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  1. 5 points
    http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/the-creator-of-constantine-reflects-on-his-epic-hellblazer-run-30-years-later "I guess I did want to write a different type of comic: one that gained its impetus from the horror – largely social and political – shared and hopefully understood by both its characters and readers," says Delano.
  2. 5 points
    Juan Ferreyra, who did covers for the New 52 Constantine series, has been periodically posting John drawings he does in his free time to his twitter. Some of them:
  3. 4 points
    can this thread be made only accesible to the members again please? i realize it's not a big hurdle, but i feel like the pictures of kids and us folks should be a little protected.
  4. 4 points
    C'mon, Ixnay. You're only fakin' that achin' for Chaykin. It's the thought of Nick Necro that's got you shakin' the bacon.
  5. 4 points
    Here's Johnny scaling my bookshelf like it's goddamned Mount Everest.
  6. 4 points
    sooo i just wanted to update. i have been depression free for over a year now. it was a lot of work and stuff, but it worked out wonders :) i have seen my therapist not for the last 2,5 months and still going strong. just wanted to let you know :) also thanks for the reading and answering when i had to vent and complain, it sure did help. i really like this forum :) (whereelse can you make jokes about playing poker with gods, analyze an obscure comic that has been dead for almost four years, talk about personal stuff and get new insights on a variety of completely unrelated things :D)
  7. 3 points
    Based on your guys recommendations I've been burning my way through Black Hammer, and hell yes it's a great comic. At the back end of the first volume now, will definitely keep reading! Edit: Still reading through Black Hammer on Comixology instead of working and just finished Doctor Star. I'm such a huge fan of James Robinson's Starman, I can't believe I didn't know this comic existed until now. Lou, you're right, I had tears in my eyes reading that final issue.
  8. 3 points
    Very much this. Classic night and day Garf right there. EDIT - Hell, his Nick Fury stuff is the same way. 1st mini - terrible. 2nd mini - quite good. My War Gone By - top notch
  9. 3 points
    Constantine moves to DCU. Introduce mature-focused DCU imprint. C'mon now, we're not asking for much, four issues of Hellblazer a year from a creative team with something to say and some gratuitous swearing thrown in cause we're all broke inside and that's how we speak now.
  10. 3 points
    The good news is that DC's Huntress is going to be the guest-star in the next story-arc. That's what the Hellblazer fan-base has been awaiting. I'm glad I've put all this behind me. It's hilarious that John Constantine (one of the greatest characters ever created in comics) is so far below the quality level of a Snagglepuss comic book. Imagine if a time traveler were to go back to 1988 and tell someone this, he would never be believed. Ah, how the mighty have fallen.
  11. 3 points
    Also, what classic stories do today's comic readers have to look back on? Older readers had: "The Galactus Trilogy" "The Dark Phoenix Saga" "Dangerous Habits" Now..... "Iron Man gets written out-of-character in Civil War." "Spider Man gets written out-of-character in One More Day". "Captain America gets written out-of-character in Secret Empire." "John Constantine spends twelve months looking for the Djinn." No wonder less and less people care about comic books (or, mainstream comics, at least) all the time.
  12. 3 points
    John McCrea's recent #inktober tribute to Steve Dillon in the form of John
  13. 3 points
    He could just do the Constantines Past issues.
  14. 3 points
    I've said before that Carey's finale is probably my favorite ending to any Hellblazer run, in spite of the occasionally bumpy road leading up to it. "R.S.V.P." has a sense of finality to it, and I feel that in retrospect, if there was a place to satisfactorily end Hellblazer during its original run - this would be it. Looking forward to seeing what you make of the final three original Hellblazer runs.
  15. 3 points
    Here's a recent pic of my son, Johnny, and I. Excuse my red Devil Eyes, I had corrective muscle surgery in both eyes a month ago, and I was still recovery when that shot was taken.
  16. 3 points
    If someone clicks that they like your post, it shows up on the top of your screen that someone liked your comment. It's how you can discover if you have a secret admirer, for one.
  17. 3 points
    That said, I really couldn't have seen Ellis doing a Freezes Over or Hard Time, and it wouldn't have been beyond him (having quit the book in a tantrum over having an ill timed, but far from brilliant story pulled) to produce something over a forty issue run that made all that made all of the dogfucking and sweetly musky balls nonsense look like The Dead Boy's Heart by comparison.
  18. 2 points
    I bet* this Graphic Novel will turn out to be the very book that SW Manor was seeking back in the days of Hellazzer. Remember**? That unfinished plot thread? *The Trading Places bet, if you're interested. ** I don't really remember this, just as something that appeared to be leading somewhere then vanished like an old oak table.
  19. 2 points
    I feel like I should ban myself for not including Garth's Hellblazer run on that list.
  20. 2 points
    I feel The Boys, like Preacher, is very much is an encapsulation of everything good and bad about Garth as a writer. One page he has a touching character moment, but then on the very next page he has some guy f*cking a giant meat statue or a superhero pissing themselves.
  21. 2 points
    Seeley's an American. The "misfired attempt at authenticity" been my theory regarding the gang-slang as well.
  22. 2 points
    Hey, everyone! The Kickstarter for the next book I'm writing, THE GENTLEMAN: DARKNESS OF THE VOID, is up and running. Be sure to check the video for the dope images, art, and concept! And don't forget, if you're interested in pledging/donated, Kickstarter doesn't take any dime from your account until the end of the campaign at the end of the month. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/782290703/the-gentleman-1-darkness-of-the-void# A Lovecraftian inspired horror noir story about the haunting ghosts from the past along with the ghosts from the forth coming future, the Gentleman finds himself drawn to Espere St. Lanmé, mysterious and alluring, seeking help and protection from a being of possibly supernatural origins. Unfortunately to protect her, Oliver must succumb to his special abilities, a hereditary curse that uses his body as a key and vessel to the Void, an ancient evil with the means to destroy all life as we know. Can Oliver protect Espere without losing his humanity? And if he can, can she be trusted? What is her connection to Oliver and the Void itself? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/782290703/the-gentleman-1-darkness-of-the-void#
  23. 2 points
    Yeah, comics are horrible for taking up space. I'm not sure how collector's manage to find enough space, unless they have a nice-sized house with lots of rooms. Getting a number of new comic books every week really eats up spare room pretty quickly after a while. I don't mind how much room all my Silver and Bronze Age comics take up, but it's a question of what do you do with all the comics you buy new each week. I just store them all in boxes, and then all the boxes just pile up on the floor. I'm quickly running out of space, myself. I found a closet I could clean out and I'm stacking boxes in that closet now. I had to get rid of some of my comics which I didn't really care about recently, due to running out of space. If I were you, I might try to either donate them to a local comic book store, or maybe see if they'll give you some sort of trade, like maybe $5 off your total. I can't see a comic store turning down free comics, and then it's the comic store owners problem. The other option is if there is a local flea market or something similar near you, that has a guy who is a comic back-issue dealer. That's what I did with my comics. The guy there actually gave me a pretty good deal, which surprised me. He bought the comics for a dollar a book, and it wasn't anything of real value. The comics would never have sold on EBay, or anything. I managed to make $120 on that day, which was more than I ever expected to make on some of my extraneous comics.
  24. 2 points
    If you don't know anyone who wants comics, you should use them to cut up and make art from. http://theinspirationgrid.com/comic-book-collages-by-mike-alcantara/
  25. 2 points
    That's a rotten shame. As you say, the art on Cybernary is glorious, and he was just the sort of comics artist Image was supposed to have been founded to encourage.
  26. 2 points
    I'm really surprised no one's talking about this series anymore, I guess Oliver's terrible Djinn storyline really drove everyone away. That's actually a shame, because Tim Seely's 3-issue arc was actually pretty great. I thought the final chapter kind of stumbled in the middle, with a completely unnecessary Justice League appearance that had me rolling my eyes, but then it finished with a really great last couple of pages. This has been the best story John's had since he was brought back into the DCU (except for maybe Fawkes' Earth 2 arc, that was really well done, too), and I recommend you guys trying it out.
  27. 2 points
    How the hell did Ennis go so very wrong on Where Monsters Dwell? It was the perfect idea for a fun romp....instead, it was like Ennis got caught up on the idea of lesbians, like he had never fucking heard of the concept before, and it amused him so much that he needed to make the whole series about this crazy idea of lesbianism. Dear lord. Phantom Eagle was quite good though.
  28. 2 points
    ugh I will probably buy it...
  29. 2 points
    Even worse, when the Punisher became a black guy, those issues are ones I always happily skip over when I'm doing re-reads of that series. I'm guilty of picking up the Austen X-Men issues, though even I gave up halfway through the run. That was what broke my Uncanny X-Men completist run, in fact, fuck it was awful. I'd have to disagree about Punisher Armory, though. I'm far from being a "gun guy", but the pages all had narrative captions written by Eliot Brown that captured the Punisher's voice perfectly. It wasn't just "hey, here's this gun, it kills people", each entry had a story behind it. I remember one that had a little snub-nose pistol that had belonged to Frank's wife, a purse gun, and the narration was all about how he wished she'd had it with them the day they were killed in the park. Another one had a little cowboy cap gun that was his son's, and how it was the one gun Frank would never part with. Surprisingly well-written stuff.
  30. 2 points
    Oh man now I am flashing back to when the Punisher was an angel or whatever and had spirit guns and hunted down demons or something.
  31. 2 points
    While I loved Planetary, I always gave that Vertigo/Constantine issue the side-eye, as it fell right after Ellis left Hellblazer over "Shoot". It was like he wasn't just wanting to give his own little swan song to Constantine with that nice middle flashback bit (which I heard once was originally going to be part of his Hellblazer run, the issue that was to be drawn by David Lloyd), he also had to talk shit about the character and Vertigo as a whole. According to that story, Constantine and all of the old guard Vertigo characters needed to be put to pasture because they were silly taken out of context of the late 1980s and they should all just be the much cooler Spider Jerusalem instead. It came off as incredibly pissy to me, which I would have been okay with if Ellis hadn't been talking out his ass about a DC comic when he's still writing multiple other DC Comics. Always stuck me as childish.
  32. 2 points
    Sean Phillips posted this variant cover on Twitter: I can't get the current version of the forum software to embed Sean's tweet, so what you're looking at is my scaled-down version. The original in all its Phillipsian glory can be seen at https://twitter.com/seanpphillips/status/936642752263147520 He's also tweeted work-in-progress shots of other variant covers.
  33. 2 points
    I always thought a "What if..." Frank Castle became Deathlok book would have been cool.
  34. 2 points
    Because it reads like if Scooby doo was a soap opera and had suddenly gotten shitty characterization for the whole cast. But read for yourself, there is a couple of different opinions on the run.
  35. 2 points
    I've mentioned here in different threads that I'm a big fan of James Robinson. While not everything he writes is good (or even readable, looking at you "Cry For Justice"), he's a writer that I always make time for even if I'm not a fan of the characters he's writing, like with his current Wonder Woman run. His work on Grendel, Scarlet Witch, Batman, the JSA...all solid to really great work. Starman, though, holds a place in my heart that's unmatched by any other comic series, it's easily my favorite completed comic work. I used to make it a point every 2 or so years to go back and re-read Starman from start to finish, a task that was made a whole lot easier when DC released the six Omnibus volumes. While I was always drawn in by the way Robinson tied everything in the series together during the epic "Grand Guignol", and I certainly recognized the dramatic beats he was hitting as the series wrapped up, it's only been in recent years that I've truly felt and understood the emotional impact of that last year plus of the series. My last read-through of the series was back in 2013, and as I was making my way through the volumes my father was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer. A prognosis of 6 months turned into death after 6 weeks, and my dad passed away while I was smack-dab in the middle of "Grand Guignol". I wasn't able to finish reading the series, I don't want to spoil anything for people who haven't read it, but it hit me so hard emotionally and the wound of my dad's death was so raw that it colored my opinion on the series. It wasn't just an expertly and intricately plotted superhero series, it was now one of the saddest and most bittersweet conclusions I'd ever read. It was only a few months ago that I decided to read the series through again, for the first time in 4 years. Now, though, the way I'm relating to Starman has changed once again. Instead of looking at it as a son dealing with the death of my father, I'm now a father myself. Starman was ultimately about the relationship between father and son, and while the end of "Grand Guignol" (and the final issue) is still bittersweet and brings up tons of depressing memories it also reminds me that it wasn't long after losing my father that I gained my son. In that way, Jack Knight became my avatar, and the series itself is a testament to how comics as a medium can touch someone deep in their soul. And god damn could Tony Harris draw the hell out of that comic.
  36. 2 points
    Just imagine being someone who sees and picks up a gorgeous Sean Phillips The Hellblazer variant on the shelves, with no idea of the Davide Fabbri art waiting for him on the inside!
  37. 2 points
    Yeah, that's not what happened to Marvel Comics. That's what the editors at Marvel decided to blame instead of looking at their own self-destructive business decisions. The alt-Right idiots just decided to jump on that comment as a way to make a political point. Most of those people don't even know about comics, but hearing "diversity is being forced on a corporation and killing its profits" was an orgasm waiting to happen for them. It's the same as the LGBTQ community whining and complaining about John Constantine not being "bi-enough", and they won't read the book unless John is fucking men, when, in reality, most of those people had never even read Hellblazer before. The fact is that monthly comic books are a dying medium, and it's not going to change. Marvel and DC both rely on quick fixes so they can see that they hit #1 on the sales charts for that month, not bothering to think about what's going to happen the next month, when "Cap is a fascist!" or "new #1 issue!" or "Marvel Legacy begins!" isn't there to draw in the collector crowd. Comic books used to be a lot more diverse actually. Not with minorities or anything like that. But, there used to be horror comics and sci-fi comics and crime comics and girls comics and romance comics. Something for diverse tastes. And, they sold so many damn books! They also weren't charging money so that only single middle-aged people can afford the damn things either! Then, it ended up where superheroes are the only thing that a major comic book publisher can publish, which cuts down on the amount of fans who are going to be interested in the medium. Especially, when comic books cost $4 an issue, which means that kids can't read comic books anymore. The idea of publishing comics that appeal to females or black people or gay people isn't a negative idea, in the least. In fact, many of these "diversity books that are killing Marvel's business" that they like to make excuses with are actually selling pretty decently as Trade Paper Backs in retail book chains, but Marvel and DC are solely obsessed with the monthly sales charts, which continue to decline all the time. Diversity isn't Marvel's problem, and until they wake up and look at themselves in the mirror, they're going to see monthly sales decline all the time. But, hey, then Disney might get word that they have a bunch of incompetents in charge of something they own, and Disney might start axing these idiots who don't have the first idea about how to run a profitable company. As long as Disney sees the profits they're making on the movies though, they don't have to take a hard look at why Marvel Comics is failing. So, braindead editors can start using all the excuses in the world about why they can't manage to publish comic books that anyone wants to read....."Hey, it's not my fault! It's the blacks and the queers! They're the ones who hurt Marvel!". That's why most of us fans who actually love comic books as a medium are cutting down on our monthly buys and turning to a company like Image which comprehends the simple idea that creativity is the most important aspect to any literary medium, and isn't concerned about the next cross-over and relaunch to help save a comic book Universe which they've bungled and mishandled for about a decade now.
  38. 2 points
    https://www.scribd.com/mobile/document/167293208/Swamp-Thing-Meets-Jesus-by-Rick-Veitch-and-Michael-Zulli-Art
  39. 2 points
    I couldn't remember, nor be bothered to search for, the thread that had us all talking about Rachel Pollack's run on Doom Patrol (and Elizabeth Hand's Anima series), so I figured I'd stick this here. Really interesting interview with Pollack about her Doom Patrol run and the editorial/critical reception of it at the time. No big surprise that Axel Alonso taking over as editor when Lou Stathis died is what ultimately forced her out of Vertigo. https://www.newsarama.com/37024-rachel-pollack-talks-doom-patrol-prose-writing-and-making-a-return-to-comics.html
  40. 2 points
    Here's an interview I did with DeMatteis many years ago about his Ghost Rider run. I'll say it again, guy was so genuine and appreciative to talk about work he did 20 years ago (at that time). My goal is to get him on the podcast at some point as well, I'll squee like a fangirl in heat if that happens. Vengeance Unbound - J.M. DeMatteis Interview
  41. 2 points
    related my favorite rob leifield related article ever
  42. 2 points
    Those are some really good points, Robinson does tend to mine the past of his characters, and that was one of the more damning aspects to Diggle's run. I'd counter, though, with the notion that Diggle's continuity dredging wasn't what made his run so forgettable, it was that he regurgitated past minutia while simultaneously sacrificing character moments for plot mechanics. I don't think Robinson would do that, because in his better works like Scarlet Witch and especially Starman, he grounded the series in heavy character pieces while also laying down all of the plots for his endgame. Robinson would bring the character's heart and humanity back, instead of just sending him on neverending quests. Or he'd write something like Justice League: Cry for Justice and make me look like a fucking idiot for suggesting him in the first place. It's a toss up.
  43. 2 points
    Yes, which shows that it can be hard to predict how well a writer will do writing a John Constantine story. Jason Aaron is a great writer, yet he wrote one of the worst Hellblazer stories.
  44. 2 points
    So a few things since we launched on Monday! We not only passed the 50% mark already, but we also found ourselves in the Projects We Love category! It's been getting a pretty good reception thus far, but definitely want to get closer to the initial goal as soon as we can, that way we get closer to possibly adding those extra pages of back up story with the crossovers with other indie comic characters. So if you can, definitely put a pledge in and share and tag people to see the project. It'd be much appreciated! Oh yeah, don't forget, money doesn't get taken out of your account if you pledge/donate/pre-order until the end of the campaign on October 25th and you can edit the amount any time after you've pledged until that date. So you can place it now just to calculate the numbers. Thanks, guys! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1942007293/isnana-the-were-spider-volume-2
  45. 2 points
    Just a quick public thanks to known vagabond Mister Adrian Brown Esquire for his continued upkeep of the forum, I'm a proper lazy bastard and the place would be falling down around your ears without him!
  46. 2 points
    The Kickstarter is finally live! Be sure to pledge and spread the word through social media of all types, friends and family, etc. Any type of support would be greatly appreciated! And for anyone who missed out on the first volume, given that the book is sold out, you'll also be able to pledge for a copy of the first along with the new one! www.kickstarter.com/projects/1942007293/isnana-the-were-spider-volume-2
  47. 2 points
    Thanks guys! Yeah, he turned two back in May, and has definitively proved that the "Terrible Twos" does indeed exist. We had stair gates put up for awhile now, the tension kind that just use pressure to keep between the walls, and he figured out that he could just tear them right the fuck down and jaunt back and forth on the stairway. So I installed metal gates that are screwed into the wall, with hinges and a lock...and the little guy just crawled under them.
  48. 2 points
    I apparently have three secret admirers. So, I'm pretty excited about that, I guess.
  49. 2 points
    i mean shitting out of the mouth of his characters is like 45% of whats appealing on ellis' as a writer
  50. 2 points
    Uh... fine thanks. Just started two weeks' holiday. And you?
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