Up, Up and Away!

Before we get into today’s page, I’d like to point out that we’ve given the ol’ website here a bit of a facelift! Feel free to poke around at some of the new features and as always, feedback is welcome!

Also, I don’t know if you know this, but Gutters Books are currently under heavy discount in the store while we get ready for… well, you don’t need to know that part yet. All you need to know is “HEAVY DISCOUNT” and to sweeten the deal, we’re throwing in a free Gutters #100 poster with each purchase. If you’ve ever wanted some Gutters in your home, now’s the time!

Now, on to the matter at hand: Man of Steel.

At the time of this writing, I haven’t seen the flick yet. I do however have my ticket ready to go for 1:30pm, June 14th.

Look, I know it’s not considered “Cool” to say this, but I really like Superman. He was the first superhero that I really got into when I was a kid and I read religiously every week up until about 1994 or so. More recently, I’ve enjoyed Grant Morrison’s Action Comics run and the new Superman Unchained was a great read.

The argument that Superman is “too powerful” never held water with me. To me, the fact that he’s so powerful he can move solar systems, but doesn’t used this power to take over the world or become a despot is a fascinating aspect of the character. Superman is someone that could rule the world, but instead just wants to remain a guy from Smallville, helping out where he can. That’s what Superman has always been to me.

Regardless, we’ll see how Man of Steel goes. With the mixed reviews (Though people I know that have seen it, loved it) that are coming in, it’s anyone’s ball game!

Today’s page was done by the returning Mike DeCarlo:

Mike DeCarlo was born on March 14, 1957 in New Haven, CT. After graduating Notre Dame High School and studying art for 2 years at Southern CT ST College, he began his professional career as sports cartoonist for The New Haven Register in 1977. He left that position in 1979 to begin apprenticeship with the legendary Dick Giordano and after 18 months branched off to begin a solo career in the comic book industry. Over the next dozen years, he worked primarily as an ink artist on such titles as Batman, Teen Titans, Green Lantern, Thor, Iron Man and Conan the Barbarian. In the mid-nineties, his focus changed to the cartoon/animation genre and worked as an artist on Looney Tunes, Powerpuff Girls, Ben-10, Scooby-Doo and Pinky & the Brain among others. In the last decade, in addition to the work he now does for The Simpsons comic company Bongo Entertainment, he works for Disney Worldwide Publishing on Phineas & Ferb, Marvel Superheroes Magazine and Spider-Man Magazine. Mike also has extended his repertoire into the digital field, becoming accomplished at digital inking in Illustrator and coloring in Photoshop. He also has an active commercial website www.fancommissions.com which engages the general public in personalized drawings. Mike is happily married since 1981 and has raised 4 children and currently resides in Stratford, CT.

Have a great weekend, friends! Up, up and away!


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