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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

2- Bit Comics! Issue #1, Howlin' Jack Kirby

Hello Leaguers!

Here is a column I will now dub '2-Bit Comics'!

I find some great comics hiding in the 25 cent to $1 bins and highly recommend you do the same! Also, here is where I may share some cheap TPB deals that I have discovered.

Of course the other leaguers are free to participate as well. A light bulb popped over my head this morning as I awoke to share with you two books that I picked up yesterday.


Frank Frazetta's Dracula Meets the Wolfman One-Shot, Cover B, August 2008, Image Comics
What I paid: 50 cents.

WOW! This was a great book. Art by Francesco Francavilla. Story by Steve Niles.
This sepia toned book takes us back to Moldavia circa 1849. Nicolae Bulinski is professing his love for his dear Marta as she heads into the house. Nicolae then realizes he is out too late and transforms into the Wolf-Man!

Wolf-Man bolts into the woods, eventually to be captured by his caring father and brother, as he chases down a horse for food. Pa and Bro net him and lock him up for the night. The family is used to his unfortunate curse, and take care of him until he transforms back to Nicolae.

Marta, meanwhile, is preparing for a night dining with the Count! Though she is fearful, she accepts the invitation. The Count's driver picks her up in a carriage and brings her to the castle. Dracula wastes no time and makes his intention clear...he wants to feast on her ("In Transylvania, dinner host eats YOU!").

Well, this is where I stop describing the plot — I want you to track down this book if you like classic Universal Monster Team-Ups! This comic reads like an old movie. It's comfortable, beautiful, and has a classic illustration style.


Countdown Special : The New Gods - Featuting Mister Miracle, Orion, and The Forever People DC Comics, March 2008. Cover by Ryan Sook
What I paid: 50 cents.

First things First: This is Jack Kirby! 80 delicious pages of story and art from the King himself. Reprinted from the pages of Forever People, Mister Miracle and New Gods, here is an introduction to some of Kirby's most lauded Cosmic characters in the Mighty 1970s DC style.

Let's talk art. Vince Colletta inks the first two stories, and Mike Royer inks the third story. I understand Jack and a lot of fans weren't that crazy about Vince's work, but I thought his inks complemented the pencils well and maintain the classic Kirby look. No complaints from me. Mike Royer inks the Orion origin, the third story in the book that takes place mostly on Apokolips. Kirby dots are everywhere and the New Gods look noble and dynamic. There are weirdo contraptions, Dragon Tanks, and action on every panel. This is a great looking story. If I were to compare the two, I would say That Mike Royer's inks lean a bit more toward the bold ink lines and swooshy brushwork of Kirby himself. Both inkers, in my opinion, are great. I believe that because Vince does not seem to have the same style as Jack, some fans cast aspersions on his art but I think that is unfair.

As far as the story, we get the first appearance of some great characters — The New Gods. Being a Marvel kid, I was in the dark of this era of the King's career up until recently. Boy, am I glad to get into this now! Every panel moves the story along, each word in the captions and word balloons are relevant. Inner dialogue is kept to a minimum and not abstract. There are complex familial relationships in the New Gods, similar to Greek mythology. Each time I open a book and it says "Written, Drawn, and Edited by Jack Kirby", I laugh a little bit. But then after the second reading I think to myself "How could anyone ELSE edit this book? Jack's got all this stuff floating around in his head! He's establishing the continuity!" I really enjoy what little I have read of Jim Starlin's versions of the characters, but this certainly is the real deal!

This review is not just an endorsement for this book, but a strong recommendation for you to find old Kirby comics and read them and enjoy your art until your eyes bleed.
Seriously, it is so worth the trip!

Well that does it folks! You can expect some upcoming reviews of Jack Kirby's Black Panther, and Justice League Europe.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

10/6 THE SPRAINED ANKLES vs. WASTED TALENT @ O'Briens Pub with DJ TIM KELLY (WMBR, Late Riser's Club) and hosted by Clay N. Ferno

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
O'Briens Pub (no sign)

THE SPRAINED ANKLES (Teenage Heart Records)

DJ/Referee Tim Kelly (Late Risers' Club, WMBR)
Hosted by Clay N. Ferno (Wild Zero, 34 years young)

21+, $8

3 Harvard Avenue
Allston, Ma 02134
Phone (617) 782-6245

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For Immediate Release — Tuesday, October 6, 2009 marks the auspicious birthday party of well-balanced Libra, comic book lover, and DJ, Clay N. Ferno (The Boston Phoenix put his face on the cover of it's paper in 2005 posing the question "Is this the Most Popular Man in Boston?). Wishing a four-color party, Clay assembled a blow-out punk, hip hop, and rock and roll calamity sure shake the foundations of Lower Allston's much lauded drinking establishment, O'Briens Pub. DJ Tim Kelly from WMBR's Late Riser's Club will be the ultimate judge of the competition set for this evening as weirdo doo-wop punk and rollers The Sprained Ankles square off against bizarro old school hip hop live act Wasted Talent (featuring Nabo Rawk and Paul Foley). Truly there will be mayhem, chaos, and sideline entertainment not to be missed! Clay also wants you to look at his flyer for the show as this truly is an accurate snapshot of what will be happening at 3 Harvard Ave in Allston on October 6. Only one of the non-human pals will be declared the shot-caller, the baller, or the cream of the crop. That's right, it all comes down to Randy (Rock and Roll Pizza Wolf) vs. Gorilla (previously unknown)!!!  Pick your favorite non-human pal to be the victor!




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DJ Tim Kelly (Late Riser's Club, WMBR)

Artist Website

Hosted by DJ Clay N. Ferno (Wild Zero)


21+, 9:00 PM
3 Harvard Avenue, Allston MA 02134 - Phone (617) 782-6245

Saturday, August 22, 2009

New Oddio Comic Up!

Oddio Comic #5 is up at This episode, we continue the saga of the mysterious Melter has taken Tony Stark hostage, but the Mysterious One can't decide whether he wants to finish him off, force him to make a smaller melting ray, or go out on the town with the Burt Reynolds-wannabe. What will be the fate of the billionaire playboy? I don't know, but I'd sure like to rent a little of it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

This makes a man feel better after his childhood rock station goes to static.

Boston Comic Con October 24-25, 2009

Boston Comic Con welcomes Tim Sale, Cliff Chiang, Bill Sienkiewicz, Herb Trimpe, Khoi Pham, Geof Darrow, Stephane Roux, Mike Mckone, Eric Canete, Jim Calafiore and many more to our next show on October 24-25, 2009.

art by Tim Sale
© DC Comics

Sunday, August 9, 2009

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Artwork by Leaguer Josh Lingel. Awesome stuff!

OOOH, The League consists of:

Matt Dursin (writer), John Hunt (colorist, for STAR TREK: MISSIONS END as well as BARACK OBAMA and more from IDW Publishing), Josh Lingel (artist and Green Lantern fan!) and Clay N. Ferno (mouth breather). Sometimes: Ray O'Hare (voice and stage actor) and Jon Brandi (yoga guru).

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League of Ordinary Gentlemen Comics Podcast Episode #22 - Weird Beard

This week, We are joined by Claudia Jean (a.k.a. "Munchie the Cat") as we tackle Amazing Spider-Man #601 and the return of Mary Jane, Invincible Iron Man #16, Star Trek coloring reviews and why "Making Of" Docs are no fun anymore. Meow, meow, moew.

Discussed in this episode:
Star Trek Countdown

Music: "This Super-Hero's From Krypton" by No Idea. No, really