Weekend Table Talk: Thai National Sports Day Edition!

Want something to talk about while you and your buddies gather around the pub/Magic the Gathering/Warhammer/Five Finger Fillet/poker table? Well, here are some news bits from the last little while that will fuel your conversation. First up…

This Wikipedia article explains the title.

Okay, second up…

Daniel James Cox is awesome

He draws superheroes, but in a way many artists don’t – with paints and such. And just because he’s so awesome, his painting of Darkseid below hasn’t been re-sized. There is a crap-ton more at his blog and his website that may make your draw hit the floor. (via Comics Alliance)

And you thought Darkseid couldn’t look any bigger and badass.

Dan Dos Santos is awesome, too

Dan Dos Santos made a really sweet picture of Firefly’s Mal Reynolds. Then Nathan Fillion tweeted it. Then people went nuts. Then io9 ran a sweet article detailing how he did it. It’s worth checking out, even if you don’t like the best show ever. Also, check out Dos Santos’ website. It’s cool, too, because he has cool things on it, like the cover to a Fables trade he did.

Where's Jacob, you ask? Bigby ripped his fucking throat out, that's where.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is… something 

It has a new trailer, and surely The Academy is paying attention to this one. They might as well give it all of the Oscars right now, ’cause it’s not even a contest. Check it out.

Joe Simon is long gone but never forgotten

Joe Simon, best known for co-creating Captain America, passed away Wednesday at the age of 98. In his many, many years in the comic book industry, Simon wrote, drew and published a ton of stuff. His most famous works, though, stem from his work with the legendary Jack Kirby.

Eduardo Barreto laid down his pencil for good

Eduardo Barreto, prominent Teen Titans artist, died at age 57. The Uruguay native drew several titles for DC over the years, including the following panel that manages to make the Martian Manhunter look kind of badass. Impressive work, to be sure.

From the rare issue where J'on J'onzz runs around stealing dog food. It wasn't a big seller.

The Avengers prelude won’t be a moving prelude, which are the best kinds of preludes

Apparently, Marvel is putting out a prelude for The Avengers. A trailer, perhaps? Nope. A comic. Which is great, because we get more sweet, sweet Avengers action. What’s not so sweet is the general rule that movie tie-in comics suck.

The Dark Knight Rises is leaking like a submarine made of Swiss cheese

The opening of The Dark Knight Rises was supposed to play only on 70 mm IMAX screens before Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. So of course it leaked. The Inside Pulse has one that is still up here. It’s not the best quality, but you get the idea.

Comic Con is Awarding Indian Artists

There is a ton of comic talent in countries outside of North America, as shocking as that may sound. Recognizing that, the organizers of Comic Con are putting on the Comic Con India Awards to honour awesome artists, writers and the rest that India has to offer. Check out the whole article over at the Hindustan Times.

Catwoman, She-Hulk, Wonder Woman and Storm are doing breast self-exams

Apparently, there is a campaign in Mozambique attempting to get women to self-check themselves. To do so, they are using notable female superheroes. Impressive art, to be sure, but it seems unlikely that Marvel and DC signed off on this. Here’s one of them, featuring one the most famous African superheroes, Storm. (via io9)

Calvin and Hobbes is still reigning

Remember all of those comics where Calvin made awesome snow sculptures, which usually bothered his parents to no end? Well, someone added an extra dimension, and made a video of them. If the video below doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.

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