Host Derek Coward talks about the movie Snowpiercer, reasons to vote, John Constantine, The Great Darkness Saga, recognizing art styles, and his writing heroes when he was a kid.
Host Derek Coward returns to talk about what he had been reading for the past month.
Host Derek Coward recorded a podcast where half of it was lost due to a power outage. It was recreated as best as it could have been instead of just trashed. If you skip this one, don’t worry about hurting any feelings. If you don’t, that’s cool also. There’s a lot of figuring out what is missing in comic books, why comic books are better than any other media, Batman not being cool anymore, Clark Kent, Superman, Peter Parker, Spider-man, Wonder Woman, Keith Giffen, The Legion of Super-Heroes, and possibly a mention of professional burger flippers.
I have a database for my comic books called Comic Collector. One of my favorite features is called Statistics.
As of 10/5/2010, here is a list of the ten comic book writers who show up the most in my collection.
1. Mark Waid
2. Keith Giffen
3. Chris Claremont
4. Chuck Dixon
5. Geoff Johns
6. Grant Morrison
7. Alan Moore
8. Dan Jurgens
9. Mike Baron
10. J.M. DeMatteis
Anyone who has heard my podcast has heard the phrase “I’m not the biggest Mark Waid fan.” Apparently I like the dude a lot more than I thought I did. I wonder how much this list will change once I populate all of the entries.
Two of the recent comic books that I bought were Mark Hazzard: Merc #1 and PowerLine #7. They both had artwork by Gray Morrow. I always liked his artwork because I tend to gravitate towards more realistic art styles. I am also a big fan of people like Alex Raymond, Alex Toth, Gil Kane, Steve Rude, Adam Hughes, Mike Deodato and Stuart Immonen’s early work. They all have a sense of the fantastic to them, but the basic figures are more realistic than someone like Kelley Jones, Keith Giffen’s later work or Humberto Ramos. (This is not an indictment of their work because I know for a fact that I could NEVER do what they do. I just however happen to prefer a different style.)
After I realized that I knew next to nothing about Gray Morrow, I decided to find out what he had been up to recently. Trying to find out whatever happened to creators who are no longer working on mainstream books on a regular basis is a crapshoot. For every Mindy Newell (who left comics to become a full time nurse) or Steve Bissette (who teaches at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont), there is a sadder story like John Totleben (who is legally blind due to a condition called retinitis pigmentosa) or Gray Morrow.
Gray Morrow was despondent over a long running illness and took his own life on November 6, 2001. According to Wikipedia, the illness was some form of palsy but it is the only place with that detail, so I am taking it with a grain of salt. To make matters worse, his website became defunct and is now one of those link/placeholder sites that scumbags put up when they want to be scumbags.