Camp Pathways 2015

June 28th, 2015

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This past weekend was one of the best weekends I’ve had in decades. I spent it at Camp Joy volunteering as a buddy for grieving teens through Hospice of Dayton’s Camp Pathways program and it couldn’t have been better!

I met so many awesome people this weekend. Even though some had lost someone very close to them as recently as two weeks ago all were eager to make connections and learn to cope with their particular loss.

It rained most of the time we were there but it didn’t put a damper on anyone’s attitude. Fun was had by all!

We also all got the chance to open up about our losses. Some of you may know that it’s coming up on exactly one year since I lost a good friend and it helped me to be with others who can empathize.

Above are some of the sketches I was able to do between our numerous activities (which included swimming, canoeing, fishing, high ropes walking, sketch comedy, various indoor sports, eating, walking, singing, hugging and crying).

If you or anyone you know have a grieving child (from ages 7 through 17) that you think could benefit from some outside support among those who may be able to relate to their situation, I highly recommend this amazing program!

I’m already looking forward to volunteering there next year.

For more information on Camp Joy and Hospice’s Camp Pathways please visit their websites below.

Camp Pathways

Camp Joy

Axel Pressbutton

June 21st, 2015

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Recently picked up some old copies of Laser Eraser and Pressbutton from a dollar box at a sweet new comic shop that opened in West Alexandria (What’s up Jim and Dan’s)!

I’d read a couple of issues when I was a kid but had no recollection of what it was about (other than a strange looking fella named Axel Pressbutton with robot legs and a giant cleaver for a left hand).

After reading them I found out that Axel was a florist attacked by a carnivorous sentient telepathic fungus which ate most of his body (though it apologized and prevented Axel from feeling the pain of being eaten alive).

Axel was rescued and given a robot chest and limbs. In addition to his robotic parts Axel was rebuilt with a button on his chest to induce an orgasm (since he no longer had his genitalia).

This bizarre character was co-created by Pedro Henry (Steve Moore) and Curt Vile (Alan Moore) in the late ’70’s and his comics were drawn by some pretty great artists including Steve Dillion, David Lloyd, Dave Gibbons, Cam Kennedy, Alan Davis, Brian Bolland and more!

Look for some the next time you’re rummaging through dollar boxes at a comics convention. You won’t be disappointed!

Longshot

June 14th, 2015

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When I was a kid Longshot was right up there with Batman and Wolverine as one of my favorite comic book characters (mostly because of the Art Adams artwork in Uncanny X-men Annuals #10 and #12 and his own six issue mini-series written by Ann Nocenti).

Other than the Art Adams artwork I loved the idea of all the female X-men heroes swooning over a guy with a mullet (I too had a mullet and wanted the attention of the likes of Storm and Dazzler).

Cyklowl!

June 7th, 2015

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Say hello to Cyklowl, an awesome supporting character from one of my favorite new Image comics, Kaptara.

It’s a super fun sci-fi romp with adult humor by Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod. As of this post there’s only two issues out so far so you can certainly catch up to speed on what looks to me to be one of the best comics of the year.

Fans of Lost in Space, Thirty Rock and Masters of the Universe take note!

The Black Hood

May 31st, 2015

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Even though the Black Hood is a World War II era character, the first time I became aware of him was when DC’s Impact comics brought the title back in the early ’90’s. Like most hero comics from that era he had a categorical look complete with exaggerated actiony uniform and lots of weapons.

Jump to 2015 and The Black Hood is again being published, this time under the Archie Dark Circle moniker and let me tell you (much to my surprise) I think it’s amazing! I say “much to my surprise” because I typically don’t like dark and gritty hero comics. But this one works. It’s so well written and the art matches the story perfectly.

It’s so good in fact that I was inspired to do the above piece of fan art (although this is clearly based on the ’90’s version of the character).

My good friend Eric Shonborn was also inspired to do some Black Hood art and we actually drew them side by side on my couch last night. Good times! Check out Eric’s version here.

Originally I was going to go into more detail about this top notch character’s creator and publication history but ultimately decided to shorten the post. Feel free to read more about those things here.