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STORM Sunday: Free Comic Book Day Edition

Yesterday I worked at Isotope for Free Comic Book Day!  It was a busy day full of people passionate about comics!  Our featured comics creator, Basie S. was on hand for most of the day drawing for his adoring fans.  He was kind enough to draw me Storm (of course) and after I showed him an issue of Madman, he drew Mike Allred’s creation for me!  After Basie S. left, it was somehow decided that I would sit at the drawing board and take requests for drawings (I’m pretty sure it was James’s idea).  Please keep in mind I had never drawn these characters before, but it was really fun to try to capture them on paper.  It was also cool to learn about which characters people are really into.  It all started with a request for the Juggernaut and then snowballed from there.  

Hero Mash Up for JamesHere I am drawing a picture for James Sime that includes U Go Girl, Mr. Sensitive, Judge Andersen, and Wonder Woman.  Whew!

photo-1Apologies to Adrian Tomine, but Reese wanted me to draw this picture of two men at the urinal.   This one was really challenging, because the whole image relies on the discomfort on the younger guy’s face.  

photo-3I drew Jesse Custer from Preacher for Kirsten Baldock.  This one was really fun to draw, probably because he’s so damn sexy.

photo-4 Isotope regular Ben Nathan requested a posse of cigar smoking characters that included Hellboy, Nick Fury, Fear Agent & the Thing.  That’s supposed to be Jack Kirby floating above them all.  I had no idea Fear Agent was so handsome.  He is definitely my favorite from this image.  
Emma & Ororo Trade OutfitsThe last sketch of the evening went to Ken Kneisel, perhaps the most dedicated Emma Frost fan that I know.  We originally thought we’d like to see Storm and Emma shopping for corsets together.  But then we remembered this funny drawing John Byrne did of Ms. Marvel and Storm and we reworked it for our girls.  The title refers to the cover of Uncanny X-Men #152 where Emma switches bodies with Storm.  I gave Storm the kind of hair I’d like to see her with all of the time (Much like Dave Cockrum and John Byrne did back in the day).  Thanks to everyone who came out to Free Comic Book Day!  I had a blast!


Interview: SF Weekly & the X-Men’s Relocation to San Francisco


I totally meant to blog about this when it came out (10/28/2008), but here’s Benjamin Wachs’ article in SF Weekly examining the X-Men’s move to San Francisco.  Wachs asks what part, if any, Marvel’s mutants would play in local politics and he polls X-Men editor Nick Lowe, Marvel Spokesman Jim McCann, Amazing Fantasy comic book owner Frank McGinn, and yours truly.  Wachs has a great wit, as evidenced in his writing:

“According to Nick Lowe, X-Men editor for Marvel Comics, the team’s making itself at home. Wolverine goes to bars in the Mission; Angel has bought the Transamerica Pyramid; the “young X-Men” team is living in the belfry of Grace Cathedral (I wonder what that rents for … ); and just this month, after a fight in a local BDSM club, team leader Cyclops had telepathic sex with his girlfriend, the White Queen … except it wasn’t really her, it was his disguised ex-wife, Madelyn, secretly returned from the dead. So, you know, typical Saturday in the Castro.”

Funny, right?  There’s more.  Check out the entire article!


For good measure, here’s an article about the X-men’s relocation in  It also discusses some of the parallels between being a mutant and being gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender.

Thanks to Benjamin Wachs for interviewing me.  It’s not everyday you get a phone call to talk about the X-Men like they’re real people and it wasn’t like I needed any encouragement *grins*.  For a more timely article, you can read Benjamin Wachs’ New Year’s Resolutions.  There’s one in particular that hit me a little too close to the heart.  If you read that and my Bio, I’m sure you can figure it out, dear reader.  But hey, I’m all for some parody, satire, or whathaveyou, no matter how much it makes me want to cry.

Today’s images are from the first and second issues of X-Men: Manifest Destiny, a mini-series containing short stories about the X-Men making their way to San Francisco.  Chris Sotomayor illustrates Iceman in front of the Golden Gate Bridge with inks by Brian Reber.  Humberto Ramos draws Emma Frost with inks by Brian Reber.

The 2nd “Wolverine & The X-Men” Trailer

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Now THIS looks exciting! All of my fears about Storm being a no-show are gone and I think this may be my favorite cartoon incarnation of our lovely weather goddess ever! I dunno yet, tho. Won’t know until I hear her voice actor. And how ’bout that roundhouse kick that Shadowcat shows off after phasing through some guy? Sweet! I’m a big fan of the lineup overall, although I wish there was one more female character (maybe Rogue will eventually join?). Feels like a good blend of the original five (sorry, Jean *snif*) and the All-New, All-Different crew (sorry, Banshee *cries*). It’s also nice to see Emma Frost immortalized in cartoon form as a heroine. She had a small cameo in the very first X-Men cartoon movie “Pryde of the X-Men,” but she looked pretty bad. I mean, well, everyone did. This, however, looks amazing! I am going to have to fight for a seat at San Diego to see it!

Wolverine & The X-Men Trailer

So Comic Book Resources has had the trailer for the upcoming Wolverine & The X-Men cartoon up for a while and while I love it (I mean, really, really love it), I’m a bit irked at the lack of Storm promo scenes. I had to watch it frame by frame to see Angel carrying her to actually get a glimpse of her costume. At least she’s featured prominently in the team photo images, but I would’ve like to see Ororo whip up some lightning just once.

There’s so many characters! I love Kitty Pryde’s look and it looked like Cannonball was standing next to her in a quick shot that pans across the team, but it might’ve been Iceman (but Bobby’s not a blond, folks!) Nice to see Nightcrawler too! And Scarlet Witch and Polaris! Woo Hoo! Looks like Emma Frost is featured prominently. That could be pretty cool, especially if we get to see the beginnings of her and Cyclop’s romance. I bet Jean Grey fans are disappointed though. This will be the first X-Men cartoon without her. She’s shown briefly in the very beginning when something strikes her and Xavier down. Then Xavier is okay and Jean’s nowhere to be seen. *sigh*
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