|What I'm working on
All right, I think it's about time
I settled down a bit and ramble on this page. What's up with work lately?
I'm still inking Stone at the moment. In the middle of that, I was
able to do a cover for Comics Conspiracy's TAXMAN at the invitation of
cyber pal Jason Maranto. Check
out that cover here. Colors are by this talented fella named
Kevin Senft. The book is pencilled by Don Walker and inks by Jason.
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Oh, and before I forget, I'm all set
to work on this cool-ass project next right after Stone. I can't say much
about it now but I'm practically pissing in my pants just thinking about
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What I'm Reading
Right now I'm actually reading a book!
It's been a while since I read one. This one is called "Perspectives
on Citizen Kane" by a host of reviewers and writers. It's a book that
compiles most of the major writings done about the film Citizen Kane( directed
and co-written by the insanely talented Orson Wells) since it came
out in 1941 up to specially commissioned writings just for the book at
the time of publication (1996). I got the book because when
I was in San Diego, I bought a video of the movie because I've heard lots
of good things about it. Needless to say, the movie fascinated me
and haunted me as well.
As for comic books, hey, would
you believe I'm back to reading the X-men? My interest was sparked
by my buying the X-men Visionaries: Neal Adams TPB, collecting all the
X-men stories Neal Adams worked on. I had previously owned a couple of
those issues and I wanted to read them all. I thought that the writing
was a bit strange, but the art simply knocked me out. So it was an extremely
pleasant surprise when I ran across X-Men: Hidden
Years by John Byrne. It's a series that proposes to "fill in
the gap" between the Neal Adams run (with an issue in between that wasn't
Neal's) and the start of Dave Cockrum's run.
Although the Neal Adams' run was a
tremendous success, it still didn't save the book from cancellation so
new stories were discontinued with X-Men #66. Issues 67-93 were reprints
with new stories beginning again with Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum
in #94. So what happened to the X-Men from 67-93? This series hopes to
answer that. So, is it any good? Well, I think so! John
has hit his stride with this book. Having just read the Neal Adams'
run, reading Hidden Years feels like reading stories that would have come
out at the time. The transition from Neal to John seems so seamless
that it's as if the book was never canceled. Getting Tom Palmer
to ink the book was the perfect choice. I like this one extremely
well because I really like the original team of X-Men, specially Cyclops,
but the convoluted story lines that revolve around the current X-Men prevent
me from enjoying it as much as I would like. Hidden Years takes me back
to a time when there was still only ONE X-Book, only one team, with stories
that are uncluttered, simple and well, rather innocent in it's own way.
Of course, I've started to read
the two major X-Books again, specially since Chris Claremont is coming
on board once again next year. What can I say? I'm a Claremont baby!
Claremont has gotten some bad press lately because a lot of people don't
like his writing anymore and they don't look forward to him coming back
to the X-men. Well, my take on it is, Chris was probably born to write
the X-men because with other books, he seems lost. I like his FF
though. I for one am anticipating his return slobbering like an idiot fanboy
all the way.