One thing we watched recently was an absolutely fascinating documentary from 1993 about Roy Lichtenstein in which Dave Gibbons posits that the man was a fraud and an art thief.Yeah,that shocked me when I first heard it but bear with Dave and by the end you’ll be agreeing.
You see,before his comics themed comics “masterpieces” Roy was more than a bit shit.And those comic panels he blew up?They were taken from old comics whose artists he didn’t even credit.For shame.
The doc is currently unavailable on the iPlayer but I’d keep a look out in case it comes back.Great stuff.
No huge secret I don’t really like Peter Gross.Where as I love Mike Carey his co-creator on Lucifer and The Unwritten and I love both books,I can think of a dozen artists I rather have than him drawing them,sorry.I believe he belongs to a group of artists who defined the way Vertigo looked in the late 90’s early 2000’s and he just hasn’t grown……Compare him to stablemate Peter Snejbjerg,who has grown so much as an artist and you’ll see what I mean.
Anyhooo…I took a quick glance at his site to find something I like and came up with this,pretty good,I do actually really like this picture but then I do love Lucifer!!
Here’s Nathan Fairbairn’s version of Officer “Shock-Headed” Pete Cheney from the much missed future-science-cop-team of Top Ten.If you aren’t familiar with Top Ten,or any of Alan Moore’s America’s Best Comics
what in gods you really should be.Don’t be put off by the magnitude of weighing through an Alan Moore comic because if ABC proved anything,it’s that the great man is a whole load of fun.His ability to draw to him the best and brightest of highly recognisable or fresh names from the comics medium is astounding and Top Ten is a book which proves that;it’s offshoot mini series Smax is a delight.You should own these books.Now!
This illustration was produced for sketch blog extraordinaire,Comic Twart.If you click through,it’s a bigger gif,could only get tiny one to work here.
So yes,I feel like this too.Top,some very fitting Inks to Hellblazer #213 by Tim Bradstreet,& bottom just a bit of melancholy from Simon Bisley.I have put together some of the best covers & what-not from throughout the years,go check it out,although I’m sure I’ll be posting much more Hellblazer related stuff here over the next few day’s.
I don’t care much what DC’s rational is,all I know is that Hellblazer is the only title I consistently buy & have bought for so,so many years.I read Hellblazer when I’m down,it’s my happy place.
So,cheers for that DC.
Thank You DC!My Only Comics Snob Rant Ever
Rob Liefield has spent the day on twitter trying to garner sympathy from his fans….he’s leaving DC you see..
And I for one could not be happier.I hate comics snobs,never want to be one..but you know,there’s this:Totally ruined one of my most beloved characters,I won’t even begin with the awful art & lack of proportional anatomy.
If you look at all the tweets on Robs feed they are all re-tweets from fans.No re-tweets from the rest of us holding street parties.
This is the 4th time I quit in the last 4 months. This time it will stick.— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) August 22, 2012
Fourth time??Want publicity much?
Anyway,no more this then,Please bring back Grifter though,just not with Rob Liefield at the helm.I hope the other great creators stay on with the titles because they deserve better than to be canned at the whim of an ego maniac.
You really should take a look at this book,it’s a great lesson in short chapter story telling that would belong at home in any Sci-fi/fantasy anthology comic.
A labour of love by Patricio Clarey & Lara Fuentes,Archeologists of Shadows is a stunning title.It’s photo manipulative 3d style art re-defines the word fantasy in relation to comics.You should check out Patricio Clarey’s deviantArt page for more great examples of his work on the comic.
It’s not just amazing art that makes Archeologists of Shadows a great independent buy,the story is very engaging too.We join Baltimo & Alix,two “files” in an bureaucratic nightmare world that enforces mechanization.The couple wish to remain (relatively)human & it’s this longing that drives the story.According to the titular,shadowy Archeologists,the pair may also be the “alter-egos”of the gods mentioned in the “book of references”,but is this true & how does it help them?
Only four hours late!
You should really go & read this on my site.it has previews of all the issues!
lt’s Wednesday once again & if you don’t know that Wednesday is new comic book day,you’re reading the wrong blog.So what will we be checking out this week,I hear no one ask?
As usual I’ll start with DC’s latest releases & first up is Superman #10 & Superman,& his alter ego are having a hard time with their new enemy.
• SUPERMAN’S new foe – the one that can’t be touched – has found a way hurt both The Man of Steel AND Clark Kent!
• Kicking off a major story pitting BATMAN against the most deadly version of the SCARECROW he’s ever seen!
• This isn’t about fear…it’s about TERROR!
“The hero known to the public only as Nite Owl announced his retirement today.”
- No need to wait for the movie to see Spider-Man wrangle the reptilian rage of one of his greatest foes!
- Spider-Man is stuck between two monsters when Morbius the Living Vampire attempts to cure the Lizard and restore Curt Connors.
- Written by:Dan Slott
- Art By:Giuseppi Camuncoli
Over at Image we have Mind The Gap #2 which answers & then poses some important questions!
Mind The Gap #2
Last issue’s THREE cliffhangers are answered here, leading to even more questions surrounding the attack on Elle Peterssen. A new person is introduced, but are they friend or foe? And Elle quickly finds that the situation she is in has rapidly gone from a 10 to 10,000!
The anxiously awaited ongoing mystery deepens as the web of suspects and lies spreads.
I also recommend the first TPB from Images Fatale series;Death Chases Me.
The first arc of Image’s surprise hit is collected just in time for new readers to jump on board with issue 6! Secrets, lies, horror, lust and monsters from the time before time all collide in FATALE: DEATH CHASES ME. In present day, a man meets a woman who he becomes instantly obsessed with, and in the 1950s, this same woman destroys the lives of all those who cross her path, on a quest for… what? ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS best-selling series will leave you craving more!
Written By Ed Brubaker
Art By:Sean Phillips
So go to the site that I co-edit for fancy pop up previews in side the original article.