ComicsFilter (but bear with me): Frank Miller & Jim Lee will be the writer and artist, respectively, of All-Star Batman and Robin
, a new miniseries intended to make the characters simple, interesting, and easy to follow after decades of backstory. Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely were announced to be doing the same thing on All-Star Superman
, and any comics fan will tell you that these four guys are some of the best in the entire field. Between these two projects, DC Comics
most likely has the top-selling books in the tiny comics industry sewn up for most of 2005, which is reason enough to publish them.
But there's also a question for non-comics readers here at MeFi: DC are really doing this for you. They want new readers (best-selling comics are lucky to top 150,000 copies these days), and they think publishing accessible comic books linked to the release of large movies (The Christopher Nolan film Batman Begins
, based in part on Frank Miller's Batman: Year One
, will be released roughly alongside All-Star Batman & Robin
) is the way to do it. But is there a snowball's chance in hell you'd read something like this? Would your kids, if you have them, be interested, do you think? (Frank Miller, it bears noting, is also the creator and co-director of Sin City
, a film you might've seen a preview for recently -- truly insane cast.)
posted by logovisual
on Jan 5, 2005 -
If you have a cat,
you'll recognize many of these immediately. Although some of them are availiable in a book
, many of these have only appeared in the comic so far
. Luckily, someone with far more spare time than I have has collected them for our enjoyment.
posted by ChrisR
on Jan 5, 2005 -
Will Eisner Dies at age 86
The father of the modern Graphic Novel and hugely influential comics figure has died today from heart surgery complications. His concept of Sequential Art
helped move comics out of the idea of being solely "kid's stuff" and was seen as a cannon in the comic art world.
He was working on a book called "The Plot" due out later this year. He will be missed. More info and Eisner Bio at Newsarama
posted by Jeffy
on Jan 4, 2005 -
72 page comic in 72 hours.
Ryan Estrada has decided that for New Year's he is going to spend 72 hours creating a 72 page comic book. His site is complete with hourly updates of page count and his sanity level. And I thought the 24 Hour Comic
posted by fizz-ed
on Jan 1, 2005 -
''The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker" (Reviewed by Walter Kirn)
"Of more than 68,000 pieces of art that could have been included in its pages, only about 2,000 have been printed on paper, while the rest are reproduced on two CD's attached to the inside of the front cover." I gotta git me one a 'em. Kirn also says "a fool who can laugh at his folly is not a fool but something rarer and finer: a self-ironist." [New York Times, wants registration.]
posted by davy
on Dec 26, 2004 -
, maverick comic book auteur, has plied his pen on such notable series as Madman
, The Atomics
, Red Rocket 7
, and *ahem* X-Force
Now, Allred, a long time member of the Church of Latter Day Saints
, has turned his attention to The Golden Plates
, a 12 volume adaptation of the Book of Mormon
(earlier discussion waaaay back here
), God's revelation to Joseph Smith
. Pick up a copy at your local comic book store or Mormon book store, crank up Low
's Secret Name
, and geek out, Mormon-style.
posted by mikrophon
on Nov 11, 2004 -
I hate mondays. I love lasagna. I like naps. I hate Odie. I bet anyone of you people is funnier than Jim Davis' Garfield. Here's your chance.
posted by elwoodwiles
on Oct 21, 2004 -
Bush Junta: A Field Guide to Corruption in Government
- A substantial visual document (200 pages of comics from Fantagraphics, fact-checked with an extensive bibliography; the link goes to a number of sample pages) on the Bush Dynasty, from its beginnings benefitting off of Hitler and WW2 (that entire piece, which is printed in english, is posted in its original dutch online here
), to the Bush's connection to Reagan's assassination, CIA and Iran-Contra, ending with the unsettling origins and profiles of the current administration. A great election primer, featuring comics and art by Steve Brodner, Ralph Steadman, Spain Rodriguez and many others. (Amazon link
provided for a better description)
posted by Peter H
on Oct 11, 2004 -
"So, during the run of The Judas Contract
, Dick Grayson
's new crimefighting identity was established. Nightwing
was born. Though neither Marv
nor I were originally crazy about his new name, in the long run, it seems to have won the fans' hearts. Those who considered themselves Robin
-Rooters have proudly followed Dick's new career as avid Wingnuts
Has it really been 20 years
since Dick Grayson stopped being a sidekick? Happy belated birthday Nightwing!
posted by WolfDaddy
on Sep 22, 2004 -
is a movie of questionable legality released in India in the mid eighties. Perhaps it should have had a wider release since it has a great deal of humorous appeal for Western audiences. Check out this review
from Stomp Tokyo. I'm looking forward to a crossover when Indian Superman meets Indian Spider-Man
. via Sepia Mutiny
posted by rks404
on Aug 17, 2004 -
Marvel Universe looks almost like a real social network:
"We investigate the structure of the Marvel Universe collaboration network, where two Marvel characters are considered linked if they jointly appear in the same Marvel comic book. We show that this network is clearly not a random network, and that it has most, but not all, characteristics of 'real-life' collaboration networks, such as movie actors or scientific collaboration networks. The study of this artificial universe that tries to look like a real one, helps to understand that there are underlying principles that make real-life networks have definite characteristics." [Some jargon, but on the whole very readable]
posted by Johnny Assay
on Aug 11, 2004 -
Scott Kurtz throws down the gauntlet.
The mighty creator of PvP
offers any newspaper the opportunity to include his fine and funny comic strip on their comics pages absolutely FREE OF CHARGE,
, thus totally destroying the aging and now ineffective syndicated cartoon business model. Check out his theory on why the syndicates are goin' down, soon, and the background behind his decision to challenge them on their home turf.
posted by zoogleplex
on Aug 2, 2004 -
, a 44-page comic strip by Jason Shiga, the protagonist is trapped within a telephone booth sealed in concrete. Can he escape using what few resources are available to him?
posted by LinusMines
on Jul 23, 2004 -
: aside from being an award winning comic-book artist (his New Mutants stint is my particular favorite), has also done some amazing film, televison and graphic work.
posted by signal
on Jul 7, 2004 -