Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More Spidey Stuff

Over the past few weeks, while shopping, I’ve seen a bunch of Spidey-stuff here are the pics:


Spidey Toothpaste



Marvel/Disney Infinity


Cityscape




And a few books


Friday, October 17, 2014

JLA is at Sonic Drive-ins

I know that it has been a while since we last posted, but it has been a while since we’ve had something to say, and now we do.

We’ve just discovered that there are Justice League of America toys are currently popping up at Sonic Drive-In Restaurants.


As you can see there are six toys in this set. So far I have five of them: The toys are a series of cardboard Villain stand-ups that you knock down with superhero projectiles.

Green Lantern/ Sinestro


Cyborg vs. Darkseid: Flash vs. Captain Cold: Aquaman vs. Black Manta:
and Wonder Woman vs. Cheetah 

The only pair I’m missing at the moment is Superman vs. Lex Luthor, but I hope to score that soon.


This is not the first time that Sonic has partnered with DC Comics to bring the JLA to the Drive-In, It did so previously in February 24, 2012 with a set of JLA plushes. 


Thursday, September 04, 2014

Go digital!

OK, I get that there are some folks out there that still don't have computers and go online for stuff, but I have a message for anyone who publishes “Yellow Pages” phone books or advertises in them. Yesterday one was “delivered” to my house (and when I say “delivered” I mean tossed into my yard at the end of my driveway and left there).


I drove over it, got out of my car walked to the end of the driveway to pick it up, and then put it in it’s proper place...


It is the age of the interned oh my Droogs, I don’t know about the rest of you Alices, but I haven't used a phone book or Yellow Pages in probably a decade. Anyone who advertises here is wasting their money.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Dana Crumb has passed away

This was just passed along to me, and I was asked to share it:

Dana Crumb passed away last night in Ukiah Hospital in Ukiah, CA after an illness.

Dana was the first wife of Underground artist Robert Crumb and the author of Eat It! — a cookbook illustrated by Bob Crumb (among other titles). Dana was the first to distribute Robert’s books in San Francisco by walking the town with them stashed in a baby carriage in the 60s.

She was also prominently featured in Robert’s early books. Dana housed and fed many cartoonists in lean times (including many of the top names in the Under Ground Comix Community) and was a constant benefactor to her community.

John Orlando and his wife, Jill (who had been staying with Dana for the past year) are currently under her and her son Adam Crumb’s auspices.

Their generosity toward us and those before has been immeasurable

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Early Reviews of Owlgirls #1

OK kids, Owlgirls #1 (Red Anvil Comics) has been released and it is apparently getting some rave reviews. I'm going to post a few of them here.

First up is: 

Larry’s Comics pick of the week for Delivery 7/23/14


RED ANVIL INC
(W) Robert J. Sodaro (A) Rachele Aragno, Dave Ryan (CA) Rachele Aragno
NYC, 1945, three mystical private detective sisters, better known as Owlgirls, live in a mortuary in SoHo. Often doing the bidding of Death by tracking down supernatural creatures, they also investigate murders, unsolved cases, and assist in sundry other paranormal activities.
Microscopic print run that in addition to appealing to the Wednesday Warriors can also service the recent fangirl explosion to the industry. Strong female lead charachters & an element of fun made me pull the trigger on this sure to be tough to find #1.
Next is: 

The GeekNation Pull List – 7/24/2014


From Red Anvil: Owlgirls #1 by Rachele Aragno (Characters, Story and Art), Robert J. Sodaro (Story and Script), and Dave Ryan (Art)
Cover art to Owlgirls #1, by Rachele Aragno.
Cover art to Owlgirls #1, by Rachele Aragno.
I have to admit right up front: Owlgirls #1 is a weird comic book.
That’s not an admonishment, by any means. More often than not, when it comes to independent comics, usually the weirder it is, the better. There’s just simply a lot going on here, and the story attempts to mix so many elements together that it can be a little easy to become lost in the mix. The funny thing about that, though, is that even with so many different elements in play (period piece, ethereal mysticism, women with the heads of owls), this issue never becomes incoherent. There’s a lot to keep track of, sure, but the writing and artwork tell a story that seems to very much know what it’s doing, even if that idea is unclear to the audience upon a single read-through.
Normally, I would attempt to summarize at least the beginning for you here, but it would be difficult to do so in a way that makes a whole lot of sense to anyone that hasn’t actually read the issue. We’re introduced to a lot of characters by the end of issue #1′s first half, and the creative team has laid the foundation for a lot of interesting implications that dabble in the genres of mystery, romance, fantasy, and even noir. As a story being told in the comic book medium, it uses the inherent efficiency that comic book storytelling inherently contains and pushes the amount of information on characters, setting, rules, and overall possibilities to the absolute limit. Even having said that, I never felt overloaded while actually reading this book. What may take other creators and titles at least a few issues in the pursuit of world-building has seemingly been accomplished in a single stroke by Aragno, Sodaro, and Ryan, and on that merit alone I have to applaud them.
You won’t have all of the answers by the time you get to the last page. If anything, you’ll actually have more questions coming out than going in, but the questions you’ll have likely weren’t even conceivable by the time you started reading the issue anyway. It’s kind of cool, and definitely intriguing.
If it isn’t clear, I’m definitely recommending this book. As vague as the issue seemed to be, I never felt it was vague simply because it wanted to be. It just seems that there’s a lot of material to cover before we go on this adventure fully. So, as a first issue, I think Owlgirls has a lot of interesting potential as we head into the second issue. 8/10
If you’re interested in giving it a read, check out it on digital platforms or you can encourage your local comic shop to order you a copy that you can then pick up with your regular pull list!
Here is what Word of the Nerd had to say: 
Owlgirls #1
NYC, 1945, three mystical private detective sisters, better known as Owlgirls, live in a mortuary in SoHo. Often doing the bidding of Death by tracking down supernatural creatures, they also investigate murders, unsolved cases, and assist in sundry other paranormal activities.
Written by: Robert J. Sodaro
Art by: Rachele Aragno, Dave Ryan
Cover Art by: Rachele Aragno

And finally Comic Book Resources:
From start to finish, "Owlgirls" #1 is quite possibly the most unique comic book flying under the radar and hitting stands this week. After achieving success via Kickstarter, Dave Ryan, Robert J. Sodaro and Rachele Aragno bring a 1940s story to print starring three owl-faced sisters.
Magdalena, Maggie and Martha have the faces of owls, but otherwise appear to be normal women in New York City. Betrothed to Gebedhia, the mortuary proprietor, Magdalena serves as the matriarch of this odd little clutch. The cast is rounded out with an old lady who appears to be an analogue for Death, or may very well be Death herself. Writer Sodaro doesn't spend the entirety of "Owlgirls" #1 running the reader through expository boot camp, choosing instead to add flourish to the version of SoHo these ladies inhabit. The writer does scatter plenty of mystery seeds, however, and ends the issue with a threatening cliffhanger.
The art is what really separates "Owlgirls" #1 from everything else. The comic book opens with a quick of 1940s New York presented in a style that treads between photo-referenced and clearly hand-drawn. It's charming and engaging right from the start, especially with letterer Wilson Ramos, Jr. selecting Courier or a similar typewriter looking font to inform the reader and serve as tour guide.
The art itself is a solid collaboration between Rachele Aragno and Dave Ryan. Readers might see bits of Howard Chaykin, Matthew Clark, Guy Davis and early Mike Mignola in the these pages that are filled with 1940s fashion and decor, complete with flowery wallpaper and black and white checkerboard pattern tile flooring. Rather than spoil the art by applying modern coloring processes and tones, Ryan and Aragno elect to preserve the period feel and deteriorated nature, leaning heavily towards shades of sepia with deep, rich blacks to anchor imagery throughout the story. The characters throughout "Owlgirls" #1 are very distinct, a fine decision by the artists as they establish the foundation for this series to build upon.
While "Owlgirls" #1 snuck under the radar for me during its Kickstarter campaign, I'm glad I found it now. This is an odd little mash-up that could only succeed from an independent publisher and stands out as a true gem. I don't know where the creative team plans on taking this adventure, but "Owlgirls" #1 provides plenty of options, from tales of acceptance to mystical mayhem to mobsters showing up at a mortuary. Robert J. Sodaro, Rachele Aragno, Dave Ryan, Wilson Ramos, Jr. and Lawrence John Hansen have cooked up a bizarre time capsule packed with mystery that has my attention and deserves some more eyeballs checking it out.

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I have to say that I am honored and pleased to have so many of my peers to say such nice things about Owlgirls. I would like to take credit, but I can’t as this is truly a team effort, from Rachele Aragno's original concept, to Dave Ryan's vision and artistic magic, yes, to even my story, this is a great book, and not just because I’m part of the team that put it together, but because as Joe Martino and Dave Ryan (The publishers of Red Anvil Comics) have said. “We want to publish comics that are so cool that we'd spend our own money to buy them even if we weren't publishing them.” 

Thanks everyone, the best is yet to come!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Con-Men at ConnectiCon 2013

This video is an episode of Con-Men that took place during the 2013 ConnectiCon show in Hartford, CT. Starting at around the 8:25 mark, Leo Marinak interviews, me for several minutes, and (interestingly enough), I actually sound like I know what I'm talking about. Check it out!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Owlgirls drops this month!

As you may know, I've writing Rachele Aragno’s amazing comicbook (Aided and abetted by the able-bodied Dave Ryan), Owlgirls published by Red Anvil Comics. As you may not know it drops this month in comic shops all around the country.


Here are a couple of reviews of the comic that have just been posted.

OmniComics

Fanboy Comics

Indie Corner

As well as a preview from CBR


Friday, July 04, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy at Subway

Just learned that Marvel's The Guardians of  the Galaxy are now appearing at Subways.


They have bags:

 Cups


 And well, more bags.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pronto Comics goes IndyGogo!

Check out these folks and then support their cause to help comicbook creators to realize their dream.

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