The Quest for Sketch

Anyone who has attended a comic book convention with me in the last decade and a half knows that my favorite thing to do at conventions is get sketches from my favorite artists. The recent blank sketch cover phenomenon is the best/worst thing to happen to me. It’s the best because I love them! How cool is it to get a one-of-a-kind cover drawn just for you on a comic? It’s the worst because I have WAY TOO MANY that are still blank. Between NYCC And SE:NYC, I can get maybe 2-4 sketch covers drawn on each convention, depending on time, price and artist availability. I have well over 30 blank sketch covers sitting in my apartment. That’s years of conventions to get them all illustrated, and that’s if I stop buying new ones cold turkey (Spoiler alert: That ain’t gonna happen). Anyone who has attended NYCC with me knows that I cannot let a NYCC go by without getting a sketch from Tood Nauck. I’ve been a fan of Todd’s since I first encountered his work in the late 90s on Young Justice (which is an awesome series that you need to track down and read). When Secret Wars: Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies #1 was released with a blank sketch variant, I broke my “No More Blank Sketch Covers” rule, because I knew exactly what I wanted on that cover and who I wanted to draw it. Half Ultron/Half Zombie Ultron in full color by Todd Nauck. Spider-Man is my all-time favorite superhero. I have a Spider-Man sketchbook that is, surprise, surprise, filled with sketches of Spider-Man. I have slowly been filling in the Spider-Man sketchbook since _______. It currently has ____ drawing of Spidey in it, including the four I...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode 77 – Spider-Man News!...

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s comics podcast time! We have a surprisingly large amount of news to cover this week. Major announcements from Marvel and Dark Horse. Plus, previews of this week’s comics! How would Billy and Dave each spend 20 bucks on new comics this week? Listen and find out! And reviews of many DC You titles and Billy’s favorite Secret Wars tie-in! Listen now! http://ia801501.us.archive.org/23/items/TuesdayNightComics77/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%2077.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode 64 – New Comic Book Previews for 3/25/15, The Wake Reviewed, Our Take On The...

It’s a new episode of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast and we’re here with our picks for what new comic books you should not miss at the comic book store this Wednesday!   We’ve also got some new reviews for you, including The Wake by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy. We also talk about the new Avengers: Age of Ultron TV spot and give our takes on the Batgirl cover controversy that has been ripping through comic book sites this week. Do you agree with us? Disagree with us? Let us know in the comments below. http://ia801504.us.archive.org/25/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode64/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2064.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode 63 – Our Picks For New Comics Coming Out 3/18/15! Fantastic Four The Martian Manhunter-Cabaret...

It’s time for another episode of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast, where Dave and Billy give their picks on what new comics to buy on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 if you only had $20 to spend.    Then, we reach back in time and talk about Ultimate Comics All-New Spider-Man #1-16, reach back further to talk about Kevin Smith and Terry Dodson’s Spider-Man and Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do, and then reach even further back to talk in-depth about Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee’s Inhumans. In our final segment, we go where no other comic book podcast has gone before and talk about the connection between Martian Manhunter and the Emcee from Cabaret. http://ia601504.us.archive.org/19/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode63/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2063.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Best Comics of 2014

2014 was a great year for comic books. The hosts of the Tuesday Night Comic podcast were asked to list their top 5 favorite comics of 2014. Whittling the lists down to just 5 comics each was tough, but here they are! Billy: 5. Andre the Giant  As soon as I started reading Box Brown’s biography of Andre the Giant, I could not put it down. Besides being incredibly well researched, it’s also a very good read. Box Brown really shows off his skills as a cartoonist on a subject that comes across as very dear to him. This might be the best biographical comic book I’ve ever read. 4. Copra At the tail end of 2014, fans of Michel Fiffe’s Copra worried that his deal with Marvel might mean Copra would be put on hiatus. Thankfully, Fiffe’s love letter to the Suicide Squad continued in 2014 with 6 new issues. The series shifted for Round 3, with each issue focusing on a specific character. As of this writing, Michel has exactly 8 subscriptions available for the next 6 issues of Copra available at his Etsy shop. Trust me, you will not regret treating yourself to this. 3. Silver Surfer  Dan Slott is writing the best Doctor Who comic on the stands, and it is Silver Surfer. 2. Ms. Marvel   Month in, and month out, this comic book is so good! I can’t rave about it enough, and I know I’m not the only one. It was great seeing fans coplaying as Kamala Khan at NYCC this past year, and any panel attended by Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson was a packed one. 1. The Multiversity There’s a reason Dave and I go into lengthy conversations on the Tuesday Night Comics podcast about...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode 45 – Now With 100% More Alli!...

Dave is on vacation this week for his honeymoon (Congrats Dave and Sarah!), and regular Nick is on vacation in the Pacific Northwest, but fear not! Billy has enlisted Dave’s groomsman and huge comics fan Alli to cohost this week’s episode of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast! Billy and Alli talk about DC’s upcoming Convergence crossover (while also allotting some time to cover Bloodlines #BloodlinesNeverForget). The guys also preview comics coming out Wednesday, 11/12/14, including Scott Snyder’s Batman #36 and Wytches #2 and Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr’s Batgirl #36. And if you love cosplay, this is the episode for you. Alli also talks cosplay, going over some projects his girlfriend Kim and he have made recently. To see some of the designs that Billy and Alli talk about, be sure to follow Kim Bishop Cosplay on Facebook.  Alli is great, and I can’t wait to have him back on the podcast! I think you’ll love this episode! Give it a listen!  #SmellsLikeBloodlines   http://ia601407.us.archive.org/16/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode45/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2045.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode 40 – Batgirl, The Return of the DCU?, Pre-NYCC!...

It’s our pre-NYCC podcast! Billy and Dave preview new comics coming out on Wednesday, 10/8/14, and there are a lot of good new comics coming out that day! They discuss the new Batgirl costume, the new Sabrina relaunch from Archie and the big reveal on the cover of this week’s Futures End. And the guys review the comics they’re been reading lately, including Afterlife With Archie. It’s a big episode. Enjoy! http://ia601405.us.archive.org/34/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode40/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2040.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode 31...

Dave and Billy are here with previews and picks for this Wednesday’s trip to the comic book store (or digital storefront). They also talk about their recent reads. Dave’s been catching up on Manhattan Projects and Billy has been taking out a bunch of graphic novels from his local library (FREE COMICS!!!!). The guys talk about Stephanie Brown aka The Spoiler’s return to the DCU in Batman Eternal. Since we talk about a very specific images, we’re including them here.     http://ia902301.us.archive.org/5/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode31/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2031.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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The Cosplay of NYCC 2012...

There were so many awesome costumes at this year’s New York Comic Con! I think this year may have boasted the most impressive cosplayers since NYCC began. Here are some of my favorites! New rule: all dealers need to cosplay, just like Absorbing Man here.  The most dangerous hazard with crowded escalators: getting hit in the face repeatedly by Bark the Mog’s wagging tail. Arcee, ready to roll out. And one of many 11th Doctors in the background.  “There’s money in the banana stand.” The only way this costume could have been better is if it was self-immolating. This might not be a George Costanza costume. Maybe this guy just really likes Seinfeld and tucking his shirts into his denim shorts. I hope this is a George Costanza costume. War time Captain America and the Scarecrow partying it up like an intercompany crossover. I was really impressed by this woman’s Captain Marvel costume for a couple of reasons: 1. This costume just debuted in the comics a couple of months ago! 2. She even incorporated Carol Danvers’s new hairstyle. There were so many Doctors at NYCC, but only one Doctor Strange. I want this cape.  I’ve seen many guys dressed as Ghostbusters over the years, but none as elaborate as this duo. They even had a Slimer!  A very manly Mera. While not a costume, this remote control R5-D4 was amazing.  Venom I really wish this picture came out clearer.  These three had awesome Wasp, Scarlet Witch and Ant-Man costumes.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone cosplay Ant-Man before! Weeping Angel. Don’t blink….but feel free to tip generously. Starro  This guy needs a “Free Face Hugs” sign. I don’t get the whole Free Hugs thing. But Free Shrugs, I get that.  Cassandra Cain Batgirl and...