Wednesday, May 6

Wolverine, Arnim Zola, Captain Marvel, and The Invisible Man by Drew Weing, Eleanor Davis, Michele Chidester, and Joey Weiser

I said in my previous post that I would post Robert's sketches from Free Comic Book Day last Saturday by Joey Weiser, Michele Chidester, Drew Weing, and Eleanor Davis. These feature Wolverine, The Invisible Man, Arnim Zola, and Captain Marvel, and they're pretty badass. Look at that Wolverine!

Many thanks to Robert B. for sharing these and allowing me to scan them.

Wolverine by Michele Chidester (watercolors)

The Invisible Man by Eleanor Davis (pen and ink)

Arnim Zola by Drew Weing (pen and ink)

Arnim Zola by Joey Weiser (colored pens)

Captain Marvel by Joey Weiser (colored pens)

See my sketches by these artists in my previous post.

Captain America and MODOK by Drew Weing, Eleanor Davis, Michele Chidester, and Joey Weiser

I follow many of my favorite comics creators' blogs via RSS feeds, and was amused this week to see an entry by Joey Weiser (The Ride Home, Tales of Unusual Circumstance) about Free Comic Book Day last Saturday. Joey was at Bizarro Wuxtry in Athens along with wife Michele Chidester and fellow comics power couple Eleanor Davis (Stinky) and Drew Weing, and noted that "[n]one of us really draw superheroes much, but we had a great time taking a crack at folks like Captain America, MODOK, and Arnim Zola. He went on to say that "Michele did a freakin' great painting of Wolverine too" and "... Maybe some scans will surface, and I'll let you know."

Conveniently, several of the sketches mentioned above were done for me or my buddy Robert, so I can share them here. Up first are my Captain America and MODOK sketches, to be followed by Robert's Wolverine, Arnim Zola, and others. Take a look:

Captain America by Drew Weing (pen and ink)

MODOK by Eleanor Davis (pen and ink)

MODOK by Michele Chidester (watercolors)

Captain America and MODOK by Joey Weiser (colored pens)

Thanks to Joey, Michele, Drew, and Eleanor!

Monday, May 4

Happy 80th birthday, Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn, perhaps my favorite actress, was born on this date in 1929. Here she is performing "Moon River" in Breakfast at Tiffany's:

mp3: Audrey Hepburn - Moon River

If you're new to Audrey, the Audrey Hepburn Collection is a great place to start.

She passed away from cancer in 1993.

Friday, May 1

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday; events at Bizarro Wuxtry in Athens, Criminal Records in Atlanta, Dr. No's in Marietta

Word in from C&T's friends at Bizarro Wuxtry (Athens) and Criminal Records (Atlanta) that they're having guests in for Saturday's big Free Comic Book Day. Stop in either store for free comics released for the day, many of which preview upcoming events in the year to come.

From Bizarro Wuxtry:
BIZARRO WUXTRY LAST MINUTE SURPRISE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2009! Come Help Us Celebrate FREE COMIC BOOK DAY upstairs at Bizarro Wuxtry, 225 College Avenue, in the heart of downtown Athens, GA.

This year, in addition to a wide selection of free comic books, Bizarro Wuxtry is proud to host local comic bookers Michele Chidester, Eleanor Davis, Drew Weing & Joey Weiser, who will be doing free sketches and signing their work throughout the day.They're really friendly, creative people and I'm thrilled that they agreed to do this at the very last minute.

We'd love to see lots of people, old customers and new friends, come up and walk away with several, new, fun things to read, for free!
If you have never been to your local comic shop located on top of a record store before or just haven't been lately, come visit this Saturday, May 2.

From Criminal Records (yanked from here):
All of you, please read to the end this week, though it is a long one. Trust me.

First off, Free Comic Book Day is tomorrow! And, as a reminder, here is our schedule of events:

1 pm Nathan Edmondson - Writer for the upcoming comic Olympus will be discussing mythology in comic books.

2 pm Jason Flowers - Featured artist in Arcana's Velvet Rope and artist of the upcoming comic Ripped will be speaking about his first experience getting published and about his upcoming comic.

2:30 pm Angela Pratt - Will be talking about and signing people up for a new comic creator's network, the Atlanta Cartoonists Group.

3 pm Nathan Edmondson - Writer of the upcoming comic Olympus will be discussing how to get into comics.
6 pm Sass Parilla the Singing Gorilla - Do you really need a description? I think the name says it all. A singing gorilla, what more do you need? Yes, he has his own comic.

Also, Jennie Law will be passing out flyers for, answering questions about, and signing people up for the Criminal Comics Club.

Also, on May 20th, Nathan Edmondson will return to sign and discuss the first issue of his comic, Olympus, from 4-7pm. He is also having a release party that Friday, the 23rd, at 6:30pm at Avalon Comics in Macon, GA, (3317 Northside Dr., Macon, GA 31210 (478) 254-2749), where he lives. So, he is coming all this way just to invite you. Yes, you. He wants you there. He really does. He misses you. He left you a ton of messages, but maybe your roommate accidentally erased them all. Why don't you return his calls? The two of you never go out anymore and you seem so distant. What does he have to do to win your love?

For comics club this month, we are reading one of my favorite authors, Gail Simone. We will be meeting Monday, May 25th, at 7:30 at Thinking Man Tavern to discuss Welcome to Tranquility Vol 1. If you haven't read this book, you really need to. It's original, funny, creative, and downright entertaining. If you miss the more fun comics of yore, this book does a great job of bringing those feelings back while balancing them with the modern comics aesthetic. Wow. I sounded smart for second. Weird.

Lastly, and here is the really important part, next Friday is my last day at Criminal. I got a new job that I can't pass up. Everyone at Criminal has been really good to me, and I am going to miss this place. Most of all, I am going to miss all of you. No. Really. I really am. So, just so I don't go away too broken hearted, here is my personal e-mail address. Please do keep in touch.
It looks like I'll be hitting up Dr. No's in Marietta for my Free Comic Book Day festivities. They'll have Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man, Trinity, etc.) and Brian Reed (Ms. Marvel, various Marvel titles) in the house, which is a pretty big deal. Go out Saturday and get some free books!