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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Free Jonathan Coulton (or just buy his music)


UPDATE: Jonathan has just made “Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee)” available for purchase on iTunes! BUY IT NOW. Proceeds to charity. Read all about it here.
Laura Hudson has a great overview of the “Glee”/Jonathan Coulton situation over at Wired. If you’re agitated by the whole thing, may I humbly suggest channeling your emotions productively by buying some of Jonathan’s (awesome) music. Here’s the order page.
A few personal recommendations (comic book fans in particular may enjoy the super-villain/sci fi elements of a number of these songs):
“Code Monkey”
“Chiron Beta Prime”
“Better”
“Curl”
“Re: Your Brains”
“Creepy Doll”
“Skullcrusher Mountain”
Also fantastic is the live album “BEST. SHOW. EVER.” Which lives up to its name.
Enjoy!
FULL DISCLOSURE: Jonathan appears in the video extras of the iPad app of my “Vision Machine” graphic novel, which you can download for free right here.

The Importance of Eyebrows in Self-Portraiture


I had to draw a self-portrait for a secret project. And I learned how important eyebrows are. Check it out.

25 Best Hulk Covers Ever — according to me!


EW.com’s nifty new Cape Town site asked me to list my 25 favorite Hulk comic book covers of all time. So I did! Check it out.

Please help Peter David by buying his books


Photo credit: 5of7 on Flickr
The great writer Peter David suffered a stroke over the holidays and is now the beginning stages of recovery. His wonderful wife Kathleen has been posting updates at www.peterdavid.net, and her latest note touches on the financial strain that this event will have on the family.
The quickest way for folks like us to help out is to buy Peter’s books, especially those published by Crazy 8 Books, which pay the most royalties the most quickly to Peter and his family.
Peter is a fantastic storyteller whose legendary Hulk work made a big impression on me and who has always been a fun companion at conventions and signings over the years. So of course I’m buying all these books as soon as I finish this post. Here are some quick links you can use to buy them yourself:
Pulling Up Stakes, Part 1
Pulling Up Stakes, Part 2
The Camelot Papers
Darkness of the Light
Heights of the Depths
All the best and thanks for your consideration!

My “Astonishing X-Men” run is just 99¢ a pop at Comixology today!


Comixology launched a new 99¢ sale today that includes “Astonishing X-Men” #44, 45, 46, and 47, the “Exalted” storyline I did with artist Mike McKone that set up my “X-Treme X-Men” book.
Click here to make with the buying!

Greg Pak talks “X-Treme X-Men” in CBR’s first “X-Position” of 2013


X-Man fans interviewed me about “X-Treme X-Men” at Comic Book Resources. Here’s an excerpt:

Which is your favorite character to write in X-Treme and what sets this book apart from other X-Titles?
I love all my babies equally. But Howlett and Dazzler are probably my faves. I’m pretty much in love with Howlett’s tough guy exterior, great good heart, and propensity for blushing. He’s a tough guy sweetheart, which is a ton of fun to write. And my girl Dazzler just makes me smile. She’s got very little filter — if she’s thinking it, she’s probably saying it, which is an endearing quality and a ton of fun to write. And she also strikes me as a fundamentally decent person who’s always been an underdog and maybe doesn’t even realize how huge a hero she really is. Again, endearing and a ton of fun to write.

Read the whole thing!

My favorite comics of 2012


The kind folks at Crave Online invited me to write about my five favorite comic books of the year. Here’s an excerpt:

Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples’ Saga
Saga stole my heart in issue one when the ram-horned Marko tells his bat-winged bride and newborn child, “My family… I loved you so much.” This is an insane sci fi book that crams a billion loopy ideas into every page — while slowly, surely, and beautifully building a deep, true story about love in all its forms. I love this book so much that as a fellow writer I kind of hate Brian. It’s really that wonderful.

Click here to read the whole thing, which also plugs work by Hope Larson, Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, Brian Azzarello, and Cliff Chiang.
I also pop up at Robot 6 talking about 2012 and plugging Hope Larson’s beautiful “Wrinkle in Time” adaptation. An excerpt:

I loved Hope Larson’s Wrinkle in Time adaptation. I have fond memories of being inspired and freaked out by the original Madeleine L’Engle novel as a kid and thought Hope did a brilliant job on every level, finding just the right style and tone to capture the characters’ emotional journey and bring to life the mind-bending, fantastical elements of the story. I was also totally charmed by the little comics-enabled grace notes that Hope worked in, like the little images of vegetables floating over the pot of stew.

Happy New Year!

Happy to be heading into 2013. Tim O’Shea asked me to talk about the future for Robot 6. Here’s an excerpt:

Comic-wise, what are you most excited about for 2013?
I’m excited about the increasing numbers of creators who are using Kickstarter to fund creator-owned work. I tip my hat to friends and colleagues like Gail Simone and Jamal Igle who are plunging into dream projects this way. I can’t wait to see the work that results as others seize the opportunity.

Click here to read the whole thing.

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