C.M. Beckett

ruckawriter:

comicsalliance:

BORN IN A WORLD OF TRAGEDY: GREG RUCKA REFLECTS ON HIS BATMAN WORK, PART ONE [INTERVIEW]
By Chris Sims
To say that Greg Rucka had a profound impact on DC Comics in the 21st Century is underselling things quite a bit. After arriving on the scene in the late ’90s, he became one of the few writers to have written all three of DC’s biggest characters, with critically acclaimed runs on Action Comics and Wonder Woman. It was on Batman, however, where he made his biggest impact, as one of the writers for the year-long No Man’s Land crossover, the relaunched “New Gotham” era of Detective Comics, and cowriter of the enduringly influential Gotham Central.
Today, we begin an in-depth look back at Rucka’s tenure on the Dark Knight, starting with No Man’s Land, both the comic and its surprisingly popular novelization, in which Gotham City becomes a dark dystopia following a cataclysmic earthquake; his feelings about the core idea of Batman; and his frustrations on seeing the Joker show up in the pages of Superman.
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Had a lovely, long, and rambling chat with Chris Sims about my time in the Batman Universe. He’s easy to talk to. I’m not sure I’m that easy to listen to, but there you go….

ruckawriter:

comicsalliance:

BORN IN A WORLD OF TRAGEDY: GREG RUCKA REFLECTS ON HIS BATMAN WORK, PART ONE [INTERVIEW]

By Chris Sims

To say that Greg Rucka had a profound impact on DC Comics in the 21st Century is underselling things quite a bit. After arriving on the scene in the late ’90s, he became one of the few writers to have written all three of DC’s biggest characters, with critically acclaimed runs on Action Comics and Wonder Woman. It was on Batman, however, where he made his biggest impact, as one of the writers for the year-long No Man’s Land crossover, the relaunched “New Gotham” era of Detective Comics, and cowriter of the enduringly influential Gotham Central.

Today, we begin an in-depth look back at Rucka’s tenure on the Dark Knight, starting with No Man’s Land, both the comic and its surprisingly popular novelization, in which Gotham City becomes a dark dystopia following a cataclysmic earthquake; his feelings about the core idea of Batman; and his frustrations on seeing the Joker show up in the pages of Superman.

READ MORE

Had a lovely, long, and rambling chat with Chris Sims about my time in the Batman Universe. He’s easy to talk to. I’m not sure I’m that easy to listen to, but there you go….

New (teen) Titans #50:  ”Who is Wonder Girl?” 
I didn’t read the first run of the Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans.  I wasn’t collecting comics when they started, and the title wasn’t one my local bookstore carried anyway.  I know I would have if I’d seen the Perez artwork, but that was not to be the case.  Had to get them through Mile High and other dealers, after the fact.  
But this ad … when I saw it, I knew I had to get this book.  Perez’s art had come such a long way in such a short time - tighter and more defined.  Love it.  I might have to dig these issues out and see how they hold up.
chris

New (teen) Titans #50:  ”Who is Wonder Girl?” 

I didn’t read the first run of the Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans.  I wasn’t collecting comics when they started, and the title wasn’t one my local bookstore carried anyway.  I know I would have if I’d seen the Perez artwork, but that was not to be the case.  Had to get them through Mile High and other dealers, after the fact.  

But this ad … when I saw it, I knew I had to get this book.  Perez’s art had come such a long way in such a short time - tighter and more defined.  Love it.  I might have to dig these issues out and see how they hold up.

chris

Batman a Death in the Family  
This house ad definitely got me onboard with buying the Batman books, back in the day.  Overwritten, as many comics from that and earlier eras were, but the Aparo artwork is phenomenal.  And this ad - genius.
chris

Batman a Death in the Family  

This house ad definitely got me onboard with buying the Batman books, back in the day.  Overwritten, as many comics from that and earlier eras were, but the Aparo artwork is phenomenal.  And this ad - genius.

chris

jimzub:

ungoliantschilde:

Marvel by Moebius.

A great artist can take a classic design and make it their own while keeping the essence intact. Moebius was definitely one of the greats.

Moebius.  ’nuff said.

(via joshfialkov)

KING KONG (1976) 
Saw this ad in my recent reading of Jack Kirby’s 2001.  I like the use of the word “original” in the hype line.
chris

KING KONG (1976) 

Saw this ad in my recent reading of Jack Kirby’s 2001.  I like the use of the word “original” in the hype line.

chris

snakeoily:

OILY/SPX

Come buys some comic books at table J1

Guys, Girls, Cats, and Dolls,

Today Melissa and I will be getting the Oilymobile out of the garage with brand new struts and driving south to dirty-old Bethesda, Maryland. Once again we stress and strain and lose sleep until we are in the comfort of those Marriott pillows and blankets. What a year it is going to be at America’s own Small Press Expo

The thing I am most proud of and excited for this year are Oily’s nominations in the 2014 Ignatz awardsDaryl Seitchik (Missy) and Nick Drnaso (The Grassy Knoll) both garnered nominations and holy moly do they deserve it. I think the Ignatz are one of the better awards given out in comics because the nominations are chosen by a panel of cartoonists and voted on by attendees of SPX during the first day of the show. It is a true festival prize and and tends to shine a light on works that don’t always get recognized for one reason or another. So here’s to Daryl and Nick. I’ll be rooting for you all the way. 

Next up, we have a brand new comic called Daddy debuting at this year’s show. It is a black and red affair written by Josh Simmons (Habit) and James Romberger. Josh won’t be at the show but James is coming down for his first time. Look for him at our table and with the fine folks of Uncivilized Books.

What else is happening? Oh, our own Melissa Mendes (Lou) will be womanning the Oily table with me and handing out a little sampler of her new comic she is launching on Tumblr. It is called The Weight and from what I’ve seen so far, it is next-level stuff from Melissa.

Let’s see, Let’s see. Oh, yes. Panels! On Saturday from 3-4pm I’ll be on the Micro-Press and Beyond panel with Keenan Marshall Keller (Drippy Bone Books), Justin Skarhus and Raighne Hogan (2D Cloud), and Anne Koyama (Koyama Press). It will be moderated by my dear friend, the irreplaceable Robyn Chapman. And then on Sunday, Melissa Mendes will be discussing Stories of Girlhood with Ellen Lindner (The Black Feather Falls), Jillian Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer), and Aisha Franz (Earthling).

Please come around to the Oily table (J1) and get some books or just say hi and meet some cartoonists. We are setting up a real signing schedule this year:

Saturday
12-1 Daryl Seitchik (Missy)
3-4 Benjamin Urkowitz (Real Rap)
5-6 James Romberger (Daddy)

Sunday
12-1 James Romberger (Daddy)
3-4 Daryl Seitchik (Missy)
5-6 Benjamin Urkowitz (Real Rap)

For you Comixology readers, you might be interested to know that they are running an SPX sale this weekend in honor of SPX. You get something like 80 digital comics for $10! Included are a bunch of Oily titles like Joey, Luv Sucker, Nu, Bastards, Missy 2, and more!

Oh, boy. One more thing. The folks at SPX asked Oily to draw their web banners this year. So I want to thank Billy Burkert, Ben Urkowitz, Melissa Mendes, Daryl Seitchik for helping out with that. If you go to the SPX website you can see them as you click through the site. 

Okay. That’s all. See you in Maryland. 

-Chuck Forsman

P.S. Guess who’s birthday is tomorrow? 

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therobotmaster:

The Bunker Vol. 1
Oni Press
Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Art by Joe Infurnari
Just got started on this strange series. Anyone who likes a good mind bending story should check it out. Reminds me a lot of Lost (minus the shitty final season). Story follows a group of friends who set out to bury a time capsule, but when they go to dig a hole for it discover a buried bunker containing letters written by themselves in the future. Apparently they are the cause of an apocalyptic event that is about to happen, and they must follow the directions of themselves in the future to make sure that humanity is not completely wiped out. I love the premise, and hope that it plays out well. And also the art is pretty great, and also very gritty.

Get this!  It’s brilliant and beautiful.

therobotmaster:

The Bunker Vol. 1

Oni Press

Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov

Art by Joe Infurnari

Just got started on this strange series. Anyone who likes a good mind bending story should check it out. Reminds me a lot of Lost (minus the shitty final season). Story follows a group of friends who set out to bury a time capsule, but when they go to dig a hole for it discover a buried bunker containing letters written by themselves in the future. Apparently they are the cause of an apocalyptic event that is about to happen, and they must follow the directions of themselves in the future to make sure that humanity is not completely wiped out. I love the premise, and hope that it plays out well. And also the art is pretty great, and also very gritty.

Get this!  It’s brilliant and beautiful.

(via joshfialkov)

does it

franksantoro:

does it say anything about me that I have no idea where my table is at the comic con and I’ll figure it out Saturday morning?

Cool and confident.  That’s Frank Santoro