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…
Not only did Katie pick me up a copy of the book, but a bunch of other goodies to go with it!!!
“Great howling crashwagons!” The Richest Duck in the World is back—and so are noisy nephew Donald, wunderkinder Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and rascally richnik Flintheart Glomgold! Because you asked for it, we’re proud to present our first complete, chronological book of Duck adventures by contemporary fan favorite Don Rosa—following in the footsteps of Disney legend Carl Barks with an exciting, lovingly detailed visual style all his own! Rosa, among the world’s most beloved modern cartoonists, launched his Bark-sian career in 1987. Famed for his prizewinning “Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck,” Rosa wrote and drew a whopping two decades’ worth of ripping Scrooge and Donald yarns! Presented with sparkling color and “extras,” these Duckburg epics are getting a definitive, comprehensive North American edition for the very first time—at a price even Scrooge would consider a bargain! Full color illustrations throughout
BLESS YOU, FANTAGRAPHICS
It’s also confirmed that Don himself is heavily involved on production of this set, which means he’s being compensated, and that this will be the definitive publication of his work in his own language.
Good as it gets, folks!
So Awesome that Don is involved it this! To tell the truth though, I would expect nothing less from Fantagraphics, they truly are one of the rare class acts in the industry.
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 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.
Starting from the top Row Left to Right:
Doctor Strange,Devil Slayer,NamorStarting from the top Row Left to Right: