Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Ravens of Odin


Welcome to the very first League sanctioned real-time, completely interactive, virtually endless,  interview:

Let me introduce you to the authors of a great new book, THE RAVENS OF ODIN, and then follow us to the League message boards where any and all registered League members are invited to join me in our informal interrogation of these two talented creators.

THE RAVENS OF ODIN is a new book of poems and images from the Viking age. Illustrated by Ed Quinby, one of the most talented people I know, but for the readers sake, in his own words, who the heck is this guy?


ED QUINBY
"I discovered my passion at a very early age, but in my case, it
was illustration and comics. In fact, I learned to read from Flash Gordon and Prince
Valiant Sunday comic strips. Not a bad thing at all, the material was more
challenging than ' Dick and Jane'. But, it was the beautiful artwork of those strips
that set me on a path I still walk today. It's a fortunate thing to devote yourself to
a skill in which you can still improve well into middle age. For an athlete, it would
be like loving to play golf, and I am a very happy golfer."

You can buy the book THE RAVENS OF ODIN, online from CreateSpace 

And you can see more art from Ed Quinby at edquinby.deviantart.com/gallery/


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Screwed McDuck


Legendary comics creator, Don Rosa, who drew Disney’s Scrooge McDuck and Donald Duck comics for twenty years, has written an intriguing, sometimes sad, and very long explanation on why he quit creating comics. Detailing Disney's crappy work practices and his own struggles. Well worth reading, click the below link...

WHY I QUIT

And we of course invite you to click here and continue the discussion here at the League forums.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Who watches the Watchdude





From the February 3rd,  Steve Rude Art Newsletter...
 

"BELIEVERS YON AND NEAR, TO THE AWAITING MASSES DOTH THE DUDE SPEAKETH...


Good.  Hope that caught your attention-eth.  ( It's hard to take the "eth" out of a guy who grew up on l960's Marvels.)
  
So, frantic, hyper-types...why is the Dude writing this special message and what's the big secret he's about to reveal?

THE DAY DC CALLED THE DUDE...


How many of you remember the Dude News from many months back when I told of my offering to do some work for the good folks at DC-and never heard back?  You do remember?  Good--I won't have to repeat the whole story again. 

Being the enlightened being that I am, instead of being bothered by the people at DC Comics never getting back to me, I all but needed to recall a basic and steadfast truth of humanity-which is--

When they want you-they'll call you. 

And call they did.

ENTER "DOLLAR BILL"...

What did DC call me about you ask?  No, it wasn't a chance to do some Kirby character like I'd originally requested, like Barda and her Female Furies, OMAC, or even something unexpected like beautiful, blonde Supergirl.  No.  What DC called to offer me was a "one-shot" that revolved around a "Watchman" character named Dollar Bill.

Dollar Who?  Who's that? 

When DC art director and editor Mark Chiarello called with the offer, I wasn't sure how to react.  I certainly hadn't heard of this " Dollar Bill", nor had I exactly been keeping up with any of the news regarding DC's re-launch of the Watchmen group.  Hey, when's the last time the old-fashioned Dude read a new-fashioned comic book?

Just before being offered "DOLLAR BILL"...

DC had called me to do an alternative cover for one of Darwyn Cooke's Minuteman books--#4 to be exact--so I at least had the advantage of having drawn the characters that would eventually appear in and around this Dollar Bill book they were now offering me.  Maybe it was an omen--or an amen-but before I could shave, bathe, and stop our new puppy from chewing up my old art books, DC once again called--to offer me the D. B. one-shot.

Why am I bringing this up now?  Simply to to let y'all know that the DC Dollar Bill one-shot by writer Len Wein and artist Steve Rude is on stands now.

And what should you expect of this book, dear fans of classic comic art? A weak, uninspired, and "so-what" script from the creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine?  And the art, inking and lettering from a multiple Eisner-winning artist that is a pale, uninspired, and dashed-off shadow of its former self?  Anyone expecting that from two young-at-heart, classically inspired true-believers like Len and the Dude might as well glove-up for the boxing ring!
 
Page from Steve's sketchbook shown above as preparation for Dollar Bill


SO WHAT IS IN STORE FOR YOU WITH DOLLAR BILL # 1? 

For starters, how 'bout that the story is actually--steady now-easily followed, with likewise comprehendible drawings to match the words!  Since Len and I are both from the "classic period" of comic book storytelling, we'll be telling you the compelling and eventually tragic life story of one Bill Brady, one of those naturally gifted athletes who had it easy at an early age-the kind of guy whom all of us normal types use to envy from afar.  That lucky guy who had all the girls and buddies he could ever want in high school who now finds himself a bit lost in life after the easy scores following college (didn't we all know at least  one person like that back then?). 

Above from Dollar Bill page 4, middle panel 


What's a trophy winning, super-jock like that to do now that he's on his own?  Take his once unbound, perfect-teeth smile and go out and conquer the world anew?  Get in with the wrong crowd and use his homerun-hitting bat to help out the local mafia?  Give up and couch-it with endless M.A.S.H. reruns and grow a beer gut?

DOLLAR BILL #1, ON SALE NOW, MY FRIENDS...

If you loved Dollar Bill and would like to see the Dude do more, email DC at this link:  dcentertainment.com/contact. "

Thanks to Mr. Rude for providing us the above interview! All Watchmen and related Characters are copyright DC Comics, Nexus and related Characters are Copyright Steve Rude.

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