Sunday, April 13, 2014

Rom, Captain America & Sabra team up fan art

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About a half dozen new pieces of Rom related fan art have appeared in the past couple of weeks or so. But with the exception of the Sal Buscema commission art I posted last week it's all been pretty mediocre. So, I just did something my self. As far as I know Sabra and Captain America never appeared together in any sort of team up situation?
That's a shame seeing that both characters are iconic symbols of patriotism from their respective countries which happen to be closely allied. Now as you can see here they could be springing into action against most any enemy. First thought would be the Dire Wraiths of course but what about HYDRA? I totally dig the idea of Rom teaming up with Captain America and Sabra to fight a bunch of fucken nazis. Speaking of Hydra and Cap. any of you notice how last week's episode of Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D totally corresponded with the events of Winter Soldier with direct references and all?

Chris, good job on your latest spaceknight customs.

Friday, April 4, 2014

HYBRID! plus, new Sal Buscema commission art

Finally I have some good fan art to share but this actually is from way back in 2007 and it's by a fellow by the name Guillaume Prevost. I came across this art work on a while back but I dunno why I didn't pick it up at the time. As you can see this is pretty good Prevost definitely captures the whole "mucusy " menacing creepiness that is Hybrid.
Also, check this out you'll get a kick out of this blog posting from last year it's got something for you to laugh at for Rom fans and fans of Marvel 80s in general  And now here's something much more recent from our pal Sal this is just all sorts of awesome . . .

Sal Buscema 2014 commission (left click to enlarge)
A couple more things before I go. That ebay Rom custom auction will be finished sometime this afternoon so you might want to be sure to check it out and see how it ended. Also, I'll be going to see Captain America (ironic that Sal has Rom and Cap. standing next to each other) tomorrow so I'll probably update this posting with some spoiler free feed back on what I thought.

Winter Soldier: Just got back from seeing this today (Sat.) and I thought it was pretty good. It had a lot going on so I'm still digesting it so to speak my only criticism off hand is that I wish they had given the Maria Hill character more to do. I'm sure I'll have more to say about it in the next few days.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cool custom figure and hot cosplay video

Just wanted to thank the anonymous commentator in the last posting for bringing this to my attention. I'm pretty sure I've seen this custom before but this version has a shinier coat of paint and that cool rocket pod effect. But the real reasons I posted this here, one is that there's only a couple days left on the ebay sale for any one who's interested in it and two the seller really went balls out on the display photos (good marketing!). A couple of the photos feature a Terrax figure along side the Rom custom and I love the font that "spaceknight" is written in. 

Sorry folks no new fan art worth displaying has turned up in recent days but here's another sort of eye candy worth sharing and this video also has some good laughs.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Of Spartans & Spaceknights

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Although it's cropped, I'm still glad I happened to find this larger format version of this illustration from Strange magazine (from France, the last country in Europe I would ever care to visit) which back in the day (the 80s of course) reprinted a number of stories from the Rom series among other Marvel titles. For years now I've only come across this art on the internet as something not much bigger then a thumbnail preview

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If you didn't see this earlier it's cause I'm adding a quick update for this posting with this original cover art from some publisher in Spain that reprinted some Rom issues too.

From something about the last country in Europe I would ever want to visit to something about the one country in Europe I wouldn't mind visiting someday. On it's own merits 300: Rise of An Empire is pretty good but as a sequel to the epic 300 it is quite excellent. That was the most recent nerd genre type movie I saw and now I'm looking forward to Captain America: Winter Soldier this weekend I sure hope it doesn't suck.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fan art, all the different ways to "mix it up"

Sometimes I like to draw or paint something when I'm in the mood to do some fan art  And other times I like to pick up some fan art done by other artists and kinda play around with it in photoshop. But I don't do that because I don't like the art work to begin with I do it because I very much do like the art work but find myself sufficiently intrigued by it so that I want to experiment with variant versions of it.
I do this at least a couple times a week as a hobby but you wouldn't know it most of the time I don't bother posting the stuff I come up with. In this case I am with this one which was originally done by artist Jeff Slemons
Slemons has done at least 3 other Rom pieces that I know of and from it all you can see how he really likes to emphasize the interplay between light and shadow values. He's also excellent in the basic principles of good figure composition like with foreshortening, perspective and anatomical proportions giving his work a very professional look.

Gary Martin Jr. "a Rom curator" has been archiving all (both good and bad) the known Rom fan art out there from over the years. I love nothing more then well done fan art but I'm sorry to say what's turned up in the last couple weeks or so would best be described as abysmal. Unfortunately the latest pages from the Rom Remix project falls into that description for me although pg 4 and 9 are an exception but they're from last year.
As with anything meant to benefit Bill Mantlo I really want to be more enthusiastic about this project but the love for it just isn't there. Obviously a big part of that is all the amateurish looking work in it but after having contacted a hand full of the artists last year working on it I was surprised to find out they weren't even Rom or Bill Mantlo fans per se and in a couple of cases hadn't even heard of Rom or Bill until they got involved in the project. That gives me that feeling you get when you pick up an American flag and find the "Made In China" tag on it.

On a more upbeat note Bill Mantlo recently was given the Bill Finger Award. Never heard of that award but apparently it has to do with comic book writers who never got their due recognition during their careers. There might be something to that the owner of my local comic shop didn't know who Bill Mantlo was when I mentioned Bill to him a couple year back, go figure. For more details on the award go to . . .

Friday, March 21, 2014

The good ol days of comic shops in the 80s

Berkeley 1988 - 1989
Of all the comic shops I've ever been to the one that stands out as my all time favorite hands down was Comics & Comix on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley California. I discovered it by chance in the mid 80s and ever since whenever I was able to get my father to take me there it was always the high light of that weekend. It's the only comic shop I've ever been too that had two floors. The first floor had all the new comics, books, magazines, toys and lot's of anime models. I still have all my Star Blazers (Space Battle ship Yamato) model ship sets that I bought there. The upstairs had all the back issue boxes including a large number of 3 for $1 comics which was how I got introduced to many Marvel characters and titles like Nova and Kobra (DC). I also got a shit load of Shogun Warriors and Godzilla issues on the cheap from those 3 for $1 racks and I know I was able to get many of the Rom tie-in issues from the back issue boxes. I wanna say at that point I already had the entire Rom run leading up to where the series was at that point. Can't remember when was the last time I went to Comics & Comics before it eventually closed but it was probably shortly after that photo of me (on the right) and my buddy was taken.

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I did a Google search for anything about Comics & Comix a couple nights ago and came across this photo. I don't know any of those people but I do know that photo was taken on the first floor because of all the anime models in the back ground like I said they had a ton of those there. Also, I couldn't help but notice that awesome poster on the left hand side. God I love the 80s, Marvel was the shit back then. Now it's just shit.


Back cover stamp for 3 for $1 comics
About a year ago I picked up a copy of Incredible Hulk #256 from a comic shop in Fremont I was checking out. Talk about a blast from the past as I looked it over and discovered these stamp imprints all over the back cover. And they say time travel is just a thing of fiction, I beg to differ.

And now back to the present. This part of the posting is for all you people who think I'm being too mean and too critical of Marvel these days. In the last 13 years marvel can't seem to settle on what spaceknights are supposed to be or look like. We've seen everything from manga styled exo-skeletons to clone trooper look alike type spaceknights and finally the classic style (all too briefly!) just prior to Galador's destruction last year. And with the latest issue of Nova we get these chumps . . .

These are the "Disavowed of Galadoria" (thanks Gary). Or in other words a just a couple of hired goons. Here's a good question, if you were a semi-immortal self sustaining cyborg that can't eat, drink or fuck what the Hell value does money hold for you? Oh how the mighty have fallen both when it comes to the spaceknight order and to Marvel Comics

Monday, March 10, 2014

Rom and Captain Marvel take on the Superskrull

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I remember seeing these comic book bag sets in liquor stores and dime shops back in the early 80s, good memories. Special thanks to Gary Martin Jr. for providing a photo image of the 3 pack bag set with Rom 45 in it.

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Ya know you can never be too sure when you're gonna all of a sudden be able to just sit down and start putting pencil to paper and get something pretty good cranked out which I was able to finally do again yesterday afternoon on my day of. I guess this resulted between all the new fan art that turned up this past weekend and the nice chill day I had Sunday. This took me about 3 hours or so to do I hope you all like it.
Also, see the latest Rom and Micronauts fan art from Dann Phillips