Writer/artist Phil Hester has been on a mission since midnight yesterday morning to complete 97 sketches in honor of Jack Kirby’s 97th birthday with the proceeds supporting The Hero Initiative.

Happy birthday, Jack. Comics, and now our movies, would be so much more boring if not for your genius.

I really love the Wonder Woman cover for this issue of Amazing World of DC Comics by Michael Nasser (aka Michael Netzer).

I’ve been thinking about the Spider-Woman#1 controversy for the past week & couldn’t find my words…until now.

The problem is the amount of people who can’t see that there’s a problem. It’s not her physique & it’s not the anatomy. It is, however, the use of a fuck me pose at a time when the industry is in dire needs of attracting a new audience & all eyes have been focused on the industry as a whole over the past couple of years for claims of sexism, not only through artistic representation but with the business itself.

It’s also a major blow when your company has been the perceived leader with not only female lead characters, but also with female creators. Tom Brevoort’s “you hire Manara, you know what you’re going to get” explanation even goes to show that he’s clueless to the cause of the outrage. He dances around the point. The point is don’t hire an artist who turns everything into erotica for a book that’s hoping to attract non-erotica readers. The problem is that someone looked at this and thought, “Yes. This guy. This is what we need on the cover of our mainstream comics.”

Now as this blog shows, I’m no prude. I love erotic art [presumably] as much as the next person, and think Milo Manara does beautiful work. But also I’m not necessarily trying to attract new readers to maintain & increase my business growth like Marvel. There’s a time and a place for everything, and the cover to a mainstream comic with a female lead clearly wasn’t it.


I’d like to reassure myself that his good friend, Christopher Reeves is there to pick him up from wherever that next place would be. 

Thomas Newman - That Next Place 

What’s the superhero comics industry’s biggest challenge?

Oh, I got a pile of stuff. Just yesterday, a woman wrote an article analyzing what she thought was a poor comic book cover, and she was met with just a bunch of shitty anonymous people being awful to her online. I think that a huge problem is people who read comics and don’t understand the point of superheroes, which is to be the best version of yourself. You love Captain America? Well, you know what Captain America would never do? Go online anonymously and shit on a girl for having an opinion.

(PS—If you don’t believe there’s a problem, you’re part of it.)

SDCC: The Haul.

Amazing Gil Kane page from Green Lantern 14. (I apologize for the poor hotel lighting.)

This is seriously one of the best purchases I have made in a long time. I believe this was Grant Morrison’s first American work (please correct me if I’m wrong), and it set the stage for a brilliant career. Animal Man was the beginning of Morrison doing what he does best—making you give a shit about characters you forgot about or never knew existed.



The new Batgirl design has been often credited to Cameron Stewart OR Babs Tarr but rarely to the both of them. The design process was in fact a collaboration with both artists contributing to the final design.

Cameron: When DC first approached me about taking over Batgirl as…

Carlos Pacheco’s official Sam Wilson Captain America designs.