Sunday, March 28, 2010

Farewell Dick Giordano!

One of the greats of the industry passed away at the age of 77 on Saturday.

Newsarama has a nice article about Giordano, and CBR has one as well.

Personally, I never had the pleasure to meet Mr. Giordano, but he sure made an impression on the comics I grew up enjoying, whether it was as a writer, inker, or editor.

Rest in peace Dick Giordano, and thanks for all the great comics!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Elasti-WOMAN Friday 22

This will be my last Elasti-Woman post from Doom Patrol #8. It could also be considered a Negative Monday worthy post.

I know this take on Negative Man is wearing thin on some folks, but personally, I'm rather enjoying it. Having met Keith Giffen once or twice, it's very easy for me to see where this character comes from.

"Rita. . .annoying person. Annoying person. . .Rita."

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Matthew Clark and the Ambush Bug

So I dropped a tease about the Bug the other day. I've got some art from Matthew Clark with Ambush Bug in it.

It's right here.

Clark drew this Mark Millar-penned story for the DCU Heroes Secret Files & Origins from 1999. It was fun little comic where Captain Marvel met Cameron Chase and was given a team-up pin-up with Wildcat among other oddities.

The issue was very Department of Extranormal Operations-centric, which made it that much more interesting to me.

This particular story features a double-cross courtesy of the master of the double-cross: Lex Luthor. All in all a decent read. This was when the whole Secret Files & Origins thing was starting up and being wonderfully handled. This issue, however, was a seemingly random hodge-podge of pieces that they just couldn't fit anywhere else.

There's even a very rough timeline in the back of this issue that offers some ideas of the histories of the characters in this issue.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ambush Buggery

As noted by Petar on his DOOMPEDIA blog, Giffen has gone on the record over at the DC Message Boards to set the story straight regarding Ambush Bug.

For those of you who don't like to make with the clicky, here's what Giffen had to say on March 20:

Just to set things straight here before supposition runs wild...
Yes, that is Ambush Bug's eye.
Yes he is joining the DP book BUT as a supporting player.
No, he will not join the core team and finally...
Yes, bouncing him off of Larry is more fun than I should be allowed to
I now cede the floor to wolfspider...

Wolfspider is a poster on the DC Message Boards who has made no secret of his contempt for Giffen's current handling of the DP.

Now all we have to wait for is some art from Matthew Clark showing Mr. Bug. . . or do we?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Negative Monday 31

I'll admit I'm a latecomer to the DC Comics Presents party, but better late than never I always say! I was more of a Marvel Team-Up kid growing up. After all, Spidey was my first favorite superhero, so he always remained near and dear to me, and MTU always gave you a second cool character. Besides, the DC characters I really liked were in Justice League of America. Firestorm eventually got a second series, so I could follow him there.

DCCP never apppealed to me mainly because I wasn't a huge Superfan. When I was working on the Hawkman Companion, however, I tracked down a few issues of DC Comics Presents and enjoyed them enough to track down a few more. I found the issues with Firestorm. I bought the one with Vixen. Aquaman was a must. Imagine my surprise, however, when I picked up this issue, cover dated December of 1982 and found that it co-starred the DP and also introduced Ambush Bug! I didn't know that - or perhaps I did, but didn't realize it - when I was hunting this issue down.

How much did this gem set me back you ask? One crisp dollar. Worth ten times that in my opinion. And more of my opinion (along with more than a few images from the inside) follows later this week. For now, enjoy the cover drawn by some "Giffen" guy.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Doom Patrol #11 - June

As usually happens this time of the month, Newsarama sneaks some of the solicits out for us. As if knowing what's coming up three months in advance, we now know three months and TWO DAYS earlier in some cases.

The DP steps aside from appearing in The Brave and the Bold, but they do still have their book.
On sale JUNE 9 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
What kind of people call themselves "The Brotherhood of Evil"? Not this group; not if a certain pan-dimensional business tycoon has anything to say about it. After all, image is everything. But it doesn't matter how they rebrand themselves - the Doom Patrol has found them, and it's not going to be pretty.

All I have to say after seeing that image is more Matthew Clark drawn dinosaurs, please! (Before the flurry of comments berating me for being an oaf even have a chance to appear, I KNOW that's Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, but he DOES have a dinosaur for a face - or at least part of it!)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Elasti-WOMAN Friday 21

In what is sure to be a pivotal moment for the Doom Patrol - and Rita in particular, the sniffer expels itself from Rita's giant-sized hand. Not much of the hand remains intact following this episode. How this all plays out in next month's issue remains to be seen.

I really like Clark's layout for this page. He does a nice job of giving pages a unique feel by dropping seemingly unrelated shapes in to add contrast and fight negative space.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Doom Patrol and Ambush Bug

So I asked Matthew Clark if Ambush Bug would indeed be in the next issue of Doom Patrol.

He answered me, one single word, three little letters. That's all I'm going to say about that.

If the "he" were to equal "Ambush Bug" (hypothetically) then what would the "it" be?

Conversely, if "he" is not "Ambush Bug", does "it" not exist?

Tune in next time* as I take us way back to another time when "Doom Patrol" and "Ambush Bug" were mentioned in the same comic. . .

* yes, this is, indeed, going to further delay the already delayed analysis and/or review of Showcase #94

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Public Service Announcement

You loyal followers of this lovely Doom Patrol blog may wonder where it is that I disappear to when not blogging. As my profile says, I'm the father of three and the husband of one, so there's where some of my time wonderfully fades away to, moreso lately as nice weather creeps onto the scene.

I've also got a day job. Beyond that I'm writing a Red Tornado blog (yes, seriously) and I do reviews for Comic Book Resources.

In advance, and with that said, I apologize for not posting every day, but there's some other options of where you can get a dose of Doug.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Negative Monday 30

Phillip Sloan-Thomas Munroe-Larry Trainor is being stalked. By a pelican.
The exchange between Larry and Cliff - and the signpost behind Cliff - are absolutely priceless!

Of course, whenever a moment like this pops up in DP, there's an explosion, alien invaders, or repo men from another dimension right around the corner.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Elasti-WOMAN Friday 20 Special Saturday Edition

So it's not Friday, but it is another Elasti-Woman entry for y'all!
I had every intent to post this last night, but spent some time with the family hound at the vet, which is no way to spend a Friday evening.

Anyway, here's one Rita page from the issue that just came out Wednesday.
The art on this one is clearly from Ron Randall as opposed to Matthew Clark, but Livesay, in my opinion, did a fabulous job providing the visual glue to hold this issue together.

After the events of Blackest Night (which is in our future, two weeks or so from now) the Patrol retruns home, and Rita has a score to settle with a certain Mr. Steve Dayton. Lucky for Mento, there's an explosion that brings the core DP running to the Oolong airfield. We've seen the preview at the end of issue #6, Rita's destined to have it out with Dayton. How that all plays out remains to be seen.

One point of interest - at least to me - is the color shift in Rita's eyes. They were very green to start this series, but now they're rather olive, almost gray. Keith Giffen made mention that there was some significance behind this, but what it truly is remains to be seen.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Doom Patrol reviewed

Happy Friday fellow Patrollers!

I reviewed DP #8 and it's now up over at Comic Book Resources.

Giffen promised to introduce a new character or concept per issue throughout the
first year (at least) on "Doom Patrol," and so far, he's a man of his word. This
issue gives us a closer look at Jane (formerly and still Crazy after all these
years) and her favorite brick. The brick, naturally, happens to be sought after
by an invading force. That invading force brings in a sniffer, which gives the
DP a rather difficult time.

Feel free to check out the review (among many, many others) over at CBR.

Overall, for the first issue without a "second feature," I thought this issue did a good job of plowing into action. Negative Man is in top form and the rest of the crew isn't so bad either.

Check back later today for the regularly scheduled Elasti-Woman Friday.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

More with Matthew Clark

Once again, the ever-accomodating Matthew Clark took some time to answer my ponderances.

Which got me to thinking, I need a fun little tag for my semi-regular sessions with Mr. Clark. Any of you have any creative labels to throw on it? Pin them up in the comments section if you do, please.

Without further ado, here's the latest:

MGA: Why did the cover art change for issue #7?

MC: It was an editorial decision made at the last minute, they were looking over the issue and the tone of it, and felt that the cover which EVERYONE loved wasn't the right image. It was a bit too cutesy. I was told its a great cover but with this being the first issue after Blackest Night the DP needed to be on the cover so I had the promo all inked and colored and ready to go. I saw the final mock-up with all the New York Post fonts and they did a fantastic job there in production. Kenny Lopez did it and it looked so awesome.
MGA: The first collection of issues from this series has been solicited. To the best of your knowledge, will it have any extras from you?

MC: I have no idea. They didn't ask me for any sketches or what-nots but then again they have a lot of that stuff since i sent them jpegs. I don't imagine but you never know.

MGA: You mentioned Porcelain Doll the last time we talked, since then she's popped up, both in issue #7 and in the "looking forward" page at the end of #5 where she was labelled "The Porcelain Assassin". What is the character's name? What more can you tell us about her?

MC: From the first time I drew her and sent her to Keith [Giffen] and Liz [Gehrlein] she had the name Porcelain Doll. Right now no one has asked here her name in the book and we want everyone to know she's a assassin It's a cool title.
Keith came up with a cool background after I showed him my design for a new villain. More of her tale is coming up. So no teaser except that she will have a famous grandfather.

MGA: What is the current situation like in sharing issues with Ron Randall? How are the two of you deciding how to split work?

MC: I pick the pages I want to draw, Crazy Jane and Porcelain Doll are all mine. Last page, so I can make sure the caption box is incorporated. It's sometimes a very difficult process and when we're behind the eightball and I've been ill and having to give up more pages than I'd like too.

What are your thoughts on the new editorial/publisher announcements for DC Entertainment?

MC: Will answer later

MGA: Any convention plans this year?

MC: Doing a show in NYC this weekend [that being the New York Comic Book Marketplace on Feb 28 I believe - DZ], Emerald City in March [this coming weekend] then New York Comic Con in October if everything goes well. I'm not a convention person for the most part. I like them but I'm not much of a traveler.

MGA: If you had to explain - in one sentence - who Crazy Jane is to readers, what would you tell them?

MC: 87 unique super powers wrapped into 1 person badly.

As always, thanks goes out to Matthew! He's been a pleasure to work with on these interviews, and I've been enjoying the passion he's been bringing to his work on Doom Patrol.

Feel free to post your thoughts for the "regular" column with Matthew Clark in the comments.

Reminder - Doom Patrol #8 today!

Hey kids! DP #8 hits the stores today! It's the first "all-Doom Patrol" issue of this run, so it'll be interesting to see how it holds up.
I'll be reviewing it for CBR.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Negative Monday 29

Another quick one as I try to get things back on track.
Dan Schoening - aka Dapper Dan - artist extraordinaire and sole proprietor of Dapper Dan's Pomade drew this nice collection of the Doom Patrollers for me a while back. The version above is his first pass, the version below is a more recent follow-up.
Dan's art is one of a kind, mixing Don Bluth sensibilities, Bruce Timm dynamics and a modern flair. This guy does some phenomenal stuff. Be sure to check out his site when you get a moment or two of free time.

Dan's done work for LeapFrog and DC. Speaking of DC, I just now - as in right now as I'm typing this found another blog from Mr. Schoening - Dapper Dan's DC Moleskin(e)! After doing a little happy dance, I've linked it right here.

I've also got another sketch from Dan that will be posted over at Red Tornado's Path tomorrow.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Negative Monday 28

Consider this the MGA equivalent of a fill-in issue.

Once upon a time, there was a young man who wanted to draw comics. By once upon a time, I mean in the late 1980s. And by young man, I was maybe 16 at the time. . .
Yes, that is some really bad anatomy.

I'm still hoping to get back to that Showcase issue from last week's Negative Monday.
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