Saturday, July 25, 2015
Charles Burns, another author whose comics I was first introduced to through the Comic Book Confidential documentary. In that film, he reads a passage from Curse of the Molemen. an interesting riff on 1950s pop artifacts like EC horror comics and B-series movies. The strange yet familiar atmosphere of the drawings and the deceptively simple, layered storyline were mesmerizing and left a deep mark on my imagination. It would take years before I'd finally get a copy of the anthology featuring the adventures of Tony Delmonto ( also known as Big Baby ) and read other stories set on the world of Burns. His comics brought back feelings I hadn't experienced since my early comic book reading days discovering 70's marvel superheroes, getting that same sense of repulse and attraction over such beautiful representations of ugliness.
Little did I know that years later Burns would dig even deeper into his disturbing imagination and bring us dark pearls like Black Hole...
Saturday, July 18, 2015
MY FAVORITE COMICS - I killed Adolf Hitler
Don't let yourself be deceived by the pop culture contraptions. Jason is a genius and his comics are among the very best being done right now. Really, there's no other way for me to put it. Each new comic from this norwegian cartoonist feels like a gold nugget found on the river sands of the comic book market. Classic but fresh; humble yet bold; succint and sophisticated, All at the same time. Jason's comics are never hard on the eyes, they always read smoothly, his storytelling is crystal clear and his characters feel much more human (for antropomorphic animals) than the usual stack of types that populate comics.
Honestly, I could pick any of his other comics to showcase here, they all rank among my favorite readings and never fail to please me, but I'll stick with this one just for the sake of being the first of his books that I read.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Farewell, Comic Related!
It has come to my attention that the site COMIC RELATED has ceased operations. This site was pivotal in getting my webcomic THE MIGHTY ENLIL accessible to a wider audience. Without their support it certainly wouldn't have been the same. I wish Brant Fowler, Chuck Moore and John Wilson (the three co-owners of CR), all the best in their next endeavours.
Saturday, July 04, 2015
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Prosopopus
What's not to like about this bande-dessinnee, the long-lost love child of David Lynch and Walt Disney? Much has been said about comics innability to genuinely scare but this is one of the creepiest works I've ever experienced, in or outside comics. Answers remain elusive after a first reading and subsequent raids into this wordless masterpiece will only deepen the mysteries. Coincidentally, I remember reading somewhere in the internet that it could be interpreted as Nicolas De Crecy's comeback on Sylvain Chomet for the uncredited inspiration, to put it mildly, that The Triplettes of Belleville (which I quite like, btw) owe to the creative works of De Crecy and that terminated any hopes readers might've had of a Leon La Came follow-up from the duo. All in all, whichever way you wish to read it, this is one of those comics that will linger on long after its final panel. Like I said, creepy...