Karl Kerschl (The Flash in Wednesday Comics) has posted the artwork from his upcoming Teen Titans #90 variant cover, focusing on a certain yellow-clad teen speedster. Click through to the artist’s blog for a larger view.
New York Comic Con starts today, and the guests include The Flash‘s writer & artist team of Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul, former Flash writer Mark Waid, and former Flash artists Freddie Williams II (“Wild Wests” and “Fast Money”) and Salvador Larroca (“Terminal Velocity”).
Francis Manapul has posted his signing schedule, and notes that the program lists his Artist’s Alley table as A-8, but he’ll actually be at A-6.
DC booth (#2243).
I’ll be signing at the DC booth throughout the weekend.
FRIDAY, OCT 8
3:30-4:30pm: SIGNING @ DC booth
SATURDAY, OCT 9
4-5pm: SIGNING @ DC booth
SUNDAY, OCT 10
2:30-3:30pm: SIGNING @ DC booth
Hero Initiative booth #333
I’ll be doing sketches at the booth for a donation to this great cause. Hope you guys swing by!
Friday, October 8
Geoff Johns will likely be doing signings at the DC booth, and Mark Waid usually does signings at the BOOM! Studios booth.
Former Flash artists Greg LaRocque and Jose Marzan, Jr. also have tables in Artist’s Alley, as does Flash in Wednesday Comics’ Karl Kerschl.
Panels that will probably be of interest to Flash fans include:
- Friday 2:15pm: Spotlight on Geoff Johns
- Friday 3:15pm: DC 75th Anniversary
- Friday 6pm: DC Nation
- Saturday 12:15pm: DC Universe
- Saturday 3:45pm: Young Justice
(Sorry I haven’t posted much this week. I’ve just been waaay too busy!)
Some art-related linkblogging…
Yildiray Cinar draws an impressive Reverse Flash (via @SpeedsterSite)
There’s a new Rogue in town…a new Rogues blog, that is: The Rogues Kick Ass (via @liabrown1). So far, it’s mostly comedic scans from published comics. (Context? What context?)
This is Knutz presents: The Rogues as kittens. (via @SpeedsterSite) Hilarious!
The Best Comic Covers looks back on the 9 Best Superman vs Flash Covers.
Various people at DC Comics weigh in on their favorite DC covers. Dan Didio’s is Michael Turner’s Flash #207 (via @SpeedsterSite).
Last week, Once Upon a Geek posted a series of poster galleries, including the JSA, Flash, Green Lantern, Sandman, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and more.
Behind the Scenes
Lots of places have been posting about Wednesday Comics with the release of the hardcover this week. The Source has some of the extras, including art from Karl Kerschl’s Flash strip.
OK, none of these strips are Flash-related… but I had to share them anyway.
Comic Critics points out that Gotham City is a bad place to open themed businesses.
Creebobby presents Batman after a bad night on patrol: Bat-Fail.
nedroid has been posting comic strips based on LOST, including Ben and Hurley #2: An Amazing Discovery. (via @TheNerdyBird)
Two weeks’ worth of linkblogging, so you’ll probably have seen a lot of these by now…
Paxton Holley has found a comic in which Superman Becomes the Flash (Action Comics #314, 1964)
Chris Samnee sketches Flash vs. Captain Cold at C2E2.
Mr. Maczaps presents Death in the form of the Black Flash.
Bobby Timony draws Jay Garrick (also at C2E2).
By now you’ve probably all seen this visual pun on Flash and the iPad using Alex Ross’ art.
The Top Cow Panel at C2E2 has some incredible samples of Kenneth Rocafort’s art from the upcoming Velocity miniseries.
The webcomic Comic Critics tackles Greg Rucka leaving DC.
Comic Book Resources has put together a Comics Twitter Directory
Cinema Spy considers how the new status quo seen in Flash #1 might influence the Flash movie.
Some linkblogging for the weekend…
Artists and a Publisher
Karl Kerschl shares a sketch of Iris West he did while in Italy.
Dan Didio talks to CBR about a number of things including Flash. He reiterates some of the reasons they let the book fall behind rather than put a new team on it to bring it out quickly, like they did with Final Crisis:
That ran with some delays, but at the end of the day we looked at the full package of how that will look as a book, and we wanted to maintain consistency all the way through. The events of that book weren’t essential to what happens with the Flash in “Blackest Night.”
Nothing new. In fact he said more or less the same thing a couple of days earlier to Newsarama. Interestingly, he describes the new Flash series book as spinning out of Blackest Night. Whether that’s simply in publishing terms, or in story terms as well, is not clear.
The Flash makes IO9′s 10 Favorite Faux Deaths In Science Fiction. If you want to get technical, it’s really their 12 favorite fake/reversed deaths, because the Flash entry includes Barry Allen (Crisis on Infinite Earths), Wally West (Infinite Crisis) and Bart Allen (Flash: The Fastest Man Alive). Or maybe 13, since it’s got both Phoenix and Jean Grey.
Collected Editions compares the Final Crisis and Blackest Night collections.
Comic Wallet is selling wallets made from pages of Flash: Rebirth.
A bit off-topic, I’ve been running a photo blog, updating three times a week, mostly with shots from around the Orange County, California area. I’ve also reviewed The Gathering Storm, the new Wheel of Time novel that kept me away from the computer for a week.
Some linkblogging for the week…
What Were They Thinking?! approves of Joan Garrick, even in her original Golden Age appearances.
High Five! Comics looks at Flash #206: 24 Hours of Immortality and Nurse Barry.
The Flash-Back podcast reviews “Blitz.”
Wednesday Comics artist and co-writer Karl Kerschl announces a European tour along with Ramón Pérez and Cameron Stewart over the next month.
Artist Evan “Doc” Shaner presents his 5-member Justice League (well, 7). It’s rather unconventional, featuring the Viking Prince, Jonah Hex and Sergeant Rock…but he puts the Flash front and center (via @FrancisManapul).
Screen Rant casts the Flash, both Barry Allen and Wally West, with some…Horribly familiar choices.
I finally updated the profile of Bart Allen on Smallville.
Indy Comic Book Week encourages writers and artists to self-publish books for the week of December 30, when Diamond won’t be shipping any comics, and offer them through their local comic stores.
My Modern Metropolis collects 25 re-imagined movie posters. They’re all great, but Flash fans should pay particular attention to the Incredibles poster.
Speaking of other Flashes, Sociological Images wonders: Can Ming the Merciless be redeemed?
Quick round-up of writer/artist links from the past week or so:
Francis Manapul was inspired to do some Flashy art while reading Flash: Rebirth
Ethan Van Sciver and Karl Kerschl will appear at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto at the end of August.
Mark Waid has been confirmed for Long Beach Comic-Con in October. (I finally bought my ticket a few days ago. Hooray for cons within driving distance!)
Many sites remembered Mike Wieringo this week on the anniversary of his passing. To follow up on the links posted on Wednesday: Panels on Pages lists their top six Mike Wieringo covers. Pop Matters has an artistic critique of his Flash work as perfecting “90s nostalgia comics.” Comics Alliance lists some favorite moments. And it’s worth linking again to Blog@Newsarama’s excellent Dial H for History retrospective.
A whole bunch of linkblogging for the week!
Reviews and Commentary
The Comic Treadmill is doing summer reruns with a look back at Flash v.2 #206-219 from 2005.
Blog@Newsarama looks at a panel from Blackest Night #1 and concludes that Barry died sometime between 1991 and 1996 if “the internet” is new to him today…and then there’s his using the term “geek” to refer to himself and Clark Kent, and Grant Morrison’s comment that “When geeks get power, you get Hitler.” Um…yeah.
Comix 411 reviews Green Lantern #44, guest starring the Flash.
Video Store Blues shows a couple of pages from the 2000 Superman and Bugs Bunny miniseries, featuring the Flash vs. the Road Runner.
The Weekly Crisis wishes DC and Marvel would engage in more world-building dealing with the impact of superheroes on Earth, like the Flash Museum and Superhero Memorial Day.
News and Interviews
CBR interviews Karl Kerschl and editor Marc Chiarello on Wednesday Comics
CBR has their own write-up of the DC Universe panel.
The Source has pictures from Geoff Johns and Dan Didio on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Comics Should Be Good has a John Byrne commission showing Doctor Doom defeating various DC heroes including Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash.
CBR has The Nerdy Bird’s Flight to San Diego, including pictures of her as a Red Lantern with her custom-made plush Dex-Starr, Red Lantern Kitty of Rage!
The webcomic Kidd and Geezer presents Kiddo Cosplays at SDCC with a trio of super-heroes who all have something in common…
At The Source, DC has posted the first page of the Flash strip from Wednesday Comics by Brenden Fletcher and Kerl Kerschl! The story stars Barry Allen, Iris West and Gorilla Grodd.
As you can see by the layout, each page is basically the size of four standard comic book pages.
Wednesday Comics starts tomorrow and will run weekly for the next 12 weeks.
Some linkblogging for a Monday, first with a couple of general links:
Comics in Crisis is running a series on Cartoon Heroes. The first installment includes video clips from the Filmation cartoons from the 1960s (which I reviewed when it came out on DVD) and Super-Friends.
Toys R Us will have (among other items) an exclusive Flash action figure at Comic-Con International.
The Weekly Crisis wants to know: Will you be buying Wednesday Comics?
Karl Kerschl is running a contest: He’s hidden an image of The Abominable Charles Christopher in a panel of the Flash story in Wednesday Comics (he’s not saying which week). When you spot it, email him a photo of yourself pointing to the yeti, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for an original sketch.
When Worlds Collide’s Timothy Callahan is wildly enthusiastic about the series, and compares it to Solo. He also notes that the reasons he liked Solo and is looking forward to Wednesday Comics — get a bunch of top-tier artists and writers and let them loose on DC’s characters — is exactly why Solo sold so poorly.
Speaking of Solo, I didn’t buy every issue, but I did pick up three or four. I bought the ones by artists I wanted to read. Darwyn Cooke, Sergio Aragonés, I forget who else.