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Succumb to King Game.

Brian Maruca and Jim Rugg (Street Angel, The Plain Janes) present Afrodisiac in "She Came from Venus."
posted by kittens for breakfast on Mar 1, 2008 - 5 comments

I like the part where they blow up the planet.

Turning Star Wars Japanese -- Manga Scenes Done Better: StarWars.com writer Pablo Hidalgo explores the differences between the American and Japanese comics adaptations of the original trilogy.
posted by beaucoupkevin on Feb 29, 2008 - 28 comments

The Marvel Assistant Editors' Month

Back in 1983, before crossovers and limited edition covers ruined the industry, Marvel had a really great idea for a special month of comics. [more inside]
posted by GavinR on Feb 23, 2008 - 30 comments

"It will be exquisite, and there will be many corpses."

On the Road of Knives is never-ceasing illustrated carnage... Zak Smith, Shawn Cheng and Nicholas Di Genova alternate drawing a perpetual narrative of monsters killing monsters being fought by monsters.
posted by pokermonk on Feb 22, 2008 - 10 comments

Oh ... You don't wanna look in there.

The sequel to Repo Man will finally arrive next month - in graphic novel form. The script was originally floated by Alex Cox in 1994, but an attempt at filming it was unsuccessful. Now, the comic version, illustrated by Chris Bones, is on its way from Gestalt Comics. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Feb 21, 2008 - 35 comments

paper's hero: bill blackbeard

"Bill Blackbeard is a writer-editor and the founder-director of the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art, a comprehensive collection of comic strips and cartoon art from American newspapers. This major collection, consisting of 2.5 million clippings, tearsheets and comic sections, [spans] the years 1894 to 1996... [more inside]
posted by ethel on Feb 20, 2008 - 3 comments

FreakAngels

FreakAngels. Warren Ellis has a new web-based graphic novel starting today, with art by Paul Duffield.
posted by monju_bosatsu on Feb 15, 2008 - 29 comments

Devil Skin, indeed

Just some cellophane condom wrappers from the 1930 and '40s. Nicely matched with syphilis awareness posters from the same era. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Feb 14, 2008 - 34 comments

Crumbling Paper - old, old comic strips

Crumbling Paper is a collection of old comics. And I mean old, some from the early years of the 20th Century. There are strips from artists such as George Herriman, Rube Goldberg, Basil Wolverton and Gustave Verbeek. It has such strips as Katzenjammer Kids, Little Orphan Annie and Count Screwloose. Warning: Some of these comics feature racial caricatures, as was the unfortunate norm when the strips were drawn. Here is the collector, Steven Stwalley, on Race and Ethnicity in the Early Comics. [via Eddie Campbell]
posted by Kattullus on Feb 3, 2008 - 12 comments

"You stink. God Rocks. I hate you."

Meet the Sheeples. The rehasher of the Dress-Up Jesus magnets (Previously on MeFi) has immortalized his legion of hate-mailers in comic form. Click each to read the actual tête-à-tête. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Jan 30, 2008 - 63 comments

indie comics creators introduce themselves

Comics writer Warren Ellis invited indie comics creators to introduce their work (warning: image intensive page) in his new forum, Whitechapel. With posts from 100+ writers/artists creating everything from free webcomics to traditional books, it's a great source for new reading material.
posted by nerdcore on Jan 18, 2008 - 6 comments

Cheer up, sleepy Jean

James Jean shows how he creates the painted cover for Fables. His blog is full of gorgeous figure studies and sketches that show influences from Lucian Freud and pop/manga design. His eponymous site also includes a broad cross-section of his works: Dive, Tigerlily, and his great recess series.
posted by klangklangston on Jan 14, 2008 - 14 comments

NATE NOTES

"Nate Notes are crazed, obscene or blindingly profound 10x10 images that are born from blood, tears, and relentless toil. Sometimes they are funny. Please laugh at them."
posted by anarcation on Jan 10, 2008 - 27 comments

The Artist Leaves Underground.

No Tourists, No Artists. Tourists at Atlanta's Underground didn't realize they were working with an real live artist, but they were. Tom Richmond, Caricaturist Of The Year for 1998 and 1999, recipient of a Reuben Award in 2003 , one-time comic book creator, and frequent artistic contributor to Mad Magazine (movie parodies, mostly), supported his freelance work for almost 18 years by doing cartoons-for-hire in historic Underground Atlanta. Despite many efforts to "save" it, Underground continues to fade in popularity and the tourist traffic just dwindles on down, leaving folks like Tom no choice but to pack up their paints and leave. Tom's story makes for interesting insight into a job that most of us might take for tourist-trapping huckstery. (via Radical Georgia Moderate)
posted by grabbingsand on Jan 7, 2008 - 14 comments

The Devil (and Joe Quesada) Made Him Do It

Spider-Man and Mary Jane are no more. But what broke up their 20 year long marriage? The stress of being a superhero? An illicit tryst with Ben Riley coming to light? Nope. The Devil made them do it in order to save Aunt May's life. Comic Book Resources has been running a series of interviews with Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada (1, 2, 3, 4, 5pending) who wrote and penned the issue as its normal writer, J. Michael Straczynski (his take here) refused to do so. So that distant howl you've been hearing all week is actually the sound of a thousand comic fans gnashing their teeth and rending their Spidey Underoos. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Jan 4, 2008 - 136 comments

Subtropical sea-louse! It's the Tintinologist

Subtropical sea-louse! It's the Tintinologist, an encyclopedia of Tintin, including such treats as all 195 of Captain Haddock's curses and an interview with Tintin's longtime translators.
posted by Rumple on Jan 1, 2008 - 20 comments

the tighty whiteys are funny

"Zuda takes the Web publishing aspect out of the creators' hands, freeing them up to focus on writing and drawing the story. But to get Zuda to publish your comic, you first have to win a competition..." A major player enters into the fray of web comics publishing, previously populated mostly by independents. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? [more inside]
posted by ZachsMind on Dec 28, 2007 - 47 comments

Ach, those damn 110 year old kids!

The Katzenjammer Kids* are 110 years old this month, the world's longest running comic. Watch 1918's Policy & Pie (pt. 2), rare animation by creator Rudolph Dirks who lost the strip to William Randolph Hearst in a court case. The strip was taken over by Harold H. Knerr, but Dirks retained rights to the characters and produced a rival cartoon under The Captain & the Kids for Pulitzer papers for several decades. Five artists followed Dirks and Knerr creating the strip for Hearst.
posted by madamjujujive on Dec 27, 2007 - 14 comments

Let These Earth Creatures Have Their Fun - For Now!

Invaders from the Ice World is a Silver Age DC Comics story (available here as a PDF in its entirety) about the time living Snowmen who shoot lasers from their eyes came to attack the Earth. Merry Christmas!! (found via I'm Learning To Share)
posted by jonson on Dec 21, 2007 - 10 comments

Annotated Asterix

Typography from the excellent Asterix Annotations. See also.
posted by sushiwiththejury on Dec 20, 2007 - 11 comments

Take your forms wrestled from the void and get the hell out

Wayne White's paintings [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Dec 20, 2007 - 19 comments

The Evolution of the Joker

IGN traces the visual evolution of Batman’s iconic nemesis, the Joker, from his origin in print in 1940 to his newest transformation in Heath Ledger.
posted by inconsequentialist on Dec 17, 2007 - 48 comments

I still say it's basically the A-Team

The Losers Cover Gallery showcases the bold design sense and unique art style of UK comics artist Jock, who also produced much of the interior art for the VERTIGO series. Losely based on a WWII comic of the same name it became a fast paced action caper with a political edge under writer Andy Diggle, and the covers reflect both the themes and the cinematic style of the comic.
posted by Artw on Dec 17, 2007 - 17 comments

50 Answers

50 Answers. Like AskMe, but not helpful, and in comic form.
posted by Rock Steady on Dec 8, 2007 - 33 comments

Take a drag of pot, kid. You ain't chicken are you?

Hooked! Trapped! Teenage Booby Trap! Users Are Losers! Vintage anti-drug comics scanned and posted by Ethan Persoff. Plus dozens of other "Comics with Problems"-- like "Rex Morgan, MD Talks About Your Unborn Child" and "Capt Veedee-O and Ms. Wanda Lust in VD Claptrap."
posted by dersins on Dec 6, 2007 - 15 comments

Today, yesterday's Olbermann, by... Tomorrow

Tom Tomorrow presents Bill O'Reilly's Very Useful Advice for Young People. Also available as read by Keith Olbermann.
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Dec 1, 2007 - 28 comments

You know what Rob Liefeld hates drawing? Feet.

"I would be remiss if I did not mention one of Liefeld’s more brilliant creations, Forearm! His power is that he has FOUR ARMS." The 40 Worst Rob Liefeld Drawings.
posted by beaucoupkevin on Nov 30, 2007 - 102 comments

Marvel Comics goes digital

"Marvel has put the power in the hands of the fans by making thousands of comics—ranging from Golden Age classics to the most recent Marvel masterpieces—available online, including the first 100 issues of FANTASTIC FOUR and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN plus so much more." If Marvel's not your thing, you can always while away untold hours here.
posted by jbickers on Nov 13, 2007 - 36 comments

The human whose name is written in this note shall die.

The manga series "Death Note." The first volume. The adapted anime series, newly arrived on Adult Swim. The Japanese movie trailer. Spoilers: Possible origins. The early press. Interviews with writer Tsugumi Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata. The controversy. The collectibles. The online Death Note. The last volume, finally released in the US and reviewed.
posted by Soup on Nov 12, 2007 - 13 comments

I Accepted the Deadly Challenge of Zarkorr!

38 unreprinted Jack Kirby monster stories. [more inside]
posted by freem on Nov 11, 2007 - 11 comments

I'm the gosh-darn Batman!

Little Batman. Like Batman, but little. He fights crime. He likes bats. Sometimes he misses mom and dad.
posted by piratebowling on Oct 31, 2007 - 40 comments

Imaginary cities, the creatures that live in them, and the hats they wear

"Introducing the new Portable Halo, a device that will revolutionize lies." The art of Swedish illustrator Mattias Adolfsson, strongly recommended for fans of Gahan Wilson. Also check out his Flickr set of fictional cityscapes, sketchbook samples, and the rest of his sprawling real/imaginary world.
posted by jbickers on Oct 29, 2007 - 6 comments

Growing up and living with Crohn's disease

Tom Humberstone's 24hour comic about living with Crohn's disease
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 25, 2007 - 33 comments

WHAM! BIFF! OW!!

Nad Shot
posted by carsonb on Oct 23, 2007 - 32 comments

Amazing Spider-Man: 100,000. Shonen Jump: 250,000

Wired has a nice history of manga in the US available on their website in PDF format. Westerners: remember to read from back to front, or you'll spoil the story for yourself! (Via.)
posted by beaucoupkevin on Oct 23, 2007 - 16 comments

JMW Turner - Broadening the landscape

If you like 'fantasy' art (as opposed to comics :) and you're in DC I'd highly recommend checking out the JMW Turner exhibit at the NGA! [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Oct 20, 2007 - 11 comments

Handmade Rock'N'Roll Patisseries To Die For

Deadlicious is an English language blog from France focusing on weird and kitschy art of all kinds. Online since May, the last few weeks alone have featured vintage monster model kits, Nazi sex paperback covers, lots of crazy comics (including King Kong) and bizarre action magazines, Hammer vampire posters, old motorbike helmets, Japanese plastic toys, UFO zines from the 1950s and 60s, French art from 1910 depicting the year 2000, as well as some pictures of famed Mexican masked wrestler Santo I'd never seen before. Plus there's over 300 more features in the archives.
posted by stinkycheese on Oct 18, 2007 - 9 comments

You should read Gunnerkrigg Court

Gunnerkrigg Court is a lovely and strange webcomic by Tom Siddell. While its scenario bears a passing resemblance to Harry Potter (magic school, main character with a strange destiny, etc.), there's something quite different going on here. Chapter One, for instance, deals with how to get an anthropomorphic shadow back to its forest home, using only a box of discarded robot parts and a young girl's initiative. And that's just the beginning. Need a more trustworthy endorsement than mine? Neil Gaiman likes it.
posted by Lentrohamsanin on Oct 12, 2007 - 19 comments

Not your father's Christian comics

Move over, Jack Chick. Zondervan's gone manga.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Oct 11, 2007 - 38 comments

David Gildersleeve's art

David Gildersleeve is hell of artist, but it's his wordless "boy prints" that really stand out, despite the not so good web interface. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 9, 2007 - 12 comments

Joe Brainard, New York School cartoonist

Did the New York School invent alternative comics? Joe Brainard, more often recognized as an artist and poet in the second-generation New York School, produced several comics in the 1960s, collaborating with Frank O'Hara, John Ashbery, Ron Padgett, Robert Creeley, and many others. This series of blog posts by Gary Sulllivan (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8) examines Brainard's comics in the context of American poetry and underground comics. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Oct 8, 2007 - 13 comments

Four Colour Funnies in the Old Grey Lady

Daniel Clowes, creator of the seminal and controversial comic series Eightball, is currently producing the serial Mister Wonderful for the New York Times Magazine's The Funny Pages. The NYT also presents a slideshow exploring the medium of graphic novelscomics featuring Art Spiegelman, Joe Sacco, Chester Brown, and previous Funny Pages contributors Seth and Chris Ware. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Sep 27, 2007 - 27 comments

Greg Nog was a Host at the Olive Garden

Greg Nog was a Host at the Olive Garden. He has also drawn several other cartoons, and made some other stuff which you may like as well. [more inside]
posted by yhbc on Sep 25, 2007 - 99 comments

Who Is Steve Ditko?

Co-creator of Spider-Man, Steve Ditko is famous for weird, distinctive art, his 1966 departure from Marvel Comics, and granting very few interviews in the course of his decades-spanning career, preferring to let creations such as The Creeper, the Objectivism-inspired Mr. A, and Squirrel Girl speak for him.
Okay, Squirrel Girl not so much.
Jonathan Ross turns the spotlight on the artist in the BBC4 documentary, In Search of Steve Ditko. Did they find him? Well, that's The Question, isn't it?
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Sep 23, 2007 - 26 comments

Viñetas - Spanish comics and illustration blog

Viñetas is a prolific blog from Spain focusing on illustration, vintage comics (sometimes wordless), advertising, humor magazines and other beautiful ephemera, curated by the editor-in-chief of a Spanish comics company. [via Journalista]
posted by mediareport on Sep 21, 2007 - 8 comments

Dostoyevsky & Batman

Dostoyevsky's Crime & Punishment in comic book form. Batman comic book form, to be specific. Via.
posted by jonson on Sep 17, 2007 - 15 comments

Get yer Marvel Universe info right here!

The Official Marvel Character Bios will clue you in on Marvel characters from the obscure to the world famous. To find out about the really, really obscure you have to visit The Appendix to The Handbook of the Marvel Universe, where you can learn about such characters as Glowworm (a.k.a. Race Killer), Thunderhoof (part of Force Four) and human/amoeba hybrid Half-Man.
posted by Kattullus on Sep 15, 2007 - 57 comments

Long-Hand Interviews With Comic Creators

"About five years ago I had the idea of doing hand-written interviews with cartoonists I loved. I took a shot and wrote the top guy I could think of - Robert Crumb! And he wrote back!" Also featuring Joe Matt, Jeffrey Brown, James Kochalka, and Adrian Tomine. [Via Drawn!]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Sep 7, 2007 - 10 comments

James Kochalka's American Elf daily comic

American Elf is a daily diary comic by James Kochalka. The latest strip is always free but the archives are subscription only. He also a musician, his most famous song being Hockey Monkey, and he has number of songs up for free on his site. [via Eddie Campbell who says: "Beginning in 1998 Kochalka took the form of daily strip and imbued it with a life that has been missing from it for a long time. Since then he has made sure his daily round is not finished until a strip is done. Another thing I like about it is the way he carefully avoids any taint of 'continuity'. There is no story here, just the eternal incidentalness of life as it is lived."]
posted by Kattullus on Aug 29, 2007 - 21 comments

"Radical Islamist. Hot new fad on the planet."

The Official Berkeley Breathed Website [warning: ComicSans] announced that the weekly "Opus" comics for August 26th AND September 2nd* "have been withheld from publication by a large number of client newspapers across the country, including Opus' host paper The Washington Post." The reason? Making jokes aout Islam. And just the week before, Opus was thoroughly ridiculing the late Jerry Falwell. BB recommends catching his missing strips in the Salon.com comics section. But it being the Internet, somebody has already found and posted tomorrow's "Opus". Let's hear it for Fatima Struggle!!!
Berkeley Breathed is no stranger to controversy. Even his latest children's book, "Mars Needs Moms", was declared "Politically Incorrect". He is no stranger to me, either, although my last email exchange with him was over 3 years ago and I had nothing to do with this recent interview at MSNBC.com.
*Comic strip trivia: Most newspapers have their Sunday comics printed weeks in advance; that's why Kudzu ran Sunday strips two weeks after the dailies ended when Doug Marlette died.
posted by wendell on Aug 25, 2007 - 48 comments

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