Udon Sale

Udon, publishers of video game comics such as Street Fighter, have a sale on now for the next 2 days. Check it out right here.

Damian Wayne’s Christmas Wish

Here’s part of an article that didn’t get finished, but I figured was worth sharing.

Damian Wayne (AKA, son of Bruce Wayne, and current Robin)

Gift: Puberty

The newest Robin maintained his crime fighting partner status throughout the DC relaunch, despite the shonky timeline of it all. Initially as annoying as any pre-pubescent teen (especially one who believes he’s the rightful heir to a crimefighting legacy) young Damian Wayne slowly enamoured himself to the hearts of fandom, if not within all quarters of the Batcave. He may have everything a boy could ever want in the form of a cool costume, the ability to kick any adult’s butt, access to hi-tech gear, a butler and an underground lair, but there’s still one thing missing – the makings of a man. Yep, young Master Wayne needs a deeper voice and a hairy chest.

Of course, puberty will also make him taller, faster and stronger too. The downside for his fellow Bat Family members is that he’ll become even more moody and may ditch the whole serving justice thing in favor of constantly texting some damsel in distress he just rescued.

See more great Christmas themed comics art right here.

Merry Christmas

This has been a good year.

The Extra Sequential podcast is going strong, 2 years later. Wow.

Friday was my last day at my job of over 4 years, thanks to a redundancy that has been in play for quite some time. It was sad to farewell my friends, but I’m also excited for the unknown future.

I also joined a great new church after moving house at the start of the year and have been honoured to write snippets for the weekly bulletin for the last few weeks. Here’s what I wrote for Christmas:

Every birth is a joyous occasion as it grows the family. At Christmas we celebrate history’s most important birth as God’s plan for eternal salvation through His Son began. Jesus declared in John 12 that He, “will draw all men to myself.”

Christ’s birth heralded a new way for humanity to know and love God. Christmas Day may be an important part of our calendar, but really, it’s just another day. We shouldn’t need a reminder of God’s glorious offer of salvation, and the miracle of Christ’s birth. We should be aware of Him, and thankful for all He’s done for us, and will continue to do, every day of our lives.

Christmas is the most obvious display of celebration for what God has done, but how do we celebrate that daily? Psalm 103:2 asks us to, ”not forget all his benefits.” Let’s remember His goodness, on Christmas Day, and everyday.

And to go with that, here’s an exquisite page from Billy Tucci’s recently released A Child is Born comic.

 

Relentless Novel for Free

For a limited time, you can grab a digital copy form Amazon of author Robin Parrish’s book, Relentless. This over 400 page novel is the first in Parrish’s Dominion trilogy and has been widely praised.

Grab a free copy here, and keep your eye out for his latest book from Stonehouse Ink, Corridor, which is described thusly:

THE ONLY WAY OUT IS TO RUN.

On the eve of his seventeenth birthday, Troy Goggin finds himself inexplicably transported to an impossibly huge, miles-long structure called the Corridor. But what is the Corridor, and why was he brought to it?

It’s a place of mystery, wonder, and heart-stopping danger. It will test him and push him both mentally and physically. His only companion is the girl whose voice he hears inside his head, explaining the rules he must follow if he hopes to escape.

But there is much more to this extraordinary place than Troy could ever imagine. The Corridor’s true purpose — the biggest mystery of all — is revealed only to those who make it to the end.

Prometheus Trailer

Well it’s hard to see this film as anything but an Alien prequel now.

Directed by Alien’s Ridley Scott and starring Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender, it opens next year, and it will be awesome, I’m sure.

See the comparison, and notes describing the similarities between the 1979 Alien teaser and this first Prometheus one, right here.

Comics Christmas Cards

Every year there’s some great Christmas cards from comics publishers. Here’s an assortment of 2011’s.

From Sonny Liew, creator of Malinky Robot.

UK publisher Com.x (45, Seeds, Blue Spear)

Archaia (Mouse Guard, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand – my fave OGN of 2011!)

Here’s a treat from nerdcore band Kirby Krackle. You can grab their new single, focused on a certain crimson nosed reindeer right here.

and here’s a fitting pic that I put on the Extra Sequential Facebook page (become our friend if you aren’t already!) from artist Mike del Mundo. I think it sums up mine and Mladen’s comics leanings quite well.

Finally, here’s Broken Frontier, a wonderful site that I write for and at that very site is where you can find more cards from other publishers and creators.

Merry CHRISTmas!

All of Batman’s Many Costumes

Well, pretty much all of them courtesy of artist Benjamin Moore, and thanks to Comics Alliance for bringing this to my attention. It’s a great rundown of the Dark Knight’s various looks since 1939 in comics, cartoons, TV series and films, with snappy quotes of the era.