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    August 11, 2016 9:52 pm On the question of Bendis, Kirkman, or Millar, I'm with Kirkman. I read very few books from week to week and month to month anymore, but "Invincible" and "The Walking Dead" are both on that list. Plus, Skybound releases a lot of swell books, including the criminally overlooked "Thief of Thieves." I wrote more about it here:
    June 5, 2013 1:27 pm Not to be the pourer of cold water, but: 1. I believe computer-lettered books aren't considered for this treatment. That kills Planetary. (The computer-generated art in the book doesn't help, either.) 2. Terry Austin is not letting his X-Men pages go for anything, including scanning for an Artist's Edition. Nobody is saying exactly why, but that kills any Byrne-era X-Men projects. Here's the quote from John Byrne: "One of these is unlikely, for my work, since the pages are long since scattered to the four corners of the Earth, and Terry Austin, who holds the largest single collection of such (from X-MEN) has no interest in releasing them for use by IDW." The rest is up to who has the original art, and how hard it would be to track it down. Collectors who have purchased and held onto entire issues and artists who never sold their work are the best friends of Artist's Editions. It's why I still hold out hope for a "Savage Dragon" Artist's Edition. ;-)
    February 25, 2013 3:05 pm If I remember the chronology correctly, Joe Kelly was writing both DeadPool and Daredevil at the time, so he did a team-up Annual of the two. Or maybe that was right AFTER Kelly's Daredevil run? He had a good batch of issues with Cary Nord, just prior to the reboot with Kevin Smith/Joe Quesada/Jimmy Palmiotti/Richard Starkings/I_Forget_Who_Colored_It....
    January 10, 2013 11:03 pm Norm Breyfogle. Best dark, inky, stylized rendition of Batman. Unique, stand-out. Perfect.
    January 9, 2013 1:05 pm Hi Ryan - Some Asterix tips: Stick with the first two dozen books. The best art is a few volumes in, but you might want to start with the first couple albums, anyway, just to understand all the basics of the series. I started somewhere in the middle and had no problems, only to go back and have a few A-HA! moments in learning how some things came to be. But if you read the first couple and like what you read, feel free to jump around. There's very little continuity. And then, if you like that, go to Cinebooks and pick up some "Lucky Luke" volumes, written by the same guy and set in the American West. If you're looking for some dramatic action type stuff, then you can go in a completely different direction with Largo Winch or even XIII at Cinebooks, as well. I'll stop now, before I get too far ahead of you here . Enjoy "Asterix." It's an awesome book.
    April 26, 2012 10:46 pm Ah, the beauty of a prime lens. Nothing beats one, whether it's the 28, the 35, the 50, or the 85. The 85mm f/1.8 is my favorite, but it would never work inside a convention center because you literally have to stand ten feet away just for a head shot. Go back another two steps if you want to see the shoulders. My technical tip for these kinds of things: Take lots of test shots, if possible. Take test shots in the area you're going to shoot in before bringing your subject in. Get to know the light. Know what settings work in the camera given a particular look to the lighting. Try to keep your ISO low, but if you have no flash then you have no choice. You're likely starting at 800ISO and up. The trick I used in DisneyWorld with my flash when I had no place to bounce the light? Shot the light straight up, but put my hand behind the flash. It acted as a bounce card, basically, and redirected enough light to get the shot. If I needed more light thrown forward, I'd curl my fingers forward just a bit to make the light more direct. Plus, it warmed up the light a little bit, as it reflected off my yellow skin, photographically speaking. Finally, f/1.8 and full frame is awesome, but nailing the focus can be tricky, whether your doing it manually or letting the camera decided. Molly -- Are you shooting in Manual Mode or Aperture Priority? And do you manually focus the lens, or let the camera handle that part? I figure if your training is with film Back In The Day, there's a chance you might be manually focusing. I know some people who swear by it, but I just can't get the hang of it.
    April 18, 2012 3:35 pm I know this feeling well. I've usually found two things help: 1. Do something else for a while and don't feel badly about it. Variety is the spice of life and all. 2. Force yourself to read something. Sounds weird, but I've had lulls that I only got out of by reading lots and lots of stuff, which made reading even more stuff more pleasurable. You sometimes can forget how much comics can be. The trick is, make sure you read the good stuff when you force youself. Maybe reread an old favorite, or a recent critically-acclaimed book. And, yes, do buy something new to get out of that rut. A shiny hardcover is the best medicine.
    July 7, 2011 11:33 am And let me guess -- the files are DRMed and can't be transferred to another device with an active ecosystem?
    February 8, 2011 11:52 pm Yogi may not have said it first, though, if he did indeed ever say it. Fascinating stuff here:
    February 4, 2011 3:06 pm The movie posters actually better posed than the comics cover. Rule #1 of posing: don't keep the arms pinned to the body. It makes you look wide. Let a little light through and suddenly, Cap looks ripped, not bloated. Such a minor change, yet such a big difference.