What I’m Reading: Then Sandman: Overture #1

October 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

The long-awaited prequel to Neil Gaiman’s comic book classic The Sandman is out today! Gaiman’s plan is to use The Sandman: Overture to tell the story of what made it possible for Morpheus to be captured in The Sandman #1.

There are some pretty cool variant covers for Overture #1, too.  Check out CBR for a look at Jim Lee’s cover for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.


Lou Reed and the Soul Reaper

October 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

I found this Bleach/Velvet Underground amv online.  I’m sure Lou Reed would’ve hated it.

Captain America: Winter Soldier Trailer

October 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

The trailer makes the film look like it’s echoing some themes from Marvel’s Civil War crossover which saw Cap leading the opposition against some Big Brother-type elements in the U.S. government.  But Captain America: Winter Soldier doesn’t look like it has too many thematic similarities to the Winter Soldier film featuring current Secretary of State John Kerry.

With all the high-profile whistle-blowing in the media, the 1971 version is possibly more pertinent.

Sci-(Non)Fi: I’m Over Science

October 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Science?  I’m over that.  A lot of my reasons have to do with the Center for Disease Control  making gun control studies for Obama.  Those people who told you you’d die of bird flu?  Yeah, they also think guns are a virus.

Other than politics and careerism influencing the science that gets publicity, this animated short from The Economist explains why you shouldn’t trust most scientific studies.  [Click the link.  The embed isn’t working.]

So those people who were making fun of you for believing in astrology?  They’re probably wrong more often than you are.

From the Sketchpad: Nimona and Ballister Cruisin’

October 21, 2013 § 1 Comment

I guess Noelle Steveson’s Midas Touch cover got Nimona on my mind, so, still playing with my crow quill and Chinese brush, I threw together this picture of Ballister and Nimona in a convertible.


Ballister and Nimona, biz-nitches.

I’m trying to loosen up my pen and brush, and though this illustration’s a little wonky in spots, I’m happy with the overall effect.

Jackie Chan Movie Opens Today!

October 18, 2013 § 1 Comment

I admit it.  I don’t get as enthusiastic about Jackie Chan movies as I used to.  I didn’t even hear about Chinese Zodiac (CZ12) until today, and the United States is LAST territory for the film to open; so, I’m not expecting much. But judging from the trailer, not much from Jackie Chan is still a heluva lot.

There’s some nice Armor of God tone going on. And I gotta get one of those roller suits.

Gingerhaze at BOOM!

October 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Sweet-looking Noelle Stevenson cover for the upcoming comic book Midas Touch #1 by Ryan North (Adventure Time).

If you don’t already read Steveson’s Nimona, you really ought to.  Let’s hope we see more of her charming work in print!

From the Sketchpad: Fat Batman

October 15, 2013 § 1 Comment

Not exactly fat, but he should probably try to stick to a low-carb diet.

FatBatman003I know his cowl doesn’t look right.  I was going for the his-face-in-shadow thing.  I’ve been reading a lot of Batman: Black and White.

The consensus on the art in MetaMorphosis is that it could be better, so, with the aim of improving my craft, I’m trying out a crow quill in combination with a (cheap) Chinese brush.  It ain’t Takehiko Inoue, but I’m working on it.  The idea was to try to find a style in the medium by drawing/painting my personal take on a well-established character.  It was a fun exercise.

Dear Mr. Watterson

October 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

Heck, yeah.

If you don’t know Calvin and Hobbes, stop reading this right now, go out and buy some collections, and read them.  I’ll still be here when you get back.

You back?  Good.  Now, REJOICE!  The documentary Dear Mr. Watterson, directed by Joel Schroeder, on the influence of the comic strip and its creator Bill Watterson is coming out on November 15.  I stopped reading newspaper strips when Calvin and Hobbes ended.  They would’ve ended soon anyway, but what else was I going to read?  Cathy?

As I wrote above, heck, yeah.

MetaMorphosis #2 Begins Online!

October 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

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© Lewis Manalo 2013

I’m back to posting webcomic pages of MetaMorphosis!  Pages of issue #2 will start to go up next week, and today, we have a nice, creepy-crawly cover.   If you think webcomics are soooo 2002, check out issue #2 on ComiXology, available now!


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