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Thursday, December 29, 2011

EEP! I forgot! Teen Titans 4 came out yesterday!

Here are the pencils for that last DPS of issue 4. It's easily my favorite issue to ship so far. Frostbite begone! 

Also here's an interesting thread on Atheism in the DC Universe. I would have said it wouldn't be possible with all the gods wondering around but this thread changed my thinking a bit. Interesting reasoning. 



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Backlash 2011

I couldn't get my creative juices working yesterday. So I decided to work on a sketch (sometimes this helps.) I like redesigning characters so that's why you see all these things:) 

This sort of plays on my original design for the character, not that anyone but me and a few others have even seen it. This was just something for fun, there are no plans at this point for him in the DC 52.



Friday, December 16, 2011

No Superman?!? NOOOOOOO!

Was just told that this image of Superman go cut from issue 5. Grrr... It would have been faded out as Kal El's not actually in TT5, he's just being talked about. I'm wondering if Scott got a little wordy and they needed more space....

And then I was messing around the other day and decided to redesign Ted Kord a bit for a print Andrew and Norm want to do.



Monday, December 12, 2011

Teen Titans 7 cover!


Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
1:25 B&W Variant cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale MARCH 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Are the Teen Titans ready to stage an assault on N.O.W.H.E.R.E.? No way! But as Red Robin explains to the rest of his team, they’ll have to rally to save the Superboy from certain death. And through all of this, only Solstice learns a secret Red Robin has been hiding that could tear the team apart just as they have finally come together!



Sunday, December 11, 2011

Original Bunker designs.

Originally Bunker, AKA Migs, AKA M.A.G. (or Mega Arm Guy) was going to transform into a monster guy. But we scrapped this

Next we were going to try and make him look more like a hugely muscled guy with the skin removed. But we already had 2 strong characters so we scrapped this.

We went back to the monster thing, with this being his final form.

Partially transformed here.

Scott didn't like the spikes so I took them off. He still got scrapped, too much like Bugg... or Skitter.

I'm starting Teen Titans 7 today. So I'll hopefully have a sneak peak in the few day!



This Sunday: Young man, there's no need to feel down!



Sunday, December 4, 2011

This Sunday: No need for Jesus?

I was reading some blogs and some of the comments I read got me thinking. Modern gene theory, population genetics and evolutionary biology all say that there isn't a magical point were a protohuman became a human. It's a gradual shifting from one to the other. No one even knows where this 'human' shift took place, where Neanderthal like us? Unlike us? Were they what most people would consider human? What about Homo Heidelbergensis? And Erectus?

There have been times in our history when the human population was small but it never hit only 2. This would show up as a genetic bottleneck that didn't happen. We can see in the Cheetah population that something like this did happen around 10,000 years ago so there is precedence for it.

If there was no, for lack of a better term, Adam and Eve... then there would be no original sin (which I always thought was silly idea.) But if there was no Adam and Eve or original sin... then what's the point of Jesus? There is no need for him, he becomes just an interesting idea... well an idea, I never really got why God had to personify himself and then get himself killed... for a sin he made up and forced on us. If he's punishing humans why aren't the humans redeeming themselves?

Anywho, here's an interesting article on 'free will'.



Thursday, November 24, 2011

Teen Titans art for sale

I do have issue 2 as well, I just haven't had a chance to go through it yet!

3 cover $900 (on hold)
4 cover $650
6 cover $1000

Issue 3:

1   $400
2-3 $550
4   $200
5   $50
6   $350 (on hold)
7   $200
8   $150
9   $300
10  $110
11  $200
12  $175
13   $175



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bunker stuff...

Over on DC's blog is a short post about Bunker. Over on Bleeding Cool is a short post about Bunker's ass. SOOOOOOOOO Funny! Made my week! And this is a page from issue 5 of Bunker going toe to toe with Superboy... who's ass isn't on this page. But it is on pages 13, 16 and 17 of that issue... so watch for it;P



Hmmm.... maybe I should change the name of the post... 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

This Sunday; They deserve to DIE! And other things;)

So there was a large Skepticon convention in Missoura this weekend, and part of the fun was visiting another one of those crazy Creation Museums. Here's an account of the trip. Some interesting reading to the minds of some Creationists.  So by this logic, why is suicide an eternal punishment... or why aren't they offing each other and everyone else since they think it's better to be dean than alive? Ah, that strange murky logic.

And over here we have a big ass take down of the ever popular mantra The Nazi's were Darwinists. Not that it will change many minds, as apparently feelings are more important than evidence. 

And here's a post on a new book about the evolution of eyes. What's good is half an eye? Why it's better than no eye at all! But seriously, that's not how it works, evolution works in stages, not all or nothing... or half or nothing. 

Here's a better image of that Jesus in the dog butt. The face on this one looks like it might have been messed with, but I didn't look to closely!

And then The Pope got caught making out with another religious dude... I guess it's not unexpected... it is unexpected that the dude is old enough to shave;) Cue outrage. Yes I know that's not what it is but it's funnier;P



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Teen Titans 3 teaser image

 Posted this on twitter to see if I could start some question and answer dialogue. Worked for about an hour then I guess people got boarded with me;)

New bad guy from TT 3, which will be out next week!



OK, this is funny!

I try to keep the politics light on the blog (I said TRY;)) So I kept quiet about the whole Frank Miller Occupy Wall Street thing. And I'm still going to, but this was so good I had to post it. Found via Bleeding Cool and originally done by Richard Pace.

That is all....



Monday, November 14, 2011

Teen Titans 6!

Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
1:25 Variant cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
On sale FEBRUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. The variant cover will feature the standard cover in a wraparound format.
In the aftermath of their battle with Superboy, the Teen Titans make a horrifying discovery: Kid Flash has been knocked out of synch! If they are going to save their teammate, the badly beaten and battered teens need to sneak into the New York branch of S.T.A.R. Labs – which means that this issue guest-stars none other than Virgil Hawkins, a.k.a. Static! But if the team was hoping to use the lab for some downtime, they are going to be disappointed, because now they must battle a new, young team of supervillains known only as 2.0! All this and the debut of Kid Flash’s new costume!

I just drew that guy on page 9!



Sunday, November 6, 2011

This Sunday: Hail the Cosmic Kitty!

Pulled from here. It's been photoshopped, but it is funny! And it shows how easily the human mind can be tricked, fooled or messed with. I watched a show a few months ago on either NatGeo or Discovery, were they pulled a 'crime' on some observers, half the people in the initial interview got everything wrong, and later they planted some ringers who purposely gave out wrong info and that got assimilated as fact by those same original observers for a mock trial. The conclusion? Eyewitnesses are NOT evidence nor should what they say happened be trusted. Why is this important? Well the whole notion that people saw Mohammad raise to the heavens or Jesus dying on the cross or even him existing is based on eye witness testimony, if that's unreliable then what proof is there?

It all boils down to a book, or in this case 2 books. Books that offer a few tidbits on morality, some of which are actually good and found in other religions and culture all over the world BEFORE said books were written. And others that are completely bat shit crazy or harmful. So what does it really have to offer? Good feelings? Can't you get those WITHOUT all the red tap and hate that goes with religion?

Sorry, I could go on, but I've read just the most incredible BS about religion these last few weeks, I simply can't get around how people can take it seriously anymore. Boggles the mind



Monday, October 31, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Teen Titans 2 Preview on CBR!

Head over to CBR for the first 5 pages and then head to your LCBS tomorrow for the comic! It's way better than the Flash;P

Now back to finishing up issue 5.



Sunday, October 23, 2011

This Sunday: Go elsewhere;P

Sorry, busy this week, so I'm not going to post anything but I'll send you to a few places that I thought were interesting:

Why Evolution is True has a great post about the difference between science and religion.

And since it's Halloween next weekend.... I think... here's an 'interesting' ie; scary site about spreading the Word of God to those heathens on October 31! It's a modern day version of Christians co opting holidays for their own nefarious purpose! It's the Winter Solstice all over again, the horror!

And finally the Bible Stories are 'real' because they are 'true'... or not real but true?! or something;P

Have fun, talk amongst yourselves, I'll chime in if I have time or need a break:)



Saturday, October 22, 2011

Kid Flashes!

This one is by Franko, more here!

Big thanks to Mark Maslauskas for going around to cons and getting Bart Sketches! They all look wonderful! 

I'm finishing up issue 5 this week so posting will be a bit light, but TT2 ships Wednesday so I'll see what I can do about posting something:)



Vampires HOOOOO!

I saw this posted on Blastr, I had to share it with you! There are hints but you shouldn't need most of them!



Wednesday, October 19, 2011


I have to draw BART in his 'final' costume this week for the #6 cover. So I did up a quick sketch to jog my memory a bit. It's been months since I drew it before;)



Monday, October 17, 2011

Max Mercury!

Ok, just more of me messing around, nothing about this is real. I was simply taking a break, everyone else was having fun at NYCC and I got the hankering to do a new redesign of Max thanks to the SpeedForce interview. So here he is. Tough one, his regular costume is pretty plain so not a lot to work with. But I made him skirting the SpeedForce:)

Oh and Rich, again don't read into this, just me having a spot of fun;P



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Teen Titans 1 signing pictures!

Norm (left,) Scott (middle,) and Brian Buccellatto (right,) at their signing a few weeks ago for the Teen Titans and Flash 1 release. Thanks to David Hatfield for sending me the pictures of not only the signing but of a few sketches Scott and Norm did:)

Norm can do some great work all on his own:) Can you see who Norm's influence in this image is? Hint: it's not George Perez..

Scott's style had a vaguely South Parkian look to it... Blame Canada! 

Thanks again David! I hope everyone there had a great time!

And for you Wally West fans a quicky interview I did for Speedforce about Wally:)

And no Rich, I have no new news to report on him, I'm just a big fan;)



Thursday, October 6, 2011

Yet ANOTHER Wally West Flash

This time face on. I wanted to mess with the insignia a bit, plus yesterday was my day off and I got tired of reading so I drew this up whilst watching the TV. And again this is NOT part of, the DCnU.. or New 52 or whatever it's being called. 



Sunday, October 2, 2011

This Sunday; Im too tired!

Sorry, exhausted. I haven't found anything good or what not so here are a few images I got from here, with DINOSAURS!

If you look closely, Jesus doesn't appear to be sitting, he's floating, magic! Or bad art... but since it's sunday, Magic! And of course the awesome logic of Archologists has given us proof that dinosaurs survived the flood because the 'know'.... RIIIIIGHT! I guess they haven't talked to Ancient Alien Theorists yet, they 'know' really it was all Aliens! You don't need evidence when you 'know'. My head just exploded... 

And of course what would have actually happened on the ark. Fricken propane stoves! I think that T. rex is from The Last Dinosaur.... It's a good thing they only eat coconuts or Noah would be screwed, maybe that's why they had small arms, just damaged from that explosion! I just solved something, because I 'know' I'm right;P!!!!

Why the dinosaurs this week? Terra Nova... I watched it last Monday. Carnotaurs were OK, the 'Slashers' were far to fat to be leaping around like that. The story.... I think it has the most cliches in movie history, all that was missing was the pregnant mother! Horrible, boring and I was hoping all the humans would be eaten. Seriously, eaten. That's 2 hours I won't ever get back! Well At least Doctor Who was good:)

Ok, back to work!



Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thank you by way of an issue 5 tease;)

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the kind words about TT1. So here's a tease from issue 5:)



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Teen Titans #1 Out TODAY!

Norm and Scott will be signing this evening in LALA land. With Flash writer and colorist Brian Bucellato.
Head on over I believe there may be a new Flash issue this week as well. I haven't heard much about it;P

Wednesday, September 28
Meet Teen Titans’ Scott Lobdell and Norm Rapmund and The Flash’s Brian Buccellato
5:30 to 7:30
The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 372-6704
Original Art from Teen Titans #1 will be on display (so that's why I only got issue 2 art back.)

Have fun, I sent Norm some signed issue one so I want to see a bloody, bloody battle for them. Maybe in the form of a raffle.

Starting issue 5 today!



Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Egad! He's GAY?!?!

Breaking news! Ok, not really. Yesterday on the Twitter Gail Simone tweeted:

Gail Simone: Tomorrow I am on a panel not listed on the schedule, WHERE ARE THE GAY SUPERHEROES, at 11:00 am, in Mezzanine 1. It’ll be great!

Brett Booth: We got at least one in Teen Titans:)

Gail Simone: Really? Who is the gay superhero in TT? Can you say?

Brett Booth: Bunker is gay (the purple guy, I know, not my first color choice!)

Brett Booth: We’re trying to make being gay a part of who he is, your gaydar should be pinged right off the bat:)

Gail Simone: Thanks, Brett! I don’t know the character, but I would love to hear about him so I can tell people to look out for him!

Brett Booth: First appearance other than the cover to 1.

Scott and I have done a bunch of interviews and I know I mentioned this to someone... this didn't seem like a big deal to me. But after reading things from multiple news sources I guess it may be. And I do have to commend some of the commenters on Bleeding Cool interesting stuff!

I'll see if I can answer a few things before the "Won't someone think of the children!" hysteria begins (too late I see!)

Let's see, this is from Scott Lobdell:

His real name is Miguel Jose Barragan.   He was raised in a very small Mexican village called El Chilar.  He was very loved by his family and the village as well -- and they were as accepting of his homosexuality as they were to his super powers when they first manifested.   To that end he grew up in an angst-free environment.   He was born out of the closet and so he has a very refreshing outlook on life.

So Bunker has been out of both closets since the get go. Why the more flamboyant look? Well it's complicated. I've seen all the other gay superheroes out there, Ok maybe not all. They look just like regular heterosexuals, they act like regular heterosexuals, they just happen to have sex with people of their own gender, under the covers and in the dark. Sure you might get a kiss on a page, but that's all (an no we won't be doing any sex scenes in TT, get your minds OUT of the gutters;) 

We wanted to show an interesting character who's homosexuality is part of him, not something that's hidden. Sure they are gay people who you wouldn't know are gay right off the bat, but there are others who are a more flamboyant, and we thought it would be nice to actually see them portrayed in comics. Did we go over the top, I don't think so. I wanted you to know he might be gay as soon as you see him. Our TT is partly about diversity of ANY kind, its about all kinds of teens getting together to help each other. It is a very difficult line to walk, will he be as I've read in some of the comments 'fruity'? Not that I'm aware of. Will he be more effeminate than what we've seen before, the 'typical' gay male comic character, yes. Does it scare the shit out of me that I might inadvertently piss off the group I want to reflect in a positive way, you're damn straight (pun intended!)

The Pink shirt has been changed to blue, it's only pink because his costume is actually showing a bit, we didn't want too many different colors. But I think the blue works just as well. I would have used that image but I don't know if I got that change in my files... 

As for the children.. Most simply don't know or don't care. It's not like Migg's is going to be doing a one man gay pride parade. I don't t hink we even mention that he's gay, you see him, you know it, no need to harp on about it. He's just a happy fun loving guy! He won't be wearing anything that I haven't seen at Walmart. Well maybe Target;)

So if you have any questions ask away. If it's about how much you hate homosexuals, please don't bother, I'm pro gay rights and marriage, and rather than give you your 15 minutes I think I'll just delete it. I may be willing to take some heat but I don't enjoy seeing seeing others attacked for no real reason other than being gay. Will I be called a hypocrite because I 'attack' religion? I'm sure I will, but religion is a choice and being gay isn't, sorry creationists, too much science to even go there, so don't! 

Seriously, I really wish this wasn't a big deal. It shouldn't be, but that would be in a perfect world.

Let my inevitable skewering begin!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Why so Blue Wally?

Someone on the DC boards mentioned wanting Wally to be in Blue and Silver. We actually thought of that! Someone also mentioned having a more Jay like hat, it's a bit old school for me, I always wondered how it didn't fly off. My hat always fly off with any sort of wind. 

But once again, since Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool actually emailed me about this yesterday, JUST FOR FUN! Not part of any DCnU or Earth 2. Colors by my partner in crime Andrew Dalhouse.



Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A more finished Wally West/Flash 3

As promised, another Wally West drawing. Again, this is NOT part of the the DCnU or Earth 2, just me having fun! Plus Andrew is going to color this so I can use it for the Twitter ID;)

Now go! Comic book stores need your monies! And Wally is awesome;)



New 52! This week Batgirl!

This is one of those characters I'd love to draw at DC! I'm so happy they brought Barb back! Now I'm just hoping I'll get a chance to draw her! Her first issue ships today so go pick it up!

Sorry, hurt my neck this morning. So the new Wally picture will be coming in a bit later!



Sunday, September 4, 2011

This Sunday, Jebus show us what you got!

Hmmm... well I guess the all seeing all powerful Rick Perry was wrong! God really does hate Texas! I will be fair, we have had a bit of rain, nothing like usual, but it's supposed to be dry like this through next year. So anytime Jebus you've only had 4 months! Out rainy season is just about over so he better get to steppin'!



Teen Titans 1 a mere 4 weeks away!

Scott had an idea for some promo shots awhile ago. We never got around to drawing them all but I thought this would work. I'm told I can't use the tag line I wanted so here it is sans tag!

In case you hadn't noticed I'm running out of sketches!



Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Wall!

I won't post Scott's drawing, I think he'd kill me if I did;) But he wanted it simple so we kept it that way.

These were the tweeks Jim made, I actually pulled the brick effect down even further to his right thigh. 



Breaking news! This character is now called Bunker. Do not panic! Duck and cover and all that!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

More Teen Titans Designs!

The mysterious 'Charcoal Girl'. Not her actual name, but descriptive no? Last night the DCNu started with the release of JL1 and the conclusion of Flashpoint. I have to wait to get my comp copies from DC so I'm a bit bummed. But the rest of you don't have to! Head to you local comic shop or try the digital download thing at Comixology! I would do that myself, but I have limited bandwidth and have no idea how large those files are, so waiting it is!

On a side note Teen Titans #1 went to the printer last Friday, a week early!

And yes, those are my super ultra fancy inks! Now you know why I don't do it!

Have a Happy New 52!