Thursday, November 17, 2016

Gerard Way Q&A from NYC

Posted by DephaniaKilljoy, this video gives us a few answers from Doom Patrol volume 6 writer Gerard Way. And it also puts some nice dots on the page for those of us really hoping to score some more Doom Patrol swag. . . 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Episode 77: It’s A Doomed World, After All OR To the Negative Space!

New issue of the Way/Derington/Bonvillain/Klein series, new episode of Waiting for Doom. That's the way it works, right? Here's the link, this time from Comicosity
Well. Isn’t 2016 proving to be an…interesting….strange….year..? Anyway, hopefully this latest episode of WFD will brighten your day somewhat. Please note SPOILERS GALORE for those who’ve not yet read Issue 3 of Volume 6. WilFreD has warned you. 
  • Down on Derington Way – 8:50
  • Doom Clock – 12:45
  • Doomsplaining – 15:37 – It’s a ‘non-waiting’ week! This week we return to the latest volume of the Patrol, with issue 3 from Way and Derington!
  • Mailbag O Doom – 42:31 – We read your responses to the question, “What is the most fascinating fictional illness or ailment?”
Here's some of the visual goodies from Doom Patrol #3. 

NOT the cover for Doom Patrol (v6) #3. 
THIS is the primary cover for Doom Patrol (v6) #3. 

Flex and Casey having a chit-chat. 
The best single-panel Grant Morrison-Richard Case retrospective ever. 


Fugg that!  

Hand turkey! 

-CLICK CLICK CLICK CLICK- Disorienting agony it is! 

Do not mess with the Whoozawhatzitz.

Derington at his flexible best. And Bonvillain making the new look rustic,
while Todd Klein makes it all complete over Way's script.  
Have I mentioned that I freaking love this comic? No?
Hmmmm. Well then, you'd better go read my review of it over at Comicosity
By joining the Doom Patrol (such as they are at this point) on their adventure, we see a glimpse of the splendor that awaits, giving readers so very much to look forward to.

Before you do, or maybe now that you're back, here's Doug's Dig for Doom Patrol #3. (If you know me, you know how dear Crisis is to me, and, by extension, how much I love this.)
A magnificent example of the creative collaboration present in every issue of Doom Patrol (v6).

And, last bit of Doom for this post. I know Nick Derington does some creative things when he's working through reference, like using a toy ambulance for Danny or building a Robotman face, so when I saw the classic DP panel on page 10, I reached out to him via Twitter:

So much amazing detail in just one panel.

Question of the week!!! 
Who/what is the worst fictional artificial intelligence?

Monday, November 7, 2016

Episode 76: Birth on the Moon, Death in a Cathedral OR It's Getting Strange. No. Not Doctor Strange.

Here's the Podbean link for you to click and jam in your earholes. As for the episode itself, here's what Flanger and Garve have to say:
Episode 76: Birth on the Moon, Death in a CathedralNovember 3, 2016
The weirdness is ramped up, and things take a turn towards the dark as things begin to fall apart (yes, yet again) for our favourite team, the DOOM PATROL. When things get dim and chaotic, some people reach for the light, emanating from something like, say, a candle…but WilFreD warns you humans that candles are something best avoided in this book. No. No. No. No. No. (Creepy Voice) *yesssss*….. Let's. Get. Patrolling.
Down on Derington Way - 12:28Doom Clock - 17:31Doomsplaining - 20:10 - This week we reach a dramatic turning point in volume 2 of dP history, as we take a look at issues 54 and 55 from Grant Morrison and Richard Case.Mailbag O Doom - 47:20 - We read your responses to the question, "Who is your favourite character who hides their face?"
Before rolling onto the issue at hand, I thought it might be nice to share a bit from Derington Way with y'all. The guys mention Fugg, who we meet in just a couple of days. Or sooner, if, well, y'know: time travel. 
If Doom Patrollers don't get a plush Fugg in the next twelve months, then we'll know Trump really won. And we all lost.  

What the lads didn't mention (but WilFreD retweeted) was this other sketch that Nick Derington popped up on his Twitter. 
Man. The more I see from Derington, the more I want to see him draw. As in EVERYTHING. I want Nick Derington to draw everything. Or at least all the art for a set of trading cards. Or a bunch of sets of trading cards. His style is so clean, but so energetic. The characters all seem alive, ready to push off from the paper and have a sit. 

At least I think so. 

But we'll talk more Derington later in the week. Let's focus on the G-Mo (nice abbreviation Paul and Mike!) issues at hand: Doom Patrol Volume 2 #54 and #55. 

Here's some bits and pieces from #54. 

Doom Patrol v2 #54 cover. 

To make a Rebis, you have to break a few eggs. 

Doug's Dig. Not only is this landing confirmation, Rebis is indifferent to it all. 

And some from #55. 

Bisley's cover for #55. 
WilFreD hinted some fans were turned on. Cliff sees what's hitting 'em. 

At least it wasn't Candlejack. Amiright? 

Dorothy is not having a good day. Not by any means, and certainly not by Doom Patrol standards. 

Putting the "Crazy" in Crazy Jane. 

Larry (not Larry) needs some alone time. 

Finally, before I let y'all get to the Question of the Week, I wanted to make good on my promises. You can find my review of Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #1 right here. I'll post Shade the Changing Girl #2 right on this very blog, most likely alongside (or underneath or above) Mother Panic #1.

So, let;s do it, my friends, before Mike and Paul can backlog me with episodes. Here's your Question of the Week:
What is the most fascinating fictional virus or ailment?

With that, my friends, I call this a wrap. I'm off to sleep. More DP Goodness REAL soon! 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Too Good to Not Share

Hey all!

Inktober is a thing artist Jake Parker started where he encourages other artists (and aspiring sorts) to challenge themselves to do one drawing (or more) a day throughout the month of October. This year I participated and learned a lot about myself, my style, and some new tools. I also learned just how crazy-talented some of my friends are. For instance, my pal Jason drew up this beauty as his Inktober finale.
Doom Patrol vs. Agents of Atlas. Are you freakin' kidding me!? This is, hands down, the winner of Inktober in my opinion.

Naturally, I included Robotman in my set. Brush markers on tan paper. I quite like it, but Jason really killed Inktober all over the place.

I just saw Mike and Paul have Episode 76 up. Guess it's time for a listen. The post won't materialize here until late 11/4/16, as I've got a very STRANGE DOCTOR's appointment between now and then. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Episode 75: Green Monkey Genes Are Cool and Awesome OR Take That, Galtry!

Here we go again, fellow Patrollers! This time Paul and Mike are looking at Teen Titans Earth One Volume 2 and Tales of the New Teen Titans #3 (of 4!). Here's the link to the Podbean. And the link to the Comicosity post for the podcast

When you think of the number 75, you realise it signifies the 'diamond anniversary' of a thing, which usually entails a classy celebration of reaching such a milestone but thankfully you'll find none of that rot here. LET'S GET PATROLLING!
  • Down on Derington Way - 6:39
  • Doom Clock - 11:09
  • Doomsplaining - 15:08 - This week we look celebrate the Doom Patrol on our 75th episode by looking at 2 Teen Titans stories. Oh. Anyway, this week we take a look at Teen Titans Earth One Volume 2, and Tales of the New Teen Titans #3!
  • Mailbag O Doom - 47:56 - We read your responses to the question, "What is your favourite sequel?"

Here are some images to go along with Paul's assessment of Teen Titans Earth One Volume 2

The cover for the book. Safe to say Cyborg's had better days. 

I haven't actually read Volume 2, but there were certainly hints of an homage or re-introduction of the Doom Patrol in Volume 1 as Rita Farr factored into that book. That said, I really can't add much to the commentary, but I sure can provide some images (mostly thanks to Paul!). 

When is Robotman not Robotman?

Kole and Impulse show up to cause problems. 

Tempest, Changeling, Terra, and Cyborg really wonder WHUP is going on. 
Slade Wilson's motto: always make a memorable entrance. 
Don't forget: Raven and Starfire are in this book too! 

Before we go much further, I'm going to cross over to Derington Way to share a cover with y'all. Y'know, the cover for Doom Patrol #5 that Paul was finding so hard to describe.

Alrighty, now let's get to the gorgeous George Pérez art from Tales of the New Teen Titans #3 (which is available on Comixology). 

George Pérez as only Pérez can give us. SO MUCH detail!
And Mento almost looks cool! 

A bit of a dense read, but a good one. 

A George Pérez montage for the win. 
Gar SPAMM!'s Galtry. And no computers were harmed in the making of this spam. 

Return of the Arsenal! 

There wolf! There castle! 

Dating montage of death! 

Apologies for the bars, I screen-capped the pages from the DC Comics app, but didn't clean them up in the interest of getting this post done. 

 And the post is now done, save for the Question of the Week.
This week's Question of the Week is:
Who is your favourite character who hides their face?

Also, before I hang this up, I'll just post this to commemorate Mike's call regarding Casey's parentage. It's in white. So you'll have to highlight. 
Mike thinks Rhea Jones (Lodestone) is Casey Brinke's mom. And, truth be told, this is the same connection I made earlier in the week. And Danny's the dad, as only Danny can be. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016


Larry Trainor takes the spotlight on the cover, and leads the action inside Doom Patrol #2, which opens with a flashback to the fateful flight where Trainor made his connection to the negative energy that would become Negative Man. Except this is the origin filtered through years and through the creative processes of writer Gerard Way.

Way latches onto the "negative" aspect of Negative Man and centers Larry Trainor in some spots that stoke uneasy feelings, evoke nastiness, and cause problems. And all of it makes sense, from a certain point of view.

Way uses the rest of the issue to check in on Casey Brinke and Terry None, the latter of which has rebuilt the robot man we all know and love as Cliff Steele, aka Robotman. An interesting set of attacking forces and comic book coincidences brings Larry and Robotman together, with Brinke and her paramedic partner, Sam, in the middle of it all.

Way's writing is creative and playful, fun and entertaining. He certainly seems to be doing what he wants to do with the characters and circumstances in this story, which makes Doom Patrol #2 a wild ride in every sense. Every page turn packs a new surprise, and some of those surprises bring new plot developments, returning characters, and even a headscratcher or two.

The characters each have their own beats that they move to, Terry None is as disturbingly peppy in Doom Patrol #2, Casey is wonderfully optimistic and flexible with the madness unfolding around her, and Cliff Steele is an ass-kicker with heart, as he makes sure to protect Brinke's cat, Lotion, during the battle at the heart of the issue. Lotion gets lost in the action, but I have no doubt there are leads to follow from there that will spin into fantastic tales and added detail for the world Way is building.

The writer provides readers with another Niles Caulder interlude that seems like a playful six-panel romp. I'm sure this interlude and the one from Doom Patrol #1 link together and are telling the reader more about Niles Caulder's whereabouts and doings, but these pages alone are fun enough to showcase the wackiness that can be farmed from the Doom Patrol brand.

Artist Nick Derington is as much to credit with the whimsical nature of Doom Patrol #2 as Way is. The duo meld nicely, playing to one another's strengths. Derington continues to churn out deceptively brilliant designs and brilliantly animated characters with a stunning array of emotions. Sometimes those emotions and expressions are transformed into simplistic, comic strip eyeballs, other times its something a little more subtle, like the parting of lips or a character tilting his or her head.

Derington has no shortage of imagination to draw from, and he shares quite a bit of that with us readers. Whether it's the destruction Steele causes when fighting the angular aliens, or the decorations in Casey's apartment, Derington packs detail into every panel and makes every page of Doom Patrol #2 a playful wonderland.

Colorist Tamra Bonvillain adds to the visuals quite nicely. She drops an uneasy yellow hue that soaks the opening scene where Larry antagonizes the two opposing gang members, that shifts to orange when Larry is distressed in the back of the ambulance, and shifts once more to red when Casey arrives at the cabaret in the last scene of Doom Patrol #2. Likewise, letterer Todd Klein gives sound density, packing the battle sound effects around Robotman as he kicks ass. Klein uses a variety of word balloon styles to transmit variance in language and sound, as the angular aliens have white type in black hexagon balloons, other aliens speak in gristly mixed case, and all of Cliff Steele's lines are packed with power and determination.

All in all, Doom Patrol #2 is a wonderfully impressive second chapter in a brand new, imaginatively disturbing world. There are familiar bits, there are brand new bits, there are bits that are seemingly fully formed and slowly exposed. Amazingly enough, Doom Patrol #2 is just as, if not slightly more, accessible than Doom Patrol #1, and it pays back with interest, quite literally unpacking a whole new world for readers by the end of the issue.

Go out and get it, my friends. HIGHLY recommended. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Waiting for Doom Episode 74: Yeah He's Found His Weird OR Good Job, Casey!

New week! New issue of Doom Patrol!! New episode of Waiting for Doom!!!

Here's the description of this week's podcast straight from the Podbean, wherein Paul and Mike discuss Doom Patrol #2 from Gerard Way, Nick Derington, Tamra Bonvillain, and Todd Klein:
Episode 74: Yeah He's Found His Weird
New week! New episode! New Doom Patrol! LET'S GET PATROLLING!

Down on Derington Way - 8:48|Doom Clock - 13:04|Doomsplaining
As the boys mentioned down on Derington Way, here's the clown sketch from Nick Derington's Twitter.

Not so much floating as being carried, I'd say. 
And, as an extra bonus, because I cannot get enough of Derington's art, I presume you feel the same way, so here's an early Casey Brinke sketch he recently shared. 

She looks a bit younger in this one. 

They also mentioned the interview from iO9 that Evan Narcisse conducted from New York Comic Con this past weekend. Of note, to me, is this quote:
You can't just have weirdness for weirdness's sake. - Gerard Way
Feel free to sound off with your own preferred quote from the interview. 

For now, let's catch up to what Mike and Paul discussed and share some images with y'all. I'm going to keep the commentary sparse, mostly just the captions, as I'll give y'all my own review of Doom Patrol #2 tomorrow. For now, if you need another take on the issue, check out what my pal, Mexi Gremillion had to say over at Comicosity

Here are the covers.

Nick Derington's cover. 

The Allred variant as delivered to us by
Sweet. My LCS just so happened to have both covers at, well, cover price. So I got mine. How about you? Which cover did you get? 

Oh. That's interesting. No. I didn't really hear you. I pretended I did though, which was kind of fun. Feel free to drop your cover option in the comments below. 

Now let's get on to the panels. I'm putting these in story order, and completely resisting the urge to just drop in the entire issue below. That's why some bits are only panels. If you really want to see the whole thing, but you don't have, well, I guess that means you should go buy Doom Patrol #2, right? 

Anyway, here are some panels. 

The runner-up for Doug's Dig. 
All of page 6. 

"Brain milk." That's how my youngest daughter described this panel,
which is her favorite of the issue. 
Who do you suppose Terry's going to tell?
An interlude with Niles Caulder. 

Mike was so inspired by this scene he wrote a song on Twitter this week. 
A bit of a mess. 
I'm ready. 

In lieu of a "Next Issue" page or blurb, artist Dan McDaid gives us this: 

And now, it's time for Doug's Dig. 

So there you have it, Patrollers. Click back tomorrow to get my actual review of the issue. 

BUT WAIT! It wouldn't be a Waiting for Doom related post if I didn't give you the Question of the Week:
What's your favorite sequel?

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