Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Needless to say, it leaves little to no time to keep up. I leave for work at 6:45 a.m. and don't get home until around 7 p.m. That is my first chance to check my e-mail and blog. Yikes. I am so far behind on my e-mail that I am embarassed. My friends must think I suck. I also still haven't found a balance here. I wish I wasn't so tired and could make more articulate posts. Lately I have made stupid grammar and spelling errors, which drives me nuts.
I don't want to quit blogging, so I guess I am asking you to bear with me some more. Hopefully on weekends I will get more caught up.
In great news, I have lost 10 pounds on my diet. Today was officially the end of week three of a twelve week cycle, so I am on target. My pants are starting to get loose, so I am about five to ten pounds away from the next size down. That is self esteem building to say the least.
In bad news, I haven't been on my ComicSpace much at all and I am scared to see how many bulletins there are. I think I may wait until Saturday to check it out.
Not much more to tell here. I just wanted to be upfront with my lack of internet time. It is the thing that has had to give a bit in order for me to work out like I need to. I have never lifted so hard! My arms are like spaghetti tonight.
Have a wonderful evening! I will see you back here tomorrow night!
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
For this week's feature, I present to you Teen Titans #43, part one of the Titans East storyline. On what I am presuming to be page three, Raven shows a little bit of butt to the world at large. There must have been a breeze to lift her cape up, I guess.
It makes me a bit jealous, because I don't believe my hind quarters have ever looked half as fine. It also makes me a bit upset, because I know that I will never look like that, no matter how much I work out. Does this mean that Raven is just naturally thin and pert?
This isn't the worst I have seen. I have dibs else where on that. But it isn't great. Why they couldn't have her face a different angle is beyond me.
It's the marketing.
Okay, now it's your turn. Is this Gratuitous?
Monday, January 29, 2007
My comic list doesn't seem to be getting smaller, so I figured I would add a "drop" list to try and keep track of my purchases. Here is my first try.
52 Week 39
American Virgin #11
Blue Beetle #11
Ex Machina #26
Hawkgirl #6 - on the chopping block
Ion #10 (of 12) - almost over!
JSA Classified #22 - on the chopping block
Teen Titans #43- on the chopping block
Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #7 (of 8) - almost over!
Hunter Killer #11 - on the chopping block
Anita Blake Guilty Pleasures #4 (of 12)
Black Panther #24
Snakewoman #7 - Cover Pictured!
Strangers in Paradise #87
JLA Classified #33
Jack of Fables #7
Ultimate Fantastic Four #38
Yikes. I really didn't want to drop Jack of Fables, but it was a great stopping point. I don't like the direction Ultimate Fantastic Four is going, so that was an easy drop. JLA Classified really underwhelmed me last issue, so that has to go as well.
As you can see, there are a few other books on the chopping block depending on how I feel after reading this issue. It sucks to have to do this, but there is no other choice. It is either quit reading comics all together or cut back.
On that note, have a great week and a wonderful night!
Sunday, January 28, 2007
The press release reads as follows:
"APA ANNOUNCES ALLIANCE WITH BLUEWATER
New Publishers Pairs with Production Studio to Keep the Awesome Coming!
Fort Smith, AR – January 26, 2007 – BlueWater Productions—the company behind such smash hits as 10th MUSE, VSS, and THE LEGEND OF ISIS—announced today that it has reached an agreement with Atomic Pop Art Entertainment to publish a series of fan-favorite graphic novels throughout 2007.
"This new arrangement will allow Atomic Pop Art to bring back some of our best work from our past with Image Comics and Alias Comics," said BlueWater Productions president and managing editor, Darren G. Davis. “APA couldn’t be happier with our graphic novel arrangement with Darren,” says APA publisher Shon C. Bury. “BlueWater books have very loyal fans—and we’re eager to get them fresh collections of all their favorites like 10th Muse, Legend of Isis, and Judo Girl.”
2007 GRAPHIC NOVELS FROM APA AND BLUEWATER (tentative release dates):
• 10th Muse Vol. #1: God War
Release: May 2007
• 10th Muse: Crossovers
Release: July 2007
• The Legend of Isis : Dogs of War
Release: July 2007
• Judo Girl: Vol 1
Release: August 2007
• 10th Muse: Vol #2
Release: August 2007
• 10th Muse: Vol #3
Release: September 2007
The future of POP has arrived!
Comic Shop Locator Service: 1.888.COMIC.BOOK"
Interesting stuff, huh?
Saturday, January 27, 2007
When you meet Ben Hansen, the first thing that comes to mind is talent. He is personable, funny, and sweet but his art takes center stage, and he seems to like it that way. There is always a drawing instrument in his hand, and he is constantly working, even as we have a wonderful conversation about the industry today. His work is as much a part of him as his arm is- an extension of himself.
Hansen just finished work on his six issue mini-series titled Dark Powers. It will be solicited this year through Angel Gate Press. I can hardly wait to see the finished product.
Without further ado, here is my question and answer session with Ben Hansen.
Comics Fairplay: How did you get into the industry
Ben Hansen: I went to a con and got lucky.
CF: Tell me about your influences?
BH: My influences range from Jim lee, Bernie Wrightson, story board artist Collin Grant, to Humberto Ramos, director Tim Burton, and the list just keeps going. But the one who’s influenced me the most is Drew Hayes, the creator of Poison Elves. He took me under his wing and showed me that there’s a lot more out then the Jim lee’s and McFarlane’s. Then Jason Metcalf has been giving me pointers and tips which has helped out more then he’ll know.
CF: What audience are you hoping to reach with your work?
BH: Hopefully anyone and everyone from the age of 13 and up. The book after all is called Dark Powers.
CF: What unique qualities do you possess that make you stand out from your peers?
BH: I don’t know if I have any qualities that make me stand out from my peers.
We all have the same love for the field and that’s why we’re here: to draw comics.
If any thing I would have to say it’s my love for the field. I mean were else can you work on a car turning into a giant robot one day and the next your working on green haired lunatic who plays with a guy dressed as a bat. It’s just a great field to work in.
CF: What project are you currently working on?
BH: I’m currently working on a book called Dark Powers.
The book is written by Quenton Shaw, penciled by me, inked by Jeff Duba and colored by Dan Kroon. Lettering and special FX are by Eric bell. It should by hitting the stores in 2007.
CF: How many issues is your project and when do you foresee it being solicited? Anything special you can mention right now?
BH: Dark Powers is a six issue mini-series and will be solicited by Angle Gate Press under their new label Dark Angel, along with Blood and Silver and Night of the Living Bed.
CF: What do you think about the industry today? Where do you see the industry five years from now?
BH: I have mixed feelings about the industry today. I think the smaller presses are going to be the next big thing. People show up for the big names, but the fans hang out and talk with the smaller names, at least at the smaller cons. As for the future, well I really can’t say.
CF: Tell me something about yourself that has nothing to do with comic books but that people might find interesting or surprising?
BH: For the past couple of years I’ve been doing a survey with every Ben I meet.
I ask them three simple questions.
1. Do you know what your name means?
Must of them say no. So I tell them that it means two things. The 1st meaning, right hand of god, and the 2nd, gifted in the right hand.
Which brings me to the second question.
2. Are you artistic in any way?
So far they’ve all said yes. Which strengthens my theory of the name.
It’s all in the name, sort of like a birthright. So if you name your kid Ben, You might want to start saving for art lessons of some fashion.
And for the third question
3. Are you right handed?
With this one I’m batting a 1,000
So you know any Bens out there ask them these three questions. You might be surprised.
CF: Where would you like to see yourself five years from now?
BH: I don’t really know where I see myself in five years. The only thing I can hope for is that I’m still doing what I love to do- drawing comics. Oh, and I don’t have a day job.
CF: Any closing comments?
BH: I’d like to thank every one for their help and support. So a big thanks goes out to my peeps at Shari’s restaurant, the crew at Cosmic Comics, Quenton, Debbie, Chad, Jason M., Jason R., Jeff D., Eric R. Dan, Eric B, Steve Miner, Drew, my future wife Jolene, the Busby’s, the crew at Copies Now, Ken and Heather H, my mom Tanna Rogers, Jim and Heidi at Comics Fairplay and last but not least the fans. If I forgot anyone I’m sorry.
Go check out Ben's amazingly diverse gallery at http://1314.deviantart.com. If you like what you see, there is information there on how to purchase prints of his work.
Friday, January 26, 2007
As a rule, I listen to agressive metal-flavored rock during my cardio session and a blend of rap, metal, and bubble gum pop to lift weights to. Here is a sample of what's on my iPod.
Right Now - Korn
Ladies and Gentlemen - Saliva
Walk - Pantera
Points of Authority/99 Problems - Jay-Z/Linkin Park
Always on the Run - Lenny Kravitz
Some Heads Are Gonna Role - Judas Priest
How Long - Hinder
Locked In - Judas Priest
Forever - Papa Roach
It's Not Over - Daughtry
Crazy Bitch - Buckcherry
Bleed for Me - Black Label Society (the lovely Zakk Wylde is pictured)
Bring the Noize - Anthrax/Public Enemy
Machine Gun - Warrant
Stranglehold - Ted Nugent
Monkey Business - Skid Row
Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine
Eyes of A Stranger - Queensryche
Hungry - Lita Ford
Rockey Queen - Guns N Roses
Bodies - Drowning Pool
Breathe On Me - Britney Spears HEH HEH
Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (another palate cleanser)
Walk This Way - Aerosmith
That is a sampling of my iPod. I have 574 songs on it right now, and what I listed above is about one cardio session worth of goodness. Trying to list all my songs would be a bit much, so I just wanted to give a sample. I enjoy the music I have- it really helps de-stress me and makes the work out go faster.
Now that my secret obsessive love for metal is out in the open, I might as well embrace it. Hee hee.
What do you listen to when you work out? What about when you are trying to relax? What is on your MP3 player?
Thursday, January 25, 2007
My guess from the looks of this is that it has to do with World War III and the aftermath. What intrigues me is the characters that were selected. Seeing Donna Troy and Kyle Rayner so close together, it makes me wonder if their romance might come back?? I also am fascinated by the "Red Robin" from Kingdom Come and the Elseworlds Batman. This leads me to believe that the "infinite earths" are bleeding into each other somehow and that there will be serious repercussions in future stories.
It also makes me wonder if this could be a shout out to the hotly rumored, upcoming new DC weekly. Supposedly it will be called Countdown and will be the heir apparent to the 52 series. Hmmm..
At any rate, I am really eager to see what comes of the characters pictured here. From the tattered remains of the statue of liberty and the murdered characters featured on the front of the image, it makes me look forward to spending this coming year checking out DC's books.
My final appreciation is that the art appears to be by Phil Jimenez, one of my favorite artists, and a very nice guy.
What do you all think?
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Published under the Wildstorm banner at DC, The Boys has been plagued by controversy right from the start. From orgies to a certain gerbil fetish, the book is obviously not for the faint of heart. It is an adult-themed book to be sure, one that has been labeled as such.
It figures. I love this book. I am already pumped for next week's #7 and to find out it has been cancelled before I will see anymore issues sucks. No bones about it. Along with 100 Bullets, Fables, and Manhunter, this has been one of my favorite books from day one.
The official article at Newsarama reads as follows:
"Newsarama has learned that Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s Wildstorm series, The Boys has been cancelled by DC, effective with issue #6 of the series, which is currently on shelves. Issues #7-#10, as well as the trade collection – all of which have been solicited – will not ship.
DC declined to comment on the series or even confirm that the series has indeed, been canceled.
The series sales appear to have been healthy enough, with issue #6 seeing an estimated 27,000 copies shipping to stores in December, placing it at #81 on Diamond’s Top 300 list. For that month, only two other Wildstorm titles sold more copies, Gen13 and Midnighter. August’s issue #1 saw an estimated 31,000 copies sold.
The series was announced with much hoopla at last spring’s WizardWorld LA, and was heralded by Ennis here on Newsarama as the book that would “out-Preacher Preacher.” The phrase was later picked up and used on promotional posters for the series from DC, who saw it as part of the Wildstorm revitalization.
Robertson had perhaps the most succinct description of the series, saying: “The Boys are a team of five super-powered operatives who work for a secret department within the U.S. government. It's their job to monitor and investigate superhero behavior, they gather intelligence- i.e. dirt- on them, and occasionally to use it against them. Just as the C.I.A. has had a use for the Mafia, Sadaam Hussein, and Columbia's FARC terrorists (to name a few), so they also need superheroes. Sometimes they need them on a leash. Sometimes they have to put them down. The Boys are the people who do the job.”
When the series launched, readers found that little of what Ennis and Robertson was saying was hyperbole. The series was violent, rude, crude, and…essentially, what you’d expect if you put Ennis and Robertson together in a room with superheroes.
The series was clearly in crescendo mode in regards to content, and this was clearly seen in issue #6 when, after a super-powered individual was accidentally killed by Hughie, a hamster crawled out of…his backside.
While DC has published graphic violence, sexual situations, and individuals who prefer the ruder and cruder side of life (much of it with Ennis’ name attached) in the past, it has also, on a handful of occasions, pulled material from a comic it felt crossed the line. Again, DC declined to comment on the reasons behind the series cancellation. If the series was cancelled because the publisher felt it was too over the top, The Boys would be in rare company, joining Marvel/Epic’s Void Indigo by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik, which only saw one issue published before it was ended, due to content issues.
On a purely speculative note, The Boys is a creator-owned property, jointly owned by Ennis and Robertson. After his series, Fallen Angel was cancelled by DC, co-creator of the property Peter David was able to regain the property and move it to IDW, where it has been published since.
When contacted by Newsarama about the situation with the series, Robertson replied:
"The Boys has been canceled effectively with issue #6.
"It became obvious that DC was not the right home for The Boys. DC is being good about reverting our rights so we can find a new publisher and we're in the process of doing that now. I'm continuing to work exclusively for DC in the meantime. I want to thank Scott Dunbier and Ben Abernathy at Wildstorm for all their hard work."
Evidently this is censorship at it's finest, folks. I can only hope that the book does indeed find another home so I can continue to follow the adventures of Hughie and his group. Instead of giving up hope, I am crossing my fingers on the mighty return of The Boys.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
How about just cutting down a lot and cutting our cable television down a level?
At any rate, as I was looking through my list of books, it really hit me that I collect quite a few books just because. Yep. Just because.
What kind of a crappy reason is that?
My best example is the X-Men titles. I have every issue of Uncanny X-Men since the early 100's. That is over thirty years of continuity. On the "adjectiveless" title, I have every issue since number one. Despite the quality of the book, I continue to buy each issue.. you guessed it... just because.
That has got to stop. I have done well with the Civil War related titles at Marvel, dropping several titles I have long enjoyed without remorse.
BUT I HAVE TO DO MORE.
If I keep collecting crappy books for the sake of continuity it does no one any favors in the long run, other then my nephews for selling my books after I pass away many years from now.
As of today I am taking a vow to drop shoddy books despite any sentimental reason. God help me, I have to. Both financially and to take a stand with the comic book companies by speaking with my money.
Of course, currently I AM enjoying the Uncanny X-Men storyline by Ed Brubaker, so maybe that is a bad example. Heh. Flash would be a better one, or Wolverine.
I will keep you posted with how I do in winning the battle over sentimentality.
How do you do?
Monday, January 22, 2007
There are several excellent new comics coming out this week. As I am cutting back, I will be retaining those quality books while dropping the ones that disapoint. I hate to do it, but funds demand it.
Here is this week's list!
Samurai Heaven and Earth Volume 2 #2 (of 5)
100 Bullets #80- my favorite book, no doubt there.
52 Week 38
Connor Hawke Dragon's Blood #2 (of 6)
Flash The Fastest Man Alive #8 - on the chopping block
Helmet of Fate Ibis the Invincible #1
Robin #158- also on the block
Wetworks #5- another on the chopping block
Noble Causes #26
Witchblade #103- on the block for chronic lateness
Doctor Strange Oath #4 (of 5)
Eternals #6 (of 7)
Punisher War Journal #3- on the block
Silent War #1 (of 6)- a try out book
Wolverine #50- a try out book
X-Factor #15- another favorite title
Fallen Angel #12 - cover pictured
John Woo's Seven Brothers #4
Ramayan 3392 #5
That's the list for this week. Depending on my mood, I may not pick up some of these titles. I will keep you posted.
Have a wonderful evening!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
"Atomic Pop Art Entertainment, LLC, (APA) Press Release
For Immediate Release
SHON C. BURY’S NOX LANDS @ APA
Fort Smith, AR – January 9, 2007 – Imagine a world equally populated by mystical gurus, urban hipsters, and dark forces bent on tipping our drab, mundane world into shadows. That work is writer/creator Shon C. Bury’s Nox—an original graphic novel hitting shelves this June from upstart comic-book publisher Atomic Pop Art Entertainment. Originally formatted as a five-issue mini series that mapped the mythical Hero Cycle onto a modern world, the book will now be released as one complete graphic novel. “It’s a very self-aware study of the Hero Cylce; a low fantasy generously peppered with Everyman situations and what I like to refer to as comedy,” Shon says.
“It’s been an absolute joy working with the Nox creative team on my first OGN,” Shon says. “Nox was absolutely a product of a lifetime of reading and studying both comics and mythology—and my desire to combine the two. I always envisioned Joey and Bobby’s adventures as one, continues story...so I’m very thankful APA gave me the opportunity to bring my toys over to their very cool sandbox.”
Initially scheduled to be published in 2006, it was decided to remove Nox from the market when small-press newcomer, Narwain, mishandled their entry into the industry. Regardless, Nox garnered repeated critical acclaim throughout the industry and was named Comic Geek Speak’s Indy Challenge Winner in March of that year. Newsarama’s Troy Brownfield claimed Nox was “...an energetic book that turns your typical kid on a quest scenario on its head” while That’s Entertainment gave the book 10 out of 5 stars.
For more information about Shon C. Bury’s Nox please review the following links: Silver Bullet Comic Books, Jazma Online, NYX Comics, and Broken Frontiers. Or email email@example.com.
Be on the lookout this APRIL for ordering information. On sale this JUNE!
The future of POP has arrived!
Comic Shop Locator Service: 1.888.COMIC.BOOK"
This is wonderful news for a great guy. We couldn't be happier!
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Today being another day, I am still a bit light on ideas to talk about other then to complain like a little girl about how sore my body is from serious weight lifting and hour long sessions on the EFX. Needless to say, after blogging tonight, I am going to pop a few ibuprofens and eat some dinner. I love working out, but I hate the first few weeks of hardcore lifting. Ouch.
I do have some people I want to give shout-outs to for their blogging goodness. I have been meaning to, and got carried away by DC news so it didn't happen until today.
The fantastic Loren at One Diverse Comic Book Nation does an incredible job of rounding up reactions to Manhunter's demise while adding his thoughts. Loren, you said it perfectly.
I really enjoyed Shelly's reviews, so I want to pass them on. I appreciate how she is able to sum up her feelings so succinctly, and how often I agree completely. Go to Shelly's Comic Book Shelf to see her action figures as well. I love that she doesn't just keep them in the box.
Lisa at Sequentially Speaking has good news. Her new furnace is finally installed so she doesn't have to freeze everyday! Yay! She also has a link to tryouts for Who Wants to be a Super Hero. I wish I was creative enough to make a character and get on that show!
In really exciting news, there are more guests being added to the Emerald City Comicon. This show is going to rule! Mark March 31 and April 1 on your calendars, and go check out the website. I am going to have a booth there to promote my blog, and I would love to see you there.
If you haven't ever been to Always Bet on Bahlactus, you need to make the trip over there. He has a unique voice, and I love the fact that he is collecting every issue that features Galactus. Bookmark the site, already!
Today is Laura's birthday! Happy Birthday! Over at Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog, she continues her odyssey of reviewing every issue of Aquaman in existence. It is a great deal of fun!
On that positive note, I am off into the night to relax and revive so I can go workout again tomorrow! Have a wonderful evening!
Thursday, January 18, 2007
"The new DC Previews state that "Firestorm" and "Manhunter" have been cancelled. I understand that "Hawkgirl" is also to join that list. "
As much as Manhunter's demise upset me, this cancellation of Hawkgirl would come as no surprise. Since the One Year Later storyline has commenced, it has not held any momentum. I had been holding off dropping the book awaiting Hawkman's return, but that is in the crapper now.
When Hawkman (now Hawkgirl) started with a new series, I was pretty excited. Geoff Johns and Rags Morales did a wonderful job. Unfortunately, since their departure, the series has been very uneven. Everytime I would be ready to drop it, a new team would come on and my hopes would increase, usually to be dashed quickly. Unfortunately, it looks now like this title will fall victim to crossover-itis.
I am not surprised, but am sorry to see a series starring a female character I like end.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
As you will see, DC is soliciting a Donna Troy mini-bust for their Women of the DCU series. This is one of those items I would really like to own. Donna is a favorite of mine, and it has been rare in the past to be able to get many items that feature her. To see an action figure solicited a few months ago and now have the opportunity to get a bust is unheard of.
I have the Wonder Woman and Power Girl mini-busts from this series, which is based on designs by Adam Hughes. I am not real fond of the the Wonder Woman final product, because it was smaller and less detailed then I hoped. The Power Girl bust came out much better because it is more of an action pose. Looking at this bust, there is a bit more to it because of the lasso, so I am hoping for the best.
I really can't afford it, so I will probably just drool a bit and really wish for it, but it is nice to dream.
Specifications on the Donna Troy mini-bust are as follows:
"WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE: DONNA TROY BUST
Designed by Adam Hughes
Sculpted by Jack Mathews
Donna Troy continues the amazing line of Women of the DC Universe busts designed by award-winning illustrator Adam Hughes. This limited-edition, hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain busts measures approximately 5.5" tall x 3" wide x 2" deep and is packaged in a four-color box.
Advance-solicited; on sale September 5, 2007 o Bust o $45.00 US "
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Here is this week's list:
52 Week 37
Aquaman Sword of Atlantis #48
Birds of Prey #102
Helmet of Fate Detective Chimp #1
Y The Last Man #53
She-Hulk 2 #15
Ultimate Spider-Man #104
Ultimate X-Men #78
Wisdom #2 (of 6)
Red Sonja Annual #1- excellent cover pictured
I am keeping it short and sweet tonight because my arms and shoulders are so sore from weight lifting. Yikes. I weighed myself tonight and I have lost 4 1/2 pounds since last Wednesday, so I am pretty psyched!
Have a wonderful evening. Hopefully tomorrow will bring Marvel musings and a typical rant.
Monday, January 15, 2007
So Firestorm gets three issues from the new creative team and ends, while Manhunter just got a reprieve only to be cancelled again. What an absolute shame.
Those of you who weren't reading Manhunter were missing something special. The evolution of the lead character and her cast was beautiful. Every month, this book was at the top of my pile, both for the gorgeous art and the tremendous scripting by Marc Andreyko.
I am also greatly saddened by the end of Firestorm. I started picking up the book at "One Year Later" and was really enjoying the story being told.
Cripes, where is the justice? Between the potentially good news on Wonder Woman and the bad news here, I don't know how to feel.
Final solicits on Firestorm and Manhunter are as follows:
Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Art by Pop Mhan & Rob Stull
Cover by Pete Woods
The end is here as Firestorm faces the fury of a superpowered Kalibak and a horde of Parademons! After this battle, you'll see a Firestorm that's never been seen before!
On sale April 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o Final Issue
Written by Mark Andreyko
Art by Javier Pina & Robin Riggs
Cover by Jesus Saiz & Pina
The shocking series finale! When you're the best superhero lawyer on earth, where do you find your next challenge? Look to the stars…
On sale April 4 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US o Final Issue
Have any of you read anything about why the book is being cancelled? Is it the obligatory "bad sales" spin? If you find anything, let me know as I am very curious.
Over at the esteemed Comic Book Resources, there is a posting of all the DC Comics solicitations for April. If my eyes do not mistake me, Wonder Woman is supposed to ship twice that month. That would be a refreshing change!
It appears that this is non-negotiable, as this Wonder Woman story arc by Jody Picoult will tie in to several other titles in April. The Amazons Attack mini-series is set to begin the same week issue 8 ships. It also seems that this event is set to tie in to World War III, which has four books shipping the same week. All of this joyous stuff fits into 52 Week 50, when said WW III is set to occur.
That basically means that if Wonder Woman is not back on track, it affects other titles rather then just affecting the author's vanity. I don't want to over-think this, but it would seem to me that there isn't any breathing room here.
According to the DC website, this means that Wonder Woman #4 ships February 7. Issue 5 is set to ship on March 14, with issue 6 arriving two weeks later on the 28th. Absolutely NO BREATHING ROOM... so it's got to run on schedule.
Bottom Line: we will either enjoy a bounty of Wonder Woman goodness, or you will have to ignore my endless rants about DC failiing to come through on it's promises. I am praying for the first choice.
Complete solicits for April Wonder Woman issues is as follows:
WONDER WOMAN #7
Written by Jodi Picoult
Art by Drew Johnson & Ray Snyder
Cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
Part 2 of acclaimed novelist Jodi Picoult's instant-classic WONDER WOMAN run finds Nemesis the victim of a trap laid for the Amazon Warrior, and Diana Prince under extreme pressure from Sarge Steel to caption her alter ego! The clues to Nemesis' fate lie in the now-abandoned Wonder Woman museum, but what awaits Diana is an even deadlier trap!
On sale April 11 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
WONDER WOMAN #8
Written by Jodi Picoult
Art and cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
Part 3 of Jodi Picoult's WONDER WOMAN run welcomes the return of art team Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson! Diana Prince was charged with capturing Wonder Woman for the Department of Metahuman Affairs, and she's unwittingly succeeded. But the true reason for her illegal detainment can and will precipitate a bloody war, one that even Diana is powerless to prevent! This issue leads directly into AMAZONS ATTACK #1, on sale the same week!
On sale April 25 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Let's all cross our fingers now...
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Newsarama just released a preview of comics coming in April. There are some amazing events in the hopper, like the conclusion of 52, a JLA/JSA team-up, and a new Dr. Fate series, but what I am really psyched to see is Amazons Attack.
After a drought of Wonder Woman and her Amazon sisters, I am going through serious withdrawals. The thought of multiple titles coming out in April is enough to make me giddy.
Now if only it really happens!
Specs for Amazons Attack #1 are as follows:
AMAZONS ATTACK #1
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art and cover by Pete Woods
Spinning out of the pages of Jodi Picoult's WONDER WOMAN comes the first major comics event of 2007! Well over a year has passed since the events of INFINITE CRISIS, including the retreat of the Amazons to the realm of the Gods. But now they’re back, screaming for vengeance! What could compel the Amazons to renounce their peaceful ways and attack America? The answers will prove useless to a country and hero population utterly unprepared for this savage attack. And where is Wonder Woman while all this is going on?
Written by Will Pfeifer (CATWOMAN, INFINITE CRISIS: THE SPECTRE) and illustrated by Pete Woods (SUPERMAN: UP, UP AND AWAY, SUPERMAN: BACK IN ACTION), this series unites the former Catwoman team for a story that will have devastating ramifications both in the present and all the way into 2008!
On sale April 25 • 1 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Editor: Matt Idelson
Can I just say "Yahoo"!? To top it all off, Will Pfeifer is writing it and the amazing Pete Woods is illustrating it. It doesn't get any better then that.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
I got him page 18 of Spider-Girl #85 for his birthday. He was really thrilled as it was a page he wanted. I was pretty happy because I was able to be sneaky and surprise him. I looked at his Comic Art Fans gallery to see what issues he was missing and then went to Catskill Comics and found a page. The fun part was that he was truly surprised and that makes it fun for both of us.
Tomorrow I am hoping to post an interview with the talented Ben Hansen. His Supergirl art that I posted a couple of months back got quite a few hits, confirming what I already knew. The guy is seriously talented.
In the meantime, have a wonderful evening!
Friday, January 12, 2007
At any rate, because I worked out so late I don't have a great deal of news. I did go over to Newsarama and there is an article there about four special single issues connected to 52 that will come out during week 50 and be a compliment to it. Also, it should explain World War III, as has been alluded to in the new Justice Society of America series.
The four parter will is as follows:
WORLD WAR III PART ONE: A CALL TO ARMS
Written by Keith Champagne
Art by Pat Oliffe & Drew Geraci
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
It is a day of infamy. Chaos has broken out across the globe, and Firestorm and Firehawk are among the many mobilizing to stem the flow of blood and thunder.
In stores April 18; 32 pg, FC, $2.50
USWORLD WAR III PART TWO: THE VALIANT
Written by Keith Champagne
Art by Andy Smith & Ray Snyder
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
The war rages on, extending from the far reaches of space, where Supergirl encounters a missing hero, to the darkest depths of the ocean, where the fate of Aquaman is revealed.
In stores April 18; 32 pg, FC, $2.50
USWORLD WAR III PART THREE: HELL IS FOR HEROES
Written by John Ostrander
Art by Tom Derenick & Norm Rapmund
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
The horrors of war become grim reality for the Teen Titans, as they suffer the loss of one of their own.
In stores April 18; 32 pg, FC, $2.50
USWORLD WAR III PART FOUR: UNITED WE STAND
Written by John Ostrander
Art by Jack Jadson & Rodney Ramos
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
Through the fog of war, a hero is reborn, and the DC Universe bands together against the wrath of an ancient evil!
In stores April 18; 32 pg, FC, $2.50 US
It sounds like a great concept. I am already sure I will be picking it up, as it seems extremely intriguing.
I am off to go sit on the couch and read "Sex with the Queen" by Eleanor Herman. It is the follow-up to her aptly named first book "Sex with Kings". If you are a historical buff, and are fascinated by royalty and their quirks, this is the book for you! Herman has a great writing style that makes the book charming rather then tawdry. It is hard for me to put it down, because each chapter is engrossing.
Oh.. one more thing. I want to wish Lisa from Sequentially Speaking and her husband a belated congratulations on their comic book shop's anniversary. Go check out their store's site if you get the chance as well. It is www.neptunecomics.com.
Have a wonderful evening!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
After many years of adoring the Green Arrow and Black Canary relationship, a thought struck my like lightning. As much as I enjoy the sentimental glow I feel when picturing old comic book issues, their time as a couple is done.
Now I know I will probably be proven wrong this coming year with rumors swirling about a Ollie and Dinah union (as told by the mad genius Rich Johnston over at Lying in the Gutters at Comic Book Resources). I just can't help feeling like I do.
After collecting Justice League of America and Green Lantern/Green Arrow, I knew that GA and the Canary were my favorite couple. It solidified during the first part of Mike Grell's run on Green Arrow, but everything fell to crap by the end when Ollie could not be faithful.
In more current times, Kevin Smith put Dinah and Ollie back together after his return from the dead. Unfortunately, this didn't last long, and the two are swinging singles yet again.
What set this feeling at the forefront of my mind was Scipio's post at The Absorbascon. He made a post about wanting Dinah to date Doctor Midnite again, and I heartily agree. In honor of this thought, I would like to present to you my list of reasons why Ollie and Dinah shouldn't be together anymore.
1. Ollie can't keep it in his pants. This is the obvious one. We all watched him hurt Dinah time after time, and as much as I appreciate Ollie's charm, enough is enough.
2. Dinah has pretty much adopted a daughter, so she needs stability. With Ollie being mayor now and his continuing attentions being divided between politics and his bonds with Connor and Mia, he wouldn't be able to devote the time to helping Dinah raise a young one.
3. Ollie is hanging out with Hal Jordan again. I think that these two swinging singles should go out and tomcat, leaving Dinah free to date other guys. There's nothing I would like to see more then Hal and Oliver getting shot down for being old farts at some hot club. Heh.
4. Doctor Midnite is not only hot; he is sensitive as well. He really fell for Dinah and treated her well. Though he is a busy member of the JSA, I think he would be more emotionally available.
5. Ollie has unfinished business with Shado. In my opinion, the mother of his young son is unfinished business. Shado and Ollie need to meet again and have a dangerous affair. Since she is being seen in Connor's mini-series it could be seen as a logical progression.
6. Oh yeah, the cheating again.
I would love to see Dinah date Doctor Midnite again, or find someone new. Let Ollie sow his wild oats and leave Dinah be. I have wonderful memories of their past relationship and can happily revisit my favorite moments as long as I want to. They don't need to come back together and make a radical Marvel-esque character change. Let them be.
What do you think?
BTW, I want to give a shout out to Bob McLeod for the gorgeous art.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
My goal is to lose 20 pounds so I am planning to spend a great deal of time exercising. Hopefully it will get my body in shape both inside and outside. I can use the endorphin rush and the weight loss.
I am pretty excited that I am on a team again. Last year my team took second, which was a bit disapointing. We really wanted to win. The team has four people on it, so we kept three of us and picked a new fourth. Hopefully that will make the difference and we can win this year. We are very competitive so we kind of scare the competition. We have a rule that we go longer and harder then the rest. Heh heh.
Tonight I am stepping off my soap box to get all my food and supplements ready and to focus on that part of my life. God knows I can use the stress reduction exercise brings as well as the positive body image.
Have a wonderful evening! I plan to bore you all by keeping you posted with my results. If I do well again, I will even post pictures. Yippee.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
It is much harder to have convictions then it is to follow the leader and be a sheep.
I have found this out several times here on my blog. Sometimes I get a bit carried away and the wonderful people that post here regularly put me in line. Other times I feel the glow of approval or even the silence of no dissenting opinions. That is the norm here. I am privileged that the people that come here and interact with me are classy, polite people with strong opinions of their own. We are able to find common ground or agree to disagree.
Then there are days like today.
Over the weekend I posted several entries about the artistic portrayal of women and men in super hero comics. I immediately had opposing replies about one post that dealt with my apparent numbness of emotion with regards to breasts while asking men how they felt about how males are drawn as comic art. Then I got linked by the lovely ladies at When Fangirls Attack (it's all love!) and suddenly people I have never seen before are here and have a strong view that doesn’t mirror mine. Differing opinions don’t bother me. What bothers me is that I would bet that the posters only looked at this one entry instead of the series of four that I had done and made a general opinion about me. That DOES bother me.
I know that by having a public blog I risk being unfavorably replied to. I expect that, and know that it is a fact of life. I don’t have a problem with having a strong opinion. My feeling has always been that I would have a forum of my own where I could be fair minded and express my views without editorial censorship. That appealed strongly to me when I started my blog in July 2004.
Here’s the rub. I refuse to follow the popular crowd, so to speak. I will not jump on a bandwagon to get my blog more hits. I also will not express an opinion I don’t believe in. That is where feminism, for example has been a hard topic for me. Let me explain.
I am a firm believer in equality of the sexes. In my mind it is the individual person’s convictions and principles that make their character- gender doesn’t exist to me. In fact, I have always really hated when I hear the obligatory “she must be on the rag” line. Hormones be damned, we all have the body parts we end up with for a reason. As a firm believer in equal pay for equal skills and as a woman who has had success in a male dominated industry, I understand the injustices that can happen as well as anyone. In my personal life as well as my professional life I have been subject to horrible treatment that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. It makes me that more sure that equal rights is the correct way, and as I see each generation of man born, I pray for more understanding between the sexes.
That being said, here is the rub. I don’t always agree with other women just because we are the same sex. I will not jump on a bandwagon and heckle a creator because my fellow lady bloggers don’t like him or her. In turn, I will always jump to a blogger’s side if I think they are being unjustly criticized. In all fairness, I have done several posts trying to make change happen, and pointing out that more women should be welcome in the business. I have also tried to make a business model for the comic book companies. I don’t want to be pigeon-holed as a woman blogger. I don’t want my sex or race to matter. I just want to have my say.
That being said, I have a great deal of respect for all you bloggers out there. Sharing your personal expressions is a valued thing in my eyes. The people linked here are important to me, and I love to go read their newest posts.
My message is this: If you come to my blog and you have never been here before, don’t form an opinion until you look around. If you don’t like what you see, that is alright. If you never come back again because you think my stuff “sucks”, more power to you. I would rather have no traffic here then have even a single person make a judgment on me based on a couple of posts. Don’t just get a taste- have a full meal.
Monday, January 08, 2007
The list is as follows:
52 Week 36
Gen 13 #4
Green Arrow #70
Justice Society of America #2 (pictured)
Stormwatch PHD #3
Tales of the Unexpected #4
Welcome to Tranquility #2
New Excalibur #15
Nex X-Men #34
White Tiger #3 (of 6)
Wolverine Origins #10
That's it! Have a great evening, and I will see you back here tomorrow night!
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Once again, I am really sorry for the delays and the fact that I changed my mind. Stay tuned tomorrow for the books coming out this week. I have made a conscious decision to try and not talk about Diamond for a week, so we shall see how that goes. It has permeated this blog so much recently and has been very upsetting, so I am going to see if I can pull back a bit. That is, unless there is another mess up at my store this week...
Take care, and give your loved ones a hug. Letting someone else know you truly care and loving them unconditionally is the best gift you can ever give anyone else.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
When I think of gratuitous shots of female characters, my mind doesn't wander to the many "boob shots" available. It goes right to this lovely shot of Hawkgirl on the cover of issue #56.
To me this is just sad. Yikes. My husband thinks that maybe I am desensitized to breasts but that shots like this are a whole 'nother level. I have to agree.
Characters that make me cringe right now because of their artistic portrayal are Hawkgirl and Supergirl, but mostly for the outfit created by Michael Turner. As much as I apreciate the legend of Howard Chaykin and have been a fan of his past work, his portrayal of Hawkgirl leaves me cold. Actually, it makes me want to scream and avert my eyes, but that is splitting hairs.
Can I say yikes again?
God Bless America.
Friday, January 05, 2007
It's been a long day and I am sitting here yawning. I should do the right thing and collapse on the couch. I just can't do it without saying a few things.
Boobs. Females have them. Most guys like to look at them. They are a practical piece of anatomy that has become a fantasy of sorts. Sometimes artists draw them very large on female comic book characters.
Is that going to make me quit reading comics? Nope. Why should it? I can choose to read what I want and spend my dollars the way I desire to.
Besides, have you seen the way the male characters are drawn? Perfect physiques and high and tight fabulous packages. Not a small one in the bunch. Yippee! Why do male readers not complain about that? Do you spend your dollars trying to avoid men in skintight spandex?
Food for thought.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
The negative was the books that didn't make it. Even more then Civil War, customers wanted to know where Red Sonja #18 was. The book is a strong seller for our retailer and there were definitely some disapointed fanboys. Only one copy of Civil War shipped with the order and it was the variant Michael Turner cover so everybody has to wait for next week. The good news was that there wasn't a great deal of grumbling about it.
We passed on the information from Lisa's blog, and our retailer was really pleased. He is planning to contact the West Coast manager today and see what he can do. Thank you Lisa! (BTW, if you haven't been over to Sequentially Speaking, go take a gander. She has an awesome weekly post about late comics and a great deal of insight as well.)
At any rate, the consensus at the local shop was that having a full shipment was better then none. For the most part, fans were thrilled to get last week's swag and get caught up. Red Sonja was the "bummer of the week" due to it's lack of presence.
How did it go for all of you? Any West coasters with any reports?
Have a great evening!
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
There is an explosion of thoughts going on in my head, so proceed with caution. Part of me is so fiercely angry that it is hard to function; the other wants to make a viable, committed post. Scary, huh?
For the second week in a row, the West Coast is experiencing shipping delays from Diamond Comic Distributors. Last week several DC titles were affected; this week it is Civil War #6, which is being strictly allocated, and will not satisfy retailer's needs. There are also other books that will be late, such as Irredeemable Ant-Man #4 and Red Sonja #18. Over at Newsarama, there is an informative article that gives the full list, so check that out for details. Over at Comic Book Resources, there is an article as well as an interview with a Marvel bigwig. Check that out as well.
I also want to say how much I appreciate Lisa at Sequentially Speaking and her well constructed article which features contact information not just for Diamond, but for it's California warehouse. West Coast dwellers, head over there and grab the information so you can drop Diamond a line. Only our collective voices are going to make a difference.
For the record, I am not upset just to blow off steam. I genuinely think that Diamond has a problem with it's personnel and it's commitment to excellence. I work for a company that ships nationally and even in the horrible weather that has been so pervasive in Colorado and the Midwest we have shipped in a timely fashion. Since Christmas and New Years Day are the same exact date every year, we thought ahead and planned around it. I don't think Diamond did the same thing. There is a definite problem with their traffic management and shipping that is not being addressed. That is the bottom line.
How to resolve this? We all need to let Diamond know that this is not acceptable. It isn't fair to our retailers and it certainly isn't fair to us as customers. Let's make our voices heard.
In a quick aside, when I went to Newsarama and read the article, I made the mistake of reading the comments below. I was completely pissed about the low quality of people that post there. I saw everything from "And this is why I'm glad I live on the EAST COAST." to worse. Another favorite is "The West Coast SUCKS!! East Coast RULES!!! And Australia... well, it's Australia". Nice.
What is even more interesting is that part of the posts I saw earlier today that were worse were deleted, and that there were a few people trying to be the voice of reason. If nothing else, it reminded me why I quit going to message boards.
To my East Coast friends, thank you for the sympathy you have extended me personally. I am by no means singling you out, just some of the detractors that thought it was pretty funny to be smart alecks.
There has been a call to the internet to not post spoilers about Civil War #6 until next week when all the customers have equal opportunity. Whether this happens or not remains to be seen. Newsarama took a stand that they will post "SPOILER" in front of any article and encourage their message board posters to do the same. I don't plan to look around for articles, but I am hoping that fans of the book are not doused with spoilers left and right. It isn't fair to ruin a book for others just out of spite, though I do know it happens more then I would like to admit.
On that note, I really hope that Diamond pulls it's proverbial head out of it's ass and decides to try and fix this problem. I am not holding my breath, but I plan to make my opinions known. Please do so as well if you get a chance.
Let me know how it goes for you all tomorrow and if you experience any problems. I am very interested to know.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Here is last week's swag that should hit this week:
The Boys #6
Flash The Fastest Man Alive #7
Jack of Fables #6
JSA Classified #20
Justice League of America #5
Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes #25
Superman Batman #31
Now for this week's regular list.
52 Week 35
All Star Superman #6 (pictured)
American Virgin #10
Jonah Hex #15
Irredeemable Ant-Man #4
Ms. Marvel #11
Punisher War Journal #2
Uncanny X-Men #482
X-23 Target #2 (of 6)
CSI Dying in the Gutters #5 (of 5)
Red Sonja #18
That's it for the week. God knows I can't afford it, so I will keep you posted on what I actually pick up.
Have a great night!
Monday, January 01, 2007
Along with that deep breath, there are a few things I plan to keep my eye on in 2007. They are as follows.
QEW Publishing: My good friend Quenton Shaw has so many exciting projects in the pipeline that I am bursting with enthusiasm to shout the news to the highest rooftops. Alas, I will have to settle for telling you that QEW is a company to watch in 2007. With several books being published this year, the talented people involved have a lot to cheer about.
Stykman: Jonnie Allan has a distribution deal with Diamond for his incredible book Stykman. If you haven't gotten a gander at the joy that comprises this wonderful bit of goodness, keep your eye out for Jonnie and AKA Comics at several shows this year.
DC's Minx Line: I have stayed very quiet about this line because I am waiting to see the end result rather then speculate. It is in the forefront of my mind, and when the material and advertising sees the light of day, you can bet I will be here talking about it.
Wizard Magazine: With the exit of their top dog and several other employees, this is a place to watch. Will the rough and tumble fanboy mentality be replaced with a more mature business-like approach? I doubt it, but I am still interested to see what happens.
Emerald City Comicon 2007: I have a booth there again to talk about the blog and generally just have fun. Mark your calendars and be in Seattle, Washington on March 31 and April 1. Hopefully I can put together some kind of blogger get-together that should be worth the trip.
These are the top five comic-related things I will be keeping my eye on. What about you?