Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If Piccaso had ever done some ROM fan art

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This photo from farcebook comes to us from Joe Fellman who drew this fan art on a long box some 30 years ago. It reminds me of something I did back in the day when I got my hands on my 1st ROM issue (#22) but I unfortunately it disappeared over the years. It might be all the art history I took back in college but this kinda reminds me of Picasso's Guernica.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Our Pal Sal Tribute video

When I first found this video I was pleased to see that it included some Rom clip art among the collection of Sal's awesome work. And after chatting with this guy who made the video in the comments section I was also pleased to find that he also thought dikto was a bad choice to replace Sal on ROM spaceknight. Now this video is a fairly recent upload and I couldn't help but think as cool as it is (especially with the porno music soundtrack) how even cooler it would have been to have also included some of the more recent stuff from Sal like the Rom vs Mars Attacks bonus pin up page from IDW and the Sal at his drafting table with numerous Marvel superheros present commission art that turned up earlier this year and was later digitally colored by a big time Sal fan from Portugal.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Damn! Now that's what I call some good fan art!

Looks like things are picking up here again at least for the time being. I want to open up this posting by thanking Gary Martin Jr. for not giving me a heads up about this newly discovered fan art. Fortunately, I know about his secret hiding place he squirrels away all the Rom related art work he finds. But that's ok I can always go help myself to the stuff he finds that I've missed. Anyways, here's a new one by Yildiary Cinar. Talk about a solid illustration this is my kinda fan art, dynamic, slightly stylized and especially well done from a figure composition stand point.

Here we have the 3rd in a line of fan art I've seen so far when it comes to a ROM spaceknight / Green Lantern theme. Rom's head is a bit small in proportion to the rest of his body but this is otherwise a really solid illustration it's done by this guy

Ok a couple more things I want to get to here. The Vision of Comics gave me a heads up about this new novel (not graphic novel) by Dan Abnett about Rocket Raccoon & Groot that among other things featured a spaceknight by the name of Roamer. I passed that info along to our resident Rom curator Gary Martin Jr. who in turned asked me if I'd mention it on the blog. As you all know I don't care for Rocket or Groot but because I'm such a stand up guy so here I am mentioning it for Gary.
And just so you all know I also mentioned the Hasbro Rom doll to Dan Abnett on farcebook this morning in the hopes it might help get things moving along as far as what we all really want to see which is a return of ROM to the marvel universe and an end to these badly mishandled half ass continuities we've had to endure for years now.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hasbro celebrates ROM's 35th Anniversary?

So this just turned up earlier today. According to a source at MTV's website Hasbro is releasing some sort of  Rom doll commemorating 35 years of ROM. Of course the concept of 35 years of Rom is relative but I'm assuming we're not just talking about the time the series was in print or even up until when marvel lost the copy rights to the character but also the ROM fan cult that followed . . . that would be us.
Now I don't really care about the doll it's self cuz I think it's kinda stupid but if this news is legit it raises some interesting points. The first one being that we now know for certain who owns the rights to ROM spaceknight and we also now know that all the related documents and material to that copy right isn't just simply in the back of some dusty filing cabinet in a basement or warehouse filled with archival paper work Hasbro never bothers with. In effect that means there's a little less red tape then had been previously assumed which in turn makes me hate Marvel even more then I do now. You'd think by now somebody from Marvel or Hasbro would have gotten the idea to approach the other company and raise the issue of some manner of revival by now. Anyways, here's the MTV article let me know what you think . . .

In light of the comments left here I just wanted to make this posting update. Now if Hasbro was offering something like this I'd be all over that shit no matter how it was. And by the way Evil King Macrocranios I'm so down with what you said in your podcast about how the 2001 "spaceknights" mini-series is not part of the ROM continuity as far as you're concerned. I also really liked your interview with Al Milgrom it was cool hearing him talk about ROM and The Micronauts from back in the day although I don't share Milgron's words of praise for steve ditko's work

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Damn, What a difference some color makes for this ROM & Starshine fan art!

Pencil and inks by Jeff Slemons & colors by  Ian Sokoliswki 
The posting title pretty much says it all but in case you might want to see the uncolored version go here . . .

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Update 7/07: We've also got a new custom spaceknight figure that turned up from Chris yesterday. With the addition of Seeker Chris now has made every final member of the Spaceknight Squadron among other spaceknights and characters from the Rom series. I believe most of those figures have been sold off but you can still view them in his deviant art gallery

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A portrait of Bill and friends

I found this really nice illustration of Bill while doing some random browsing on the net. It apparently was in the back pages of a Howard The Duck magazine from 1980. I then started to experiment a bit with various selected images from the fan art based on Bill's work I've done over the past couple of years and I think it turned out alright.
Update: And speaking of fan art of all sorts here's some stuff that's appeared recently that's worth taking a look at:

This one turned up just a couple days after I published this posting you guys are gonna want to see this http://dannphillips.deviantart.com/art/ROM-takes-on-EVERYONE-463615019

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The 80s Easter egg I totally forgot about!

Rom spaceknight #5 (Space Notes page) 
For those of you who have been reading Marvel Comics since the early 80s ask your self how many times you've seen this little editorial cartoon by Al Milgrom? I know I have! Although I'm pretty sure it's been years since I last saw it and I certainly didn't make the whole Bill Mantlo/Rom - Micronauts Easter egg connection at the time and until it just turned up on farcebook earlier today I had totally forgotten about all together. According to Michael Mantlo, "this pretty much sums up bill's reputation at marvel in the late 1970's"

Also, here's something I bet many of you haven't seen yet despite me having posted on this blog before. It's a fun little slide show check it out when you have a few minutes.

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sketch card

For those of you who saw my note here earlier I want to let you know that this new fan art from Dann Phillips I'm posting here today (June 17th) is not what I was anticipating. It's just coincidental that it turned up recently but who cares I'm just happy to post some sweet ass fan art whenever I get the chance. But with any luck I'll have even more to add here from some one else in what I hope will be within the next 48 hours (hint hint).

The Rom and Crystar team up that sadly never happened
No, this isn't the fan art I've been anticipating getting for the past couple of days either we're still waiting for that. I just whipped this up this very morning for a good friend I haven't seen in a while until recently. It's probably no much bigger then that ROM sketch card by Phillips.