Category: Comics

Joe Dator’s Rediscovering “Columbo”


Over the last year I’ve posted about my wife’s and my renewed interest and love for Columbo starring Peter Falk.  Because the series is so popular it appears on several networks daily which makes recording episodes easy. My wife and I have been working our way through every episode.  Joe Dator is doing the same thing.

Joe Dator is an accomplished cartoonist whose work can regularly be found in The New Yorker, often be found in Mad Magazine and Esquire and believe it or not, at his personal website.  Joe was a winner of The National Cartoonists Society’s 2018 Silver Reuben Award.

I tell you all of this as a way of introduction into Joe Dator’s Rediscovering “Columbo” in 2020.  The cartoon strip first appeared in The New Yorker last October, but can be seen in full at Joe’s website.  I agree with everything Joe says about the joys of watching Columbo.  The one thing I would add is that while Columbo’s first name is never spoken it does appear to eagle-eyed viewers when Columbo shares his ID in a few episodes.

Paul Gulacy – Subject of Comic Book Creator #27


Paul Gulacy will be the subject of Comic Book Creator #27 which is due out in September!  Here’s the synopsis…

Fall 2021 – 84 FULL-COLOR pages
Paul Gulacy is celebrated in CBC #27 with an extensive retrospective by Greg Biga that includes memories from the artist himself and a vast array of peers, including Val Mayerik, P. Craig Russell, Tim Truman, Roy Thomas, and others. From Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, Sabre, and James Bond 007 to Batman: Prey and Catwoman, we examine this superb cinematic comic book artist’s influences and his influence on an entire generation of creators. Plus we feature an extensive Joe Sinnott Memorial (also compiled by Greg Biga!) that includes heartfelt testimonials from an army of the masterful artist’s peers and admirers. Rounding out CBC’s main features is part one of a fascinating chat with distributor, publisher, and mail-order bookseller supreme Bud Plant, discussing his very early days as underground comix retailer, top West coast distributor, and fledgling publisher of Jack Katz’s First Kingdom. Of course, our regular team of Arndt, Whitehouse, Patrick, Ziuko, Thompson, and other stalwarts are onboard this ish, along with the latest from Hembeck! Edited by Jon B. Cooke.

You can pre-order a print or digital edition here.  If you have a local comic book shop, you can also pre-order through it.

Dave Stevens’ Vintage Rocketeer Print!

I strongly encourage you to click over to The Bristol Board to see a much bigger and better version of the Dave Stevens’ 20th Anniversary Rocketeer print shown above.  Stevens’ Rocketeer comics were a love letter to old time movie serials and movies, Bettie Page, Rondo Hatton and more.  They were beautifully drawn, fun stories.   It’s hard to believe that the 20th Anniversary print is almost 20 years old itself. 

Click over and enjoy Dave Stevens’ artistry!

Puck by Kalman Andrasofszky!

That’s Eugene Judd aka PuckPuck was created by John Byrne and first appeared in the comic Alpha Flight #1 in 1983.  What made Puck unique in the Marvel universe was that he was a dwarf and he had no super powers.  He was a great acrobat and a fighter who loved to scrap. I thought the character had a lot of potential.  

The drawing above is by Kalman Andrasofszky who absolutely gets Puck!  I’d love to see him illustrate a Puck mini-series or graphic novel.  Here’s what Kalman had to say about his drawing…

Eugene Milton Judd. The original Saskatchewan badass. In my head cannon this guy’s a bruiser who can really take punishment and kinda likes it. Some notes: toned paper is everything, I may never go back. Puck’s body hair is as much a part of his costume as anything. Would you draw Spider-man without webbing? No? No body hair, it’s not Puck.

If you’d like to see more of Kalman Andrasofszky’s art, you can at his Instagram.

Ron Garney’s BRZRKR Preview Art is Here and Looks Awesome!

Boom! Studios has released preview art for BRZRKR, a new series from Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt (writers) and Ron Garney (artist). Bill Crabtree is set to serve as colorist with Clem Robins providing the letters.  Here’s the synopsis…

The man known only as B is half-mortal and half-God, cursed and compelled to violence…even at the sacrifice of his sanity. But after wandering the world for centuries, B may have finally found a refuge – working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. In exchange, B will be granted the one thing he desires – the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence…and how to end it.

BRZRKR is set to run 12 issues/chapters. The series will also be collected in 3 graphic novels, each containing four issues/chapters. The drop date for the graphic novels are September 2021 (Volume 1), April 2022 (Volume 2), and September 2022 (Volume 3).

For more information and additional preview art check out Bleeding Cool’s First Look At Ron Garney’s Art on Keanu Reeves-Written Comic, BRZRKR.

“The Minimalists” – The Poster & Trailer. (I Think I Need to See This. Do You?)

The poster and trailer for The Minimalists are here.

This documentary really interests me.  I have a collector’s mentality.  I collect movies (VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, Laser Disc), comic books, novels, Stallone-related items, original art and stuff.  It’s sometimes hard to let things go.

I have trimmed my comic collection waaay down.  These days I keep very few and trade the others in.  I do have 6 book shelves of graphic novels (some of which I still haven’t read).

A few years ago my wife and I began to trade in novels that we didn’t think we’d want to re-read.  With that said, thanks to the COVID pandemic, we currently have 8 packing boxes of novels to trade in.  I have 7 book cases of novels that I am keeping (including dozens of books still to be read) and my wife has another 2 book cases.

I got rid of all my laser disc movies.  In the garage I have storage bins of VHS movies that I haven’t watched in years.  I have a bin of record albums.  I got rid of my album cassettes. I have quite a few music cds and dvds / Blu-ray movies.

I have many photo albums of Stallone articles, press kits and boxes of memorabilia including movie scripts, books, sculptures and other collector’s items.

Yeah, I think I better watch The Minimalists.

They’ve built a movement out of minimalism. Longtime friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus share how our lives can be better with less. Directed by Matt D’Avella.

Jack Carter / John Wick by John Beatty!

How cool is this Jack Carter / John Wick piece that my buddy, John Beatty drew for me?

John has created several Stallone pieces for me over the years, but this one is perhaps the most creative.  Using the Jack of Spades… with each J standing for Jack (Carter) and John (Wick)… the spades suit symbolizing death… the Carter and Wick figures mirror images of the other.  The drawing can work from any position – Carter or Wick on top or viewed from the horizontal angle that I’ve used (and prefer).  I also have to give John Beatty props for the research he did to make sure both Carter and Wick have their preferred guns.

You can see a bigger version of the art by clicking on the image above.  You can also find John at his Twitter, his website or even his Facebook page.