2013 Inkwell Awards plus Murphy Anderson and Dick Ayers

All written content ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 its respective owner(s). It’s been hot as balls this past week, with triple-digit temps every day (and more expected until the holiday). So this week’s blog is about the HOTTEST awards of their kind in the comics industry, the Inkwells! I mean the first and only […]

A Famous Artist Helps A Character Make A Pass

“Quick Comics Character Quiz: A Famous Artist Helps A Character Make A Pass” All written content (c) 2013 Mike Pascale. Visuals are copyright their respective owners. One of the best things about attending the Kubert School (especially with some so-called “old timers” as instructors) was hearing inside stories of comics history. I’d like to share […]

Death Of Catwoman, Common Sense And Compassion

All written content ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 its respective owner(s).   Well, this is a different kind of obituary. Apparently, DC just killed off Catwoman. And from what I hear, brutally at that. As in bullet to the head (quite similar to Blue Beetle earlier this century–are the editors all fans of the […]

Comics Economics, 1963 vs. 2013: 50 Years Of Value?

All written content ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 its respective owner(s).   One of the bonuses of buying old comics as opposed to the cheaper reprint tomes like Marvel’s MASTERWORKs/ESSENTIALs or DC’s ARCHIVEs/SHOWCASEs is seeing the original letters pages, coming attractions, “Bullpen Pages”, and advertisements. I’m also a sucker for the “on sale now” […]

Oblivion movie: spoiler-free review & help for Boston

All written content (c) 2013 Mike Pascale. Visuals are copyright their respective owners. First, let me get the important stuff out of the way. My heartfelt condolences and sympathies to anyone affected directly or indirectly by the tragedy in the Boston area. That includes everything from losing a loved one to getting shut out of […]

More R.I.P.-Bob Clarke and George Gladir. Heaven gets more talent

All written content ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visual content ©2013 their respective owner(s). The clichés keep coming. Bad announcements come in threes and comics are no exception this month so far. Two more amazing cartoonists joined Carmine Infantino: Bob Clarke and George Gladir. (Oddly, both were about the same age as Carmine–87. So thankfully they had […]

R.I.P., CARMINE INFANTINO: NEVER A FLASH IN THE PAN

All written content (c) 2013 Mike Pascale. Visuals are copyright their respective owners.       As you probably know by now, Carmine Infantino, one of the industry’s–and DC’s especially–biggest creative and artistic forces for decades, passed away on April 4 (same day as Martin Luther King Jr., 45 years earlier).

NO-SPOILER REVIEW: OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN…AND GERARD BUTLER KEEPS GETTING BACK UP!

All text ©2013 Mike Pascale. Visuals ©2013 their respective owner(s).   I know I should instead be reviewing THE CROODS since it’s animated (closer to “art” in subject for this artistic-perspective blog), but frankly the showtime was later than I wanted and the preview just didn’t look as interesting as OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN. Hopefully I’ll […]