Smell Like Mark Waid

I love the nonsensical approach of this. It reminds me of the Star Trek fragrances I saw at Comic Con last year. Well, BOOM! Studios (of which Mark Waid is the EIC) is celebrating the 1 year anniversary of their hit title (written by Waid) of hero turned villain, Irredeemable. If you’re near Challenger’s Comics, drop by, drink, sniff and converse with the BOOM! crew and your fellow fans. Details below, and here’s an awesome summary of Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs and the good work they do for nerd nostrils:

About Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab ( is a cult perfume house that crafts hand-blended body and household scents. They have over two decades of experience in the field, and specialize in eliciting emotional responses through perfume while creating unique scent environments that capture legends and folklore, poetry, and the stuff of dreams and nightmares Black Phoenix has several literature-based fragrance lines, including Alice in Wonderland, and the works of Neil Gaiman, and H.P. Lovecraft. With the success of scent lines created to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Hero Initiative, they have found themselves in demand as a creator of fragrances based on comic properties.

@ C2E2 FRIDAY APRIL 16TH, 2010

BOOM! Studios, Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs and Challenger Comics + Conversation bring you the IRREDEEMABLE 1st Birthday Party happening Friday, April 16th during C2E2.

The IRREDEEMABLE 1ST Birthday party will also see the launch of the IRREDEEMABLE Fragrance line from Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs.

The IRREDEEMABLE Fragrance line features 5ml perfume oil blends based on the people and places of IRREDEEMABLE, including the Plutonian, Bette Noir and Mr. Qubit.

Why: IRREDEEMABLE’s record first year and the launch of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s IRREDEEMABLE Fragrance line
Where: Challengers Comics + Conversation located at 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R Chicago, IL 60647 (PH: 773.278.0155 /
When: April 16th, 2010 8pm

Iron Man By Design Variant Covers

I was going to put these pics in the last This Week In Pictures post, but they really do deserve their own focus. Basically, Iron Man 2 is landing on cinema screens on May 7 and Marvel have given free rein to some very talented folks to create unique covers over a variety of Marvel titles for the month of April. They had a similar approach with their Wolverine Art Appreciation covers from last year, and these samples below look to do even more for Ol’ Shellhead. Mmmm…luscious. Just a reminder that these are variant covers, so you’ll have to ask your friendly neighbourhood comic shop specifically for them, or get there early on new comics day and grab them yourself. Oh, and don’t expect Iron Man to actually be in the comic – he’s just used to the Hollywood treatment now. Below the pics you’ll find more info including release dates on these specific issues.

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Happy Birthday Mark Waid!

The legendary writer is now 48. Waid is one of the few writers who cemented my love for comics almost 2 decades ago. His run on Flash and the excellent Kingdom Come  mini with artist Alex Ross made me want to follow him anywhere and I pretty much have since discovering him. He’s doing great work as the Editor In Chief of BOOM! Studios, and as the writer behind their flagship series, Irredeemable. Here’s a list I totally agree with of Waid’s Top 10 books for those unfamiliar with the legendary world creator.

Here’s to 48 more Mr. Waid!