Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Here's hoping 2010 brings you health, happiness, and prosperity -- or as the Vulcans are fond of saying, Live Long and Prosper!

Thanks to everyone who stops by this part of the interweb every now and again to see what I've been up to! I seem to be scratching the 'Graphic Designer' itch by creating wallpapers, rather than writing... And writing was the reason I started this blog! But hey, that's how life goes sometimes!

Whether you're here for a column or a wallpaper, I hope to keep you coming back for more!

Sincerely, thank you!

Aquaman SoA Wallpaper

Although I'm not a fan of the Arthur Joseph Curry version of Aquaman, every now and again, guilt catches up to me and I do something like this:

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Aqua-Merch!

Added to the collection of Aquaman-related merchandise... Ocean Master (as depicted by George Perez!) It's the first action figure of this version of the character as well!
The only thing I don't like is that Orm's staff in the package is a whole lot less pointy than the one shown in the prototype picture above.

And also, this very cool lead figure from Eaglemoss! It's handpainted and quite nice looking, even though it's small. Very nicely done figure for the low, low price of seventeen dollars!
You know, for a character that isn't even appearing anywhere, Aquaman sure seems to be getting his share of love from the other Warner divisions! On TV in Brave and the Bold (not to mention his pilot show), from DC Direct in all the Aquaman related stuff they keep making... Heck, even the DC Universe Classics line has already released three versions of Aquaman.

Clearly somebody out there besides me has a love of the character...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Geoff Johns Interview!

Johns had this to say about Mera in a Newsarama interview about The Blackest Night:
Johns: The other journeys, next to Hal and Barry, are the Atom and Mera. They both go through specific journeys. The Atom's culminates in The Atom and Hawkman issue I'm doing, and it continues through Blackest Night. And Mera's goes through Blackest Night, Blackest Night: Wonder Woman and beyond. She’ll be someone I’ll be working with in 2010, 2011 and beyond. The same thing goes for the Atom. His perspective is obviously different from anybody else's. And he's been at the center of the storm of a lot of things that have gone on in the DC Universe. But it’s time for Ray to step up and move on into new emotional territory.

Mera just developed organically, because I've always found that character intriguing. A lot of people recognized that character, but nothing's been done with her in years. I wanted to put her on the stage. You know, Aquaman's not here. It's like the whole beat that Barry says to them: "We're the Justice League now. You're Superman, and you're Wonder Woman. So let's go do this."

I knew I would be introducing all these new characters, and I thought at the same time I'd like to take a couple old characters like Mera and Black Hand alongside Larfleeze and Saint Walker.

Nrama: You said you always found Mera's character "intriguing." Why?

Johns: I just always found her to be powerful and strong and unexplored. She stood apart; she wasn't Aquawoman, which I liked. She was her own character, separate from Aquaman. She had her own history. I always found her appealing and thought she could be an important character, and I believe she's going to be one of the strongest females in the coming years.
I'm intrigued that Johns will be working with Mera in 2010 and 2011... Sounds like a mini-series or a special is in the works for her... Does it also bode well for Aquaman or Tempest also?

I'm almost afraid to hope.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Hawk and Dove

Don and Hank Hall by Craig Hamilton, and Dawn and Holly Granger by Ed Benes!



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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Updated Aqua-Duo!

Updated because I improved the Aqualad logo I used on the first wallpaper!



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Aquaman

Art by Ian Churchill!



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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Booster Gold

Art by Dan Jurgens!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Updated Wallpapers!

Here are some recent wallpapers that I couldn't stop tweaking...

Here's the Flash...



And here's Superboy!



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Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Flash vs Doctor Spectro!

Art by Mauro Cascioli!



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Shazam!

Captain Marvel Jr. replaces Captain Marvel and his hero name becomes Shazam!


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Friday, December 11, 2009

Flash Redux

An updated version!



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Superboy

Art by Francis Manapul!



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Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Flash

Art by Francis Manapul!



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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Flash Family Redux

I found a logo for Max Mercury and made a few other changes...

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Adventure Comics

This is a great series featuring Superboy and The Legion of Super-Heroes! And this is an upcoming cover with my own special twist!

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Rainbow Corps Oaths Redux

An updated version.... Art by Ivan Reis, words by Geoff Johns!

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Rainbow Revenge!

Here's the Rainbow Corps taking out the Black Lantern Guardian, Scar! Art by Ivan Reis!

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Rainbow Corps Oaths

From The Blackest Night! Art by Ivan Reis! Words by Geoff Johns!

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Poll Results!

I asked who your favorite DC Heroine was and here are the results! Coming in first place with 27 percent of the vote is Supergirl! Superman's cousin is one of the things I've always liked about Superman. Apparently others feel the same way.It surprised me as I thought the number two choice, Wonder Woman, would have come away with first place. Instead she had 22 percent of the vote. She's the first lady of super-heroines in my book!
Black Canary came in third with 18 percent. Black Canary isn't a copy of a male hero, but she is married to Green Arrow.
Next is a three-way tie between Power Girl, Hawkgirl, and Batgirl, with each getting nine percent of the vote. Power Girl is the Earth 2 version of Supergirl. Batgirl and Hawkgirl have the same powers and abilities their male counterparts do.
Mera came in seventh place with four percent. Mera isn't a gender-bending duplicate of Aquaman. She has her own distinct powers - the ability to create and manipulate hard water forms. That makes her unique and also seems to be a rare quality in heroines.
Zatanna received no votes at all! Zatanna was the daughter of Zatara, hero of the Golden Age!
Thanks for voting!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Flash Family

Art by Ethan van Sciver!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Mystery in Space

Featuring Captain Comet! Art by Shane Davis!

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Superman Redux

Now with retro logo!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Superman

From the art team of Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson comes this blast from the past!

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Aquaman and The Demon

Art by Jesus Saiz from an upcoming issue of The Brave and the Bold!

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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Flash vs. Everyone!

From The Blackest Night 4, art by Ivan Reis!

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Superboy and Red Robin

Art by Francis Manapul!

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Supergirl

Art by Ian Churchill!

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

New Car!

My Kia Sephia needs work and at this point in the car's lifetime, I think it'll cost more to fix than it will ever be worth, so I considered purchasing a new vehicle. I looked online and really couldn't find a lot in my price range, but there was a Suzuki model that looked pretty good... It was a matter of seeing how I fit in it. I'm happy to say I fit just fine! It's a Suzuki SX4 Sedan Sport model. It actually has way more head room than the Kia and the trunk is huge! It's completely loaded with heated seats and mirrors, smartpass entry system, 9 speaker stereo system, 17" alloy wheels, and bunches of other cool things! And at a price I can reasonably afford! I pick the new car up Tuesday after work!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Superman

By Drew Johnson!

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

More Action Figures!

Well, just one figure, really. This was another recent eBay win... It features the Sword of Atlantis Aquaman (Arthur Joseph Curry)! I was never a fan of this character but I love Shane Davis' artwork (upon which this series is based) and I read somwhere that he's a big Aquaman fan so I'll buy it because Aqua-fans need to support our hero... even the less appealing versions.Still, it's a great looking action figure!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More Aquaman Merchandise!

I'm now the proud owner of these wonderful busts! Aquaman was designed by Carlos Pacheco, and Mera was designed by Terry Dodson!

First up is our hero himself, Aquaman! Comes complete with trident! Features the helping tentacles of Topo, his octopus companion. I don't even mind that Aquaman's belt and symbol are completely wrong... it still looks great! I really like the way his shirt catches the light... very nice! And number 56 out of 3000 isn't bad either!


And here's Mera (and Topo again)! Mera has never gotten this kind of attention from DC before... She hasn't even been made into an action figure yet! So, you can see I had no choice but to support her by purchasing it and letting DC know there's an audience waiting for more Aqua-merchandise! Number 118 out of 3000, so still pretty good!
They look great together!

Monday, October 19, 2009

January Solicits Are Out!

Of course, there isn't much Aqua-related news, but check out the cover to Blackest Night Wonder Woman #2! Wonder Woman versus Mera! And best of all, the artist who drew this remembered Mera has flippers, rather than feet! They're hard to see, but they're there!

I don't think Mera's been drawn that way since Aquaman's first mini-series (featuring the blue camoflage suit). And then, she was only in the first issue. Of course, I'm happy to see Mera appear anywhere, whether she has feet or flippers, because Aquaman usually isn't far behind, although I'm not sure if that will be the case here. I'm just glad Mera's still alive at this point in the series! Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Flash, Wonder Woman, Hawk, Tempest, and Firestorm are all part of the Black Lantern Corps.

I guessed early on that the end of the Blackest Night will somehow leave us with the original Aquaman back in the land of the living, but with the body count getting up there, there's a lot of people who'll need to come back by the time it's all over. Aquaman and Tempest better be among them!

Superman Bataman Public Enemies

First off, this is a great DVD! Go out and buy it now! Even though it's a skimpy 66 minutes, it's some of the best animation Warner Premiere has released to date! And even though Aquaman does not appear at all, many DC Heroes and Villains do, including Black Manta (arch-nemsis of the original Aquaman) and King Shark (friend to Arthur Joseph Curry-Aquaman Sword of Atlantis). Here are some cool stills...
Black Manta front and center!
Villains attack!

Batman versus King Shark! Superman blasted by Manta!
Shark versus Bat!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Action Figures

The Pop Culture Fair was on today and I wandered down to see what they might have to offer. I found Aquaman's arch-nemesis, Black Manta, for 25 dollars...
and a super-cool-holy-crap-this-looks-so-awesome! Hawkman for 10! I probably would have paid at least 20 dollars Canadian for each figure (including shipping) if I bought them off eBay, so all in all, good deals!Considering I wasn't even planning to purchase these figures, I've gotten the two harder ones out of the way. There's just a regular Aquaman and a variant (long hair Aquaman) that were released in the same wave as Black Manta. All I need is the regular version and I'll have all the Aquaman related DC Universe Classics figures! Sweet!
I'm not a huge Hawkman fan, but this figure looked so cool that I had to buy it! His colors are so vivid and his wings are posable too... I'm actually tempted to take him out of the plastic and display him in very cool ways!