Saturday, September 24, 2016

2015 Ice Amazing Houston Comic Con Jam Sketch by Karl Altstaetter

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Tora Olafsdotter isn't even my favorite super-heroine named Ice Maiden, but she was a vital member of Justice League International and key foil for Guy Gardner and her frequent partner in anti-crime, Beatriz da Costa. I didn't intend for Fire & Ice to be scuttled off to the side as busts while The Blue & Gold got full figures, but that was before the cost and space of trying to include the entire JLI in a jam caught up with me. I decided to keep them on one art board and only include the core JLI members, so here we are. At least Ice got a known comic creator in Karl Altstaetter, of such girl-powered books as Deity, Saint Angel, Lady Pendragon and Vampirella. He's probably best remember for his stint at Extreme Studios on Bloodstrike and other Youngblood related titles. I tend to associate him with Q-Unit, which was heavily promoted with some sort of layered techno trading card deal, but got caught in the speculator bust and only released one issue. I was a dealer back then, so that kind of thing sticks with you. Anyway, I think Altstaetter captured Tora nicely, and the duo combined for a fine showing on the total page.

Karl Altstaetter

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

2016 G'nort Comicpalooza Jam Sketch by Eden Bautista



The most incompetent canine Green Lantern in Corps history (it's pronounced "Nort," like The Honeymooners' Ed Norton) is in an unusually foul mood here, unable to attend J'Onn J'Onzz upcoming 61st birthday party, but R.S.V.P.ing a ring construct in his stead. But constructs can't eat Oreo cake...

Eden Bautista

Friday, September 16, 2016

2016 Green Lantern John Stewart Amazing Houston Comic Con Jam Sketch Detail by Eddie Nuñez



Eddie Nuñez has worked on Fanboys vs. Zombies, Ben 10, Valen the Outcast, and Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance.

Eddie Nuñez

Friday, September 9, 2016

2014 Green Lantern Guy Gardner Comicpalooza convention sketch by Oliver Banks



Here's another entry from the "I'm A Terrible Art Patron" series. When I first started doing jams at Comicpalooza two years ago, it was a total free for all where I was running multiple boards all over the floor without much forethought. I wanted to do something with Justice League International, so when the artist Oliver Banks said he only did full figure commissions, I figured he should just go ahead and start his own board. Since this would be a central figure and Banks had a cartoony style, it seemed a safe bet to get my favorite JLI member (though I hasten to add not my favorite hero who was a JLI member, an important distinction.) During my big plunge into DC Comics around the Zero Hour event, I got really into the Warrior series by Beau Smith & Mitch Byrd, making once and future GL corpsman Guy Gardner my favorite super-hero for, eh, four to six months there. The worm turned once Byrd left the book and a rotating selection of artists finally settled on Marc Campos (and a Jack Burton meets Indiana Jones vibe settled on "what if Ben Grimm got the Venom symbiote." Which sounds better than it played out.)

Anyway, I think Banks did a great job capturing the character and launching the jam, but promptly misplaced his business card and forgot his name. Heck, I'm not even 100% sure I got the piece at Comicpalooza, since Space City & Amazing Con followed in quick secession to form a blur in my zeal. I could probably triangulate by date, since a scan simply titled "guy" has sat in a folder on a thumb drive since Saturday ‎May ‎31st of ‎2014 ‏‎at 2:32:44 A.M. I kind of wish I'd done another scan to make the blacks richer, but instead of second guessing my self of 2014, I'm going to assume contrasting would have washed out the gray tones too much. When I finally unveil the completed jam on the projected schedule of 2027 A.D. based on my established pace, I'll work that out.

Moving along to the following year, I ran into the Bankses (his delightful wife accompanies him at shows) and got a new card, which I did nothing with for yet another year. As both sit in front of me now, I have to repect his progress from a simple Spider-Man silhouette and a single piece of contact information to a two-sided full color work featuring the iconic shot of (Banks as) Finn from The Force Awakens removing his stormtrooper helmet under the desert sun, plus seven separate contact resources. It's among the best of the stack of business cards I've now bundled together to try (sometimes still in vain) not to lose track of who did what on art pieces I haven't effectively promoted. Plus I've got a whole other jam piece by Banks that I still need to run. That's why I stuck with the Aliens 30th Anniversary single artist commissions this year, so I can stop sucking at giving these excellent artists a more proper (and timely) forum!

Oliver Banks

Thursday, September 1, 2016

2016 Fire Comicpalooza Jam Sketch by Lulu Lin

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Beatriz da Costa, also known as Green Fury and Green Flame, is surely best remembered for her stint in Justice League International as the hot side of the super-heroine duo "Fire & Ice." That's the role she serves in this commission, a piece filled with "friends of Martian Manhunter" for the Alien Atlas' 60th birthday. I was still learning to what degree I needed to play "art director" on jams, with the correct answer being "75%+" or else you ended up with a collage where no one exists in the same space. In this case, I had a gap between the central figure in the piece, a partial VHS box cover style floating head, and a heroine drawn in full figure. A sort of JLI theme had emerged, and though it amounted to giving them short shrift, head & shoulders shots or Tora & Bea were placed opportunistically.

I had Ice done in 2015, and I kept meaning to add a flying Fire figure in the remaining space, but I kept putting it off. Maybe in the back of my mind I realized that was untenable, and I'm glad painter Lulu Lin had the good sense to better complement the existing Ice Maiden by having her best friend drawn to scale. She's mostly done in pencil with light inks for interior definition and a thicker overall outline. She's in full early '90s rocker mode, headband and all, but I like the delicate line the artist used here. She also shaded Bea's hair entirely in pencil, which unfortunately doesn't come through in this scan. Lin's paintings are very cool, and I hope someday to pick one of them up, but in the meantime urge you to check them out below...

Lulu Lin

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DC Special Podcast: The Joke That Keeps On Killing

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Meanwhile... Mr. Fixit, Illegal Machine, & Diabolu Frank look at the controversial 1988 Batman: The Killing Joke prestige format one-shot that has gone from one of the most revered works of a new wave of mature readers books to a (mostly) direct-to-video animated film and an albatross around the neck of DC's attempts at outreach to modern women not in refrigerators. While the comic and flick are a touchstone, this is less an individual critique than a debate about the treatment of prominent females in comics. But bro-ier than that sounds. Beyond Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, we also talk Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Rafael Albuquerque, and more. We also go broader than Barbara Gordon to other imperiled heroines like Supergirl, Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, Cassandra Caine, The Huntress, Bat-Girl, Batwoman, Superwoman, and yes, Sansa Stark. If you're not up to date with Game of Thrones or Orange Is The New Black, this episode may be even more problematic for you than usual.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DC Special Podcast: Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad (2016)



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Meanwhile... Diabolu Frank, Illegal Machine & Mr. Fixit are indentured through explosives implanted in their spines to endure a Suicide Squad mission, and the word cloud is swollen with "gross."

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Comic Reader Résumé Podcast #2

Spring Internship 1982



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ré·su·mé [rez-oo-mey, rez-oo-mey]
noun
1. a summing up; summary.
2. a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.
In Comic Reader Résumé, I use Mike's Amazing World of Comics to travel back through time via his virtual newsstand to the genesis point of my lifelong collecting of comics. From there, I can offer a "work history" of my fandom. In this second edition, I cover some more general books I had lying around before I actively collected comics, then zero in on purchases made roughly between March-May of 1982. I'm also recycling some years old lo-fi audio recorded when I was doing these things as YouTube videos, so please forgive the mess.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

DC Special Podcast: Dawn Of Justice Ultimate Edition



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Meanwhile... Illegal Machine & Mr. Fixit revisit Batman v Superman, this time in the extended length edition favored by the director and joined by Diabolu Frank. Come join us in jeering the DC Extended Universe debuts of Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman while we try to find any peanuts left to pick out of this thoroughly canvassed turd!

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

DC Special Podcast: Rebirth Pain



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Meanwhile... Mr. Fixit & Diabolu Frank talk briefly about DC's latest not-a-reboot, Reberf, its shallow talent pool due to past brush-ups, as well as the shift at Vertigo from a creative doorway to a mail slot. If you're super-duper excited and positive about the direction of DC Comics, you're listening to the wrong podcast. There's nothing but bellyaching and backbiting here.



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Friday, July 1, 2016

Comic Reader Résumé Podcast #1

Entry Level Position (1982)



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ré·su·mé [rez-oo-mey, rez-oo-mey]
noun
1. a summing up; summary.
2. a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.
In Comic Reader Résumé, I use Mike's Amazing World of Comics to travel back through time via his virtual newsstand to the genesis point of my lifelong collecting of comics. From there, I can offer a "work history" of my fandom through my active purchasing of (relatively) new comic books beginning in January of 1982, when my interest in the medium went from sporadic and unformed to routine on through compulsive accumulation. To streamline the narrative and keep the subjects at least remotely contemporaneous, I will not generally be discussing what we call back issues, books bought long after their publication date. Sometimes, I will cover a book published on a given month that I picked up within a year or so that date, and I give myself an especially wide berth on this aspect in the first couple of "origins" episodes. We'll get more rigidly on point as my memories crystallize and my "hobby" spirals out of control into the defining characteristic of my life (eventually outpacing squalor and competing neurosis.) It's part personal biography, part industry history, and admittedly a total wank on my part.

The first episode of the podcast version of my old short-lived 2011 blog series re-purposes and re-edits the audio from the even shorter-lived 2013 YouTube (barely) video adaptations of same, along with supplemental material I recorded over a year ago that got shelved when I realized that doing this wouldn't be the effortless space-filling regurgitation I'd hoped for as a stopgap while sweating over doing other podcasts. The episode covers my earliest off the rack purchases in January-February of 1982, as well as discussing a bunch of the comics that had passed through my hands before this youthful indiscretion became a full on addiction.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The DC Bloodlines Podcast: Pagan and Joe Public



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Two flavors of vigilante are covered on this episode: the brutal anti-heroine Pagan (Marian Mercer, of Batman #479) and the incompetent New Blood civic pridester Joe Pubic Public (Nobody Cares, Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual #1,) neither of whom had much of a career to speak of. Also, this is the only Bloodlines story featuring Bruce Wayne before he had to file a lawsuit against an unlicensed chiropractor from Santa Prisca. You can follow along with our reading of the annual at Scans Daily.



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Thursday, April 14, 2016

The DC Bloodlines Podcast: Edge of Steel



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STEEL YOURSELF! Here is the first in what will become a recurring instance of bifurcated broadcasting, as we not only look at the prickly New Blood known as Edge, but also the rookie super-hero who hosted Tom O'Brien's debut in Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #2, Iron John! Well, you might not remember that short lived moniker, but surely you know Dr. John Henry Irons, the armored engineer who stood as part of the titular quartet from the epic storyline "Reign of the Supermen" who briefly replaced the Last Son of Krypton following his presumed death at the bony hands of Doomsday. We'll cover Steel's earliest career from his cameo in Adventures of Superman #500 through his star turn in Superman: The Man of Steel #22-24, as well as an overview of his role in the DC Universe. You can follow along with our reading of the annual at Scans Daily.



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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The DC Bloodlines Podcast: Layla

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Still not guaranteeing this show as a weekly, but since I have a bunch of Bloodlines already about wrapped and no time to work on any other Rolled Spine Podcasts, you get this episode less than a week after the last (a huge improvement on the previous "annual" schedule.) The coverage of the 1993 event begins in earnest with Lobo Annual #1, featuring the debut of Layla, the tougher than nails L.E.G.I.O.N. agent with 'tude to spare! Not only can you follow along with most of her origin story via Scans Daily, but also her key appearance in Lobo's Big Babe Spring Break Special. Frank didn't find the latter until locking down this episode, and it both completely contradicted a chunk of your host's assessment of Layla's career and reaffirmed that the character's brief history is probably too toxic for to be of much concern anyway.



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Thursday, March 31, 2016

The DC Bloodlines Podcast: Outbreak

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Almost a year after our secret trial episode during Super Blog Team-Up #6, The DC Bloodlines Podcast begins in earnest during another blog/podcast crossover, #BestEventEver, devoted to the 1993 DC Comics annuals. In that vein, Diabolu Frank spends this episode discussing the history of comic book annuals and the direct sales market leading to The Chromium Age, including "Doomsday" "Knightfall" & "The Clone Saga," before circling in on the 1993 character generating spectacles at DC and Marvel Comics. Going forward, we'll look at each of the New Blood characters approximately but not always exactly according to their order of appearance, as well as the (sometimes barely) more established super-people they're paired with on either a weekly or biweekly basis (I'm keeping my options open.) Plus, we'll keep an eye on DC's 2016 revival mini-series as that comes out...

1992 Alien Parasite Designs by Arthur Adams

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