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Archive for January, 2007
Dan Goldmans saved my ass
As an (deputy) art director I have to assign a lot of illustrations as part of my job. For the latest issue we were waaay behind schedule due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays + other unrelated factors. With just a few days before we had to ship our pages we had not one but TWO illustrations to go with some last-minute stories. The problem with assigning illustrations is that people need time to complete them. First you give them time to concept it out and come up with a sketch. Then they send it in for approval, then they work out the final. Depending on the size of the illo and schedule of the illustrator, it can be anywhere from a week to three weeks, start to finish. This time frame put in me in quite a pickle since we needed the illustrations yesterday.
Who was I gonna call? Dan Goldman, of course. Yes, the very same Dan Goldman that’s on ACT-I-VATE and has a book deal with Time Warner. He knocked out both of the needed illustrations — IN THE SAME DAY. Hats off. (not literally. I don’t wear hats but if I did, you can believe it’d be off).Magazines, Blog |
• Those two boys that were kidnapped/found? Yep, they were being held a block away from my house in St. Louis
• I read it so you don’t have to: Anyone else catch the piece in VIBE about collecting original comic art? Me neiter! Until this weekend. It’s basically the author telling how he likes Jim Lee and Alex Ross and that some comic art you can get for a few hundred bucks — like he did in 1990 from some guy named Todd McFarlane (why does that name sound familiar?). No tips or Web sites given. There is a link to vibe.com but there’s no such affiliated story to be found.
• Anyone see Children of Men? In it, Michael Caine plays a former award-winning political cartoonist. His cartoons in the movie are actually done by British cartoonist Steve Bell. Got it? Now go see that movie.Posted by Tim Leong on January 16th, 2007 filed in Magazines, Blog | 1 Comment »
Cartoonsists: Scott Adams does Reader Mail
Over on his Dilbert Blog, cartoonist Scott Adams answers a metric ton of reader questions. My favorite:
Do you ever want to punch Bill Griffith?
I mean, sure he wrote Zippy The Pinhead and all, but he is kinda obnoxious isn’t he?
A. Yes.Posted by Tim Leong on January 16th, 2007 filed in Blog |
Vanity Fair on Archie
Posted by Tim Leong on January 16th, 2007 filed in Magazines, Blog |
The current issue of Vanity Fair (Demi Moore cover) has an interesting write-up on Archie. Check it:
At 65, Archie Andrews has somehow remained relevant, even hip, in an increasingly crass culture. But he still can’t choose between Betty and Veronica. How did this World War II–era goofball manage to stay current? The little girls understand.
They even have a slide show here .
Video Games: The Voice of Mario
Since 1991, Charles Martinet has been the voice of MarioVideo Games, Blog |
I beat Ultimate Alliance
When I haven’t been swamped with mounds of work I’ve been playing Ultimate Alliance for Wii. And with the help of a pal, I finally got through the hordes of henchmen and various villains (including MODOK, who was my favorite).
Props to CB Cebulski for 1. writing the game and 2. writing himself into the game.Posted by Tim Leong on January 11th, 2007 filed in Video Games, Blog | 1 Comment »
Gadzooks, long time gone
My apologies for the lack of posting. Deadlines at the real job have been keeping me locked in my office until 11 or so every night. But, that will very soon and promise a full and healthy return to constant updates.Posted by Tim Leong on January 11th, 2007 filed in Blog |
DC Comics patented Batman and his wonderful toys
Back in the mid ’90s when Joel Schumacher was busy screwing up the Batman film franchise, he was also able to get a credit in a few patents issued to DC Comics. Here are four Batman-related patents issued to DC that relate to Batman’s head dress, boat, vehicle and his set of rear fins for his vehicle.Posted by Tim Leong on January 4th, 2007 filed in Toys, Blog |
Because it’s a Great Song
Check out the video to “All Caps,” the 2004 release from Madvillain. It’s all comic-inspired and has a great beat to boot.Posted by Tim Leong on January 3rd, 2007 filed in Blog, Videos |
I’m the Sexiest Man in Comics*
While you were out counting down and boozing up , Dorian over at Postmodern Barney posted his 2006 Wrap-Up Awards. I was oh-so lucky enough to grab not one, but TWO awards.
The first was for the now-famed video blog post:
The “Truth Hurts, Don’t It Fanboy” Award
Goes to Tim Leong and Comic Foundry, for articulating quite well just what is so damn off-putting about Wizard if you’re not part of the mouth-breathing section of comics fandom. For which he was much villified and called a hypocrite by those in the comics community with a complete inability to grasp nuance.
The second was for trick photography and my uncanny skill of airbrushing myself:
Sexiest Man In Comics, 2006
A bit of a change of pace this year, as a comics commentator gets a nod.
Thanks to Dorian for his generous attention and infinite kindness. So, there you go. I’m the Sexiest man in comics*. I’m changing my business cards immediately.
*co-Sexiest man in comics, actually. It’s a title I share with uber-talent Chip Zardsky. Ain’t he a looker?Posted by Tim Leong on January 2nd, 2007 filed in Blog | 2 Comments »