"British comics go through peaks and troughs, and currently we’re in a peaky bit. In the mental graph I’m going to attempt to construct in your head, the x-axis begins around 1977 and the y-axis is the amount of interesting stuff happening. Up, down, up, down. Imagine at the moment that we are up." -- Hayley Campbell on "why we're banging on about comics so much"
, as The New Statesman holds a week of British comics blogging
. [more inside]
You better watch out. My dad's a superhero
! A short and sweet story from artist Jon Laing
The Hawkeye Initiative
Hawkeye drawn in some "classic" comic poses.
may remember best about Bazooka
, however, is disappearing. The tiny comic strip
featuring the eyepatch-wearing brand mascot Bazooka Joe
that has been wrapped around each piece of gum
since 1953 is being replaced
Belts, boots, collars, gauntlets and flared, flared shoulders
, a treasure trove of Dave Cockrum art, the artist who made the X-Men
popular, all from 1975 to 1985.
Spain Rodriguez Fought the Good Fight
- underground comics artist Spain Rodriguez
, most famous for his violent antihero Trashman
, passed away yesterday.
Jack Kirby Double-Page Spreads.
A flickr set of double-splash-page spreads by the King of Comics.
is a short, sad and beautiful comic about family and acceptance. From Sam Alden's art blog, GINGERLAND
! Be moved by his brief-yet-poignant award-winning animated film The Right Time
. Be charmed by his commissioned portraits of couples and
. Be inspired by his loose and fresh superheroes (Batman
)! And it wouldn't be Tumblr without an appearance by Sherlock Holmes
(not that one).
Hellblazer, the DC/Vertigo comic starring Alan Moore created occult investigator John Constantine, is being cancelled at issue #300
to make way for a new comic set in DC's New 52 universe. Hellblazer was DC's longest running continuously numbered comic
and it's cancelation marks the last of the DC Comics characters with Vertigo titles being taken back into the mainstream DC universe (previously
). Vertigo was originally an imprint for mature readers occult themed titles and creator owned work, though it has changed over the years with an adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo becoming the first Vertigo to receive TV advertising
"I’ve since discovered that dropping in on Steve Ditko unannounced is a pretty common practice. That does’t make me feel any better. I felt gross for having invaded someone’s privacy – there is zero excuse – but the fact that people do this as a sort of known event is even worse. I haven’t pulled that on Ditko since and I never will, but I suppose we’re all free to disrupt the man just to satiate our curiosity, or “just cuz”, as if he were a landmark attraction and not a person." -- On Ditko's eightyfifth birthday, cartoonist Michael Fiffe talks about Steve Ditko
, the influence Ditko has had on his own comics and the incredibly gracious way in which he corresponded with him as a young clueless fan.
A family friend, Susi, just turned 90. Since I’m home in Oregon, I attended the B-Day party. Her Jewish family got out of Germany in ’39 and she found herself a teenager in the US. Got an education, got married, raised a family. She was — is — an artist, and she ended up teaching. But she worked as a gag strip cartoonist in New York, from ’46 to ’50. I’m interested in the history of comics, so she loaned me a rather large file box (which I am being very careful with!) Lots of old clippings, old battered bristol board with typed captions taped on. Neat!
In the 1952 presidential race, The Crimson
decided neither General Dwight D. Eisenhower nor Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson were good enough to endorse, so the paper went for a certain possum from Okefenokee Swamp: Pogo
. Buttons were made, campaign was waged and Pogo's creator, Walt Kelly was invited to give a speech. When he was delayed coming in to Harvard from the airport, riots broke out
. [more inside]
It was the last few weeks before I left 2000AD and I was looking forward to starting work on my next creation: Misty. I took the title from the film, Play Misty For Me and my plan was to use my 2000AD approach on a girls’ comic: big visuals and longer, more sophisticated stories with the emphasis on the supernatural and horror.
Pat Mills on the creation
, a comic full of "pacts with the devil, schoolgirl sacrifice, the ghosts of hanged girls, sinister cults, evil scientists experimenting on the innocent and terrifying parallel worlds where the Nazis won the Second World War." The Guardian's Jacqueline Rayner recalls Jinty, Tammy, Misty and the golden age of girls' comics
"That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons It’s clobberin’ time." Comics blogger Mike Sterling re-imagines the Fantastic Four in a Halloween mood
Mike's Amazing World of Comics
has a section called The Newsstand that lets you select a year/date/publisher and then view a collection of cover images from that time period. [more inside]
Photographer Senen Llanos likes profiles and costumes, so why not combine them both with The Faces Of New York Comic Con
2012 Part 2
RL Book 1
is the first part of a comics series from cartoonist Tom Hart
, in which he talks about the death of his two year old daughter in November last year
and how he and his wife, fellow cartoonist Leela Corman
, are trying to deal with their loss. Somewhat sad, as you might expect.
"Based in Brisbane, Australia, Stuart uses the medium of comics to explore serious issues with a unique perspective and a sense of fun." - War on Drugs
, and even more
"From off the streets of Cleveland" goes the tagline for American Splendor
, but in fact, from 1972 to the end of his life, Harvey Pekar lived in nearby Cleveland Heights. Much of that time was spent inside the Cleveland Heights Library.
On October 14, a memorial and statue honoring Harvey Pekar's work will be dedicated
inside the library, "Harvey's first love and second home
". [more inside]
Comics critics groupblog The Hooded Utilitarian
("a pundit in every panopticon") turned five in September and to celebrate ran a month long festival of hate
, "in which contributors will write about what they believe is the worst comic ever — or the most overrated, or the one they personally hate the most, as the case may be." [more inside]
Breaking Bad dialogue via the jarring yet oddly fitting medium of Calvin & Hobbes strips.
Clayton Hanson takes dialogue from Breaking Bad episodes and inserts them into Calvin & Hobbes strips. He's done all the seasons to date. In a recent interview with the Washington City Paper
, he talked more about his inspiration, his process, and his lawyer.
(Calvin & Hobbes & Copyright previously on the grey
Ever wondered what the physical production of a minicomic or zine is like? Jim Rugg provides a guided tour
Life's actual supervillains
....if they were enshrined in comic book form, of course.
"You are a cat.
You don’t know your name, or where you are, or how you got there. You are sitting on a pile of clothes that smell familiar, and the room around you is quiet and dark." So begins A Stray In The Woods
, an online collaborate comic/illustrated interactive fiction about being an amnesic cat. Take control of the story by suggesting things for the cat to do
. [via mefi projects
Mr. A debuted in 1967, in the third issue of Witzend, a collection of more artistically fulfilling side projects by mainstream comics professionals led by Wally Wood. In his very first panel, the Objectivist hero addresses his readers directly, stating his case that in moral life, there are no shades of gray, only evil or good, black or white. The hero stares at us, blank, emotionless. There’s a montage around him showing that his calm face is actually a metal mask, and that evil is truly disgusting. At the story’s end, Mr. A. beats up a nasty juvenile delinquent, ironically named Angel, and then allows the kid to fall to his death from a city rooftop.
- Pat Barrett [more inside]
After a very successful Kickstarter campaign
Dave Sim had started work on republishing the entire Cerebus
series, starting with High Society
as high quality digital comics, including all the ephemeral content left out of earlier reprints. And then a fire happened which destroyed a lot of the Cerebus negatives
, which, combined with the end through low sales of his latest project left Dave Sim pondering the end of his cartoonist career
. But there's hope, as Fantagraphics bigwig Kim Thompson offered to help
. [more inside]
: The seminal webcomic twisted into terrible political cartoons. It was something that just had to be.
Edgy Comics Bingo
(NSFW, rape references.) [via]
is a podcast in which comics writer and former Rock Paper Shotgun journalist Kieron Gillen (X-Men, Thor, Phonogram
) talks to artists and writers about the process involved in writing a single issue of a comic. Decompressed 6
broke format and is instead a discussion with Mark Waid
and Matt Fraction
about scripting comics using the "Marvel Method"
, or "plot first" - in which the artist draws the comic from a story outline and dialogue is added later, rather than the writer supplying a panel by panel script. For a while out of favour even at Marvel, the method is seeing a resurgance. The podcast page contains visual aids, and embedded version of the podcast, the script of DEFENDERS #9 complete with B&W art and additional links, including links to Warren Ellis’ 3-part tutorial on writing comics (1
). Jamie McKelvie
and a vultue put in guest appearances. Further example comicbook scripts are available at the Comic Book Script Archive
Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book maxi-series published in 1985 and 1986 in which DC Comics condensed their multiverse into a single universe, thus "simplifying" and "improving" it. Whether they succeeded in that goal is a good question, and one I shan't address. Crisis is, however, incredibly important to understanding DC continuity, as well as being possibly the most significant crossover series of all time.
A tale of science gone mad, global conspiracies, and the dangers of hubris. Drake, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye, Weezy, Birdman, Noah Shebib, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj in: Hottest Chick in the Game
, a comic by Sean T. Collins
, and Andrew White