Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Art References

I'm starting a collection of photo references for objects. Things that may interest me in drawing.

These were scanned from a book on jewelry that I checked out yesterday from the local library. It had some cool pictures. I can't believe how hard it is to find good books with color pics.


Comics Previews and News

Catching up with the comics world here:

HEROES FOR HIRE #1:


Go here for more info.

PHONOGRAM #1

Check out the ten page preview here.

HERO SQUARED

Read the entire first issue of the previous mini-series here.

The new Batwoman doing her thing:


The new Doom Patrol-
Their debut in Teen Titans #35:


And on the cover to SECRET SIX #4:


JUSTICE SOCIETY news:
Announced members of the new team include Power Girl, Hourman (Rick Tyler), Damage (son of the Golden Age Atom, and sporting a new costume designed by Alex Ross), and the new Starman (presumably from KINGDOM COME).

Virgin Comics gets Alex Ross to do covers.
RAMAYAN REBORN #1:


And here's a great article about how the price of gas has effected comics.

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Darwyn Cooke






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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

'Nuther World Comics #2 Preview

Just a couple pencil sketches from the upcoming 'NUTHER WORLD COMICS #2 (name may be changing to 'NUTHER WORLD COMICS MEGAMIX #1).

Roxie Tiger makes her debut:


I'm working on a new Wizdom story:


And the often pushed back Extremists may actually see the light of day:


The Extremists PSP comic has been shelved, unfortunately, due to my no longer owning a PSP. Sorry.
If I get caught up around here I may decide to adapt it later since I still have the template saved in Photoshop.

As for the print comic, I have several stories I'm working on. I'm trying to determine page number at the moment and see how much I can fit in. May either go with a 48-page special or two 24-page issues. The latter is more appealing since I can have something else coming out later.

Indie Thirty #3

This week's set:

1. Iron and Wine/Calexico - He Lays in the Reins
2. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
3. Jose Gonzalez - Cross
4. The Decemberists - Of Angels and Angles
5. The Decemberists - We Both Go Down Together
6. Arcade Fire - Crown of Love
7. The Decemberists - On the Bus Mall
8. Iron and Wine - Freedom Hangs Like Heaven
(Running time: 31:48)

Click here to download this week's set.
Or go here to stream it.

I had to record this week's show three times. The first time my totally random shuffle selected four Arcade Fire songs IN A ROW!
The second time it selected a song from the Paws Sampler which I found I didn't really care for so I deleted the whole album from the playlist and recorded another set.

BTW... the Jose Gonzalez song on here is really good. Fans of Iron and Wine should really dig it.

Like always, if you like this kind of stuff, be sure to check out the individual artists over at eMusic. Just about all of them are available for download there.

And if you want to hear even more Indie music, head over to KANM 1690 AM and click on one of their live streams. KANM is a college radio that specializes in Indie Rock.

Organizing My Studio

...Or what's left of it...

I spent the day going through my art and writings, sifting through all of it.
I managed to get my art seperated into four different folders:
a. work that's been used in my 'Nuther World Comics.
b. work that hasn't been used.
c. work I did for others and convention sketches from other artists.
d. studies and fan art.

I was surprised by the amount of stuff in folder b. However, most of it is concept art and sketches.

Now that I've been more relaxed about my real life job, I've found it possible to focus some on my comic and art.

I'm going to try to set up a schedule where I put myself in "comic mode" for about two hours a day. Five hours on my days off. That should put me at about twenty hours a week.

I finally finished reading the "Complete Drawing Course" that I bought a while back. After reading I see why the writer suggests reading it through before beginning actually taking it on. A lot important basic elements are drilled into you in a systemetic pattern so that when you go back to the beginning to do the exercises you already have stuff in the back of your head guiding you.

I just started the first section, which focuses on objects. The book has four parts: objects, plants, places and people. Unfortunately, the people section only deals with faces and portraits. Luckily, I have other books for that.
I was a little surprised it didn't have animals, too. Must be something to look forward to after the "course".
Otherwise, it's a great book.

Meanwhile, I'm dreading the search for writings as I have several spirals strewn here and there that have great ideas intermixed with random role-playing campaign notes and the occasional bill balancing. Not to mention the countless lists I have written for one impulsive reason or another.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Batman A-Go-Go Bonus


This was the image that appeared in the Fall 2000 issue of COMICOLOGY. The preview art was featured alongside a mammoth thirty-page interview! The issue also included a two-page list of Allred's work up until that time.
Highly reccomended!

For more info on Batman A-Go-Go, see my page on SOLO #7, which carried the final version of the story.

If you have a longing for more campy Batman stuff go visit The 1966 Batman TV Tribute Site, where they have info on all the characters, an episode guide and some really cool clips to watch.

This Week's eBay Purchases

Madman/Jam #1 and 2
X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #1-5

At least my X-Statix collection will be complete.

Books I still need to get:
Madman Comics #15-20
Atomics #13-15
It Girl #1
Mr. Gum #1
Spaceman #1
Crash Metro #1
Madman Special 2003
Red Rocket 7 #6, 7


I also plan on getting the original copies of Atomics #1. I currently have the Jigsaw TPB.

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Darwyn Cooke







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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Goodbye to a Legend






Alex Toth died yesterday.
He was 78.

Note from his son, Eric, posted on the Alex Toth Forums:

Hello.
I am Alex's oldest son Eric. I meant to be the one to let everyone know that my father did pass away this morning drawing/writing at his table. I do not have any further details other than I will forward an address for those interested in sending cards. We will arrange something appropriate at or around the convention this summer in San Diego. As John shared, all of your cards and letters of the recent past were very much appreciated by my father. Only in these last years did he begin to understand and accept the fact that his work had touched so many people's lives. In time, more information will follow.

Thank you.
Eric and family.


Official website.
Twenty questions with Alex Toth.
Original art gallery.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Next in Queue


My first disc of Batman: The Animated Series shipped today. So starting about Tuesday I'll be immersing myself into the complete run.

I remember the show reaching some high marks in it's day and look forward to watching them again. And I'm sure I'll come across a lot of episodes that I've never seen.

It was a truly monumental series that paved the way for others like it (in the now classic Bruce Timm fashion).

I was readind up on it over at IMDB and discovered some interesting facts:

* To create the eerie nighttime feeling, the background painters used dark paper instead of the traditional white. This also allowed them to save time from painting large portions of black color as most of the scenes are set at night.

* Tim Curry was initially cast as the voice of the Joker. After he recorded four episodes, the decision was made to recast and eventually the role went to Mark Hamill.

* Many of the episodes in this series are direct adaptations of 'Denny O'Neil' and Neal Adams' comic books from the seventies. These include "The Laughing Fish" and "Daughter of the Demon".

* The episodes "Heart of Steel" and "His Silicon Soul" feature a character named Dr. Carl Rossum, a robotics engineer who creates a series of human-like robots. The character's name is taken from the 1920s science fiction play "R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)" by Karel Capek, which introduced the word "robot" into the English language. In both episodes, Dr. Carl Rossum is voiced by William Sanderson, who played the Replicant creator J.F. Sebastian in Blade Runner (1982).

* All voice acting was, unlike most voice-over work, performed ensemble. This means that all the voice actors performed their lines in a room together, rather than at separate times in different locations.

* Officer Renee Montoya and Joker's girlfriend/henchman Harley Quinn were created for the animated series and later incorporated into the comic books. (I already knew this but thought I'd share it with those who weren't aware.)

Today's Videos

GUNT LIVE AT SPEAKEASY



An incomplete fight between sideswipe and swindle



Counter Strike - Parody



Boards of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy Music Video



Card XING



Tori Amos - Caught a Lite Sneeze

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Today's Haul


I finally went to the comic shop again.
Here's what I picked up:

ATOMICS #11 and 12
LOVE AND ROCKETS #10
SHADOWPACT #1
DC SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERMAN VOL. 1
NOBLE CAUSES #19

I've only read the SHADOWPACT so far. I couldn't wait so I read it in the parking lot before the long drive home.
I actually liked it.

If you like fun comics, you really should check it out. The plot is very different and the story is pure Willingham.
It's definitely the closest you can get to Giffen and DeMatteis' JUSTICE LEAGUE as you can without being silly. And Willingham's art rivals that of Kevin Maguire or Adam Hughes.

I give it a nice shiny A-.
It would've been an A if it was a complete one-issue story, but I can see how this one may require the three issues he's lined up for it.

I can already tell that this is gonna be one of the best new series of the year.

I'm trying to catch up with THE ATOMICS and LOVE AND ROCKETS.

I now have the first twelve issues of ATOMICS (only three more to go!) and I'm still missing issues 6 and 7 of LOVE AND ROCKETS (as well as everything after #10).
Hopefully, if I can get a regular trip to the comic shop each month, I may get caught back up.

I already have the GREEN LANTERN SHOWCASE book and the SUPERMAN volume puts me at two. I really like the idea of reading DC's Silver Age stories. Moreso than reading Marvel's. I think it's because they were still a bit more lighthearted.
I can't wait for when they reach the late '60s era that was majorly influenced by the BATMAN tv show.

I picked up NOBLE CAUSES on the suggestion of the shop owner. He thinks I may like it. We'll see.

Also, I got the GOON: NOTHIN' BUT MISERY trade paperback from a friend yesterday and I'm kinda diggin' it.

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Darwyn Cooke







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Indie Thirty #2

Time again for another thirty minutes of good Indie music.

This week's playlist:

1. Belle and Sebastian - For the Price of a Cup of Tea
2. Cat Power - Living Proof
3. Cat Power - He War
4. The New Pornographers - The Laws Have Changed
5. Belle and Sebastian - Funny Little Frog
6. Iron and Wine - Jesus the Mexican Boy
7. Iron and Wine/Calexico - Dead Man's Will
8. Arcade Fire - In the Backseat
(Running time: 31:09)

Click here to download this week's set.
Or go here to stream it.

If you like this kind of stuff, be sure to check out the individual artists over at eMusic. Just about all of them are available for download there.

And if you want to hear even more Indie music, head over to KANM 1690 AM and click on one of their live streams. KANM is a college radio that specializes in Indie Rock.

Today's Videos

Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill



pyroooooo2



I Love Sky



KP Beat boxing :]



System of a Down - Chop Suey



Ghost Car Ad



Van Halen - Jump



Budweiser- Ferret and the Teleprompter



Pobre



Rancid - Nihlism



Tom Tom Club - Suboceana



Wolfsheim - Once in a Lifetime



More videos!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

One More eBay Purchase

I've been putting off getting this. Don't know why.
I look for it at every convention I go to and ask about it almost every time I go to the local comic shop.

So I finally decided to get it off eBay.

What is it?

Book 2 of LOVE & ROCKETS.

Once this one arrives, I'll have Books 1 thru 3, 5, 6 and 12.
I'll have to get a newer copy of Book 3, though, since it's not from the same set. It has a different cover dress. So I'm not sure it has the same material in it that the newer version of Book 3 does.
Anyone know?

Jackpot!

Check out what I just got off eBay!

I've been putting these off because they're only drawn by Allred. I prefer him drawing his own stuff.

But at less than $1 an issue... I just couldn't pass them up!

Comic Index Update

I finally got around to updating the Comic Indexes.

Since I no longer read the DC cosmic books (GREEN LANTERN, GREEN LANTERN CORPS and HAWKMAN), I've removed those from the sidebar.

I did just add a bunch of new books to the SHOWCASE PRESENTS Index, however. It is now caught up to September of this year.

Added to the list:
SUPERMAN FAMILY VOL. 1
TEEN TITANS VOL. 1
HAUNTED TANK VOL. 1
SUPERMAN VOL. 2
ELONGATED MAN VOL. 1
BATMAN VOL. 1
CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN VOL. 1

I also added the cover to HOUSE OF MYSTERY VOL. 1.

Depending on how the first issue of SHADOWPACT hits me, I may be starting an index for that series.

SHOWCASE books I'm waiting to see:
DOOM PATROL
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES
WONDER WOMAN
FLASH
ATOM
HAWKMAN
AQUAMAN

More Madman Scans


An ad for MADMAN ADVENTURES from Tundra.


A pic of MADMAN COMICS #1 alongside other big books of the month.


PREVIEWS "Gem of the Month" spotlight on MADMAN COMICS #1.


Ad for MADMAN COMICS #1.


The original solicit for MADMAN COMICS #1.

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Mike Allred






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