The Purge, Part Two

It’s probably the worst possible weekend to be doing this, what with people spending their money at San Diego (or as I referred to it to my tax lawyer, “a blind spot in the eyes of God”), but my comic collection ain’t gettin’ any smaller without me doing something about it, so here goes the second round of The Purge!

First up, my runs of Buffy #1 – 20 (Jo Chen covers) and Dark Horse Conan #1 – 50 have been relisted after not selling last time. So c’monnnnnnn.

But here’s the new stuff!

The Goon (Dark Horse) #1 – 32: As far as I know, this is a full Dark Horse run of The Goon, a comic that I absolutely love. I, however, have both the trades and the Fancy Pants hardcovers, so I don’t really need the issues anymore. And hey, I hear there’s going to be a movie soon!

The Goon Noir #1 – 3: I’ve also got this set up, where other creators tell stories of Eric Powell’s creation, including a strange and reasonably awesome little prose tale by Reno 911 and The State‘s Thomas Lennon.

El Cazador #1 – 6 + Special: Remember back when Pirates were friggin’ huge there for a couple years, before Disney made a movie with Chow Yun-Fat where he kicked exactly zero asses? Well, right before that, CrossGen Comics published a pirate-themed comic by Chuck Dixon and Steve Epting (you know, the guy who drew the Death of Captain America), and for a while there it was crazy hot. I don’t know if it still is (it probably isn’t), but it actually is a pretty fun adventure comic that ended way too soon when CrossGen folded.

Adam Strange (2004) #1 – 8: This is another one that I thought was absolutely phenomenal, by Andy Diggle and Pascal Ferry. It’s a grand space adventure full of high action, missing planets, and great costume redesigns that do some sci-fi effects with Adam’s equipment, but unfortunately it was never really capitalized on, with DC choosing instead to do about 15 years worth of Rann/Thanagar War. It’s a great comic, though.

Ex Machina #1 – 43: In retrospect, I probably should’ve hung onto this one, as the series is coming to an end and I could’ve sold a full run, but, well, sometimes one gets swept up in a “Clean House” marathon and it all goes in the box. Anyway, this is a pretty huge (if incomplete) chunk of Vaughan and Harris’s long-running story of an alternate New York and its super-powered mayor, and it’s well worth reading if you haven’t already. There are also a couple of specials included in the lot.

Fantastic Four: Full Mark Waid/ Mike Wieringo Run: I’m going to go ahead and call it: This is one of the best Marvel runs of all time, up there with Simonson’s Thor and Ennis’s Punisher. Done back when Mark Waid still liked super-hero comics, this is just all-out fun storytelling, with absolutely gorgeous art from the late Mike Wieringo and a special appearance by Jack Kirby. Great stuff, and amazingly out-of-print in trade for years.

Fantastic Four: 1 2 3 4 #1 – 4: And if that’s not enough FF for you, I’m also getting rid of Grant Morrison and Jae Lee’s FF mini-series. Lee’s art is a little murky for my tastes, but it’s a great FF adventure and has one of the best Reed Richards panels of all time. Also out of print, I believe.

Massive Gen13 Lot: And finally, we have this lot, which collects the entire first Gen13 mini-series and the first 19 of the ongoing including all three parts of #13, #1/2 and #0 (the entirety of J. Scott Campbell’s work on the title), as well as the 1998 annual by Warren Ellis and Steve Dillon, the Gen13 Rave special, Gen13 ‘Zine (which I swear to God reveals the characters’ measurements and is an official publication) and some other gen-active kookiness as well.

Now, I know what you’re thinking — those of you who watched the Ask Chris panel, anyway — and no: These are not those copies. I bought these a few years ago in a fit of nostalgia back when I was writing up a two-part history of the team for the ISB. So you can buy with confidence, knowing that these are unsoiled!

So there you go, another round of my comics that can be yours! Bid! Buy! Fund my habits!

The Highlights and Lowlights of the Comic-Con Event Schedule



Yesterday, ComicsAlliance editor-in-chief Laura Hudson asked me to do a rundown of the Comic-Con event schedule, which I interpreted as “go down the list and make fun of basically everyone you can.” I tend to interpret a lot of things that way.

This was the first time in a while I’ve just gone straight Vaudeville on something, just writing quick jokes based on a list of things, and while it’s actually sort of exhausting (“wannnh, I had to make fun of people, wannnh!”) it was pretty fun to do. Enjoy!

If Today’s Comics Existed In the Silver Age



Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been talking to my writing partner Chad about how “Grounded” seems like the kind of premise that would’ve been a lot of fun back in the Silver Age, and that led to this: a look at what 8 current comics might’ve looked like if they came out 45 years ago!

Not that anyone really cares about the process of my photoshoppery, but this one was a little more work than you might think. I did most of the lettering in a font I have based on the incredibly prolific Silver Age letterer Ben Oda, but the actual elements (like the word balloons) were pulled off of the covers of late ’50s/early ’60s DC Comics. I couldn’t find a clean version of the signature “finger boxes” (usually seen on the cover of The Flash) from the era, so I used the ones from the recent Flash #3, while the “Featuring a Great Three-Part Novel” was pulled from the interior of a Superman Annual that reprinted the first Brainiac – Luthor Team story.

So there you go: A ton of work to make it look like I just slapped some nonsense on solicitation art. Enjoy!

War Rocket Ajax #35: Truckopathic Powers With Brian Clevinger



War Rocket Ajax is back with our pre-San Diego Comic-Con Spectacular where we don’t actually talk about San Diego at all! Instead, we invite Atomic Robo writer Brian Clevinger to sit down and chat about Robo’s mouth, his plans for the Infinity Gauntlet, and how not to get fired by Marvel Comics!

Also, join us as I do my best to explain Alvin Greene to non-South Carolinians, delve into my thoughts on Superman #701, and offer up an extremely detailed summary of the greatest trucking comic ever printed, U.S. 1!

Click the link above to download or stream this week’s episode, or catch it when the iTunes feed updates later tonight!

The Worst of Netflix: Super Capers



This week, I’m getting a head start;

This week, I’m heading across the country for San Diego’s Comic-Con International, and while I’ve never been before, I’m pretty sure that after I spend five days in one gigantic room with a hundred and twenty thousand other nerds, I’m going to be pretty sick of super-heroes. That’s why I figured I’d give myself a head start by getting sick of them now with Super Capers, one of the few super-hero flicks on Netflix to hit the coveted single star.

Seriously. Even Batman and Robin managed to scrape up two and a half.

The Worst of Netflix on More painful than a speeding bullet!