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flashfans:

Today sees the release of The Flash #30, the first in the run from the new creative team. I got a chance to ask artist Brett Booth a few questions about getting into the job, Barry Allen and butts
How old were you when you decided “this is the job for me” and who were your biggest influences?
Ninth grade study hall. For some reason I had two everyday so I did most of my homework in the first and had nothing to do in the second. A friend of mine handed me a comic so I had something to do, I was already into art so I drew the cover. Classic X-men #1 by Art Adams. His work got me into comics. I later got into the work of John Byrne, Walt Simonson, Marc Silvestri, George Perez and a bit later Kevin Maguire, Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio. There are numerous others but I won’t bore you with a massive list.
How did you make your dream a reality?
Lots of practice. I basically drew every chance I could until I graduated from college. There was an ad in the back of WildCats #2 about an Homage Studios Talent Search. I sent stuff in, got a call from Jim Lee a week later, and the rest is history.
How did you feel when you found out you were taking over The Flash and what’s it like taking over from Francis Manapul?
Hungry? It’s a standard thing, you almost always follow someone sometimes you get lucky and they aren’t a big name. Other times you’re unlucky and you follow Jim Lee, or Jae Lee and now Francis. You suck it up and do your best. I actually knew about the departure for a bit before most. The first time they mentioned it to me there were no Wally plans ;)
Can you talk us through the process of an issue going from idea to print?
Yes, but I’ll need a lot of room so I’ll sum up ;)
Writer pitches story ideas to the Editor. They say yay or nay. If yay, they do an outline and from that they do plot/script. That gets approved by the Editor and then they send me the script hopefully with all the reference I need. I draw it, turning in pages as I get them done. Once those pages are approved I send them to the inker where they get inked and then scanned and uploaded to the server. Then the production guys send those pages to the colorist who uses his/her magic box to color the pages up all pretty. Those get correction notes (I think this and the initial writing are the most corrected of the whole process.) Then the letterer does all the lettering, balloons and sound FX, all that gets pasted up. It gets a final approval from Editorial and any last minute corrections are done. It gets sent to the printer and 2-3 weeks later a comic is shipped! 
Tell us a bit about what’s in store for THE FLASH and who we’ll be seeing in the comic book series
Well there’s the Flash…. and Iris…. and Wally… and then some bad guys… One of them is a Gorilla… Another has some cool goggles. And then Captain Cold is in there…. a dinosaur or two. Oh, and lots of cops. 
I know you watch Arrow, what did you think of Barry Allen’s introduction?
A lot of fun! Sort of keeps you you guessing with the particle accelerator and the lightning… did they both contribute to the ‘birth’ of the Flash or is one a red herring? I had a hard time getting a hold of Barry’s personality until I saw the show. Arrow is great at getting to the core of characters. They actually officially offered me the Flash right before that arc. It sort of help solidify the whole thing for me :)
and finally… If you could draw yourself into an issue of The Flash as a main character, who would you be? 
Another speedster. I love those characters! Speedforce forever!!!! But I’d have to give myself the best buttshot, sorry Barry!
Brett Booth can be found on Twitter here. Flash Fans can be found on Twitter here
Arrow airs on The CW on Wednesdays at 8/7c
The Flash #30 can be purchased online from DC Comics and Comixology or from all good comic book stores
Please do not repost any part of this interview without expressed permission. Thank you

flashfans:

Today sees the release of The Flash #30, the first in the run from the new creative team. I got a chance to ask artist Brett Booth a few questions about getting into the job, Barry Allen and butts

How old were you when you decided “this is the job for me” and who were your biggest influences?

Ninth grade study hall. For some reason I had two everyday so I did most of my homework in the first and had nothing to do in the second. A friend of mine handed me a comic so I had something to do, I was already into art so I drew the cover. Classic X-men #1 by Art Adams. His work got me into comics. I later got into the work of John Byrne, Walt Simonson, Marc Silvestri, George Perez and a bit later Kevin Maguire, Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio. There are numerous others but I won’t bore you with a massive list.

How did you make your dream a reality?

Lots of practice. I basically drew every chance I could until I graduated from college. There was an ad in the back of WildCats #2 about an Homage Studios Talent Search. I sent stuff in, got a call from Jim Lee a week later, and the rest is history.

How did you feel when you found out you were taking over The Flash and what’s it like taking over from Francis Manapul?

Hungry? It’s a standard thing, you almost always follow someone sometimes you get lucky and they aren’t a big name. Other times you’re unlucky and you follow Jim Lee, or Jae Lee and now Francis. You suck it up and do your best. I actually knew about the departure for a bit before most. The first time they mentioned it to me there were no Wally plans ;)

Can you talk us through the process of an issue going from idea to print?

Yes, but I’ll need a lot of room so I’ll sum up ;)

Writer pitches story ideas to the Editor. They say yay or nay. If yay, they do an outline and from that they do plot/script. That gets approved by the Editor and then they send me the script hopefully with all the reference I need. I draw it, turning in pages as I get them done. Once those pages are approved I send them to the inker where they get inked and then scanned and uploaded to the server. Then the production guys send those pages to the colorist who uses his/her magic box to color the pages up all pretty. Those get correction notes (I think this and the initial writing are the most corrected of the whole process.) Then the letterer does all the lettering, balloons and sound FX, all that gets pasted up. It gets a final approval from Editorial and any last minute corrections are done. It gets sent to the printer and 2-3 weeks later a comic is shipped!

Tell us a bit about what’s in store for THE FLASH and who we’ll be seeing in the comic book series

Well there’s the Flash…. and Iris…. and Wally… and then some bad guys… One of them is a Gorilla… Another has some cool goggles. And then Captain Cold is in there…. a dinosaur or two. Oh, and lots of cops.

I know you watch Arrow, what did you think of Barry Allen’s introduction?

A lot of fun! Sort of keeps you you guessing with the particle accelerator and the lightning… did they both contribute to the ‘birth’ of the Flash or is one a red herring? I had a hard time getting a hold of Barry’s personality until I saw the show. Arrow is great at getting to the core of characters. They actually officially offered me the Flash right before that arc. It sort of help solidify the whole thing for me :)

and finally… If you could draw yourself into an issue of The Flash as a main character, who would you be?

Another speedster. I love those characters! Speedforce forever!!!! But I’d have to give myself the best buttshot, sorry Barry!

Brett Booth can be found on Twitter here. Flash Fans can be found on Twitter here

Arrow airs on The CW on Wednesdays at 8/7c

The Flash #30 can be purchased online from DC Comics and Comixology or from all good comic book stores

Please do not repost any part of this interview without expressed permission. Thank you

DC’s July solicitations continue to roll out, including…

THE FLASH #33
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Future Flash fights Future Trickster! In the present, Barry solves a murder case, but he’s about to be murdered by the killer himself! Will he be fast enough to save both timelines?

Umm…I’m guessing that’s the killer, not the future Trickster. I like the Ringo/Cardy street signs.

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #8
On sale JULY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER

The mysterious leader of the Five is revealed as the villains attack the Justice League and lay waste to Cadmus, killing The Flash – again. But you can’t keep a good woman down! Wait…Did we say woman?

Originally posted at Speed Force.

Week in review at Speed Force!

Avengers 2 (movie) version of Quicksilver revealed

New Flash writers talk future Flash, Barry Allen CSI, and Wally West

Out this week: Flash #29, Rogues Rebellion #6, and a digital flashback to CROSSFIRE

Review: The Flash #29. Secrets are revealed!

Review: Forever Evil: Rogues’ Rebellion #6 of 6. The final fight!

fastestfanalive:

speedforceorg:

DC has released the first full image of Grant Gustin in the Flash suit.
First thoughts:
Wow!
It does look a little dark, but again that’s partly backlighting.
The earpieces are raised ever so slightly. It’ll take a bit of getting used to, but I think it works.
While I prefer the white circle around the chest symbol, I think the brighter red on a darker red background works better for the universe established by Arrow.
I wonder what the belt looks like.
The pilot episode is currently filming.

The Flash’s costume was designed by three-time Oscar® winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costume for Arrow and whose motion picture credits include Academy Awards® for her work on Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago, as well as seven additional Oscar® nominations for films such as Snow White and the Huntsman, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sleepy Hollow, among others.

So, Speed Readers…what do you think?
Originally posted at Speed Force

First thoughts?
Holey Moley!
Holy Crap!
Ok, now I’m calm, let’s take a real look.
Wow, it still looks amazing. At least as far as what we’ve seen so far.
The dark red really fits the tone and mood of Arrow and well just about anything we are going to be seeing on T.V. these days. The suit from the original show was pretty dark too so this won’t take much getting used to.
Love the understated cowl wings. I was worried they were just going to go the Captain America movie costume way and just have the 2d symbols on the side. This is much better. A nice marriage of the two.
Also liking the lack of fake muscles. UGH! No offense to any of y’all who like the padding but I believe in real muscle under the suit. A little extra to make definition more pronounced isn’t too bad but the original Flash T.V. show had it all wrong in that respect. Speedsters are slim and cut and apparently the media has finally realized it. 
No stupid hoodie!
All in all, I love it and I’m super excited for the pilot. What do y’all think?
-Flash Johnson

UPDATED Wednesday! More photos from Tuesday’s on-location shoot have surfaced, showing the costume in daylight. The Daily Mail has a good round-up (Thanks to Veronicadiall for the link in the comments below).


I’ll admit to being a bit less enthused, particularly over the lackluster belt design. I don’t have a problem with the overall look. My wife suggested it looks a bit like an athletic suit, which makes sense for a runner. The earpieces work best when you can see a three-quarter profile. I agree with Devin “The Flash” Johnson that it’s nice that this costume looks like one he can move in. The yellow piping works better in live-action than on the page or in animation (I thought it looked awful at least the end of The Flashpoint Paradox).
I find it interesting that I actually like details like texture in a live-action version of the costume, but prefer a hand-drawn version to be sleek and uncluttered.
I’m still warming up to it, but considering that we’re looking at…
A daytime location shoot, meaning they have less control over lighting.
Opportunistic shots by bystanders who don’t have as much control over camera angles as the on-set cameras do.
Still frames of scenes when the Flash is intended to be seen in motion, or behind-the-scenes moments.
Raw images, with no post-processing or special effects.
…I think the jury’s still out.
How about you? What do you think of it now that you’ve seen more photos of the costume?

fastestfanalive:

speedforceorg:

DC has released the first full image of Grant Gustin in the Flash suit.

First thoughts:

  • Wow!
  • It does look a little dark, but again that’s partly backlighting.
  • The earpieces are raised ever so slightly. It’ll take a bit of getting used to, but I think it works.
  • While I prefer the white circle around the chest symbol, I think the brighter red on a darker red background works better for the universe established by Arrow.
  • I wonder what the belt looks like.

The pilot episode is currently filming.

The Flash’s costume was designed by three-time Oscar® winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costume for Arrow and whose motion picture credits include Academy Awards® for her work on Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago, as well as seven additional Oscar® nominations for films such as Snow White and the Huntsman, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sleepy Hollow, among others.

So, Speed Readers…what do you think?

Originally posted at Speed Force

First thoughts?

  • Holey Moley!
  • Holy Crap!
  • Ok, now I’m calm, let’s take a real look.
  • Wow, it still looks amazing. At least as far as what we’ve seen so far.
  • The dark red really fits the tone and mood of Arrow and well just about anything we are going to be seeing on T.V. these days. The suit from the original show was pretty dark too so this won’t take much getting used to.
  • Love the understated cowl wings. I was worried they were just going to go the Captain America movie costume way and just have the 2d symbols on the side. This is much better. A nice marriage of the two.
  • Also liking the lack of fake muscles. UGH! No offense to any of y’all who like the padding but I believe in real muscle under the suit. A little extra to make definition more pronounced isn’t too bad but the original Flash T.V. show had it all wrong in that respect. Speedsters are slim and cut and apparently the media has finally realized it. 
  • No stupid hoodie!

All in all, I love it and I’m super excited for the pilot. What do y’all think?

-Flash Johnson

UPDATED Wednesday! More photos from Tuesday’s on-location shoot have surfaced, showing the costume in daylight. The Daily Mail has a good round-up (Thanks to Veronicadiall for the link in the comments below).

flash-gustin-jumping

flash-gustin-running

I’ll admit to being a bit less enthused, particularly over the lackluster belt design. I don’t have a problem with the overall look. My wife suggested it looks a bit like an athletic suit, which makes sense for a runner. The earpieces work best when you can see a three-quarter profile. I agree with Devin “The Flash” Johnson that it’s nice that this costume looks like one he can move in. The yellow piping works better in live-action than on the page or in animation (I thought it looked awful at least the end of The Flashpoint Paradox).

I find it interesting that I actually like details like texture in a live-action version of the costume, but prefer a hand-drawn version to be sleek and uncluttered.

I’m still warming up to it, but considering that we’re looking at…

  • A daytime location shoot, meaning they have less control over lighting.
  • Opportunistic shots by bystanders who don’t have as much control over camera angles as the on-set cameras do.
  • Still frames of scenes when the Flash is intended to be seen in motion, or behind-the-scenes moments.
  • Raw images, with no post-processing or special effects.

…I think the jury’s still out.

How about you? What do you think of it now that you’ve seen more photos of the costume?

fastestfanalive:

Some additional random thoughts on the unveiling of Grant Gustin’s Flash costume from The Flash TV show:
My lightning rod pointed out that the material on the suit looks like the flame-retardant undergarments and blankets that Firefighters use. This combined with the motorcycle armor look that Oliver possibly inspired Barry to borrow from would help with the friction-proof aspect of the suit.  
No lightning bolts on the wrists, instead we have some leather armored gauntlets reminiscent of one of the designs from Injustice: Gods Among Us that look to connect to his gloves. The gloves look to be made of the same flame retardant material as other parts of the suit.
The yellow piping on the upper arm looks to me like it will probably run across his torso and then form the lightning bolt on the sides of his legs. I really don’t think there is a belt to be found. Or if there is one it is really, really well-hidden  
The knee joints look similar to motorcycle armor where it is flexible but also has a breathable look to it. 
The cowl looks like a motorcycle helmet combined with the New 52 cowl. You can see the New 52 design elements with the chin strap as well. Again, I like that they didn’t go with the completely 2D look to the mask’s lightning bolts but I also like that they don’t jut out too far. Just the right distance for a nice sleek look. 
Overall the suit to me, looks like Arrow, meets The Amazing Spider-Man, meets Daredevil. And I like the overall look so far. Oh by the way my lightning rod says the boots look like this:

Take from that what you will.
-Flash Johnson

fastestfanalive:

Some additional random thoughts on the unveiling of Grant Gustin’s Flash costume from The Flash TV show:

My lightning rod pointed out that the material on the suit looks like the flame-retardant undergarments and blankets that Firefighters use. This combined with the motorcycle armor look that Oliver possibly inspired Barry to borrow from would help with the friction-proof aspect of the suit.  

No lightning bolts on the wrists, instead we have some leather armored gauntlets reminiscent of one of the designs from Injustice: Gods Among Us that look to connect to his gloves. The gloves look to be made of the same flame retardant material as other parts of the suit.

The yellow piping on the upper arm looks to me like it will probably run across his torso and then form the lightning bolt on the sides of his legs. I really don’t think there is a belt to be found. Or if there is one it is really, really well-hidden  

The knee joints look similar to motorcycle armor where it is flexible but also has a breathable look to it. 

The cowl looks like a motorcycle helmet combined with the New 52 cowl. You can see the New 52 design elements with the chin strap as well. Again, I like that they didn’t go with the completely 2D look to the mask’s lightning bolts but I also like that they don’t jut out too far. Just the right distance for a nice sleek look. 

Overall the suit to me, looks like Arrow, meets The Amazing Spider-Man, meets Daredevil. And I like the overall look so far. Oh by the way my lightning rod says the boots look like this:

Take from that what you will.

-Flash Johnson

fastestfanalive:

speedforceorg:

DC has released the first full image of Grant Gustin in the Flash suit.
First thoughts:
Wow!
It does look a little dark, but again that’s partly backlighting.
The earpieces are raised ever so slightly. It’ll take a bit of getting used to, but I think it works.
While I prefer the white circle around the chest symbol, I think the brighter red on a darker red background works better for the universe established by Arrow.
I wonder what the belt looks like.
The pilot episode is currently filming.

The Flash’s costume was designed by three-time Oscar® winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costume for Arrow and whose motion picture credits include Academy Awards® for her work on Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago, as well as seven additional Oscar® nominations for films such as Snow White and the Huntsman, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sleepy Hollow, among others.

So, Speed Readers…what do you think?
Originally posted at Speed Force

First thoughts?
Holey Moley!
Holy Crap!
Ok, now I’m calm, let’s take a real look.
Wow, it still looks amazing. At least as far as what we’ve seen so far.
The dark red really fits the tone and mood of Arrow and well just about anything we are going to be seeing on T.V. these days. The suit from the original show was pretty dark too so this won’t take much getting used to.
Love the understated cowl wings. I was worried they were just going to go the Captain America movie costume way and just have the 2d symbols on the side. This is much better. A nice marriage of the two.
Also liking the lack of fake muscles. UGH! No offense to any of y’all who like the padding but I believe in real muscle under the suit. A little extra to make definition more pronounced isn’t too bad but the original Flash T.V. show had it all wrong in that respect. Speedsters are slim and cut and apparently the media has finally realized it. 
No stupid hoodie!
All in all, I love it and I’m super excited for the pilot. What do y’all think?
-Flash Johnson

fastestfanalive:

speedforceorg:

DC has released the first full image of Grant Gustin in the Flash suit.

First thoughts:

  • Wow!
  • It does look a little dark, but again that’s partly backlighting.
  • The earpieces are raised ever so slightly. It’ll take a bit of getting used to, but I think it works.
  • While I prefer the white circle around the chest symbol, I think the brighter red on a darker red background works better for the universe established by Arrow.
  • I wonder what the belt looks like.

The pilot episode is currently filming.

The Flash’s costume was designed by three-time Oscar® winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costume for Arrow and whose motion picture credits include Academy Awards® for her work on Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago, as well as seven additional Oscar® nominations for films such as Snow White and the Huntsman, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sleepy Hollow, among others.

So, Speed Readers…what do you think?

Originally posted at Speed Force

First thoughts?

  • Holey Moley!
  • Holy Crap!
  • Ok, now I’m calm, let’s take a real look.
  • Wow, it still looks amazing. At least as far as what we’ve seen so far.
  • The dark red really fits the tone and mood of Arrow and well just about anything we are going to be seeing on T.V. these days. The suit from the original show was pretty dark too so this won’t take much getting used to.
  • Love the understated cowl wings. I was worried they were just going to go the Captain America movie costume way and just have the 2d symbols on the side. This is much better. A nice marriage of the two.
  • Also liking the lack of fake muscles. UGH! No offense to any of y’all who like the padding but I believe in real muscle under the suit. A little extra to make definition more pronounced isn’t too bad but the original Flash T.V. show had it all wrong in that respect. Speedsters are slim and cut and apparently the media has finally realized it. 
  • No stupid hoodie!

All in all, I love it and I’m super excited for the pilot. What do y’all think?

-Flash Johnson

DC has released the first full image of Grant Gustin in the Flash suit.
First thoughts:
Wow!
It does look a little dark, but again that’s partly backlighting.
The earpieces are raised ever so slightly. It’ll take a bit of getting used to, but I think it works.
While I prefer the white circle around the chest symbol, I think the brighter red on a darker red background works better for the universe established by Arrow.
I wonder what the belt looks like.
The pilot episode is currently filming.

The Flash’s costume was designed by three-time Oscar® winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costume for Arrow and whose motion picture credits include Academy Awards® for her work on Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago, as well as seven additional Oscar® nominations for films such as Snow White and the Huntsman, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sleepy Hollow, among others.

So, Speed Readers…what do you think?
Originally posted at Speed Force

DC has released the first full image of Grant Gustin in the Flash suit.

First thoughts:

  • Wow!
  • It does look a little dark, but again that’s partly backlighting.
  • The earpieces are raised ever so slightly. It’ll take a bit of getting used to, but I think it works.
  • While I prefer the white circle around the chest symbol, I think the brighter red on a darker red background works better for the universe established by Arrow.
  • I wonder what the belt looks like.

The pilot episode is currently filming.

The Flash’s costume was designed by three-time Oscar® winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costume for Arrow and whose motion picture credits include Academy Awards® for her work on Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago, as well as seven additional Oscar® nominations for films such as Snow White and the Huntsman, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sleepy Hollow, among others.

So, Speed Readers…what do you think?

Originally posted at Speed Force

Week in review at Speed Force! A new issue, the digital backlist filling in, action figure adventures, and lots of Flash TV news…including a costume reveal!

Flash TV pilot casting news

flashfans:

The first photo of Grant Gustin in THE suit [source]

There’s a definite New 52 resemblance with the chin strap and visible seams (thankfully without the bright yellow piping). I find it interesting that they went with lightning bolts rather than wings for the earpieces (personally I prefer wings on Barry Allen and lightning bolts on Wally West, but that’s just me) and gone for what appears to be a flat look on them…not unlike the movie version of another famous superhero with wings on his ears, Captain America. I wonder if it’s a fashion trend in costume designers, or if it’s one of those things that doesn’t quite translate from drawing to something that a person actually wears? —Kelson
More commentary at Speed Force

flashfans:

The first photo of Grant Gustin in THE suit [source]

There’s a definite New 52 resemblance with the chin strap and visible seams (thankfully without the bright yellow piping). I find it interesting that they went with lightning bolts rather than wings for the earpieces (personally I prefer wings on Barry Allen and lightning bolts on Wally West, but that’s just me) and gone for what appears to be a flat look on them…not unlike the movie version of another famous superhero with wings on his ears, Captain America. I wonder if it’s a fashion trend in costume designers, or if it’s one of those things that doesn’t quite translate from drawing to something that a person actually wears? —Kelson

More commentary at Speed Force