Sunday, August 31, 2014
Received in the mail this week from cartoonist Sterling Clark: a Renegade cover I'll be coloring, penciled by Sterling and inked by the legendary Sal Buscema! This'll be published by Big Bang comics and distributed through Diamond. More details soon.
Elizabeth's Records allowed us to set up shop for the second Indianola Stroll on Aug. 15th. The evening was cool and beautiful, we met and talked to a lot of nice people, and Jimmy Razor and the Exceptions gave a great, rockabilly sidewalk performance. Please check out the sites of some of the businesses involved:
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon is a mostly fun read. Matt Fraction gives the arrow expert his own espionage adventures, frequently teamed with a female Hawkeye from the Young Avengers series.
The first several issues reprinted here are drawn by David Aja, who uses a nice, retro Alex Toth-by-way-of David Mazzuchelli style. The next few chapters are also nicely drawn by Javier Pulido, using more of a Jaime Hernandez style, mixed with the recent, less Kirbyesque Tom Scioli. The old school styles Aja and Pulido use fit the fun spirit of the book, as does colorist Matt Hollingsworth, who uses digital coloring to compliment and not define the art. (The last story reprinted is drawn by Alan Davis, who appears to have not ever seen a Neal Adams comic he didn't like.)
Fraction's stories are filled with action, quips and cracks and are quite entertaining when they're not annoying; hearing villains say "bro" a couple times is mildly entertaining, but very annoying when they've said it a hundred times. The same goes with Hawkeye's "This looks bad" narrations. These aren't like '70s sitcoms that need a catchphrase by corporate decree. Or are they?
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Copy This! is a small press news zine published by D. Blake Werts. It's being released on a rapid schedule and each issue is packed with interviews, essays, news and, in some issues, even con reports. Plus, free inserts in some of the issues. I also illustrated the cover for #3. Highly recommended and, if you're a small press publisher and contribute info to the zine, free! Copies can also be purchased. Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org or D.Blake Werts, 12339 Chesley Drive, Charlotte, NC 28277.
Rick Brooks' Mr. Morris is pure comic strip fun and highly recommended. You can read the strip online at GoComics: http://www.gocomics.com/mr-morris/2013/08/04 and learn more about one of my favorite cartoonists here: http://www.rickbrooksbooks.com/
I'm not sure what Scott Mills is drawing these days. I've enjoyed everything I've read by him. Scott, feel free to comment here and update us!