Baltimore Comic Con Prize Pack

I did not make it to Baltimore Comic Con. I would have loved to have gone, but it is a long way off and well with a new baby on the way that kind of money just is not there to be thrown around.

One of the reasons I would have loved to have gone was because of the 2013 Baltimore Comic Con Yearbook they were putting out. It was to feature a series of artist doing their take of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo. That was ok though, I found out my wife’s cousin was going to be there and she agreed to pick me up a copy if I sent her the money…

Then it happened. The wife’s car needed some repairs and all the extra money went the way of the Dodo. So I had to tell Katie “thanks for being willing, but is not in the budget anymore…”

So flash forward a couple weeks and the postman drops a box off at our house with all of this inside…

IMG_20130921_213131Not only did Katie pick me up a copy of the book, but a bunch of other goodies to go with it!!!

An Sketch of Usagi and Autograph by Stan Sakai inside the front cover.
An Sketch of Usagi and Autograph by Stan Sakai inside the front cover.

Autographs of all artist who contributed to the book attending the BCC. (28 in all) . Rich Woodall and Jason Copland shown.
Autographs of all artist who contributed to the book attending the BCC. (28 in all) . Rich Woodall and Jason Copland shown.
Original Sketch by Don Rosa!!!
Original Sketch by Don Rosa!!!

 

Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “The Son Of The Son”, The Don Rosa Library Vol. 1

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Comic Art – Walt Simonson

I have a bad cold.
It Sucks…

But that means I have been laying around in bed most the day watching British Mystery shows and reading comics.

For comics I have been bouncing back and forth between The Essential Defenders and The Essential X-Factor.

This has made me remember just how much I loved Walt Simonson’s work on X-Factor when I first started reading comics as a teen…

Anyway, I have recently stumbled on an amazing blog called Marvel Comics of the 1980’s They have some amazing original art pages featured on their blog. Here are a couple of Walt Simonson pages that just really jumped out at me.

I actually had a poster of this cover on my wall for most of High School. I would sit and stare at it and study the line work. One of my top ten favorite covers to this day.
I actually had a poster of this cover on my wall for most of High School. I would sit and stare at it and study the line work. One of my top ten favorite covers to this day.

 

The covers to X-Factor 24 thru 26. I never realized at the time that the three of these formed one image... I was not until I saw this that it sunk in!
The covers to X-Factor 24 thru 26. I never realized at the time that the three of these formed one image… I was not until I saw this that it sunk in!
Actual covers together.
Actual covers together.

 

I am ashamed to admit that I never really gave Thor the time of day. It was not until just a few years ago that I finally read some Thor just because of Walt's run on it...
I am ashamed to admit that I never really gave Thor the time of day. It was not until just a few years ago that I finally read some Thor just because of Walt’s run on it…

 

My Art – Defenders Sketch Cards

m-defenders-100 I had comics as a kid… Actually working on a post about the origanal stack that I got from my father, but that one is for another time.

The Comic that really hooked me and made me into a collector though was Defenders #100.

One of the times my older Step-Brother shipped out overseas in the Army he left behind a bunch of his comics for me. Most of them disappeared over the years. Defenders 100 somehow managed to stick around. One summer after before my Junior year of High School I came across it sitting on a shelf in our basement…

I ended up sitting down and reading it, that was it I was hooked. Shortly after I tracked down some local comic shops and was digging in the bins searching for more issues of The Defenders!

The Defenders was the first comic that I managed to collect the full run of. Love that book plain and simple. It was a classic. They have tried to reboot it a number of times since then, but none live up to the original.

Anyway… A number of years ago (2010) I did a set of sketch cards of the Core members that showed up in the book. I think The Iceman and Silver Surfer card came off pretty poor, but I really dug how the rest turned out.

 

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Starting from the top Row Left to Right:

Gargoyle,Hellcat,Hellstrom

Hulk,NightHawk,Valkyrie

Doctor Strange,Devil Slayer,Namordefenders_sketch_cards_pt2_by_crpechonick-d3evxyyStarting from the top Row Left to Right:

Red Guardian, Power Man, Silver Surfer

Angel, Clea, Hawkeye

Beast, IceMan, MoonDragon

Comics – Favorite Stories

Recently on Facebook a friend of mine posted that his son had asked what his top ten favorite comic book stories where. When I saw the post my brain automatically kicked in and I had to make a list of my own!

The Rule I made was I had to list the first ten storylines that I could remember really liking. Logic being that the ones I thought of first would be the ones that I had liked the most…

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This was the first major cross-over storyline I read and collected in a comic. I had been collecting old issues for a while but had just started picking up X-FACTOR after finding out that it was spun out of the last issue of New Defenders. Really dug the story. It was the underdogs and against the evil in a expanded story (Nine issues total, three each from New Mutants,X-Factor and Uncanny X-Men). It was a good story with a strong start and end. Something that is missing in the crossovers of today where the story idea is forced into every title from the publisher no matter if it works or not.
Batman Eartquake in Gotham storyline– Cataclysm, Aftershock, No Man’s Land

I always love disaster movies… so how could I not love disaster comics? I loved this era of Batman comics, but thought it sadly took a dive right after and was many years before it came back…
uy8_lgWolverine : Old Man Logan

End of the world story… What more needs to be said?
DC: New Frontier

Darwyn Cooke.
Annihilation and Annihilation : Conquest

DNA make the Marvel Cosmic books cool.
Batman: Contagion

A Batman Virus story. I love reading about virology. I love virus stories…

Bone

Jeff Smiths epic tale.  I love Epic Tales and this is one that ranks with the best.
Kingdom Come

I have to admit this one makes the list mainly for the art.

Usagi Yojimbo – GrassCutter

It was hard picking just one Usagi Story. While they are all epic, this one makes the top as one of my favorites.

Mage – Hero Discovered/Defined

Seems most of the stories that made my list are Epic Tales. Mage, a retelling of the Arthur myth is another one. Parts one and two of a trilogy , I like many Matt Wagner fans await the final volume of this tale.
Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck

One of the best epic stories ever told. Detailing the life of Scrooge McDuck this tale combines Don Rosa’s Masterful art with his ability to tale wonderful and funny tales.

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Happy 96th Birthday Jack Kirby

2012-08-27-jack_kirby_young-533x358Jack Kirby.

One of the biggest names in comics, creator of a large corner of the Marvel Comics Universe, as well as his fair share of books over at DC.

He would have been 96 years old today.

Happy Birthday Mr. Kirby.

Mr. Kirby is one of my favorite artist and creators. Two of my favorite comics of all time Eternals at Marvel and Kamandi from DC are creations of his. Would have loved to have had the chance to have met him before he passed.

One of my favorite Jack Kirby Drawings:

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A small selection of some of my Favorite Kirby Covers:

(Click on images to see full version)

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