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Four Colors

Capes, Cowls, and the Press Democrat

It’s a Four Color Post, Charlie Brown

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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

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  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

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“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

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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

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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”

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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 »

The Monkey King Cometh

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There is something great about doing a comic book blog. More so than movies and television, in which timeliness is a necessity, I have the ability to talk about older stuff. I can bring up what is coming up, what is coming out, but I can also head back in time and talk about some of my favorite books from times past. Case in point, a book I just put down and wanted to write about immediately. That book is… Read More »

HERO!

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Well, I did just post to the blog, but I really think that this is something that should also be posted. A well known, but little discussed fact about comic books is the continually improving treatment of comic book writers and artists. I say contiunally improving because up until the 70s/80s/90s (depending on who you ask), the rights given to the creators of the books was next to nothing. They were paid, but their creations were not their’s. If you… Read More »

I Dream of Neil

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Forget Harry Potter. As the rest of the world is focusing on the boy who lived, I spent my Sunday focused on another Brit, comic book legend Neil Gaiman, who made a special appearance at Comix Experience in San Francisco. I had been at my comic book store, The Comic Book Box in Rohnert Park, when all of a sudden, the owner, Kathy Bottarini, very nonchalantly informed me that Neil Gaiman was going to be in San Francisco in about… Read More »