Nancy Drew Papercutz Graphic Novels #20 and #21 High School Musical Mystery Parts I and 2 ~ My Review

nancy-drew-papercutz-graphic-novel-20-high-school-musical-mysteryI was excited to get Nancy Drew graphic novels #20 and #21 High School Musical Mystery from Papercutz! 😀 I’d been wanting to read them for a while! I like Nancy, George, and Bess, and the Dana Girls, Jean and Louise, and the sisters’ two friends, Teri and Gale. Before reading these graphic novels, I knew about the Dana Girls books. I was so happy to find several out-of-print-but-great-condition Dana Girls mysteries. 😀 I love the sisters working together. Good mysteries, similar to Nancy Drew. The two-part Papercutz graphic novels are the first books published for us to read about Nancy and the Dana Girls working together. 

I love Nancy’s look starting in the chapter of Part I and in Part II. The artist, Sho Murase, drew her face, hair and clothes really cool. I would love an outfit like Nancy’s in these graphic novels! 😎 Jean and Louise are also very pretty and have beautiful long hair, too. 🙂 Another cool thing about the graphics, the 3D effect, courtesy of Carlos Jose Guzman, made some of the panels look particularly real. 😎

High School Musical Mystery Part I takes place at a private academy that Jean and Louise Dana, Teri, and Gale attend. The fancy stairs, paneling, and decor are really cool. 😎

I don’t like it when a book, like happened in this one, makes mention of an unrelated book or movie, because that instantly dates it and mars the timelessness of it. It doesn’t make it more relatable – mostly it actually detracts.

It’s funny when the two sets of friends were competing on whether Nancy or the Dana Girls are the best detective(s) – except for when it was misleading in what they were saying, none of them actually dealt with “demons” or “witches” – it was proven that wasn’t the case, so that’s inaccurate. 🙄 That there is always a real reason behind the mysteries, rather than made-up fake stuff like ghosts, etc.., is another thing about the Nancy Drew books (and Hardy Boys books) that I love. Back to the funny – while the friends are arguing, in a different part of the school, Nancy and the Dana Girls are sure their friends will hit it off. They come and find otherwise. 😉

I love the idea with Nancy’s friends and the Dana sisters’ friends creating/making a mystery challenge – cool. It was fun seeing the clues as they are presented to Nancy, Jean, and Louise and solving them, too. 😎 As I read, I try to guess what’s going to happen next, and do my best to solve the mystery, too.

Another humorous part was when Nancy, Jean, and Louise all said “say what?” when they found out from their friends it was going to be a musical. 😆 I also enjoyed when Jean and Louise would finish each other’s sentence and also Nancy’s. That’s entertaining for a good part of the time.

So there’s mystery, action, humor, good sleuthing, fun detecting, curious things, and it’s entertaining, along with a few odd-not-sure-why-that’s-in-there-oh-it’s-just-for-the-sake-of-the-mystery parts. To keep this spoiler-free, I will just note that one part about the “clues” in the musical was unbelievable – literally.  

Most of the time I thought Nancy did a good job, but I didn’t care for it when she hurt the Dana Girls feelings by losing her patience. 😥 Part of Nancy’s character is how calm, patient and serene she can be. She’s more patient than me, I admit it. I think she would have kept from snapping out in impatience at the Dana sisters – hopefully I would be able to and like I said, Nancy’s more patient than me.

nancy-drew-papercutz-graphic-novel-21-high-school-musical-mystery-ii-the-lost-verseI would say I enjoyed High School Musical Mystery Part I (Book #20) overall better than High School Musical Mystery Part II “The Lost Verse” (#21), although I liked seeing that my suspicions about a culprit from the first book and the basic reason behind it was correct. I like to figure out the mystery as I read and all. There were definitely some creepy elements in Part II. As always, I appreciate the main character’s bravery and perserverance. Again, trying to keep from mentioning any spoilers…..well, one part would have been really cool if it had been done differently when Jean and Louise were “arguing”. :/ If it had been a distraction tactic, not for real arguing at that time then that would have been really cool. Still being careful to avoid spoilers, I’ll just say here that I really liked the character development of one individual at the wrap-up of the mystery who became a nicer person. 😎

My favorite quote of the two-part mystery comes from Nancy Drew Papercutz graphic novel #20 High School Musical Mystery Part I

The only time you really lose is if you give up! ~ Nancy

For everyone who likes to read books in order, in this case it’s highly recommended. #20 High School Musical Mystery Part 1 and #21 High School Musical Mystery Part II “The Lost Verse” aren’t stand-alones – definitely a two-part story. 🙂

Thank you, Sven and Rachel @ Papercutz! 😀

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Nancy Drew Diaries #14 Riverboat Roulette ~ My Review

The fourteenth volume of the Nancy Drew Diaries, Riverboat Roulette, is a cool, fun mystery! 😀 Nancy, George, Bess, and Bess’s mom get to ride on a riverboat plus help an animal rescue charity at the same time – and solve a mystery during the trip! Riverboats look really cool and would be a great place to sleuth around and solve a mystery! With cool cover art and setting, this book had the potential to be an entertaining mystery and it didn’t fail to live up to that. 😎

This book has such a pretty and cool cover – it’s one of my fave of the Nancy Drew Diaries. 🙂


There were suspects to investigate, clues to find, possible motives to consider, and the time limit of finding the culprit(s) and money before they docked added to the excitement. I loved the exploring and the sleuthing around the riverboat – totally wouldn’t have minded more! 😎

Not a fan of gambling, since much heartache can come from that when people are addicted to it, so I would have preferred just prize money and sponsering as is done in a race for charity rather than actual betting. I was taught when I was little to think of the effect you have in your actions. Other than that, it is a very enjoyable book. 🙂

The scene with Nancy’s escapade on the riverboat when she was trying to get to the other side of it is well-written pulse-pounding real! Precarious predicament and definitely dangerous! Intense! Whew! That was great! 😎 I wanted to re-read it right then, yet I also wanted to keep reading to see what happened next. Such dilemmas – but that means the book is good, so I love those kind of dilemmas! 😀

Not only did the river flow along well, so did the book. 😎

My ND/HB book reading sib and I both think this would make a great game! The intriguing riverboat, the fun sleuthing for the clues to find the guilty party (or parties), the time limit to solve the mystery, and the lights along the shore would all be really cool! 🙂 You can definitely see what a cool game that would be by reading the book and envisioning that in your head. 😎

I wish Ned had gotten to be there – I did miss him. Happy for the good mentions of him, though. 🙂

I always love solving the mysteries along with the detectives of the book I’m reading. This was written well so that you felt like you were there, searching for clues while trying not to focus on how much time until they docked, but keeping that in mind. It’s an enjoyable ride on a riverboat with Nancy, George, Bess and her mom and an entertaining mystery. 😎

Nancy Drew Diaries #14, Riverboat Roulette, is available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook at many bookstores and libraries. There are more Hardy Boys Adventures that I like than Nancy Drew Diaries. That said, this is one that gets a definite recommend from me! It’s a good, real Nancy Drew mystery. 😎 Looks nice on my bookshelf, too! 🙂

 

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Nancy Drew Diaries #13 The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn ~ My Review

Nancy Drew Diaries 13 The Ghost of Grey Fox InnNancy Drew Diaries #13 The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn by Carolyn Keene synopsis ~ Nancy and George come along with Bess to her cousin, Charlotte’s, wedding, in sunny South Carolina. Charlotte’s groom, Parker is from there while Charlotte and her family’s from Connecticut. The wedding party and guests are all staying at a cool, historic, beautiful inn. Since Parker is from a local, wealthy family, and is a famous news personality, the wedding draws much interest throughout South Carolina and on the internet. Acts of sabotage create growing concern as the wedding approaches, but things get even worse when 6 figure heirloom wedding rings are stolen. Nancy, George, and Bess need to solve this mystery fast and restore the wedding rings to the rightful owners! 😎 The element of having a short amount of time to get this done is great. 😎

I love the cover! After seeing the intriguing, mysterious cover – especially the beautiful bookshelves, paneling, Nancy’s pretty clothes, and the designs – and the synopsis being so good, I’ve been looking forward to reading this when it was first announced. It starts great with Nancy and Bess being written right and George is most of the time. She would be amused by talk of ghosts and looking for excitement, but she wouldn’t actually be expecting there to be real ghosts. Only fake ones – she too smart and logical to believe otherwise. It was a lot of fun being along for the ride as they traveled to Grey Fox Inn in Charleston, South Carolina. There’s humor, great descriptions of the inn and the start of an intriguing mystery all in the first chapter.

My HB/ND reading sibling enjoyed this one, also. 😎 It was fun. 😀

I really loved the sleuthing around and exploring the inn – personally I would love more of that. 😀 The beautiful decor, the cool grand staircase (love that kind of thing!), the rooms, are all described well and easy to picture from the writing. Perfect for detecting, exploring, looking around, searching for clues – fun! 😀 The hall is lined with bookshelves just like the cover! 😎 I love that! 😀

The bride and groom, Charlotte and Parker, are both nice, likable characters that were an important part of making the book so good. I’m not giving anything away – you definitely want to read and see what happens! 🙂 😎

I like the way the mystery flowed and the development of it. No boring or slow parts. There were some really cool, dangerous, exciting scenes – essential to a mystery!!!!!!!!!!!! 😎

Nancy, George, and Bess would immediately look for hidden entrances to the room. I would have liked for Ned to be there, but the mentions about him were cool and how much Nancy loves him. 😎 Ned’s a favorite character. 😀

The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn would make a great ND game! 😎 I can easily picture it as a full-length game with awesome graphics and the mini-games and the sleuthing would be great! 😎 The characters are all distinctive and developed. The mystery has a number of suspects to investigate and actually several stories interwoven throughout with what happens. Questions are answered at the conclusion of those mysteries. 😎 I really like how things turned out and worked out with the multiple developments and stories. 😎

I’ve never been to Charleston, South Carolina, and I enjoyed going there with my sib (who was reading also), Nancy, George, and Bess. I know it’s beautiful there and I could easily picture it all. 😎 I like that it was mentioned they did have some time to look around Charleston even with being busy with the mystery and wedding. 😎

This book has mystery, friends, exploring a gorgeous inn, warm/hot weather (well, it is cold here and it sounds awesome!), fun humor, sleuthing, beautiful romance, and even a great, poignant example of forgiveness. I’d sensed/hoped that this would be my favorite of the Nancy Drew Diaries so far – and it is, without a doubt. Plus, it looks great on my bookshelf! 😎

 

 

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Nancy Drew Notebook #5 The Soccer Shoe Clue – My Review

I read The Soccer Shoe Clue last year during the summer and I think it’s great. I hadn’t read a Nancy Drew Notebook before that and this was a perfect one for me to read right off the bat. (Wrong sports metaphor there, I know. 😛 ) With the soccer/football mystery element, I had to read it first! Right away it was a hole in one…..(Still wrong sports metaphor 🙄 ).

Back to the mystery. I loved it! ♥ Definitely an enjoyable read that is good and realistic with Nancy, George, Bess, Hannah, and Carson Drew. The well-written mystery is intriguing, allowing the reader to find clues Nancy Drew Notebook #5 The Soccer Shoe Clueand try to figure out, from the various suspects, who might be the saboteur with motives and opportunities. The soccer/football is well-done. Not every sports-related mystery is a shot on goal. (There that’s the right sports metaphor! 😀 ).Yet, it also is interesting enough for someone who’s not a sports fan. The dialogue is good and flows well with believable, unique characters. This is an interesting mystery with a plot that isn’t too easy or too difficult. The sleuthing makes sense and the clues are fun to find.

As it shows on the cover, this is a “Ready-for-Chapters” mystery with shorter chapters and younger reading than the Nancy Drew series. Nancy, George and Bess are eight years old in this series, being friends, helping people, having adventures, and solving mysteries. It’s cool seeing them doing that whatever age they are. 🙂

Here’s the synopsis:

Kick! Splat! Yuck!
Who let the air out of the soccer ball? Who added salt to the water on the sidelines? Who put the red glop in the goalie’s soccer shoes?
It’s gooey. It’s gross. It’s not fair. Soccer is supposed to be a kick. But somebody’s being a drag. Nancy Drew wants to know who’s playing the silly games with her third grade soccer team!

I really enjoyed the whole book and how it worked out. I’ll definitely want to re-read it. And I’m trying others in the series, also. I think all Nancy Drew fans would enjoy this book. It has humor, mystery, a good pace, and the author wrote the characters right. That is very, very important to me! They all acted like themselves, being real, not lying, and being kind. As a mystery interwoven with a sport, this book helps point out that you can be competitive and not be a jerk. 😎

Nancy Drew Notebook #5 The Soccer Shoe Clue is available brand new in paperback and ebook from many booksellers. Hopefully it also can be checked out of your local library – it should be! 🙂 This one is a GOAL! 😀 And now you’ve read my review for The Soccer Shoe Clue! 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Nancy Drew #11 The Clue of the Broken Locket ~ My Review

Nancy Drew #11 The Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene

This is one of my favorite Nancy Drew covers ever – it just looks so cool. As a mystery reader, you’re immediately curious of what’s going on and what’s up with that mysterious locket Nancy’s holding in her hand. You just know there’s an intriguing story connected to it – and you find out that includes treasure! Even more important than the treasure, it’s a clue to those who are in danger and need help. There is more than one mystery in this book, which I love for there to be several in one volume. 😎 Great sleuthing from Nancy and the others to gather clues to solve these mysteries. The investigating, especially at night, is super-fun. 😎

In The Clue of the Broken Locket you’ll find: mysterious settings, stay at a cool cabin, hear some rockin’ music, see a curious sight of an alleged “phantom ship”, investigate a one-of-a-kind lodge, travel to Baltimore, Maryland, come across a Civil War era mystery still needing to be solved, learn what the clue in the broken locket is all about, and discover cool hidden places. Plenty of things to enjoy!

There are definitely some edge-of-your-seat scenes – literally for me. 😛 I’m reading the book, just really into it and focused on it then my Mom, who’d been in another room, innocently comes to tell me something and I jump! 😀 I was there with Nancy investigating, so I was startled! Told you I get into the books! My Mom totally understood – with a smile. 🙂

Absolutely love Ned in this book. He does a great job investigating and is very proud of Nancy. He was sure that the police chief there at Misty Lake hadn’t found out as much as Nancy had – and Ned was absolutely right. 😎 My favorite part in the whole book is when Ned wants to go punch the jerks who are being mean to the little twins in the story. One of the biggest reasons that I like the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books is because they, and others, help people and rescue them from bad ones – and stop wrongdoing. That is a universal necessity.

There are a number of excellent internal illustrations. The first one is a great, and intense, action one with Nancy trying to avoid being captured by the bad ones, who’ve been chasing her. I love seeing the pictures in the books.

Great quote by Nancy, trying to reassure her worried friends and explain how she can’t quite avoid danger ~ “But I never know when I’m going to have to take chances!” she countered. Thanks for taking chances, Nancy. 🙂

The I-can’t-believe-they-did-that-because-they-just-wouldn’t-do-that award goes to the scene where Nancy and Cecily, whom they’re helping, rescue one person, but still have others to rescue and the bad ones are likely to show up anytime, yet stand there and talk for a long time! That is really not the time to catch up on the details of the mystery. That can all be recounted LATER when everyone’s safe!!!! 😮

Still, that aside, there’s so much great sleuthing by our friends, with a lot of heart, bravery, courage, and tenacity. Intriguing mysteries, romance, and more than one reunion! I recommend this one to every Nancy Drew, and Hardy Boys, fan. 🙂  

This mystery is available in hardcover and ebook at booksellers and libraries – check it out if you like good mysteries! 🙂

 

Also just posted, #5 in the Great Nancy Drew Cover Challenge @ The Hardy Boys Books and Nancy Drew books – check out the covers and take the poll if you want! 🙂

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Nancy Drew Girl Detective #25 Trails of Treachery – My Review

Nancy Drew Girl Detective 25 Trails of Treachery

Trails of Treachery, #25, is one of the best in the Nancy Drew Girl Detective series! Nancy and Bess are George’s support team as she participates in an intense bike race in Costa Rica. It’s really beautiful there as the reader can imagine from the aptly described scenery. The author did such a great job with that, you can really feel like you’re there with Nancy, George, and Bess and some new friends. There are many dangerous situations they must contend with. The hazardous elements of the race trail include biking in extreme heat through the jungle and shivery cold temperature at the higher elevation of the volcano, plus a precarious rope and wood bridge, torrential rain, mud and dirt to deal with. Some very difficult obstacles to work through!

Along with all of that, there’s a mystery that also needs their attention. One of the top racers has been targeted for sabotage – and murder. Nancy, Bess, and, George do their best to investigate the threats and sabotage quickly, sensing that danger is racing to overtake them. It’s an intriguing, exciting mystery with several suspects. Definitely fast-paced with the action, plus the added pressure for our friends from River Heights having to determine, before it’s too late, whom they can trust. There are clues to find in the mystery and good sleuthing, making it fun to read.  

Easily one of the best in the Girl Detective series. There are several volumes in the series that I think are good Nancy Drew books, including this one and #2 A Race Against Time. Both actually revolve around bike races, but they’re different mysteries. And I don’t like all bike race mysteries, such as the Nancy Drew Files one that my-Nancy-Hardy-book-reading-buddy sibling and I checked out last year together. I’d say that of the three alternate universe series, Files, Girl Detective, and Diaries so far, the one with the best books of the ones we’ve tried would be the Girl Detective series. My sib feels the same as me about the various series and made a great point that this book would make an awesome game. 😎 It sure would! 😎

Here’s the synopsis for Nancy Drew Girl Detective #25 Trails of Treachery from Simon and Schuster:

Leave it to Nancy Drew to be on the case no matter where she is….

Nancy and Bess travel to Costa Rica with George as she prepares to participate in La Ruta de los Conquistadores, a 3-day mountain bike race. It soon becomes clear that someone will go to great lengths to make sure top cyclist Derek Woodhall doesn’t win.

Actually, the top U.S. cyclist’s name is Derek McDaniel, not Woodhall. 🙄

So, if you enjoy reading Nancy Drew books with a good action-packed mystery in a well-described tropical setting, you’re gonna love this one! It’s available in ebook from Simon and Schuster and other ebooksellers, but the paperback is not available at this time. You can check a digital version out from libraries where they loan ebooks. And of course, a used copy of the paperback can be found online or perhaps at a library sale. 🙂 I have the ebook, but I’d like the paperback as well. 😎

 

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Great News for Nancy Drew Fans!

The Return of the Missing Ebooks! More Nancy Drew mysteries will be re-released in digital form in 2015! One of my favorite Nancy Drew books is Captive Witness (such a cool cover!), which, along with the others listed below, had been available in hardcover and ebook. When the Penguin/Grosset & Dunlap ebooks became unavailable last year, I thought that Simon and Schuster had decided to release them digitally themselves. Looks like case solved. And hopefully this means more will become available as ebooks finally. 🙂 Naturally, I hope that for the Hardy Boys books as well. 😎

3/10/15Nancy Drew 64 Captive Witness by Carolyn Keene
#57 The Triple Hoax
#58 The Flying Saucer Mystery
#59 The Secret in the Old Lace

3/17/15
#60-#62

3/24/15
#63 The Twin Dilemma
#64 Captive Witness

Available from your favorite ebooksellers in 2015! 🙂

Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Book Characters

I’ve been working on putting together details about the much-loved characters in the Hardy Boys books and the Nancy Drew books. Although it’s not completed, I thought I’d go ahead and post it then add to the page. Here’s the link: Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Characters. 🙂

Stan Goldberg – The Interview Issue 4!

Here now is the 4th issue of the Stan Goldberg interview! 😀 Such an awesome blessing virtually hanging out with the Stan Goldberg – comic/graphic novel artist and really nice, cool guy! 🙂 I’ve learned a lot and have had a great time! 😀 I never guessed when I started this blog a few months ago that I would have an opportunity like this – wow! 😀 I’m very thankful to the Creator. 🙂

There are so many great comics and great artwork to check out and enjoy over and over! 😎 I now have an even longer list of comics I want to read and I know all of you guys also enjoying this interview have been adding to your reading lists as well. 🙂234 Ironman and Spider-Man

All of the cool color schemes that leap off many pages of Marvel comics and graphic novels are courtesy of Stan Goldberg’s artistry. That’s just so awesome! For example, every time you see Spidey’s excellent blue and red attire seen in comics and cartoons and movies – we’ll know that Stan Goldberg came up with those familiar, perfect colors. So whenever Peter Parker aka Spider-Man swings by, stopping evil ones, he can look amazing doing so. 😎 And Tony Stark – Iron Man – would never accept a suit that wasn’t cool – and wasn’t red and gold! 😎

The happy faces of characters like Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and Reggie, Nancy, Ned, George, Bess, Hannah, and Carson of the Clue Crew graphic novels, Kathy the Teenage Tornado, Millie, and many others in the comics, plus more – they’re a reflection of the smiles that Stan Goldberg shares with us through his work. 😎

Thank you, Stan, for these drawings, color schemes, and smiles that can brighten a person’s day. Who hasn’t been stuck inside on a rainy day then an excellent comic book or graphic novel is opened by the eager reader who steps into a world of action-packed adventure that’s filled with good fighting evil, along with humor and wit! That’s cool on a sunny day, too! 😉 The results are easy to see from the many happy smiles that are on the faces of your many, many, many (I could keep going with the “many”) fans. 😀 And thank you in advance for cool drawings you’re doing in the future as well! 🙂

Now to the questions and answers! 🙂 Btw, my comments when I talked with Stan Goldberg have been abbreviated by me for these blog entries, because really, I want to get to what Stan has to say! 😀

10. Who is your favorite superhero from this line-up: Spider-Man, Hulk, the members of the Fantastic Four?19 The Amazing Spider-Man Stan Goldberg

Stan – All these new superheroes and villains were all great to color. They were drawn and written by a couple of real superheroes, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.  The cast of characters that filled up the pages were pure Lee and Kirby at their very best.

Ann – I think you’re also a real superhero – and I know you guys reading and enjoying this will agree with me! 🙂

11. You said that Stan Lee was a major influence early in your career – what is something then that helped you a lot and continues still to help you today?

Stan – I look back at those early days when I started my career in the early 50s and was part of Marvel comics from the very beginning….I was a very lucky young man.  Stan Lee still had time to write all my early books…KATHY and all the MILLIE THE MODEL comics.  There were five different Millie titles.  They were humor and adventure books.  There was also MY GIRL PEARL and PATSY WALKER.  Stan was a great editor/art director and he is still my good friend.  He wrote a nice tribute to me on a video that was shown when I was given the HALL OF FAME AWARD by the NCS last year in Las Vegas.  You can see it on my website…www.stangoldberg.com

Ann – Friends are such a blessing and that’s wonderful that you two have such a great continuing friendship. 🙂 Congratulations on the Hall of Fame award – you very much deserve it! 🙂 I’ll definitely be encouraging readers to check out your cool site! 🙂

12. What do you like most about going to fan events like NY Comic Con?

Stan – Going to comicons in New York and San Diego is lots of fun.  It’s always a nice change to get away from my studio and I get to see so many old friends and meet new friends that have enjoyed my work all these years.  I hope to keep going to more cons and drawing pictures for the fans.  I have some interesting new assignments on my drawing board right now, so I’ll say adios.

Ann – Looking forward to more great Stan Goldberg artwork! 🙂 Thank you so very, very,Jughead by Stan Goldberg very much, Stan! 🙂

On Stan Goldberg’s site, you’ll find that video he talked about with the tribute by Stan Lee to him when he was awarded by the National Cartoonists Society! 🙂 Plus, you’ll find another video I want to watch  – a 93 minute one for an online drawing course where he talks about his technique and more! 😎 Cool banner on his site, too, with a few of his drawings! 🙂

Thanks to Stan, Jesse, and all of you who have read, enjoyed and commented or liked or reblogged about this interview. 🙂 Johnny Storm the Human Torch likes to shout “Flame on!” and so I guess yours would be “Draw on!” 😎 And similiar to Ben’s “It’s clobberin’ time” how about: “It’s drawin’ time!” 😀 

I thought I’d add my tagline to this interview:

~ Never the end! ~

                                                                                                              ~ Ann (a Stan fan :D)

If you missed one of the four issues filled with cool clues and info from Stan Goldberg – don’t worry! 🙂 Here are the links to previous issues, so you can read the whole interview! 🙂

Stan Goldberg – The Interview Issue 1

Stan Goldberg – The Interview Issue 2

Stan Goldberg – The Interview Issue 3

Stan Goldberg – The Interview Issue 3!

Hola! Ready for the spectacular 3rd issue of Stan Goldberg – The Interview? I hope so, because it’s coming at you in mere seconds, friends! 😉 Get set to find out more awesome clues about cool artist, Stan Goldberg! 😎 Thank you so very much to Stan for the time he’s put into this interview and for sharing such great answers to my unique questions. Thank you also to everyone who’s given feedback – it’s very much appreciated and fun. 🙂 Be sure to check out every issue of the interview because you won’t want to miss a single second. 🙂

 Now, let’s get straight to the action! 😎

1. Do you like to listen to music (instrumental or with vocals) while you draw?Jughead's on the Jazz

Stan – Years ago I did some writing and my studio had to be perfectly still.  No radio at all.  Any sound would disturb me.  Then, when I did more art I did less writing.  When I do my artwork, I enjoy the working day much more and the radio is on all the time.  I listen to talk stations for half the day and for the rest of the day I play my music…big bands, good jazz and blues.  I occasionally take the time to enjoy the beautiful water view from my studio window.

Ann – Getting to do what you love is a wonderful blessing! I’m glad you enjoy drawing so much. And that’s also really cool about the music you enjoy listening to! Sounds like you’ve got a beautiful view from your studio – excellent! 🙂The Amazing Spider-Man 1975 147 Spanish edition

2. Do you draw even when you’re not working?

Stan – I always take a sketch pad with me whenever I travel.  We spend two months every winter in a colonial town in Mexico.  It’s a very artistic community, lots of artists and writers.  While I’m there, I go to a life drawing studio a couple of times a week.  I’ve also had a few galleries in town showing drawings of the local people that I draw along with my cartoon illustrations.Spider-Man and Hulk Spanish edition

Ann – Sounds picturesque and fun! 😀 (Note: I found some awesome Marvel Spanish covers online including two of the comic covers from the first issue of this interview. 🙂 Very cool! 😀 Check them out – por favor! Gracias!)

3. What was it like working with Marvel Comics? I’m a big Spidey fan. 🙂

Stan – I worked for Marvel in charge of the coloring department, never realizing that the comic book industry would become the giant that it is today.  Creating all the color schemes for all the superheroes and villains that came out of Marvel makes me very proud.  Stan Lee was my editor and he was a major influence in the early years of my career.  After almost ten years working in the bullpen I became friends with all the other artists and we stayed friends for many years.The Amazing Spider-Man 1963

Ann – That had to have been so much fun at Marvel!!! 😀 Wow, just so awesome to get to decide all of those essential color schemes for Marvel! 😀 That’s what I call superfun! 😀

BOLO for the next exciting issue in this four part series: Stan Goldberg – The Interview! 😎 

                                                                                                                                          ~ Ann (a Stan fan :D)

Stan Goldberg – The Interview Issue 2!

Thanks so much to the cool, talented Stan Goldberg for such a fun, informative interview that’s being enjoyed by many! 🙂 There’s been a lot of great feedback both publicly and privately. 🙂 

When artistry is present in comics and graphic novels, that makes them so enjoyable toMillie the Model by Stan Goldberg look at again and again. And when the artist is nice and cool that makes them even better! 😀

If  you ever get the opportunity to go to a book or comic/graphic novel event, such as the NY Comic Con and you can go see Stan Goldberg there, that would be such an awesome time! You get to meet him, talk with him, and listen to such cool stories while he’s drawing you a custom picture – that’s priceless! 😀 And the scoop from intrepid Papercutz reporter Jesse, is that there are always long lines of Stan’s many fans, anxious to get to hang out with him. 🙂 And it’s well worth the wait! 😎 

From all of the feedback, I know that you guys are anxious for more of the interview, so here now are the next three questions and answers with cool clues about the man and the artist – Stan Goldberg:

4.  I’m really fascinated by the art of comics/graphic novels and learning what it takes to create these cool works of art. What’s the process of how it gets from your ideas and the writer’s ideas to the comic/graphic novel that we see and read and enjoy?

Director Stan GoldbergStan –  The writer gives the script to the editor.  After the editor gives his OK, he sends it to me and it’s my turn to do the artwork.

As a very young man, always drawing…I always liked to turn these little drawings into some kind of storyline.  I’ve always enjoyed going to the movies.  I saw how the director prepared the actors for the camera.  Now….I’m the director and now, I create the scenes and prepare my characters  for the  graphic novel.  That’s how I tell my story in picture form from the script I’ve been given.

It’s a very simple procedure.

I’ve drawn comics and graphic novels for many years and I’m still learning how to get it right.

It’s a 7/24 kind of job.  It’s the best kind of job and I love doing it.

Ann – Really cool way to explain about the script and scenes and you being the director! 🙂 You say it’s a very simple procedure, but I think that’s only because you do it so well – so much creativity and artistry goes into telling the story through pictures! 🙂 I’d say you definitely get it just right! 🙂

5.  And a question not directly connected with your drawings – except that everyone needs to eat to do the things we love. 🙂 What’s your favorite food?

Stan –  My favorite food.  Well, that’s an easy question.  PASTA, PASTA. PASTAKathy the Teenage Tornado by Stan Goldberg 1

Ann – Cool, I love pasta, too! 😀

6.  Do you like to snack on a particular food while drawing?

Stan – Working as a freelancer since 1958, I’m still on schedule pretty much every day.  I never go to the fridge when I work.  In the summer months I drink lots of ice tea, no sugar.  No snacking.  This I find keeps me fresh and alert when I’m at the drawing board.

TO BE CONTINUED….

BOLO for the next exciting issue in this four part series: Stan Goldberg – The Interview! 😎                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ~ Ann (a Stan fan :D)

Stan Goldberg – The Interview Issue 1!

The Amazing Spider-Man 120I’m going to start this off with a question for everyone reading this. 🙂 What’s a cool fact about the Amazing Spider-Man aka Peter Parker, the Incredible Hulk aka Bruce Banner, Stan Lee aka Stanley Martin Lieber, the Fantastic Four aka Reed and Sue Richards, Ben Grimm, and Johnny Storm, Kathy the Teenage Tornado, Millie the Model, X-Men, more Marvel characters, Nancy Drew, Ned Nickerson, George Fayne, Bess Marvin, Carson Drew, Hannah Gruen, Jughead, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, and The Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, and Curly) that they all have in common? Answer: they all have a mutual friend – the super-nice, talented artist Stan Goldberg! 😎 

When Papercutz’s the Amazing-Marketing-Director-Man (that’s his superhero name – I just came up with it :P), Jesse, first said that I could interview Stan Goldberg, I ran and told everyone at home (at the time) right away. I was super-excited!! 😀 And I’m still super-excited!! 😀 In case you couldn’t tell! 😉

I’m having so much fun interviewing Stan and finding out so many cool things! 🙂 It’s great to hear about someone loving what they do – and not only does he enjoy his work, he has so many fans who appreciate and love his illustrations. 🙂

Writer: Gerry Conway  Colorist: Stan Goldberg

Writer: Gerry Conway
Colorist: Stan Goldberg

Hardy Boys graphic novel trivia alert! Gerry Conway, who wrote the first ever graphic novel teaming of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, along with two more Hardy Boys graphic novels for Papercutz, also wrote for Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man comics for some of the same issues when Stan Goldberg was the colorist for the Spidey comics! 😀 😎

And now here are my first three questions and Stan’s answers: 🙂

1. What is your all-time favorite character to draw?

Stan – Hi Ann.. When I worked for Archie comics, I enjoyed drawing all the characters. M, but, when I drew the Jughead book for a number of years, he became my all time favorite.  When they took surveys, he was more popular than Archie.

Ann – Jughead is so endearing and likeable, it’s no surprise at all to me that he’s the favorite of so many. From your drawings of him, he’s someone a reader wants to follow his adventures and root for him because he’s so amiable. 🙂

2. What is the first character you ever drew?

Stan – In 1958, way before your time, I created a character called KATHY THE TEENAGE TORNADO for Marvel comics.  That was the start of my career in comics.  The book was published for many years.  Then I started drawing MILLIE THE MODEL for almost 20 years.

Kathy the Teenage Tornado by Stan Goldberg 2Ann – Kathy the Teenage Tornado sounds like great reads and Millie the Model! (Note to readers – I did an online search and these cool comics, including the Jughead series, can be found on Amazon, eBay, and comic sites to buy! Check ‘em out! ;))

3. What do you like best about having one of the most fun jobs ever in the world – drawing comics?

Stan – I enjoy drawing today, maybe more than when I started my career.  I keep my work very up to date and exciting and  I love doing continuity.

Ann – That’s really cool that your love of drawing’s maybe even more now. 🙂 Your good work is loved worldwide. 🙂 

Thank you again, Stan, for sharing your time out of your busy schedule and your cool talent with everyone! 🙂

TO BE CONTINUED….

BOLO for the next exciting issue in this four-part series: Stan Goldberg – The Interview! 😎

~ Ann (a Stan fan :D)