The Colors That Amaze Me
Looking at comics today is a breathtaking endeavor. Some may argue that it's always been that way, enjoying the amazing pencils of a Neal Adams or the art and inking ability of a Kirby and yet to me those things are somewhat tainted by the four color printing process that was used up until the late eighties. Now with digital coloring and better printing methods, comic coloring has become an art form all it's own. I've started picking up books and like Udon Comics Darkstalkers , Marvel Comics X-men: Age of Apocalypse one shot, and Darkhorse Comics Conan the Barbarian and going, "WOW! Who did the colors in this book!" It's as if you are reading an animated movie cell by cell. As a comic fan I really never thought there would be a day when I might pick up a book just for the coloring job but let me tell you folks that day has come. And I say, "Hallelujah!"
Check out Udon Comics beautiful colors on there online gallery.
Director's Cuts not just for DVDs anymore.
VHS tapes have gone the way of beta and 8 tracks, thanks not only to the higher quality of DVDs but also because of the myriad of extra and bonus features included with each film. As consumers we even paid more for special collections like Criterion that packed even more of that bonusey goodness into every purchase.
Now comic publishers have caught on, giving us Director's cuts of new comics packing in features that used to be reserved for special edition trade paperbacks and hardcovers. Special features like scripts, character design sketches, alternate cover sketches, and character bios worthy of any Who's Who or Marvel Universe. All these great extra's even come at a fair price, usually only $1.00 more than their featureless counterparts. So perhaps we'll start doing what we do for DVDs, instead of buying the first cut when it comes out we'll wait for the feature packed one that comes out a month later.
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Pat's Head Says....
Jim Lee’s Superman - It’s horrible actually, but the artwork is nice
Sam and Twitch – It’s better than some stuff out here it just doesn’t sell
Fables- It’s ok
Phoenix Endsong- Yeah I've read it.
JSA – Eh, it’s alright
Rob Zombie’s Nail – It was interesting
Batman Strikes – For kids it's great.
Ultimate Nightmare-Where's Galactus?
Doctor Spectrum-Dragging along at a snails pace.
Pat's Head also says - Why don't you paint yourself
yellow, run around like a maniac and call yourself Banana Man.(An
excerpt from Pat's head's article on tips to being a superhero.)
Check out these great superhero inspired fan films:
Fast times at Hero High http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2483385
Losing Lois Lane http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2658724