Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Signing at Rising Sun Creations December 5th, 2009

This December has been a busy one for Josh and I so I apologize for how long it has taken me to update this blog.
On December 5th, Josh and I along with our very good friend Jules Rivera (of Marsh Rocket fame who also created the promotions poster) had a signing at Rising Sun Creations located in Mission Valley. The turn out was great!! We were busy all day talking to customers and we drew sketches for people. We had a video interview with Cammy's Comic Corner Podcast, and a hip hop band on tour gave us free copies of their cd's. It was a total blast. I haven't had that much fun in... ever sitting behind the table.
Afterwards we went to dinner with Jules and her husband Alex as well as Josh's cousin Chante and her two friends, Kevin and Ihimu who came into town from Orange County.
As soon as I get the link from Cammy, I'll post the interview. Until then, please enjoy this picture slide show. And thanks to Kevin for taking these wonderful pictures.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Illustration of Jetta by Josh Finney of Titanium Rain

Josh has an art piece appearing in the upcoming Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa Graphic Novel. You can check it out HERE.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lots of Titanium Rain News!!

Well, first and foremost, IT'S OUT TODAY!!!! Yes, the long wait is finally over. Titanium Rain Double Size Issue 1-2 is out in stores TODAY!!

So if you haven't picked it up yet, do so ASAP!! As well, stay tuned for news on our upcoming signing at Rising Sun Productions in San Diego. Josh and I are making plans to do a signing with this wonderful store as soon as 3-4 comes out, which should be in another few weeks.

Second, CBR has just run an interview with Josh on Titanium Rain. It's called "Archaia Forecasts Titanium Rain". In it, Josh talks about what inspired the story and what his goals were in how he told it. It's an awesome interview and I highly recommend that you check it out.
Last, but not least. We've put in our application for a table at the Comic Geek Speak Super Show Convention in March of '10. I know it's a ways away but we're going to start beating the drum now so that people can make plans to head out to PA and come see us. We'll do sketches, have books, patches, and exclusive swag that you can only get from Josh and I. It's going to be awesome!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Press Release: Who Does What

Due to numerous articles in the comics press containing false or misleading information about Titanium Rain, the creators of the book have decided to step forward and clear up a few things.
First and for most, Josh Finney is both the WRITER and LEAD ARTIST on the book. Along with writing the story, he is also responsible for the panel layouts, digital painting, 3D graphics, graphic design, lettering, and concept art. Kat Rocha's role in the process is as a penciler and flatter. Early in Titanium Rain's creation Josh and Kat had opted to simply list the art credits as being done by both of them. Specifically stating who does which tasks seemed unnecessary. That is until the press repeatedly ran articles crediting Kat for all the art tasks, and on occasion, even credited her for Josh's past body of work as a professional artist.

The truth is, for the last couple of years Josh has been essentially mentoring Kat, teaching her the skills to eventually become an artist in her own right. This is not something Josh or Kat would have wanted to have made public, but apparently the press cannot get it right. Look, we all understand these feel-good "Girls can draw too!" human-interest stories are en vogue right now, but it does not excuse piss-poor journalism.

For the record:
Josh Finney is the lead artist on Titanium Rain. Kat Rocha is the penciler and flatter.

Josh has done past work for Star Trek Enterprise, NOT Kat.

All the Titanium Rain covers are painted by Josh.

The "Digital Realism" style that Titanium Rain is known for was created by Josh Finney, and can be seen in much of his work for game companies such as Spartan Publishing and Rebel Games.

Please of the love of dog, comics press, do your damn homework next time.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Titanium Rain AND God Machine are back from the printer!!! YEAH!!!!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Titanium Rain on Amazon

Well, if the "order here" box on the right wasn't enough of an indication, I think this will be proof enough. That's right, Titanium Rain Volume 1
is now available for preorder on Amazon.com!! Whoo Hoo!
And look at that price. If you missed the $10 preorder price on DCBS last month, you still have a wonderful opportunity to score an amazing deal on Amazon.com for $13!! That's still an amazing 32% savings!!
Also, if you are in the San Diego area, Josh and I will be doing at signing very soon at Rising Sun Productions located in Mission Valley next door to the trolley station. Stay tuned for more info on that and hope onto Amazon.com for amazing savings on your Titanium Rain Volume 1 !!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

News Blast: Titanium Rain at the Long Beach Comic Con!!

NEWS:Josh Finney and Kat Rocha of Titanium Rain are Special Guests at the Long Beach Comic Con!
Come see them at the Archaia Booth #265. by the front entrance, next to Nintendo.
They'll do sketches, sell art prints, and have Titanium Rain Squadron Patches available.
And while you're there, check them out at the "Archaia: The Mouse that Roared" Pannel on Saturday, Room C at 12 Noon.

See you all there!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Titanium Rain Now Available Through Amazon.com

Hey Everybody!! Look what's now available through Amazon!! It's Titanium Rain Volume 1. So now, there are even more great ways of getting your copy.

1. Order from your local comic book store using the Previews Code SEP09 0597
2. Preorder through DCBS and pay only $10.97!! That's a 45% savings.
3. Preorder through Amazon.com.

And don't forget. There will be an additional 50 pages of exclusive content.
Two New Guest Stories
Vehicle Stats
News Articles
Propaganda Notes
And an interview with Bramford, the mind behind Prometheus.

Believe me, you do NOT want to miss this book!!

And don't forget to visit the official Titanium Rain Store for cool swag and art prints done by Josh and Kat.



Tuesday, September 22, 2009

R E S P E C T !!!

The new "F" Word went up today. In this month's issue I tackle respect, specifically respecting your loved ones who are comic fans. It always makes me sad (and a tad annoyed) whenever I hear or read about a comic fan who has to hide their hobby away in a "nerd room" of the house, or when I hear about how their SO "let" them go to a convention. Errrrr.

It's live now at Comic Relate.com.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Look at what Martheus did for me!!!!

EEEEEEEEEE!!! I'm so happy to have this piece. It's me, hulking out. Martheus Wade (of Jetta fame) did this for me. Josh comissioned it for my birthday. This is going to be my new picture for The "F" Word... and probably my new avatar for the CGS forums. Yah!!!
I'll have a more complete update up soon. I've just been so busy. It'll come, trust me.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

My Husband was Assaulted...

... ok, maybe a bit sensationalistic for a title... not to mention that it's about 16 years too late, but none the less true. Josh Finney (my partner in crime) has written an article for ComicRelated.com on how he was shot and nearly died at age 19 and how it relates to our book Titanium Rain.

It's real, it's honest, and I highly recomend that you all check it out.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

General Update for 9/8/09

Well, haven't done one of these in a while. Had a pretty good three day weekend. Spent most of it running around doing errands (lots of striking out in getting what I needed but still) with Josh. As well, Josh just put the finishing touches on the Graphic Novel. Over 150pages total!!! We are so excited. Neither one of us can wait to see it in print. Archaia does such high quality printing and this is how we both feel the story should have always been told.

My close friend Chan went to Dragon Con this weekend. Lucky. :( Really wish I could have gone. Oh well, there is always next year.

Working on another F Word entry... that would be up in a few days-a week.

Read some killer reviews of webcomics... seriously, if you haven't read these you are missing out.

And doing a lot of sketching... and completely obsessed with the Ghostbusters game. I haven't played it in 4 days and it's driving me nuts!!! gotta play!!!!!!!

And that's my life. Whooo.
Hopefully I'll have more to report later.

But until then, order Titanium Rain HC Vol. 1 This month in Previews. You won't be disappointed!!!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

It's Official...

Yes, it's true. I know, I can hardly believe it myself but it's real. It's in Previews. Yes... Titanium Rain is coming out in Hard Cover!!!

Over 30 pages of bonus material!
Vehicle Stats
Tech Stats
Informational articles
Two Bonus Short Stories

So head on down to your local comic shop and tell them
"I Want My Titanium Rain!"


Thursday, August 20, 2009


That's right! New art to show!! Whoo Hoo. I know it's been a while but I've been working hard with Josh on Titanium Rain... of which the Double-Sized issue one will be out next week. :)

So, here is my latest piece. It is a "fan art" piece of Good God from Chandra Free's The God Machine currently in the August Previews (a book you must checkout). I'm very happy with this piece because this is my first full attempt at digital painting.

Before working on Titanium Rain I was always afraid to tackle color and stuck to b/w. While working on TR, Josh has been teaching me digital painting techniques and all about lighting. How to use colors to convey mood and how best to create a strong composition (as I usually do pin-ups of girls floating in space. ;)) So, this is my first piece testing out these skills and I'm very happy with the results. :)

I picked this piece to do first as Chan's artwork has helped to inspire me on how I want my paintings to look. Her use of hard shadows and harsh lighting is absolutely beautiful and helped me to be inspired on how I would give that effect on my own pieces.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"It's a Hard World" and updates

Yes, the latest instalment of The "F" Word is now live at ComicRelated.com. This time I tackle one of my theories as to why there aren't more "big name" females in the industry. Expect much controversy. :)

In Titanium Rain News:
The triumphant return of Titanium Rain to the shelves is next week on the 26th. Be sure to rush down to your Local Comic Shop (LCS) and get your copy of this Double-Sized issue.

Also, the Titanium Rain Store is now open for business!! As you can see to the right we have squadron patches as well as art prints for sale. More coming soon so stay tuned!!
Titanium Rain Store - http://titaniumrainstore.blogspot.com

And now to plug fellow Archaia creators:
Books to Preorder this month
The God Machine
Starkweather Immortal HC
Books to Pick Up
The Killer Vol. 2

In Art News:
Working on this kick ass piece last night. This is my first time trying this technique for digital painting and I'm really enjoying the results. Hopefully I'll have it finished tonight so that I can share with everybody. All I'll say is that it's fan art for a very dear friend of mine. :)

I think that's all for now.


Friday, July 31, 2009

Beating the Drum!!


Friday, July 10, 2009

"Stupid Reviewer, Kat Smash!!!" on The "F" Word

My second entry for The "F" Word is up!!! Here I got a bit more in depth with my last rant as well as discuss the perception of "female artists" and their preferred subject matters.... well, ok, just mine. :)

Check it out: http://comicrelated.com/news/2168/the-f-word-returns


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Why Don't Journalists Look at the Bi-Line?!

I am the CO-ARTIST on Titanium Rain. That's Co-Artist. As in Josh and I do the art together. I am not the only artist on the book. I'm the penciler. The rest is all Josh. I'm getting really sick and tired of journalists NOT reading up on these things. Just seeing two names and assume that one person does one thing while the other person does the other.

ARGGG!! I am not going to take credit for something I didn't do and it's making me really sick that people don't f*cking reasearch this. It's embarassing for them and it's embarassing for ME when I have to send them an email that says "No, I didn't do any of that." or "That was Josh's cover art, not mine." or "Josh did the vehical specs because he does ALL THE 3D IN THE BOOK!!"

Today was the worst. This one person started attributing other projects that Josh has done on his own, outside of comics (namely Star Trek), to me. ARGG!!

Look people. I just pencil, ok. That's all. That is all I do. I am a penciler. You'd think in comics people would be used to the idea of multiple people doing multiple jobs but no. They just have to assume something that wasn't true. Crediting me for things that I didn't do does NOT make me feel good. It makes everyone feel like an idiot when one of us has to ineviatbly tell the person that they got it completely wrong.

Since I am female and I work in comics, I have noticed a lot of men falling over themselves to give me credit for "what a good artist I am". Those complements don't make me feel all that great when it's someone else's work.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Yet Another Internet Rant About Iran.

Gotta come out and talk about the protests in Iran. I wasn’t going to because, does the internet really need yet another rant about how bad things are there. But, hey, that’s what blogs are for. Right?
As I type this I’ve got CNN running in the background so I can hear any updates on what is going on.
Living in the United States I am very aware of the fact that I have a lot of freedoms. Not just as a female, but as a human being. I don’t have to worry about getting fined and jailed for holding my husband’s hand in public. I don’t have to worry about being arrested for not covering my head. And I know I can speak my mind and criticize anything I don’t like, even the government. Americans have a lot of freedoms.
I have grown up with a lot of baby boomers trying to tell me how hard they had it and how hard they fought for the freedoms that I enjoy today. My mother told me once that the 1950’s were one of the most oppressive decade towards women in history. A girl I know full on thought that the only woman’s suffrage movement that ever existed was in the 1960’s. I know that we had some ugly times in the past 50 years. I’m not going to deny it… but there is a big difference between having rock concerts and getting high on drugs to protest the government and what is going on right now in Iran… and it really brings things into perspective to me.
Last night CNN was reading blog entries on Facebook from Iranians. One wrote about how yesterday might very well be his last day on Earth. It’s shocking and depressing. I’ve heard reports of “expected violence” in U.S. protests in the past (a day without an illegal comes to mind) that turned out to be absolutely nothing. Just aging hippies remembering the glory days of getting arrested in protests and wanting to see that again because, to them, it validates them.
I know that Iran is a totally different culture and there is REAL oppression there… but part of my brain really wanted to believe that things wouldn’t be so bad today. I really wanted to believe that today would be a relatively peaceful day with maybe a few little break outs of unrest.
But no. These people are really fighting and really dying for their belief in a better world. That person who wrote they might not come home tonight wasn’t stretching the truth and… though it is incredibly inspiring that people are willing to sacrifice themselves for a better world, it’s also really depressing and sad that they have to at all.
Ok, disclaimer before I get angry hate mail about how I don’t know what I’m talking about. I am NOT talking about the Civil Rights movement. I am talking strictly about those spoiled rich kids who went on road trips and had tons of sex and drugs and went to drum circles and hung out in San Francisco to protest “government oppression and sexism” in this country. You know. The aging boomers and shallow post boomers who say all the right things and really want to believe that they have suffered when really they’ve benefitted the most from this wonderful country we are in.
Black America, the men and women who fought that fight in the 60’s, you people are heros. And it makes me sick every time I hear a rich, white, 50something take credit for what you achieved.
One final note to everybody. The next time you start criticizing this wonderful country we are in, take a real look around. Women have the ability to complain about trivial things like whether or not the latest Star Trek Movie was sexist. We have a black president in the Whitehouse. And every American has the right to tell every other American that they don’t agree with them on issues of religion, politics, and morality.
Ok. I’m done.


P.S. Josh wrote a wonderful short essay about Iran on The Hanger. Please read it and let us know what you think.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The "F" Word is LIVE!!!

That's right! My new column on ComicRelated.com is now up and LIVE. Whoo Hoo!! I would like to say thank you to Chuck who was kind enough to welcome me to the CR family. As well, thank you to my wonderful husband Josh, who helped to make my rants make sense and articulate beyond "Kat SMASH! RARG!!"

So head on over to ComicRelated.com and check it out, then let me know what you think. :)


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

More Podcasts

The Geeks at Comic Geek Speak invited us to join them while they went through this month's Previews. So join us for jokes and Archie "Spoilers" and good good comics. You can go to the website or you can listen to it Right Here. :)

Also, I'd like to thank Bill Doughty (aka. Library Boy on TheComicForums.com) for the wonderful quote: "Josh and Kat are the Nick & Nora Charles of hard science fiction and dark, inappropriate humor."

Disclaimer: No actual spoilers were made for Archie #600. It is all a joke. Neither Josh nor myself have any prior knowledge to what is happening. If Archie does wind up a homeless man, it is purely coincidental. :)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Podcasts and Friendly Pimpage.

Hey everybody. Josh and I have been really busy lately beating the drum for Titanium Rain. Here are two of the podcasts we've been on recently.

The first one is at ComicRelated.com where we had a very nice chat with Chuck.

The second one, admittedly, has nothing to do with Titanium Rain, but I get to pimp the book anyway. The Comic Geek Speak guys asked me on to talk about Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service for their Book of the Month Episode (since I really enjoy that series).
You can actually listen to it Right Here.

Ok, now I'd like to take this oportunity to do a shout out to my friend Lord Shaper, who wrote an awesome article on whether Deadpool is the new Wolverine in terms of how many titles he's in. You can check it out at The Furnace.

And Finally, we have a KILLER deal on Titanium Rain #1/2. You can order your copy through DCBService.com for ONLY $2.74. As well, if you are one of the first 100 people to order the book you will receive...

I dare you to find a better deal than that!


Monday, June 1, 2009


Yes, news. I have news. Lots of news. And it's all good!!

First! My friend Jules of Marsh Rocket did this kick-ass comic in response to my Power Girl article. You should definitely go there and check it out, and while you're there, give her comic a try. It's awesome, and I'm not just saying that because she's a friend.

Next, speaking of my Power Girl article, inspired by the wonderful feedback that I received (and much pushing and encouragement from my husband) I am not going to be doing a monthly column on ComicRelated.com entitled "The 'F' Word" The "F" word being "feminism" because it means so many things to so many people. If you read the Power Girl article, you can get an idea of the vibe that I'll be writing in. ;) More information as we get closer to the day the column goes live. ;)
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chuck of Comic Related for welcoming my into the CR family. I am very honored that he has allowed me this opportunity to do a column on a subject that I feel very passionate about.

Ok, Now the BIG NEWS!!
Yes, the Double-Sized Relaunch Issue #1&2 is solicited under Archaia in the June Previews. Code: JUN09 0698. As well, we have ONE KILLER deal with DCBService.com. More details can be found HERE.

That's all for now.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Of Fish and Tarts

For those of you who may not know, SequentialTart.com is an online news service and editorial column that promotes itself as "working towards raising the awareness of women's influence in the comics industry and other realms".

I hardly read them… if ever. Usually because the substance of their articles consists of things like how the Wonder Woman of the late 60's was depowered longer than the Superman of the late 90's. [*]

Occasionally though, I will hold out hope that maybe they have gotten better and my next visit won't be as bad as I last remembered it. Sadly, my trip there yesterday was not that day.

What was it that I found? Well, I’m going to warn you. It’s really stupid. And strangely enough, had nothing to do with feminism or comics. I guess it fell in that “other realms” category.

The reviewer apparently took a trip to a Red Lobster and was disappointed that it wasn't a five star meal.

Think about that for a moment.

This person actually wrote a “snotty, food-critic” review, on a comics site, to share the brilliant discovery that Red Lobster is a run-of-the-mill fish house.

Unless you've been living in the jungle for the last twenty years (or have never heard their jingle) you know that Red Lobster is NOT a high class restaurant.
Will you get a better meal than at Long John Silvers... Yes.
Will you get a better meal than Apple Bee's... that's debatable.
NOBODY goes to Red Lobster and expects to be eating at a classy establishment. That's just silly.

So what was her “high and mighty” review of her visit? Well, besides the required gripes about the food quality, she objected to the restaurant patroned by many families with children under the age of seven, people liked lots of butter on their lobsters, and she got her entree before she had finished eating her salad.
And no “feminist “ commentary would be complete without at least one reference to porn, which was her description of their commercials and her excuse as to why she went there in the first place.


I spent the better part of last night randomly bursting out into fits of giggles thinking of this article. Not because of the content so much, but that this review was posted on Sequential Tart of all places. What does this have to do with comics, or feminism? It’s like the reviewer ran out of ideas and just decided to gripe about her dinner because she had a deadline coming up.
If you want to read this article, you can go HERE. Because I believe that people who are willing to make a fool of themselves publicly should be shared with friends. That way, we can all laugh together.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Power Girl, WTF?!

It's up! It's up! It's up! Whoo Hoo!!!

My editorial on Power Girl is up on ComicRelated.com

Female creator, Kat Rocha talks boobs, feminism, and DC's new Power Girl series.
By Kat Rocha (with a little help from Josh Finney).

Growing up, as I did, an awkward tomboy teen with big breasts and absolutely no interest in being "girlie," finding females role models I could relate to was nearly impossible when it came to film and TV. Throughout the 80's and 90's, if a woman was tough, she was always shown as a bra-burning dyke, or made "approachable" by way of a strong maternal instinct. Terminator 2, Red Sonja, Aliens --these films are remembered for their strong female leads, but think about it. Were any of these women kick ass simply for the sake of being kick ass? No, Ripley was an motherly protector, Sonja an avenging man-hater, and Sarah Connor a little of both. And as much as I enjoyed these films, I can't say I identified much with any of these so-called feminist role-models. Someday, maybe, the rest of Hollywood will figure out what Joss Whedon did a long time ago, and that is feminine strength has nothing to do with being a frigid harpy...but I'm getting ahead of myself.

So yeah. For me, the media's portrayal of strong women remains lackluster at best.
And when it came to the portrayal of women who shared my particular bra size, it absolutely sucked. Television, movies, even novels --if a woman has a D-cup or more, she is automatically a slut, a buffoon, or worse, the resident bubble-headed foil for the “Plain Jane” to make look stupid. It's no wonder beautifully endowed actresses now routinely hack off their breasts to improve their marketability in Hollywood.

So growing up, as I did, an awkward tomboy with big breasts, who enjoyed action movies and sci-fi, who wanted to be the hero-adventurer in my own right. Where did I find my role-models? Where in the world would a budding young geek girl find sexy, no-nonsense heroines who were gutsy and powerful and not weighted down with the tired mommy/man-hating baggage that Hollywood likes to pin on its tough chicks? Where indeed.

As you can tell, I don't buy into the whole "comics are sexist" bull that pervades so many editorials on a certain other website. For me, comics have been a sanctuary. It is the only medium where I can routinely find strong, beautiful women to cheer for and inspire me.

And this is why I am so upset about DC's new Power Girl series. They've taken my favorite caped goddess and reduced her to a third-rate Emma Frost. She's snotty, prudish, and her inner-monologs read like the spoiled rich girl who found her way into a women's studies major. This is not Power Girl. This is not the Kryptonian tough girl Geoff Johns wrote so well in JSA. In the hands of Gray and Palmiotti, DC's number-one sexy tomboy not only falls flat, she hits an all time low. Now, I am aware there's been an event recently with the word "Crisis" in the title, and naturally, the DCU has become even more convoluted, but I'll say it again, THIS IS NOT MY POWER GIRL!

How so? Why not start with the most obvious --Power Girl's bountiful chest. Or more specifically, how it is handled under Gray and Palmiotti. Right out of the gate in issue #1 they've got Karen bad mouthing a young man, a nice guy, no less, just because his eyes wandered southward for a moment and noticed those huge cans of hers (which just happened to be packed into a cleavage revealing top that's cut just above the nipples). Being a woman with a sizable rack myself, I can tell you this is the biggest load of crap I've seen in a while. It's a cheap shot, it's completely out of character for Karen, and smacks of the kind of thing "sensitive men" equate with being a strong female. For the record, gentlemen, strong women aren't afraid of their sexuality. They don't need to put down men who find them attractive. Only the most insecure of females would flaunt their goods in a low-cut top and then complain at the first hint of notice.

This, of course, brings me right back to Geoff Johns and his take on Karen. There is a subtle, but huge difference between the way the writers handle the same subject. Here's an excerpt from Johns' JSA Classified when Power Girl notices Jimmy Olson eyeing her chest at an inappropriate moment. Karen's internal monologue reads, "But he's still a guy...They all take a quick glace down, some of the women too." Now let's take a look at a very similar scene in the Palmiotti/Gray Power Girl #1, "I can overlook his staring at my chest. It's something I had to get used to a long time ago." The difference is subtle, but it's an important one.

Johns' Power Girl is stating a fact. She aware of her attributes. She's aware that men (and women) find her voluptuous figure attractive, if not down right distracting. She doesn't hold it against Jimmy for noticing. Is she a little annoyed for him taking a peek at an inappropriate moment? Sure. But clearly she doesn't think less of him. Why? Because Johns' Power Girl is a woman who is comfortable with her body and has nothing to prove (on that front, at least). On the other hand, Palmiotti/Gray takes a similar situation and turns Power Girl into a dismissive, stuck-up, jerk. Really, if she's so concerned about people noticing the twins, she should cover the damn things up! There, done! Fixed! Now shut up!

Really, I think Johns nailed the boob issue best in JSA Classified when Power Girl saved the window washer from falling...you know, the popular "eyes up here" scene that has proliferated onto nearly every Power Girl fan site on the net. A warm smile and a little good nature ribbing was all Karen needed to make her point. And by her expression, you even get the sense she found the whole situation, dare I say, a little cute.

But it isn't just about the boobs. If it were, maybe I'd be willing to give Gray and Palmiotti a pass. But no, it gets worse. Much much worse. Not only do they turn Power Girl into a snotty prude, Gray and Palmiotti then fall back on the most predictable of plot devices for a female hero...a megalomaniac nemesis who also happens be a raging sexist. In fact, Gray and Palmiotti are so sure this plot device is still fresh they give us not one, but two, yes TWO sexist Neanderthals for the audience to hate. And just for good measure to ensure no one misses that they're making a "feminist" statement, one of these sexist men actually happens to be an ape-man. Gosh, guys, laying it on a bit thick, aren't you?

Every good writer knows that villains are the standard by which a hero's worth is measured. Superman has Luthor, Green Lantern has Sinestro, Batman has...well, the Bat has more cool villains than anyone. Who does Power Girl get? Ultra-Humanite. The dollar-store version of Gorilla Grod. You want to talk about sexism? THIS is sexism! This is freakin' Power Girl! A member of the JSA! A full-powered Kryptonian! This woman can hold her own in a knock-down drag-out with Black Adam! And Gray and Palmiotti choose to stick her with Ultra-Humanite!?!?! The guy is the Fisher-Price "My First Nemesis" of villains! His big master plan in the story is to steal Power Girl's body and conquer the world by gender-bending. What the hell?! Batman never has to put with this kind of crap...okay, well maybe sometimes he does, but you get my point.

Which brings me to the second cookie-cutter misogynist to appear in Power Girl #1, Bevlin. Please, can somebody tell me why is this guy in the book at all?! He is such a cliché he doesn't even qualify as an actual character. Far as I can tell, Bevlin's only function is to be the stereo-typical sexist white guy in a scene that could have been ripped straight from the Lifetime network. I mean, Karen actually says to him, "Get out and take your sexist nonsense with you?!" Seriously, what the hell is this?! Gray... Palmiotti... Stop for a minute. Think about who you're writing for. This is POWER GIRL. This is the woman who offered to introduce Isis to her fist. And the best you could come up with is, "...take your sexist nonsense with you?!" Guys, did your brains slip out?! Did you suddenly think you were penning an Ally McBeal episode?

I guess what it all comes down to is I expected more from a stand alone Power Girl series. I mean, she's part of the big leagues now. She's got her name as the masthead. And THIS is how she gets to make her debut? Matching wits with a gender-bending gorilla and a corporate douche? Imagine if this had been The Flash? Or Martian Manhunter? How about Doctor Fate? Would Doctor Fate ever be pitted against a villain who hates him because he's a man, yet wants his body? I didn't think so.

Yes, Power Girl is female. Yes, she's going to run up against some gender issues from time to time. But this? This is just, I don't know...embarrassing. If you are going to tackle the gender issue, put a new spin on it. Give readers something we haven't seen before. And most importantly, keep the character true to herself --strong, sexy, and kick ass. Like I said before, growing up as an awkward tomboy with absolutely no interest in being "girlie," Power Girl spoke to me on a personal level. She has all the qualities that make many male heroes awesome, and a few others that are awesome in a uniquely female sort of way. All I'm asking is that she be treated with a little respect in her own damn book.

Eh....who knows, maybe in a few issues Gray and Palmiotti will reveal that Karen is actually a robot, or from Bizzarro world, or heck, even a Skrull. We can only hope.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

3 Sentence Reviews for May 20th, 2009.

I’ve never felt the need to do this before but I figure, what the hey. I’ve got a blog, it’s that what people are supposed to do with blogs, right? Most of these are new releases but some are a bit older, so, bare with me.
Ok, here we go.

Dark Reign, the Cabal:
Doom is awesome. Namor is a dick, but he’s awesome. Why are the other people in this?

Uncanny X-Men #510:
I have no idea what the plot is or what is going on, and I really don’t care.Hot chick fights on every page=total fan service AND my two favorite characters, Spiral and Deathstrike are among them. Come on, look at that cover, leather-clad lovelies duking it out doesn’t need a plot. And the whole issue is like this!

Astonishing Tales #3
I want an entire mini-series set in Mojoworld. The Spider-woman story should have been a stand-alone one shot. I’m all for genetic engineering and all the cool Cyberpunk 2020 stuff, but test-tube babies driving mecha is an incredibly wrong premise… that makes no sense to begin with other than giving the audience and “ick” factor. (oh, and the art for the Wolverine/Punisher story is kick ass)

Hilarious and sick. I love that he did the “I’m a changed man, honey.” routine and the dumb bitch fell for it. Also the shoot-out at the fast food place was awesome.

Justice Society of America #26:
Great way to have a nice, humorous break after the battle with Black Adam. The heros in the convenience store buying ice cream was one of my favorite scenes. Also, loved Starman’s innuendo about his future “adventure” with Thunderbolt… or is it in the past? 

Power Girl #1:
*sigh* uh.. until I get my full review up, I’ll let Power Girl herself say it. “Hurts… so…. much… this is BAD…”

Atomic Robo Vol.3, #1:
Never read the series before but after the CGS show about the first book, I decided to check it out. Josh actually said it best when he said it felt like it was a follow up to the 2000AD series Necronauts. The twist with Lovecraft was perfect and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series as well as the previous books.
Unwritten #1:
Ok, now, the plot synopsis seemed harmless enough, a satire on Harry Potter sounded great. Do you really have to put in all the biblical apocalyptic crap… and lay it on so thick too while you’re at it. If I had known these guys were aiming for Harry Potter meets the Da Vinci Code, I wouldn’t have bothered.


Oh, and last but not least. Happy Aniversary to my wonderful Husband. It's been 4 years and not a day goes by that I don't think I'm the luckiest woman alive to have you.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Archaia Interview @ The Pulse

Jennifer M. Contino of The Pulse sat down with the creators of Awakening, Lone & Level Sands, Robotika and Titanium Rain and talked about the new Archaia and what they have in store for this year.

As a sample of what you'll read, here is our very own Josh Finney and his answer to what was it about Archaia that made it worth the wait...

"What was it about Archaia that made it worth the wait? Well, I suppose Mark Smylie had a lot to do with it. Those boyish good looks, that winning smile of his, his odd Obama-esque manner of speaking. What other reason does a comic creator need, really? Ask yourself, could Marvel ever promise such a fine, fashionable editor and chief? I can guarantee you Joe Quesada does NOT perform bare-chested tai-chi every morning before a convention. Mark? Well, maybe I've never seen him do this, but I'm pretty sure Mark does. Beat that, Marvel!"


Friday, May 1, 2009

More Takshaka, Art, and Booting People in the Head

If you do nothing else, listen to how awesome these songs are...

a) follow the link to Amazon and get yourself some OR
b) go to iTunes and get yourself some

At the very least, please leave a review on either site.

Thank you.


And now, a new art piece. I did this one for my uncle-in-law for his birthday. In the full sized version, there is a ghost of an image of red snap-dragons in the background.

If I am correct, the kanji reads something like "Creative Dragon"... but I would like to know from anybody who understands kanji if I got it right or totally wrong. :)

If you are like me, your day job can get to be really boring. Wouldn't you love to just hop over your desk and boot that anoying guy two desks over in the head? Well, unfortunately you can't without getting arrested, but that doesn't mean you can't have a chibi version of yourself do some headbooting for you.
I introduce you to MyBrute.com. A simple idea that is amazingly fun and entertaining. You can CLICK HERE to see my "brute" and "chalenge me" in the arena.


Friday, April 24, 2009

Good News & More Good News

Good News: My car does not need a new starter. It need new wires that connect the battery to the starter. $12+ elbow grease vs. $486 = much better. Now I can get a decent price for the stupid thing when I sell it. Yes, I still plan on selling it.

More Good News: Do you remember that thing for Titanium Rain that I said we were getting? That thing that you could wear but it's not a t-shirt? Well, they came in... and look-it how cool it is!!! Whoo Hooo!!
You want one, don't you. I know you do. Well, stay tuned and closer to June I will tell you how you can get one of your very own. :evil grin: Yes, I'm going to make you wait because I'm evil that way.... and we have to finalize some deals first. ;)


Monday, April 20, 2009

I hate my car.

New battery for Saturn = $86
Estimate on a new starter for Saturn + labor = $486
Getting Honda registered and smog checked w/ DMV = $280

Knowing I’m not driving a crappy American car anymore… priceless.

Yep, my car died last weekend in front of my in-laws’ house. A month ago in AZ I had the same problem. Lights turned on but no sound. Thought it was the battery so I replaced it. Obviously that wasn’t the only problem.

Now, normally I’d try to cash in the warranty on the new battery and replace it again… but this time the stupid thing won’t even start when I jump it. It’s dead dead. Which tells me that it’s most likely the starter that has gone. And that, I simply can’t afford to replace.

So, we got Josh’s Honda all re-registered (don’t ask why it wasn’t before) and it’s all good now.

As for my car, I’m planning on either selling it for parts or donating it to charity. I haven’t decided yet. Probably sell it for parts… depends on how much they offer.

On to happier news!
Got the postcards back from the printer for Titanium Rain! Whoo Hooo!! They look awesome. Josh did a fantastic job. I’ll post a picture of what they look like soon. We’re planning a trip up and down the Southern CA coast, going to every comic book shop we can think of at the end of May. We will also be mailing them out to different stores around the country so if you have a store to recommend, please do so.

Comic Geek Speak just updated their website (yah!) and both Josh and I have contributed an art piece each that will rotate with others on the homepage. Please visit their site at ComicGeekSpeak.com to check it out.

And last, in my quest/obsession to completely master Portal, I have purchased the Orange Box. Why? Because the version of Portal there has different achievements than the Still Alive version downloadable through Xbox Live. So, I was whittling away at that this weekend. Whoo Hoo. I will master it all! Bwaaa haa haaa!


Monday, April 13, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009


HELLO KITTY CYBERMAN!!! Bow before it's cuteness and dispare for you too will be cyberized into it's adorable army!

Hahaha! Well, as you can see, the sketch card bug has hit both Josh and I and we've decided to start making our own. Most of these will be part of a TR promotional, of which I will talk about later.

I penciled this little guy and Josh inked him and worked his marker magic because he's so much better at simulating that metal sheen than I am. Since this is a "new" cyberman I plan on also doing an "Earthshock" era one as well as a "Tombs of...". I have a Maria from Metropolis drawn and inked and Josh has offered to color/tone her as well.

I've also working on a few serious robot sketches. This one will be inked but I just wanted to post the rough pencil now. I've done another one that is inked and colored but she's hasn't been scanned yet. I'll try to include her in an upcoming post as well as hopefully some examples of what Josh has been working on.
<-----Here is a sample of his previous sketch card work. I love how completely diffrent his are from mine.

Takshaka News: You can now listen to Takshaka on the official website. Just click on the Takshaka banner to the right or click on the words Takshaka in this post. :)

Random Rant: Ok, gotta crow here because I'm just so happy and I don't care how stupid it may sound. I finally got the chance last night to sit down and find all 5 of the rat-men dens in Portal:Still Alive! Whoo Hoo! New achievement for me! Silly I know but I didn't find them all the first time through, then the last time I played I found the one I was missing, but since I started towards the end of the game I didn't nab them all. So, last night I finally did it!!! Now, I must finish all advanced test chambers, go through the whole game w/out taking a bullet, and figure out how to get myself so screwed that GLaDOS has to come save me. I think that one will be the hardest because for the life of me I have no idea how the hell you do that. I'm just going to have to start from test-chamber one and work my way through, trying to get myself stuck. :)

Ok, that's all for now.


Monday, March 30, 2009

March 30th Update.

Last week was a pretty busy week actually. Got our taxes done this weekend. whoo hoo! Mailing those off after I'm done with work and all will be well. :)

Red Lights of Death: UPDATE. The Xbox is back!!! Whooo hooo! Oh how I've missed it. I plugged it in and instantly tapped my "Portal" vein. ooooh it was sweet to play it again. :)

In TR News: Josh and I ordered some very cool merch. in preperation for SDCC and the relaunch of the book this August. :evil grin: I can't wait till we get these things in. I'm going to leave it a secret for now... but I will say that you can wear them but they are not t-shirts. :)

Takshaka News: if you haven't yet, be sure to check out the Takshaka MySpace page to hear four (that's 4) full tracks. As well, in a few days, check out the Official Takshaka Website to hear the full album. :)

And last, but not least, on Saturday Josh and I hung out with Jules Rivera of Marsh Rocket and her husband, Alex. Strangely enough we met eachother in San Fransisco and discovered that we lived only a few miles away. Weird. We went to dinner at a local irish pub and wound up talking for 4 hrs. Good times had by all. It's so nice to get out and hang with fun people once in a while. :)

And that's it for now. Just wanted to post a general update.


Friday, March 27, 2009

Awakening Volume One Now Available for Pre-Order!

In an effort to spread the word that Archaia is back and all the quality you had come to expect from them is still there, many of the Archaia talent have banded together to help pimp eachother's books and get the word out. So, I encourage anyone who reads this blog to take a moment to view their copy of the April Previews and check out The Awakening.

Below is a press release from Nick (the writer) discribing the book. And, I must say that as a rule, if I don't like something I won't pimp it. I loved this book. It's more of a dark, psychological mystery than a "zombie" book. Kinda reminds me of the X-Files when it was good.

Anyway, I will now leave you to Nick.


For Immediate Release:

Awakening Volume One Now Available for Pre-Order!

March 26th, 2009 – New Paltz, NY. Creators Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn are thrilled to announce that Awakening Volume One, the first of two volumes of the critically acclaimed Archaia series, is now available for pre-order.

"It’s been a long, strange trip getting here," Tapalansky says, referring to the restructuring Archaia (Mouse Guard, Artesia, The Killer, etc.) underwent throughout the entirety of 2008. "Archaia is a fantastic company and all we can say is the wait was well worth it. These guys came out on the other side as a stronger company with some great initiatives for fans and creators alike. We’re proud to be a part of their line-up and can’t wait for people to see what they’ve got coming, especially Awakening. Not that we’re partial or anything.”

The solicitation for Awakening Volume One reads as follows:

“The once peaceful city of Park Falls has been tainted by a series of gruesome murders and missing persons. Cynthia Ford, well known as the town crazy, comes forward to speak with retired police detective Derrick Peters one January afternoon. She claims to have information about the murders, but does she hold the key to unlocking the mystery or has she truly gone insane?

To Derrick’s disbelief she utters one word:


Unable to ignore Cynthia’s information, though not sharing her beliefs, Derrick and others in the city explore the mystery as weeks turn to months and the death toll rises. Could Cynthia have been right? Follow the first half of Park Falls’s year-long struggle for answers here…”

“We’re really taking a grass roots approach to getting the word out,” Tapalansky explains. “We want to reach out to as many fans and retailers as possible. We’re hitting
MySpace, deviantArt, message boards, you name it. We’re hoping that fans of the floppy issues will jump on board and help spread the word. That’s also why we’ve released our fancy pre-order coupon, which is a huge component of that initiative.”

The coupon Tapalansky refers to can be found ----->. It contains all the information a retailer will need to order a copy of the book from Diamond’s Previews catalog.

“All anybody needs to do is print this sucker out and bring it to their local comic shop. That’s it! Come June they’ll have a tome of existential horror and noir mystery to enjoy. We’re hoping that fans and folks interested in the book will feature the coupon and some links on their blogs, message boards, bathroom stalls - whatever it takes to get the word out.”

“We couldn’t have gotten this far without our rabid fan base,” Tapalansky continues, “We’re hoping they’ll turn their unnatural lust for horror and good comics towards spreading the word.”

Those without local shops needn’t worry – as soon as the book is available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book retailers, links will be posted to Nick and Alex’s websites, various message boards, and blogs across the internet.

So spread the word and get ready: Awakening is coming.

You’ve been warned.

About Awakening: Chapters 1 – 3 of Awakening were originally serialized and released in 2007 to rave reviews. Fans and critics alike enjoyed the unique take on the zombie genre, focusing on the noir mystery of a city slowly rotting from within rather than the typical mass uprising/fight for survival. Referred to as existential horror by the publisher, critics have said that it’s “The coolest and most original zombie piece since The Walking Dead,” (Broken Frontier), “The next 30 Days of Night,” (The Pullbox), and that main character Derrick Peters is “where Phillip Marlowe meets George Romero,” (Horrorview). Readers can find out more by visiting the MySpace page for Awakening, Nick’s Blog, Truth in Four Colors, or the official Archaia page for Awakening.

Awakening Volume 1 is due in stores this June.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

It's Pimp'n Time!

Made this iMix of my favorite songs that feature prominately synthesized voices... specifically robot voices because, let's face it, robot voices kick ass. And yes, there is some pimpage for Takshaka in there. :)

So listen and enjoy.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It's Official...

As of this day, I am now legally, Kat Finney. :applause: I went down to the SSA today and got it all taken care of. Took about an hour wait for a 10min. procedure. :) But now I am officially Mrs. Finney and it feels really good to say it. :) Now begins the process of changing my DL and all the financial stuff. Much fun... but well worth it. I really got a kick out of seeing "Finney" on the letter that they gave me when I left.

Ok, It's now time for "fun things overheard while at government buildings". I literally heard a woman say that not only was her son "addicted" to Craig's List and used it for everything. She then elaborated by stating that he "adopted my grandchild through Craig's List".... Does your brain blue-screen on this too? Not only is that illegal... it's just stupid. I mean, there are so many things WRONG with that statement.... and then you start thinking "they probably aren't the only ones doing this." the idea that there are actually multiple people "adopting" children through Craig's list. The stupidity... the outright wrongness... I'm so glad I'm not in retail anymore cause now I don't have to deal personally with these people.

On to other news, Josh and I just got back from AZ where we saw the air show at Luke Air Base. Well... I should say that we saw the airplanes on the tarmac... not the air show itself. The line to get into the base on Saturday was a full three blocks long and that is not an exaggeration. They had it serpentine three times down the street from one traffic light to the next. So we said "screw it" and arrived super early on Sunday morning to get in. We left before they flew any planes (got there at 8 and they weren't going to fly anything till noon) but seeing all the F16s on the field was very awesome.

We even talked to a few of the training squadrons that were selling stuff. Bought a g-string from the Fighting Bulldogs (had to. It was just too hilarious) and a charm for my charm bracelet from the Mad Mallards. They were cool. Their squadron patch has Donald Duck on it, so their attitude patch says QQMF (means Quack Quack Mother Fucker). :evil grin: Josh bought a "zap" sticker from them as well as a Raptor patch for his jacket.

Though they weren't flying any Raptors at the time we did get to see two of them on the runway. We couldn't get any closer than 100 feet or so but I got some good shots.

Well, I think that's it for now.