Monday, February 22

Weekend Art

If you’re not watching Season Two of Agent Carter, you oughta.

This year features two great villains in Whitney Frost and Dottie Underwood. There are plenty of other reasons to watch – Jarvis, Mrs. Jarvis, Ray Wise and Kurtwood Smith being great bad guys as always, and the triangle of Peggy and two fine fellows – but Frost (Wynn Everett) steals the show. This starts even before we get the great flashback episode showing how dissimilar she and Peggy found the world but how they equally their resolve propelled them.

Frost is a character loaded with ability who finally gets the opportunity to unleash it. She’s sympathetic and competent, constantly moving forward. It’s hard to root against her.

Our house loves the show. We watch it as it airs when we record so many other shows for later viewing. Rumors are that this is the last season. If so, dang. Double dang. But we got two very fun seasons led by a (the?) lynchpin character of the cinematic Marvel Universe.

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After this weekend's Walking Dead, it made sense Deadpool would love it. It has guns and swords and flying body parts. Some were flying around last night that were still attached to living people.

Monday, February 15

Deadpool and Harley

Harley can do better than Joker. Much better.

I worked up the pencils in a letter-size sketchbook, lightboxed it to bristol, inked it, and took a deep breath before coloring it. I'm not used to coloring on paper; I prefer digital. But I want to expand what I can offer at conventions, so I need to work on my on-site coloring muscles.

It's not bad. I think it's not bad. I'm OK with this. And if you like it too, you can order the print (8x10 or 11x17) at the below link.

Do you want it signed?

Wednesday, February 10

Some Deadpool Art

Hey, it's a Deadpool Batman. Why not? You can buy it if'n you want. See below.

I just wanted to draw Deadpool pointing at the viewer, and then the text fell out.

Which piece do you want?

Friday, February 5

Ms.Marvel and Spider-Man

Ms. Marvel is Marvel's best monthly title. It's surprisingly funny given the premise -- an Pakistani Muslim girl living in New Jersey discovers she's an Inhuman -- and it waves the standard of heroism better than just about every comic out there. I did not expect to fall so hard for it, but it won me over immediately.

I argue it's a better legacy comic than the new Spider-Man, but it has the benefit of greater stability. Even though he's been around longer, Miles lost his universe, and his new title just started this week. Ms. Marvel has been chugging away for two years now, and even the Secret Wars tie-in issues refused to dilute in its sincerity and resolve. Miles was too much in Peter Parker's shadow, inheriting so much of the original Ultimate Spider-Man's cast and angles. Kamala, with occasional team-ups with other Inhumans and Wolverine, was mostly on her own, equally inspired by her predecessor.

A number of new faces are wearing old names in Marvel these days. There's a new Thor, new Captain America, new Hulk, and these two youngsters. This kind of succession is usually short-lived, and the comics boomerang back to the originals. But Carol Danvers became Captain Marvel, itself a pre-established name, and Marvel is adamant that it's big enough for two Spider-Men. I'm in no hurry to see the new people walk away from the never-ending battle, and they have the benefit of strong creators and ardent fans. I certainly count myself among the latter.

Wednesday, February 3

Bizarro Supergirl

Supergirl continues to be a standout comic book TV series, right up there with Agent Carter. The three of us watch each new Supergirl Tuesday evening during my son’s supper, making it one of the few current series we all see together. 
It’s brisk and fun and surprising – no more so then when we discovered a series regular was actually Martian Manhunter. This week, evil Maxwell Lord made a Bizarro Supergirl who had all of the original’s powers and a few new versions, including flame breath, and the episode managed to touch on all the subplots, ending with the Black Mercy from the classic Moore-Gibbons “For the Man Who Has Everything” story. Wowsers.