I owe Vaeri over on the Father Tree Holt, for turning me on to understanding using the Dark/Light shading. Before, I’d just color black and white images with one base color; she showed me how to use the light/dark tool to really give an image a 3D life. I’m still learning (she’s incredible at it). But I feel like it’s really helped.
Here’s a black and white ElfQuest image I colored.
Black & White version:
And my color version:
I clearly got a ways to go; there’s some stuff I could improve on (obviously), but I am proud of how her tips helped bring this image to life.
So if you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you know I’ve been re-reading West Coast Avengers. These days, I’ve not really enjoyed the newer comic book market – let’s be real, it’s been like that for years, with a few exceptions. I understand that the market has changed, and if anything, through Twitter, the new generation of comic book readers are wildly enjoying what’s coming out – and that’s all that really matters.
But in the meantime, I have thousands of comics that I could go back and re-read, because it’s been forever.
I’ve been recently re-reading West Coast Avengers and not at all surprised that it has managed to hold up all these years.
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I am absolutely addicted to the art Twitter user, BeefCakeBoss2 has been kicking out. Here’s just a sample of some of them – so I would strongly suggest giving him a follow, and he does these as commission art now, after being released from his job (Covid strikes again). So if you’re looking for a hero or villain that he’s not done yet; or maybe he’s done one but you want something different – hit him up.
I’ve even used Adam-X, Dazzler, and Gambit for the banner on the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page (to represent each of our favorite characters as us) –
Hold up; before you go delivering an unexpected body blow to your good friend – let’s read what I mean first, right?
Well, the folks at Cold War, Inc. have released a game called Fight Your Friends.(Available Now!) Don’t worry parents, this isn’t one of those crazy, harmful, internet trends you hear about – but it could be – with any luck – a fun, trendy game to safely play! So let’s talk about Fight Your Friends.
The game comes with 60 unique characters – with the idea that these characters meet at Carnaval de la Lune, a nexus for all realities that meet and converge here to create an arena where the best group comes here in hopes of winning the tournament!
The game is broken down by stats – represented at the top of the card as Attack, Magic, and Defense. As two people flip their cards over; who ever has the card that wins by the most points, wins that round (so for example, if Player 1 has 1 attack higher, and 1 Defense higher; but player 2 only beats their Magic by 1; then Player 1 has a total of 2 points, so player one wins the round).
Aside from greatly detailed character portraits, on the “ticket” piece of the bottom; you find the character’s name, their gold value, their “special action”, and then on the right; three icons – the first (the tapestry) represents the character’s Order (Red = Society, Purple = Tribe, Blue = The Network), Class (Red = Warrior, Purple = Witch, Blue = Rogue) and Type (Red = Natural, Purple = Supernatural, Blue = Enhanced). So by looking at Tazy Crazy above, you can see she belongs to The Tribe Order, The Witch Class, and the Supernatural Type. But are all Order, Class and Type the same color? Not at all. Let’s take a look at another, shall we?
You can see Anne Bonny comes from the Society Order, Rogue Class, and Type is Natural.
So how does this work? You essentially pick your ten Friends (or crew) from the deck (no duplicates allowed!) of cards with a combined gold value of 30 or less. You play against another person – you look at your deck and see who you want to be the first contender from your deck and each of you lay down your first card, face down. Then, when you’re both ready – you flip over the card – whoever has the better over all score of stats (compared to the other) wins. So let’s take Anne vs Tazy as an example.
First we compare their Attack – Anne has a 6 with Tazy having a 4. So Anne wins by 2 points in regards to the attack. So next we look at Magic. Well, Anne has 0 here, but Tazy has 4, so Tazy wins by 4 here. Then we look at Defense, Anne has 1, while Tazy has 4, so Tazy wins by 3 here. Now, in the total scheme of things; it doesn’t matter how much over you are better than the other card. So for example, Anne has 2 points better in Attack; but this is still only 1 point for Anne. Tazy had 4 points in Magic more, and 3 points more in Defense; but these boil down to 1 point victories in each slot. So Anne won 1 slot, Tazy won 2. Tazy is the victor.
In the first round – special powers are not used (since it’s merely a stat block challenge) – so technically, using Tazy in the first round would not have been a wise choice.
Round two, Tazy gets to remain standing; as well as putting down a second card from their deck! (Now Tazy would have a friend at her side!)
Whoever put down Anne, now has to put down their second card (while Anne is considered knocked out), now has to compare against Tazy’s player’s second card – hope to win that round, and then has to face of against the Tazy card as well. And the battle continues. This goes on for four rounds. As I said, keep an eye on those special powers; because in some cases, special powers may chain react for a better result!
At the end, count up the gold from your perspective winning piles and see who has the most gold!
The game is quick and easy to learn! It’s a great price! Especially for such magnificent art, and the potential replay-ability of the game by mixing your characters up and seeing what combos may potentially work best for you!
I highly recommend the game, it’s available now right over here!
I want to thank Alex Fisher of Cold War for giving me the opportunity to play and enjoy this game!
Maico Moreno returns to The Comic Relief Podcast – as we discuss The Mandalorian on Disney+. Maico also opens up as to why he’d been absent and his health that kept him from being a part of the podcast for all the episodes over the last two years.
It felt great to have Maico back on the podcast and feeling that chemistry once again between he and I. (And I mean that in a heterosexual way, I swear!) Amiee will continue to also be a co-host also, with it being myself, Amiee and Maico, or just myself and Amiee, or myself and Maico! The podcast that’s all about threesomes! Wait – that’s not what I meant!
Apparently Joe Q and Mike Manley were doing a “Drink And Draw” (I assume together, otherwise it’s weird that they were both doing and they both did Darkhawk)…
Trying to calm my brain; and digitally coloring (by no means a professional, but fun to do regardless) – the recent #Darkhawk piece done by Manley and colored by me. (Yes, I skipped coloring Powell himself) – Decided to do the Joe Q #Darkhawk coloring too, while I was at it.
Another San Diego Comic Con in the bucket! My best friend, who I’ve known since the beginning of time, Charles Stevens and I hit San Diego Comic Con last month and had a really good time. Typically, we’re (maybe more me) am not able to stand the crowds more than two hours at the most; but this year we were there four or five hours, which says something about how they did things this year. Somehow the people volume seemed more manageable. I will say the one thing they do need to fix is places to eat. You have your establishments inside the Convention Center (the “cafes” that charge you an arm and a leg for a hot dog), but the problem is there’s nowhere to sit and eat your food. The tables in front of the cafe are typically packed with a mixture of people eating and people simply giving their feet a rest. And they have a policy with Convention Police patrolling, that you can’t stop and lean (or sit against) the walls. So it makes eating quite difficult at times. If they could figure something out for that (say like food trucks behind the convention center area) that people could go get food and have a place to sit, it’d be pretty epic. (WonderCon has started doing this and it makes a world of difference!) But all of that said, not once (I don’t think!) do I talk about the food situation in the podcast. I saved that for this!
I’ve been wanting to do this podcast since the day after it was done; but work kept me busy with plenty of overtime and flying out of town, that life got away from me! So I will stop rambling and let you give it a listen! You can always download it here or stream it below or give it about an hour and it will be available on iTunes! If you have an iTunes account I’d love if you swung by there and dropped a comment and a rating for the show!
HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X are going to change everything for Mutantkind.
HOUSE OF X focuses on the big changes happening in the present; POWERS OF X explores the past, present, and future.
HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X tell an interwoven story that reads best as a weekly one-two punch.
HOUSE OF X #1 reveals Professor X’s long-term plan to establish a mutant homeworld on Krakoa…
POWERS OF X unveils how Professor X set up that plan, and how it changes the course of mutant existence.
Modern Marvel master Jonathan Hickman is writing both series, artist Pepe Larraz is pencilling HOUSE OF X, artist R.B. Silva is pencilling POWERS OF X, and Marte Gracia is coloring each book.
Groundshaking surprises are coming to the series, and once everything settles, these two books will form the bedrock of everything X-Men for years to come.
Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva are establishing the core aesthetic of the X-Men for every new series and X-Men story coming from the House of Ideas.
These series capture what makes the X-Men so great, but redefines the team and character in a way that makes it feel completely new.
After HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X, the Dawn of X begins with six new series emerging to carry on the story of the new status quo set for Mutantkind.
So let’s talk about this…
Of course they are. That’s the easiest way to avoid continuity.
It’s always great when a book shows the future… which never comes true, because the book never lasts that long, or it shows too far into the future. Who here thinks that the stuff Jason Aaron showed as Thor’s future is going to be considered for future writers of Thor? Anyone? Anyone?
Yeah. A punch to the wallet.
Professor Xavier’s long term plan to move mutants to Krakoa… the island last seen ejected into space, right? Same island that tried to feed off of the X-Men? Same island that killed some of your students, and you were so guilty about that you literally took years erasing people’s memories of them. That same island? That seems like a brilliant plan from one of the most powerful minds in the Marvel Universe.
See Point #4.
No Comment, other than to say No Comment.
Of course it’s “groundbreaking” – we do love our corporate buzzwords to get our fans excited about these “groundbreaking” events Marvel does every few years. How many times have we heard about a “groundbreaking” event that will “rock the Marvel Universe”… I feel like Neo in the Matrix, because this is all Deja Vu…
See Point #6.
This series is not capturing what makes X-Men great. Not the X-Men I remember and grew up with, anyway.
All of which, I will be surprised if they last more than 3 years.
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First, let me start by saying I am not even reading the book. So you’re first thought might be, “What right do you have to even talk about it then?”
Well, as someone who has been collecting Uncanny X-Men since Uncanny X-Men #121, who stopped just before Uncanny X-Men #600… then brought back in the fold when it rebooted with Cullen Bunn at the helm for writing, trying to endure through Astonishing X-Men, then making it through X-Men Blue & Gold and then X-Men Red for their brief run, the train wreck that was All New X-Men; and I am sure that’s all out of order, but that’s part of the problem. I can’t remember when any of this comes in what order because there seems to be no regard for continuity. After the latest run of Uncanny X-Men, which I powered through (it saw a character – sometimes more than one – die in every single issue, it feels like). I already knew by the fifth issue this would all be undone somehow; whether it all turned out to be a dream or some altered, twisted reality made by Legion.
So when that run of Uncanny X-Men came to an end (thankfully) and I saw the solicits for Hickman’s Power of X and House of X and spotted several dead X-Men (either killed in this run of Uncanny X-Men or previously killed), I was not the least bit surprised (admittedly, somewhat thankful also, since some of the deaths in that last run of Uncanny X-Men seemed utterly pointless; but I wonder if they knew that it would all be undone by Hickman anyway; so they were just killing mutants because they could, treating Uncanny X-Men as a What If…? knowing nothing they did was going to stick anyway. Now this run of Uncanny X-Men wasn’t all bad; like everything else it had it’s good moments; I think it was the best Cyclops I’ve seen written in a very, very long time. But I knew this would be the end for me and my desire to collect X-Men comics. The constant reboots, the constant renumbering, the constant relaunching, had finally worn me down. Some might say I am getting old, out growing comics, whatever; and to that I laugh, because I still read the old issues of Uncanny X-Men, Avengers, New Mutants, New Warriors, Thor, Captain America, and the list goes on and on.
So, a wonderful soul who runs the Daily X-Men Facts Twitter account (and you should go follow them; seriously!) had posted something about the House of X or Powers of X and I replied something (in jest … at the time), something like, “I can’t wait for this to be rebooted, and revealed that this was all some altered state of reality from Proteus!”
Now, I admit, at first, I was kidding. But then, despite no longer collecting X-Men, I am still interested to see what’s going on in the pages of X-Men; because who knows, something might drag me back to collect them again, if it sounds interesting. Not giving a damn about spoilers obviously, I started reading reviews and synopsis stuff about what’s happened so far in Hickman’s House of X and Powers of X books. If you’re reading it; you may wish to stop here as I may unintentionally mention some kind of spoiler (since I am not reading it, I don’t know when the stuff I might mention happens/happened), and despite my dislike of modern comics, I do not want to spoil someone else’s enjoyment.
That said, potentially spoiler warning said; let’s take a look at what I’ve read about so far.
First, we have the X-Men back on Krakoa. Now, I realize that there’s been a million different X-Men titles, and I’ve never been able to keep track of them all, especially post the year 2000 (the last 19 years, there’s been so many various X-Books and reboots)… but as far as I knew, the stuff from Giant Size X-Men still stood; that Krakoa was blasted into space. I know that a “son of Krakoa” appeared and there was a student (might be the same person?) who was a part of Krakoa or something… but Krakoa itself was still… spaced… So, apparently, in this House of X / Powers of X … the new base is located on Krakoa? I am assuming… which might be wrong… but it’s on Earth? Not floating space somewhere? Because from the research I’ve done, including checking the X-Men fandom page, their last update shows that it had been captured by The Stranger and freed by Quasar. But that doesn’t mean it somehow hurled itself back to Earth and landed peacefully back in the ocean somewhere? So I am not entirely sure how they’re even on Krakoa, other than potentially a disregard of continuity? (Which, Marvel would never do that right?) So that right there is kind of a “mystery” we will call it…
Then you have what’s “believed” to be Professor Xavier just walking around, with a really dumb “mask” which is apparently Cerebro on his head, raising X-Men (who are nude) out of “pods” on Krakoa. Now when have you ever seen it as a good thing that people are “reborn” in pods?
Then there’s all these X-Men related characters that we know died (either in the previous run of Uncanny X-Men or even before that), who are suddenly popping up, alive and well. No one else questions this? No one thinks this is weird? Everyone’s just accepting this?
To further made things strange, we have some of the X-Men appearing in their old costumes. For example, Jean Grey, who went from being Marvel Girl, to Jean Grey, to Phoenix, to being Dark Phoenix, to being Jean Grey, to being Phoenix, to being – I don’t know – I can’t keep track. Well, apparently she’s back to Marvel Girl and even sporting that original Marvel Girl costume.
So I started thinking about these unusual pieces of information… the X-Men on Krakoa (when it should be in space), X-Men reborn in pods, dead X-Men coming back as if nothing happened, X-Men in their old costumes… all of this does actually sounds like it’s an altered state of reality… I started wondering if my Proteus theory might be right… and that three years down the line this is all some mind #$%^ from Proteus… because we did see Proteus make a “come back” from the dead in Astonishing X-Men not too long ago… or imagine, if Proteus possessed Legion…
Just putting that out there. #Proteus #Legion #LegionProteus #ProteusLegion #AlteredStatesOfX