Pay Attention! Comics News Round-up 07/20/10

Hey, we're entering what's probably going to be the biggest news week in comics! Let's see what I can do to add some weight onto your load by throwing a lot of links and only a little commentary at you. Deep breath and–

Kevin Nowlan - Johann from BPRD-The Black Goddess Kevin Nowlan shows off his cover process for a recent arc of BPRD, from Mike Mignola's notes to the final colored piece, sans cover copy.

-Oswald and the Penguettes Cliff Chiang shares a cover from Birds of Prey #3. Make sure to click the image to see his process.

-Read Blogs and Give To A Good Cause The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund protects comic creators, shops, and companies. Chad Nevett recently completed a blogathon for the CBLDF. He posted about Vertigo's Hellblazer once every half hour on this past Saturday. He pretty much covers the whole series, with only a few blank spots. There's a lot of reading there, and it's for a good cause, so if Chad's posts float your boat… hit up the CBLDF's tip jar. If you're looking to get into Hellblazer, geez, I can't think of a better primer.

-Dear Comics Industry: Please hire J. Caleb Mozzocco's Niece #1. All of these ideas are fantastic, and Peace Girl needs an original graphic novel asap.

-Atheists, Foxholes, Etc. Dan Nadel looks at Jacques Tardi's It Was The War of the Trenches and finds a book that's worth falling in love with. I love war comics and really have no reason for not having purchased this one yet. It Was the War of the Trenches is about World War I, as if you couldn't guess from the title, and it's a book that focuses on the people, rather than the war. Nadel calls it "intensely humane," and well, that's a great selling point to me. Also, seriously–whoever designed these Tardi reprints deserves some kind of medal. They look fantastic. Beautiful books from cover to cover.

-Wait, a Wizard? I knew Hawkman's history was complicated, but this explanation of his history by the Let's Be Friends Again gang just raises so many questions. Also, that girlfriend stuff? Pretty creepy, sis.

Alan Davis rules.

-Surprisingly Few High Collars If you don't want to see Alan Davis drawing several of Marvel's leading ladies… don't click this link to Richard Guion's Giant-Size Marvel blog. If you do want to see it (and you do, even if you think you don't), just go ahead and click and see the big one..

-Been Around the World David Uzumeri's review of the twin Absolute Planetary volumes is about as good of an analysis of the series as I've seen, I think. Planetary is a series I dug less with each issue past #12 or so, but I'm due for a reread. David points out that Planetary is theoretically about shedding the past and discovering something new (and weird), but never actually manages to do that. That's kind of interesting, isn't it? He's got more insight, too. That's just a taste.

Mark Waid

-How Will This Affect His Trivia Panels? Did you hear the news? Mark Waid read some crappy superhero book and it was the straw that broke the camel's back. He's done with reading capes for the time being, though he's presumably continuing to write Irredeemable and Incorruptible. Tucker Stone saw the news and decided to see if he could figure out exactly which book it was that did the dirty deed. This is a brutally funny look at the past week of comics, and evaluating them according to whether or not they broke Waid is pretty interesting.

Comics Twart-Furioso The Comics Twart guys just wrapped up a Nick Fury-themed week of sketches and pieces and… well. Click this for all of them. Okay–Marvel. Back in the '90s, you had a series of pinups in the back of your books that presented alternate versions of your characters done by artists like Paul Pope and John Paul Leon. Remember that? Timeslip? I do, because I thought they were teases for real books rather than thought experiments. Anyway. Listen close here, Marvel. Hire the Comics Twart guys and do that again. Just a two-page spread, one a week, two a month, I don't care. These guys are doing powerhouse work for free. Imagine what they'd do for you for money. "This month we have '40s-era versions of the X-Men!"

-The 99/JLA Stuart Moore, Fabian Nicieza, and Tom Derenick are creating the crossover between Islam-inspired superheroes The 99 and DC's big-name superteam. This is kind of cool, and an interesting break in the recent lack of inter-company crossovers. I believe Moore and Nicieza pen the adventures of The 99 anyway, so I imagine this book will be pretty well done. Moore does great action, and has proven so with much of his Marvel work, and Nicieza has an ear for character's that I really appreciate.

-Matt Kindt's Revolver Is Good Tim O'Shea at Robot 6 talks comics with Matt Kindt, creator of the recent Vertigo graphic novel Revolver. Revolver is a fun ride and one that's really interesting to look at. Kindt has a lot of magic tricks in his art, and he explains a few of them in this interview. He's a workhorse, too–four books in two years? Yes, please.

-What A Bunch of Bullies When will Marvel Comics quit picking on Marvel Comics? How rude!

-Dem Boyz Tim Callahan looks at DC's slate of artists and finds a whole lot of really talented Brazilians. What's up with that?

-Caught Sleeping I predicted a while back that Charlie Huston would be kicking off a run on Wolverine this year, and hey! I was right! There are a few surprises here, though. This is a standalone series, which Huston says lasts 12 issues but other people claim is an "ongoing." Juan Rose Ryp, probably the artist most associated with Avatar other than Jacen Burrows, is on art. I was a litte worried about Ryp's art, as it's detailed in a Geof Darrow-kind of way, which means that the coloring can make or break the book, but if we get Lee Loughridge to color it like he did this Punisher one-shot, I'm cool. Huston's Moon Knight was killer, Deathlok was '80s-style fun, his Ultimates Annual was honestly better than Ultimates itself, and his novels are all good to great. To say that i'm excited would be pretty accurate.

-Philly-brand cheese-influenced steak-based sandwich This Superman story sounds pretty silly, honestly.

-RIP Tom Spurgeon pens a thorough obituary for the recently passed Harvey Pekar.

David Brothers writes for 4thletter!. He's going to San Diego Comic-con this week for some reason, but his Twitter will still be filled with talk about rap music and food.


  1. I thought everybody was assuming the Waid blowup was over JMS’s Superman?  There really are a lot of things it could be though. 

  2. @ohcaroline That’s what I assumed as well.

  3. I also thought it was JMS Superman almost automatically. Waid is a total golden age purist kinda guy. I can see him being severely offended by the Forrest Gump-ing of one of the greatest superheroes of all time. 
  4. This seems kind of… childish on Waid’s part. Whatever JMS is doing, objectionable or not, this is a rather silly over-reaction. Then again, maybe he’s not entirely serious.

  5. Superman didn’t actually come out that week. 701 was last week, 700 was late June, but Waid posted his bit ten days ago. Superman 701 made ME want to quit comics, but I don’t think it was Waid’s trigger.

  6. My money is on the Atom one-shot. While it was a solid read, it felt like every Geoff Johns story ever.

  7. The Atom one-shot was to boring to get excited enough to quit superhero comics over.

  8. I was positive it was Shadowland, and Tucker Stone only reinforced my suspicions.

  9. Tucker Stone’s piece was pretty damn funny.  Also, ComicTwart is flippin’ mad awesome.

  10. I was interested in the 99/JLA crossover, so I clicked the link.  And it was a pretty picture.  And then I read the comments.  Why did I read the comments?  I should know better than to ever read the comics on a DC blog (or the ones at newspapers’ websites, for the same reasons).  Reading comments like that is like watching that scene in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," where Steve Martin pokes himself in the eyepatch with a corked fork, only it’s my eye and the stupidest people on Earth are wielding the fork.  I’m not blaming anyone.  I should have known better, is all.  I think I’ve been spoiled by iFanboy, where even the lamest comments (usually mine) are an order of magnitude less inane (I hope).

  11. Comics fans can be the worst sometimes, man.