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A little Clump of Soul

Ten years ago today saw the English launch of a quirky Japanese puzzler, a sleeper hit that would go down as one of the most endearing, original, and gleefully weird gaming stories of the 2000s: Katamari Damacy. Its fever-dream plot has the record-scratching, Freddie Mercury-esque King of All Cosmos destroy the stars in a drunken fugue, and you, the diminutive Prince, must restore them with the Katamari -- a magical sticky ball that snowballs through cluttered environments, rolling up paperclips, flowerpots, cows, buses, houses, skyscrapers, and continents into new constellations. It also boasts one of the most infectiously joyous soundtracks of all time -- an eccentric, richly produced, and incredibly catchy blend of funk, salsa, bossa nova, experimental electronica, J-Pop, swing, lounge, bamboo flute, hair metal, buoyant parade music, soaring children's choirs, Macintalk fanfares, and the finest theme song this side of Super Mario Bros. Called a consumerist critique by sculptor-turned-developer Keita Takahashi (who after one sequel moved on to Glitch, the supremely odd Noby Noby Boy, and playground design), the series has inspired much celebration and thought [2, 3] on its way from budget bin to MoMA exhibit. Look inside for essays, artwork, comics, lyrics, more music, hopes, dreams... my, the internet really is full of things. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Sep 21, 2014 - 68 comments

By the creek I heard a voice: O woe, O woe, I had no choice

The hole the fox did make, a comic by Emily Carroll. [more inside]
posted by zeptoweasel on Jul 2, 2014 - 11 comments

"I create forms and ideas, but I'm not responsible for them."

In Search of Moebius [SLYT]
posted by Fizz on Jul 2, 2014 - 8 comments

Scarf

"Scarf" - a wordless wintry comic by Emmy Cicierega
posted by overeducated_alligator on Dec 14, 2013 - 29 comments

Don't Force Symbolism

How to Look at Art. An illustration and post by Incidental Comics' Grant Snider. Previously.
posted by Apropos of Something on Oct 17, 2013 - 15 comments

I have never been a very sound sleeper...

The Moon is Rolling in Her Grave is a video adaptation of the first chapter of the ongoing (since 2003) comic series "No Rest For The Wicked" by Andrea L. Peterson, a fantasy / adventure / horror tale that takes traditional fairytales and turns them on their heads: "Ms. Peterson uses, in conjunction with several more popular fables, folktales that you may have never even heard of. The entire plot actually centers around a little known Grimm fairytale called 'The Buried Moon', while also making reference to 'Red Riding Hood', 'Hansel & Gretel', 'The Girl Without Hands', 'The Boy Who Went Forth and Learned What Fear Was', and many MANY others." [more inside]
posted by taz on Jul 7, 2013 - 3 comments

Battletechs and Battlemechs and Things That Go

Mechs done in the style of Richard Scarry by comics artist Evan Palmer.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Jun 17, 2013 - 12 comments

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Batman 1972 Coming Soon
posted by nooneyouknow on Jun 1, 2013 - 33 comments

S is for Spoiler, so you are thus warned

George R. R. Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire meets Edward Gorey
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 24, 2013 - 33 comments

I'm not a kid, I'M A SHARK

Nimona is the shape-shifting, hell-raising sidekick to Ballister Blackheart, the biggest name in supervilliany. [more inside]
posted by mokin on Dec 27, 2012 - 25 comments

"it's not my existence that is the problem here"

Dr. Carmella's Guide to Understanding the Introverted! drawn by Schroeder Veidt. See also Explaining the Transgender Experience (made after this first attempt) and Circles of Acceptance (in easy-to-read cartoon form). [more inside]
posted by flex on Dec 3, 2012 - 166 comments

Recurring Character time

Draw Me In is comic fan Jeff's quest to be a background extra in various comic series - perhaps as ubiquitous as the mystery hipster cops?
posted by divabat on Aug 7, 2012 - 11 comments

Sometimes it isn’t about being saved, it’s about finding a friend

Counting Stars is a powerful and touching comic from artist Katie O’Neill, which looks at loneliness, wishes, and what we might really need more than a white knight to come along and rescue us. [more inside]
posted by quin on Mar 5, 2012 - 11 comments

Bed Dug! Bed Dug!

"Rescue Pet" a comic about the effects of horrible mutating mimic blobs on a strained romantic relationship.
posted by The Whelk on Feb 21, 2012 - 14 comments

hip-hop family tree comix

The Hip-Hop Family Tree: A Look Into the Viral Propagation of a Culture (part two, part three) is a "semi-regular, ongoing feature" currently running in the comic Brain Rot by Ed Piskor. (Ed Piskor and Wizzywig Comics previously on MeFi)
posted by flex on Jan 25, 2012 - 16 comments

Journalism is just a gun. Aim it right, and you can blow a kneecap off the world.

In this time of corrupt politics, police brutality, media dereliction, and increasingly vicious culture wars, there's perhaps no graphic novel more relevant today than the brilliant and blackly funny Transmetropolitan. Created by Warren Ellis back in 1997 and inspired by prescient sci fi novel Bug Jack Barron, the series covers the work of gonzo journalist, vulgar misanthrope, and all-around magnificent bastard Spider Jerusalem in a sprawling futuristic vision of New York so chaotically advanced that humans splice genes with alien refugees, matter decompilers are as common as microwaves, and a new religion is invented every hour. As a callous Nixonian thug nicknamed The Beast prepares for his re-election to the presidency, a primary battle heats up between a virulent racist and a charismatic senator whose rictus grin masks some disturbing realities. When Jerusalem delves into the machinations of the race, he breaks into a web of conspiracies that threaten the future of the country -- a problem only he, his "filthy assistants," and the power of intrepid journalism can defeat. More: Read the first issue (or three) - browse images from the new artbook - Tor's read-along blog (another) - Jerusalem's touching report on cryogenic "Revivals" - dozens of original sketches and sample pages - timeline - quotes
posted by Rhaomi on Dec 17, 2011 - 55 comments

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Nerd cats. Nerd Bastards. Nerd Armada. And the (very NSFW!) Bourgeois Nerd.
posted by misha on Sep 28, 2011 - 27 comments

The Cartoon Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything

Larry Gonick is a veteran American cartoonist best known for his delightful comic-book guides to science and history, many of which have previews online. Chief among them is his long-running Cartoon History of the Universe (later The Cartoon History of the Modern World), a sprawling multi-volume opus documenting everything from the Big Bang to the Bush administration. Published over the course of three decades, it takes a truly global view -- its time-traveling Professor thoroughly explores not only familiar topics like Rome and World War II but the oft-neglected stories of Asia and Africa, blending caricature and myth with careful scholarship (cited by fun illustrated bibliographies) and tackling even the most obscure events with intelligence and wit. This savvy satire carried over to Gonick's Zinn-by-way-of-Pogo chronicle The Cartoon History of the United States, along with a bevy of Cartoon Guides to other topics, including Genetics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, The Environment, and (yes!) Sex. Gonick has also maintained a few sideprojects, such as a webcomic look at Chinese invention, assorted math comics (previously), the Muse magazine mainstay Kokopelli & Co. (featuring the shenanigans of his "New Muses"), and more. See also these lengthy interview snippets, linked previously. Want more? Amazon links to the complete oeuvre inside! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jun 6, 2011 - 29 comments

One-Man Show

Louis C.K. has what most artists dream of: total creative control over his show.
posted by reenum on May 16, 2011 - 45 comments

Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you!

The First Four (Harry Potter) Books: Illustrated by Lucy Knisley [Previously] Contains Spoilers
posted by Fizz on May 12, 2011 - 20 comments

Copying is an act of love. Please copy and share.

Mimi & Eunice is a comic by artist Nina Paley (who you may remember as the artist behind Sita Sings the Blues). The comic touches on Free Culture, artistic struggles, internet drama and of course poop.
posted by DU on May 3, 2011 - 21 comments

Nothing is Forgotten

Nothing is Forgotten, a lovely little wordless comic about loss, fear, kindness, and memory.
posted by Gator on Jan 4, 2011 - 39 comments

Cat Rackham, I choose you!

PORTRAIT-DEX! Cartoonists create Pokémon self-portraits, with all three evolved forms. Featuring, among other fine artists, Scott Kurtz (PVP), Box Brown (Everything Dies, Bellen!), Anthony Clark (Nedroid), Aaron Diaz (Dresden Codak), and Steve Wolfhard (Cat Rackham), who also runs the project.
posted by Gator on Oct 27, 2010 - 13 comments

It's A Dog's Life

Caring about something is about taking the pain and the joy. The pain is hard. Taking the pain, facing it, dealing with it are the ways I think we can show we really care. That we know we care. --Bob, the story of a dog.
posted by Gator on Sep 18, 2010 - 16 comments

Monster Commute

Monster Commute: A webcomic about the hell that is driving to work in the cute Orwellian steampunk monster-infested mirror universe of Monstru. [more inside]
posted by Gator on Aug 14, 2010 - 2 comments

Cover Art From International Editions Of "Planet Of the Apes" Comics.

Get your hands off me, you damn, dirty macaco!
posted by grumblebee on Jun 15, 2010 - 6 comments

The Best Webcomic No One Reads

After a long and terrifying absence, the webcomic NOBODY SCORES! Returns! Reacquaint yourself with BBolt's style with home decor, internets!, origin stories, police states, Kittn 2.0, SPACESHIPS, Scott McCloud, Art, Wishes, Alternate Universes, Government Slash Fic, Time Travel , Class Struggle, True Love, Cartoonists!, Social Media, MEN, cuddle-ness, Augmented Reality , snorgling, Rule 34 ,and more
posted by The Whelk on May 25, 2010 - 21 comments

Que Bello Dia Maestro!

"Fabulas Panicas" (Panic Fables). Filmmaker and frequent Moebius collaborator Alexandro Jodorwsky, had his own trippy newspaper comic in the 60s .(previous Jodorwsky and Moebius).
posted by The Whelk on Apr 1, 2010 - 5 comments

Heaven All Day

Heaven All Day, a minimalist but evocative long-form comic. [via mefi projects]
posted by killdevil on Mar 31, 2010 - 18 comments

Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name

Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name is a 'sugarcoated horror' webcomic that's wonderfully illustrated and typeset.
posted by flatluigi on Feb 9, 2010 - 19 comments

We Have a Gang of Dinosaurs to Kill

Axe Cop! A comic written by a 5-year-old boy and illustrated by his 29-year-old brother.
posted by Solon and Thanks on Jan 27, 2010 - 90 comments

Marie Severin, First Lady of the Silver Age

Starting her comics career as a colorist, Marie Severin was largely responsible for the distinctive color palette of EC Comics, where her brother Johnny Severin also worked. She later worked in the Marvel Bullpen, drawing just about everything, including many well loved staff caricatures. She turned 80 this year; here are a few of her Marvel covers from the 60s and 70s.
posted by interrobang on Nov 30, 2009 - 18 comments

Stardate, uh, One

King of an Endless Sky is a new graphic story by Teetering Bulb, AKA Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon. A new page every Thursday, published at Tor.com. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Sep 17, 2009 - 11 comments

Not the princess you're expecting

The Art of Jeffery Thomas [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Sep 12, 2009 - 11 comments

Assuming bullets sell in Somalia for USD 0.75

The Adventures Of A Would Be Arms Dealer (PDF) is an eight-page comic illustrating how an illegal arms deal works in practice. Via.
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Jul 28, 2009 - 16 comments

Tales of the New Frontier - JFK Comics!

Tales of the New Frontier - Adventures in a mythical 1960's Kennedy administration. Comics by Todd Ramsell.
posted by Ufez Jones on May 29, 2009 - 7 comments

Comic book grammatical and aesthetic traditions

Comic book lettering has some grammatical and aesthetic traditions that are quite unique. What follows is a list that every letterer eventually commits to his/her own mental reference file.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 3, 2009 - 36 comments

Anything you want, for $2

Webcomic artist D.J. Coffman offers to draw anything you want for $2 apiece.
posted by divabat on Jul 23, 2008 - 42 comments

JR Williams

J.R. Williams is a prolific comics artist with a distinctive visual style 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. He is fond of fanciful takes on pop culture icons like Quisp and Yogi Bear, as well as more ribald characterizations like Polly Purebred and Jane Jetson (NSFW) More recently he has branched out into abstraction, which might be characterized as psychedelic pictographs.
posted by Tube on Jul 5, 2008 - 4 comments

The Hole in the Wall on Top Shelf!

The Hole in the Wall [via mefi projects] is our own interrobang's surrealistic cat story now being serialized at Top Shelf Comics as part of their new Webcomics section, and it's definitely something special - pen & ink & watercolor adventures of two cats exploring a mysterious and dangerous underground landscape. More comics like this will be posted there depending on the popularity of this one, so if you love art, great comics, or cats, you will want to check it out. This was a part of interrobang's Year in Comics project, so if you fall in love with the Hole in the Wall kittehs (you will!), go have look at his other stuff, as well.
posted by taz on May 23, 2008 - 30 comments

Draw Yourself as a Teenager

Draw yourself as a teenager. WARNING: LIVEJOURNAL! Link via laughing squid
posted by serazin on May 6, 2008 - 38 comments

Poem as Comic Strip

Poetry's turn to go graphic. The Poetry Foundation has invited a few graphic novelists to illustrate poems from its archive. Via.
posted by Miko on Feb 18, 2008 - 32 comments

Cyclops!!

Cyclops! A fun little comic to make your Monday better.
From Flight Issue 4 and Israel Sanchez (another comic; some illustrations)
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Nov 12, 2007 - 19 comments

The Superset

The Superset: Who is the superest hero of them all.
posted by chunking express on Oct 23, 2007 - 38 comments

Maurice Sendak on acid

The bizarre art of Christopher Uminga. Eerie, Cute and simultaneously freaky. Bonus points for the awesome rendering of one of the best Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes ever, Hush. Here is a link to the whole gallery.
posted by sneakin on Aug 27, 2007 - 21 comments

JOE PULLED A DIAMOND OUT OF HIS BREAKFAST

Perfect Stars is pretty damn beautiful
posted by es_de_bah on Jun 26, 2007 - 15 comments

manga review of da Vinci's "Annunciation"

Painter and comic artist Jun-Pierre Shiozawa visited the Tokyo National Museum recently to view da Vinci's Annunciata which created protests in Italy when the Uffizi Gallery lent this artwork to Japan. Shiozawa then created a fantastic "manga review" of the experience for Tokyo Art Beat's TABlog. You can see the steps Shiozawa made to create his manga review on Shiozawa's Flickr account or blog.
posted by gen on Jun 10, 2007 - 9 comments

Dr. Seuss meets Final Fantasy plots

Rice Boy ~ a web comic. [updates log] [via] [no relation as far as I can see]
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posted by grobstein on May 17, 2007 - 14 comments

Carson's Cartooning Curriculum

Comic Strip Artist's Kit Carson Van Osten's tips for cartoonists and animators, scanned huge for easy printout.
posted by klangklangston on Jan 11, 2007 - 13 comments

4x6 Comic Art

Inspired by a convention in 1999, First Day covers, and his grandfather's autograph collection, Jeremy Adolphson sends off 4x6 index cards to various artists with return postage, hoping for a doodle. 5 years on, he has sixty-five galleries (some NSFW) worth of art to share.
posted by divabat on Aug 29, 2006 - 9 comments

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