Hey, remember that time Rob Liefeld and Mike Mignola collaborated?: No? Well, Liefeld does, and he has some neat images to share too. Now I kinda want to see Liefeld draw Hellboy and the BPRD gang…at least on a cover or pin-up, anyway.
Something I will never get sick of seeing: Jaime Hernandez drawing Wonder Woman. Why oh why did DC ever cancel Solo, their greatest idea for a comic book series ever? Can you imagine a Jaime Hernandez issue of Solo?
Is Johnny Ryan a better concert poster designer, or a better concert line-up assembler?: You decide! (Link not safe for work, obviously…or is saying that after already saying “Johnny Ryan” considered redundant?
Big Questions will be a big book: In fact, I think I’m going to have to ask a carpenter to come over and add a few feet on to my Drawn and Quarterly bookshelf, and maybe reinforce it. As the first of these pictures shows, the book will be even bigger than some of D+Q’s awfully big books.
James Kochalka is a very good dancer: Check out his moves in this Beyonce video (For his song entitled Beyonce, that is; he’s not a back-up dancer in an actually Beyonce video, although I would kinda like to see him performing in something like this). In other Kochalkappenings, this American Elf strip is a nice demonstration of how adulthood is pretty much the same as high school, only interminable.
Abhay Khosla is pretty much the best: The latest evidence.
“I remember them from drawing them so intently as a child that my hand remembered drawing them more than I remembered them”: That’s Vicki Scott, from a neat little video interview thing she and Bob Scott, the artists involved with that new Peanuts comic I reviewed the other day. Returning to characters you used to draw as a kid every once in a while is a really cool, really strange experience. Every few years or so I’ll sit down and spend a few hours just drawing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Uncle Scrooge or Batman villain The Scarecrow over and over.
“Yeah, new guys, I can do that like breathing. I can piss new guys out like a race horse with Charlton rates”: That’s Evan Dorkin imagining the thoughts running through Jack Kirby’s head when he sat down to make Captain America Annual #4, which featured Magneto hanging out with a pretty lame-o Brotherhood of Evil, which included guys like The Peeper and The Lifter. Well, when you create some 5,000 characters in the space of 40 years or so, they can’t all be Doctor Doom, you know?
Get ‘em George Takei!: Add the Star Trek actor to the list of people who think moving the setting of Akira to the U.S. (and thus casting non-Japanese actors) for a live-action film adaptation is a pretty dumb idea. While I admit being attracted to the sheer insanity of casting twenty-something white guy Robert Pattinson and 30-year-old white guy Justin Timberlake as Japanese teenagers Tetsuo and Kaneda, if they don’t land Pattinson while he’s still a chick-money magnet, I can’t imagine this going over well at the box office or in film reviews. How did the “whitewashed” and/or Americanized live-action big-screen adapations of Godzilla, Dragon Ball and The Last Airbender go over, in terms of both money and popular esteem?