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winterfuckingsoldier asked: while we're on the subject of video games - which games would each young avenger be into (assuming they're into any games of course)?
If I tried to answer this question, I’d be here for hours and…
Billy and Teddy had at least one long term MMO experience. Billy’s is probably still ongoing. Both would like large-scale RPGs, Billy to the degree of having written fanfic about his Player Character in Dragon Age.
America would answer that she doesn’t play any games, but if prompted with a “what about XYZ?” she’d go “Oh yeah. That doesn’t count!”
Noh-Varr can rant about Robotron like he rants about Be My Baby, though being a Space Invader he finds certain aspects of classic gaming problematic.
Prodigy likes games that feature a lot of terrain and may even need you to read the PDF manual. He’s probably programmed his own.
Kate… well, there’s two ways of looking at Kate, which require subtly different readings of her, and what she’d play. The one I prefer has her playing a bunch of stuff on her mobile, and multiplayer stuff when she’s over at Billy’s. She’s the sort to add sarcastic comments any time a videogame gets the archery animation wrong.
Loki is always playing a game.
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Matthew: It is most certainly an intentional device on my part. It’s color theory, and studying it makes doing my job so much easier. Knowing how to choose colors that will do what you want them to do, to direct a reader’s eye, to frame a scene, or elicit a certain response is crucial to good coloring. Good color theory can even make up for other shortcomings, like being inexperienced at rendering (adding textures, highlights and shadows to define form).
The biggest mistake I often see in aspiring colorists’ portfolios is their focus on rendering before they have a good grasp of color theory. I went to art school and majored in “Sequential Art”, which is a fancy name for a degree in comics. (I think it’s to get parents of perspective students in the door. If you called it majoring in comic books they’d probably never let the kids anywhere near the school.) Of course, I took a color theory class as part of my foundation classes, and then as required by my major, I took a “computer coloring for comics” class.
I don’t remember the exact number of assignments, but we weren’t allowed to do anything but color completely flat for the majority of the class. The professor wanted us to be able to tell a story using only flat colors. So, without the aid of lighting or texture or gradients, you had to choose your single flat color for each background, or each face, very wisely to get the most out of your choice. I remember I practiced on a lot of Mignola Hellboy pages and studied a lot of Dave Stewart’s flat colors on that book.
Anyway, the point is that the importance of color choice was made very clear to me when I first started coloring comics on the computer. Looking back, it was important to limit myself in a program that had limitless colors and tools to distract a novice colorist.
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Finally edited up the panel from last year’s Thought Bubble where almost all the creators in the afterparty issues all gathered together to talk about the process.
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I’m often asked about what limits Marvel put on doing Young Avengers. Basically, very little, because I had a pretty good idea of what would fly and what wouldn’t. If it wouldn’t, I wouldn’t try.
So, I would never do this story idea, for reasons that will become immediately obvious. But I’ve alluded to it a few times, and said I’d let it into the wild when the run was over… so here it is.
NSFW or anyone who doesn’t like bleaching their brain.
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One issue actually hitting the shelves, and a few other things of note…
Several covers for Uber, but let’s go with the especially lovely wrap-around one. Well, lovely for a certain value of lovely. Uber reaches The Second Battle Of Kursk, which is the largest enhanced human conflict yet seen. And what’s Maria up to, eh?
Also, while IRON MAN 20 INH was out in the states last week, it reaches the UK this week. Its basically tying in to the whole INHUMANITY excitement that’s going on, while also forwarding the whole Mandarin plot. Preview here. Comixology here.. And if you’re looking for the cover, it’s this one.
I didn’t realise a certain little something came out last week in comic shops…
The second Young Avengers trade! Pop into any local comic shop, and they should be able to get it for you. For a few mail orders, here’s PAGE 45 in Nottingham. Here’s Forbidden Planet’s. For the Americans, here’s Midtown Comics. Honestly, wherever you get your comic books should be able to get you a copy snappy.
If you’re willing to wait a few weeks and fear and loathe comics, you can get it from book retailers too. Here’s amazon’s handy pre-order.
It makes me smile that we’ve got the New Statesman quoted on the cover. Muhahaha.
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I did a hefty interview about all manner of stuff at Multiversity. The first half is primarily all things YOUNG AVENGERS, though a bunch of other stuff works in around the edges. I suspect this is the closest to a full Young Avengers exit interview we’re going to get.
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I look back at 2013… I think, “No plans survive” — was that Clausewitz? “No plans survive first contact with the enemy.” No, Von Moltke! Man, those 19th Century Germans. “Young Avengers” wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, but it was pretty damn good. It’s that sort of situation where I always want too much, and I want everything to be impossibly good. It’s not as good as “Watchmen,” and that of course is ridiculously high standards and you’ll always be disappointed by whatever you end up, but on the other hand if you aren’t thinking about it then I don’t think you’re trying hard enough. I’m aware this is odd to say in a book that’s ended near the top of a hell of a lot of end of year lists, and could be argued as one of (if not the ) best reviewed of the Marvel NOW books… but I wasn’t looking for Top 5. I was looking for #1. And even if I got that, I still wouldn’t be happy. So, next year: Watchmen! Or more self-applied whip. The latter, more likely.
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A little behind on the Writer Notes for obvious reasons. Let’s start with the one that’s ending.
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cptnmrvl asked: As far as I've seen/been told, Kate doesn't acknowledge or accept America's assertion that she's "not that straight." However, I'm seeing people begin to call YA an "all queer" team. Do you have any thoughts on that? As a queer person myself, it bothers me a little because Kate herself states that she is straight. We don't see her redacting that. Was that scene intended as a coming out for Kate or an opening for maybe a future coming out handled by other authors?
I was going to save this for the notes, but as that may be a while, probably worth saying something.
One of the things in Young Avengers (and life) is that every character has got to define their sexuality in the manner of their choosing. In this area, one person doesn’t get to tell another person who they are. Kate has said she’s straight. At least at the moment, as Kate says she’s straight, she’s straight.
As such, America teasing Kate’s somewhat charmingly naive response to discovering she’s a minority on the team is America teasing. You can all decide how much seriousness there is beneath America’s baiting on your own.
Clearly none of this negates anyone’s fan theories about Kate. As if I would even try to do such a thing.
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What are Jamie and I doing after leaving Young Avengers? We’re doing this, just announced at the Image Expo. The first interview here. Example quote, which sums up the core of the book…
Every 90 years or so, eleven gods incarnate in the bodies of the young. They are charismatic and brilliant. They stand before crowds, speak in tongues, and send them into rapture. They’re rumoured to perform secretive miracles. They save people’s lives, either metaphorically or literally.
They are loved. They are hated. They are brilliant.
Within two years, they’re dead.
That’s our cast. People with enormous gifts who only get to be on this Earth for a scant few years. The story joins with the majority of the gods returned to Earth – from Baal to Sekhmet, from Minerva to The Morrigan. Our lead, Laura, is a devotee. She loves them. She loves all of them. They make her feel alive like nothing else.
Laura wants more. She’s not happy with being a fan. She wants to be one of them, even if it comes with that cost.
And then she meets Lucifer.
Lucifer has a certain problem.
They help each other out.
Basically, it’s a superhero comic for anyone who loves Bowie as much as Batman.
It’s an ongoing. Out Summer this year. Interview includes much more stuff, including what it means for Phonogram (in short: things remain exactly as I’ve been saying for the last few months).
Just because you’re immortal doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.
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I mentioned this in the letters page for the last issue, so thought I better get this written first. Basically, what follows is a list of comics that was going through my head when thinking about Young Avengers. Some are easily predictable, some a little more obscure. And this is off the top of my head, so I’m almost certainly missing something. May edit it later. They’re all excellent work. If you liked our Young Avengers, you’ll almost certainly love these.
No spoilers for any of the books either.
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