work, now, and will stay there for at least another five or ten volumes. Get 'em, I'm telling you.
- Jesus, 24 was good this week. And there are now THREE Robocop cast members running around on there, do you realize that? The latest addition from that movie is a perfect villain for the show, he really is -- although for a tenth of a second I thought it was David Cross, which would have been even more fucking awesome.
- Also really enjoying The Sopranos this season. If 24, The Shield and The Sopranos were all on at the same time, my head would explode.
- I really feel like no one is reading this blog lately. Am I crazy? Let's find out. Send me an e-mail with the subject line I'M STILL READING THE ADD BLOG and include your name and address. I will pick one e-mail at random and send you at least 50 bucks worth of free graphic novels. Just to see how many people are still reading along. Fellow bloggers, please don't link to or talk about this offer, I only want entrants who discover it right here, reading this post, without any help.
- What else? All cell phone companies suck, you realize that, right? I thought Sprint was better than Cingular, but I was wrong, they just suck differently.
- I really cannot wait for The Shield to resume. Fucking Forest Whitaker, man, he rules. God damn, yes, he does.
- Tucker Max's book I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell is the funniest book I've read in years.
- Oh, God, this has turned into Larry King's old USA Today column!
- That radio commercial that calls the newspaper The USA Today is really aggravating, have you heard that one? I hear a lot of radio commercials, it's kind of my thing.
- More regular blogging -- of the comics variety -- to hopefully resume shortly.
As you were, Sparky.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Father and Daughter Reunion -- It seems the forthcoming MY DAY IN THE LIFE OF JAY collection from Jason Marcy and Friends (and I'm more than a little proud to be in that group) will contain not only my first published comic book story, but a pin-up by my daughter as well.
I'm pretty happy with how my story came out -- Jay drew it, so it looks great, and it tells the true story of my family's visit to Ontario last year.
Any longtime reader of this blog knows I am a big fan of Jason Marcy's Jay's Days series of autobio graphic novels, and this collection should be a worthy companion, true stories by the people who know and love the man himself. Make sure you keep an eye out here or on Jay's LiveJournal for details on when and how to get a copy for your own self.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Brokeback vs. Crash -- DVDFile's Mike Restaino eloquently explains why it's so ridiculous that Brokeback Mountain was denied a Best Picture Oscar.
And speaking of Crash, I watched the first half or so of the David Cronenberg film of the same name this past weekend, and was once again unable to finish it, despite my love of James Spader. Anyone wondering if any art is just too twisted for me should have a look at Cronenberg's Crash. If they can take it. I find I can't...
Not that the movie shouldn't exist, or that others can't enjoy it, it's just interesting to me to find out what my own limits are. Crash presents a pretty good example to me of where I really prefer not to go with the art I consume. It's just too goddamned disturbing.
Monday, April 17, 2006
Seven Soldiers of Memery -- Nicked, as usual, from Roger. Hi, Roger!
7 things to do before I die:
1. Move to Canada
2. Edit/publish a magazine
3. Go to The San Diego Comicon
4. Interview Alan Moore again
5. Hang out with Chris Allen, Rob Vollmar and d. emerson eddy
6. See my kids grow into adulthood
7. Celebrate the 10th, 15th, and 20th anniversaries of Comic Book Galaxy
7 things I cannot do:
1. Sleep more than five hours without chemical assistance
2. Promise to do something I know I won't do
3. Watch the last Henry Blake episode of M*A*S*H without crying
4. Watch Shaun of the Dead without laughing my ass off
5. Sit through TV commercials
6. Read most comic book websites for more than 30 seconds.
7. Believe the lies my government wants me to. Sorry, guys; tell the truth, or at least lie better.
7 things that I like about my county (Warren County, NY)
1. How close it is to Canada
2. How relatively crime-free it is
3. The Hyde Collection Museum in Glens Falls
4. The water of Lake George (as opposed to the tourist trap Village of Lake George)
5. That it has both somewhat urban and somewhat rural elements within 10 minutes of each other
6. There are not seven things I like about my county.
7. Sorry, Chamber of Commerce.
7 things I often say:
1. "It seemed like a good idea at the time."
2. "That's me!" (in response to someone calling out "Alan!" or "Doane!"at work)
3. "I'll need a production order." (To radio sales people who forget that their ad won't go on the air without one)
4. "Knock!" (To my kids, who never do)
5. "What's your name, Kira?" (To my daughter Kira; it was funny when she was 2 and would tell me her name was Kira.)
6. "I need to charge my cell phone." (I get anal when I lose one bar of power)
7. "I wish I had more time to do everything I wanted to do today."
7 books that I love re-reading:
1. The Geography of Nowhere by James Howard Kunstler
2. The Great Movies I and II by Roger Ebert
3. For Keeps by Pauline Kael
4. Cosmos by Carl Sagan
5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
6. Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore
7. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
7 movies I watch over and over again (well, more than once):
1. Pulp Fiction
2. Donnie Darko
3. Ghost World
5. American Splendor
6. Shaun of the Dead
7. Seven (ha!)
7 graphic novels I will keep forever:
1. From Hell
2. Ghost World
3. American Elf
4. Diary of a Teenage Girl
5. Louis Riel
6. The Ticking
7. Jay's Days: The Rise and Fall of The Pasta Shop Lothario
7 great comic shops
1. The Beguiling; Toronto, ON
2. Earthworld; Albany, NY
3. Million Year Picnic; Cambridge, MA
4. Modern Myths; Northampton, MA
5. Fantaco; Albany, NY (gone but not forgotten)
6. Unicorn Comics; Saratoga Springs, NY (ditto)
7. The USS Catastrophe Shop; on the internets
7 blogs I always read
1. The Comics Reporter
3. Comics Worth Reading
4. Beaucoup Kevin
5. Progressive Ruin
7. Jog the Blog
7 people I wish would blog more often
1. Chris Allen
2. Rob Vollmar
3. Ed Cunard
4. Logan Polk
5. d. emerson eddy
6. Jason Cooley
7 comics sites I visit every day
1. Comic Book Galaxy
2. American Elf
3. Jason Marcy's LiveJournal
4. Comic Book Resources
5. The Engine
6. The Comics Journal Message Board
7. Andrew Foster's LiveJournal
7 people I wish would do something else for a living besides comics:
1. Geoff Johns
2. Jeph Loeb
3. Judd Winick
4. J. Michael Straczynski
5. Brad Meltzer
6. John Byrne
7. Jim Lee
7 people to tag:
1. Chris Allen
2. Rob Vollmar
3. Derik A Badman
4. Johanna Draper Carlson
5. Jason Marcy
6. Logan Polk
7. Kevin Church
...if you wanna, gang.
Fell Sells Out -- I'm not wont to reproduce press releases very often, but Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith's Fell is a good comic that reads great in the single issue format and deserves support, so here's some news from Image...
MORE FELL SELL OUTS, NEW PRINTINGS COMING
Five Eisner Award nominations. Three issues sold out. Still only $1.99,
the best deal in comics. FELL is having the best week ever.
Image Comics has announced it is going back to print on three
separate issues of FELL - new printings on the two most recent issues
(#3 and #4) along with a FOURTH printing for FELL #1. In keeping with
previous re-printings, each new printing of FELL will feature the
same cover and content, with no variants.
Aside from its amazing creative team and universal praise, what sets
FELL apart is its unique format - coming in at only $1.99 for 24
pages, the ultra-compact story delivers more bang for the buck and is
pioneering what is quickly being nicknamed the "FELL Format" comic book.
"It's absurd that we are doing another printing of a $1.99 comic
featuring a nun wearing a Richard Nixon mask. But as long as
retailers keep selling 'em, we'll keep printing 'em," said Ellis.
"And to think some retailers accused us of leaving money on the
table. We seem to be hoovering it up pretty damn good, no?"
To top off its incredible sales velocity, it was also announced that
FELL had received FIVE separate Eisner Award nominations - Best
Continuinig Series, Best New Series, Best Writer, Best Painter/
Multimedia Artist and Best Lettering. The Eisner Awards winners will
be announced at this year's San Diego Comic Con International.
FELL is the first book from Image Comics to encompass this new
format, but not the last. Debuting in June will be the second "Fell-
Format" book, CASANOVA, a sci-fi espionage epic by Matt Fraction
(Punisher: War Journal) and Gabriel Ba (Rock'n'Roll).
Don't miss out on one of the hottest books on the stands, advance
orders are available now for FELL #5 (NOV051740), which is scheduled
to be in stores late May, the same time as these new printings. Also,
still available for order is the 3rd Printing of FELL #2 (DEC058380).
These new printings - FELL 2ND PRINTING #3 (FEB068169), FELL 2ND
PRINTING #4 (FEB068170) and FELL 4TH PRINTING #1 (FEB068168) - are
available now for advance re-order. Your local retailer can contact
their Diamond Customer Service Representative for ordering.
Make sure you tell your retailer to get some Fell for you if you haven't tried it yet, it's good stuff.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Covering Iron Man -- Tom Spurgeon highlights a classic Gil Kane image as a springboard to discussing how Iron Man has had a lot of bad covers over the years; I thought I would separate the wheat from the chaff (or the Iron from the Man?), and look at some of the few great* Iron Man covers from throughout the character's history (click the issue numbers to see the covers):
Iron Man #1 -- Of course, if you can't get a striking cover for the first issue of your own ongoing title, you know you have a problem. Actually, as eye-catching as this one is, that's more to the (overwrought) sense of drama artist Gene Colan gave to the character; the first-issue ribbon/banner (it looks slapped-on, har-har!) does nothing for the design, and the tiny background elements would distract from the overall design if not for the colour choices made to make Iron Man himself pop out. So, while the cover achieves the goal of likely luring the eyes of potential readers scanning racks full of comics, it's more down to the primary element of Iron Man himself and the way the colours play down everything else in the image. Hmm, Spurgeon may be on to something.
Iron Man #47 -- It only took 47 issues to give us a virtual repeat of the cover to #1, but at least here Gil Kane delivers a body shot that has power and grace without the melodrama inherent in Gene Colan's cover for #1. Vince Colletta's intention-destroying, time-saving, fine-line inking actually looks okay on the primary cover element (Iron Man), and this is about as iconic a depiction of my favourite Iron Man costume as you're likely to find.
Iron Man #54 -- This cover just looks great, no caveats at all. The poses are dramatic and fluid, the jagged lines of the bursts of water reflect the rage of Namor, and the backgroud perspective works perfectly to enhance the excitement of the image. A great example of why I think Gil Kane is one of the best artists ever to work in comics.
Iron Man #80 -- I've always been a sucker for this image, probably my favourite Iron Man cover of all time. Sure, the perspective is wonky (if not downright awkward -- why do we see the bottom of Iron Man's ill-advised 1970s-style "nose" in the way that we do, as his body angles downward and away from us? Why are his arms posed like that?); despite everything, though, the figure, the spectacular background images and the colouring all work to present a virtually 3-D portrait of the Armoured Avenger that is powerful and suggestive of a thrilling adventure that was almost certainly not found within the actual pages of the comic that it was wrapped around.
Iron Man #118 -- The Layton era had some of the series' best and worst covers. This one was one of the best, in terms of accurately reflecting the comic's innards and providing an arresting visual image that stood out on the stands.
Iron Man #128 -- Probably the best-remembered and most evocative cover in the history of the series. This one is so convincing in its seediness -- can't you just smell what a wreck Tony Stark has become? -- that it's almost a wonder this EC-like depiction of addiction got by the Comics Code. That it did is probably due to the clear message the creators thought they were sending -- that alcoholism is a devastating disease that destroys the lives of those who have it and those who love those who have it. Unfortunately, if memory serves, the simple-minded actual message was that alcoholism can be overcome in less than 30 pages if you have a hot girlfriend, clenched fists and a fashionable sports car. The End.
Iron Man #142 -- Another outer space scene (see issue #80, above), nicely contrasting the shiny precision of the armor (a new variation, another interesting element) against the blackness of space (much less dynamic a place than in Kirby's #80 cover, and yet it seems to make Iron Man stand out oven more if he is not competing with galaxies a-borning). The boot-jets are meant to add a sense of motion, but actually detract of the power of the figure work.
Iron Man #243 -- As you might guess from the huge gap between this entry and the previous one, the title entered a long, dry spell of really bad covers; this one actually isn't much better than average for the time, but the design element of the newspaper makes it stand out from a large crowd of lousy covers, and extra points to whoever decided to provide actual text for the newspaper rather than the more-standard gibberish or straight lines. The art on the inside is worth noting for having Barry Windsor-Smith's inks over Layton's pencils; it's clear from the art that BWS more than likely extensively revised Layton's work in some places, making for a much better than usual issue as far as the art goes. The script, if memory serves, was the usual overripe melodrama that weighted down the character long after the brief, now terribly dated-seeming heyday of the original Michelinie/Layton run.
Iron Man #256 -- What is it with me and these outer-space shots? I just think this one grabs the eye quite well, and the repulser rays and boot smoke actually work this time around. The most striking thing about this image, I think, is the well-placed use of shadow to suggest power and drama.
Iron Man Vol. 3 #1 -- Sorry, Heroes Reborn fans, but unsurprisingly Vol. 2 of the title turned out no covers worth noting (the current Vol. 4 has likewise failed to grab the eye with its samey-samey designs and washed out colours). But this energetic image suggests the character in full motion, charging into an exciting new era. As it turned out, the Busiek/Chen era was mainly highlighted by very good artwork (Chen was born to draw Iron Man). But it's worth noting that Busiek's handling of the character is probably the best extended run he's ever had storywise, consistent and informed by an obvious love of the character and his setting.
I didn't start out intending to make this my Ten Favourite Iron Man covers, but as it turns out, ten good covers is about all the character can claim since its inception. As I said, it's pretty clear Spurgeon is on to something...
UPDATE: Johnny Bacardi threatens to turn Covering Iron Man into a meme, but luckily he's a canny enough observer that his choices are worth checking out. Especially noteworthy are this genuine classic by Johnny Craig and this lovely offering by Barry Windsor-Smith (marred, I think, by the garish purple background; imagine the effect if Iron Man was presented in front of a background of (you'll pardon the pun) stark white, a la this classic Frank Miller Daredevil cover.
* Grabs the eye, stands out on the racks, exceptional depiction of the character or story, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah, your mileage may vary, member FDIC.
Friday, April 14, 2006
The Complete ADD Reviews -- Here's as comprehensive a list as I can compile of every single review I have ever written. If you find a broken link, duplicated link or know of a review I've written that's not on here, please drop me an e-mail; this is a work in progress, and I would appreciate any help at all in keeping it as complete and accurate as possible.
The Comic Cartoonist's Workbook
Mome Vol. 3
Add's Quick Hits: Ganges #1, Nextwave #1, Blackgas #1, Godland, JLA
Classified #16, Local #3, Serenity TPB, Savage Dragon #122, X-Men: Deadly Genesis #3, Surrogates #4
World War 3 Illustrated #36
The Secret Voice
Damn You, Frida Kahlo
The Cute Manifesto
Top Ten: The Forty-Niners
Or Else #3
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
James Kochalka Superstar: Our Most Beloved CD/DVD/comic
The R. Crumb Handbook
Chronicles of Conan Vol. 7
Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko
The Naked Cosmos DVD and Comic
The Adventures of Paul FCBD Comic
Ed The Happy Clown #1
24 Hour Comics
Tiempos Finales (End Times)
Wingnut and Fidget
Angry Youth Comics #8
Flight Vol. 1-2
Apres Shampooing and Pig's Missing Poo
Jessica Farm #1
The Black Heart Irregulars #1
Shuck the Sulfurstar #1
The mini-comics of Diana Tamblyn
Outlaws, Rebels, Freethinkers and Pirates
Pussies Vol. 1-2
Silver Age: The Second Generation of Comic Book Artists
Following Cerebus #3
The Long Haul
Steve Ditko: Space Wars
Nothing Left to Lose
ADD's Quick Hits Demo #12, Waterwise, Bipolar #1, Chronicles of Conan Vol. 6, American
Splendor: Our Movie Year, and A Few Perfect Hours
ADD's Quick Hits Krachmacher #1, One Step After Another, The Hardy Boys #1, Starfish and
Gravedigger: The Scavengers #1
ADD's Quick Hits The Book of Ballads, Insomnia, Helios #1, The Collected Sequential and The
ADD's Quick Hits -- Everyman Vol. 1: Be the People, No Dead Time, and 40 Years of The Amazing Spider-Man CD-ROM
Iron Man #1
The Frank Ritza Papers
ADD's Quick Hits -- The Originals, The Twins Chronicles and Chronicles of Conan Vol. 5
Baraka and Black Magic in Morocco
ADD's Quick Hits -- SPX 2004, Demo #11 and 1000 Steps to World Domination
Achewood Vol. 1
The Comics Journal #263
The Legend of Wild Man Fischer
Following Cerebus #1
Jay's Days: Rise and Fall of the Pasta Shop Lothario
Dreadstar: The Definitive Collection HC
Superman Adventures Volumes One and Two
The Dave Johnson Sketchbook
ADD's Quick Hits Tim Sale Black and White, Freedom Fries: The Political Art of Steve Brodner, In The
Shadow of No Towers and Lackluster World #1
ADD's Quick Hits Same Difference and Other Stories TPB, Eclipse and Vega Super Sized Special, The
Forsaken #1-2, The Bush Junta TPB and Daredevil vs. Bullseye TPB
ADD's Quick Hits Shouldn't You Be Working? #2, Angry Youth Comics #7, Naughty Bits #40, Scorn #1 and Ultra #2
JLA/Avengers Collector's Edition HC
ADD's Quick Hits B. Krigstein Comics, Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers, Return of the Elephant, Job
Wanted and Star Trek: The Key Collection
Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
Quick Hits -- ?????????????????????????????????????????????
The Classic Pin-Up Art of Jack Cole
Aleister Arcane #1-3
Cosmic Guard/Ashes 2 Ashes Preview (with Christopher Allen)
Comic Buyer's Guide #1595
Sleeper Season Two #1
The Confessional Special Edition (with Christopher Allen)
Blood Orange #1
Street Angel #1-2
Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman: Trinity HC
Adrian Tomine: Scrapbook
My Little Funny Underworld
Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl? Ltd. Ed. S/N HC
Monkey and Spoon
Comics Poetry: The Adapted Victor Hugo
ADD's Quick Hits Sketchbook Diaries Vol. 4, Monokuro Kinderbook, Chosen #1, Hard Time #1, Coup D'Etat #2: Stormwatch
ADD's Quick Hits Cute Manifesto, Walking Dead #4, Wanted #2, The Norm Magazine #2, Touch of Death #0-3, Demo #3, Steel Kitty #1, Wildcats 3.0 #18, Catwoman #27, Caper #1-4, Hulk: Gray #5
ADD's Quick Hits Human Target #7, DC: The New Frontier #2, Demo #4, Couriers: Dirtbike Manifesto, Supernatural Law #39, Common Grounds #2, Spawn #132
ADD's Quick Hits Coup D'Etat #1: Sleeper, Sam and Twitch #26, Invincible #8, Fused #1, Gyo Vol. 1, A Sort of Homecoming #2, The Bristol Board Jungle
ADD's Quick Hits Gabagool #6, 3-Car Pileup #1-2, Swamp Thing #1, Coup D'Etat Afterword, JSA #59
ADD's Quick Hits Mother Come Home, The Unfunnies #1, My Flesh is Cool #1, DC: The New Frontier #1, Sleeper #12, Human Target #6, Rise of the Graphic Novel, Fray TPB
ADD's Quick Hits Forlorn Funnies #5, The Gyspy Lounge: Lunchtime Variety Criminals, Further Grickle, Skidmarks: The Complete Bic Cycle
ADD's Quick Hits JLA #94, Gotham Central #17, The Escapist #1, Cerebus #300, Magic Whistle: Bigger, Larger and Bigger, Hi-Horse Omnibus, Real Stuff, 81/2 Ghosts, Fused #3, Para #1
ADD's Quick Hits Batman #620, Planetary #17, Sleeper #10, Wildcats #15, Alex Ross: Mythology
Optic Nerve #9
The Thirteenth Floor
Reinventing Everything #1-2
Acme Novelty Library Datebook
Quimby the Mouse
Across The Universe: DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore
The Frank Book
Planetary/Batman: Night on Earth
The Spiral Cage
New X-Men #142
The Speed Abater
Paul Has A Summer Job
Eddie Campbell's Egomania #1
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
The Doofus Omnibus
The House at Maakies Corner
Jay's Days Vol. One
Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson Vol. 1
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
B. Krigstein Vol. 1
JLA: Earth 2
Batman: Tenses #1 and 2
Optic Nerve #9
Street Angel #1
The Slings and Arrows Comic Guide
The Thirteenth Floor
Fancy Froglin's Sexy Forest
JLA/Avengers #1 (with Chris Allen of Movie Poop Shoot)
Youngblood: Bloodsport #1
Reinventing Everything #1-2
A Sort of Homecoming Preview
Witchblade Animated #1, Puffed #2, Hellhounds #1, Powers #33
Comic Book Artist Vol. 2. #1
Dicks and Deedees HC
The Comics Journal Library: Frank Miller
Collier's Vol. 2 #1-2, Brit #1, 9 of 1, Quimby the Mouse
The Barefoot Serpent
ADD's Quick Hits Unlikely, The Norm Magazine: 12 Steps to Marriage, Switchblade Honey, The Iron Wagon, Project: Telstar, Meat Haus #7: Love Songs, and Reload #3
ADD's Quick Hits Nepotism, Happy #2, Jennifer Daydreamer: Oliver, Ultimate X-Men #35, Kingpin #2, and Battle Royale Vol. 2
ADD's Quick Hits Savage Dragon #108, Stormwatch: Team Achilles #11-12, Suburban Folklore #1-2, Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge #319, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #634, Ultimate Spider-Man #43, Case Files: Sam and Twitch #1, New X-Men #143, Slab II, Raisin Pie #2, Broad Appeal, and The Bunker
Ogner Stump's One Thousand Sorrows
Last of the Independents
ADD's Quick Hits Astro City: Local Heroes #3, Batman #616, Terra Obscura #1, Catwoman #20, Hellboy Weird Tales #3 and Donnie Darko
Top Cow: Book of Revelations
Dark Days #1
Johnny Jihad: A Graphic Novel
New X-Men #142
The Authority Vol. 2 #2
The Nimrod #7
Battle Royale #1
Route 666: Highway to Horror TPB
Monkey vs. Robot and the Crystal of Power
Dead End: The Rise of Samhain
Touch of Death #0 and #1
DF Full-Size Captain America Head Bust
ADD's Quick Hits The Annotated Mantooth, A Night at The Roshambo, Ultimate X-Men #27 and Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra #4
ADD's Quick Hits Luba's Comics and Stories #3, Ultimate Spider-Man #34, Powers #27 and Batgirl Year One #2
The Yellow Jar
ADD's Quick Hits Ultimate War #1-2, Ultimate Spider-Man #32-33 and Firebreather #1
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 2 #4, Avengers #62, Ultimate War #2, Global Frequency #3, Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra #3, Fantastic Four #64, and Scars #1
Star Trek: Nemesis
Doofus Omnibus and The House at Maakies Corner
Attic Wit #1-2 and Mr. Big #1-2
Sundiata: A Legend of Africa and Cities of the Fantastic: The Invisible Frontier
Frank Miller: The Art of Sin City HC
Slab Comix #1
Forlorn Funnies #2
Catwoman #12, Batman #608, Global Frequency #1 and Y - The Last Man #4
The Journal Comic June 2002
My Uncle Jeff Preview
House of Java 2
Hairball: A Cal McDonald Mystery
Iron Man #59
X-Men Unlimited #38
Green Lantern #154
Planetary/JLA: Terra Occulta
Dark Horse Maverick: Happy Endings TPB
AKA #1 of 3 (and "A Night at Oldfields" in Digital Webbing Presents #4)
Mark Evanier's Comic Books and Other Necessities of Life
20th Century Eightball
Savage Dragon #100
The Ultimates: Super-Human TPB
Y - The Last Man #2
Dark Knight Strikes Again #1-3
Completely Pip and Norton
King Vol. 1 and 2
Beg the Question
Stylish Vittles: I Met A Girl GN
The Holy Terror #1
XXXlivenudegirls #2: pretty like a princess
The Ultimates #6
Green Arrow Quiver HC and Green Arrow #11-15
ADD's Quick Hits Powers #22, Superpatriot: America's Fighting Force #2, Love and Rockets #5, Gotham Girls #1, Ruse #10, My Flesh is Cool Preview
ADD's Quick Hits Lurid #1, The Authority: Kev, Mortal Coils #1, Weasel #5
Happy #2: Elephant, Bunny and Chicken
ADD's Quick Hits Eddie Campbell's Egomania, Small Favors Book One, Peanutbutter and
Jeremy #3: Nest and Window Exchange, Mystic Funnies #3, 30 Days of Night, Catwoman: Selina's Big Score
Double Cross: Assortment
The Comics Journal Special Edition: Summer, 2002
The Journal Comic
Unnatural Selection: The Origin of Hip Flask
ADD's Quick Hits Fused #2, Boneyard TPB, Aprendiz Book One, Alone in the Dark and Spawn #118
After the Snooter
ADD's Quick Hits Fade from Blue #2, Super Hero Happy Hour #1 and Superpatriot: America's Fighting Force #1
Y: The Last Man #1
ADD's Quick Hits Sky Between Branches #0, Spigot, My Monkey's Name is Jennifer #3, Skinwalker #2, Atmospherics, Scars Preview, Stormwatch: Team Achilles #1, The Ultimates #5
ADD's Quick Hits Pinky and Stinky GN, Powers #21, The Filth #2, Ruse #9, Tom Strong #17, Mortal Souls #3, Ultimate Spider-Man #24
ADD's Quick Hits Bastard Samurai #2, Savage Dragon #99, Double-Cross:More or Less, Violent Messiahs: The Book of Job TPB and The Forgotten #2
ADD's Quick Hits Summer of Love HC, Route 666, Batman: Gotham Adventures, Just Imagine Stan Lee with Walter Simonson Creating Sandman, Incredible Hulk: The End #1, Captain America #3 and Catwoman #8
Forlorn Funnies #1
Attitude: The New Subversive Political Cartoonists
Splatter Comix #1
ADD's Quick Hits Triple Dare #1, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Reunion, Midnight, Mass. #3 (of 8), The Establishment #10, Lucifer #27 and Queen and Country #9
ADD's Quick Hits La Perdida #2, Infinity Abyss #1 and Witchblade #56
ADD's Quick Hits XXXLiveNudeGirls #1, Love and Rockets #4, Fables #2, Ultimate Spider-Man Super-Special and Spider-Man: Blue #2
ADD's Quick Hits White Death TPB, The Comics Journal Library: Jack Kirby, Zendra: Heart of Fire #1 (of 6), Decoy #1, Cla$$War #1
ADD's Quick Hits 30 Days of Night, Murder Mysteries HC, Steven Grant's Mortal Souls #2, Justice League Adventures #8, Savage Dragon #98, Spider-Man: Blue #1 and Green Lantern #150
The Filth #1, Alias #10, Thor #50, BPRD #3 and Ruse #8
B. Krigstein: Volume One
Daredevil: Yellow HC
Skinwalker #1, Strangehaven #14, Batman #603
The Norm: Keys #3 - Hotel
ADD's Quick Hits The Thessaliad #1-4, Midnight, Mass. #1-2 and Fables #1
Dirty Stories Vol. 1-3
Jack Staff: Yesterday's Heroes TPB
Capsule reviews ?????????????????????????????????????????
Sequential #6 and 7
Capsule reviews ??????????????????????????????????????
To Afghanistan and Back
Captain America #2
Fade from Blue #1
ADD's Quick Hits Amazing Spider-Man #40, Transmetropolitan #56, Strange Killings #3 (of 3), Mortal Souls #1, Queen and Country #8, Black Panther #44 and Peter Parker Spider-Man #44
Ultimate Spider-Man Hardcover
ADD's Quick Hits Capsule reviews of Bad Guy #1, Knee Pockets #1 and Small Favors #2-3
ADD's Quick Hits World War 3 Illustrated #32, Pounded #2 of 3, Thor #49, The Ultimates #4, Tom Strong's Terrific Tales #3 and Alias #9
The Golem's Mighty Swing
Strangehaven: Arcadia and Strangehaven: Brotherhood
ADD's Quick Hits Bastard Samurai #1, Daredevil #32, Stray Bullets #24 and Catwoman #6
More 2002 Free Comic Book Day Comics
ADD's Quick Hits Captain America #1, Ruse #7, Savage Dragon #96 and Ruse #7
Me and Edith Head
Justice League: Legends
The Complete Copybook Tales
2002 Free Comic Book Day Comics
Startling Stories: The Megalomaniacal Spider-Man
The Establishment #8
Mike Mignola's BPRD: Hollow Earth #2
James Kochalka's Sketchbook Diaries Volume Two
My Friend Dahmer
ADD's Quick Hits Greyshirt: Indigo Sunset #5, The Negation #5, Justice League Adventures #6, Transmetropolitan #55, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer #43
The Complete Frank Miller Spider-Man HC
Krazy and Ignatz 1925 and 1926
ADD's Quick Hits Lab Rats #1, Green Lantern #149, Nightwing #68, Black Panther #43, Thor #48, and Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #15
Queen and Country #7
Superman/Savage Dragon: Metropolis
Strange Killings #2
ADD's Quick Hits Spider-Girl #46, X-Force #126, Marvel Knights Double Shot #1, Deadline #1 of 4, Morlocks #1 of 4, Muties #3, and Marvel Mangaverse #1
ADD's Quick Hits The Ultimates #3, Fray #6, Ruse #6, Savage Dragon #95, Futurama #8, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Haunted #4 of 4, and Orion #24
ADD's Quick Hits High Roads #1, Superman #181, Young Justice #44 and Detective Comics #769
The Book of Leviathan
Black Tide #1-3
I Love NY
Detective Comics #767-768
The 3rd Degree #1
ADD's Quick Hits Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #14, Incredible Hulk #38, Wolverine #174, Marvel Knights #1, Catwoman #5, The Flash #184 and JLA #64
ADD's Quick Hits Fused #1, The Monarchy #12, Lucifer #24 and The Establishment #7
Swamp Thing: Earth to Earth
ADD's Quick Hits Thor #47, Thing/She-Hulk: The Long Night, The Order #2, New X-Men #124 and Ultimate X-Men #16
ADD's Quick Hits Robin #100, Birds of Prey #41, JSA #34 and Batman/Deathblow: After the Fire #1
Justice League: Brave and the Bold Part One
The Norm: Keys Two - Office
ADD's Quick Hits Fantastic Four #53, X-Force #125, Iron Man #52, Black Panther #42, The Punisher #10, Avengers: Celestial Quest #7, Cable #103, Taskmaster #2, and Deadpool #64
Top Shelf on Parade
Savage Dragon #94
Strange Killings #1
Welcome to Eltingville
Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995
ADD's Quick Hits Exiles #11, Spider-Girl #45, Ultimate Spider-Man #20, Muties #2, Citizen V and the V Battalion: The Everlasting #2, S.C.I. Spy #2, Doom Patrol #6, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #42 and Tomorrow Stories #12
ADD's Quick Hits Hawkman #1, Superman #180, Batgirl #26 and The Spectre #15, Promethea #19, Tom Strong #16, Ruse #5 and Catwoman #4
The Town that Didn't Exist
Son of the Gun #1: Born in the Trash
The DC Comics Guide to Penciling Comics
Eldritch Pulp Adventure #1
Colonia Volume One: Islands and Anomalies
The Ultimates #2
It's a Good Life if You Don't Weaken
Jay's Days Vol. 2
Two Over Ten #4-5
Jack Staff #7
Queen and Country #6
Ultimate Spider-Man #19
Justice League Adventures #4
Alan Moore's Glory #2
The Authority #28
Goodbye, Chunky Rice
The Birthday Riots
Josh Simmons's Happy CD
Authority French Import Hardcovers
A Treasury of Victorian Murder
Abe: Wrong for all the Right Reasons
Tales of the Slayers TPB
ADD's Quick Hits The Forgotten #1, Alias #6, Spider-Girl #44, Amazing Spider-Man #38
Walkie Talkie #3
Mike Mignola's BPRD #1 and Ruse #4
Murder Me Dead HC
ADD's Quick Hits True Story, Swear to God: Reunion, Powers #17 and The Ultimates #1
Comics Journal Winter Special 2002
Ghost World DVD
Iron Man #50
Bluntman and Chronic TPB
Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure
Shuck Comics #1
New X-Men #121
Tom Strong #15
Powers: Roleplay TPB
Fuzz and Pluck TPB
Jay's Day's Vol. 1
Hey, Wait (with Rob Vollmar)
Wildstorm Summer Special 2001
Novavolo Annual 2001
Dee Vee 2001 (with Rob Vollmar)
Authority #23 and Fray #1
ADD's Quick Hits X-Force #116, Monarchy #3, New X-Men #114, Ultimate X-Men #6
ADD's Quick Hits Tom Strong #13, Orion #14, Transmetropolitan: Filth of the City, Defenders #5
Uncanny X-Men #394, Ministry of Space #1
ADD's Quick Hits Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1 TPB, Promethea #14, Daredevil #17, Green Arrow #3 and JLA #53
Wolverine: Not Dead Yet TPB
Orion #13, Monarchy #2
Crux #1, Ultimate Spider-Man #8
Superstar: As Seen on TV!
Barry Windsor-Smith's Opus 2
X-Man #75; Mail Order Bride: A Graphic Novel
ADD's Quick Hits Zero Girl #4, Black Panther #30, X-Men: Hidden Years #18, JLA: Black
Baptism #1, The Spectre #3, Top 10 #11, Iron Man #40, Adventures of Superman #590, Batman Elseworlds: Gotham Noir, and Transmetropolitan #44
ADD's Quick Hits The Crusades #1, Black Widow #3, Batman #598, and Ultimate Spider-Man #7, and Avengers #39
ADD's Quick Hits Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #1, Wolverine #161, Spider-Man Lifeline #2, Daredevil #15, JLA #51, Hate Annual #1
Tom Strong Volume One
ADD's Quick Hits Ultimate X-Men #3, X-Man #74, Promethea #13, Superboy's Legion #1,
Orion #11, Superboy #85, Birds of Prey #28, and Double Image #1
ADD's Quick Hits Defenders #2, Spider-Man Lifeline #1, Transmetropolitan #43, Wildcats
#20, Crusades: Urban Decree, Gen 13 #62, Monarchy #1, Weird Western Tales #1
ADD's Quick Hits Avengers #38, Powers #9, Savage Dragon #82
ADD's Quick Hits Batman: Gotham Knights #13, Wolverine #160, Sentry vs. Void, Marvel Boy #6, El Diablo #1, Justice Leagues: JLA
ADD's Quick Hits Hulk/Sentry, Daredevil #14, Spider-Girl #30, X-Men Unlimited #30, Peter Parker: Spider-Man #27, and X-Men: The Search for Cyclops #3, Star Trek: Voyager Planet Killer #1, Justice League of Aliens #1, Justice League of Amazons #1, Justice League of Atlantis #1, Justice League of Arkham #1, Nightwing #53 and Detective Comics #754
ADD's Quick Hits Captain Marvel #15, Day of the Defenders, X-Man #73, Ultimate X-Men #2, Catwoman #90, Superman: The Man of Steel #110, Jezebelle #1, Titans #25, JL? #1
ADD's Quick Hits Hell and Back: A Sin City Love Story TPB, Big Clay Pot, Defenders #1
ADD's Quick Hits Promethea #12, Tom Strong #11, Crisis on Infinite Earths TPB, Ultimate X-Men #1, Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comic Magazine #1, Nick Fury: Who Is Scorpio? TPB, Black Hole #8, Transmetropolitan #41, Thor #32, Backpack Avengers #1
ADD's Quick Hits Marvel Boy #5, X-Men Archives Sketchbook, Anomaly Annual #2, Ultimate X-Men #1, Authority #21, Avengers #36, Futurama #1, Spider-Man: The Mysterio Manifesto #1, Black Widow #1, Powers #7
ADD's Quick Hits The X-Men Video, Maximum Security #3, Universe X: Spidey #1, X-Man #71, Rival #1-6, Luba #5, Sock Monkey Vol. 3 #1, Authority: Under New Management TPB, Transmetropolitan #40
ADD's Quick Hits Sock Monkey TPB, Daredevil: Ninja #1, Thor #31, Batman: Turning Points #1, Planetary #12, Powers #6, Empire #2; also, Previews for January, 2001
ADD's Quick Hits Hellspawn #2, The First #1, Iron Man: Bad Blood #4, Deadenders #10, JLA Secret Files and Origins #3, JLA #47, The Authority 2000 Annual, Savage Dragon #79, Detective Comics #751, Orion #7, The Myth of 8-Opus #2, Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool #1, Maximum Security #1, X-Men: The Search for Cyclops #1, Avengers #34
ADD's Quick Hits Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Jenny Sparks #4, Ultimate Spider-Man #2, Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet #1, Rising Stars #10, The Authority #19, Batman: Gotham Knights #9, Captain Marvel #11, Sentry #3
ADD's Quick Hits 513: a BMX bike story, Outfitters #4, Sunburn by James Kochalka, Daredevil Visionaries Hardcover/CD ROM, Peanut Butter and Jeremy, Fantastic Four #35, Marvel Boy #4, Midnight Nation Black and White #1, Promethea Book One, Young Justice TPB, Ultimate Spider-Man #1
ADD's Quick Hits Avengers #33, Authority #18, Safe Area Gorazde hardcover, Topsy Turvy TPB, the Myth of 8-Opus, Superstar Ashcan
Carrot Boy the Beautiful CD/Comic
Monkey vs. Robot TPB
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Chaykin on New Avengers -- As a fan of Howard Chaykin's art from almost the very beginnings of his career, I have to say that the Chaykin art from New Avengers #21 (at Newsarama) looks like some of the best work he's done in years.
City of Tomorrow intrigued me until I read the first issue, Mighty Love didn't hold my attention even that long, I just can't get interested in Hawkgirl, but: Chaykin drawing an angry Captain America for a complete issue? Looks great.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Alex's Nine -- Here's a good list of nine comics Eisner-nominated writer Alex de Campi recommends as having influenced her. It's a good piece.
One Down, 49 To Go -- Between gay marriage and now mandatory health care, Massachusetts is starting to look like it's part of a civilized nation, instead of, you know, the United States. Details at CBSNews.com.
Labels: equal marriage rights
Mark Millar's Illness -- I was very sorry to read at The Great Curve that writer (and longtime Galaxy booster) Mark Millar has been suffering from Crohn's Disease.
As he lays out in a Newsarama interview, it's a disease that runs in his family, and he even compares it to diabetes, which runs in my own. So as someone who's greatly enjoyed a lot of Millar's work over the past few years, and as someone dealing with somewhat similar health issues, I find myself feeling deeply sympathetic for Mark, and hopeful that he finds better health. Doubtless this story going public will educate the public about what he is battling -- I know more about Crohn's disease now than I did an hour ago, and I can't be alone in that regard.
For someone who has taken his share of shots over the years, I was interested to see that Millar is downright reflective in the Newsarama interview; he even goes a long way toward making amends with some in the industry that he has taken on (perhaps unwisely at times) in the past. That one rings some bells, too, as my dealing with my own health issues over the past eight years or so has occasionally distracted me to the point that I have done things I deeply regret only later to realize just how foolish and short-sighted I'd been. As you can see in the case of Mark Millar, staring your own mortality down most often leads one to see one's self much better than one's previous illusions of (you'll pardon the term) invulnerability could ever allow.
For example, many years ago I got into a stupid battle with Johanna Draper Carlson because of my feelings about religious fundamentalism; at the time I painted all Christians as whackjobs, and yet here is the very Christian Johanna leading the charge against truly vile religious extremists. I couldn't admire her efforts more, which would shock the hell out of my somewhat-less-enlightened self circa 2000.
One of the unavoidable elements of a long time spent in any one endeavour, I can see now, is the pernicious progression of time. When I started writing about comics back in 1998 or so, I had no idea how many truly wonderful friends I would come to know, or how many obstacles I would watch them overcome, or how many of my own they would support me as I tackled, or perhaps failed to tackle. It's gratifying to know who your friends really are, and in this strange world of the computer internets I can really only say I have made four or five genuine friends in the past decade or so, but I have enjoyed knowing and talking to countless other people as well, frequent acquaintances AOL might call "Buddies," but that doesn't quite seem to capture it either.
Mark Millar is one of those people; I can't say we've ever met or shared a drink, but he's been a great supporter of me and my site over the years, and I have always felt deep down that whatever controversy he was stirring up online or in comics, that he was one of the most decent and loyal people I have ever encountered. I still feel that way. For all his faults, most of which I am quite sure he'd own up to, Mark Millar is one of the good guys. And I sincerely wish him every bit of luck in fighting his illness, and I hope every one of you that can will find a way to support him and those like him.
Mark Millar makes it very clear that Crohn's is no walk in the park. Me, Augie or George Perez will tell you that diabetes, while manageable, is also incurable and can be deadly if not kept under control. A life in comics, or in anything, inevitably leads one to reflect on life in general, and life is filled with births and deaths, health and illness, marriage and divorce, success, and suffering. If Mark's story leads anyone to try to help find a cure, or even to donate to the cause, then good for him for telling the world what he's dealing with.
As a friend, as a frequent correspondent, hell, just as someone who really loves a lot of Mark's comics, I just want to say, get well, Mark. And take care of yourself, you've earned it.
Labels: real life
Monday, April 10, 2006
AK Talks Comic Art -- You remember AK, right? The auteur whose "Title Bout" at Movie Poop Shoot was the Greatest Comics Column Around when it was around?
Here he is looking at some current comic art. The NYC Mech board is a good place to see what AK is thinking about; along with Chris Allen, Chris Butcher, Tom Spurgeon, Jog and Rob Vollmar, AK's way of looking at comics is always compelling reading.
Artcomix Anthology Page Rates -- Mark Martin kicks off an informative -- and depressing -- thread about how much anthologies offer artcomix creators per page for their work. Click over to The Comics Journal Message Board.
Friday, April 07, 2006
Butcher on Comic Art and Cultural Divides and Hope for the Future -- God damn, Chris Butcher is on fire again. Great essay from one of the finest minds thinking about comics in my lifetime.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
2006 Eisner Awards -- Well, the nominations are out and there's some very good stuff up for awards this year. Here's my picks, in bold, mostly without comment.
Best Short Story
"Blood Son," by Richard Matheson, adapted by Chris Ryall and Ashley
Wood, in Doomed #1 (IDW)
"Monster Slayers," by Khang Le, in Flight, vol. 2 (Image)
"Nameless," by Eric Powell, in The Goon #14 (Dark Horse)
"Operation" (story #5), by Zak Sally, in The Recidivist #3 (La Mano)
"Teenage Sidekick," by Paul Pope, in Solo #3 (DC)
Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
The Bakers, by Kyle Baker (Kyle Baker Publishing)
Ex Machina #11: "Fortune Favors" by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, and
Tom Feister (WildStorm/DC)
The Innocents, by Gipi (Fantagraphics/Coconino Press)
Promethea #32: "Wrap Party" by Alan Moore and J. H. Williams III (ABC)
Solo #5, by Darwyn Cooke (DC)
Best Serialized Story
Desolation Jones #1-5: "Made in England," by Warren Ellis and J. H.
Williams III (WildStorm/DC)
Fables #36-38, 40-41: "Return to the Homelands," by Bill Willingham,
Mark Buckingham, and Steve Leialoha (Vertigo/DC)
Ex Machina #12–14: "Fact v. Fiction," by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony
Harris, and Tom Feister (WildStorm/DC)
Y: The Last Man #37-39: "Paper Dolls," by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia
Guerra, Goran Sudzuka, and Jose Marzan Jr. (Vertigo/DC)
Best Continuing Series
Age of Bronze, by Eric Shanower (Image)
Astonishing X-Men, by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday (Marvel)
Ex Machina, by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, and Tom Feister (WildStorm/DC)
Fell, by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith (Image)
Rocketo, by Frank Espinosa (Speakeasy)
True Story, Swear to God, by Tom Beland (Clib's Boy Comics)
Best Limited Series
Nat Turner, by Kyle Baker (Kyle Baker Publishing)
Ocean, by Warren Ellis, Chris Sprouse, and Karl Story (WildStorm/DC)
Seven Soldiers, by Grant Morrison and various artists (DC)
Smoke, by Alex de Campi and Igor Kordey (IDW)
Best New Series
All Star Superman, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (DC)
Desolation Jones, by Warren Ellis and J. H. Williams III (WildStorm/DC)
Fell, by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith (Image)
Rocketo, by Frank Espinosa (Speakeasy)
Young Avengers, by Alan Heinberg, Jim Cheung, and John Dell (Marvel)
Best Publication for a Younger Audience
Amelia Rules! by Jimmy Gownley (Renaissance Press)
The Clouds Above, by Jordan Crane (Fantagraphics)
Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius, by Chris Eliopoulous and Mark
Owly: Flying Lessons, by Andy Runton (Top Shelf)
Spiral-Bound, by Aaron Renier (Top Shelf)
The Dark Horse Book of the Dead, edited by Scott Allie (Dark Horse Books)
Flight, vol. 2, edited by Kazu Kibuishi (Image)
Mome, edited by Gary Groth and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
Solo, edited by Mark Chiarello (DC)
24 Hour Comics Day Highlights 2005, edited by Nat Gertler (About Comics)
Best Digital Comic
Copper, by Kazu Kibuishi www.boltcity.com/copper
Jellaby, by Kean Soo, www.secretfriendsociety.com/archive.php?cat=2
ojingogo, by matt forsythe www.comingupforair.net/comics/ojingogo.html
PVP, by Scott Kurtz, www.pvponline.com/
ADD: None of the above.
Best Reality-Based Work
Embroideries, by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon)
Epileptic, by David B. (Pantheon)
Nat Turner, by Kyle Baker (Kyle Baker Publishing)
Pyongyang, by Guy Delisle (Drawn & Quarterly)
True Story, Swear to God (Clib's Boy Comics), True Story, Swear to
God: This One Goes to Eleven (AiT/Planet Lar), by Tom Beland
Best Graphic Album—New
Acme Novelty Library #16, by Chris Ware (ACME Novelty)
The Rabbi's Cat, by Joann Sfar (Pantheon)
Top Ten: The Forty-Niners, by Alan Moore and Gene Ha (ABC)
Tricked, by Alex Robinson (Top Shelf)
Wimbledon Green, by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)
Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Acme Novelty Library Annual Report to Shareholders, by Chris Ware (Pantheon)
Black Hole, by Charles Burns (Pantheon)
Feast of the Seven Fishes, by Robert Tinnell, Ed Piskor, and Alex
Saviuk (Allegheny Image Factory)
Ice Haven, by Dan Clowes (Pantheon)
War's End, by Joe Sacco (Drawn & Quarterly)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Strips
The Complete Calvin & Hobbes, by Bill Watterson (Andrews McMeel)
The Complete Peanuts, 1955–1956, 1957–1958, by Charles Schulz (Fantagraphics)
Krazy and Ignatz: The Komplete Kat Komics. by George Herriman (Fantagraphics)
Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays, by Winsor McCay
(Sunday Press Books)
Walt and Skeezix, by Frank King (Drawn & Quarterly)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
Absolute Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)
Buddha, vols. 5-8, by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)
The Contract with God Trilogy, by Will Eisner (Norton)
DC Comics Rarities Archives, vol. 1 (DC)
Fantastic Four Omnibus, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (Marvel)
Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material
Cromartie High School, by Eiji Nonaka (ADV)
Dungeon: The Early Years, vol. 1, by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, and
Christophe Blaine (NBM)
Ordinary Victories, by Manu Larcenet (NBM)
The Rabbi's Cat, by Joann Sfar (Pantheon)
Six Hundred Seventy-Six Apparitions of Killoffer, by Killoffer (Typocrat)
ADD: None of the above, because I haven't read any of the nominees.
Warren Ellis, Fell (Image); Down (Top Cow/Image); Desolation Jones,
Ocean, Planetary (WildStorm/DC)
Alan Heinberg, Young Avengers (Marvel)
Alan Moore, Promethea, Top Ten: The Forty-Niners (ABC)
Grant Morrison, Seven Soldiers, All Star Superman (DC)
Brian K. Vaughan, Ex Machina (WildStorm/DC); Y: The Last Man
(Vertigo/DC); Runaways (Marvel)
Geof Darrow, Shaolin Cowboy (Burlyman)
Guy Delisle, Pyongyang (Drawn & Quarterly)
Eric Shanower, Age of Bronze (Image)
Adrian Tomine, Optic Nerve #10 (Drawn & Quarterly)
Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #16 (ACME Novelty)
Kyle Baker, Plastic Man (DC); The Bakers (Kyle Baker Publishing)
Paige Braddock, Jane's World (Girl Twirl)
Bryan Lee O'Malley, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Oni)
Eric Powell, The Goon (Dark Horse)
Seth, Wimbledon Green (Drawn & Quarterly)
John Cassaday, Astonishing X-Men (Marvel); Planetary (WildStorm/DC)
Gene Ha, Top Ten: The Forty-Niners (ABC)
J.G. Jones, Wanted (Top Cow/Image)
Frank Quitely, All Star Superman (DC)
J.H. Williams III, Promethea, Desolation Jones (WildStorm/DC)
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Paul Guinan, Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate (IDW)
Ladronn, Hip Flask: Mystery City (Active Images)
Ben Templesmith, Fell (Image)
Kent Williams, The Fountain (Vertigo/DC)
Best Cover Artist
Frank Espinosa, Rocketo (Speakeasy)
Tony Harris, Ex Machina (Wildstorm/DC)
James Jean, Fables (Vertigo/DC); Runaways (Marvel)
Jock, The Losers (Vertigo/DC)
Eric Powell, The Goon; Universal Monsters: Cavalcade of Horror (Dark Horse)
ADD: None of the above
Jeromy Cox, Teen Titans (DC); Otherworld (Vertigo/DC)
Steven Griffen, Hawaiian Dick: The Last Resort (Image)
Steve Hamaker, Bone: The Great Cow Race (Scholastic Graphix)
Jose Villarrubia, Desolation Jones (WildStorm/DC)
Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #16 (ACME Novelty)
Chris Eliopoulos, Ultimate Iron Man, Astonishing X-Men, Ultimates 2,
House of M, Franklin Richards (Marvel); Fell (Image)
Todd Klein, Wonder Woman, Justice, Seven Soldiers #0 (DC); Desolation
Jones (WildStorm/DC); Promethea, Top Ten: The Forty-Niners, Tomorrow
Stories Special (ABC); Fables (Vertigo); 1602: New World (Marvel)
Richard Starkings, Conan, Revelations (Dark Horse); Godland (Image);
Gunpowder Girl and the Outlaw Squaw, Hip Flask: Mystery City (Active
Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #16 (ACME Novelty)
Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition
Dawn Brown (Ravenous, Little Red Hot)
Aaron Renier (Spiral-Bound)
Zak Sally (Recidivist)
Ursula Vernon (Digger)
Best Comics-Related Periodical
Comic Art, edited by M. Todd Hignite (Comic Art)
Comic Book Artist, edited by Jon Cooke (Top Shelf)
The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth and Dirk Deppey (Fantagraphics)
Draw!, edited by Michael Manley (TwoMorrows)
Following Cerebus, edited by Craig Miller and John Thorne
Best Comics-Related Book
The Comics Journal Library: Classic Comic Illustrators, edited by Tom
Eisner/Miller, interviews conducted by Charles Brownstein (Dark Horse Books)
Foul Play: The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s EC Comics, by
Grant Geissman (Harper Design)
Masters of American Comics, edited by John Carlin, Paul Karasik,
and Brian Walker (Hammer Museum/MOCA Los Angeles/Yale University
RGK: Art of Roy G. Krenkel, edited by J. David Spurlock and Barry
Best Publication Design
Acme Novelty Library Annual Report to Shareholders, designed by Chris
Little Nemo in Slumberland, designed by Philippe Ghuilemetti (Sunday
Promethea #32, designed by J. H. Williams III and Todd Klein (ABC)
Walt and Skeezix, designed by Chris Ware (Drawn & Quarterly)
Wimbledon Green, designed by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)
Hall of Fame
Judges' Choices: Floyd Gottfredson, William Moulton Marston
Voters will choose four from among:
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