Friday, November 30, 2012

BATMAN BY JOSEPH HAEMMERLE

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.



Thursday, November 29, 2012

YOU DON'T TUG ON SUPERMAN'S CAPE

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 simple design that has endeared because of the “Less is more” principle. In this first review of a series, I’d like to take the time to go through some of my favorite incarnations, as well as some of the most ridiculous.




The Boy Scout.

This is the costume that everyone knows and recognizes. This suit has been around for as long as I can remember. In my opinion the best reason this suit has endured for so long is because it is simple. For years people have associated capes with superheros, and it is unlikely you will find a kid who has not slapped on a bath towel around his neck and lept off the back of couches emulating the man of steel. I still do it and I regret nothing.

There will always be downsides regardless of how successful a concept is, and this suit has it’s share, of course the biggest fault, though minor in my humble opinion has been the underwear over the leotards. I can't fault people for this annoyance, but I understand it.

It only makes sense to have his underwear over his leotards because of my theory on childhood innocence. They couldn’t just draw a naked superman with underwear and a cape, it just wouldn’t work, but that’s not to say that kids don’t remember doing it in their youth. I’m not sure Freud could properly explain the need for having underwear on over your pants.

Nothing says awesome like a person who wears a cape. Superman has had a cape for almost as long as he’s had a cowlick on his head, and while the cape has never been as obnoxious as Spawns cape, it has been a cornerstone in the entire outfit. The costume just cannot work without the cape. In the New 52, Superman's cape has become something much more than a mere blanket that kept baby Kal comfy on his long ride to Earth. It’s also been the first thing to get messed up whenever Superman gets in a real fight. This has been explained prior to the New 52, as an thin aura that surrounds Superman, acting like a forcefield. This is why you always see his leotards more intact than his cape. The tattered ends of his cape do no share the same aura.

The one thing I really liked about this Superman was his empathy. This Superman showed the greatest qualities of humanity.. His strong sense of right and wrong, unyielding conviction, and the strength to make a difference. One of the most profound scenarios I saw Superman in was when he was talking to a preacher in the Brian Azzarello, and Jim Lee arc “For Tomorrow.”

The scene is a preacher speaking with Superman, who is noticeably looking down at him from the air, a visual highlighting Superman’s god-like status. The preacher asks Superman why with his powers, and intelligence why he will not cure cancer, a terminal diagnosis which the preacher has been diagnosed. Superman’s answer was melancholic. He wouldn’t do it because then people would think he was God.

To me, this adds a depth that the New 52 Superman is incredibly far from achieving.

In conclusion, this iconic costume has always been the failsafe DC Comics has used everytime their attempts to reincarnate it have failed. If the new 52 costume doesn’t cut it, I won’t be surprised at all to see him back in the 'Old Blue' suit again.



The New 52

With the introduction of the New 52, which for the record is NOT a relaunch, we see an all new, up-to-date version of the iconic costume. The underwear has been removed, the belt has been replaced, and the costume has a more up-to-date feel. As a fan, I can say that I am very pleased with the suit.

It’s got a popped collar, better cuffs, nice boots, and it’s composed of a highly advanced Kryptonian nano armor. This armor can vanish when he needs it too, and appear when he needs it too. It’s pretty cool. The cape has been given a revamp, even though this title is not a relaunch, it’s like it’s a brand new cape. In the relaunch (not a relaunch) of Action Comics, in the New 52, we see that his cape is bulletproof, something he uses to his advantage as he still comes into his powers. I like that they given the same attributes to his costume that they have given to him. His cape would be nothing special under the influence of a red sun. Since he’s here on Earth, the fabric of his cape is somehow transformed under the rays of a yellow sun. This also give credit to his costume rarely seeing damage. So in those issues where we actually see damage done to Superman’s cape, it’s an obvious tell that whoever he’s up against is formidable.

When I read about the cape having similar mutations under the yellow sun, I wondered why they had never done that before. To me, it just made sense. Battle ready, and always scowling, this is a different Superman. His persona is meant to show a more alien aspect of him, something to really separate him from the “human” qualities the Boy Scout Superman showed. This new persona is less rational, he shows a temper. His attitude is more hardened, and black and white, as well a degree of arrogance. I believe this opens him up for multiple stories I hope to see exploited in the future.

When he’s not dressed up as Clark Kent, this Superman is a little more rough around the edges, tends to not take any crap, and I applaud the creative talents behind this revamping of one of my favorite hero’s.

An opportunity to really delve into the depths of this Superman has yet to really be revealed. It will be interesting to see where DC decides to go with Superman now that they have been able to virtually start over with him. I feel that with someone like Geoff Johns at the helm of the entire creative process of DC right now, we will not be disappointed.


Bret Kinsey is a contributing writer at Champion City Comics. 


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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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Switchblade

KAV'S RULES FOR MOVIES

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 reality there has been no mob presence since the 70's.



8. No matter what a bad guy has done, the detective will be told they can't hold the guy and he's turned loose.

9.  In a Western, the first time the good guy enters a bar he will be engaged in a shoot out.



10.  The bad guy leader will shoot his underlings as they disappoint him-no one ever says 'F*** this' and just blasts him.

11. No bank robbery scene ever ends without a bunch of people getting shot.



12. A guy being stalked by a killer will still give his real name at motels.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

WONDER WOMAN BY RYAN CAIRNS

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.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

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.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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

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Wednesday, November 21, 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.


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  Gargoyle

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

COVERS PROJECT: SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #88

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.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

EVIL DEAD BY JOE HAEMMERLE

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.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

THE BLACK COBRA

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.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #130


URITORCO BY VICTOR POZZI

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.


Friday, November 9, 2012

IRON MAN BY JOE HAEMMERLE

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

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

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

A RYAN CAIRNS ORIGINAL

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.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #129

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

COMIC BY BOB TOBEN

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A KAV CRIME NOIR SNEAK PEAK

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.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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.