March photo a day: Where you relax

Thanks for joining me on my very last entry for March Photo a Day! I hope you enjoyed the posts, and I hope you'll cherish them, because that's the most regularly I will ever have posted here on chezkevin. The final photo today will be "where you relax."


I've taken a photo, instead of a comic scan, of my dorm room wall, which I think depicts a lot of the things that make me relax. Together, they create a place. . . of. . . relaxation. . .? Here's a bulletpoint run-down of each item, from top-left to bottom-right:
  • That big poster up there is DC's "Drawing the line at $2.99" ad from a 2010 edition of Comic Shop News. None of the heroes have their nu52 costumes, and Wonder Woman has that weird costume from when Straczynski was writing her.
  • 42nd St Playbill cover: I attended my University's premiere musical show in the winter, and I enjoyed it enough to post on my wall. TO the right of that is a Chicago Bulls poster, of Carlos Boozer taking on Lebron James to the hoop. This was during their 2010 playoffs hubbub, and was courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.
  • There are four comic book covers to the right of that: A beautiful variant cover of Wolverine: Origins from Mark Texeira, a Web of Spider-Mancover by Gabrielle Dell'Otto, a Secret Avengers cover from John Cassady and a Captain America cover by Steve McNiven.
  • Last row now: These two beside each other are ads for the Nintendo franchise, Metroid and the Capcom franchise, Resident Evil. I'm fond of both video games.
  • To the right of these are two problems I solved for my classes, and three comic book covers. The middle paper solves a problem on stochastic processes, and the paper in the lower-right corner is the derivation for the electric field due to a loop of charge. There's an Usagi Yojimbo cover from last year, a Batman #1 and a Wonder Woman #1 that's actually signed by Brian Azzarello himself. He came to Comix Revolution on the day it released, so I got a copy for myself, for him to sign.
 That does it for my little wall. It makes me happy to look at, and it makes me happy to type about, because each picture reminds me of a specific time in my life. I'm going to fill in some space with the new American Vampire storyline that just concluded, so I'm going to be eviscerating even more of my comic book issues.

Any comments? Anything to share of your own? Drop a line here.

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Best of March 2012: Ultimate Spider-Man and friends

Hey party people. For those of you who missed it, Marvel shipped out previews for their Ultimate Spider-Man Premiere comic this week (this is the comic adaptation of the upcoming cartoon on Disney XD this Sunday). This is the full first issue: if your shop didn't get ahold of this, you can still obtain a free digital copy from comiXology (mine didn't). The link is here. 


There's no credit for the art, so I'm assuming it's all screencaps from the first episode. Even so, it all works together, and I chuckled at a lot of the site gags in the comic. I don't have cable, and I don't intend on watching cable, but I hope this cartoon takes off.

Now for this month's highlights!


by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque

This is a good horror moment that continues to explain Travis Kidd's hatred of vampires. Put within the context of the comic (a high-octane fight between Travis and Skinner, the American Vampire), it's out-of-place and muddles the comic's tone.

by Bendis, Aaron, Cho and Keith

Is there nothing more terrifying than a dinosaur's head on a rocket? Is America -- nay, the world, ready for rocket rex?

Check out the way M.O.D.O.K.'s legs frame the page. That huge leg in the middle tells you to read the left panels, before moving onto the right. Do you see that hint of a leg in the lower right corner? The white background of the webpage obscures it, but when you're holding it in real-life, it mimics the crease of the page, inviting you to turn it. Holy shit, Frank, that's amazing. It's a perfect visual story on these two pages.

by Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera
I think Daredevil was phenomenal this month. I'm a little miffed that the Buy Pile doesn't agree with me, but, I genuinely feel that every page is worth showing to you. Since copyright laws, here are two clips about mortality:


Really heavy stuff. Matt's escape scene from the giant cave monster is detailed in the previews as well: the full three pages are nothing short of brilliant, visually and word-ually. Check it out for yourself.

by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
The Flash seems to be fighting an uphill battle, since every time he uses his powers, he runs the risk of opening up a wormhole, which Iris West finds herself in. And, everyone in Central City blames him for the power blackout. The Flash is getting an unusual amount of bad PR, so here's to hoping that it gets better.

After the conclusion of Capt. Cold's storyline, there's about 6 or so pages of checking in on random people, from Gorilla Grodd to Director Singh and Patty Spivot. It's the weakest part of the issue. What the creative team needs to do is, to focus on a story and tell it. Organize your thoughts.

by Dan Abnett and I.N.H. Culbard
When it comes to zombies, you're going to be killing a lot of them, so the more creative the better. Here's one example from the (six-page!) preview for The New Deadwardians. I liked it enough to pick up the issue, and I think you should give it a try too.

What follows are the highlights for a few comics, that I haven't gotten around to talking about yet. I'll get to them next week if I haven't collapsed in a pile of my own mucus (I'm sick by the way).

The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #1
by Brian Churilla

I dig that this was 22 story pages, with no ads. I dig that this is coming from the work of one guy. I dig the secret-agent-that-assassinates-monsters-in-the-dreamworld-and-kills-their-people-counterpart-in-reality vibe. What I don't dig is that this was $3.99, without much to justify it. I picked this up on Don MacPherson's recommendation, but I won't continue it, unless in collected edition down the road.

Thief of Thieves #2
by Kirkman, Martinbrough and Spencer

A very flashback-heavy issue, with a killer final page. Redmond isn't a complete character to me yet, but he's getting there, and I'm interested in reading more. Tell me a story guys.

Ultimate Comics All-New Spider-Man #8
by Bendis and Pichelli
What a great pose! Spider-Man's been around for 40+ years, I've been reading him for about 10, and let me tell you that I've never seen a panel like this. Keep it coming.

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March photo a day: toy

chezkevin is on break. Regular posts will continue on April. Until then, enjoy a photo comic scan a day, according to fatmumslim's photo prompts.


Moonstone shows off her new action figure in Thunderbolts: Breaking Point, by Christos Gage and Bryan Denham.

What a good role model!

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March photo a day: feet

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Those boots were made for kicking! Felicia Hardy takes on the Kingpin in Brian Bendis and Mark Bagley's Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Warriors.

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Serials for today: AvX #0, Flash #7, etc.

TIt's an all-new, all-action Wednesday! I hadn't visited my local shop in the past three weeks, due to finals and spring break, so imagine my excitement to see Comix Revolution packed today! Fathers brought their sons, people brought their friends. It's an exciting time for comics, and it's an exciting time to blog about them.

American Vampire #25
by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque

Issue 25 is the conclusion to the four-part "Death Race" storyline, and it couldn't come sooner. The fight/chase scene that started four issues ago comes to an end, and it turns out to be a disappointing one that draws on prior knowledge from another storyarc. That's a big problem: when I jumped on with issue 22, I expected a self-contained story. Instead, I got a four-issue fight scene that ended in a stalemate with a hook that depended on my reading the previous storyarc.

I've dealt with this enough to drop the title. American Vampire expects the reader to be reading it as a trade, so it's a title I don't need to be picking up serially.

AvX #0
by Bendis, Aaron, Cho and Keith

I picked this up on the strength of the free preview -- and I'm glad I did! Bendis pens a story with Frank Cho, on the Scarlet Witch, while Aaron takes on Hope Summers, with Frank Cho. What results is a solid introduction to these two ladies of Marvel. I'm not exactly sure how this leads into the Avengers beatin' on the X-folks, but I'm willing to read more.

Cho's storytelling is really stunning, and he's so creative with the way the characters pop out of the panels. Even at $3.99, this issue is not to be missed.

Daredevil #10
by Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera

Dig that cover! It looks like a dime novel, or a pulp magazine. Daredevil finishes his tour of the underground in this issue -- and it's a doozy. That fourth page, where he escapes the trench monster is undeniably brilliant.

What follows is Matt's confrontation with the Mole Man, as well as his confrontation with the mortality of the human body. It's an emotionally tough scene, and Matt deals with it in a cathartic, positive sense.

A few highlights:
  1. Daredevil questions Mole Man, expecting the guy to do something with the corpse, but Mole Man admits: he just wanted to spend one more moment with her, even dead. This being comic books, Daredevil figures Moley's up to something, maybe to even resurrect her, but he's not. This time, the Mole Man is the reality check, because heknows that dead is dead.
  2. Daredevil carries back Lorna's corpse to the surface -- ignoring all the other corpses, because he knows he can't take them all back. He doesn't have the strength. Instead, he takes pieces from the Valley of Diamonds, and makes new tombstones for the dead, with those pieces embedded. It's a beautiful compromise that respects the fallen.
  3. There's this excruciating page of Daredevil, holding Lorna's body, walking through the bed of corpses that the Mole Man unearthed. Totally broke my heart.
The New Deadwardians #1
by Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard

Is there enough room for another vampire story, let alone a vampire comic? I think so: Abnett and Culbard take us to Victorian England, in which the upper class are vampires and the lower class are mindless flesh-eating zombies. Abnett excels at the world-building here, and you get a good sense of George Suttle, Scotland Yard's sole homicide detective (because everybody's already dead!).


The murder mystery comes from the death of a "young," a teenage vampire, who hasn't been decapitated, who hasn't been incinerated and who hasn't been impaled and who hasn't been gobbled up by a restless (zombie), but is dead nonetheless. It's a head-scratcher, and I'll stick with it for the rest of the seven issues.

The Flash #7
by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

This is the conclusion to Captain Cold's two-part return, and it's not bad. The writing still has to catch up to how amazing the art is, but I think it's getting there, a step at a time. Captain Cold's storyline ends pretty much how you expect it to, but there's a lot of other things to juggle, specifically what people think the Flash did, what he really did, where people think Barry Allen is, where he really is. I can see why readers would be lost.

There's this part where Patty Spivot breaks down in tears, because she never got a chance to tell Barry that she loved her -- because she thinks he got sucked up in the wormhole that the Flash created -- because that's what happens when the Flash runs too fast -- that part comes off as a little disingenuous, because we all know that Barry's all right! Don't worry Patty!

Otherwise, I love the cliffhanger, I love holding the two-page spreads at arm's length, and just looking at them and I love The Flash. It's only going to get better.

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March Photo a Day: Trash

chezkevin is on break. Regular posts will continue on April. Until then, enjoy a photo comic scan a day, according to fatmumslim's photo prompts.


Fred Dunlavey and Ryan Van Lente explain Sturgeon's Law, in Comic Book Comics #6. The comics that followed Watchmen were 90% trash, 10%. . . luminous cheese. . .?

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March Photo a Day: My name

chezkevin is on break. Regular posts will continue on April. Until then, enjoy a photo comic scan a day, according to fatmumslim's photo prompts.


I have a starring role in a couple panels of Paul Jenkins and Mark Buckingham's Peter Parker: 
Spider-Man!


And I'm smarter than the Vulture too! How cheesy!

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March Photo a Day: Key

chezkevin is on break. Regular posts will continue on April. Until then, enjoy a photo comic scan a day, according to fatmumslim's photo prompts.

Who needs a key when you can jimmy the lock open? Redmond shows Celia how to steal a car in Thief of Thieves #1.

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March Photo a Day: Breakfast

chezkevin is on break. Regular posts will continue on April. Until then, enjoy a photo comic scan a day, according to fatmumslim's photo prompts.


This is what a good part of a balanced breakfast does for you. From House of Mystery, by Matt Sturges, Bill Willingham and Luca Rossi.

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March Photo a Day: Animal

chezkevin is on break. Regular posts will continue on April. Until then, enjoy a photo comic scan a day, according to fatmumslim's photo prompts.


Spider-Cat! Half animal, half super-hero, all-amazing! From Spider-Island: I Love NY.

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March Photo a Day: Moon

chezkevin is on break. Regular posts will continue on April. Until then, enjoy a photo comic scan a day, according to fatmumslim's photo prompts.


The Kingpin anticipates a gang war, in Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Warriors, by Brian Bendis and Mark Bagley.

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March photo a day: delicious

chezkevin is on break. Regular posts will continue on April. Until then, enjoy a photo comic scan a day, according to fatmumslim's photo prompts.


Kara "Supergirl" Zor-El shares a cheeseburger with Tim "Robin" Drake, in Superman/Batman #62! by Rafael Albuquerque et al.

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March photo a day: Before & After

chezkevin is on break. Regular posts will continue on April. Until then, enjoy a photo comic scan a day, according to fatmumslim's photo prompts.



Atomic Robo, trying to study for a physics exam in Shadow from Beyond Time. This happens to me a lot too. . .

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March photo a day: Funny

chezkevin is on break until April. For now, enjoy a photo comic scan a day, according to fatmumslim's photo prompts.


Does that include pizza with. . . anchovies? From my library's copy of Strange Tales.

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March Photo a Day: A corner of my home

chezkevin is on break. Regular posts will continue on April. Until then, enjoy a photo comic scan a day, according to fatmumslim's photo prompts.


In Scott Pilgrim's home, everywhere you look is a corner!

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March Photo a Day: Green

chezkevin is on break. Regular posts will continue on April. Until then, enjoy a photo comic scan a day, according to fatmumslim's photo prompts.


Scott Pilgrim is being green, by taking public transportation. From Bryan Lee O'Malley's excellent Scott Pilgrim saga.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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blogiversary recap + the next two weeks

Sharp readers will notice that I was supposed to announce the winner of the giveaway from last week's offering of Arkham Asylum. Nobody participated. I put a fair amount of effort into getting that post out there, but the results are less than ideal. I was originally planning on continuing these giveaways for the month, but I don't have the energy to promote all that again, yet. I'll try again later.

I had my last final this morning, and I had a big phone interview. Suffice to say, I'm a little exhausted, and I'm going to spend spring break next week, visiting my sister in New York. If you guys know of cool things in New York that I should do, do recommend them in the comments.


Over the next two weeks, this blog will be on a scheduled break and there will be empty space here in between. I hope to use the time to recharge my batteries and come back in April to talk more with you, the well-read chezkevinisto/ista, on those most comic of books, comic books. In the meantime, here's where else you can find me on the internet.

Photobucket: My username on this thing is airhikec001, and it's the main place I keep my scans for this blog. There's also a slideshow on the left bar of this blog, of my numerous uploads. I'm at 2,137 images, as of this writing, which occupies 2.5 GB of the 10 GB limit. I have several images on my Picasa Web Album from Google as well, but I prefer Photobucket, because it's easier to sift through every photo.


Quick readers will note that I post scans in the "pages" album, sometimes a week before actually blogging about them. This is a good way to tell the future, and see what I'm going to blog about! In fact, I have a page-worth of scans from Comic Book Comics and Mega Man that I'm not going to talk about until at least a week. Uploads on this site will be sparse going forward into the next two weeks.

Twitter: My username on this thing is chezkevintam. chezkevin was actually taken, which was a little disappointing.

I talk about my life, which is surprisingly about more than comic books. If you too have a twitter, let me know! Let's follow each other!

Swap.com: I've realized that I don't need several of the comic books in my possession, and, even worse, I don't care for some of them. So I've put them up on swap.com to try to trade them in for other items. ifanboy.com actually referred me to this website in one of their superior op-ed articles, and I'm hoping to get some good comic book mileage out of this. If you have a few comic books you don't care for, consider using this website.

I also have a mapmyrun.com, because I'm an occasional jogger, as well as a facebook. If you look hard enough, you can find the Kevin Tam that's me. I also keep a livejournal, which is an archive of my blogging experience from high school. So, in summary:
  • check me out on the internet.
  • tell me about cool things to do in NY.
  • See you in two weeks. 
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chezkevin classics: Spidey and the Tentacle Monster

In celebration of chezkevin's 500th blogiversary, I'm re-presenting many posts because I'm a lazy butt that deserved more attention. Today is a post from December 15, 2009 and it's a good'un.

 Another Mighty Marvel Masterpiece from Stan and Steve!

Spidey meets an all-new, all-horrible foe!



Greater than the Lizard's scales! More terrible than Doc Ock's shades!



Not even we know how to get outta this one, webheads!



Wouldja believe -- tentacle rape? Quick! Use your spidey-sense!



Hurl your body into the blazing fire!


From Amazing Spider-Man #37, by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

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Serials for 3-14: Ultimate Spider-Man and 2 more

Ultimate Comics All-New Spider-Man #7
by Brian Bendis and Chris Samnee
20 story pages, $3.99

This issue concludes Samnee's two-part run with the Ultimate Universe's all-new Spider-Man, but it doesn't feel all that "concluding." Bendis continues the story pattern of, "Miles tests his powers as Spider-Man, while other things happen in the background." It just so happens that it all looks so awfully nice, and that I don't have the willpower to cancel my subscription to Marvel Comics, that I keep reading this title.

There's a cute page at the end with a sticker that you peel, in order to find the redemption code for your digital copy. It's a much more waste-efficient strategy then stuffing every issue into a plastic bag so customers can't peek into the comic and take the code. I approve!

Now, we enter the portion where I gush about Spider-Man art:

I'm very fond of this panel. I love the way it uses the page space to show Spider-sense. Innovative!


Here's Miles, doing a fist pump after beating up Omega Red. Fist pump!

Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1
by Mike Mignola and Tonzi Zonjic
22 story pages, #3.50

So I read this about 3 weeks ago, and I'm afraid I've just lost whatever opinion I ever had on it. It takes place in the 50s, so the fashion is legitimately fun to look at, but I didn't really understand what was the point of the comic: I was hoping to see Lobster Johnson brand somebody with that palm of his, but we only get to see it after the fact. There are 22 pages worth of story, but I don't feel that there was enough of a lead to hook me for the future issues. I'm afraid I have to pass on this miniseries.

I don't have any highlights to show you, but there was this one two-page spread that had a particularly awesome picture of a horse:


I love those horse-y legs. Human beings don't have inverted joints on their forearms, but horses do.

. . . what if we're the inverted ones?

Secret Avengers #24
by Rick Remender and Gabriel Hardman
20 story pages, $3.99

Here comes Venom, in Remender's second installment of the high-octane, spy-fi version of Marvel's Avengers! The cover's a bit of a mislead, because Venom doesn't really show up, and Flash (the current holder of the symbiote suit) Thompson's main role in the issue is to be pointed at by Hawkeye and be told that he can't join the cool kids club. It's actually an excellent panel:

Hardman knows how to take Remender's script and turn it into a visual story. The layouts have a high level of creativity, and so does the story. This time around the story's about Ant-Man's need to redeem himself, and it closes on an excellent note to bookend that story.

Secret Avengers doesn't get a lot of hype: it's not a loud comic book from a superstar creative team, but it's telling a worthy comic book story that could use a bit more attention. But -- you gotta keep it on the down-low okay? These Avengers are secret.

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chezkevin classics: Get Down America!

In celebration of chezkevin's 500th blogiversary, I'm diving into the archive to re-present some posts that deserved more attention. Today is a post from September 9, 2008, amidst Obama's campaign for the White House. I think it remains just as relevant today.

Forget about Obama!

Nuts to McCain! 

Howard's where it's at; get down America!


Look out world, Howard's running for prez, and here are some concrete reasons why your vote belongs in the FFP: the Feathered Fowl Party!

ONE: He sees the issues for what they really are! No illusions here my friend!


TWO: He cares about his fellow American!


THREE: He won't take his office for granted!


So get down America! Vote Howard for Prez in '08!

Read more about Howard's campaign:
Get Down America!
A Big Thanks to Teddy Roosevelt
Will No One Consider Kamchatka?

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