Friday, June 29, 2007


"Hulk not southpaw!"
(BTW, this Friday Night Fights thing isn't by invitation only, is it?)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


1 – The Thing is a hideously disfigured rockman in love with a blind sculptress that knows what he looks like better than anybody else.

2 – Jack Kirby

3 – Hidden gorilla cities with real gorilla problems.

4 – The Pym/Ultron Family-Tree

5 – The Ultimate Nullifier scares off damn near everybody…

6 – … and in turn, the Fantastic Four can pretty much defeat anything

7 – Krypto, the Super Dog

8 – "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor."

9 – The Watcher and the Inhumans are neighbors on the moon.

10 – "The jewel mountians of Krypton are splendid this time of year."

11 – The Defenders don’t take $*#@ off nobody.

12 – Superboy keeps robots of himself in the basement.

13 – Galactus wasn’t wearing pants in his first appearance.

14 – The Radical Cube

15 – In the DC universe, questions won't always get answered… but they might beat your ass in with a baseball bat.

16 – Will Magnus is an f***in’ loon.

18 – Namor barely wears clothes and is still one of the most dangerous threats to humanity.

19 – “H” Dials

20 – One time, Karate Kid used super-karate to throw Mon El into space – MON-EL!

21 – The REAL Multiverse

22 – The Radical Dodecahedron

23 – John Workman Lettering – DOOM

24 – The Hulk can pretty much smash whatever he wants.

25 – Giant Man has a fan club... and they have matching jackets.

26 – All things HYDRA, but especially the Satan Claw.

27 – In The Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos turns Nova into a bunch of building blocks which he then proceeds to step on.

28 – The Vision and the Scarlett Witch

29 – Blackbolt’s real name is Blackagar Boltagon.

30 – Dum Dum’s Bowler Hat

31 – Big ol’ Wyatt Wingfoot frightens jocks more than a guy who can catch on fire (FF#51).

32 – The original Masters of Evil featured a Nazi, a radioactive Chinaman, a guy that pretty much just got really hot, and two Asgardians.

33 – Amazing Spider-man # 33

34 – Rob Liefield still gets work no matter what…

35 – Elysius Klaw can make a big pink elephant out of sound and nobody thinks that's strange.

36 – Mister Miracle breaks into his own house just for laughs.

37 – A dude called the Melter can be both sadass and badass at the same time.

38 – 80s John Byrne

39 – Flash Facts

40 – Elliott S! Maggin

41 – The X-Stinction Agenda

42 – “The lights just went out – what’s going on?”

“Everyone – stay calm… My name’s Matt Murdock. We're in the middle of a blackout, but everything’s going to be all right, okay? I’m going to get us out of this.”

“Murdock? You’re that lawyer, guy. Hey, ain’t you blind?”

“Yes… yes, I am. Now everyone follow me.”

43 – The Green Lantern Oath

44 – Night Thrasher ain’t afraid to use an uzi.

45 – Wonder Man’s acting career, or lack thereof, maybe…?

46 – 70s Marvel comics – I mean, think about it… somebody’s mom actually bought them a copy of a comic called The Son of Satan in the 70s.

47 – Zuvembies

48 – Hank McCoy, the Beast

49 – Dr. Sivana is the kind of guy who knows where to find “a million tons of dynamite” at the drop of a hat.

50 – Don Rickles!




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More pitches are coming, I promise.

What's the hold up?

Well, I just got something kind of like a promotion at work, which is great, don't get me wrong. It's just been eating my comcis time alive.

Pitches yet to be posted are... (in no particular order)

New Guardians of the Galaxy

Namor Rex

Wonder Man TV

Mr. Marvel

The Masters of Evil

Warriors Reborn

Fantastic Four - T-Minus Four and Counting...

Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Call Me... Hawkeye

Monday, June 25, 2007


L - R: Rhodey, Pepper, Tony, and the Dude

Read more about it here.

Saturday, June 23, 2007


"If Heaven ain't a lot like Harelm, he don't wanna go."

The day Luke Cage died was one of the darkest in Marvel history... and he wouldn't have it any other way.

But dig this - just days after he bites it, some Hydra agents possessing the Amulet of Damballah (of Tales of the Zombie fame) jack my man Luke's body in hopes of using it to resurrect Baron von Strucker.

What's all that got to do with Cage's corpse? Well, the way they tell it, nothin' living can get into Hell and ain't nothing strong enough to make the trip without being torn apart in the process... 'cept, maybe, some kinda undead zuvembie with diamond hard skin.

Uh- huh, that's right - now you catchin' on.

And to make matters worse, ol' Strucker's got plans of his own. He's made a lot of friends in the pit, and if he's coming back, he don't plan on doing it alone - he's gonna blow the gates of Hell off there hinges, and bring back a mess of undead with him (and ain't ya'll had enough Marvel zombies?).

Soon, Luke's after-life's startin' to look a lot like his before-life, when he's paid a visit by the most unexpected client of all time - G - O - D. Big G asks Luke to do the unthinkable, and travel to the dark domain of hell and stop Hydra's plans. In return, God offers some pretty heavy compensation for the gig... in fact, if Cage can pull this one off, it'll be the biggest payday of his life - literally.

So fasten your chain-link seat belt, true believers, and get ready for the strangest adventure of
Harlem's #1 son - with guest-stars galore.


Dr. Strange!


The Legion of the Unliving!

Balder, the Brave!

Ho Chi Minh!

The Watcher!



... and MANY more!


Don't worry. I've got another Marvel pitch worked up for tonight, but this morning, I was just playing around in Illustrator and I felt like I need to share.

Friday, June 22, 2007


Like most wouldbe creators, I'd absolutely love to take a crack at writing something for Marvel, and I just know the days coming when ol' Joey Q's going to bust-up into my living room, all Kool-Aid man style, and beg me to helm one of his books...

So, with that in mind, I'm going to throw out 10 ideas over the next 10 days that I'd love to drop on the man (and I don't wanna see 'em anywhere else, ya leeches).

Today's pitch...


"He's the most dangerous man on The Initiative's payroll... and he's coming to a town near you."

Post Civil War, SHIELD in conjunction with the US government's Department of Defense have placed a superteam in every state as part of the 50 State Initiative. As a safeguard, and before the President will sign any team into action, they'll have to pass a grueling final exam administered by none other than the Taskmaster.

Now, with a government pardon under his belt, the Taskmaster travels from state-to-state, springing unexpected assaults on the resident do-gooders, making more money than he ever imagined possible just by doing what he does best - putting the beatdown on superheroes.

But, when a secret cabal of senaters deem several states' teams expendible, they set up the Taskmaster to take the fall for the "unplanned" deaths and turn him into the most wanted man in the Marvel U...

Oh, those poor stupid bastards.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


No con report this year, but if you must have one, Phil's, Chris', and Jason's are all better than anything I would've written anyway, so head on over there.

After spending the weekend at Heroescon, I think my wife, Madelyn, had gotten her fill of smelly animals, so as a change of pace, she asked me to take her to the zoo. She's been telling me for a while that the best time to go to the zoo is early in the morning, right when the place opens up. That's when all the animals are up eating breakfast, and just kind of generally hanging out.

So that's what we did, we went to the zoo.

Now, I'll be honest, I've never really been one for animals in captivity, but having said that, my experience at the gorilla habitat was nothing short of spectacular.

The past couple times I've been to Riverbanks, they weren't really out and about, but this time... oh, my god.

Riverbanks has 3 males who live in a bachelor troop (no jokes, please). Chaka (like the ape boy from Land of the Lost) is the oldest at 23 years old. After him, there's Mike and Kimya, who Chaka apparently beats the living shit out of from time to time when he gets tired of them teasing him.

I couldn't help it, I stayed in the habitat for way too long, but it was mostly just me and Madelyn and I was just astounded... they're such amazing creatures, these guys.

Here's Chaka.

... and here's some pics of Mike and Kimya.

More comics stuff to come this week, including Genis Vel's tribute to his late father.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


The Skrull rumor pool starts... NOW!
Spoilers ahead, kinda.
  • Earth is really a Skrull test colony started millions of years ago.
  • Earth's most influential heroes were replaced some years ago by Skrulls and are the REAL culprits behind Spider-man: The Other, The Illuminati (more on this later), sending the Hulk to Sakaar, Civil War, and pretty much anything written by Zeb Wells.
  • "Elektra" has always been a Skrull, just one that REALLY, REALLY liked ninja stuff.
  • Luke and Jess' kid is feeding off Skrull milk (otherwise, why the breast milk comment by Wong at the beginning of New Avengers # 31?) - hey, they've used that one before, so why not again.

So, dear reader... what do you think?

Monday, June 11, 2007



Danger Ace. Second place. Nuff' said.

Actually, just a little more...

If you've been following the Small Press Idol contest, you know that we held the # 1 spot until yesterday. By my tally, the first place winner should be Talon. I chatted with Scott, the writer/artist on Talon, last night in Dimestore's chatroom and he seems like a good guy, and well deserving of the # 1 spot - congrats SWAT!

Official count won't be posted until after 12PM according to the moderators, but I'm anxious to see what the final breakdown looks like.

After that, we'll have to make it through the veto stage. This's kind of an after the round discussion between the three main judges where they can move projects in or out of the top six.

If we stay in, then we'll have to complete Danger Ace # 0 and have it ready for publication by July 5th, so the next few weeks should keep me very busy.

And as I'm sure most of you are aware, this is also the week before Heroescon in Charlotte, which means that all of us appearing at the Flashback booth are working our fingers bare putting together stuff to pass out and pimp.

Sims is doing t-shirts and an ISB Solomon Stone special.

I'll be working us some Danger Ace flyers, selling what's left of the first printing of Doctor Impossible #1, as well as giving out mini-comic remixes of the Doc stories that were featured in 803 #s 1 & 3.

More on that stuff this week.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


Okay, can somebody explain why I’ve had the theme from MacGyver running through my head all morning?

Weird? I think so.


This morning's tally puts Danger Ace in 8th place (need to be in at least 6th), which means that yesterday was an enormous one for Danger Ace over at Small Press Idol. If I knew more about American Idol I’d probably try to make a comparison, but fortunately/unfortunately (circle one) I don’t.

Voting continues all the way to June 10th, which is Sunday, so if you haven’t voted yet, you have plenty of time... but why wait?

Here’s the link:,com_smf/Itemid,137/topic,2988.20/

Quick shout out to Jason Wright and Phil Looney who've both posted links to the contest in several forums they frequent, and I can’t tell you both just how grateful I am, but I promise, it’s a lot.


Just checked the Diamond site to see what I was getting this week and noticed Essential Silver Surfer Vol. 2 was shipping this week.

We can all figure out why Marvel’s putting this one out, I know. But unless my math’s wrong or I’m forgetting something, with the exception of maybe X-Factor and the last volume of X-men, ESSV2 will contain the most recent material of any Essential so far.

I don’t necessarily mind that we’re now reprinting large chunks of late 80s Surfer stuff. In fact, I really enjoy the Engelhart run, particularly #s 10 & 14. I guess it’s just kind of weird to think that book came out nearly 20 years ago, and now it's getting an Essential. I can remember when it first hit the rack at Davis' Drugstore. Wow... I really sounded like an old man just then, didn't I?


Works been kind of nuts this week, but I'm going to try and get back to posting some real content in the next couple of days.

Heroescon Charlotte happens in less than 2 weeks, and that's got me pretty excited. I'll be doing whatever guys do at cons at the Flashback Universe booth. I've mentioned that I'll be taking free comics and things, so I'll try to post some of the reworked pages just as soon as I'm done with 'em, hopefully this weekend.

Monday, June 4, 2007


Our 3 page contest entry for Danger Ace is up over at Small Press Idol.

Read it here.

Not real happy with this whole thing right now (the contest, not the work).

Voting should be open this afternoon... maybe.


Sunday, June 3, 2007


Three things to mention.

1 - I saw Knocked Up today, and loved it. I thought more people would be excited about it, especially since it's the follow up to 40 Year Old Virgin, but not so much... haven't really heard anyone else looking forward to it. Maybe it's a married guy thing, I don't know, either way... go see it. You'll laugh. You'll cry. And Katherine Heigel's sick hot.

2 - Thanks to my buddy Scott, I've been able to watch a lot of Transformers cartoons. Not surprisingly, they aren't very good, but there's a few of them that I really remembered liking as a kid that hold up pretty well... as we get closer to the explosion-fest that will be the July 4th 2007 weekend, I might even rundown my top 10 favorite episodes. But I might not, who knows?

3 - If you're not one of the 6 people who regularly visit this blog, and/or my wife, then you might not be aware that I'm currently in a little comics themed contest called Small Press Idol. Round Three voting is going on now, and I'll be posting some voting information tomorrow for those of you who're interested.

Not to toot my own horn, but I was really happy with the way the first three pages turned out, and maybe you will be too.

More tomorrow.