Friday, January 31, 2014

Sneak Peek | Batman Beyond | vlog #31

A gossip reporter acquires the technology to become incorporeal and becomes the ultimate Peeping Tom. When he discovers Batman's identity, he threatens to reveal it on national television, but soon discovers the technology is having an adverse effect on his body.
Originally aired: 3/25/2000
Written by: Stan Berkowitz and Alan Burnett
Directed by: Dan Riba

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTE4

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Armory | Batman Beyond | vlog #30

After losing his job as a weapons designer, the stepfather of one of Terry's friends turns to crime to make ends meet as a super villain called Armory.
Originally aired: 3/11/2000
Written by: John P. McCann
Directed by: Kyung-Won Lim

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTE3

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Interview with Electric City Comics (part 3 of 3)

Electric City Comics was the comic book store of my youth. I'm not sure when I first starting shopping there, but once I did I was a pretty loyal customer from middle school to high school. Once I went away to college and started working full time, I wasn't around as much, but I always tried to stop by when I could.

I forged a pretty strong merchant/customer relationship with Bill Townsend and Jevon Kasitch - the guys that run the shop. Between Bill's writings and conversations with Jevon, I'd say they definitely had a strong effect on my opinion of the industry growing up. I haven't been able to stop in as much as I'd like since I don't live nearby anymore, however, I'll always have a place in my heart for this store.

In order to pay them their due respect, I asked Bill and Jevon to allow me to interview them via Skype, which they were more than happy to oblige. We wound up talking for 90 minutes! So I split this video into three parts. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.



0:01 Do you still hate cards? How has the card industry changed in the last 20 years?
4:06 Marvel was on the verge of liquidation. How did they not go out of business?
6:15 When and why did Disney buy Marvel?
6:42 What happened to the distribution market?
7:58 Was April of 1993 still the biggest month in comics? Is X-men #1 still the greatest selling comic of all-time?
9:16 In the 1994 annual you wrote: "In 1990 I was selling about 20,000 back issues a year, and now I doubt that is even 5,000". Is the back issue market still dead? Are TPBs good or bad for the market?
11:11 If the back issue market is dead, why are Silver and Bronze Age back issues still so expensive?
15:37 Digital comics seem to be catching on slowly. Does this make you nervous that paper comics might become obsolete?
18:14 What did you think of the show Comic Book Men?
18:56 Why don't comic shops offer big money for back issues?
22:22 What do you think the future holds for you and the comic book industry as a whole?

The Last Resort | Batman Beyond | vlog #29

A new program for troubled kids is becoming a popular last resort among parents in Gotham, but "The Ranch" is not everything it seems. When Terry's friend Chelsea Cunningham gets sent to The Ranch, Terry goes to investigate, but ends up biting off more than he can chew.
Originally aired: 3/4/2000
Written by: Stan Berkowitz
Directed by: Curt Geda

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTE2

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Interview with Electric City Comics (part 2 of 3)

Electric City Comics was the comic book store of my youth. I'm not sure when I first starting shopping there, but once I did I was a pretty loyal customer from middle school to high school. Once I went away to college and started working full time, I wasn't around as much, but I always tried to stop by when I could.

I forged a pretty strong merchant/customer relationship with Bill Townsend and Jevon Kasitch - the guys that run the shop. Between Bill's writings and conversations with Jevon, I'd say they definitely had a strong effect on my opinion of the industry growing up. I haven't been able to stop in as much as I'd like since I don't live nearby anymore, however, I'll always have a place in my heart for this store.

In order to pay them their due respect, I asked Bill and Jevon to allow me to interview them via Skype, which they were more than happy to oblige. We wound up talking for 90 minutes! So I split this video into three parts. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.



0:01 After all these years working in comics are they still as enjoyable as they always were? Do you ever find yourself getting burned out on comics?
2:33 Do you think of the store as your own personal collection?
4:02 How do you find time to read so many comics?
5:20 You started doing the Electric Current Annuals in 1991. They were essentially hardcopy versions of today's blogs. Do you blog about comics today? What made you want to write such lengthy year-in-review recaps?
11:03 Have you ever watched Linkara's "Atop The 4th Wall" web series?
12:20 Whatever happened to Rob Liefeld?
12:56 What program did you write the annuals on?
13:36 Do you still have the original files? How were they made?
15:11 How many were printed?
15:39 How often do you go back and read them?
16:08 Have you ever written something along the lines of "then vs. now"?
19:50 Did you get feedback from the professionals whose work you criticized or praised in the annuals?
22:12 What would the Bill of the 1990s think of today's comic market?
22:39 Are comics more legitimate and mainstream now? How has it evolved over the last two decades?
26:03 Have the movies and TV shows brought in customers?

Final Cut | Batman Beyond | vlog #28

Bruce is out of town and incommunicado when Curare returns to Neo-Gotham, hunting down the last of her former society after the failure of her last mission marked her for death. Curare's target, the last surviving member of the League of Assassins, forces Batman to protect him from Curare's wrath by planting a bomb equipped with a deadman switch somewhere in the city. Things only get more complicated as Max gets herself involved in an already volatile situation.
Originally aired: 2/5/2000
Written by: Hilary J. Bader and Alan Burnett
Directed by: Butch Lukic

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTE1

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Interview with Electric City Comics (part 1 of 3)

Electric City Comics was the comic book store of my youth. I'm not sure when I first starting shopping there, but once I did I was a pretty loyal customer from middle school to high school. Once I went away to college and started working full time, I wasn't around as much, but I always tried to stop by when I could.

I forged a pretty strong merchant/customer relationship with Bill Townsend and Jevon Kasitch - the guys that run the shop. Between Bill's writings and conversations with Jevon, I'd say they definitely had a strong effect on my opinion of the industry growing up. I haven't been able to stop in as much as I'd like since I don't live nearby anymore, however, I'll always have a place in my heart for this store.

In order to pay them their due respect, I asked Bill and Jevon to allow me to interview them via Skype, which they were more than happy to oblige. We wound up talking for 90 minutes! So I split this video into three parts. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.



Here's what I asked them denoted by the time of the video the question was asked:

1:13 Can you tell us your personal origin story: How old are you? Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school and college?
2:12 How did you guys meet?
3:50 When did you first get into comics? Why did they appeal to you?
6:43 If you're reading comics past college, are you a comics reader for life?
8:04 How did Electric City Comics come to be?
11:30 Do Alicia and Chris still work there?
13:18 There was briefly a second store in Rotterdam. How did that get started and why did it close?
16:33 Have you ever considered moving to a different location?
19:07 What's the square footage and how much inventory do you have?
19:58 How do you keep track of your inventory?
20:33 Where do you get your back issues from?
21:20 How do you determine that a comic is bound for the quarter bin?
25:14 Do you ever table at conventions?
26:23 Do you sell on eBay or any other online venues?
27:37 Do you still have customers that have been with you since the beginning?
27:56 Most people think comics are for kids, but is that really true? What is the demographic of your customer base?

Eyewitness | Batman Beyond | vlog #27

When Commissioner Barbara Gordon witnesses Batman killing an opponent in cold blood, Terry finds himself on the run from the law as he tries to discover the real culprit and prove his innocence.
Originally aired: 1/22/2000
Written by: Hilary J. Bader and Rich Fogel
Directed by: Butch Lukic

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTE0

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Terry's Friend Dates a Robot | Batman Beyond | vlog #26

Howard Groote, a hopeless nerd, purchases an illegal android in the form of a beautiful girl to pose as his girlfriend. His plan soon backfires when "Cynthia", programmed to be completely devoted to Howard, becomes dangerously possessive.
Originally aired: 1/15/2000
Written by: John P. McCann and Rich Fogel
Directed by: Butch Lukic

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTEz

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Babel | Batman Beyond | vlog #25

Seeking vengeance, Shriek uses his knowledge of sound to take away Neo-Gotham's ability to communicate. His price for returning things to normal? Batman's life.
Originally aired: 1/15/2000
Written by: Stan Berkowitz
Directed by: Dan Riba

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTEy

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Union/RPI brawl after 2014 Mayor's Cup

The end of the RPI/Union melee after the Mayor's Cup 1/25/14 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Revenant | Batman Beyond | vlog #24

After a series of unexplainable events, all the kids in Terry's class think that the ghost of a dead student is haunting their high school. But Batman soon discovers the real cause—Willie Watt, who has developed powerful new psychic abilities.
Originally aired: 12/11/1999
Written by: Hilary J. Bader
Directed by: Kyung-Won Lim

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTEx

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mind Games | Batman Beyond | vlog #23

Terry has mysterious visions of a young girl asking him for help. His search for her leads him into confrontation with a group of people with incredible psychic powers known as the Brain Trust.
Originally aired: 12/4/1999
Written by: Alan Burnett
Directed by: Butch Lukic

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTEw

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Rats | Batman Beyond | vlog #22

Dana, who feels she has been ignored and let down by Terry once too often, begins receiving roses from a secret admirer. When she is abducted by the mystery man, a boy named Patrick who lives in the sewers because of his rat-like appearance, Batman may be the only one who can save her.
Originally aired: 11/20/1999
Written by: Rich Fogel
Directed by: Curt Geda

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/p287/Batman-Beyond/season-02-episode-09-Rats

You can see all of my animated Batman series vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Chad9976/videos?view=50&shelf_id=8&sort=dd

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hooked Up | Batman Beyond | vlog #21

When several Hill High students end up comatose in the hospital, Batman's subsequent investigation leads him to Spellbinder, who is getting teenagers addicted to virtual reality fantasies and forcing them to steal for him.
Originally aired: 11/13/1999
Written by: Robert Goodman
Directed by: Dan Riba

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTA4

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Once Burned | Batman Beyond | vlog #20

The Royal Flush Gang's Ten returns on a mission to rescue her family, who have been captured by the Jokerz. When Melanie approaches Terry for help, he is forced to decide whether or not to put his relationship with Dana at risk, and if Batman can really trust Ten.
Originally aired: 11/6/1999
Written by: stan Berkowitz
Directed by: Butch Lukic

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTA3

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Bloodsport | Batman Beyond | vlog #19

The Stalker, a cybernetically enhanced big-game hunter, comes to Neo-Gotham seeking what he believes is the only prey left on Earth worthy of his skills: Batman.
Originally aired: 10/23/1999
Written by: Rich Fogel
Directed by: Dan Riba

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTA1

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Hidden Agenda | Batman Beyond | vlog #18

The brilliant leader of a crew of Jokerz plots revenge against Max Gibson, a fellow student who outperforms him at school. Terry's efforts to help her are complicated by her efforts to find out the true identity of Batman, whom she is convinced is a student at school, and her erroneous conclusion that Terry is one of the Jokerz. This episode makes references to Batman: The Animated Series when Maxine says to Terry: "You call me Robin, and I'm out of here." to which Terry replies "No problem, Alfred."
Originally aired: 10/16/1999
Written by: Hilary J. Bader & Shaun McLaughlin
Directed by: Curt Geda

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTA1

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Lost Soul | Batman Beyond | vlog #17

Terry must fight the Batsuit when it is taken over by the virtual soul of a dead communications tycoon, a man who has literally become a 'ghost in the machine'. Without the aid of the suit, he must save the man's grandson from becoming a vessel for his virtual brain.
Originally aired: 10/9/1999
Written by: Stan Berkowitz
Directed by: Butch Lukic

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTA0

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Uphill Brewing Gluten-Free Saison | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #39

The last of the beers given to me by Jesse... at least for now. This is a gluten-free saison he made for his dad (who's allergic to gluten). He took a kit and modified it and the results are really impressive. Recipe below:

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 6.78 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.98 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal  
Bottling Volume: 4.60 gal
Estimated OG: 1.055 SG
Estimated Color: 4.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 31.3 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 0.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU        
6 lbs 9.6 oz          Sorgum Syrup (4.0 SRM)                   Extract       1        82.7 %       
1 lbs                 Candi Syrup, Golden (5.0 SRM)            Extract       2        12.5 %       
1.00 oz               Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop           3        23.3 IBUs    
0.50 oz               Saaz [3.75 %] - Boil 60.0 min            Hop           4        8.0 IBUs     
8.00 oz               Malto-Dextrine (Boil 5.0 mins)           Other         5        -            
1.00 g                Seeds of Paradise (Boil 5.0 mins)        Spice         6        -            
0.75 oz               Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 mins)           Spice         7        -            
0.75 oz               Orange Peel, Bitter (Boil 5.0 mins)      Spice         8        -            
0.75 oz               Orange Peel, Sweet (Boil 5.0 mins)       Spice         9        -            
1.0 pkg               Belgian Style Saison Ale Yeast Blend (Wh Yeast         10       -            
6.1 oz                Honey (1.0 SRM)                          Sugar         11       4.8 %        


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, No Mash Out
Total Grain Weight: 7 lbs 15.7 oz

Joyride | Batman Beyond | vlog #16

A group of Jokerz steals a prototype military vehicle and goes on a rampage of destruction, while Batman and the vehicle's designer try to recover the machine before its malfunctioning reactor goes critical and turns it into a flying bomb.
Originally aired: 10/2/1999
Written by: Stan Berkowitz
Directed by: Butch Lukic

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTAz

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Uphill Brewing IPA | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #38

Another IPA from Jesse. He brewed on back in the summer that me and some other Albany Brew Crafters reviewed (the Sunshine Fair IPA). He originally intended for this to be a pale ale, but it's definitely too big and too bitter. See the recipe here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151810589641968&set=a.10150934200026968.410453.98672546967&type=1&theater

Interview with Matt Hollingsworth (part 2 of 2)

NOTE: This is a continuation of the interview with professional colorist Matt Hollingsworth. ICYMI, here's part 1.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about trying my hand at coloring. I got a box of crayons and tried to color a B&W comic in one of those Silver Age reprints. It turned out to be a lot more difficult than I had expected! I mean, we all had coloring books as kids, so I figured it'd be essentially the same thing, only easier. Now, I realize coloring books aren't nearly as detailed as comic books. Sometimes you can't tell what an object is supposed to be or where one object/subject starts and another begins. Do you, as a professional colorist, find yourself in similar situations? What happens when you can't tell what you're looking at? I assume you can call the artist[s] and ask, but is it difficult to explain what you're looking at?

Yes, I did.  Funny post, by the way.

Sometimes one simply cannot tell what something is.  Usually I ask the artist.  But sometimes I don't if it doesn't really matter what the object is.  For instance, sometimes you will have some kind of object in the background that is not important.  Say it's back in an alley in the background.  Doesn't really matter if it is colored accurately.  Also, when you don't use literal color, it often doesn't matter what the object is.  So, say you color a scene all in blue and yellow and there is something in the background.  If everything in that plane is colored blue, it will also be colored blue, so it won't really matter what that object is.

As for telling where one thing begins and another ends - if the artist doesn't draw a holding line, I usually don't add a cut there myself.  For example, if they don't draw a horizon line and have the background and sky blending together, I will usually do the same thing.  I will not have a cut there.  I will either blend the two or I will color them the same color, depending on circumstances.

Whenever I look at black and white artwork for to-be-colored comics, it always looks like it takes place in July at noon. Are you able to tell just by looking at the art what the setting is supposed to be? Or is it a challenge with each page to determine the color scheme?

I read the script.  If it doesn't say and I cannot tell from the art what time of day it is, I will ask.  A lot of times the timing makes no sense in the script and I will e-mail the team and tell them I am changing it, that scene 1 is morning, scene 2 is mid day and scene 3 is evening, for instance.  I prefer to avoid straight daytime colors.  They're boring for the most part.  Adding some more dramatic colors, sunset, dusk or even a hazy day is more visually interesting.

I mentioned in my blog that you don't often see lamps and lights in comics, so you can't often tell where the source of light is supposed to come from. Is this annoying as a colorist? Do the line artists not worry about that and depend on the colorist to do that job for them?

You don't need to see a light to know where the light is coming from.  I look at the shading on the characters and backgrounds.  Then I can tell where the lighting is coming from.  Some artists draw no lighting at all, in which case I just make it up.

The annoying thing as a colorist is more when the lighting does not match up, when the background and characters are lit from different angles and that kind of thing.  Colorists spend a lot of time faking lighting that is not actually possible in the real world.  Line artists often want to make things more dramatic and use non-literal lighting.  So a face will have heavy uplighting and the rest of the figure won't, as if the character held a flashlight under their chin aimed up.  As colorists, we gotta run with that.  In comics, we don't need for everything to be accurate.  We can be more graphic and choose things for storytelling instead of trying to create a photo realistic world.

Does it annoy you as a colorists that when we think of the "creative team" for a comic we pretty much just think of the writer, penciller and inker? Usually those are the names you see on the covers. Though I did notice Marvel seems to be including the colorist now, too.

No.  I see this question a lot.  I get plenty of attention.  Marvel has put my name on the cover for many, many years.  And DC used to do it, years ago, though they don't anymore.  I don't spend any time thinking about it.  The other members of the team treat me well, the editors treat me well, the fans treat me well.  I am not bothered by the fact that I am not the singer for the rock band.

Have you written any comics?

Yeah, sort of.  Alex Maleev and I did a short Hellboy story for Dark Horse many years ago.  We didn't want a lot of words covering the art.  We came up with the story together and then I wrote the script, the actual words.  From memory, in an 8 page story, only the very first and last pages had any lettering on them at all.  Pretty basic story but we had fun.


Does the quality of a title, character, or the creative team affect your decision on whether or not to take a job?

Yes.  Every time.  But just the creative team.  I don't give a sh!t about the character we are working on if I have a top notch team to work with.  I would rather work on The Smurfs with Alan Moore and Kevin Nowlan than on Batman with Rob Liefeld.

Have you done any movie posters or album covers? Anything in advertising?

I did some coca cola advertising with Steve Dillon many years ago.  I think it was for some coke machines.  Steve drew some characters and I colored them.  Really simple stuff.  I was living in Portland at the time and the advertising firm was there.  They flew Steve to Portland to finish the art there.  And it happened to coincide with a beer festival there.  So, he would work in his hotel room during the day, then we would go to the beer festival at night.  Loads of fun.

I worked in VFX for movies for two years, though, from 2004 to 2006.  That was the only real work outside of comics I have done in the last 22 years.

What does the future hold for you?

I will continue to color, of course.  I have some work coming up with Image this year and will continue on with Marvel and DC.  We head to Barcelona next week to live there for two months.  I will be working while we are there.  We're just avoiding winter and going somewhere to explore a bit and have some fun.  Attending a beer festival in Copenhagen in May.  Organizing another homebrew competition in Croatia in June.  Headed to some island in Croatia for vacation over the summer.  Organizing another brewers conference and beer festival  in Croatia in the autumn.  Maybe heading to Italy in the autumn.  Maybe attending a comic convention in Dublin again in the autumn.  Spending loads of time with my wife and young son.  Life for me is family, work and beer.  Those are the three things that I love.  And, well, travel!

Earth Mover | Batman Beyond | vlog #15

Batman gets involved when a friend of Terry's and her adopted father are haunted by eerie, man-shaped creatures made out of soil, and soon learns that they have a frightening connection to the girl's biological father.
Originally aired: 9/25/1999
Written by: Stan Berkowitz & Alan Burnett
Directed by: Dan Riba

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTAy

You can see all of my animated Batman series vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Chad9976/videos?view=50&shelf_id=8&sort=dd

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Uphill Brewing 2013 Cider | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #37

Another homebrew from Jesse, but this time it's a cider! No ingredients sheet this time because the only ingredients are apples and yeast!

Splicers | Batman Beyond | vlog #14

A new body modification trend called splicing, combining human DNA with that of animals, is taking Neo-Gotham's fashion world by storm. Dr. Able Cuvier, the creator of the process, insists that the procedure is safe, but Batman soon discovers that Cuvier is up to no good.
Originally aired: 9/17/1999
Written by: Evan Dorkin, Sara Dyer
Directed by: Curt Geda

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMi1lcGlzb2RlLTAx

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Uphill Brewing ESB | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #36

I haven't had a really good ESB in a long time. Thankfully, that streak was broken with Jesse's "special bitter from BCS" (Brewing Classic Styles). To see the full recipe sheet click here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151807113436968&set=a.10150934200026968.410453.98672546967&type=1&theater

Ascension | Batman Beyond | vlog #13

As Derek Powers' Blight persona slowly destroys what was left of his normal life, he turns to his son for help. Paxton Powers seems willing to help Batman bring his father in, but unfortunately, deception and greed run in the family.
Originally aired: 5/22/1999
Written by: Robert Goodman
Directed by: Yukio Suzuki

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMS1lcGlzb2RlLTEz

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Jesse and I review my Chocolate Cherry Chile Porter

Jesse of "Uphill Brewing" joins me via Skype to "review" my latest homebrew. This is a variation on a beer I did last winter. Though I think this year's recipe came out way better. There's still room for improvement, though. I'm entering this in the Ruck's upcoming homebrew competition. Can't wait to see how it places!

Here's the recipe:
Brewed: 11/30/13
Bottled: 12/25/13

OG: 1.050
FG: 1.013
ABV: 4.86%
Apparent Attenuation: 73%
Calories: 165.2 per 12oz bottle

MASH (20 minutes @ 150-165 degrees)
4oz Crushed Caramel 120L
4oz Chocolate Malt
4oz Debittered Black Malt

BOIL:
60 minutes: 6.6lbs Briess CBW Porter LME
40 minutes: .5oz Brewer's Gold hops
30 minutes: 2oz organic cocoa nibs
30 minutes: 1 teaspoon Irish Moss
15 minutes: 1oz Northern Brewer hops
15 minutes: 1 large green jalapeño - chopped up with seeds removed
15 minutes: 1/2 teaspoon yeast energizer
5 minutes: .5oz Northern Brewer hops
3 minutes: 2oz organic cocoa nibs

ADDITIVES
2 vanilla beans (added 12/20/13)
3lbs sweet cherry puree (added 12/23/13)

YEAST
Lallemand Nottingham Ale Yeast (1 dry packet)

WATER
2.5 gallons Crystal Rock bottled water
2.5 gallons ice and tap water

YIELD
580.8oz (4.5 gallons)

A Touch of Curaré | Batman Beyond | vlog #12

A deadly assassin named Curare is sent after D.A. Sam Young, husband of Commissioner Barbara Gordon. Batman's attempts to protect Young lead to conflicts with Gordon, and some surprising revelations about the past.
Originally aired: 5/15/1999
Written by: Hilary J. Bader
Directed by: Dan Riba

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMS1lcGlzb2RlLTEy

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Uphill Brewing Vanilla Bourbon Oatmeal Stout | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #35

Another homebrew from Jesse out of Cobleskill. He gave me a BUNCH of his homebrews, so I thought I'd spend the next WEEK reviewing them all (one per day). You can see the scan of the recipe here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151803230706968&set=a.10150934200026968.410453.98672546967&type=1&theater

Disappearing Inque | Batman Beyond | vlog #11

Inque is freed by a lovesick worker at the cryogenics plant where she is being held. Trapped in her mutated form, she seeks to attain the chemicals that will allow her to once again regain her human shape, and get revenge on Batman and the "mysterious old man" who aids him.
Originally aired: 5/8/1999
Written by: Stan Berkowitz
Directed by: Curt Geda

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMS1lcGlzb2RlLTEx

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Spellbound | Batman Beyond | vlog #10

A villain known as Spellbinder uses hypnotic technology to orchestrate a string of robberies, turning his victims into his unwitting accomplices.
Originally aired: 5/1/1999
Written by: Robert Goodman
Directed by: Butch Lukic

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMS1lcGlzb2RlLTEw

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Winning Edge | Batman Beyond | vlog #9

"Slappers", illegal steroid patches, are all the rage with Hill High School's athletes, and Bruce suspects that one of his old enemies, Bane, may have a hand in their production.
Originally aired: 4/10/1999
Written by: Rich Fogel
Directed by: Yukio Suzuki

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMS1lcGlzb2RlLTA5

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Interview with Matt Hollingsworth (part 1 of 2)

Back in November, I wrote a blog about trying my hand at some simple coloring. It did not go as planned. So I decided to ask a professional colorist for his perspective. Through a mutual contact, I was able to interview Matt Hollingsworth. He has worked for all the major comic companies and for plenty of the smaller ones, too. He seems to be one of the most popular and well-liked colorists as far as I can tell. I've seen plenty of his work over the last couple decades, so it was nice to be able to meet the man behind the art. Though I use the term "meet" metaphorically since this interview was done entirely via email exchanges over the last month or so.

How old are you and where are you from originally?

Forty-five. I grew up around Southern California, moving around a bit. We finally settled in Ojai, California, not too far from Ventura or Santa Barbara.

You now live in Croatia, though. How did you end so far away from home?

I was working in VFX (visual effects) for movies in Los Angeles and wanted to leave. I left film and returned to comics, then visited a friend in Croatia for a month. About 5 months later I moved here. Sort of just for the hell of it. I like it here though, so I will stay. Been here for seven years now.
Flash73

One of Matt's earliest works - Flash #73 (February 1993)

Did you always want to be an artist?

Pretty much, yeah. I started drawing at a very young age because my mom drew. Since we moved a lot, I think that sort of made me resort to art since making new friends and losing them over and over got real old. So, I turned to art instead.

What inspired you to become a professional artist?

I read comics as a kid and decided at about age 13 that I wanted to work in comics.

Did you go to school for art or are you self-taught?

I went to the Joe Kubert School for cartooning in New Jersey, straight out of high school. I attended for three years and graduated. It's sort of like a tech school for comic book production. I had a really great painting teacher there named Dennis Corrigan who did a good job of getting me interested in painting.

Matt won the 1997 Eisner Award for Best Colorist for his work on Preacher
What comics did you read as a kid? What was it about them you liked so much?

I read mostly Marvel Comics stuff.  Frank Miller's run on Daredevil; Claremont, Byrne and Austin's X-Men; Byrne's Fantastic Four; Sienkiewicz on Moon Knight.  It was a good period to be reading Marvel Comics. I'm not really sure what appealed to me most about comics.  I was into Greek mythology around the same time.  Maybe the dynamic stories.
Did you have a hard time convincing art teachers and other such people that comics is a legitimate artform?

No, not really.  Never really encountered that.  Everybody was pretty good at encouraging me.
You're known for your coloring work these days - how did you get into coloring comics? Have you done any comics as a penciller or inker?

I started coloring for Marvel and DC straight out of the Kubert School.  I got work from both of them on the same day, two days after graduating.  While still in school I inked and black-and-white painted a story that was penciled by a roommate called Cry for Dawn.  Other than that, I have always colored.  I learned painting while at school and began coloring while still there. It's always been a good fit for me.

Whenever I see original comic book art, it's always stark black and white pages. I've never seen any original comic book art that was colored. So how exactly does coloring comics work? What kind of material do you use to color comics by hand?

It depends.  I don't color by hand anymore but I used to a long time ago.  I colored by hand from about 1991 until about 1995.  Some books had fully painted colors, but that was rare.  In those cases, we usually did what were called "blueline colors."  For bluelines, the line art was printed onto illustration board in a non-reproduction blue, a kind of blue that the camera for the scanner would supposedly not pick up.  This was not actually true, though.  That blue would pick up.  But it hardly mattered.  On the board we had that, then on an acetate overlay we had the black line art.  That would lay over top of the board.  We would fully paint the colors on the board, then the overlay would go on top so it would have the line art.  I would paint on the board, use a hair dryer to dry it, then lay down that acetate to see what it was shaping up like.  Back and forth.  I used mostly gouache when I did that stuff, but also a few other things - some dyes, some water colors, razor blades for tearing the board for rain effects, actual blood used to emulate dried blood on a page, etc.


The vast majority of books at that time used color guides, though, which were not fully painted colors.  For the bluelines, they scanned in our actual painting and just used that.  For color guides, they would give us black and white photocopies of the book.  At the time, Marvel used horrible paper for this.  Paper that was not nice to paint on.  That sucked.  DC was much better about that.  They used a thin water color paper that held color much, much better and just worked nicer.  I would paint on those photocopies, then write the CMYK codes for the colors that I was using on the pages.  This was then handed off to a separator who would look at it and use those numbers to punch in the colors and then try to reproduce what I had done.  In the old days, before computers, this was done by cutting out the various plates on amber or ruby lith from what I remember.  Once computers arrived, the separations were done on the computer.  What that all generally amounted to, though, was someone ruining my work.  It was rare that they did a good job.  Rendering would look wonky and it was usually better to use a bit flatter colors so they couldn't ruin the shading and such.

In the early days of my career, DC had only 64 colors.  They had 25, 50 and 100% of cyan, magenta and yellow.  No black and no 75%.  So, mixes of those three percentages, which all added up to 64 colors.  No blends.  Marvel had the addition of the 75% of those, which took it up to 256 colors or something like that.  And they sometimes had K tones.  The K in CMYK stands for black and we called them K tones.

So, Marvel had more colors and sometimes even grads.  That was nice, but their paper sucked. At that time in the 90s, Marvel was not very nice to work for, though, so I went more and more to DC.  Things change over time, though.  I have gone back and forth and worked for both for a long, long time.

You can see more about the color process on my website.  On that front page, click "read more" under the Comics section.  To see actual color guides, look in the gallery and hand painted colors section.

Computer colored comics started to emerge in the 1990s. In fact, Image Comics were known for pioneering that field. How do you color a comic by computer and what software do you use?

I started in 1995.  At the time, computers were more expensive, at least Macs were.  From what I remember, a chip factory had burned down and RAM prices were really high.  I got a nice Mac and to load it with an additional 128 MEGS of RAM cost me $4500.  Wow!  Imagine that.  I didn't have the money for that system which was about $12,000 total.  DC Comics gave me an interest-free loan of $15,000 to buy a system and in exchange I signed exclusive with them, which sadly meant giving up one of my gigs, Hellboy.  But it worked out okay.  DC treated me very well.  I signed for three years and paid them off over that time.  I work in Photoshop and have for the last 18 years now.  I tried Painter but it is way too slow and I simply don't like it.

To do the work, we receive black and white scans via an FTP server for Marvel or a different server called Accellion at DC.  The pages are set up for color, colored, then put back on the server in color.
In the old days, DC would send me SyQuest cartridges of 44 or 88 megs.  I would get a large Fedex box filled with these with a few pages on each cartridge.  I'd load the colors on those and return them via Fedex.  The disks would often get corrupted and die after even a single use.  And they cost about $1 per meg, so it was expensive.  Eventually DC paid for those, though.  Zip disks came after that and CDs and finally FTP, which is obviously far superior.

Sometimes I'll see two different credits for digital coloring. One will say "colors by ___" and another will say "digital separations by ___" (usually a studio rather than a person). What's the difference between colors and separations?

See my previous response above.  If that is in the credits then the colorist did the guides and separator did the computer coloring from those guides.  You rarely, if ever, see that these days.

Dead Man's Hand | Batman Beyond | vlog #8

Terry must deal with both his rejection by his girlfriend, Dana, and a group of Bruce's old enemies, the Royal Flush Gang, who pattern themselves after playing card ranks. Things look up for Terry when he meets a girl named Melanie who seems to share his problems. This episode makes reference to Catwoman when Bruce says to Terry, "Let me tell you about a woman named Selina Kyle."
Originally aired: 3/20/1999
Written by: Stan Berkowitz
Directed by: Dan Riba

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMS1lcGlzb2RlLTA4

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Shriek | Batman Beyond | vlog #7

Derek Powers hires Shriek, a former sound engineer-turned-supervillain, as part of an elaborate scheme to run Bruce Wayne out of his shared control over Wayne-Powers.
Originally aired: 3/13/1999
Written by: Stan Berkowitz
Directed by: Curt Geda

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMS1lcGlzb2RlLTA3

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Heroes | Batman Beyond | vlog #6

The Terrific Trio, a group of scientists who became superheroes after gaining powers in an experiment gone awry, make their way into Gotham and become media sensations. But Magma, Freon, and 2-D Man soon learn that the accident that gave them their powers was not really an accident.
Originally aired: 2/20/1999
Written by: Rich Fogel
Directed by: Butch Lukic

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMS1lcGlzb2RlLTA2

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Meltdown | Batman Beyond | vlog #5

Looking for a cure for his mutation into Blight, Derek Powers tests an experimental procedure to create a new body for him to inhabit. His test subject: Mr. Freeze, still alive after all these years. Freeze's essence is transferred to a new organic body by Wayne-Powers scientist Stephanie Lake, and the reborn Victor Fries is attacked by the son of a family who were killed years earlier by Mr. Freeze. Batman stops the would-be assassin, but Victor vows to atone for his wicked ways of the past. When he begins suffering sickness in warm weather, Stephanie Lake tries to kill him so his DNA can be re-examined, but Fries escapes to go after Stephanie; in the ensuing melee at Wayne-Powers Batman and Freeze encounter Powers as he completes his mutation into Blight.
Originally aired: 2/13/1999
Written by: Hilary J. Bader & Alan Burnett
Directed by: Curt Geda

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMS1lcGlzb2RlLTA1

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Golem | Batman Beyond | vlog #4

Willie Watt, a high school nerd who has been picked on one too many times, steals a construction robot from his father to scare his chief tormentor, Nelson Nash. But when Batman tries to stop the robot, it becomes bonded to Willie mentally, giving him more power than he ever dreamed of.

Originally aired: 2/6/1999
Written by: Hilary J. Bader
Directed by: Butch Lukic

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMS1lcGlzb2RlLTA0

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Black Out | Batman Beyond | vlog #3

Terry, having just started to work for Bruce Wayne, faces off against Inque, a notorious mercenary who is sabotaging FoxTeca, a company formed by Lucius Fox's son.
Originally aired: 1/30/1999
Written by: Robert Goodman
Directed by: Dan Riba

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/goaway/aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dmlkcy5tZS93YXRjaDI4Ny92L3NlYXNvbi0wMS1lcGlzb2RlLTAz

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Rebirth, Part 2 | Batman Beyond | vlog #2

Terry steals the Batsuit to pursue his father's killer, a professional bodyguard named Mister Fixx (George Takei) whose employer Derek Powers (Sherman Howard), the current CEO of Wayne-Powers, is secretly using the company's resources to develop a biological weapon. Bruce Wayne, discovering the theft, deactivates the suit, but when seeing the now-helpless Terry being punched out reactivates it so he can continue pursuing Fixx, and in the end Wayne appears at Terry's house to hire him as a "special consultant."
Originally aired: 1/10/1999
Written by: Stan Berkowitz, Alan Burnett
Directed by: Curt Geda

You can watch this episode online at: http://allnewepisodes.com/p287/Batman-Beyond/season-01-episode-02-Rebirth-(Part-2)

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Chad'z January read pile

You've probably seen Anthony's blogs on his monthly "read pile." If not, it's just a summation of all the comics he read that month. For this week's blog I thought I'd take a similar approach, except I'm doing it as a preview of what I have upcoming. Maybe at the end of the month I'll write a post on my thoughts of each of these books. If you've read them, please let me know what you thought of them (but no spoilers, PLEASE!).

January read pile 002

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Challenges" by Michael Dooney - I used to be a huge TMNT fan back in the heyday of these characters, though I always prefer the comics to the cartoons. They were much more earnest, violent and adult-oriented than the TV shows and movies ever were. Though, trying to collect TMNT comics is quite a challenge because there's so many of them and a lot of them are not so much expensive (though they ain't cheap) as they are hard to find.
I remember having this particular book in my collection back in the 20th century. I don't know what happened to it, but it's been a long time since I last read it. I put this on my Amazon wish list and sure enough I got it for Christmas. It's a small book with only about four panels per page. It has separate stories on each of the turtles as well as Splinter. I'll be curious to see if this holds up all these years later.

"Batgirl/Robin: Year One" by various writers and artists - As I said in my introductory blog I'm a huge Batman fan and I collect all of his books as well as those of his supporting family of characters. I never bought the nine-part Batgirl: Year One mini-series when it was originally launched, though I did manage to find most issues in various discount bins at comic book stores and conventions. Since I never had the full run I never read it, but now that I have it in a TPB I'll definitely give it a read all at once.

As for Robin's year one story - pretty much the same deal as with Batgirl, though I think I have all parts of that mini-series. Again, I never read it, so it's nice to have it all in one book. In fact, I prefer comics in TPB form rather than in separate "floppies"…. but that's the subject for another sermon.

"Batman: Bruce Wayne - The Road Home" by various writers and artists - I stopped reading new comics when the "Batman: R.I.P." storyline began back in 2008/9ish. I've never liked Grant Morrison as a writer and he's the one behind this massive story arc that, I believe, ties in with the "Final Crisis" event that crossed the entire DCU. This all happened between the first two Christopher Nolan Batman movies. I thought it was a terrible move on DC's part to launch a confusing, epic story of this nature when the movies would likely bring in new readers. If they were to jump on board during these arcs they would've been lost for sure. Hell, I was lost and I had been reading Batman comics for nearly 20 years at that point! Hopefully this book will clarify some things for me.
January read pile 004

"Batman Odyssey" by Neal Adams - It's been several decades since the legendary Neal Adams worked on Batman. Though I do have several of his Batman comics from the Bronze Age, I've never taken the time to study them closely. Neal Adams, like Jack Kirby, was always one of those artists who had god-like status among comicphiles and I never questioned it. Not that I am, but it'll be nice to see what all the hype is about and see how Mr. Adams' art and writing works on a 21st century Batman.

"RASL" by Jeff Smith - I bought this at the Albany Comic Con back in November because it was deeply discounted (thanks, Aquilonia Comics!). I was a HUGE fan of Jeff Smith's fantasy cartoon series Bone. When RASL was in on-going production I didn't pay much attention to it. I knew it would be a finite series and I'd wait for the trades, or in this case, an omnibus hardcover. Truth be told I've already read this and I thought it was very good. The only problem was that it was a little confusing, so I'm going to read it in its entirety again before I formally review it.

"The Batcave Companion" by Michael Eury and Michael Kronenberg - If you do a search on Amazon or eBay or other sites for Batman books and filter out all the comic books proper you'll find that there's a lot of non-fiction books written about the character. I put this on my Amazon wish list a while ago and, once again, I got it for Christmas. Flipping through the book it looks like a fascinating, detailed telling of the history of the character, but mostly in pop culture rather than just the comics. I suppose it's the book equivalent of a lot of those mini documentaries you tend to find as DVD exclusive bonus material. Though, this seems specifically aimed at the comic book-reading Batman fan rather than the movie-watching Batman fan.

Rebirth, Part 1 | Batman Beyond | vlog #1

Bruce Wayne, the original Batman, retires due to failing health when his rescue of a kidnapped woman nearly goes wrong and he must resort to almost using a gun—the ultimate sin in his eyes. Twenty years later, Terrence "Terry" McGinnis discovers the Batman's identity after the aging Bruce Wayne helps him fight off a gang of Jokerz (street punks enamored of the original Clown Prince of Crime). After Terry's father is murdered, Terry seeks Bruce's help to avenge him.
Originally aired 1/10/1999
Written by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett
Directed by Curt Geda

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-beyond-episode-1-rebirth-part-1

You can see all of my animated Batman series vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Chad9976/videos?view=50&shelf_id=8&sort=dd