10 Questions with Jamal Igle

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War of Supermen #1 comes out this week with artist Jamal Igle and Jamal stops by InvestComics 10 For the Pros!

 

 

10 For The Pros

 

Jamal Igle – Artist/Inker/Writer

Starting at the tender age of 17, Jamal Yaseem Igle has worked his way up the ranks from Intern at D.C.Comics to his successful penciling career. Over the years Jamal has been editor, art director and animation storyboard artist.

Jamal is the Co-creator of the comic book series “VENTURE” along with writer Jay Faerber, published by Image comics. Jamal’s detailed pencils have graced books as varied as The Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglas, the all ages action miniseries “Race Against Time” as well as mainstream hits such as G.I.Joe, Green Lantern, Iron Fist/Wolverine: the return of Kun Lun, Iron Man (Marvel), Wonder Woman: Our Worlds at War and Martian Manhunter #36, Supergirl #71 , Noble Causes and a four issue run on New Warriors for Marvel. In addition Jamal is an active volunteer with the Museum of Comic and Cartoon art, a guest lecturer on the subject of comics and animation, as well as a teacher at the Art Students League of New York. 

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1. What comic (character) would you love to have total creativity control over? And why?

(JI) Nightwing: I love the character and have some ideas as to make him a more powerful presence. 

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(JI) Superspeed because it really is the all purpose power: You can wear down objects until they collapse and run across any surface if you’re fast enough.

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(JI) Email, correspondence and phone calls. Message boards during my breaks. 

4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?

(JI) As a writer: Sterling Gates. As an Inker: Jon Sibal And John Dell. 

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?

(JI) For the most part, I understand that changes need to be made to make the films for a wide audience. I don’t always agree with them.  

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6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

(JI) Darkseid and the New Gods.

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7. “If I wasn’t in the comic book industry, I would be working….”?

(JI) In either a restaurant or in theater.

 

8. What advice could you give a creator trying to break into the industry?

(JI) Be patient and listen to the advice people give you.

 

9. “My best Investment in life was…….”

(JI) My wife, Karine.

 

10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

(JI) War of Supermen#1 and Supergirl.

 

Bonus Questions! 

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(JI) Dave Stevens, Steve Rude, Brian Bolland, Kevin MaGuire 

Digital or Paper?

(JI) Paper all the way! 

Thanks Jamal! Be sure to check out War of Supermen #1 & Supergirl!! 

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http://jamalligle.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

Hot Picks 4-28-10

ic42810fp.gifWith the release of Iron Man #25 (New Armor) and the Iron Man 2 movie coming, a very special Hot picks this week brings the KEY Iron Man books that need to be in your collection. Plus the week that was…..

 
 



 

 

 

 

 

 

With the release of Iron Man #25, and the Iron Man 2 movie, this week’s Hot Picks will be taking a look at the Iron Man collection. What KEY Iron Man books should you have in your collection? Well, since Iron Man has been around since 1963 the character has gone through some things to say the least. There have been countless major storylines involving Tony Stark (Illuminati, Avengers Disassembled, Secret Invasion, and the unforgettable Civil War, plus MANY more!). One standout storyline involving Tony Stark happened in his own Iron Man title. ironman120.gifironman115_johnromitajr1stfullwork_1978_20.gifThe story arc was called “Demon in a Bottle”. This story really gave the rawness of Tony’s addiction to alcohol. The very first part of this arc started in Iron Man #120 (1979), brought to you by the team of John Romita Jr. and writers David Michelinie and Bob Layton Sr. If you could buy this comic within the $15 range, actually the entire run up to issue #128 for less than $15 a piece you will arguable own one of the greatest story arc’s of the Iron Man series ever. Think of this run as the “Frank Miller Daredevil” run. It’s the defining moment in the series. A very nice nugget hidden away in the Iron Man series is Iron Man ironman128_1979_johnromitajr_boblayton_davidmichelinie_15.gifironman25.gif#115 (1978). If you are a fan of John Romita Jr. then this comic should already be in your collection. This issue was John’s first full art work of his career. This beauty of an issue could be found for only $20 in some markets. This is as unvalued as they come in the collection world. InvestComicsTM suggests that you find this comic, buy it in Near Mint condition, and store it. This gem is a firm collector’s item!

Iron Man’s very first appearance came in Tales of Suspense #39 (1963) and comes in at the $20,000 to $40,000 range, but it wasn’t until Tales of Suspense #48 (1963) did we first see the Red and Gold armor. Found this issue for about $2000 and you have yourself Gold without the Red. In the new release of Iron Man #25 this talesofsuspense52_1964_1200.gifamsm_86_1970_johnromitasr_200.gifweek, Tony Stark dons the new look armor. Wouldn’t you want the original Red & Gold to go with the latest? TOS #48 is a strong buy. Sticking with the Tales of Suspense series for a sec, Issue #52 is the first appearance of the Black Widow ($1000-$1500). Yea Scarlett is looking mighty fine in those tight black latex pants in the Iron Man movie. Check out Amazing Spider-Man #86 (1970) for $200 where the Widow dons the Black latex for the first time. That issue is penciled by the legend John Romita Sr. sequel. If you’re more of a “modern” person and need that Black Widow first appearance in her “tight” black outfit, look for this issue instead

ironman21_1970_archiegoodwin_60.gifironman47_1972_roythomas_barrywindsor_smith_50.gifLet’s get back to the Iron Man series, and lets go in chronological order too. The number one issue from 1968 is a VERY affordable $900 to $1200 right now. Unbelievable considering how much play this character will get for the next 10 years. Iron Man #21 (1970) is the first Bronze Age issue and could be yours for $60 or less! Do you really need to be told to get your butt on this one? Iron Man #47 (1972) is written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Barry Windsor-Smith, and is an early origin issue for a measly $50. If you’re in the market for ironman55_1973__1stthanos_jimstarlin_250.gifironman100_1977_50.gifan origin issue, this one would be it. As InvestComicsTM has already covered in its Hot Picks 4-21-10; Iron Man #55 is one of the premiere buys as far as investments go. Buy this comic at $250 and love it. You’ll see why in 10 years. An anniversary issue pops up in Iron Man #100 (1977). This will cost you about the same amount for that origin issue number 47. Jumping ahead 18 issues later to Iron Man #118 (1979) the world was introduced to Jim Rhodes. This John Byrne issue is only $15-$20. It takes Jim Rhodes 52 issues to get the nerve to put on the Iron Man suit in issue #170 (1983 – $10). Then the ironman118_1stjimrhodes_1979_johnbyrne_15.gifironman170_jimrhodesasironman_dennis_denny_o_neil_1983_10.gifWar Machine armor makes its first appearance in Iron Man #281, then War Machine first appears in Iron Man #284. Both of these issues fall into the $7 – $10 range.

So that’s it for a look at the Iron Man KEY issues. Are there others that didn’t make the list? Of course there are. Do you want to talk about them? Go to the InvestComicsTM Forum and discuss them under the Hot Picks 4-28-10 thread.

ironman284_1992_1stwarmachine_8.gifBesides Iron Man #25, the list is quite small as far as bang for your buck goes. One thing about the Iron Man #25, make sure to get your hands on the Herb Trimpe variant Iron Man #25 cover. This comic will far exceed any of the others as far as the investment side goes. Look for this comic to be a hot book for an extremely limited time. Yes Tony Stark is changing his costume (armor), but it’s not a “drastic” change like a Spider-Man black costume. Don’t sit on this book too long or you will miss the opportunity to dump it at a high premium. As far as the other new releases go this week, Deadpool #22 has an introduction of a new villain in it. Husk #1 from Marvel might be a sleeper, so check that one out. Everyone’s favorite clone is deadpool22.gifhusk1.gifthor609.gifspiderman1allages.gifback, Thor’s clone comes back to do battle with the Asgardian in Thor #609. Should be a great fight! And a new Spider-Man #1 for all ages hits the shelves this week.

 

 

 

 

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InvestComics™ The Week That was…..

 

Marvel

Some New Number Ones and Other X-Men News from C2E2

Wolverine and the X-Men Cancelled! Plus Other Animation News from Marvel at C2E2

Kick-Ass Disappoints at the Box Office

Marvel at C2E2: Hit Monkey Returns!

Marvel at C2E2: Fraction and Ba Bring Casanova to Icon!

OMIT and Other News from Marvel’s Cup o’ Joe Panel at C2E2

Marvel at C2E2: Avengers: The Children’s Crusade

Who is the New X-Force?

Writer/Artists! Mark Millar wants you!

Iron Man: Extremis Motion Comic Is A Hit!

Dr Pepper and Stan Lee Salute Iron Man 2 in New Campaign

Get a Free Iron Man HDTV!

Marvel Planning to Produce More Small Budget Movies?

Iron Man Legacy #1 & Black Widow #1 Go Back To Press In Time For Iron Man 2!

 

DC

Mark Bagley Done with DC?

Super Cassaday

Cassaday Joins Superman Team as Cover Artist plus Some Variants

Young Justice Promo Poster Released

Jurgens announces “Time Masters”

Batman: Brave and The Bold Returning!

 

Other News to check out…..

When do you want your comics?

New Star Wars Cartoon Series Set After Return of the Jedi?

BOOM! Studios Brings Cthulhu Back To Comics With The Calling: Cthulhu Chronicles

Kelly, Casey, and Company Create to Launch New Cartoon Property

Oni Press Teams With Wildbrain Entertainment To Bring Yo Gabba Gabba! Comics To Life

Cartoon Network Announces New Lineup

Scott Pilgrim Movie Will Be PG-13

New Teaser for Morning Glories from Image

FLOWER IN A STORM BRINGS ON A FRENZIED ROMANTIC CHASE IN FUN NEW SHOJO SERIES FROM VIZ MEDIA

The Last Issue of Buck Rogers Lifts Off in May!

Dust to Dust: Prequel to Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep from BOOM! Studios!

Last Airbender Converts to 3D

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Questions with Dan Parent

History happened this week with the announcement of Archie Comics FIRST gay character to be introduced in Riverdale (Kevin Keller). Dan Parent will be drawing that historic issue (Veronica #202) and Dan stops by the quick fire 10 For The Pros on InvestComics.

 

 

 

10 For The Pros 

Dan Parent – Artist/Writer 

Dan Parent is an American comic book artist and writer best known for his work for Archie Comics. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Parent began working for Archie immediately after graduation. His writing of the Love Showdown series from 1994 received widespread attention.

Also receiving VERY large national attention is the recent announcement of Archie Comics first gay character. Kevin Keller will be introduced in September’s issue of Veronica #202. This story has now been featured on CNN, Fox, The NY Daily News amongst MANY other high profiled newscast and newspapers and magazines.

1. What comic (character) would you love to have total creativity control over? And why?

(DP) Wonder Woman – Nobody seems to care about her and E-Man – A long forgotten but great Charlton character.  

2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

(DP) Invisibility – to spy on everybody who dares defy me!  

3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

(DP) I try to work out 4 or 5 days per week – to balance sitting on my ass all day. 

4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?

(DP) Dan DeCarlo was the best.  

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?

(DP) Very good – surprisingly (exception FF movies) 

6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

(DP) Harley Quinn. 

7. “If I wasn’t in the comic book industry, I would be working…………”?

(DP) In the fast food industry. 

8. What advice could you give for a creator trying to break into the industry?

(DP) Run for the hills – just kidding – be persistent and accept rejection – it’s par for the course. 

9. “My best Investment in life was…….”

(DP) Going to the Joe Kubert school. 

10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

(DP) My website www.danparent.com – plus my facebook page.  

Bonus Questions!  

 

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(DP) Dan DeCarlo, Joe Staton, Stan Goldberg, Dave Stevens, Jamie Hernandez.  

Digital or Paper?

(DP) Both (paper is better though). 

 

Thanks Dan! Don’t forget to be a part of history with Veronica #202! 

 

http://www.danparent.com/

10 Questions with Jeff Balke

The original Sketch Coloring man himself Jeff Balke gives a TRUE rapid fire on 10 For the Pros!

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10 For The Pros 

Jeff Balke – Colorist/Artist 

Name: Jeff Balke

Date of Birth: July, 31 1979

Recently, I’ve created something called Sketch Coloring. This is where I take a sketch cover of any comic book and color right on the actual cover with special markers. This is my way of creating a sketch. Since most colorists really don’t sketch “traditionally” (like Jim Lee, Micah Gunnell and so on…) I wanted to come up with my own way to give something to the fans so they can take home and have a “one of a kind”. Sketch Colorings do just that. No two Sketch Colorings are alike (even if I color the same cover 100 times for 100 people). 

 

1. What comic (character) would you love to have total creativity control over? And why?

(JB) Green Lantern. He’s just awesome.  

2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

(JB) To become any character 

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(JB) Yes. 

4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?

Jason

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?

(JB) OK 

6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

(JB) Red Lantern. 

7. “If I wasn’t in the comic book industry, I would be working….”?

(JB) Working retail…yuk!!  

8. What advice could you give a creator trying to break into the industry?

(JB) Keep going. 

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(JB) Computer 

10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

(JB) Foot Soldiers Graphic Novel coming out this summer!

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Questions! 

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(JB) Mike Turner, Peter Steigerwald. 

Digital or Paper?

(JB) Digital. 

Thanks Jeff! 

 

 

 

http://www.jbalkesart.com/

 

10 Questions with Don Rosa

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE MCDUCK goes back to print and a Living Legend stops by InvestComics 10 For The Pros. Mr. Don Rosa.
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Don Hugo Rosa
(Don
Rosa
) (born June 29, 1951) is an American comic book writer and illustrator
known for his stories about Scrooge
McDuck
, Donald Duck and other characters created by Carl Barks
for Disney comics. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, United
States
. A major work is The Life and Times of Scrooge
McDuck
.
 

Check out the news article regarding the $crooge going BACK to print before moving on to the 10 For The Pros spot. Click on the link below….

Eisner
Award-Winning Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck Finally Back in Print!
 

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10 For The Pros 

Don Rosa – Artist/Writer 

1. What comic (character) would you love to have total creativity control over? And why?

(DR) Barks $crooge McDuck of course!!! But I DID have “Total creative control” dr6.gifover him because I knew how he worked best and editors let me have free rein!

 
2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?
(DR) Mind Reading. 

3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

(DR) 9-5. Never before or after. Never on weekends. I never had a deadline and my background is in engineering/construction so I never work overtime for the same pay.

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(DR) Not applicable. (I write/draw alone.) 

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?

(DR) With American Super-Hero comics maybe. But that’s a small part of comic books worldwide! 

6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

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7. “If I wasn’t in the comic book industry, I would be working…………”?

(DR) Still running my family’s 100+ year old construction company.

 

8. What advice could you give for a creator trying to break into the industry?

dr2.gif(DR) I have no experience in how to break in. I stumbled in as a fan. One day I never knew I’d ever do anything but operate a construction company. Then I was writing/drawing a full issue of $crooge Adv. 

9. “My best Investment in life was…….”

(DR) My funnybook collection 1945-1985.

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10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

(DR) Nope.

 


Bonus Questions!

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(DR) Carl banks, Will Elder, Will Eisner, Curt Swan.

 

Digital or Paper?


N/A

 

Thank you Mr. Don Rosa! 

 

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Super Cassaday

 

 

 

 

 

The Planetary co-creator is the new cover artist for The Planetary co-creator is the new cover artist for Superman, beginning with #701