Tag: Green Lantern

Green Lantern #275?

At this past weekend’s ComiConn on Trumbull, CT, a very kind gentleman named Brian Cross presented me with the accompanying image you see here: Green Lantern #275, by me, Darryl Banks and Terry Austin, printed on cardstock, trimmed to comic-book size and slipped into a protective mylar. Of course, the issue doesn’t really exist, it’s a “what if” scenario pondering what might be if Darry, Terry and I were still producing Kyle stories.

Thanks to a commission piece by Darryl, with colors by Tom Chu, Brian was able to recreate the other cover elements and put together the package. The complete story of the image, along with Darryl’s original ink art, can be seen here:

http://indigotribe.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/green-lantern-vol-3-275/

Darryl’s not producing the a lot of comics work these days; instead, he’s doing a lot of commercial art. But we’re absolutely going to work together again when the right opportunity arises. Hopefully Darryl and I will both be the Cleveland Comic Con on Oct. 19. Maybe we can hatch some plans there…

Many thanks to Brian for creating and delivering such a unique piece.

Cheers,

Ron


Radu’s Coffee

Yes, that’s Radu’s Coffee Shop, from my Green Lantern run with Darryl Banks, looking very much like a real place.

The photo was snapped by my buddy (and letterer) Troy Peteri while he was visiting Six Flags Magic Mountain in California. The signs, unfortunately, are merely for atmosphere; the coffee shop is only a facade, not actually open. As you can see, there’s also a sign for Coast City around the corner, all window dressing near the Green Lantern ride. Troy reported there were also signs for Ferris Air, Big Belly Burger from the Superman titles, and Planet Krypton from Kingdom Come.

I had no idea such a thing existed before Troy sent me the photo. The signs appear to be taken directly from the original design created and drawn by Darryl and inker Terry Austin. Would be pretty cool to have one to hang in my office…

Cheers,

Ron


Green Lantern Hardcover Auction

This year’s Comic for Tots drive as been more successful than I could have ever imagined. I am indebted to both the generosity of the people who have made donations, and especially to some of my artist friends who have contributed signatures, commissions and sketches: Stjepan Sejic, Brett Booth, Dan Jurgens, Lee Moder, Matthew Dow Smith and Richard Clark. The response has been amazing. So far, more than $1,800 has been raised and used to purchase toys and books donated to Toys for Tots.

The final “unique” item for this year will be auctioned via my Twitter feed, which is @ronmarz, on Monday, Dec. 17. My friends Jim Starlin, Joe Staton and Darryl Banks have sketched inside a “Green Lantern: Fear Itself” hardcover, which I will also sign (and personalize, if you like). Jim drew Hal Jordan, Joe drew Guy Gardner, and Darryl drew Kyle Rayner. (Click on the image for a hires version.)

Bidding with start at $200, and continue to 9 p.m. Eastern on Monday. Just tweet me your bid, and I’ll update throughout the day on my feed. Obviously, the goal is to raise as much money as possible, so I hope we can find at least one very generous Green Lantern fan. High bid at 9 p.m. Eastern wins the book (postage is included). Paypal is preferred, but other payment methods can be worked out.

All the other signed items mentioned in the previous post are still available, with the exception of the sketched/signed Shinku TPBs, and the GL #49 issues. Again, thank you all for your generosity.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

I’m going to endeavor to be a lot more regular about posting upcoming releases. Today, two books: the DC Retroactive Green Lantern 1990s issue, and the DC Comics Presents JLA: Heaven’s Ladder reprint.

I had a meeting with a DC exec this past weekend at the Baltimore Comic Con. One of the topics of conversation was what it was like writing Kyle again. The best comparison I could come up with was slipping into a comfortable, familiar sweatshirt again. It was pretty easy to slip back into the rhythms of writing Kyle in that era, especially since I was reuniting with my friends and artistic collaborators of Darryl Banks on pencils and Terry Austin on inks. The Retro GL issue includes a reprint of Green Lantern #78, which was one of my favorite issues of the run.

Heaven’s Ladder is a reprint as well, presenting the Treasury Edition-size story that began the Mark Waid and Bryan Hitch JLA run (featuring Kyle). My part of the book is a reprint of Green Lantern #1,000,000 issue, also drawn by Bryan Hitch. Crossover or tie-in chapters are not usually high on my list of favorites, but I’m fond of the way this way turned out, almost completely due to Bryan’s art.

Cheers,

Ron


Making a Banks Deposit

I’m asked fairly often what my Green Lantern collaborator Darryl Banks is up to these days, because he’s not terribly visible in the comics market. Darryl is mostly working in commercial art these days, including designs for toys and statues and collectibles. But he makes room in his schedule for the occasional cover and commission pieces.


I pulled the above covers for The Phantom out of the files and thought I’d share, as I doubt many people saw them on the issues of the Moonstone series. I’m truthfully not even sure which issues these covered, but I do recall them being colored pretty dark. So here’s the glorious line work – pencils by Darryl, inks by Terry Austin.

You can check out Darryl’s Comic Art Fans gallery here.

The gallery includes a wealth of gorgeous commission pieces, including a lot of Green Lantern. But there’s also a pretty wide range of stuff, everything from Batman to Red Sonja, Adam Strange to Doctor Strange. I’m particularly partial to the Doc Strange pieces, especially the one with Doctor Fate. And, of course, the Kyle pieces. There’s really no one who draws Kyle’s costume (and mask) quite like Darryl.

I’d love to work with Darryl again, whenever our schedules will allow. Hope it comes to pass soon. Besides the obvious, what project would you guys like to see me and Darryl on?

Cheers,

Ron


I’m a pod person

I’ve done a handful of podcasts recently, talking about Magdalena, Witchblade, Artifacts, Green Lantern and whatever else came up in conversation. The first two podcasts have been posted, with more to come in the run-up to Artifacts.

First up, John Mayo and Bob Bretall interviewing me for the Comic Book Page Podcast here:

Next, the regular “Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie” feature at Ideology of Madness here.

Ideology of Madness is also doing a series of weekly articles, posted every Wednesday, exploring the 13 Artifacts of the Top Cow Universe. Obviously this is a lead-in to the July debut of Artifacts #1. You can check out the articles here.

Newsarama and CBR are also doing weekly articles leading up to Artifacts #1. CBR’s Josh Wigler interviews me and Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik every Wednesday for commentary on a specific Artifact and bearer. Meanwhile, Newsarama is posting in-character commentary about the respective Artifacts each Wednesday. So now you know how to occupy your time before your trip to the comic shop every Wednesday, right?

Cheers,

Ron


Parallax by Georges Jeanty


PARALLAX by Georges Jeanty

I never thought of Hal Jordan’s post-Emerald Twilight persona as a villain in the strict sense of the term. To my mind, he was an adversary or an anti-hero. The best “villains” always believe themselves to be the heroes of their own stories. Hal was convinced of the righteousness of his cause, which I thought made the Parallax persona a pretty complex, interesting character. The most obvious parallel was for him was Magneto. His goals might have brought him into conflict with his heroic counterparts, but there was a certain nobility to his cause.

There’s an adage that Marvel villains want to conquer the world, DC villains rob banks. Kyle Rayner was very much a “Marvel-style” hero in terms of the Everyman archetype. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Parallax was a “Marvel-style” villain. The notion was to add a cosmic-level antagonist the DC’s pantheon, somebody other than Darkseid. Special thanks to my GL artist Darryl Banks for coming up with the Parallax name.

Cheers,

Ron

THE J-FILES are a series of images created by Georges Jeanty (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER/DarkHorse) for my first pass at having a website.


Magdalena graces Albany

Had a great time at Sunday’s Albany Comic Con. Caught up with old friends, made some new friends, and signed books from Silver Surfer to Green Lantern right up to Magdalena #1. The GL-centric panel with my buddy Joe Staton was a lot of fun, as we compared notes about our respective runs, and “our” respective Green Lanterns. David Pepose of Newsarama was in attendance, so there should be a report on the panel online sometime this week. David Pepose of Newsarama, who was in attendance, has posted a report on the panel.

The end of the GL panel was interrupted by the local chapter of the 501st Legion, who strode into the room to bestow Honorary Membership upon me. More on that in a post later this week, but suffice to say I was very flattered and pleased. It’s not every day you get a laser-etched plaque handed to you by a Stormtrooper in full armor.

I also got to meet the real Kyle Rayner at the show. He’s 4 years old. His mom and dad brought him by, and I have to admit, I was pretty stunned that someone thought enough of our everyman GL to actually give their child his name (“Kyle Rayner” is his first name and middle name). How cool is that?

The other highlight of the show was a cosplayer named Jen Wicks who wore a kick-ass Magdalena outfit all day. She posed for photos, including this one with me, as well as a group shot of me, Terry Austin and Matthew Dow Smith (who of course provided the art for the con exclusive cover of Magdalena #1). Yes, I know I need a haircut.


One of the nicest things about the Albany Con is the burgeoning local and semi-local comics community that’s developing around it. I’ve known guys like Terry Austin, Matt Smith, Todd Dezago, Joe Staton, Fred Hembeck and Lee Moder (who made it to the conn all the way from Pittsburgh) for years. But it’s been great to meet or reconnect with other creators like Dave Rodriguez, Nick Tapalansky, Saurav Mohapatra, Paul Harding, Declan Shalvey and the Timony Brothers, as well as critics/journalists including CBR’s Tim Callahan and Newsarama’s David Pepose. Virtually all the guests who attend the show end up wanting to come back, so I expect many of them will return for the fall show, which is scheduled for Sunday, October 24. Hopefully the guest list will include a few surprises. As always, you can watch the Albany Con MySpace and Twitter feed for updates.

Cheers,

Ron

P.S.
Saurav Mohapatra also posted some photos he took during the conn on his blog.


Deadline doom

The dreaded deadline doom has been nipping at my heels, so the blog posts haven’t been as plentiful as I would’ve hoped the last week. I had an issue going to press last week, and two more heading off to press this week, so that means more time devoted to tweaking dialogue, proofing pages and all the rest of the tasks that go with putting an issue to bed. To tide you over, here are links to various stories on my work both past and present.

FCBD - Artifacts First up, an interview about this years Free Comic Book Day offering from Top Cow, with story by me and art by Stjepan Sejic. The issue serves as a lead-in to the upcoming Artifacts series. [ link ]
Hope is Lost - Artifacts teaserNext up, Matt Price covers the Top Cow presentation at this past week’s ComicsPRO gathering in Memphis. [ link ]
GL #51 CoverAnd finally, two different articles from the Multiversity Comics site, both concerning my Green Lantern run. The first is more of a broad remembrance, while the second is specific to the never-ending “women in refrigerators” outcry. [ #1 ][ #2 ]

Hope you find something you like.

Cheers,

Ron


Speed Reading

Velocity 1 CoverI’m working on the script for the Velocity four-issue series that will debut in May from Top Cow. It’s been a while since I’ve written a straight-up superhero story, which was what I wrote almost exclusively for the first decade of my career. In the years since, I’ve been able to explore a wider variety of genres, and I’m a big proponent of the comics industry offering a great deal more than capes and tights. But I still love a well-told superhero tale, just like everybody else. And that’s what Velocity is intended to be: a classic superhero adventure. No post-modern irony, no dark underbelly, just a straight-up story about a cute redhead who runs really fast.

Velocity 1 CoverOne of my favorite monthly reads was Mark Waid’s Flash. It was great superhero comics. To be honest, Mark’s take on Wally West’s adventures influenced how I approached Green Lantern when DC handed me the reins and asked me to create a new GL. There was a lot to like. Wally was a “legacy” hero, living in the shadow of his predecessor, trying to be worthy of inheriting the mantle. The first-person narration allowed the audience to identify with the hero, to relate to the man under the mask. There was an accessibility that wasn’t quite as present in most of DC’s Silver Age heroes.

Velocity 1 Cover Now, to be fair, there’s more Peter Parker than Wally West in Kyle Rayner’s pedigree. But I always liked the Wally-Kyle relationship, the next generation of the Barry Allen-Hal Jordan friendship. I liked that Wally wasn’t even very fond of Kyle, feeling that Kyle had won the lottery to take his heroic role, while Wally had earned his. I liked writing them together, which is where the Green Lantern-Flash: Faster Friends project came from. Where would “Lost” be without that issue, right?

Anyway, as far as I’m concerned, Mark and his artists – chief among them the great Mike Wieringo – set the standard for how to do a speedster in comics. Which brings us back to Velocity, winner of Top Cow’s first Pilot Season contest and therefore due a mini-series.The original creative team was excused from the project; we’ll say “creative differences” and leave it at that, since I don’t think it’s cool to air somebody else’s business in public.Velocity 1 Cover

So the project went on a backburner for a while, until last year when Top Cow Publisher Guy Filip Sablik asked me if I’d like to take on the series. He didn’t have to ask twice. Schedules matched up and artistic genius Kenneth Rocafort became available to draw the book. I couldn’t ask for anything more. Except a story idea.

Next time, a little more on Velocity, including how an aspect of the storyline dates back to a long-ago pitch by me and artist Cully Hamner for another character entirely.

Cheers,

Ron


  • Featured Content

  • Mail Marz

  • Ramblin’ Ron @Twitter

    Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

  • Categories

  • Copyright © 1996-2010 Messages from Marz. All rights reserved.
    iDream theme by Templates Next | Powered by WordPress