Marvel Movie Logos, A New Trend?

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Recently Comicraft logo designer JG Roshell sent me a link to this image promoting six future Marvel films with the excited message, “Looks like they’re using my Inhumans logo and your Dr. Strange!” We were both happily surprised by this. Even though there’s no guarantee these logos will continue to be used going forward, it was cool to see. Continue reading

And Then I Read: GODHEAD 1

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When The Source Wall from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World books showed up in a recent Green Lantern family arc, I suppose it was inevitable that Kirby’s New Gods would tangle with the Green Lantern Corps. It was even more likely once the White Lantern Kyle Rayner, possessor of the powers of the entire rainbow of rings, managed to pierce the Source Wall. That was bound to come to the attention of New Gods leader Highfather. If he can capture that power and duplicate it, he can at last achieve the Life Equation he needs to defeat Darkseid. This is comics, of course, so we can expect no final conclusive winner in the battle of good and evil. Thus, it’s all about the telling of the tale. In this opening chapter, the New Gods are explained, the stakes are described, and rings of each color are gathered, causing much trouble for the Corps. It’s not a bad opening, but aside from a few surprising ring-bearing victims, it didn’t offer a lot to engage me. The art and writing has a very “team” feel, it works fine, but I miss the individual story lines and character development that get minimized in such epics. I’ll read the Godhead crossover as it continues in the Corps books I follow, but without great enthusiasm. I do love the large type treatment on the covers, though.

Mildly recommended.

Cape May Birding Weekend

CMLighthouse10-14BlogThis past weekend was New Jersey Audubon’s fall birding festival in Cape May, and I helped out on a few walks, though with other leaders who are better birders than I, so I didn’t have much to add. It was wonderful to be out early on Friday and Sunday, though, with nice weather and lots of birds around. The lighthouse never looked more dramatic than on Friday morning at sunrise!

HawkWatchIn fact, I didn’t take many pictures, as I was busy enjoying the birds with my binoculars most of the time, but here’s a shot from the Hawk Watch platform at the opposite edge of the Cape May Point State Park parking lot from the lighthouse, where watchers and official counters were enjoying hawks, eagles, ducks, geese, and some small birds as well.

CootClubThese American Coots on Bunker Pond next to the Hawk Watch were enjoying some breakfast of pond weed.

SweetgumLeavesBlogOn the park trails, Sweet Gum leaves were a rainbow of colors, and the trees held more small birds like Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, but none close enough to photograph.

CoxCreekWalkSunday’s walk a half dozen miles up the Delaware Bay shore at Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area was equally fun, and we enjoyed lots more birds there, like Bald Eagles, Eastern Bluebirds, and many others.

GBHeronAs usual, I was only able to get a good photo of a reliable Great Blue Heron as it posed in a pond for us. A good time was had by all!

Peter Yarrow in Concert

PeterYarrowEllen and I are long-time fans of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. I’d seen them twice in the 1980s, but Ellen hadn’t, so this past Friday, when she saw that Peter Yarrow of the group would be performing at nearby Stockton State College, she said, “Let’s go!” And we did. When we arrived, Peter was seated outside the Performing Arts Center signing his books for children (Including lovely picture-book and pop-up versions of “Puff the Magic Dragon”).

YarrowSigningThere were about 200 people at the show, many our age or older, but also a contingent of high-schoolers, and many waited in line for a personal moment with the artist, who was enjoying meeting and talking to everyone.

EllenwithPeterInside, it was a fine, fun show. Peter is getting up there in age, doesn’t sing real well, but he clearly loves what he does, and his enthusiasm, sense of humor, and stories about his life and career greatly enhanced the experience. He did some new songs, including “Never Give Up,” a new personal anthem co-written with the Dalai Lama, and plenty of numbers from the Peter, Paul and Mary catalog, including Mary’s hit, John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” and Paul’s “Wedding Song,” written by Noel Paul Stookey for Peter’s own wedding, and still very popular at weddings today. (We had it performed at ours.) The highlight of the evening for many, including Ellen, was the chance to join Peter on stage to perform “Puff,” that’s her in the pink shirt in the back. Peter began by inviting all the children present to join him, but when it became clear there weren’t many in this audience (he’d done an afternoon show geared for kids), he broadened the invitation to “children under 60.”

Ellen with Peter Yarrow from Todd Klein on Vimeo.

Here’s an excerpt from that performance to give you the flavor. We had a wonderful time.

And Then I Read: SWAMP THING 35

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Swamp Thing butts heads with the avatar of a realm previously unknown to him, that of metal and machines. It occurs to me that this is kind of going the route of the Green Lantern franchise with their rainbow of rings, here we have an expanding number of “realms.” Writer Charles Soule makes it quite entertaining, though, so I’m for it thus far. The machine avatar has an interesting proposal for Alec Holland: he wants to “manage” The Green for him, freeing him to attend to other business. Alec is not buying this, and decides to investigate further. The art by Jesus Saiz is excellent, as ever, and the colors by Matt Hollingsworth and letters by Travis Lanham all help make this a winning package.