To celebrate the final installment of the 12-part Vanguard backup serial in the pages of Savage Dragon, and in honor of having Vanguard co-creator and writer Gary Carlson as a guest on the Savage Fincast Podcast, we are conducting our first ever promotional contest – and it’s a WHOPPER!
One lucky winner will receive the following comics:
Savage Dragon #2 (flipbook with Vanguard #0)
Vanguard: Strange Visitors #1-4
Vanguard: Ethereal Warriors #1
Savage Dragon #172-184 (Featuring the recent 12-part Vanguard serial in its entirety!
And–as an added BONUS:
Savage Dragon Archives #3-4 (reprinting Vanguard’s early adventures from Megaton #2-4!)
As for the completists out there– don’t fret! Vanguard’s very first adventure from Megaton #1 is also included, as two different color reprints, in the pages of Vanguard #1 and Savage Dragon #182.
ALL 27 ISSUES WILL BE SIGNED BY VANGUARD’S CREATORS, ERIK LARSEN AND GARY CARLSON!!! VANGUARD: ETHEREAL WARRIORS and SAVAGE DRAGON 172-184 are also SIGNED by artist extraordinaire FRANK FOSCO!!!
This collection features darn near every appearance of ol’ Van outside of a handful of guest spots in TMNT, Freak Force, and Brigade. This is truly the ultimate Vanguard collection!
——————————————————– For a chance to win, complete the following two simple steps:
1. Follow @DragonFanBlog on Twitter (if you already follow us you can skip this step!)
2. Tweet the following message:Win the ultimate Vanguard comic collection (27 comics!) signed by @ErikJLarsen & Gary Carlson! Details:www.dragonfan.net #SavageDragon
One entry will be chosen at random from all of the entries received within the two week contest period (contest ends at midnight on April 6th, 2013). Odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Contest is opened to residents of the United States and Canada only.
While you wait with anticipation, pass the time listening to our interview with Vanguard’s co-creator Gary Carlson on the latest installment of the Savage Fincast Podcast (http://fincast.guttertrash.net/orhttp://imageaddiction.net/category/podcast/the-savage-fincast)! The Fincasters have a fascinating discussion with Gary about his early days of running the Megaton anthology during the early 80s and working with young upstarts such as Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, and Angel Medina. Learn about Gary’s years at Image Comics writing Supreme, Vanguard, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and his creator owned line of comics, the critically acclaimed and cult classic Big Bang Comics! Lastly we talk in-depth about the latest year long Vanguard serial that sees Gary wrapping up some major plots for the character.
This episode FINcasters Craig, Jim, and Raven tackle the long awaited Savage Dragon 181. They discuss Dragon’s political ambitions, Krylan religion, and the subtle art of making your son look like a jackass. In another installment of “What We’re Reading” the FINcasters get to talking about about The Hypernaturals, Big Bang Comics, and The Comic Book History of Comics. In Erik Larsen-Related News, the FINcasters react to Erik Larsen leaving Supreme and Frank Fosco’s new project GRONK. All this and Vanguard!
Erik Larsen will be reprinting his first paid professional work, a Vanguard story from 1981, in the back of Savage Dragon #182. The story was originally printed in black and white within the pages of the first issue of the comic anthology, Megaton. Larsen used Photoshop to give the newly colored pages a vintage newsprint look.
I’m not sure if it’s new, but Megaton Comics has a website that showcases the characters that have graced the pages of the comic throughout its seven-year existence. It’s a relatively small site, but cool none-the-less! Check it out at www.megatoncomics.com.
A description of Megaton Comics from the website:
Megaton was an independent comic book published from 1981 to 1987, and is remembered mainly because of the artists who began their comic book careers in its pages. Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Angel Medina, Gordon Purcell, Butch Guice, Frank Fosco, Clarke Hawbaker, and Daniel Reed all saw their first or second published work in Megaton. Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon and Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood both debuted there, prompting Liefeld to later bestow the title “Grandfather of Image Comics” upon Megaton writer/publisher Gary Carlson.
Seems like every new cover Frank Frosco draws for the Vanguard back-up serial in Savage Dragon out does the last one. The recent back-up has been one of the best in the book. I’m going to hate to see it come to an end.
Behold, the gorgeous flip cover to Savage Dragon #179:
Sorry about the delay, but the Savage FINcast returns! This episode we have a very special treat with Frank Fosco visiting the FINcast to share his insight into the world of comics.
For those who don’t know, Frank’s portfolio encompasses three decades of work illustrating comic books for Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse, among others. He is best known for his work as the sole penciler on the 23-issue run of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” comic from Image Comics. Additional career highlights include work on Marvel’s “Worlds Greatest Comic Magazine”, DC’s “Robin” and “Steel”, and back up stories in Erik Larsen’s “Savage Dragon” such as ”The Rock House Diner”, “Ethrian” (a character he created), and the current “Vanguard” serial.
Frank joins Jim, Adam, Craig, and Gavin as they talk Image Expo news, the solicitation of Supreme 63, dissect Savage Dragon 178, and examine the latest Vanguard back-up
Its time for a brand new episode of The Savage FINcast! The holidays are finally over and the FINcast has made its triumphant return! Jim, Craig, and Adam team up to take a gander at Savage Dragon 177, talk about digital comics, other podcasts, and Vanguard.
Savage FINcast – Episode 1.5 (special edition): Erik Talks Hardcovers!
Its time for a brand new episode of The Savage FINcast! Unfortunately Jim couldn’t make it this week due to spending time with family for the holidays, but we found some people almost as interesting to take his place. First up the FINcast says hello to Gavin Higginbotham, probably thee single greatest expert on all things Savage Dragon. His expertise having lead to projects such as the Savage Dragon Companion and the Savage Dragon Wiki. Guy knows his way around a fin.
Our second guest is almost as knowlegable about Savage Dragon, seeing as he created the guy. That’s right we’ve got the one and only Erik Larsen himself to talk about the newly announced Ultiamte Hardcover collections! Craig, Adam, Gavin, and Erik also cover the Image Expo, Vanguard, Image United, Dragon’s 20th Anniversary, Image’s “brand”, the art of comic covers, FCBD 2012, drawing in coffee shops, Supreme, Dave Johnson, Bruce Timm, Gavin’s new Wiki project, Jack Kirby, and Joe Casey.
The newest episode of the Savage Fincast podcast is now up! During each episode the fincasters review and commentate on the latest issue of Savage Dragon, latest Erik Larsen news, and whatever else tickles thier fancy.
In this episode; Jim, Craig, and newcomer Adam discuss the magical possibilities of The Image Expo, examine the latest issue Savage Dragon #176, the latest Vanguard back-up, and revisit Savage Dragon #20.