Monday, July 31, 2006

So, I'm Famous

It seems I'll be ditching my role at Comic Foundry for the life of a fashion model. Why? Because I'm famous, baby!

If you open up the current issue of Men's Health, you can find my smiling mug TWICE in the "TELL MEN'S HEALTH" section. And if you open up the current issue of Details Magazine, you can find me modeling some duds I would never wear (not sure what page). No access to Details mag? Well, just roll on over to, where they're featuring my picture from Details.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Lazy Sunday

Random Thoughts:

Just finished reading: Seven Soliers TPB, Vol. 1
Am currently reading: Rocketo, Vol. 1
Next on my reading list: The new book by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (thanks for the sketch and signature, by the way)

Most recent movie I just saw: All the President's Men. (The best detective story of all time. Period.)

New Comic Foundry coming on Tuesday when we launch the new issue. Patience.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

NYT Comics Page + the Military

NYT ME Gerald Marzorati answers reader mail about the comics page:
For full, please click here

Thinking Up the Funny Pages
Q. First off, let me write a big thanks. I love the magazine, best part of the Sunday paper. Regrettably, I can't get The Times over here in Iraq and reading the mag online just isn't the same. The other day I was up in Mosul. An officer I had a meeting with up there had a big stack of The Times with one of the magazines on top behind his desk, which I eyed jealously throughout the meetings. His wife must have mailed them to him.

Anyway, my question: How did you make the decision to add the story/comic book section? I read the explanation why in that edition and I kind of buy it. What I'd like to know is how you came to the decision and how did you pick those particular categories? It seems like such a break with the direction of the magazine. Thanks much and keep up the good work!
-- CDR Brendan McLane

A. Dear Commander (have I got that right?) McLane -- Your letter has already made my day, not just that you like the magazine, but -- speaking as a general-interest-magazine editor, that is, as someone who lives to reach the generally curious reader -- that you wrote me from Iraq not to pick apart our coverage of the war but to inquire about comics and stuff!

In one respect, you embody the reason I was interested in scheming up the Funny Pages. In the post-9/11 world, a lot of our pages are being devoted to Iraq and, more generally, to national security and the war on terror. I wanted there to be a place in the magazine that was escapist. I count on attracting readers who want to be informed, of course, but I also count on attracting readers who want to be entertained -- hence the crossword puzzle, the Ethicist column, and so on. We reach readers on Sunday morning, when a quiet break from the world, an escape, may be precisely what they have in mind.

The other big thing I had in mind was finding some way to evoke the funny pages of old-timey Sunday papers (though not of the Times, which never had them) in a contemporary way, and here, our popular culture presented a prefect opportunity. To me, the graphic novel -- the book-length narrative told in comics-style by artists like Chris Ware and others -- is one of the most vibrant young mediums we have. Ditto a new kind of humor writing which is neither jokey nor satirical but memoirish and oddball, a kind of writing that has popped up in recent years at reading nights in clubs and bars in New York, and on the public-radio show "This American Life." (As it happens, two of the people here involved in the Funny Pages, Paul Tough and John Hodgman, have produced things for "This American Life." Hodgman also now has the strangest moonlighting gig any writer at the magazine has ever had -- he plays the tweedy PC in the new Apple TV commercials.) The third feature of the Funny Pages is serial fiction, and, again, I happen to think we are living in a terrific era for genre fiction -- that is crime, detective, and legal-thriller fiction -- and since no other magazine was publishing it, why not us?

You are right, it's a break with the tradition of the magazine -- with The Times as a whole, for that matter. But as we seek out new readers across the country and around the globe (via the Web), I suspect we'll be doing a lot more things that haven't been done before. Now, as a lot of letter writers have made clear, the Funny Pages are not for everyone, but as a lot of other letter-writers (especially younger ones) have made clear, they love them. Me, I want readers to find something to like in the magazine each week, and then take a bike ride or play with the kids. Hey, it's Sunday.

You keep safe.

MPA's new superhero already defeated

Well, this is just ridiculous. The Magazine Publishers Association has just on to the comics bandwagon and was met with disheartening results.

Captain Controversy
Magazine Industry's New Mascot Doesn't Fly Well With Many

NEW YORK ( -- For a superhero, Captain Read sure needs a lot of people to come to his defense.

The red-caped mascot created by the Magazine Publishers of America has upset some of the association's members-and not because they are worried about the dental health of media buyers to whom the Captain handed candy last week. (He was also handing out fliers detailing research on magazines' effectiveness and accountability.)


Identity problem
Many a superhero has been misunderstood, and the MPA's boy wonder already has an identity problem. It turns out that, contrary to almost everyone's impression, the superhero's name is not pronounced Captain REED, which suggests a literacy advocate, but Captain RED -- suggesting that magazines are, in fact, consumed by readers.

Some MPA members' beef with the accountability crusader goes beyond his name, and has more to do with the fact that they weren't consulted about his creation. Though an executive at every big publishing house was -- or was supposed to be -- advised of the approaching Captain Read, many said they heard nothing about the character until they read about the $50,000 campaign in The New York Times.

The Captain, naturally, has his supporters. Ray Warren, president, Carat Media Group USA, sees some merit in the effort: "The idea of creating an icon that can get some attention is a good thing."

Read full here

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

'90s X-Men Cartoon Intro, Anime-Style

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Our second CF video from Comic-Con is from the Eisner Awards. The Eisners are touted as the "Oscars" of the industry, so we played our part as Joan Rivers to walk the RED CARPET and find out who is nominated for what, and more importantly, what they're wearing. Click.


The video age is upon us, my friends, and Comic Foundry plans to be at the front. That's why we're launching a brand new video blog function. We, along with the entire world, went to Comic-Con last weekend and shot a metric ton of video that we've been sorting through since we got back. Our pal Heidi did a bunch through Divx, but ours are homegrown, very Robert Rodriguez. Shot, scored, cut and written by Comic Foundry. Note that we'll be doing video blogs on a consistent basis — this was not just a con exclusive.

So, allow me to be the first to welcome you to the new age of Comic Foundry. Up first, the COMIC FOUNDRY TRAVELOGUE. Click.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

San Diego

Everyone and their respective mothers are is off to San Diego for the 2006 Comic-Con International. And as of tomorrow morning at 6:20 AM, so is Comic Foundry.

We'll be representing in full effect. Last year we teamed up with IFC. This year we'll be doing something...different. It's going to be exciting....

Enjoy part 2 of last year:

Monday, July 17, 2006

Arrested Development, Star Wars

Arrested Development poster in the spirit of Drew Struzan.

Originally found here, where there's a much bigger version.

Newsflash: The Flash!


It's not much, but it's a start. CF presents part 2 of our exclusive conversation with Paul DeMeo and Danny Bilson of The Flash: Fastest Man Alive.

I think I’d prefer less overt explaining through dialogue. But honestly, the big thing was that our first book had less dialogue than they wanted so we did more dialogue. In our original book, which we’ve turned in two of, I think absolutely we do more dialogue than we would’ve before we got coached by our editor.

Check it out here

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Kevin Smith on Superman Reborn

Watch this Q+A with Kevin Smith as he speaks about what could've happened with Superman Reborn, the scrapped Tim Burton movie 10 years back. Smith talks about how he was hired, the crazy Hollywood requests, etc. And, he's a fantastic storyteller to boot.

Friday, July 14, 2006

All-"Star" Batman + Robin

Does everyone remember last year this time when All-Star Batman and Robin came out? It was during the San Diego Comic-Con and it was a huge hit. Top of the charts - in fact, wasn't it the highest selling book in the past 10 years?

And what have they produced since that first landmark issue? Only three more. In the course of a year. 12 months, 4 issues. Huh? I know Frank Miller and Jim Lee are very busy guys, but why aren't fans outraged? How can you successfully serialize a story when you're waiting usually more than 12 weeks for the next issue?

Boggles the mind.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Marvel Wants You (not in a dirty way)

Marvel Wants You: Portfolio Reviews to be Held at San Diego Comic Con

The San Diego Comic Con is being held from July 21-23 and Marvel will be there on the lookout for the next wave of talented creators.

During the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel will be reviewing portfolios of artists, inkers, and colorists for potential future work at the House of Ideas. All creators interested in having their portfolio reviewed should bring copies of their artwork (no originals) to the Marvel Booth, #4315, by 4 pm on Friday. After reviewing all samples, we will display a list of creators at the Marvel Booth on Saturday morning that includes the names and corresponding times of those people we are interested in meeting with.

Depending upon your area of expertise, you should be prepared to leave behind the following at the Marvel Booth for pre-screening review:

Pencilers: At least 5 pages of sequential art as well as examples of cover illustrations
Inkers: Samples of your work over at least three different pencilers
Colorists: Samples that effectively display your different techniques and coloring abilities on various types of pieces

Samples will not be returned.

If you think you have what it takes to work at the House of Ideas, be sure to show up at the San Diego Comic Con with your best work in hand. You just may land your dream job.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

You Should Read This Article

Chris Arrant does a fantastic job at tracking down the origins of digital lettering in comics. Being a design and type guy I was pretty psyched to read it. I was also psyched to use the work "psyched" again. Anyway, it's a very interesting piece that was a big turning point in comics.

CHECK IT OUT - You won't be disappointed.

Not Comics: T-Shirt

New York Comicon

The New York Comic Con is looking to start booking space for next year's show. I guess they're trying to ride the coat tails of convention fever. Why else would they be calling me at 9 AM? 9AM? Seriously. I don't have last year's numbers in front of me, but the booths look a little more expensive.

PS - they spelled Jon (John) Stewart's name incorrectly on the brochure.

PPS - For all you copy editors, it's New York Comic Con. No hyphen. This note on the info packet might explain why: "New York Comic Con is not affiliated with any other comic convention event, including any other event having Comic-Con in its name." San Diego Comic-Con does have a hyphen.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Not Comics: Your Daily Dose of Comedy

Monday, July 10, 2006


I saw this little guy in the parking garage at IKEA in New Jersey this past weekend. (I bought a shelf to house all my TPBs, books, magazines)

Jessica Alba returns to Sci Fi

Tonight the Sci Fi channel is starting reruns of the original Fox series Dark Angel. It was running on SiTV, which is where I first saw the series. Despite Alba's iffy acting, it's still a pretty entertaining show.

Friday, July 07, 2006

The Black Panel

So, I was reading Friday's programming schedule for SDCC when I saw this:

3:00-4:00 The Black Panel— Featuring Reggie Hudlin (president, BET), RZA (Wu Tang Clan), Jeffery Wright (CEO, Urban Ministries), Denys Cowan (senior VP, BET Animation), Mike Davis and Mark Davis (Blokhedz), and Axel Alonso (editor, Marvel Comics). This is the definitive panel for what’s up in black content, and black content is hip content. Moderated by Michael Davis. Room 6A

The Black Panel?



Who watched The Flash TV show back in the day? You? I know you did. The two guys that created the show, Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo, are now writing The Flash comic book. Check out Part 1 of our EXCLUSIVE interview with them as they discuss the new Flash for the very first time. CHECK IT OUT!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

If you only click one link this year...

If you only click one link about an animated gif of Aquaman dancing, let it be THIS ONE

Virgin Comics on the Subway

As I was riding home from the first day of my new job yesterday, I looked down and saw something very interesting. A 50-year-old woman. Reading a comic. Reading Devi, the new comic from Virgin Comics.