There is an article on ROBOT 6 by Carla Hoffman that I think brilliantly and succinctly sums up the feelings about digital comics expressed my many die-hard print comic fans.
“I considered you gimmicky and fake.”
The word “fake” jumped out at me. As if comics that exist in any…
SXSW 12 Marvel Presents: Infinite Comics
video thanks to Twinfinite
MYSTIC #1 interior art by David Lopez. I saw David’s MYSTIC sketches, concept pieces and colored pages a few weeks back and was absolutely blown away. He’s really quite good (check out his HAWKEYE/MOCKINGBIRD stuff!), but this? He’s on another level with MYSTIC.
[Original piece I posted was Amanda Conner’s cover. I’m a dorkus. Regardless, David’s insanely on fire here.]
Hey guys, check out this here preview of Spider-Man’s experience substituting at Avengers Academy in Amazing Spider-Man 661, on sale next Wednesday, May 18th!
Pencils— Reilly Brown (me!)
Script— Christos Gage
Inks— Victor Olazaba
Colors— John Rauch
Plus, to anyone who’s in the tri-state area on Wednesday, I’ll be signing copies of this at Time Warp Comics and Games In Cedar Grove NJ from 6pm to 8pm. More info here— http://www.timewarpcomics.com/
Then, on the 25th, I’ll be appearing at Jim Hanley’s Universe in New York, right across the street from the Empire State Building for the release of Amazing Spider-Man 662! Info on them here— http://www.jhuniverse.blogspot.com/
If you’re in the area for either of those two days swing on by!
Thor - Trailer
If you told me as a kid that I would be watching a Hollywood version of Marvel Comic’s ‘The Mighty Thor’ when I grew up, that we’d have a handful of good movies based on Iron Man, X-Men, and Spider-Man, and that the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer would direct The Avengers movie, I would have laughed in your face.
But here it is, just shy of the epic year 2012, and the Norse God of Thunder, or the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby version of the myth, has hit the big screen. I saw Thor whirl his hammer and fly off, smashing Frost Giants in the face, calling down the lighting and doing battle with the Destroyer! This has happened.
There’s a well cast Warriors Three and Lady Sif, with Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin All-Father and a director known for Shakespeare behind it all. I’ve been a fan of Thor (the only superpowered superhero I love besides the Flash) since the Walt Simonson stories, which was the heaviest influence upon the character, and it translated nicely to the screen, with the outlandish helmets and somehow garish costumes working very well with the added metallic armor sheen.
Asgard looks about right visually, and the special effects sweeping shots of the scenery are really well done. The world of this magical technological kingdom is quite well defined, and the story of Loki is really at the core of the film, where his actual loyalties and actions are never fully grasped, he eludes as an audience as we would hope the God of Mischief could pull off.
Thor is great as a proud and stubborn warrior seeking glory, battle, but his growth while on Earth is handled rather quickly and without much bother. The Midgard sequences with Jane Foster (now an astrophysicist instead of nurse) are all handled rather matter-of-factly and done with a fair dose of humor and charm, but not enough time is spent there to really sell us on the shift.
That aside, Thor delivers. Battles, superpowers, a compelling tale about a king and princes, of peace and war, a simple lesson of growing up. Superheroics with a sci-fi look and fantasy feel. All I can say is I giggled with delight at seeing Thor whirl Mjolnir, launching himself up into the air. The kid in me was delighted and entertained, and as a fanboy I was pleasantly satiated.
Below are all four pages that I wrote and illustrated for Marvel Comic’s “Strange Tales vol 1.” that was released back in November 2009 in issue #3. Later on all 3 issues were collected into a book which you can find in bookstores like Amazon HERE. About 30 creators contributed to this anthology including Invader Zim creator, Jhonen Vasquez, Paul Pope, Peter Bagge, Stan Sakai, Becky Cloonan and many more. It was an honor to be included with these WAY more awesome and well-known creators.This was a pretty unique and awesome opportunity. Pretty much a dream job, it was a LOT of pressure as I was pretty much given free reign to write and draw whatever I wanted. Seriously, how often does that happen?! and for Marvel Comics no less. Added the fact that they wanted something weird and well, strange, which is prolly the reason they asked me to contribute, it added even more pressure as that’s exactly what I love to do. This might seem like it’d be easier, but when you are given essentially free reign then there’s pressure because you should be putting out your best work, no excuses to say “oh, I couldn’t do what I really wanted…”
So my goal was to try and create something that was prolly as far away from what you’d see in a Marvel comic. In general, I like the philosophy of creating art that people either love or hate, and to avoid forgettable or mediocrity. After the issue was released I googled around looking for reviews and boy, did I get my wish, heh. There seemed to be a LOT of hate/confusion over my pages, ha ha. I found it quite amusing. I figured since I only had 4 pages, I’d jam back it with as much stuff and make you have to use a bit more effort and time to figure it out, kinda like a puzzle…apparently it was TOO much of a puzzle as I don’t think anyone could figure it out, ha! If I only had 4 pages, I wanted them to come back to it and hopefully find something new each time, so they don’t just glance over it and it’ll get lost in all the other stories in the book.
A full breakdown of the pages on Controlled Chaos
I’m on a panel about comics & social media with @kurtbusiek & Brent Anderson at Barcelona Comicon. Yes, I’m posting this while on the panel stage.
Oooh any way to get a transcript of that panel?
Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton St
New York, NY
Thursday, April 14 · 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Join us at Midtown Comics Downtown for Marvel: Meet the Publishers! This one of a kind event will feature a Q&A with:
Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief
Tom Brevoort, Senior Vice President of Publishing & Executive Editor
C.B. Cebulski, Senior Vice President of Creative & Creator Development
Steve Wacker, Spider-Man Senior Editor
Nick Lowe, X-Men Senior Editor
Mark Paniccia, Hulk Senior Editor
Come with questions! This will be a unique event that will allow YOU to ask the hard hitting questions you’ve been dying to know!
Learn what goes into making all of your favorite comics every week direct from the publishers!
Seating and capacity is EXTREMELY LIMITED and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Speaking of Senica, here’s a nice commentary from him on Stan Lee’s team-up with Moeb, Silver Surfer: Parable.
Marvel Pizza Art
I love that Iron Man’s chest piece is a whole slice of onion! And a sausage and olive Wolverine?! Classic!
More pop culture pizza art, including cool Pac-Man, Star Wars and Hello Kitty pies, can be found over at: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleybaccam/yummy-pizza-art