Saturday, July 10, 2004
I don't normally post this late on a Saturday, but you gotta see this. Pal Ian is a genius.
Strange Adventures #156 (Sept 1963) - cover art by Murphy Anderson
Friday, July 09, 2004
What makes it funnier is that these sorts of displays are referred to as counter dumps. Get it, get it? Anyway, your big ol' pile of Lobo comics was supposed to slide into that big hole under the toilet. If memory serves, at the time I think we opted not to use this particular promotional item...for one, it's pretty big and we really didn't have the counter space to devote to it, and two, I'm fairly certain our customers didn't want to have a cardboard standup of a guy sitting on a toilet shoved in their faces, even if it was drawn by Simon Bisley.
Actually, now I probably would put in on display, just to irritate people. Maybe I will anyway...I can use it for the new Excalibur series.
Thursday, July 08, 2004
New comics day round-up.
Also out this week: Seth's Clyde Fans Book 1 hardcover is another handsome publication from Drawn and Quarterly...Kid Firechief is a small paperback by Yikes creator Steven Weissman - attractive, a bit steep at $12.95 but worth it...Trucker Fags in Denial by Jims Goad and Blanchard is just as family-friendly and heartwarming as it sounds, and very funny as well - here's a sample that is not work-safe, so don't blame me if you get fired....
Also, John Byrne's Doom Patrol #1 has picked up a bit...we've actually sold through about 3/4 of our copies since I last wrote about it, but there are still an awful lot of people who give it a look and a pass. Hopefully the people who are picking it up will stick with it.
(this post dedicated to Dan)
I remember picking up this series and liking it at the time...a female private detective who can turn into a lightning-bolt being? And it's drawn by Dick Giordano? How can it be anything but good?
Well, in all fairness it was well drawn, though if memory serves it was printed with that Flexographic printing process that didn't do the art any favors. I haven't read it in years, so I can't comment on the story. In fact, I went to the vast Mikester Comic Archives where I thought I had my copies of this series, and apparently they were victims of the Great Comics Purge I put my collection through in '94. Alas, if only someone would have told me that 10 years later I would have been writing about that series for my weblog...to which I probably would have said, "what's a weblog?"
Jonni Thunder herself did pop up again a few times in Infinity Inc. (that cover to the right drawn by Todd McFarlane, believe it or not), and I think she was in one or two panels of Crisis on Infinite Earths, and that was pretty much it.
As Dan also mentioned in the comment I linked above, I'm surprised she hasn't come back in some form or another (Geoff Johns is a likely suspect, Dan notes, but a Vertigo series wouldn't over surprise me either).
One more thing: a few months ago pal Dorian and I decided to put up that promo poster in the store, just to see if anyone noticed. I think only one person ever did.
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Yes, kids, the Punisher wants to make sure you have healthy lungs...before he shoots you.
Anyway, I was looking at the preview for the upcoming Hulk Vs. Thing mini-series by Bruce Jones and Jae Lee, and I was wondering about Lee's somewhat...alternative take on Aunt Petunia's favorite nephew:
Certainly quite a bit different from Jolly Jack's version:
Now, I admit I was a little taken aback at first by Lee's interpretation, but it's since grown on me. (But if I can be Anal-Retentive Comic Book Fan for just a moment...THE THING'S NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE A VISIBLE NECK! ...okay, I feel better now.) And given that Jones is writing it, we only have about a 10% chance of the Hulk actually showing up during the course of this story....
I did have an odd idea pop into my head, though...given the usual tail-wagging-dog nature of the relationship between comic books and the tv shows and movies based on them, I wonder if we're not seeing in Lee's artwork a preliminary version of the Thing make-up from the forthcoming Fantastic Four movie. I remember reading some rumors/reports that indicated the Thing's film appearance will be designed as so to not completely obscure the actor's face...and that design Lee is using for this mini-series would definitely be along those lines.
Or maybe Lee just felt like drawing him that way...which is the more likely explanation.
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
Another backroom find -- a Vigilante promo from '83. I wasn't much of a fan of the comic (I only read the first two issues and the Alan Moore/Jim Baikie two-parter), but I do like the design of this poster. Note the selling point of "quality printing." Oh, the days of Baxter versus Mando paper....
In other news:
The Beat notes an article over at ICV2 regarding Dark Horse Comics' plans to release the entire run of Marge's Little Lulu in that convenient black and white manga-paperback format all the kids are into. This is one of those series I've been wanting to get into collecting for ages, but have always been daunted by the large number of issues and even larger collectors-market prices attached to them. $9.95 for 200 pages of Lulu comics? I'm all for it.
Monday, July 05, 2004
1. Pal Reid covers the MOCCA convention, complete with a gallery of sketches he acquired.
2. Dr. Radium and Comic Book Heaven mastermind Scott Saavedra has cut himself a slice of that weblog pie, to which I say "huzzah!" (And you all did catch the return of the aforementioned Dr. Radium in the Slave Labor Free Comic Book Day giveaway, didn't you?)
3. Also, noted comicsweblogosphere proponent Heidi Macdonald has herself a fun weblog as well.
Look at what we dug up from the back room...a pristine Walt Simonson Thor promotional poster, featuring Beta Ray Bill! Cool, huh?
Anyway, that darn Free Comic Book Day...in the week or so prior to the day in question, pal Dorian, Kid Chris, and myself divided up all the FCBD comics into age-appropriate packages (more or less how Laura split them up). We had several long boxes filled with these packages...and halfway through our day, we'd given them all away. We had plenty of spares of most of these books so we slapped together more packages...plus we had tables filled with some leftovers from previous FCBDs. Altogether, we had plenty of happy customers with armloads of free books...including several people I'd never seen before, which was the very purpose of FCBD, wasn't it?
Traffic through the store was steady, without being swamped...and we had relatively few problems, aside from a kid who kept badgering whoever happened to be monitoring the FCBD tables for the "adult" bag of freebies (Dorian was about one nose-hair away from tossing him out), and there was a group of people at the end of the day that, while they seemed nice enough, had some...odd requests, but Dorian called dibs on telling you about them, so watch his space.
By the way, despite the fact that we did order it (I double-checked!), the FCBD book A Bunch of Baboons was a no-show for us. Apparently some stores got them (Joanna got her mitts on a copy which she reviews here), so I'm kind of wondering if they're going to show up in a couple weeks...and if they do, we darn well better not get charged for them.
In other news:
Sunday, July 04, 2004
from DC Comics Presents #62 (Oct 1983) by Bob Rozakis, Dan Mishkin, Irv Novick, and Dave Hunt