Everyone has a Personal Taste (Eww…)

New page is here. Things continue to work at their usual pace here in Anthasaland. You can sample our labor’s fruit by clicking your little clicker here. Or, of course, you could just visit the site itself.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I am a Marvel comics fan. I’ve really tried to be into DC stuff. Again today, it being comics day, I will stand a few moments before the DC section of the store looking for something to like. I want to make it clear: I WANT to collect a DC title, but something about them just turns me away, and I can’t quite figure out what it is. I’m not going to dwell too long on it, because I don’t want to turn this into a DC bashing blog, but there you go.

I follow artists, as I have said. Some of my favorites include:

– Ed McGuinness, Who caught my eye back when he was drawing Superman (See? I do TRY to like DC) He is currently working on Amazing X-Men. If you like Nightcrawler as a character, definitely get on board with this one.

Chris Bachalo. He has been a favorite ever since I caught his own title: Steampunk Years ago. These days he is doing a lot of the drawing on Ultimate X-Men. I followed him on his launch run of Wolverine and the X-Men

Stuart Immonen. He is a new one for me. I picked up All New X-Men kinda on a whim. He and Brandon Peterson have kept me coming back to the title in a big way, though.

These are the folks that I am trying to emulate, to be more like. They could be drawing ANYTHING and I would collect it. So, I say, it’s not my fault that they are drawing the Major Marvel titles, and as a result, that is what I buy. I guess there is a certain amount of blame that can be laid squarely at the feet of the writers. As little as I do pay attention to them, that is.

That’s it: It’s all Jason Aaron and Brian Michael Bendis’s fault.

More Color is Here

Things continue to pick up and wind down simultaneously here. Jon has given us a very nice color rendition of older work. You can view it here, if you are so inclined. You don’t have to, of course. I’m sure that there are those out there that just log in each week to have a look at the silly works tat I jumble together here and could give a rat’s ass about whatever artwork gets put up on the site. Sir, I salute you for your insanity.

So, Logan, as our writer, made a very lovely appearance this past week. It is very good to have him back, and I look forward to what he might be sharing with us in the coming weeks. His blog was excellent. Hit the darn back button or just scroll down or whatever it is you need to do. It’s worth it.

it’s interesting being an artist, who follows certain artists when it comes to collecting comics, and working with two people who follow writers and pay very little attention to art. Our conversations very regularly leave me lost and confused. They will go on and on about a writer, I will nod approvingly, having no idea who they are talking about, until they mention the title of the book, and I will go “Ohh!” It is usually a book I already collect. A perfect example these days for me is Amazing X-Men. (which, if you miss Nightcrawler like I DID, you need to read) Anyway, that, if you ask me, is Ed McGuinness’s book. And just who the hell id Jason Aaron?

Anyway, Logan post has inspired me to do the same sort of a thing, but from an artist’s point of view. Next week, or maybe later this week, I’ll put up my own little list of what I’m reading right now in terms of art and why.

Also, links finally work for me now. The change? Fuck Internet Explorer once and for all. Chrome all the way.

Marvel-ous and DC-liscious.

It’s a new year, Anthasians. Times are a-changing.

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and I apologize to our fans for that. What a crazy end to 2013. All that aside, we’re on to bigger and better things.

Like me, I’m sure you’ve all got some fantastic and ambitious goals for this coming year. One of mine was that I would not buy a pack of cigarettes for an entire year. I quit smoking a few months ago, and yes, I’ve slipped up a few times, but setting this goal for myself has made me feel healthier and vigorous. However, as is the norm when someone gives up a long time addiction, they need to replace it with something else.

I chose comic books.

When I was much younger, I collected comic books like my life depended on it. I knew everything that was happening in both the DC and the Marvel Universes (Marvel was always my favorite of the two,) and would explain those goings-on to anyone who would listen.

So one week, I went with Jon, our colorist, to House of Secrets in Burbank, and picked up my first group of titles in about a decade. And I was not disappointed.

It’s been a while since I got back into collecting and reading monthly books, but it would be a shame if I didn’t let you know what titles I am enjoying immensely.

  • Green Arrow – By far my favorite title right now. “But Logan,” I hear you ask, “Aren’t you a self-proclaimed Marvel Boy?” Yes. I am. But Green Arrow is just so damn good! Written by the legendary Jeff Lemire, who is also writing another one of my favorite titles, Trillium (where he writes and illustrates, and is published by Vertigo,) and the brilliant Essex County, he is the latest of writers to take over the title. I’ve gone back to get the back issues, and let me tell you, this book needed Lemire. With him at the helm of writing, and the groundbreaking Andrea Sorrentino doing the art and the covers, it’s like eating a chocolate covered strawberry while getting a foot massage. This is a book you need to be reading
  • Superior Spiderman – Spiderman has been my favorite hero ever since I was able to define the word. In this particular arc, Otto Octavius has put his mind inside of Peter Parker’s body and has taken over the helm of Spiderman. Written by Dan Slott and Christos Gage (Gage, by the way, wrote the latest issue of Flash, which was sooo much fun,) this book takes the idea of responsibility and looks at it through as lens of what it means when responsibility is forced, and when hubris and an ego-maniacal understanding of the world jades real world relationships.
  • Nova – Yet another fantastic Marvel book. This title is pure, one hundred percent, unadulterated fun. Following a young teen named Sam who has to balance high school, taking care of his sister and single mother, and being part of an intergalactic police force, the titular character learns slowly what it means to be a hero to both the universe and his family. Written by the great Gerry Duggan and penciled by Paco Medina, this title is exactly what would happen if all of your childhood fantasies of being a superhero came true, terrible mistakes, naivete, and all.

Those are the three I’m recommending this week. Next week, I’ll write about a few more. Look forward to me talking about how perfect and untouchable Brian Michael Bendis is.

See you soon, Anthasians.

New Methods Paying Off.

As we round the final bend, here. It’s great to see that the way that I am working is showing some real development on my part. I’m not a big person on saying “look at how good I am,” but I feel like I have really made use out of the great advice on how to work that I have gotten. Check out how things are looking here.

It’s a satisfying feeling having things really grow, and causes me to ask myself the question of “what’s more?” and “what’s next?” for myself. I still need to put a lot of focus here, especially as we near the time where I need to make good on having some of the work made into a physical form. Boy, won’t that be a trip… I’m pretty darned excited.

Now that the Holiday season is officially over, it’s easier to sit back and look at things from a… more normalized… perspective. It’s hard to not be hard on myself about late posts, or no blogs, etc, but I have been pretty darned consistent here for going on six months, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself. I’m just glad that I’m able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and, as exciting as all of this has been, we’re going to start thinking and talking about the next stage of evolution here very soon, and I am looking forward to that most of all.

Keepin it short this time. See you in a week.

Happy Holidays!

I’m sorry for things being a day late, but I’m sure that you can forgive; it being the holidays and all. Let’s just say there were a few technical issues on top of the usual hullabaloo that comes with this time of year. If you want to hit up the direct link, I think it can be accessed here, if my little link thing is actually working on everyone’s browser again, as I am assured that it is.

I don’t know if you all go in for the New Year’s resolution thing. I’ve talked to enough people that do, I have talked to plenty that do not. I can see both sides of it, but I weigh in on the side that thinks that there is something to making a big decision for yourself at a certain time. I believe in beginnings and in endings. There is something a little bit more powerful for me in saying that the turn of a big moment is a good place to make a start and make an end. It may also help that my birthday is pretty darn close to the new year, too. It very easy for me to look back on a big block of time, like a year, and get a good measure of how far I’ve come in the things I want to do. Have a year pass and being a year older almost simultaneously helps with the perspective.

This past year my resolution was a simple one: become a published comic artist. I managed to pull it off. You are reading the proof of that right now. I’m not bragging. I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily a very successful comic artist, but I didn’t say that in my resolution, so I’m not complaining. It shows I can get things done, though. I like that. This year’s resolution for comics is pretty simple: get noticed. I have some ideas on what that might take. We’ll see if any of it sticks.