Two X-Men posts in one day?
The most interesting thing about the new X-Men series launching this week is not the vampires (sorry) but the use of the original logo from the team’s debut in 1963 (minus the shading)!
Funny enough, there are something like 138 different variant covers available for this new 2010 title, and yet I couldn’t find one that was an homage to that first issue.
Also, didn’t the whole variant cover thing when away when the industry imploded in the 9os? Maybe not. Here’s a list of what retailers are offering this week (doesn’t include the future printing variants…):
X-MEN #1 BLANK COVER VAR
X-MEN #1 COIPEL VAR
X-MEN #1 DJURDJEVIC VAR
X-MEN #1 JRJR VAR
X-MEN #1 MEDINA VAR
X-MEN #1 PARTY EXCLUSIVE MEDINA GATEFOLD VAR
They’ve come a long way since the near cancellation of the series in the late 60s/early 70s.
There is a two-page splash in Adventures in Paradise where a giant, six-eyed insect is chocking a shocked, naked Jimbo on the floor and accusing him: “You don’t have it bad. You’re literature, buddy!” Disturbing.
Originally posted on The Beguiling Web site (March 9):
Part of the Faculty of Design Speaker Series
Thursday March 25, 2010, @ 6:30pm
The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) Auditorium
Jimbo: Adventures in Paradise
Brooklyn-based illustrator, painter, designer and part-time musician Gary Panter is the mind behind the elaborate, quirky, Emmy Award winning set designs for the kid’s TV show Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Possibly the most influential graphic artist of his generation, Panter’s creative influence extends far beyond the realms of illustration. His work has been described as era-defining, earning him the monikers “King of Punk Art” and “King of the Preposterous.” He is described by Chris Bor of ARTINFO as, “A creator whose work comfortably straddles the worlds of painting, commercial art, illustration, cartoons, underground comix, and music,” and who, “tackles all of his projects with visionary punk panache.”
Panter’s artwork has appeared on record covers for Frank Zappa and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He created the children’s playroom inside the Philippe Starck-designed Paramount Hotel in New York, and his animation series Pink Donkey and the Fly are featured on the Cartoon Network’s website. He is the creator of Jimbo, a “post-nuclear punk-rock cartoon character” whose adventures were first chronicled as a comic strip in the ’70s Los Angeles hardcore-punk paper Slash, and later in RAW magazine. Jimbo has also been published by Zongo Comics, founded by Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening.
In 2000, Panter received the Chrysler Design Award recognizing his wide-reaching influence and mainstream success. From 2005 to 2007 his work was featured in the touring exhibition Masters of American Comics alongside that of such comic luminaries as Elzie Segar (Popeye), Chester Gould (Dick Tracy), Charles Schultz (Peanuts), Jack Kirby (Captain America), Harvey Kurtzman (founding editor of MAD magazine), Art Spiegelman (Maus) and others. His 2-volume monograph Gary Panter was published by Picturebox in 2008.
All are welcome; admission is free. Limited seating available; guests are advised to arrive early.
Panter’s talk is generously sponsored by TD Insurance Meloche Monnex.
This year’s CBC’s Canada Reads program includes a few graphic novel and comic picks.
In this video, The Beguiling’s owner Peter Birkemoe showcases Seth’s new book, George Sprott. Just have a look at how those pages are put together. Amazing.
Browse Birkemoe’s full list of recommendations here. I’ve not read a single one on the list, which is very exciting for me – so many undiscovered books to check out.
Toronto comic writer Sean Jordan, aka Wordburglar, who pens Snakor’s Pizza chimes in with one of his favourites: Planetary
I love Planetary. It’s definitely in my top picks, but I’ve never been able to decide if it should go on the superhero list or the mixed genre list. The mixed list includes sci-fi stories, but this series features so many superhero characterstics I have difficulty classifying it. The series started in 1998 and went on hiatus in 2002 or 2003. Now it’s back with the final issue, due in October. The Wildstorm blog posts a coloured page from the upcoming issue. Very exciting after such a long wait.
Original posted on Beguiling.com:
Featuring author Tory Woollcott
Friday, July 3rd, 2009, 5pm-8pm
@ The Central, 603 Markham Street (next to The Beguiling)
“Mirror Mind” is a brand new graphic novel written by Torontonian author Tory Woollcott. Tory uses the comic book format to recount her childhood experiences with dyslexia; a medium that perfectly translates her memories to paper. Mirror Mind is an enjoyable read accessible to all, while reaching out directly to children and parents struggling with dyslexia.
The Beguiling is very proud to present the official launch for “Mirror Mind” with author Tory Woollcott on Friday, July 3rd, from 5pm-8pm. Tory will be doing a light-hearted presentation on her graphic novel and on her experiences, which will be followed by a Q&A with The Beguiling’s Peter Birkemoe. Book signing follows.
For more information, visit http://www.mirrormind.maybemumkin.com/