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Home Message Boards Bendis: January 6-10, 2004

Re: Kabuki Critique Part 1
Jan 06, 2004 11:18 pm

I just wanted to say some words of thanks to the people on this board who have been starting threads discussing Kabuki. I really appreciate the kind words, and the initiative to check out the Kabuki books.

I've been out of town during the Holidays, so that is why I haven't responded, but I noticed there were like four really good Kabuki related threads in the last couple of weeks. It is great to see so many new readers learning about Kabuki for the first time.

And SDFAIN: I saw the post where you explained how you mentioned to your local store to order more Kabuki in advance. That was really nice of you the way you did that. I've often used that same approach and guarantee. And the retaileres always sell out of the books they ordered, but more importantly, they see the real capacity for the readership, and they order even more in reorders. Thank you very much for you pro-active approach in that.

About some of the questions on this thread: There are indeed Hardcover and paperback collections of each and every one of the Kabuki volumes.

Kryptic, The Alchemy is written and painted by me. I've been working on it for a while. Thanks for you interest in it. Let me know what you think of the other books!

Thanks all, for giving your tesamonials of Kabuki to the others on the board!

Happy New Year!
David Mack

Re: All kinds of Love to David Mack
Jan 07, 2004 6:59 am

Thank you!

Re: Question for Mack
Jan 07, 2004 7:03 am

Hi friends.

As for the answer to the first question, just read the recent interview with me at Newsarama, or the new one at Sequential Tart.

Thanks for the kind words.

Re: Go Buy Kabuki!
Jan 07, 2004 7:06 am


I will be at the Motor City Con in May and the Chicago con.

Glad you like the story so far. Let me know what you think when you read the rest.



Jan 07, 2004 7:10 am

Thanks for thinking of me.

Re: All kinds of Love to David Mack
Jan 08, 2004 7:16 am

Of course, I've seen them all.
My faves are:

Seven Samurai
High and Low
Dreams (it has several small stories in it, including one where Scorescese plays Van Gogh).
And see Yojimbo

There is a great DVD set of Kurosawa out right now that has a great documentary and commentary on the films.

These are all revelutionary films, that have been borrowed from very heavily from American (and Italian) film makers for the last 50 years.
Lucas, Spielburg, Scorecese and all the American greats learned from him way early on.

Ask me at a con panel sometime and I will go on at lenght.

Re: Who's going to Wizard World Los Angeles?
Jan 07, 2004 8:26 am

I will be there. Beckett is hosting me, and I will be signing at the Beckett booth.

Re: Bendis will be appearing at Wizard World Los Angeles
Jan 07, 2004 10:56 pm

David Mack will also be there in the third person. He is one third of MOB and a master black belt at name dropping.

Oeming and I have been invited to be guests of Beckett entertainment as we both did covers of their current books. We've been offered to have a MOB side of the four sided Beckett booth where we'll be signing.

I will definitely be there. Prabobly Andy Lee too. I will have the new Kabuki ALCHEMY issues, and all of the other Kabuki trades and hardcovers and some back issues. Will have original art from Daredevil, Kabuki, Scarab. Will have tons of 11x17 prints to choose from, Kabuki shirts, and more.

My charming girlfriend Anh Tran will also be there with her Tranimals!

See you in LA!


Re: All kinds of Love to David Mack
Jan 07, 2004 11:38 pm

Thanks all.

Nappy thanks for those encouraging remarks. Remember, I made it pretty clear in all of my interviews about the Echo story that this was an Echo story. The job that I was given was to write an Echo story that was not in the DD series.

So of course it would be better recieved as an Echo story. It's too bad that some readers were judging it not based on what it is, and what the object of the story is, but what they decided before hand that it should be. When those readers get over that initial hump, and judge it on what it is, and what the purpose of it is, they seem to be able to begin to see the story for the first time and really enjoy it.

If I was asked to write at Daredevil story, I would have written a Daredevil story. But that was not the story that I was asked to write. So of course it only peripherally involves DD.
I'm glad to see that the readers who did not see understand this at the outset are starting to see it and dig it.

And of course, thanks to all of you who have seen and understood, and enjoyed this story from the get go.

If you dig it, check out Kabuki for what I think is the best presentation of my work in comics.


Re: All kinds of Love to David Mack
Jan 08, 2004 7:31 am

I've only seen one of them and I really enjoyed it.
But I've read Musashi's Book of Five Rings, and followed the Japanese comic Vagabond which is very cool and Musashi related.

Re: All kinds of Love to David Mack
Jan 08, 2004 7:40 am

From my Kabuki board at, was posted this new interview I just did with Sequental Tart. Mia Mchatton is the interviewere.

It's about Kabuki, Bendis, and art and writing.

Re: Cedric, Milian stay 'Cool' for next 'Shorty'
Jan 08, 2004 12:17 pm

The book is good too. The cast is great for it. I can tell what character each of the actors will play. It's a fun sequel book.

Re: What creators are coming to chicago Wizard world
Jan 08, 2004 7:26 am

MOB will be there!
At our MOB booth at Image as always.

Re: All kinds of Love to David Mack
Jan 08, 2004 11:18 pm

Hey Tip,

Let me know what you think when you finish it. I think it gets better as it goes.

Hi All,
Heres a link to a new interview on X-fan.

Re: All kinds of Love to David Mack
Jan 08, 2004 11:19 pm

heres the link:

Re: All kinds of Love to David Mack
Jan 09, 2004 2:38 pm

I think Novi Motor City Con is May. I'll be there!

Re: All kinds of Love to David Mack
Jan 09, 2004 11:07 pm

This will be a good seque to mentione the other cons I am doing this year for those who are interested.

March- Megacon, Wizard LA (possibly the Chicago motor city con in between if time allows)

April- New York, Pittsburgh Comicon, Atlanta Comicon

May- Motor City Novi, (possibly Wiz Philly)

July- San Diego Comicon

August- Chicago Wizard, Toronto Con

Sept- Dragon Con

Oct- Portland

Nov- Mid Ohio, (probably Wiz Texas)

If you are at any of these, stop by and introduce yourself.

Re: Your favorite most treasured comic art page
Jan 10, 2004 12:09 am

What a great topic thread you have going here. I'll throw in some of my favorite art pages that I own from other artists.
(And SDFAIN, that sounds like a great idea that I encourage. And you have good taste!)

I've been collecting art for over ten years and I have a pretty cool collection of Kabuki art from other artists. Here are some of my faves:

-I have that great Kabuki parody page that Oeming drew in the Oni color special thing that Bendis wrote. The one where they ape and distort my "style". (Bizarre to own a piece of art where the artists is doing "your style").

-I have a great Kent Williams Kabuki painting. (He kept the pencil rough of it and presented it in his LA art show, and said it was the first to sell!)

-The Kabuki cover by Alex Ross, where he painted over my pencils.

-The 1993 Kabuki pages penciled by Bendis! I will be including these in the back of Kabuki- The Alchemy #1. They have never before been published.

-Lots of great Andy Lee art! His Chinese brush work of Kabuki, and some of his drawings of me and various things.

-A chinese style Brush painting by Jon Muth of my Girlfriend Anh!

-Kabuki painting by Paul Pope.

-Kabuki painting by Scott Morse.

-a Kabuki cover and a Scarab cover penciled by Joe Quesada.

-Kabuki penciled and inked by MIGNOLA!

-I have a pen drawn STERANKO mock up of the Kabuki cover he painted! I've loved Steranko since I was 10! He doesn't want to part with the actual Kabuki painting yet, but said if he decides to he will give me first dibs!

-Jill Thompson Kabuki painting of Kabuki as a kid!

-Kabuki painting by Greg Spalenka!

-Kabuki painting by Colleen Doran.

-Kabuki inked Manga style on Japanese comic book page from lovely Japanese artist TOMOKO SAITO!

-Snap Dragon painting by DAVE JOHNSON over Oeming’s drawing.

-Snap Dragon inked drawing from Oeming from the first time I met him in 94. He just walked right up to my table and gave me this amazing drawing! Then we hung out after the store signing and became great friends.

-Tiger Lily painting by Andrew Robinson.

-Ice pages penciled and inked by Dave Johnson that he drew for Kabuki-Masks of the Noh! These are amazing.

-P.Craig Russell Kabuki in colored pencils!

-Gabriel Dell'Otto drawing! He sent this to me last Christmas of Me and my girlfriend Anh AS Daredevil and Kabuki with our masks off!

-Mike Allred Kabuki

-James O'barr Kabuki at grave stone in duo-shade board. Classic Crow style. He also gave me an Elektra he drew and colored, when he suggested that I write an Elektra story for him to draw.

-Inked Kabuki by Jae Lee!

-Kabuki painting and B/W study for it by Ray Lago.

-Inked Ice by Adam Warren.

-Kabuki painting and Scarab brush inked by Dan Brereton.

-Ice by Guy Davis painted by Vince Locke. Also a Butoh Painted by Vince Locke.

-The Powers page of Detective David Mack that Oeming gave me!

-Rick Mays Kabuki and Scarab pages! I have a ton of Rick Mays artwork spanning the last ten years and showing his changes in style of each period. I love Rick's art a lot. I buy from him the entire issue of each and every Scarab issue. I keep the pages most personal to me, and then I re-sell many of the other pages. His work is a Gem.

Collecting art is fun! Those are some of the faves off the top of my head. I love to look at them! And I love getting new art by amazing artists!

Re: All kinds of Love to David Mack
Jan 10, 2004 12:20 am

Megacon was the first one I mentioned on the list for March

I will definitley be at Megacon!

Will check'em out!

Looking forward to seeing you there. And I joined in about my own art collection on the collecting art thread!

And I will be at Novi! Sorry for the problem last year. I had a catchy flu thing and I didn't want to give it to my fans
I'll have plenty of books for you! Thanks for making the decision to read Kabuki!


Re: Your favorite most treasured comic art page
Jan 10, 2004 3:48 am

I wish I had pics handy. But almost all of these are printed in Kabuki books.

There is a gallery of most of these in Kabuki Images #1, and many are in the Kabuki Gallery.

These books also include several great pieces that I do NOT have, as some were sold before I could buy them. These include Kabuki painting by Matt Wagner, Kabuki Drawing by J.Scott Campbel, Butoh painting by Stellfreeze (that Adam Hughes owns), and others. Include other color Bendis art. 1995 Greg Land Kabuki art, Rick Mays paintings, a Dave Johnson painting of Scarab, 1995 Kabuki painting by Gaydos (this is awesome and I'd love to get my hands on it).

And I just remembere a couple more I DO have. A Snapdragon, and another Scarab by Tim Bradstreet!

Check out the Kabuki Galler for most of these.

Check out Andy Lee's site at or and my site at

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