Back when comic book deaths carried some weight. Ooof. #feels
(Also, why’s the steering wheel on the right? Having the kids at your exclusive private school get around in a Rolls Royce is ostentatious enough. Having it be a British import is just plain One-Percenter nonsense! We get it, Charles. Your family’s loaded.)
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I’ve always dug X-Force. It’s kind of weird. I don’t like violent movies or guns or anything like that in reality. What is it about X-Force’s hyper-weaponized campy ultraviolence that does it for me? I guess the X-Men are often so weighed down by ethical quandries and soap-opera dramatics that it’s refreshing when a few of them branch off, strap on some shoulder pads, and just get down to the business of blowing up bad guys.
So, I thought "Why not categorize all their abilities and rate all the different team line-ups?" because, that’s what regular people with lives do, right? Not just insane, reclusive, obsessive fans who eventually lose their minds?
Good lord, I’m not doing anything like this again for a long time! lol (I hope you enjoy it.)
Had a great time at Wizard World Philadelphia this weekend! My Falcon print, which usually doesn’t get much attention, did really well. I couldn’t figure out why, until someone informed me that fans were taking it to get signed by Anthony Mackie, who played Falcon in Winter Soldier! How cool!
Had a fantastic trip up to Maine for Portland’s #MECAF! This time, and for the last couple cons, my most popular image was She-Hulk. With all the hubbub about various Marvel movie franchises, TV shows and Netflix series, I wonder why she’s not being brought to either the big or small screen. Fans are more than ready. It would be a smash.
I’ve been so busy getting ready for C22 that I’ve forgotten to mention I’LL BE AT C2E2!!! Booth 511, right next to @GeeksOUT and just a few blocks from Marvel! Come say hi!!
Thought I’d share some of the process screen shots from my recent ASSEMBLE piece.
Why “Assemble?” As battle cries go, it’s a little square. Wouldn’t a more fitting call to action for earth’s mightiest heroes be something like “AVENGE TO THE END!” or “TOGETHER WE PUNCH THE FACE OF DEATH!”
The Avengers aren’t really about that. They weren’t born with a special chromosome that gives them a familial bond. They weren’t all given powers after being exposed to cosmic rays. They weren’t raised together in a warrior tribe. They’re individuals, who’d certainly much rather be doing their own thing.
Then, they get the call. ASSEMBLE!
Iron Man is in a crucial board meeting and leaves unceremoniously, exasperating his shareholders. The Hulk is volunteering at a local animal shelter and is totally buried in puppies, but he leaps away. After nearly an hour of writing, Quicksilver is THIS CLOSE to finishing his memoir, totally trashing all the other Avengers, but snaps his laptop closed, forgetting to save. Giant Man is secretly killing all the ice cream in Avengers Mansion by shrinking it, squirreling it away to his lab, and eating it at full size. (The ice cream he leaves melting drips onto a robot prototype that he’s working on, and there will certainly be consequences, but that’s a story for another day.) Wasp is sipping a mimosa and reading this month’s issue of Manly Adventure Tales which Hank left lying around. She zips out the window before the magazine hits the ground. Hawkeye stops twerking in the mirror and straps on his bow, giving one final quick wink to his reflection. Captain America has been quietly staring at old photographs of his dead friends for hours, so part of him is glad to get out of the house. Scarlet Witch puts down her knitting (It’s a red scarf. Surprise.) Thor is polishing his hammer. It bothers him to leap into battle with a half-polished hammer, but he grits his teeth, quiets his OCD and flies off to join his comrades.
They assemble. The world gets saved. What brings them together, what gets them to assemble, is the only thing they have in common: The fact that they’re ready to risk their own extraordinary lives to save ordinary people. That they can put their respective super-egos and dramas aside and assemble to fight the world’s greatest threats is what defines them.
by Rogan Josh
At this moment in the 616 Marvelverse, The Red Skull has desecrated the corpse of Charles Xavier and grafted Charles’s psychic brain onto his own. It’s pretty damn horrible. I really want to see Magneto fucking destroy him for it. Like, brutally.
Magneto vs. the Red Skull.
[from Captain America (1968) #368]