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Comic-Con Posters and Wallpapers

8 Aug

Strictly speaking some of these images can be found elsewhere, but I made these from items I picked up at San Diego Comic Con International conventions over the years. I scanned and touched them up to make some cool wallpapers, if I don’t mind saying so myself and I really don’t mind that I do.

First up…Archer. Damn I wanted to go to that panel. Archer is one of the funniest shows on TV right now. How could I not like it? Bond. Sterling Bond. Lana “Big Hands, Hips, Tits, and Ass” Kane. Narcissism. Strangulation fetish (OK, it’s actually creepy, but funny). Cartoon booze (you know, the kind that doesn’t actually degrade your mind and cause you to drive into a loaded school bus). Lots of flip violence. Gosh. It’s like Christmas all season long.

Archer TV series poster from Comic-Con

Next, Before the Dawn promo comic for the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movie in 2014.

Promo Comic for Before the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

X. Dark Horse has relaunched some of the characters from their Comics Greatest World series (published in the 1990s) and X is one of the books I’m most interested in. X is kind of like the Punisher, except he’s one-eyed and looks like he’s into S&M.

X poster from Dark Horse Comics

Here’s one that was frustrating. This handout sheet is for a … I don’t know what. I don’t even remember how I ended up with it, but after doing some sleuthing (yeah, a website URL would have been a good idea, guys), I discovered that this is some sort of project maybe called Xtreme Team 5 by a publisher named Allegory. Duh. That’s all I could figure out what with me being lazy and all.

Allegory Comics promo from Comic-Con

Legend of Korra! I like the Avatar, Airbender stuff. It’s even cooler that there are strong Steampunk themes in Korra. This promo is for a very neat-o book I was too cheap to buy.

Legend of Korra artwork promo

This Sideshow Collectibles promo sheet was actually from a while back, but it’s still cool. It does make me laugh though since it reminds me of this (scroll down to “Black Market Follies”).

Promo Sheet for Sideshow Collectibles

The Spiderwick Chronicles was a children’s fantasy/horror series that rode the Harry Potter tsunami like one of my other favorites, A Series of Unfortunate Events. These series had nothing to do with Rowling’s juggernaut but I think they benefited by igniting broad interest in the genre. I met the author (Holly Black) and illustrator (Tony DiTerlizzi) at the 2007 Con. Charming folk. I told Holly how much I appreciated her stories since it was one of the only things my son was interested in reading that wasn’t displayed on a TV screen with the words “Choose your Weapon.” These images are of very cool 3-D lenticular postcard-sized promos. Slick, huh?

Lenticular promo card for The Spiderwick Chronicles Lenticular SDCC promo card for The Spiderwick Chronicles

Thanos by Adam Kubert; the artwork for the Infinity mini-series.

Thanos by Adam Kubert

And lastly, a Walking Dead promo card. Yes, it was from the 2012 Comic-Con. [Shh. I have a secret. I still haven’t finished Season 2. What the hell?! OK, already, I’m on it! Netflix – come to papa!]

The Walking Dead San Diego Comic-Con promo

Ghost poster by Alex Ross

31 Jul

This is a scan of a Dark Horse Comics mini poster by the legendary Alex Ross. I love this image specifically because of Elisa Cameron’s face. Look at those eyes! Great color choice, Alex.

It sounds like there is more Ghost on the horizon. At the Comic-Con, I talked to Patrick Thorpe, the Dark Horse Comics editor for the book, and he says to watch for new projects in the near future.

Ghost is a great character. Her history alone is intriguing; Ghost comes back from the afterlife as a gun-toting apparition seeking to fight crime while working to resolve the mysteries surrounding her death. The mystical and criminal elements throughout give the book a wide range of story-telling opportunities (and there is a wicked cool character named Cameron Nemo that was a partial inspiration for my Comics A-Go-Go “The Devil You Say” signature banner). I think she’s a strong female character that doesn’t suffer from the easy characterizations you get with other female heroes/villains in comics. Fortunately, Ghost has had the advantage of getting good writing and illustrating teams.

Click on the image below to get the full-size illustration.

Ghost comic book character from Dark Horse Comics; poster by Alex Ross

And here’s your bonus. I first Alex Ross after he and Kurt Busiek launched the ground-breaking Marvels series. He was far more accessible back then and he was eager to chat up his role in painting the books. He is astonishingly good in my book. This is a scan of a promo bookmark from Comic-Con.

Alex Ross, comic book illustrator, Avengers Alex Ross bookmark from Comic-Con

SDCC 2013 Promos and Exclusive Swag on eBay

25 Jul

The Comic-Con is a blast but it’s also expensive, so I have to pay for my trip somehow. Here are some items that I picked up at the Comic-Con that I’m putting up for sale. Visit my page at eBay.

What’s I gots:

  • Mockingjay pins from the Lionsgate booth. These were probably the most popular swag item. Nice looking metal pin.
  • Comic-Con big bags
  • Ender’s Game T-Shirt
  • Lemony Snicket T-Shirt
  • Red 2 Sunglasses
  • Original art
  • Lanyards
  • Family Guy Stewie Pins
  • Enders Game pins
  • Divergent Pins
  • Marvel Comics stuff
  • Lots of other items

Art from the Comic-Con

22 May

I have so many pictures in my laptop that it’s impossible to get everything loaded and into a post. But, I might as well chip away at the stack. The reason most of you come to my site is because of the pictures (I have about 4,000 loaded already), so I figure I should share as many as I can. Here are a few items I picked up at Comic-Cons past.

Charles Vess’ Book of Ballads and Sagas

Charles Vess has beautiful fantasy artwork and I have several comics with his work. So, I was really happy to see him at a table and chatted him up a bit. Charles was giving away a preview of his then-upcoming personal project so I snagged one. It’s a thin, full-size, black-and-white promo that contains a couple of pages from a story written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles. What gorgeous stuff.

Charles Vess Book of Ballads and Sagas Promo booklet cover
Charles Vess Book of Ballads and Sagas Promo booklet #1

Charles Vess Book of Ballads and Sagas Promo booklet #1

Geoff Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy

Geoff has done several projects for other people, but this is a solo comic book he’s created, co-written and illustrated. Shaolin Cowboy is a weird bit of science fiction-fantasy-western-dystopian-post-apocalyptic-drug-addled-European-comix-inspired comic book fun by one of the most detailed artists in the industry. Just the art alone is a viable reason to buy this book. It’s too bad Geof hasn’t made this story an on-going thing.  Here’s a print we bought form him a few years back. He added a little sketch of the monk’s head on the lower right corner.

Geof Darrow Shaolin Cowboy Print

Geof Darrow Shaolin Cowboy Print

Here’s a close up of a quick sketch Geof did when I was buying the print.

Geof Darrow Shaolin Cowboy Cover #1

Here’s what the published artwork looked like.


Instant Piano

Instant Piano was an anthology project put out by Dark Horse Comics (which I’ve always considered to be the HBO of comic books) that took some of the most inventive yet less well known creators and gave them free reign to write and draw some short stories. The following promo sheet was handed out at a table where all of them were signing stuff. I was already a big fan of Evan Dorkin’s Milk and Cheese, and Kyle Baker’s art on The Shadow (which was a series of very good stories but also a hilarious send-up of the Howard Chaykin mini-series). The other artists were: Mark Badger, Robbie Busch, and Stephen DeStefano. Funny story: All the guys sketched and signed the sheet. Kyle Baker was last. He said something to the effect that I should buy the book because it was going to be the greatest thing ever. I kind of chuckled. He shot me back a dirty look and said something like “It IS! Why are you laughing?” I smiled, picked up my promo sheet, and hurried away. I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t actually bought the books. Hmm. Add those to my list.

Instant Piano Comic Book Anthology Promo Sheet Sketches by Kyle Baker, Evan Dorkin, Robbie Busch, Stephen DeStefano, Mark Badger

And here’s your bonus: the covers to the Instant Piano Comics mini-series.

Dark Horse Comics - Instant Piano #1 Dark Horse Comics - Instant Piano #2 Dark Horse Comics - Instant Piano #3 Dark Horse Comics - Instant Piano #4

Toon’s Fave Tune: The Ghost in You is Elisa Cameron

19 May

Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse Comics Character, Ghost

In 1993, Elisa Cameron died.

Dark Horse Comics CharacterThe 1980s had been a special time for Elisa. Hopes, dreams, ambitions, loves, adventures … she had it all. After college, she began a scrappy and rapidly accelerated career as an investigative reporter. For Elisa, the pursuit of the hard story was life juice. Like a lot of journalists, she wasn’t always sure her motivations were altruistic (did she really believe in the creed of uncovering truth, no matter what, or was she sometimes more concerned about getting the satisfaction of nailing a story for personal ambition?). The fact that she questioned her ethics at all was a sign of her core morality — something not common among her fellow newshounds.

Elisa was good. Really good. Her story on graft in Arcadia’s municipal zoning commission was not only pivotal in shining new light on corruption in the city government (something that had frustratingly eluded many of her peers — even the more experienced ones), it was also considered by the press community at large as the beginning of a new wave of courageous and honest journalism. Up until the “St. Dehlia Street” story, the press had stagnated in years of fearful malaise, often stymied by miles of red tape and bureaucratic slight of hand, or the occasional (actually frequent) criminal thumbscrew. Elisa’s bold and provocative investigation grabbed an edge of the  manhole cover that hid the festering sewage of corruption underneath and pried it open.

Dark Horse ComicsIt was bound to happen. She’d been warned, by both those that meant to protect her and those that meant her harm, that her flame would burn out very quickly if she strode too quickly and too deeply into the infected underbelly. Her predicted demise, a mysterious murder, was tragic not just for the loss (or at least significant change) of a robust and meaningful life but because it also dropped a heavy hammer back down on the era of openness and decency that was peaking its hopeful and shining head out of the grey mass of detritus suffocating the city.

Ghost Comic Book CharacterBut death couldn’t hold her. Both the horrific trauma of being killed as well as nightmarish experiences with male tyranny throughout her life fueled her fire for a new crusade. As Ghost, she was relentless in pursuing the human, mutant, and/or demonic elements that had caused her death. But she also became an avenging angel of sorts as she found herself many times over protecting women she did or did not know from men’s heavy hands (and fists) of abusiveness. Her powers of transparency and intangibility gave her unique abilities to infiltrate strongholds and fight bad guys. Armed with supernatural 45s, Elisa Cameron was an otherwordly force of vengeance.

Dark Horse Comics

Ghost, Dark Horse ComicsIn corporeal life, Elisa Cameron was tough and hardworking, but she also knew how to have fun. As a young and vibrant college student in the mid 1980s, she would spend weekend nights enjoying a social life with friends and trendy strangers. New Wave music was all the rage and its infectious party atmosphere was hypnotic to Elisa. She frequented the dance clubs in Arcadia’s “City Lights, Sinful Nights” district (a hotspot for Arcadia City University students). The sounds of  ABC, Spandau Ballet, The Blow Monkeys, OMD, Simple Minds, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, and many, many more flooded the clubs and streets. Elisa loved it.

1980s New Wave Dancing

After she was killed and emerged as an ethereal being, it was appropriate that the song that continued to return to her in moments of quiet reflection was “The Ghost In You” by The Psychedelic Furs. It’s a beautiful piece of pop music and although it led to many a slow dance, Elisa enjoyed it more as a contemplative song. She included it in a favorite mix tape that she virtually wore out on her Sony Walkman.

New Wave Music

British New Wave MusicThe Furs formed in the UK during the late 1970s and were prominent until the early 1990s. They are probably best known for their hit “Pretty in Pink” the titular theme song for the John Hughes movie (incidentally, Elisa hated one of our Hughes’ favorites, Weird Science — too exploitative, she says, which is ironic given that she wears a bustier that barely covers her nipples). The song “The Ghost in You” comes off the epic Mirror Moves album.

So, here you go. We share with the Dark Horse Comics icon’s favorite song. Behold, Elisa “Ghost” Cameron’s fave toon…

Lyrics to Ghost in You by The Psychedelic Furs

A man in my shoes runs a light and
All the papers lied tonight
But falling over you
Is the news of the day
Angels fall like rain
And love (love, love)
Is all of heaven away

Inside you
The time moves
And she don’t fade
The ghost in you
She don’t fade
Inside you
The time moves
And she don’t fade

A race is on, I’m on your side and
Here in you my engines die I’m
In a mood for you
Or running away
Stars come down in you
And love (love, love)
You can’t give it away

Inside you
The time moves
And she don’t fade
The ghost in you
She don’t fade
Inside you
The time moves
And she don’t fade

Don’t you go
It makes no sense when
All your talk and supermen just
Take away the time
And get in the way
Ain’t it just like rain?
And love (love, love)
Is only heaven away

Inside you
The time moves
And she don’t fade
The ghost in you
She don’t fade

Inside you
The time moves
And she don’t fade
The ghost in you
She don’t fade

Inside you
The time moves
And she don’t fade
The ghost in you
She don’t fade

By the way, if you’re Jonesing for new Ghost stories, Dark Horse Comics announced in April 2012 a plan to release a new monthly series starting in September 2012.

Comic Book Character

Adam Hughes

Hey, we found this scan while we were preparing the post. We forgot that Adam Hughes signed a bunch of stuff for us at a Comic-Con back in the 1990s. We don’t bother looking for him now-a-days. Like Disneyland, we have zero patience for waiting in long lines.

Adam Hughes and Belle Chere

Of course, we’d probably get closer to Adam Hughes if we looked like Belle Chere all geared up in character.


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