Beautiful panel by David Lopez. Source: Countdown, DC Comics (no, really)
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
...a story in pictures.
Last we saw them, Black Canary and the Arrows had travelled to Themyscira (Amazon Island) to save Green Arrow. The Amazons had replaced GA with mr plot device: the shapeshifter Everyman, and then had him commit suicide in order to get the grieving Black Canary to renounce men and join the Amazons.
This being Judd Winnick, he of course chose to 'enrich' the plot with a deeper meaning to flesh out the characters:
Amazon villainess cackling out about her evil plot:
Black Canary, asking the obvious question any self-respecting super-heroine would have formed in this situation:
Gee, Dinah, self-obsessed much?
Anyway, the Amazons didn't actually kill GA, but only kept him locked up on the island, while inviting Canary to pass the tests to join their ranks.
This of course leads to a succesful rescue attempt and a boat getaway and reunion. Again Judd Winnick knows how to bring out the best out of the characters in such an emotionally charged situation:
The conclusions are yours.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
She packed my bags last night, pre-flight. Zero hour nine a.m.
And I'm gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much, I miss my wife
It's lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight
And I think it's gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I'm a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Manolis: If you could give out a comic book or tradebook as an x-mas gift to get a young person interested in comics, what would that be and why?
Nate Cosby: The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. BEST graphic novel, BEST fictional biography. It's the Watchmen and Citizen Kane of fun comics
Cecil Castellucci: Robot Dreams by Sara Varon. I think that it's a beautiful book about friendship and love. It has no words so it can be understood by anyone, at any age, not only a child, but even your grandma, even your Italian boy/girlfriend that speaks no English. I think that once a person sees the joys of what a great graphic story can do, they will seek out other books like that, and they will no longer say "I don't read comic books." Robot Dreams is a great book to get someone started with
Cliff Chiang: For someone in high school, I'd say Fables or Y: The Last Man. Younger than that, I'd go with Runaways. I think those are good ways to break into American mainstream comics.
Paul Cornell: Would it be tasteless to give a young person Jeff Smith's Bone? And I'd do that if I was being serious too. Or any of the Asterix books.
Heidi McDonald: I'd give the first volume of BONE, or perhaps a Tintin volume.
Christos Gage: Owly. It's perfect for readers of any age, 3 to 93. The term "all-ages comics" is usually a euphemism for something aimed solely at small children, but Andy Runton' delightful books are truly something anyone can enjoy -- and should!
Jason Aaron: Well, I actually just gave my young niece the first volumes of BONE and OWLY, and those seem to have worked like a charm.
Nicola Scott: I am giving my god-son (who's five) some Batman Strikes
Monday, December 24, 2007
Manolis: Santa has gone missing, and you need to choose one comics character to replace him in time for Christmas. Who do you choose, and why?
Cecil Castellucci: I think it's Theater Jane. She's got the costume know how and the Ho Ho Ho in her to pull off a fabulous christmas. Besides, she's also got all the other Janes and James to help her out by becoming her Christmas Elves. And they'll totally do it. They'll totally all save Christmas.
Paul Cornell: Superman would surely be able to do Santa's job, perhaps better. But he'd tell Batman that he was sure he could get the job done equally well
Nate Cosby: Oh, no doubt Bobby Drake. The Bobby knows what it takes to make EVERYbody happy (especially the ladies). The Bobby can shoot straight down everyone's chimney (cuz he's so skinny and can ice up to avoid burns) and leave sweet frisbees and sleds. And when the kids check the freezer the next morning, there's 1/10th scale models of The Bobby made out of ice!!!
Heidi McDonald: Milk and Cheese. They will get the job done
Jason Aaron: MODOK. 'Cause I'm evil like that
Nicola Scott: Misfit. She's a teleporter so would get the job done quickly. Though she's likely to get everyones gifts wrong, she'd look pretty cute/ridiculous in Santa's coat and boots.
Tom Brevoort: Wolverine. Because he can be everywhere all at once, and he's the best there is at what he does
Manolis: The Fourth Wall breaks, just in time for Christmas, and long enough for you to give a special Christmas present to one of your characters. Who's the lucky sod and what is he/she going away with?
Paul Cornell: I'd give Pete Wisdom Kitty Pryde's e-mail address
Cliff Chiang: Doctor 13! He gets a copy of Doctor 13: Architecture & Mortality, so HE can be the one to turn that last page…
Nate Cosby: Merry Christmas, Cyclops. Here's a personality.
Jason Aaron: If I wanted to be a nice guy, I'd give Dash Bad Horse from SCALPED a free psychiatrist evaluation and maybe some anger management classes. But if I did that, I'd have no story, so better luck next year, Dash
Nicola Scott: Barbara Gordon. I'd give her the key to The Jokers cell at Arkham. To, um... spread Christmas cheer
Mike Carey: Okay, this year I'd like to give a bit of Christmas cheer to Sam Guthrie - Cannonball. He'll be spending Christmas in the infirmary at the Xavier Academy, recovering from injuries sustained while fighting the Marauders, and you know that's got to suck. So I'm sending him a pair of socks and a polyester tie - but with a bottle of good bourbon tucked way down at the bottom of the Christmas stocking. To quote from Are You Being Served? (not something I do very often) "Ho ho ho, little boy - have I got a surprise for you..."
MERRY CHRISTMAS from LYS@D!
Continuing our annual tradition, LYS@D welcomes ten of my favourite comics people for a festive roundtable. Find out who is punching in for Santa this year, what presents are waiting under the tree for their favourite characters and what's the best x-mas present for our young comics readers! For the last three Christmas Roundtables check out these links: 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003
Thanks to: Mike Carey, Cecil Castellucci, Tom Brevoort, Jason Aaron, Cliff Chiang, Nate Cosby, Christos Gage, Heidi MacDonald, Paul Cornell and Nicola Scott!
Mike Carey : the cornerstone of our holiday festivities for a fifth year running, and our site's lucky charm! He's the fan-favourite writer-of-all-trades, juggling X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Crossing Midnight, Voodoo Child, Minx graphic novels and his own prose novel line, and still finding time for his fans!
Cecil Castellucci : the geek celebrity: novelist, indie rocker, and film director who made her comics debut with the Minx launch book the PLAIN Janes, to highest critic and fan praise!
Cliff Chiang : the lucky recipient of last year's prestigious (sic) Nexus Award for Best Artist, for his work on the Spectre and Doctor 13. This year he's just relaunched Green Arrow/Black Canary with writer Judd Winnick and hi star is only just rising!
Paul Cornell : another successful comics acquisition from a different genre, a succesful writer on the Dr Who british Tv series and a successful novelist. This year he made heads turn with his work on Marvel's Wisdom series, and he's only just getting started!
Nate Cosby : one half of the fan-favourite Marvel Comics editorial team with Mark Paniccia (another X-Mas Roundtable alumni), their books are synonymous with FUN. Only this past year they've given us the thrill-a-minute series World War Hulk, MODOK's 11, and the Marvel Adventures books!
Heidi McDonald : the most popular comics blogger with the daily 'the Beat' and co-editor of Publishers Weekly's Comics section, Heidi has constantly been a force in the comics community, ever since her days as one of Vertigo's most prominent editors.
Christos Gage : the writer with his hand in most jars, Christos has been won over by comics after his beginnings as a screenwriter. This year alone he's relaunched Stormwatch: PHD and Authority: Prime, written World War Hulk: X-Men, House of M: Avengers and is currently involved in almost the entire Wildstorm line! Plus, you know, he's Greek!
Jason Aaron : after Vertigo's critic darling 'The Other Side', Aaron made his big bang with new ongoing series 'Scalped', leading to new ongoing writing stints on Marvel's Wolverine and Ghost Rider!
Nicola Scott : the powerhouse who finally quickly became the perfect fit for DC's Birds of Prey with writer Gail Simone, and wowed fans with her realistic and powerful portrayal of the company's superheroine community.
Tom Brevoort : needs no introduction as Marvel's veteran editor and head editor on the industry's best-selling titles!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Courtesy of Boom Studios:
UNCLE CTHULHU "I WANT YOU" POSTER
Cthulhu calls, yet again, this time taking on the guise of the iconic Uncle Sam, poster boy for liberty. Featuring art by FALL OF CTHULHU cover artist Patrick McEvoy, this 13" x 19" print features a never before seen take on Cthulhu, this time in the style of the classic U.S. Army recruitment poster. Limited to just 1,000, enlist today and show your support for the coming darkness!
13" x 19" FC
Diamond Code: DEC07 3490