I will be a guest this Saturday, September 20 at the Ohio River Festival of Books, at the Big Sandy Convention Center in Huntington, WV .
There are programs throughout the week, though, including the Keynote event on Friday, September 19, at 6:30 p.m. with Marc Brown, author of the bestselling Arthur books, as well as the creator of the six-time Emmy Award–winning (with 17 nominations) PBS animated Arthur series. Featured authors will include Craig Johnson, S.G. Redling, Bethany Griffin, Anna Smucker, and many others.
I will be presenting a panel titled “A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels” on Saturday, from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
The event is free to the public, and also features music and activities for kids. Be sure to check their website for the full schedule of panels, signing authors, and other events.
So my friend Matt Kish has been posting some cool splash pages from older comics on his Facebook page lately. This reminded me of a weekly feature we used to have on my old Ferret Press blog called Splash Wednesday, which was originated by another fellow PANEL Collective member, Craig Bogart. Matt suggested I resurrect that feature on my blog.
So here we are.
Every Wednesday, I’ll feature a new splash page, plus one from the Ferret Press archives (we had 97 posts in that category, so I’ve got plenty of material!) And since this is the inaugural post in the new(ish) feature, I’m going to do you one better and throw in a 3rd page as well. Don’t ever say I did nuthin’ for ya!
Kicking off the new stuff is the breathtaking art of J.H. Williams III, from Batwoman #16:
Next up, a page contributed by the aforementioned Mr. Kish. This is a double-page splash from The Mighty Thor #380, the classic all-splash-page issue by the legendary Walt Simonson:
And finally, here’s a classic Splash Wednesday page from May 5, 2010, with original commentary by Mr. Craig Bogart:
A long while ago I commented on the overuse of splash pages to pad a book that is light on story. Most new comics I’ve seen have half a dozen full page pinup shots whose sole aim is to rob the reader of additional story, and no moment in a story is too mundane to get the full page treatment. While reading an older book the other day I was reminded that splash pages can be kinda cool if they’re used for an actual dramatic moment or to showcase an outstanding piece of artwork. So, I had the notion to start another weekly blog feature: Splash Wednesday.
Our first entry is from the comic that got me started on this line of thinking: Thor # 237 by John Buscema. Behold Hercules averting disaster at Coney Island in the form of a falling ferris wheel.