Hola, amigos. I know it's been a long time since I last rapped at ya, but things have been pretty crazy around here lately. It's not as if I'm not reading comics. I am. I'm reading some fantastic old comics with art by cats like John Buscema and John Romita, Al Williamson, Jim Aparo and Alex Toth. But, as I've told you, I'm also working on my own comic. Plus I'm married and have a regular job that takes up about ten hours a day (if I'm lucky). Man, I get home, all I want to do is read the comics, not write about them. Or work on my own.
Anyway, what I'm here to tell you is I have a few posts coming up. They're largely finished but I need to tweak a few things here and there, check a fact or two so they live up to the high standards for comic journalism you've come to expect from When Comic Books Ruled the Earth. You deserve no less.
Comixology and DC just released the first two issues of Batman and the Outsiders by Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo. That's one of my favorite series, and features Katana, a character I've dug for the longest time. Well, ever since I bought Batman and the Outsiders #1 when it first came out way back in August 1983. I've written about Katana here before, but it's time to do a closer reading of her first appearance. DC and Comixology have made that possible, and for that, I'm happy and thankful.
I'm also very excited about one set of posts in particular. I was writing a bit about Williamson's artwork for the Marvel Blade Runner comic when I realized Marvel has a lot of other cool movie adaptations we could pick apart and have some fun with. Others have written beautifully about Gene Colan's killer work on Jaws 2, and I've already covered Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Dragonslayer. You can even find a few funny articles here and there about things like Xanadu. Well, now I'm going to take them all on, one by one, and in no particular order. I won't be mocking them, although I'm sure there will be a few attempts at humorous deconstruction, because I'm stuck in post-modern mode and will probably never change. Mostly I just want to appreciate some of the odder ones for attempting something different, for introducing new genres to comics even if those genres don't really translate into the format very well or comfortably.
You know, like musicals.
I'm not sure when the first post will appear, nor can I say for certain when we'll finally see the last of them. All I can tell you is they are coming. And maybe, down the road a ways, I'll make an official announcement of some kind about my own comic and let you know a little bit about it. I just want to get enough done to make it more of a real thing rather than just a dream I'm chasing. Consider that a promise. Or a warning. Or both. I hope you enjoy the upcoming posts. I think you will.