Say the name correctly! TINE, not TEEN…(to no one in particular—just having a laugh).
Texas is going to be a blue state again in less than a decade. You read that right. We were blue until the 1980s, we’ll be blue again!
Mapping the Venture Compound:
In the former Venture Arachnid Research Lab (pic 1) is where Dr. Byron Orpheus lives—at one point, with his teenaged daughter, Trianna—but currently with his fellow Order of the Triad member, Al “The Alchemist.”
The front door (pic 2) of his residence opens into a large living room (pic 3 & 4). Opposite the front door to the side of the fireplace (pic 5) is the kitchen (pic 6), and from the kitchen leads a hallway (pic 7) to the bedrooms (pic 7) of the Orpheus residence. In Trianna’s bedroom (pic 8), ironically pink (obviously decorated by her father), her closet (pic 8) is a portal to the Necropolis (pic 9), where Orpheus’ "Master" resides. Before Al moved in with Orpheus, he had his own place (pic 10) but got behind on bills when his boyfriend moved out on him.
JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER (pt. 2)
Depicted by the artists who filled the pages of 300 issues, as well as artists who wish they’d have had the chance to contribute to those 300 issues. Creator art and fan art mixed together, many of which came from TUMBLR. Way too many to cite, but you’ll know yours if it’s here. These images were compiled as an act of appreciation for all the HELLBLAZER fans out there still drawing iconic images of our John. Cheers!
If you only read HELLBLAZER in its traded volumes (graphic novels, collections, however you refer to them), then you are missing one of HELLBLAZER's best runs: from issue #89 to #128, the creative team was w. Paul Jenkins and a. Sean Phillips. Some of the memorable story arcs are: Critical Mass, Last Man Standing, In the Line of Fire, Difficult Beginnings, Up the Down Staircase, How to Play with Fire. There is even a soundtrack.
To me, it’s a bloody crime that none of Jenkins/Phillips run on HELLBLAZER was ever collected, even though every other writer with more than 4 issues has gotten his/her run on the title traded (including the lesser writers). But not Paul Jenkins. Yet another of the many reasons why DC sucks.
So, you’ll have to look for the individual issues. I’ve had good luck at various Half Priced Books locations so that I’ve at least gotten one or two issues from each of Jenkins’ major arcs, and a couple of whole arcs (it is pretty easy to get all 5 issues of Critical Mass). The ones I couldn’t find, I downloaded to be able to read his whole run. What a shame one of HELLBLAZER's defining eras (#89-128) is purposefully ignored by its publisher, DC/Vertigo. Boooooooo!
Did you know that Spiderlegs—the band that recorded Mucous Membrane’s "Venus of the Hard Sell" (video on Youtube)—was once featured on the cover of HELLBLAZER #214 (cover by Tim Bradstreet) in the graffiti on the wall behind John? (by Mike Carey & Leo Manco)
One of Spiderlegs’ founding members—APEFIST—was featured as the star of his own comic book series on the shelf in the comic store scene in The Boys #7 (by Garth Ennis & Darick Robertson)
Talk about something that makes you feel cool as hell! So, Spiderlegs comes with plenty of geek cred….(he wrote as humbly as possible).