Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Silver Age Inspiration

See what inspired Grant Morrison's Batman and All Star Superman stories. Cover gallery here.

Spider-clone returns, moonlights as window washer

Where in the world is Ben Reilly?

Seen in China!

Spotted in New Jersey!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Glaser, Kidd, and Eggers at the Y

Michael Beirut moderates this 100 plus minute talk from 2006.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Ryan Sook Countdown Covers

Ryan Sook has done some incredible covers for DC comics' Countdown Specials. While his type treatment might be unusable for an ongoing series, it is a striking and smart way of visually tying these one-shots together. I especially like his take on the Kirby characters. Usually comic artists fall back on the "it's-a-Kirby-character-so-I'll-do-a-Kirby-knock-off" approach, while Sook applies his own aesthetics.This Flash cover is another example of how Sook is able to reference the past (below) without being a slave to it. He's come a long way from his days as a Mignola look-a-like- but, hey, we all have to start somewhere.

This image was found over on Todd Klein's blog where he did a logo study on the Flash's logo- part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.

Venture Brothers season 3 preview

Adult Swim Venture Brothers site here.
Jackson Publick blog here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Spoils of NY Comic Con: TMNT Art by Jim Lawson

This past weekend at NY Comic Con I was fortunate enough to meet the whole Mirage Studios gang, whose TMNT comics have always been an inspiration (and an addiction of mine.) Jim Lawson is "King of the Turtle Comics" as far as I'm concerned, and I still can't believe I was able to pick up some of his originals at the show...

"Tales of Leonardo #1: Blind Sight" Cover Art by Jim Lawson:

"Tales of Leonardo #2: Blind Sight" Page 25 art by Jim Lawson:

"TMNT (Volume 4) #25" Page 11 art by Jim Lawson:

The scanner is down so this one may be hard to see...
Jim said this page was actually output to print without having to ink it...

From "The Catch" (not sure which issue this is) Page 30 art by Jim Lawson:

And Jim Lawson can be seen here, very briefly, in that ol' TMNT documentary from 1991
Behind The Shells
- Look for him around 2:30 in:

Some info on Jim Lawson here
History of Mirage Studios here
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Official Site

(A big thanks to the Kidrobot kids Sara and Nitin for a rad weekend at the con!)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Sunday @ New York Comic Con

Peter Laird

Laird, Jim Lawson and Steve Lavigne signed the only copy of Planet Racers seen at the con

Joe Sinnott, Dick Ayers and Irwin Hasen

Costumes: Jessica Drew Spider-Woman, Ben Reilly Spider-Man, anime character (Battle for the Planets?) and the obligatory Storm Trooper

Keith Giffen

signed by Giffen and Kevin Maguire

Jack Kirby's Fourth World Series II (Superman's head even looks like it was redrawn by Curt Swan!)

Grant Morrison gets swarmed at the DC booth

The Incredible Hulk

Peter David and Jason Aaron (no last names allowed at this table)

signed by David

All Star Batman and All Star Superman Toys

JLU toyline continues to expand

signed by Louise Simonson

behind the scenes at The Stack

Through the looking glass: Mike Mignola and Mike Richardson

signed by Bryan Hitch

signed by Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines

Surprisingly, the most surreal sight of the day wasn't at the New York Comic Con...

(special thanks to Sara for the passes!)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Dargerism: Contemporary Artists & Henry Darger

Dargerism: Contemporary Artists & Henry Darger
American Folk Art Museum
April 15- September 21, 2008

Featuring Amy Cutler, Henry Darger, Jefferson Friedman, Anthony Goicolea, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Yun-Fei Ji, Justine Kurland, Justin Lieberman, Robyn O'Neil, Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, and Michael St. John

Brooke Davis Anderson, curator

Free on Fridays after 5:30!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Oeming draws Roger

From Michael Avon Oeming's newsletter.
Powers site here.
Roger wiki here.

Morrison: "The New Gods recreated superheroes"

art by Kirby (right) and Pasqual Ferry (left)

Grant Morrison on Jack Kirby and Final Crisis.New Gods wiki here.

MTV2 spot, spot Ian

This is a promo that our buddy Ian Cinco storyboarded. He's actually in it at the very end (it's fast and he's sitting on the far right- very Hitchcock).

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Ollie Johnston (1912-2008)

Yesterday, we lost the last of Disney's "Nine Old Men"...

CNN article here
Bio here
Frank and Ollie's Official Site here
Cartoon Brew tribute here

Update: More Ollie tributes- Newsarama and PW Beat

Friday, April 11, 2008

What might have been...

A Studio Ghibli produced "Little Nemo" test from 1984-


and Bob Clampett's "John Carter of Mars" from the 30s-


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Nathan Fox comic out next week!

"Pigeons from Hell" preview and interview here.
Nathan Fox website here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

2000 AD Interview: Brendan McCarthy

2000 AD interviews Brendan McCarthy here
The Strangeness of Brendan McCarthy here

Bakshi's Back NYC Tour

More info here.

Thursday, April 17th:
Animazing Gallery Exhibition and Book signing.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
416 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
RSVP at their site.

Friday, April 18th
New York Comic Con Panel Talk & Book Signing
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
IGN Theater
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Presented by MoCCA.

Saturday, April 19th
Anthology Film Archives Author Q&A, Book Signing & Film Screenings
7:00 PM Heavy Traffic
9:00 PM Coonskin (on a restored 35mm print)
32 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Tickets $8 at the door, good for one or both features.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Good Life

To celebrate the release of his new newsprint comic, Good Life, Taylor McKimens will be signing at the PictureBox Departmental Store.

Taylor McKimens
PictureBox Departmental Store
April 6th, 3-5 pm

To PictureBox:

121 3rd St.
Brooklyn NY 11231

(entrance is on Bond st.)
F or G train to Carroll St.
Exit at Smith and 2nd place.
Walk down 3rd St. to Bond.