Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Once Rob saw I was curious about his product, he immediately showed his passion and knowledge of the subject. He told of Kansas City's rich history of Professional Wrestling coming up from the carney strongman acts and how it evolved into a mysterious club where its members had unspoken rules, secrets, and a samurai-like honor system. Based upon the beautiful cover artwork and his energetic story about some of his in-depth research on the subject... he totally sold me. So I gave "The Promotion" a try. Man I was glad I did.
"The Promotion" is a fictional story about a wrestling circuit run by "The Alliance" and located in Mid-America. It feels timeless, like it could take place in the Mid 70's or could be taking place today. There is focus on a handful of characters around the "squared circle" as it weaves a tale about people in and out of "The Ring". Rob feels like he really did his homework and created a gritty, down to earth, behind the scenes tale of the dirty world of Professional Wrestling. "The Promotion" is dingy and not afraid to step out of the ring as it tosses you into the turnbuckle.
Rob, sold me all 3 issues of "The Promotion" and I found myself flying through them. I enjoyed the story, but the best hook to me was the drawn panels and painted tonal values. Despite the pages being in black and white, you knew many times you were looking at bright red blood. All three books were beautifully illustrated and an entertaining read. If you'd like to see more of "The Promotion" and its art check out this link: thewrestlingpromotion.com or see Rob's website at: comixperience.com.
A common complaint that's been made on Comicbook Crossfire of late is that the upcoming GREEN LANTERN film has had a puzzling lack of marketing push behind it. Especially when compared to Marvel's THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA that make up this summer's cinematic superhero extravaganza. There was a surprising lack of any sort of presence amongst it's comic-spun competition during the Super Bowl and no new footage has shown past the lukewarm teaser trailer shown in November. The relative silence coming from WB/DC regarding the film was enough cause those of us at CBXF to wonder if the studio was even trying and our faith in the franchise was beginning to weaken, as though it were exposed to the yellow impurity.
Well, The Los Angeles Times has finally offered up an explanation for why GREEN LANTERN's light has yet to shine. Though the film is just near 3 months from arriving in theaters, the 3D and CGI effects work is reportedly so extensive, there wasn't enough footage ready for public consumption. Apparently the studio was aware of fans' relative disinterest in the teaser trailer and they prefered to hold off until they had more of the CG work completed.
While it's been mildly frustrating to fans (or... what... just us?), the logic is sound. It's always frustrating when the masses jump to negative conclusions when presented with unfinished CGI work in trailers. I, myself, have learned to withhold judgement on effects until I've seen the completed film. And, really, if WB wants to reignite fans' excitement regarding the GL film, it probably is best to hold out until they have footage that will really give the best impression of Hal Jordan's $200 million first flight.
The report says that we can expect to see a new trailer accompanying THOR in May.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
|Jon Frank's Ratcatcher|
Saturday, March 26, 2011
In honor of Gail Simone's appearance at Planet Comicon, this weekend, I thought I would finally get around to posting my Gus Beezer drawing from several months back. I do still intend to color it up proper one of these days, but the occasion just seemed appropriate and I haven't posted any OCW art in quite a while.
Looking forward to another fun Planet Comicon field trip with my Comicbook Crossfire Compatriots.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
forgot to draw.. uh... what's his name...
Uhm, ok, so I lost the email with his name...
so I couldn't look the OCW up this week,
but I remember it was some sort of alien
so yeah, sorry.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
A post from "The Blue Saint" got me to yapping about the resent string of unpublished comic housecleaning that's been going on at Marvel and DC lately and I thought I'd open it up into it's own entry.
The remark was "Do you want to know what from Marvel does has me excited, 15 Love. I would love to see an ongoing mainstream romance, untapped market there. The thing is Marvel ****ed themselves with price, $5 is too high. This and other experimental titles should be priced at $2 for about 20 pages of content, you to willing to risk something if you want to expand the market. Hell you could even re-purpose these and other stories by putting them in a magazine. With that you could even have it on sale outside the Direct Market."
I'm totally on board with you in regards to 15 LOVE. I was on board when the dang thing was first announced back in 2003 when Marvel launched their "Tsunami" imprint. I like Andi Watson quite a lot and enjoy Tommy Otsuka well enough and a tennis romance comic from a major American publisher sounded wonderfully risky. I know that sort of thing sells like hotcakes in Japan and I'd love if our comic market could sustain titles dedicated to cooking, fishing, card games, sports, and all the other subjects and genres foreign publishers can support.
Frankly, I assumed that when Tsunami fizzled, the book would never see the light of day.
Funny enough, a friend and I were just discussing 15 Love and other "lost" comics just the other day and BOOM Marvel surprises us with this announcement. While the price point may not seem like the sort of thing to bring in new readers, I don't think they're counting on the Direct Market to be the main audience with this. They're clearly going to make better business with the trade paperback, much in the way they've been able to sustain all the literary adaptations like Oz and the Jane Austen comics through their TBP business. They're just burning through the 6 already completed issues by bundling them together into 3 double-sized comics, much in the way DC has been clearing out their inventory lately by releasing lost/abandoned comics in giant-sized specials like BATMAN: ORPHANS and TEEN TITANS: COLD CASE which were both clearly meant to be minis, years ago. (in Orphans you can tell exactly where each issue was supposed to end)
It's fine with me, though, because at least we get to see these books, rather than let them lie in a drawer collecting dust for years. And maybe 15 Love will do the sort of business as a TBP to encourage Marvel and other publishers to give another look to publishing something as different as a tennis romance comic. (which happens to star a revamped Millie The Model)
I assume a lot of this is the result of both Marvel and DC recently having moved to new offices. That's always the fun part about moving, when you're packing everything up and discover all of this crap you forgot you had. Which then leads DC to pring a long-lost Bernie Wrightson Batman comic and finally complete the notorious Wolfman/Perez TITANS: GAMES graphic novel and Marvel gives us the Tsunami title that seemed forever lost.
Now where's that long-completed Alan Grant and Frank Quitely LOBO book?
Marvel has previously teased a line of relaunches they were branding as "Big Shots," taking three of their street-level characters and putting them under new #1's by new creative teams.
Until today, the only creative team that had been announced was that of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev bringing a potentially unusual take to MOON NIGHT.
This morning, rumors took flight that the remaining creative teams would consist of Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto, with Laura Martin on THE PUNISHER followed by Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera on DAREDEVIL.
I've never been a regular reader of The Punisher. I can probably count on one hand the number of Punisher comics I've purchased. Nothing about the character--or at least, my perception of him--clicked with me and I had plenty of sad mutant comics to buy. But Rucka writing Punisher? That would do it.
I've probably paid Moon Knight even less attention than I have The Punisher (though I've liked having him in SECRET AVENGERS) but I'm an easy mark as far as the Bendis/Maleev team is concerned.
Waid writing Daredevil is surprising to me. I can't think of any time I've ever seen him write the character and Daredevil has been primarily handled by crime writers for much of the series following Kevin Smith's Marvel Knights relaunch. Will Mark Waid bring the character back to his lighter, swashbuckler/superhero beginnings? It would be a refreshing change of pace from how miserable Matt Murdock's life became up to and during "Shadowland." I'd been a Daredevil reader for the entirety of the series since Smith's relaunch but Shadowland just about broke me. Broke me enough that I opted not to buy the DAREDEVIL: REBORN mini that followed it, opting instead to wait for a discount trade later on, if it turned out the series was worth my time. Waid and Rivera would definitely be enough to bring me back to the fold with DD.
Official announcments are expected to be made this weekend during the "Cup o' Joe" panel at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. Presuming these are, in fact, the new creative teams, what are your thoughts?
Are you willing to give these "bigs" a shot?
(Source: Bleeding Cool)
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Robb - I HAVE A THEORY….
I think... I know who the ultimate “earth” hero will be at the end of Brightest day… I think. That Brightest Day Aftermath cover/issue has a few clues… along with events in Brightest D proper and Green Arrow. (And a certain book I had been reading in back issue form) Again, purely a theory… but an educated guess.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Some pod casts I frequent have really been pushing for their listeners to check out these bands. Some I've heard of, others are new to me. But I'm doing my part. Check out these sites and "Rock Out with your Long Box out!"
H2Awesome : Check em out here!
Kirby Krackle : Check em out here!
Adam WarRock : Check em out here!
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Hero High was an influence to me early on. It was my first exposure to Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family, and introduced me to the most ridiculous heroes ever to be put into cartoon format.