Two series I did lettering for last year have just arrived in trade paperback editions. Both were in hardcover earlier. Years ago anything I lettered was published once and that was it. Things began to change with the SANDMAN trade paperbacks in the 1990s. Now most things I letter are reprinted in collected editions at least once, sometimes more than once. I like that trend!
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In 1992 I was asked by Marvel editor Lisa Patrick to submit logo sketches for Cable, an X-Men related character who was being given his own series. I did three marker sketches initially, all using thick letters and bold outlines. This one is the most traditional approach. Continue reading
Cover art by Catrin Welz-Stein.
This story of a crippled boy with stubborn resilience and unusual abilities takes place in a small mountain community near the coast of California mostly in 1906. Moojie is twice abandoned by parents. First, he’s dropped on a doorstep as an infant and adopted by a local couple. Moojie’s new mother dies a few years later, and when Moojie’s handicap—a leg that won’t function right and a weak arm—become evident, the boy is dumped at the goat farm of his grandfather, Pappy, in the nearby hills, and Moojie’s adoptive father disappears. Pappy is not thrilled to have the boy, and at first threatens to put him in an orphanage, but over time the two form a grudging partnership as Moojie begins to learn how to help with the farm and its animals. Moojie’s real interest, though, is a group of natives hiding out in the nearby hills who show up at the farm periodically when Pappy is not around. Moojie is fascinated by them; their stories, their activities, and their mysterious ways. He longs to join the band, but they are wary. Moojie longs for a mother like their elder, Ninti, has a crush on the beautiful Babylonia, and is constantly threatened with violence by her boyfriend Sarru’kan. One thing about Moojie that he doesn’t understand greatly impresses the natives, a sort of psychic healing power he can manifest in times of great need, though not on demand. In Moojie’s many adventures with the natives, Pappy, and the townsfolk, he has need of it from time to time, and it always shocks everyone. What will become of this strange boy? Will he be sent off to live with his Irish aunt who he does not like? Will he succeed in joining the native tribe before they are swept up in the holy rapture they feel is coming? Will his father finally return to claim him? This coming of age book, delightfully written, tells the tale beautifully with humor, poetic grace, and surprising characters and situations.
Mummies from the Metropolitan Museum of Art are suddenly coming to life and wreaking havoc in Manhattan. Khalid’s girlfriend Shaya is among those being threatened, and Khalid is quick to take on the threat as Doctor Fate. These are more than mummies, they’re powerful, angry spirits, and the original Doctor Fate, Kent Nelson, comes to help. More is going on here that meets the eyes of the vigilant heroes, and the final page foretells.
We are nearing the end of the Paul Levitz and Sonny Liew run on this title, I have one more to read. I’ve enjoyed it a great deal.
This one really is the cat’s meow. Cover artist Alex Ross, writer Kurt Busiek and interior artist Brent Anderson are in the groove and moving to the rhythm of heroine Jazzbaby and Romeyn Falls in 1928, when the living was good and the music was hot. Even letterers Roshell and Betancourt and colorist Pantazis are at the top of their game. Jazzbaby is delightfully airy and art deco, but when she feels evil lurking beneath the Alhambra Theatre, she doesn’t hesitate to take it on. The occultist Destiné has a special show planned for his audience, and the ancient evil he plans to unleash will not entertain them. Jazzbaby gets some help, but the forces against the heroes are powerful. Who will call the tune?