The Once And Future King?

John Byrne is my all-time favorite comic artist, going waaay back to his original run on The Uncanny X-Men beginning with issue 108 in December, 1977. Here’s some potentially big news as reported by Newsarama

John Byrne has stated that Marvel has reached out to him about new work – which, if it happens, would be his first for the publisher since 2000.

During a spotlight panel at Fan Expo Boston 2018, Byrne revealed it as part of explaining how his self-published continuation of his Uncanny X-Men run, called X-Men: Elsewhen.

“There was some discussion on my website: ‘What if you went back to Marvel?’ and it planted this itch in my brain. I thought, what if I went back to Marvel? Could I go back to Marvel? Can I do that? I haven’t drawn like that in 20 years,” Byrne said (as transcribed by Adventures in Poor Taste).

Byrne has drawn over 20 pages of X-Men: Elsewhen, classifying it as a fun side project he doesn’t intend to publish. Be that as it may, it got the attention ot Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief C.B. Cebulski.

“And then I got an email from C.B. Cebulski saying, ‘Love it! Let’s talk about this!’ Oh, that’s unexpected,” continued Byrne. “So yeah, it just happened as a fun thing. It’s still just a fun thing as far as I’m concerned.”

Confess, My Love, Or Die By Inches

Not sure what I love best about this cover, the Nazi’s helmet and tank top ensemble, the mummified corpses of previous victims stood up like trophies around the torture chamber, or the damsel’s totally indifferent facial expression.

Do You Dare Try And Conquer Valravn?

Valravn, the TALLEST, FASTEST, LONGEST dive coaster in the world …

After leaving the station, the train turns 180 degrees to the left, then begins to ascend its 223-foot-tall (68 m) chain lift hill. Once the train reaches the top, it turns right, slightly hangs over the first drop and pauses for four seconds. The train then drops 214 feet (65 m) at a 90-degree angle where it reaches 75 miles per hour (121 km/h), its maximum speed. The train then enters a 165-foot (50 m) Immelmann loop before rising into the mid-course brake run. After the midcourse brakes, the train goes through a second drop at 131 feet (40 m). Out of the drop, the train enters a dive loop that leads into its third and final inversion, a 270-degree zero-g roll. The train encounters an airtime hill before turning left and entering the final brake run.

Valravn holds records for the following:

Tallest Dive Coaster (223 feet)
Fastest Dive Coaster (75 miles per hour)
Longest Dive Coaster (3,415 feet)
Longest drop on a Dive Coaster (214 feet)
Most inversions on a Dive Coaster (3)
Highest inversion on a Dive Coaster (165 feet)

What’s In The Bag…

Here’s a new way to lose track of time and waste hours. What’s in your bag is a series of videos on You Tube where your favorite artist runs around Amoeba records and fills up a bag with their favorite music/dvds, and then tells you about why the picked whatever they selected. It’s been a nice go-to for finding new music, and a great way to waste hours without even realizing it. Here’s a few to get you started. They’re only a few minutes long…

Swamp Thing 21

Ignore this post, I’m testing a gallery plugin I just installed. If you’re morbidly curious, this is one of the earliest comics I can remember owning as a wee bastard. Rediscovered at Diversions of the Groovy Kind a few years ago.

What Makes This Song Great?

I gotta thank a certain bastard for turning me on to this guy, Rick Beato. He knows a shitload about music theory and can play seemingly any instrument. (His kid is scary gifted, but that’s a post for another day.)

In today’s episode, Beato breaks down “Been Caught Stealing,” Jane’s Addiction’s biggest hit from 1990’s Ritual de lo Habitual. Check it.