Yes, this isn’t exactly “breaking news”. However, in light of IDW’s forthcoming 30th Anniversary Silent Interlude hardcover release I found this to be pretty relevant.
A number of years ago, Youtube user xgivanx sat down and “animated” the most famous issue of Larry Hama’s Marvel G.I. Joe run. It’s not as flashy as some of the more recent motion comics that Marvel has produced but this nine minute video is a fun way to revisit one of the most copied comic stories of all time. With the state of Joe being what it is anymore it’s doubtful that we’d ever get a real motion comic version so in the meantime this will have to suffice.
So sit back and enjoy a little lunchtime theater. It might help take the sting out of another Monday…
Larry Hama is known as the “godfather of modern G.I. Joe”. A former soldier himself, this extremely talented writer conveyed a soldier’s perspective in his writing like few others could. No matter what the situation, readers of G.I. Joe always knew that Hama’s characters thought, felt, and acted like REAL people who were serving their country out of a sense of duty and honor– no matter what the cost. His writing inspired countless fans around the globe and has been cited by many as the reason they enlisted in the US Armed Forces. Mr. Hama didn’t glorify a soldier’s life– he presented it warts and all.
Now, Mr. Hama is doing something to “give back” to those who served but that bore the brunt of combat more than others. He’s auctioning off an original “Snake Eyes Homecoming” sketch– an homage to the flashbacks in Issue #36 of the original Marvel run– on Ebay with all proceeds from the sale to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Not only is this a change to own a one-of-a-kind piece of original Larry Hama artwork but more importantly it’s a chance to give something back to those who sacrificed their own well-being to protect ours.
Seriously guys, this is one of those moments where I’ll encourage everyone to “dig deep and give what they can.” If you can’t afford the sketch, make a donation to Wounded Warrior Project and help those who protect our freedoms and our liberties on a daily basis.
Ebay Listing: Snake-Eyes Homcoming sketch by Larry Hama (original pencil drawing)
The auction ends on November 18, 2012 just after 5:00pm CST.
Snake Eyes Homecoming Sketch by Larry Hama
With the 2012 Joe Convention getting underway in New Orleans, you might expect that most of the Joe-related news right now is going to be centered around “Darklon is an exclusive!” or “Ice Cream Soldier is the parachute figure!!” Well, imagine my surprised when Ben Yee of BWTF.com posted a link to a new website…
Currently more of a static image than a fully functioning website (although I suspect this is just a ‘preview’), FP Comics seems to be the publishing arm of Master Collector/Fun Publications. It’s also a site where fans can order previous convention comics for both G.I. Joe and Transformers as well as a series called “Lydia vs. Zombies”. (No idea what it’s about as the individual title links aren’t working right now.) The current main pages indicates that comics will be available in the July edition of Previews from Diamond Comics Distributors.
It’s certainly an interesting move for the folks down at Cattle Baron Drive and one that could pay off for them in the future in a ‘print on demand’ kind of way. With IDW Publishing regular Joe and TF titles I don’t know how much intial appeal this will have but if FP Comics starts to offer trade paperback versions of the monthly Joe news letter comics I know one particular site admin who will be placing an immediate pre-order. (Seriously– the AT comic is surprisingly good!)
Check out the preview over at FPComics.com!
Gee, it’s been a whole few days and I’ve not sung the praises of Robert Atkins on the main page of JBL. You might be asking yourself “Is everything okay? Did they have a fight?” While that is hardly the case, IDW artist extraordinaire has added three posts that might be of particular interest to Joe fans.
On Friday, December 16, Robert posted several “process” pieces detailing the cover design for Snake Eyes #11 which features both Storm Shadow and the soon-to-be-featured-on-film Red Ninjas.
The next day on Saturday, December 17, he posted images of a stunning Firefly commission!
Lastly, on Sunday December 18, the artist discussed his rendering of the Baroness on the cover of G.I. Joe vol 1 #19 and posted several never-before-seen turnarounds of the character.
Seriously– if you’re a fan of G.I. Joe in comic form you owe it to yourself to keep an eye on his blog for a fantastic chance at a glimpse of some behind the scenes insight into some of the best Joe comic art out there!
Seriously– JBL has turned into “RobertAtkinsBattleLines” over the past week. In our proud tradition of talking up his work more than his own mother does, here’s the latest!
Robert’s posted another article at this blog entitled “Cobra Commander Wasn’t Built In A Day” which delves even further into the process of designing the armor and uniform for IDW’s newest Cobra Commander. For those of you who haven’t yet read G.I. Joe vol 2 #8 be forewarned– you’re going to know the Commander’s identity within the first sentences of the article. However, this is one of those unique chances to get inside the creative process for the design of Joe’s preeminent villain.
Don’t take my word for it– check out Cobra Commander Wasn’t Built In A Day!
Okay, I’m starting to sound like a broken record here with all of the new IDW Cobra Commander love. However, if there’s one thing that can sell me on a new character design in a comic it is the caliber of the artist– and there are currently non better on Joe than Robert Atkins!
In his latest blog post, Robert deconstructs the process of creating the forthcoming Cobra Commander cover as well details exactly why the costume design turned out the way it did.
It’s a great “behind the scenes” look at the genesis of the design for Joe’s signature villain.
While you’re there– check out the “Robert Atkins Art Custom Figure Contest” — in which one lucky customizer will be able to win an original 11″ x 17″ commission from Robert himself!
If you’ve been reading comics from IDW’s era of G.I. Joe then you’re most likely a fan of artist Robert Atkins. His artwork has graced the pages of the main Joe title in volume 1 and is currently dominating the action in the intriguing Snake Eyes solo series. It also turns out that he’s one of the minds behind the new design of Cobra Commander.
Over at his blog, Robert Atkins Art, he also unveils some awesome turnarounds of the Commander’s “new robes”. Check it out in his posting Cobra Commander Revealed! Also, be sure to check out G.I. Joe vol 2 #8 that’s hitting shelves today for the reveal on the identity of the new Cobra Commander!
IDW’s G.I. Joe comic franchise took a pretty dramatic turn last year when, in Cobra #12, Joe agent Chuckles ended Cobra Commander’s leadership with a rifle slug. Now, nearly one chronological year later, the new Commander will be revealed in G.I. Joe vol 2 #8, which hits stands tomorrow. It even features a “scratch off cover
If you want to be spoiled as to who the new Commander is, check out this interview at USAToday.com.
You’ve been warned… the article pretty much spills the beans.
What isn’t so spoilery is that the new Commander’s look is also revealed and it’s a pretty dramatic change. In fact, it’s also hauntingly familiar to fans of Sigma 6.
Check out the “Commander’s new robes” below and check out G.I. Joe #8 on shelves tomorrow! (Until then, there’s a preview on Scribd.com.)
It looks like it’s time to start reading the Cobra Civil War. IDW has this to say about Cobra Civil War #0
Cobra Civil War #0
G.I. JOE: Cobra Civil War #0
Chuck Dixon, Mike Costa (w) • Javier Saltares, Antonio Fuso, Agustin Padilla (a) • Tom Feister, Fuso, Gabriele Dell’Otto (c)
COBRA CIVIL WAR BEGINS HERE! The Commander is dead! Long live… Cobra Commander?! But the questions is, who will BE the NEXT Cobra Commander?! The role of Commander must be filled—now the most lethal and cunning Cobra operatives will COMPETE TO REIGN SUPREME. The winner—he who kills the most G.I. JOES—will take the reins of COBRA! Bonus: Ninja Force!!!!! Yeah, baby! 30 big pages of story at regular price! This is the place to jump on board and see what everyone’s been talking about!
*3 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1-to-1 basis
FC • 40 pages • $3.99
The hunt for the new Cobra Commander will run through all three new G.I. Joe series beginning with next month’s three debuts: G.I. Joe #1, Cobra #1, and Snake Eyes #1!
I have mixed feelings about this event. While it is bound to make for some interesting reading, I feel that it happened almost a bit too quickly. We had only just began to get a real glimpse of the current IDW Commander- less used-car salesman and pyramid scheme manager and more of a classic James Bond shadow leader– when he was assassinated by Chuckles in the now infamous single panel kill shot. I’ve enjoyed IDW’s run on G.I. Joe so far when it has strayed into new territory so I’m still along for the ride. Still… I think this event might have had more impact if readers had been exposed to the now-deceased Commander just a bit more.
The following are the titles are hitting comic shops this week from IDW Publishing
Angel 100-Page Spectacular (Nick Runge Regular Cover), $7.99
Eternal Descent Volume 1 TP, $24.99
G.I. JOE Cobra Civil War #0 (Cover A Antonio Fuso), $3.99
G.I. JOE Cobra Civil War #0 (Cover B Gabriele Dell’Otto), $3.99
G.I. JOE Cobra Civil War #0 (Cover C Tom Feister), $3.99
G.I. JOE Cobra Civil War #0 (Javier Saltares Variant Cover), AR
G.I. JOE Cobra Civil War #0 (Tom Feister Cover Gallery Book), AR
G.I. JOE Cobra Civil War #0 (Incentive Lithograph), AR
G.I. JOE Cobra #1 (Hundred Penny Press Edition), $1.00
G.I. JOE Cobra Commander Tribute 100-Page Spectacular (Antonio Fuso Regular Cover), $7.99
Next Men #5 (John Byrne Regular Cover), $3.99
Next Men #5 (John Byrne Sketch Variant Cover), AR
Spike #7 (Of 8)(Nick Runge Regular Cover), $3.99
Spike #7 (Of 8)(Jenny Frison Variant Cover), AR
Star Trek Countdown #1 (Hundred Penny Press Edition), $1.00
Transformers #18 (Cover A Marcelo Matere), $3.99
Transformers #18 (Cover B Nick Roche), $3.99
Transformers #18 (Marcelo Matere Sketch Design Variant Cover), AR
Transformers Rising Storm #3 (Of 4)(Brian Rood Regular Cover), $3.99
Transformers Rising Storm #3 (Of 4)(Carlos Magno Variant Cover), AR
Just in time for the GIJCC in Orlando, the staff at JoeDeclassified (www.joedeclassified.com) have opened their forums for the general public! The staff at JoeDeclassified, led by site owner (and JBL Mod/Joesightings.com Admin) Sam “Nomad” Damon, have diligently worked to put together some of the most comprehensive and informative newsletters on the increasingly vast subject of G.I. Joe. The JoeDeclassified team will be represented at the GIJCC in Orlando from March 31 – April 2 with a booth and copies of the long-awaited Newsletter #4. It will focus on the many incarnations of the G.I. Joe comic books.
Be sure to stop by on the forums at (www.joedeclassified.com/forum/index.php), register and let them know what you think of their work (and possibly submit new ideas for future issues) today!