7th Annual San Diego Comic Fest

Matt Dunford was kind enough to ask me to be a part of the Toys & Animation panels, because I had appeared on the He-Man episode of The Toys That Made Us, and he knew I ran the Comic Relief Podcast. (He may or may not have known I also did Neverending Nights, which is an “animated” web-series, though using Machinima). Sure, I have a snazzy IMDB like all the “cool kids”… but…

When I got there, I was familiar with TJ Shevlin (I had seen him at the Super7 booth before – and my addiction of He-Man figures assured that Super7 was getting my money every so often!) Now what was crazy is – with me on this panel was John Semper, Jr. – who you may or may not realize was responsible for the 90’s Spider-Man cartoon (among other things).

And next to him? Buzz Dixon – who you may or may not know – had his hand in a mess of things including one of my all time favorite Saturday Morning cartoons – Thundarr the Barbarian. (I had pulled out my Thundarr the Barbarian DVD set in hopes of getting it signed; and in my infinite wisdom, had left it at home).

So to recap – there’s TJ at the opposite end of me; he’s our moderator. Next to him is Buzz, who had his hand in all of the Thundarr episodes; then next to him is John Semper, Jr., who had his hand in all of the 90’s Spider-Man cartoons – and next to him? Is me. The guy who briefly appeared in the He-Man episode of The Toys That Made Us, and ran a barely known podcast.

TJ was an awesome moderator though; despite me feeling very outclassed, TJ used me as the guy who was influenced by both of these (which I made very clear when we did our round of intros).

Chris McFly was there and took some photos – which I got his permission to repost. While you’re here – check out his website, his photography Facebook business page, and his Instagram account.

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It’s been a year!

Or… Is this podcast dead?

Good news – well, depending on how you view it – the podcast is not dead. It’s officially been one year since we released an episode, when we last talked about Avengers: Infinity Wars. (Edit: It was actually March 18th, when we talked about Black Panther).

Is it because there’s been nothing else to talk about since Infinity War? Certainly not the case. Plenty of great movies have come out, some comics, Netflix and Hulu shows. So why no Podcast then?

Our excuse is that we were victims of The Snappening.

Our real excuse is that life simply gets in the way sometimes. While the whole point of the website is indeed the podcast; I’ve continued to use the site to post a number of things that are comic book related. Also the Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram, I am still pretty actively using. I’ve also continued to do various Comic Con related posts on the page, if not podcasting about it.

I may, from time to time, drag my wife (Amiee) to do the podcast with me, because it’s easier to schedule time with her (since she sits five feet away from me at home! #ThereIsNoEscape). She’ll probably just want to talk about Dazzler or something, but I’ll see if I can get her to talk about something else, just to possibly knock out a few episodes here and there, in between episodes with Maico.

There’s definitely a few things I’d like to talk about (that will probably be old news by the time we knock out a podcast) – I’ve been powering through the Netflix shows (Daredevil Season 3, currently; but finished Jessica Jones Season 2, and Iron Fist Season 2, and Defenders; still need to watch Luke Cage Season 2 after Daredevil), and I watched Into the Spider-Verse because Maico was chomping at the bit to talk about it, so I am sure he’d probably be eager to do a podcast about that.

All that to say, yes, we may be “celebrating” that it’s been a year since we released a podcast, but no, the podcast isn’t dead.

Much love,
– Tawmis

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Coloring Vindicator (Guardian) of Alpha Flight.

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Coloring Fantastic Four

When the majority of the team is in blue, the other ones are single solid colors also (red, orange) – coloring this was pretty easy.

 

To:

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Coloring Beta Ray Bill.

I’ve always been a THOR fan since the mid to late 70’s. I was first introduced to him through the pages of Avengers (#159) and began picking up his solo series shortly after that, off and on (back then I wasn’t an avid comic book collector yet), but was soon drawn to Thor always. He represented two things for me; a magnificent hero with fantastic origins to Asgard; which right into the second thing, I was getting pretty involved in Dungeons & Dragons (2nd Edition) which had the Deities & Demigods book, which had an entire section dedicated to Norse Mythology, which soon became my obsession.

When it came to THOR comics, there were a ton of fantastic stories that were told in his pages; but none could compare to what Walter Simonson brought to the table. Walter really mixed the THOR mythos into the Marvel Comics – and introduced a brand new character named Beta Ray Bill which I was immediately drawn to.

Decided to color the B&W image of what would be his first appearance, him on the cover smashing the THOR logo.

 

And my coloring of it… With this, I did something new – using an additional layer to lighten the cape and leg where the hammer is striking in front of it, which I think added a great effect…

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Coloring Nomad

In a Twitter exchange, Fabian brought up how the new Winter Soldier series is pretty much a knock off of the Nomad series (the very same character Winter Soldier killed when Bucky came back from the dead, a brain washed Soviet Soldier) – Because apparently Bucky is going to be riding around on a motorcycle, totting a shotgun, and having a kid side kick… Okay, Nomad had a baby that he was taking care of… but all the other stuff? Pretty much right from the Nomad book. But, you think – that’s not such an uncommon theme! No, it’s not – if you exclude that both were also side kicks of Captain America.

Anyway, somewhere along that Twitter exchange, someone posted this, from Nomad #1 (the cover)…

I went ahead and saved it (if you have listed to our podcast, you know I am a huge Nomad fan)… and colored it this morning…

 

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Stan Lee has passed away.

Very few people in this world don’t know who Stan Lee is.

Today, TMZ is reporting that Stan Lee has passed away, and confirmed by Kirk Schneck, an attorney for Stan Lee’s daughter.

Stan Lee, though he got his start in Timely Comics, would go on to become much bigger. He often voiced the openings of shows such as Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends in the early 80’s. But what truly made Stan Lee a house hold name, beyond those who collected comics, was his appearances in movies. He appeared in the Kevin Smith movie, Mallrats. But when Disney purchased Marvel Comics and started the Marvel Cinematic Universe (simply called the MCU to most), Stan Lee had a cameo appearance in every single one of them – and even made a cameo in the Deadpool movies, which at the time were owned by FOX Studios, as well as the Spider-Man movies, which are currently owned by Sony.

To speak of the legacy that Stan Lee was a part of, along with folks like Jack “The King” Kirby and Steve Ditko would be too long to list – but to give folks an idea – he had a hand in The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men, and the list goes on and on.

These characters that Marvel created did something different than DC. While Superman and Batman lived in cities like Metropolis and Gotham; the characters at Marvel lived in real life cities, primarily New York City (where, at the time, Marvel was based).

This helped launch the popularity of these Marvel comic book characters; and Spider-Man would even go on to appear in newspaper strips and had a cartoon in the late 1960s. There have been countless Spider-Man cartoons since. There’s been several X-Men cartoons. Several Avengers cartoons. There is, of course, the movies. And even several characters, such as Daredevil appearing on Netflix specific shows.

To say that Stan Lee’s hand in the creation of these characters, along with those of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, had a massive impact – would somehow still be under stating the obvious.

Stan Lee got his start at Timely comics in 1939, with the help of his uncle (Robbie Solomon). Back then, Stan Lee did not have a heavy hand in much, in regards to creation. He was sent to ensure everyone had ink for their artistic duties and what not. But in 1941, he got a bit of a break by being a text filler in Captain America Comics #3, where he used the name Stan Lee (which he would go on to make his legal name, from Stanley Martin Lieber). He would become an editor at the age of 19, until 1972 where he took over as publisher.

In 1942, he served with the United States Army where his military classification was officially entitled as “playwright” – a title shared with only eight others.

In the 1950s, Timely Comics became Atlas Comics. Late into the 1950s, DC had managed to bring back the superhero genre; and Lee was appointed to do the same, by which time, Atlas Comics had now become Marvel Comics, and Lee did just that, created flawed heroes that drew the appear of many. The Fantastic Four was the first, created along side with Jack “The King” Kirby; and that’s when all the others came along after that. With the Avengers, Captain America, who initially appeared in Timely Comics was brought back, and explained to have been in suspended animation.

I will never be able to explain the impact these characters had on me. Avengers and Uncanny X-Men are what got me into comics a very long time ago. My collection is now into the thousands upon thousands of comics. They’ve helped me in my youth, they’ve given me endless memories.

Stan Lee’s wife, Joan, passed away in July 2017. Stan Lee leaves us at the age of 95. He leaves behind a massive legacy, where his name became a household name, and we have characters that he helped create, that will be remembered by everyone, for a very, very, long time.

I’d like to think, that when he left us, he knew that. And he was at peace with that.

– Tawmis

 

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Punisher Coloring

This one is pretty basic, but I still enjoy how it came out. Took a B&W image of Punisher and colored it up.

Punisher B&W:


Punisher colored:

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Spider-Man vs Jack O’ Lantern Colored.

Figured out why Camtasia was tanking; and I may yet be able to save the Nightcrawler video I did. But I did a really quick and dirty coloring of this Spider-Man vs Jack O’ Lantern image and recorded it. (The video is rendering and will be in another post).

So here’s the Black and white:

Here is my color:

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Nightcrawler Coloring.

I am really disappointed. I figured this was an easy Nightcrawler to color so I captured it with Camtasia to show how I do what I do (not that it’s super great, but in case someone else wanted to try it; or even better, if someone saw it and could provide tips for enhancing my own skills!) Unfortunately, freaking Camtasia tanked when it imported and corrupted the file. So I will hunt down another easy one to do so folks can get an idea of how I do it.

Before and after presented:

And my colored version:

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