Drink and Draw
The first official Drink and Draw will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13th at Beaverdale Tap (formerly A K O’Connors, behind Ace Hardware on the corner of Beaver and Urbandale.) It will go from 8:00 to midnight and should be a good time. You would also be welcome to come early and/or stay late.
What is a Drink and Draw? Well, it really is what the name says it is, you order a drink and draw while you enjoy it.
Yes, that is the simple explanation; however, I have some hopes associated with this. We already have some great artists in this city, but there is ALWAYS room for more art, especially comic book art. I want to see connections made and possibly comics come about because of this little social gathering. Even if that doesn’t happen, with our eventual book binding coming (yes, it is still coming) we might be able to put together a year’s best and actually publish a full book of Des Moines’s Drink and Draw work. Several other cities do this, why can’t we in Des Moines?
It also presents the option of trying the 24 Hour comic project that is held every year too. I’ve been contacted to sponsor this, and would, if we could get a good art community behind it.
Also, we are not dead set on just the second Thursday of the month. If we are getting a decent response we could look at a second night a month and also opening it up to other venues too.
Also, we won’t officially do this with the first D&D, but in October, I want to include writers too either at the same night or a separate event. Why can’t we include the other important component of comics? Yes, there is a social aspect to the Drinking and Drawing, but writers need a place to come and discuss ideas, exchange scripts and even jot down ideas, outlines and rough scripts. In the end, THIS should create comics, because no matter how good an artist is, most of the time they don’t do the whole project themselves.
Really hope you can make it.
Marvel Now? No, not yet… wait for it… NOW!
I have had a lot of questions about what is comprising this Marvel Now re-launch of books that is constituting the reshuffling and restarting of several titles. As much as I’ve been asked, I have as many questions myself. So, I did a little research to comprise a list and a little info for you.
First the information. We should reintegrate that the Marvel Now initiative is a re-launching of books and a re-shuffling of talent, but not a re-boot of history or continuity like what DC did. I talked to a representative from Marvel back at C2E2 and he pointed out that there was serious talk of restarting, like DC did. However, after seeing the overall massive drop off of numbers by just month three, they started backing away from the idea. Instead, they are going to try this… whatever it is; not a re-boot/re-lunch/re-shuffle.
Marvel Now is also being looked at (by Marvel) as a way to draw in new and lapsed fans. I don’t see this working any better than DC’s did. Talking to a couple other retailers and looking at the numbers that DC released from their poll, it didn’t draw new readers and hasn’t been able to keep them. Nonetheless, I do hope it sparks a little interest. Some of the combos announced so far (and listed below) are pretty good, so, time will tell.
I found a pretty good piece done on Newsarama (Yeah, I know, I was surprised by the source too) and it went over most of the major questions people have had. You can find it here. In the article they speculate that there will be about 20 titles in the re-launch of books. I have listed out the ones I know of or are confirmed (September/November solicitations will probably come out next week.)
Here are the books, the creators and the expected month of release:
Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena
Debuting in December
Rick Remender and John Cassaday
Brian Bendis and Stuart Immonen
News on this can be found here.
Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting
Rick Remender and John Romita Jr
Matt Fraction and Mike Allred
Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley
Mark Waid and Lenil Yu
News on this can be found here.
Invincible Iron Man
Kieron Gillen and Greg Land
News on this can be found here.
Thor: God of Thunder
Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic
News on this can be found here.
X-Men: Legacy (or something replacing the X-Book of that name)
Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat
Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan (writing) and Tony Moore (art)
And a freak’n unbelievable cover by the Great Geof Darrow.
News on this can be found here. And covers and conversation here.
Daredevil: End of Days Mini-series
Brian Bendis and Bill Sienkiewicz
This is not a re-launch of Daredevil, but a long rumored mini-series set at the “End” of Daredevil’s career similar to the Dark Knight Returns. It is starting in October and will hopefully get past issue one. (Anyone else remember Daredevil: Target?)
For a little more info and some art go here.
And now for all the stuff I have no idea if they are right or not.
A little speculation:
Something Something Spider-Man
The book is close to #700 (which will hit in December.) Dan Slott may be staying on as writer and says something big, as in major changes are coming. Pretty good guess that Homberto Ramos is staying on as one of the rotating artists too. You will get a new number one Spider-man issue, somehow, someway and it will happen in January.
Probably Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness
They did the Nova story in the first Point One book released about a year ago.
He is on the cover of Marvel Now, Point One. So, he is getting something by someone. Also, the Edgar Wright movie is supposedly still happening, but who knows which Ant-Man it will be there are like fourteen now.
Jeph Loeb and E McGuiness did the Avengers: X-Sanction mini-series.
I’m sure these two are NOT working on two books. That is a certainty, but you can be pretty sure Cable will have his own book… I mean if we need to totally resurrect the nineties, we can’t do it without a regular Cable book!
Guardians of the Galaxy
Probably being written by Brian Bendis
There is a movie coming in 2014, so, you really think they aren’t going to have a regular book or four? Too bad it is by Bendis and not by Abnett and Lanning. The stuff they did a few years back was the best space opera done since Starlin and Lim did Silver Surfer in the late 80s and early 90s. No way Bendis does better, NO WAY. He can write well, but he can not do action and that is what the GotG should be all about, action.
Some kid group with Young Avengers, Kid Loki and other characters I’ve never heard of
Probably written by Kieron Gillen, current writer of Journey into Mystery
Some team of killers with the Punisher or possibly a re-launched X-Force book
Blade, Punisher, Deathlok and the rest of X-Force all in one book.
Greg Ruka’s Punisher is coming to an end and he is in X-Force #29… so, maybe?
Tony Moore vs Robert Kirkman
There is more info on Tony Moore’s attempts to get what he feels he deserves from co-creating The Walking Dead and other comics with Robert Kirkman. In an article on Comic Book Resources, Moore is trying for a jury trial in District Court to attempt to get himself named as co-author. You can read the nitty gritty here.
I wish Tony luck. He is good man and a very talented artist. It is important to point out that even in this day and age, there are difficulties in establishing creator rights. It is not all about Siegel and Shuster or Kirby and a big company. It also happens with books that retailers had to beg people to buy when they first came out.
Jim Starlin wants rights too!
In a related note, It looks like Jim Starlin might be getting ready to make a claim on his creation, Thanos. In an article posted on The Beat, it shows the groundwork for a possible legal battle with Marvel. Who knows to what success he will have? However, NOT in response to that, Marvel has cancelled the “Son of Titan” mini-series before it had even made it to the initial order stage. Editor Steven Wacker was quoted as saying, “we jumped the gun.” Right… or Stalin has a better case than anyone outside of Marvel thinks.
And now, Sports…
So, supposedly the Olympics are going on right now. (big deal, there are pennant races in baseball right now. Screw the Olympics.) …and in times of great patriotism, pride and whathaveyou, it is good to remember who could beat everyone, at everything… Batman.
Comics Alliance has a complete rundown of Detective Comics issue #260, Mystery of the Space Olympics! It is great reading and a must for all you dark and brooding Bat-fans that just want to see the Joker’s face cut off in a rebooted NÜ DC book.
My Batman dances!
Sorry, but Ronnie is getting a, some might say, much needed week off.
BAH, I say to that! Looligagger, I decry! The short one is right now in a Becky Cloonan and Brian Wood coma from the great books of Conan, Batman and Massive that all came out last week. Seriously, if you are not reading Conan, Massive, The Strain (or Sean Murphy’s freak’n amazing Punk Rock Jesus, but we are talking Dark Horse right now) you really need to reevaluate your comic love’n.
It seems Dark Horse has pulled out all stops to show case some the industry’s most talented creators. Some in licensed work, some in original, creator owned work, but all in what has come to be seen as some of the best comics being published.
What could be the next great book from Dark Horse comes out this week, Michael Avon Oeming’s new five issue mini-series, The Victories. I know only what I’ve read and you will be able to see all that too below in the links I’ve provided.
Here is the solicit info from Dark Horse:
Not long from now, all that will stand between you and evil are the Victories—six heroes sworn to protect us from crime, corruption, and the dark. As one member cracks down on the violence, he discovers himself touched by a painful past through the psychic powers of Link. Will this trauma cause him to self-destruct or continue the fight?
And words of praise from Brian Bendis:
“Mike Oeming is one of the great people and comic artists on the planet earth. I’ve been dying for Mike to write and draw his own book for years. And here it is! If you like Powers, you will love The Victories!”
If you know Oeming’s work on Powers or Mice Templar or any of the dozen other projects and works for hire he has been putting in over the last two decades you KNOW for a fact that he is a consummate professional with a fantastic style that is SO VERY NOT what is being done by every other Joe Artist in this industry.
We retailers have been told that it is extremely violent and crude superheroes. You REALLY get that sense by this interview at Newsarama and in it Oeming describes the book as such:
“The Victories is a five issue mini series that blossomed out of a year of therapy. I had been experiencing panic attacks and severe anxiety for a long time. The therapy offered lots of insights into myself and my experiences that was really excited to get onto paper, I knew almost immediately they would make good stories, especially as a metaphor for super heroes.
Also, art therapy has always been good for the soul. I hope to do several other volumes that focus on different members of the Victories and culminates into one large final story.
This first arc is about Faustus, a wise cracking hero and his struggles with the origins of his powers that will bring him into direct conflict with his master. Meanwhile the city is being taken over by a power drug called the Float.”
Go read the rest of the interview, it is very good.
“In another interview, that you can find at The Nerdist, Oeming talks about the future of the project:
We are hoping to put out another three or four volumes, each centering on another set of characters, with all of their stories coming together in one large arc. Seeds are planted in this first arc, then it would build in the next few until it culminates in one final story. Or, we’ll be very proud of this and move on to something new.”
Also, very good and worth the full read.
I think what draws me to the project more so than the super heroes is Oeming’s art. I have been a fan since the very early days of Powers. The guy is a great writer and doesn’t get the credit he deserves for that aspect of his creative juices, but his art is plain and simply awesome. He developed his own style in an age of repetitive copy-cat artists being the only ones employed by the big two. Yes it is, in some respects simple, but you can’t boil it down to that. Oeming has more fluidity in his art and a better sense of movement than 90% of artists working today. He is closer to a Phil Hester and Mike Mignola than a Jim Lee – and frankly, that is such a good thing. We need more artists with style and less doing rehashes of a failed decade.
Obviously, I have not been able to read the book, though I am highly excited to just that, but I found a review online and it really makes me more interested in it. The reviewer describes Oeming’s work as “capturing the essence of a corrupt and morally fallen city” and transports you there by saying Oeming helps you “almost smell the city…and it didn’t smell nice.” A very important aspect of gritty superheroes is creating the right atmosphere, sounds like that is to be expected. You can read the rest of the review here.