MagWatch: Tripwire finally claws its way back into Diamond’s Previews.
Under an exclusive painted cover by illustrator David Michael Beck, we celebrate Michael Moorcock’s Elric anniversary by talking to Moorcock himself, looking back at the past of the character in comics and what Boom! has planned for it.
I want to see whatever photos of Diamond’s Bill Schanes that editor Joel Meadows has kept on his hard drive.
ArtWatch2: Is a watercolour painting by Superman inker Edward Dobrotka really worth nothing more for its comics connection?
“Dobrotka is not a major name among comic book artists and a landscape is not closely related to the look of a strip. Your painting will not bring a higher price because of the comic connection. Perhaps the only comic artist today whose art is wanted by comic book collectors is Frank Frazetta (1928-2010), who drew important fantasy comics.”
WhoWatch: The Doctor Who screening Q&A is now available to download…
This is Computo the Comic Link Conqueror speaking. I come for your women. But for now I merely collate comic-related bits and pieces online. One day I will rule. Until that day, read on.
What if you could hear the difference between a truth and a lie? What would it do to your home life? Suprema is a strange-but-true three-way love story about the creator of both Wonder Woman and the lie-detector test, and the two real women who inspired him. [Computo notes: SUPREMA was William Moulton Marston’s original name for Wonder Woman]
A series of pixel art posters for upcoming blockbuster superhero movies.
Can you name the early ’90s TV show that featured appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Sheen, Meg Ryan, Malcolm McDowell, Phyllis Diller, Neil Patrick Harris, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum and Elizabeth Taylor? Pop-culture aficionados will recognize the line-up from “Captain Planet and the Planeteers,” a Saturday morning cartoon, conceived by Ted Turner in an attempt to marry environmentalism with superheroes. Only spanning a few seasons (it turned out kids were more into the capering of “Darkwing Duck” and the violent noir of “Batman: The Animated Series”), Captain Planet managed to achieve cult status, predating many of the green trends of today. A timely launch, beginning mid-April 2010 the first season will be available on DVD.
“You want a real announcement?” Bendis Tweeted this afternoon. “here’s a real announcement: NEW AVENGERS 16.1 me and LEGEND Neal Adams. The return of Osborn! BOOM!”
“In the ’80s, the traditional method was that you broke in at Marvel or DC and you built your name up and you ended up getting enough cache to your name that you could do a creator-owned book and sell it on the strength of your name — Hellboy, Next Men, American Flagg,” Marz said. “Now it works the opposite way. You go through Image, a back-end deal, and you collect the profits at the end — if there are any.”
It was actually pretty close. I initially did four rough sketches of the suit, knowing that they wanted something practical and more modern—like the way they portrayed hero suits in X-Men. We eventually landed on more of a motorcycle suit look. I think both the producer and I mentioned about the hood and thought it would be something that was not too cheesy a disguise. And of course the shades to act as the old school mask!
In honor of the upcoming Thor movie starring the hunky Chris Hemsworth (for which I am salivating in a fashion most unbecoming), I am ecstatic to share these amazing images of the gods of Asgard by Charles Vess with you, dear reader! These beauties come to us from the back pages of Marvel Fanfare #20 from the ancient year of 1985! Above, we view the greatness that is Heimdall, guardian of the Rainbow Bridge Bifrost. Heimdall is played by Idris Elba in the movie, a casting move that caused a tiny l’il tempest in a teapot. Check out the rest of Vess’ amazing artwork after the jump.
“The Arrival” is a masterpiece of the graphic-novel form, but he’s not really a graphic novelist either. Chris van Allsburg, author of “The Polar Express” and other picture books that parents are happy to pore over repeatedly with their children, comes to mind as a peer, but the Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, perhaps best known for “Spirited Away,” might make a better comparison. Like Miyazaki, Tan engages audiences across a wide range of age and sophistication. I teach “The Arrival” in a graduate seminar on the city in literature, and my wife teaches it in an undergraduate course on immigrant narratives, but our daughters enjoyed it when they were kindergartners, and one of them, now 10, has recently been stealing “Lost and Found” from my desk. Tan’s low-key, open-ended, enigmatic stories are often about coming at a forbidding world from a fresh angle, making it strange on the way to making it one’s own — an experience that children share with immigrants and with artists.
Marvel is pleased to present your first look at AVENGERS #13, as artist Chris Bachalo reunites with Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis to confront Fear Itself! With the entire Marvel Universe gripped in fear and on the brink of outrage, Captain America, Thor and Iron Man struggle to keep the peace. In an effort by Tony Stark, the rebuilding of Asgard gets underway, but will they be stopped even before they begin? It’s the calm before the storm as the threat of The Red Skull and the other hammer wielding Worthy looms over the Marvel Universe. When the time comes, which of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will rally their teammates to battle – and which will succumb to the Serpent’s influence? Find out this May, only in AVENGERS #13!
All the action occurs inside Logan’s head, and it quickly turns hot and heavy. I mean REALLY hot and REALLY heavy. Emma Frost gets a guided tour of the psychological kinks of the man known as Wolverine. Things get hairy.