Sunday, August 17, 2014

Coby's Previews of the Week

This'll likely be the last Preview of the Week, unless anyone wants me to keep going? I think I'm going to take a break from this blogging thing for a while. Too much other stuff going on in my life right now.
For this last Preview of the Week, I couldn't pick just one. There are quite a few comics to look forward to next week! Instead, I'll pick my favorite page from each one, and let you click through to look at the entire Preview, if you want.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Coby's Top 5 Comics of the Week of 8/13/14

I'm thinking about stopping this blog thing, or at least taking a break until school is over with and I publish my book. I am done with the Gambit one. Every time I think to myself, Hey, I should write something!, I then respond to myself, Yeah, I could write about comics, or I could play with my kids or read comics or read about comics or watch TV or watch a movie or do schoolwork or yardwork or play video games or work on my book or my art or do literally anything else... and that's not a sign of a healthy relationship!

But then, at the same time, as I'm reading the new comics of the week, I can't help but have thoughts about them, and then want to share those thoughts. Although this week I didn't get through them all until last night, so this post is going up on Saturday, rather than the usually Friday (which'll push the Preview of the Week post back to Sunday).

I dunno... does anybody actually read these weekly Top 5 Comics of the Week posts? That'd be encouraging to know. I'll do one for this week, but unless I hear back from somebody... anybody... I don't know how much longer I'll keep doing this.

The theme last week was unconventional comics. This week's theme: Indy Comics! (Or creator-owned comics... or whatever you want to call them--comics that aren't mainstream Marvel/DC comics were what I enjoyed most this week, is what I'm saying.)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Coby's Preview of the Week: HULK

It's Saturday, that means it's time for my Preview of the Week!

Next week, Marvel kicks of their latest promotional event, "Avengers NOW!", with Gerry Duggan's Hulk #5.

If you aint up on "Avengers NOW!," where've you been? Marvel's publicists pulled out all the stops, announcing a female Thor on The View, Sam Wilson (Falcon) as the All-New Captain America on the Colbert Report, and a new Superior Iron Man via Entertainment Weekly.

Also note Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, & Scarlett Witch because of upcoming MCU movies

Friday, August 8, 2014

Coby's Top 5 Comics of the Week of 8/6/14

You know the deal: every Friday, I give you my Top 5 Comics of the Week. This week seems to be all about unconventiality; I pick a graphic birth, a 2-issue crossover, a comedic villains book, a triple-digit issue, and an OGN.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My LOVE/HATE Relationship with Guardians of the Galaxy

I don't feel like I have any unique insights to contribute to the discussion about the newest entry into the MCUGuardians of the Galaxy. I tackled a couple of points in this Prelude post, so make sure you check that out to get up-to-date on what happened before the movie. Because the Internet is hyperbole and I'm a sucker for it, I guess I could just list off one thing I loved about the movie and one thing I hated? And then you could read what I wrote here and think about the movie and get happy thinking about all the parts of the movie you also loved, while acknowledging that there were parts of the movie that were kinda dumb? That might be fun. OK, here goes....

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Prelude to Guardians of the Galaxy

The wife and I finally watched Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG) last night (the Tuesday after it opened) thanks to my good friend coming to babysit for me. The wife said it was the best Marvel movie yet. If I had to rank them, I think I'd put The Avengers and The Winter Soldier ahead of GotG, but it was still a pretty darned good movie. Rather than get into the movie right away, I thought I'd first talk about the stuff leading up to the movie.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Stan Lee, Michael Jackson, and Peter F. Paul

Sean Howe's book Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is wonderful. It really takes you inside the famed Marvel "Bullpen" and tells the ins and outs and all the fantastic details regarding Marvel's rise and fall and rise again. It paints a portrait of a young Stan Lee, jumping around his office, single-handedly scripting nearly every book Marvel was producing. It also tells the stories of all the other creators who've worked so hard over the past half-century to forge the company responsible for bringing so many characters and stories we all know and love to the world. There are so many amazing anecdotes in the book, it's hard to focus on just one. It is definitely a book to keep on the bookshelf, worthy of re-reading every so often.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Coby's Preview of the Week: Rocket Raccoon

Every Saturday, I'll try to go through the newest Previews of upcoming comics and give you my Preview of the Week.

This week: Skottie Young's Rocket Raccoon #2... for the "POKE!" and "FACE" onomatopoeias, if nothing else!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Coby's Top 5 Comics of the Week - 7/30/14

Whew! Almost didn't make it this week to bring you my Top 5 Comics of the Week. I just got back from taking my family on vacation to the Outer Banks, NC, and I didn't have any time for comics there, what with all the fun in the sun. But I sped-read through them all last night and today after work to bring you my Top 5 picks now, at 930pm on Friday. I'm trying to do my Top 5 every Friday, to practice what it would be like to be a For-Real Comics Writer for a For-Real Website and have to deal with things like deadlines and formats and whatnot.

This week has made me wonder, what do you Professional Comics People do when you're sick or want to take a vacation? I guess if you're free lance, you just don't get paid if your articles don't get in on time... man, that might kinda suck, huh? Something to consider if I ever decide to quit my job and do Coby's Comics full time....

Thursday, July 31, 2014

More Fight Club 2 News

Dark Horse might be running into that classic problem where they start hyping a comic too early... leading to potential customers hearing about it and going to their Local Comic Shop right away, only to find the big comic they read about in the news isn't available for many more months.... Regardless, CBR did another interview about Fight Club 2 (issue 1 of which doesn't come out until April 8, 2015), this time with the cover artist and friend of the author, David Mack.