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Tuesday, March 31, 2009


It's time for another installment of AquaMail!

• First, this strip was pointed out to me by F.O.A.M. member Joe Mello:
I had never heard of the Medium Large strip--check it out, its pretty funny!
Joe also sent me this link, to an article on the site Topless Robot, listing the Top 10 Worst Comic Book Vacation Destinations. As you can guess, Atlantis made the list!
F.O.A.M.er King Megatrip sent another mention of the possible return of Aquaman from a Newsarama interview with Dan Didio:

13) Aquaman is showing up in Blackest Night--that much is known. Readers have been looking for the return of Aquaman for some time now, but yet, he seems to have trouble gaining a foothold lately when he does return...

: See--I'd argue that. Aquaman has trouble staying away--whenever he's not on the stage, we get tons of questions about when he's coming back (laughs).
NRAMA: But he is coming back in Blackest Night?

DD: Yes.

NRAMA: For better or for worse, as the general tone of Blackest Night seems to be hinting?

DD: One of the things that I find fun is a general misconception of what Blackest Night is. I think once #0 and #1 hit, people will understand much clearer the direction and the plans for some of the characters that are returning.

...I have no idea what any of that means, so I guess I'll just have to wait until Blackest Night to find out.
The above panel is by by artist Shane Davis, who is mentioned in this interesting Newsarama piece about his possibly working on Aquaman:

Now that Davis has finished the Justice League issue, he said he's working on his next unannounced project. Rumors have been swirling that he'll be doing an Aquaman comic next, ever since artist Ethan Van Sciver told Newsarama last year, "You know who wants Aquaman? Shane Davis...And he drew Aquaman for Superman/Batman and it was awesome. And he deserves it."

"I want to draw Aquaman. I do," Davis admitted when we asked him about the rumor. "And I know Johns wants to write Aquaman. But you know why Ethan said that? We were at a dinner at a convention, and Ethan was sitting by me and he said, 'Oh,
you want to draw Aquaman?' And I said, 'Well, yeah. I do.' And Ethan said, 'Shane, it's all yours.' Because Ethan really wants to do Plastic Man. And Dan DiDio was sitting right there and so was Johns. It was kind of weird how that all happened.

"If Ethan ends up drawing Aquaman, I'm not going to scream, 'That's my thing to do!''" Davis said with a laugh. "But a little part of Shane Davis would die inside me if I wasn't the one to draw Aquaman."

This link was sent to me by several F.O.A.M.ers, including Brian Knippenberg and George Rears. Thanks fellas!
F.O.A.M.er Brandan E poured through page after page of a message board, finding these interesting exchanges between commenters and Ethan Van Sciver talking Aquaman:

So, Ethan...just how far away is Aquaman: Rebirth or are we closer to seeing Plastic Man: Year One?

I'll have a better idea about that once Flash: Rebirth is finished, and I'll be working on that all summer.

What is your Opinion on Aquaman?

Aquaman is one of DC's icons that seems to be so easy to goof up. Creative teams have either made him silly or boring in the past, and I just haven't enjoyed reading an Aquaman book in a long time. Sub Diego was a cool story. Geoff has ideas for him, I have ideas for him...would they work and be well received? Making Aquaman relevant now is a big challenge. But I really like the character, and wouldn't mind taking a crack at it.
Finally, F.O.A.M.er Benton Grey sent me a link to this site:
FRPMods is a site for the mod community of a PC game. And the site actually interviewed Benton on the hows and whys of his love for Aquaman, which is way cool! (I'd love to be the subject of such an interview...I guess that's why I have the Shrine)

Benton makes some really good points about the Sea King, and the interview is interesting and in-depth. You should definitely go check it out!

Thanks to Joe, Brian, Brandan, King Megatrip, George, and Benton for helping keeping the Shrine up to date with all the Aqua-News out there on the world wide web!


Anonymous said...

Another paper Aquaman to add to your customs list: http://tinyurl.com/cyvwms

Wings1295 said...

Cool... Feel like part of the "in crowd" :)

Brandan said...

I can also tell you guys exclusively that Aquaman's "appearance" in Blackest Night #0 is a bad one, and will probably make you a bit sad/angry. I'll send the spoilers to Rob, but its up to him to post them.

rob! said...

Ugh. When is BN #0 out? This week?

BentonGrey said...

Yay! I'm a foam-er at last! One of these days I'll finish the Aquaman campaign for that game. :)

rob! said...


You've been on the FOAM list for a while! I can't remember when you "signed up" but it was surely before now...

BentonGrey said...

Hmm, well I didn't know that! Ha, either way, I'm glad to be a FOAM member one way or another.

Vincent Paul Bartilucci said...

It's a shame that Ethan Van Sciver won't be pencilling Aquaman. I just rec'd a commission of the Sea King by Ethan and its the very definition of sweeeeet! I'll send ya a link when I post it at my CAF gallery - I haven't updated my gallery in ages and I've got a lot of cool new stuff!