Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Loftiest Company I'll Ever Find Myself In

My work is going to be in a show called Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel at SVA. But, check out some of the big names: R. O. Blechman, Sue Coe, Will Eisner, Edward Gorey, Burne Hogarth, Ben Katchor, Harvey Kurtzman, David Mazzucchelli, Jerry Moriarty, Gary Panter, David Sandlin, Walter Simonson and Art Spiegelman.

I choose to go to SVA because it kept showing up in the bios of all my comic book heroes, and this show looks to be an incredibly comprehensive collection of their work. And I'll actually be in New York during the shows run, so I'll get to see it. Can't wait!

Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel at SVA

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Nova Novarum

Joel Priddy's mythological take on Marvel's NovaInternet pals/real-life grade-slaves over at Superhero Cocoa have been having all kinds of fun drawing superheroes. The latest: a mythological take on Nova.

Nova was apparently a pretty controversial choice, because most people hadn't heard of him, and the rest think he's kinda lame. But I was delighted. My childhood contained one well-read copy of The Man Called Nova.

Well, maybe two. The cover of issue #21 looks pretty familiar.

I remember that I didn't care much for his supporting characters. His dad had a creepy Seventies beard. I held particular contempt for the idea that his little brother had built a robot Sherlock Holmes. The robot itself was fine, but eight-year-old me knew it was crazy to think a high school kid could build one. To do that, you'd have to be, like, twenty-four.

But Nova was cool. He flew around, he had a shiny helmet, and he could shoot things with his fists. That's pretty much all any eight-year-old could ask out of life.

Nova on Wikipedia
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