I don't think enough people appreciate the comic possibilities of suicide
anymore. (via memepool)
:: Amazing Archive of Vintage Comic Strips
Hey, kids, let's watch a cartoon! May I present The Ship That Never Came In
by Kim Deitch, comix genius. It's a piece with his magnum opus Boulevard of Broken Dreams
. Both, as Time magazine's comix critic Andrew Arnold
notes, focuses on Ted Mishkin, a talented animator whose gifts can never quite overcome his curse. His curse is Waldo, a mischievous cat who walks on his hind legs. Waldo may be a delusion or he may be real, but only Ted can see him.
Wotta concept! More inside ? Fuckin' A !
' Goon Squad
e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
[More Burns links inside.]
] - an exploration of the issues of censorship, dictatorship, human rights and the legacy of the Argentinian "Dirty War
", the 1976-1983 military junta's repression and extermination of dissidents (when 10,000 to 30,000 Argentinians were tortured and "disappeared"). Produced at the Jan van Eyck Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, the project presents striking comics and illustrations made between 2002 and 2005 by contemporary Argentinian artists, as well as text essays on the production of comics and cartoons during the dictatorship era.
For a while now
, Warren Ellis
has been doing web community stunts, such as the 12 hour forum, Scream talking
, The Friday Stunt
& probably a few things I missed, to which you can post links to remind everyone.
Recently he started The Engine
"As comic's creators and fans we spend a very large portion of our lives telling or reading the stories of extraordinary people doing extraordinary things under extraordinary circumstances and at the end of the day, triumphing over evil or adversity. Inkwell intends to take that simple idea and make it a reality
Marvel to finance up to ten new films
— Marvel Entertainment has received a line of credit to produce new superhero films. The characters in the arrangement are Captain America
, The Avengers
, Nick Fury
, Black Panther
, Dr. Strange
, Power Pack
, and Shang-Chi
. "These movies are tentpoles for either summer or the holidays," said Marvel chairman and CEO, Avi Arad
. Right. Because who wouldn't want to see a film about Hawkeye? Or Ant-Man? I can't wait! (Related: how to make a superhero movie that doesn't suck
. My first thought? Have a superhero that doesn't suck.)
The Jack Kirby Museum
opened yesterday on what would have been Kirby's 88th birthday. While just an online museum at this point, it promises to be a great resource for learning about the life
Jack "The King"
Kirby made to comic book culture. Largely under-credited for his role
in co-creating many of Marvel's characters during the Silver Age of comics, his career spanned over 50 years.
Largely from The Jack Kirby Weblog, natch!
": a scan of the classic Gaiman/McKean Hellblazer
Comic Strip Generator.
Slovene/English dual language site [Flash] that allows you to generate your own comics
from a pregenerated set of people and objects. You can also view other people's creations
The Boardroom Bunch
- web comic dedicated to the titans of american industry. (related )
"Can Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North save America from an Orwellian nightmare of ultra-leftist oppression?"
In the first term of President Chelsea Clinton and Vice-President Michael Moore, Usama bin Laden, Afghanistan's ambassador to the United Nations, is hatching a nefarious plot. Only three men are brave enough to stand up to bin Laden and his liberal cronies. Silenced in mainstream discourse by the "Coulter Laws" of 2007, these radio hosts, through their pirate broadcasts, are telling America the truth about liberals. This comic (synopsis
, preview pages
) will undoubtedly be the most awesomest thing ever. (Via Tom Tomorrow
1997 essay on the myth of artistic inspiration
The Tarquin Engine,
a series of Action Script routines within a Macromedia Flash FLA file, is raising the bar
for infinite canvas
comics. With Tarquin now allowing zoomable comics to sprawl in every direction
, it would seem that technology is finally catching up to the vision
of Scott McCloud
, who coined the phrase in his 2000 book
So BoingBoing recently linked to this fantastic comic book serial from the 60s entitled "This Godless Communism,"
a surprisingly in-depth (and hilariously slanted) history of the rise of the USSR, its leaders, and their philosophies. It's great, but it is far from the only thing on the site, the Authentic History Center
. Just looking at the other comics and cartoons they have, there is a huge amount of ancient political cartoons
, fantastic WWII-military-themed comic strips
(surprisingly good!), and generally awesome period-relevant comic book covers
, some of which link to full comics (Donald Duck's Atom Bomb?!
). There is a collection of embarassing shows of race-sploitation in comics in the 70s
, and the racist toys and artifacts section
would make Archie Bunker blush (Chop Suey Specs!
). Guaranteed to make you wince and chin-stroke simultaneously.
Hey, Soba has a website!
Is what I thought when I finished Joe Sacco's War's End
-- a heartbreakingly frank, lovingly illustrated snapshot of life during the Bosnian War
. Naturally, I had to see this S(h)oba fellow's
work. Of them all, I dig this one
Don't teach braille in my town again, McFadden
- Martin Amis was an early fan of Jeff Lint's
"The Caterer", a Pearl Comic of the mid-seventies. Steve Aylett talks about his biography of the man here
, and Justin Taylor says how much he enjoyed it
"Hulk's movie not so bad! Had innovative directorial style! And Jennifer Connelly!"
a gorgeous comic based on the author's experiences with having a detached retina and going through eye surgery.
"Global Frequency" is out.
Many of you have likely heard of Warren Ellis, a prolific blogger
and decent sci-fi comic writer
. Turns out that WB turned his comic into a TV series, then shelved it before airing. Well, some dedicated souls got the pilot out for all of us. It's available now
via Bit Torrent
and is well worth watching.
Daniel Clowes talks to Terry Gross about his new book ICE HAVEN
in this NPR interview, from June 23rd.
is a free, elegantly designed service that provides RSS feeds for just about every comic with a web presence, allowing you to track updates from the newsreader of your choice. And since it links directly to artists' webpages without copying their images, it neatly sidesteps any pesky copyright issues. Those who prefer a dedicated comic viewing application might want to check out Comictastic
, although some comic creators would prefer you didn't
Monster Magazine Covers!
Quote: "Vintage pulp magazines will be offensive to many people today. They were issued before the current climate of political correctness overtook the country. Themes of many magazines (or at least the covers) are racially insensitive, show violence to women, unsafe and/or promiscuous sex, and negative stereotyping of gays, lesbians, Asians, and almost any group you can imagine."
Legends of the Superheroes!
Starring Batman, Hawkman, Ghetto Man, and Ed McMahon.
The Monster Engine.
Commercial artist Dave Devries
has done some nifty work in comics
and such, but his Monster Engine projects are just damned cool
. Just too bad there aren't more samples.
How Marvel convinced us to cut up our comics “The program destroyed the value of countless Marvel comics of this era, and missing value stamps are the bane of serious Bronze Age collectors.”
¶ I was ten years old and I collected all 100 Series A Marvel Value Stamps
, so I totally grooved on this remarkably comprehensive site. Ironically, the coolest artifacts are the empty collector’s books
, which show off the artwork best, in glorius black & white & red, without the crappy colour printing of the era.
and more. Awesome artist originally from the St. Louis, Missouri area and now living and working in Miami, Florida. In St. Louis, his works adorn the walls of Bailey's Chocolate Bar
. In Florida, go to the Dorsch Gallery
Action Item Man
Commissioner: We need you to put a stop to Dr. Diabolical's nefarious plan! Action Item Man: To fully own this challenge, I'll need to be goal-oriented and results driven!
The History of the Batmobile
"Batman first appeared in May of 1939 in Detective Comics #27, and although the first true Batmobile did not appear for another two years, it has become one of the Dark Knight's best known weapons." (via
is a superhero and is also an ear of corn. He's probably destined to fall for Zea Mays
, who is also corn, and encourages children to invent things
How about a little deus ex machina to lighten up your Tuesday? By now, we all know that Superman is a dick
. Did you also know that he was a crypto fascist
who was not above a little water supply tampering
Apparently, even for superman, being super smart does not make you super wise
RAISING NANCIES : "Their most unexpected attribute was a weird, screeching noise they relentlessly emitted — A cross between a high-pitched belch and the sound produced by rubbing the suface of a balloon!"
Amonia hazed humor from comics artist Howard Cruse
, based on Ernie Bushmiller's
classic, odd, and still-subversive character NANCY
— who it seems for the sake of conversation was herself based on another (real life) Nancy ...(And as long as the subject is Nancy, here's one other related parody and a very addictive dada-like game).
More Photoshop mischief?
After raising a spot of trouble in the British election campaign
, use of that most ubiquitous piece of software may now have landed some egg on Marvel Comics
' face. Or was the offending picture traced
? The answer to that question could have some relevance in the copyright infringement
lawsuit which Spain's less than amused Royal Household
is more than likely to start against Marvel, according to the Spanish press
(First FPP...please have some mercy)
Inside the process,
Francesco Marciuliano, writer for Sally Forth and Medium Large, blogs about the world of comic strip writing. [link via Comics Curmudgeon]
Plasq, a software collective
who have been responsible for a great number
of free and inexpensive audio tools for OSX (the musolomo
realtime software looper being very worthy of note) have created Comic Life
, a really
smooth application that allows anyone with a camera or some drawing skill to create very high quality comics (I am creating one featuring my kid right now.) This is one of those programs that has to be used to be believed. Humbly submitted as software and developers that are best of the web. (via macintouch.
Comics sure suck these days
What is a Foob?
When it comes to juvenile insults, I remember dork, doofus, geek, etc. But this is a new one on me.