Saturday, November 29, 2008

Crush (American Gladiators) by J. Bone

Crush by J. Bone (2008)My favourite American Gladiator, Crush. Also known as, Gina Carano (MMA fighter). Thought it was cool that J. Bone drew the American Gladiators, after the show came back from those years on hiatus, with new Gladiators. Here are the drawings he did of the Gladiatrixes and Gladiators. I had to get him to draw Crush, which he gladly did. :D

To top of getting this pieces, J. Bone even included prints of the two drawings! J. Bone is all kinds of Awesome!

And if you haven't checked out Super Friends #9, GO BUY IT!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Boughts and Thoughts - November 26th, 2008

Batman #681 - So that was the end of Batman: R.I.P.? No body means he ain't dead. This wasn't a bad issue. I actually enjoyed it, but only bought it for speculating reasons.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight #19 - Seemed like a long time since the last issue. Nearly two months, because of the delay. Not sure if this is the end of my Buffy Season Eight run, or if I'm on for a few more issues.

Daredevil #113 - Lady Bullseye still kicking ass.

Hulk #8 - Frank Cho still drawing ass... holy cow, Jeph Loeb is just writing a story, featuring a lot of the female super-heroes, so Frank Cho can draw them... ignoring the Secret Invasion stuff. The Art Adams stuff is quite pleasant to look at too.

JSA: Kingdom Come Special: The Kingdom #1 - So, looks like things are turning around. Hopefully this ends soon, because I'm getting bored with Gog.

Madame Xanadu #6 - Death makes an appearance in this issue. Only picked it up, because of her, not that I followed or read many books containing Death. Maybe I should. Picked up both covers.

Superman #682 - Well, you can't control all the Kryptonians.

Umbrella Academy: Dallas #1 - Enjoyable start to the new series. Was able to get both covers.

X-Force #9 - Love that cover by Mike Choi and Sonia Oback. The issue was also very good.

VISIONS OF AN ICON: SUPERMAN ART AUCTIONS (UPDATED)

The first block of the Visions of an Icon: Superman Art Auction went live last night, as part of the fund-raising effort for the 2009 Joe Shuster Awards. The first auction block ends on December 1st, 2008. The second auction block ends on December 2nd, 2008.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the second block, going live tonight.

Joe Shusters Awards - Visions of an Icon: Superman Art Auction

Francis Manapul Francis Manapul Scott Chantler Scott Chantler
Jeff Lemire Jeff Lemire Alexander Perkins Alexander Perkins
Sam Agro Sam Agro Eric Kim Eric Kim
Ryan Snook Ryan Snook Colin Upton Colin Upton
Agnes Garbowska Agnes Garbowska Ed Northcott Ed Northcott
Dave Sim Dave Sim

Marcus To Marcus To Gabriel Morrissette Gabriel Morrissette
Fiona Smyth Fiona Smyth Dave Ross Dave Ross
Ty Templeton Ty Templeton Michael Cho Michael Cho
Kent Burles Kent Burles Tom Grummett Tom Grummett
Noel Tuazon Noel Tuazon Greg Hyland Greg Hyland
Todd McFarlane Todd McFarlane

Monday, November 24, 2008

Visions of an Icon: Superman - Art Auction Begins Tonight!

Back in June we had a number of different artists submit their version of the Man of Steel in honour of his 70th birthday and to honour his co-creator, Joe Shuster, for whom the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards have been named.

42 pieces were submitted, and were displayed twice as an art exhibit - once on June 14th on the date of the presentation of the 4th Annual Joe Shuster Awards, and again in early November as part of the Speakeasy Comic Art show in Toronto.

Starting tonight, we will begin auctioning off the pieces on eBay as part of our fundraising efforts for the 2009 Awards.

The 42 pieces can be viewed here: http://comicartfans.com/GalleryRoom.asp?GSub=66580

11 auctions start tonight (Monday Nov. 24)- artists included are:
Francis Manapul
Scott Chantler
Jeff Lemire
Alexander Perkins
Sam Agro
Eric Kim
Ryan Snook
Colin Upton
Agnes Garbowska
Ed Northcott
Dave Sim

11 auctions start tomorrow night (Tuesday Nov. 25) - artists included are:
Marcus To
Gabriel Morrissette
Fiona Smyth
Dave Ross
Ty Templeton
Michael Cho
Kent Burles
Tom Grummett
Noel Tuazon
Greg Hyland
Todd McFarlane

Except for three pieces, all of the initial offerings are no reserve auctions, with a starting price of $49.99. We'll be doing some more next week as well.

Please note: We have set reserves for the Sim, McFarlane and Grummett contributions that we feel are fair for pieces of this quality.

Please take a look, and hopefully something there will catch your eye.

All monies raised from the sale of these pieces, after fees are paid, goes towards next year's awards.

I will be selling these under my own eBay userid "kevthemev" instead of the low feedback "joe_shuster_awards" id.

Auctions start at 8PM EST (both nights) and finish before 9PM EST.

Here's a link to my store. JSA art will be listed under a new store category "Joe Shuster Awards Art Auctions":

http://stores.ebay.ca/Kevthemevs-Comics-and-Comic-Art_W0QQsspagenameZMEQ3aFQ3aSTQQtZkm

Thanks!
Kevin Boyd
www.joeshusterawards.com

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Boughts and Thoughts - November 19th, 2008

Supergirl and Streaky the Supercat by J. Bone (2008)Went to the signing this afternoon/evening, at Paradise Comics, featuring J. Bone! Loving the sketch of Supergirl and Streaky the Supercat (see right).

JSA Kingdom Come Special: Magog #1 - Not bad... shows that Magog still is human.

Street Fighter II Turbo #2 - The tournament is about to begin.

Super Friends #9 - It's Superman's birthday! Lex Luthor wants to ruin the birthday celebration.

Supergirl #35 - Continuing to enjoy this series, and the direction that Sterling Gates is taking it.

LA 2008 - Not posting photos

I finally decided to get off my lazy ass and went to search for photos to post. Then I realized, there aren't many photos to post. So, rather than posting them on here, where it would've been viewed publicly, those that have me on Facebook, can see them in my album.

Sorry to keep you waiting, if you were actually waiting to see them.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Zatanna by Faith Erin Hicks

Zatanna by Faith Erin Hicks (2008)Got this in the mail today. By Faith Erin Hicks.

Be sure to check out her new graphic novel, The War at Ellsmere, when it is released on December 3rd, 2008. The graphic novel is published by SLG Publishing.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Zatanna by Ryan Kelly

Zatanna by Ryan Kelly (2008)Got this in the mail yesterday. From the always awesome, Ryan Kelly (Local, New York Four). Already framed and on my wall.

Boughts and Thoughts - November 5th & 12th, 2008

Didn't pick up too much in terms of new comics in the past two weeks.

Action Comics #871 - Kryptonians take on Doomsday... and punk him.

A Tribute to Michael Turner - Just beautiful.

Batman: Cacophony #1 - This was a pretty decent start, and I enjoyed quite a bit of it... until the last half or last third of the book. It wasn't bad, just waiting until the story continues.

Detective Comics #850 - Batman vs. Hush again, with Selina Kyle's life on the line.

Iron Man: The End #1 - Passing the torch.

JSA: Kingdom Come Special: Superman #1 - This I enjoyed quite a bit.

Justice Society of America #20 - I am liking this title, but am getting bored of the Gog stuff.

Monday, November 10, 2008

LA 2008 Day 3-9

Got home last night, and that wasn't fun. One piece of luggage was left behind, and sent with the next flight. Got it this morning.

The rest of the trip was filled with stuff, so didn't spend most of the time at the house. I won't go into a day-by-day thing, and I'm a little lazy with the pictures right now.

Bro and I did check out some comic shops during the trip. Also, we went to a couple of places that was used in Runaways, the Griffith Observatory and the La Brea Tar Pits. The view from the Observatory was very nice. Especially somewhat early in the day, and without it being hot. Barely any Los Angeles smog at the time.

As for the La Brea Tar Pits, Adrian Alphona made is look better than it actually is.

The comics shops we went to during the trip, Meltdown Comics, Golden Apple Comics, Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash, and Geoffrey's Comics.

I found that Meltdown Comics was a nice and big store. Didn't pick anything up from there, but easily could have. Golden Apple Comics seems to be the place where many signings are taking place (none of which going on when I'm here). It's right on Melrose Ave and La Brea (opposite corner from Pink's, the celebrity hot spot for hot dogs). Picked up one of the other Scott Pilgrim t-shirts available.

I was quite disappointed with Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash. I knew that the original west coast shop closed, but was re-opened inside of Lazer Blazer (a DVD place). But wow, was it ever small. The selection of comics wasn't even that great.

Geoffrey's Comics had to have been the best shop during the trip, with discounts on the stock, and a large selection of new releases. This was actually were I bought my comics from, aside from the Fathom: DOW #1 Jay's Company Comics Exclusive.

My key pick-ups were the following:

- GI Joe #21 (the Silent issue, featuring the first appearance of Storm Shadow) for $7.50.
- Captain America #41 (Monkey Variant by Frank Cho) for $2.50.

I did buy some other books, but won't list them now. That being said, I could've spent a couple of hours in the store, just going through the bin stock. Oh well, that would've been more to bring back home.

Checked out the Nucleus gallery, and ended up picking up a copy of Clean Cartoonists' Dirty Drawings, already signed by Craig Yoe and Dean Yeagle.

Did eventually head back to Frank & Son Collectible Show, but did not pick up anything. I could pick up the new issues at home, which would save me the trouble of bringing them back home. As for bin stock, there were some books I wanted to buy, but did not want to spend too much. I'll wait for the con at the end of the month, and do my bin diving then.


Checked out a few of malls, and a Swap Meet during the trip. Aside from a few comic related graphic t-shirts I picked up from Steve & Barry's liquidation sale, I didn't pick up much from the mall visits.

The Swap Meet was interesting. It's more of a flea market, rather than a "swap" meet. People don't take trades, just cash. Nothing that really caught my eye, but lots of stuff that may interest other people.

Guess I wasn't really in a buying mood during this trip.

Did eat a whole lot during the trip. Got to the two places I had to eat at during the trip. Carl's Jr. and In-N-Out Burger. Just had to eat there at least once during the trip. In-N-Out has been a favourite of mine, since the first time I went to LA on a regular basis. There was a location right next to my uncle's old convenience store, so I had it somewhat regularly back in the day.

But the trip wasn't just fast food joints. Headed out to many different places. Korean BBQ, Mexican "hole-in-the-wall" type restaurant (which was a very good place), out for the shaved snow (pretty much, ice cream, but the toppings were great), and various other places.

One of the nights, my step-sister picked up about 16-pounds of seafood. Crawfish, Shrimp, Mussels, and Clams. OMG, that was some good eatin'. I never had crawfish until that night. It's like little lobsters, with significantly less meat. Aside from the work involved in getting a tiny little piece of meat, it was delicious.

This trip was also filled with a lot of time with the family I don't get to see too often. Had so much fun with them, and wish I could spend more time with them, but unfortunately, had to get back to the grind.

I'll post pictures when I stop feeling lazy about it.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

OBAMA IS THE NEW PRESIDENT & 52% of Californians are Homophobes

Totally don't follow politics, but definitely glad Barack Obama has won the Presidential race.

Oh, and check out these auctions based on the Presidential Candidates:

Barack Obama

Joe Biden

John McCain

Sarah Palin

All for charity, but damn... $19,000 for a Cabbage Patch doll of Sarah Palin?

Now, I didn't know much about all the Propositions that were being voted on last night, with the Presidential voting. But I found it weird that the Asian Restaurant I went to when I arrived on Saturday, had place mats to tell people to vote "Yes on Prop. 8."

Proposition 8 is the Gay Marriage Ban. Personally, I'm against this proposition, as I feel gay people should be allowed to marry, just like straight people. If I was able to vote, I would've voted "No on Prop 8." Well, here are the results for that Prop.

Now, I'm sure 52% of Californians aren't Homophobes. Some just might be religious. Regardless, I am disappointed to see this proposition passing.

Monday, November 03, 2008

LA 2008 Day 0-2

Sitting here, drinking some sort of instant coffee... gotta hit up a Starbucks later, since it's the closest thing I'll get to a Tim Horton's coffee, while over here.

Let's start off with before leaving for the trip. Running out of time, finishing up my packing. Stressing, because there were so many interruptions. Didn't help that I took a couple hours to watch Casino Royale.

Thinking back to Halloween night, many kids & teens don't even try anymore... don't want to where a costume, fine. Say "Trick-or-Treat" at least. Give some effort into freeloading.

Also got "Skunk'd" while giving out candy. It was cute. There was this young child dressed as a skunk, and the parents kept telling him to spray those handing out candy, after he got the candy. Nothing actually came out. He just grabbed his tail, pointed it at me, and moved it around... then ran. Gotta say, so many people played along with it, because I saw him do it before getting to me. People hid, and ran away a little when he did that. I hid too.

But that was ancient history now.

Day One
Got to LA on Saturday, a little after 12pm. Nice and warm, but not too sunny. The flight, and all that checking in went off without a hitch. I just remembered the last time I flew, back in 2005, flying El Al Airlines (an Israeli airlines)... it was like an interrogation... and that took place between checking in, and the customs officer. And security guards were carrying sick machine guns... where people check in!

This time around, flying Air Canada, no interrogation. So much easier. Took awhile to figure out the self-check-in. The touch screen didn't react immediately to the touching of the screen, which is why I had problems. Once I realized I had to hold my finger there for a bit, it seemed easy.

Onto the plane. The flight was delayed about 30 minutes, because of the connecting flight's luggage was lost in the airport, and they weren't leaving until they had it. Started watching Sold Out: A Threevening With Kevin Smith. I still find the first Evening the best, but I did laugh quite a bit while watching. It's the laugh, without actually laughing out loud. Chest moving up and down quite a bit.

I was quite surprised with the movie options available to watch on the flight. The Dark Knight (watched parts of that), The Incredible Hulk, Wall-E, Hancock, X-Files: I Still Believe, and many more. I'll probably be watching The Incredible Hulk on the flight back (still haven't seen it). Add in the latest Russell Peters DVD, and my flight will be set for the return home.

Arriving in LA, to see my dad with frosted tips. Weird sight, I'll tell ya. But it was great seeing him again. Been a little over three years, seeing him. Went out to lunch. From those that like Asian food, and travel around the Monterey Park area, Ledo Cafe is F'N awesome. I've been there before, but damn, this is good food. Steak, Chicken, Rice, Veggies, Soup, and a drink with free refills... $8.

Got home to drop off the luggage, and see some of the family. Got to meet my little nephews, the first of which was born not too long after the last trip out here. The second nephew was born several months ago. They are so cute, and we're having some fun with them. The older one has been wearing us down. So energetic... too much energy for old Uncle Jason (it feels weird to hear that, but brings a smile to my face when I do).

Later, we headed over to Frank & Son Collectible Show. This was where I bought new comics the last time I was in LA. I did a little bin diving; though being a few hours after arriving, I didn't really want to buy a lot, or spend a lot, right off the bat. For sure, I'll be back on Wednesday and Saturday (when they open), to check it out some more, and pick up some more stuff.

That being said, I did pick up a dollar comic. Fathom: Dawn of War #1 Jay Company Comics Exclusive. I love this cover. I almost placed an order for it, when it was first released, but never pulled the trigger (probably, because of my credit card bills). Saw it in a dollar bin here, and pulled it right away. Hells yeah!

After that was dinner at home, and relaxing. Slept like a baby that night, because I was so tired. The snoring of my father and brother could not wake me.

Day Two
This is the day of my step-sister's wedding reception. The reason as to why I'm over here. But that didn't take place for several hours.

Most of the day was playing with my little nephews. Can't remember leaving the house until the reception. Spent part of the day going through my step-brothers' comic collection, and organizing it. Holy crap, there's a lot of Spider-Man #1 Silver Edition (the McFarlane run).

The reception was nice. The restaurant food was fairly good. A few things that I just don't like eating, but some good food otherwise. Got to see a whole bunch of the family. Not too sure what's going on, because most of the family just wants to take us out. So much to do, so little time.

After the reception, headed home, and drank with the family. Had a bottle of Courvoisier and Hennessy, and some Coke to mix up the drink. Mainly, to dilute the cognac. Personally, I don't like hard liquor. I like beer. But I'll drink. Surely helped me get to sleep, with no hangover.

Now I'm up for Day Three. We got a car, and will probably be checking out the some of the places in LA. I'll post about it later on.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

In LA...

... and I gots Internet!

Not normally a big deal, but my family over here usually doesn't use computers, so they never had Internet before. How times have changed.