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Comic Book Legends, September 2014 edition – NYCC

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Comic Book Legends, September 2014 edition.

The Operator and Wing dive into the world of DC, Marvel, Indy comics and more.

This month we are happy to report that a comic-con is reporting on comics! Crazy stuff is happening at NYCC and we talk about it.

Spoiler Alert Spoiler Alert \ these discussion will be spoiler fill and will use an explicit language so consider yourself warn.

 

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News

Guardians of the Galaxy anime coming to Disney XD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLAU6jF0qwY

Netflix Daredevil Concept art
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=56226

The costume
http://i.newsarama.com/images/i/000/136/463/original/5439aa6fceaf8.jpg?1413066469

 Scott Glenn to play Stick in Daredevil

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=55540

 Dawson to play Claire Temple in Daredevil

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=56231

 Dominic Cooper returns as Howard Stark in Agent Carter

http://marvel.com/news/tv/23371/dominic_cooper_returns_as_howard_stark_in_marvels_agent_carter

 As long as he is snarky…

http://marvel.com/news/tv/23278/james_darcy_joins_marvels_agent_carter_as_fan-favorite_character

 I’m still gonna see it, but….the Powers photo

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2014/09/16/powers-tv-exclusive-first-look/15712229/?siteID=je6NUbpObpQ-2t0Hoi_obIxM5A7QwAZADA

 More casting http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=55706

Powers trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P02QmncDOzM

 Hickman’s secret wars

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=5616

Star Wars Kanan comic

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=109086

 Fantastic Four may really be going away

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=56237

 So Wolverine is dead….

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/11/nycc-the-death-of-wolverine-panel-and-whats-next/

Spider Gwen gets her own title

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=56186

 Throne of Atlantis trailer

http://geektyrant.com/news/first-trailer-for-justice-league-throne-of-atlantis

 Nightwing web series

http://geektyrant.com/news/thrilling-nightwing-web-series-episode-1-deathstroke

 DC news from NYCC

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=56211

 Please let Reed go crazy…Please let Reed go crazy…Please let Reed go crazy

http://schmoesknow.com/hot-scoop-new-fantastic-four-plot-details-revealed/29653/

Vision will look like Vision in Age of Ultron

http://geektyrant.com/news/the-vision-assembles-with-the-avengers-in-new-age-of-ultron-promo-art

 The Goon returns!

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=56225

 Archies gonna die again

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=56222

 Millenium is back…in comics

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=56162

 Sandman character Lucifer may get his own series

http://deadline.com/2014/09/lucifer-show-pilot-dc-comics-fox-834452/

Superman Doomed may reveal something else

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=55745

 Milo Manaras covers cancelled (Update: postponed)

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=55731

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/09/24/no-everyone-this-is-not-comicgate-milo-manara-is-still-creating-covers-for-marvel/

Kirby estate and Marvel settle suit

http://deadline.com/2014/09/jack-kirby-marvel-settlement-lawsuit-supreme-court-hearing-841711/

 Wait….what?

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/09/24/dc-comics-creates-a-harley-quinn-comic-that-smells-like-cannabis-for-the-us-and-one-that-doesnt-for-everyone-else/

 

 

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Wednesday’s Webcomic: Manly Guys Doing Manly Things

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I love comics that are as intricately layered as a well-made buttery, chocolate croissants. Manly Guys Doing Manly Things is good enough to be relished with only the finest cappuccino. On the surface is a hilarious rough-and-tumble parody of macho video game heroes and their chest-beating tropes, but if you peel back the surface you find a densely packed subtle commentary on the often ludicrous expectations of masculinity presented by the media and video games. The setting is a temp agency for the impossibly macho men trying to readjust to the world after their video games are complete.  Kratos and Duke Nukem doesn’t last long the the day to day working world of retail and office jobs. Their guide to the real word is the reasonably well-adjusted Commander Badass, time-travelling Hitler-punching single dad, and the Pokemon League reject Jared and his Gyrados, Mr. Fishy.

Jared and Gyrados

Gyrados is always a good conversation starter.

The various video game characters are very accurately rendered and their facial expressions in the midst of their various rage-benders and personal meltdowns are hilarious. The author seriously knows her source material for games and comics.  The backgrounds are detailed and intricate as well, with loads of little Easter Eggs on the background posters and t-shirts. Most of the pages are stand alone, with some short and long story lines. There is one excellent long story line loving parody of JRPG adventures featuring were-bishonenism. The main character of Commander-Badass has really impressive depth and history. In addition to being a red-blooded American space marine fighting for truth, justice and the God of Masculinity Marlon Brando; he is a loving father, caring mentor and a patient boss. He’s a very laid-back person aside for his rivalry with the Canadian Guy, the pinnacle of Canadian Masculinity, who keeps beating his Robot Unicorn high score. There are occasionally pauses in publication, which are admirably brief seeing as the author is a professional animator.

About the Author

Animator Kelly Turnbull, who frequently uses the name @Coalasquid, created the comic as a one-off contest entry but continues it due to popular demand. She is a Canadian transplant to southern California who has worked on such shows as Ugly Americans for Adult Swim and Good Vibes for MTV, as well as other.

Dedicating this column and sending a very happy birthday to my good friend Trin! You should check out her wonderful vlog series about friendship. She’s been one of my biggest supporters, and she’s also marrying her super cool sweetie this week too! She deserves a mountain of congratulations in the form of adorable kitten pictures.

Canada

Apparently if you pallette-swap the Commander and dial up the Northern accent, you end up with the author’s father.


Wednesday’s Webcomic: Narbonic

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Because I had written about Girl Genius and Dresden Codak in the previous weeks, I now have MAD SCIENCE on the brain. Specifically, mad scientists of the female variety, which brings me to the now classic daily webcomic Narbonic. Narbonic is the story of Dave Davenport, a chain-smoking recent graduate in Computer Sciences who lands a job as a henchman with Narbonic Labs right out of college. His new boss, Dr. Helen B. Narbon, is a certifiably mad and and gerbil-obsessed scientist with a penchant for buggy doomsday machines. Her cheerfully amoral gun-toting intern Mell is searching for some direction in life but until then has a large stockpile of grenades. Later on one of her experimental gerbils, Artie, achieves sentience and tries to be the voice of reason, but usually fails miserably. Dr. Narbon’s lair is frequently attacked by her rival, amorous mad scientist Lupin Madblood, the vigilante hero Antonio Smith: Forensic Linguist, her own twisted creations, and her diabolical mother. What at first appears to be a light-hearted comedic strip seductively lures you into an intricate story of madness and morality, love and the fear of intimacy, and the many different shades of good and evil. Many a “throwaway” line becomes a Chekhov’s gun much later, so pay very close attention!

Dave and Mell

Narbonic is mostly a black and white daily strip with the Sunday strips in full color. The colored Sunday strips are very rarely part of the main story line, but are usually some type of side story,  fan art, fan songs, or fan poetry of the main story. This includes long palindrome songs sung by Helen’s Giant Ur-Gerbils. This is another opportunity to watch an artist evolve and refine her technique, although the artist’s style remains consistent.  In the beginning it is a much rougher hand drawn style and smooths out beautifully over time.  Not only is the comic a long cohesive story, in the original website Dr. Helen Narbon’s secret origin story was hidden in the file names of the images, a few words at a time. A fan compiled it into this text file.  The comic ran from 2000 and was completed 2006 and the comic has been re-running with Director’s Commentary for a few years now. I recommend reading it and the hidden backstory file after reading through the original comic. It has also had a few print runs, and the books can be acquired here.

The Author and Her Other Works

Narbonic was Shaenon K. Garrity’s first webcomic, but it thankfully wasn’t her last. She’s either created numerous other webcomics, as well as numerous published short stories columns and you can peruse her body of work in her gallery. I shall draw attention to Skin Horse, her current long running project which has some connections to the Narbonic universe  She has been an editor with Viz Media since 2003, a colmunist for Comixology, and is a long time volunteer and advocate of the Cartoon Art Museum located in San Francisco. The Cartoon Art Museum is the only Comics and Cartoon oriented museum in the western Hemisphere. You should visit and/or give them money. You should also read Garrity’s brilliant retelling of The Trouble with Tribbles in the style of Edward Gorey.

Meet Helen. Meet her Ur-Gerbil.


Wednesday’s Webcomic: Scandinavia and the World

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Every nationality has an image of their nation as a person in their collective  mind or in their propaganda, and we certainly have a stereotyped personification about other countries, particularly our nearest neighbors. Frequently, other country’s stereotypes clash with our own, and one creative author, who was a reader of Axis Powers Hetalia decided to put her own native spin on Denmark and its closest compatriots Sweden and Norway. After several strips poking fun at the dysfunctional Scandinavian “family” their neighbors and rivals came on the scene, giving birth to the long-running comic parodying national identity, Scandinavia and the World

 

America's Thor

 

The countries interact with each other as discreet individuals, and are portrayals and parodies of international stereotypes from the Scandinavian point of view. All of their relationships are portrayed in their fully dysfunctional and very intimate glory, with some countries that are lovers and some that are bitter rivals. There are also personifications of the different country’s women portrayed as the “Sisters.” The artist uses her own Danish bias to point out every country’s tendency to have itself at the the center of the world. Be prepared for adult humor, cartoon violence, and your beloved country of origin to be viciously skewered. The art style varies on the author’s whim and the comic’s tone, ranging from deformed and cartoonish to more realistic and romantic. Each comic is standalone, with a varying range of lengths. The update schedule is “when the author has a good idea” so it’s good to use a service like Comic Rocket to follow her. She can be inspired by current events, a cultural misunderstanding on a bus, or the Eurovision song contest. The author is also aware of her multicultural audience, and frequently has a comedic blurb under the comic explaining the things her global audience might not be aware of.

Iceland Ain't Right

Apparently Iceland is the gateway to Hell, or “Hekla.”

The Author and her Other Works

*humon is a Danish cartoonist who recently relocated to the United Kingdom. She has a number of other strips written in a similar format to Scandinavia, all of them originally published on  Deviant Art, but which are now also being published on a new, central website. Her other comics have more sexuality, gender roles, and other adult themes, so I wouldn’t read them at work. Her semi-regular posting schedule unfortunately took a hit as she has received a lot of unpleasant backdraft from people misinterpreting her comics, but supportive friends and fans have successfully lured her back into publishing. Her recent move to the UK seems to have provided a lot of inspiration. Be sure to really dig through her Deviant Art archive as well, because she has some truly beautiful paintings of Norse myths and Scandinavian folklore!

Wife-Carrying

The noble Finnish sport of Wife-Carrying. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wife_carrying


Wednesday’s Webcomic: Monster Pulse

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Monster Pulse is a supernatural horror adventure story written for young adults, with expressive black-and-white art and truly cool and original subject matter. A couple kids in the Pacific Northwest stumble on a secret government experiment to create life from life, which pulls an organ from their bodies and turns it into a powerful and devoted monster.  The organ is now permanently removed and independently alive but somehow still capable of performing its intended function. In the case of Bina Blum, her heart is now a six-foot-tall, incredibly strong and protective creature that still somehow pumps her blood from outside her body, as she can still check her pulse. The energy creatures that are seeking out specifically children to bond with are being hunted by their creators, the shadowy organization SHELL, which is taking extreme measures to capture or destroy them, regardless of the fact that the destruction of the monster means the destruction of the original organ. In Bina’s case at least, this means evading and fighting the agents of SHELL is a fight for her life!

Bina Meets Ayo

In the midst of all this, the kids must still deal with being pre-teens. While the monsters and evading SHELL brings them together, they don’t necessarily have much holding them together beyond that. They have to deal with learning their parents are human and not always to be relied on, jealousy amongst friends, those first romantic feelings, and heavier issues like death and responsibility. One of the kids, Abel, is homeless for as-yet-unknown reasons, and has had to engage in petty theft to survive. All this combined makes an incredibly deep and riveting webcomic-in-progress. I was glued to the archive until I was caught up! These are very realistic characters, which is rarer and rarer in the ever widening pool of webcomics that are out there. The author has small breaks in between chapters, but otherwise sticks to a regular update schedule.

The Author and her Other Works

Magnolia Porter is a freelance illustrator, who created Monster Pulse partially out of a love for Pokemon and the Kids-And-Monsters genre. She’s also written the complete comic Bobwhite about young women in art school. Monster Pulse Book 1 will soon be released, thanks to a successful Kickstarter!


Wednesday’s Webcomic: Bucko

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The comic Bucko begins with Rich Richardson, dubbed Bucko by the woman whose couch he’s passed out on, rushing through the streets of Portland on his bicycle as he tries to get to his job interview. Remembering he almost had a threesome with the woman, Gyp, and her roommate before he passed out destroys just about all the confidence he has, and then the post-drinking diarrhea that strikes mid-interview is about the worst thing that can happen… until he finds the dead body in the men’s restroom. What follows is a mystery, although the objective of it does end up different. The city of Portland seems weirder than the Wonderful Land of Oz as Bucko and Gyp, his almost hook-up, stumble on oddity after oddity encountering Juggalo queens, ghost bicycles , and a candle-making Suicide Girl.

Bucko Page 1

Bucko is complete as of January 2012, and has been bound up by Dark Horse Comics in one volume. The artist and writing duties are split between Erika Moen and Jeff Parker respectively. The story call itself a comical murder mystery, and while it is comical, there is a murder, and there is a mystery, the three are not exactly interconnected.  It’s a very offbeat and winding love poem to the city of Portland and the people who’ve chosen to live there and make it so darn odd. It’s also riotously funny. This comic gave me more than a few stitches in my side! I don’t feel I can say much more, or feature more images, as I don’t want to be one of those movie trailers that spoils all the jokes.

The Authors and Their Other Works:

Jeff Parker has an illustrious comics writing resume including many  Hulk titles, Agents of Atlas, X-Men: First Class and UndergroundErika Moen is a cartoonist, well known for her always honest and often raunchy autobiographical webcomic Dar! which I find incredibly inspiring. It’s worth watching her for the incredibl print work she does, which I regularly covet and mug little old ladies to acquire. Well,  not quite mug. More like work in exchange for wages to acquire, but old ladies are involved. Both of them work out of the freelance hive Periscope Studio in Portland, where I’m sure brilliant cartoonists are cultivated in tanks.


Wednesday’s Webcomic: Bite Me

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If you’ve been reading this column for a bit, perhaps you’ve been wondering, “Gee whiz, Jeanette, how did you get so hooked on webcomics?” (You probably haven’t but I’m going to tell you anyway.) Well,  I got bitten by Bite Me! by Dylan Meconis. It wasn’t the first webcomic I had seen, but it was the first one that really showed me that webcomics could really challenge all the things I that disappointed me about mainstream comics. Here was something that was funny, action-packed, historically based, bloody, full of puns, and most of all original. I hadn’t felt like I’d seen anything unique happen in the mainstream comics I had read for a long, long time. And then here was this hilarious romp through the French Revolution with some old-school Undead vampires loaded with decapitation puns, Anne Rice references, and history jokes!

Bite Me Page 1

Bite Me! begins with Claire, a sassy and bored tavern server who is passionately following the revolution in Paris. In walks in this smooth, dashing, and heroic gentleman and Claire; who is a heroine who pursues and doesn’t wait to be pursued, unfortunately stumbles… literally… into a new life as a Vampire. Lucien, our dark chevalier, must save his coven from the bloodthirsty new government and take this over-eager new  fledgling along with a bizarrely useful skill set along for the ride. They are joined in their mission by Ginevra, who takes being EEEVIL very seriously, and Luther,  Lucien’s sarcastic, German werewolf BFF. The comic was begun when the the author was in high school and completed over a few subsequent years as she did a lot of growing as an artist. She keeps the art style admirable consistent as her skills grow, but you can also see her shading and anatomy drawing smooth out. Watching someone’s art skills grow is something I always love doing! The comic is also complete as well, and recently had it’s tenth anniversary.

The Author and her other Works

Dylan Meconis is a freelance artist and illustrator. She’s worked on illustrations for some of the illustrious Thursday Next series and Portland’s Alt-Weekly the Portland Mercury. She works out of the Periscope Studio, a Portland, Oregon freelance art studio that seems to be a think tank of brilliant artists and writers. Her current ongoing webcomics project is Family Man, a more serious prequel for Bite Me, a surreal historical fiction telling Luther the Werewolf’s origin story. (You can bet I’ll be writing about that soon, but don’t wait for me if you want to read it.) Bite Me! was unfortunately out of print for some time, and for the tenth anniversary a Kickstarter was successfully funded to print a special edition as well as some of her other digital comics that had never been printed.

Bite Me cover

The cover sums up EVERYTHING I love about this comic.


Wednesday’s Webcomic: A Girl and Her Fed

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A Girl and her Fed is an exciting, complex and romantic thriller.  It has conspiracies, civil rights abuses,  science and Big Government gone wrong, and a lot of dick jokes. It begins when a Girl discovers she’s been put on a Terrorism Watch-list by a shadowy government organization and decides to track down the culprits with her long-time friend, a hallucination of Benjamin Franklin. The Fed assigned to watch her, who was part of a failed government experiment to hook bionic communications chips into their brains, can see her hallucination and she realizes that she is in fact being haunted by the ghost of Ben Franklin, as he has been telling her all along. She can also see the cranial chip’s interface, which (unfortunately for the agents in whom it is installed) resembles George W. Bush’s floating head. After the mysterious death of another agent, the two discover there was a lot more to the microchip program then anyone originally suspected and that it is somehow connected to the busybody ghosts of the founding fathers. They begin an investigation and adventure, also aided by a foul mouthed, genetically engineered super Koala. And that is only the beginning!

A girl and her fed

This has been one of my favorite webcomics to watch evolve and grow, especially the art. Arc 1 is complete and Arc 2 recently started. Through sheer charisma and writing quality it has amassed a very big and devoted following  and through the authors efforts and what must have been a LOT of practice the art style has evolved from rudimentary and expressive to clear, colorful and dynamic.  From the very beginning, the chemistry and sexual tension of the unnamed Girl and her unnamed Fed is absolutely scrumptious and gets even better as the art is upgraded. The comic is currently mid-upgrade with one redone page every week, so sometime after starting it you will run into the old art style. As the pages are upgraded some of the text also  becomes unnecessary and is changed at the author’s discretion and all of the original pages are hidden neatly behind the new ones. The art is primarily being redone so as to make it easier to publish and enough has been completed to publish the first book.

A Girl and Her Fed Classic

This is why you should practice, practice, practice!

The Author

K.B. Spangler puts an incredible amount of time and energy into creating side-story material for the comic in addition to her other profession as a researcher. While the comic is available for free, there’s a dazzling array of short stories, wallpapers, pins, tees, and this incredible plushie of Speedy the Koala for sale in her store. Also, a full-length thriller novel about a side character is due to be released soon! The first three parts have been released on a sponsorship basis as a sort of self-run Kickstarter. The main character of the novel does not appear until very recently in the comic timeline, so I would definitely recommend the comic first. Speedy the Koala also has a hilarious in-character Twitter feed.

Armed Speedy

You should follow @speedysays on Twitter… Or Else…


Wednesday’s Webcomic: Worsted for Wear

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I’ve been anxious to recommend Worsted for Wear since I began writing Wednesday’s Webcomic. Worsted for Wear is a bright, expressive webcomic comedy about a knitting group, their yarn, and their lives. Once Cam, a new and obsessed knitter, gets her friends started knitting and they get involved in an established knitting group; the comic follows all of these characters as they face problems everyone faces and knit through it. The comic is mostly humorous one shots and short stories. Recently, it’s expanded into more serious stories as the characters work through their biggest obstacles in life, like fitness, abandoned dreams, motherhood, and a controlling ex-boyfriend.

cthulhu

One of my favorite parts about the story is that the characters have so much depth. They’re all very real, flawed, and funny women (and men too!) with real body types and then the challenges that go with them. They’re geeks with many loves and passions, who have very realistic relationships. The comic has serious knitter cred, as the authors know their worsteds from their warps, and their needles from their niddy-noddies. The comic pokes fun at the often silly rivalry between  knitters and crocheters. The excellently formatted website has been expanded recently to include character pages as the cast grows. A monthly newsletter started recently that includes news, a knit-a-long, and  links to knitting patterns as the cast’s wardrobe is often inspired by patterns available to everyone. Indeed, the comic is an excellent fashion-plate for the hand-made fashion world.  The comic  also has a big and friendly fan community on ravelry, the fiber social network.

rambo the bunny

The Authors

The authors are a husband and wife team, Rachael and Joshua Anderson. Rachael is a professional comic artist and illustrator and is the fiber artist of the duo. Joshua is the main writer and long time webcomic creator. He is also the writer of Nerd Prom, a novella about an AlternaProm in a small town. They manage the site themselves, and recently started a Kickstarter to fund their first printing and their expansion, which funded in 25 hours!


Wednesday’s Webcomic – Erstwhile

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If you’ve read original Grimm Fairy Tales you know that many of the endings are anything but happy, the justice tends to be biblical, and the logic tends to belong in Bedlam. Erstwhile is the beautifully drawn, true-to-the-source adaptation of the lesser-known Grimm fairy tales. The artists also don’t cut out any of the tragic bits, the bloody bits, or any of the downright weird bits. It’s a collaboration between three artists, who take advantage of the short story collection format to change up the art each time with different styles, color palettes  and techniques.

Death of the Little Hen

My favorite part about the comic (Other than Grimm in all its grisly glory) is the art styles which always suit the story being told. Since all three artists have other series, I imagine drawing the same style every day can get a little weary, and they want to flex their muscles a little . The colors change to suit the tone, from the sad cool blues of The Little Shroud to the deceptively cheerful warm earth tones in The Bird, the Mouse, and the Sausage.  The first volume has been printed with the aid of a kickstarter and has the first eight tales, as well as being printed in truly luscious full color.

A Tale with a Riddle

About the Authors

Gina Biggs is the ringleader of our merry band of storytellers, and is the author of the long running romance web comic Red String. Louisa Roy is the author of the fantasy comic Velharthis, which is currently undergoing a ground-up rebuild. Elle Skinner is the author of Missing Monday.