Hey CBR Readers!
Just a quick note to say that CBR is migrating to a new, much faster server this Sunday, June 9th, at 9:00 AM Pacific time. This will mean the main CBR site — www.comicbookresources.com — will be intermittently unavailable from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM.
Lately, all the CBR servers have been pummeled by increased traffic and we only see that increasing, especially with Comic-Con International in San Diego on the horizon. To deal with that, first we’ll move CBR to this new server. Once CBR is on its new server, we’ll prep the old CBR server so we can move the CBR blogs to it. The server the blogs are on is seriously slow and even the two-year old CBR server is 5x faster than the current blog server. We expect to move the CBR blogs on Thursday, June 13th — possibly sooner. We’ll let ya know.
Thanks for your patience, everyone. We hope you’ll be happy with the faster response times to come!
– Jonah Weiland
The management of the building the CBR offices are located in have allowed us to decorate the hallway with movie posters of our choosing. We reached out to friends around town, got some comic book movie posters from them and, well, here’s a look at all the posters we’ve hung outside our suite — but one of these is not like the other!
Special thanks to Michelle at Laemmle’s Noho for the use of that final Avengers poster — how amazing is that?
DC Comics’ Roy Harper confronted his past and old mentor Green Arrow in “Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual” #1, and this Saturday, Darryl Sutter, the head coach of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings is facing something out of his own history as well — his former team the Chicago Blackhawks, who the Kings face in the Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs, a club he played left wing for from 1979-1987, then later commenced his coaching career with from 1992-1995.
On the surface, Roy Harper and the Los Angeles Kings don’t have any direct correlation, but upon closer examination something becomes obvious — the arrow slinging outlaw of the DC Universe is an LA Kings fan.
Since DC launched its New 52 continuity, Harper is often seen wearing a baseball cap with an ambiguous logo, but in certain images it strongly resembles a LA Kings logo, granted one that has been retired towards the end of this post-lockout NHL season. Check the evidence:
At this point, you’ve probably already seen the soon-to-be iconic photo of an irate Miami Heat fan flipping off Chicago Bull Joakim Noah as he exited the court after being ejected from last night’s playoff game. Well, it turns out she’s also weighed in on Marvel’s last two movies, and, well, she didn’t seem to like them any more than she does the Bulls…
These babies are awaiting being ravaged! @ Collector’s Paradise Pasadena, California
Up and coming comic artist Vic Malhotra was a guest at Free Comic Book Day, offering sketches for a donation to the Food Bank.I spent a few minutes talking to him.
“Free Comic Book Day is awesome. I’ve been drawing all day and it’s fun to have so many people come by. They’re so excited to get free comics and sketches”, said Malhotra as he was just finishing another drawing. “It’s kinda like a mini-con in a way for so many people. (It brings in people) that normally don’t buy comics and the kids are super excited. It’s a lot of fun and I’m glad I came out and sketched here.”
And he’s right. You can compare this to attending a con. When I arrived at Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, there was at least 500 people waiting in line outside the store for the 10 o’clock opening. Various ages and backgrounds. People were of all ages, some longtime fans, some in costume, some never stepped inside a comic store before came out to enjoy the event. The artists stayed busy throughout the day.
“I love getting requests (to draw) because you get these random characters that I never think to draw that I have the opportunity to draw”. One guy came by requesting Superman drinking booze and smoking cigars.”
Malhotra is one of the artists on Tiger Lawyer, created by Calgary-based writer Ryan Ferrier. The comic is enjoying a strong Alberta fan base and great word-of-mouth reviews by fans and those who are passionate about supporting local arts.
“It’s kind of local, although Matt McCray, who does the cartoony stories… I feel like he’s (located) somewhere in the States, but we consider it really local and it does pretty well in Edmonton and Calgary and at the cons. And everybody that walks by here sees my sign and are like ‘Hey! Tiger Lawyer!’ and they don’t even know it but it just kind of jumps out of their mouths. It’s a cool concept and easy to grasp”.
I asked Malhotra about his upcoming book, which is a bit of a contrast from Tiger Lawyer.
“The project I am working on now is a project with IDW Publishing, it’s called Thumbprint with Joe Hill, who I am excited to work with. I just wrapped up the first issue where I’m doing all the artwork for it, so the pencils, the inks and the colours, and just started the second issue. And June 19th is when it comes out. It’s not like Tiger Lawyer. I don’t think kids should read it, it’s more dramatic, serious story.”
Chris Peterson took a few minutes to chat with me during Free Comic Book Day. He is the illustrator of “Fubar” which came out this week. He will also be in the upcoming “Bee Vixens from Mars”, will be featured in Dark Horse’s “Grindhouse: The Doors Open at Midnight”. It’s written by Alex De Campi and colored by Nolan Woodard.
Edmonton based band The Sunday Kids rocked out with an in-store live performance at Happy Harbor Comics.
Happy Harbor Comics unveiled their own brand of beer at the end of FCBD. It came in two alternative labels. Regular and blank cover.
Maybe this is the Mark Episode IV armor?
Executive Assistant Assassins artist Lori Hanson sketches the Aspen character Daisy
Aspen’s Frank Mastromauro and David Wohl sign Worlds of Aspen issues for the kids.
Then things got ugly at Earth-2 Comics when DEADPOOL writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan got captured by members of the 501st Legion…
“A deck of cards is like the New 52. But take out the Jokers. We don’t see the Joker in the first year. And we know six comics will suck right off the bat so toss away six random cards.” The Amazing Dafoe entertains at Happy Harbor Comics with a comic flavoured magic show.
Two public figures recognize each other at Earth-2 Comics Sherman Oaks…DEADPOOL writer Posehn and intergalactic Bounty Hunter Fett…
“Don’t make me do laundry, you won’t like me when I do laundry…” at Earth-2 Sherman Oaks…
Aspen fan shows off his sick Michael Turner Fathom ink at 4 Color Fantasies in Ranch Cucamonga, CA
Clint Barton upstages Oliver Queen on his own book @ Collector’s Paradise Pasadena, CA (sketch by Whilce Portacio)
AutumnRain Glading rocking the zombies, dragons, & robots!