Black History Month at The Denver Public Library

On Saturday, February 15, Professor William H. Foster gave a talk entitled Changing Images of Blacks in Comics at the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library.

 

Speaking to a full room, he examined the presence of African American people in American comics, from the late 1930s until now. Most notably, he discussed a comic from the 1950s, Negro Romance, which was published by Fawcett Comics, the company most known for its flagship character, Captain Marvel (now owned by DC Comics). 

 

Negro Romance was notable for its depiction of Black people as educated and refined, which was uncommon at the time. The story of this comic book's creation was highlighted in an episode of the PBS show History Detectives, where Professor Foster was featured as an expert.

-Alan Brooks

Friday's Weekly Round-Up!

"Friday's Weekly Round-Up!" features the latest work from the members of Denver Drink & Draw, both past and present, and collects them together for you to check out. You can click on any of the pictures to go the link featuring the artwork or comics. Also, unless you've been living in a bomb shelter for the last few weeks, you know that the Denver Broncos are going to the Super Bowl, so it's kind of on us Denverite's minds. For all you haters, don't worry, you only have a few more days of this (take or give a few after the game).

Noah Van Sciver illustrates an article for the Westword explaining the different types of Broncos fans.

Noah Van Sciver illustrates an article for the Westword explaining the different types of Broncos fans.

Dylan Edwards shows the gang being enraptured by the game in "Politcally InQueerect."

Dylan Edwards shows the gang being enraptured by the game in "Politcally InQueerect."

Lonnie MF Allen breaks down how Peyton Manning works.

Lonnie MF Allen breaks down how Peyton Manning works.


Patrick Jordan's latest drawings!

Patrick Jordan's latest drawings!

Another page in Melanie Gillman's "As the Crow Flies."

Another page in Melanie Gillman's "As the Crow Flies."

Jake Fairly's newest strip is available to read on his Facebook page.

Jake Fairly's newest strip is available to read on his Facebook page.


Dan Conner raises the cuteness factor on his zombies even more on "Crazy Good Comics."

Dan Conner raises the cuteness factor on his zombies even more on "Crazy Good Comics."

Karl Krumpholz explains interstate trade in his latest "30 Miles of Crazy."

Karl Krumpholz explains interstate trade in his latest "30 Miles of Crazy."

Jovie Hunt has some nice artwork for sale, but you can check them out for free!

Jovie Hunt has some nice artwork for sale, but you can check them out for free!


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Also, Kilgore Books released "Kilgore Quarterly" an anthology featuring a gang of super-talented writers, poets, and cartoonists! Especially some of our own members like Noah Van Sciver (who did the nifty cover along with), Jazzmyn Barbosa, and Katrin Davis! Check it out at their store if you can, for more information visit their website: http://kilgorebooks.com/ 

We've also posted a few new weekly comics jams over here on this site, so read 'em and weep! Until next week...

Denver Broncos Comics

This upcoming Sunday, the Denver Broncos will face off against the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. I've been a longtime Broncos fan and used to watch John Elway's amazing comebacks on television as a kid. So in celebration of the Broncos this week, I thought I'd review their very brief history in comics.

Sports Action Comics Presents: The Denver Broncos-1987

Sports Action Comics Presents: The Denver Broncos-1987

The comic below came out around 1992, I say "around" because not even the Grand Comic Book Database is sure. I kind of like this cover, it reminds me of the '70s style graphic illustration that I'd see on my Pee Chee folder.

Sports Superstars #7-John Elway

Sports Superstars #7-John Elway

Art by Todd Nauck

Art by Todd Nauck

My favorite thing about these Tebow comics is a quote from Marvel Comics representative Bill Rosemann who explained this short lived project in the beginning as such: “Like the Marvel heroes who pull off last minute victories, Tim Tebow has fans around the world on the edge of their seats and believing that–in our own lives–when time is running out and all looks lost, we can dig deep inside and use our various strengths to triumph over insurmountable odds.” Dear lord!

I got a copy of this from a coworker. Once it's discovered that you're into comics in the regular world, the first thing most people want to do is show your their collection and ask you how much it's worth. Most of the time, I have them look up their comic that they've been saving for years as their makeshift retirement plan on Ebay and they soon discover it ain't worth squat. Once my particular coworker discovered this, he just gave me the comic. After reading it, I can say it's one of the worst comics I've ever had the privilege of setting eyes on. 

From "Sports Action Comics"-feast your eyes on this amazing anatomy drawing!

From "Sports Action Comics"-feast your eyes on this amazing anatomy drawing!

You're probably thinking, that people were just more stupid in the eighties and nineties, and that they should know better than and mix sports and comics, then expect something good, right? Well, people were stupid back then, but it turns out we still are. A few years ago, Tebomania ran wild, and far be it from Marvel to miss an opportunity to try and get in on a possible cash cow.

Art by Scott Koblish

Art by Scott Koblish

Art by Bong "No Seriously That's His Name" Dazo.

Art by Bong "No Seriously That's His Name" Dazo.

Doing a remedial internet search, I wasn't able to find any comic books with Peyton Manning as a Denver Bronco, but I suspect that will change if he wins the Super Bowl. However, I was able to find this Old Spice ad featuring Wes Welker, one of our current wide receivers.

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-Lonnie MF Allen

Friday's Weekly Round-Up!

"Friday's Weekly Round-Up!" features members of Denver Drink & Draw, both past and present, newest work from the week and collects them together. You can click on any of the pictures to go the link.

Dylan Edwards explains how cleanliness is not next to godliness in "Politically Inqueerect."

Dylan Edwards explains how cleanliness is not next to godliness in "Politically Inqueerect."

Sam Spina is learning how to put in the hole with male bonding in the latest "Spinadoodles."

Sam Spina is learning how to put in the hole with male bonding in the latest "Spinadoodles."

Karl Christian Krumpholz demonstrates some drawing skill in a montage in "30 Miles of Crazy."

Karl Christian Krumpholz demonstrates some drawing skill in a montage in "30 Miles of Crazy."


Patrick Jordan will stun you with his wonderful sketching.

Patrick Jordan will stun you with his wonderful sketching.

Melanie Gillman's latest installment of "As the Crow Flies."

Melanie Gillman's latest installment of "As the Crow Flies."

We don't need no education! Molly Bounds' installation on her Tumblr.

We don't need no education! Molly Bounds' installation on her Tumblr.


Dan Conner doing some experiments with animation on "Crazy Good Comics."

Dan Conner doing some experiments with animation on "Crazy Good Comics."

Noah Van Sciver brings you "Cow Man" and an assortment of other goodies on his Tumblr page.

Noah Van Sciver brings you "Cow Man" and an assortment of other goodies on his Tumblr page.

Matthew Allison shows off his new cover for the upcoming Emerald City Con.

Matthew Allison shows off his new cover for the upcoming Emerald City Con.


Katrin Davis gives you a voyeur's peak into an apartment complex, free from guilt!

Katrin Davis gives you a voyeur's peak into an apartment complex, free from guilt!

John Porcellino does a wonderful comix year in review on his blog.

John Porcellino does a wonderful comix year in review on his blog.

T. Motley, a Denver native cartoonist has an interview on therumpus.net

T. Motley, a Denver native cartoonist has an interview on therumpus.net


Also this week we have two new illustrations by Mellanie Gillman and Dylan Edwards for our Monthly Drawing Theme! Thanks for reading and until next week...

Friday's Weekly Round-Up!

"Friday's Weekly Round-Up!" features members of Denver Drink & Draw, both past and present newest work from the week and collects them together. You can click on any of the pictures to go the link as well as linked text below the images.


Two new pages of tranquil beauty were added to Melanie Gillman's "As the Crow Flies." 

Ted Intorcio encounters some music theory at a live drawing session.

Dylan Edwards gives meaty a whole new meaning in "Politically Inqueerect"


Katrin Davis has been making some cool assemblages for sale.

 

Karl Krumpholz gets some sage words from a fellow bar goer in "30 Miles of Crazy."

Dan Conner features great artwork from Zach Basset on his website "Crazy Good Comics."


Noah Van Sciver makes a mock cover for his "Saint Cole" series.

Leila del Duca writes a heartwarming article about her newfound success.

Patrick Jordan has taken a trip to the east coast this week, but that hasn't hurt his proliferation of amazing sketches.


Kit Seaton's gorgeous print she made for her sister is also for sale!

 
 

Be sure to check out our latest themed drawings as well as new comic jams here on this website. Until next week...