Peter's Comic Book Ramblings

Saturday, January 01, 2011


Monday, January 11, 2010


Katchoo meet Yvonne Strahovski. Please. Someone make this happen. Now.


Monday, December 14, 2009


...novelist, TV and comics writer Paul Cornell:

"Your job as a writer is to seek out, actively, harsh criticism of your work and change because of it... when you get notes back, not to regard them as an imposition, but to regard them as fuel as a way to make this better."

- Geek Syndicate Episode 72


Monday, December 07, 2009


...Joe Quesada:

" an editor and creator, I’ve stated publicly on many occasions that I’ve never seen the benefits of original graphic novels..."

Well. Someone does.


Sunday, December 06, 2009


Ah the internet. You never know what you're going to find. Let's hope no one goes through my history, 'kay? Anyway...

Pictured above is another cover homage to Kevin Maguire's original Justice League #1 cover that I wrote about way back in October 2008. This one comes courtesy of Tom Raney and marks the beginning of Warren Ellis' run on the Image series Stormwatch that would eventually morph into the ground-breaking Authority run. The issue is #37 cover dated July'96.

Weatherman, who is the farthest downstage in the group shot, doesn't have his arms crossed like Guy Gardner does in the original 1987 cover, but there's no denying the overall positioning of the ensemble and the way they just stare... right... at... you. Ha.

So, it's a little less than an exact homage and a whole lot more than just a nod. So I'm including it in the mix.


Friday, October 16, 2009


Just read this headline over on the Beat:

Breaking: Big Apple to go head to head with New York Comic-Con next year

And people said Wizard's scheduling of the Anaheim Comic Con on the same weekend as Reed's C2E2 next April was just coincidence. Ha! Suckers.

For shame, Shame-us. For shame.

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Thursday, October 08, 2009


No, not me. Matt Fraction's CASANOVA!

From a recent Fraction message on Twitter:

"CASANOVA people: two days ago you got all happy and didn't even know"

If it's the return of Casanova - a short-lived series by Fraction over at Image full of more creativity and imagination and fun than any of his mainstream work - then I will be a happy man!

E.M.P.I.R.E.! W.A.S.T.E.! Zephyr! Xeno! Ba! Moon! Pleeeeasssseeee!!!

It would be like an early birthday present to see this book back on the shelf, even if for only a one-shot or so.

Here's hoping...

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Monday, September 21, 2009



Friday, August 21, 2009


...for closing the book on my own Jenny Beckman.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Thanks to Super Ugly for the heads up...


Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Wanna hear me wax poetic on all things New Teen Titans? Then check out my new CGS Presents spin-off podcast, the Tower. The introductory episode can be found as a website exclusive on the Comic Geek Speak homepage.

Letting me be behind the mic solo is just asking for trouble...

PS/Image above was created by Drew M

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Saturday, July 25, 2009


Okay. I didn't go to San Diego this year for the big Comic-Con International. So I'll just reflect on the big news from last year, which was the big explosion of geekdom fever over the Watchmen movie. Anyone remember that? Watchmen bags, Watchmen shirts, Watchmen trades... even Archie the Owlship.

So in honor of last year's frenzy, I give you two silly parodies. The first one I've seen before (the brilliant concept of creating Watchmen for the Saturday Morning Cartoon crowd). The other I haven't seen before (but who am I to let a dick joke go by). It's dong-tacular!


PS/ Big thanks to Weston D for reminding me about the first and bringing the second to my attention.


Thursday, March 19, 2009


- I'm enjoying being in my apartment, listening to show tunes and just catching up with the world.

- I just ate a box of Captain Crunch cereal in less than 24 hours.

- I'm currently choreographing my 8th or 9th production at St. Joe's Prep here in Philadelphia. The show is Urinetown and the students of Cape and Sword Drama continue to live up to the theatre dept's legacy. They work hard, they play hard and they do it for the joy of the stage. Not many high schools can say the same.

- My next gig starts in April when I'll be in the ensemble of Media Theatre's Thoroughly Modern Millie. I've wanted to do this show for awhile now so I'm looking forward to the run. Show starts in May and ends in early June.

- I just had a good audition for a 42nd Street Production that would tour 3 cities in two months. I need to audition for any and every tap-related project that comes across the audition notices. Because, although there are tons of male dancers who go to these auditions, many of them just aren't that good. Sure they have that typical chorus boy all-american metrosexual look, but when it comes to actually hitting the boards, they suck. Just sayin'.

- If the rest of the year goes as planned concerning my career, I may just be making some major decisions by 2010.

- I need to start reading some good comics again.

- I really want Spring to get here. And I want Spring. Not two weeks of good weather and then suddenly it's Summer. I want that change of season where everyone starts to thaw from the winter, clothing gets shorter and tighter, the city gets kinda crazy and I can feel the sun on my face every day.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Jay Tomio, of Book Spot Central, pitched me to contribute to his website for a feature called Synergy. A question is thrown out to multiple contributors in an attempt to get as many views as possible on a particular subject. Here was my question:

Can you share something interesting about how you read fiction, the elements of story that you focus on that you’ve noticed others may not — ideally providing a few examples — and why you do so (if you know)?

You can read my response in the Synergy column here.


Thursday, January 15, 2009


...Peter John Rios' engaging tap choreography greatly enhances it; the show bursts with tap solidly delivered by all six performers. One number, "Alexander's Ragtime Band," is downright inspired, and the rest... is best when those taps are clicking.

You can read the full review here:


Friday, January 02, 2009


File this under the "Why am I the last one to find out about these things" category: Robin's Bookstore, the oldest Independent Book Store in Philadelphia, is closing after 73 years. I've been an on-again/off-again customer there since 1992 - when I came to Philly to attend my first year at University of the Arts. Robin's had a great selection of plays, scripts, magazines and, of course, comics at college budget prices. Now, they are discounting everything in the store to move product. After January 5th, everything will be 50% off. Including a diminishing selection of trades ranging from Preacher to Nova to Strangers in Paradise to American Splendor. If you're in the Philadelphia area, give it a look see. I know I'll be spending some X-Mas money there.


Wednesday, December 31, 2008


I read/check Heidi MacDonald's the Beat everyday. I check it first over any other comic news site for the reasons that it's informative, it's (usually) not just a bunch of links to other blogs and it brings back fun times reading Amazing Heroes articles by "Ace" MacDonald.

For example.

In response to her women in the industry post, it was brought up that Fae Desmond, Executive Director of the San Diego Comic-Con, rarely if ever gets mentioned in any kind of lists spotlighting women in comics. And, like Heidi, it definitely gave me an "Of course!" kind of moment. See? Informative.

In a response to the recent the Spirit film release, Heidi wrote open and honestly about how she knows Frank Miller and wasn't going to play the reindeer game of jumping on him for the movie's overall performance, no matter what people may think of that kind of stance. See? Original thought.

So next came the chance to see what she had to say about the ongoing Fox vs WB studio cage-match over the Watchmen movie.

And then I came across the line (emphasis mine): Finally, while fans may be fretting over seeing Carla Gugino in a perky superhero outfit, Paul O’Brien has a useful observation in the comments.

Huh? What? Why is that... who said anything about... isn't that the same as... did she really just write that... ?

Look - I get it. It probably was a low-key, off the cuff comment to make the posting spicy and loose. And who am I to judge? No problem. But not gonna lie; it made me sigh, shake my head, and close the tag.

Whatcha gonna do, right?


Thursday, December 25, 2008


Chris Crank, DC artist Mike Norton and special guest Kevin Mellon (artist on Thirteen Steps, Gearhead) engage in a great "behind the scenes" type discussion on the latest Crank Cast episode. It's an honest, open discussion about what it's like to be a freelance artist in the comic business. They touch on everything from the difficulties in balancing work and a life, payment and pay scales, publisher shenanigans, realities of freelance and creator owned work and more.

It's an interesting off-the-cuff chat that really points out the difference between "those in the know" and "those that assume they're in the know" - myself included. It could go a long way to inform message board discussions, blogs and other podcasts when they start to try and speak from an uninformed sense of authority, especially in terms of sales numbers, creator motivations/decisions and a very base position of working in a field that seems to want to be both secretive and out in the open at the same time.

Give Crank Cast Episode 167 a listen. You wont be disappointed.


Sunday, December 14, 2008


...Dave Gibbons:

Sequential Tart: You spent some time pencilling Green Lantern. Who do you prefer--Hal or Kyle? Why?

Dave Gibbons: Hal, of course! The other guy isn't really Green Lantern, is he?

- Under the Hood, Sequential Tart volume II issue 7, July 1999


Wednesday, December 10, 2008


- In the past 24 hours, I've been in Philly, Delaware, New Jersey and New York.

- I ate 18 individual Now and Later candies on the bus home from NY tonite.

- On Monday the 15th I start my next theatre gig: choreographing a show called Give My Regards to Broadway, which will become a tap dance revue built around popular standards as well as a general overview on the history of the tap. It's a new production - wow, a world premiere! - and is more or less my first fully professional choreography work even though I've been choreographing for community theatre, high schools, summer programs and corporate events since I was sixteen. It'll be up at the Kimmel Center in Phila starting Jan.8.

- Will I make any New Year's resolutions this year? Have I ever really kept my old ones?

- Elizabeth Banks is my new 'It Girl'.

- After GMRTB, I'll be doing my 7th corporate event with Commerce Bank - now called TD Bank - and Zakarak Productions. I'll be teaching again up in Manhattan and I'm looking forward to it since this year the style seems like it'll be a mix of swing and jazz. Very awesome. And it might be even bigger for me this year than in previous years. More to come.

- I'm harboring a crush on someone. Haha.