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