Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog Archive IV
Words that swim into the head of Laura "Tegan" Gjovaag
Saturday, November 16, 2002
sister is a very good writer, although she doesn't believe it. Her letters
to the family are a joy to read for the writing, and very often a terror
to read for the events therein. After the last one, I just had to
ask if I could post it here on my blog. So, with permission, I present for
you the adventure of (my niece) Jenna's Wednesday:
Happily, Jenna is now able to smile again without pain. I'm looking forward to seeing her at the Thanksgiving party and seeing how she's healed up by then. And, as always, I'm amazed at my sister's wonderful ability to tell the story so you feel like you are there. By the way, in case you were wondering, Jenna is 8 years old.posted by Tegan | 3:51 PM
Down to 25 days until Aquaman #1 hits the stands, wahoo!
DC also put up the promised Aquaman mini-site complete with new preview images and the Newsarama interview with Rick Veitch. Man, I'm really looking forward to this book. As if you couldn't tell.
Ok, I'll confess. The book I pulled out of the Preview pack on Wednesday and begged my store owner to let me take home was the JLA/JSA Secret Files & Origins.
The reason for the begging? This contains the first Aquaman story by Rick
Veitch. To my surprise, the other two books I could've asked for out of
the store's preview packs were both Marvel books. Considering that I only
buy three Marvel titles right now, that was a little shock. Of course, reading
the Aquaman prelude story has only whetted my appetite for more Aquaman...
at least Wednesday the finale to Obsidian Age will be out...
Check out this Mad Magazine Parody of on-line parody news mag Onion. Frankly, I'm surprised it's as funny as it is. Many thanks to Mark Evanier for pointing this link out in his newsblog.
Ah well, time to get ready for work. I'll write more when I get home.posted by Tegan | 8:35 AM
Friday, November 15, 2002
may not have to wait for the Supreme Court's decision on copyrights to see
Mickey Mouse in the public domain. See, he's apparently on a 700-year-old church fresco in Austria. Ok, so we know it's not Mickey, but the resemblance is truly frightening.
Over on eBay, Jim Lee has sold himself to raise funds for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and the going price for Jim Lee is $6,700. The CBLDF needs money for the appeal to the Supreme Court of the Castillo Decision.
The taping of the Victoria's Secret special was disrupted by anti-fur protesters.
They targeted a model by the name of Gisele Bundchen who has just become
a spokesmodel for fur designer Blackglama. Said the model: "I'm the biggest
animal lover in the world, I was just doing my job." PETA, on the other
hand, says: "Gisele has blood on her hands and blood money in her pockets."
wonderful hubby-Eric taped SpongeBob for me yesterday, so I was able to see
a few more stories. No Mermaid Man yet. And I don't think there will be
more reviews of Spongy, too much work...
I love Mickey................
Paige | Email | 11.16.02 - 1:28 pm
How does it feel to know that he's over 700 years old?
Laura Gjovaag | Homepage | 11.16.02 - 6:37 pm
SpongeBob yesterday after getting called in to work a 14-hour day, and missed
it this morning because I couldn't wake up in time. Ah well. My boss was
nice enough to tell me last night that I should sleep in today as long as
I needed, and come to work when I felt like it... ah, bliss...
another brainteaser, this one is a classic, so you all probably know the
answer already. Arrange four "8"s using any mathematical symbols into an
equation that equals 100. No tricks with this one, it's pretty straightforward,
This is the fourth morning in a row (since I started counting) that I haven't eaten any hamster eggs for breakfast.
Seattle Mariners have announced who the new manager is going to be, and it's
*surprise!* someone I've never heard of. Since I follow only one team, I
don't know a lot about most baseball people outside of the Mariner's organization.
A quick peruse of the front page of The Seattle Times
tells me that he is a former catcher and bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This guy has his work cut out for him, as Lou Pinella was well-loved in
Of course, it doesn't help that the poor guy is being referred to as Melvin in news articles, and all I can think of is the cover to Mad #1 whenever I read that. "It's Melvin!" *sigh*
I found the editorial cartoon in today's Seattle Times to be very interesting:
whole "war on terror" thing has just taken a turn for the worse, apparently.
I'm just tired of it, and this cartoon pretty much captures that whole feeling.
Politics in Seattle just got interesting, according to this article in the Seattle Times. A secret note, apparent threats from the Mayor's office... tsk tsk. Somebody has been bad.
My current hometown football team has been making waves for once. After reading this article
in the Times, I was just flabbergasted at their previous record. 22-68 for
the ten years prior to the current coach's run, and 24-6 with the current
coach. Not bad, coach!
That news made me go look up my old high school's football results for this year. 5-5, ouch.
And to end on a happy note, Paris is apparently has its share of people with a sense of humor. The Seattle Times reports that fake plaques have appeared in several spots in Paris, that commemorate various non-events. One says, "On April 17, 1967 — nothing happened here." I gotta put some of those up in Seattle.posted by Tegan | 11:33 AM
Thursday, November 14, 2002
JLA: Secret Origins:
As stunning as the two-page origin spreads are, and as fantastic as the the
fully painted artwork is, I found myself *ahem* drawn to the pencil sketches
in the back, and I was far more interested in those than in the main focus
of the book. Not that the origin pages were bad by any means! On the contrary,
except for the Flash origin (which hurt my eyes after the nice clay-tones
in the Wonder Woman origin) I found them all to be wonderful. Ok, I don't
"get" the "Who Am I?" bit in the Aquaman origin (is this a reference to Artie
Jr?) but otherwise it's all quite good. But the interview and sketches were
a very nice touch and made what would've been a bit of an overpriced package
into something really cool. 4 starfish.
Birds of Prey: Primal Scream:
I really wanted to like this show when it started, but it abandoned every
premise that made the comic book series interesting. The way the show is
currently set up, even the name makes no sense! And this last episode was
a shambles, not even saved by the valiant effort the actors made with the
lousy parts they've been given. Perhaps the appearance of Black Canary in
the last episode really drove it home: This show isn't Birds of Prey, and it hardly deserves to share the name with the comic. 1 starfish.
other news, I didn't actually expect anyone to take a stab at my quiz-from-heck
questions I posted, but David made a great effort. I figure he's not an Aquaman fanatic, so it's cool that he got one right. Here's the answers:
1) What surfacer island nation destroyed Poseidonis and Tritonis with the help of Ocean Master and coral creatures?
was a "gimme" question at the time of the quiz, as this issue of the book
had *just* come out in stores in the short-lived but well received Dan Jurgens
run. The islander nation was Cerdia, and it will hopefully someday make
a re-appearance in the Aquaman mythos, as at the end of the storyarc Atlantis
annexed the territory.
2) Who was Aquaman's father in the Silver Age? What was his profession?
ol' Tom Curry, the lighthouse keeper, was Aquaman's actual father in the
Silver Age. He also was apparently a Navy man, as he got a burial at sea
in a flag-draped casket.
3) Who was Aquaman's first recurring villain?
I said this quiz went from the Golden Age to the modern age, and these three questions demonstrated that clearly. Aquaman's first ever recurring villain was Black Jack the Modern Pirate, who showed up in More Fun #74, and kept coming back for more all through the Golden Age.posted by Tegan | 6:11 AM
Wednesday, November 13, 2002
You know, I really don't like this book much. It is pretentious, and it
tries far too hard to make itself more than it is. Despite the very interesting
subplot with Helen, this book is almost of no interest to me. 1 1/2 starfish.
Ok, I like the cliffhanger. The whole Terrific team-up went by a little
too fast, but I know if it had been spread out over another issue I would
be complaining about how slow it was, so it deserves a re-read. 3 starfish.
Gotham Central #1 Preview:
Five pages and the cover, at reduced size to make it hard on your eyes...
but it's a very interesting concept. If I'd been able to fit this into our
budget, we would have ordered it. As it is, I may want to try it anyway
once it comes out. 4 starfish.
Green Lantern #156: Ya know,
I quite like John as Green Lantern, and I would like to see more of him in
the role. This wasn't a great issue for storyline, but it was a nice catch-yer-breath
issue. 3 starfish.
Green Lantern: Evil's Might #3 (of 3):
I'm definitely going to have to read the whole thing again now that it's
all out, but this wasn't the ending I expected. There's been some criticism
among GL fans because Alan is the bad guy in this tale, but it's an Elseworld,
things like that happen. If there's a fault in the story, it is the attempt
to juggle too many characters, making it hard for the reader to remember
who is who, especially after the long wait for this issue to finally arrive.
2 1/2 starfish.
As for SpongeBob, apparently there was some sort
of U-Pick show going on at 5 pm, and I missed the first part of it, but I
managed to catch three Spongy shorts so I'll just review those:
SpongeBob Squarepants: Dumped:
SpongeBob's cat-like snail pet was terribly cute, in a slimy sort of way.
I can understand the whole thing with losing a pet (I used to have pets
when I was a kid) so this one actually was touching. I sort of wonder what
happened to SpongeBob's replacement snail, though. 3 starfish.
SpongeBob Squarepants: Arrgh!:
Um, playing at pirates is fun. Finding actual treasure could be even more
fun. Not a bad episode. Very odd, yes, but not bad. 2 1/2 starfish.
SpongeBob Squarepants: Rock Bottom:
Getting lost in a strange place is scary, and when the buses seem to be avoiding
you, even scarier. You can't help feeling a bit sorry for SpongeBob as he
waits for the bus, hungry and lonely. 2 1/2 starfish.
And there was one more episode at 8pm with two Spongy shorts:
SpongeBob Squarepants: Texas:
I got to meet SpongeBob's, er, girlfriend. Sandy the Squirrel. The Texan
Squirrel. Who lives in an air dome and walks around in a diving suit sort
of thing that she has to flush if she cries. Which she did a bit in this
episode, as she'd gotten homesick. What really got to me was the stills of an actual squirrel doing various Texan activities during her homesick song. 3 starfish.
SpongeBob Squarepants: Walking Small: In this one, I get to meet the evil Plankton, who wants to empty a beach to put his restaurant there. Very odd. 2 starfish.
Still have the Alex Ross JLA book and the Birds of Prey TV show to review, but those will have to wait until tomorrow.posted by Tegan | 8:43 PM
You know, Spongebob (when it first aired-my wife loved it from the get-go) set off all kinds of alarms in my head, until I actually sat down and watched it and was won over by its goofy charm. The episode that got me was the one where Bob and Patrick went around imitating Squidward (my favorite character by far). Spongebob tightened his belt around his head, and stretched out his nose, the said (in Squidward's voice) "I practice the clarinet every single day and I never get any better at it". Then Patrick said "My turn" then did nothing but dance around saying "I'm Squidward! I'm Squidward!" I lost it and laughed for 20 minutes, I think.
It's a pretty clever, often surreal show and while NIck is definitely running it into the ground, I still enjoy it occasionally. I hope you get to see the Mermaid Man episode soon. It's pretty good.
I completely agree with you about the Spectre book, I dropped it ages ago. The covers are pretty nice right now, though...
And I know Aquaman's original dad was a lighthouse keeper, and I'm guessing that his brother the Ocean Master was his first recurring villian...but I have no clue about the other quiz question.
Dave aka Johnny B | 11.13.02 - 11:59 pm
Part of me just doesn't know what to make of SpongeBob. I guess it is one of those shows that just can't really be pinned down. But it really is funny, and they throw in just enough stuff for the adults in the audience to make it watchable.
As for the Quiz, you got one right. I'll post the answers shortly.
Laura Gjovaag | Homepage | 11.14.02 - 8:49 am
talking to my manager at work today, I casually mentioned that I had watched
"SpongeBob Squarepants" this morning. Immediately, a customer browsing the
curriculum books asked me which episode I'd seen, and what I thought of it.
This older gentleman then went on to enthuse about the show for a couple
of minutes, telling me about his favorite bits (he agreed with me that the
show was "stupid" in a good way, he said it makes a lot of sense to 4-7 year
olds). When I explained that I wanted to see a Mermaid Man episode, he said
I'd have plenty of chances: The show is on three times a day.
Three times? Sure enough, getting home today (after a stop at the comic
shop, hi Paige and Carol!) I checked the listings. It's on twice more tonight,
and I've got a timer set to warn me when the next showing is about to start.
I'm about to overdose on SpongeBob, all in hopes of seeing a parody of my favorite character.
the next question, should I bother reviewing them? I did this morning's
reviews entirely on a lark. If I'm going to try to watch the show consistently
for a few days, should I also try to write my little rapid reviews? Or should
I let them rest? I guess I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
In other news, less spongily, Comics Continuum has posted Dark Horse's books for February. Only two stood out. I'm vaguely interested in the trade of Fort!: Prophet of the Unexplained. I would like to read some reviews of the mini, I guess, before ordering it. The other book is, of course, Usagi Yojimbo #64, which is firmly on my pull list. Usagi stands as much chance of being removed from my pull as Aquaman does (maybe even less).
Also non-spongily enough, today was
new comics day. Diamond didn't use the holiday as an excuse for once! I'm
a little surprised. Waiting in my pull box were JSA #42, Green Lantern:
Evil's Might #3, Green Lantern #156, Spectre #23, and the oversized JLA:
Secret Origins special. I also pulled another book out of one of the store's
preview packages, but I'll wait to review it until it actually comes out
(there were actually three books in the preview packages that I could have
snagged, but I only asked if I could take one). Rapid reviews for the rest
should happen fairly soon, I'm in a reading mood tonight, even if I do plan
on watching TV.
Another piece of news I just read about, on Newsarama,
is that December issues of Wildstorm books will include a one-page Astro
City story. I just checked Previews mag, I don't buy any Wildstorm. I need
to figure out which book I'll buy to get the Astro City tale...
recent thread on the official DC Aquaman Message Board reminded me of the
quiz-from-heck I wrote about Aquaman a couple of years back. I still think
it's one of my best efforts, so much so that I reposted the quiz in the thread
about it. If I had to do it again, the questions would probably be even
harder. Here's the first three questions from the Quiz:
SUNNY'S AQUAMAN QUIZ
SECTION ONE: THE STORY OF AQUAMAN
1) What surfacer island nation destroyed Poseidonis and Tritonis with the help of Ocean Master and coral creatures?
2) Who was Aquaman's father in the Silver Age? What was his profession?
3) Who was Aquaman's first recurring villain?
free to try to answer, or even to tell me that I was nuts to think that anyone
could... but I'll tell you, the winner of the contest got 28.5 of the 30
questions right. The quiz was divided into five sections, all but the first
with five questions. I tried to spread the questions and the answers over
Aquaman's entire history, which certainly made it harder for people who didn't
know about Aquaman in the Golden Age. However, I think every question was answered on my website somewhere, a fact that I pointed out a couple of times during the contest.
contest was run at the request of Sunny Lee, an artist who, at that time,
had just done the art for the Aquaboy/Lagoon Man Sins of Youth one-shot.
The prize was a piece of original artwork by Sunny.
Timer is ringing... I'm off to watch TV!posted by Tegan | 5:09 PM
just sat down and watched my first episode of "SpongeBob Squarepants" as
I read the morning paper and ate breakfast. A very funny, and stupid, show.
The stupidity is intentional, though, and that makes all the difference
between it being a bad show and a good one. This is a show that knows what
level it's at, and knows what it wants the audience to get. It makes no
pretension of being something it is not. Put together, that makes it a pretty
good show. I didn't happen to catch one of the episodes that is the reason
I'm watching this show, so I'll probably end up watching more. I guess until
I see Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy for myself...
And now for a rapid review:
SpongeBob Squarepants: Big Pink Loser:
This episode was one of those examples of someone being incredibly patient
with a person who needed a friend... at least, for the first few minutes.
I thought I was watching an after-school special as SpongeBob helped his
friend Patrick learn how to open a jar. After that, the action gets more
slapstick as Patrick mimicks SpongeBob, and I couldn't figure out how it
would end. All-in-all, very amusing. 3 starfish.
SpongeBob Squarepants: Bubble Buddy:
This was a cringe-o-rama for me, as I watched it thinking, "How can SpongeBob
possibly pull this trick on all these people?" The twist at the end was
unexpected, but the last line made this episode. 4 starfish.
According to the episode guides, if they are showing the eps in order, tomorrow's should be a Mermaid Man episode.
And, time for another rapid review before I bolt for work:
The Witch and the Jackal #1:
I've already related how I ended up purchasing this issue, now I'll tell
you what I think. I like the characters, and I like the storyline. I've
always been a sucker for fantasy settings, and this is a new one for me.
The artwork is not "there" yet, although the artist has a fantastic grasp
of storytelling, which is one of the hardest bits of comic book creation
to master. My biggest complaint with the artwork is the preponderance of
square-jawed men. Until I see more issues, I won't be able to know if that's
a valid nit or not. But it's definitely worth a look for anyone who is into
fantasy stories, and I feel that this will only get better as it goes along.
3 1/2 starfish.
To check out a free preview, go to The Witch and the Jackal Web Site.posted by Tegan | 9:30 AM
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
First off, yes, I saw Aquaman on That 70s Show
in the Super Friends segment. Yes, I was amused. Heck, the whole segment
was amusing, and I must thank hubby-Eric for calling me in to watch it as
soon as it started.
And, now for a rapid review:
Smallville: Ryan: This one kept me guessing in that I wasn't sure if Ryan would live, losing his power, or if he would die. The ending was touching, and that last shot of Clark was very effective. I think the worst part of this episode was the comic books, and the attempt to remind us that Smallville is based on Superman's mythos. For some reason it made the episode less effective for me. 4 starfish.posted by Tegan | 10:08 PM
First off, PAD has updated how the Retailer Poll
is going in his daily blog, and I must say that there really is no surprise
there. I'm still looking forward to the final results, and I hope that PAD
can get a majority of retailers responding (there are ways to check, I'm
My lateral-thinking brainteaser I posted last Thursday got
no response, possibly because it was too easy: "A powerful and rich king
had three magnificent and valuable rings that he kept in a gorgeous and ornate
box. As he grew older, he decided one day to give each of his three daughters
one of the rings. After the giving was done, a single ring still remained
in the box. Can you tell me how?"
The answer, of course, is that he also gave the box to one of the daughters. Which begs the question (that is never answered in questions like this) as to why one of the daughters deserved both a ring and a box to keep it in. Did the king give other boxes to the other daughters, or was the one ring left in the box less ornate or valuable than the others? Was he fair to the daughters, or was there something else going on? Ok, so maybe I'm the only person in the world who worries about that... I'll try to make the next puzzle more interesting.posted by Tegan | 8:33 AM
and I watched the last part of the show on Game Show goofs last night, and
we were both laughing our heads off at the poor people under pressure. Since
hubby-Eric would very much like to get on Jeopardy (and has even got so far
as to make the contestant pool, only to not be called), we had that uneasy
feeling of there-but-for-the-grace-of-tv-producers-could-be-me...
funniest one for me was the guy who, when asked on Family Feud what Russia
was famous for, said "Russians". He had a point, but the survey didn't agree
The one that kept us both giggling deep into the night,
though, was also on Family Feud: "Name an animal whose eggs you don't usually
eat for breakfast." The contestant, fast on the answer, said "Hamsters."
That was enough to bring tears of laughter to our eyes.
Now we're going to have to watch for the repeat of that show. It was a nice way to lighten up the evening.posted by Tegan | 7:41 AM
Hey, I saw that too! Hilarious.
I got a kick out of the English fellow who answered "turkey" to the first three final round Feud questions...
David J | 11.13.02 - 12:14 am
We actually cheered when he got some survey points for the last one (things you stuff).
Laura Gjovaag | Homepage | 11.13.02 - 12:23 am
Monday, November 11, 2002
yeah... if you've read this blog at all you know I'm a raving lunatic Aquaman
fan. So raving, in fact, that when I feel the urge to try new things with
HTML, they usually end up somewhere on my Aquaman page.
My latest fun was learning how to make a different image appear every time
a page was reloaded, as well as learning how to do a countdown that updated
The new shipping lists are up at Diamond despite this being a holiday. Yeah, I know UPS was still shipping today, but that hasn't stopped Diamond in the past from claiming that they couldn't get the books out on time. Still, the odds are 50-50 that the books won't arrive at my local shop until Thursday. If they do, I'll be ... well, slightly impressed.posted by Tegan | 7:53 PM
Note: Most of this information comes from Comics Continuum's Coverage and from Newsarama's Coverage of the Retailer Representative Program held in Los Angeles this last weekend.
First off, a serious gripe. Young Justice is being cancelled to make way for a new Teen Titans
book with a different creative team. This is pretty sad, because Young Justice
is one of the most consistently good books out there, always managing to
be the saved-for-last book in my reading pile because I know I'll enjoy it.
And the end for the book is really near! PAD reports in his blog
that the series will end with issue 55, that's only four more issues! I
think this counts as an act of utter stupidity for DC. Well, at least this
decision is going to save me a few bucks a month... until Todd Nauck and
Peter David get work going on more series that I want to try.
This bad news spins out of the report of an utterly dreadful sounding 3-issue prestige mini-series called The Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day
which I'll buy just for the characters involved and hopefully will enjoy
much more than I think I will. This whole "mysterious woman from the future"
and "death of one of the founding members" just turns me off. Enough with
time travel stories and enough with cheap gimmicky deaths that will be undone
in a couple of months, if they wait that long. The mini will lead right into two new teams books, with Teen Titans replacing Young Justice and Outsiders replacing the admittedly tepid Titans.
The Teen Titans
book will feature Geoff Johns as writer, and Mike McKone as penciller, and
I'm afraid that neither one inspires me to pick up the book, since I like
Young Justice more for the controlled choas that PAD manages to sustain
rather than the characters, and not one of the member of the new Titans team
interests me enough to try the book. YJ qualified as a book I was picking
up solely for the writing.
Outsiders is more likely to get
on my pull list, despite me not being interested in it at all. I don't dislike
Judd Winick's writing, but he's not a writer I intend to follow, and I know
nothing about Tom Raney's art. I was only getting Titans because Garth was in the book, and so it may end up I only get Outsiders because Jade is in the book, and hubby-Eric likes Jade. If it were solely up to me, however, this one wouldn't make the cut.
Fwew... I'm hardly even started reviewing the info and I'm already tired of it... Moving on, there wasn't much Aquaman news.
biggest piece of Aquaman news I could find was the planned 4th Quarter release
of new JLA Action Figures, including Aquaman in his new, new look. Yeah,
not the harpoon, but the Veitch-look. Depressingly, there was no mention
of the Veitch series itself, despite other ongoing series getting promoted.
In other books, Aquaman will make an appearance of some sort in The New Frontier,
a six issue prestige series about Hal Jordan's career prior to joining the
Justice League. While the series will include others, Hal is apparently
the main focus, and all the key figures of the Silver Age, including Aquaman,
will make guest appearances. Sounds like one to start saving up for.
Another possible appearance for Aquaman... ok, probably not, but the book sounds good anyway... is Formerly Known As The Justice League which brings back Keith Giffen to write the characters that made him famous and dubbed an entire era "the Giffen League".
Moving on again, JSA: All-Stars is an 8-issue mini with back-up stories that hubby-Eric will probably want to buy. And we're not likely to unsubscribe from Green Arrow or Green Lantern before the Winick and Raab team-up crossover, nor after the books have gone their separate ways again.
The four-issue mini by Kurt Busiek called Superman: Secret Identity looks interesting, if only for the writing. It also sounds like it might be an Elseworlds, which would clinch it for me.
There's a new anthology book about to hit town, and it's title is Solo.
While I'm sure DC could have come up with something catchier for a title,
the concept has me hooked already, since I like anthology books. Every issue
will feature one DCU character in one of the stories, with no other limitations.
Sounds like something I'll enjoy.
Astro City: Local Heroes
will no doubt be worth the wait, and no doubt it'll sell pretty well despite
the long hiatus while Kurt recovered from Mercury Poisoning. There's not
a lot to say about this except: WAHOO, New Astro City in February!!
become a fan of the Golden Age Spectre through reading old More Fun comics
on microfiche, I'm delighted that DC is putting out The Golden Age Spectre Archives
and I hope to someday be able to afford it. Even if I don't get it right
away, it'll be something to put on my wish list and it'll be nice that more
people get to read these classic tales.
In other news, I've already mentioned the John Cleese Superman Elseworlds, so read my previous blog entry on that. The Justice League Cartoon series has been picked up for another season, HUZZAH! and Super Friends will start coming out on DVD next April (which could be very good or very bad, depending on how they do it). Kingdom Come action figures are in the works, and although an Aquaman one hasn't been announced, I can keep wishing...posted by Tegan | 7:37 PM
Sunday, November 10, 2002
According to Newsarama, John Cleese and Kim "Howard" Johnson will be writing a DC Elseworlds called True Brit, involving Kal-El's rocket landing in England.
Needless to say, I'll believe it when I see it, but I really hope it does get made. Sounds like a lot of fun.posted by Tegan | 8:18 PM
When I woke up this morning, I seriously did not believe I was going to the Seattle Comicard Convention today. Indeed, I knew
I wasn't going, because hubby-Eric and I had discussed it quite seriously
last night and determined that we really couldn't afford it.
when I found myself entering the doors to the Northwest Rooms at the Seattle
Center at noon, I wasn't quite sure how we had suddenly gone from "not going"
to "ok, we'll go." I'm still not sure. But... we went!
just enough cash to pay for parking and to get in the front door, and since
we had not a cent more, we went to the signing area and ignored all the dealer
The first booth we went to was the great Studio Foglio
where I got a signature from Kaja for my green-book-o-autographs and chatted
a bit with them. We then wandered over to Greg Rucka's table where I got
Then we went to Jim Calafiore's table and hubby-Eric
got a sketch for his Green Lantern/Oz sketchbook while I drooled over original
pages of Aquaman. Eric's sketchbook is a thing of wonder! His concept is
that the nature of Green Lantern is such that any character could
be a member of the GL Corps, so when he asks for a sketch he tells people
that they can draw any character they want... as Green Lantern. This approach
has led to some fascinating, and funny, sketches. One of the first is "Carnage
Lantern" by Randy Emberlin. Amanda Conner did a funny self-portrait, Steve
Lieber did Stetko as Green Lantern, and Brent Anderson did an Octopus Lantern.
Because Eric is also a Wizard of Oz fan, Eric Shanower did the Green Lantern
of Oz, and Leah Adezio did a portrait of Dorothy and Toto... with Toto wearing
a GL ring. There are a lot more images in the sketchbook, if you happen to run into us at a con, ask for a peek.
Getting back to today, Jim Calafiore drew Nocturne of Exiles with the GL Ring.
asked Jim about an Elseworld he had submitted, and he showed me his pin-up
of Kal-El as Aquaman (his ship having landed in Atlantis instead of Kansas).
It was fantastic, and if I'd had $300 to spare I think I might have bought
it. I mentioned The Aquaman Chronicles
and he said he had to dig out some stuff for it, but John has already asked
him about doing a feature on it in the fanzine. I hope we get a print of
the pin-up, it was great.
Both Eric and I next visited Peter Gross, who drew Aquaboy for me, and DC's Death as Green Lantern for Eric.
up, we wandered over to Frank Brunner's table and I asked about sketches,
but he said he was only taking commissions. I got his autograph in the green
Next off we visited Chisai publishing, home of the all-new book The Witch and the Jackal
which has been getting quite a lot of press from me, despite me not having
reviewed the first issue yet (although I've read it). The artist on the
book, Steve Ratch, was willing to try his hand at sketches, but didn't want
to try Aquaman. He drew one of the main characters from his book, Jack.
Aka Jackal. Then came Eric's sketchbook, and the pun-of-the-con, as Steve
drew Jack as the Green Lantern (with a ring-created sword). His associate
and business manager promptly dubbed the sketch "Jackal Lantern".
We then wandered over to Committed Comics,
and I was remembered by the amazing Quenton Shaw, who apparently never forgets
a face. He's seen me maybe once a year, if that, since 1999 and remembers
that I'm the Aquaman fan every time we meet. Mark Brill was at the table,
and since I've already got a fantastic sketch by Mark Brill of Aquaman, Eric
got to ask for a sketch for his book, and got Brill's character Platypus
Rex as "The Green Platypus"!
Then it was off to Rick Hoberg's table.
He's currently working on the Batman Family crossover in the Batman books
with inker Stefano Gaudiano, who was sitting next to him. Both did sketches
for both our books. Rick did a Silver Age Aquaman for me, and R2-D2 as Green
Lantern for Eric. Yes, R2-D2. From Star Wars. The short robot. Stefano
did a cool "modern" Aquaman with the harpoon, which we jointly decided he
didn't need to ink. He drew a demon as Green Lantern for Eric.
wanted to get a sketch from Karl Kesel for Eric's book, since Kesel's Aquaman
sketch in my book is so cool, but Karl needed a break and started to wander
the floor at that point. So we scoped out the remainder of artists and visited
a couple of dealer tables. At the Modern Pulp
table we ran into artist Brian Meredith who did a somewhat animated style
Hal Jordan Green Lantern for Eric, and the harpoon version Aquaman for me.
Both are fantastic. This guy can draw.
At this point we
were tired and there weren't any more artists that we could approach, so
we decided that if Kesel didn't return soon, we'd leave and hope to catch
him at a future con. Of course, the moment we decided that, Karl wandered
back to the table.
After flipping through my original Aquaman sketchbook
(in which his sketch is the fifth one, so he hadn't seen most of the sketches),
he agreed to do a sketch for Eric. He pondered it awhile, and while he pondered,
I decided to try something I had tried once before.
Way back at
the third con I ever got sketches at, I asked Art Adams to do a sketch for
me. He apologized and explained he wasn't doing sketches at cons at the
time, and I understood... but it was Art Adams! So, right before
we left that con, I went up to him again and said, "I would never forgive
myself if I didn't try a second time to get a sketch from you," at which
point he took my sketchbook and drew a wonderful rendition of Aquaman.
Today it was Frank Brunner's turn.
doesn't make it to many west coast cons, and I had never met him before this,
and I felt it was unlikely I would ever meet him again, so I went up to him
and said that I would completely understand if he didn't want to do a sketch,
but I really had to ask, since I have to live with myself, one more time.
He reluctantly agreed to look at my sketchbook, and even more reluctantly
said he would try an Aquaman, although I repeatedly said he didn't have to
do Aquaman if he didn't want to. He told me that he really liked Mermaid
Man from SpongeBob Squarepants, and I said he could draw him if he liked.
To keep the pressure off, I told him I would just leave my book with him
and go over and talk with Karl Kesel. I honestly wasn't sure if he'd draw
anything, but at least I gave it my best shot.
In the meantime, Karl had come up with his idea and sketched away. The result was "The Most FANTASTIC Green Lantern Ever!" Yup, he drew Mr Fantastic of the Fantastic Four as GL, complete with a "4" inside the GL Logo.
he finished and laughs were exchanged all around, Eric and I walked over
to Frank Brunner's table, and he handed it back to me saying, "I'm not sure
if it's Aquaman or Moses." If anything, I think it may be Neptune. He couldn't
remember how to draw Mermaid Man, so he was going for the modern Aquaman
look, but the hair got a bit curly on him. I like it quite a bit. I felt
a bit like yelling "I got a Frank Brunner sketch!" but managed to contain
myself. That makes me two for two on second tries.
exciting bit of fun, Eric and I left the con, and decided that it was worth
the cost to have a bit of fun and get some more sketches together.
And we learned that coming next February is the debut of a new ComiCon in Seattle, The Emerald City ComiCon. It will be interesting to see how well it goes.posted by Tegan | 6:03 PM
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