Monday, October 27, 2008

Surfing on a Jet

Marvel Civil War was a long series that came out awhile back and I just started reading it. It jumps in and out of other Marvel titles while having it's own mini-series. Again two of my favorite authors Straczynski and Millar turned what could have been a ridiculous, contrived, and repeated plot into something exciting and fun. In Civil War #1 Millar gives us Captain America doing what could possible be the coolest two pages in comic history:

Saturday, October 25, 2008

An e-mail

This is an e-mail sent to some pals.

I've had the unfortunate luck of finding a comic store that provides a buy 3 new titles get 1 free and monthly orders are 25% off. With that I'm looking for any titles ye may recommend.

- I read "Kick-Ass" by Mark Millar and enjoyed it immensely.
- I gave author Geoff Johns another try and read "Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds", after getting sick of his JSA and Dr. Fate writings. He still sucks.
- I picked up "The Age of The Sentry" ... looked like a simple read, one shot deals, and maybe in the same vein as Batman Adventures. It's written like an early 1960's Marvel comic, complete with some humorous sexist material and critiques of that era. BUT it is no Batman Adventures, I don't see myself picking up issue #2.

I have yet to read some TPBs : SCUD is my gem that waits and Batman: DARK VICTORY by Loeb and Sales. I didn't like Batman: HUSH (even though it got rave reviews), but am giving Loeb another try. I picked up the hardcover Watching: The Watchmen by Gibbons? or the artist? Sketchbook and story notes .... haven't looked at it yet.

With that, I'm looking for great reads. I'm sick of paying $3-5 a title hoping for it to turn around on the next issue or so. J. Michael Straczynski is going to pick up "Brave and the Bold" soon, that will be a definite. Bendis is on a million titles and I'm not sure if that negatively effects his work. Lastly, I think I saw a preview for Punisher War Zone- and it looked killer.

Friday, October 3, 2008

What were they thinking!?

This is the first installment of a segment we here on the mainland like to call: "What were they thinking!?"

A fierce nation in Africa but mostly South Africa are the Zulu. They battled their enemies with shield, spear, and speed. Their tactics in battle followed that of animals. For example they had a bull tactical charge that attacked head front but then spread around you like horns on a bull. Thereby forcing one to defend the front with a majority of troops only to end up surrounded. This worked well for them and for awhile, considering the millions of soldiers they had and the fact that all males were soldiers.

This brings us to breech loading rifles. Think of a musket, how one has to load gun powder into a tiny shaft, put a ball in there, and pack it- a timely process that lead to inaccurate shots and wastes of time and life. The breech loaded rifle used bullets that were locked and loaded into the rifle. During the late 19th century it was only one shot at a time, then refilling time. However, the speed in which one could load a bullet, aim, and fire was rapid and astonishing. A line of troops could command a volley of constant firing rates. Lastly, drastic improvements to aim and sight were managed thanks to bullets and breech loading designs.

Enter colonial England and their march through Africa. In the way were indigenous or autochthonous folk like the Zulu. Now, the Zulu did rock the Brits for a bit, after all they were a warrior driven culture of hundred of years and young and old men fought; they even got their mitts on rifles and pecked away. In the end, they were no match, it was dudes with spears and paper thin shields versus dudes with rifles, revolvers, and cannons.
Honestly, what were they thinking?!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Contemplating Comics

I'm thinking of writing a comic. One that is simple and just plain fun, mostly one-shot deals. Unveiled for the first time since I drew it in the hallway at work: The Magical Adventures of Magic Boy!

Update: After conferring with my sponsors and board of trustees we have voted to take on a dynamic new element that involves you! Yes you! Leave me a comment on what you would like to see in the comic and I'll try to implement it. Your wildest dreams in comic format and written/drawn by yours truly! Don't hesitate true believers, who knows how long this deal can last!?