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Dell’s Ducks


Dell Comics released The Funnies in 1929, which is credited as one of the first publications of a comic book with original material. The book was published in tabloid-size, as opposed to the traditional comic book format, which would become standard in 1933 with the release of Famous Funnies (and setting up the long standing tradition of comic publishers releasing thinly-veiled rip-offs of rival publications). The form would find its footing in 1939, with the release of Action Comicsby Detective Comics, Inc/DC Comics. In 1953,… Read More »

Time of the Preacher


The following first appeared on the website of North Hollywood’s Blastoff Comics, the second website to carry the comic book musings of Four Colors! Thanks to the whole gang over there!!! Also, NOTE: There is some saucy language in this piece; kind of unavoidable when talking about Preacher… ENJOY!   To lay my bias on the table right off the bat, I believe Preacher is the best series Vertigo has published. Some might argue for Neil Gaiman’s Sandman or Warren Ellis’ Transmetropolitan,… Read More »

Creator Interviews from SDCC


Fresh from SDCC three months ago, I have some great creator interviews from the Con. In order, you can listen to Sam Humphries (Marvel - The Legendary Star-Lord), Terry Moore (Rachel Rising, Strangers in Paradise), Donny Cates (Dark Horse Comics), Will Carsola and Dave Stewart (Mr. Pickles on adult swim), the two-part interview with the creators/producers of Robot Chicken – Zeb Wells, Tom Root, Matthew Senreich, and Breckin Meyer, and finally, Jack McBrayer, Robert Smigel, and Michael Koman (Untitled Jack McBrayer/Triumph the… Read More »

It’s a Four Color Post, Charlie Brown


There are a few things that I really regret in my life. My performance in college, failing Chemistry in high school, a few relationships that I royally screwed up (and the ones I never let happen). Among those is that I never wrote to Charles Schulz. This past month, BOOM! Studios (through their children’s line, KaBOOM!) began a new Peanuts comic book series, which follows last year’s graphic novel, Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown. For a long time… Read More »

Dotted Lines

Bil Keane

  Bil Keane, the creator of Family Circus, passed away last week at the age of 89. Keane came from the same line of thought as Santa Rosa legend, Charles Schulz. In the Associated Press article about Keane’s death, Schulz was quoted as saying ” I think we share a care for the same type of humor. We’re both family men with children and look with great fondness at our families.” Peanuts and Family Circus are two sides of the same coin: the… Read More »

Mr. Reece Goes to Comic-Con


“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon said that. He might not have ever attended Comic-Con, but Mr. Lennon may as well have been describing my time in San Diego when he said it. Every amazing thing that happened, happened without plans. But more on that later. San Diego Comic-Con 2011 was a whirlwind of comic-related insanity. On the outer edges of it, Hollywood peddled its wares. Shows like The Big Bang Theory,… Read More »

Planet of the Alternative Press Expos


It seems that October is a great time to like independent comics. October 4th was 24 Hour Comic Book Day, which is explained here. And now, we’ve just had APE (Alternative Press Expo) this past weekend in San Francisco. It’s fitting that APE is a part of Comic-Con International, as the convention is reminiscent of “Artist’s Alley.” For those who have never been down the “Alley,” I’ll give you a little taste. “Artist Alley” is simply a long parade of… Read More »

Alexis Fajardo Interview


As a follow up to the Kid Beowulf post from yesterday, I was able to conduct an e-mail interview with Kid Beowulf’s creator, Alexis Fajardo. Not much fanfare to begin it, I’ll just let Lex do the talking. Trevor -What brought about the creation of Kid Beowulf? Lex – Kid Beowulf started out as a lark, really. Years ago, when I began my cartooning career, my focus was on comic strips. My hope was to get my college comic strip,… Read More »

“That cannot be bought back” – Irredeemable

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According to dictionary.com, ‘that which cannot be brought back” is one of the definitions of the word “Irredeemable.” It is also an accurate description of one of comics’ newest characters, The Plutonian. We live in a society where we revel in being able to put cracks in perfection. Too many years of our leaders failing us has created this deep seated desire to watch the good people fall to ruin and made us cynical. It is in this vain that… Read More »

A Different Kinda “Twilight”


Just a quick post for this one, since I’ve already posted one thing today. It started out with just trying to find out what was going on with the current Dr. Fate, the last character to be written by the late, great Steve Gerber. But, as always, Wikipedia has a way of taking over the flow of the mind. One link leads to several and I was led to an article that I had forgotten existed. It is about the… Read More »