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 Some Comic Book Guy Went to the Pro Bowl

Monday, February 27, 2017

To reward their fans, the National Football League selected loyal fans from every team and sent them to the Pro Bowl in January. Guess who the lucky fan representing the Minnesota Vikings was?

Dan Jurgens, wife Amy, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (not in that order)
Amy Jurgens, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and the creator of Booster Gold

It's Booster Gold creator Dan Jurgens! While the article about the experience on Vikings.com does include an image of Booster Gold (from he cover of Booster Gold Vol. 2, #21), the writer doesn't seem aware of exactly how significant a role Jurgens has played in the history of DC Comics. Quote:

Jurgens is now currently working on two titles – one Batman and one Superman, whom he says he's had a longstanding affiliation with.

When talking about the career of the man who killed Superman then saved him from oblivion after the New 52 reboot, created Cyborg Superman, and co-created Doomsday, "longstanding affiliation" feels like a bit of an understatement. (And don't even get me started on how important his work on Booster Gold has been!)

Congratulations, Dan and Amy. Go Vikings!
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 Putting a Bow on It

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Those of you who follow Boosterrific on Facebook have already seen this, but for those of you who don't, Brian Miller of Hi-Fi Designs posted this yesterday:

© DC Comics

To recap: First Dan Jurgens tells us that he's drawing "BG". Then Norm Rapmund says he's inking someone with a star on his chest who isn't Captain America. And now Hi-Fi designs removes any lingering doubt. This is definitely a Booster Gold cover.

Jurgens, Rapmund, and Hi Fi were the art team for most of the late, lamented Booster Gold Volume 2. Isn't it nice to have the band back together?

If you'd like to reward Miller for sharing the image with us, consider donating to his Kickstarter campaign for the Femme Mystique graphic novel. Good luck, Brian.
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 Wrapping It Up

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Today's post is going to be old news for a lot of you, but after my rant yesterday, I felt compelled to run this today.

Via Twitter, Norm Rapmund has provided a critical clue about the "BG" art Dan Jurgens teased last week:

Finishing up a cover with @thedanjurgens & its turning out awesome! Its a character with a star on his chest.. Its not Captain America. Lol -- Norm Rapmund 2017-02-12

Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund working together again is great news, but it's not unexpected. When DC released the April solicitation for Booster Gold/The Flintstones Annual #1 back in December, the solicitation included this line:

Variant cover by DAN JURGENS and NORM RAPMUND

So although neither Jurgens nor Rapmund told us why they're collaborating on a cover featuring Booster Gold, I think we can put two and two together.

Booster Gold/The Flintstones Annual #1 will go on sale on March 29 with a $4.99 cover price. The standard cover is by Mike Allred and will also feature Booster Gold, so bring $10!

Thanks to bennibeard for linking to Rapmund's tweet in the Boosterrific Forum.
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 Disappointing the Masses

Monday, February 13, 2017

Tuesday, Booster Gold creator and current Action Comics scribe Dan Jurgens posted the following tweet:

Feels good to stretch the drawing muscles again. Won't tell you who. But the character's initials are BG. -- @thedanjurgens 2017-02-07

Later that day, Morgenstern posted a link to the tweet in the Boosterrific Forum. Because it is likely that Jurgens was referring to Booster Gold, I retweeted the message via @boosterrific. That was the last I expected to hear about that, at least until we had some new information. (Does "BG" stand for what we want it to? Why be coy about it? Why is he drawing it?) I was wrong.

Late Thursday night, CBR.com reposted the tweet on their site. I assumed that was because they were more starved for content than usual. The post, by Jim Johnson, adds nothing to the tweet that isn't visible from the original post. However, within hours of that post, multiple people reached out to me to say, "Have you seen this on CBR.com?" Yes, I had.

Before I rant a bit — it's my website, and I'll rant if I want to! — let me say that I don't want to discourage anyone from sending me anything that they think is Boosterrific, I really don't. I want your input, and I will always try to be polite and thankful for anything you send me.

But paying so much attention to a teasing tweet not because Dan Jurgens posted it on Twitter but because CBR reposted it? Really? CBR? A once-great website of comics journalism that lobotomized itself in a bid to become the BuzzFeed of comics/movie/television entertainment? At least when Megan Peters covered the tweet for ComicBook.com, she added some context! But CBR? "Hey, look! A thing!" Grr!

I know that I shouldn't be irritated. It's no one's fault but mine that I underestimated how excited Booster Gold fans would be that Dan Jurgens might actually be drawing the character again no matter what the medium or purpose. I should have immediately posted Jurgens' tweet here in the Boosterrific Blog on Wednesday. And I certainly can't expect anyone else to share my biases against CBR. For all of those oversights and failures, I apologize. I'll try to do better in the future.

TLDR: For some reason, Dan Jurgens told the world he is drawing something that starts with the initials "BG," and I didn't tell you. But don't worry, CBR.com has you covered.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'll crawl back into my cave.
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 Museum Quality Pieces

Friday, December 9, 2016

I rarely discuss original comic book artwork for sale. By which I mean work created for the purpose of publication, not fan commissions.

This isn't an oversight so much as it is the byproduct of my own ignorance about the market. As a skinflint reluctant to part with $4 to buy a modern comic, I find the much higher prices of the original art market make me absolutely squeamish.

That's not to say that I think the prices are undeserved — I consider the original artwork for the cover to Booster Gold #1 to be essentially priceless. (One day I will own an original Booster Gold piece by Dan Jurgens, perhaps in time for Booster's 50th anniversary!) However, as an outsider, I really don't feel qualified to discuss the original art market. This is a shame considering how much amazing, original comic book art is available online.

Take, for example, this piece by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund on sale through pencilinkcolor.com.

Dan Jurgens pencils and Norm Rapmund inks
Booster Gold, Volume 2, #17

Isn't that great? With the colors removed, you can really see the pen and brush techniques of the artists and get a feel for how the inks can complement the original pencils. (Pencillers get all the attention, but the influence of an inker on a finished piece cannot be understated.)

I understand why people collect this original art, especially in this modern age of electronic media. In a way, owning a piece like this is like owning a page of Leonardo da Vinci's sketchbook. It brings you closer to the medium that you love.

If you'd like to see much, much more original art, click the image above to visit ComicArtShop.com.
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