Saturday, June 16, 2018

Is Wonder Woman going back in time?

A pic of Wonder Woman, Gal Godot, going back in time.
Lynda Carter may have a cameo.



Chris Pine is apparently coming back. Or is this Steve Trevor's son?



The movie is scheduled for release Nov. 1, 2019.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Nick Meglin from Mad has died.

Nick Meglin of Mad Magazine fame has died at age 82. He worked for Mad and worked with Bill Gaines, and played baseball with Frazetta and Williamson in his younger days.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Soltero will present a figure drawing class at SD Comic-Con International!

Soltero will lecture and demo, during the weekend, at San Diego Comic-Con International.
He will cover diverse methods, styles, and techniques.  Open to professionals and beginners.


Special give-aways. Come ready to draw from live models.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Han Solo movie, the good and bad!

The first fifth of the movie plays it safe with many allusions and use of templates to the original movies, and the use of a "Rocket Raccoon" (Rocket was created by a writer who took his name from the Beatles song, Rocky Raccoon) type of character, anthropomorphic and sarcastic. It does not bring anything to original at the beginning but then it picks up for the rest of the movie.





The rest of the movie is much better, with anti-slavery sections, background story and inclusion of Lando, something the Force Awakens should have included. There is plot and acting by a diverse cast, including Woody Harrelson, who tones down his usual style perfectly for his role here.

The new movie was directed by Ron Howard.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A new Spawn movie is coming

Todd Mcfarlane is set to direct a new Spawn movie and he is working with the folks that brought you Get Out.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Stan Sakai Wins the Joe Kubert award!

Stan Sakai has won the inaugural Joe Kubert Storyteller Award! Read his Yojimbo book for solid storytelling.


Sakai in NY, 1992

Did you know? Maureen O'Sullivan is the mom of Mia Farrow!


Did you know? Maureen O'Sullivan is the mom of Mia Farrow!

Apparently, Mia Farrow was also married to Frank Sinatra. She also knew the Beatles (Mia, that is).

Maureen was one of the first to play Jane (Tarzan) for the big screen.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Alex Nino

The great Alex Nino celebrated his birthday on the first of the month.

He has a new book out on his work, get the book, I did.


He is 78 years young.

Ernie Chan's Best Cover

Ernie designed many great covers for DC and Marvel. Is this his best one? It has been swiped often.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Definitive Lois and Superman, from the movies, have passed.

Margot Kidder, who played Lois in the classic movies died today.
Christopher Reeve, who played Superman, passed several years ago.




They made the perfect couple on screen.





Thursday, April 26, 2018

Conan is going back to his roots at Marvel!

It is said that Conan is going back to Marvel comics in 2019. The Conan comic started through the effort of Roy Thomas way back in 1970 and it later moved to Dark Horse comics.




SPOILER ALERT: The ending credit preview of Avengers Infinity War

SPOILER ALERT: The ending credit...
DO NOT READ UNTIL AFTER YOU SEE THE NEW MOVIE.
Apparently:





The return of Nick Fury...and a harbinger for Captain Marvel.



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Looking for the Stones, Avengers Infinity War

It looks like all of the Marvel movie heroes will appear in the Infinity War movie.




If Thanos gets all of the stones he would have full control of everything. Josh Brolin plays the main villan Cable, I mean Thanos. He was first introduced at the end credits of the first Avengers movie.



Black Panther stars will also appear in the newest Avenger movie, including Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, and Winston Duke.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Ron Lim to attend the premiere of Avengers Infinity War

Ron Lim to attend the premiere of Avengers Infinity War--good for him, as he was instrumental to various incarnations of the Infinity books.




Ron Lim is also one of the nicest folks in comics, like Sergio Aragones, Stan Sakai, and Steve Leialoha to name a few.

Jeff Johnson and his martial arts how to draw book

Johnson illustrated a how-to book on martial arts/fighting, Draw Fighting Scenes Like a Pro,  poses many years ago.
He was present at Sac-Con, bringing his books and prints.

The Man that re-charged Iron Man: Bob Layton

Bob Layton showed at the Sac-Con. He was Editor-in-Chief at Valiant comics, ushering many of the titles. The Valiant books were well received.



A few years after his initial start at Marvel he drew the critical Iron Man alcohol issues. The cover was used often in media, and it is considered one of the top 20 comic book story arcs.



Bob Layton also recently attended the Mole Comic Convention in Mexico City (Cuidad de Mexico).
He said the folks were friendly and professional.





Recently he drew a reinterpretation of his famous Ant-Man cover for a trade book.
He was seated next to Ron Lim and family.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Remember when Phoenix (X Men) died ! Belit died too

Before Phoenix ---------spoiler alert--if you do not know in X Men 137, Belit (from Conan) died in Conan 100 the year before in 1979.



Alan Moore Goes to the Movies!

Sort of, they have a comics anthology, Alan Moore's Cinema Purgatorio #1.

The first issue is $5.99 US, and published by Avatar in 2016.

The Max Brooks (of World War Z) story about the Civil War is solid, and the Christos Gage one visually looks like Pacific Rim.

The content is for adults, not for children, kinda like Heavy Metal magazine.




This book started out as a fundraiser.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

For Aragonés, Evanier or ERB fans--Groo vs Tarzan!

It had to happen, right. If you are a fan of Evanier and Aragonés you know they are not afraid of any company or character, see Groo vs Conan, and Aragones destroys the Star Wars universe.


HA auction, with art by Aragonés for the IDW Tarzan book

There is an upcoming book, Groo vs Tarzan. Wait and see.

I believe the great cartoonist and illustrator, Tomas Yeates, is illustrating the Tarzan part.



None of the images here are from the Groo vs Tarzan, just here as samples of their, respective, work.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The one and only Jose Luis Garcia turned 70

José Luis Garica López turned 70 yrs old a little over a week ago.
He is a standard and DC has used his work for style guides for several decades now.




Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lee Holley, the cartoonist, has died in a fiery plane crash

His social media states he died unexpectedly on Monday, March 26, 2018.
He was 85 years old.

Mad Magazine shakes with new #1 and move!

Mad magazine unveiled a new look, logo, and other changes. But is it so, the logo harkens back to the original Mad comic book logo. It captures the original look with slight modifications.





Bill Morrison teased Sergio by showing an awkward look at his marginals. It was a just a joke and a tease. For example, Sergio's credits were chopped out on the slide and the main editors blamed it on "Kevin," an intern. That was a running gag with the intern and other mishaps.



Bill Morrison also introduced Bob Fingerman as a regular contributor to the monthly mag.

Sergio asked if they would still be known as the usual gang of Idiots...Morrison said yes, and I forget what the new group would be called.

One of the Mad folks made a song for Mad and performed on stage, with an acoustic guitar.



The new magazine will be numbered #1, and subscribers will continue to get the issues.




The layout will acknowledge the original comic book--here is a pic of Gaines with a Kurtzman pic.




The first issue will carry a Star Wars parody.



The MAD magazine group has also moved to the west coast.


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I hope they keep Al Jaffee with Fold-Ins. Jaffee is 97 years young.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Reverie is an entertaining and thought provoking show!

The writer and conceptual fellow presented at WonderCon the pilot of Reverie.

Not really a spoiled alert----but just in case--- it is a story about an ex-hostage negotiator who called back into service but in a different locale, and that is what makes the show interesting.

It is scheduled for summer 2018.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Cloak & Dagger is superbly well done

Marvel has another hit on TV with the debut of Cloak & Dagger. It is superbly written, acted, directed, and produced, and with great music to boot.

The director had a moment many years ago when her child said why weren't there heroes (on TV or the movies) that looked like them. She jumped at the chance to direct Cloak and Dagger.  It will be worth the wait.



The pilot premiered at WonderCon 2018 to 99% audience approval.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Alan Moore's new book to premiere at Wondercon 2018

Alan Moore's and Kevin O'Neill's book will premiere at the IDW booth this Friday at WonderCon!

Michael Fleisher, comic writer has died at 75

Fleisher wrote some of the latter Hex stories that Tony Dezuniga drew.

He mostly wrote comics in the 70s to 80s.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sonic #1 to premiere at Wondercon!

Will Sonic #1 have a variant at Wondercon?

Paramount studio will also premiere an upcoming movie!


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Best of Luck to Stan Lee

Best of luck and good wishes for Stanley Martin Leiber, better known as Stan Lee, who is fighting a bout of pneumonia.



Long ago he came to Stockton after it was suggested by a local DJ that it was the closest city where the FF landed on their return from space, during FF#1.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Angela Bassett shares the Black Panther Biz part with her children.

Angela Bassett and her husband work hard to keep their children away from the Hollywood world, but due to the unique and important position of the movie, she has shared this with them.


I believe this is also why she took the role.


As quoted from Vanity Fair, Bassett states, “We try to keep them doing their own thing, out and away from it all. But [Black Panther] was one that we felt it was imperative that they experienced and witnessed. It’s an iconic film. It’s such positive images . . . They can see themselves in a light as warriors, as heroes, as kings, as queens, and potential panthers. All things positive. I really wanted them to experience something that in the way they carry themselves, how they walk through the day, with their heads held high and their chests poked out, feeling good about who they are.”




Sunday, February 25, 2018

Recordando la Obra de John Buscema!

Giovanni Natalie Buscema, aka John Buscema, would have turned 91 this last month. His art lives on through his work, both printed and sketched, and through his family. All the best to them.





As Kevin Nowlan stated, for someone that created so much work we are still left wanting to see more.




His brother Sal continues to draw and carries the tradition along.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

New Aquaman movie trailer debuts at Wondercon 2018

A new Aquaman trailed will premiere at Wondercon 2018. That is news from the grapevine.



Sridevi, Indian Bollywood actress has died at 54

Sridevi, Indian Bollywood actress has died at 54.



It is reported that she died from cardiac arrest.

Wally Wood saw the future Marvel/Disney by 40 years

This image, I believe was first used as a TV Guide cover, over forty years ago, but does it see the future merger of the Disney company with Marvel Entertainment?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Marvel Comics Bullpen circa 1963!

Here are photos from the 1960s Marvel Bullpen--who is missing?




Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Black Panther movie: a Revolution in the Making!

Ryan Coogler, the Black Panther movie director, makes a bold personal move. The movie was well planned and covers many areas, including African-American children left alone to deal with the world. Coogler established a connection between Blacks in America and Africans in Africa.

The Black Panther character arrived at Marvel a little after the real Black Panthers were making headlines redefining the African-American experience.



Jack Kirby co-created the Black Panther with Stan Lee in the 1960s. Jack Kirby, in the 50s and 60s, was keen on using African-American heroes, bringing and co-creating the Falcon and the Black Panther.







 art by Jack Kirby


The Panther's arch enemy, Killmonger, is a disillusioned youth at first. With his frustration he decides to do something and becomes the Killmonger. The backstory is set in Oakland, in 1992. Near the city where the director filmed Fruitvale, and the year of the LA riots.

The Black Panthers also formed in Oakland.

There are tribal designs in the movie that allude to the Masai tribe. African designs abound  throughout the movie with futuristic architecture and tech.

Ulysses Klaue hails from the Marvel comics as Klaw (he appeared previously in the Avengers, Ultron movie in 2015).



Strong females leads and character are a foundation throughout the film and story.

Angela Bassett (with a nod of what she would have looked like as Storm from the X Men—long ago numerous fans saw her as Storm) appears as T'challa's mom.



Allusions to building bridges at the end, not barriers---hmmn--during the credits--extra footage.