Fish-Flavored Baseball Bat

It's a John Cleese reference.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

A Random Thought....

While I've been mostly inactive from blogging, I'm making a quick return to ponder a question that just occurred to me... We all know that Marvel's "Miracleman" reprints are credited to "The Original Writer" to avoid using Alan Moore's name. My question is: When they get to the stories that were drawn by Chuck Beckum/Austen, will they be crediting him as "Chuck Beckum" (the name he went by at the time) or "Chuck Austen" (his current name)? And if they do credit him as Beckum, would it be for the sake of historical accuracy, or simply to avoid the notoriety that the Chuck Austen name has accumulated?

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Monday, January 06, 2014

Musical Monday: Red Wolf and Lupalina Sing Macklemore

Has it really been over a year since my last post? Man, I've fallen way behind. Of course, part of that was due to the fact that I primarily use this blog to share my sketch collection, and my last post did bring me up-to-date with my sketchbooks as they were at the time. Since then, I've acquired a few more pieces. Here's a recent addition to my "Musical Sketchbook": Jason Flowers presents Marvel's Red Wolf and Lupalina (from the pages of Conan the Barbarian #49) answering a question posed by Macklemore in "Thrift Shop": I probably could have worked in Skywolf from the Golden Age Airboy (and its Eclipse revival), but two wolf-head-wearing characters are enough for a single drawing.

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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Dial S for Sketch: Grasshopper by Nathan Massengill

Inspired by Siskoid's "Dial H" evaluations (in which he looks back at the various one-shot characters from DC's "Dial H for Hero" and considers their chances of making it as actual recurring DC characters), I've started a new sketchbook to collect different artists' interpretations of these "disposable" characters. At today's Atlanta Comic Con, I got the book started with a piece by Nathan Massengill.
Massengill fondly remembered the '80s "Dial H" series, and he picked out a character he recalled from his youth: Vicki Grant's "Grasshopper" identity from Adventure Comics #479.
(Obviously, when I say that he remembered this character, I don't mean to suggest that he drew it from memory...I brought the Adventure Comics run and the Robby Reed-era "Dial H" Showcase book for reference. Still, I was impressed, and a little relieved, that the first artist I approached for this project was one who's familiar with the series.)

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Musical Monday: Daredevil Sings XTC

The most recent contribution to my Musical Sketchbook, acquired at this year's DragonCon: Thom Zahler (of "Love & Capes") did this great portrait of Daredevil to the tune of XTC's "Senses Working Overtime" (with the numbers modified for accuracy)...

Bonus kudos to Zahler for lettering the caption so dynamically!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Panel of the Week: My Little Donald Sutherland

What's this? Actual content? From me?
That's right, one of the comics I picked up this week had a panel so good, I just had to scan and share it. From the first issue of IDW's "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic," writer Katie Cook and artist Andy Price present a riff on "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," with several ponies being replaced with blank-eyed, mindless duplicates. When the few unaffected ponies notice what's going on, they're pointed out by a shrieking Donald-Sutherland-in-Pony-Form:

And if that panel alone isn't worth the cover price, the rest of the story definitely is.

I can't promise I'll be able to make "Panel of the Week" a regular feature, but this was just too good not to point out.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

A Musical Monday Duet: Dex-Starr and Satana Sing Cliff Richard

In the year since my last "Musical Monday" post, I've gotten a few more sketches in my sketchbook...and now that I've shared all my Golden Age Sketchbook drawings, let's go back where we left off, shall we?

This time, I've got not one, but two sketches to share: Two artists, two characters, but one song. Specifically, two unrelated characters embodying two consecutive verses of Cliff Richard's "Devil Woman." First, Peter Cutler offers this scene of Dex-Starr, that cat with them evil eyes:
Then, Geoffrey Gwin presents Marvel's resident "Devil Woman," Satana.

She's gonna get you!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Remember Whens-Day: Captain America by Mark Bagley

And this brings me up to date on my Golden Age sketchbook, with my most recent acquisition from this year's DragonCon: A headshot of Captain America by Mark Bagley.

What will I do now? Well, I've gotten a few more contributions in my Musical Sketchbook, so we'll see a brief return of "Musical Monday." After that, I'll have to come up with actual content of my own (the horror!). Future posts may be sporadic (like that's new), but I've got a few ideas...

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