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Check Out This Comic Con Exclusive Poster For KICK-ASS (Illustrated By John Romita, Jr.)!

Beaks here... As we learned earlier this week, Matthew Vaughn's KICK ASS panel on Thursday at Comic Con is as much about winning over new converts as it is playing to the base. What we've got here is strictly for the fans (from John Romita, Jr.)...



Wanna get your grubby lil' mitts on this sucker? And would you like to have it signed by Vaughn, Romita and some of the KICK-ASS cast members? Well, they'll all be on hand from 3:15 - 4:00 PM for an autograph session prior to their great big Hall H presentation at 5:45 PM. Currently, I don't know where this will take place (or who from the cast will be signing). Once I do, I'll update this story. For images from the actual film, check out this article at Slashfilm.

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  • July 17, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    This is the one

    by gotilk

    I'm looking forward to.

  • July 17, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    I'm Sorta Looking Forward To It

    by kevinwillis.net

    At least it's not being directed by Frank Miller.

  • July 17, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Wasn't this supposed to take place ...

    by DennisMM

  • July 17, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Fuck fucking false post

    by DennisMM

    Wasn't this supposed to take place in as close to the real world as possible? How does Hit-Girl fit into that?

  • July 17, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    The big guy's costume is limtiing his ability to...

    by YackBacker

    reach the top shelf of his cupboard for the box of Cheerios. Seriously, I hate impractical costumes.

  • July 17, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    AVATAR footage next Thursday

    by kwisatzhaderach

    The waiting is almost over.

  • July 17, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    When does Chad from Alltell show up to explain

    by skimn

    their long distance services?

  • July 17, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    True, Yackbacker...

    by KosherWookie

    ...But something tells me that if the big guy points his Glock at me and says, "PLEASE GET ME THE FUCKING CHEERIOS," I'll do it for him.

  • July 17, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    kwis

    by DrMorbius

    Will you be attending Comic Con?

  • July 17, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    KosherWookie, AKA RabbiChewie

    by YackBacker

    I like your screenname. And your moxie.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Kick-Ass at Comic Con

    by DrMorbius

    First you get in line for the signing (sometimes hours), then rush to the hall for the presentation (can't get in or have to sit in the back of a 6,500 seat auditorium), whilst being bumped (shoved, run into, cursed at e.t.c.). it's been getting worse every year, if it weren't for free passes from my niece's place of work......

  • July 17, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    EPIC FAIL! It looks NOTHING like the comic!

    by Squashua

    Can't wait.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Why is John Romita Jr. so popular?

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    It seems to me--at least from the random tidbits I've read elsewhere--that this guy is very well respected and well received. Did he do something amazing that I'm not aware of?

  • July 17, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I Do What I Can, YackBacker...

    by KosherWookie

    Although my screen name is a compromise: When I was flying for the USAF, my callsign was actually "Jewbacca" but somebody already had that screen name.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    WOW THAT IS

    by Series7

    KICK ASS!

  • July 17, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Anyone wonder if the

    by Series7

    Parental groups are going to get upset about the name?

  • July 17, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    ROMITA JR.

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    IS an awesome artist-i loved his run on IRONMAN rouhgly 10 years ago? maybe more-especialyl a 3-5 issue run where TONY STARK was getting his ass whipped by the LIVING LASER,inside of a cave.That was amazing.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Damn you ScriptGirl!

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

  • July 17, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Romita Art = Always Good

    by Movietool

    Yet another movie deconstructing superheroes and ripping everything that's fun out of them for the sake of "realism" = Getting Tired

  • July 17, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Romita Jr

    by Righteous Brother

    I'm not a massive fan of his, but I tend to like the comics he's involved with. I think he's a good story teller. I'd like a signed copy of that poster.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:37 p.m. CST

    @ Malestrom_ZERO

    by Movietool

    Romita Jr. is hands down the best storyteller drawing comics today. His art is great and powerful and epic, but his real strength is in storytelling. So many artists nowadays have no ability to establish a scene, draw action, or build mood. Romita can do it better than any American artist alive (or dead, in my opinion), and his art has LIFE and WEIGHT and POWER, unlike so many of his peers. He's truly a great who will someday be spoken of as an equal to Kirby or Eisner.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    JR Jr's Amazing Spider Man run

    by Arteska

    Back in the 200's was stellar (with Roger Stern and DeFalco iirc). His style is a bit different then it was then but he's done some really really great stuff over the years.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST

    I just wish the comic would finish before the movie comes out!

    by Tall_Boy66

    Also, eagle eyed readers will note that Romitia seems to be basing the poster on the movie costumes, and not the comic costumes, but the differences are pretty small (no "flames on Optimus" here). Big Daddy looks probably the most different, but it's still him.

  • July 17, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST

    HS GEEKS WEAR COSTUMES AND KICK ASS

    by uberman

    This must be a far-fetched fantasy film. To make it realistic, I suggest the following: Geek makes costume. Geek gets ninja weapon at gas station. Geek sneaks out at night and confronts drunken guy breaking car windows. Geeks has nose flattened to face, weeping uncontrollably as he stumbles blindly into the road. Car hits Geek. The End. Hollywood, you can thank me later.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    WHATS WITH THE GIMP SUIT GUY WITH REAM STICKS

    by HaterofCrap

    VERY CREEPY

  • July 17, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Love his art ...

    by Beniffer

    loved his thor

  • July 17, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    uh, uberman

    by Dingbatty

    Not defending it, because Kick Ass is garbage, but you nearly described what happens in the book.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Romita's a great talent ...

    by DennisMM

    and a very nice guy. But I wouldn't lump him with Kirby, by any means. Eisner? Again, no. As well as any American artist, living or dead? Fantasyland. For one thing, JR SR is alive. And, even were he dead, he'd be the equal of JR JR.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Dingbatty. I think he WAS describing it.

    by DennisMM

    I think he was having a little fun with us.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:55 p.m. CST

    JR jr is awesome

    by malificus

    His style is more suited to some material than others. The early issues of War Journal were the best Punisher ever (what is that saying), he does a great Spidey on par with his dad (ALL PROPS TO THE SR. LEGEND) but when they tried retro'ing Pete back to his teens a few years ago visually his Spidey looked awkward and stupid. His Thor is nice, he lends legit gravity to his characters physicality and is indeed, from everything I know, a super-nice guy for someone who could be a total a-hole like John Byrne seems to be. JR jr's art can suffer with the wrong inker tho, Klaus Janson I'm looking at you. And I totally agree with what a poster said earlier about his storytelling abilities (Brother & Malestrom)and how weak so many big names are in that area. Romita bridges the gap between the old school greats and the modern poseurs, he's still carrying the quality torch. Kirby is still King though, check out some of those Demon/New Gods/Mr. Miracle pages, holy jeebus what a goddamned master.

  • July 17, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST

    I own the original cover art for Amazing Spidey # 216

    by slone13

    It's been hanging on my wall for 20 years. As Arteska noted, Romita Jr's style has definitely changed over the decades, but the guy is a living legend.

  • July 17, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Ass is okay butnot Bastard?

    by knowthyself

    Retarded.

  • July 17, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    John Romita

    by cgccomics

    Senior was the better artist by far. His run on Amazing Spider-man after the great Steve Ditko left was brilliant.

  • July 17, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST

    JRjr is too fucking good.

    by Deathpool

    God fucking dammit, what a great artist. I should really check out what he's up to besides Kick-Ass, isn't he doing some Spidey or something? As for the movie, ever since I heard it was optioned before the first issue was even finished, I've been weary about it. I'm a comic nerd, I know I'll see it though.

  • July 17, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    I'd rather have the comics

    by Swoomustdie

    put out in a timely manner. I am looking forward to seeing this movie, but at this rate the movie is going to spoil the actual book series for me.

  • July 17, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Knowthyself

    by Swoomustdie

    I think this movie has been completely made outside of the studio system, so they don't have any suits around to tut-tut the title like QT had with IB.

  • July 17, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    slone13-You must be so sick of looking at that!

    by malificus

    God after 20 years you probably don't even notice it by now! I'll tell you what, I'll take that cover off your hands and give it a loving home for the next 20 years, and by then you'll surely be ready to look at it with fresh eyes and I can shoot it right back to ya!

  • July 17, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Romita Jr. is quite possibly the WORST artist ever to...

    by JackLucas

    be allowed to work in the comics industry. I comapre his shit to the assclowns illustrating (insert shitty title with shitty artist whose art is displayed inside of a cover done by Alex Ross or any other high profiles GOOD artist). Romita's art makes me fucking puke and it is only on the strength of name recognition that he gets consistent work.

  • July 17, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Fucking sheep...

    by JackLucas

    The lot of you. Now I remember why I stopped going in to comic shops. I wait every year for the day after Thanksgiving sale at one of the shops in town that offer 50% off everything in the store to grab up my trades so I don't have to run into fucksticks like all of you lubing up to take it again from shitstains the likes of John Romitard Jr. Fuck you all.

  • July 17, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    I like it. A lot.

    by GetEveryone

    Film has potential.<BR><BR>On the topic of posters, and just to hammer it home,I fucking got the Re-animator mondotees one!

  • July 17, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    JackLucas you fucking cockstain fuckknuckling arseclown

    by ironic_name

    fuck off back to the land of the tasteless, you piss drinking troglodyte. I mock your value system. <P> the best part of you bubbled outta yer mother's cunt and went into her asshole. <P> etc.

  • July 17, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    What do you like JackLucas?

    by GetEveryone

    You elitist prick.

  • July 17, 2009, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Forget Movie Coming Soon, How about the next issue

    by Jinxo

    What's it been, at least 3 months since the last issue? Are they serious about the comic or just using it as a pitch for the movie. At this point I'm annoyed enough that any fun of the book has worn off and the movie and comic can both just go away.

  • July 17, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST

    I hate kids! unless they're from my family.

    by Orionsangels

    I could never cheer on a kid. who here liked anakin in tpm? fuck kids. fuck this movie

  • July 17, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    If it weren't for Romita Jr's SUCKY ARTWORK...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    I might be interested. Apparently, his dad's artistic talent skipped a generation. >:P

  • July 17, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    And JackLucas, you're absolutely RIGHT...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    It's FAR easier for me to think of BETTER artists than JRJr. than WORSE artists. Nepotism rears its ugly head again!

  • July 17, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    To all looking forward to this movie

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    you do realize that nic cage is in it, right?

  • July 17, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    You guys are entitled to your opinions..

    by malificus

    ..but when you shit on a guy as obviously talented as John Romita Jr you are only making yourselves look incredibly ignorant. Anyone who knows anything about what constitutes great art and storytelling in sequential comics would give it up for Jr and for you to cite...heheh...Alex Ross as a great artist proves what ignorami you surely are. Alex Ross is a great photo-realistic painter and renderer but is an atrocious sequential storyteller. If you're trying to get people riled by heaving rabid insults at someone who's shit doodles are more relevant than you then EPIC FAIL.

  • July 17, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Generally people who hate John Romita Jr...

    by wacko3205

    ...love sinking turds like Rob Liefield. JRJR is without a doubt one of the most consistent artist on the planet. Everyone's got a love when it comes to him...but I think that the best arc that he pulled was the Uncanny X-Run. Loved the way he brought Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Kitty Pryde, & even second string characters like Nimrod to life. Good stuff.

  • July 17, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    I love it when they cite Alex Ross..

    by malificus

    ..as if he's an unimpeachable art god, like some game-ending trump card that slams the lid shut on debate. HA!

  • July 17, 2009, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Looks like ass.

    by Mysterious_Volvo

  • July 17, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST

    WHY ISN'T AICN COVERING THE Futurama CRISIS?

    by Brannagins Law

    IGN is saying Fox can't afford the old voice cast now. WTF!

  • July 17, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    This movie will tank. Bye bye, Mathew Vaughn.

    by JuanSanchez

  • July 17, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    JRJR's is the whole package, he isn't just one single strength

    by Tall_Boy66

    I like his storytelling abilities and dynamic frame arangements and the "acting" of his characters. But he does everything on a certain level while some artists only do one thing, he can do everything. If you don't like JRJR, then you don't know what makes for good comic art.

  • July 17, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    I think it sucks...

    by gringostar

    Seriously, does anyone think this is anything above a grade 12 level art project... errr more like grade 10. Maybe that is the point, but then I still would have to say that the execution is lacking. It does absolutely nothing for me, but truthfully I won't ever see this and therefore could ultimately could care less.

  • July 17, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    also: Alex Ross art is way boring

    by Tall_Boy66

    It's the same stock poses used over and over. It may be detailed and "realistic" but it's bland. Last time he was on his game was Kingdom Come. JRJR comes up with something new and cool every time out.

  • July 17, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    Looks

    by Buzz_Aldrin

    fucking boring. As does the entire project. Who really needs to see another superhero movie, as much "deconstructing the genre" as it might be? It's fucking people running around in full body pyjamas. Grow the fuck up you nerds.

  • July 17, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Walter Cronkite Died

    by Eonz_Higlo

    Hmmm...bummer?

  • July 17, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Rest in peace, Walter

    by RICHARD_GERE_RAPED_MY_GERBIL

    You really were "kick ass".

  • July 17, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    I hope they don't ignore Uncle Walter the way they ignored Ed

    by leftofcentristdotcom

  • July 17, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    here's a newsflash, walter cronkite

    by Buzz_Aldrin

    you're dead

  • July 17, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    OMG Walter Cronkite died!

    by TheMcflyFarm

    What's going on?! All of these young, vital celebrities are dropping like flies!!!

  • July 17, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    I think Walter died the day they put Katie Couric on.

    by malificus

    CBS was just too scared to let it get out so they paid Cronkite's family 26 kajillion dollars to keep quiet.

  • July 17, 2009, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Actually, John Romita Jr. is little better than Liefeld.

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    He draws the same overlined, sunken-eyed, pug-ugly faces in every comic he works on, regardless of whether his "style" works with the characters or not. He draws fabric and cloth as if they were made of hard rubber, dresses thugs and criminals as if it were still 1972 and hasn't improved as an artist since the early 80s. The only time I actually LIKED his work was when an issue of his Uncanny X-Men was inked by his father, whose clean, pro style completely overwhelmed Jar-Jar's scratchings. And I eventually canceled my subscription to X-Men because I could no longer stand paying money for such craptacular art!<p>People who don't like JRJr's work generally love the work of artists like Alan Davis, Art Adams and Kevin Nowlan... guys whose actual TALENT got them to where they are, NOT their daddy's name.

  • July 17, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST

    "Coming Soon?" I don't think so!!!

    by Falafalguy

    HI YO!

  • July 18, 2009, 12:54 a.m. CST

    John Romita, Jr. ruined the X-MEN comic for me

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    I was an avid collector in the eighties up until about issue #200 and I stopped collecting because I hated how he was pencilling them so poorly. His style was very 'sketchy.'

  • July 18, 2009, 1:57 a.m. CST

    "Junior's" stuff is ok...

    by Stalkeye

    but he's nuttin compared to the awesomeness that is/was Michael Golden. (actually, most comic artist are not as good IMO.)

  • July 18, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    You can still like Davis, Adams, and Nowlan

    by Deathpool

    Along with Romita Jr. I know I certainly do (Davis I suppose the least. Art Adams though, shit man, who doesn't love him?). I actually prefer Ross's sequential work than all the covers he pumps out, if only because its so rare. Didn't he once even do some pencils or something for a JSA special? Might be remembering it wrong.

  • July 18, 2009, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Gringostar, Buzz_Aldrin, Other_Cunts

    by GetEveryone

    What if it gets good buzz around release? If your friends see it and enjoy it?<BR><BR>What pisses me off is that this is an independent picture, yet cunts like you take a step back on some unknown basis, hold up your hands and just say "No, thanks. Not for me."<BR><BR>It has an interesting premise, a solid director, and a cast that could bring it all together.<BR><BR>Did you pay to see transformers? If not, what do you pay to see?

  • July 18, 2009, 3:53 a.m. CST

    GetEveryone

    by Buzz_Aldrin

    What's interesting about this premise for people above the age of 16? I would also contest the notion that Nic Cage, a boy in green pyjamas and the clone of 1994 Natalie Portman make a cast that someone is supposed to pay money to see. <p>The last 10 years of Cage's career, Stardust, the kitchy stills released so far and the fact that no-one needs to see another shitty superhero movie are a pretty rock solid basis for me to say "No, thanks. Not for me."

  • July 18, 2009, 5:14 a.m. CST

    GetEveryone

    by ev1ldead

    Are you new to the talkbacks? They are filled with whiney douchebags and cynical assholes which have nothing better to do than piss over everything that's just a little popular. <p> The days of enthusiasm for cool/strange/whatever projects are sadly gone. <p> That said I'm a little sceptic my self. The Wanted graphic novel had some cool ideas but I didn't like Millar's writing. His writing style reminded me of juvenile fanfiction. Breaking taboos just for the sake of it get's boring pretty fast if you don't have anything intelligent to say about it or at least believable characters the reader can care about.

  • July 18, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Costume changes for the worst... i'm kinda scared now

    by CHUDfucker

    The art work is okay, but the costumes lack a lot if this is what we're gonna see on screen. I was already not to enthused about the the mouth slit on Kick-Ass, and Red Mist looks like a carnival version of The Noid. But Big Daddy and Hit Girl look wrong. If they kept it red umpire padded mouthless goggled outfit from the comic he would be both bad-ass and scary, especially with that fucking chainsaw. And Hit Girl, where's the cute pony tail and big boots? Now she's lost all her personality and looks more like Natalie Portman in The Professional. And for the love of god... "BD" and "HG" emblems on their belts??!?!? WTF!?

  • July 18, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    NEW WOLF MAN MOVIE PICS HERE www.NukeTheFridge.COM

    by Solft54321

  • July 18, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    The costumes changes SUUUCKKK

    by nechyv

    Red Mist looks gay-diddy-gay-gay-gay, and big daddy and hit girl are just atrocious. I LOVE the comic, its badass, but if those costumes are in the movie, no, fuck that, I don't want to ruin the comic for myself by watching this.

  • July 18, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Except Kick-Ass I'm thinking they've misssed the point.

    by adiehardfanwithalethalweapon

    Especialy costume wise. They're regular people with costumes made or trench coats, wetsuits and the like. Having them look like a rejected characters from "Superhero Movie" is retarded.

  • July 18, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST

    well put diehard

    by nechyv

  • July 18, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Romita Jr. SUUUUUCCCCKKKSSS

    by alienindisguise

    If he wasn't the son of a legend I don't think he'd get any work. His work looks like everything else out there which is mostly not good.

  • July 18, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    JR Jr.

    by _Palmer_Eldritch

    If you have ayn doubt about his greatness, check out his and Dan Jurgens' run on Thor a while back. Believe me when I tell you the whole 78 (79?) issue run is among THE best superhero comics of the last 20 years, plot, dialogue and art-wise.

  • July 18, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    My favorite was Bill Williamson and THE ELEMENTALS

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Or Matt Wagner of MAGE. I loved all that old Comico stuff. MARSHALL LAW (from a different company) was great, too. All three of these properties are BEGGING to be turned into movies. Totally original-all three.

  • July 18, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    ev1ldead

    by GetEveryone

    Not at all, mate. Been around here for a few years, commenting occasionally recently. It just grates massively when there is such disregard for something truly original. I can understand the vitriol in all the remake/reboot/re-imagining TB's, but it seems unfounded for the likes of this and Avatar.<BR><BR>On the topic of comics, I bought Battle Angel Alita 1 - 8 of the original run on Ebay for about 15 quid. The seller threw in Army of Darkness 1 and ?Doghead? too. Seems like a great read, would be nice if Cameron did decide to make that next.

  • July 18, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Buzz_Aldrin

    by GetEveryone

    Conversely, I'd argue that Stardust WAS a reason to invest in this project. It was well made and true to the source material; it felt very Gaiman. <BR><BR>Before that Vaughn directed Layer Cake which was fairly solid, and before that produced Guy Ritchie's better output. Further, Mark Strong and Xander Berkeley are involved, so despite Cage's fairly questionable acting ability as of late, it should be interesting to see how he plays off better actors. <BR><BR>I think there's at least something in the project to believe in.

  • Who since has carved himself out a nice niche in Vertigo with Fables and Jack of Fables -- the last time he drew anything I'm aware of was the opening three issues of Shadowpact. And of course, those late 70s early 80s D&D illustrations he did for TSR are iconic. <P> I think Willingham's always been best with his own stuff. The times he's written established characters like Robin are things I haven't liked.

  • July 18, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    That should say 'right' at the end.

    by mdf2

    Rassin'-frassin' character limit.

  • July 18, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Bill Willingham...

    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

    What a talent and what a nice, fun guy...In 1992 I went to the Chicago Comicon and got bumped from my flight due to bad weather. Well, actually, I took a $500 voucher and an upgrade to first class from American to postphone my flight until some 8 hours later.<p>When I got off the plane, there was another heavy set guy with an art portfolio and I struck up a conversation. I asked if he too were going to Comicon and he said yes. I introduced myself and he introduced himself as Bill Willingham.<p>I almost shit myself, but played it cool and told him I loved his work. He was acting all nervous like he was going to have to spend the next 8 hours til the next flight listening to me gush....<p>But I surprised his ass. We were at DFW and I grew up in Dallas, and I informed him that I was going to rent a car and go to Lower Greenville to my favorite tittie bar and did he want to join me?<p>We both checked our portfolios into a locker, got in the car and proceeded to PARTY. Bill was drawing the strippers on cocktail napkins, I shit you not. We were the hit of the dance club the whole time we were there.<p>We made it back to DFW drunk as hell, with time enough to eat before the flight, then pased out in first class.<p>When we got to Chicago, we took a tram to the hotel sitting behind Peter David and his emo entourage. Neither of us had the energy left to invite Peter to a tittie bar, so we just went to our respective rooms.<p> Bill did draw me a lovely Dawnstar picture, from the Legion of Super-heroes,the next day as thanks for all the drinks I bought him, and my friends were quite impressed with my connections.<p>That was a great Comicon...<p>I got laid in a freight elevator...Shit you not...

  • July 18, 2009, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Watchmen all over again

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Flop

  • July 18, 2009, 8 p.m. CST

    JackLucas has horrible taste in comic art

    by wash

    And I'm hoping this movie is at least a tad better than the source material, like Wanted was.

  • July 18, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    ev1ldead: why I don't like Avatar

    by Deathpool

    I really haven't heard much about Avatar, believe it or not. I'm not a gigantic Cameron fan (I recognize he's fucking fantastic, though), so I haven't kept up on it. I couldn't tell you what its about, who's in it, anything (except there's a guy in an exoskeleton or something? Saw a painting that stuck with me). The absolute only thing I EVER hear is "Avatar will fuck your eyeballs." It seems kind of pretentious to me, and turns me off from bothering with it. I can honestly say I probably won't see it until DVD or something, unless everyone who sees it remarks on how incredible it is. I guess I just dislike the hype associated with it.

  • July 18, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    mdf2 re: Willingham

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Yeah, you're right. My bad. I was combining Willingham with Walt Simonson whose work on THOR I fucking LOVED back in the day. It's a shame that Willingham imploded the way he did on Elementals, taking so long in between the last issues before it finally just fell apart. He doesn't get the credit for helping to bring 'realism' into comics that Miller and Moore do, but he was right there with them in that same era.

  • July 18, 2009, 10:48 p.m. CST

    WIllingham/Simonson

    by mdf2

    Simonson is a great artist too.<P> And I just realized the distinct ways their sign their drawings, could still be confused with each other. Check them out. <p> Willingham Signature: http://tinyurl.com/lzwasc<p> Simonson Signature: http://tinyurl.com/na4lhe<p>

  • July 18, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST

    'they sign their drawings'

    by mdf2

    Damn it all.

  • July 19, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST

    mdf2- That is interesting / Cheeses of Nazareth

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    They are kinda similar. Hadn't noticed that before. I stopped collecting comics right after the Watchmen series. WATCHMEN really ruined me for comic books after that it was so good. But Willingham and Simonson were two of my faves back in the day. After THE WATCHMEN and THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS I just couldn't go back to seeing say, J.R.,Jr.'s shitty work on the X-MEN, a title which pretty much had peaked a decade before with the Claremont/Byrne/Austin era. MARSHALL LAW was cool and friends tell me I should go pick up THE SANDMAN series and I'm sure that there has been other quality work done but after WATCHMEN, I hit college and the comics fell by the wayside. But, I've still got about a thousand of'em in boxes in the attic, bagged and backed, that I take out and read again when the mood strikes, just increasing in value, either to be cashed in one day or passed on to my kids. <br> <br> Cheeses- That's one of the best fan stories I have read in my ten years of posting on this site.

  • July 19, 2009, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Avatar = Crap.

    by Ash0k

    M. Night sucks as a director.

  • July 19, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Wrong TB, Ash0K

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    oops

  • July 19, 2009, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Cheeses, I bet Jim Lee is scared of tittie bars too

    by YackBacker

    Great story, you were the right geek at the right time, for certain.

  • July 19, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    I wonder if Bob Kane hated titty bars?

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • July 19, 2009, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Bob Kane was too busy fucking Bill Finger in the ass

    by YackBacker

    Stealing Finger's ideas and calling them his own.

  • July 19, 2009, 3:29 a.m. CST

    why all the Shymalan hate?

    by ranma627

    The man is a great director with a fantastic visual eye, it's his writing that sucks. Which is why Airbender should be awesome. It's based on great source material and it's something Shymalan hasn't done before. He needs to stop writing and just produce and direct and Airbender gives him that. I'm very excited if he sticks to doing stuff like this and doesn't go back to his usually stuff. I love Shymalan but Lady in the Water and Happening were terrible he needs to switch it up and keep it fresh. So stop hating already.

  • July 19, 2009, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Ash0k, you saw footage of Avatar?

    by Orionsangels

  • July 19, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Is Harry's animation supposed to be the Time Travelers wife?

    by Orionsangels

  • July 19, 2009, 5:55 a.m. CST

    GetEveryone

    by Buzz_Aldrin

    Point taken. Still, i am _very_ doubtful about this thing turning out being watchable...

  • July 19, 2009, 6:09 a.m. CST

    ranma627, as a fan of Shyamalan I can tell you

    by YackBacker

    That I agree with your post, but the "hate" has to do with precisely what you say- his last two pics were a mess. As paying customers, we have a right to call him out. I won't judge AIRBENDER until I see it, but Shyamalan has to earn the audiences' respect all over again.

  • July 19, 2009, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Orionsangels, its a move called "Nothing"

    by dr sauch

    It's pretty funny.

  • July 19, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Just saw Moon.

    by GetEveryone

    It fucking rules.

  • July 19, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Bill Willingham was SMOOTH...

    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

    Yeah, guys, you should have seen Bill and I work the strippers. Bill knew just what he was doing when he drew that first girl on main stage on that cocktail napkin. See, Bill draws pretty quick and he never goes anywhere without a pencil. Strippers always come over to try and talk you into a lap dance and once they started seeing his beautiful work, I started talking him up. Telling them how Bill here was the most famous and sought after comic book artist in the world and he needed to find the right female look for his new character. <p>Well, pretty quickly somebody showed up with a bunch of copy paper they took out of the fax machine in back and everyone wanted their picture drawn. So we negotiated. I argued that since Bill’s drawings were worth so much money, often $300 to $500 for sketches, (yeah, right…) we offered to give them the drawings of themselves in exchange for lap dances. <p> Bill was so smooth. He had a great time, I bought his drinks and he penciled his way into lap-dance nirvana. AND…he got a $400 voucher toward another flight in the future. Iwatched his chicken-shit ass get off the plane when the offered the $400, but I waited because I knew they would go higher….I got the $500 voucher pait a one day rental on a car, bought drinks for one of my all time favorite artists and got all the ass I could want to sit in my lap.<p>Yeah, certainly one of my top 20 favorite ways to kill an afternoon.

  • July 19, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    ok Cheeses of Nazareth

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Now I am officially jealous. I want to see this episode of your life filmed a la Dave Chappelle's Charlie Murphy's Rick James stories. Grap a minicam, and a buddy, spend a couple hundred on production (strippers, fake plane set) and post it on youtube. Or grab your laptop and have this be the opening sequence of your screenplay. I want to know what adventures the brilliant comic book artist (the yin) and stripper-loving fanboy (the yang) have together after they leave the stripjoint. Miss the flight and it becomes a road movie? Possibilities are endless but I love the concept. <br> <br> Have you talked to Willingham since? I heard he has blog somewhere on the net. I always meant to ask him exactly where he was gonna go with The Elementals if he hadn't imploded and let Comico take over the property (which subsequently went right into the toilet after he left) because in some of his last issues he showed glimpses into the future (The Elementals were immortal) where Tommy (Monolith) and Morningstar were now worshipped as Gods by the future people of Earth except they were no longer teammates but at war with each other. Becky (Fathom) was long since gone and Vortex was in isolation and Tommy had found a way to assassinate him. The whole passage takes place on the eve of a giganctic galactic battle between Monolith and Morningstar and all of that just fucking blew my mind. How Willingham was able to just blow up the scope of this Elementals concept and who they were and the reflection of what they could really accomplish and become if ultimate power was left unfettered by conscience. Elementals was also one of the first comics to take a the U.S. Gov't are the bad guys approach. Keep in mind all of this stuff may be commonplace today but for comicbooks in the late 80's it was pretty genre-busting stuff. Again, I'd put his work right up there with Moore and Miller, tho he gets nowhere near the credit they do.

  • July 19, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    ZombieHeath...Naw..

    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

    I never kept up with him, never even got a phone number. I didn't want to presume and we just went to our rooms exhausted. I found him the next day and he already had my Dawnstar picture ready...that's all I told him the party would cost him and he paid in full. We chatted a while and he talked to my friends but he had to get back to the booth and he was way hung over....so..I moved on to the other adventures that awaited me at that particular Con.<p>I did send him post to that blog he was all promoting brighter more patriotic superheroes but he never responded. I got to the talkback like 9 pages down so I doubt he'll ever see it, but I was like, "Do you remember? That was me...."<p>I was pissed when I found out he was living in Las vegas almost exactly the same time that I did. Holy Shit, I shudder to think what might have been....

  • July 19, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST

    And I agree on his talent...

    by Cheeses_of_Nazareth

    Right up there with the best. Elementals rocked and was sexy and had main characters that were dead. what else could you ask for? Gore? Check! Exciting provocative storylines? Check! Need I go on?

  • July 20, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    JR Jr

    by Pomona

    He was talented back in his Iron Man days, but his sketchy Spider-Man art looks like some goofy Manga. Maybe the inker is somewhat to blame, but I think Junior's style has changed for the worse.

  • Aug. 12, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Kick Ass the comic

    by marveljrjr

    BTW #7 is just about to come out and I'm half way through #8. To all my haters....Thanks for reading my stuff! Sorry you haven't had enough bran, lately, but I still love you all! Liefeld is a great guy and a damn talented creator. I'm proud to be associated with him. To the likers....you all rock! I know you all eat healthy, take vitamins and have impeccable taste in artists!! cheers JRjr

  • Aug. 12, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    JRjr haters

    by marveljrjr

    Oh yeah, does this mean I'm off your Christmas card lists??!! Jrjr