Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Linkypeux of 4.27.2010

John Henry gave his life against the Inky Poo to prove a man could overcome a machine. Frank Lee Delano fights a losing weekly battle against the internet, so that his sacrificed time might save your own.


Art & Photograpy
How 100-Dollar Bill Changed in 150 Years (Damn Cool Photography)
Time Out New York: Michael Caine (Rob Kelly Illustration)
The Bride (Rob Kelly Illustration)
Breakfast with Lydia (This Photo Life)

Phenomena: A Book of Wonders, a 1977 encyclopedia of the unexplained (Armagideon Time)

Earth: Final Conflict Review: 1x01 Decision (Pretty, Fizzy Paradise)

Dellamorte's Box Office Wrap Up 4/23/10 (CHUD)

Comic Books:
Bronze Age Grad School: Reaction Paper #11 (Comics Bronze Age)
World Without A Superman? (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)

Comic Book Reviews:
Review: Imagine #1 (Comics Bronze Age)
Review: Quack! #1 (Comics Bronze Age)
What I Read This Week: Monday, April 19, 2010 (El Jacone's Comic Book Bunker)
What I Read This Week: Monday, April 26, 2010 (El Jacone's Comic Book Bunker)
Library comics: A brief introduction, and Batman #687 (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
G3 Review: Chew Volume 1 – Taster’s Choice (Girls Gone Geek)
Reviews! Thursday, April 22, 2010 (Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!)
Best Shots Reviews: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, MAGDALENA, More(Newsarama)
And Then I Read: NEXUS VOLUME 10 (Todd Klein's Blog)

Comic Book Blogs:
Jaime Hernandez (Amazon Princess)
More Fun Comics #106 - Nov. 1945 (The Aquaman Shrine)
View-Master Reel - "The Menace of the Land-Sea Beasts" (The Aquaman Shrine)
Adventure Comics #463 - June 1979 (The Aquaman Shrine)
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #42 - July 2006 (The Aquaman Shrine)
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #43 - Aug. 2006 (The Aquaman Shrine)
Nobody’s Favorites: Crisis management (Armagideon Time)
Nobody’s Favorites: The Dan Garrett Blue Beetle (Armagideon Time)
Talking About My (Hawk) Generation (Being Carter Hall)
Read: Brightest Day #0 (Being Carter Hall)
Back In The Day (Black SuperHero Blog)
The 6 Creepiest Comic Book Characters of All Time (Cracked)
Nightwing and Flamebird in a "Showdown" from Superman Family #194 (December 1979) (Diversions of the Groovy Kind)
Vigilante in "Son of a Gun!" from World's Finest Comics #246 (May 1977) (Diversions of the Groovy Kind)
1979 J'onn J'onzz Convention Sketch by Michael Nasser (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
1980 Whizzard Fanzine Cover Art by Michael Nasser and Terry Austin (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
49: Tales to Astonish #43 (Marvel Genesis)
50: Strange Tales #108 (Marvel Genesis)
Empire Strikes Back by Miller, Simonson, Byrne, and more (Once Upon A Geek)
What If... Ghost Rider Were Separated from Johnny Blaze? (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
Batman and the Outsiders #5: Critical Analysis (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
Batman and the Outsiders #5: Pages 1-2 (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
Batman and the Outsiders #5: Pages 6-7 (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
World Without A Superman, Continued (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
How Bad Were The 90s: Flag-Smasher (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
The Four Folded Faces of Kid-Flash (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
(Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
Boston Comic Con - Joe Michael Linsner Commission (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)
Review: Adventure Comics #10 (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)
Review: Action Comics #888 (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)
Back Issue Box: Action Comics #276 (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)
Review: Supergirl #52 (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)

NUDITY (Not Safe For Work):
Natalie Blair - Loaded Magazine - June 2010 x6 (DeepAtSea)
Diznee Does Smooth Mag (hithiphop)
Joy Bryant nude in May 2010 "Harper's Bazaar" Magazine (Lanky Bastard)

Monday, April 26, 2010

2010 Professor Arnold Hugo & Marco Xavier Convention Pieces by Humberto Ramos & David Malki!

I hit my work area comic shop on Wednesday, which I don't like, and from which I only buy odd titles while killing time during my lunch break. I'd missed a very glossy, quality stock, four page pamphlet advertising Comicpalooza 2010 for however long it had been on display at their counter. It was being held at an unusually large convention center, with a unique multimedia line-up, making it quite the spectacle for Houston. The Bayou City has a bad reputation when it comes to cons going back to the '80s, with industry people and dealers getting ripped off big time by promoters and attendees (plus our agonizing summers.) I haven't even seen much traction in a comeback for the dingy old hotel showroom cons of the '90s, and hadn't been to anything myself since probably the 2001 San Diego Comic Con, so I figured I'd round up my buddies to check it out.

I've got a ton of stuff squishing me right now, but not only did that not stop me from attending, but the girlfriend and I were up until 4:00 a.m. gathering reference for the artists and printing them out. We were then awake before nine, and started gathering our group. We arrived after 1:00 p.m. today to $10 parking and a $30 door (internet purchased 3-day passes were about $40.) I really don't need any more dang comics in my house, so my main purpose for going was to get as many quality drawings of obscure Martian Manhunter characters as I could for about $300.00. I'd been spoiled by free sketches by folks like Phil Jimenez back in the day, so I was shocked to find that even the lowliest artists charged for their work at this cash-and-carry con. Since hardly anyone was buying anything, I guess this was the only way a lot of these guys could expect to recoup or profit from this venture. Well, the guys selling overpriced hipster decorative pieces did okay, based on the money my girlfriend dropped on glowing radioactive sheep, Tim Burton originals, and other pop culture ephemera. Anyway, for me it meant that I was faced to make a decision-- get a bunch of pieces for this blog from nobodies at $5-40 a pop, or shell out for some names. I chose the latter.

My first commission of the show was Ethan Van Sciver's take on Zook As I was figuring out who my second artist to pester would be, I ran into inker Rodney Ramos, who thought I looked just like one of the the Kids In The Hall (I assume Dave Foley, as he's not the first to make the connection, and preferable to my assumption he initially meant Jim Carrey circa Dumb & Dumber.) We talked for a bit about comics, movies and art supplies, and he seemed like a cool, opinionated guy. If I hadn't been so stingy with my funds this time out, I'd have gotten something from him, but the money flowed to the pencillers, I'm afraid.

Unlike most every other artist at the convention, Humberto Ramos (no relation) had a longish and slow moving line. I'd been a fan since his work on Impulse (what was with that book?), and especially dug his DV8. Clearly the man has fans, as I waited for an hour or so to reach him. Luckily, there were a couple of guys in line to chat with along the way. Since I'd brought inadequate supplies to get commissions with, I bought a copy of Ramos' sketchbook Fairy Quest: The Narrator's Book for $25 to use a glossy interior page for a $40.00 piece.

While Ramos worked off reference from a Joe Certa House of Mystery page, he and my girlfriend chatted in Spanish about Mexico City (his home town,) Monterrey (hers,) his family's dashed hopes he might become a civil engineer or architect, their mutual love of JoaquĆ­n Sabina, and her one-sided affection for Enrique Bunbury. I just watched Ramos work with a big grin on my face, as he outlined just the right outlandish proportions and diabolical grin on Prof. Hugo's face. I believe the whole process took just 15-20 minutes, and it was easily my best experience with hovering over a work in progress.

After scoring my first big piece (involving an hour-and-a-half in line,) I wanted to do some walking and make sure I wasn't missing anything in the dealer's room. I bought a couple of Heroclix, but the closest I could come to anything Manhunter-related was a Dr. Light, which I passed on. There were lots of cool shirts and other merchandise, but none at prices to entice. Trades/GNs were being offered routinely for 40-50% off with few takers. Regular comics were usually discounted, with a few dealers having large selections of fifty cent and dollar books, but I only bought a few (due to budget, time, and all the unread back issues I already own.) At some point, you must draw the line to avoid hoarding.

The pickings were rather slim, but there were more artists inside hocking their wares to be considered. As time and funds diminished though, I passed most of them up. I would have loved a Zook sketch from Phil Foglio, but I'd left all my reference with Van Sciver, and could see no signs Foglio was offering sketches anyway. He just seemed to be pimping his Girl Genius collections.

I was scoping out a table next to David Malki's, which was filled with amusing books and merchandise related to his Wondermark online comic strip. He was also offering "Mediocre Sketches for $1." I tried to ask him for something slightly better than that for only slightly more money, but didn't articulate the request well. With my poor planning of this outing, I'd neglected to buy a new sketchbook for the artists to work out of as needed. Just in case, I brought a twelve year old, poorly preserved, barely used spiral sketchbook of my own sorry work. Since Malki's comic strip is meant to evoke late 19th century newspaper art, down to the yellowed paper, I figured this was the perfect instance to make use of my crappy sketchbook. Malki began quickly scribbling out this amusing Prof. Hugo piece (I guess that's a cigarette? Tsk-tsk, Hugo. In this day and age? No wait-- is that a finger?) I gathered the first collection of his strips, Wondermark: Beards of our Forefathers (Hardcover) and a bumper sticker to bribe him into doing a second piece, Marco Xavier. Both turned out better than advertised, and I picked up everything for $20, so I couldn't fault my $2 art investment toward a totally adequate yield. The book is an absolute gas, by the way, and is highly recommended for fans of absurdist humor.

Back on the dealers' floor, one shop specialized in loose figures and old bubble gum trading card packs. This was the site of my first convention faux paus, mistaking a fanboy for my girlfriend and gently caressing his back. My girlfriend and I got a big laugh out of it, but the dude seemed a bit unsettled. The second epic fail on my part was, upon once again finding a set of escalators shut down to control foot traffic, I decided to ascend the downward escalators. My jeans were a bit tight, but I put forth quite the effort, and strode all the way to the top feeder. At that point, I did a belly flop onto the floor, eliciting cheers from the balcony. One of my friends, who was unaware of my whereabouts, heard the loud thud of my body and just knew I was involved. Another friend and my girl had waited for the elevator, and hearing the crowd roar while inside, cursed themselves for missing the show. I have a bit of a reputation of my own, you see.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, plus totally lallygagging on some stuff, we didn't finally roll out until 7:00 p.m. My friends have either gone to trades/loaned comics only or quit collecting altogether, so their good time came from my antics and openly mocking convention goers. For instance, there was the DJ room, filled with techno music, colored lights, and empty space. Some rollerbladers tried to get down in there, but it was carpeted, which cramped their style. Cosplay was pretty minimal. There was a short guy with a nice build in a very tight Spider-Man costume my girl devoured with her eyes. Some chick in body paint and a tied on top was running around with a sword, but I didn't recognize her reference nor ogle her. There were the usual Warsie dorks, increasingly among the lowest forms of fandom, especially when they dress as Anakin Skywalker in Episode 3: The Subtitle I Forgot and say stupid crap like "make way for the Empire." Your mother ate the Empire, nerd. I never caught so much as a glimpse of Bruce Campbell, but heard the lines were insane. Unsurprisingly, Chewbacca, Darth Maul, Cat Grant and Teen Wolf's dad were easily but irregular accessed.

My girlfriend passed on a couple of Bernie Wrightson prints due to the main one she wanted having sold out, but I shook the fellow's hand, so that was nice. A number of fantastic pieces were had, and I spent about $275 doing so. We all had a good time, and ate Greek afterward. More details to come (on the con. If you must know, I had the Chicken Souvlaki and a hazelnut gelato for dessert.)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Linkypeux of 4.24.2010

John Henry gave his life against the Inky Poo to prove a man could overcome a machine. Frank Lee Delano fights a losing weekly battle against the internet, so that his sacrificed time might save your own.

Art & Photograpy
30 Zoo Animals Captured at the Right Moment (Damn Cool Photography)
Stationery Of Horror: Bloodthirsty Corporate Stationery Design (Damn Cool Photography)
Time Out New York: Chris Rock (Rob Kelly Illustration)
From The Vault: Multi-Family Executive Cover - 2005 (Rob Kelly Illustration)
Stacey London is Lois Lane (Rob Kelly Illustration)
My Pal Laura (Rob Kelly Illustration)

Too Many Movies: Kick-Ass/Black Dynamite/Babe (The Factual Opinion)
Too Many Movies: Antichrist/The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans/Electra Glide in Blue (The Factual Opinion)
After.Life review by Brian Prisco (Pajiba)
The Descent Part 2 review by TK (Pajiba)
The Losers review by Steven Lloyd Wilson (Pajiba)

Celebrity Gossip:
Kim Kardashian: My Husband Beat, Abused Me (PopEater)

Comic Books:
Conner And Palmiotti On New Creator-Owned Title (Bleeding Cool)
Archie Comics Introduces Openly Gay Character (CBR)
Superhero Tattoos (Damn Cool Photography)
Modernist Mutants and Minimalist Marvels (etsy)
On Spider-Man: the Complete Clone (J.M. DeMatteis' Creation Point)
The 20 Biggest WTF Moments In Comic Book History (Manofest)
Comic Book Legends Revealed #257(CBR)

Comic Book Reviews:
AICN Comic Reviews Shipping Week: 4/14/10 (AICN)
The Buy Pile 4/21/10 by Hannibal Tabu(CBR)
The Week In Ink: April 21, 2010 (Chris' Invincible Super-Blog)
Review: Man-Bat #1 (Comics Bronze Age)
What I Read This Week: Monday, April 12, 2010 (El Jacone's Comic Book Bunker)
Comic shop comics (April 21st) (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
Enemy Ace: War Idyll (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
Review: Marvel Zombies 4 (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
Terror Titans (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
Best Shots Rapid Reviews: SIF #1, THE SPIRIT #1, More(Newsarama)
Review: Superman Secret Origin #5 (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)
Review: Superman Last Stand Of New Krypton #2 (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)

Comic Book Blogs:
More Fun Comics #104 - July 1945 (The Aquaman Shrine)
More Fun Comics #105 - Sept. 1945 (The Aquaman Shrine)
Aquaman Mego Customs (The Aquaman Shrine)
Adventure Comics #462 - April 1979 (The Aquaman Shrine)
The Aquaman Shrine in Toyfare (The Aquaman Shrine)
DC Comic Pac - 1977 (The Aquaman Shrine)
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #40 - May 2006 (The Aquaman Shrine)
Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #41 - June 2006 (The Aquaman Shrine)
Why Comics Are Not More Popular, Part 1 (Comics Make Me Happy!)
Why Comics Are Not More Popular, Part 2 (Comics Make Me Happy!)
Why Comics Are Not More Popular, Part 3 (Comics Make Me Happy!)
Why Comics Are Not More Popular, Part 4 (Comics Make Me Happy!)
Why Comics Are Not More Popular, Part 4A (Comics Make Me Happy!)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold is reading my mind (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
Brightest Day Starts Today, Sketches, Voice Actors, Customs, and more (Firestorm Fan)
Gail Was Robbed! (The Eisners) (Girls Gone Geek)
Who Created the Martian Manhunter? (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
The Martian Manhunter Family (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
2010 Doctor Trap Commission by Andy Kuhn (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
2010 All-Ages All-Stars: Martian Manhunter art by Jon McNally (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
2007 Watercolor Painting by Tom Valente (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
Which Martian Manhunter Villains do One-Quarter of all "Idol-Heads" want to read about here? (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
Which Martian Manhunter Villains does an average number of our readership have an interest in? (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
Justice League Animated Style Miss Martian Custom Figure by Victor Kraven (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
Teen Titans #34-37 (May-August 2006) (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
If DC Comics Renumbers Martian Manhunter to #200? (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
Zatanna Gallery by Cedric Poulat (Justice League Detroit)
Detective Comics #615 (Early June, 1990) (Justice League Detroit)
2002 Zatanna San Diego Comic Con Sketch by Rick Mays (Justice League Detroit)
45: Tales to Astonish #42 (Marvel Genesis)
46: Strange Tales #107 (Marvel Genesis)
47: Tales of Suspense #40 (Marvel Genesis)
48: Journey into Mystery #91 (Marvel Genesis)
Marvel Comics New Universe Ad – 1986 (Once Upon A Geek)
Future-Man in Prize Comics #4, 1940 (Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine)
The Atom #1 (Power of the Atom)
I'm really kind of upset that we got Shiera back instead of Kendra. (Pretty, Fizzy Paradise)
Dr. Strange #200? (Sanctum Sanctorum Comix)
Batman and the Outsiders - Soon in Color! (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
What If... the Man-Thing Had Regained Ted Sallis' Brain? (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
What If... Phoenix Had Not Died? (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
Golden Age idol--Snowman?? Snowman??? (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
Hal Jordan's $100,000 Kiss (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
Boston Comic Con Commissions - Steve Rude (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)
Review: Tales Of The Legion Of Super-Heroes #315 (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)
LETTERING STARSTRUCK 3-7 (Todd Klein's Blog)

NUDITY (Not Safe For Work):
Vikki Blows in Loaded's June 2010 Nude Issue! Well, Fuck a Duck! (Egotastic!)
Sadie Frost, Kate Orr and Alex Leigh in Rankin Nudes (Finn's Place)
Veronika London brings the sexy back (guyism)
Stacey Dash Covers Smooth Magazine (hithiphop)
Anna Paquin Pokies at the Beach (The Nip Slip!)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wednesday Is Any Day For All I Care #62

The Brave and the Bold #32 (2010)
Dead@17: The Witch Queen #1
The Guild #1 (2010)
R.E.B.E.L.S. #14

The Brave and the Bold #32 (DC, 2010, $2.99)
Ten years into the millennium, and I’m reviewing two comics this week that borrow from Lovecraft. I chalk all the dread up to Mayan anxiety. Setting aside the yawn that comes from aping a horror movement older than your great grandma, this was a pretty alright one-off team-up story. Jesus Saiz manages to balance the need for Aquaman to be a clean cut, garishly attired hero and the necessary foreboding tone of a trip into the world of the Demon Etrigan. Colorist Trisha Mulvihill is of great assistance in that department, casting everything in muted, aquatic tones without muddying things up. This was all J. Michael Straczynski’s idea though, and he’s the one who can’t quite get his Sea King story into truly ominous waters. The images have to carry the uninvolving Aquaman adventure, complete with the writer essentially cutting and pasting off a message board somewhere the same tired points about the hero commanding three-quarters of the Earth’s surface/billions of badass fishies/etc. Someday, folks will have to learn the only way to make Aquaman cool is to write him that way, not to use characters as proxies to tell readers why they should think he’s so. Also, it doesn’t help when the whole story is told from the perspective of a guy whose memory the hero was supposed to have wiped. Ineffectual telepathy FTL.

Dead@17: The Witch Queen #1 (Image, 2010, $2.99)
In horror movies since about the 1970s, there’s been this deal called a “final girl.” That’s the intended victim of some bogeyman who turns the tables and is instead instrumental in the killer’s defeat. In recent years, a pair of comic series started not too far apart from one another, playing off the final girl formula. Hack/Slash comes the closest, not only in concept, but in its accessibly episodic scripts. Like a Bronze Age Marvel monster title, the premise really grabs you, but the actual stories are middling. The other series, Dead@17, mixes in Lovecratian terrors from beyond kind of shit. It reads more like one of those crappy Marvel horror hero revivals of the 1990s, adulterated by that bane of modern scriptwriting, the post-Claremont influence. This is the tendency to try to write something with the complexity of a Russian novel at a 5th grade reading level, mired in genre tropes-- your basic impenetrable geek quagmire of aggressive anti-storytelling.

For instance, I bought this comic with a “#1” on the cover. The whole comic was spent obliquely referencing events in a previous mini-series. All I know about the heroine is that she was dead, came back to life, was all busted up over killing her best friend, and was now in some barbaric purgatory world. The whole of her characterization seemed to be “I’m hitting everyone in sight because I can’t hit myself, and running out of things to hit makes me sad.” The art might have been adequate if this were a dark comedy or crumby animated series adaptation, but it’s entirely inappropriate for action/horror. There’s no mood, the storytelling is basic, there’s no sense of depth, and the figures look to belong on the walls of a tattoo parlor. Being neither sweet nor sexy, I judge the artist’s style as just plain weak. I’ve read several Jeph Loeb comics in recent months, a writer once described as providing such breezy scripts that they could be completely read during urination. This thing blew past before I could even get my fly down. Taken as a single serving, it is wholly without redemption on any level.

The Guild #1 (Dark Horse, 2010, $3.50)
The closest I’ve ever come to a Felicia Day production was watching the actress’ supporting role in the Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog web series. Apparently, she also created and writes for another such endeavor, The Guild, regarding which I am entirely virgin. That means I approached this comic book prequel with complete objectivity and sincere surprise that it works far better than most such endeavors. The first issue does a fine job of establishing the lead character’s personality and motivations, plus effectively evolving them in an organic fashion over a couple dozen pages. While only one member of the Guild is given the spotlight here, she’s supplied her own distinct and entertaining supporting cast before her presumed co-stars are even introduced. Ms. Day hasn’t just done justice in adapting her live action series, but written a good and proper comic book that can stand entirely on its own. Jim Rugg’s art does her no disservice, pulling off a reasonable likeness integrated fully into a wholly fictional world which fantastically differentiates the lead’s “real world” biographical story with the romantically washed out look of her fantasy life of online gaming. Colorist Dan Jackson earns kudos for his contribution in that department. In fact, there’s no weak links anywhere in this debut, down to Cary Nord’s swell cover and a nifty pin-up by Paul Lee.

R.E.B.E.L.S. #14 (DC, 2010, $2.99)
After taking its sweet time in the early going, and over a year into its overarching story, someone must have told writer Tony Bedard to hurry up and wrap this shit up so it can be turned into DC’s answer to Guardians of the Galaxy before inevitable cancellation. Vril Dox was supposedly the star of this series, but working from a team conceived by his 30th Century descendant, a plan initiated by his son, and played out by relatively recent self-motivated additions to the cast, Dox’s main contribution is to see his portion of the operation peter out from the sidelines. In fact, the Omega Men, who’ve been running a b-plot for most of the series, are the only ones who make a real impact in this ultimate chapter. Star Conquerer remained a silly, unimpressive adversary throughout, so this is perhaps for the best, but I still feel like I wasted my time and money for much of the last year on this title. Hopefully, the better aspects of the series to date will rise like cream, or else it’ll go back to my personal pull list chopping block.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Linkypeux of 4.20.2010

John Henry gave his life against the Inky Poo to prove a man could overcome a machine. Frank Lee Delano fights a losing weekly battle against the internet, so that his sacrificed time might save your own.


Television of the Weak: "Hauntingly Effective Storytelling" (The Factual Opinion)
Television of the Weak: Ain't Those Ladies Wear Baseball Caps In This House (The Factual Opinion)

Dellamorte's Box Office Wrap Up 4/9/10 (CHUD)
Dellamorte's Box Office Wrap Up 4/16/10 (CHUD)
Exit Through the Gift Shop review by Devin Faraci (CHUD)
Kick-Ass review by Devin Faraci (CHUD)
Kick-Ass: Comic vs. Movie (CHUD)
Daniel Craig: 'Bond 23' Suspended Indefinitely! (Just Jared)
Child of the '80s: A Nostalgic Reminder of Your Worst Nightmare -- The Day After review by Dustin Rowles (Pajiba)
Kick-Ass review by Daniel Carlson (Pajiba)
Defendor review by Seth Freilich (Pajiba)

Celebrity Gossip:
A bundle of sexual assault allegations against Steven Seagal (Popeater)

Comic Books:
Lying In The Gutters – 12th April 2010 (Bleeding Cool)
Lying In The Gutters – 19th April 2010 (Bleeding Cool)
DC Comics Solicitations for July, 2010 (CBR)
Marvel Comics Solicitations for July, 2010 (CBR)
C2E2: Dark Horse Heroes (CBR)
Lemire Embiggens Ray Palmer (CBR)
The 20 Worst Superheroes (Heavy)
History of Black Heroes in Comics (Wicked Cool Comics)
Comic Book Legends Revealed #256(CBR)
Comic Legends Addendum: Before He Was Black Panther...

Find more videos like this on The Spill Movie Community

Comic Book Reviews:
AICN Comic Reviews Shipping Week: 4/7/10 (AICN)
The Buy Pile 4/14/10 by Hannibal Tabu(CBR)
CBR Reviews Last Week's New Comics (CBR)
The Week In Ink: April 14, 2010 (Chris' Invincible Super-Blog)
Comic shop comics (April 7th-14th) (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
Comics Of The Weak: "I glance at the blood-flecked scroll on which is written It Is Time To Reveal The True Essence of the Nation" (The Factual Opinion)
Best Shots Pellet Reviews: SIEGE: CAP, BRIGHTEST DAY 0, More(Newsarama)
Best Shots Comic Reviews: FLASH, SIEGE: LOKI, More (Newsarama)

Comic Book Blogs:
Nobody’s Favorites: Ariel (Armagideon Time)
Just a reminder… Weenies (Armagideon Time)
Tommy Tomorrow (1947) by Virgil Finlay (Atomic Surgery)
Hawkman Sketch by Francesco Francavilla (Being Carter Hall)
Read: Hawkman v.4:no.16 (Being Carter Hall)
Blackest Night #8 Thoughts (Being Carter Hall)

NUDITY (Not Safe For Work):
Diora Baird - PB Magazine - August 2005 x19 (DeepAtSea)
Mila Kunis - GQ Magazine - April 2010 x9 (DeepAtSea)
Eva Green - Paris Match Magazine - February 2010 x2 (DeepAtSea)
Ashley Dupre - PB Photoshoot - May 2010 x34 (DeepAtSea)
Amanda Seyfried Topless In "Chloe": Now With DVD Quality Visuals! (Drunken Stepfather)
OMG!!! Emmanuelle Chriqui Nude in Allure (with Kara DioGuardi Nude, Too) (Egotastic!)
Catherine Zeta Jones Nude Allure (Egotastic!)
Adriana Lima Nude In "Wicked" by Ellen Von Unwerth HQ Scans X8 (Finn's Place)
Sexy Silhouettes Courtesy Of Derick G (hithiphop)
Arianny Celeste in May 2010 "Maxim" Magazine (Lanky Bastard)
Scarlett Johansson Compilation (Ned Hardy)
Justine Joli striptease for Danni.com (Striptease van de Dag)

JACQUES: The Sports Issue, Trailer 2. from Jacques Magazine on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Linkypeux of 4.11.2010

John Henry gave his life against the Inky Poo to prove a man could overcome a machine. Frank Lee Delano fights a losing weekly battle against the internet, so that his sacrificed time might save your own.


Art & Photograpy
For Photographers, the Image of a Shrinking Path by Jeffrey D. Allred for The New York Times (This Photo Life)
The Costumes of WonderCon 2010 (Damn Cool Photography)
Road To Transylvania (Rob Kelly Illustration)
Moxie Grrrl #6 (Rob Kelly Illustration)
Time Out New York: John Goodman (Rob Kelly Illustration)
Rock & Republic Files Chapter 11 (This Photo Life)

The 10 Most Disturbing Books Of All Time (Pop Crunch)

Barack Obama Looking at Awesome Things (flickr)

The Stats Behind Prostitution (Damn Cool Photography)

Music of the Weak: Chinese Plutocracy (The Factual Opinion)

Television of the Weak: There's Only Two Things I Do Well Sweetheart, And Skating's The Other One (The Factual Opinion)
Television of the Weak: "Hauntingly Effective Storytelling" (The Factual Opinion)

Clash of the Titans isn't the movie it's supposed to be (CHUD)
Clash of the Titans review by Devin Faraci (CHUD)
review by Devin Faraci (CHUD)
The Square review by Alex Riviello (CHUD)
Too Many Movies Tuesdays: When Things Get Busy, It's Easy To Re-Make Mistakes (The Factual Opinion)
How to Train Your Dragon review by Agent Bedhead (Pajiba)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo review by Daniel Carlson (Pajiba)
Kick-Ass review by Daniel Carlson (Pajiba)
Chloe review by William Goss (Pajiba)
Breaking Upwards review by Brian Prisco (Pajiba)
Clash of the Titans review by Dustin Rowles (Pajiba)
Date Night review by Dustin Rowles (Pajiba)
Hot Tub Time Machine review by Dustin Rowles (Pajiba)
Endgame review by TK (Pajiba)
Vinyan review by TK (Pajiba)

Comic Books:

Shades of Grey - An Examination of Race Relations in Comic Books from jaystealth on Vimeo.

Lying In The Gutters –April 5th 2010 (Bleeding Cool)
Comic Book Legends Revealed #255(CBR)

Comic Book Reviews:
AICN Comic Reviews Shipping Week: 3/31/10 (AICN)
The Buy Pile 4/7/10 by Hannibal Tabu(CBR)
The Week In Ink: April 7th, 2010 (Chris' Invincible Super-Blog)
Review: Fantastic Four #267 (Comics Bronze Age)
Review: Teen Titans #44 (Comics Bronze Age)
Comic shop comics (March 31st) (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess vs. Clash of the Titans (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
Comics Of The Weak (The Factual Opinion)
Blackest Night #8: Resurrection Rundown (Girls Gone Geek)
Best Shots for --10(Newsarama)
Blackest Night Roundup (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
Review: Outsiders #28 (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)
Review: Adventure Comics #9 (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)

Comic Book Blogs:
More Fun Comics #103 - May 1945 (The Aquaman Shrine)
Acrylic Aquaman (The Aquaman Shrine)
Nobody’s Favorites: Wolfpack (Armagideon Time)
Greg Phillips: The Disappearing Act Robber (The Atom: Mighty Mite)
The True Story of Batman and Robin: How A Big Time Comic Is Born! (1946) (Atomic Surgery)
Read: Rann-Thanagar Holy War #8 (Being Carter Hall)
A Guide For Writing the Rebooted Martian Manhunter Part 10 (Comics Make Me Happy!)
Just got back from Wondercon (Dave Finch Artblog)
2010 Commander Blanx Commission by Marat Mychaels (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
2010 Professor Arnold Hugo Mediocre Convention Sketch by David Malki! (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
Complete Guide For Writing the Modern Martian Manhunter by LissBirds (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
Meeting John Lennon, Part 1 (J.M. DeMatteis' Creation Point)
2002 Aquaman Nude Pin-up by Darwyn Cooke (Justice League Detroit)
43: Incredible Hulk #6 (Marvel Genesis)
44: Fantastic Four #13 (Marvel Genesis)
Something DIRE (Wraiths) This Way Comes... (Sanctum Sanctorum Comix)
Golden Age Idol--Jack Of Spades!! (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
What If... Captain America Had Been Elected President? (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
The Return Of The Martian Manhunter; Adventure Comics #450 (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)
Review: Tales Of The Legion Of Super-Heroes #314 (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)

NUDITY (Not Safe For Work):
Radha Mitchell Full Frontal in Feast of Love of the Day (Drunken Stepfather)
Benedetta Valanzano topless (I Don't Like You In That Way)
Adrianne Curry Is Really, Really Good At Twitter (I Don't Like You In That Way)
Emmanuelle Chriqui Drops Some Serious Cleavage, And Gets Uber Bootylicious (Popoholic)
Anna Falchi – Maxim Italy (March 2010) (PrettyHotSexy)
Kim Kardashian's ass crack will end you (Miami 4-9-2010) (The Superficial)
Francoise Boufhal is a Superhuman (Uncoached)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday Is Black & Bitter For All I Care #61

Blackest Night #8
Green Lantern #52 (2010)
Justice League Rise and Fall Special #1
Ultimate Comics New Ultimates #1

In case you're wondering, I'm aware I suck for moving ...nurgh... to 999 Backburner Court. I'm working on a ton of stuff, but things will get better with time.

Blackest Night #8 (DC, 2010, $3.99)
Okay, so, many dozens of comics later, we still lack any real resolution to this story. Sinestro becomes a White Lantern, fights Nekron for a few pages, then gets his new status revoked in a conveniently non-lethal fashion. The Black Lantern Justice League, which I’ve been waiting something like six months to pay off in spectacular fashion, amounts to a minor plot complication over two pages. Goddamnit, all those shitty repetitive tie-in books with one or two zombie heroes/villains each, and we couldn’t find a place for one nice throwdown or outright massacre involving an entire team of bloodthirsty, undead Leaguers? You do realize the Black Lantern Detroit League (Vibe, Steel & Dr. Light) got three issues to fuck shit up, right? But no, we’ve got to get to the second double page spread of the issue, in which everyone fights everyone without much of anything happening. That’s followed by another half-spread of the Skittles Lanterns Corps all blasting Nekron at the same time, yet again to no appreciable effect. Next, two pages of Hal Jordan and Barry Allen arguing optimism over nihilism with Black Hand, because I guess some lame ass moral had to be squeezed into this mess somewhere. Next, Jordan picks up where Sinestro left off and deputizes all of the Pseudo-Black Lanterns into White Lanterns, in another friggin’ spread. I swear, this is getting pornographic in only the most sexlessly geeky manner.

Somwhere along the way, Deadman, who has been drifting in the background for many issues without contributing anything, provides the dues ex machna to defeating Nekron. This comes directly out of his pasty white ass, without either foreshadowing or a lick of sense. At this point, the story kicks into hardcore set-up mode for the next several epic mini-series to come, forgetting along the way to actually finish this one. There’s a quadruple spread of fan servicing but otherwise arbitrary resurrections, which makes me realize that most of the character deaths I dismissed as impermanent earlier in the series were as real a deal as comics get. I haven’t decided if that recognition makes me want to reconsider the weightiness of this featherlight story, or if I’m just annoyed at another mass killing of C-listers to lay claim to a body count. Regardless, most of the rest of the book goes to character moments in order to pay off the resurrections emotionally, neglecting how this turn effectively killed the engine on this ride in the middle of the freeway, expecting to glide onto the shoulder in neutral. There’s like, three pages of “dude, somehow we managed to not get hit by another car, and someday, I’ll totally tell you why we did that shit.” Or don’t. I don’t care all that much, come to think of it. The art was nice, there were some memorable moments, and several characters I like who got killed off are back in the toybox. We as a collective readership tossed through these pages, played with ourselves, and can now flush our cleansing tissues down the toilet. It wasn’t bad as masturbation goes, but let’s not make a big deal of it. Once you start marking epic autoerotic “dates” on the calendar, you’ve pretty much given up on a life worth living.

Green Lantern #52 (DC, 2010, $2.99)
Okay, the entire back story of Blackest Night is that it’s a new take on discredited creation theories from the days of the general acceptance of a flat Earth. I’m not going to take allusions to Biblical events in this story literally, because the Bible itself isn’t meant to be read that way, but it still comes across as silly and unimaginative. Devoting most of the story pages to this drivel and a bunch of spreads that could really use stronger inks equals filler, I figure. Another thing that bugs me is why do omnipotent beings always get so much done in the far distant past, then sit out every comic event in history until this one, which rarely amounts to anything. Millennium set up a perfectly reasonable excuse for Blackest Night, that the next generation of Guardians were set to be born on Earth, but the New Guardians that showed up in 1987 couldn’t be trusted to guard against a low level villain team. So hey, this could have been the real first new Guardian. Then the White Guardian could have gotten killed, but shoved Nekron up his asshole as his first and last glorious act, safeguarding the universe until some other writer decided to pull Nekron out of the divine shitter. Everyone could have weeped, dead heroes could still come back, maybe throw in a warning to start recycling or stop global warming, and GTFO. There. I just wrote you a better story. Gimme $5.

The always superior John Stewart does manage to command a strike force in ending the threat of an entire planet of Black Lanterns, to which I say “boo-yah,” since it once again reasserts how much better at this shit Stewart is than anyone else. I do wish they’d lay off the military-related ring constructs though, as Stewart used to be known for architecture more than firepower.

Justice League Rise and Fall Special #1 (DC, 2010, $3.99)
I ordered this crap when I thought it was going to be about Ollie getting a mad-on over the crippling of his junkie loser ex-sidekick. I didn’t know I was signing on for killing little girls, which I’m really not down for in a fucking super-hero comic, especially when she was the best thing about the ex-sidekick.

I used to like Ollie Queen, but he’s grown too shrill and oblivious to actual human suffering in the face of using it to excuse his attitude and actions. Now there’s this special devoted to explaining all the dumb crap that happened in other books related to Justice League: Cry For Justice that had everybody scratching their heads. It’s pretty shoddy, with three disparate pencil artists, none really hitting the mark, and a script that’s only serviceable when compared to how dreadful everything that preceeded it was. I also love the high horse Barry “Fled a Murder Rap by Going to the Far Future, Then Dying” Allen and Hal “Parallax slaughtered hundreds” Jordan got up on about the execution of a shitheel like Prometheus. Man, is the DC Universe a cesspool of hypocrisy and poor planning, or what?

Ultimate Comics New Ultimates #1 (Marvel, 2010, $3.99)
A sixpage foldout cover by Frank Cho! Of, like, Orcs, and some Lockjaw looking mother fuckers. Noe of which are exactly hyper detailed, plus there’s no gorillas or titties. Ivan Reis really shit in your salad this month, huh Cho?

The only thing more redundant than the title of this title is the book itself. Nobody wants to read Jeph Loeb on the Ultimate Avengers, especially when Mark Millar’s already doing that series with an artist who can produce. This whole issue is recap of the universally panned Ultimatum, plus Ultimate Defenders, and clearly uninspired art. Since going post apocalyptic is usually the death knell of a sub-line, how many more months do you figure Ultimate Comics has? Also, how many times do you figure Loeb can play the sympathy card regarding the tragic death of his son, because both of his Ultimate books reference it, and this time I really felt ill from the air of exploitation.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Batgirl Original Art

One of the things that will be changing around here once I get my shit together is more "bloggy" type crap. For instance, while I was trying to find someplace to protect some new original art I bought, I discovered some 15-20 year old Blue Line pages I never did much with, since I fucking suck as an artist. Still, I'm tired and I've allowed this blog to lapse from daily to whenever status, so I figure something's better than nothing. Here's Batgirl battling the Killer Moth, by me, drawn for reasons unknown after all this time. Some of the finer details didn't scan, and virtually none of my blue pencil layouts and text, so count your blesings, I guess.

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Linkypeux of 4.5.2010

John Henry gave his life against the Inky Poo to prove a man could overcome a machine. Frank Lee Delano fights a losing weekly battle against the internet, so that his sacrificed time might save your own.


Art & Photograpy
The Most Controversial Art Sculptures by Patricia Piccinini (Damn Cool Photography)
there will be blood. all over the video store. (Random Picture Day)
Monster PSA: Harry Hamlin (Rob Kelly Illustration)
Jim Marshall 1936-2010 (This Photo Life)

Relationships & Sexuality:
The Truth About Online Dating (Damn Cool Photography)

Television of the Weak: The Lies, Pretenses, and Falsehoods That Define Us (The Factual Opinion)

Dellamorte's Box Office Wrap Up 4/2/10 (CHUD)
Too Many Movies Tuesdays: Sometimes The Punisher Should Use A Dildo (The Factual Opinion)

Celebrity Gossip:
Angie Jo Is A Real-Life Disney Villainess (dlisted)
"I’m Anna Paquin. I’m bisexual, and I give a damn.” (dlisted)
Peaches Geldof seems fun (Heroin, Cialis & Scientology) (The Blemish)

Comic Books:
Lying In The Gutters –22nd March 2010 (Bleeding Cool)
Lying In The Gutters –29th March 2010 (Bleeding Cool)
Comic Book Legends Revealed #253(CBR)
Comic Book Legends Revealed #254(CBR)

Dick Giordano 1932-2010
R.I.P. Dick Giordano 1932-2010 (The Aquaman Shrine)
REMEMBERING GIORDANO (J.M. DeMatteis' Creation Point)
Dick Giordano remembered (Todd Klein's Blog)
Dick Giordano Passes Away At Age 77 (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)

Comic Book Reviews:
AICN Comic Reviews Shipping Week: 3/17/10 (AICN)
AICN Comic Reviews Shipping Week: 3/24/10 (AICN)
The Buy Pile 3/25/10 by Hannibal Tabu(CBR)
The Buy Pile 4/1/10 by Hannibal Tabu(CBR)
CBR Reviews Last Week's New Comics: March 28th (CBR)
The Week In Ink: March 24, 2010 (Chris' Invincible Super-Blog)
Review: Ms. Marvel #1 (Comics Bronze Age)
Review: Dazzler #1 (Comics Bronze Age)
Comic shop comics (mostly from March 10th and March 24th) (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
Aladdin: Legacy of the Lost #2 & Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #2 (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
Comics Of The Weak: Dying For What You Believe In Comes Easy For Jughead (The Factual Opinion)
Best Shots Rapid Reviews: JLA #43, DARK WOLVERINE #84, More (Newsarama)
G3 Review: Justice League – The Rise of Arsenal #1 (Girls Gone Geek)
Batman R.I.P., May it Rest in Pieces (Once Upon A Geek)
Green Lantern Corps #46 (Reilly2040's Blog)
Green Lantern #52 (Reilly2040's Blog)

Comic Book Blogs:
Wonder Woman by Matthew S. Armstrong (Amazon Princess)
More Fun Comics #102 - March 1945 (The Aquaman Shrine)
Adventure Comics #461 - Feb. 1979 (The Aquaman Shrine)
Smallville: "Justice" (The Aquaman Shrine)
Aqua-Wall Paintings (The Aquaman Shrine)
Aquaman "Mod" Game (The Aquaman Shrine)
Aquaman Swim Ring by Ideal - 1966 (The Aquaman Shrine)
Angela Bassett plays Amanda Waller (Black SuperHero Blog)
A Guide For Writing the Rebooted Martian Manhunter Part 9 (Comics Make Me Happy!)
Blackest Night #8 – Finally!!! (Firestorm Fan)
Activity Page Friday (Girls Gone Geek)
2010 Professor Arnold Hugo Convention Piece by Humberto Ramos (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
2010 Zook Convention Piece by Ethan Van Sciver (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
2010 Marco Xavier Mediocre Convention Sketch by David Malki! (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
2010 The Martian Manhunter Archives Volume 6 Table of Contents by Tom Hartley (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
52 Week Fifty (June, 2007) (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
Black Adam: The Dark Age #4 (January, 2008) (The Idol-Head of Diabolu)
Batman #448 (Early September, 1990) (Justice League Detroit)
Aquaman Commission by Ramona Fradon (Justice League Detroit)
40: Tales of Suspense #39 (Marvel Genesis)
Sidebar: Untangling the Web (Marvel Genesis)
41: Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Genesis)
42: Journey into Mystery #90 (Marvel Genesis)
Judd Winick Named DC Comics Editor-in-Chief (Once Upon A Geek)
Moon Girl #3, Spring 1948 (Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine)
Miller vs. Millar: A Rant About Cynical Superhero Storytelling (Pretty, Fizzy Paradise)
Shambling into a new era? -or Man-Thing re-emergant! (Sanctum Sanctorum Comix)
What If... Thor Fought Odin over Jane Foster? (Siskoid's Blog of Geekery)
Back Issue Box: Legion Of Super-Heroes Annual #2 (Supergirl Comic Box Commentary)
Marvel 1985 Week--Amazing Spider-Man #262!! (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
Marvel 1985 Week--Incredible Hulk #305!! (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
Marvel 1985 Week--Fantastic Four #276!! (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
Captain America #303 (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
Marvel 1985 Week--Avengers #253 (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
Marvel 1985 Week--Uncanny X-Men #191 (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)
Marvel 1985 Week--Iron Man #192!! (Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!)

NUDITY (Not Safe For Work):
Brandy Norwood (Moesha) is Outdoors (Booty Source)
Marie Keeler - S Magazine Issue #8 x5 (DeepAtSea)
Asia Argento - Max Magazine (italy) - June 2000 x11 (DeepAtSea)
Danica McKellar - Stuff Magazine x7 (DeepAtSea)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

2010 "Judd Winick Named DC Comics Editor-in-Chief" Promotional Art by Billy Penn

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I recognize there's was a lot of love for Denny O'Neil in the '70s for restoring Batman to "Dark Knight Detective" status and for coming up with Green Lantern/Green Arrow. An alternative view (mine) is that O'Neil was technically a terrible writer. I'd say he exemplified the growing pains between the Silver Age "middle aged white guys writing adventure stories for children" and the Bronze Age "twentysomething white guys writing adventure stories for man-children." Read today, O'Neil's scripts are cringe-inducing in their hoary dialogue, sensationalism and self-importance. In my opinion, it wasn't until O'Neil stopped drinking and embraced the hubris in himself and his characters that he finally earned his stature in the industry.

In a roundabout way, my point is that Judd Winick was the Denny O'Neil of the aughts, and maybe he should start drinking/drugging to improve his writing, before he drives his remaining audience to do so. Certainly, this news announcement has me wanting to call in sick to work and crawl into a bottle. Check it out.


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