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Interesting New How-To Guide to Drawing Comic Characters

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The 21 Draw Art Project has a new book looking for funding today on IndieGogo that seemed interesting to me, so I figured I’d feature it here.

Essentially, it’s a reference guide for drawing comic characters aspiring artists, with famous artists like Steve Rude and Ariel Olivetti supplying examples of different types of characters and then supplying explicit details for each of the characters. You know, front shots, back shots, side shots, details on hand gestures, facial expressions, etc.

The variety of different art styles is very important, as you’re bound to find an artists whose style is similar to your own so that they would be the most help to you.

It seems like a very useful book that I Figured a bunch of artists out there would be interested in, so if you’re one of those people, check out their IndieGogo listing here. They just went live with funding of their project.

The Crazy, Manic Silver Age Style Origin of the All-New Ghost Rider

So far, through two issues, Marvel’s All-New Ghost Rider has been a delight. Tradd Moore, Nelson Daniel and Val Staples combine for some stunning visuals and come on, how can you not feel something for a comic with the following design feature to kick the book off…

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but what strikes me the most about the series is how Felipe Smith has managed to give the All-New Ghost Rider an old school Silver Age origin, without feeling old fashioned at all.
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Interesting Survey About Sexual Harassment in the World of Comics

Janelle Asselin is doing a sexual harassment in comics survey. I recommend filling it out – the more responses she receives the better! She’s already received some fascinating information.

Here it is.

Congrats to Comixology!

Really, not much bigger news in recent memory than the announcement that Amazon has purchased Comixology.

I wouldn’t expect this to affect Comixology customers much, but it sure is a major success for the owners of the site. Congrats to them! They made a great product and now I’m sure they’re being greatly rewarded for it financially.

And what a smart move by Amazon! They’re getting ahead of the game.

I also think that this will open up any even larger audience to digital-first comics like Lion Forge.

Month of Women in Comics – Power Nap, Parts 1-4

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by female creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Here‘s a list of all the books featured so far this month.

I apologize for no comic yesterday. The blog had server issues when I was trying to make my post and it never got through. I’ll just do two today.

We continue with Maritza Campos and Bachan’s Power Nap, Parts 1-4…

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And Of Course – That Time Spider-Man Invented a Device That Could Cancel Out Magnetism

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In this feature I spotlight particularly outlandish explanations from comic books.

Today we look at the time that Peter Parker, in his spare time, cobbled together a device that could cancel out one of the elementary forces of nature.
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Need Help From Some Diehard 2099 Fans!

For a future Comic Book Legends Revealed, I could use the help of anyone who collected Marvel’s 2099 to the bitter end of the ongoing series in 1996 and has easy access to their collection (the actual comics) to look something up for me.

If that fits you and you’re willing to lend me a hand, please drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com and I’ll let you know what to look for.

EDITED TO ADD: Someone found what I was looking for! Woohoo! Thanks for all the offers of help, folks!

Month of Women in Comics – True Story of Personal Humiliation #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by female creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Here‘s a list of all the books featured so far this month.

I apologize for no comic yesterday. The blog had server issues when I was trying to make my post and it never got through. I’ll just do two today.

So we continue with Meghan Lands’s True Story of Personal Humiliation #1…

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Foggy Ruins of Time – We Have As Much of a Chance as Spielberg Has of Winning an Oscar?

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This is the latest in a series giving you the cultural context behind certain comic book characters/behaviors. You know, the sort of then-topical references that have faded into the “foggy ruins of time.” To wit, twenty years from now, a college senior watching episodes of Seinfeld will likely miss a lot of the then-topical pop culture humor (like the very specific references in “The Understudy” to the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal). Here is an archive of all the Foggy Ruins of Time installments so far.

Today we take a look at a reference to a down point in Steven Spielberg’s career, as reflected in an issue of the Avengers…
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Month of African-American Comics – The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury: Time Runs Out

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. A quick note – since this month is so relatively short, I’ll be featuring an extra comic every week, for a total of 32 comics spotlighted! Here is a list of all the comics spotlighted so far!

We finish the month’s worth of spotlights in a similar fashion to how we began, an excellent comic book about a strong female character. The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury is written by Brandon Thomas and drawn by Lee Ferguson and Marc Deering and a host of colorists.

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Really Foggy Ruins of Time – The Mystery of Blue Beetle #6

So I featured a panel from 1986′s Blue Beetle #6 in today’s Comic Book Easter Eggs, but later in that same issue there’s a page that certainly looks like it is referencing SOMEthing, but I can’t figure out who. I even checked with Len Wein, the writer of the issue, and it’s been so long that he can’t remember who he was referencing either.

So I’ll put it to you folks and hopefully someone can figure this one out!

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Rocket Raccoon’s Long, Strange Journey From a Joke Character to a Movie Star

I wrote an article for the main site about Rocket Raccoon’s nearly forty year journey from a one-off joke character in a Marvel black and white character to now being part of a major motion picture.

Check it out here.

Congrats to Kelly on Her Kickstarter Getting Funded!

And we even got it up over the last stretch goal at the last moment! Huzzah!

Congrats, Kelly!

Today’s the Last Day to Support Kelly’s Kickstarter!

I have not done a whole lot of promotion of Kelly’s awesome new Kickstarter project on the blog, if only because I figure that if you’re a reader of this blog, you’re already a fan of Kelly, so you don’t really need me to tell you to go support her Storykiller project, but just in case some of you haven’t done so yet, today’s the last day!

The project has already raised over $50,000, which is awesome. Let’s see if we can’t get it up to $57,000 (which is the next stretch goal)!

Here is her Kickstarter page.

Comic Book Six Degrees: Multi-Paul to Multiple Man

I name two comic book characters. You then have to connect the two using only shared appearances in comic books (official appearances in comics only – no cameos like Terry Austin sneaking Popeye into the background of a panel and no outside comic book appearances, like cartoons and the like). You have to do so using less than six comics total. Covers and pin-ups do not count – only actual appearances in the same comic book story (so it doesn’t count if they each appeared in separate stories inside the same anthology). Mythological characters, public domain characters (other than public domain comic book characters, they’re free game) and real people (by the way, unless a fake name is used for a real person, like Ronald Raygun or whatever, you can use the person even if they are not officially named in the comic) are unique to their own comic book appearances (so DC’s Thor is different than Marvel’s Thor, DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan, etc.). But a licensed character is the same in all of their various comic book companies (so the Marvel Red Sonja is the same as the Dynamite Red Sonja) and approved appearances by a real person can go across comic book companies, as well (so, for instance, you can use Marv Wolfman from his Teen Titans appearance to connect with Marv Wolfman in his Fantastic Four appearance – you just can’t use modern appearances by Jack Kirby from one company to connect to Jack Kirby appearances from Marvel Comics, since obviously Kirby can no longer give approval for his appearance). Approval tends to be the key.

Every week, whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next week’s match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly). Last time was Glob to Globe. Robert E. was one of roughly six or seven people who got the connection in three moves. Here is how Robert connected the two…

Glob (Marvel) was in She-Hulk #17 with Batroc the Leaper
Batroc was in Avengers/JLA #4 with Hawkgirl (Kendra Saunders)
Hawkgirl was in JSA #64 with Glob (DC)

Robert’s challenge is…

Multi-Paul to The Multiple Man

E-mail me your answers at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do NOT post your answers in the comments section!

Whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of comics gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

Remember, only authorized appearances in comic books count (for instance, all the Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)!

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