Archive for the ‘comics’ Category

Kirby illustrations for Zelazny’s Lord of Light

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Io9 has some psychedelic colored illustrations Jack Kirby did for the storyboards of the movie adaptation of Zelazny’s Lord of Light. Heavy Metal will sell limited editions of the prints on Monday.

Behold The Psychedelic Glory Of Jack Kirby's Argo Art, In Color At Last

reviews of new David B graphic novel

Monday, June 15th, 2015

David B’s Incidents in the Night: Volume 2 is out. It slipped right past me. He’s one of my all-time favorite graphic novelists, cartoonists, whatever. You get the gist. His work excites me. Earlier this year, I turned one of my coworkers (also a cartoonist) onto him and we knew the book was coming soon, but I lost track.

The LA Times has a review. Paste review. Comic Resources review.

Alan Moore on Illuminatus!

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
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Jim Woodring’s Problematic

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Woodring, you unhinged genius… Problematic.

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interview with Ed Brubaker on the Comics Reporter

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

An interview with Ed Brubaker on the Comics Reporter. I’m mortified that Brubaker is finally calling it quits with Captain America, but it’s understandable that he’s tired and ready to move on. Eight years is a damned long run for a Big Two superhero comic. Besides, I probably love Sleeper and Criminal more than his Captain America, which is saying quite a lot. There’s musing on his collaborators through various projects, nothing terribly revealing, although how he and Sean Phillip arrived on the design of the Fatale collection is interesting.

The thing that bugs me most is that he really does seem to be friends with Brian Bendis, one of the laziest hacks writing in superhero comics.

Brubaker goes into the great depth about the Before Watchmen and Alan Moore controversy. I haven’t been paying too much attention to the matter, being sympathetic to Moore, but optimistic a decent comic book could result from the mess. Straczynski is quite the nasty little shit, isn’t he?

The destruction of the Dreaming Celestial

Monday, June 25th, 2012

From The Eternals #18. A Flickr photoset of Jack Kirby two-page spreads.

Link via PCL Linkdump.

Paul Pope does Adventure Time

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Paul Pope does Adventure Time.


Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
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The odd thing is that I never got around to reading Giraud’s comics, and i’ve been exposed to him my whole life. A creepy older cousin of mine used to have stacks of Metal Hurlant ( as well as Heavy Metal and Penthouse) that he’d loan to a neighbor kid only slightly older than me, which we read on the school bus when i was between seven and ten years old. Everything in those magazines made me feel weird. I didn’t figure out that i was staring at some of Moebius’ work (among others) until decades later.


I watched this documentary last night (swiping the link from Boing Boing.) The bit that hit hard was how Giraud went to Mexico as a young man in the fifties and was transformed by the desert, how its emptiness and flatness cracked open his soul. He related it to a shamanic experience.

Yeah… i get this in a way that is extremely difficult to articulate. Again, when i was a kid, my folks used to take us out to the American West, through the high plains, deserts, and mountains. My father would hand off Edward Abbey books as soon as i could read them. So, truly.. the desert as Giraud’s transformative trigger. It makes sense as i click through panels celebrating his life’s work.

more Grant Morrison: interview & what’s not in interview

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Fluxtumblr linked the Rolling Stone interview/profile of Grant Morrison, but what’s better is that Matthew mentions some of the material that seems to be left out of over 100 pages of interview transcripts.

Honest criticism of Mark Millar? I don’t really want Morrison to bash Millar, but the way that Morrison wrote so glowingly of Millar in Supergods was too much. At least he’s conscious of his friend’s flaws.

Weirder, was what Matthew mentioned about Morrison, Meltzer, Identity Crisis, and rape in comics… very strange observation there. Again, in Supergods, i don’t recall any words Morrison had for Identity Crisis but praise.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 1969

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

This isn’t a review. That’s already been covered well enough over on this site. I wound up agreeing with most of that, unlikeable but fascinating. Yeah, i could go with that. Even an Alan Moore misstep is still better than most comics (and cheaper too! Initially i borrowed it from bookstore, but when i returned it the next day, i noticed that it’s only $7.95?! SOLD!)

Some notes, definitely out of order:

  • In the epilogue in 1976, Allan Quatermain looks just like John Constantine.
  • Mina Harker’s seeming failed experiment with superheroes (Seven Star League,) especially with the personal museum and group shots, were highly reminiscent of Watchmen.
  • Dystopian future. It won’t be surprising to find there are a couple of V for Vendetta references upon re-reading.

With the next volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, it might be that we’ll see Moore decides to lampoon his own work a little more. With his admission of his ignorance of contemporary culture, his interpretation of 2009 looks like it will be strange. I don’t blame him. It’s nearly impossible to imagine what characters will define this age, and almost certainly, Moore will get it wrong… but at least it will be his wrong, which will again be interesting.

Seeing Jack Carter march around in this volume was weird.

the Purple Orchestra turned more into ’70s prog lyrically when Moore indulged in his magick. It got a little purple indeed. He would have been better off pastiching Magma lyrics.