When I learned that Kyle Holtz was taking on some mail order commissions, I just knew I had to try to get on his list. I was able to and Kyle agreed to give me his take on Sly as Jack Carter.
The first piece that Kyle created can be seen here. I think Kyle did an amazing job. I love everything about this piece. Unfortunately, it was lost in the mail. I have hope that it will eventually turn up. Thankfully, Kyle sent a scan before mailing the art. When Kyle learned that the piece never arrived, he agreed to redo it.
Knowing how much artists hate to redraw something, and because I thought Kyle totally nailed this piece, I asked if I could upgrade to a larger piece. Kyle agreed. So Kyle is going to create a new Jack Carter drawing. The upgrade piece is the one posted today. I absolutely love it.
If you’d like to see more of Kyle’s art, click on over to his Facebook page. I give Kyle the highest recommendation to folks that collect commissions.
I’m looking forward to Under the Dome. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, Under the Dome is the story of a small town that is suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome.
Under the Dome’s official site is now live. If you go there, you can see the dome drop over your house. Yeah, you’re house. Or any home or business that you know the address for. Oh, and you can learn more about the show there too.
Another very popular crime graphic novel written by Steven Grant (but this time with art by Mat Santolouco) is Two Guns.
From the Boom! Studios book description: A pulp story about cops and thieves and the men that are something in between. Trench has targeted a local bank to rob, and asked Steadman in on the job. Trench figures it’s a great way to score — considering it’s a cover for mob money. They’ll be thieves ripping off thieves. But what Steadman doesn’t know is that Trench is a DEA agent. And what Trench doesn’t know is that Steadman’s a Naval Intelligence officer. They’re both cops! And neither one knows that they’re not robbing the mob, they’ve been set up to steal $50 million from the CIA!
The first issue of a six issue comics sequel, titled appropriately enough, Three Guns (again by Grant, but this time with art by Emilio Laiso) is set to drop around the same time. You can learn more about Three Guns from this piece over at the Hollywood Reporter.
These are the two graphic novels that fans refer to most when talking about Steven Grant and Mike Zeck’s best collaborations.
While I agree that Grant and Zeck’s Punisher stories should be the Bible for others wanting to chronicle the Punisher, I’ve always felt that their crime graphic novel Damned was on equal footing with Circle of Blood and Return to Big Nothing.
Unfortunately, many fans missed out on Damned when it was originally published.
The great news is that anyone who missed out can get a copy of Damned later this summer when Boom! Studios reprints it!
I’m excited that Damned will be seen by a wider audience. I’ve sung the praises of the Damned book for years.
In most states, the highest paid state employee is usually a football or basketball coach. I might have thought that in a few states that would be the case, but overwhelmingly, this is the standard.
The good news is that in most cases tax dollars are not paying (the bulk) of the coaches’ salaries. I post this not to indicate my belief that coaches are overpaid, but because I was surprised that in almost every state a football or basketball coach led the way.
Thanks and a “Put me in the game, Coach!” to Deadspin.
The Wicked West(written by Todd Livingston & Robert Tinnell, art by Neil Vokes) should be made into a tv series.
“Texas. 1870. An ancient evil has descended on the remote frontier town of Javer’s Tanks, resulting in an epidemic of bloodless corpses. And the man the townspeople are determined to hang for these crimes is in fact the only one who can save them.”
Cotton Coleridge is a loner. Quick with a gun and a man with a past. If the town folk don’t kill him the vampires might.
“Cowboys vs Vampires.” ’Nuff said, right. Well, just in case it’s not…
Nick Fury: Agent of Shield should be made into a tv series.
I am not talking about the Samuel L. Jackson movie Nick Fury.
What I am talking about is the 1960′s ultra-cool Steranko Nick Fury. That’s right, set the series in the 60′s. Make Fury the cigar-smoking, ex-war hero who is now America’s answer to James Bond.
The war is over, but Fury is fighting to keep the USA safe from Hydra, the Red Skull, Scorpio and other menaces out to destroy our way of life. No longer a soldier, Fury is now a secret agent working for S.H.I.E.L.D.
Think back to how awesome those stories were. Now imagine how cool they could be translated to a weekly series. I’d tune in. Wouldn’t you?
Marvel Comics Master of Kung Fu could make a great television series. Granted, they’d need to change the title. Even die-hard fans of the MOKF series realized that the silly sounding title probably kept more fans from reading the series, but those that gave it a try (especially the Doug Moench/Paul Gulacy issues) were in for some of the best comic stories being published.
Shang-Chi (the Master of Kung Fu from the title) was a young man who, well, let Shang-Chi tell you…
”Call me Shang-Chi, as my father did when he raised me and molded my mind and my body in the vacuum of his Honan, China retreat. I learned many things from my father: That my name means ‘The Rising and Advancing of a Spirit’, that my body could be forged into a living weapon through the discipline of kung fu, and that it might be used for the murder of a man called Dr. Petrie.
Since then I have learned that my father is Dr. Fu Manchu, the most insidiously evil man on earth…and that to honor him would bring nothing but dishonor to the spirit of my name.”
Shang-Chi reluctantly became an agent for the British government — think Bruce Lee working with James Bond — and found himself in adventures just as wild as in any 007 movie.
Marvel has never given the Moench/Gulacy MOKF run the hardback treatment it deserves since they no longer have the rights to Fu Manchu. This seems like a bit of a cop-out to me, since it would be easy to call Fu something else. I imagine the same thing would have to happen for a proposed tv series.
Tell you what, though. How about someone with clout getting it done in both arenas?