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]
Saving the day isn’t a popularity contest. Scott Summers understands that. Sure, he’s a bore. Sure, he kind of sucks at being a husband and father. Sure, he’s so emotionally walled-up that he only dates psychic women who can literally read his mind, relieving him of the responsibility of actually sharing emotions.
Yet, when the X-Men are in trouble, he’s the one who sees a way out. His Boy Scout tunnel-vision can actually BORE A TUNNEL through a mountain. He may be last-picked for the softball team, and Wolverine only takes him out for a beer under EXTREME duress, but that’s okay. Scott is strangely self-aware and cool with his role in the bigger picture. You don’t have to like the guy. Just know that he’ll get you out alive.
by Rogan Josh
Last week, buzzfeed published this subjective, but entertaining list ranking nearly 100 X-Men. The results:
#1 - Cyclops
#2 - Wolverine
(^The only surprise there is that the author didn’t find some way to make them tie.)
What was interesting?
#3 - Kitty Pryde
Kitty was introduced in the early 80s, when the comics landscape was changing. She represented the evolution of the super hero. She was perky. Funny. Smart. Soulful. Human.
When Kitty appeared on the scene, female superhero archetypes tended to fall into a couple standard buckets:
Etherial psychics playing mind games
Mystical goddess types
Traditionally male power fantasies superimposed onto women
Exaggerations of “feminine” traits
And of course, those who could shrink or become invisible…
Kitty could “phase” through solid matter, and render the objects she touched intangible. Her power might be considered passive, but she couldn’t just phase her problems away. Having a physical power that rendered her body untouchable allowed writers to pay extra attention to her ingenuity and courage. She was the hero of the future, the voice of a new generation, and she could save the day with a superpower that was essentially the opposite of violence.
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