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Monday, September 22, 2008

Rock the Vote

It's still possible in every US state to register to vote. But starting October 4, many states will enforce a deadline. If you haven't registered yet, do it!

Unless you hate comics. Then I don't want y0u to vote.

Rock the Vote explains how to register in all 50 states. Do it, or Lex Luthor has already won.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My Superman House Auction done!

Thanks to everyone who placed bids on eBay to help raise money for the Superman house, the place where young Jerry Siegel first imagined Superman! All proceeds from the auction go to the Siegel and Shuster Society, which uses all that cash to fix up the Siegel home. More items are going up for sale this week, so it's not too late to bid, or to donate or buy the Chip Kidd t-shirt designs. The Frank Cho piece is naaaahhhssss.

Thanks to Brad Meltzer for putting the whole thing together. He's insanely busy with his career and family, but did this anyhow out of his love for comics history. Comics aren't that important in themselves, but when they inspire the best in us they're invaluable. A lot of very heroic people have been inspired by Superman.

Thank God he decided to use his powers for good!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

It's my own fault I'm being emailed lies.

In regards to me getting lies sent to my personal email by John McCain, it is my own fault.

I sent him a tiny donation a month ago. That's what I get for believing he might have a bit of honor. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I wish I could get my money back.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

McCain email

It's 9:47pm, and I just got back from bowling. I got a McCain/Palin email in my Inbox, asking for money so they can counter the "shameful attacks" from the Obama/Biden campaign. I was surprised to see them cite FactCheck.org. Here's part of the email.

You've surely seen the shameful attacks Senator Obama and his liberal allies have launched against our vice presidential nominee, Governor Sarah Palin.

Even before our national convention, the Obama campaign dispatched what The Wall Street Journal called a "mini-army of 30 lawyers, investigators and opposition researchers" to Alaska to dig up dirt for their personal attacks on Governor Palin and her family. FactCheck.org has called the attacks on Governor Palin, "completely false" and "misleading." However, the Obama Democrats continue to launch these attacks, hoping you'll never find out the truth. [My emphasis]
So, being the guy I am, I wander over to FactCheck.org.

FactCheck.org's top story says:
McCain-Palin Distorts Our Finding
The subtitle says, "Those attacks on Palin we debunked didn't come from Obama."

Almost all of the stories are corrections of McCain campaign lies. The story with Obama's picture is a correction of a McCain ad which is "simply false." John McCain guessed you wouldn't go to FactCheck.org, "hoping you'll never find out the truth."

So they're trying to trick me out of my money because they think I'm too stupid and lazy to Google FactCheck.org? McCain, you are the scum of the Earth. You're down there with the Nigerian princes trying to get my help with their bank accounts.

I don't like being lied to, and I don't like being treated like a simpleton.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Superman House Auction Today!

The auction for my Superman house cover starts today!

For those of you who don't know, Brad Meltzer found the house in Cleveland where young Jerry Siegel created Superman. The house is falling apart, despite the best efforts of the elderly couple living there now. They're proud of the house's history, but the city of Cleveland won't even place a plaque there. Brad vowed to them that he'd figure out a way to save the house and get them that plaque.

Brad got busy. He contacted his prodigious comics contacts, and few comic geeks outside of comics, and asked if they'd donate pieces to raise money for the house.

Mine went up on eBay this morning. I'm going to provide a higher res image here to whet your appetite.

If you don't have the cash to buy this piece, consider donating directly to the Siegel and Shuster Society.

On his blog, Greg Rucka debates the point of why Superman isn't evil. "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Greg says it's because Superman is an ideal, and we should treasure our ideals.

Let me make a different point. The most evil people on our planet have been scared little souls. They're driven by insecurity, taking vengeance for old wounds on the rest of the world. Evil dictators like Saddam Hussein and Hitler had miserable childhoods, and ended up murdering tailors and housewives by the truckload. It's a rare for petty and mean to be taken to the point of international genocide, but that's what it is at base. They're gnawed by fear in their guts.

There is a lot to fear in this world. Oftentimes, "no good deed goes unpunished." Superman is what happens when people commit good deeds, despite fear of the punishment. When instead of hiding, you do your good deeds with four-color boldness, knowing that it can make you a target. And that happens all the time. I've seen it happen, and that's why Superman is real.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The house that built Superman

In the course of researching his new novel, The Book of Lies, Brad Meltzer visited the house in Cleveland where Jerry Siegel grew up. It was here that young Jerry came up with the superhero that inspired all others, Superman. The house is in bad shape. At least it's still there: down the street, Joe Shuster's house had already been torn down.

Brad resolved to save the house. He contacted an amazing list of comics talent, and he contacted me. Could I create a piece to auction off for the house? When he told me the cause and the others involved I knew it had better be good.

Today on September 2 Brad announced the formation of the Siegel and Shuster Society. On board are Stephen Colbert, George Perez, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, the family of Jerry Siegel, and way more superstars than I could list off here. Click the link, read the full story, donate some cash, and perhaps win one of the first-week auctions for a stunning piece by Dan Brereton, Jim Lee, or George Perez and others.

I wish I could show you a picture of my piece, but it won't go up on eBay until September 9. It's an homage to this cover by Joe Shuster, and I think it epitomizes the brash youthful energy of the Siegel and Shuster Superman:

As a small consolation prize for not getting to see my auction piece yet, here's the fully digitally painted front and back cover I did for the second Heroes collection! It's not quite as big of news, but I'm pretty proud of it (Click for the full image).