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Checking out The Annotated Sandman, volume 1

Yes, I can’t do something simply when I can make it complicated!
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Always make a good first impression …

One more thing about the first month of the New 52!
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Caanan Grall shares his vision!

So Caanan Grall sent me a picture of what his cover of the first issue of Milagro Reyes, Green Lantern of Earth would look like, and he was nice enough to say I could share it with you:
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If I (once again) ran the zoo – 52 DC titles I would totally buy

Some years ago (on the old blog!), I wrote a post about what I would do if I ran DC Comics. Now that they’re doing a “soft” reboot (none of that hard-core stuff around DC – they’re a family company!), I thought I would do what Bully and Bill Reed (among others, I’m sure) have done, but with a tiny bit more gravity (Bill didn’t want to waste your time on this blog with fripperies, but I have no such reservations). “More gravity” means I’m giving the creative teams I want to see as well as the books! Let’s get to it!
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Charlie Sheen vs. Comics: The Definitive Guide

Despite civil unrest and political strife in various nations, and a recent natural disaster, there remains one news story that towers above all the rest, and has caused all the world’s people to band together in solidarity– yes, I’m speaking of Charlie Sheen’s continual public meltdown, which has provided a seemingly endless series of new and increasingly bizarre stories delivered to us instantaneously by our ceaseless media. With Sheen himself using the internet’s powers to accelerate his own apparent self-destruction– an explosive one, not implosive– citizens of every nation with an accessible modem have joined together to say “Yes, this man is a wild and craaazy guy!” Naturally, the artists and visionaries working within the medium of comics have made their voices heard as well. Therefore, I bring you the world’s most comprehensive guide to comics’ response to the Sheen meme– a Sheenday Brunch, if you will. Dive into the rabbit hole with me, my friends, and find out who is “winning,” who is “bi-winning,” and who is “Two-and-a-Half-winning.”

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ESPN + Superheroes … How will Marvel marketing screw this up?

If you haven’t seen or heard about the NBA preview in ESPN The Magazine (the world’s most idiotically-named magazine!), it features various Marvel artists blending various Marvel characters with various NBA players. It’s, frankly, pretty goddamned cool. And I’m sure Marvel will see absolutely no bump in comics sales from it, because they’re, well, a comic book company. Oh well. Let’s check out some of the images, saving the absolute meanest for last!
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Comics: The most versatile art form?

I was going to call this “Comics are awesome,” but I guess Bill Reed has already cornered the market on that title! Oh, and SPOILERS below, in case spoilering things bothers you. And some minor NSFW work stuff, too. Man, I’m out of control!
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Maybe a few more people will actually buy it this time!

Casanova is back, baby! And it’s at Marvel, through their Icon imprint. Whoo-bleepin’-hoo!!!!!!!!!

Sadly, it will probably sell many, many, many more copies even though the original was $1.99 per issue and this … won’t be (to be fair, the issues will be combined, so the price won’t be too prohibitive). But damn, this is a great comic book. I already own the damned issues and I may have to buy them again. Seriously – I’m so freakin’ stoked for this.

Steve Bryant needs your help!

Steve Bryant, creator of Athena Voltaire, a fun, pulpy comic set in the 1930s, has been trying to work on the latest chapter for a few years. With that in mind, he has set up a web site where you can donate money to allow him to work on the book exclusively until it’s finished. Plus, he has all sorts of extras for people who donate – you can see what they are at the site. You may think it’s silly to help fund a comic, but for such a small book, it’s not a bad idea. I’m used to this – my favorite band, Marillion, has been doing this for years, and it’s pretty keen to think that you’re part of the reason why something creative exists. Athena Voltaire is a fun read, with a great main character, lots of Nazis (and Nazi-killin’!), and all sorts of odd monsters and fabulous science. Bryant’s campaign to fund the book has a little less than two months to go and he’s a little less than halfway there (he’s trying to raise $7,000). If you’re at all interested, I encourage you to check it out. Here’s the web site, where you read (and hear) more about it. It won’t hurt to give it a look!

Something fun and inconsequential

My lovely wife, who apparently doesn’t have enough to do at work, often sends me e-mails with various goofy attachments – if you’ve ever worked in an office, you know the kind. So the other day she sent me a bunch of those fake motivational posters, and one made me chuckle and is relevant to a comic book blog:
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You Can Always Count on Peter Tomasi…

For a little cute gag every issue or so.

Whether it be working song lyrics into the dialogue or stuff like this, he always seems willing to not take it all too seriously, which I appreciate a lot.

Nice Comic Book Related Moment on Modern Family

I understand that he has had a long career in the entertainment industry, all well before he was writing comics, but I still took a little bit of “comic book pride” when I saw that this week’s episode of Modern Family (which continues to be a pretty funny show) was directed by former Black Panther writer Reginald Hudlin.

Good work, Reginald!

This is Good – Eric Trautmann Continues to Get Gigs

Early last year, I wrote a piece about Eric Trautmann, who, at the time, had just gotten passed over to be the new Checkmate writer (which would have made waaaay too much sense for it to actually happen).

At the time, I noted that Trautmann was looking for writing gigs and that I hoped that someone would give him a look see because he was a good writer.

Well, I’ve noticed his name has been popping up more and more lately at DC Comics, with the current JSA vs. Kobra mini-series (which I’ve quite enjoyed) that continues in the same style as his previous Checkmate work (which he co-wrote with the über-talented Greg Rucka) and more recently, the ongoing Shield series.

And now he’s going to be the new co-writer on Action Comics (with the aforementioned Rucka), possibly his biggest gig yet.

It’s great to see Trautmann’s talents not go unnoticed and it is sort of fun to look back at my post and be glad that my worries at the time were unwarranted.

The initiation continues!

I’ve written before about how I’m trying to indoctrinate my younger daughter into the world of comics. She used to paw through the Archie digests at the comics shoppe, she made me buy issue #1 of Marvel’s Wizard of Oz series (granted, Eric Shanower and Skottie Young were the creators, so it’s not like it was bad), and my lovely wife and I taught her the theme song of the old 1960s/1970s Spider-Man cartoon. And today it continued! She graduated to the next level at her swimming class, and could therefore pick a toy from the toy bin to take home. This is what she grabbed …
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Bad comics vs. HILARIOUSLY bad comics

Bad comics come and go and are usually forgotten by the next week, because there’s another bad comic or two coming out soon enough. HILARIOUSLY bad comics, however, like a certain comic featuring Oliver Queen weirdly declaring his undying love for a guy who once destroyed the universe and then blamed an giant bug for it, are classic, because they inspire … Photoshopping!

First, there’s Douglas Wolk’s excellent Promethea homage. Next, Caleb realizes that if Hal is quoting Glenn Danzig, the book makes a lot more sense. Finally, Cheryl Lynn gives us a certain Man of Steel figuratively bitch-slapping every Leaguer. Because he’s, you know, Superman. (Thanks to Tim for pointing out the last one, or I might have missed it.)

More from the comments: The Mutt couldn’t resist pointing out how hard it is keeping track of who’s wearing what costume these days, while Mxy goes ahead and makes the faux title official. Thanks, guys!

Have you seen any others, good readers, as you peruse the web which spans the wide world? Let me know – I’ll edit them in!

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