Tag Archives: Thom Zahler

Minorities in cartoons: Jason (“Love and Capes”)

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Jason, a supporting character in the comic series “Love and Capes” by Thom Zahler. Jason’s first appearance is in “Love and Capes” (first series) #8 in 2008. Jason is an employee at the bookstore owned by Abby; he was hired to replace the then-departed Charlotte, Abby’s sister and former employee. A film school student, Jason’s previous job was at a video rental store, where he didn’t manage to save much money due to buying too many DVDs. Unlike…

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C2E2 2013 summary

I’ve finished attending yet another C2E2 comic-con in Chicago. Here’s a summary of my experiences at this year’s show: The line this year to get in was long as usual. For some reason, I didn’t see a ton of costumes while in line, though two guys near me were dressed as (in their words) “Batman cosplaying as Superman” and “Spider-Man cosplaying as Captain America.” The Batman/Superman guy had apparently heard of the Composite Superman when I mentioned to him that minor villain. Of course, once…

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Anthony wins “Love and Capes” Twitter contest

As those of you who’ve followed me on Twitter might recall, I’ve won a Twitter contest held by “Love and Capes” cartoonist Thom Zahler. The prize? A free T-shirt featuring the comic’s stars, plus a drawing of one of the characters (Mark as the Crusader)! Thanks, Mr. Zahler… Here’s a shot of each: Despite having bought plenty of comics, this is the first comic artwork I’ve ever owned. I might consider obtaining more in the future; my current apartment decor could use the improvement.

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Valentine’s Day 2012

For the updated version of this post, see here. Once again, it’s Valentine’s Day. On topic for the blog, I don’t have much to delve into, but I’ll give it a go: Animated specials Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown There’s no one “definitive” Valentine’s Day special, but an entertaining one is “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown,” the 1975 “Peanuts” special about how Valentine’s Day equals (in true “Peanuts” fashion) unrequited love for everyone in the cast. On TV: ABC since the early 2000s has rerun…

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Darkblade

Minorities in comics and animation: Darkblade (“Love and Capes”)

This week’s entry comes from the world of independent comics, though still involves the superhero genre. Darkblade (real name: Paul LaCroix) is an African-American superhero who appears in Thom Zahler’s “Love and Capes,” a “romantic comedy”-styled superhero series. Darkblade first appeared in “Love and Capes” #1. (Some SPOILERS below…) Darkblade acts as the series’ Batman-analogue, occupying the same non-superpowered-but-highly-skilled “creature of the night” niche that Bats does. Also like Batman, Darkblade’s alter-ego is a millionaire playboy/corporate executive named Paul LeCroix. Similar to Batman and Superman’s…

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Comic reviews: “Love and Capes: Ever After” #4, #5

Love and Capes: Ever After #4, #5 Written by: Thom Zahler Art by: Thom Zahler Yes, I’m a bit late reviewing this one versus the first three installments, but better late than never (yes, SPOILERS)… These two issues wrap up the miniseries (and, for now, this cast of characters) in the same enjoyable manner as the other books. Issue #4 sees two stressful moments for our heroes: Amazonia meeting Darkblade’s parents, and Mark and Abby dealing with tax time. We get to see more characterization…

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Comic review: Love and Capes: Ever After #3

Love and Capes: Ever After #3 (of 5) Written by: Thom Zahler Art by: Thom Zahler In the third installment of this five-issue miniseries, we see Abby and Mark attend Abby’s high school reunion. Meanwhile, Amazonia, Darkblade and Charlotte all reconcile their current (and former) relationship and friendship statuses with each other. Another enjoyable issue. Like the previous issue, this issue contains more development of Darkblade’s background, including a few revelations about his past (apparently he was more Tony Stark than Bruce Wayne). I also…

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Comic review: Love and Capes: Ever After #2

Love and Capes: Ever After #2 Written by: Thom Zahler Art by: Thom Zahler The second issue of the five-part miniseries focuses on the happy couple (Mark and Abby) and their parents, as the two sets of parents pay their respective offspring a simultaneous visit. Mark and Abby also ponder whether (and how) to tell Abby’s parents about his alter-ego. All this, plus fun with temporal hijinks! Another fun issue. Favorite parts: the cover (reminiscent of a Silver Age Lois Lane or Flash cover); the…

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Comic review: “Love and Capes: Ever After” #1 (of 5)

Love and Capes: Ever After #1 (of 5) Written by: Thom Zahler Art by: Thom Zahler Picking up from where the original “Love and Capes” series left off is this five-issue miniseries, focusing on newlywed couple (and series stars) Mark and Abby. This particular issue focuses on two subplots: the couple going apartment-hunting and their first dinner with new couple Darkblade and Amazonia (the comic’s Batman and Wonder Woman pastiches). I enjoyed seeing this issue reveal more about Darkblade’s background, including some details that set…

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“Love and Capes” returns in February for a five-part miniseries

Thom Zahler’s “superhero romantic comedy” series “Love and Capes” is returning in February (in time for Valentine’s Day) for a five-issue miniseries entitled “Love and Capes: Ever After.” The miniseries picks up where the previous comic series left off, focusing on the married life of newlywed couple Mark and Abby. Zahler was recently interviewed by Comic Book Resources on the new miniseries: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=30406 I enjoyed reading the original series, even though my local shop didn’t carry it. (That might change for this new miniseries, with…

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