I am out of the Beer City Comic Con with sickness, and I am crushed.
Please go and tell me how cool it was. I will be drowning my sorrows in cocktails of NyQuil and Ben & Jerry's.
BIG NEWS! I will be a guest creator at Asheville's Beer City Comic Con Sept. 30 and Oct. 1! I will be part of my first panel! This is an ambitious new show for the area, and they are bringing in big names in comics. I will have my books and prints, and you can sign up for commissions early: https://www.robotwonderboy.com/.../beer-city-comic-con....
With my wife and child returning to school, I have the house to myself like a Victorian ghost. It means I can blast my favorite TV shows in the background at deafening volumes while I do my day job. Or, hey, for art inspiration. So I decided to go back to Twin Peaks.
I saw some locales when we journeyed to Seattle in June, and that was mind-blowing. I watched the pilot air in Spring 1990, and I was a diehard fan from then on. Just for novelty, I decided to watch "chronologically" and start with Fire Walk With Me. Little did I know after I drew this piece that today -- this very day -- is the 31st anniversary of the film. Wow. That in itself is so very Twin Peaks.
X-Men 217 and 218 see the new team fight Juggernaut in Scotland. Dazzler runs headlong into battle to prove herself and collapses from exhaustion. Juggernaut, who turns out to be a big fan, buries her on a hillside. The team rescues her, and they all race into battle. They defeat him before learning he was the diversion while Black Tom robs a bank. A bank robbery! In an X-Men comic! Also this is Marc Silvestri's debut as penciller, and his camera placement and linework are eye-popping.
I will be at table AA-918, right across from Indie Island, for this year's show. I have yet to have a bad placement any year I have been there. People mill around so well to see the vendors and art tables.
I also have a new Spiderverse print for sale. This will go up on my store after the show.
Nimrod finally makes his move against Juggernaut, a mutant bad guy, as the latter tries to have a normal day in NYC. The X-Men are scouting him to make sure he behaves himself when Nimrod attacks. In the fight, Kitty has a brainstorm of using Rogue as a one-woman team, and Rogue absorbs the powers of Kitty, Nightcrawler, and Colossus. The ensuing look doesn't make a lick of sense, but she damages Nimrod enough to make him run away. Meanwhile Storm goes to Africa to see if her powers can be salvaged, and she saves a villager from the twin offspring of Baron Strucker (but we don't know that yet, don't tell anyone).
In X-Men 192, we get our fourth new bad guy to just show up and exude villainy in about six months. This time it's Magus, the techno-organic father to the alien Warlock who is part of the New Mutants team. He arrives as new X-Men leader Nightcrawler puts Rogue and Colossus through their paces. For her, he tries to unlock the "Marvel sense" she stole from Carol Danvers. He chooses to tickle her into predicting his next move and, when she flies off angry, he realizes he took liberties with a person who can't touch anyone. Magus arrives, and Rogue uses her power on him to weaken him. He runs off. The others welcome back Kitty and Logan from their trip to Japan, and Kitty recognizes Rachel from her trip to the future. Xavier is mugged for being a mutant.
So after losing her powers and learning the guy she's falling for made the weapon that depowered her, Storm leaves Forge's apartment. But here come the alien, invading, sorcerous Dire Wraiths to kill Forge. Storm and Naze, Forge's mentor, pull a Die Hard (four years before the movie) to get to the penthouse and save him. It's not a great issue; too much is happening here, but Rogue debuts a costume that is so bad it's good, and there are signs Storm's powers might not be gone after all.
In X-Men 185, the government and SHIELD are after Rogue for freeing Carol's friend. Rogue has run from the team in the wake of her instability as Carol's personality fights for dominance. Storm finds her and tries to prove her support by voluntarily giving Rogue her power and world view. Rogue tries to learn how to use the weather powers, but, while Storm is unconscious, the feds attack, armed with Forge's power neutralizer to make Rogue harmless. But they hit Storm, and she is seeming left powerless forever.