1) The shout-out I did in MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE #1 to the Holland Neighborhood’s yearly HOTDISH REVOLUTION was shouted-back in a very nice write up which quoted heavily from this here blog. Yes, its only taken 3 years but I am now officially part of my neighborhood. http://www.hnia.org/?p=548
2) The Lowry Bridge, a Northeast Minneapolis landmark went BOOM! over the weekend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gogrdq4rGWQ
3) CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY #1 (UN)COVERED– I don’t know if you’re aware of the website www.coveredblog.blogspot.com, but its a place where artists do “covers” of , and there has been some pretty great work up there. At this months Conspiracy jam we did some “covers”. I liked it so much a I did a few afterwards, too, and by far my favorite is CAPTAIN #1.
For those of you unfamiliar with CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY you can read some (and I’m guessing eventually ALL) of the series at http://captainconfederacy.blogspot.com/, but heres a quick synopsis:
Back in the late 80’s SteelDragon Press put out a 12 issue CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY series by writer WILL SHETTERLY (http://shetterly.googlepages.com/home) and artist VINCE STONE (http://www.vincestone.com/). The series followed a government sponsored team of super heroes (and villians!) in an alternative universe where the South succeeded in seceding, splintering the US and spurning a super-powered Cold War. The 12 issue series followed CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY as he tried to make sense of his life, his image, and his countries place in the world. ( Part one is at http://captainconfederacy.blogspot.com/2008/03/captain-confederacy-nature-of-hero.html ) In an interesting side-note, and the series also featured back-up stories called ANT BOY by mini-comics legend/First Fella of Hamtramck, Michigan MATT FEAZELL (http://home.comcast.net/~mattfeazell/index.htm).
In the early 90’s Marvel’s EPIC line put out a 4 issue series that dealt with the world-wide super-powers issue, as seen thru the eyes of our heroes, of course. This mini-series was also by Shetterly and Stone. (Part one is at http://captainconfederacy.blogspot.com/2008/03/book-two-page-1_22.html)
So…why did I do CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY #1?
Well, long ago when I was in eight grade I was lucky enough to spend a day skipping school so I could attend a young writers conference. In addition to the joys of state-sponsored truancy, I was fortunate enough to have a couple of seminars that discussed two of my favorite topics–sci-fi and comics. And my instructor for this best day of non-school ever–Will Shetterly.
Cut to the a comic convention a few months later (FALLCON!) where I was able to find and purchase the original CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY series(and two specials which we “re-dos” of the first two issues as both Shetterly and Stones work evolved over the course of the series), and it was not too long after that the second series came out. I was in
So yes, I grew up. I never gave up on comics. I kept drawing and writing. I may not be a big name but I derive no greater joy in life than when I’m immersed in my world of making comics–be it the ones I make for the self-publishing/mini-comics/blogging world, or the ones I even occasionally get paid for. All my grown-up friends are not only great people, but they are also cartoonists I met through a group started right here in Minneapolis– the International Conspiracy– and who I get to play with via the medium of jam comics, collaborations, and anthologies.
And I feel I owe a great debt to Will and Vince and CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY (and MATT FEAZELL!) for all this happening.
So thanks fellas, I appreciate everything.
Oh…I suppose I should compare and contrast before we go…heres my cover next to Vince’s original. See ya’ll tomorrow.