This is… dare I say it? WONDERFUL!
This is… dare I say it? WONDERFUL!
I have Thomas Perkins to thank for pointing out Robb Pratt’s fantastic animated fan-film, Superman Classic. Thanks, Thomas!
We are all huge fans of the work of Dan Santat around the MonkeyBrain household, and we’ll buy any book that he’s illustrated in a heartbeat, sight unseen. But ever since he started talking about his forthcoming graphic novel for kids, which he’s illustrating and writing, we’ve been really looking forward to it.
And now Santat has posted a trailer for the book at his blog, if you needed any more convincing.
And if you’re still not convinced, you could always dowload a PDF preview of the book.
Hey, remember last year when I pointed out “Everything is a Remix,” a new project by Kirby Ferguson of Goodie Bag fame? No? Well, I did. So there.
Anyway, Kirby is back with part two of the ongoing Everything Is A Remix project, and it’s every bit as fascinating as the first.
I’m reminded of a fantastic essay on fanfiction in Michael Chabon’s Maps and Legends, which covers much of this same ground, but from a literary standpoint, using Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories as a unifying element. Well worth hunting down, if you haven’t read it.
You love comics, right? And everybody loves free stuff. So how about some free comics? On the internet! It’s a lead-pipe cinch!
I’ve been reading a lot of webcomics lately, some of which have been running for a while and I’m just now catching up, and others which have just started. In no particular order, here are four webcomics you should definitely check out.
Bill Walko’s The Hero Business
Justin Pierce’s The Non-Adventures of Wonderella
Doug TenNapel’s Ratfist
Faith Erin Hicks’s The Adventures of Superhero Girl
That’s two great tastes that taste great together, if you ask me.
Now, if I could only think of some way of getting these two crazy kids together again…
(Thanks to the Daily Superman for pointing out this gem.)
One of the highlights of every month around our house is the arrival of the latest issue of Art Baltazar‘s Tiny Titans, the all-ages title from the Johnny DC line. Consistently one of the best reads of the month, it’s at the top of the To Read pile both for me and for my six-year-old daughter Georgia. I like it because it is (a) funny, (b) beautifully drawn and written, and (c) makes great use of the DC Universe that I’ve spent so many years exploring. Georgia likes it because it’s a funny, well-drawn book about kid superheroes–but best of all, because we sometimes get to see their pets.
My kid loves animals, to put it mildly. And her favorite issues of Tiny Titans usually involve the “Super-Pets” in one way or another (she’s a huge fan of the Krypto The Super-Dog cartoon for the same reason). So when we heard last year that Baltazar was going to be doing a line of Super-Pets chapter books with Capstone, we were very interested.
And now they’re here…
There are six books in the line all together (and hopefully more to come), and in the week or so since they arrived from Amazon we’ve read more than half of them. They are FANTASTIC. Anyone who is familiar with the DC characters at all will recognize all sorts of clever little nods and winks, but for young readers who have never encountered that world before these serve as a great introduction. I recommend them to anyone, whether you’ve got kids or not, but if you do have kids then you must get them.
Capstone has posted a “trailer” for the line at YouTube, which is worth checking out if you still need convincing.
Check out the Capstone website for more information. And then go buy them, already! I want there to be more of these titles to come, and that won’t happen if this first round doesn’t sell!
Superman/Batman 80, the second part of the two-part “Worlds’ Finest” story that began in issue 79, is in stores now. Script by me, and art by the amazing Jesus Merino (ably assisted on colors by Blond). I’ve spent hours just staring at these pages (and in particular the spread on pages 16 and 17), and I can say without fear of contradiction that they look amazing. I’d love to post some of my favorite images, but will refrain, for fear of spoiling the story. But if you see it on the shelf, check it out. It looks great!
Superman 707, my first issue as scripter, has been out for a little over a week, and there’s been a bit of talk about it on the internet in that time, on forums, twitter, and comic sites, but there are three reviews in particular that I’d like to point out. All are by reviewers whose opinions I’ve come to trust over the last few years, so the fact that they speak favorably about my efforts on Superman is encouraging.
So thanks for the great reviews, guys! I look forward to seeing what you make of the next issue…