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COMICS FROM THE EDGE #137

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Here is another great comic strip by Bob Toben. Car humor is always appreciated at Champion City Comics.

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #136

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After a long absence, Bob Toben has returned with another delightful addition to Comics From The Edge.

BLACK CANARY PIN UP BY A. KAVIRAJ

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Our resident artist and comic book guru, A. Kaviraj, has delivered yet another great piece of artwork. This pin-up of Black Canary is fun and all I can say is, "Baby got back".

SWITCHBLADE GUNSMITH AT KICKSTARTER

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Johnny Jaye is a friend at Champion City Comics and his Switchblade Gunsmith is currently looking for backers at Kickstarter. Click here to view their page. For those of you not familiar with Kickstarter, it is a site where comic book creators pitch their stories to the public and earn donations for their projects.


THE ABSURDITY OF SUPERHERO COSTUMES

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Ok let's talk about some absurd superhero costumes. We are supposed to believe that Superman is unidentifiable because he wears glasses, and Green Lantern as well because he has on an eye mask. Supergirl wore a wig, so does this mean that if Superman had a band aid on his face he would be unrecognizable?

'Hello Lois.'

'Who are you???'

'I'm sorry-let me take off this band aid'.

'Oh! Superman! I didn't recognize you with that band aid!'

People in the comics world seem to be suffering from some kind of facial recognition brain disorder. The worst is Wonder Woman. She looks the exact same as Diana Prince but no one knows she's Wonder Woman? WTF?

A really absurd costume is Yellow Jacket's:

 Why someone would block his peripheral vision with a getup like that and go fight crime is a mystery.

Another absurdity is why superhero chicks find it necessary to stick out their butt when they fight. The men don't do that.





What if th…

PERSPECTIVE (ADULT LANGUAGE AND VIOLENCE)

Writer: Darrin O'Toole

Pencils and Ink: A. Kaviraj

Lettering: Magnus

Check out the latest noir thriller!

Perspective

COVERS PROJECT: DETECTIVE COMICS #371

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Our resident artist and comics guru, A. Kaviraj, likes to send me comic book covers for posting. Last week he sent me Detective Comics #371 from 1968 which features Batman fighting a group of thugs while Batgirl faces a major problem of her own. I think it is good to post this cover because Gail Simone, the writer of Batgirl, was recently notified via e-mail that she was no longer working on the title. Ouch!

A GREAT REVIEW OF THE AMAZING MISTER X

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The Amazing Mister X is an anthology of stories inspired by the 1940s superhero. Darrin O'Toole and our very own A. Kaviraj and Magnus won second prize for a competition that resulted in this anthology. The Amazing Mister X is getting some good press and Down The Tubes has a great review. 

Here is an excerpt: The book then goes on to publish the strip by the Dundee Comics Prize winner, Steve Marchant, which Chris says "undercuts the tome of the usual superhero story with a playful satire on the mythology of the superhero". Personally I prefer the Darren O'Toole written and A Kaviraj illustrated runner-up strip (above) which sets the scene for a potential ongoing series that the actual winner did not, while the other runner-up, Gavin Boyle, presents an amusing Scottish themed tongue-in-cheek version of the character. A further 11 stories from the competition cover a multitude of styles and ideas, some rather more interesting than others, giving a total of 14 new strip…

JEFFREY BROWN AND TALES FROM THE VOID

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Jeffrey Brown is a comic book artist and writer. His works include The Incredible Change-Bots and Darth Vader & Son. Jeffrey sent A. Kaviraj, the artist for Tales From The Void, a sketch this week that was inspired by Tales From The Void. This is fantastic!


ORDER YOUR COPY OF THE AMAZING MISTER X

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The Amazing Mister X has been printed and you need to pick up a copy of this fantastic comic book. Back in October we posted a story about how Kav, Darrin O'Toole, and Magnus won second place with this comic, we'd love for you to grab a copy, so click this link to order The Amazing Mister X .

A COMICBOOK MESSAGE FROM STAN LEE

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COMICS FROM THE EDGE #135

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COMIC BY BOB TOBEN


Here is a little Christmas humor from our very own Bob Toben.

COVERS PROJECT: JIMMY OLSEN #79

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Our resident artist and comic book guru, A. 'Kav' Kaviraj, sends me images of comic book covers for posting, and his most recent selection is the 1964 release Jimmy Olsen #79. Titled 'The Red-Headed Beatle of 1000 BC', we see Jimmy playing some sort of horn to a crowd of Dorthy Hamill clones. Awesome.


MEGAMAN BY JOE HAEMMERLE

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I'm showcasing the work of Champion City Comics artists, and today we have Megaman by Joe Hammerle.


A URITORCO PREVIEW BY VICTOR POZZI

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Champion City Comics artist and writer, Victor Pozzi, has submitted another preview of his upcoming webcomic titled Uritorco. If you missed the first pages he submitted then click here to view. Enjoy.


WHY WE CREATE

I met a girl recently who saw one of my drawings and said, “Wow, you must have a lot of free time.” I took offense to this, not because it implies I’m just sitting around with nothing to do and think to myself "Maybe I’ll draw a picture". I took offense to the logic of it. All time is free time. This is your life, you only get one, and you decide what you do with it. After you’ve satisfied the human needs for food and shelter, and companionship and belonging and blah blah blah, the rest of your day is up to you. You can choose to follow national sports, be a bird watcher, have a huge family, or watch television. Some people choose art and, specifically, to create comic books. Why is that?

“One night I lay in bed, and I hear Momma and Papa talking. I hear Papa tell Mama, ‘Let that boy boogie woogie. Because it’s in him, and it’s got to come out.” – John Lee Hooker 
Artists draw because they can’t not draw. They draw on napkins, grocery lists, homework sheets, steamy …

BATMAN BY JOSEPH HAEMMERLE

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Joseph Haemmerle is the artist for The Champion City Fire and he also provided artwork for The Red Devil. He has submitted for our faithful followers a drawing of Batman from The New 52. I like this drawing of The Dark Knight because it appears that he has just landed somewhere and he's about to do battle with some bad guys in Gotham. Fantastic.



YOU DON'T TUG ON SUPERMAN'S CAPE

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These are the many costumes of Superman. Let's take a look at the boy in blue during good times and bad.

I have been a Superman fan for as long as I can remember, and if there’s one thing I know in the comic world, it’s Superman. Through the years people have tried to change Superman's appearance. There’s the first incarnation of Superman, shown holding a car in the incredibly valued, (This comic sold for 2.16 Million) Issue #1 of Action Comics.



 The costumes have ranged from the red and blue electrical version, to the black and silver version, to the Multiverse version, etc. Slight tweaks have happened here and there, but the most notable was the shift from the shield design to the new diamond design. Also, the location of the cape has changed as it has gone from the neck, to the shoulders and dipping down his back. Superman has had multiple variations of colors and designs from a multitude of amazing artists, and multiple interpretations in an attempt to remake a simpl…

SWITCHBLADE (ADULT LANGUAGE AND VIOLENCE)

Writer: Johnny Jaye

Illustrator: Michael Kennedy

Letters: John Burton

Drake Cutter is the Switchblade Gunsmith, he is a vigilante of the wild west, a superhero before a time when people knew what it was like to witness a man defy the laws of modern fitness, acrobatics, the handling of advanced weaponry and technology and the laws of justice. He creates his own law and order. Drake lives in the small town of Switchblade.

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KAV'S RULES FOR MOVIES

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A. 'Kav' Kaviraj is our local artist, comic book guru, and movie script expert. If you have plans to write a movie script, then follow Kav's rules for movies below!

1. It's easy to start a car by just pulling apart some wires with your bare hands and rubbing them together.



2. In a shoot out in a hotel or neighborhood, no one ever calls the cops. These things can go on for like 10 minutes without any police response.

3. A grenade will only kill someone when the plot requires it-otherwise it just knocks them back.

4. Whenever someone is stalked by killers and comes home to see the door jimmied open, they will enter and shout 'Is anybody there?'

5. Whenever a cop finds a suspect, instead of walking up to him and sticking a gun in his ribs, he will stand 30 feet away and shout 'Halt! Police!' giving the guy the ability to simply run away.

6. A bad guy in a hotel room will always be with a hooker.

7. Vegas is still controlled by the mob in movies - in real…

WONDER WOMAN BY RYAN CAIRNS

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Ryan Cairns has submitted another original piece of artwork to Champion City Comics and it is Wonder Woman. Ryan has submitted a really cool original piece and a great Swamp Thing piece. He's available for commissions and can be contacted here.


COMICS FROM THE EDGE #134

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Comic by Bob Toben

CHAMPION CITY COMICS PIN UP BY JOSEPH HAEMMERLE

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Check out this pin-up by Joseph Haemmerle. This is a cool black and white piece featuring a pistol-packin' lady.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Champion City Comics returns on Friday, November 23, 2012.


GARGOYLE

Story Idea: German Rojas

 Artist: Victor Pozzi

 Translation From Spanish: Christopher Smith

Overview: Thousands of years ago, demons and angels engaged in an epic battle. Fast forward one thousand years and a crime-fighting gargoyle encounters an angel.


CLICK ON FULLSCREEN BELOW FOR OPTIMAL VIEWING Gargoyle by Tony Wright

COVERS PROJECT: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #88

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A. 'Kav' Kaviraj likes to send me silly or cool comic book covers for me to post at Champion City Comics. Kav emailed me the cover of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #88 where we see Jimmy playing an oddly shaped guitar or bass while Superman dances like a twit. What's up with the guy on drums? Is that a drum set? Where did he get such a god awful percussion set? I have too many questions with this cover, but I am slightly interested to read this issue to see the infamous Krypton Crawl.


COMICS FROM THE EDGE #133

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COMIC BY BOB TOBEN

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #132

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EVIL DEAD BY JOE HAEMMERLE

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I'm always interested in showcasing the works of our artists. Joe Haemmerle completed a great work featuring Bruce Campbell's Evil Dead character, 'Ash' Williams.


COMICS FROM THE EDGE #131

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THE BLACK COBRA

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Erik Roman, the artist for The Red Devil, is working on a pulp inspired comic with Steve Bryant, the artist for Athena Voltaire. They will be posting some completed pages at Champion City Comics, and we are very excited to see what they have in store for our fans. Check out the comic book cover below that was designed by Steve.


COMICS FROM THE EDGE #130

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URITORCO BY VICTOR POZZI

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Victor Pozzi, the artist and co-creator of projects such as Westwood, Naira, Naira 2, and The Captive, is currently working on a project titled Uritorco with writer Christopher Smith. This is the Spanish edition of the comic, but it serves as a sneak peek to what we can expect at Champion City Comics.


IRON MAN BY JOE HAEMMERLE

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Joe Haemmerle developed a very cool color painting of Iron Man and I decided to share it with the Champion City Comics community.



Did I mention that the painting also glows in the dark? 

A RYAN CAIRNS ORIGINAL

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Ryan Cairns has submitted a work in progress to Champion City Comics. Last week, he submitted a very cool original piece of artwork featuring Swamp Thing. Check out the very cool piece of black and white artwork below.


COMICS FROM THE EDGE #129

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This is a special 'collector's edition' by Bob Toben.


A KAV CRIME NOIR SNEAK PEAK

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Resident artist and comic book guru, A. 'Kav' Kaviraj recently sent me an image from an upcoming collaboration with writer Darrin O'Toole. Remember, it was Kaviraj and O'Toole that were awarded the runner-up prize at the Dundee College sequential art contest. Judging from this image, it appears we can expect a really cool noir project from these two.




COMICS FROM THE EDGE #128

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COMICS FROM THE EDGE #127

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SWAMP THING BY RYAN CAIRNS

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Artist Ryan Cairns has submitted another great black and white original to Champion City Comics. This week, he has submitted Swamp Thing. Ryan is available for commissions and if you are interested in purchasing his artwork then click here to contact him.

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #126

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MISTER X STORY WINS RUNNER-UP AWARD AT DUNDEE COLLEGE

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Artist A. Kaviraj and writer Darrin O'Tolole have won runner up in the Dundee College sequential art contest with their Mister X story, judged by Frank Quitely.


What is the contest? In 1944 The Dandy introduced the first home-grown British superhero – The Amazing Mr X, who appeared in 14 installments between 1944 and 1945. These stories were drawn by DC Thomson staff artist Jack Glass. When The Amazing Mr X made a brief reappearance in The Dandy annual in 1962 he was drawn by Dudley D. Watkins. Since then he has been all but forgotten... but now you have the opportunity to bring the character back to life, re-interpreting the character for the 21st century!

The University of Dundee, in partnership with DC Thomson, is pleased to announce the Second Annual Dundee Comics Prize - a competition to re-create The Amazing Mr X. Entries should consist of a two - three page origin story and a cover image featuring your interpretation of this classic British superhero.

The first prize is £50…