Friday, October 25, 2013

Scott Wegener - Atomic Robo

2013.10.12 Comic Con, NYC

Atomic Robo's adventures come from the creative team of Scott Wegener and Brian Clevinger. Starting as a 6-issue limited series by Red 5 Comics in 2007, Atomic Robo was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award in the Best Limited Series category. Following the first series, Atomic Robo's adventures have continued...

Atomic Robo is a robot that possesses automatic intelligence, created by Nikola Tesla in 1923. Now a member of Tesladyne Industries Atomic Robo explores the fringes of scientific inquiry, responding to the paranormal and supernatural emergencies... One of my favorite story lines was issued in volume 7, in the aftermath of World War II Robo joins with a band of female mercenaries who use rocket-packs to stop a rogue japanese super-science counter-attack of America...

There are times when the opportunity dose not present itself for me to obtain a sketch on a FDC. Two such incidents happened this weekend. Fortunately I was able to get a couple of sketches of 2 other high flying characters...
Royden Lepp - Jet from the comic Rust
Another great title from Archaia - Rust, written and drawn by Royden Lepp is about a mysterious boy and a jet pack, involved in a World War where steampunk and robots are the technology used to fight the battles...

Geof Darrow - Rusty the Boy Robot
I was able to pick up thsi great sketch of Rusty from Darrow's series The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot. Written in 1995 by Frank Miller and drawn by Darrow, the Dark Horse series was adapted into an animated TV series (1999-2001) which uses a different plot than that used in the comic... The animated series brought more depth to the characters back-story of Rusty as a replacement for the Big Guy, the robot champion of Earth, which is piloted by Lt. Dwayne Hunter. Rusty's inexperience requires guidance from Hunter and the Big Guy...

I picked up another sketch from Darrow while at the show, which is posted in Matt's Collection...

Three different characters with some similarity all bring me delight

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ramona Fradon - Aquaman

2013.10.11 NY Comic Con, NYC

When I found out Ramona Fradon was going to be at comic con, I made it a point to get a sketch from this matriarch of comics. Fradon, known for her work with Aquaman, is co-creator of Metamorpho.  Starting her career in 1950, Fradon landed her first assignment with DC Comics on the title Shining Knight, followed by drawing backup stories in Adventure Comics featuring Aquaman. Fradon is also credited with co-creating Aqualad. Fradon would also contribute art for Superman, Batman, House of Mystery, Gang Busters, Freedom Fighters and Plastic Man.  Fradon also put time in at Marvel comics on Fantastic Four and Girl Comics.

In 1980, Fradon took over the daily comic strip Brenda Starr, from Dale Messick continuing of the strip for 15 years... Brenda Starr was commemorated as part of the 1995 Comic Strip Classics issue

Fradon was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2006, Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame in 1999.

I am always amazed that more attendees were not flocking to her table. They don't know what they are missing...

Friday, October 11, 2013

Amy Reeder - Rocket Girl

2013.10.11 NY Comic Con, NYC


Just got back from Comic Con and had a great time (I will be back there tomorrow helping to promote the Barnabas Hospice). My first post from the show features Rocket Girl from Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare. Getting this sketch was special, not juts because I enjoy stories about people with jet packs, but I had received my copy of Rocket Girl #1 on Wednesday as a supporter through Kickstarter. I have enjoyed backing a few successful projects, it is fun watching them take form.

Rocket Girl was funded June 7, 2013 and posted as a high-flying adventure comic by artist Reeder and writer Montclare. DaYoung Johansson, a 15 year-old cop from the future goes back in time (to 1986) to save the world... I look forward to the next issue.

Amy Reeder has previously worked on Fool's Gold, Madame Xanadu and Batwoman.  Brandon Montclare has written for Marvel's Fear Itself - Fantastic Four, Haunted Tank, Batman, Mystery in Space and many other titles. Together Reeder and Montclare produced Halloween Eve published through Image...

The stamp used on this cover features the Wright Brothers first flight commemorated as part of the Celebrate the Century issues of 1998. Otto Lillenthal made the first glider flight in 1895, in germany. Octave Chanute made the first flight with a hang glider in 1896, in America, and the Wright Brothers followed with powered flight by 1904.  I liked the idea of combining the beginnings of flight with a futuristic concept of the flight suit...

It is always a pleasure to see many of the artists and writers I have meet over the years at the conventions, Paul Castiglia and Fernando Ruiz at the Archie booth, Richard Clark, Erica Schultz and her husband. I was able to get Erica's M3 second issue with cover by Bill Sienkiewcz signed by Sienkiewicz.  Paris Cullins, Joe Staton, Joe Endres and Jesus Marquez, Jason Quinones, all who have provided me with great sketches in the past.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Ian Glaubinger - Mars Attacks Again !!

2013.04.06 Comic Geek Speak Supershow, Reading, Pa
Project Mercury - Alan Shepard FDC

Another gem from Ian....