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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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The Champion City Comics staff will be taking the rest of the week off to celebrate Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful and safe holiday. We'll see you on Monday, December 2, 2013.



EBAY COMIC IDIOTS BY ANAND 'KAV' KAVIRAJ

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Being a frequent buyer and seller of comics on eBay, I have run across some amazing people, made connections which led to drawing projects, articles, and friendships. I even met a guy who owns a copy of Action Comics #1! He had to pay $80,000 plus trade 80 other very valuable comics for it! And, of course, I have also come across the inevitable IDIOTS.

One dude had a coverless copy of a comic titled Captain Future and he listed it as 'MINT' condition with a buy it now price of $200. WTF?? I thought-I just had to inquire about this, so I messaged the dufus, and he responded huffily that, 'The part that was there was in mint condition'. WTF?? I rebutted him with, 'Well if I have a single page of Action Comics #1 then can I list it as 'Action Comics #1-MINT condition' since the part I had was mint? He got angry. Dufuses usually get angry when you point out their dufusness, I have found. According to his logic, if you have a comic with a cover a bit w…

GREETINGS FROM WEBCOMICS LAND: DETECTIVE PEREZ WELCOME TO RUST CITY BY PAUL PATE

Today, we would like to share a webcomic from Paul Pate titled Welcome to Rust City.

Synopsis: Consider yourself lucky. You're lucky you don't live in my city. I've lived in Rust City my whole life, and for all thirty some of those years, this city has been in decline. At this point, it is almost unbearable. But, this is MY city! I am detective Lorenzo Perez. If there is a crime in this city and I catch the case, you can best believe I'm gonna find those responsible and bring them to justice!

Take this case. Someone kills Christina Stephans. They don't just kill her. They open her neck up and drain her blood all over my apartment floor! They're not gonna get away with it. Not if I have anything to say about it. Not if I have to take on gangsters, corrupt police officers, rogue FBI agents, and vampires! I will do what I have to do to track them down. I will enlist the help of some unruly characters along the way. And believe me, there are plenty in this town!

THE ARTWORK OF FLORIN GRADINARU

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Florin Gradinaru is an artist from Romania and I am showcasing his work at Champion City Comics.

Florin's bio:

I have been drawing since childhood and I specialize in characters, portraits, and scenery illustration for comics, children books, games and cartoons. I enjoy creating dynamic compositions inspired by nature or fantasy.

When I was ten years old, I started studying arts with a great teacher, Gheorghe Ciuchete, at Childrens Palace in Craiova, Romania where I studied drawing the human body, portraits, compositions, still life and colouring. I attended the Art High School "Marin Sorescu" in Craiova where I studied painting and other disciplines with another great teacher Mihail Trifan and others for History of Arts, Sculpture, Perspective, etc. After that I studied Geography and English at the University of Craiova where I continued my love of drawing and painting. 

Personal blog: http://floringradinaru.blogspot.ro


THE WYTHEVILLE PEDIGREE COLLECTION

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Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj, our resident artist and comic book guru has written a great article about the  Whytheville Pedigree comic book collection.

What is a pedigree and how did they come to be a part of comic collecting?. In the 1970's a comic book store chain in Denver, known as Mile High Comics bought a stunning one-owner Golden-Age collection which was then sent to CGC for grading. The collector was Edgar Church, an illustrator who bought every issue that came out to be used as reference. Here is one of Church's illustrations, used for the cover of the Mile-High catalog:



These books came to be known as, you guessed it, The Mile-High Collection or the Edgar Church collection. Since these books where in a cool dry climate, they where wonderfully preserved and in stunning condition for their age. Amazingly, the older books were in the best condition, as they were at the bottom of the 8 foot high stacks and thus virtually untouched by air. These books you could actua…

URITORCO

Story Concept, Artist, and Letterer: Victor Pozzi

Story: Christopher Smith

The Uritorco is a mountain that is 1,949 meters high, located in the center of Argentina, in the province of Córdoba. This area was inhabited in ancient times by the Comechingones that revered as a sacred mountain. Uritorco is known for frequent esoteric practices and, in past decades, there have been UFO sightings by locals and tourists. Since the 1950's, there is the myth that an underground city (Erks) lies beneath the region.

This story follows a group of superheroes who are trying to stop a group of supervillians from stealing the mystical powers of Uritorco.

Uritorco by Tony Wright

THOR BY VICTOR POZZI

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Victor Pozzi, the artist for Uritorco, Westwood,Naira, and The Captive, has submitted this cool original piece of Thor artwork that he completed for commission at a comic con in Argentina. Enjoy!



KAV'S COMIC DISCOVERIES: JACK KIRBY

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Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj is our comic book guru and comic book artist. He has made a discovery regarding Jack Kirby's improper use of quotation marks. 

I've been reading Jack Kirby's bronze age DC titles where they let him write, draw, AND edit the books. That was a big mistake because Kirby's use of quotation marks was deplorable. He scattered them everywhere, in a nonsensical manner. I ignored it until now but he went to far in an issue of Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth! Kamandi is fighting some robot cops and Kirby has him thinking, "First, I'll borrow this "pseudo-cop's" pistol...". Because he put "pseudo-cops" in quotes, that means they're NOT pseudo-cops, but REAL cops which they're NOT. DC: KIRBY NEEDED AN EDITOR!!!! Yeesh.


BATMAN BY VICTOR POZZI

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Victor Pozzi, the artist for Uritorco, Westwood,Naira, and The Captive, has submitted this cool original piece of Batman artwork that he completed for commission at a comic con in Argentina. Enjoy!


GREETINGS FROM WEBCOMICS LAND: CAN AN AIR BUBBLE IN THE VEIN KILL YOU?

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Comic book guru and artist, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj shares some important information regarding the deadly air bubbles that kill people in movies, television, and comics. 



A few weeks ago I offered a tip for comic artists about drawing bullets. Today I offer one for writers-do not script the old 'air bubble in vein' as a clever means of killing. An air bubble in the vein is 100% harmless. This urban myth is so persistent even if you Google 'can an air bubble in vein kill you?' most websites stupidly claim they can, and blather on about 'air embolism'. An air embolism is a condition that arises from improper scuba diving technique, not a syringe. Ask any nurse that gives IV's or any doctor-ask a CARDIOLOGIST for god's sake if an 'air bubble' can 'explode the heart'. I myself have calmly watched a two foot long air bubble enter my vein through an IV and I was just peachy. Still don't believe me? OK Google and try to find a SING…

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: THE RED DEVIL HAS BEEN UPDATED!

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Champion City Comics is pleased to announce that we have started Chapter 2 for The Red Devil at Tapastic. Our international crime fighter has returned and this time Red Devil and Kid Diablo are tracking down an old friend named Nick Logan who is in possession of an artifact once owned by the Inca ruler Manco Capa. This artifact is believed to be the key to an underground city where a rumored ancient staff is housed. The Red Devil and Kid Diablo must get to Nick Logan first before he is captured by The Order of Methalius.

Click here to read The Red Devil at Tapastic!




KAV'S WTF?! COMIC BOOK COVER: OMAC #1 BY DC COMICS

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Champion City Comics artist and comic book guru, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj shared with me a photo of the cover of 1974's OMAC #1 from DC Comics. After looking at this cover all I could think was, "WTF is that?!"

OMAC stands for One-Man Army Corps and this series was developed by Jack Kirby following the cancellation of New Gods. OMAC was apparently Kirby's version of a futuristic Captain America. This #1 cover by Jack Kirby is truly bizarre because we see OMAC throwing a woman in a box who appears to be in pieces or bent in an odd way while partially submerged in water. I know the purpose of covers is to sell the comic book, but this is not one of Kirby's best in my opinion.


ORIGINAL ARTWORK: BATMAN BY JOSEPH HAEMMERLE

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Joseph Haemmerle is the artist for The Champion City Fire and The Red Devil. He recently finished this incredible Batman drawing, which he wanted to share with the faithful followers at Champion City Comics. I'm a huge Batman fan and this is a great view of Batman descending from Wayne Tower into Gotham. Enjoy.

If you are interested in owning any of Joe's art then contact him at joemhaemmerle@yahoo.com.




DID YOU KNOW? THE INCREDIBLE HULK

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Comic Book guru and comic book artist, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj has another juicy bit of information for all you comic book fans out there in Champion City Comics Land. Yesterday, he caught Doctor Strange giving the bird to some dude in an old Marvel comic book. Today, he has a cool "Did you know?" regarding The Incredible Hulk. Enjoy!

Did you know the Hulk originally talked like a normal dude, and was actually smarter than most people? In The Incredible Hulk #6 he outwitted the Metal Master, and he used to be able to change back and forth at will, using his Gamma Machine. Boy, things sure changed for old Hulky, and not for the better! Now he's a roid-rage special ed superhero.

Check out the images below by clicking on them to see the old school Hulk in action.