Recent Favorite Comic Book Covers 6-30-2018

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Here are a few of my favorite comic book covers from the past couple of weeks:

Comic Book Cover: Shanghai Red #1 by Joshua Hixson

Comic Book Cover: Shanghai Red #1 by Joshua Hixson

Shanghai Red #1
Cover by Joshua Hixson

Lets see…  Sharks, blood red seas, a sailing vessel heading towards shore.  This can mean only one thing, a dark tale of 1800’s Pacific Coast human trafficking!

Comic Book Cover: Robotech #10 by Hal Laren

Comic Book Cover: Robotech #10 by Hal Laren

Robotech #10
Cover by Hal Laren

Mr. Laren does a great job of the mech design, but my favorite part is including the view of the pilot.  You usually don’t seen this when a Veritech is in Battloid mode.  Or for you Macross fans, that would be a Valkyrie in Battroid mode.

Comic Book Cover: Doctor Aphra #21 by Ashley Witter

Comic Book Cover: Doctor Aphra #21 by Ashley Witter

Doctor Aphra #21
Cover by Ashley Witter

While at times the ambitions of archeologist-of-dubios-reputation Doctor Aphra have appeared inconsistent as written, the character herself has been a welcome addition to the Star Wars mythos.  Aphra, pictured in the hologram, often finds herself unexpectedly (to herself) embroiled in situations of galaxy-wide impact she could have easily avoided with a few simple alternate choices.  But much like Indiana Jones, her quest for long hidden artifacts keeps her caught in the midst of devilish schemes and power struggles.

Anatomy of the Modern Comic Book Barcode

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The comic book barcode is a funny thing.  Some books have them and some don’t.  Those that do can be confusing as they might have 13, 14, or 17 digits contained in them.  In some cases you could even have two copies of the same issue which have entirely different barcodes on them.  Oh the insanity!!!  This article gives a very brief history of barcodes on comic books but is primarily on how to interpret the modern comic book barcode in use since 2008.  Look for a more in-depth article on the history of comic book barcodes in the near future.
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Recent Favorite Comic Book Covers 6-13-2018

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Here’s an all Image Comics Edition of my favorite comic book covers from this week’s new comic book haul:

Comic Book Cover: The Weather Man #1 by Nathan Fox

Comic Book Cover: The Weather Man #1 by Nathan Fox

The Weather Man #1
Cover by Nathan Fox

Ramen, guns, and a dog paw.  Just another day on Mars.

Comic Book Cover: Oblivion Song #4 by Lorenzo De Felici

Comic Book Cover: Oblivion Song #4 by Lorenzo De Felici

Oblivion Song #4
Cover by Lorenzo De Felici

Comic Book Cover: The Magic Order #1 by Olivier Coipel

Comic Book Cover: The Magic Order #1 by Olivier Coipel

The Magic Order #1
Cover by Olivier Coipel with Dave Stewart

A tale of magic from the master of deconstructive storytelling.

Comic Book Cover: Mage: The Hero Denied #9 by Matt Wagner

Comic Book Cover: Mage: The Hero Denied #9 by Matt Wagner

Mage: The Hero Denied #9
Cover by Matt Wager with Brennan Wagner

Matt Wager is probably hands down my favorite storyteller in the world of comic books.

Recent Reads: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Ok, ok.  So it took me 20+ years to do it, but I’ve finally read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.  Yes, I’ve seen all the movies (and loved them!).  Yes, my girlfriend is a full on Harry Potter nerd.  And yes, I’ve even been to the absolutely amazing Warner Brother’s Harry Potter Studio Tour in England.  I just never got around to actually reading the books.  More accurately book.  You have to start somewhere.

All in all it was a fun, easy read.  I will say it was an interesting experience reading this after seeing the movies.  I read all of the dialogue in the voices of the actors and I was able to picture all of the set pieces.  Overall, the movie did a wonderful job of capturing the feel of the book with great casting and set design.  I’m sure I will be moving on the The Chamber of Secrets in the near future.

For those who might be wondering, according to Pottermore.com:
I’m very much a Ravenclaw.
My patronus is a Great Grey Owl.
I have a slightly spring 10 3/4″ wand made of Rowan wood with a Phoenix feather core.
My Ilvermorny House is Thunderbird.

Recent Favorite Comic Book Covers 6-6-2018

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Here are a handful of my favorite comic book covers from this week’s new comic book haul:

Comic Book Cover: Black Science #36 by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio

Comic Book Cover: Black Science #36 by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio

Black Science #36
Cover by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio

Paper Girls #21 cover by Cliff Chiang

Paper Girls #21 cover by Cliff Chiang

Paper Girls #21
Cover by Cliff Chiang

Xerxes #3 cover by Frank Miller and Alex Sinclair

Xerxes #3 cover by Frank Miller and Alex Sinclair

Xerxes #3
Cover by Frank Miller the Alex Sinclair

Xerxes is the OG badass ruler.

Recent Reads: Phasma by Delilah S Dawson

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Captain Phasma Funko Pop and Novel

Captain Phasma Funko Pop and Novel

I finally sat down and read the Star Wars novel, Phasma by Delilah S Dawson.  I’m not the first to say it, but the simplest description is Star Wars meets Fury Road.  I thoroughly enjoyed this read.  Funko Pop Captain Phasma also approves.  She felt it truly captured the lengths to which she’s willing to go to for survival.

Recent Favorite Comic Book Covers 5-30-2018

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Here are a handful of my favorite comic book covers from the past couple of weeks:

American Gods: My Ainsel #3 cover by David Mack

American Gods: My Ainsel #3 cover by David Mack

American Gods: My Ainsel #3
Cover by David Mack
Mr. Mack knocks it out of the park with every cover he does.

The Brave And The Bold: Batman And Wonder Woman #4 cover by Liam Sharp and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

The Brave And The Bold: Batman And Wonder Woman #4 cover by Liam Sharp and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #4
Cover by Liam Sharp and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Comic Book Cover: Barrier #5 by Marcos Martin

Comic Book Cover: Barrier #5 by Marcos Martin

Barrier #5
Cover by Marcos Martin

Comic Book Cover: Star Wars #48 by David Marquez and Matt Wilson

Comic Book Cover: Star Wars #48 by David Marquez and Matt Wilson

Star Wars #48
Cover by David Marquez and Matt Wilson
Never piss off a Mon Cal.

Weird Al Pop! My Newest Friend!

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Weird Al Pop

Weird Al Pop by Funko

Here is the latest addition to my collection of awesome tiny friends.  May I introduce Funko’s take on Weird Al!

Let me also take this moment to state yet again my personal opinion regarding Weird Al’s live band.  Weird Al’s live band is the most talented band in the known universe, bar none.  Why?  They can replicate the sound and feel of any band out there.  Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz (drums), Steve Jay (bass), Jim West (guitars), and Ruben Valtierra (keyboards), all combine with Al to put on one of the most entertaining live shows you will ever see.  Period.

Poster Design in Illustrator #1

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Lately I’ve been watching online coursework on the history of poster design from Sean Adams.  Sean is a fun teacher who also happens to be the Executive Director of the Graphic Design Graduate Program at ArtCenter in Los Angeles, CA, so he knows what he’s talking about.  I went to bed last night with my brain percolating and pondering a number of ideas.  Today I decided to experiment by spending a few minutes putting together a teaser poster for a fictitious movie I call ‘Tiny’.  The inspiration behind this design are the minimalist movie posters created by Saul Bass.  Some of his most highly recognized posters are ones done for movies such as The Man With the Golden Arm, Vertigo, and The Shining.

My goal with this poster was to create interest by having the viewer use their imagination to determine what the movie is about.  To attain this the poster is intentionally vague with minimal typography and art.  The bold two-color palette is visually jarring.  The small notches found in the N and Y give the impression of cutting or severing. The barely rotated letters give the viewer a sense of unease as nothing sits quite together.  I also extended the Y to pull the viewers eyes down to a slightly open and backlit door.  To further intrigue the viewer, the tagline and release date offer little that is concrete.

For all we know, this could be a horror, thriller, or even a Pixar movie.
What’s your guess?  What’s lurking behind that door?

Poster for fictitious movie TINY

Poster for fictitious movie TINY

Recent Favorite Comic Book Covers 5-11-2018

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Here are a handful of my favorite comic book covers from the past two weeks:

Robotech #9 cover by Tommy Lee Edwards

Robotech #9 cover by Tommy Lee Edwards

Robotech #9
Cover by Tommy Lee Edwards
Those mecha, yo!

Isola #2 cover by Karl Kerschl and Msassyk

Isola #2 cover by Karl Kerschl and Msassyk

Isola #2
Cover by Karl Kerschl and Msassyk

Death or Glory #1 cover by Bengal

Death or Glory #1 cover by Bengal

Death or Glory #1
Cover by Bengal

Captain America #701 variant cover by David Nakayama

Captain America #701 variant cover by David Nakayama

Captain America #701
Cover by David Nakayama
Really, you can’t go wrong with Deadpool dressed as Cap with burritos and unicorns.

Batman: White Knight #8 cover by Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth

Batman: White Knight #8 cover by Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth

Batman: White Knight #8
Cover by Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth