This was rescued from the ancient vintage ComicBookResources’ Apr 20, 1999 TV Themes website. Incredibly a lot of the sound-files are now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine servers and are not just dead links so they are available for download. (more…)
Archive for the ‘Image Comics’ Category
Scott Kurtz decided that PvP would go to a Monday through Friday comic in order for him to do justice to the title and keep it on time.
It is now 10:15PM central time and still no Monday PvP.
Look, I’m not some Scott Kurtz hater. (And I’m amazed how many haters there are. Mention his name in any crowd and someone will call him a donkey opening.) I mean, anyone who works so hard to keep his comic going for ten years, who develops a gargantuan following and is supportive of his friends deserves some respect.
Time for the inevitable “however”. If I have one criticism of Scott, it’s that he never, ever has managed to work one day ahead of schedule. He’s got a comic book, TPBs, a book about webcomics, a cartoon, an upcoming DVD of that cartoon, shirts, skull plushes, other merchandise, podcasts, MMORPG guilds, Blank Label Comics, HalfPixel, convention appearances, comic store appearances and who knows how many other ventures. It’s a FULL SCHEDULE. I understand that. I’m amazed he can get anything done, frankly. All of it, however, is based on one thing: his daily web comic. And ever since he started doing more than just drawing the web comic, it has meant that that day’s comic gets launched in the afternoon, the evening, that night, or retroactively the next day.
I know, it’s that whole “how dare we demand something he gives away free” thing. But it’s not free! Look, his web site makes an exorbitant amount of money in advertising based on our checking the web site for that day’s comic. We’re stopping by in order to see one thing: the webcomic. It would be nice if that comic was actually there.
Now, I could follow the conspiracy rule established by leftists ever since Bush took office (“Any possible conspiracy theory that would result in profit automatically means that theory is the truth.”) and conclude that Scott has realized that if a cartoon was on his web site in the morning we wouldn’t return to his web site five more times looking to see if it’s up yet, and thus his hit count would plummet and he’d lose money.
I said that just to see how easily some people will now tout that theory as the absolutely true reason that Scott Kurtz posts comics late. It couldn’t possibly be that he’s a well-meaning guy who has a bad habit of never getting caught up on his comic and working a day or two ahead of time.
So, Scott, should you ever see this, here is my advice. Take a week off and have another week of guest strips. Not because you need to go to a big con. Not because you’re sick, or your dog is sick. No…use it just to draw and get a week ahead of yourself. We’re your fans, and if you took some time to fix the biggest flaw in your strip, we’d love you for it. Besides, if all the guest strips were as funny as this one, it would be well worth it.
Signed… the guy who never worked ahead of schedule on anything.
Again, the way this works is I give you the brief rundown of my immediate thoughts about this week’s comics.
PVP #39 – You know what? I don’t know why I’m buying this. I started years ago when Scott would alter the stories, improve the artwork, fix typos, etc. These days, this is just stuff straight from the web and the only original art is the new cover. I think it’s time I removed this and saved $3.50. I wish Scott the best, it’s still a great strip, but I don’t have money to burn.
Shadowpact #23– The moment we Blue Devil fans have waited 2 decades to see: suddenly there’s a zipper. Best part of the issue, and I’m intrigued where this will go. I’d love to see the special effects man return. All in all, the book is keeping my interest enough to stay on the list, but it’s still not as good as in the days of Willingham. Dr. Gotham is a bore of a character and the book needs to go somewhere new.
Robin #172 – Nice to see Maxie Zeus alive. Stunning surprise in this one. Chuck says that #173 will be his most under-ordered book since Birds of Prey #8 and I believe him.
Justice League of America #19 – I have had mixed feelings about JLA ever since it rebooted. JLA just seems dark and dreary, without a hint of the spark that JSA has. It’s been that way through several writers, too. Maybe it’s just that nobody ever smiles in this book. At this point, I’m reading it just because I like Red Tornado and Black Lightning, and that’s not reason enough. I buy it on inertia because of my quarter century of reading JLA, but I am putting this title on notice. It’s seriously close to the cut-off. I could just give it up and let my friends tell me if there’s ever anything so monumental that I need to start reading it again.
Birds of Prey #116 – My face lit up when I saw whose name was on the cover. GAIL SIMONE IS BACK! And in the middle of a storyline, too, which is weird. Ah, but it’s a mistake. Still, a good issue by writer McKeever. This book still rules.
Flash #238 – OOPS! I missed this one. I’ll read it and get back to you.
Countdown to Final Crisis #06 – This book has been a major suckfest. It has sucked and sucked, and so far it’s sucked some $138 out of my wallet! I actually canceled this book months ago. I told Mark at Jimmy Jams that I was done collecting it, because it was boring, the characters were uninteresting, it wasn’t going anywhere, it wasn’t entertaining, and it was costing way too much money. He told me that, per the agreement, I still had to buy it until all the issues he’d pre-purchased for my pull list were done. I said I understood. A few months later I asked him how much longer I had to go and I guess there was some miscommunication as to whether I was for sure canceling it. At that point, the story was FINALLY getting interesting, so I told him I’d stick with it to the end. And given that I got to see an appearance by Ralph and Sue Dibny (even on another Earth), it wasn’t so bad. But boy, this book still sucks. I’d rather have my $138 back. It’s all leading into a major event and I just couldn’t care. Plus, the issue ends with Green Lantern doing something that is way too stupid for Hal Jordan to do. (My guess? This isn’t the real Earth and none of this matters.)
Batman and the Outsiders #5 – Well how about that? A book I was only buying because it was by Chuck Dixon and I was giving it a chance has just shot to the top of my pull list. This is now the book that I will be eagerly awaiting and diving into as soon as it arrives. I’ve had a lousy week working long hours (and it’s only half over), and this comic book brought a huge smile to my face, made me giddy, made me laugh…and no, I’m not telling you why. You have to buy it. The surprises in this issue are now forcing me to re-read issues 1-4. I will say one thing: kudos to artist Julian Lopez, who manages to pull off the difficult feat of making you see a face inside a different face. I’m not explaining it well, but I’m trying to be cryptic. Go buy it. Go buy five! As for me, I’ve already promised to buy the Silver Wookie a drink at Wizard World.
By the way, the first word balloon in the book references Chuck’s list of Gun Mistakes All Writers Make. (UPDATED: Thanks to commenter Moosalini for the link.)
One of the areas I’m awful at is art criticism. I can’t draw much more than stick figures, so when I look at Rob Liefeld’s art I have to say, “Hey, it’s way better than I can do!”
Sure, the human body doesn’t bend like that, and that poor woman has the worst case of scoliosis I’ve ever seen, and I don’t see how it’s possible to see an overhead view and a front shot and a back shot of Wonder Girl in one panel and when I was designing a four-armed character for Metro Med the first thing I asked myself was, “How would his skeleton be modified to make that work?” while Liefeld just sticks an arm out of a body mass and calls it done. But when all’s said and done, I can’t draw. Liefeld can. Those forty great art pieces by Liefeld prove it.
Be warned: the vulgarity is thick. But warranted.
With Image Comics’ new Truth, Justin, and the American Way #1 officially sold out at Diamond, and issue #2 in stores May 10th, Image wants as many readers to see the first issue of the five issue series as possible. So for those of you who may have missed it, here is the entire issue #1 for your reading enjoyment.
8 pages of previews for the upcoming “Truth, Justin and the American Way” from Scott Kurtz and Aaron Williams are now up on Newsarama.
Since Scott Kurtz has taken a few knocks here and I assume they were done “lovingly” from fans who enjoy his work as much as I do, I wanted to once again point out how much we’re all anticitpating his coming collaboration in the “Truth, Justin, and the American Way” series. Hutch has written about this series previously. I’m guessing many of us grew up in the ’80s, so we’re certainly the target audience. The news is that Kurtz has released the “theme song” for the new comic book, complete with an animated title sequence. It is intended to sound like many of the TV theme songs from the late 70s and the 80s, and I personally think that it has hit the mark. When is the last time that you felt that you had to listen to a piece of music before you started reading a comic book? I have a feeling that it’s going to “totally” enhance the experience.
Check out the preview of the Justin experience at http://www.pvponline.com/justin/.
Scott Kurtz? Aaron Williams? A salute to the “great” television of the late 1970s and early 1980s like Knight Rider, A-Team and Greatest American Hero? I am so there.
“Truth, Justin and the American Way” just went on my pull list! (If it’s no longer on the main page of PVP, then click here.) Scott Kurtz just confirmed the news at PVP since it was broken at Lying in the Gutters.
Now, is it just me or does this Justin’s face look exactly like Luke Skywalker’s?
Today’s PvP was actually updated before 1:15 PM EST!
Usually he can rarely get the strip for one day done seven hours before the next. That’s right; Scott Kurtz’s daily comic strip discipline is so strong that on average I’d expect tomorrow’s trip to be online at five in the afternoon.
Then again, his long-time readers may guess that if Kurtz spent less time playing World of Warcraft he’d have more strips done on time.
(I wasn’t going to at first, but let’s all go to Day by Day. Chris Muir gets every strip published within five minutes of the apropriate day’s start. I have never went to his site and noticed yesterday’s strip still up for today. It has never happened. Reward discipline and read Chris Muir’s work every day.
Here’s an interesting idea. To raise the profile of a comic which could use some more orders, Image Comics has authorized Newsarama to post the entire Godland issue #1 online!
And as I’m looking at it, I can’t help thinking, “Who is artist Tom Scioli’s influence in drawing this Silver Age-esque story? Who? Who? Dang it, I can’t place it. Seems familiar, with all those dots and heavy lines… hmmmmm…”
(Yes, I’m kidding. I know who. Everyone knows who. It’s quite intentional.)
Scott Kurtz reports that “The Dork Ages”, the trade which collects all of the original stories for the first PvP comic series from Dork Storm Press, is now sold out. The book will be going to a second printing in November, with a new cover. (Visit the site to see the cool new cover.)
PvP will change from bi-monthly to monthly beginning this July! Yahoo, and a big congratulations to Scott Kurtz on the success of his comic.
PvP’s new trade paperback has made it into the top 100 at Amazon.com thanks to Scott Kurtz’s announcement to his readership…which should be a better indicator than anything else of the size of PvP’s audience.
The Dork Ages collects the original stories (but not the strip reprints) of the six issues of PvP published by Dork Storm Press before Scott moved the book over to Image comics.
Now…anyone who still needs to read those stories, just click that link on the left to support both Scott and this site!
For those who aren’t in the know (that included me until just now), a protracted legal battle has just ended–the “stealth copyright” case between plaintiff Neil Gaiman and defendant Todd McFarlane. The complaint was that, three years after publication, McFarlane filed copyright forms on some issues of Spawn that had been written by Gaiman–essentialy making a legal fib–claiming they had been written my McFarlane himself.
After the initial court case found in favor of Gaiman, the appeal engine started up. But the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has finally resolved the case: Gaiman wins.
Check Gaiman’s site for more details, plus a tidbit about Miracleman‘s future.
WAIT….shouldn’t that have been the headline?
Erik Larsen, the guy who made “Doom Patrol” really rock (I kid, I kid), has taken over as publisher of Image Comics following the resignation of Jim Valentino.
Reality invades Phantom Jack. “Phantom Jack” was going to have the lead character kill Saddam Hussein, but now that ending has to be changed.
I don’t see why they can’t do the DC thing of having it be “Qurac” and “Sudmann Innsanne” or something like that. That way we all know what he’s really doing but it’s not “reality”.
Anyway, the writer has posted the original scripted ending for all to see.
(You know…I should just have a PvP category on Monitor Duty.)
Scott Kurtz has announced a new cover blurb contest for his upcoming issue which will feature the infamous “Jade boob squeeze” storyline that ran on PvP years ago.
For those who contend that the PvP comic book merely reruns old cartoons, I should point out that the old, classic storyline was all about traveling into the far-flung future of 2004 to play Diablo II. Obviously, this will be updated a bit.
By the way, October 1999 seems to be one of the absolutely best months of the PvP archives. I had to hunt to find this one even though I knew it was in October of ’99, and everything surrounding the story is a classic.