Still staying in the 80s, this week I’m featuring Aircel’s martial arts/occult/action/adventure genre-mashing series, Drangonring:
Published in 1987, cover by Guang Yap.
This week, i’m going back to the well for more covers from one of my favorite black-and-white fantasy comic book series from the 80s, Adventurers:
This is the cover to issue #7 of the first series, published in 1987 by Adventure Publications (there were 3 series published, before the publisher went out of business…well, technically they were bought by Malibu, which in turn was bought by Marvel Comics, but the end result was the same). Pencilled by interior artist Kent Burles, and colored (airbrushed, I think) by Peter Hsu.
here’s the official solicitation for the issue, featuring a ton of great talent (and the return of one of my favorite DHP characters from way back in the early 80s, Trekker):
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #26
Ron Randall (W/A/Cover), Steve Niles (W), Andrew Vachss (W), Mike Richardson (W), David Lapham (W/A), Mike Baron (W), Patrick Alexander (W/A), Phil Stanford (W), Jane Espenson (W), Caitlín R. Kiernan (W), Frank Barbiere (W), Dan Jolley (W), Dara Naraghi (W), menton3 (A), Steve Rude (A), Patric Reynolds (A), Karl Moline (A), Steve Lieber (A), Micah Kaneshiro (A), Leonard Kirk (A), Dom Reardon (A), and Tom Williams (A)
On sale July 24
FC, 80 pages
Meet the Juice Squeezers: a group of elementary-school kids tasked with secretly keeping their small town safe from a horrible, underground epidemic—written and drawn by David Lapham! Learn about a vampire couple during the time of the Black Plague in Steve Niles and menton3’s The Nosferatu Wars! Join bounty hunter Mercy St. Clair on a vacation gone horribly wrong in Ron Randall’s Trekker!
• Plus, new installments of Buffy, Blackout, Nexus, Crime Does Not Pay, Underground, Alabaster: Boxcar Tales, and Bloodhound!
• David Lapham srites and draws a gory all-ages story.
Make sure to ask your local comic shop to save you a copy.
…and printed up a bunch of these “special preview” copies of Persia Blues, containing the first 26 pages of the book, to hand out to the attendees:
They were kind enough to send me a box of them to do the same at this weekend’s S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo), so if you’re attending the show, be sure to drop by my table and ask for a copy.
I have to say, it’s such a thrill to see the story in print form, even if it’s only a portion of it. I can’t wait to see the final book, which should be out in about a month or so.
Once again, writer/creator Jim Zub lays down some cold, hard facts about making money off indie comics. The short version? Don’t give up your day job.
Lots of great graphs and charts and good info, so definitely check it out.
No theme this week, just random indie comics from my collection, starting with this series from Caliber Press back in 1990:
The cover painting is by Wayne Reid, and the book featured the earliest work of Jim Calafiore, who went on to do a lot of work at DC Comics.
There’s an interview over at Comic Book Resources with Marc Guggenheim, comic book writer and executive producer of the “Arrow” TV series, and in this bit he talks about the factors that contribute to a character becoming “relatable” for the audience:
“The advantage we have as a television show over the comic book version is that we created a whole cast of characters around Oliver to help him be more relatable. Truth be told, in the comics Green Arrow’s basically had Black Canary, and that’s been the extent of his supporting cast — he’s had Roy, but we went to great lengths to give him a sister, a best friend, a mother, [and bodyguard] Diggle. He doesn’t have any of those things in the comics and when you talk about what makes a character relatable, I’d say it’s the people around him,” Guggenheim said. “If I were to tackle the comic book as a writer the first thing I would try to do is give him a supporting cast. That would help elaborate on his character.”
Here, he’s referring to the latest Green Arrow series (the “New 52”), which has already gone through 3 creative team changes in less than 20 issues. And I think he’s absolutely right. Whether you like the TV show or not, there’s no denying that they have built up a very strong set of supporting characters, through whose eyes we see Oliver in different lights. This allows them a greater opportunity to explore his different sides, and show his changing attitudes and motivations.
Comic Book Resources has an interview with Celina Jade, the actress portraying Shado on the CW’s Arrow series. I found this bit where she compares the US film industry to China’s action film industry interesting:
It’s been an incredible learning experience because there’s huge differences between working here and there. We joke in Asia that if you’ve done Asian films in China, coming to America is a walk in the park. We don’t have unions, and the safety stuff is very much, “Take the risk and hope for the best!” But here, you have an incredible team around you to protect you and make sure you get the best out of you. It’s different, but I’m enjoying it a lot.
Those pesky unions, trying to protect actors!