It's been a little while since I've really taken the time on the blog to shower some praise on a fellow comic creator. To the best of my knowledge, I haven't really devoted an entire entry to that either. Maybe I'll change that and this will become something regular. But back to the main point...I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about the awesome Todd Goodman.
I met Todd at SPACE in Ohio this past spring. He was sitting at the table behind me and Jeremy Massie, which coincedentally was right next to Katie Omberg. We chit-chatted throughout the weekend, and I ended up buying a few issues of his comics: the first two issues of "The Powers That Be" and the first issue of "The Book On Me". I thoroughly enjoyed both of them, and Todd and I have kept in touch some since then.
Last weekend, Todd set up at the Roanoke Valley ComiCon and was at the table right next to me. We share a lot more laughs...Todd picked up several of my books...and I bought the 3rd issue of "The Powers That Be" and issues 2 and 3 of "The Book On Me". While I definitely enjoyed the 3 books from him I got the first time, I was even more impressed this round.
"The Powers That Be" is a humorous superhero book. By reading it, you can tell that Todd really appreciates old school team superhero books like pre-modern age Avengers, Justice League, etc. But there's also a little something reminiscent of the less serious cape comics, like The Tick, Flaming Carrot, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The art by Cory Butler is simple, yet effective, almost making it seem like this could be an animated series.
"The Book On Me" is my favorite out Todd's books. It's a humor filled, slice-of-life type book that reads like a really good movie. Centering on a group of friends that hang out at their local comic store, it explores what happens when one of the cast decides to make his own comic and ends up becoming romantically involved with his artist. This is the type of story I really like, not just in comics, but in books, movies, television, etc. It's filled with scenarios that make you laugh or shake your head, cause you've been there in your own life. Artist Briana Higgins art meshes well with the tone of the tale as well. It's hard for me to put my finger on, but it works and it works really well.
When I was reading these comics on the way home from RVCC, I told my son, Christopher, "Man, this Todd Goodman...he's good, man." Christopher replied with, "Well, I guess he has the right name, then, huh?" And he was exactly right...Todd Goodman is good, man.
Do yourself a favor and check out his stuff here...
Til next time,