Sunday, September 15, 2019

The F.E.D.S

I have been thinking lately about how I am ever going to complete the saga of the F.E.D.S, the comic series I named this blog after.  I began writing and drawing the FEDs in 1999! About 8 billion years ago. It is a series of mini-comics, that I photocopied and stapled together, as was the norm at the time. However, it doesn't seem prudent to continue it in such a format, as it won't been seen by many readers.

With Mutant Elf I have been able to post a weekly webcomic, that apparently reaches a decent sized audience. Though who knows how many views are really readers?

So, anyway, here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to alternate Mutant Elf and the FEDs on Comic Fury. I think this is the only way I'll ever get around to finishing the FEDs story. Which does have a definite ending. Then, when I get enough "chapters" done, I'll publish it in a trade paperback of some kind.

I will also be loading the original FEDs series on the Comic Fury site, hopefully a couple of pages a week. A refresher on what has happened so far!

Look for the FEDs in two weeks, and a new chapter of Mutant Elf starting the week after!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Review: Chimera Strikes! webcomic

Hello bloggy thing. I'm back!

I was reading the new Chimera Strikes! Webcomic on the site "webtoons" and I thought it time to get back to writing some decent stuff on my blog. I do like to talk about and promote things I like, after all.

I'm sure sometime in the past I've written about Mike Indovina and Paul Schultz's comics work. I've been a fan since I was going to the small press room at Mid-Ohio con of their various works. Paul's done some great retro-super hero comics with his Serial Squad and related works, and Mike has plenty of cool Greek Myth- related stuff with his Satyr comics. They have also worked together before on comics, which I seem to remember including Chimera.

The "original" Chimera was a gadget-wielding hero in the days of WWII. The "current" Chimera is somehow connected to this character. In this story the original Chimera was only a character in pulp magazine. Maybe. Because something weird and mystical has turned an otherwise ordinary man into the crime fighter from the comic.

Instead of telling you more, I'll tell you to read the comic. The style and format are very different that a typical comic, using the vertical space of the webpage and having the action flow downward. I like this a lot! And Mike and Paul are excellent storytellers.

Anyway, I give it two big thumbs up! Check it out, please!

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Ice Queen

I thought it about time I post some of my recent art here. I did this for a class I took this year. Final was produced with PITT black markers and Studio 71 alcohol-based color markers.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Stan Lee is gone

News that isn't unexpected, yet still difficult to hear. I can't express how I feel, yet I feel I must try.

Stan Lee is proof that art can have a serious positive impact on the lives of those who consume it. He was a great writer and speaker, and he became great by doing things his own way, not following the crowd. He was humble about his success, though he hyped his products in any way he could, as a great salesman should. He helped create a Pop Culture world with the Marvel Universe.

The man wasn't just a writer, editor and creator. He was an American treasure!

Need I add:


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Phantom Stranger review and drawing

I recently completed reading the Showcase Phantom Stranger vol. 1 from DC Comics. I haven't read much of the Phantom's exploits, but I always thought he was rather interesting. Here's what I think now:

The earliest tales of the Phantom Stranger, created during the 1950s, were much less mystical than what the character evolved into. The Stranger had the ability to appear and disappear, but other aspects of the adventures were not magical at all, and the presence of Doctor Thirteen, the Ghost Breaker, ensured they would stay so, as the good Doc was a great debunker of all things supernatural. The stories changed when DC brought the character back in 1969, revealing the true mystical nature of the Stranger, and poor Dr. Thirteen was pretty much relegated to comedy relief, claiming the very obvious magical goings-on were tricks. Eventually, the Doc was given a backup feature, which works better. Since I really enjoy real-life debunking, I think there's room in the DC universe for such a character. Just because there's real magic in DC, doesn't mean there isn't fake stuff, too!

As for the Phantom himself, he really is an interesting character. He's in a constant battle with evil, trying to help regular people resist bad tidings.
But what makes the character different and interesting is that his true identity and origin are never revealed. But in to what really inspired me to write about this topic: Jim Aparo!

Jim Aparo drew many Batman-related comics in the 80s and into the 90's. I read Batman and the Outsiders for a while, and Batman around the time of Death in the Family. I always liked Aparo's Batman. However, I never knew about his run on PS. Aparo's Phantom Stranger is absolutely beautiful! Magnificent storytelling, and awesome use of back and white. It sets a mood, and tells a tale! Just about perfect.

And I was also inspired to draw my own Phantom Stranger sketch: