Thursday, April 8, 2010

RyallTime has moved!

The blog has shifted from Blogger to Wordpress as a way to deal with the spam situation, and it seems off to a good start. I'll be cleaning it up even more as I get more comfortable with Wordpress, but I'm back on. In fact, I posted a brand-new FALLEN ANGEL cover by original artist David Lopez tonight.

So from here on out, please note the new location of the blog:

I've imported all the archives from here to there, so it's experienced a slight facelift and new URL but will be the same ol' thing. Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


So, my enthusiasm to update this blog at least once daily, as I've done for the past 2+ years, has waned considerably after the recent onslaught of spam just suffocating the comments here. I've spent a lot of time going back and deleting it, and trying to combat it, but Google doesn't seem too interested in actually helping block spam here. So I've basically had to limit comments here to about zero, which defeats the whole purpose of the blog--I like the feedback and the give-and-take, and losing that is a bit deflating. So I'm looking into moving it over to Wordpress, but the functionality doesn't seem as instantly easy to jump into, so it might take me some time to actually get it running properly. So I'll be back soon in some form or other. Meanwhile, this blog's looking like yet another casualty of Google's "couldn't care less" approach to spam-blocking, which is a shame.

UPDATE 4.7.10: Everything is importing into WordPress as I type this, so I'll be back up and running very soon.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Anatomy of a comic book cover

Who says comics aren't literate? John Byrne's cover for the final issue of his STAR TREK: LEONARD McCOY, FRONTIER DOCTOR, has its roots in art history. It's inspired by Rembrandt's "Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulip:

This isn't the first time the painting has inspired comic artists. It was also used as the basis for this image from 1972's ASTERIX AND THE SOOTHSAYER, by Albert Uderzo:

Incidentally, the recent onslaught of spam comments here has necessitated me limiting the way comments can be posted. So hopefully if you have something to say, you're still able, or else you can contact me directly through my e-mail here, too. Meanwhile, I'm mulling over moving the entire blog to Wordpad since Google doesn't seem particularly adept at blocking spam here.

Happy Easter from the IDW family circus

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Famous Monster Mash

The final cover for the returning FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND magazine, issue #251, shipping in July. Art by Richard Corben. Being revealed in a big way at WonderCon this weekend.

Incidentally, I've been a little reticent to post here lately since every comment section on each entry is just getting choked out by spam. Anyone has any good suggestions for how to prevent that other than me having to approve every single post, I'm open to suggestions.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

We've got Wood

Some new Ashley Woodness for you. First, a page from his FUCK IT! magazine:

And the cover for the concluding ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS AVENTURE #4:

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Almost Famous


Limited Poster Giveaway and Full Cover Art to Be Unveiled at WonderCon

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. and SAN DIEGO, CALIF., March 29, 2010 - Famous Monsters of Filmland and IDW join forces to bring fans a second exclusive sneak peek at the cover for Famous Monsters of Filmland Issue #251, a landmark issue, featuring new, dynamic artwork by legendary comics artist Richard Corben.

The final cover will premiere at WonderCon, one of the country’s leading comics and pop culture conventions, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 2-4. IDW will host Famous Monsters at their booth #519 and during their panel discussion on Friday, April 2 at 5:30pm in room 220/224. We will have 1000 limited exclusive posters on hand for giveaway to WonderCon attendees.

The magazine will be available for pre-sale at the Famous Monsters Convention in Indianapolis, July 9-11, and will be officially released at Comic-Con International, in San Diego, July 22-25.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Royal decrees

The first issue of our new TANK GIRL series, THE ROYAL ESCAPE, got a couple nice early reviews, here at Comics Bulletin (4-1/2 stars!) and here at Blair Butler's Fresh Ink video podcast, too.