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Snark Free Corner for 10/8

Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!

Enjoy!

COOL COMIC THINGS

The top ten finalists have been named for Comic Book Idol 3!! Follow the event on the Comic Book Idol Forum here or on the Comic Book Idol 3 blog here!

Here is a sampling from the top ten!!

Andrew Huerta
a 23-year-old freelance artist from Santa Ana, CA.
(http://aztekh.deviantart.com/)

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Caio Oliveira
a 28-year-old who is currently unemployed, from Tersina, Piauí, Brazil.
(http://www.quantaacademia.com/quantoon/Fanfiction/MPF001ing.htm)

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Charles Paul Wilson III
a 31-year-old security guard from Wharton, NJ.
(http://www.comicspace.com/cpw3art/)

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Daniel Lafrance
a 42-year-old freelance artist from Toronto.
(http://www.danlafrance.com/)

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Dan McDaid
a 30-year-old writer and illustrator from London.
(http://danmcdaid.com)

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Jon Reed
a 28-year-old accountant assistant from Alexandria, VA.
(http://www.jonreedcomicart.com/)

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Jose Holder
a 36-year-old storyboard artist from Montreal.
(http://s199.photobucket.com/albums/aa297/johjames/NewSire2)

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Nicholas Pitarra
a 25-year-old college student and part-time waiter from Houston.
(http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryDetail.asp?GCat=9703)

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Warren Leonhardt
a 33-year-old freelance storyboard artist from Collingwood, Ontario, Canada.
(http://www.warrenleonhardt.com/)

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Wilfredo Torres
a 35-year-old information technology professional from Lawrencville, GA. (http://www.comicspace.com/mightyfineline/)

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Follow the fun starting Thursday!!

COVER THEME GAME

As always, here is the game. I show three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, locale, creator, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these comics. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond just the covers.

Good luck! A cool point to the first person to figure it out!

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SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

Which of the six founding members of Image (McFarlane, Liefeld, Lee, Valentino, Larsen and Silvestri) is the best writer? Which one is the best artist?

THE COVER GAME

This week’s game is as follows…

Fine me a cover featuring Sue Dibny on it…

Floating heads don’t count!

Here is an example (which you can’t use!)….
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Remember, only one cover per commenter!

Good luck!

WHO IS IT?

Remember, tell me who it is and what number clue gave it away!

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5. This creator is currently writing a funny animal comic book.

Who is it?

Well, that’s it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.

Hope you had fun!

36 Comments

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 9, 2007 at 3:41 am

Larsen is definitely the best writer of the 6 remaining founders of Image.

Larsen is going to win that contest by a landslide, although I must say that I’ve read some McFarlane-written issues of Spawn that weren’t too bad. I couldn’t name them offhand, but I’m reasonably sure they exist.

D’oh! I meant to include “best artist” as a question, too!

Fixed!

Is the cover theme that each one features an identity that’s been used by more than one person? (Batman, Captain Boomerang, Ronin)

In that case, I’ll pick Lee as the best artist by a country mile.

I think the connection is double-cross.

Erik Larsen is the best writer, Marc Silvestri is the best artist.

All four issues of the Elongated Man series feature Sue on the cover.

I didn’t get Ty Templeton until the fifth clue, I thought it was Kevin Maguire. Clue 4 really threw me, I didn’t know about the E-I-C thing.

Best writer: Larsen. His comics have coherent plots, humor, and characterization. Valentino would be second, I suppose, although I haven’t read a comic by him that I’ve really enjoyed since Guardians of the Galaxy.

Best artist: Jim Lee. “Hush” was a failure as a story, but every issue looked great. I like that Lee has experimented with his style occasionally, using painterly inking and reducing the extraneous lines that characterized his early work. See Flinch 1, the black & white back-up in Batman: Gotham Knights 1, the issue of “Hush” that featured a flashback with Green Lantern & the Icicle, and a pin-up from 100 Bullets.

That said, Lee has certain tropes he falls back on (poses, facial expressions, etc.), has a poor sense of character design (see: WildCATs, Divine Right), stiffens up the characters too much, and was miscast on Superman & All-Star Batman. Still, he’s head & shoulders above everyone on the list except McFarlane.

tom fitzpatrick

October 9, 2007 at 5:16 am

Lee’s definitely the best artist, Larsen’s the second.

I’m sort of partial to Valentino as a writer, but that’s the childhood memories kicking in.

When image started I thought Larsen had the best art(um ongoing series not mini) and Shadowhawk had the best writing(based soley on my memories, and not including issues of Spawn I clearly remember having guest writers) Now I definatly love Larsen for both art and writing but haven’t seen anything by the others lately.

SanctumSanctorumComix

October 9, 2007 at 6:28 am

Larsen is the best writer, hand’s down.
Although, I understand Valentino had some good autobiographical stuff (which I haven’t had the pleasure to read).

Lee is the artist who produces the more professional, BEST LOOKING art, but for sheer “comic-book” bombast, I’d have to give it to Larsen.

~P~
P-TOR

SanctumSanctorumComix

October 9, 2007 at 6:31 am

Now, I thought about it, and using my favorite character as a gauge for who I’d like to see write and draw it…

If I read that DOCTOR STRANGE was going to be WRITTEN by LARSEN and DRAWN by LEE… I’d be QUITE HAPPY.

But if it were a MAN-THING book… Larsen can do both story AND art.

~P~
P-TOR

The Cover Game: Elongated Man #1 features Sue on the cover. The other three issues do not.

Erik Larsen is the best writer of the bunch, if for no other reason than for his unparalleled creativity when it comes to villains. It’s almost a shame that he’s been so busy that Dragon is the only thing he has time to work on.

As for best artist, I think I’ll vote for Silvestri. His Uncanny X-Men run from the 80’s is a big reason I’m a comic-book fan.

Liefeld is the best artist and writer.

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Kidding, jeez.

Lee is the best artist. His work on Fantastic Four v. 2, #1 (yes… I’m citing Heroes Reborn) was awesome. I remember seeing the previews and was blown away.

And Larsen is the best writer, since we know he’s not just a one-trick pony. His runs on Aquaman, Wolverine and New Warriors were all fine and showed a more diverse talent then any other Image Original.

Larsen and Lee continue to be the tops at writing and art, respectively, in the terms of this question. I really liked Silvestri’s old X-Men work (moreso than Lee’s), but his current stuff has just gotten overdone and muddy.

HOWEVER, I’d put Todd McFarlane at #2 on both of the lists. His art is fine, as long as he can keep himself in check – that is, DRAW, instead of TRYING to draw. The simpler his art, the better it looks. When he tries to draw like “Todd McFarlane,” it starts to fall apart.

And when he kicked Bendis off the original Sam & Twitch book fr refusing to work on Hellspawn, a lot of people expected there’d be a huge drop in quality. Surprisingly, Todd wrote 90% of a really good crime story. It might have been 100%, if the final issue of the arc had ever come out…

I really liked Guardians of the Galaxy and also thought the issues that Valentino wrote of the second What If? series were great, so I have to give the nod for writer to Valentino based on that. Larsen is close behind, though. Lee is the best artist. McFarlane would be very competitive with him for that…if he actually drew anything regularly any more.

Sue Dibney…Justice League of America vol. 1, #246…she’s a tough one.

Perhaps she would be less difficult if I would spell her name correctly.

Could the connection be that each issue features a character who is later revealed to have been someone they were not?
Matches Malone turns out to be Batman, Elektra turns out to be a Skrull?

Yep, acespot, and Duchess of course turne dout to be Lashina (though this was made clear virtually from her first appearance).

I’d take that answer if it was a cover with Matches ON it (and now that you mention it, using Matches on a cover is a great future idea :)), but as he wasn’t on the Squad cover (was he even the identity Batman used INside the comic that issue?), I don’t think it counts.

McFarlane is the best artist on that list–and since this si a snark free post, I won’t mention what I think of a couple of the others.

Since this is snark free, I’ll just abstain from the Image founders debate.

All feature characters who were brainwashed/had their memories altered. (Batman, Dr. Light, Ronin(Maya(.

I’ll give you a cool point for it, Jeremy, but I think the Maya bit is a bit of a stretch there. But it’s definitely an arguable one, so a cool point for you!

Cover theme game- they all feature characters once written by Pete Milligan? Batman, Shade, Elektra…

Correct, Andrew!

I try to keep these babies pretty straightforward, folks. :)

you have a very warped idea of “straightforward.” Remember the Beetle/Lois Lane one? Or how about the still-outstanding (as in “waiting to be answered,” not “really great”) Flying Tiger/Scorpion/Green Goblin one?

All “straightforward” means is “direct.”

Therefore, the solutions are all direct ones, not ones that include circuitous thinking.

All the answers are simple one sentence solutions. “They were all featured in series written by Peter Milligan.” “They’re all Dan Jurgens’ creations.” “They all died in the first Crisis.” “They’re all princesses/princes.” “They all feature white characters who turned black.” “They all feature characters who ____” (for the outstanding one you mentioned).

If an answer has to involve major stretches for it to work, then the odds are that it was not the intended theme. Although I do enjoy the creativity of the answers!!

He WAS the identity used inside, IIRC.
And sometimes, doesn’t familiarity with the actual stories contained therein count, as well?

Sue Dibny appeared (along with pretty much everyone else from the Marvel and DC Universes) on the cover of JLA/Avengers #3.

Larsen’s probably my favorite writer in the Image bunch, and he gets mega-kudos for continuing to write and draw his comic books. But all I’ve seen from him is super-heroes. Valentino, I think, has more range. So I’d need to pick Valentino.

Best artist? I’d have to pick Lee, but Larsen is my favorite of the bunch — because he’s still out there doing comics regularly.

I’d pick Larsen as the best writer and the best artists.

There was a time I’d have picked McFarlane, but Larsen definitely has it for me these days.

There were seven founders of Image Comics. Whilce Portacio was a founder, but he stepped down as one of the owners before publishing under Wildstorm. If I recall correctly, he had some health and immigration issues at the time that delayed the publication of Wetworks.

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