Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Customizing your comic collection box lid

For many many years my dad used to work in data processing going all the way back to the tail end of the 70s. He used to bring home "computer paper" boxes like the one you see here for storage purposes and one day some where in the mid 80s I think I started using them for my growing comic collection at the time. At one point I had about 7 of these boxes filled with comics but I've down sized over the years to now only 3. In the past I've decorated my comic boxes with pasted on clip art from beat up issues that were worthless but had cool and corresponding art with whatever collection I had in that box.
So right now I have a ROM spaceknight box, a Suicide Squad box and one other newly acquired box re-purposed (I like that word) for my miscellaneous issues that didn't contain any art work on it. But it does now, although not with published clip art. Instead I wanted to personalize it a bit more by using color copies of my own fan art featuring ROM with other Marvel characters. Maybe some day I'll get around to also covering the sides of the lid and perhaps the whole box to but this will do for now.

A couple weekends ago I picked up this People magazine special on Carrie Fisher. It was really interesting especially in regards to a lot of crazy shit going on behind the scenes during the shooting of the original STAR WARS trilogy including and affair with Harrison Ford and even Fisher doing coke in between shoots. I also really liked some of the vintage photos of Fisher and felt like posting them for other fans who might not know about this issue of People.

Monday, February 13, 2017

X-Men vs The Dire Wraiths tribute art

This is a commission art piece done by artist Peter Nguyen based on X-Men issue #188 which was the climatic ending of a 5 issue story arc (184,185, 186, 187, 188 all by John Romita Jr. and Chris Claremont) covering the assassination attempt on Forge by the dire wraiths. Ofcourse that broader story line of Forge's involvement in the Wraith War would continue in the pages of ROM. No ROM spaceknight collection is truly complete with out these important X-Men tie-in issues.

Just noticed this in the latest Incredible Hulk trade paper back (Future Imperfect) just published last month. The TPB includes the Rick Jones wedding issue and I was happy to see the panels with ROM were not left out but that didn't come as much of a surprise given that ROM was not in his cyborg armor. Although even that may have been an over site given that Marvel these days isn't even willing to have ROM in any new stories as even human and being referred to in some other way then the name "ROM". And I would know because I've suggested it to them only to have that idea flatly rejected back in 2011 and again 2012. But Marvel definitely made an over site in the back pages featuring reprinted clip art in black and white which has a panel with some skrulls impersonating superheroes that Rick Jones has been a side kick to over the years. Quick, somebody go tell Hasbro (just kidding like they'd care). Well Gary (a very dedicated ROM curator), even though you already have all the individual ROM related Hulk issues it looks like you're gonna have to open up your wallet yet again and add this TPB to your collection.

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February 14th Update: Started this sketch in the morning and finished it after I got home from work tonight. Just found my self in the mood to draw Storm today.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A fond farewell to Richard Hatch

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It's looking like 2017 might be another shit year for more of the actors from some of my favorite childhood sci-fi genre movies and and TV shows passing away. This afternoon I just got the sad news about Richard Hatch (age 71) passing away as a result of pancreatic cancer (just like Patrick Swayze RIP). Most of you ofcourse know him as Apollo from the original Battlestar Galactica which I loved back in the day and for many years continued to watch as reruns. Hatch would also go on to play a semi-regular character on the SyFi channel Battlestar Galactica reboot in the mid and late 2000s.

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I actually had the privilege of meeting Richard Hatch a little over a year and a half ago at the BIG Wow Comic Fest in San Jose CA. where he was at a table promoting Star Trek Axanar. Axanar is a very well done independent production for youtube that chronicles the original war between The Federation and The Klingon Empire in which Hatch played a high ranking Klingon commander obsessed with defeating The Federation. Hatch's acting career included a lot more then what I've mentioned in this posting ofcourse for example did you also know he replaced Michael Douglas's character on the 70s TV show The Streets of San Francisco? 

Exactly one month ago in a posting I featured an old photo of part of my toy collection back in 1981 that among other things included a few Battlestar Galactica figures. So I guess this seems like a good time to showcase the one toy I have these days from Battlestar Galactica. This was something of a rare find it was one of those toys that never seemed to appear in regular retail stores you just always saw the other ships you really didn't want that much and then one day you see it at a comic shop or at a convention going for twice or three times what it retailed for. Well anyways I saw just one at  a Walmart back in 2007 and snatched it up with out second thought.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

ROM, Panthro and Snake Eyes . . . nuff said

Damn, is it just me or did January seem to come and go in the blink of an eye!? I have the feeling 2017 is gonna fly by like 2016 did. Anyways, it would be pretty hard to have ROM, Panthro and Snake Eyes together and it somehow sucking. And all the better if you throw in other characters I like who are licensed properties from the 80s and cool DC characters. Anyways, that's all I've got to say about that and here's a link to where I found this . . .

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I also wanted to use this posting today to feature the art work of an artist you've probably never heard of before. As you can see in terms of style and theme it's a complete departure from how I opened this posting. He's a fellow by the name of Paul Sloan and he's done a number of these apocalyptic ice age fantasy art piece featuring famous cities like Seattle (which I visited late last year as some of you may recall) and San Francisco.

Getting back to the superhero genre fan art here's something new from my good friend and fellow ROM fan from the island of Crete (Greece). I've featured his work here before and have even been inspired by his stuff in regards to my own fan art. He recently did this sweet piece with Storm from The X-Men. But to see the full body view in her Savage Land costume variant you need to go to the link

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A tribute to the classic

I didn't think I was gonna do any fan art for the longest time. But this week something just came over me I don't know if it's nostalgia or this chill work week I'm having so far or a combination there of. Just started sketching something last night with some of my free time and it started coming out pretty good. Earlier tonight I colored it and image montage of the classic ROM series is complete.  P.S. Fuck IDW Publishing

Gordon Henley as rebel X-Wing pilot Red Leader
I feel like I should give another recently passed away actor a little shout out here who isn't a house hold name but never the less has managed to cement their place in sci-fi history. Gordon "Drewe" Henley earlier this month died at age 75 from chocking on some food he was eating. Something of a tragic freak accident I would say especially coming on the heels of Carrie Fisher's death. For those of you who saw Rogue 1 you may have noticed him in the film appear in a couple of scenes exactly as he was back in 1977 when he led the rebel squadron that attacked and destroyed the Empire's first Death Star.
Unlike with The Grand Moff Tarkin and Princes Leia there was no well done CGI going on with Red Leader. That's because the producers of Rogue 1 actually inserted cut scenes from the Death Star battle from A New Hope into the ending space battle in Rogue 1. I absolutely loved that it made Rogue 1 feel that much more like classic vintage Star Wars and it was also great in terms of continuity. I can only hope that Henley was able to see Rogue 1 before his accident. Think about it, watching cut footage of yourself intended for a movie back in 1977 being used for a movie in 2016 I mean seriously how cool is that!? It should also be noted the same thing was done with the actor from A New Hope that played the rebel pilot with the call sign Gold Leader.

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January 28 update: My sketch card collection so far as of today.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ever had your fan art show up at some comic shop over 3000 miles away from you?

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Just when I think I've finally run out of ROM stuff to blog about look what comes my way. Have a look at this photo Gary Martin Jr. sent me recently during a trip to Bridgeport (West Virginia) while at a mall comic shop (Four Horsemen Comics & Gaming). I wonder if whoever decided to lift my fan art off the net and make it part of this interior design series Marvel cover corner of wall tile had any idea that the ROM piece is just some fan art and not something that was ever published by Marvel? I made that almost 5 years ago originally for the now defunct re-cornered blog but I've seen it turn up on Pinterest and who knows where ever else. I mentioned this before whenever I see this sort of thing I have mixed feelings about it. Just on general principle I think it's kind of a dick move to use someone else's art work with out they're permission or even at least accrediting them accordingly. On a side note I bet it cost who ever at The Four Horsemen a bit of a pretty penny to have a small image on the internet blown up into a large format print out.

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Just wanted to ad something here. This is a scan from my copy of a program guide for the 1989 Wonder-Con Comic convention in Oakland California. As you can see Miguel Ferrer was there who I just got the sad news about only moments before midnight today. I knew Miguel best from his fantastic role in the original Robocop film and from a small part he played in Star Trek III The Search for Spock. I also remember him guest starring along with another actor from the Robocop cast in the cop drama Hooperman which starred the late John Ritter who you probably best knew from the classic 80s comedy sitcom Three's Company.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The most under rated Marvel artist Ron Frenz

Let me just talk a little bit about THOR 383 first because it's really an excellent tie-in to the original Secret Wars 12 issue series. In the Secret Wars story line at one point The Enchantress temporarily magically transports herself and THOR off The Beyonder's Battleworld only to return there right in the middle of Dr. Doom's army of super villains. Not only in THOR 383 do we find out where they went for a while but we also get to see a recap of the entire fight between THOR and Doom's forces played out (as seen in Secret Wars 4) with new art work by Ron Frenz.

As you can see the art work kicks ass I mean seriously this is Sal Buscema level quality and that's pretty high praise coming from me as you all know. This is exactly what is meant when you hear about comic book art being done "The Marvel Way". It's very strange how Frenz doesn't have more notoriety in the industry like I said a really under rated artist.

It's rather sad that many of the same people who would practically drop to their knees upon hearing the name of a certain other artist who's work was out dated and woefully inadequate back in the 80s would probably be all but clueless about Ron Frenz and his fantastic work. That's just wrong.

Commission art by Ron Frenz