Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Thanks to my good friend Dave for reminding me what a great comic Achewood is. With a guest appearance from the man with the greatest name in history.

J.K.


Steve Gerber 1947 – 2008

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The co-creator and writer of Howard the Duck died a few days ago. SamuraiFrog has an excellent tribute;

Of course, he’s best known for writing Howard the Duck, and it takes a certain kind of comic book fan (usually an older one) to understand what that means and why it’s a good thing. To anyone who hasn’t read the wonderful comic book, understood its anger and its satire and its disgust over things political and social in the 1970s, it’s just a movie that bombed. Which is wrong. It’s much, much more. Hell, when Marvel started its adults-only Max line, I thought the only reason for it to exist was for Steve Gerber to finally come in and finish Howard the Duck. Which he did. Brilliantly.

RIP.

J.K.


‘Tis Himself

This guy is slick.

My friend Conor saw him play in Dublin about a year or so ago. Conor bought me a few of his comics (which he was selling at the gig). I’m big into my comics (as anyone familiar with my humble blog will know) and Jeffry’s were really slick. They detailed, amongst other things, his travels about Europe.

A few months later I saw this really slick video on 120 Minutes (MTV2 Europe) and loved it, but didn’t make the connection for quite a while. A short while after seeing the video I got my hands on his album City and Eastern Songs (from which this track is taken), and I really took to it.

This guy is slick I tells ya! SLICK!

J.K.


So, how do you like your eggs in the morning?

Let me count the ways…

J.K.


Wanna Have An Adventure?

This is exactly what happened to me at work yesterday.

Somebody help me!

J.K.


Compiling!

Genius.

J.K.


Science has been cancelled…

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…because your parents prefer to believe in magic. Big Fat Whale (with thanks to Leo).

J.K.


That’s right, a fucking helicopter

People playing chess on roller coasters

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US MSM



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US Foreign Policy

TMan

From here via here.

J.K.


Hobby

This one reminds me of a game I invented for myself in order to reduce the boredom of traveling on buses.

J.K.


The Quantum Cheneyverse

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Oil Might Be A Factor

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Truth Justice The American Way

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The Mottled Light

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Snake Charming

I’ve been taking it easy for the last few days. Exhausted, depressed, stressed, etc.

J.K.


Middle East Envoy

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Chris Ware

Chris Ware is the modern master of comics. His work has squared the comic / narrative circle. The Gordian knot untied. Comic’s essence distilled. Storyteller par excellence. Etc.

The image above is from the first issue of the ACME Novelty Library. The series occupies one of the high points of modern western art and literature.

J.K.


David Mazzucchelli

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David Mazzucchelli spent an all too brief period in mainstream superhero comics, but definitely made a big impression. He worked on Daredevil (working with writers like Denny O’Neil and Frank Miller) and Batman (again working with Frank Miller) before eventually leaving mainstream comics altogether to publish his own anthology comic entitled Rubber Blanket.

“My education in comics almost goes sort of backwards and laterally. I grew up with a certain thing, and that’s what I came to comics with, which would have been the comics of the 60’s, and then sort of crept back into, Well, what were people doing right before then? Who was the influence on this person, who was the influence on that person? and back that way. So by the time I was doing Batman I was very interested in Chester Gould and Hergé, and Alex Toth. And the Angel story [in Marvel Fanfare #40] definitely had more of a Kurtzman… I mean, it looks nothing like Kurtzman, but I was thinking about a certain simplicity of shape, a certain kind of expressiveness.”

The image is the cover of Marvel Fanfare 40 (the Angel story mentioned above) which is a favourite of mine. I was hoping to post some of the story art, but the cover was all I could find. It’s a simple tale; Warren Worthington III (Angel) falls from the sky, badly injured from some battle or other, and is found and cared for by an old woman. She is religious, and believes him to be an actual angel, fallen from heaven. While tending to the wounded playboy certain feelings stir within her, feelings she hasn’t experienced for many years. Upon recuperation he leaves, but not before winking cheekily at the old woman who has nursed him back to health. She blushes as he soars off into the sky.

It’s a sweet story but, more importantly, the artwork is absolutely incredible. It has a classical comic book style that, in my opinion, perfectly represents comic’s essential nature (the essence of comics). Visually it’s a tribute. If you ever see it, be sure to buy it.

I miss his work. He is a true modern master.

J.K.


Useless

My favourite xkcd of all.

J.K.


Neal Adams

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Neal Adams is one of the most respected artists in the business. His style was way ahead of it’s time. Way ahead. I remember learning to draw hands by copying his examples (as aspiring artists would in the past copy the works of the Renaissance masters). His run, with Roy Thomas, on the X-Men was mind blowing, and in my opinion was the standout Marvel comic of the time, but sadly it didn’t last very long (the comic was canceled shortly after his run, and reduced to a reprint comic). He also contributed to The Avengers (Kree-Skrull War) and a couple of issues of The Mighty Thor. He moved to DC in the early 70s where he also worked on some of their stand out titles at the time, including, amongst others, Batman and the Green Lantern/Green Arrow series.

But for me, those few X-Men comics are the work I will remember him for the most. He wasn’t as prolific as Kirby, but he was just as influential as Steranko. A truly modern comic book artist.

J.K.


John Buscema

John Buscema (1927 – 2002) was one of the giants of comics. His work was hugely idiosyncratic, and immediately recognisable. John’s influences spanned centuries; his figures resembled familiar Renaissance sculpture, his compositions (of his frames and pages) resembled those found in contemporary cinema.

John was inventive, and innovative, but all the time respectful of the comic book form. He was truely a master, and his run on the Silver Surfer is one of the high water marks in the history of the comic form.

J.K.


I have licked your daughter’s nipples

Did I mention that I think xkcd is the greatest web comic on the planet?

J.K.


More Jim Steranko

I post this reproduction because, in my opinion, it is one of the single greatest pages in the history of comics. Mr. Steranko wrote and drew 3 issues of Captain America (which are among my favourite comics of all-time). Mr. Steranko is more than worthy of two consecutive posts.

J.K.


Jim Steranko

This image is for those many foolish people who actually thought there was anything original about how Frank Miller’s Sin City looked. To appreciate comics one must become familiar with Jim Steranko.

J.K.