Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Congratulations Big Daddy Schirano!!

I apologize for not getting this up sooner. But as you can see by the subject, our own Mr. Schirano is now a dad!! Times 3 even!

John and Rachael had triplets on July 8th. 2 girls and a boy. Elizabeth Garrett, Cameron Grace and James Andrew.

To see pics and read all about the long road the Schirano family has been on, head over to their blog.

Congrats, Big Daddy!

-C

Friday, February 23, 2007

Hunter Killer

Here are a few Hunter Killer pages that I did for Top Cow. On this one I had the extreme pleasure to help the great Steve Firchow out of a pinch (Thanks again for the brushes, Steve!). And working on Marc Silvestri's lines isn't too shabby either!

I was really happy with the way these pages turned out. Working so dark and evil on this Bisley project is a lot of fun but every once in a while you have to bust out the shiny happy comic colors. (My, what yellow lemonade you have!)

Hope you guys out there dig these. And hopefully I'll be able to start previewing this Bisley project pretty soon. I think it's going to blow a lot of people away.

Thanks for checking back!

-C

Friday, January 19, 2007

Witchblade

Here are a few Witchblade pages that I colored. Issue 88, I think.
These were a lot of fun because...well first and foremost, because I got to work with Michael Choi, whom I've never colored before. I really love his style and tho I don't make him look any where close to as good as Sonia Oback does, it was nice to have the opportunity.

The other thing that made them fun was the different challenges they offered. For some reason it's always easier for me to color a big superhero-spandex-laser-shooting-fight scene then something more pedestrian. And it's hard to get more pedestrian than a rainy day in NYC. So it was cool to play around with reflections, lighting, and just how does mustard on a pretzel look in the rain?

The interior of the warehouse was fun as well because it gave me a chance to dirty up the art and try to set up a suspenseful mood with lighting and set dressing. Hopefully it worked.


-C

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Comic Review: 52

As I work on getting my Bulleteer picture polished up I thought I would take some time to throw in a comic review for my pick of the week: 52 #37

For those of you who haven't been following, following Identity Crisis (a discussion for another time), the DC Universe, along with all of its titles, jumped ahead one year. 52 is the story of what happened within this year, a year without "The Big Three," focusing on lesser known characters, mainly Booster Gold, The Question, Steel, Renee Montoya, Black Adam, Animal Man, and Ralph Dibny (the former Elongated Man). To get into everything that has happened in the first 37 issues would take a while, but to keep it simple, here is a breakdown of the main story lines:

-The Question trains Renee Montoya as he prepares for his eminent death from cancer (don't smoke kids), meeting the new Batwoman along the way

-Supernova and Rip Hunter attempt to fix Time as they are hunted by Skeets

Ralph Dibny and the Helmet of Fate search for a way to resurrect Sue Dibny

-As Luthor empowers (and then de-powers) normal citizens, Steel searches for a way to bring him down

-Animal Man, Starfire, and Adam Strange try to return from deep space

But "what about Booster" you ask? Look no further than issue # 37. I will keep the reveals a secret, but in short, Skeets attacks Rip and Supernova, who have been collecting weapons to destroy him within the City of Kandor. Meanwhile, Ollie Queen begins his political campaign and Animal Man is laid to rest. I quick mention of 52 and a origin for Firestorm round out the issue.

This issue answers some of the long lingering questions and at the same time, explains why such an important of the last moment was treated so insignificantly. Though the exposition in the beginning has been criticized, from a story point (it is a delay tactic) it makes sense. I have found that the majority of the issues in 52 are either hit or miss as far as important plot points, this one is definitely important and should not be missed.

52 is one of the more ambitious efforts of any comic company in recent memory. It is a weekly book, crafted by four of the industry's top writers (Waid, Rucka, Johns, and St. Morrison) with all layouts drafted by Keith Giffen. So I applaud DC for this effort alone. But the writers and artists have managed to slip in subtle hints along the way that will eventually reveal the mysteries revolving around the broken time, World War III, the mystery of Supernova, etc. I have been unable to notice many of the hints but look forward to going back through once I know the answer (you call it cheating, I call it... ). This brings an added dimension to the book, which to me is the sign of true genius. Though I still feel in the dark about a lot of the book, I look forward to reading it every week and will sad to see it go. It is a bit late to pick up all the issues if you haven't started, but conventional wisdom suggests there may be a trade on the horizon.

Lastly, the letter page contains a paragraph that, when decoded, reveals the secret of 52. If anyone figures out the code, leave a comment. Thanks for reading. Viva Comictoberfest!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Our Attempt at Cross Marketing...

Chad and I get together about once a month to visit. At one such meeting, we came up with an interesting idea for the blog. Over the course of SEVERAL drinks, conversation veered from boring topics such as politics and ethics to more important matters, namely:



If comic characters were to select the beer of their choice, what would they choose?

Naturally, a raging debate ensued (I felt Wolverine was more of a Labatt man while Chad was adamant he would chosen Molson) but what we could agree on was that this would be a great way to combine our two loves. So from time to time, we will be bringing you pictures of characters with a libation of their choice. For this particular one, I have decided to leave the brand a mystery for a future post. What would the Bulleteer drink? We think we know the answer. How about you?

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Dump!

One of my resolutions is being more disciplined about backing up my files. So while I'm exiling pages to DVD's I thought I might post up a bunch.

Here are a couple of pages from Territory 51 that (hopefully) illustrate just what a colorist brings to the table. Make with the clicky!


Also, welcome to all of our ComicSpace readers! Please drop us some comments...let us know you're out there.

-C

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Ahoy, matey!!


Clipper City Brewery's Heavy Seas
Below Wine Style Ale
11%

Presentation: 12oz bottle

This brew was originally given to me as a gift from John. I didn't review it then, just enjoyed it. So the 06's just came out so I thought I'd give it another try and a review.

Appearance: 4 (out of 5) Pours a dark copper. Thin off white head dissipates quickly and leaves a small ring and slight lacing in the brandy snifter.

Smell: 4 (out of 5) Fruit notes...Cherries mostly, plums. Nice caramel malt and slight hay-like hop aroma.

Flavor:4 (out of 5) A mildly complex flavor. Malty sweetness, the cherry flavor comes forward on the middle and sides of the tongue and gives way to a nice hop bitterness. There's definite alcohol warming after the swallow which is nice on these cold winter nights.

Mouthfeel: 3.5 (out of 5) The mouthfeel is light given the style and high abv but isn't disappointing. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: 4 (out of 5) Actually pretty high given the abv and the style but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

I think I'll hang on to one of the bottles for a few months and see if the bitterness mellows out or how the taste changes.

Thanks, Schiranimo!

-C

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Return of the Kings

I know, I know, there is only one "Return" and that's Return of the Jedi...

Chad and I have returned after a long hiatus. Where were we? Well, for the past 6 months, Chad and I have been busy at work developing new beers for the fledgling brewer Geekenweizen (hence the name). We were approached a while back through our expertise and, frankly, the offer was a bit more than we were expecting and was very hard to turn down. Nevertheless, with that behind us, we are prepared to return to the world of blogging once more and bring you all we know about comics and beer (not necessarily in that order).

So what has happened? Well a couple of days ago, Comicspace BURST onto the comic scene. Thousands have rushed to the site and set up pages of their own, and not to be left out, we too have set up personal pages. Chad's carries a bit more clout than mine but that will soon change damn you! Chances are you happened upon us through them so we welcome you and hope you check us out often. As for the Comicspace pages, we have added them to the link section. If you would like to be our friends, simply request. All we ask is for you to drop a comment so we look popular. Hopefully, within time, we will be hosting our own comics on there (DLG and more about mine in future posts).

Finally, as seen here at Geekenweizen, my Green Goblin picture won the Wizard Magazine Drawing Board competition for the week of 10/19/06. You can check that out here, including a critique from Andy Kubert. I don't know what he is talking about though... that pic is the bomb...

Off to drink some beer. More updates on the way...

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Flight of the Falcon Issue #3

Geez...pretty quiet around here.

Here's the cover to AV Flight of the Falcon #3.

I tried to keep it simple this time. And, something that I haven't done in a looooong time, there are no textures!

Also, special thanks to John for flatting these covers for me.

As always I'm open to questions, comments or criticism, so let's hear it!

-C

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

666

I'm celebrating this, the sixth day of the sixth month in the year 06 with juxtaposition.
Avery's Karma and in the true spirit of the occasion, Mephistopheles' Stout.

Thanks to John, I was lucky enough to try the Meph at Stoutfest '06 and he even sent me home with a bottle. A bottle that I've been saving for a night just like tonight.

Karma is great beer, especially for this unseasonably hot spring.
Belgian Pale Ale
5.2% ABV

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: 4.5 It pours a reddish copper with a nice white head, maybe 3 fingers. Very good head retention and beautiful lacing.

Scent: 4 Fruity scent of plums and perhaps a slight hint of citrus. That gives way to a biscuity nutty aroma.

Taste: 4 Based on the nose I expected a lot of fruit but the caramel nuttiness hits first and leads to a nice yeast fruit. There's a light hop flavor that hits the sides of the tongue but it doesn't get in the way of the malt sweetness. A nice balance.

Mouthfeel: 3.5 Medium body. Very clean finish. Maybe a little too clean. It touches on a bit watery at the very end but there is a slight alcohol warming.

Drinkability: 4 This is a very drinkable beer. I purchased it along with Bell's Oberon for this hot spring days and it fits perfectly.

And now on to the reason we're here tonight...Meph.

Mephistopheles' Stout
American Double Stout
15.10% ABV

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a red foiled top.

Appearance: 5 Pours a sinister opaque black with a beautiful dark brown head that dissipates to a nice ring around the snifter.

Scent: 5 Delicious. Lots of coffee, bitter chocolate and burnt malt. Heavy. Slight hint of alcohol, not as much as one would expect and of dark berry.

Taste: 5 The name befits the brew. Insane amount of malt and coffee. The black fruit sweetness hits you on the sides of the tongue and assaults the palate. And then like the fires of hell, the alcohol comes back up to warm your soul (or lack thereof). A huge beer. A great beer.

Mouthfeel: 5 Very little carbonation. Syrupy, heavy but expected in such a deliciously evil brew.

Drinkability: 3.5 While it's definitely a delicious beer, it's not something that you could enjoy everyday but should be saved for a night just like tonight.

So here's to you, darkness.
Here's to you, unknown.

Cheers.

-C