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The Beat Down! pages 4-5

12 Aug

by Mike Hansen

Writing by me, artwork by Elvin Hernandez, lettering by Amador Cisneros!

Click to make bigger:

The Beat Down p4-5 SPREAD lettered inks low-res

More pages soon!

Here’s another shot of The Beat Down! teaser comic we launched at Comic-Con, along with my giant forehead:

photo by Orion Tippens

photo by Orion Tippens

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Goodbye, 2012

31 Dec

by Mike Hansen

goodbye 2012Another year down already? Man, where does the time go? I miss the days when I could pack in a zillion things in one day and collapse at night, instead of just trying to make progress on a few things until the day’s over. Is this what old people feel like?

I was thinking about writing what I thought of comics in 2012, but I honestly don’t have much to say. (Which probably explains the lower frequency of posts on this site in the last several months!) There were a lot of good comics in 2012, and a few great comics, and way too many comics that could have (and should have) been better. The bottom line, though, is that I LOVE COMICS, and that’s never gonna change. Putting words and pictures together as a flexible, hybrid storytelling language is the most creative and direct way of communicating and entertaining people. Thanks to the internet, more creators are reaching more people. With digital publishing and print-on-demand, the costs and barriers of entry for both producers and consumers of comics are dropping. It’s only gonna get better, folks.

(And VERY SOON, I’ll be sharing some NEW comics work of my own. I’m finishing a script for a story that’s being drawn RIGHT NOW. Can’t wait to share it.)

Have a happy and safe New Year’s celebration, everyone!

Jim Mahfood TV interview

29 Jul

by Mike Hansen

Jim Mahfood, American comic book creator.

Jim Mahfood, American comic book creator. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last month, G4’s Attack of the Show interviewed the awesome Jim Mahfood (Stupid Comics, Clerks, Tank Girl, Grrl Scouts, Marijuanaman, Generation X, etc.) – I haven’t seen anyone else link to it, so I am. WordPress won’t let me embed it (because it uses old embedding codes, or something), so check it out here.

Mahfood had a limited Tank Girl sketchbook minicomic at Tr!ckster this year, but it was a bit too pricey for me at the time. Maybe next year…

Hey, it’s a Brand New DC NEW 52 survey

22 Jun

by Mike Hansen

Frankenstein (DC Comics)

A New 52 character. Also a metaphor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m back, folks!

Looks like DC Comics has stuck with Nielsen to offer another online survey – go here and let them know what you think of the New 52 so far. I just took the survey, and I was happy to let DC know what it’s doing right or wrong.

One thing to watch out for: “Orange Ivy” is the fake title this time. Make sure you mark that you’ve never heard of it, or you won’t be able to take the full survey.

A couple of thoughts on the survey:

Once again, there is no option for indicating that a customer purchased print comics from an online comics retailer. Some of the questions about going to a comics shop and making impulse purchases or whatever don’t really apply if some of the comics were preordered online.

Also, the survey did not ask any detailed questions about the characters, story, or creative teams – there was one question about how important these are to me when I buy comics. I suppose DC doesn’t want its readers second-guessing the always-fine decisions made by its editorial staff.

Anyway, check out the survey – and feel free to let me know what you think…

Before Watchmen’s non-cover on Previews

16 Mar

by Mike Hansen

Found this picture via Bleeding Cool:

Before Watchmen Previews cover

the back cover to the next issue of Previews, dropping in a couple weeks. Copyright Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, held hostage by DC Comics, Inc.

I guess the already-leaked covers to all of the Before Watchmen comics in this catalog weren’t deemed good enough to promote this “event.”

And it’s probably safe to say that the 1-for-25 and 1-for-200 variant covers, all by other artists, haven’t been drawn and/or approved by DC yet?

I thought I’d suggest some alternate text for this cover: Continue reading

Dear Marvel: You’re Welcome

7 Feb

by Mike Hansen

“Marvel is the only publisher that mandates a recap page go at the beginning of every comic to catch the reader up on what’s happening if they’ve happened to miss an issue.” – Marvel Senior Vice President-Sales David Gabriel (from his ICV2 interview)

Well, except Red Skull: Incarnate. That miniseries didn’t have a recap page in any of its five issues. Marvel’s pretty good about including them most of the time, though.

When I was editor on Dark Horse’s monthly manga titles, they always had a recap page:

Oh My Goddess! Part X #2 IFC

from Oh My Goddess! Part X #2 (published by Dark Horse Comics, March 2001)

Here’s a recent Marvel one:

Mystery Men (Marvel) #5 page 1

from Mystery Men #5 (published by Marvel, November 2011)

Now, I wasn’t the first editor at Dark Horse to use recap pages, but I did make them 100% new-reader-friendly in 1999-2001.

Marvel started doing recap pages around mid-2002.

I applaud Marvel for Continue reading

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