July 27, 2009

Your violins keep moving to the nitty gritty

Just a note that while Heidi MacDonald of The Beat at Publishers Weekly is making her way back from San Diego, I'm pitching in with a little guest linkblogging. So if you catch any interesting comics-related news or notables, get your awesomedbycomics at gmail dot com on.

July 26, 2009

ABC Podcast, Episode #54 plus visual aids

This episode of Awesomed By Comics is brought to you by Bosomy Mecca Wised, Mew Comedic Ass Boy, and comic book anagrams. We bid a sad "Cheerio" to Captain Britain and MI 13, give a Heaving Tiger Love Tug to Immortal Weapons #1, and make a fool-proof plan for going to SDCC next year without whining or homicides. Also tune in for our enlightening (GET IT?) review of DC Animated's upcoming Green Lantern: First Flight movie.

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Cover(s) of the Week

Evie's pick, from Nova #27, cover by Daniel Acuna:

Aaron's pick, from Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #53, cover by Skottie Young:

Panel(s) of the Week

Aaron's pick, from Immortal Weapons #1, by Jason Aaron and Michael Lark (click to enlarge):

Evie's pick, from Guardians of the Galaxy #16 by Abnett & Lanning and Wesley Craig (click to enlarge):

July 24, 2009


Just because I once wrote a post about Wonder Woman topless, doesn't mean I think it's ok that so many people come to this site by searching for "topless Wonder Woman". I'm just saying.

Also, I'm aware that San Diego Comic Con is going on right now, and yes I wish I were there, and yes I said last year that we were totally going to make a plan to go this year, but, well, you know. This week I've actually been at work till forever working on that hippie thing, so everything happens for a reason. I've only very sketchily been following news coming out of San Diego, but I do know there's a Red She-Hulk on the way, because OF COURSE THERE IS. Also some big news about Marvel buying the rights to Marvelman, the apparent excitement over which is the point at which my comic nerd cred dissolves into dust because I have no idea. I'll have to get learned up when I finish this hippie thing. Ok, back to work!

July 19, 2009

Hippie mudslides ate the podcast

So I think you'll agree that on the very few (four, maybe?) occasions in over a year that we've skipped an episode of the podcast, we've had excellent reasons--near death experiences on the highway, etc. Well, this time I went to a three-day hippie disco rave in upstate New York, for work, and it rained for seven straight hours on Friday and turned the clay camping fields into the La Brea Tarpits, and my car (along with a few hundred others) got ultra stuck and had to be hauled out by a hundred-foot cable while a bunch of white kids with dreads looked at me sideways. So, I got home several million hours later than expected, and have read about two comics, and we didn't do the show. :(

In related news, in case you haven't noticed, my car karma is preposterous.

July 14, 2009

Eat it, Mr. Bill

So, this is super fun. As those of you who listen to the podcast know, Aaron does all the music for the show and is in a band called the Ampersands who have a new(ish) album. Anyway, since music these days is all about the Twitters and the YouTubes and the going viral and also Play-Dough, we worked with animator Maya Erdelyi to create a Claymation/puppetshow video for the single "Winterspring," and here it is. Please watch it and send to your friends, and also: PLEASE PLEASE, if you have a Facebook account, go to the Ampersands page and become a fan. Facebook has those slick new usernames for easy search and navigation, but you can only get one as a musician if you have 100 fans, and we have been slacktastic at promoting it. But this seems like as good a time as any to remedy that, and you can help! Ok, that's it, watch the video now.

July 12, 2009

ABC Podcast, Episode #53 and visual aids

This episode of Awesomed By Comics is brought to you by Internet Hornswagglers, crafty peddlers of Wildean wit and lucid dreams for all. Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1 makes a solid showing, General Zod shows some heart, and Warren Ellis proves that he will never run out of thoroughly effed-up ideas with the last panel of No Hero #6. We make ABC history with the first episode in which Evie's Book of the Week is Aaron's Crap of the Week. Or maybe it's happened before, we can't remember.

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Cover(s) of the Week

Aaron's pick, from Red Robin #2, cover by Francis Manapul:

Evie's pick, from Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1, variant cover by Niko Henrichon:

Panel(s) of the Week

Evie's pick, from Wednesday Comics #1: Metamorpho by Neil Gaiman and Mike Allred:

Aaron's pick, from Batman #688 by Judd Winick and Mark Bagley (click to enlarge):

July 10, 2009

Bringing Sexy Back to the Green and Black

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Justin Timberlake is one of the three finalists to play Hal Jordan in the upcoming Green Lantern movie. I haven't perused fan-community responses to this, but my guess is that they're mixed. My response to any complainers, and to King Complainer Hal Jordan himself, is this.

UPDATE: Uh, ok, nevermind. This is actually fine with me too, except for the Deadpool thing, which was great, and is now kind of ruined. Doesn't Reynolds know that Marvel is slowly replacing their 27 Wolverine titles with 34 Deadpool titles? Idiot.

July 6, 2009


An X-Factor Fanfic (re: Bird's comment below)

by Rob Liefeld

"Yo Dude," shouted Shatterstar to Rictor, who was washing his car.

"Hey, my man!" Rictor shouted back. He reached out his hand to catch the beer that Shatterstar had just tossed him.

"So I was thinkin, the rest of the gang is away, what do you say you and me hit the town and pick up some fine ladies tonight?" Shatterstar said, as he sheathed his glistening double-swords and crossed his arms, one of which was a foot and a half shorter than the other one on purpose.

"Ladies, you say?" Rictor's ears perked up. Rictor's fondness for women and many sexual exploits had earned him the nickname 'The Missionary' back in high school. "You thinkin what I'm thinkin?"

"BOYS NITE OUT!" they shouted together, then high-fived.

"You wanna take the Camaro or the T-Bird?" Rictor asked.

"Definitely the Camaro" Shatterstar answered, as Rictor smiled, reached into the fourth pouch from the left on his right pant leg, and whipped out his keys and his Van Halen mixtape...


(just a quick note to anyone who's visiting here for the first time via any of the links to this here story, check out our 50th anniversary podcast over there ---> for some similar gags, although obviously in audio format.)


July 5, 2009

ABC Podcast, Episode #52 and visual aids

This episode of Awesomed By Comics is brought to you by Onions, the windshield wipers of the 19th century and a sandwich must. It's another Secret Six and Agents of Atlas week, so you know what that means, although Joe Kelly's Bang Tango, Peter Tomasi's Mighty, and the delightful debut of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Marvel Divas clean up nice as well. We join the hordes of rubberneckers in re: Justice League: Cry for Justice, and admit to reading and sort of enjoying Barack the Barbarian, sober even. Happy Fourth of July!

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Cover(s) of the Week

Aaron's pick, from Agents of Atlas #7, variant cover by Carlo Pagulayan:

Evie's pick, from Astro City the Dark Age, Book 3 #3, cover by Alex Ross:

Panel(s) of the Week

Evie's pick, from Muppet Show #4 by Roger Langridge:

Aaron's pick, from Invincible Iron Man #15, by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca:

July 4, 2009

Drama League: Bitch and Moan for Justice

Hey, can someone who's really good at Illustrator or something whip me up a green-tinged hard-light construct that resembles a cheese wheel? I think Hal Jordan needs something to go with that whine.

(Normally I would save the Crap of the Week pot-shots for the podcast, but the internet is already alight at the spectacular groanfest that is Justice League: Cry for Justice #1. Brilliant Take Down of the Century most assuredly goes to Caleb Mozzoco, who realized that Hal's little piss parade is really just one big Danzig quote). OK, UPDATE: Cheryl Lynn's Superman-what-has-had-it-up-to-here-with-that-asshat just made me weep awesome sauce.

July 2, 2009

Holy finance, Batman! No wait.

So I've been at work until ungodly hours all week, because to my place of work, Michael Jackson dying is sort of like what it would be like if you worked at the world's primary music industry news publication that owns the U.S. pop charts and Michael Jackson died. Anyway, as I result, I bring you STRAIGHT UP LINKAGE oh yeah. Sandy at I Love Rob Liefeld has posted pages from Marvel's 1993 Annual Report, printed in comic book form, and it totally rules. Especially the "Stock Price Trends" chart featuring Storm.