Now that Halloween is over, is it safe to start talking about Christmas gift ideas? A couple of years ago I did a series of posts highlighting some ideas that might delight fans of various topics, and one of the most popular posts in that series related to comic book art. That particular post continues to get hits today, so I thought I would follow it up with a more streamlined version: Christmas gift ideas for your aspiring DC comic book writers/artists. Take a look at these titles in this series of “DC Comics Guide” books:
- The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics
- The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling
- The DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics
- The DC Comics Guide to Inking Comics
- DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics
- The DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics
I have not personally reviewed any of those titles, but they seem to be geared toward an older, more serious dreamer. If your aspiring artist is a beginner, or is just getting his feet wet with sketching, the following books may be more his or her speed:
- DC Justice League: Draw It
- How to Draw Batman, Superman, and Other DC Super Heroes and Villains
- How to Draw Superman and His Friends and Foes
- How to Draw Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Other DC Super Heroes
- How to Draw Batman and His Friends and Foes
- How to Draw the Joker, Lex Luthor, and Other DC Super-Villains
The new trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been leaked. Assuming it hasn’t been taken down yet, here it is. Enjoy, fanboys.
Superman: The Ultimate Guide to the Man of Steel
by Daniel Wallace
The most enduring figure in American mythology has been, without a doubt, Superman. Regardless of the quality of the past few theatrical releases telling the Man of Steel’s story, his legacy is firmly entrenched through his comic book appearances. Author Daniel Wallace takes readers on a journey that begins with the superhero’s first appearance in Action Comics in 1938 on through the more recent adventures in DC’s The New 52 series. Superman’s friends and foes are spotlighted, as well as his collaborations with other heroes and his human friends.
Wallace does not bore the reader with details from every comic book published, but highlights the most important in Superman’s 75-year history, filling in the blanks between those issues with other key events that made him who he is today. Superman: The Ultimate Guide to the Man of Steel is a must-have volume for fans of the hero who is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Video mash-ups are great, and this has to be the funniest one I have ever seen. Read the rest of this entry
Because he still can’t fly yet. Smallville is now in its seventh (and possibly last) season, and Clark Kent is still ground bound. With 12 episodes under its belt so far, and potentially 8 to go in the season, the future hero still has a way to go before he’s ready for Metropolis full-time. I’m hoping for an 8th season…in fact, I would love to see the series continue and follow him into adulthood, but that was never the aim of Smallville.
I stumbled upon the series by accident during the pilot episode while flipping channels. John Schneider played Jonathan Kent, Clark’s dad, and that’s why I stopped to watch. You see, I was a huge Dukes of Hazzard fan, and everything Schneider or Wopat was involved in I would at least check it out. When I realized what Smallville was, I was hooked. I have the first six seasons on DVD, have watched them several times, and will continue to follow the young man of steel until the series concludes.
If they decide to end the series after 8 more episodes, I am afraid it will be rushed and leave too many questions unanswered, or else it will be rushed and plotlines will be sloppily handled.
My favorite episodes came during season six, which overall was the weakest season. But two episodes, “Justice” and “Labrynth” were my favorites. “Justice” included four important guest stars–the Green Arrow, Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman. All had appeared on Smallville before, but never in the same episode. It was like a junior version of the Justice League of America (and man, I can’t wait for that movie to finally get made!).
“Labrynth” was a well-executed episode focusing on Clark in a mental asylum, with everyone trying to convince him that his powers and adventures were all a part of a psychological disorder. Another great episode, and it introduced another DC character into the series: Martian Manhunter.
If you have never experienced Smallville, don’t start in the middle of season 7. You will likely be lost and hate it. Instead, go to your local library and see if they have the DVDs from season 1, or go ahead and buy them from Wal-Mart or Amazon or wherever you purchase your DVDs (they are pretty inexpensive now, around $25-30).
After you’ve watched season 1, check out the best fan website out there: kryptonsite.com. I’ve also discovered a pretty good blog, Operation Save Clark Kent. Both sites are highly recommended for meteor freaks like myself.