Name: Joe Black

Bio: On an icy island northIn the woods beside the churchWe can bury crimson lockets filled with dirtAnd when the April thawBrings us out againWe can bless the arrowsAnd the sun won't stallAnd the land will never fallOn virgin fields we'll skateStand by children we'll createLike the arctic wind we spinA windmill's rose into the threshing soulYou can't thresh the snowWhen the snow is sendingThere's no divine groveYou can see the blankets goEverything I did was rightEverything I said was wrongNow I'm waiting for the nightTo bring the dawnInto the only room where the fire's warmWhere we keep our vices warmAnd it's all that's leftAll that's left is vices torn

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    June 24, 2008 1:33 pm I am hoping for the same thing MrGlass. It has come reeeallly close, but not yet. X fingers crossed X
    May 20, 2008 12:24 pm

    Back in the day (1991) when X-Factor switched from the original team to the part of the team that it is today (#71), Peter David and Larry Stroman were the team on first arcs. After that he attempted to do his own book Tribe, but it didn't take off. He recently drew part of the Black Panther Annual, but on X-Factor #33 he is joining Peter David again. There run on X-Factor was spectacular and one of my favorite X-book runs ever.

    May 19, 2008 6:16 pm

    Countdown to the return of Larry Stroman to X-Factor is on!!!!

    May 14, 2008 1:23 pm

    Living with someone who is as into fashion as I am in to comic books, I can understand the trepidation, but at the same time I think it's a little premature.

    Jimski is right that part of it is the kitsch value that fashion loves. Why do you think they sell Superman t-shirts along with re-creations of old rock t-shirts at places like Urban Outfitters. It is simply kitsch. Most of the people who buy a Superman t-shirt will have never read a Superman comic at the same time as never seen Bon Jovi, but they feel that iconography that goes along with those t-shirts could fit in outfits they put together.

    Secondly, comics have appeared in art exhibits before. Mel Ramos embraced superheroes in his pop art work and although it isn't widely accepted as great, this work is still sought after.

    I feel that this exhibit is a good thing for comics. It reinforces how the work of people who create comics and superheroes has artistic merit. This is just focusing on a different aspect of the art form that hasn't been explored in an exhibit before. It's relatabililty to an industry that doesn't seem like it could be related is a fascinating aspect of it.

    Now, whether or not this will bring new fans to comics is doubtful. Whether or not this will give comics more respectability to the public is debatable. The problem I think lies in the hands of how the media portrays the exhibit. The Today show piece was awful and treated is as a joke. I would hope that real art journalist will not dismiss this exhibit as quickly as the Today show did.

    May 8, 2008 5:17 pm

    This is still my all time favorite Grant Morrison work. I think I have actually spent around $50 on this comic with how many times I have bought this for friends. I LOVE THIS BOOK.

    Off the Grant Morrison subject, I always keep my fingers crossed hoping to see more Philip Bond work. He's been doing a lot of cover work for Vertigo lately, but I wish he was able to get on a regular book. He was the perfect fit for Kill Your Boyfriend as well as when they teamed up again on Vimanarama.

    Ron, I am so glad that you showcased this book. Thank you for validating my obsession.

    April 3, 2008 11:53 am

    Josh - I couldn't agree with you more on about Special Forces. Every Kyle Baker project I am salivating for. I miss his Plastic Man.

    Also, this was your best Jon Stewart impersonation ever.

    February 20, 2008 2:44 pm

    The kick-ass fliers state the party's are until midnight. Come on! I've been to Isotope parties.

    See you guys there.

    February 20, 2008 2:23 pm I don't think Joe Q created Ninjack, but he did draw the first run of it from Valiant. That is still my favorite work of his. He was really on a roll at that time with Sword of Azrael and The Ray mini-series he did. I don't think he got any better as an artist. Overall though, he has left his stamp on the comics world.
    February 19, 2008 1:48 pm I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person reading this, although it will never be the Pick. I haven't read anything about it being cancelled but I do fear it's time may soon be over.