AMAZING THANOS COMMISSION by Kelly Williams (@TreeBeerd)
And yes, I already found a place for it on my wall! :)
For more information about Kelly’s amazing art, check out his website: http://treebeerdstuff.com
Happy Guardians of the Galaxy Day!
I couldn’t resist. I had to put a picture together with some of the stuff that surrounds me in my office, with Rocket at the helm.
Original Art by @rob_guillory
BTW - In case you missed it (not sure how), here is the 15-second Teaser for the Trailer that will be available later tonight (on Jimmy Kimmel Live!):
Teaser for Tonight’s Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer (source: ComicVine)
The Making of…Mind MGMT #24 (Cover)
OR, What you missed, if you weren’t on twitter, don’t already follow @mattkindt, or were preoccupied with other life things…
Happily, I wasn’t distracted enough to miss a tweet, as the creation process of the image you see above was nothing short of AMAZING.
Note All times are in Central US, links go to the specified tweets (most to all, are images).
Going to start live tweeting the creation of the next MIND MGMT cover… issue 24 … starting now!
Started this morning early with thumbnails. Then ran them by my wife for her opinion. Was leaning towards bottom 2.
Picked this one after some discussion over the idea of putting the logos on the back cover.
Started ruling the logo placement in and penciling the cover…
Then this happened. Phone rang as I was opening the door. In my rush to see who was calling I spilled a large mocha.
And this. I was carrying the cover to @brihurtt place… ruined, front and back.
Can’t redraw it on this side either. Who was calling?!?! @JeffLemire. Not that I’m laying blame.
A walk to the art store later… back to where I started and all caught up! Time to pencil. No more phone calls!
Penciling the cover on heavy 140 lb. Water color paper.
Trying to figure out if the logo interacts with the art or sits on top.
Filling in detail…
Free association to fill the space. Adding the coffee I spilled earlier along with an item from each character.
Trying to channel my inner Geof Darrow…
This is about as detailed as my pencils ever get. Any more and I get bored inking.
Just now realizing that the spilled coffee means I have no coffee. Debating a coffee run vs. Finishing cover on time
Been using this brush own for a week or so. Water proof and quick. But not sure I love the brush tip.
Front of the cover is Inked…
One of many unglamorous parts of comics. Inking. Foreground to background since so much overlaps.
Hard to see but the brush tip starts to split after a while which is why I’m not in love with this brush.
I use a make up travel bag for art supplies. It usually hangs by my table. Ready for conventions at a moments notice!
I’ll use microns to add detail while waiting for the brush to fix itself.
Pen details finished…
Erasing pencils with a kneeded eraser.
spotted the blacks… time to paint!
Water color. Working light to dark.
Here’s the water colors I use.
I’ve used these 3 brushes for years. Working big brushes and gradually smaller ones to fill in detail.
Basic colors are done. Next is adding value and shading with blues and blacks. Nearly there…
7:05 PM - 13 Feb 2014 - The empty spots are for the title logo, Dark Horse logo, issue #, and UPC code.
Dinner break and online interview tonight until 9 pm. I’ll finish later tonight and tweet the photoshop process as I go along.
coffee stained boots from the spill this morning.
Now that’s it’s nearly done I’ll be keeping it in plastic until I get it safely scanned in. And no more coffee!
Back to work. Adding blue on top to add shading and depth.
Scanning. It will take 4 scans since the original is oversized…I’ll tile them together in photoshop.
The 11x17 Mustek scanner I use is $200 on Amazon and scans water color better than the high end $1000 ones…
Start with the cover template and old paper texture in background.
Here’s the raw scan dropped in to the template.
Unsharp mask sharpens up the black ink lines and brightens the color slightly.
I use multiply under Blending options to make the art look like it’s on the old paper…
Trying different logo colors to find out which one looks best.
I’m thinking bright orange logo… maybe.
Taking some pieces out of the logo to make it look broken up.
Bumping up contrast and brightening some sections of the fire/flames.
Final cover. Added some type in Illustrator to the front. Not sure if it needs it…
11:17 PM - 13 Feb 2014 - When I’m not live-tweeting the process I usually sit on a design over night and then look at it w/ fresh eyes before sending it to my editor
11:18 PM - 13 Feb 2014 - And show it to my wife first to get her reaction…so that’s what I’ll do tomorrow. Goodnight! Thanks for paying attention!
DURATION: ~ 9 HOURS (including MOCHApocalypse)
If this doesn’t give you all the reasons you would need to follow (and love) @mattkindt, I am not sure what would.
Thanks Matt, for yet another FANtastic way to involve your audience, into the phenomenon that is MIND MGMT!
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It is pretty obvious that I love Mind MGMT, but how much?
Let’s count the ways, in this sound-byte (2 minutes and 29 seconds) from that episode…
Transcript of my review:
More than a comic, Mind MGMT is movement. Reading it changes you. It changes the way you think comics should be created, how creators should interact with the community, and what is truly possible within and around this entertainment medium. Never before have I eagerly awaited a month’s passing to read the next issue of a comic. Not like this. The story is captivating, intelligent and created with the utmost care for the final product. Matt Kindt is a wonderful genius. Every month he manages to produce some of the highest quality work in the industry today - not just for Dark Horse, but for three other publishers as well (Marvel, DC, Valiant). All this, and he is one of the nicest people I have ever met. So, keep an eye out for Matt in the years to come, though based on his track record, he will be hard to miss!
Why did I write this?
It was my contribution to the Unleash The Fanboy’s “BEST COMICS from 2013” Article.
ANyway, I thought I would share my love of Mind MGMT with the world (again).
Terrible Sketch Tuesdays (@SketchTerribly) is headed to Wizard World New Orleans 2014!
Once again, I am headed to Wizard World New Orleans! I cannot believe it has been an entire convention year since Leo (@LFLJ) and I graced NOLA with our podcasting presence. Check out our joint podcast effort here: Stacks of Comics - Episode 017 - Live from NOLA Comic Con - Podcast Crossover!
Needless to say, there have been a few changes in the past year…and while Leo and I are both Podcasting, it is for an entirely different cause. Now, we are the co-hosts of Dark Horse Addiction (@DarkHorseAddict) over on comicaddiction.net!
What will we be doing at Wizard World NOLA 2014? Well, lots of things:
Speaking of that, here is a copy my Bio for this WW Convention:
The artist behind Terrible Sketch Tuesdays (@SketchTerribly), Charles Joy (@thanosrules), has been a comic book fan for as long as he can remember. And while the Infinity Gauntlet will always hold a significant place in his heart, in recent years his eyes and mind have been opened to the wonders of the creator-owned comic world. Also within the past few years, he has really stepped up his comics game - reviewing, sketching, podcasting and even working on his first Children’s Book: “POOR little Stink Bug”!
So, if you are in the New Orleans area, or planning on heading to WW NOLA 2014, be sure to stop by and say high. Who knows, if you are a Dark Horse Addict like us, you may just land yourself an interview on the podcast!
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Stacks of Comics - Episode 032 - Nopesgiving & Gone Dark Horse!
Episode THIRTY-TWO of Stacks of Comics is FINALLY FINALLY here! Recorded at different times over November and December 2013, it is here! I (@thanosrules) am joined once again by Leo Johnson (@LFLJ) to discuss all things Comics and many, many things not Comics… hell, the first part is basically a haul video from WW Austin 2013, without the video.
Anyway, if you listen to nothing else in the podcast, check it out around the 1 hour mark, for a special announcement (this is where the “Gone Dark Horse” stuff comes in).
So, please enJOY this 01:10:47 (1 hours, 10 minutes, 47 seconds) installment of the Stack of Comics podcast as we basically talk about nothing for a while, then something very cool at the end.
Episode 33 is dedicated to … the Dark Horse Addiction Podcast!
Other Highlights / Links from Episode 032:
- Wizard World Austin
- Nicholas Pitarra
- Leo loves Nick
- Rob Guillory
- Terrible Sketch Tuesday
- TST 052 - Nopetopus!
- Leo’s Nerdspan Reviews
- Nerdpsan - http://www.nerdspan.com
- Stash My Comics - http://www.stashmycomics.com
- Geek Syndicate - http://geeksyndicate.co.uk
- Follow us on the Twitters:
- Go look at our Websites: http://thanosrules.com
- Like us on Facebook!: Stacks of Comics and Terrible Sketch Tuesdays
- Subscribe and Listen on iTunes!
Johnson and enJOY!
Infinity Chapter Six + Tie-Ins | thanosrules quick reviews
Here we go again…this time 10 reviews. These are extremely late, but hey, better late than never? Either way, I wanted to finish things off…
Overall Note - The end has come. For the event anyway… I have to say, this was a pretty great event. There were several 5/5 issues, main event books and tie-ins. It also felt pretty cohesive, which is a nice change of pace from some events. Lastly, it fits well with the rest of what is going on with the other Marvel titles, giving way for the next wave of books, all related to the Inhumans. That said, the first thing I thought (and I am sure I am not alone here) when I saw the cover to New Avengers #12, was the end of Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2. Check out the following image:
Look familiar? Either way, this is a great segue to my first review, for New Avengers and the issue that shows us, sometimes there are fates greater than death (especially for a nihilist like Thanos).
New Avengers #12 ( 5 / 5 ) - This should not be read before Infinity 6. You likely know this because of the timeline in the back of each of the Infinity books, but still. Not that what happens at the end of Infinity 6 is a secret, especially from this cover. Heck, enough time has passed, you know what happened. Triple-Dog-Heck, likely no one is reading this. ;) Anyway. Again, this issue was great. In fact, the series was my favorite Marvel title from Marvel NOW! This issue is filled with kings and leaders learning their place. Their very small place in the universe. One take-away from this issue (and event really), is that we all have to deal with the fact that no matter how much power, control, money, luck any of us has, “Everything dies.”
Infinity: Heist #3 ( 3.5 / 5 ) - Cross, Double-Cross, Triple-Cross. Is that even a thing? It may be. So many lies, so much deceit - all to be expected from a “villain-centric” book. As I have been saying all along, I am not real big on this type of story. This issue has an interesting (and cosmic) twist to it, but still no real specific tie (that I see as of now) with the event (outside of the fact that they were taking advantage of the event events to cover the “heist”. This mini-series are not really necessary and add very little to the overall story, of course, unless you are in to this kind of book. That said, I was impressed with the reveal at the end, not sure what it will mean, but there is one more issue to go (release date January 8th, 2014, well after the event), so we will see.
Infinity: Heist #4 ( 3 / 5 ) - Well, it finally came out, as expected on January 8th, 2014, and I had a chance to read it (January 16th). Meh. I am sorry, it just wasn’t for me. I do have to say, the very last panel, did redeem the entire story, if not just a little. Is it worth it? Likely not. But, as I have been saying, if you dig this kind of villain focused story, you might just dig this mini-series.
Infinity: The Hunt #4 ( 5 / 5 ) - Loved it! No surprise really, given the writer, but still. This was a wonderfully dramatic end to the mini-series. So many feels. It was wonderful to see that it tied in to event events and illustrated what we have come to expect from the “child super-heroes” books. So, though this mini-series got off to a slow start, it ended up being a great story with many interesting characters and situations for those characters. Teamwork, FTW!
Secret Avengers #11 ( 4 / 5 ) - Another decent tie-in. Just like last issue, we see the aftermath of the terrigenesis - previously “normal” people powering up. Some good, some bad. This issue follows our new “superhero”, previous S.H.I.E.L.D. computer tech, in the field with Nick Fury and Agent Coulson. Trial by fire (pun intended) for her, as she goes up against another one of her kind, someone not in the “good” category”. But evil? Who knows. Likely scared and just too over-powered. In the end, Sarah learns a hard lesson: Be with S.H.I.E.L.D. or against S.H.I.E.L.D. Where will all this go? What decision will Sarah make? I am not sure, and likely will not find out. I am leaving the Inhumanity stuff alone for a while…
Wolverine and the X-Men Annual #1 ( 4.5 / 5 ) - This issue was “cute”. Much like “Infinity: The Hunt”, this issue is all about the children. Specifically highlighted in this issue, Kubark (Kid Gladiator). He is just an overpowered kid learning his place in the universe. Constantly in his father’s shadow (expectation wise), he only wants to, well, punch things. In this issue, he gets to do just that. The story is set during the events of Infinity, so there are plenty of opportunities to punch, both in space and here on earth. In the end, he learns a great lesson: With great punching, comes great…err. Never look a gift-horse…hmm. Beggars can’t be choosers? Either way, this is another “feel-good” issue with lots of action (and punching). Oh, and you do not need to read all 40 some issues of Wolverine and the X-Men to read this tie-in, it is a great Infinity adjacent One-Shot.
Avengers #23 ( 4.5 / 5 ) - Not much to say about this one. It was on par with the other Avengers tie-in issues for this event. Much of what you read in this issue is covered (highlighted) in the main event book, so it is not altogether necessary, but there are a few things of note…Specifically, the save by the significantly powered [event specific] Earth Allies on the PEAK station. Seeing Ronan smash skulls never gets old. So this issue wraps up the Avengers space battle and homecoming. At this point we have almost forgotten why they went into deep space in the first place. Nonetheless, they are home and ready to save Earth (again).
Guardians of the Galaxy #9 ( 4.5 / 5 ) - What I love most about this issue is the art. Francesco Francavilla does an amazing job here. It isn’t your mainstream comic book art, but the style fits perfectly with cosmic tales. As a tie-in, this is relatively non-essential, though it does provide some filler for what happened at the PEAK Station before the events of Infinity #6. There is quite a bit of action, and a good bit of GotG snark. What I am curious about is Angela. I am not sure why she appears so powerless. Sure, she is durable, but in this issue sure doesn’t destroy many enemy combatants. Overall, it is a fun read and fits nicely in with the rest of the story.
Thunderbolts #18 ( 4.5 / 5 ) - Nice. This series really turned itself around within the Infinity event. The first tie-in issue was the last straw for some, maybe most, but that second tie-in issue really was great. From there, the issues stayed consistently entertaining. The art is still odd, but something about it is fun and fascinating. The story - well done. it wasn’t your average Punisher-centric story. It was imaginative, intelligent and had a couple nice twists. So many people got their way, and that is saying a lot, given the complexity of the latest Thunderbolts team. This is not to say there aren’t some ongoing points of conflict, but those will be ironed out, well beaten out more likely, on this upcoming “Road Trip”. Oh Boy. And Mercy? How is that “little issue” going to be dealt with? Only time will tell (I have not read anything past this issue, in case these items have been addressed since).
Mighty Avengers #3 ( 4.5 / 5 ) - Blue Marvel arrives. Why? To save the Mighty Avengers and NYC from Shuma-Gorath. Okay, maybe the world. Still, it was bad, then “Adam” flies in and saves the day. He also seems to know the identity of our mystery “Spider Hero”. I should also be clear, Adam doesn’t do it on his own. He gives the team extra motivation - this combined with Power Man and Ava Ayala, save the day. Now, obviously I have “spoiled” the fact that things work out in the end, but I didn’t say how, and that is the really interesting part, which I will not spoil. It is worth reading, especially if you have been digging the series so far. Oh, and since I am so late in reviewing this issue, the 4th has been released, which reveals Spider Hero’s identity: Blade. Why not? They are really pushing the “non-white” (save Doc Ock) team thing now. Really. It is kind of awkward, no? Either way, pretty intelligent way to end a battle, and decent enough way to tie things into the Infinity events.
Infinity #6 ( 5 / 5 ) - Much like the stories of prophecy, where the son is destined to rid the world of his father, this event unfolds in a way Thanos would not have expected, nor enjoyed. As the reader, of both this event and Thanos Rising, we know that the universe is to be rid of all offspring sired by Thanos. This is the only way Death would accept our favorite villain into her loving arms - or so he hopes. In fact, Death is either his unrequited love, or he is crazy and she is simply a manifestation to quell any remorse his lifelong nihilism has produced. Unfortunately for Thanos, none of his plans come to fruition. This is the worst possible outcome for him. No rest, No Death, No fulfillment of his latest universal quest.
This event ends less about The Builders and more about what the Builders and Thanos brought about. Nearly all the event specific allies not only go their separate ways, but grow in power and potential for future threat. The world has been seeded with Inhumanity. The Builders? What builders? Apparently they were a weaker threat than Thanos. Thane - now there is a threat. One hand brings death, the other a living death with no end, with his new mentor (Ebony Maw) there is no telling what horrors he will bring to the universe.
What this event did do, is tee up a new age for the Inhumans. A plan that Black Bolt would have unleashed either way. So, in the dawn of Inhumanity, Marvel takes us once again into a mess of issues, related, semi-related, and all very similar to the “mutant problem” the X-Men have been facing for years and years. Will this similarity be addressed? Who knows. I will likely not find out for some time, as I am taking a much needed break from the Marvel insanity.
What I am looking forward to, and what I will be reading spoilers about is the impending threats mentioned by Black Swan in New Avengers #12. Those are some story-lines that I could follow. Again, only time (and money) will tell.
What’s Next? Infinity is over. Everything has been wrapped up with a nice bow, in a sense. So, what are Thanos fans to do? Thankfully, just wait just a few more months! A new Thanos Original Graphic Novel from Jim Starlin is due out later this year (April 2014):
There is an imbalance in the universe. Since his latest return from oblivion, Thanos himself feels… incomplete. Now the so-called Mad Titan plans to put both wrongs right. The revelatory waters of the Infinity Well lead Thanos on a new quest, with a once sworn enemy, Adam Warlock, at his side. A crusade that will bring confrontation with the Silver Surfer and the galaxy’s mightiest heroes – the Annihilators. This April, Thanos will embark on an odyssey that will change everything in THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION.
More about the upcoming release, plus an interview with Jim Starlin here on Marvel.com: Unlock Thanos: The Infinity Revelation with Jim Starlin
Okay - that wraps up the final set of reviews. Again, I was impressed with this event. And though it ended like other Thanos events before it, we are left with a hint of future cosmic battles, drama and likely an eventual family reunion.
For reference, here are the links to all my Infinity Event Reviews:
Painkiller Jane: The Price of Freedom #1
If you read my reviews, you know that I am a huge fan of this creative team. Jimmy et al. always deliver more value per issue than most any comic on the market today. This book is no exception.
What do you get in this issue?
Two stories! The ongoing, and one called, “From The Beginning”, a short, yet complete story to catch up the n00bs and refresh the established fans. This is reminiscent of one of my favorite comics of all time from Jimmy and team: Creator-Owned Heroes
Amanda Conner Art on the [main] Cover! It goes without saying, Amanda adds value to any book. The other cover is striking as well, big thanks to Dave Johnson for the Variant!
Amazing Art from Juan Santacruz (onging story) Sam Lotfi (backup story)! The interiors of this book are fantastic. Though different for each story, they fit perfectly with the tale being told. Just as she is written, Jane remains beautiful, powerful, sexy and relatable regardless of the artist. This is a testament to her character and creators. Bravo.
"The History of Painkiller Jane", by Patrick Wedge - Exactly what it states in the title - a third-party look at the origins surrounding the character, and her creators - from before the character was imagined, through her time with the Sci-Fi Channel, and on to the ride we share with her today…
A Letter from Jimmy, “Welcome Back” - Another history lesson (this time first-party) about the character, the process, and proof that Jimmy is doing what he was destined to do - entertain the masses!
Wardrobe Malfunctions! You’ll see.
Fantastic Tweet-able phrases of endearment! Again, you’ll see.
So, what about these stories?
Fantastic. I believe that whether you are a long time fan or new to the character, you will love the direction of this series. As I have stated, the art is beautiful, and the writing perfectly suited for Jane Vasko (duh!).
The best part? I actually literally laughed out loud at a point or two in the issue. I love when I can be that entertained!
Congratulations, Jimmy and team. I am really looking forward to where all this goes!
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